Feb 25, 2012


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This week marks the beginning of Lent - the 7-week period of fasting an piety to mark the end of Greatest Story Ever Told (starring Max von Sydow). And it was quite a challenge to come up with enough songs to make a play list (see below for success rate.)
  1. Popcorn     Hot Butter     Hot Butter      1972     Musicor
  2. St. Alfonzo's Pancake Breakfast     Frank Zappa     Apostrophe     1974     Discreet
  3. Big Eyed Beans From Venus     Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band     Clear Spot      1972      Reprise
  4. My Name Is Carnival      Jackson C Frank      Jackson C Frank      1965      Columbia
  5. Mardi Gras in New Orleans (1949)      Professor Longhair      New Orleans Piano     1973     Atlantic
  6. Fast Song     Butthole Surfers      Hairway to Steven     1988      Touch & Go
  7. I Give Up     Fugu      As Found      2005      3rd Side
  8. Angels of Ashes     Scott Walker      Scott 4      1969 Phillips
  9. Palm Desert      Van Dyke Parks     Song Cycle      1968     Warner
  10. Holy Thursday     The Electric Prunes      Release Of An Oath      1968      Reprise
  11. Easter Theatre      XTC     Apple Venus 1      1999      Idea/Cooking Vinyl
  12. Sunday Morning Coming Down     Kris Kristopfferson     Kristofferson      1970 Monument
  13. Apostolic      Loose Fur      Born Again In The USA     2006      Drag City
  14. Ascension Day      Talk Talk      Laughing Stock      1991      EMI
  15. Jesus Is Just Alright     The Byrds      Ballad Of Easy Rider     1970      Columbia

Feb 19, 2012

Secretive affair

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We go under cover this week and listen to 55 minutes of songs about secrets and spies, kind of. The playlist was inspired by the new film adaptation of John Le Carre's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which is well worth going out to see. We close on a song performed by Etta James, who passed in January, a few days after the man who discovered her, Johnny Otis.
  1. Man From Uncle    Hugo Montenegro     1998
  2. Inside The Secret    Skip Bifferty    Skip Bifferty    RCA    1968
  3. Trust    The Pretty Things    S.F. Sorrow Is Born    Columbia    1968
  4. Our Little Secret    SRC    Milestones    Capitol    1969
  5. Hush    Deep Purple    Shades Of Deep Purple   EMI    1968
  6. I Spy (For The F.B.I.)    Luther Ingram & The G-Men    I Spy (For The F.B.I.) 7"    Smash    1966
  7. Spy    Guys From Uncle     7"
  8. Main Titles (Full Version)    Ron Grainer    The Prisoner (OST)     1967
  9. Secret Agent Man    Johnny Rivers    Secret Agent Man 7"    Imperial    1966
  10. The Last of the Secret Agents    Nancy Sinatra    7"    Reprise   1966
  11. Keep Under Cover    Paul McCartney     Pipes Of Peace     Parlophone     1983
  12. Can You Keep A Secret?     Big Youth      Mafia
  13. Double Barrel 007     Dave And Ansel Collins     7"     Techniques
  14. Undercover Agent Zero     The Flys     What Will Mother Say? 7"    Parlophone     1980
  15. Lost In The Night     The Secret Affair     Time For Action
  16. Your Agent Man     Cabaret Voltaire     Eight Crepuscule Tracks     1981   
  17. Spy in the Cab     Bauhaus     In the Flat Field     4AD     1980
  18. Trust in me     Etta James

Feb 12, 2012

Dad rock

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Often when the family Johns returns to the old country, I ask my dad to get me some records from my collection in storage. And so this week's playlist was selected by my dad at random when we back last week. He picked a pretty varied and occasionally esoteric collection, including: pioneering electronic composer Bruce Haack, which I was given and never played; Glaswegian electro-punkers The Magnificents, which they gave me and I never played; and Loop spin-off, The Hair and Skin Trading Co., which I played once and didn't like. Can't say I do now, but it's on the list. And he honestly picked Stereolab at random too. So I picked one of my favourite bass performances.
  1. Love is a Beautiful Thing    The Young Rascals    You Better Run 7"    1966    Atlantic
  2. Amore de Carnaval    Jorge Ben   O Bidu  OMC
  3. Lady of the Dancing Water    King Crimson    Lizard    1971    Atlantic 
  4. The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)     Yes    Fragile    1972    Atlantic
  5. And You Tried So Hard    Gong    Camembert Electrique    1971    Virgin
  6. Kyrie Eleison    The Electric Prunes    Release of an Oath    196X    Reprise
  7. The Green Manalishi    Fleetwood Mac    Jumping At Shadows    1968    CBS
  8. Bog Roll Blues    The Groundhogs    Who Will Save Us?    1972    United Artists   
  9. Super Finger    Bruce Haack    Rock Home, The Best of Dimension 5 
  10. Ruckzack    Kraftwerk    Kraftwerk    1970    Phillips
  11. Deadbeat Descendent    The Fall    Seminal Live    1986     Beggars Banquet    
  12. Black Sun    Loop Black Sun    12"    1988    Chapter 22
  13. Ground Zero    The Hair and Skin Trading Co.    Ground Zero 12"    
  14. Kids Now    The Magnificents    Kids Now 12"    2001    Erkrankung Durch Musique
  15. Vonal Declosion    Stereolab    Margarine Eclipse    2004    Elektra

Feb 5, 2012

Solitary confinement

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We gaze at our navels this week and complain about wanting to be alone, not wanting to be alone, not caring one way or the other about being alone and wanting others to be alone.
  1. Lonely Woman    Stan Kenton and June Christy    Duet    1955    Capitol
  2. I Want To Be Alone (Dialogue)    Jackson C Frank    Jackson C Frank    1965    Columbia
  3. Alone Again Or    Love    Forever Changes    1967    Elektra
  4. Lonesome Suzie    The Band    Music From Big Pink    1968    Capitol
  5. Loneliest Man in Town    The Beau Brummels    Bradley's Barn    1968    Warner
  6. The Loner    Neil Young    Neil Young    1968    Reprise
  7. I Am Lonely    Bert Jansch    Birthday Blues    1969    Transatlantic
  8. One (Is The Lonliest Number)    Harry Nilsson    Ariel Ballet    1969    RCA
  9. Ask The Lonely    Barbara Lewis    7"    1970    Stax
  10. Don't Turn The Light On, Leave Me Alone    Can    Soundtracks    1970    Liberty
  11. Lonely Children    John Phillips    John The Wolfking of L.A.    1970    Dunhill
  12. Lonely Man    Mellow Candle    Swaddling Songs    1972    Deram
  13. You're gonna make me lonesome when you go    Bob Dylan    Blood on the tracks    1975    Columbia
  14. Don't Want to Know If You Are Lonely    Husker Du    Candy Apple Grey    1986    SST
  15. Together Or Alone    Sebadoh    Bakesale    1994    Sub Pop