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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 7:22 pm
by Chris P
Adam Blake wrote:I do think that some of those records that we Don Van fans thought were so astounding sound a bit contrived now.

Now there's the thing : to me it doesn't sound contrived it sounds organic. There are many musical experimentalists and would-be-pioneers that do sound contrived, but DVV is not one of them, as I hear it his music sounds naturally grown : artifice doesn't poke out to jar my ear, the music sounds like an honest expression from someone who has soaked up many other musics to the point where the resulting output is natural and not forced under laboratory conditions.

Ps : hope Charlie can also move these posts to join the Ultimate Little Walter (&DVV) so as to cause no further offence to those of delicate dispositions !
Pps : It was Charlie who reviewed Decals, and posited that inside Beefheart there was a crooner concealed by the avant stylings. That seems to be more true of Tom Waits, perhaps Charlie has clairvoyance.

PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 8:14 pm
by Adam Blake
Those are very good points and I wouldn't argue with them. I think you just have to be in the mood for the Captain, and I'm not at the moment.

By contrived I meant in the literal sense: bring about cleverly; devise, plan; invent; manage (Penguin English Dictionary) - which isn't necessarily a negative thing at all. The fact that Don was able to do this AND sound organic is maybe the thing that makes him and his music so unique. I don't know very much about visual art but I think it's in his paintings too.

PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2008 9:04 pm
by Chris P
Con Murphy wrote:Speaking of the Bako Dagnon, is the harmonica player on the Idrissa Soumaoro track Pascal Mikaelian, I wonder? What with the Bréant/Bogolan link between the two albums (and similar tone) I'd bet on it.

You'd be in the money Con - it is Pascal Mikaelian (altho I expect you know that by now).
Hope to get to hear some of the new Bako Dagnon either on Charlie's prog, or on fRoots or Songlines Cds or podcasts

PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2008 6:50 pm
by maggie
June, I have many of Charlies old programmes on tape, you are welcome to them, as I have edited them onto minidisc, and I cant bear to throw them away. Maggie

PostPosted: Wed May 21, 2008 12:10 am
by CantSleepClownsWillGetMe
Thanks Maggie, that's very kind of you. However another generous person has already come forward with a similar offer, so I hope to be wrapping my lugs around some old programmes in the not too distant future.

Once again thanks to everyone for their help on this :-)


message from David Darvill, Canada

PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 12:40 pm
by Charlie
fax from David Darvill, Cobble Hill, BC, Canada

May I congratulate you on your recent choice of (trilbied) guest!

Seriously, I enjoyed your music program very much. It reminded me of earlier good times. Now, over here, in Canada, one has to wade through so much awful muck to unearth even one real gem.

It was so nice to hear real choices of music from real people. (The live performance wasn't so bad, either!)

Thanks, both to you and your recent guest. I hope that, by this time, the memory of him has not faded away to a picture only of a waggling foot and a hat.

Yours sincerely

David Darvill

note from CG:

Son of Dave's given name is Benjamin Darvill.

Chas and Dave

PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2008 12:54 pm
by Gordon Neill
Charlie, this is spooky, given the recent question on Son of Dave's use of the phrase 'squat that rabbit' and my suggestion that you could "perhaps... seek help from Son of Dave, or even Dave himself for that matter". ... php?t=7927

Did you not take the opportunity to find out?

PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2008 7:52 am
by DavidM
Yes, some of us are getting kind of worried about this.
"If you can't grab it, squat that rabbit" ?!!