2018

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Blood on her hands… …I’m not that nice… …there’s one viewer you care about… …it’s not that serious… …what’s your deal, man?… …I use my white woman’s voice… …you can’t dance around it… …no sweat, no tears… …enemy of the people… …don’t think we can be friends… …shut the hell up… …let me cloak my wrist… …but it’s good to know… …is there a single soul out there listening?… …people have all sorts of ideas… …you have the cheek to call us savages… …barbies on the kid and they flex with the gang… …I guess we proved you wrong… …I never voted for you… …never or now… …claire said you were brutal… …we have lots of history… …never again… …I’m doing it because I feel sorry for you… …one-sided news stories plaguing our country… …it’s just unbelievable… …cut off some friends, where they go… …this system is insane… …I don’t have any feelings… …I’m a flawed human being… …spread my wings in these noxious skies… …you have created this monster… …I don’t think you’re thinking anything… …laurel… …I guess neither one of us… …this a celly, that’s a tool… …a life without despair is a life without hope… …I felt like I didn’t know her… …does the president believe he is above the law?… …the company I keep is not corporate enough… …ain’t no surprises in the repertoire… …the memory of making love… …fuck trump… …it seemed so odd though, how they so cocky… …why are you scared of me?… …history will judge us… …this meeting of two dictators… …it’s not your property… …what you reap is what you sow… …it’s like this mad riddle… …you don’t need to be scared… …do not mention that you think that you are jesus christ… …let it be the day the pain stop… …this is a good conversation… …I know no one will save me… …I’ll try not to sound too awful, but… …I don’t care what I’ve been told… …I don’t see any reason why it would be… …fuck it, I did my time… …the self-inflicted wounds of your own imagined democratic choices… …eager and unashamed… …I just wanna fly… …truth isn’t truth… …to the bottom of a made up ocean… …only a fool folds a winning hand… …blind are the brokers and the unskilled workers… …that is all, that is all, there is nothing else… …his weight was heavy… …I wanna smell you, even from far away… …double agents atcha door… …a hit dog will holler… …I’m a breath of drop and the sea nears me… …it’s dull as hell… …when two worlds collide, two things happen… …no one is leaving, now this is your home… …only thing on my mind was death… …the internet looked at him and said yes… …it’s called transparency… …if you miss it, that’s that… …I know it’s hard to be an optimist when you trust least the ones who claim to have the answers.

