A Most Excellent Jumpin’

Bit late with this,  but the June Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee was an absolute blinder, one of the very best yet. Thanks to the maestro Ethan McDermott for a couple of sets of stunning tunes and for totally getting the Jumpin’ vibe (even if he pushed his luck with a couple of tunes 😉 ) and thanks for coming if you did.

The next Jumpin’ will be on September 22nd and it’ll be my fiftieth birthday party, so expect some *very* special guest DJs and all sorts of mayhem…




Jumpin’ 27

Jumpin #27

There’s a distinct lack of soul in this new mix. I mean, there’s SOME, but much less than usual. But there is psychobilly, garage, African, LOTS of jazz, country, tropicalia, sixties pop, folk and more. (seriously, LOTS of jazz) – this is another live mix, and that’s just where it took me.

There’s tracks from new (or newish) albums from Sons of Kemet, Shannon Shaw (two, because she’s wonderful) and Angelique Kidjo. And we kick off with a Cramps track by way of a tribute to Nick Knox who passed last week.

  1. The Cramps – Garbageman
  2. Commander Cody – Hot Rod Lincoln
  3. Daddy Long Legs – I Feel So Electric
  4. Love – Bummer in the Summer
  5. Shannon Shaw – Broke My Own
  6. Liz Brady – Il Suffit D’un Jour
  7. King Khan & The Shrines – Stone Soup
  8. The Detroit Cobras – My Baby Loves The Secret Agent
  9. Tony Joe White – Elements and Things
  10. Buck Owens – Sam’s Place
  11. Sons Of Kemet – My Queen Is Harriet Tubman
  12. Angélique Kidjo – Once in a Lifetime
  13. The Heptones – Love Me Girl
  14. Bob Marley & The Wailers – Mr. Brown (A.K.A. Dracula)
  15. Bill Withers – Use Me
  16. Baby Huey & The Babysitters – One Dragon, Two Dragon
  17. Joe Jackson – Steppin’ Out
  18. Miles Davis – Milestones
  19. Shannon Shaw – Freddies ‘n’ Teddies
  20. Anna Karina – Roller Girl
  21. J.D. Wilkes – Bible, Candle and a Skull
  22. Dr John – Litanie Des Saints
  23. Tom Zé – Mã
  24. Techniques – There Comes A Time
  25. Culture – Stop The Fussing And Fighting
  26. Rilo Kiley – A Better Son/Daughter
  27. Laura Veirs – Zozobra
  28. Peggy Lee – What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?
  29. fIREHOSE – In Memory Of Elizabeth Cotton
  30. Elizabeth Cotten – When the Train Comes Along
  31. Kamasi Washington – Truth


Jumpin’ Into Summer

So here’s a new Stagger mix to see you through these sunny days – lots of summery tunes and some Record Store Day gems from Bobbie Gentry, Eli Paperboy Reed and Joe Higgs. And new tunes from Steven Adams and The Left Outsides too…

Not only that but I’ve finally updated the gig list (on the right), and there’s more to be announced.

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  1. Eli Paperboy Reed – Well, Alright Now (feat. High & Mighty Brass Band)
  2. Little Richard – Poor Dog (Who Can’t Wag His Own Tail)
  3. Lively Ones – Pipeline
  4. Tommy Ridgley – Jam Up Twist
  5. Billy Hawks – Whip It On Me
  6. Jackie Mittoo And Soul Vendors – Napoleon Solo
  7. Little Milton – Ain’t No Big Deal
  8. Robert Thomas – Salvation
  9. Madeline Bell – Picture Me Gone
  10. Bobbie Gentry – Nikki Hoeky / Barefootin’
  11. Dirtbombs – Ode to a Black Man
  12. Bloodshot Bill & Shannon Shaw – Honey Time
  13. Dick Dale & The Del-Tones – Let’s Go Trippin’
  14. Brian Diamond & The Cutters – Big Bad Wolf
  15. Violent Femmes – I Hear The Rain
  16. Colorblind James Experience – Dance Critters
  17. Johnny Price – Marijuana, the Devil Flower
  18. Dan Sartain – Besame Mucho
  19. Johnny Colon – Boogaloo Blues
  20. Little Caesar & the Ark Angels – Ghost Of Mary Meade Part 2
  21. Jimmy Cliff – Synthetic World
  22. Alton Ellis – I’m Just A Guy
  23. Byron Lee & The Ska Kings – Watermelon Man Ska
  24. Fantastic Johnny C – Hitch It To The Horse
  25. Shirley – Big Boss Man
  26. Rita Pavone – Datemi Un Martelle
  27. Staple Singers – For What It’s Worth
  28. Angelic Choir – Wade In The Water
  29. Joe Higgs – Invitation To Jamaica
  30. Bob Fryfogle – Six Feet Under
  31. Steven Adams – A Joke
  32. Thin White Rope – Film Theme
  33. Left Outsides – The Ballad of Elm Tree Hill
  34. Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Kentucky
  35. Ola Belle Reed – I’ve Endured
  36. Harriet McClintock – Gin The Cotton


