The Blowin Weekly Extra – Constant Correction

Blowin 9-10pm Sunday 31st October 2010
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Edge of infinity, James Turrell

Edge of infinity, James Turrell

Regular listeners may have found last week’s Blowin familiar, and at odds with the playlist we sent out.

Some, ahem.. confusion caused a glitch in the system. Human error.. an all that…

 Just to confuse you further, this week’s broadcast programme is the one playlisted last week. Both playlists below.


 Richard Ormrod’s ‘A Dread Supreme’ 

Sunday 14 Nov 1-4pm, at Seven, Chapel Allerton, Leeds      
“John Coltrane gets the dub treatment in the band that was the hit of this year’s Chapel Allerton Arts Festival. With Richard Ormrod on saxes, Simon Pugsley, trombone, Chris Campbell, guitar, Bob Birch, organ, synths, Alex Davis, bass, Spear, percussion, Sam Hobbs, drums.” 

£5/4 on the door. Doors open 1pm, music 1.30-4pm


 Ken Kesey on Neal Cassady:
“I’ve tried to distill his teachings as best I can. The most important lesson is also the most ironic: most of what is important cannot be taught except by experience. His most powerful lesson behind the rap was not to dwell on mistakes. He used the metaphor of driving. He believed that you got into trouble by overcorrecting. A certain sloth, he thought, lets you veer into a ditch on the right side of the road. Then you overcorrect and hit a car to your left. Cassady believed you had to be correcting every instant. The longer you let things go, the longer you stayed comfortable, the more likely the case that you would have to overcorrect. Then you would have created a big error. The virtue of continual, engaged experience—an endless and relentless argument with the self—that was his lesson.”


  Don Delillo, on branding

Interviewer: “Could you tell me about the passage in White Noise in which Jack listens to his daughter Steffie talking in her sleep, and she is repeating the words Toyota Celica?”

Delillo: “There’s something nearly mystical about certain words and phrases that float through our lives. It’s computer mysticism. Words that are computer generated to be used on products that might be sold anywhere from Japan to Denmark—words devised to be pronounceable in a hundred languages. And when you detach one of these words from the product it was designed to serve, the word acquires a chantlike quality. Years ago somebody decided—I don’t know how this conclusion was reached—that the most beautiful phrase in the English language was cellar door. If you concentrate on the sound, if you disassociate the words from the object they denote, and if you say the words over and over, they become a sort of higher Esperanto. This is how Toyota Celica began its life. It was pure chant at the beginning. Then they had to find an object to accommodate the words.”


 Gregory was what we called him, not needing a second name for recognition.

Gregory Isaacs, aka The Cool Ruler, died last Monday.

Over the next weeks we’ll be playing lots of tunes from his classic period, before drugs eroded his voice and talent. He was never going to reach an audience like Bob Marley did, but his tunes were accessible enough to reach a much wider world, had it not been for the racist music media and record companies. Anyroad, if you felt it, you know it.

 Gregory on Youtube:
Cool Down, on The Tube 1983:

Tune In, this is my fave of his : 

Meanwhile I thought we might take a look at the word ‘cool’.

I spoke to a high-profile legal person on the phone last week, and he signed off with ‘cool’. The word’s use has gradually been increasing in recent years, but I find most of it almost shockingly casual. Uncool, if you like.

 Wkipedia has a nice piece about the variety of usage, and how it has changed: “There is no single concept of cool. One of the essential characteristics of cool is its mutability—what is considered cool changes over time and varies among cultures and generations.”

 I don’t know why I’m so wound up by the current casual usage. Many other words have crept out of hip jargon and made it to popular speech. Perhaps the following might go some way to explain the feeling of blasphemy I get when someone drops it into conversation:

”Cool was once an attitude fostered by rebels and underdogs, such as slaves, prisoners, bikers and political dissents, etc, for whom open rebellion invited punishment, so it hid defiance behind a wall of ironic detachment, distancing itself from the source of authority rather than directly confronting it.”


A charged-up Quicksilver Messenger Service do Bo Diddley


Eno goes Aphex


 Photos by Fay Godwin at Bradford’s National Media Museum

Land Revisited: 15 October 2010 to 27 March 2011

More here,  with a slideshow of photos, gallery of portraits (Larkin, Hughes, etc)

My favourite photos of hers are those of the Calder Valley that accompany Ted Hughes’ poems in the book Remains of Elmet.

 Her photos of Bradford:

(Not sure about the framing of the photos at the NMM).


 Blowin - 24 October

 Tricky – Black Steel (Been Caught Steeling Mix) – Fourth & Broadway CD single
Sugar Minott – Ghetto-Ology Dub – Gheto-Ology + Dub CD – Easy Star
Bob Dylan – I Pity The Poor Immigrant – John Wesley Harding CD – Columbia
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Shop Around – Classic CD – Motown
Wire – Practice Makes Perfect – On Returning (1977-1979) CD – EMI
Otis Rush – All Your Love – I Can’t Quit You Baby CD – Blues Collection
Clive Hylton & The Upsetters – From Dub Four – Lee Perry: Sound System Scratch CD – Pressure Sounds –
John Coltrane – Blues For Bechet – Coltrane Plays The Blues CD – Atlantic
Eric Clapton & The Yardbirds – Got To Hurry – Blues Collection CD – Blues Collection
Miles Davis – Big Fun ( single edit)
Bob Dylan – Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues – Highway 61 Revisited CD – CBS
John Lee Hooker – Goin’ To Louisiana – That’s Where It’s At CD – Stax
Led Zeppelin – What is And What Should Never Be – Led Zep II CD – Atlantic
The 13th Floor Elevators – Baby Blue – All Time Highs CD – Music Club
Nightmares On Wax – Les Nuits – Carboot Soul CD – Warp

 Blowin – 31 October

Johnny Taylor – Who’s Making – Who’s Making Love CD – Stax
The Stooges – TV Eye – Fun House CD – Elektra
Ken Parker – The Choking Kind – Bamboo
Tabu Ley Rochereau – Ekeseni – The Voice Of Lightness Vol 2 2xCD – Sterns
Muddy Waters – I Feel Like Going Home – Country Blues CD – Catfish
Uniques – Facts Of Life – Absolutely Rocksteady CD – Pressure Sounds
Richard Thompson – She Twists The Knife Again – Andy Kershaw session 1987
Burning Spear – Travelling – Spear Burning CD – Pressure Sounds
Benga – The Cut – Diary Of An Afro Warrior CD – Tempa thanks to Tom B
Orchestre Baobab – Thioro Baye Samba – Gouye Gui De Dakar Vol 2
Little Feat – Got No Shadow – Sailin’ Shoes CD – Warners
OV Wright – A Nickel And A Nail – A Nickel And A Nail And The Ace Of Spades CD – Backbeat
Miles Davis, with Gil Evans – Blues For Pablo – Miles Ahead CD – Columbia
Sir Victor Uwaifo – Kirikisi – Guitar-Boy Superstar 1970-76 CD – Soundway

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Rob co-founded BCB with Mary Dowson, back when the hills were young and it were all flat caps an chappatis round 'ere. It was known as Bradford Festival Radio then, and thanks to the generosity of Dusty Rhodes we got started. Now he takes photos, puts little silver discs in drawers, mumbles into microphones, and walks on the hills. Keep On Blowin..