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Punch Brothers Punch is on semi-permanent hiatus.


Echo Lake – Wild Peace



Echo Lake will be releasing their debut album ‘Wild Peace’ through seminal South London label No Pain in Pop on June 25th 2012, whilst over the pond on the same day you’ll be able pick it up on Slumberland Records. Diarise.

Lovely artwork by Natalia Stuyk


Mr Lawrence


It’s interesting when you come across a track that has been revisited by an artist over a number of decades.

I’ve been tormenting/blessing my housemate Alex with the first and last of these every morning for the last few days now. Going to save the David Sylvain version till last!


[1983] Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence – Ryuichi Sakamoto


[1983] Forbidden Colours -Ryuichi Sakamoto & David Sylvain


[1996] Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence – Ryuichi Sakamoto


[2006] Ax Mr.L – Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto



Charlie Parker blows my mind, consistently.

Something happens after Bird’s solo on this Kern penned masterpiece that is unlike anything I’ve heard in jazz before.

The recording is lovely, and features Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet and what sounds a lot like Max Roach on drums.

All The Things You Are – Charlie Parker

“Bebop has been around for seven or eight years, and something of a fad for two, but experts still disagree over what it is, and whether it will last. Gusty, oldtime Blues Singer Chippie Hill says flatly and hopefully that “It won’t last. My 16-month-old niece does it when she drinks beer out of her bottle, and does it better than any of them.” To the naked ear its shrill cacophony seems anarchistic; on repeated hearings it becomes clear that the players planned it that way. Duke Ellington, now a disc jockey, has been kind; old Satchmo Louis Armstrong, critical. The feud now raging between partisans of the New Orleans school of jazz, who enjoy their music, and the “progressives,” who seem to undergo theirs, is reminiscent of 12th Century theological squabbles.”

TIME Magazine, Monday December 20th, 1948

The recording at the bottom of this post, ‘Bebop‘ was made live at ‘The Royale Roost’ with Charlie Parker on Alto Sax, Kenny Dorham on Trumpet, Al Haig on Piano, Tommy Potter on Bass and once again, Max Roach on drums. The indomitable  ‘Symphony Sid’ introduces the Charlie Parker Allstars for the evening broadcast from the ‘The Royale Roost’, a Chicken restaurant that turned into a focal point for the NY jazz scene after its opening in 1948 at 1580 Broadway.

In April ‘Symphony Sid’ and promoter Monte Kay, who had already staged a number of successful bop concerts and sessions locally, convinced the owners of Ralph & Bill’s
Chicken Roost, a nondescript Broadway nightspot that had flirted unsuccessfully with jazz in the past, to try out a onenight-a-week bop policy. Sid talked up the sessions on his
nightly broadcasts. The initial Tuesday night mini-concerts were such popular events that within a month the newlynamed Royal Roost had adopted a nightly modern jazz policy and was rightly billing itself as “the house that Bop built.”

Sleeve Notes to ‘Bird at the Roost’ record written by Bill Minder


Bebop – Charlie Parker Allstars

Just Another Onion Head


Back when Mr T.Rundgren was the coolest cat on the planet.

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Todd Rundgren – Just Another Onion Head Da Da Dali

An important message about the Arts


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Henryk Wienawski


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Henryk Wienawski – Caprice (arr. Kreisler) – Itzhak Perlman

Sun Ra


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Sun Ra – Space is the Place

Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto


One of the greatest collaborations of recent times.

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Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Logic Moon

(from the album Insen)

Thee Intolerable Kidd


Photo : Marina Abatista

I felt incredibly fortunate to catch Thee Intolerable Kidd play at the Duke of Uke recently for the album launch of ‘Fireworks’ by King and the Olive Fields. It was a momentous night in many ways and all three acts playing were on top form. Kidd held the packed out Duke of Uke crowd completely spellbound for the entirety of his set and I’ve not been able to get his cover of the Donaldson/Leslie song ‘T’ain’t No Sin’ out of my head since. He’s currently recording in a studio in Hackney Wick with some new band members – more news of this soon..

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Thee Intolerable Kidd – T’ain’t No Sin

Dimbleby & Capper


Photo – Tim Cochrane

Another record that I’ve been wanting to post about for some time is Dimbleby & Capper’s first EP, ‘Slick Maturity’, the title track of which you can listen to below. You’d do well to catch her at the Camden Barfly on Saturday night with Casiokids – see her myspace here.

I’m only posting a stream of this for now, as the EP hasn’t seen the light of day yet, but here’s hoping for an imminent physical release.

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Dimbleby & Capper – Slick Maturity

Stereo Music for Disklavier


A quite mindblowing piece of music –  more about Whitman here – buy his work here.