Tracklist – Just the music

0:00:20 Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury – Excerpt from “Annihilation” OST
0:00:51 Mount Eerie – Distortion
0:01:07 MGMT – When You Die
0:02:02 Ravyn Lenae – Sticky
0:03:58 Grace Vonderkuhn – Worry
0:05:54 Anna von Hausswolff – The Truth, the Glow, the Fall
0:07:27 Tune-Yards – Colonizer
0:09:07 Spice – Tik Tak
0:10:41 Hoodboi – Glide feat. Tkay Maidza
0:13:13 Nilufer Yanya – Thanks 4 Nothing
0:15:29 Leif – Number 13
0:17:14 JPEGMAFIA – 1539 N. Calvert
0:18:47 Kero Kero Bonito – Only Acting
0:22:50 E Ruscha V – Who Are You
0:24:03 ionnalee – Blazing
0:24:52 Simmy ft. Sun-EL Musician – Ubala
0:26:51 Peach – Silky
0:29:40 700 Bliss – Cosmic Slop
0:31:05 Stormzy – Brit Awards Performance
0:31:34 Loski – Cool Kid
0:33:41 Andrew W.K. – Music Is Worth Living For
0:36:20 Jon Hopkins – Emerald Rush
0:40:05 Natalie Prass – Short Court Style
0:42:16 Doja Cat – Go To Town
0:44:46 Novelist – Stop Killing the Mandem
0:45:50 Peggy Gou – It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)
0:47:21 Bicep – Opal (Four Tet Remix)
0:49:31 Grouper – Parking Lot
0:52:00 Sarah Davachi – Hours in the Evening
0:53:08 Hammock – Build a Castle (Reinterpretation)
0:55:32 Cavern Of Anti-Matter – Solarised Sound
0:58:01 Tyler, The Creator – OKRA
0:59:42 Jimothy Lacoste – Subway System
1:02:08 Gila – 106 Slipper
1:03:09 Jean Grae & Quelle Chris – Peacock
1:04:33 Henry Kaiser – Spoonful
1:04:50 Sons of Kemet – My Queen Is Ada Eastman
1:08:23 Cazzu – Chapiadora
1:10:31 Kali Uchis – In My Dreams
1:12:00 Autechre – All End
1:14:40 KAREN MEAT – Overdwelled
1:17:13 Donato Dozzy – Cleo
1:19:16 Róisín Murphy – All My Dreams
1:21:17 DJ Koze – Pick Up
1:22:45 Valee – Womp Womp (feat. Jeremih)
1:24:16 Childish Gambino – This Is America (Video Version)
1:26:35 Joy O, Ben Vince – Transition 2
1:28:04 Simian Mobile Disco – Defender (feat. The Deep Throat Choir)
1:29:33 Laura Jean – Girls On The TV
1:33:56 MEUTE – You & Me (Flume Remix)
1:37:33 Pusha T – If You Know You Know
1:39:22 Daphne & Celeste – BB
1:43:14 Melody’s Echo Chamber – Quand Les Larmes D’un Ange Font Danser La Neige
1:46:30 Lizzo – Boys
1:48:31 YOTA ft. MF DOOM – Drop the Bomb
1:50:05 Colin Stetson – Steve
1:51:34 Low – Fly
1:55:54 Hilary Woods – Sever
1:57:42 BLACKPINK – DDU-DU DDU-DU
1:59:30 DeJ Loaf feat. Leon Bridges – Liberated
2:01:56 Sophie – Immaterial
2:03:31 Koelsch & Tiga – HAL
2:06:19 Ella Mai – Boo’d Up
2:08:43 Emily Harrison – I’d like to thank the Academy (Tips on getting Prozac from your GP)
2:09:12 Mr Twin Sister – Jaipur
2:12:13 Denzel Curry – Black Balloons
2:14:31 Charli XCX – Focus
2:17:00 Mitski – Nobody
2:19:23 Moses Sumney – Rank & File
2:20:55 Yves Tumor – Noid
2:23:00 Daniel Avery – Quick Eternity (Four Tet Remix)
2:24:11 Daveed Diggs – Blindspotting – End Rap Scene
2:26:11 CHVRCHES – Out of My Head (feat. Wednesday Campanella)
2:28:55 Christine and the Queens – 5 Dollars
2:30:47 Kink – Perth (Dusky Remix)
2:31:35 Mac Miller – What’s the Use (feat. Thundercat)
2:35:00 Diana Gordon – Wolverine
2:36:16 Oh Sees – Sentient Oona
2:40:25 mewithoutYou – Julia (or, ‘Holy to the LORD’ on the Bells of Horses)
2:42:29 Louis Cole – When You’re Ugly
2:44:21 Paul Woolford feat. Kim English – Hang Up Your Hang Ups (The Only One) (CamelPhat Remix)
2:45:35 Szun Waves – Temple
2:47:30 Thom Yorke – Unmade
2:50:00 Tim Hecker – This Life
2:50:59 Suede – Roadkill
2:52:45 Illingsworth – Greens
2:53:50 Miljon – What Does It Take
2:55:50 Julia Holter – I Shall Love 2
3:00:02 Shackleton – Wakefulness & Obsession
3:02:01 Bruce – What
3:03:35 Low – Tempest
3:05:46 AdriAnne Lenker – Symbol
3:07:54 Sigrid – Sucker Punch
3:10:23 Lafawndah – Joseph
3:11:22 Marie Davidson – Work It
3:13:52 Lando Chill – Peso (feat. Quelle Chris & REY)
3:15:26 Toro y Moi – Freelance
3:17:16 Sam Wilkes – Tonight feat. Sam Gendel, Louis Cole & Brian Green
3:20:47 Daughters – Long Road No Turns
3:23:31 Neneh Cherry – Natural Skin Deep
3:25:07 Lone – Pulsar
3:26:20 Makaya McCraven – Mantra
3:27:47 Kelly Moran – Radian
3:29:07 Octo Octa – Beam Me Up (To The Goddess Mix)
3:30:57 The Good, The Bad & The Queen – Merrie Land
3:34:08 Zuli – Nari (feat. Abyusif, Mado $am, Abanob, R-Rhyme)
3:35:20 Earl Sweatshirt – Nowhere2go
3:36:37 Jonathan Personne – Comme Personne
3:38:18 The 1975 – Love It If We Made It
3:41:53 Holly Herndon & Jlin (feat. Spawn) – Godmother
3:43:10 Beta Librae – Problem Solving Program
3:45:10 Lubomyr Melnyk – Barcarolle
3:47:50 Andrew Bird – Bloodless

