Episode 19: Music of 2018 Part 1

I know it’s a fairly obvious thing to do but taking stock of what has just been when it comes to music is often a great deal of fun. And anyway given that Threadwork isn’t a new music arms race, having an excuse to pull together a load of exquisite pieces of music from the year that is rapidly coming to an end (2018) is, I think, a perfectly legit thing to do. These are, after all, incredible pieces of music in their own right and would definitely have made it into episodes at one point - so why not now without the tyranny of a theme to fit into? Nobody loses here!

When I look back at what made it into the shortlist and the actual episode and start to think about what this might mean from a thread perspective, the results are a little interesting (to me). I go into this in the spoken intro of the podcast and given that you’re unlikely to be just reading this instead of actually listening then I won’t repeat myself here. Suffice to say that there are large swathes of this episode that would benefit from you having time to sit and relax whilst listening. The use of a good pair of headphones would assist greatly too because some of the music is wonderfully nuanced and a different experience is available to you in that context. It doesn’t really matter if you can’t do that though - listening at all is simply fine and very much appreciated.

All that’s really left to say is that I hope you enjoy this, the 19th instalment of Threadwork, the first of two episodes looking back at 2018. It’s the penultimate episode of the year so I’ll see you in a fortnight for the second part and the final Threadwork of 2018. Hasn’t time flown?

Cheers,

R

Tracklisting w/ links to purchase, if I can find them (these are directly related to the artists where possible but not always). Also, I take no responsibility for the links. Just trying to help… 

Lucinda Chua - Somebody Who [Self Released] (2018) https://lucindachua.lnk.to/somebodywho

Seahawks - Rest In Peace (Yamaneko's Momento Mori Version) [Ocean Moon] (2018) https://www.junodownload.com/products/seahawks-rest-in-peace/3782284-02/

Erland Cooper- Simmer Dim [Phases] (2018) https://www.junodownload.com/products/erland-cooper-nightflight/3916799-02/

Linkwood - Solar Panel [Firecracker Recordings] (2018) https://firecrackerrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/firec026-fresh-gildans-2

Moses Boyd - The Balance [Brownswood Recordings] (2018) https://weouthere.bandcamp.com/track/the-balance

Paul McCartney - Opening Station taken from Egypt Station [Capitol] (2018) https://www.7digital.com/artist/paul-mccartney/release/egypt-station-8343691

Father John Misty - Mr. Tillman taken from God’s Favorite Customer [Sub Pop] (2018) https://megamart.subpop.com/releases/father_john_misty/mr_tillman

BC Camplight – Deportation Blues taken from Deportation Blues [Bella Union] (2018) https://www.7digital.com/artist/bc-camplight/release/deportation-blues-explicit-8309064?f=20%2C19%2C12%2C16%2C17%2C9%2C2

Haley Heynderickxs - Oom Sha La La taken from I Need To Start A Garden [Mama Bird Recording Co.] (2018) https://tunes.mamabirdrecordingco.com/album/i-need-to-start-a-garden

Soccer Mommy - Cool taken from Clean [Fat Possum] (2018) https://sopharela.bandcamp.com/track/cool

Daedelus - Stretched Taut taken from Taut [Astrollage] (2018) https://magicalproperties.bandcamp.com/track/stretched-taut

Lucrecia Dalt - Atmospheres Touch taken from Anticlines [Rvng Intl.] (2018) https://lucreciadalt.bandcamp.com/track/atmospheres-touch

Bruce – Aeon taken from Sonder Somatic [Hessle Audio] (2018) https://wordsofbruce.bandcamp.com/album/sonder-somatic

Matty – Déjà vu taken from Déjà vu [AWAL] (2018)  https://www.junodownload.com/products/matty-deja-vu/3785916-02/

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Huge thanks to Bod for production support.

Huge thanks to Bettina Langlois for the Threadwork soft sculptures. Check out some of her other work here: https://www.instagram.com/bettenoire93/

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Episode 18: Television

As themes go this is a rich vein to tap. But the intention as always isn’t just to find a load of television theme tunes and slap them together in a nostalgic mass and call it done (otherwise I’d just play the theme tune from Cheers on loop for an hour) - it’s the usual case of looking at this huge array of incredible music that I love and trying to work out what characteristics they have that allow them to be grouped together in a particular way. If there’s a chance to be a little obtuse that’s great but I’m not above whacking in a piece of theme music if it’s the right choice for the podcast - see: theme from ‘Stranger Things’ as exhibit A.