Jumpin’ #25

Jumpin #25

Been a while since my last Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee mix, so here’s #25. It’s mostly just tunes I’ve been into since the last one.  There’s a track from the fantastic new Shannon & The Clams album and two from Richmond Fontaine‘s instrumental accompaniment to Willy Vlautin‘s wonderful new novel Don’t Skip Out On Me, plus the usual blend of niceness.

  1. The Skatalites – Christine Keiler
  2. Men Of North Country – I’m Com’un Home (In the Morn’un)
  3. Richmond Fontaine – Dream of the City and the City Itself
  4. Lee Dorsey – Four Corners
  5. Hoyt Axton – Double Double Dare
  6. The Delusionaires – The Scrump
  7. Shannon & The Clams – The Boy
  8. Purple Mundi – Stop Hurting Me Baby
  9. The 5 Royales – Think
  10. Rita Marley – Play Play
  11. The Exciters – Tell Him
  12. The Strangeloves – Night Time
  13. Cindy & Bert – Der Hund Von Baskerville
  14. The Collins Kids – Shortin’ Bread Rock
  15. Roy Orbison – Domino
  16. Jimmie Revard & His Okahoma Playboys – Dirty Dog
  17. Tony Joe White – High Sheriff Of Calhoun Parish
  18. Sister Roseta Tharpe – This Train
  19. The Violinaires – Old Time Religion
  20. Black Velvet – African Velvet
  21. Mighty Sparrow – Jack Palance
  22. Lito Barrientos y su Orquesta – Cumbia En Do Menor
  23. Red Callender Sextet – Voodoo
  24. Bobby Hebb – Sunny
  25. Connie Francis – Fallin’
  26. Little Anthony & The Imperials – Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop
  27. She Trinity – He Fought The Law
  28. Santiago Jimenez – Ay Te Dejo En San Antonio (Ranchera)
  29. Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five – Barnyard Boogie
  30. Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – Tulip Or Turnip
  31. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Alligator Wine
  32. Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood – Some Velvet Morning
  33. Bobby Darin – Mack the Knife
  34. Scott Walker – The Big Hurt
  35. The Spaniels – Baby It’s You
  36. Millie Jackson – It Hurts So Good
  37. O.V. Wright – Everybody knows (the river song)
  38. Ricky Nelson – Lonesome Town
  39. Ry Cooder – Cancion Mixteca
  40. The Broken Family Band – Nights In The Tractorbeam
  41. Richmond Fontaine – Finding Horace On The Street
  42. Stick In The Wheel – Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green
  43. John Lurie – Italian Walk



A Little Christmas Jumpin’

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Here’s a little Christmas gift – the best thing about it being there are almost no bloody Christmas songs on it (The Staple Singers got through the filter because IT’S THE BLOODY STAPLE SINGERS AND THEY CAN DO WHAT THEY WANT).

So when the turkey is just a hollowed-out carcass that the dog is eyeing greedily, everyone has fallen out and you’re drunk out of your tiny mind on snowballs and sherry, stick this mix on. Have a dance, have another drink and by the time it slips into the slow, melancholy, quiet section at the end, you’ll be collapsing into a carb-fuelled slumber anyhow.