Tracklist – Everything

0:00:16 “Annihilation” Ending Scene
0:00:20 New Year Times Square
0:00:37 Interview with Peter Kirkham
0:00:51 Mount Eerie – Distortion
0:01:07 MGMT – When You Die
0:01:47 Jake Tapper – cuts off Trump adviser
0:02:02 Ravyn Lenae – Sticky
0:03:46 Oprah Winfrey – Golden Globes speech
0:03:58 Grace Vonderkuhn – Worry
0:05:36 The Commuter – “Fuck You” Scene
0:05:54 Anna von Hausswolff – The Truth, the Glow, the Fall
0:07:22 Teacher gets arrested at Vermilion Parish School
0:07:27 Tune-Yards – Colonizer
0:08:59 Harvey Weinstein attacked at Scottsdale Restaurant
0:09:07 Spice – Tik Tak
0:10:23 TV Host on “Shithole Countries”
0:10:41 Hoodboi – Glide feat. Tkay Maidza
0:12:57 Jeff Flake – Trump battered and abused the truth
0:13:13 Nilufer Yanya – Thanks 4 Nothing
0:15:17 Piers Morgan clashes with Ash Sarkar
0:15:29 Leif – Number 13
0:16:53 Ex-GOP chair – shut the hell up
0:17:14 JPEGMAFIA – 1539 N. Calvert
0:18:43 John Humphrys
0:18:47 Kero Kero Bonito – Only Acting
0:22:03 Scene from “Loveless”
0:22:50 E Ruscha V – Who Are You
0:23:54 The Onion – Reviews Fifty Shades Freed
0:24:03 ionnalee – Blazing
0:24:41 Black Panther – End Credits Scenes
0:24:52 Simmy ft. Sun-EL Musician – Ubala
0:26:45 Emma Gonzalez – A student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
0:26:51 Peach – Silky
0:29:15 Andrew Neil on Jeremy Corbyn Accusations
0:29:40 700 Bliss – Cosmic Slop
0:31:05 Stormzy – Brit Awards Performance
0:31:34 Loski – Cool Kid
0:33:26 Andrew W.K. – In Your Darkest Moments
0:33:41 Andrew W.K. – Music Is Worth Living For
0:36:02 OC college condemns faculty member
0:36:20 Jon Hopkins – Emerald Rush
0:39:48 Scene from “Claire’s Camera”
0:40:05 Natalie Prass – Short Court Style
0:41:52 The Onion – Parody ad from “A Very Fatal Murder”
0:42:16 Doja Cat – Go To Town
0:44:43 You Were Never Really Here – Clip – Senator
0:44:46 Novelist – Stop Killing the Mandem
0:45:45 “Annihilation” Ending Scene
0:45:50 Peggy Gou – It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)
0:47:13 The square – Tourette syndrome scene
0:47:21 Bicep – Opal (Four Tet Remix)
0:49:03 Cambridge Analytica secret recording
0:49:31 Grouper – Parking Lot
0:51:00 Emma Gonzalez – March for Our Lives speech
0:52:00 Sarah Davachi – Hours in the Evening
0:53:08 Hammock – Build a Castle (Reinterpretation)
0:54:58 Isle Of Dogs – Fetch It scene
0:55:32 Cavern Of Anti-Matter – Solarised Sound
0:56:31 Sinclairs script for stations
0:57:40 RWW News – We Have Been Dominated By Homosexuals
0:58:01 Tyler, The Creator – OKRA
0:59:35 Happy As Lazzaro
0:59:42 Jimothy Lacoste – Subway System
1:01:49 Clip from “Thoroughbreds”
1:02:08 Gila – 106 Slipper
1:02:50 James Comey Interview
1:03:09 Jean Grae & Quelle Chris – Peacock
1:04:33 Henry Kaiser – Spoonful
1:04:50 Sons of Kemet – My Queen Is Ada Eastman
1:08:10 Scene from “The Rider”
1:08:23 Cazzu – Chapiadora
1:09:54 Michelle Wolf – White House Correspondents Dinner
1:10:31 Kali Uchis – In My Dreams
1:11:19 Crap students in Cambridge
1:12:00 Autechre – All End
1:13:42 TMZ staffer vs Kanye West
1:14:40 KAREN MEAT – Overdwelled
1:17:03 Clip from “Dead Souls”
1:17:13 Donato Dozzy – Cleo
1:19:07 Yanny v Laurel
1:19:16 Róisín Murphy – All My Dreams
1:21:17 DJ Koze – Pick Up
1:22:45 Valee – Womp Womp (feat. Jeremih)
1:24:16 Childish Gambino – This Is America (Video Version)
1:26:09 First Reformed Clip 1
1:26:35 Joy O, Ben Vince – Transition 2
1:27:41 First Reformed Clip 2
1:28:04 Simian Mobile Disco – Defender (feat. The Deep Throat Choir)
1:29:33 Laura Jean – Girls On The TV
1:33:45 Clip from “Burning”
1:33:56 MEUTE – You & Me (Flume Remix)
1:37:01 Peter Alexander refuses to give in to Sarah Sanders
1:37:33 Pusha T – If You Know You Know
1:39:06 Clip from “McQueen”
1:39:22 Daphne & Celeste – BB
1:43:03 Clip from “Shoplifters”
1:43:14 Melody’s Echo Chamber – Quand Les Larmes D’un Ange Font Danser La Neige
1:46:30 Lizzo – Boys
1:48:26 Robert De Niro says F – — Trump at Tony Awards
1:48:31 YOTA ft. MF DOOM – Drop the Bomb
1:50:01 Clip from “Hereditary”
1:50:05 Colin Stetson – Steve
1:51:23 Audio Of Screaming Children Shows Effect Of Donald Trump Policy
1:51:34 Low – Fly
1:55:33 Geraldo Rivera and Hannity – Erupt Over Border Policy
1:55:54 Hilary Woods – Sever
1:57:25 Fox News Host Calls Trump-Kim Summit a Meeting of Two Dictators
1:57:42 BLACKPINK – DDU-DU DDU-DU