Where it gets interesting for me is when a relatively arbitrary collection of music starts to tell its own story. Or when musical threads (read: characteristics) start to reveal themselves as elements that reoccur throughout the episodes. A number of examples in this episode speak to previous threads: the aquatic sounds of ‘Robinson Crusoe’ or the lo-fi tape hiss drenched sounds of ‘Art Vandelay’. And there’s also a strong dose of humour in this episode. That is something that crops up time and time again, completely of its own volition, and will be the subject of its own episode in the nearish future.

As mentioned in the episode itself, there’s a bit less intra-episode chat from me this time around. And this is simply because whilst pulling it all together musically I really couldn’t find an appropriate moment to recap the tracklisting in the second half of the episode. I felt that it wouldn’t be in the interests of the music being played to start chatting and so, simply, I chose not to. The music is the star here, always has been. And so in this case, I very much felt that less was more.

This is the last themed episode of 2018. There are two instalments left in this calendar year: 13th and 27th December, and the plan is for these to be sort of Music of 2018 affairs. There’s time for that to change, of course, but that’s the loose plan as I sit here today.

Hope you dig it.

Cheers,

R

Tracklisting w/ links to purchase, if I can find them (these are directly related to the artists where possible but not always). Also, I take no responsibility for the links. Just trying to help… 

Thundercat – For Love (I Come Your Friend) taken from The Golden Age Of Apocalypse [Brainfeeder] (2011) https://bleep.com/release/31297-thundercat-the-golden-age-of-apocalypse

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – Johnny Appleseed taken from Global A Go-Go [Hellcat Records] (2001) https://www.joestrummer.com/digital/joe-strummer-001

Revolutionaries – Kunta Kinte Version One taken from Drum Sound: More Gems From The Channel One Dub Room – 1974 to 1980 [Pressure Sounds] (2007) https://pressuresounds.bandcamp.com/album/drum-sound

Tedd Patterson presents Blackbone - Roots (Blak Beat Niks Tribal Rhythms Mix) [Black Vinyl Records] (2000) https://www.junodownload.com/products/blackbone-tedd-roots-tedd-patterson-presents-blackbone/3323882-02/

Eddie ‘Flashin’ Fowlkes – Soul Train [Paper Recordings] (1998)

Art Of Noise – Robinson Crusoe taken from The Ambient Collection (1990) https://www.junodownload.com/products/the-ambient-collection/2818853-02/?track_number=11

Ducktails – Art Vandelay taken from III: Arcade Dynamics [Woodsist] (2011) https://ducktails.bandcamp.com/album/ducktails-iii-arcade-dynamics

Arrested Development – People Everyday (Metamorphosis Mix) (1992) https://www.junodownload.com/products/arrested-development-extended-revolution/1701326-02/?track_number=2

Michael Cole & Michael Jessett – Plasticine taken from Fingerbobs [Trunk Records] (2011) https://bleep.com/release/38329-michael-cole-and-michael-jessett-with-rick-jones-fingerbobs

Sleaford Mods – Tiswas [Invada] (2014) https://invada.bandcamp.com/album/tiswas-ep

Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things [Lakeshore Records] (2016) https://kyledixon-michaelstein.bandcamp.com/track/stranger-things

Olav Brekke Mathisen – Hasj Box taken from N*A*O*M*B [Discfunction] (2003) https://www.discogs.com/sell/list?master_id=194953&ev=mb

Matt Berry – Take My Hand taken from Witchazel [Acid Jazz] (2011) https://acidjazz.bandcamp.com/album/matt-berry-witchazel

Matt Berry – Thames Television taken from Television Themes [Acid Jazz] (2018) https://acidjazz.bandcamp.com/album/television-themes

FPU – Crockett’s Theme (FPU Original Mix) [Turbo] (2002) https://fpumusic.bandcamp.com/track/crocketts-theme

Luciano Michelini – Frolic (1974) https://www.7digital.com/artist/luciano-michelini/release/frolic-theme-from-curb-your-enthusiasm-tv-show-single-5596519

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Huge thanks to Bod for production support.

