Saturday 30 July 2016

goodbye (she quietly says)

... and poooof she was gone

ta ever so for popping round dears... it's been fun...

let's go out with some magic...

the ascots - a few feet from the gutter


Monday 25 July 2016

hello old thing

good grief we've not got far in nine blinkin' years here have we? this selection from almost when we started is still as near the sound of the whole shoddy thing as anything...

barbara lewis - hello stranger
the shangri la's - train from kansas city
barbara mason - world in crisis
johnny osbourne & the sensations - come back darlin
the seekers - georgy girl
love affair - everlasting love
judy street - what
alton ellis - can i change my mind
lorez alexander - send in the clowns
phyllis dillon - don't stay away
the jackson five - looking through the window
pat kelly - since you are gone
timi yuro - what's the matter baby


Tuesday 5 July 2016

Tuesday 17 May 2016

sleeve notes

right then...

13. a song not in the english language... the thing is i do like to know what folk are singing and what with not knowing any other flipping languages i'm buggered... so it's rhythms and intituition and ignorance...

14. a song from the 80s that would NEVER feature on 'Now That's What I Call The 80s'... oh if only if only... a million telstar forever bescrawlled hands flung in the air...

15. a song for a compilation entitled 'Seminal Songs For Modern Teenagers'... cos your modern youth still needs to know vile evils are vile evils

bonus songs...

joyce - clareana (visions of dawn version)

kalima - sparkle

sergio mendes & brasil 66 - what the world needs now


Thursday 12 May 2016

sleeve notes

11. a song that you associate with your parents... orange cassette case i've still got with that orange juice peel session with holiday hymn on that long ago housed the soundtrack to stuck in traffic all the way days and days and days journeys to devon and cornwall and wales john denver carly simon tom paxton seekers searchers feliciano when my dad was teaching guitar and learning flamenco (stupid stupid hormone raging me spurning those skills)a bit of rod to placate our mother all on the portable cassette player devouring batteries wedged between the front seats denver always with that tear so close...

12. a song with an iconic sleeve... company sleeves always and that philips one wraps up so many of my favourite things this one the b-side of i will come to you a goddam strange choice of single amongst a whole bunch of strange choices of dusty singles sad bad choices for poor old dusty when you look at a list (go on have a look at a list)...

bonus songs...

jose feliciano - (there's) always something there to remind me 

dusty springfield - i will come to you


Wednesday 11 May 2016

sleeve notes

gawd help us we'll finish these eventually... for anyone just passing by these are rattling on about the songs on my go at the cooking up a quiet storm 15 songs whatsit...

9. an original song from a film soundtrack... i've never seen across 110th street or superfly or shaft even for that matter...shaft in africa is bloody hilarious mainly ladies on a boat swooning 'oh my god' when your shaft gets his unmentionables out... are they films that come anywhere near to matching their soundtracks?

10. a song released by a solo artist better known for being part of a group... lani hall lani hall lani sergio veered off into brasil 77 lani went and made two follow ups to stillness which are oh unimaginably beautiful...carole king's own go is bloomin lovely but lani hall is lani hall...

bonus songs...

staple singers & curtis mayfield - let's do it again 

slim smith - everybody needs love


Monday 9 May 2016

Thursday 5 May 2016

sleeve notes

oh my.. now where was i...

7. an instrumental... it would've been a jazz thing what with liking jazz things and all but studio one rockers had just got played and it's a hell of thing a wonderful wonderful compilation and it headed me off jackie mitoowards first then lennie hibbert just sort of fitted nicer like some things do...i don't know where i'd be without those soul jazz folk song providers i really don't

8. a song that's 'easy on a sunday morning'... as a sunday morning... and it can't not be sergio... made for sunday mornings is sergio... and a yoooohooooo wave to the soul jazzers again for reissueing the record this is off of  the very super stillness

bonus songs...

pharoah sanders - thembi

jon lucien - lady love


Thursday 28 April 2016

sleeve notes

5. a cover version... talking of reading the list all the way down the marine girls's silent red was a thought for the colours one before it wasn't and i do love those marine girls so they had to be here somewhere and the peel session this is from is a pure punk riot...

6. a duet or a song by a duo... oh alton oh phyllis together at last...

bonus songs...

the dells - wichita lineman/by the time i get to phoenix

barbara & ernie - do you know


Wednesday 27 April 2016

sleeve notes

3. a song with a colour in the title... as much the greatest thing i've only got as a thing on the machine that i'd adore and hold ever so tender in real life as anything i can think of well this and guess i'm dumb (oh for a record of guess i'm dumb) the horace silver version is a marvel the horace silver version with bill henderson singing is nearly as marvelous but i love the horace version so bill sort of gets in the way for me... the  rose hardaway came from the ever giving office naps and there's wonderful stuff from rose's grandson and one of her neighbours in the comments bit so troll over there dears do you'll find the bill henderson there too

4. a b-side you played as much as, if not more than, the a-side... i wish i'd never loved you armagideon time liza radley get up and move stand down margaret the corrupt ones on my mind if the papes come heck this was nearly city hobgoblins which'd bounced me round the kitchen in a handful of singles play it as it lays afternoon just a while ago... the deee lite has been a today tomorrow and always presence in the going out record box and was going to be the under 2.30 choice till i read down the list the whole way

bonus songs...

blossom dearie - long daddy green

the byrds - she don't care about time



i know everyone knows the byrds but there are never too many times to play a b-side of of all b-sides


Tuesday 26 April 2016

sleeve notes

i though perhaps more rattling on about the cooking mixes 15 songs whatsit might be nice...

