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Other Mixes By plushpig

CD | Theme - Road Trip
CD | Theme - Road Trip
MP3 Playlist | Mixed Genre
CD | Single Artist
CD | Pop

A Commodius Vicus Of Recirculation

Artist Song
Mississippi Fred McDowell  Levee camp Blues 
Insect Trust  Special Rider Blues 
John Fahey  Steve Talbot On the Keddie Wye 
Bukka White  Poor Boy a Long way From Home 
Rolling Stones  Prodigal Son 
Yardbirds  Smokestack Lightning 
Howlin' Wolf  Smokestack Lightning '68 
Kinks  Last Of The Steam-Powered Trains 
Pink Floyd  Candy & A Currant Bun 
Dawn Penn  You Don't Love Me (No, No, No) 
Kaleidoscope (US)  You Don't Love Me 
Tony (TS) McPhee  You Don't Love Me 
Frank Zappa  Willie The Pimp 
Allman Brothers  Trouble No More 
Muddy Waters  Trouble No More 
Cyril Davis  Someday Baby 
North Mississippi Allstars  Someday Baby 
Mississippi Fred McDowell  Someday 


Due to ignorance, the first time I heard the Dawn Penn cut, I didn't suspect it was anything other than an original. It wasn't until I got my mitts on Kaleidoscope's Beacon From Mars album that the tumblers finally clicked into place. Then, as these things tend to, matters snowballed. Up came the TS McPhee version. Like the 'scope's, this version's central riff was reminiscent of both Willie The Pimp & the Allman's track. The Allmans begat the Muddy original which in turn begat Cyril Davis, The North Mississipi Allstars & ultimately Fred McDowell's "Someday". Listening to Fred I was struck by a resemblance between Levee Camp & the Insect Trust pick. The bedrock of a mix was being laid down before my ears. I fleshed things out with re-makes / re-models / re-sprays of Poor Boy & Smokestack, juggled things about until I found a coherent & satisfying running order & here we are.
It wasn't until I played back the finished version that it occurred to me that in the process I'd unconsciously created a (rather fractured, admittedly) narrative arc: the adventures of the blues in the post-war world.
It kicks off in the deep South rides the rail to Chicago, is taken up by first by studious white musicologists (Fahey, the Trust) then by snotty boho English kids, gets bent almost beyond recognition by arty types(Floyd, Zappa), migrates to the Caribbean (Penn) before returning home courtesy of the Allmans & Allstars and finally back to Mississippi Fred.
Dontcha just love it when mixes take on lives of their own?

Title from Finnegan's Wake (OK it originally refered to the Liffey not the Mississippi but you get the (ahem) drift)


Date: 7/5/2006
Holy smokestack lightning! This is a phenomenal micro-diaspora! I love that sort of journey.
Rob Conroy
Date: 7/5/2006
Yeah, exactly what the Queen said. I absolutely love your mixes and we really, really should set up another trade soon.
Date: 7/5/2006
riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs.

A great theme, smashing notes, and even better toons. Lots of my most fav blues songs are on this mix. First class.
Date: 7/5/2006
Fascinating. It's the trajectory of the blues.
Date: 7/5/2006
Interesting. I'm unaware of tracks 12 & 13 so I'm gonna have to seek them out. Quite the undertaking this, it looks grand.
Date: 7/6/2006
Outstanding, (as per usual), plushpig! Great notes and great genesis of the creation...
The Midnight Toker
Date: 7/6/2006
Fantasic. Lover every thing.
Mark Petruccelli
Date: 7/6/2006
this is fabulous, my kind of journey... would love to hear it.
Date: 7/9/2006
This is quite good.
DJ Karen Adams
Date: 7/9/2006
Wonderful excursion!