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Episode 17: Colleen 'Cosmo' Murphy

I am overjoyed to say that I got a chance to sit down with Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy who was kind enough to give me an hour or so of her time for the podcast. For those that don’t know, Colleen is a DJ, producer, broadcaster, journalist, label-owner, audiophile and the driving force behind Classic Album Sundays which offers a space to listen to classic albums on vinyl on a world-class soundsystem that, I can attest first-hand, offers a depth of audio fidelity I have never experienced before. Classic Album Sundays has grown since its relatively humble beginnings in London in 2010 into a global listening party operating on multiple continents. The scope of guests and experts that have contributed to the Classic Album Sunday project is staggering with the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Gilles Peterson, The Orb, Paloma Faith, Nick Mason and dozens more all taking part. Head to classicalbumsundays.com for more info, archives of previous events and listings for upcoming projects.

I spoke to Colleen back in September 2018 at her East London home, sitting amongst her thousands of vinyl records and sipping coffee kindly made by her husband Adam who himself is a DJ with Trojan Sound System. It was a real honour to be able to talk to someone who I had such respect for beforehand and even more so after when you hear just how entrenched in music she has been for pretty much her entire life. She was as open, engaging and forthcoming a guest as I could possibly have hoped for and this chat is littered with wonderful stories, musings and beautiful sentiments.

She says she sees her role as ‘a curator and an educator’, so prepare for school.

Cheers,

R

Tracklisting w/ links to purchase, if I can find them (these are directly related to the artists where possible but not always). Also, I take no responsibility for the links. Just trying to help… 

David Essex – Rock On taken from Rock On (1973) https://www.7digital.com/artist/david-essex/release/best-of-david-essex-5274026?h=02&f=20%2C19%2C12%2C16%2C17%2C9%2C2

Kate Bush – Symphony In Blue taken from Lionheart (1978) https://www.7digital.com/artist/kate-bush/release/lionheart-1165

Silver Convention – Fly Robin Fly taken from Silver Convention (1975) https://www.7digital.com/artist/silver-convention/release/silver-convention-fly-robin-fly?h=1&d=1

Glen Campbell – Wichita Lineman taken from Wichita Lineman (1968) https://www.7digital.com/yourmusic/artist/glen-campbell/release/wichita-lineman-remastered-26096/26096

Sade – Paradise taken from Stronger Than Pride (1988) https://www.7digital.com/artist/sade/release/stronger-than-pride-278699

Miles Davis & John Coltrane – All Blues (Live from Tivolis Koncertsal, Copenhagen) taken from The Final Tour: Bootleg Series, vol. 6 (2018) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Final-Tour-Bootleg-Vol/dp/B077ZCTV18/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1542225809&sr=1-1&keywords=the+final+tour+the+bootleg+series%2C+vol.+6

Daniel Caesar – Paradise (feat. Badbadnotgood & Sean Leon) taken from Pilgrim’s Paradise (2015) https://soundcloud.com/danielcaesar/sets/pilgrims-paradise

The B-52s – Planet Claire taken from The B-52s (1979) https://www.7digital.com/yourmusic/artist/the-b-52s/release/b-52s-4414166/4414166

Strawberry Alarm Clock – Incense And Peppermints taken from Incense And Peppermints (1967) https://www.7digital.com/artist/strawberry-alarm-clock-(1)/release/incense-and-peppermints-7800995

Nirvana – In Bloom taken from Nevermind (1991) http://www.nirvana.com/album/nevermind-deluxe-edition/

Dexter Wansel – Life On Mars taken from Life On Mars (1976) https://www.junodownload.com/products/dexter-wansel-life-on-mars/1435827-02/

Manuel Gottsching – E2-E4 (1984) https://www.ashra.com/pages/shop.htm

Bonus E2-E4 reading: http://classicalbumsundays.com/album-of-the-month-manuel-gottsching-e2-e4/

Boards Of Canada – Open The Light taken from Music Has The Right To Children (1998) https://bleep.com/release/7819

The Orb – Little Fluffy Clouds (Cumulo Nimbus Mix by Pal Joey) (1991) https://www.junodownload.com/products/the-orbs-adventures-beyond-the-ultraworld-deluxe/1792258-02/

