OUTSIDELEFT NIGHT IN
A New Playlist every day
When the night economy was closed down, and much of the daytime economy too and people took to their homes, we began as a lite alternative to our NIGHT OUT shows, the OUTSIDELEFT NIGHT IN daily playlist. Everyone we ever asked to help joined in. DJs, Musicians, Writers, Activists, None of the aboves and so on. Every day about an hour of music was carefully pulled together, on spotify making it easy for anyone to listen while doing whatever they do around the house... Here are the playlists in reverse chronological order...
Well, we've made the best of our bad lot over the past three months or so, entertaining ourselves and our readers (and listeners) with a daily playlist - and here, for OUTSIDELEFT Playlist #100, our final playlist in this series, a compendium of moments that impacted us, the deliverers, in some way or another...
Stefan Monk is a digital artist and a professor of Art and Design at East Los Angeles College. He has been obsessed with recorded and live music for well over 50 years. The songs span the years 1966-2016 and each is one that has been repeatedly played more than the entire album from which they come. There is a psychedelic and philosophic thread that runs through the songs.
A change to Saturday's usual slot, artist, former lecturer and bastion of original Art School, Keith Malkin (Father of DJ Jukebox) kindly curated a hand written list of favourites, new, old and in between. Taking in Jack Bruces' thundering bass on a live cut of 'Crossroads', Yusuf gently casting his 'Moonshadow' over proceedings, through to a kazoo toting Vivian Stanshall on the irreverent 'Urban Spaceman' (RIP Neil Innes) mixed with rose tinted tones of Piaf, multitudes of Dylan and the country heartbreak voice of Bonnie Raitt. Keith remains one of those Young Dudes!
Here's my final hour playlist. Some tracks will make you want to dance others may make think about dancing. A few will make you forget how to dance.
Sometimes you stumble across a new band that just delight... It's intangible, we can't tell you what the trigger is... Teen Idle are one of those bands and singer Sara Barry has sent in list of what she's listening to when she isn't writing and recording with her band...
Faiblesse Parfaite's Caty Meleuc's playlist of powerful female figures...
As Alarcon and rocknroll legend Kim Fowley once said, "Summer time here, kitties, and it's time to take a trip," and these musical oddities are the perfect aural lubricant to embrace the season.
"There's something in a Sunday, makes a body feel alone..."
As a young child in the 1970s I felt some sympathy for the singer of "Sunday Morning Coming Down". Maybe he too was aware that, apart from Trumpton, there was nothing else of any value on the TV on that gloomiest day of the week. However, I kinda guessed that there were plenty of other things referenced in Kris Kristofferson's song that I'd only be able figure out later in life.
That song's on today's playlist, as is it's closest partner "Is That All There Is?" by Peggy Lee (apparently she wanted a Jacque Brel type song, I think that she got her request. And then some). There's also a few recognisable names associated with country music on these tracks.
If this all seems like too much of a history lesson, then prepare to be startled by The Delines and Wild Ponies. Hey, I've even made space for Cacey Musgraves.
Let the circle be unbroken.
This Saturday eve sees Jukebox Malkin seeking solace through a smokey haze of torch song. Pioneers of pure Jazz voice timbre, in turns wistful and yearning, heart on sleeve, drink in hand. Sink in to blissful solitude.
DJ Damon delivers what he calls the usual hotch-botch of global spices. This time including a young Alice Cooper and a Perryless Upsetters track. Hope you find time time to enjoy it. Peace.
It's apt that author Kath Pargeter's last article for Outsideleft was a celebration of Bowie's Berlin phase in the late 1970s. "Those records with Eno, drenched in Kraftwerk and other German music he was listening to, where a direct precursor to the electronic music here." She argues in favour of the artists on her playlist:. "It wasn't just about listening to Wendy Carlos soundtracks and reading far too much JG Ballard" She laughs "... although it probably helped"
Sophia writes on films, psychedelic art, and the 1960s British counterculture (among other things)... Marek's fist contribution to OUTSIDELEFT came with his 2006 report on the online auction for the rarest record of all time a well wrecked VU acetate... Now, together, Sophia & Marek's Psychedelics...