1:59:20 Alison calls the cops
1:59:30 DeJ Loaf feat. Leon Bridges – Liberated
2:01:21 Danny Dyer on Brexit
2:01:56 Sophie – Immaterial
2:03:19 Interview with former ICEgov spokesperson James Schwab interrupted by a surprise visit from government agents
2:03:31 Koelsch & Tiga – HAL
2:06:06 Clip from “Leave No Trace”
2:06:19 Ella Mai – Boo’d Up
2:08:43 Emily Harrison – I’d like to thank the Academy (Tips on getting Prozac from your GP)
2:09:12 Mr Twin Sister – Jaipur
2:11:54 Clip from “Sorry To Bother You”
2:12:13 Denzel Curry – Black Balloons
2:14:24 Eighth Grade – Truth or Dare Scene
2:14:31 Charli XCX – Focus
2:16:45 Eighth Grade – Conversation Scene
2:17:00 Mitski – Nobody
2:19:11 C-SPAN thanks Russia for interfering in our elections
2:19:23 Moses Sumney – Rank & File
2:20:42 Trump Putin Press Conference clip 1
2:20:55 Yves Tumor – Noid
2:22:42 Trump Putin Press Conference clip 2
2:23:00 Daniel Avery – Quick Eternity (Four Tet Remix)
2:24:11 Daveed Diggs – Blindspotting – End Rap Scene
2:26:11 CHVRCHES – Out of My Head (feat. Wednesday Campanella)
2:28:20 Stewart Lee on Social Media (Content Provider)
2:28:55 Christine and the Queens – 5 Dollars
2:30:42 Reckless London driver threatens to run over cyclists
2:30:47 Kink – Perth (Dusky Remix)
2:31:35 Mac Miller – What’s the Use (feat. Thundercat)
2:34:39 Clip from “Madeline’s Madeline”
2:35:00 Diana Gordon – Wolverine
2:36:14 Clip from “Minding the Gap”
2:36:16 Oh Sees – Sentient Oona
2:40:06 Rudy Giuliani Declares Truth Isn’t Truth
2:40:25 mewithoutYou – Julia (or, ‘Holy to the LORD’ on the Bells of Horses)
2:42:00 Clip from BlacKkKlansman
2:42:29 Louis Cole – When You’re Ugly
2:44:16 Clip from “Support The Girls”
2:44:21 Paul Woolford feat. Kim English – Hang Up Your Hang Ups (The Only One) (CamelPhat Remix)
2:45:21 Brexit Central editor Jonathan Isaby being dismantled by a former trade negotiator
2:45:35 Szun Waves – Temple
2:47:04 Crazy Rich Asians – Mahjong With Auntie Eleanor
2:47:30 Thom Yorke – Unmade
2:49:29 Chinese vlogger records her own arrest
2:50:00 Tim Hecker – This Life
2:50:48 Trouble in Beijing
2:50:59 Suede – Roadkill
2:52:30 Ash is Purest White betting scene
2:52:45 Illingsworth – Greens
2:53:35 Scene from Green Book
2:53:50 Miljon – What Does It Take
2:55:50 Julia Holter – I Shall Love 2
2:59:45 Hurricane approaching
3:00:02 Shackleton – Wakefulness & Obsession
3:01:53 Clip from “Mandy”
3:02:01 Bruce – What
3:03:27 Highlights from Senate hearings with Kavanaugh and Ford
3:03:35 Low – Tempest
3:05:46 AdriAnne Lenker – Symbol
3:07:44 Scene from “Monrovia Indiana”
3:07:54 Sigrid – Sucker Punch
3:10:13 Clip from “First Man”
3:10:23 Lafawndah – Joseph
3:11:14 Jennifer Holdsworth
3:11:22 Marie Davidson – Work It
3:13:37 Clip from “Can You Ever Forgive Me”
3:13:52 Lando Chill – Peso (feat. Quelle Chris & REY)
3:15:19 Clip from “mid90s”
3:15:26 Toro y Moi – Freelance
3:17:10 Ryanair Racist
3:17:16 Sam Wilkes – Tonight feat. Sam Gendel, Louis Cole & Brian Green
3:20:20 A hit dog will holler
3:20:47 Daughters – Long Road No Turns
3:22:53 Riot Scene from “Roma”
3:23:31 Neneh Cherry – Natural Skin Deep
3:24:53 Clip from “Museo”
3:25:07 Lone – Pulsar
3:26:08 Jordan Peterson on his all-beef diet
3:26:20 Makaya McCraven – Mantra
3:27:37 Ballad of Buster Scruggs – Intro to Surly Joe song
3:27:47 Kelly Moran – Radian
3:28:25 Clip from “Bros: After The Screaming Stops”
3:29:07 Octo Octa – Beam Me Up (To The Goddess Mix)
3:30:19 Leave Voter Breaks Into Tears As He Apologises For Backing Brexit
3:30:57 The Good, The Bad & The Queen – Merrie Land
3:33:55 JRM You Haven’t Got A Clue
3:34:08 Zuli – Nari (feat. Abyusif, Mado $am, Abanob, R-Rhyme)
3:35:06 Widows Movie Clip – I Know Why
3:35:20 Earl Sweatshirt – Nowhere2go
3:36:20 Hunting scene from The Favourite
3:36:37 Jonathan Personne – Comme Personne
3:38:04 Clip from “The Wild Pear Tree”
3:38:18 The 1975 – Love It If We Made It
3:41:08 The 1975 – The Man Who Married A Robot
3:41:53 Holly Herndon & Jlin (feat. Spawn) – Godmother
3:42:27 Trump threatens shutdown in heated meeting with top Democrats
3:43:10 Beta Librae – Problem Solving Program
3:44:58 Clip from “Free Solo”
3:45:10 Lubomyr Melnyk – Barcarolle
3:47:47 Clip from “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
3:47:50 Andrew Bird – Bloodless
3:50:52 Deedee Megadoodoo – Local News Fails Again

