HEADS UP: The image this week is a parody of ‘Alex’ from the film A Clockwork Orange. Played by Malcolm McDowell, the protagonist’s ultraviolent tendencies are accompanied by a switched on switchblade version of Beethoven, arranged by Wendy Carlos. This is by way of pointing you to Classical Café, where I have started to condense the music into bite-sized bios, so that students of any age, anywhere in the world, can discover the greats. Lend your ears to the composers, or as Alex would say, ‘I’ll tolchock thee in the yarbles’…enjoy in joy.
NEW PEEL UPLOADS: Featured here, sessions from Stereolab, The Mekons, Steel Pulse, Eden Crop, The Primitives, Chumbawamba, The Action Swingers, Illustrious, Drop 19s, Unsane, Arson Garden, The Farm, Loudon Wainwright, Edsel Auctioneer, and the debut of the fabulously named Half Man Half Biscuit. As always, more sessions to come, but this should keep you going for a while. Those unfamiliar with the bard of broadcasting—now’s your chance to get with it before people start to sneer at you on the street. Enjoy in joy. Instagram
BEST OF 2013 III: My top 50 popular music selfie is now complete with this upload of Part Three. This edition features Psapp, London Grammar, Blow, Nick Cave, Darkside, Molly Drake, to mention but a few. Coming soon to your stereo or iphone will be the best of 2013 Jazz, R&B, Carib, World etc. Last month’s trip from NYC to Amsterdam, India, Paris and back, provided records by the armful, which will be made into a Sound Track. Lastly, for those indulging in St Patrick’s Day, here’s some Celtic Ceilidh to get you started. Enjoy in joy. Instagram
NEW UPLOAD 13.2: If the snow stops and the airport is fully functioning, I’ll be off on the first leg of my PT Indo/Euro Tour. Part One, Amsterdam for a few nights at the Conservatorium where I’ve heard they play classical music 24/7—a convenient segue to mixes by le Mozart noir Saint Georges, Boccherini, Cimarosa and Clementi… wasn’t he in the Godfather? Then off to raga in New Delhi, and Jaipur. Whence to Paris, where according to the hotel promo, there’s a nude lady on every balcony… charming. Follow on Instagram? Enjoy in joy.
BEST OF 2013 PART TWO: Having suffered through the first twenty minutes of the Grammys, I was in desperate hope that Ringo and Paul were able to slip away to the local pub… I mean, strange French people in robot suits, and manicured white boys winning rap awards—please! There are only a couple of artists who got ‘grammied’ and are featured on my Best of 2013, none of whom are Willy Mason, Frankie Rose, MTNS, Volcano Choir, Jacco Gardner et al… play on, play on. Best of 2013 Part III coming soon. Enjoy in joy. 新曲 Populux
THE MAN FROM HARLEM: I’ve noticed that the 1930’s Swing tapes are becoming very popular—this I might add, without any plugs from me. I can only think that Boardwalk Empire and Vince Giordano’s musical arrangements are getting people in the mood and on the dance floor. So here’s a minty fresh mixtape of that prohibition decade, featuring the best of the Harlem Savoy Club bands. Can you spot the contemporary ringer, thrown in to illustrate that this music still speaks to us nearly a century later? Best of 2013 Part II coming soon.
BEST OF 2013 PART ONE: Happy holidays world; here’s my present for you. My first 16 favourite tracks of the year. Just when you reach that awkward time between Christmas and New Year, when you don’t know what to put on the stereo—the solution may have arrived. Sweet Baboo! Emilliana Torrini, Caravan Palace, Atoms For Peace, Laura Mvula, Gregory Porter, Inc., Washed Out, Pascal Pinon, Dominico, Au Revoir Simone and a flange of other household names ready to ‘submit their work.’ Look out for Part II New Years Eve. Enjoy in joy.
NEW UPLOAD: By the miracle of modern aviation and the consumption of bucket loads of Margarita, I find myself returned from Quintana Roo, Mexico, where with a little help from mis amigos I present the mixtape Mexico and Below. Included within this playlist, tracks from Argentina, Columbia, Venezuela and indigenous hermanos y hermanas. Contributions by Natalia LaFourcade with Devendra Barnhart, Ely Guerra, Los Mocosos, Julieta Venegas, Mana & Prince Royce, Cafe Tavuba, Juana Molina et al. Enjoy in joy. 新曲 WORLD
NEW UPLOAD: The third anniversary of patestapes, and to acknowledge this passage of time, we offer Perfect Day, a mixtape containing some of the best outliers from the last few years. Cuts slumbering in my collection, waiting for a mission. Alternative, Soul, Country and Pop washed down with Lou Reed’s most poignant song. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue. Next up…the holidays and out come the Christmas Crackers, whence to the Festive 50, aka, my Best Of 2013. Enjoy in joy. 新曲 Easy Beat Instagram
SOUNDTRACK UPLOAD 20.9: Those following me on Instagram will know I’ve been posing in the Greek Islands. While there, I’ve painted a sound track of the trip that works anywhere. Ramblin’ Man is a mixtape of mostly new releases featuring Karen Gwyer, Teho Teardo & Julia Kent, Public Service Broadcasting, Braids, Bows, Gotan Project Meet Chet Baker, Lemonjelly, and the Future Loop Foundation. It’s travel, water, reading, sunsets, and driving about with the patestape app. A “music for film” thing. Enjoy in joy. 新曲 SOUND TRACK