The Claude Mono Blog

Shake it, shake it, baby, come on now!
August 30, 2009, 11:49 am
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 Micheal Jackson - Ben Era

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S.O.U.L.sides radio show
August 15, 2009, 8:54 am
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bobby blackbird soulsides

The weekend starts here….Microgroove kicks of this months show early and big with his birthday present –  Billy Larkin and the Delegates on an original LP pressing and the legendary Pigmy then its soul jazz and Hammond burners, soul 45s, driving funk and beats for two hours  – listen for Reuben Wilson getting stoned out of his mind with the Chilites classic, and Lee Field My World Parts 1 and 2 spliced together by Mr Mono and a show exit thanks to Kate Bush covering Marvin Gaye – what?    

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Woody Herman – The Hut

Billy Larkin and the Delegates – Pigmy

Lou Donaldson – Signifying

Young Holt Limited – Country Sticker Joe

Richard Groove Holmes – Soul Message

The Watson Sisters – Love Light of Mine

Baby Washington – Go On

Little Willie John – You’re a Sweetheart

Annakonda – Wheedles Groove

Emeli Sande and Marco with the DT6 – Takes

Barbara Mason – You Better Stop

Kings Go Forth – High On Your Love

The Fabulous Souls – Take Me pt1 and pt2

Harvey and the Phenomenals Soul and Sunshine

Barbara King – What I Did In The Street

Shanon Jones and The Dapkings – Keep On Looking (KD Mix)

Billy Martin with the Soul Jets – Funky Feeling

Edwin Start and Blinky – Well Find A Way

Don Covay and the Godfathers – Mercy Mercy

The Favourite Sons – That Driving Beat

The Attack – Feel Like Flying

Carlos Malcolm – Pound for Pound

Girma Beyene –  Ene Negn Bal/Monesh

Rasputin Stash – Ooh Baby

Reuben Wilson –  Stoned Out of My Mind

Frozek Steak –  Popcorn

Low Fidelity Jet Set Orchestra –  Danger Boogaloo

Lack of Afro –  Live at The Club

Enzo Bontempi –  Bangarang

Orchestra Henryk Debich –  Bez Metalu

Lee Fields –  My World pt 1 and pt2

Kate Bush – Sexual Healing

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Beauty in Ruins – Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre
August 7, 2009, 10:55 am
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As Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre explain it …

Ruins are the visible symbols and landmarks of our societies
and their changes, small pieces of history in suspension.

The state of ruin is essentially a temporary situation that happens at
some point, the volatile result of change of era and the fall of empires.
This fragility, the time elapsed but even so running fast, lead us to watch them one very last time :
being dismayed, or admire, making us wondering about the permanence of things.

Photography appeared to us as a modest way
to keep a little bit of this ephemeral state.

Urban archeology & modern ruins photography.

Portfolio of Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre

Ruins of Detroit - Theatre

Ruins of Detroit - Theatre 2

Ruins of Detroit - Theatre 3

Ruins of Detroit - building

Ruins of Detroit - building 2

The PS22 Chorus and Passion Pit
August 2, 2009, 6:08 am
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Too Cool For School

The PS22 Chorus, a bunch of elementary school kids with a way too hip Music Teacher now viewed 8 million times on YouTube have become ubiquitous!!! – I’ve got to say I like their take on the Passion Pit track Sleepyhead – some of their stuff is a bit too saccharine and Tori Amos-ish for my liking but they do OK with Pulp’s Common People (Music Teacher Gregg Breinberg changed the lyrics to be more child-friendly – can’t find it on YouTube -suspicious), The Cure’s Pictures of You  and The Doors classic People Are Strange.

You can check out their blog here

You can listen to a Claude Mono splice-up including a couple of other Sleepyhead DIY Internet mixes here

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Nick Drake vs. Marvin Gaye
August 1, 2009, 9:58 am
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Nick Drake vs. Marvin Gaye – could it work? – is it sacrilege?

nick drake

Its the annual Claude Mono Nick Drake Festival – a week where Claude does nothing (well musically speaking) except listen to Nick Drake’s complete body of work over and over again. You can do this in a week and still have taken a very deep dive into Tanworth-in-Arden and a journey into the very soul of what music and musicianship is all about. As a part of this year’s celebrations I was over at Nick and was alerted to a fine piece of work which I believe is credited to (although possibly not authorised by the estate) to an orange coloured robot called nemzob and can be found here  But you can check it out right here by clicking the little button.

P.S. It works for me.

The City Of Lost Beats
August 1, 2009, 9:39 am
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The City of Lost Beats – Episode #1 – Live on El Ritmo

el ritmo july 2009

the city of lost beats

Claude Mono’s  hi-fi journey through Library, Bossa, Eastern European Psych Beats, Freak Folk, Seventies Samba Soul, Brazillian Funk, and performed live in the studios of rtrfm – Listen here and check outs ome groovy videos here find out what you are liustening too with the tracklisting below…

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Kurt Kiesewetter Train – Roll On the Leftside

The John Schroeder Orchestra – Wana nana Wana Nana

The Novi Singers – Fool On The Hill

Johnny Tauper – Love Me

The Novi Singers – The Look Of Love

Thief – Sunchild

Marden Hill – Bardot

Gotan Project  – Tripitico

Ursula 1000 – Riviera Rendezvous

Kitty Winter Gypsy – Nova Mato Pato

Erwin Lehn Orchestra – Colour

The Novi Singers Quantus

Karin Korg – Maiden Voyage

Dorothy Ashby – Truth Spoken Here

Souldful Strings – Eight Miles High

John Andrews Tartagalia – Light My Fire

Peter Thomas Orchestra – Opium

The Mighty Bop – Six Million Dollar Man

Tim Love Lee – Twitching

Rosco – Peacemaker

Soulful Strings – Chocolate Canary

Barbarella Trailer  

Logans Sanctuary – Metropia

Ju Par Universal Orchestra Mocha Velvet

James Last – Heyah Masss

Svel Libaek Inner Space

Frank Pauer Modal Foces Movement A