Papers for the Border Episode 2.2

April 20, 2016 § Leave a comment

We hit the ground running and we’re still going strong, inspired this time largely by Paul Bowles’s recordings of Moroccan music.

Here is the link to the podcast.

We’ll start with the tracklist, and then follow with some notes.


  1. 00:00 (Sounds of General Rejoicing) ~ Music of Morocco (Dust to Digital, 2016)
  2. 01:44 The Anachronist ~ Robert Wyatt, Comicopera (Domino, 2007)
  3. 05:12 Ahmeilou ~ Music of Morocco (Dust to Digital, 2016)
  4. 09:05 Montparnasse Derailment ~ Ikue Mori & Steve Noble, Prediction and Warning (Fataka, 2013)
  5. 12:28 Wood Moon V ~ Ryoko Ono & Rogier Smal, Wood Moon (Jvtlandt, 2016)
  6. 17:11 Wood Moon IV ~ Ryoko Ono & Rogier Smal, Wood Moon (Jvtlandt, 2016)
  7. 21:04 Reh Dial Beni Bouhiya ~ Music of Morocco (Dust to Digital, 2016)
  8. 26:01 Excerpt from Ears Are Filled with Wonder ~ Heather Leigh & Peter Brotzmann, Ears Are Filled with Wonder (Not Two, 2016)
  9. 36:02 Aiyowa d’Moulay Abdeslam ~ Music of Morocco (Dust to Digital, 2016)
  10. 37:07 Qsida Midh ~ Music of Morocco (Dust to Digital, 2016)
  11. 46:56 When You Wish Upon a Star ~ Bill Orcutt, A History of Every One (Editions Mego, 2013)
  12. 48:56 Stay Tuned ~ Robert Wyatt, Comicopera (Domino, 2007)
  13. 52:30 El Fjer ~ Music of Morocco (Dust to Digital, 2016)


It was the “Music of Morocco from the Library of Congress” box set that got us wanting to put together another episode so soon after the previous one. The archival label Dust to Digital has done an outstanding job of combining previously released with never-before publicly heard recordings of Moroccan musicians by author and composer Paul Bowles in the late 1950s. We’ve tried to present a cross-section of what’s available in the four-CD set, just as Bowles himself tried to present a cross-section of the different types of folk music that were already starting to fade in Morocco.

For some reason, when we started thinking seriously about what to include from the box set, Robert Wyatt popped into our heads. We’re not sure why, but we went with it, taking two tracks from an album we hadn’t heard before, Comicopera. The latter of the two tracks featured in the podcast could serve as a poignant theme for PFTB – stay tuned!

Ikue Mori works with electronic percussion and Steve Noble dispenses with the electronics; Ryoko Ono plays sax and improvises vocally and Rogier Smal plays the drums on Wood Moon; Heather Leigh plays lap steel guitar and Peter Brotzmann is just Peter Brotzmann, blowing all over the place.

Bill Orcutt plays guitar and we thought this would be a nice counterpart to Gary Lucas’s guitar takes on cinema music featured in the previous PFTB episode.


Papers for the Border 2.0 ~ Episode 2.1

April 4, 2016 § Leave a comment

Once more into the fray!

This playlist was composed on April 1 and executed early in the AM of April 2. Updated April 9. Here is the link to the podcast.


    1. Some Voices (00:00)
    2. Waudang 1 (00:26)
    3. “Howdy Doody” Theme (07:17)
    4. “Charlie Brown” Theme (07:45)
    5. “Vertigo” / “Psycho” Theme Medley (09:11)
    6. Fucshia (13:06)
    7. Triologue (17:28)
    8. Duologue (19:05)
    9. Solologue (19:49)
    10. Belem (20:36)
    11. Painted Desert (36:00)
    12. Live at the Metz’ Arsenal Part 2 (39:29)
    13. Quiet Money (46:26)

The introductory chaos comes from R. Stevie Moore’s second album, Delicate Tension. Recorded in 1978, but re-released at least twice and peppered with extra tracks over the decades.

The first proper track, at about 00:25, is flute music from New Guinea, assisted by Jessica Mayer. Wonderful folks, I’m sure. Robert Wyatt and his wife Alfreda Benge had some clout in getting these recordings released on Rounder in 1999. Digital mastering was done in July, 2015 and the revamped version of these recordings — Sacred Flute Music from New Guinea— will be out in mid-April on the Ideologic Organ label.

Switching up rather radically, the following three tracks are from guitarist Gary Lucas, who has played with such wide-ranging artists as Captain Beefheart, Peter Hammill, and Jeff Buckley, as well as amassing an impressive body of solo work. These oddball takes on movie themes are from Lucas’s album Cinefantastique.

Next comes the track “Fuchsia” from the album Icepick by Nate Wooley, Chris Corsano, and Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten. Wooley plays trumpet, Corsano is on drums, and Haker-Flaten plays double-bass. Monofonous, 2016.

The following three tracks also feature Nate Wooley, as well as Zeena Parkins and Vera Westera. The music and texts on this album are inspired by Charles Baudelaire and are the brainchild of composer Bojan Vuletic, who gave the trio of musicians ideas to work with and then reworked their playing into the final product. Partly composed, partly improvised. See here for more details regarding this fascinating record, fugitive beauté.


The next two tracks are performances by the MMM Quartet – Fred Frith, Joelle Leandre, Alvin Curran and Urs Leimgruber, on guitar, double bass, piano, and sax, respectively. The first MMM track is titled “Belem” and is from the album Oakland/Lisboa. The second track, “Part 2” is the tail end of a concert given by the quartet from the album Live at Metz Arena.

These tracks are separated by an intermission: “Painted Desert” is from the album The Pharaoh’s Bee by ex-Pere Ubu member Allen Ravenstine. Ravenstine was the Ubu member responsible for upping the chaos ante by adding analog synthesizer noise to the proceedings. Quite unlike his contributions to Ubu, this album is full of gentle, meditative sounds, albeit not without a certain edge. More info here.

Finally, “Quiet Money” by The Remote Viewers, from their latest album, November Sky. More info on The RVs here.

I hope you enjoy this podcast as much as I enjoyed compiling it!







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