Thanks For Jumpin’

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Well that was splendid, wasn’t it?

I’ve been running clubs long enough now to know that any night in the middle of the summer when there’s loads of other events on is bound to start slowly, but I must admit I was a bit anxious early on. But – oh my days! – it got busy. Thanks so much for coming if you did, it was probably the maddest Jumpin’ yet and me and my special guest selector Alex Johnson were pretty overwhelmed* by it all.

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I’ve NO idea what I played – maybe Alex can remember his set. I know that at the end we were playing back-to-back and trying to mess each other up a bit, but in reality it just meant we reached for the most dancefloor-friendly tunes we had. I was gutted we didn’t finish with The Monster Mash (yes, I did have it with me) but Alex’s (Reach Out) I’ll Be There seemed like a pretty banging final tune.

I’d like to thank Alex for being a perfect guest; Rosie and Kathryn and the Ernest crew for letting us do it and coping admirably; Polly and Toni and Kirsten for being staunch; everyone who came. All that stuff. And tramadol and Patron Xo Café for getting me through it.

Till next time…

 

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(* drunk)

How To Get Ahead In Advertising

We’ve got a nice big ad in the forthcoming issue of NARC. Magazine for both the Jumpin’ On The Terrace gig (July 9th) and Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee at Ernest on July 22nd. We’ve decided to make Jumpin’ On The Terrace a fairly loose affair with guests including Rob Heron, Alex Johnson, Ethan McDermott, Billy Lyre and more popping along to play a few tunes, while Alex is also going to be the guest selecter at Ernest.

July Narc Ad

 

White Lightnin’

Billy-Bootleggers[1]

Billy Bootleggers is a brand new Toon centre bar – hard by Grainger Street Market underneath Bar 28 on Nelson Street – based on a vintage American dive bar.  It looks great in there, the booze is high quality and judging by recent appearances, so are the bands.

And I’m going to be playing some records down there from time to time, starting with a double whammy this bank holiday weekend (Friday 26th and Saturday 27th) from about 11pm when the bands finish till about 2am when we all get thrown out.

Come down, entry is free and it’ll be good times

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Jumpin’ 21

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Hey folks. Had a burst of excellent new releases come my way lately and figured that was a good excuse for a new Jumpin’ mix – number 21!

There’s tracks from new or imminent albums by Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Deslondes (two tracks because it’s that good), Bonnie Prince Billy, Pokey LaFarge, Rhiannon Giddens, Sir Jac’s Bantamacs, Chain & The Gang and The Unthanks, as well as something from the new Dengue Fever reissues.

And the usual mix of soul, country, blues, garage and more.

  1. Barry Adamson – The Big Bamboozle
  2. Eldridge Holmes – Popcorn Children
  3. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – S.O.B.
  4. The Jackson 5 – Little Bitty Pretty One
  5. Mose Allison – Parchman Farm
  6. Hunx & His Punx – You Don’t Like Rock’N’Roll
  7. Chain & The Gang – Free Will
  8. The Deslondes – Hurricane Shakedown
  9. Eli Paperboy Reed – Bad Girl
  10. Pokey LaFarge – Riot In The Street
  11. Dengue Fever – Tip My Canoe
  12. Omar Kay – Turkish Coffee
  13. Junior Murvin – Cool Out Son
  14. Big Youth – All Nations Bow
  15. Harry J Allstars – Liquidator
  16. The Staple Singers – I’ll Take You There
  17. The Como Mamas – Count Your Blessings
  18. Lambert, Hendricks & Ross – Moanin’
  19. James Carr – Who’s Been Warming My Oven
  20. The Five Stairsteps – Playgirl’s Love
  21. Eddie Carlton – It Will Be Done
  22. Margie Joseph – I Can’t Move No Mountain
  23. Hurray For The Riff Raff – The Navigator
  24. Kokomo Arnold – Milk Cow Blues
  25. Lefty Frizzell – Shine, Shave, Shower (It’s Saturday)
  26. Sir Jac’s Bantamacs – One Cup Of Coffee
  27. The Dirt Daubers – Trucks, Tractors & Trains
  28. Tony Joe White – Polk Salad Annie
  29. The Deslondes – She Better Be Lonely
  30. Bonnie Prince Billy – Leonard
  31. Micah P Hinson – Beneath The Rose
  32. Rhiannon Giddens – The Angels Laid Him Away
  33. Blind Willie McTell – The Dyin’ Crapshooter’s Blues
  34. Jerry Jeff Walker – Desperados Waiting For The Train
  35. Guy Clark – Dublin Blues
  36. Cian Nugent – Lucy
  37. The Unthanks – What Can A Song Do To You?
(NB – I did try labelling the tracks in the mix but it crashed, sorry!)

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Things Are Jumpin’ All Over

First off, thanks if you came down to the Riddim On The Terrace afternoon at the Cumberland yesterday. The sun was blazing, it was packed, it was a brilliant afternoon.

Thanks to Rob Heron, Rory Smith and Pete Pearson for joining in…

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There’s Soul Finger #5 at the Cumberland Arms on July 7th and then I’m going to be back on the Cumberland Arms Terrace on July 9th for Jumpin’ On The Terrace. From 2pm to 7pm I’ll be playing soul, reggae, rhythm & blues, country and whatever the hell else I fancy, probably with a guest selector or two as well. It’s free, it’s family friendly, there’ll be food and the Cumby always has good beer.

