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

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Jumpin’ Into Autumn

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How’s your summer working out? I’ve just got back from 10 days in the Pyrenees and managed to only buy two records – a Jimmy Witherspoon EP and a Jacques Dutronc compilation; the rest of my money went on rum and cheese, pretty much…

Anyway, there’s a few things coming up you might want to know about. both my own nights and some random slots here and there. Here’s the list…

September 1stBilly Bootleggers (10pm-2am, FREE)

September 9thThe Tea Pad Sunshine Medicine Show 2017 with Rob Heron & The Tea Pad, House Of The Black Gardenia and Howlin’ Rick & The Rocketeers @ The Cumberland Arms (2-7pm, FREE)

then onto an after party at…

September 9thDat Bar (9pm – 2am, FREE)

October 6thSoul Finger #6 @ The Cumberland Arms, 8pm – 1am, £3 – I think)

November 25thJumpin’ With Stagger Lee @ Ernest (9pm-2am FREE)
more details to follow but I can confirm that after July’s debacle, Alex Johnson will be special guest again. Heaven help us!

December 31stWATCH THIS SPACE!

January 20thRiddim @ Ernest (9pm – 2am, FREE)
A second instalment of the very occasional reggae night, with Rob Heron and possibly a special guest from THAT LONDON!

February 24thJumpin’ With Stagger Lee @ Ernest (9pm – 2am, FREE)
Again, more details to follow but we should have Rob Heron back for this one…

here’s that Jimmy Witherspoon tune I bought…

 

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)

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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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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The Place Was Jumpin’

I’m still reeling from a really wonderful second Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee.

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People were dancing from the moment we started till the very end. It was busy and friendly and inclusive and just generally fucking lovely. So thanks.

Guest DJ Giovanni Spatuzzi totally got the Jumpin’ ethos and played three storming sets, very much appreciated.

You know the night is going well when the bar staff are running down for a dance. Thanks to Rosie and the Ernest team.

And thanks to the loyal and gorgeous Swing Tyne crowd, who showed everyone how to do The Madison

The next Jumpin’ With Stagger Lee is on April 29th, when Rob Heron will be the guest (and I’ve got a nice list of other cracking DJs who want to join us in the coming months).

Here’s some of what I played, in no particular order. It won’t be complete because I hit the Patron Cafe by midnight and after that… well.

Harry J All Stars – Liquidator
Staple Singers – I’ll Take You There
Heavy Trash – Jibber Jabber
Joe Bataan – Subway Joe
Mongo Santamaria – Yeh Yeh
Brian Auger Trinity – Kind Of Love In
The Full Experience – Young, Gifted and Broke
Dick Dale – Misirlou
King Khan & The Shrines – Luckiest Man
Nancy Sinatra – Boots
Bo Junior – Coffee Pot pt 2
Clarence Carter – Snatching It Back
Sandie Shaw – Sympathy for the Devil
Dennis Brown – Money In My Pocket
Toots and the Maytals – Do The Boogaloo
Googie Rene Combo – Smokey Joe’s La La
Xavier Cugat – Watermelon Man
Detroit Cobras – Cha Cha Twist


Betty Davis – If I’m In Luck
Inez Foxx – You Hurt Me For The Last Time
The Meters – Hey Pocky A-Way
Nappy Brown – Skidy Woe
Le Tigre – Hot Topic
Ike And Tina Turner – A Fool For You
Spanky Wilson – Little Things Mean A Lot
Hot 8 Brass Band – Sexual Healing
The Box Tops – The Letter
Equals – Police On My Back
Dr John – Rite Away
Eddie K Doe – Mother In Law
Amy Winehouse – You’re Wondering Now
Irma Thomas – Don’t Mess With My Man
Etta James – Tell Mama
The Frightnrs – Nothing More To Say
Corduroy – Motorhead
Jackie Lee – The Shotgun And The Duck
Earl Grant – House of Bamboo

And in the section I like to call “I’m really pissed and I’m going to play those end of the night bangers I always play even though I promise myself I won’t” :

King Curtis – Memphis Soul Stew
Archie Bell – Tighten Up
Robert Parker – Barefootin’
Staples Singers – Slippery People
Shirley Ellis – Soul Time
Melba Moore – Magic Touch
Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
Ray Bryant Combo – The Madison
Joe South – Walk A Mile In My Shoes
Frankie Valli – The Night
Ray Charles – Don’t Need No Doctor
Elvis – Suspicious Minds
Dobie Gray – Out On The Floor
Bobbie Gentry – Mississippi Delta
Millie Jackson – My Man Is A Sweet Man

So that’s soul, funk, ska, reggae, garage rock, surf, Latin, country, rhythm and blues, Gospel, jazz, rocksteady, New Orleans brass, rockabilly, mod, sorta-punk and a bunch of things that don’t really fit a genre. And that’s without Giovanni’s selections.

And to me, THAT’S what Jumpin’ is about. Not wilful obscurantism, not genre rules, not “two strollers followed by two boppers”. Just great tunes…

See you in April

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