Charles Mingus - Group Dancers (Soul Fusion) Freewoman And Oh, This Freedom's Slave Cries) taken from The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady (1963) https://www.7digital.com/yourmusic/artist/charles-mingus/release/the-black-saint-and-the-sinner-lady-hd-remastered-edition-doxy-collection-8486909/8486909

Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes – Expansions taken from Expansions (1975) https://www.7digital.com/artist/lonnie-liston-smith-and-the-cosmic-echoes-2/release/expansions

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Classic Album Sundays: http://classicalbumsundays.com/

 

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Threadwork is presented by Ross Cale.

Huge thanks to Bod for production support.

Huge thanks to Bettina Langlois for the Threadwork soft sculptures. Check out some of her other work here: https://www.instagram.com/bettenoire93/

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Episode 16: Letters

When I think about future episodes of Threadwork I’ve kind of conditioned myself to think about the music I want to play in the context of themes. On one hand I really like it, especially when I manage to work out a neat little connection or two between what is being played AND I manage to get that connection to work from an audio (read: mix) perspective. It’s pleasing, doubly so when it’s something that just happens naturally. But as much as I really like some of the more conceptual ones (episode 7 is a particular favourite) I never really thought that 16 episodes in I’d still be doing that. I suppose I thought by now I’d have sufficient faith in my abilities to consider all of the music I’m into and have at my disposal to pull together an hour’s worth of records that would hang together nicely. And that that hour would have sufficient variety musically so as to be interesting to those listeners with different tastes, versus, say an hour of house or electronica or indie, etc. There’s nothing wrong with any of that, by the way, I just feel that unless there’s a particular itch to scratch musically then I’d like to keep the tracklisting relatively varied. To paraphrase the influential Scroobius Pip, (any given record played) may not be for you and that’s fine. Which is to say that it’s absolutely cool not to like all of the music on every episode but hopefully there’s more that you do like than don’t. Of course, if you do like every record played you’ve clearly got impeccable taste…

I will, eventually, lose the ‘theme’ dependency, but I think I’ll need to be a bit more ahead of the game than I am before I do. I’d need the breathing room to be able to consider whether a ‘random’ selection of music, as good as I believe it to be, hangs together sufficiently. And at the moment, hitting the schedule of an episode every fortnight is a little hand to mouth, as it were. It’s hard work. The most fun kind of hard work there is. But hard work nonetheless.

Anyway, this instalment uses letters as its theme. Be that initials in the names of artists, abbreviations as track titles or references in the music itself - let the Latin-derived English alphabet act as the framework for your musical enjoyment.

Cheers,

R

Tracklisting w/ links to purchase, if I can find them (these are directly related to the artists where possible but not always). Also, I take no responsibility for the links. Just trying to help… 

J Majik – Your Sound [Metalheadz] (1995) https://metalheadz.bandcamp.com/album/meth007x-your-sound-tranquil-2017-remasters

Andy C – Roll On [Ram Records] (1995) https://www.ramrecords.com/download/ramm12d

Lemon D – I Can’t Stop [V Recordings] (1996) https://www.beatport.com/track/i-cant-stop-original-mix/2019534

D.R. Hooker – Forge Your Own Chains taken from The Truth (1972) https://vealsandgeeksrecords.bandcamp.com/track/forge-your-own-chains

M. Ward – Four Hours In Washington taken from Transistor Radio (2005) https://www.mergerecords.com/transistor-radio-reissue

M. Craft – Come To My Senses [679] (2006) https://www.7digital.com/artist/m-craft/release/i-can-see-it-all-tonight-ep?h=03&f=20%2C19%2C12%2C16%2C17%2C9%2C2

B.C. Camplight – You Should’ve Gone To School taken from How To Die In The North [Bella Union] (2015) https://www.7digital.com/artist/bc-camplight/release/how-to-die-in-the-north-4032215

Oh Sees – C taken from Smote Reverser (2018) https://ohsees.bandcamp.com/track/c

Dangerdoom – A.T.H.F. taken from The Mouse And The Mask [Lex Records] (2005) https://dangerdoom.bandcamp.com/track/a-t-h-f