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 18 (1910)

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Time: 8pm GMT, Saturday 4th January 2020

Place: Cambridge 105fm

Back for the new decade, that decade being the 1910s, audio historian James Errington returns for a deep dive into the sounds of 110 years ago. This time we’re joined by Cambridge 105’s own George Kirkman to listen to some ragtime frolics, eccentricities, proto-barbershop, proto-gospel and some meandering comic monologues.

Listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital nationwide, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps, or, as you have already missed it, just listen via this mixcloud player.

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Albert Gleizes - Woman With Black Glove

Albert Gleizes – Woman With Black Glove

George Washington Lambert – A sergeant of the Light Horse

George Washington Lambert – A sergeant of the Light Horse

Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin – 1918 in Petrograd (Petrograd Madonna)

Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin – 1918 in Petrograd (Petrograd Madonna)

Mario Sironi – Truck

Mario Sironi – Truck

Charles Sheeler – Church Street El

Charles Sheeler – Church Street El

Charles Demuth - Machinery

Charles Demuth – Machinery

Max Ernst - The Hat Makes the Man

Max Ernst – The Hat Makes the Man

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Joan Miró – Horse, Pipe and Red Flower

Paul Klee - Camel (in rhythmic landscape with trees)

Paul Klee – Camel (in rhythmic landscape with trees)

Stanley Spencer - The Last Supper

Stanley Spencer – The Last Supper

Thomas Hart Benton – People of Chilmark

Thomas Hart Benton – People of Chilmark

Georg Scholz – Industrial Farmers

Georg Scholz – Industrial Farmers

George Grosz - Daum marries her pedantic automaton George

George Grosz – Daum marries her pedantic automaton GeorgeOtto Dix - The Card Players

Otto Dix – The Card Players

Hans Baluschek – City of Workers

Hans Baluschek – City of Workers

Winifred Knights – The Deluge

Winifred Knights – The Deluge

Stanton MacDonald-Wright – Airplane Synchromy in Yellow-Orange

Stanton MacDonald-Wright – Airplane Synchromy in Yellow-Orange

Boris Kustodiev - Trinity Day

Boris Kustodiev – Trinity Day

Cecilia Beaux – Portrait of Georges Clemenceau

Cecilia Beaux – Portrait of Georges Clemenceau

Giorgio de Chirico - Self-portrait

Giorgio de Chirico – Self-portrait

1920 in Film

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

One Week

Sumurun

Haunted Spooks

Anna Boleyn

The Flapper

The Golem: How He Came into the World

Within Our Gates

High and Dizzy

Algol

Convict 13

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The Mollycoddle

The Last of the Mohicans

The Penalty

Way Down East

Suds

Neighbors

Huckleberry Finn

Outside the Law

Excuse My Dust

The Round-Up

The Restless Sex

The Mark of Zorro

Why Change Your Wife?

Genuine

Nomads of the North

Something to Think About

Sex

Centuries of Sound on Cambridge 105 Radio – Episode 17 (1909)

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Time: 8pm GMT, Saturday 7th December 2019

Place: Cambridge 105fm

More time travel to the earliest days of recorded sound with James Errington, this time joined by Cambridge 105’s own Dave Hammond. This time we go back to 1909 to hear novelty songs about moon-orbiting aeroplanes and juvenile smoking, wildly unpredictable vaudeville routines, “authentic” black music from the deep south played by a former plantation owner, and, not to be missed, the theme tune from the snooker.

Listen to the show on 105fm in Cambridge, on DAB digital nationwide, on the Cambridge 105 website here, or on any good radio apps, or, as it is already too late to do that, just listen on this mixcloud player

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It’s the 1920s, prohibition has kicked in, jazz bands are playing Chicago speakeasys, this is the year the revolutions around the world are matched by a revolution in music, but hold on – wasn’t this all done a few years ago? Are we not already firmly in the jazz age? Well, yes and no. 1917-1919 is an era of its own, a mini preview jazz age if you like, bands playing as raucously as they can with as many novelty sound effects as they can feasibly cram in there, often with very enjoyable results, but something usually considered essential has been missing – the flavour we usually call “the blues” or later “soul.”