If I could only take one line away from my studies in psychology and my experience of sitting with people in distress it would be this - in our pain we find our values and in our values we find our pain. Here's a list of songs that remind me that we hurt and care in the same places
Alarcon says he's had enough cowbell, he needs more sleigh bells! So here they are: songs featuring sleigh bells that aren't about Christmas nor part of the Beach Boys catalog. Only 193 more days until Christmas!
Carlos Cipa's latest album arrived as lockdown took hold, undeterred he performed with his 11 (yes, 11), piano's online every week from his home in Munich. His piece here prepares us for one of Arvo Parts's most moving works and then a mesmerising section of Max Richter's 'Sleep' to close.
The metronomic double bass and tabla of the Get Carter theme sets the scene, Susan Jacks sings of being 'Free From the City' to strains of sitar, the mandolin groove of Julie Felix's 'Clotho's Web' leads to the funky fiddle and fuzz of East of Eden's 'Jig-a-Jig'. DJ Jukebox Malkin leads us on an incense fumed folky trip, taking in an unhinged harpsicord madrigal version of Scarborough Fair along the way!
Just the usual eclectic combo of old and new songs with hint of Jamaican spices, a dash of American garage sauce and a grind of Irish rnb corns!
From their bunker in upstate New York, Phantom Frequencies are sending and receiving beats and blips profound, otherworldy and reassuring normal. Todays playlist probably displays a hairs breadth of their influences. It's a good one.
Shaun has been deejaying at the 'On The Rocks' night for the last 15 years. He bonded with the OL team following his pilgrimage to the Black Sabbath exhibition in Birmingham last year.
Today he want to give us a taste of what to expect at one of his celebrated nights. Let's Rock!
Outsideleft's live music reviewer Samantha Charles has put together a mix of sultry, sexy and swoony songs. One day, we'll all gig again.
Inspirational music for those about to rock. Stay safe and take care of each other. We salute you.
This one's from the heart...
Aretha delves deep and discovers the soul of Paul Simon's most revered song.
Otis heals the pain and Ray gives praise. Billy J is sad and Carole is even sadder.
Buffy holds on to a fleeting moment, Joni's in jeopardy and Dusty is being direct.
But it's Len who says it best:
"There Ain't No Cure For Love".
Let the glorious choral harmonies and Fender Rhodes piano of Duke Pearson's 'Cristo Redentor' wash and heal the anxious mind, bathe in the pulpit praise and preach of Pastor T Barrett, DJ Jukebox Malkin selects a set of songs for hard times, shining that redemptive, metaphorical light... roll away the stone, cleanse your soul!
Stalwart of the OUTSIDELEFT Night In playlist team, DJ Damon Hayhurst makes Friday feel like the weekend again, tearing up his floorboards, tearing down his house in search of the tracks worth staying in lockdown for... Psyche folk essentials, from Badly Drawn Boy to The Bag. Nothing not to love.
No playlist yesterday. Took time to reflect on the ingrained and systematic racism in the US and UK and the routine and mundane destruction of lives and opportunities of black people. Keep thinking on that today. And now punk rock record producer Si Framework's pre/post punk Frankenstein playlist
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Yé-yé girls and old French pop might be too uptempo for these sobering days, but Alarcon put this playlist together hoping it'll keep you off social media for an hour. (Two hours if you play it twice.)
It's not the use of fruity language that upsets me whenever I play Jarvis Cocker's debut solo song, it's the depressing fact that "*** are STILL running the world. It's the weariness of knowing that ninety years after Florence Reece wrote 'Which Side Are You On' as mine owners were finding ways of humiliating her union organiser husband, that the bosses children's children are still up to no good.
And so, this is a playlist of protest songs. Some old, some new and so many matters that STILL need to be addressed. But in amongst it all is Joan Baez offering solidarity and a glimmer of hope.
Drummers, always the drummers. Tony Allen and Bohannon whom we both sadly lost last month, set the syncopation for this Saturday, with Allen Toussaint providing uplifting New Orleanian rolling piano and that second-line rhythm. Then there is the insistent disco hi-hat from John Gibbs and the US Steel Orchestra taking us to Trinidad...gotta give those drummers some!