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Keith Fullerton Whitman – Stereo Music for Disklavier



DOOM is coming to the Roundhouse, London, March the 5th for a soldout show. I’ve never seen him live and I can’t wait.

An alternate version of my favourite track from DOOM’s collaboration with Dangermouse, ‘The Mouse and the Mask’

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Dangerdoom – Sofa King (Version Two)

The Rise and Fall of the EMS


A beautifully edited and affected documentary film about the Electronic Music Studios, a cornerstone of modern electronic music. The film features the melodious squall of the VSC3, one of which I was most fortunate to have in my studio with me for the last few months.

as an added extra, I just came across this within which you will find the VCS3 described as a ‘state of the art songwriting computer’ and adopting the quite brilliantly English moniker, ‘The Harrington 1200’ (see 2 minutes 40 onwards)

One of my favourite Pink Floyd songs from Dark Side of the Moon, ‘On the Run’ features the VCS3 in a quite brilliant bit of madcap electronica.

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Pink Floyd – On the Run

Gold Panda


Gold Panda; one of the best live knob twiddlers I’ve had the pleasure of encountering.

Mr Panda was one of the highlights of a series of amazing performance at the recent Nail the Cross festival in New Cross. Nail the Cross also featured Hudson Mohawke, Joy Orbison and a stellar Hyperdub stage amongst other great great acts. It’s better down South East. Props to No Pain in Pop, Adventures in the Beetroot Field and everyone else involved.

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Gold Panda – Quitters Raga

Sticken City – Lost Art (Gold Panda Remix)



Yes Rodders!

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Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng

King Baucho and Beenie Man – Weed and Grabba

Dimlite / Ben Frost


I’m still absolutely mindblown by the intricate works of Dimlite, a Swiss producer I’ve been following for a while. Real name Dimitri Grimm, with an album out next year on Stones Throw, he deserves your undivided attention. Here’s hoping he’s London bound soon.

I’m also really happy to notice Ben Frost getting some profile radio play, a longtime favourite of PBP and something for the future.

Props to Mary Ann Hobbes for her latest show featuring both these chaps, a solid justification for my license fee. Bigup the BBC.

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Dimlite – Byrdshot & Bye

Ben Frost -The Carpathians

Mary Ann Hobbes 12/11/09 Radio One Mix

Punch, Brothers, Punch


“I came across these jingling rhymes in a newspaper, a little while ago, and read them a couple of times. They took instant and entire possession of me. All through breakfast they went waltzing through my brain; and when, at last, I rolled up my napkin, I could not tell whether I had eaten anything or not.”

Today marks the renaming of this blog to ‘Punch, Brothers, Punch’ and all the better for it.

Additionally and much more importantly, I welcome and introduce two new writers as contributors to PBP.

For now, thanks for reading and I hope this finds you well and healthy.

The Reluctant Dragon – Sound Design Segment


How sound effects should be done!

The Wilhelm Scream


The first of a series of posts on sounds that sound designers should be banned from using…

The Boredoms – U.S. Tour ’93 Part 1/2


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Slow Tongue

The one and only Millie Jackson.
As the video poster says : “Hotter than 10,000 firesides”

Da Mystery of Chessboxin’

So sick.
My peoples are you with me, where you at?
In the front, in the back, killer-bees on attack

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Wu-tang Clan – Da Mystery of Chessboxin’

Terry Timely ‘Synaesthesia’





Nostalgia in Times Square’ 1993 – Ronnie Cuber on Baritone Sax

Uh Huh
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Charles Mingus – Moanin’

Dance on Glass Breakbot Mix


So here are some summer tunes from the Parisian maestro himself…

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Breakbot – Dance on Glass Mix

The track listing goes a little bit like this [thanks Jake] – feel free to comment and fill in any gaps

2’25” – Sample from “Cut Dick” – Mr. Oizo
3’58” – Acapella from “Disco Sirens” – Midfield General
5’56” – Sample from “Lights & Music (Boys Noize Happy Birthday Remix)” – Cut Copy
6’42” – “Baby (Breakbot Remix)” – Pnau
7’29” – Sample from “Paris is Burning” – Ladyhawke
8’00” – “Stereo Provolone” – Breakbot
10’00” – Sample from “Saturday Night Get Down” – Oliver Cheatham
10’28” – Sample from “Music Sounds Better With You” – Stardust
13’09” – “I Like to Play” – Yuksek
14’03” – “Last Wave” – Fred Falke
14’34” – Acapella from “Riddle of Steel (Para One Remix)” – Guns ‘n’ Bombs
15’04” – Short acapella sample from “Bang” – Rye Rye
16’35” – “Guess What” – Revolte
23’19” – Acapella from “A Thing for Me” – Metronomy