'The Poll Winners'
It's a new year – and a new theme song. And a chance to look back on some of the best music of 2015. Being a democratic kind of fellow, Mark has conducted his own extensive survey to highlight some of the best albums, new and old, that he has had the privilege to listen to during the last 12 months. Mose Allison, for example, scoops the Lifetime Award for Authentic White Blues, while Soapkills fight off all contenders for the Best Middle-Eastern Trip-Hop Retrospective. No speeches guaranteed, just thrills, spills and 100% great music from across the generic board...
Intro: Dolapdere Big Gang – ‘Smoke on the Water'
Track 1: Fats Waller – 'Swingin' them Jingle Bells'
Track 2: Mose Allison – ‘If You Live'
Track 3: Laura Nyro – 'Nowhere to Run'
Track 4: Billy Hawks – 'O Baby I Believe I'm Losing You'
Track 5: Soapkills – 'Wadih'
Track 6: Joi Sound System – 'Flying With You'
Track 7: Mercado de Peixe – 'Deep Barra'
Track 8: Bixiga 70 – '100% 13'
Track 9: Toto La Momposina – 'Dos de Febrero'
Track 10: Luziluzia – 'Summertime'
Track 11: West Africa Swing Stars – 'Omo Africa'
Track 12: Amara Touré – 'Cuando Llegare'
Track 13: Souljazz Orchestra – 'Kossa Kossa'
Track 14: Little Joe Washington – 'Bossanova and Grits'
I felt curiously compelled to let you know that I have just brought out a new book via the Amazonian platform. If you have a Kindle – or even a Kindle reader on your computer – and if you can find it in your heart to buy a modestly priced copy, you could EARN my sincere thanks.
The days are long in deepest rural France. Longer still in winter when those who don't hibernate or migrate have largely to make their own entertainment. Each season, though, has its rewards and its own distinct personality. Mark Sampson has selected some of the best of La Vie en Straw, his long-running blog, and put them together to create an entertaining picture of daily life as it evolves throughout the year in a beautiful, largely unspoilt part of the world. With a teenage daughter growing up fast, a coterie of domestic animals and a wife working improbably long hours as a complementary health therapist, the book paints a humorous and intimate picture of family life in an often perplexing foreign land. From deep within the house of straw that's familiar to viewers of Channel 4's Grand Designs comes a form of thoughtful reality TV – without the cameras.
Here is a link to the dot.co version. I thank you most graciously.
Writer, journalist, DJ and instructional designer
Weekly blog: http://lavieenstraw.blogspot.fr
'Lost & Found' radio show at http://expatsradio.com/search/node/mark%20sampson
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mark-Sampson/e/B008TRNU4Y?oo=41439047
Weekly album blog: http://lavieenalbums.blogspot.fr