WTM #1033: Lennon vs Brautigan vs Ellis vs Bittova

087wReck thiS meSS ~ Radio Patapoe 88.3 
Amsterdam ~ Ethno-Illogical Psycho-Radiographies: 
PTP: 88.3FM
13 October 2008 // 17.00-19.00
Possession isn’t nine-tenths of the law. It’s nine-tenths of the problem. 
• John Lennon 
The basic thing nobody asks is why do people take drugs of any sort? Why do we have these accessories to normal living to live? I mean, is there something wrong with society that’s making us so pressurized, that we cannot live without guarding ourselves against it? 
• John Lennon
It’s strange how the simple things in life go on while we become more difficult. 
Two Virgins > John Lennon & Yoko Ono [1]
Ladna Celadna > Iva Bittova & Bang on a Can All-Stars [2]
Two Virgins > John Lennon & Yoko Ono [1]
Samota / Loneliness > Iva Bittova & Bang on a Can All-Stars [2]
Ek Dafa ek Jungle Tha > Kamal Hasan & Manna Dey [3]
Metalogos Part A > Paul Dutton [4]
All of us have a place in history. Mine is clouds. 
• Richard Brautigan 
Trout Fishing in America > Richard Brautigan [5]
Into the Trees > Trentmoller [6]
Conjunction Kung Fu > Iva Bittova & Javas vs Jeff Bennett [7]
Traveline > Joan [8]
A Confederate General at Big Sur > Richard Brautigan [5]
Amtrak Train 170 > James Welling [8]
T’ Her > Paul Dutton [4]
Amtrak Train 170 > James Welling [8]
Another World > Richard Hell & the Voidoids [9]
His Eyes, Her Eyes > Paul Dutton [4]
Too Late > Alton Ellis [10]
Merry Prankster > Rotary Connection [11]
You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die. 
• John Lennon 
Two Virgins > John Lennon & Yoko Ono [1]
Pump Effect > Rotary Connection [11]
I’m A Man > John Lennon [12]
When It’s Springtime in the Rockies > Wilf Carter [13]
Ya Ya > John Lennon [14]
Cowboy Nigh Herd Song > Roy Rogers [15]
Lovesick Blues > Frank Ifield [16]
Here are the Sounds of my Life in SF > Richard Brautigan [5]
Wolf Chant > Paul Dutton [4]
Wall Flower > Liquid Stranger [17]
Bol Baby Bol > Kishore Kumar [18]
Twas a Night Like Ethel Merman > John Lennon [12]
Yovertonodeling > Paul Dutton [19]
Revenge of the Lawn > Richard Brautigan [5]
Beethoven Sonate #26 [scratch & reverb & backward] > Alfred Brendel, piano [20]
Working Class Hero > John Lennon & Plastic Ono Band [21]
Eine Kleine Hayakawa > J. Marks & Lebselter [22]
You Know the Name, Look up the Number > John Lennon [12]
[1] Two Virgins, Apple vinyl 1970.
[2] Elida, Indies Records, 2005.
[3] From some Bollywood collection. Crazy
[4] Oralizations, Ambiances Magnetiques, 2005. Wild forays into the primal avant.
[5] Listening to Richard Brautigan, 1969. From a cassette made for me by poet Carol Wierzbicki.
[6]The Last Resort, Poker Flat, 2006. Top 20 I heard in 2008.
[7] The Party, Indies Records, 2005.
[8] Bring Your Own Walkman, Staalplaat, 1997
[9] Blank Generation, Sire vinyl, 1977. “Head wrapped in your hair / In a box lined with silk / You can’t learn to talk / And the air is your milk.”
[10] Randy’s 17 North Parade, Pressure Sounds vinyl, 1997. Great compilation of roots sounds.
[11] Aladdin/Dinner Music, Raven, 1999.
[12] The Lost John Lennon Tapes.
[13] The Dynamite Trail, Bear Family, 1990. Dyn-O-mite yodeler from Canada.
[14] Rock ‘n’ Roll, Parlaphone/EMI vinyl, 1975, 1981. So scratched it sounds like it was recorded in a downpour.
[15] Single version.
[16] He was a big pop star-yodeler. He once headlined some shows with the Beatles as opening act. The Ifield fans did not take kindly to the Beatles.
[17] The Invisible Conquest, Phantom Sound & Vision, 2007. Top 20 I heard in 2008.
[18] Great yodeling Bollywood star actor, singer, yodeler, comedian, writer, director…
[19] Track from the forthcoming Avant le Voix: Human Experiments with the Yodel.
[20] Alfred Brendel detuned and remodified.
[21] John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band, Apple vinyl, 1970.
[22] Ancient samplodelics masterpieces, samples the Beatles.
This show was dedicated to Iva Bittova, who played in Amsterdam recently. I missed it although I did see her twice for something like 1 euro per night equivalent back in 1994, when partner N. was living in Prague. She is a great improvising voice and instrumentalist. I remember the nights as very enchanting and intimate. I even dared go back stage and talk to her however briefly. But also to Dead Lennon, Dead Brautigan and Dead Ellis.
John Lennon was born 9 October 1940, so around he time of this show. I have been relistening to Brautigan and rereading Trout Fishing [it holds up ok upon reread although some of the magic I felt back when I first read it in 1972 has been drained from it like pus from a wound. Richard Brautigan was found dead some two weeks after he had shot himself in the head on 28 October 1984. Alton Ellis died around the time of this show.
I remember where I was the night John Lennon was shot in December of 1980. I had gotten a job via an acquaintance of my partner at the time. It meant painting some rooms in her mother’s home. I had to go by bus way out to Lynbrook [inverse of Brooklyn and established, I heard at the time, by Jews fleeing the inner city of NY]. I had had borscht and passionate conversations with her mother and she recommended me to her best friend a woman a couple of blocks over. I was already busy on this job as well. The woman was nice, her male partner, not the father of her daughter, wanted to make sure he got in his two cents worth so he would pop in every now and then to note my progress and keep an eye on me. The daughter was a very cute teen who, I only learned after putting details together – you know, the kind of revelations where you hit the palm of your hand against your forehead – had a crush on me. And when I did her room she spent almost the entire time in there with me talking about music and “stuff”. This made her mom uncomfortable although my intentions were honorable and no hanky-panky transpired. Although remembering her body language you could observe all the signals of yearning of curiosity of longing… It was one night real late that I was coming back into NY that I heard from a passenger getting on the bus that John Lennon had been shot. I remember the bus driver immediately turning on his transistor fixed to the dash with some tape or rubber bands and hearing the hysterical eye witness accounts and that fans had already begun to gather in front of the Dakota.
Reggae star Alton Ellis, known as “the Godfather of rocksteady”, died at the age of 70 of cancer.
The Jamaican-born singer and sound pioneer moved to the UK in the 1970s, where he had a number of laid-back “rocksteady” hits, including I’m Still in Love and I’m Just a Guy. In the 1950s he was the leader of the vocal group The Flames, He died in London’s Hammersmith hospital on 10 October 2008. He is survived by more than 20 children!

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