(excerpt from) LCD Soundsystem – Losing My Edge [DFA] (2002) https://dfacompilations.bandcamp.com/track/losing-my-edge-3

Arto Mwambe – BTWO on Brontosaurus (2008) https://www.junodownload.com/products/brontosaurus/2205310-02/

FYI Chris – Dance Bebey [West Friends] (2017) https://fyichris.bandcamp.com/track/dance-bebey

S. Maharba – S.I.T.W.S.M. (2008) https://smaharba.bandcamp.com/album/s-maharba

LFO – LFO [Warp] (1990) https://bleep.com/release/31673-lfo-lfo

Cornelius – Typewrite Lesson (Demo) taken from Fantasma (1997)

The Beatles – Dig It taken from Let It Be (1970) https://www.thebeatlesonline.co.uk/thebeatles/CD/Let-It-Be-Remastered/0I4B0IY4000

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Threadwork is presented by Ross Cale.

Huge thanks to Bod for production support.

Huge thanks to Bettina Langlois for the Threadwork soft sculptures. Check out some of her other work here: https://www.instagram.com/bettenoire93/

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Episode 15: Women's Names

This instalment of Threadwork has been ready for months (well, the music has anyway) but for various reasons the time was never quite right to release it. This was mainly because this was one of the first episodes we (Producer Bod and I) recorded and finished and when we tried to work out where it best sat it kept on being pushed back because there was a little too much crossover of the artists included on this episode compared to episodes that had just been released.

Anyway, that was then and this is now. And as you can see, the theme is Women’s Names. Or, more accurately, names that are usually given to women. Sometimes it’s hard to know what the right words to use are… thankfully it’s a bit easier to choose the records.

Cheers,

R

Tracklisting w/ links to purchase, if I can find them (these are directly related to the artists where possible but not always). Also, I take no responsibility for the links. Just trying to help… 

The Beatles – Dear Prudence taken from The Beatles (1968) https://www.thebeatlesonline.co.uk/thebeatles/The-White-Album/

Nick Drake – Hazey Jane II taken from Bryter Layter (1971) https://www.7digital.com/artist/nick-drake/release/bryter-layter-48417

Alice In Chains – No Excuses taken from Jar Of Flies (1994) https://www.7digital.com/artist/alice-in-chains/release/jar-of-flies-289962?f=20%2C19%2C12%2C16%2C17%2C9%2C2

Metronomy – Corinne taken from The English Riviera (2011) https://shop.metronomy.co.uk/collections/music/products/the-english-riviera-cd

Palehound – Molly taken from Dry Food (2015) https://www.7digital.com/artist/palehound/release/dry-food-5185206

The Spinto Band – Oh Mandy taken from Nice And Nicely Done (2005) https://www.7digital.com/artist/the-spinto-band/release/nice-and-nicely-done-29411?h=03&f=20%2C19%2C12%2C16%2C17%2C9%2C2

Pacific Horizons – A Prayer For Santa Ana on Pacific Wizard Foundation (2013) https://www.7digital.com/artist/pacific-horizons/release/witches-of-castaneda-5646158?h=02

Will LV – Nina on Alter Id (2017) https://alter-id.bandcamp.com/track/nina

The Beatles – Sexy Sadie taken from The Beatles (1968) https://www.thebeatlesonline.co.uk/thebeatles/The-White-Album/

Zomby – Natalia’s Song taken from Dedication on 4AD (2011) https://boomkat.com/products/dedication-f0027a34-5504-48bb-9be7-b53ecc592869

Spacek – Eve taken from Curvatia (2000)

Arthur Verocai – Sylvia taken from Arthur Verocai (1972) https://www.7digital.com/artist/arthur-verocai/release/arthur-verocai-5285898?f=20%2C19%2C12%2C16%2C17%2C9%2C2

Ultramarine – Stella taken from Every Man And Woman Is A Star (1991) https://bleep.com/release/55342-ultramarine-every-man-and-woman-is-a-star

The Blues Brothers – Minnie The Moocher taken from The Blues Brothers: OST (1980) https://www.7digital.com/artist/the-blues-brothers/release/the-blues-brothers-original-soundtrack-recording-1340600?f=20%2C19%2C12%2C16%2C17%2C9%2C2

Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard – Mini-Theme: Moocher From The Future (2009) https://jeffreylewis.bandcamp.com/album/em-are-i-2009-10

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Link to the Burial & Kode9 mix for Mary Anne Hobbs referenced in the episode during ‘Natalia’s Song’: https://www.mixcloud.com/MaryAnneHobbs/burial-kode-9-mix-for-my-last-ever-bbc-radio1-transmission/

Spotify episode playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/rosscale/playlist/1Ygw2n25HeQDsA7Hrg7MmR?si=betwLslAR9iiZo4GRVWaHQ

Threadwork is presented by Ross Cale.