DJ Damon ushers in the weekend with King Tubby and a disparate variety of good friends...
Toon Traveller is as we have mentioned coooling his jets, stowing that gold plated pension that enabled him to eulogize the farthest corners of the world. Far from Newcastle, at least... So. Music... It's half the reason he travels, we're sure, not letting live music come to him, he goes out to find it...
Longtime Outsideleft favorite, Birmingham based Author, Andy Conway, critically acclaimed king of the Touchstone time travel novel series, presents a jazz festival in his kitchen. Get cookin' folks...
The work of photographer Pogus Caesar is part of the permanent collections of the UK's National Portrait Gallery, The V&A and the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. His book Muzik Kinda Sweet candidly captures so many black music icons in a way few ever have. His more recent work has included projects with poet Benjamin Zephaniah, documenting Handsworth, decades removed from Pogus' original photography. Still seeking the truth with his trusty Canon AF...
Bank holiday, Memorial weekend close from OUTSIDELEFT founder, Alarcon. 18 Songs About 18 Women.
If this selection of songs were presented chronologically, it would start in the 17th Century with a tale of dishonour, disgrace and death and concludes with the banality of YouTube comments and a frankly eyebrow raising line about a Travelodge.
Along the way, there's Joan Baez tender interpretation of one of Phil Ochs' most humane protest songs and June Tabor's take on an old Dylan number that may just be, whisper it quietly, an improvement on the original.
..Easin' in to Saturday with Edwin Star, onto the kitchen to make some Popcorn with James Brown, make your way down to the Basement with Etta James & Sugar Pie DeSanto... DJ Jukebox keeps it lively... Bump, Hustle and Groove!
It's Friday, so... Damon Hayhurst brings the sounds from everywhere, from Hertford to you Heart.
We just love the work of UK based artist, Lorna Rose. Her sketches captivate us anew every time we look at them, so much so, we want to be in them.(The garden sketches, not so much the buses...) Lorna's Playlist For Drawing To means you'll be drawing with pizzazz and we can all be doing with that these, and all other days.
Wow! It's fair to say Cassis has soundtracked the (indie) stars of the silver screen... Today's Women Composers Cinematic list is eclectic and daunting and beautiful. Lovely for lying on the lawn in the sun with your eyes shut or staying up late when the house is quiet...
With our festival schedule now postponed here's a playlist of music we used as inspiration, reference and temp tracks whilst making TWWK. None of this music features in the finished film though The Liminanas have created an all new soundtrack for us. Enjoy, Kirk XXX
Mondays are never easy to program for, but in these trying times, every day is a Saturday so go into this playlist with that mindset and we'll all be for the better.
Jason's first playlist since the news of the death of Florian Schneider is inspired by his fave band. A homage to Kraftwerk could be a million different things, but only here could The Normal sit alongside ABBA, as Momus dreams of Alex & his droogs as The Droyds take Duran Duran somewhere dark.
Make your way once again to the kitchen dancefloor, whisk your eggs to the Haitian syncopation of Ibo Combo, grate and groove to Shaft in Africa, finishing with a slap up Saturday Nights Fish Fry with Louis Jordan. With tribute tracks to Betty Wright and Little Richard both of whom we sadly lost this month. Lock up, Lockdown, groove on.
Have you ever wanted to hear 'Do you think I'm sexy?' in Turkish or wondered what a mix of Electronica and Moroccan ceremonial music may sound like? The ever eclectic Damon Hayhurst is yer man.
Sabine Lettmann is an award winning ecologically literate fashion designer, base din Hamburg. Her recent show at Birmingham's Centrala, exhibited a conceptual collection developed utilizing the tenets of circular design. The show also featured OL favorite Ceramic Patchwork's Zoe who produced an amazing fired in the ground pottery piece with Emma Bowen.
DJ Liege tells us todays choices are an eclectic playlist from albums that evoke happy memories, covering psychedelia, library, jazz, funk, pop and new wave. Songs that remind me of good fun times in my carefree formative years. These are my "go to" records that bring comfort. Just the tonic in these uncertain times.
