3/4/2017 TKS Presents: ‘Rain’n’Cats’n’Dogs’ tracklist

•July 9, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Yep, it was rain ‘n’ cats ‘n’ dogs back at the beginning of April on The Kitchen Sink, thankfully not meteorologically, there being no deluge in the studio, but the well-known 17th century phrase did provide the inspiration for a nicely diverse sonic focus…..

1) Faust – It’s A Rainy Day, Sunsine Girl /from ‘Faust So Far’/ Polydor 1972
2) Elodie Lauten – Cat Counterpoint /from ‘Piano Works Revisited’/ Unseen Worlds 2010
3) Pere Ubu – Use Of A Dog /from ‘Song Of The Bailing Man’/ Rough Trade 1982
4) Brigitte Fontaine – Il Pleut /from the ‘Dirty French Psychedelics’ collection/ Dirty 2009
5) Robert Petway – Catfish Blues /from ‘The Rough Guide To Delta Blues’/ World Music Network 2002
6) Broken Heart Collector – Get The Dog /from ‘Broken. Heart. Collector’/ Discorporate Records 2011
7) Scott Walker – It’s Raining Today /from ‘Scott 3’/ Phonogram Ltd 1969
8) Evangelista – Paper Kitten Claw /from ‘Hello, Voyager’/ Constellation Records 2008
9) Devendra Banhart – Dogs They Make Up The Dark /from ‘Rejoicing In The Hands’/ Young God Records 2004
10) The Tinklers with X.X.O.O. – Black Dog /from the ‘Black Dog E.P’/ Music a la Coque 2001
11) Zappa/Mothers – Dog Breath In The Year Of The Plague /from ‘Meat Light’/ Zappa Records 2016
12) Disco Inferno – Scattered Showers /from ‘The 5 EPs’/ One Little Indian Records 2011
13) Meg Baird – Even Rain /from ‘Seasons On Earth’/ Wichita Recordings 2011
14) Amon Duul II – Sandoz In The Rain (Improvisation) /from ‘Yeti’/ Liberty Records 1970

That classic, considered by some as one of the launching pads the space rock genre, brought the show to an end on a night when, though I might have passed one of the neighbourhood stray cats on the way home, I don’t recall encountering any canines or the showers which the fourth month is associated with…
Wishing you many an aural pleasure! S.

Interested in this sonic selection? Listen here:


27/3/17 TKS Presents: ‘Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll’ tracklist

•July 5, 2017 • Leave a Comment

This sonic excursion was hit badly by the technical issues which have plagued the studio software for an age. An hour of gems connected to the title had to be reduced to a little over forty minutes and, while sex was well-represented, the drug-related tracks were feasted upon by the radio gremlins until only one remained. And the track which best encapsulated the title, New York Dolls‘ classic Looking For A Kiss, proved so emasculated in its’ digital form (like a dream for vinyl lovers to show that format’s superiority), that it had to be left out……
All of which left the following octet of delights…….

1) The Stooges – I Wanna Be Your Dog (alternate vocal) /from ‘The Stooges’/ Elektra 1969 (bonus track from 2005 reissue)
2) Jenny Hval – Kingsize /from ‘Apocalypse, girl’/ Sacred Bones Records 2015
3) Howlin’ Wolf – Built For Comfort /from the ‘His Best’ collection/ Chess Records/Universal 1997
4) Flipper – Sex Bomb /from ‘Album – Generic Flipper’/ 1982, Domino Recording Co. 2009
5) Lil Johnson – You’ll Never Miss Your Jelly /from ‘Oh, Run Into Me, But Don’t Hurt Me! Female Blues Singers Rarities 1923-1930’/ Sub Rosa Records 2008
6) The Gun Club – Sex Beat /from ‘Fire Of Love’/ New Rose Records 1982
7) Spacemen 3 – Come Down Easy /from ‘The Perfect Prescription’/1987, Fire Records 2012
8) Patrick Cowley – Deep Inside You /from ‘Muscle Up’/ Dark Entries Records 2015

And that seductive slice of sound brought the voyage to a premature conclusion…..Tracks which the gremlins wouldn’t let play included Run Run Run by Velvet Underground, Adolescent Sex by Japan, and Roxy Music‘s classic In Every Dream Home A Heartache – so, yes, even if all the planned tracks had played, sex would still have dominated!

Wishing you all many a sonic delight, S.

Listen here:

The Kitchen Sink ‘2016 Retro’ tracklists

•April 18, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Though there has been a powdering of snow in the mountains and the possibility of more remains, Easter Eggs have already been eaten and, in the villages, boys have put or thrown away their willow switches for another year, having indulged in the traditional whipping of girls, a tradition it seems likely was introduced by men in a time when men made all the rules (not sure why Trump’s troupe of rich elderly males debating anti-abortion legislation comes to mind here, but…), and I sit amidst piles of Cds, a sign that track listings have still to be typed up, including those for a trio of programmes featuring sonic highlights from last year! The length of the previous sentence is testimony to the amount of time I’ve spent here in the Czech Republic proofreading academic texts; perhaps it’s time to re-read some Hemingway or Carver….