Huge thanks to Bod for production support.

Huge thanks to Bettina Langlois for the Threadwork soft sculptures. Check out some of her other work here: https://www.instagram.com/bettenoire93/

https://www.instagram.com/rosscale_threadwork/

Twitter: @rosscale

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Episode 14: Non-English Language Part 2

Here is the second of two instalments using Non-English Language as its theme. There’s just as much variation in the music selected as in the first part that ranges from weirdy late-60s Brazilian cuts to big sounding production from French producers to stately ambient sounds and a number of African cuts from all over the continent. There’s further connective tissue besides and Producer Bod and I are really happy with the results. Hopefully you’ll dig it too.

Cheers,

R

Tracklisting w/ links to purchase, if I can find them (these are directly related to the artists where possible but not always). Also, I take no responsibility for the links. Just trying to help… 

Amadou & Mariam – Je Pense A Toi taken from Sou Ni Tile (1999) https://www.7digital.com/artist/amadou-mariam/release/sou-ni-tile-53864?f=20%2C19%2C12%2C16%2C17%2C9%2C2

Paul Simon – Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes taken from Graceland (2016) https://www.7digital.com/artist/paul-simon/release/graceland-25th-anniversary-deluxe-edition-1736214

De Frank Professionals – Afe Ato Yen Bio taken from Afro-Beat Airways – West African Shock Waves – Ghana & Togo 1972-1978 (2010) https://analogafrica.bandcamp.com/track/afe-ato-yen-bio

Sandy B – Student Night taken from Amajovi Jovi (2017) https://invisible-city-editions.bandcamp.com/album/amajovi-jovi

Teme Tan – Coupe De Griffe taken from Teme Tan (2017) https://www.7digital.com/artist/teme-tan-1/release/coups-de-griffe-6833321?h=1&d=1

Polo & Pan – Arc-En-Ciel (2018) https://ekleroshock.bandcamp.com/album/arc-en-ciel-single

Cos-Ber-Zam – Ne Noya (Daphni Mix) (2011) https://caribouband.bandcamp.com/track/ne-noya-daphni-mix

Milton Nasciemento & Lo Borges - Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser taken from Clube Da Esquina (1972) https://latenighttales.bandcamp.com/track/tudo-que-voce-podia-ser

Cesaria Evora – Carnaval de Sao Vicente (Jazzy Carnaval Mix) on Wave Music (1999) https://www.7digital.com/artist/ces%C3%A1ria-%C3%A9vora/release/cesaria-evora-remixes-by-francois-k-and-joe-claussell?h=01&f=20%2C19%2C12%2C16%2C17%2C9%2C2

Caetano Veloso – Irene taken from Caetano Veloso (1969) https://www.7digital.com/artist/caetano-veloso/release/caetano-veloso-1969-remixed-original-album-504601?h=1&d=1

Boom Clap Bachelors – Lob Stop Sta (feat. Coco O) taken from Mellem Dine Laeber (2011) https://www.7digital.com/artist/boom-clap-bachelors/release/mellem-dine-l%C3%A6ber

Gruff Rhys - Ffrwydriad Yn Y Ffurfafen taken from Candylion on Rough Trade (2007) https://bleep.com/release/2036-gruff-rhys-candylion

The Orb – Spanish Castles In Space taken from Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld (1991) https://www.junodownload.com/products/the-orbs-adventures-beyond-the-ultraworld-deluxe/1792258-02/

Peggy Gou – It Makes You Forget (Itgehane) on Ninja Tune (2018) https://peggygou.bandcamp.com/album/once

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Threadwork is presented by Ross Cale.

Huge thanks to Bod for production support.