Jez Collins, from the Birmingham Music Archive and Bear Grooves, digs deep into Birmingham's musical history to bring gems pretty much previously untold...
It must be Monday and Alarcon is all the way back from California, he says, "In these uncertain times, who among us can wait until October for Halloween?" Not OUTSIDELEFT and not you, so with that, let's celebrate All Hallows' Eve tonight.
Today sees our 50th OUTSIDELEFT NIGHT IN Playlist. This weekend, kind of kicking back we're assembled some of our favorite 50 songs that our friends chose over the past coupla months... Tomorrow we'll start all over again, some people aren't going out, we aren't going anywhere...
Sunday night will see our 50th OUTSIDELEFT NIGHT IN Playlist, already! And so this weekend, kind of kicking back we're assembling some of our favorite 50 songs that our friends have chosen over the past coupla months...
As we hurtle towards our 50th Outsideleft Night In Playlist, we hand over to one of our regular contributors: Damon Hayhurst. Today's selection is intoxicating. The best way to spend a bank holiday.
Toon Traveller, generally actually travels, a lot, and writes amazing, streams about what's witnessed. But now the lockdown means, like so many, heels cooled, home listening.
When there were actual OUTSIDELEFT Nights Out, Mark - a huge supporter of the local scene - would be right there, lending a calm demeanor, hands on, making sure everything went well. No wonder he can pick tunes we need to hear right now
"Spread a little happiness as you go by..." Well, to quote one of the songs on Croaky the Clown's eclectic playlist, we're sure that these tunes will. From funk to folk and film soundtracks. Oh, and Spike Milligan. A delight!
Playlist 44: Regular contributor Alarcon describes today's collection as 'Slow stuff to ease you in to the week' And, yet again, he's right!
'Slow down, you move to fast...' maybe Paul Simon was listening to Arvo Part, Saint-Saint Saens or Debussy when he thought that up. But it's Sunday and we need to take stock. There's the pain of Gorecki's 3rd & then there's Philip Glass turning Bowie & Eno's 'Low' into a ballet score. Enjoy!
Saturday swings on through again at Outsideleft with another turn of tip top tunes from Jukebox Malkin, with some disco dancers including Jorge Ben's Taj Mahal (which incidentally Rod Stewart did pay royalties for nicking the melody) through to Getting Back with The Dierdre Wilson Tabac... Smashing stuff!
Damon Hayhurst is a stalwart of the world of OUTSIDELEFT NIGHT IN playlists. Damon's playlist ushers in the weekend, otherwise how would we know it is here? The tunes he chooses are for keeping on repeat all week long.
The outsideleft daily playlist is 40! Today we're grateful to local political operative, all round good egg, Bob Piper for taking the time out to send over a playlist...
Our favorite writer, Meave Haguhey wows with her Girlgang Soundtrack...
Bryan Corbett is Bearwood's own renowned solo jazz trumpeter. Oh man, he makes the trumpet his own. Bryan is widely regarded as one of the UK's finest working jazz musicians, featuring on sessions with the likes of Mica Paris, Siedah Garrett, Ben E King, Brand New Heavies and way more... Somehow from the whole history of music Bryan's whittled his choices down to a pocket-sized playlist. You'll be needing big pockets to contain this lot.
Terry Riley's 'One World, One People, One Love' has never felt as profound and necessary as it does now. Meredith Monk and Laurie Speigel help sooth the soul before Max Richter allows us to drift away in comfort. Before all of that, a moment from the most moving film of the year (so far). Enjoy.
Easing in with the Crusaders, going back to Brazil with Juca Chaves, then onto the Kitchen dancefloor with Ruben Wilson, Dj Jukebox Malkin keeps it lively for a Saturday evening..even if, like Otis Rush you can't do your Homework... You can always just groove along on another Outsideleft Night In!
This week, Damon Hayhurst mentioned before he sent over his playlist, his sonic travels had taken him, and thus us, East. There are a lot of Easts from here, so if you're making food to accompany this meal, make sure yours in an eclectic table.