The story of the blues as popularly understood involves pre-Civil-War slave chants and proto-gospel singing gradually mutating into a formalised style of guitar music played by poor blind black men in the Mississipi Delta. While some parts of this are in some ways accurate, as an origin story it is not only incorrect, but erases the women who should, if anything, be at the very centre of the story. So, let’s try to redress that, a bit.

To start at the beginning, the roots of the blues do indeed seem to lie with the songs of the slaves, but as far as documented history is concerned, the more important immediate antecedent is the music of the stages of black vaudeville in the southeast USA in the first two decades of the century. This was black pop music, undocumented by the upper-middle-class businessmen of New York, who would rather travel around the world than go down to Georgia. Much of the music played in these places was written and published elsewhere, including in New Orleans and Tin Pan Alley in New York. The idea of putting the word ‘blues’ in the title of a song dates back to at least 1908, with Antonio Maggio’s ‘I Got The Blues’ – but the craze for naming your song “The [something] Blues” doesn’t seem to exactly indicate a shift in the music being played. Many of these songs, like “Memphis Blues” and “Dallas Blues” were ragtime pieces – others were simply pop songs – but it wasn’t until songs like W.C. Handy’s “St Louis Blues” and “Yellow Dog Blues” began to be repurposed as jazz numbers that the association with this new wave of music became fixed.

The “blues” which appears apparently fully-formed in this mix is from a different, but connected strand. The earliest signs of this are perhaps in 1902, when Ma Rainey “The Mother of the Blues” wrote her first song about a woman having lost her man. Her performances on the “tent show circuit” inspired a host of copycats, and by the 1910s even Tin Pan Alley writers were putting together similar numbers, for white women singers to perform in character. Many were inspired to start similar acts, including Mamie Smith, a young singer who performed at clubs in Harlem.

As the initial wave of dixieland jazz crested and began to recede, W. C. Handy found himself to be one of the country’s most in-demand songwriters, and in a position to lobby record companies to record music for the new generation of black consumers who owned phonographs. Mamie Smith was the first to be recorded. On August 10th 1920 (her second session) she was was joined by a group of musicians quickly christened the “Jazz Hounds” and performed a Perry Bradford song titled “Crazy Blues”

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It’s hard to overstate what an impact this recording had. No longer was the sound of black America constrained by the expectations of the white upper-middle-class recording market. The record sold over 75,000 copies within a month, and its label Okeh Records realised there was a huge market out there for what it termed “race records.” Initially these were largely copycat pieces from similar singers, but it would only be a few years until this meant Louis Armstrong, Clarence Williams, Lonnie Johnson and King Oliver. The copycat pieces weren’t at all bad either, as there was quite the stock of talent out there for those asking for a blues singer with a jazz backing band. As well as Mamie there would soon be recordings from Bessie Smith, Lucille Bogan, Sara Martin, Victoria Spivey and Ma Rainey – this is an era now known for “classic female blues” – a genre which certainly deserves to have a less pedantic name.

Crazy Blues, then; a genuine watershed moment, and a genuinely brilliant record.

Tracks

0:00:17 Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds – Crazy Blues
0:03:44 Yerkes’ Happy Six – Shake Your Little Shoulder
0:06:33 Lucille Hegamin – Jazz Me Blues
0:08:58 Paul Whiteman – Wang Wang Blues
0:12:15 Marion Harris – I Ain’t Got Nobody
0:14:28 George Gershwin – Swanee
0:16:03 Al Jolson – Swanee
0:18:37 All-Star Trio – Swanee
0:19:33 Louisiana Five – Clarinet Squawk
0:22:19 Wilbur Sweatman’s Original Jazz Band – Think of Me Little Daddy
0:23:46 Arthur Collins – Old Man Jazz
0:25:55 George Hamilton Green Novelty Orchestra – Oriental Stars
0:28:04 Ada Jones and Steve Porter – Backyard Conversation Between Mrs. Reilly and Mrs. Finnegan (Excerpt 1)
0:28:16 Noble Sissle – Great Camp Meetin’ Day
0:30:54 Rudy Wiedoeft + Orchestra – Saxema
0:33:28 Milo Rega’s Dance Orchestra – Young Man’s Fancy
0:36:33 Plantation Jazz Orchestra – Murder
0:39:04 Aleister Crowley- The Call Of The First And Second Aethyr (Excerpt 1)
0:39:23 Marika Papagika – O Marcos Botsaris
0:40:33 Mozmar Caire Orchestra – Raks Baladi Hag Ibrahim (Country Dance)
0:43:24 Original Dixieland Jazz Band – Soudan
0:46:26 Aleister Crowley- The Call Of The First And Second Aethyr (Excerpt 2)
0:46:55 Zeki Duygulu – Karciar Taksim
0:48:00 Abe Schwartz – National Hora Pt.2
0:50:27 Joseph Shlisky – Omar Rabi Elozor
0:53:29 Kandel’s Orchestra – A Freilachs von Der Chuppe (A Happy Dance from the Wedding Ceremony)
0:55:34 Mishka Ziganoff – Odessa Bulgar
0:56:50 Columbia Saxophone Sextette – Crocodile
1:00:08 Calvin Coolidge – Gov Coolidge for Vice President
1:00:21 Art Hickman – Love Nest
1:01:49 Mamie Smith – Don’t Care Blues
1:04:46 Yerkes’ Novelty Five – Bo La Bo
1:06:22 Raderman’s Jazz Orchestra – Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me
1:08:32 Ted Lewis – When My Baby Smiles At Me
1:10:09 Harry Raderman’s Jazz Orchestra – Peacock Walk
1:12:52 Warren G Harding – Speech
1:13:10 Bert Williams – When The Moon Shines on The Moonshine
1:15:46 Max Fells’ Della Robbia Orchestra – La Veeda
1:18:20 Orquesta Felipe Valdes – Bombo Camara
1:19:37 Ben Hokea – Honolulu March
1:22:11 Hawaiian Trio – Hawaiian Twilight
1:24:51 All-Star Trio – Oh! By Jingo!
1:26:47 Yerkes’ Blue Bird Orchestra – Scandal Walk
1:29:39 Louisiana Five – Weeping Willow Blues
1:31:44 George Gershwin – Singing The Blues
1:33:28 Leopold Stokowski & The Philadelphia Orchestra – Beethoven Symphony no 8 in F Movement 2
1:36:33 Will Fyffe – I Belong To Glasgow
1:40:29 Carl Fenton – On Miami Shore (+ Rudy Wiedoeft)
1:42:16 Ada Jones and Steve Porter – Backyard Conversation Between Mrs. Reilly and Mrs. Finnegan (Excerpt 2)