There’s a couple of tracks from the newish Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which has been blowing my tiny mind, and something from the imminent new Stick In The Wheel album. Otherwise it’s the usual blend of tunes that I’ve been listening to a lot lately.

  1. Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Mad
  2. Bunny Sigler – Let The Good Times Roll
  3. Elvis Presley – Crawfish
  4. Ann Sexton – It’s All Over Bar The Shouting
  5. The Staple Singers – Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas?
  6. Hollie Cook – Superstar
  7. Joe Tex & U Black – Rub-A-Dub Evening
  8. Huey Piano Smith – Little Liza Jane
  9. Lito Barrientos – Cumbia En Do Menor
  10. Dan Sartain – Besame Mucho
  11. The Coasters -Three Cool Cats
  12. The MarKeys – Last Night
  13. Earl Harrison – Humphrey Stomp
  14. Elsie Wheat – Tippin’
  15. James Hunter Six– Light Of My Life
  16. The Megatons – Shimmy Shimmy Pt 1
  17. Nick & The Jaguars -Ichi-bon #1
  18. The Liverbirds – He’s About A Mover
  19. Aretha Franklin – Niki Hoeky
  20. Bobbie Gentry – Thunder In The Afternoon
  21. PP Arnold – Brand New Day
  22. Preservation Hall Jazz Band – One Hundred Fire
  23. Art Neville – Bo Diddley
  24. Howlin’ Wolf – Dorothy Mae
  25. Chubby Checker – Misirlou
  26. Prince Jazzbo – Penny Reel
  27. Johnny Clarke – Poor Marcus
  28. The Como Mamas – Out Of The Wilderness
  29. Sister Goldia Haynes Choir – The Truth Is In The Gospel
  30. Stick In The Wheel – Over & Over
  31. Uncle Tupelo – Acuff-Rose
  32. Hank Williams – Ramblin’ Man
  33. The Famous Times – The Blue Man
  34. Flying Burrito Brothers – Hot Burrito #1
  35. Mary Gauthier – I Drink
  36. The Deslondes – She’d Better Be Lonely
  37. Howe Gelb – Impossible Thing
  38. Moondog – All Is Loneliness
  39. Sonny Sharrock – Who Does She Hope To Be?



The Joint Was… Jumpin’

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Dunno about you, but I think Jumpin’ #5 might have been the best yet? A packed house full of lovely people, big on dancing and low on drunken idiocy (DJs excepted). Fine tunes from yr man Alex Johnson and just a generally brilliant night. So thanks for coming if you did.

The next Jumpin’ is on February 24th  but before that there’s obviously Midnite Train at Cobalt on New Year’s Eve. See you there!

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See You All In Soulville!

Seems like ages since the last Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee but we’re back on November 25th with a stack of new tunes.

Joining us again is Alex Johnson, who absolutely killed it last time, and we’re sure this will be a big one.

Expect soul and rocksteady and rhythm & blues and funk and garage and surf and rockabilly and gospel and more and tunes like this…

So join us down at Ernest in a couple of weeks and let’s have a blast!

Jumpin’ 23

Hi folks. Time for a new Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee mix. No theme for this one – mostly just stuff I’ve bought lately but also a heartfelt adios to two absolute giants, Harry Dean Stanton and Fats Domino

A handful of tunes from recent or upcoming albums from The Frightnrs, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Micah P Hinson and The Band Of Holy Joy. And a bit more reggae than usual because I’ve pickled up some gems lately.

By the way (because a couple of people asked me) these mixes aren’t really supposed to be representative of what gets played at Jumpin’ nights: the first 2/3rds or so is, but I tend to end each mix with some slower, quieter tracks, which isn’t how things go when I play out. Come find out at the next Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee down at Ernest on November 25th…

