MMM: Mabon Mess 9/21/14

Photo: What happens when Murphy and I think too much alike for the music on Murphy's Magic Mess. "Turtle mode." Poor Kate.(Editor’s note: We are playing a little catch up with play lists. We apologise for the delays.) The Autumnal Equinox, Mabon, has arrived. The day before the celestial event Murf, *K8, and Phil put this show together for your listening enjoyment.

The picture to the left should be explained. Murf and Phil have been doing the show together for nearly six years. *K8 is the newest addition to the Mess. Often times Phil and Murf find themselves thinking along the same lines for show ideas, tracks to play, sometimes even saying the same things in unison. Sometimes these incidences scare *K8. This particular picture was taken after Phil commented to Murf that on his way into the studio he was thinking that some Lindie Lila would be great for the show, Murf had picked a Lindie Lila track for the show! And then they both spelled something out for *K8 in stereo. After which Phil said to her, “After five years with Murf, you too will starting thinking like us.” Thus, she hid inside her shirt. Going “Turtle” as she called it.

  1. O Dark Mother – Abbi Spinner McBride – Enter the Center   
  2. Hecate Cerridwyn – Inkubus Sukkubus – Beast with Two Backs
  3. Day Star – John Serrie – Day Star
  4. Return to Shamballa – Steven Halpern & Michael Diamond – Ambient Alchemy
  5. Yorkietown – Steven Chesne with the Luminous World Orchestra – Moments from the Life Stories of Strangers
  6. Structure – Matthew Schoening – Narrow Path
  7. Mahatma – Ricky Kej and Wouter Kellerman – Winds of Samsara
  8. Om Radha Krishnaya Namaha – Lea Longo – Songs of s Siren
  9. Jai Ganesha – Emam and Friends – Jai Ganesha
  10. Bone Dance – Zingaia – Soles on Earth
  11. The Dreaming – Damh the Bard – Antlered Crown and Standing Stone
  12. Cauldron of Changes – Lindie Lila – Return of the Goddess
  13. Flower of Scotland – Red Hot Chili Pipers – Bagrock to the Masses
  14. Wytches’ Brew – Omnia – Alive
  15. Morrigan – Omnia – Crone of War
  16. Bewitched – Sharon Knight – Incantation
  17. Fire in the Head – Sharon Knight – Neofolk Romantique
  18. Antlered Crown and Standing Stone – Damh the Bard – Antlered Crown and Standing Stone
  19. Albion – The Dolmen – Whispering Winds
  20. Merlin – Kathy Mar – My Favorite Sings
  21. Turn the Wheel – Arthur Hinds – Dance in the Fire
  22. What’s up Yours – Barleyjuice –  The Barleyjuice Collection

Coming up on 7 October, a  Tuesday, Sharon Knight will be performing in Lincoln, NE at the historic Ferguson House. The same location at which SJ Tucker and Betsy Tinney recently appeared. On Sunday 5 October the crew of the Mess will be airing an interview that Phil recorded with Sharon on Wednesday 24 September.

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MMM: Phil’s Birthday Mess 9/14/14

(Editor’s note: We are playing a little catch up with our play lists. Our apologies for the delays.) Sunday, 14 September 2014 was Phil’s birthday. As such he got to pick all the music for the show.  Twenty-six of Phil’s favorites, from new age to Pagan rock, found their way onto the final play list. With almost six  hours worth of music to pick from, there was a lot that got chopped to fit into a two hour show. Tough choices, but a lot of fun was had by all.

  1. Wytches’ Chant ’98 – Inkubus Sukkubus – Away with the Fairies   
  2. Invocation – Luminous World Orchestra – Moments from the Life Stories of Strangers
  3. Calligraphy – Laura Sullivan – The Gathering II
  4. Andean Blues – Ciro Hurtado – Ayahausca Dreams
  5. Frolik – Matthew Schoening – Narrow Path
  6. New Normal – Adam Andrews – Road to Ambo
  7. Once Around – Ray Spiegel Ensemble – Moksha
  8. Demeter’s Daughter – Anne Lister – Spreading Rings
  9. Persephone – Mama Gina – Goddess Kiss’d
  10. I Am Isis – Celia – sampler 2
  11. Prayer for Isis – Omnia – Sine Missione
  12. Witches Tree – Cernunnos Rising – Urban Druid
  13. The Mummer’s Dance – Loreena McKennitt – The Mummer’s Dance through Ireland
  14. Ravens in the Library – SJ Tucker – Mischief
  15. Oak & Ash & Thorn – Kiva – A Call to Beauty
  16. Herne the Hunter – Pandora Celtica – On Thin Ice
  17. Waiting for John Barleycorn – Murphey’s Midnight Rounders – Swede Hollow
  18. Don’t go Drinking with Hobbits – Marc Gunn – Don’t Go Drinking with Hobbits.
  19. Do Virgins Taste Better Medley – Brobdingabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyznagian Bards – A Faire to Remember
  20. Tail of a Star – Colette O’Connor & Deb Anderson – (unreleased single)
  21. My Karma Broke Down – Three Weird Sisters – Hair of the Frog
  22. Talk Like A Pirate Day – Tom Smith – They Say I Have Talent
  23. Ladies in the SCA – Joe Bethancourt & Leslie Fish
  24. Jabberwocky – Isaac Bonewits  – Avalon is Rising
  25. Jabberwocky – Omnia – Wolf Love
  26. Dagda’s Club – Isaac Bonewits  – Avalon is Rising

#22 was selected because 19 September is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Following just days after Phil’s birthday, he has an affinity for pirates. Who doesn’t??  #20 was selected for two reasons, a great song and Deb Anderson is the Goddess Mother of both Murphy’s Magic Mess and Lavender Hill on KZUM. She is the host of The Wimmins Show. Each track has a reason for it being on his favorites list, perhaps in a future posting he will explain each choice – or you can ask in comments.