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Said Leftenant about the Wow riddim: Peep Chico's version and Aisha on the flip. Real nice staggered riddim, builds slow and keeps you wondering what's coming next. Looked for it in Rome: no luck but got other goodies I'll post soon. Until then, Chico's Defen' Dat on Wow can be got at Spizzazzz.
    While post-Coolie Dance stompers like the Applause riddim sweat up into 130+ bpm, Wow just kind of exists, more a sexy rumor of music than music itself; I love those discrete sounds/noises, the spaciousness & open feel. And Chico's sung culture lyrics go down like summer lemonade. Which we'll be sippin when Lefty & friends drop in 4 SONAR.

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We in Sootlandia are big fans of Juan Peña Fernández, the Spanish flamenco singer known as El Lebrijano. He´s done a few albums with the Moroccan ensembles like the Orquesta Andalusí de Tánger that make flamenco´s North African influences explicit. Truly fluid, cohesive blends of Spanish and Arabic instrumentation carried into the ecstatic duende realm of flamenco by El Lebrijano´s incantatory oomph (ps: Lorca duende link filled with weird translations, typos, and misinfo). From 1985´s Encuentros

    El Lebrijano - Las mil y una noches

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what up pitchforkers? treats from the best indie rock band you´ve never heard of:

    Programme - Le Meilleur Moyen Pour Y Rester

Searing strings which twist into dissonance, out sounds, epic guitar riff surfacing from nowhere to slash the tune in two. It's from their 2000 debut album Mon Cerveau Dans Ma Bouche (Lithium). 
    In an alternative universe Programme are bigger than U2, and vocalist Arnaud Michniak´s existential poetry and resolutely experimental rock fill stadiums. As a matter of fact, in this universe Bono and Bill Gates have staged a successful coup on the Bush admin, instituted free health care & also ousted Mugabe, replacing Zimbabwe´s ruling 81-year-old despot with Thomas Mapfumo.
    This next one is from their 2002´s album L'enfer tiède. Programme have representative moods, representative emotional velocities, but no single representative sound. Antiformula, they push themselves. Guitar, yes, but I hear a lot of hiphop in there, and
IRCAM too.

Programme - C'est Bien

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Benn Loxo Nametu Long is back, with some luscious re-posts. really feeling this mbira track. lo más bonito que he oido en mucho tiempo. it won´t be up for long..

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Friday 29 April 2005 at 07:04 am

  • just saw Hotel Rwanda. Pretty good! Not Schindlery-saccharine at all. Of course, it's no substitute for the essential / informative / scary good Philip Gourevitch book We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families. But as a piece of Hollywood biz it's great, well-acted, and the structural elements are actually dope. Almost on this africanized Ondaatje tip: the individual trying to maintain decorum as the social landscape slides into violent evil conflict, the order of a hotel hemorrhaging from first-world playground to refugee hideout; hotel as fixed point in postcolonial mapshreds putting 10-cent Chinese machetes in the hands of neighbors to kill their neighbors, contrasted with and fueled by radio's prominent role as an unstoppable placeless layer of hate--'Hutu Power Radio'--decentered poison beamed into every ear. 
        Pop bonuses: Don Cheadle in a non-secondary role (think Ocean's Twelve, shoving nonwhites to the plot's periphery) and drunk Joaquin Phoenix.

  • A Spanish mag asked me to write about 'the 10 artists that impacted my view of electronic music' or some similarly unwieldy title. That kind of list that probably changes from day to day, but I ended up writing on: Edgard Varèse, The Hanatarashi, King Tubby, Pere Ubu, Steely & Clevie, Gregory Whitehead, Timbaland, Mannie Fresh, DJ Scud, and Wiley.

  • He lives in a Lexus but can't afford gas for the tank.

  • the Caps Jones 'Moving in Stereo' mixtape is super A.D.D. I thought my friends 606 & Jason Forrest were ADD, but they've got nothing on this Smashing Pumpkins Pixies Nintendo Neneh Cherry Bowie Eno hard-drive megamix, almost like zipping around the US in a car so fast that the radio (ClearChannel, let's face it) shifts from one station to the next, but seamless, no static.   ---Thought byproduct: the Venetian Snares and Otto Von Shirachs and Sickboys of the world actually have to spend A LOT of time to make their music as change-happy as it is, which requires paradoxical amounts of patience & focus and/or the right chemical combination.


