Thursday, June 30, 2016


Curious about how Zimmie was integrating his crooner covers from Shadows In The Night and Fallen Angels into his 2016 sets, I found this audience boot online. It's all working together nicely; just don't go expecting to hear the Greatest Hits. There are only a handful here.

Set 1
101. Things Have Changed
102. She Belongs To Me
103. Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
104. What’ll I Do
105. Duquesne Whistle
106. Melancholy Mood
107. Pay In Blood
108. I’m A Fool To Want You
109. That Old Black Magic
110. Tangled Up In Blue
Set 2
201. High Water (For Charley Patton)
202. Why Try To Change Me Now
203. Early Roman Kings
204. The Night We Called It A Day
205. Spirit On The Water
206. Scarlet Town
207. All Or Nothing At All
208. Long And Wasted Years
209. Autumn Leaves
210. Blowin’ In The Wind
211. Love Sick
Source: Roland CS-10EM > Edirol R-09 > PC > Goldwave > FLAC frontend [Level 8] > mp3
PLEASE NOTE: This is a classic Old School stealth recording. Listenable, but not the highest quality sound.

For a limited time, you can download Set 1 of this mp3 file set here.
And Set 2 of this mp3 file set is here.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Pan-fried Saint-Pierre with Vegetables and Rocket Pesto.

4 filets of John Dory with skin on (Saint-Pierre in French, may substitute tilapia, snapper, or any other firm white fish)
2 cups rocket lettuce (arugula)
2 tablespoons pine nuts
1/2 cup parmesan
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 fennel bulbs, coarsely chopped
1 bunch scallions, sliced in half lengthwise
1 artichoke heart (canned)
5 tablespoons shallots, minced
12 baby carrots
1/3 cup of olive oil
4 tablespoons butter
2 cups fresh herb mixture (ex.: sorrel, oregano, tarragon, basil, dill)
2 tablespoons black cumin oil*
* “Black cumin is also known as Nigella sativa, black seeds and kalonji and has been healing maladies of the body for more than 2,000 years.” – Natural News

In a blender mix arugula, pine nuts, parmesan, 1 clove of minced garlic and 1/4 cup of olive oil. Set aside in a cool place or refrigerate.

Roughly cut the fennel into cubes, blanch for a minute or two in boiling water. Remove and sauté in a pan with the onions and a bit of olive oil over low heat to make a compote. Set aside, keep warm.

Cut thin slices of artichoke, marinate with 3 tablespoons of chopped shallots, olive oil, salt and pepper.

Scrub carrots. Leave a half inch of carrot tops, if possible. Blanch, cool and reserve.

When ready to serve, sauté carrots in butter with remaining crushed garlic and chopped shallots.

Brown the fish filets skin side down in a pan with the remaining olive oil. Cover tightly, or finish cooking briefly in a hot oven (180° C/350° F). The top of the flesh should remain slightly translucent.

Serve the filets over the herbs tossed in cumin oil, surrounded by the cool garnishes (pesto and marinated artichoke) and warm vegetables (carrots and fennel-scallion compote).

Adapted from Gilles Le Gallès’ recipe in Le Figaro Madame magazine.

Monday, June 27, 2016

A Mr Phil Mixtape:
Bobby Charles - Street People.

01 See You Later Alligator - Bobby Charles
02 Street People - Bobby Charles
03 Small Town Talk - Bobby Charles
04 On The Jealous KInd - Allen Toussaint
05 The Jealous Kind - Bobby Charles
06 I Must Be In A Good Place Now - Bobby Charles
07 Save Me Jesus - Shannon Mcnally
08 Mexico - Bobby Charles & Rick Danko
09 On Meeting Elvis - Glen Hebert
10 Last Train To Memphis - Bobby Charles
12 Tennessee Blues - Bobby Charles
This mixtape compiled by Phil Demetrion - April 2016 - Paris.

Today in physical therapy I set the stationary bike to 22 minutes, then looked at my iPod to see what I had that was not too long a listen. I found this mix I did just a couple of months ago. It features the seminal Louisiana swamp singer-songwriter, the late Bobby Charles. When I lived across the creek from the Bearsville Store and Post Office back in the day, I'd periodically see Paul Butterfield's Mercedes pull up to the store, presumably on a mission of the spirits variety. They were running buddies back then, Butterfield and Bobby. Their partnership was a driving force behind what was arguably Bobby Charles' best album.

When I got back to my room I skipped ahead in the Woodstock book I'm reading -- Barney Hoskyns' Small Town Talk -- to see what he had written about Bobby: "As they strolled about the house, the guy in the overalls was heard to say, in an unmistakably southern accent, 'Ah see y'all are musicians.' When [Jim] Colegrove requested his name, the man said it was Bobby Charles Guidry. Colegrove did a double take. 'You mean Bobby Charles, the guy that recorded for Chess and Imperial?' Guidry nodded. 'Don't tell anybody,' he said. What were these swampy characters, grizzly men out of Deliverance, doing at large in a Yankee arts town? How had Charles, author of the timeless 'See You Later, Alligator' and 'Walking To New Orleans,' fetched up in the Catskill mountains, fifteen hundred miles from the bayous of Louisiana? It transpired that Charles was on the run from the law in Nashville . . . With a drugs charge hanging over him -- a neighbor had stashed some speed in his apartment -- he'd fled town and hidden out in Texas and the southwest. You learn to live with the underground, you know, with the street people,' he said in 1995."

