NEW UPLOAD: In Venice, where I am as I write this, the acoustics are as singular as the place. The reverb of shoes on pavement and the lapping of water on walls echo in the natural sonic geography of alley and street. In this environment, Vivaldi, and the ten other composers here, created the music that became Baroque. In this new playlist, we travel back to that Venetian landscape of the early 18th century, where violins and voice called and responded through passage and cul-de-sac. “In every home, someone is playing a musical instrument or singing-–there is music everywhere,” recorded an anonymous Frenchman at the time. Click here  and go there...and as always enjoy in joy.
UPDATE: In regard to the much loved and, at this point, missing John Peel section, I'm working on getting permission from his family and the Beeb to reload the 200 odd sessions that currently slumber in my collection.

THE SCOOP: Playlists are now a robust 3 hours, you will join them in progress with artwork and pithy reviews. Many playlists are missing, but will start to appear as we stock up. Social media now charges for communiqués. UPLOADS notifications by email only. Register and be an informed listener. iPhone and Android support is being built. Bookmarks work again, so share your favorites to your heart's content. Connect to your stereo and turn it up. C


MUSIC & TAVEL BLOG 3.22: Some new Jazz  awaits your listening pleasure, don't be afraid, it's a very cool playlist, great for dinner parties and mellow evenings. I'm also 'flying home' from my four-night d-jay session in Sydney Australia. The photo is of me rapidly exiting stage. At my back is a crowd of 9.000 – the largest live audience I've ever played for. That night I managed to get the audience so jacked up they invaded the stage, and the security team had to curtail the 'leaping about". Thanks to my friends at Spectrum Now for giving me the chance to deliver some thunder down under. Cheers!

HIT SINGLES : 7" Of Plastic With A Hole In The Middle

MUSIC BLOG 3.6 is now on site, making 69 hours of music, another 200 hours of content and we’re back to where we were last year. The new upload contains chart-toppers from 1952 to 2014, so lots of signposts in the document that is your life. Thinking caps on, it's time for the years in your ears...this mixtape is haunting, powerful, and is, as always, magnificent. So anyway…the big news here is that next week I’m off to Australia to perform at the Spectrum Playground in Sydney…yes I am. My sets are called ‘Between The Bands,’ wherein I play music to engage and delight some 9,000 patrons, and in so doing, transition one ensemble to another. I’m calling it my ‘this is brilliant, what is it?’ tour.

CARIBBEAN RHYTHM: Toasters Dancehall

BLOG 2.27: Isaiah’s Place was a NYC club I frequented way back. Metal detector and pat downs at the door, the security was ‘Rambo Style.’ An elevator took you up and tipped you out and onto the dance floor, not a pallid face to be seen–magic.The sound was drum and bass with ‘toasters’ extemporizing lyrics. Toasting would soon be co-opted by the boys from the Bronx and turned into rap. That slow perpetual carib riddim put the hook in you until you stumbled out at dawn.

JAZZ SWING & SINGERS: Keep Calm And Carry On

MUSIC BLOG 2.18.Keep Calm & Carry On was a motivational poster produced by the British Government in 1939 in anticipation of WWII, times were dire but the music was uplifting. It was intended to raise the morale of a public, threatened with mass air attacks. Although over 2 million were printed, the poster was rarely displayed and was little known until a copy was discovered in 2000. Only two copies survived until a collection of 20 was brought in to the Antiques Roadshow in 2012. Enjoy in joy.

SOUND TRACK: Ocean Soundscape

Music Blog. 2.13. Those familiar with the site will understand that this section is not about the lyric or the beat, but rather an understated accompaniment to read by. These particular playlists are made to watch sunsets by, or for lolling around the house to... if luck prevails they are great mixtapes for that ‘other thing’ which may ensue, I speak of 'country matters'. Play on, play on….

RHYTHM & BLUES: Soul On Fire

2.10.15. Northern soul emerged in the north of England in the 1960s. Driven by American soul, the Stax label was a huge part of its sound. This was an historic moment, when despite segregation, black and white musicians worked together to produce music that is as relevant today as it was then. Here are 68 tracks of Memphis homegrown hits, from 1947 to 1968…great for after dinner with friends…serve “chilled.”

MODERN MUSIC: The Best of 2014

1.30.15: I hate the word ‘pop,’ because none of the tracks are necessarily mainstream and in the ‘charts.’ There’s a Scandinavian presence here, with tracks from Sweden and Iceland…some music from Senegal via Wales and China, riddim from Jamaica, Canadian content, something from Brazil in French, and a number of tracks from France in French–stupéfier! The usual brace of U.K., U.S. cuts, including a track from my childhood home of Cumbria. Not all things to all people, but close.

AFRICAN BEATS: La Musique De L'Afrique

1.24.15 The Ancient Greek word “aphrike” means “without cold,” and the Roman word “aprica” means “sunny” – either way you slice it, the music from this continent is never dull. If you have children, press play and watch them dance...if you don't, bolt the door, turn up the volume, and let the leaping begin...

EASY BEAT: Black Eyed Dog

01.15.15: Announcing the minty-fresh release in the Easy Beat section of Black Eyed Dog, so named because it contains an impossible-to-find version of said sad song by the ever popular, but continuously dead, Nick Drake. Forty-one other cuts here include new entries to the land of the living. Best listened to via vast quantities of wine, in dark smoky rooms with intriguing me.

RHYTHM & BLUES: Goodbye Blues

01.09.15 Followers of this catagory of will rejoice at the return of Goodbye Blues. Now a three-hour extravaganza of R & B with a dash of Soul – 53 rare, or impossibly hard-to-find tracks, on vinyl, covering the period 1939 to now. Back to work and let the inspiration of the Blues ensue.