Episode 25: Space Part 2

This is the second and concluding part of the Space episodes of the Threadwork podcast. And in a way this is maybe not the but certainly a distillation of what Space in music can feel like. At least as far as I’m concerned - there’s not a chance in hell I’m making that assertion for anyone else. And all I really mean is that genre-wise and record-wise so many of these records just really make me feel spacey. The music sounds like it’s beaming in from, setting out towards or orbiting in perfect harmony, space. They’re so evocative, conjuring images of inky blackness and pinpricks of light that are so much more than they seem - unfathomably so.

On that note, evocative is a word I keep coming back to when describing music I play on the podcast, which is leading me to add more weight to that ability to evoke either images or feelings being ‘a Thread’ - and this is a podcast that seeks to work out what it is that links together all this amazing music.

Anyway, there may only be 9 pieces of music in this episode but what a 9 they are. Headphones would do you well on this one. But even if you don’t listen to the podcast that way - I hope you dig it and the music in whichever way you so.

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… 

Atmosfear – Outer Space [Mr Bongo] (1979) https://atmosfearuk.bandcamp.com/album/dancing-in-outer-space-outer-space

Mickey Moonlight – Interplanetary Music [Ed Banger] (2008) https://www.junodownload.com/products/mickey-moonlight-interplanetary-music/3634640-02/?track_number=1

Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band – Sunshower taken from Dr. Buzzard’s Original “Savannah” Band [RCA Victor] (1976) https://uk.7digital.com/artist/dr-buzzards-original-savannah-band/release/dr-buzzards-original-savannah-band-381684

Origin Unknown – Lunar Bass taken from The Speed Of Sound [RAM Records] (1996) https://www.ramrecords.com/download/rammlp1d

Q.-Project – Solar System [1996] (Looking Good Records) https://www.junodownload.com/products/logical-progression-level-1/2625055-02/?track_number=2

Moses Sumney – Man On The Moon taken from Mid-City Island [Self Released] (2015) https://mosessumney.bandcamp.com/track/man-on-the-moon

Korsakov – Deep In Space [Müller Records] (1997) https://www.junodownload.com/products/korsakov-deep-in-space/2966700-02/

The Orb – Supernova At The End Of The Universe taken from The Orb’s Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld [Big Life] (1991) https://www.junodownload.com/products/the-orb-adventures-beyond-the-ultraworld/1782976-02/

David Bowie – Space Oddity taken from David Bowie [Phillips] (1969) https://www.junodownload.com/products/the-orb-adventures-beyond-the-ultraworld/1782976-02/

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Episode 24: Space Part 1

So here is the first of two episodes of the Threadwork podcast that use space as their theme. And by space I mean in the cosmic sense - planets, galaxies, stars and the like. I’ve always loved space - it’s so evocative and it makes perfect sense to me that so much music would inspired by it. It’s so huge and unknowable and, to a certain extent, incomprehensible just by virtue of the sizes and distances often involved. The perfect example being the answer to the question - what is a light year? It sounds like a thing we can comprehend. A year is understandable, 1 as a number we can get our heads around. But a light year is a unit of distance and equates to approximately 5.8 trillion miles. Just consider that number for a second. Can you even begin to comprehend it? To truly get your head around it? I’m not sure it’s possible given our limited context - as in the world we interact with on a daily basis. It’s fascinating and scary and in the truest sense of the word, awe-inspiring.

I like space.

Anyway, here are just a few of the dozens of tracks that could have made it on to an episode - I hope you dig them.

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… 

Pulp – Space taken from Intro The Gift Recordings [Island] (1993) https://www.junodownload.com/products/pulp-intro-the-gift-recordings/1790570-02/?track_number=1

Midnight Juggernauts – Into The Galaxy (Metronomy Remix) [Institubes] (2008) https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/into-the-galaxy-bonus-track-version-ep/693598188

Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 – JBS taken from Star Sail [Company Records] (2017) https://chazbundickmeetsthemattson2.bandcamp.com/track/jbs

Elton John – Bennie & The Jets [DJM Records] (1973) https://www.junodownload.com/products/elton-john-goodbye-yellow-brick-road-remastered/2427501-02/?track_number=3

ASOK – Universe 3 [Lobster Theremin] (2017) https://lobstertheremin.com/track/universe-3

Jark Prongo – Wave 2081 [Hooj Choons] (1999) https://www.junodownload.com/products/jark-prongo-movin-thru-your-system/3544056-02/?track_number=2

Terekke – Bank 3 [Long Island Electrical Systems] (2013) https://liesrecords.bandcamp.com/track/bank-3

The Comet Is Coming – Unity taken from Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery [Impulse] (2019) https://www.junodownload.com/products/the-comet-trust-in-the-lifeforce-of/4087200-02/?track_number=8

Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise If You Can See taken from Space Is Only Noise [Circus Company] (2011) https://circuscompany.bandcamp.com/track/space-is-only-noise-if-you-can-see

(excerpt) The Muppets – Pigs In Space [Pye] (1978)

Canned Heat – Poor Moon [Iconoclassic] (2016) – that’s the reissue year of the expanded version of Future Blues. ‘Poor Moon’ was released as a single in 1969. https://www.junodownload.com/products/the-very-best-of-canned-heat/1702962-02/?track_number=12

M/A/R/R/S – Pump Up The Volume [4AD] (1987)

Space Dimension Controller – Cosmo30 Travel Duration [Royal Oak] (2010) https://bleep.com/release/25716-space-dimension-controller-journey-to-the-core-of-the-unknown-sphere-inc-kyle-hall-remix

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Episode 23: Numbers Part 2

So this is the second of a two-part set of episodes based around the theme of numbers. Unsurprisingly there are a lot of records that have some kind of relationship to numbers and whether it’s by sheer weight of numbers (no pun intended) or some other reason, the two episodes I’ve pulled together using that as a theme has allowed me to play some of my most loved pieces of music across a plethora of genres and styles.

This particular instalment almost has a half and half split of styles - the first half being primarily song-based whilst the second is primarily electronic and instrumental. Primarily being the key word because there’s crossover - but if you were being reductive that’s how you could split them up. For me it’s really enjoyable because I get to showcase brilliant lyricists one moment and then have a beat mix across a few house records the next. What it all means it’s hard to say but it’s a boatload of fun pulling together all these records. Hope you enjoy them.

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… 

Stereolab – Kyberneticka Babicka Pt. 2 taken from Fab Four Suture [Too Pure] (2006) https://duophonic.ochre.store/release/123460-stereolab-fab-four-structure-

https://www.junodownload.com/products/stereolab-kyberneticka-babicka/1245635-02/?track_number=2

Erykah Badu – 20 Feet Tall taken from New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh [Universal Motown] (2010) https://www.junodownload.com/products/erykah-badu-new-amerykah-part-two-return/3226582-02/?track_number=1

Air – Don’t Be Light taken from 10 000Hz Legend [Source] (2001) https://www.junodownload.com/products/air-twentyears-super-deluxe-version/3354287-02/?track_number=10

Avey Tare – 3 Umbrellas taken from Down There [Paw Tracks] (2010) https://www.7digital.com/artist/avey-tare/release/down-there-5139805?f=20%2C19%2C12%2C16%2C17%2C9%2C2

Father John Misty – Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins) taken from I Love You, Honeybear [Bella Union] (2015) https://fatherjohnmisty.bandcamp.com/track/chateau-lobby-4-in-c-for-two-virgins

Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard – If Life Exists (?) taken from ‘Em Are I [Rough Trade] (2009) https://jeffreylewis.bandcamp.com/album/em-are-i-2009-10

Four Hands – Hizou [Claremont 56] (2010) https://thefourhands.bandcamp.com/track/hizou

Lord Of The Isles – Sunrise 89 taken from Parabolas Of Neon [Firecracker Recordings] (2016) https://firecrackerrecordings.bandcamp.com/track/sunrise-89

Pepe Bradock – Ghost taken from 6 Millions Pintades EP [Atavisme] (2000)

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – I Will Make Room For You (Four Tet Remix) [Western Vinyl] (2017) https://kaitlynaureliasmith.bandcamp.com/album/i-will-make-room-for-you-four-tet-remix

The Soft Pink Truth – Satie (Grey Corduroy Suit) (Herbert’s Walk Free Mix) [Soundslike] (2003) https://www.beatport.com/track/satie-herberts-walk-free-mix/119191

Arctic Monkeys – 505 [Domino] (2007) https://www.7digital.com/artist/arctic-monkeys/release/favourite-worst-nightmare-430372?h=12&f=20%2C19%2C12%2C16%2C17%2C9%2C2

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Episode 22: Numbers Part 1

Hey kids, do you like numbers? Turns out there’s a fair number (arf) of amazing records that are overtly or tangentially related to numbers and so this, the 22nd instalment of the Threadwork podcast pulls together a fair few (snigger) of them here. This is the first of a two parter (part 2 drops in a fortnight) and contains simply incredible music from the likes of Teebs, Pepe Bradock, The Avalanches, Terron and loads more besides.

