Charity shop classic of the week

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A super tune obtained this afternoon for the bargain price of £2.04 (with plastic bag) from Oxfam on Drury Lane, Covent Garden.

Bought on a whim, the only reason being, it was on a label called Better Days (the name of the New York club where Tee Scott would play and Steve Proctor’s musical project) and the mention of Frank De Wulf on the A side.

It’s a cracker of a tune from the New Composers out of Saint Petersburg called The Sirens of Titan. It’s a great chilled out piano-led piece which features some operatic vocal samples and even a bit of morse code, a tune that’s well up our street. Who said you can’t find a decent record in a charity shop anymore?

Cutting straight to dub, are we Frank?

David Rodigan has told a story on this week’s show about the (late, great) UK mastering engineer John Hassell. Years ago when in a studio in America, he heard that the session before him featured one Frank Sinatra. He asked the production team how it went, and they said it was okay but they were amazed that the record company went for the take where Frank forgot the lyrics. Turns out the tune was called Strangers In The Night (and we all know that “dooby dooby doo” bit at the end.) Brilliant story and I’d love to believe it’s true.

His mention of John Hassell reminded me of a brilliant TV programme from many moons ago where it shows him at the controls (and his wife Felicity giving it a “reeeeewind”) and even has some nice petrol lawn mower and edging shear action at the start of it. What more do you want out of a TV clip? Dub it Mr Hassell!

A note from Nicosia

A very big shout to our dub-wise gardening friend Haji Mike in Cyprus for this piece which we received the other day after enquiring about what gives gardening-wise over there at the moment, interesting stuff.shekkerika

Winter in Cyprus is usually known for citrus fruits, oranges, lemons, grapefruit (a little later). tangerines, pomelo and many more.

Googling the term ‘Shekkerika’ the other day I was stunned to find just four fairly irrelevant search results. Shekkerika (plural) of Shekkeriko is a very small orange that fits in your hand with a powerfully sweet aromatic taste that is unique to Cyprus. We have one in our garden that thanks to my long time friend Aydin and her pruning skills, has developed from a scrawny little thing to a medium sized tree baring lots of fruit.

My philosophy on this, one shekkeriko a day keeps the doctor away, but two or three will significantly increase your sugar levels! Its truly a lovely fruit just bursting with flavour. mespilaMέσπιλα – Mespila does not as far as I know have a translation into English from Greek. Its an aromatic fruit, cooling and juicy which ripens in spring. It may be puzzling why I am talking about it on New Years Day 2017. Mespila have a really unusual flower which you can only see if you get really close up. They flower in clusters and the wasps and bees are busily doing the cross pollination thing today, no rest for the hard working meek. The fruit is also easy to grow from seed. Usually its hard to reach the higher fruits when they ripen, so after the birds have had their feast, seeds drop to the ground, and grow nearby.

The tree is really well suited to the Mediterranean climate, long hot summers and rain in winter (if we are lucky). You could always spot a Cypriot house in the UK with a Mespilo tree in the front garden, although I must confess, I can never remember eating the fruit fresh from the streets of London where I grew up. More power to the workers…big up the bees and wasps…

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Thanks to Mike for the piece. He’s got some new music out soon (with Kingdom Signal out of Corsica), available here on the Haji Mike/Kingdom Signal bandcamp (more info here too!) Have a listen as it’s good stuff, we’re loving “Dubbing the Martians” at the moment.

It’s a bit previous but…

chitting-2016-styleeHere’s something that’s well up our street, a bit in advance though but one well worth sticking in the diary all the same.

Roots & Shoots Potato Day
Sunday 12th February 2016
11.00am-2.00pm
Walnut Tree Walk
Lambeth
London
SE11 6DN
www.roots&shoots.org
Potatoes, seeds, sets, fruit trees and bushes on sale and other stalls. Admission charge and all funds to Roots & Shoots.

A few years ago we attended a Potato Day event at Sydenham Girls School (post here) and it was great. It had a mix and match seed potato sale, bulbs, fruit canes and even a seed swap. It was only a few quid to get in and the spuds weren’t too badly priced either.

We’re not sure about the admission price or if there is a seed swap at the Roots & Shoots event but we’ll put the feelers out. It’s a great venue, as a few years ago we attended an Introduction to Beekeeping course there. After a while when we were there we forgot we were actually in London. Do pencil it in the diary…

More on the Potato Days around the UK here.

Are you SURE we’ve enough sausage-meat?*

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A massive season’s greetings to all from Weeds up to me knees and may 2017 bring less slugs, less diseases in the garden, a better veg and flower crop and more decent music!echo-chamber_xmas

Talking of which, if you’re looking for a dub-wise christmas soundtrack here’s a couple of radio shows worth checking out. The first is from our good friends Dr Strangedub and DJ Baby Swiss who present The Echo Chamber on KFAI. Their festive 21st December show is here.

The second is Terry C out of Chicago’s Echo Beach as mentioned in our last post. Here’s the Echo Beach 10th Anniversary & Happy Holidub Special from the 23rd December.

Break out the Bailey’s and have a good old festive season!

*Also applies to the vegetarian alternative.

 

 

Reachin’

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Big shout to The TurntableTerrorist Terry C out of Chicago for sending us this pic of his garden from a few years ago. As he emailed this evening “I especially long for it now that we’re in deep winter in Chicago.” We know what you mean, even though the snow and the frost aren’t showing their faces in the UK at the moment but they will.

Check out Terry’s excellent show “Echo Beach” that is a big 10 years old this year on WLUW 88.7 Chicago live here and on the Mixcloud site here.

As it’s says on the WLUW website it’s a “bass-heavy sonic journey through the world of dub, starting with old-school roots and covering dub and dub influenced music including new-school roots, ambient dub, dubhop, dubstep, digi-dub, Asian dub and more from around the globe. Rivers of bass flowing into oceans of dub…all from the shores of Lake Michigan.” A show well up our street and definitely one to tune in to. Cheers to Terry C for playing our tunes on his show. Appreciated!

And while we’re here, here’s a lovely bit of chilled out vibes to celebrate the winter solstice (it’s all uphill from here) as heard on the Rt Hon David Rodigan show this week. Tune!!!