1. a song by an artist or group who would be catagorised under 'a'... astounding i know but i've never been much a filer the records piles vaguely making sense through constant rummaging and things played most being nearer the front so off the top of my head this went the action bob andy ruby andrews ummmmmm art ensemble of chicago (who it very nearly was what with theme de yo yo being so marvelously bananas and all) and ohhhhh aswad that first dub record heck one of the first reggae records that and police and thieves and misty in roots so aswad...

2. a song with a running time under 2min 30sec... could've been most anything and very nearly was but lovely noel was right near the front of the kitchen record player pile and they don't come much shorter neither nor shouting loud so quietly...

bonus songs...

ruby andrews - wonderful night

carla thomas - where do i go


Tuesday 19 April 2016


ooooooooh my 15 songs whatsit is up over at cooking up a quiet storm if you fancy a listen... worth it for the lani hall i'd say... and the iconic sleeve is the beautiful phillips company sleeve in case you were wondering...


  this was very nearly the duet/duo song and i've been singing it all week so...

  gosdin brothers - sounds of goodbye


Friday 8 April 2016

phifer friday

of all the hordes of fallen these dark days it's been little phife's that went and got me most the only real before his timer and all  hitting the still sad for mca buttons hard too... as all those 89ers went housey acidy whatever here berets got jauntier gabbicis buttoned high and the native tongues were the only gang in town... what could be superer than questing with the questers break spotting of a sunday afternoon booze up hunched up giddy over the soul jazzer's lobby boxes astounded as all anything recognising something off of some mole chancer... oh people's instinctive travels and the paths of rhythm how i wore you out... 

there's volume and volume and volume of records sampled collections all worth your pennies this on them somewhere one of those that i only bought cos prison shows are always a thing thrilled as all everything when the low end theory met the needle and after the horns you can check out the phifer...

jimmy mcgriff - green dolphin street


Monday 4 April 2016

modal monday

here it's mostly luminous magnolias sprouting seedlings (dill and sunflowers still waiting on the cucumbers and beans) siskins for the first time the ace berets of the blackcaps and waiting on the dusk bats... i do hope it's lovely where you are petals...

freddie hubbard - the black angel


Thursday 11 February 2016

time travel and positive futurism

rummaging about in a long unrummaged box of heaven only knows and there was a pile of old flyers for long ago dancing...

spitting wicked randomness indeed... what were we like...

it often sounded a bit like this...

dj mink - hey hey can you relate


Monday 25 January 2016

15 songs

super mark over at cooking up a quiet storm has issued new and exacting demands...

1. A song by an artist or band who's name would be categorised under 'A'
2. A song with a running time under 2mins 30sec
3. A song with a colour in the title
4. A b-side you played as much as, if not more than, the a-side
5. A cover version
6. A duet or a song by a duo
7. An instrumental
8. A song that's 'easy on a sunday morning'
9. An original song from a film soundtrack
10. A song released by a solo artist better known for being part of a group
11. A song that you associate with your parents
12. A song with an iconic sleeve
13. A song not in the english language
14. A song from the 80s that would NEVER feature on 'Now That's What I Call The 80s'
15. A song to go on a compilation entitled 'Seminal Songs For Modern Teenagers'

a new weekly feature as it turns out the first one landing monday the 1st of feb... i had a ball sorting my fifteen out and if you fancy a go do let the cooking mixers know...

this was nearly a song by an artist or band who's name would be categorised under 'a' but then it wasn't so we'll have it here instead... i've an horrible feeling the ituners will be increasingly lost in alphabetical categorisation but then again they're probably a lot cleverer than they look...

ernie andrews - what do i see in the girl 


Wednesday 20 January 2016

listen and behold

a super dynamic inspiration packed energy explosion of a january... has another sit down... i'm quite keen on a january as a rule the light sneaking back and all sorts poking through but this one's been decidely novembery and novembery without the sparklers at that...

hopefully some mod swingers'll help get us back on track

little sherman & the mod swingers - the price of love

Monday 4 January 2016

c'mon c'mon with me

here we go again then dear hearts...

a super find from 99p soul's lovely mick beirne to lift us into the newness all pub piano and  handclaps and belita soaring...

belita woods - magic corner