Elsewhere in 1920

Radicals Awaiting Deportation

January 2 – The first Red Scare in the United States – 4025 suspected communists and anarchists are arrested and held without trial in several cities

January 7 - In the Russian Civil War, the forces of Russian White Admiral Alexander Kolchak surrender in Krasnoyarsk - the Great Siberian Ice March ensues

January 7 – In the Russian Civil War, the forces of Russian White Admiral Alexander Kolchak surrender in Krasnoyarsk – the Great Siberian Ice March ensues

January 16 - Prohibition in the United States begins, with the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution coming into effect

January 16 – Prohibition in the United States begins, with the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution coming into effect

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February 2 – The Tartu Peace Treaty is signed, ending the Estonian War of Independence and recognizing the independence of both the Republic of Estonia and the Russian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic

February 7 – Admiral Kolchak and Viktor Pepelyayev are executed by firing squad near Irkutsk

February 7 – Admiral Kolchak and Viktor Pepelyayev are executed by firing squad near Irkutsk

February 17 – A woman named Anna Anderson tries to commit suicide in Berlin, and is taken to a mental hospital, where she claims she is Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia

February 17 – A woman named Anna Anderson tries to commit suicide in Berlin, and is taken to a mental hospital, where she claims she is Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia

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February 24 – Adolf Hitler presents his National Socialist Program in Munich to the German Workers’ Party (Deutsche Arbeiterpartei), which renames itself as the Nazi Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei)

March 7 – The Syrian National Congress proclaims Syria independent, with Faisal I of Iraq as king

March 7 – The Syrian National Congress proclaims Syria independent, with Faisal I of Iraq as king

March 10 - The world's first peaceful establishment of a social democratic government takes place in Sweden, as Hjalmar Branting takes over as Prime Minister

March 10 – The world’s first peaceful establishment of a social democratic government takes place in Sweden, as Hjalmar Branting takes over as Prime Minister

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March 13–17 – Wolfgang Kapp and Walther von Lüttwitz’s Kapp Putsch (an attempted coup in Germany) briefly ousts the Weimar Republic government from Berlin, but fails due to public resistance and a general strike

March 15 – The Ruhr Red Army, a communist army 60,000 men strong, is formed in Germany

March 15 – The Ruhr Red Army, a communist army 60,000 men strong, is formed in Germany

March 15–16 – Constantinople is occupied by British Empire forces, acting for the Allied Powers against the Turkish National Movement

March 15–16 – Constantinople is occupied by British Empire forces, acting for the Allied Powers against the Turkish National Movement

March 19 – The United States Senate refuses to ratify the Treaty of Versailles

March 19 – The United States Senate refuses to ratify the Treaty of Versailles

March 25 – British recruits to the Royal Irish Constabulary begin to arrive in Ireland. They become known from their improvised uniforms as the 'Black and Tans'

March 25 – British recruits to the Royal Irish Constabulary begin to arrive in Ireland. They become known from their improvised uniforms as the ‘Black and Tans’

April 4 – Violence erupts between Arab and Jewish residents in Jerusalem - 9 are killed, 216 injured

April 4 – Violence erupts between Arab and Jewish residents in Jerusalem – 9 are killed, 216 injured

