SERIOUS FUN

December 31, 2011 – 4:11 pm

Music to listen on the last night of 2011.

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MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING (MOPDtK)
The Vortex, 2011 [no label, 2CD]

Live at The Vortex, London, July 13, 2011. Broadcast on BBC Jazz On 3, August 29, 2011. Excellent FM stereo.

“If Mostly Other People Do the Killing seems to be all about cleverness - mysterious band name, calling their fourth album Forty Fort, Impulse!-like cover art, pseudo-brainiac liner notes by ‘Leonardo Featherweight’, a goof on jazz critic of renown Leonard Feather - well, there is that. Even those who profess to disdain jazz’s avant-garde, into which school this certainly falls, may very well be sucked in by the sheer fun of it all.”
- Jeff Tamarkin

The president of the United States stands in front of his White House audience to make a short speech before Paul or Bob start their little concert at his official residence. The special VIPs smile, laugh and clap. Outside, thousands of miles away in the mountainous borderlands of Afghanistan a bomb goes off. Terrorists and innocents, blown away. That’s life.

That’s what this self-styled “terrorist bebop” quartet - Mostly Other People Do The Killing - sound like, “life”. We all know life is fun and folly, happy and sad, good and evil, yin and yang and all that “jazz”.

MOPDtK can play like a marching New Orleans band or freak out into free form jazz. Led by multi-instrumentalist Moppa Elliott, who composes almost all their material, they have two outstanding horn players in Peter Evans (trumpet) and Jon Irabagon (saxophone) and all are tuned to avant jazz but skilled in trad-jazz as well. Lastly, drummer Kevin Shea hails from the punk-indie scene.

When you listen to this on the last evening of the year, hopefully you will also hear what went by in 2011 - a mixture of joy at the amazing survivors of the Japanese tsunami and the horrors that led to the fall of Libya, Egypt and the still unknown outcome in Syria. This is the weird soundtrack of our lives.

MOPDtK are terrorists when they place their listeners in a comfort zone then blow expectations apart when they go on a new tangent. Have fun. Laugh, cry.

- The Little Chicken

Shared by TomP at Dime. Says TomP “Corrected volume fluctuations and removed all the announcer that I could sensibly do.” Recorded by TomP from BBC’s HD audio broadcast.

Lineage: 320k AAC > Abyss i-Stream recorder (44.1k wav) > Nero (edit) > TLH (flac 6 + SBE/decode check)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Listen to the interview to find out how the band got its name.

Thanks also to fastone for the artwork.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1 (TT 42:54m)
Track 101. Interview with Moppa Elliott + Intro (2.46) (4.4MB)
Track 102. Pen Argyl (11.08)* (17.8MB)
Track 103. St Mary’s Proctor*/Burning Well/Factoryville/Two Boot Jacks (14.33) (23.3MB)
Track 104. My Delightful Muse/Nanticoke Coke* (14.25)+ (23.1MB)

Disc 2 (TT 48:56m)
Track 201. Little Hope*/Round Bottom, Square Top* (22.50) (36.5MB)
Track 202. Mauch Chunk Is Jim Thorpe (16.23)+ (26.2MB)
Track 203. A Night In Tunisia (9.41)+ (15.5MB)

+ Tracks with announcer I cannot remove, sorry!!
* The studio versions of these songs can be found on the album Forty Fort (2010)

Lineup:
Peter Evans - trumpet
Jon Irabagon - saxophones
Moppa Elliott - bass
Kevin Shea - drums

This unique jazz quartet’s 2010 studio album Forty Fort is promoted at this show at the London Vortex. Buy it here.

A double live album with cover art that imitates The Koln Concert’s. This band plays serious fun. Buy it here.

  1. 2 Responses to “SERIOUS FUN”

  2. This guys are awesome-Thanks for posting this!

    By Evil dr.Louie on Dec 31, 2011

  3. A site that can introduce me to this band and give me a mid-70’s Grand Funk boot at the same time is a treasure. Thanks, and wishing you all a wonderful 2012.

    By drkrick on Jan 1, 2012

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