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/

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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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Twitter: @rosscale

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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/

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Twitter: @rosscale

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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

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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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Spotify episode playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/rosscale/playlist/3MsVwndTMepyexkMASGnom?si=J-ZQmmzJTKqriQJbIgpGJg

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

Episode 9 Bonus: Eden Blackman Full Conversation

Here's the first bonus Threadwork episode and it's the full, unedited conversation with Eden Blackman. It's a must listen for anyone with an interest in Eden's career in the music industry and contains a couple of excellent stories that didn't make it into the episode proper. 

Cheers,

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https://www.instagram.com/edenblackman/ 

https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/the-remix-show-with-eden-blackman-27072018/

Episode 9 - Threadwork: Eden Blackman

Episode 9 of Threadwork features a conversation with Eden Blackman https://www.instagram.com/edenblackman/ that I recorded with him in May 2018. It was so lovely to sit and chat with him about music and we ended up going for about an hour and a half in the end. It's a fascinating insight into Eden's relationship with music and what some of his defining musical moments are and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did doing it.

The episode took me a little bit longer to get ready than originally planned but a final studio push with Producer Bod saw us finally pull it together. Choosing what to leave out was really hard and so to alleviate the difficulty we'll be posting the original unedited conversation up as a bonus next Thursday.

Hope you dig.

Cheers,

R

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Threadwork is presented by Ross Cale.

Huge thanks to Bod for production support.

threadwork@threadwork.net

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

Twitter: @rosscale

Episode 8 - Threadwork: Things Fall Apart

Here is the 8th episode of Threadwork - an episode that, as I mention in the intro spiel, was borne out of a difficult time. Art has often been realized as a reaction to or inspired by such difficulties and whilst I'm loathe to describe this podcast as art per se I am far more comfortable in referring to the music contained within it as such. 

From a thread perspective the records on this episode tap into a number of things - there's an underwater, aquatic sound to couple of tracks - which I can trace back to, amongst other things, Chris Isaak's 'Wicked Game'. There's an opaqueness to some of the lyrics that lend themselves to interpretation - Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith's peerless 'To Feel Your Best' being a perfect example. I respond to this on many levels - it's like fully embracing the psychic con artist, putting out broad topics that you then attach meaning to. But in a good way. And of course there's the wider emotional response I get from all of the records.

Bonus listening: I couldn't get it to fit musically but it absolutely gave it's name to the podcast.

 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

Twitter: @rosscale

Episode 7 - Threadwork: Games

Here we are with episode 7 of Threadwork. This wasn't the episode that was originally scheduled but that doesn't mean that it's some poor substitute - rather it's one that I'm really happy to bring up the batting order. 

Originally, I wanted to talk to a mate of mine in the gaming industry in order to get him to pull together games-influenced music. But he didn't really fancy it and I, at the same time, found myself thinking of records that fit the theme. And so the stars aligned and, after a few sessions in the studio you now have the episode in front of you. One that I'm very proud to offer for your consideration.

Cheers,

R

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Spotify episode playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/rosscale/playlist/2La7iescssOcPZrZkvZ5Zw?si=q5Im217RS4KS9lWP1F1yMQ

Threadwork is presented by Ross Cale.

Huge thanks to Bod for production support.

threadwork@threadwork.net

www.threadwork.net

Twitter: @rosscale