On July 22nd I’ll be DJing on the Jumpin’ Hot Stage at SummerTyne Americana down at the Sage and then hotfooting it over the Tyne for Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee #4 at Ernest. No guest confirmed yet, but it’ll be 9pm – 2am, and FREE! And then I’ll be back at the Jumpin’ Hot stage on the Sunday.

We’re hoping to fit in another Riddim On The Terrace before the summer is over, and more Riddim! nights at Ernest too. And Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee at Ernest will keep being roughly every three months.

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Soul Finger #4

I was more than pleased to play a couple of slots at last week’s fourth instalment of Soul Finger at the Cumberland Arms, alongside Ethan McDermott and Rob Heron. The usual mix of northern, rhythm and blues, some mod gems and the like. A few people asked if I’d recorded it – like I’m that organised! – but I have recreated it.

A few points: I played two sets, but I’ve joined them into one here; while I know what I played, I can’t remember the order, so this isn’t entirely representative; I’ve left out a couple of tunes that just didn’t work as well as I’d hoped; and since I don’t have my decks set up  in the same room at home, this is a digital recreation of a vinyl set. But hey, tunes are tunes, right?

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Here’s what I played:

  1. Darondo – How I Got Over
  2. Rex Garvin – Sock It To Em JB (Pt 1)
  3. The Wheels – Clap Your Hands  (Pt 1)
  4. Jimmy Delphs – Dancing A Hole In the World
  5. The Sapphires – The Slow Fizz
  6. Bobbi Lynn – Opportunity Street
  7. Damon Fox – Packing Up
  8. Betty Moorer – Speed Up
  9. The Dells – Thinkin’ About You
  10. Evie Sands – Picture Me Gone
  11. The Minits – Still A Part Of Me
  12. Inez Foxx – You Hurt Me For The Last Time
  13. BW Souls – Marvin’s Groove
  14. Bill Doggett – Honky Tonk
  15. Googie Rene Combo – Smokey Joe’s La La
  16. Fred Williams – The Dance Got Old
  17. Nappy Brown – Skidy Woe
  18. Mike Pedecin – Burnt Toast And Black Coffee
  19. Irma Thomas – Don’t Mess With My Man
  20. Ike And Tina Turner – A Fool In Love
  21. Little Willie John – Home At Last
  22. Dionne Warwick – You Can Have Him
  23. Jackie Lee – The Duck
  24. Jackie Lee – The Shotgun And The Duck
  25. Marsha Gee – Peanut Duck
  26. Banny Price – You Love Me Pretty Baby
  27. Tony Tyrone – Please Operator
  28. Ann Sexton – It’s All Over But The Shouting
  29. Showstoppers – Ain’t Nothing But A House Party
  30. The Five Stairsteps – Playgirl’s Love
  31. Eddie Carlton – It Will Be Done
  32. Garnett Mimms – All About Love
  33. Jimmy Delphs – Almost

 

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Jumpin’ #20

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Time for a bit of a chance of pace. The last few mixes I’ve posted have been all about the dancefloor, and very soul-orientated. For Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee #20, there’s still plenty of music for dancing but there’s also jazz and country and reggae and folk.

There’s new(ish) music from Morton Valence, Grandaddy, Frontier Ruckus, King Salami & The Cumberland Three, Rhiannon Giddens, Jeb Loy Nichols, Hot 8 Brass Band, Coco Hames and Nikki Lane. There’s a small tribute to the recently departed Robert Fisher from Willard Grant Conspiracy. The rest is the usual mix of old favourites, recent discoveries and whatever the hell else.

You can stream Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee #20 here or download it here.
(NB: any problems with the download, do let me know)

Tracklisting:

  1. King Salami & The Cumberland Three – Tiger In My Tank
  2. Mike Pedecin – Burnt Toast & Black Coffee
  3. The Village Callers – I Don’t Need No Doctor
  4. The Soul Sisters – Wreck A Buddy
  5. Squirrel Nut Zippers – Hell
  6. Betty Davis – Hangin’ Out
  7. Rhiannon Giddens – Freedom Highway
  8. Jeb Loy Nichols – Come See Me
  9. Menlo Park – Cochon Cochon
  10. The Volcanos – Storm Warning
  11. Ann Sexton – It’s All Over But The Shouting
  12. Helen Shapiro – Tell Me What He Said
  13. Morton Valence – Vem Kan Segla Forutan Vind
  14. The Memory Band – Children Of The Stones
  15. Don Cherry – Brown Rice
  16. Georgie Fame – Parchman Farm (Live)
  17. Rupie Edwards – Irie Feelings
  18. The Clash – Version Pardner
  19. James Waynes – Junco Partner
  20. Hot 8 Brass Band – St James Infirmary
  21. The Balfa Brothers – La Danse de Mardi Gras
  22. Coco Hames – I Do Love You
  23. Southern Culture On The Skids – Walk Like A Camel
  24. Brenda And The Tabulations – California Soul
  25. Amy Winehouse – You’re Wondering Now
  26. Aura Meets Lee Scratch Perry – Young, Gifted & Broke
  27. Nikki Lane – Lay  You Down
  28. Julia Jacklin – Don’t Let The Kids Win
  29. Grandaddy – Songbird Son
  30. Frontier Ruckus – Positively Freaking
  31. Gillian Welch & David Rawlings – Old Time Religion
  32. Willard Grant Conspiracy – The Work Song
  33. The Walkabouts – Silence
  34. Men Diamler – 1848 (Sunset Beauregard)
  35. Francoise Hardy – Till The Morning Comes

 

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