Privileged we are indeed to present this mix from C Joynes, our favourite primitive guitarist and folk archaeologist. 2013 has been a busy time for Mr. Joynes, with albums, collaborations and performances aplenty – not to forget his mesmerising NTS Radio session. This mix, an audio tour of influences past and present, is equally brilliant. But we’ll stop waffling and let you hear about it from the man himself…
Roads Out Of Shropshire And Into Darkness; Or, What The Hell Are
They Putting In The Waters Of The Tyne And Why Can’t We All Have Some?
Speaking with hindsight, each year seems to develop its own character and purpose: some are practical, functional and focused; some find you submerging in a ripe set of notions and ideas like some cheerful maggot; some years seem to be designed purely to test your resolve and drag you over the coals. For me, this year has mostly involved getting out-and-about and playing shows, mostly alongside Stephanie Hladowski, and has been unusually social. And, delivered in the closing weeks of this particular year, this mixtape serves as a sketchy yet fairly accurate map of various goings-on that have taken place over the last half-a-dozen months.
The bulk of the tunes featured are from friends and acquaintances well-met, and are taken from those post-show/pre-release gifts and swaps that form the real gold outside the hard-currency economics of cash/food/acc. The Sin-Eater Festival and the trails leading away from it seem particularly pivotal, and a good proportion of this year’s bill is included here. Nearer to home, an atypical nugget of grist from Pete Um continues his representin’ for the shipwreck milieux, and there are also a couple of virtual fellow travellers. One day we will all go to Patagonia and Mariano Rodriguez will be waiting for us, collecting apples in the garden as the ink dries on his clothes, while Kawol Of Samarkand, encountered several years back in the glory days of mySpace, continues his singular and prolific route into the suburbs. Every couple of years a new parcel of austere and immaculately packaged Plaka For Eardrum arrives with a polite note requesting venues and labels to contact. I haven’t managed anything yet.
And finally, there are a handful with whom there is no actual acquaintance at all. Firstly, the recordings of Albert Ayler have been a fairly constant presence over the last three or four years. In an idle moment, while playing a frivolous and egocentric game of ‘Six Degrees Of Separation’, I was delighted to uncover a mere two links separating Mr. Ayler and myself. Secondly, also included is a wholly unknown piece of music lifted off an elderly VHS video containing the last twenty minutes of a nature documentary about some kind of dust mite that lives inside valve electronic equipment. The documentary appears to date from the early eighties, has subtitles in Finnish, and is wholly silent except for the crude no-wave/kosmische electronic score. And finally, the hollow laughter of JP Nyangira mocks all our little vanities, and Alemu Aga whispers kindly in our ears.
Phil Tyler – Teenage Philosopher
The Horse Loom – Lie Here
A Hawk And A Hacksaw – O Lord, Saint George, Bewitch Ivan, Make Him Mine
Alemu Aga – Sile Sine Fitret
Nick Jonah Davies – Zanzibar Chai
Rhodri Davies – closed horizontal illumined
Howie Reeve – Stalks And Stems
Richard Dawson – Grandad’s Deathbed Hallucinations
The Albert Alyer Quintet – Truth Is Marching In
JP Nyangira – John Geko
??? – ???
Pete Um – Out Of Place
Hiss Hog Porkestra – Dancing The Paddington Frisk
The Prisoner Of Mars – Three’s Company
Mariano Rodriguez – Waltz For Snakes
Mike Gangloff – Little Sparrow
Nathan Bowles – Ship In The Clouds
Kawol Of Samarkand – Still Life February 15, 2013, No.3