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… 

Fujiya & Miyagi – Conductor 71 [Tirk] (2005) https://fujiyamiyagi.bandcamp.com/track/conductor-71

Teebs – Double Fifths taken from Ardour [Brainfeeder] (2010) https://teebs.bandcamp.com/track/double-fifths

Girl Ray – Don’t Go Back At Ten taken from Earl Grey [Moshi Moshi Records] (2017) https://girlray.bandcamp.com/track/dont-go-back-at-ten

Kate Bush – Pi taken from Aerial [EMI] (2005) https://www.7digital.com/artist/kate-bush/release/aerial-1199023?f=20%2C19%2C12%2C16%2C17%2C9%2C2

The Avalanches – Two Hearts In ¾ Time [XL] (2001) https://www.junodownload.com/products/the-avalanches-since-i-left-you/1244987-02/

Terron – No. 17 Governing [Whities] (2014) https://www.junodownload.com/products/terron-whities-001/2869335-02/

Linkwood – RIP [Prime Numbers] (2008) https://pnrecords.bandcamp.com/track/rip

10cc – I’m Not In Love taken from The Original Soundtrack [Mercury] (1975) https://www.junodownload.com/products/iam-not-in-love-the-essential-10cc/3256859-02/?track_number=1

Hidden Agenda – Despatch#2 [Metalheadz] (1996) https://metalheadz.bandcamp.com/track/despatch-2

Panoram – 1212121212 taken from Everyone Is A Door [Firecracker Recordings] (2014) https://firecrackerrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/firec012lp-cd-panoram-everyone-is-a-door

Erik Satie – Gymnopedie No. 1 as played by Alexandre Tharaud taken from Avant-Dernières Pensées [Harmonia Mundi] (2009) https://www.7digital.com/artist/alexandre-tharaud/release/satie-avant-derni%C3%A8res-pens%C3%A9es-6785923

Pepe Bradock – 4 [Atavisme] (2003)

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Episode 21: Anatomy

So here we are then, the first instalment of Threadwork in 2019 and for this episode I’ve pulled together a bunch of amazing music that all have some relationship to the theme of ‘anatomy’. I’m really pleased with how this one has turned out and there’s a good breadth of music on show so hopefully you’ll get something out of it. Also, I’m not sure whether anyone’s ever mixed Elbow into Fudge Fingas before so it’s probably worth the admission fee for that alone.

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… 

Soft Hair – Lying Has To Stop taken from Soft Hair [Weird World] (2016) https://softhair.bandcamp.com/album/soft-hair

Luke Temple – Hard Working Hand taken from Good Mood Fool [Secretly Canadian] (2013) https://bleep.com/release/49121-luke-temple-good-mood-fool

Prefuse 73 – Whisper In My Ear To Tell Me You Hate Me taken from Extinguished : Outtakes [Warp Records] (2003) https://bleep.com/release/3908-prefuse-73-extinguished

Spectral Display – It Takes A Muscle To Fall In Love taken from Spectral Display [EMI] (1982) https://www.7digital.com/artist/spectral-display/release/spectral-display-6775106?h=1&d=1

Joe – Tail Lift [Hessle Audio] (2017) https://joemakemusic.bandcamp.com/album/tail-lift-mph

Sirus – An Eye For An Eye [NRK] (2000) https://www.junodownload.com/products/sirus-on-the-edge-of-a-dream/1208360-02/?track_number=4

Fudge Fingas & His Fidgety Friends – Aksman taken from Firecracker Ep 3 [Firecracker Recordings] (2007) https://firecrackerrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/firec003

Elbow – Any Day Now taken from Asleep In The Back [V2] (2001) https://www.7digital.com/artist/elbow/release/asleep-in-the-back-535778?h=1&d=1

Candido – Thousand Finger Man taken from Dancin’ & Prancin’ [Salsoul Records] (1979) (but the version I’m playing is a shorter edit that appears on a couple of BBE comps and that’s what the link takes you to. Pretty sure it just chops off a bit of the intro and gets into the meat of the track more quickly) https://www.junodownload.com/products/dj-marky-candido-dj-zinc-influences-ep/1361118-02/?track_number=1

Loose Joints – Is It All Over My Face (Unreleased Original Full Length Version) taken from The Loft (compiled by David Mancuso & Cosmo) [Nuphonic] (1999 – compilation release year) https://www.discogs.com/Loose-Joints-Pop-Your-Funk-The-Complete-Singles-Collection/release/8399430

https://www.discogs.com/David-Mancuso-The-Loft/master/99836

https://www.residentadvisor.net/features/1125 - this is a link to an extract from Tim Lawrence’s ‘Hold On to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-92’ that talks all about the writing and recording of ‘Is It All Over My Face’.