For a limited time, download an mp3 file set of my Street People mix here.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

WEEKEND EDITION: Africa Express Presents Terry Riley's in C Mali

Just downloaded the music from iTunes. This is the video to accompany "in C," the latest album from Africa Express -- the first African version of Riley’s minimalist classic - recorded in Bamako, Mali in October 2013. Gary Hill turned me on to this seminal piece by Terry Riley more than 40 years ago. Then we drove down to NYC from Woodstock to hear Terry play live in a new music loft. After that I'd been turned loose in a whole new playground populated by La Monte Young, Steve Reich, Pauline Oliveros, Philip Glass, Brian Eno. Now to hear "in C" played on the kora, kalimba and balafon is an amazing treat!

From Amazon: "On November 4, 2014, exactly 50 years to the day from the world premiere of "in C," the composer said: 'I am overwhelmed and delighted by this CD. I was not quite prepared for such an incredible journey, hearing the soul of Africa in joyous flight over those 53 patterns of "in C." This ensemble feeds the piece with ancient threads of musical wisdom and humanity indicating to me that this work is a vessel ready to receive and be shaped by the spontaneous feelings and colors of the magician/musician. I could not ask for a greater gift for this daughter's 50th birthday.'"

It was 51 years ago . . . when Terry Riley's iconic minimalist composition "in C" received its world premiere. To mark the anniversary, Africa Express -- the organization that brings together musicians from multiple cultures, continents, and genres -- released an album featuring their 41-minute version of the piece. In addition to several artists from Bamako, Mali, the album features contributions from Africa Express mainstays Damon Albarn, Brian Eno, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner. The full list of contributors: Adama Koita: Kamel N'goni; Alou Coulibaly: Calabash; Andi Toma: Additional Percussion, Kalimba; André de Ridder: Violin, Baritone-guitar, Kalimba; Badou Mbaye: Djembe, Percussion; Brian Eno, Bijou; Olugbenga: Vocals; Cheick Diallo: Flutes; Damon Albarn: Melodica; Defily Sako, Modibo Diawara: Kora; Guindo Sala: Imzad; Kalifa Koné, Mémé Koné: Balafon; Nick Zinner, Jeff Wootton: Guitar.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Elvis Presley - The Last 24 Hours

A Mr Phil Mixtape:
Vinyl Daze.

01 Sympathy For The Devil - Orchestre National de Barbès
02 Fancyman Blues - The Rolling Stones
03 Hotel Chambermaid - Graham Parker & The Rumour
04 Walking In Memphis - Cher
05 I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) - Otis Redding
06 Everything I Do (Leads Me Back To You) - Elliott Murphy
07 Man's Job - Bruce Springsteen
08 Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
09 Prayer For Peace - Jon Lucien
10 The Bottle - Gil Scott-Heron
11 You'll Never Find Another Love - Lou Rawls
12 Nikita - Elton John
13 Chinese Envoy - John Cale
14 Charlie Don't Surf - The Clash
15 One -U2
16 So Far Away - Marc Black & The Funky Sex Gods
17 New Delhi Freight Train - Little Feat
18 Cortez The Killer - Neil Young
19 Redneck Crazy - Tyler Farr
20 You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go - Miley Cyrus
This mixtape compiled by Phil Demetrion, June 23, 2016 - Goussonville, FRANCE.

I found a folder in my laptop with a few dozen songs in it. Apparently I meant to edit them into a mixtape, then forgot about the project. Tonight I cobbled together this version. As always, for a limited time you can download an mp3 file set here.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


The Memphis Horns are silent. Awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in February 2012, Andrew Love (tenor sax), who died in April 2012, has been joined on the other side by his longtime partner in R&B, trumpeter Wayne Jackson. Closely associated with Stax-Volt Records and known as the greatest soul horn section in history, The Memphis Horns began as a sextet. In the crack Stax session band The Mar-Keys. They eventually distilled over the years to a duo and performed on recordings by an array of leading artists, including Otis Redding, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Aretha Franklin, Isaac Hayes, the Doobie Brothers, U2 and Jack White.

Wherever you went, you couldn't avoid their outstanding sound. The Memphis Horns played together on 52 No. 1 records and 83 gold and platinum records: Otis Redding's "Dock of the Bay," Aretha Franklin's "Respect," Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline," Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds," Sam & Dave's "Soul Man," Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," Steve Winwood's "Roll With It," Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer," and U2's "Angel of Harlem." What a resume!

Another Memphis brother, who used the Horns on some of his best recordings.

Jackson's wife Amy recalled that in his Grammy Award acceptance speech Wayne said, "It's been a dance of love between me and that trumpet."

I know I sure loved that sound.