The artist, writer and musician, Jeremy Gluck is the first night in playlister to our knowledge to have appeared on top of the pops! Currently he is challenging the loving embrace of art norms with nonceptualism. When you see it you'll know it.
Nick Soulsby is the acclaimed author of Swans: Sacrifice and Transcendence, The Oral History. His books about Thurston Moore and Curt Cobain have also received international acclaim. Thanks Nick!
Heather Monroe is the big voice behind Grand Rapids idiosyncratic rock band, Monroe Moon...
Outsideleft co-founder Alarcon, shut in in Long Beach - how bad can it be? This week assembles his tribute to Hal Blaine -- the most influential man with two sticks.
Barabara & Ernie want you to Listen To Your Heart for a moment before ridding the funky train with The Equals, Hitting the Road with Helen Reddy, to doing it all again with The Staple Singers..In the words of Funkadelic..Can You Get to That?
Damon Hayhurst, is a long time sound sculptor and former member of Prehistoric Man. His weekly playlists for Outsideleft redefine the eclectic...
Mick Monk is based in rural upstate New York where he experiments with computers, vintage / modern synths, amps, & drum machines (usually quite loudly). Under the pseudonym Phantom Frequencies, his next project aims to incorporate a library of field recordings gathered from his globetrotting experiences into electronic sonic delights. Stay tuned!
The B67's music programmer, Phil, was part of the team that for a few special hours on a Saturday Night, made Bearwood Great...
Author and screenwriter for the forthcoming gangsters and ghosts movie, The World We Knew', Mr Lake weighs in with his first new playlist since his boxing one for Rough Trade in 2019
Alarcon has never done heroin, but he assumes the in-the-womb feeling he gets when he listens to these 16 songs gives him the same effect.
From Sunrise with Sergio Mendes to Sunset and everything in between, from getting lifted with George Mcrae, getting drunk with Jimmy Liggins and his drops of Joy and then taking off your clothes with the Wolfgang Dauner Quintet..Al round, a pretty normal
DJ Damon, pours over spotify and finds the tracks that haven't slipped through the cracks...
We love Christina, the doyen of The B67... When Christina established her dance nights, The B67, often in aid of local food charity - it really showed us all how it could be done! Here's her playlist, it's a good one...
Eclectic snippets from far flung places, collected and influenced by her travelling, Ceramic Patchwork's Zoë Hillyard patches together a beautifully varied playlist of global greats!
Ancient Champion remembers that even at home, even in the rocking chair, you've gotta rock in an uncompromising way. Just like you used to do.
Alarcon finally cobbles together his somber pandemic playlist. Listen while drinking, smoking, or whatever you do when you when you want to forget everything for a while.
Dj Jukebox Warren Malkin is the turntable king of our saturday night - a little subdued this week by the loss of one of his all time greats, Bill Withers
Damon Hayhurst returns on Friday evening with another eclectic array of massive hits from an alternate universe.
Michigan's Monroe Moon are a band of disparate musical backgrounds, their playlist pulls back the curtain on some of their influences...
Let Bearwood poet, outsideleft contributor, and Night Out stalwart, Duncan Jones entertain you!
The man who is bringing the roaring bear of live music back to Bearwood, temporarily furloughed Jez Collins, lets us hear what he listens to at home...
Alarcon peps up Monday with an hour's worth of Northern Soul floor stompers from the old Wigan Casino, Chateau Impney, or the old Golden Torch. Ask your gran!
Dj Jukebox Warren Malkin is the turntable king of our saturday night events... he's amazing
Damon Hayhurst was to appear at our night out with the Devils on Saturday - here are some of the tunes he had in his record box...
We love the museumgoer's tuneful and sometimes dissonant EP's. Here's some of the sounds that inform them...
Monday night toe-tappers assembled by Alarcon without much of a theme, but if you analyse the songs enough you'll find some meaning there. Or maybe not.
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NO#1 - David Benjamin Blower
NO#2 - Millicent Chapanda & Germa Adan
NO#2.5 - Discotheque & DEVILS - POSTPONED
NO#3 - Layla Tutt, Aziz Ibrahim & Tabla Jedi + afternoon vintage and bric-a-brac sale postponed until further notice
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