Huge thanks to Bettina Langlois for the Threadwork soft sculptures. Check out some of her other work here: https://www.instagram.com/bettenoire93/

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Episode 13: Non-English Language Part 1

I can trace back my love of other languages in music really easily. It’s all to do with the album ‘Graceland’ by Paul Simon from 1986. This album got played heavily when I was a kid and introduced me as a 6/7 year old overtly to African instrumentation and other languages or more accurately, non-English languages. Clearly it was distilled through the filter of Western music but that’s fine, I reckon. It was the epitome of a gateway drug and all that really meant was that music with other instrumentation or that was sung in a language other than that which I understood was fair game. I had a context to it and that was all I needed.

Skip forward 30+ years and I continue to love music with lyrics I can’t understand (and, of course, the actual construct of the instrumentation and arrangement itself). In fact, I’ll go one step further and say that there’s a freedom incomprehension brings - I don’t need to worry about the lyrics being not very good if I can’t understand them. Although there’s always the fear that I’m supporting messages I don’t agree with… Ignorance truly appears to be bliss in this case…

A word on some of the music included in this episode. It’s not supposed to be exhaustive. It’s not a tick list of languages or countries. There’s no bias other than it’s music that I love and that flows in a way I feel is enjoyable to listen to and is interesting and even challenging at times. And, as always, a degree of creative licence runs through it - it’s music that is predominantly in languages other than English. You’ll see what I mean, I’m sure.

This is part 1 of 2 so far.

Cheers,

R

Tracklisting w/ links to purchase, if I can find them (these are directly related to the artists where possible but not always). Also, I take no responsibility for the links. Just trying to help… 

Nai Palm – Wititj (The Lightning Snake Pt. 1) taken from ‘Needle Paw’ (2017) https://www.7digital.com/artist/nai-palm/release/needle-paw-6822919

Jerome Sydenham & Kerri Chandler feat. Vera Mara - Orixás on Ibadan (1999) https://sydenham-chandler.bandcamp.com/album/sauda-o-aos-orix-s-feat-vera-mara

Salome de Bahia – Outro Lugar on Yellow Productions (1999) https://www.7digital.com/artist/salome-de-bahia/release/cabaret?h=2&d=1

Dubtribe Sound System – Equitoreal on Jive Electro (1999) https://www.beatport.com/track/equitoreal-original-mix/6433428

The KLF – Dream Time In Lake Jackson taken from ‘Chill Out’ on KLF Communications (1990) https://www.discogs.com/The-KLF-Chill-Out/master/13456

Susumu Yokota – Uchu Tanjyo taken from ‘Sakura’ on The Leaf Label (1999) https://susumuyokota.bandcamp.com/album/sakura

Issa El Saieh – Nan Pwen Lavi Anko (or Nan Point La Vie Encore Oh!) taken from ‘Voodoo Drums In Hi Fi’ (1958) https://www.7digital.com/artist/issa-el-saieh/release/voodoo-drums-in-hi-fi

Kiki Hitomi – Yellow Song taken from ‘Karma No Kusari’ on Jahtari (2016) https://jahtari.bandcamp.com/album/karma-no-kusari

Conquering Lion – Code Red (94 Remix) on Congo Natty (1994) https://www.junodownload.com/products/conquering-lion-code-red/1783179-02/

Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood and The Rajasthan Express – Junun taken from ‘Junun’ on Nonesuch (2015) https://www.7digital.com/artist/shye-ben-tzur-jonny-greenwood-and-the-rajasthan-express/release/junun-4973908?f=20%2C19%2C12%2C16%2C17%2C9%2C2

Asa-Chang & Junray – Hana taken from ‘Jun Ray Song Chang’ on The Leaf Label (2002) https://asa-changjunray.bandcamp.com/track/hana-2

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Threadwork is presented by Ross Cale.

Huge thanks to Bod for production support.