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  1. Fats Domino – Ain’t That A Shame
  2. Thee Midniters – I Found A Peanut
  3. Dee Clark – 24 Boyfriends
  4. Bonnie Prince Billy – The Curse
  5. Sugar Pie Desanto – A Little Taste Of Soul
  6. Jamo Thomas – I Spy For The FBI
  7. The Fantastic Johnny C – Boogaloo Down Broadway
  8. The Routers – Amoeba
  9. Pat Patterson – Rat-A-Ma-Cue
  10. Popcorn Wylie – Hanky Panky
  11. Ann Leonardo – Travelling Stranger
  12. Derrick Morgan – Belly Woman
  13. The Groovers – You’ve Got To Cry
  14. The Imperials – Always With Me
  15. Willie Hightower – Nobody But You
  16. Inez Foxx – He’s The One You Love
  17. The Larks – The Jerk
  18. Los Apson – Satisfaccion
  19. Los Young Beats – Baby, Please Don’t Go
  20. WITCH – Mashed Potato
  21. Carol Fran – Knock Knock
  22. Jeff Barry – I’ll Still Love You
  23. Nino Tempo – Sister James
  24. Buddy Miles – Them Changes
  25. Marsha Hunt – Keep The Customer Satisfied
  26. Johnny Osbourne – Love Is Universal
  27. The Scientist – Dangerous Match One
  28. The Frightnrs – Hey Brother (Version)
  29. Little Walter – My Babe
  30. John Lee Hooker – Doin’ The Shout
  31. Sheryl Cormier With Blackie Forestier & The Cajun Aces – Sheryl’s Special
  32. Lucinda Williams – 2 Kool 2 Be 4Gotten
  33. Howe Gelb – Terribly So
  34. Jessica Lea Mayfield – Meadow
  35. The Band Of Holy Joy –   A Revivalist Impulse
  36. Micah P Hinson – The Great Void
  37. Anne & Anice Peters – Rock Your Baby
  38. Slim Smith – Please Go
  39. Lalo Schifrin – Just A Closer Walk With Thee
  40. Harry Dean Stanton – Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
  41. Fats Domino – Goodbye



Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee #22

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Feels like ages since I did one of these – summer is hectic I guess – but hopefully this will make up for it.

There’s all manner of soul stompers, roots rockers, country shitkickers and rockabilly riots, with new(ish) tracks from The Cactus Blossoms, The Strange Blue Dreams and Jon Langford’s new Four Lost Souls project, alongside sounds from Egypt and Ethiopia and Italy and Jamaica. There’s a Frightnrs track again, because I won’t stop till you ALL embrace them.

Here’s what’s included:

  1. The Gories – Thunderbird Esq
  2. The Mekons – The Curse
  3. Billy Ball & The Upsetters – Popcorn ’69
  4. The Upsetters – Popcorn
  5. The Swinging Medallions – Here It Comes Again
  6. Jerry Lee Lewis – Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On (Live)
  7. The Phantom – Love Me
  8. Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps – Race With The Devil
  9. Jimmy Witherspoon – Hey Mrs Jones
  10. Ronnie Love – Chills & Fever
  11. The James Hunter Six – (Baby) Hold On
  12. Earl Grant – Hide Nor Hair
  13. The Off Beats – Have Love Will Travel
  14. Don Fardon – I’m Alive
  15. Mulatu Astatke – Yegele Tezeta
  16. Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz Band – Ramadan In Space Time
  17. The Como Mamas – 99 And  A Half Won’t Do
  18. Papa Celestin – Old Time Religion
  19. Jon Langford & Four Lost Souls – Natchez Trace
  20. The Cactus Blossoms – Mississippi
  21. The Strange Blue Dreams – Ballad Of The Sun & Moon
  22. Althea – Down Town Thing
  23. The Frightnrs – Till Then
  24. The Slackers – Minha Menina
  25. Eddie Ray – Wait A Minute
  26. Eloise – You Shoulda Treated Me Right
  27. Edoardo Vianello – Guarda Come Dondolo
  28. Mina – Un Anno D’Amore
  29. The Trojans – Lumpi
  30. The Top Cats – Tear The Place Down
  31. Bobbie Gentry – Seasons Come, Seasons Go
  32. Roy Orbison – Blue Bayou
  33. Bill Withers – Grandma’s Hands (live)
  34. Candi Staton – When Hearts Grow Cold
  35. Texas Gladden – Cold Mountains
  36. Jelly Roll Morton – Alabama Bound
  37. Joan Shelley – Go Wild
  38. Big Star – Thirteen
  39. The Broken Family Band – Wherever You Go