April 20 - The 1920 Summer Olympics open in Antwerp, Belgium. The Olympic symbols of five interlocking rings and the associated flag are first displayed at the games

April 20 – The 1920 Summer Olympics open in Antwerp, Belgium. The Olympic symbols of five interlocking rings and the associated flag are first displayed at the games

April 23 – The Grand National Assembly of Turkey is founded by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, in Ankara. It denounces the government of Sultan Mehmed VI, and announces a temporary constitution

April 23 – The Grand National Assembly of Turkey is founded by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, in Ankara. It denounces the government of Sultan Mehmed VI, and announces a temporary constitution

May 2 – The first game of Negro National League baseball is played in Indianapolis

May 2 – The first game of Negro National League baseball is played in Indianapolis

May 16 - Over 30,000 people attend the Canonization of Joan of Arc in Rome

May 16 – Over 30,000 people attend the Canonization of Joan of Arc in Rome

May 20 – President Venustiano Carranza of Mexico arrives in San Antonio Tlaxcalantongo, where he is shot and killed by the troops of Rodolfo Herrero

May 20 – President Venustiano Carranza of Mexico arrives in San Antonio Tlaxcalantongo, where he is shot and killed by the troops of Rodolfo Herrero

June 4 – With the Treaty of Trianon, peace is restored between the Allied Powers and Hungary, which loses 72% of its territory

June 4 – With the Treaty of Trianon, peace is restored between the Allied Powers and Hungary, which loses 72% of its territory

June 22 – In the Greek Summer Offensive, Greece attacks Turkish troops

June 22 – In the Greek Summer Offensive, Greece attacks Turkish troops

July 19 – The Second Congress of the Communist International begins in Saint Petersburg and Moscow

July 19 – The Second Congress of the Communist International begins in Saint Petersburg and Moscow

July 24 – The French defeat the Syrian army at the Battle of Maysalun, occupy Damascus, and depose Faisal I of Syria as king

July 24 – The French defeat the Syrian army at the Battle of Maysalun, occupy Damascus, and depose Faisal I of Syria as king

August 10 – Ottoman Sultan Mehmed VI's representatives sign the Treaty of Sèvres with the Allied Powers, confirming arrangements for the partitioning of the Ottoman Empire

August 10 – Ottoman Sultan Mehmed VI’s representatives sign the Treaty of Sèvres with the Allied Powers, confirming arrangements for the partitioning of the Ottoman Empire

August 11 – Bolshevik Russia recognizes independent Latvia

August 11 – Bolshevik Russia recognizes independent Latvia

August 19–25 – The Poles in Upper Silesia rise up against the Germans.

August 19–25 – The Poles in Upper Silesia rise up against the Germans.

August 20 – The first commercial radio station in the United States, 8MK, begins operations in Detroit

August 20 – The first commercial radio station in the United States, 8MK, begins operations in Detroit

August 26 – The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is passed, guaranteeing women's suffrage

August 26 – The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is passed, guaranteeing women’s suffrage

September 16 – A bomb in a horse wagon explodes in front of the J. P. Morgan building in New York City, killing 38 and injuring 400

September 16 – A bomb in a horse wagon explodes in front of the J. P. Morgan building in New York City, killing 38 and injuring 400

October 9 – In the Polish–Lithuanian War, Polish troops take Vilnius

October 9 – In the Polish–Lithuanian War, Polish troops take Vilnius

November 2 - In the US presidential election, Republican Warren G. Harding defeats Democrat James M. Cox and Socialist Eugene V. Debs

November 2 – In the US presidential election, Republican Warren G. Harding defeats Democrat James M. Cox and Socialist Eugene V. Debs

November 13 – The White Army's last units and civilian refugees are evacuated from the Crimea on board 126 ships

November 13 – The White Army’s last units and civilian refugees are evacuated from the Crimea on board 126 ships

November 15 – In Geneva, the first assembly of the League of Nations is held

November 15 – In Geneva, the first assembly of the League of Nations is held

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November 21 – The Irish Republican Army shoot dead 14 British undercover agents in Dublin. Later that day in retaliation, the Royal Irish Constabulary open fire on a crowd at a Gaelic Football match, killing 14

December 1 – The Mexican Revolution ends with a new regime coming to power, which couples with the end of the Old West

December 1 – The Mexican Revolution ends with a new regime coming to power, which couples with the end of the Old West

December 11 – British forces set fire to 5 acres of the centre of Cork, Ireland, including the City Hall, in reprisal attacks, after a British auxiliary is killed in a guerilla ambush

December 11 – British forces set fire to 5 acres of the centre of Cork, Ireland, including the City Hall, in reprisal attacks, after a British auxiliary is killed in a guerilla ambush

December 16 - An 8.6 Richter scale Haiyuan earthquake causes a landslide in Gansu Province, China, killing 180,000

December 16 – An 8.6 Richter scale Haiyuan earthquake causes a landslide in Gansu Province, China, killing 180,000

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December 22 – The 8th Congress of Soviets of the Russian SFSR adopts the GOELRO plan, the major plan of the economical development of the country