To the track listings……

TKS Presents: ‘2016 Retro Pt.1′ (broadcast 23/1/17)

1) Heron Oblivion – Faro /from ‘Heron Oblivion’/ Sub Pop
2) A Tribe Called Quest – The Space Program /from ‘We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service’/ Epic
3) Nissenenmondai – #3 /from ‘N/A’/ On-U Sound
4) Oranssi Pazuzu – Lahja /from ‘Varahtelija’/ Svart
5) Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force – Walo Walo /from ‘Yermande’/ Ndagga
6) Grumbling Fur – Acid Ali Khan /from ‘Furfour’/ Thrill Jockey
7) Shackleton with Ernesto Tomasini – Rinse Out All Contaminents /from ‘Devotional Songs’/ Honest Jons
8) Moor Mother – Creation Myth /from ‘Fetish Bones’/ Don Giovanni Records
9) Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie – Bring The Place To Life /from ‘Salero – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’/ Erased Tapes
10) Ivar Bjornson & Einar Selvik’s Skuggsjá – Makta Og Vanaera For All Tid /from ‘…..Skuggsjá’/ Season Of Mist
11) Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani – Closed Circuit /from ‘Sunergy’/ RVNG Intl

TKS Presents: ‘2016 Retro Pt.2’ ( archival releases – broadcast 6/2/17)

1) Metal Urbain – Paris Maquis /from ‘Punk 45 Les Punks: The French Connection’/ Soul Jazz
2) O Yuki Conjugate – Sedation /from ‘Close To The Noise Floor – Formative UK Electronica 1975-1984’/ Cherry Red
3) Bana – Pontin Pontin /from ‘Space Echo: The Cosmic Sound Of Cabo Verde 1977-1985’/ Analog Africa
4) The Third Eye Foundation – Shard /from ‘Semtex’ (20th Anniversary Re-issue)/ Ici, d’ailleurs
5) Man Friday – Real Love The Paradise Garage Mix /from ‘Larry Levan – Genius Of Time’/ Universal Music
6) Colin Newman – Order For Order (demo) /from ‘A-Z’/ Sentient Sonics
7) Some Bizarre – Don’t Be Afraid /12” single/ Dark Entries Records
8) Pablo Schneider – Amor En Llamas /from ‘Venezuela 70 Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American Earth’/ Soul Jazz
9) Trad Gras Och Stenar – Var Vila /from ‘Trad Gras Och Stenar’/ Anthology Recordings
10) Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore – Midnight Walker /from ‘Sunset Mission’/ [PIAS]

TKS Presents: ‘2016 Retro Extra’ (broadcast 6/3/17, having been cancelled the previous week due to technical problems which unfortunately persisted with this broadcast, the track by Thee Oh Sees disappearing instead of playing – a weird exit, indeed!)

1) Scott Walker – Opening /from ‘The Childhood Of A Leader Soundtrack’/ Rough Trade
2) Thee Oh Sees – Plastic Plant /from ‘A Weird Exits’/ Castle Face Records
3) Gnod – The Mirror /from ‘Mirror’/ Rocket Recordings
4) Yochanan ‘A Space Age Vocalist’ with Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Message To Earthman’ /from ‘Sun Ra – Singles’/ Strut
5) Vince Petchey – Kitchen Table /from the ‘Kitchen Table E.P’/ Vince Petchey
6) Cavern Of Anti-Matter – Hi-Hats Bring The Hiss /from ‘Void Beats/Invocation Trex’/ Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks
7) Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Jesus Alone /from ‘Skeleton Tree’/ Bad Seed Ltd.
8) Shirley Collins – Washed Ashore /from ‘Lodestar’/ Domino Recording Co. Ltd.
9) Aluk Todolo – 5.34 (excerpt) /from ‘Voix’/ The Ajna Offensive
10) E – Candidate /from ‘E’/ Thrill Jockey
11) Deuter – Spirales /from ‘(The Microcosm) Visionary Music Of Continental Europe, 1970-1986’/ Light In The Attic

And that was it. Three programmes, 32 tracks (31 of which played) from 32 cracking releases – whatever else it might have been, politically in particular, it was a great year for music!

Wishing anyone perusing this many a sonic wonder, S.

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19/12/2016 ‘The Kitchen Sink Plays Loose’ tracklist

•April 1, 2017 • Leave a Comment

‘On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me
a partridge in a pear tree…’

A partridge in a pear tree? A partridge – why not Andy Partridge, and, instead of a pear tree – XTC?! And so began a not particularly successful quest to find tracks for a sonic focus based on the old cumulative carol, with some links being as tenuous as certain politicians promises and loose as clowns’ britches……..