Huge thanks to Bettina Langlois for the Threadwork soft sculptures. Check out some of her other work here: https://www.instagram.com/bettenoire93/

https://www.instagram.com/rosscale/

Twitter: @rosscale

threadwork@threadwork.net

www.threadwork.net

https://www.acast.com/threadwork

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/threadwork/id1365731024?mt=2

https://www.mixcloud.com/rosscale3/

Episode 12 - Threadwork: The Life Aquatic

I’ve often thought that I have a predilection to aquatic sounds and overtones in music. There were loads of other records I had on the longlist for this episode – so a part two may well be on the cards at one point – but there’s something about water that’s very evocative in music. And then there are aquatic sounds – or compositions that feel watery. But what does that mean? Well, I know I’ve played a couple of his records on previous episodes and spoken a little about them but someone like Ross From Friends manages to capture a kind of submerged, bubbling, shifting feel on some of his compositions and, to me, they often end up conjuring an image as well as, obviously, providing the soundtrack. It may seem like a strange touchpoint but when I think about it, Chris Isaak’s ‘Wicked Game’ from the early 90s is an example of a track that feels watery. What I am keenly aware of is that ‘Wicked Game’ had an iconic video – especially for a young boy, phew – that was shot on a beach with the sea rolling away in the background. So is that the reason why I associate slightly reverby guitars and roomy production with an underwater sound and so anything that is left or right of arc of that gets tarred liberally with a watery brush? Maybe. But I’m not sure. It does sound aquatic though, doesn’t it? It shifts and slides and ebbs and flows… I can only speak from my perspective and whether others get a watery feel from it is up to them to say. But for me if there’s a dash of ‘Wicked Game’ in a piece of music then I’ll be on the shore of it, gazing out to the horizon.

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Despite me talking about it a lot above, 'Wicked Game' isn't included in the episode itself. So here it is below. What a tune.

Cheers,

R

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Threadwork is presented by Ross Cale.

Huge thanks to Bod for production support.

Huge thanks to Bettina Langlois for the Threadwork soft sculptures. Check out some of her other work here: https://www.instagram.com/bettenoire93/

threadwork@threadwork.net

www.threadwork.net

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https://www.instagram.com/rosscale/

Twitter: @rosscale

Episode 11 - Threadwork: From The Vaults: Glimpse (2002)

I've been tidying up the house recently and desperately trying to get rid of STUFF but whilst going through the STUFF I found a load of CDs in one of those massive CD wallets. And it just so happened to contain a load of old mixes I put together in the early/mid-2000s. Very few had a tracklisting and I only vaguely remember actually recording a couple of them but there they were nonetheless. Anyway, I popped a couple on and was surprised at how... well, Threadworky they were. That's either a good thing in that I remain consistent in my approach to compiling mixes (and Threadwork is among many other things a bit of an excuse to have a mix) or a less good thing in that I haven't developed at all in years.

Anyway, I take Threadwork seriously and I wouldn't just put up any old rubbish and call it an episode. And given there isn't a single track on here that I wouldn't include in any other instalment I was compiling today I thought I would post this up as a release.

It'll be good to get your thoughts.

Cheers,

R

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Threadwork is presented by Ross Cale.

Huge thanks to Bod for production support.

threadwork@threadwork.net

www.threadwork.net

https://www.mixcloud.com/rosscale3/

https://www.instagram.com/rosscale/ – there is nothing here right now. There will be – I just don’t know when. Probably when I find some images to post that I can associate with the podcast.

Twitter: @rosscale

Episode 10 - Threadwork: Bugs & Flowers

Here's instalment 10 of Threadwork and this fortnight's theme is Bugs & Flowers. I've mentioned elsewhere that some of the tracks don't exactly fit the description but they're near enough, I reckon.

There's a decent spread of music in this episode genre-wise: jazz, ambient, grunge, alternative, hard rock, electronica, house and more besides all feature and there's an accidental abundance of pianos across most of these styles which was a pleasant surprise. 

Also this is the track that gave its name to the episode but that I couldn't quite fit in to the podcast in a way I was happy with. So for bonus listening check out this beautiful record by Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard.

Cheers,

R

Spotify episode playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/rosscale/playlist/4hT2NAgx7P8uBg6OK0GBLC?si=91vA5HdJRna6nJGkoprNrA

Threadwork is presented by Ross Cale.

Huge thanks to Bod for production support.

threadwork@threadwork.net

www.threadwork.net

https://www.mixcloud.com/rosscale3/

https://www.instagram.com/rosscale/ – there is nothing here right now. There will be – I just don’t know when. Probably when I find some images to post that I can associate with the podcast.

Twitter: @rosscale