Wisbey – The Ladies’ Bras taken from Now We Are Ten [Trunk Records] (2007) https://trunkrecords.greedbag.com/buy/the-ladies-bras-0/

BADBADNOTGOOD – In Your Eyes taken from IV [Innovative Leisure Records] (2016) https://badbadnotgoodil.bandcamp.com/album/iv

Shuggie Otis – Aht Uh Mi Hed taken from Inspiration Information [Epic] (1974) https://latenighttales.bandcamp.com/album/late-night-tales-the-cinematic-orchestra

Sonny & The Sunsets – Green Blood taken from Antenna To The Afterworld [Polyvinyl Record Company] (2013) https://sonnyandthesunsets.bandcamp.com/track/green-blood

Radiohead – My Iron Lung taken from The Bends [Parlophone] (1995) https://store.wasteheadquarters.com/collections/audio-visual/products/the-bends-cd

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Episode 20: Music of 2018 Part 2

So this is the final episode of the year and it is, as billed, the second of a two part retrospective of 2018. It follows on thematically from part 1 (episode 19) but I suppose that’s self-evident from the title. But what I really mean is that it’s music that I thought was exceptional that was (mostly) released in the calendar year 2018. I say mostly, because I got confused and included a record from 2017 that I discovered in 2018. Doesn’t really matter though as it’s a really good record but just thought I’d get the qualifier in early!

Captured in this episode and the last is some of the music that has really set me alight and inspired me. And here’s the thing: what with the time it takes pulling every instalment of Threadwork together, for the most part of 2018 I didn’t listen to as much new music as I would normally. I simply haven’t had the time to really get stuck into new music as I would’ve liked - especially in the house and techno world where I think you have to dig a bit more to find what really shines for you as an individual. So there’s a fair few things that have come from the radio and other bits I’ve just picked up in the ether. Things from labels and artists I’ll always check out because I know they’ll be interesting but also from Spotify algorithms. And the latter is probably an important one to name-check because I reckon there might be a bit of a stigma about citing that as a source of discovery. Maybe I’m wrong about that but either way I reckon I’ve worked the system sufficiently to get Spotify to ‘push’ me things that are of a high quality and that I dig.

Anyway, none of the above matters other than for context. As I always, I just hope that some of these records strike a chord with you. And if they do, the links to purchase them can be found below.

Have a great end of year, thank you so much for listening (and if you’re new to it all then have a work through the back cat - it’s all good stuff) and I’ll catch you at one point in 2019.

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… 

Other Lands – Chapel Perilous Closed [Firecracker Recordings] (2018) https://firecrackerrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/firec025-pattern-transform

Talaboman – Safe Changes taken from The Night Land [R&S] (2017!! oops) https://talaboman.bandcamp.com/album/the-night-land

Ross From Friends – Don’t Wake Dad taken from Family Portrait [Brainfeeder] (2018) https://rossfromfriends.bandcamp.com/album/family-portrait-2

Kamaal Williams – High Roller taken from The Return [Black Focus Records] (2018) https://kamaalwilliams.bandcamp.com/album/the-return

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Hunnybee taken from Sex & Food [Jagjaguwar] (2018) https://unknown-mortal-orchestra.bandcamp.com/album/sex-food

Soccer Mommy - Last Girl taken from Clean [Fat Possum] (2018) https://sopharela.bandcamp.com/track/last-girl-3

Underworld & Iggy Pop – Bells & Circles taken from Teatime Dub Encounters [Beat Records] (2018) https://www.7digital.com/artist/underworld/release/teatime-dub-encounters-8177914

Arrangement – Coconut Mango taken from Vol. 01 Cassette [Arrangement] (2018) https://arrangementstudio.com/archive/music/arrangement-vol-01-cassette/

Leon Vynehall – It Breaks (Chapter IX) taken from Nothing Is Still [Ninja Tune] (2018) https://leonvynehall.bandcamp.com/album/nothing-is-still

Janek Schaefer – Tree At The End Of The World taken from What Light There Is Tells Us Nothing [Temporary Residence Limited] (2018) https://janekschaefer.bandcamp.com/

Anthony Naples – Spiral taken from Take Me With You [Good Morning Tapes] (2018) https://anthonynaples.bandcamp.com/album/take-me-with-you

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

Dirty Projectors – (I Wanna) Feel It All (feat. Dear Nora) taken from Lamp Lit Prose [Domino] (2018) https://dirtyprojectors.bandcamp.com/album/lamp-lit-prose

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Electronic Series Vol 1: Abstractions [Touch The Plants] (2018) https://kaitlynaureliasmith.bandcamp.com/album/electronic-series-vol-1-abstractions

Childish Gambino – This Is America [mc DJ Recording] (2018) https://www.7digital.com/yourmusic/artist/childish-gambino/release/this-is-america-7831746/7831746

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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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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 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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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/

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threadwork@threadwork.net

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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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Cosmo’s Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/colleen-murphy2/

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

 

Spotify episode playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/rosscale/playlist/1WfCth9owGm6BkL2blBGWo?si=S6j1lIDUQwK7igUOqI60dA

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

threadwork@threadwork.net

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

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/

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

Twitter: @rosscale

threadwork@threadwork.net

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https://www.acast.com/threadwork

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https://open.spotify.com/show/1EohT1bTEcHMbtvxu9G6yj?si=slasCkMqSFm-2hFgBGYGZQ

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