  1. A partridge in a pear tree: XTC – Science Friction
  2. Two turtle doves: Syd Barrett – Terrapin   (perhaps the loosest link?!)
  3. Three French Hens: Roy Pope – Cacklin’ Hen
  4.  Four Calling Birds or Colly Birds: Steel Pulse – Macka Splaff (including the colly man in its lyrics)
  5. Five Gold Rings: OOIOO – Sizuku Ring Neng (one ring in the title, four more in OOIOO!)
  6. Six Geese a-Laying: Huun-Huur-Tu – Tuvan Internationale (nothing in the title or band name linked to those geese, so extra information was required, this being that I  saw the band perform at Brno’s Husa na provazku (Goose On A String) theatre. This makes the Terrapin link to turtle doves seem comparatively obvious…).
  7. Seven Swans a-Swimming: Swans – The Golden Boy That Was Swallowed By The Sea
  8. Eight Maids a-Milking: Joanna Newsom – Bridges And Balloons (from ‘The Milk-Eyed Mender’)
  9. Nine Ladies Dancing: Happy Hayseeds – Ladies Quadrille
  10.  Ten Lords a-Leaping: The Stooges – Loose (one punk-lord in Iggy Pop, who does more than his share of leaping about on stage…)
  11. Eleven Pipers Piping: Master Musicians of Jajouka – I Am Calling Out (from ‘Brian Jones Presents The Pipes Of Pan At Jajouka’)
  12. Twelve Drummers Drumming: Bongos Ikwue And The Groovies – Otachikpokpo (Bongos representing those dozen drummers….)It is to be hoped that noone listening to the live broadcast tried to fathom out the theme of the show, an endeavour which might have provoked some head-scratching or shaking and more than a few exasperated mutterings. To make up for any stress caused by what had gone before, the programme concluded with a festive treat from Deerborn, Michigan:
  13. Windy & Carl – Christmas SongThat gem, released as a free download for the festive season, brought proceedings on the last TKS of 2016 to a close……
    Wishing anyone perusing this many a sonic delight, S.The Kitchen Sink broadcasts on Brno student/community radio station http://www.radior.cz most Mondays at 22.05 C.E.T

    Listen to the programme here:

28/11/2016 TKS Presents: ‘Return to aQuarius’ tracklist

•March 25, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Better extremely late than never. The tracks from a tribute to iconic record store and community hub aQuarius Records, which closed it’s doors on Valencia Street in San Francisco after over four and a half decades there, and a couple of other locations in the city, serving those hungry for vital sounds.

The following nine gems are all from albums given the accolade of record of the week in the store’s extensive New Arrivals lists, sent out every couple of weeks to music fans around the globe….

1)The Heads – Spliff Riff (garage tape) /from the 2010 reissue of ‘Relaxing With…’/ Rooster Rock 1996
2)This Heat – The Fall of Saigon /from ‘This Heat’/ 1979, reissued 2006 This is/ReR MEGACORP
3)Thomas Edisun’s Electric Light Bulb Band – Red Day /from ‘The Red Day Album’/ 1967, reissued 2014 by Gear Fab Records – an album I’m sure I’d still be unaware of were it not for the glowing aQ review!
4)James Welburn – Shift /from ‘Hold’/ Miasmah Recordings 2015
5)Khun Narin Electric Phin Band – Lai Sing /from ‘Khun Narin Electric Phin Band’/ Innovative Leisure 2014
6)Skeptics – Sheen of Gold /from ‘Amalgam’/ Flying Nun Records 1990, reissued 2013
7)Marissa Nadler – Desire /from ‘July’/ Bella Union 2014
8)Aluk Todolo – 9.21 /from ‘Voix’/ The Ajna Offensive 2016
9)Oranssi Pazuzu – Valveavaruus /from ‘Varahtelija’/ Svart Records 2016

A monster track from the Finnish group seemed a fitting way to bring the tribute to aQ to an end.
Listen to the show here:

Wishing anyone perusing this many a sonic delight! S.

The Kitchen Sink broadcasts most Monday evening’s at 22.05 CET on Brno student/community radio station http://www.radior.cz

14/11/2016 TKS Presents: ‘Some Sense Of Place’ tracklist

•December 16, 2016 • Leave a Comment

The first attempt at broadcasting this sonic voyage saw technical problems, resulting in half the tracks not playing and my being transported along the road toward apoplexy before having to truncate matters. Thankfully, a week later the gremlins at the studio took the evening off and all went relatively smoothly, with the only transportation being that provided by the following tracks…

1)Matthew Bourne – On Rivock Edge /from ‘Moogmemory’/ The Leaf Label 2016
More info: http://www.theleaflabel.com/en/artists/view/51/Matthew%20Bourne
2)Richard Skelton – Green Withins Brook /from ‘Landings’/ Type Recordings 2009
More info: http://typerecords.com/releases/landings
3)Kassemedi Kamissoko & Koman Diabate – Sanan Kovya /from ‘Bush Taxi Mali’/ Sublime Frequencies 2004
More info: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/450444
4)Skupina – Mysi Dira II /from ‘Pasaze’/ self-released D/L  2016
More info: https://skupina.bandcamp.com/
5)Altres – Black Point /from ‘Tripping The Dark Fantastic’/ Altres 2007
More info: http://www.altres.co.uk/   http://www.darkentriesrecords.com/bands/altres/
6)Colleen – Blue Sands /from ‘Les Ondes Silencieuses’/ The Leaf Label 2007
More info: https://colleenplays.org/
7)Skupina – Alfa II /from ‘Pasaze’/ self-released D/L 2016
8)Andrew Prior – St. Peter’s Church / from the ‘Cafe Concrete CCPCP’ collection/ Cafe Concrete Plymouth City Project 2010
More info: https://www.facebook.com/Cafe-Concrete-314970848431/  http://www.thewire.co.uk/issues/15615/cafe-concrete
9)Thomas Koner – Hour One /from ‘La Barca’/ Fario 2009
More info: http://thomaskoner.com/
10)Bing & Ruth – The Towns We Love Is Our Town /from ‘Tomorrow Was The Golden Age’/ RVNG Intl. 2014
More info: http://bingandruth.com/
11)Brian Eno – Lantern Marsh /from ‘Ambient 4/On Land’/ EG Records 1982
More info: http://www.brian-eno.net/

That piece, based on Eno‘s imagination of the place (only a few miles from where he grew up in Suffolk) after seeing the name on a map, seemed a suitable way to head out….
Thanks this time are due to Kevin L. Guthrie for the Altres, to Filip Johanek of Skupina, and to Matthew Coombes, curator of the Cafe Concrete Project in Plymouth.
Wishing anyone reading this many a sonic delight, S.

Listen to the programme here:

The Kitchen Sink broadcasts most Mondays at 22.05 C.E.T on Brno student/community radio station http://www.radior.cz

24/10//2016 TKS Presents: ‘V ISN’T JUST FOR VENDETTA’ tracklist

•December 13, 2016 • Leave a Comment

It’s true, of course – V is also for various, as in various artists, and for variety, which I hope is displayed in the sounds in the mix, and vacillation, which was much in evidence before the final culling of tracks, leading to this selection on the sonic voyage on The Kitchen Sink….

1)Vytas Brenner – Araguaney /from the ‘Venezuela 70’ collection/ Soul Jazz Records 2016
More info: https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/sjr/product/cosmic-visions-of-a-latin-american-earth
2)Vox Populi! – Les Dames De Copenhague /from the ‘Cut Chemist Presents: Funk Off’ collection/ A Stable Sound 2012
More info: http://www.factmag.com/2014/05/07/supreme-weirdos-talking-french-industrial-funk-with-cut-chemist-and-vox-populi/2/
3)Stephen Vitiello – Dorm Ant (GTR) /from the ‘Evening At Room40’ collection/ Room40 & The Wire 2006
More info: http://www.stephenvitiello.com/
4)Alan Vega – Jukebox Babe / from ‘Alan Vega’/ Ze Records 1980
More info: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jul/18/suicide-alan-vega-punk-pioneer
5)Peeter Vahi – Choreographic Scene ‘Whitelight’ (excerpt) /from ‘Estonian Music Now 2011’/ Estonian Ministry of Culture & The Wire 2011
More info: http://www.erpmusic.com/our-team/peeter-vahi-team
6)Vindicatrix – Private Places (Shackleton & MM version) /from ‘Picking O’er The Bones’/ Mordant Music 2009
More info: http://www.vindicatrix.co.uk/
7)Vritti – Haptic Banister /from ‘Sermon@Kabinet Muz’/ d/l 2016
More info: https://vritti.bandcamp.com/
8)Elizabeth Veldon – We Must Understand The Interconnected Nature Of Systems Of Oppression /from the ‘Elles – Women In Experimental Music’ collection/ Sillage-Intemporel 2013
More info: https://elizabethveldon.bandcamp.com/
9)Vatican Shadow – Shadows On The Courthouse Wall /from ‘Death Is Unity With God’/ Modern Love 2015
More info: https://boomkat.com/products/death-is-unity-with-god-complete-version-542add0f-b323-4fb6-aad4-489c21672002

From Venezuela to Estonia, from the visceral to the visionary – a pretty varied mix. Wishing anyone perusing this many a sonic delight, S.
And here is the programme to check out and hopefully enjoy whenever you so desire (any comments/verdicts very welcome!):