Thursday 28 April 2005 at 07:29 am If you're in Berlin this Saturday, come get loose with us: Support Your Local Ghetto @ NBI Schönhauser Allee 36. with my Ruptured self, Matt Shadetek and Sheen Tagteam, Barbara Hallama, and Sick Girls!  no boring electronica, just joyful bump n grime, doubletime, thump, crunk, reggae-tonnage, snarecrack rap.

    this party should be hype b/c it´s NBI reopening (full soundsystem!) & a rare chance to catch a bangin' beats party where there are more female performers than male, that stubborn gender division overturned for a night. Damage is 6€ -- all you broke Berliners got no excuse!


Wednesday 27 April 2005 at 05:34 am Low End Theory got that Crack! nice informative piece on crack cocaine and its various manifestations within hiphop communities. MP3s at the end include Immortal Technique's nuanced, amazing "Peruvian Cocaine". 

    (It's crazy thinking what would happen if drugs were legalized: at least partial removal of brute political distortions in South America fueled by U.S. drug consumers' money, Cam'Ron would start a line of Snow White Blow, prison corporations and their holding companies would collapse and invest in fried chicken, etc. etc.)


Tuesday 26 April 2005 at 7:45 pm

Dancehall deejay Cobra takes on the timeless subject of war (as-metaphor), twice. Kills it both times with the same title. (Only way to hide anything digital from Google is by calling it the same name as other stuff. Weird names locate you instantly.)

        Cobra - War

From intense gangsta falsetto to baritone hardcore and back again: Cobra on Mario C's Bomb a Drop riddim from 2004 (7” on 3.5.7., greensleeves riddim album 2005). Mario made Scoobay too. Bomb A Drop delivers another gleefully zonked raggaoid mecha-bop with a dusting of menace which Cobra rides rather expertly. He's versatile & totally in control on this one. Tough guys don't talk fast; toughs harmonize.

        Cobra - War

Six years earlier on Bruckout. I think 98 was a good year for reggae.


Monday 25 April 2005 at 8:01 pm

The poetry of Joyelle McSweeney shows a fantastic closet conservative love of words over the sense they can form; a kind of poetic garbling. Suspiciously invulnerable, physical, non-Euclidian buildings of words. 



Thursday 21 April 2005 at 7:37 pm

I did an off-the-cuff live improvised mix for german radio a few days ago. you can download it here. some effort-intensive ruptured blends, some relaxed radio moments where i chill & let tracks roll over Hamburg airwaves. 98 minutes total. it's also streamable. starts grimey, goes rap, then fast stuff, then i can´t remember, then i ran out of vinyl and played pretty african mp3s. enjoy! respect to Marcus Back-To-The-Basics.


Thursday 21 April 2005 at 06:05 am

yo-- if you´re near Marseilles or Brussels, this weekend, come down!

friday I´ll be with dDamage, great live dub band Ez3kiel, etc. at a festival in Carpentras, FR.

saturday, the Arabesk throwdown in Bruxelles. I´ll DJ with an eastward lean and do a brief collabo with Chronomad (who´ll play Persian percussion thru guitar amps over my beats). My Istanbul point man Serhat Köksal aka 2/5 BZ is gonna blast us with a live audio-visual set. No turistik - No egzotik! Turkish lo-fi punk sampler saz psychedelia never sounded/looked so good!


Wednesday 20 April 2005 at 12:44 pm

Naomi Klein rips it on how cutthroat capitalism reconstructs economies in the chaos following natural or manmade disaster. Now thing heartbreakdown. To learn how the world works, follow the money. Greed is a non-repeating pattern.

    Reading Klein I think of Charles Simic translating Rade Drainac, a Belgrade writer who served in WWI then died of consumption in WWII. And wrote: I would need a distance of a hundred years  /  To learn all the horrors I was contemporary to. 

    Drainac passed in 1943 to be exact. Same year that mister new Pope, after having been a member of Hitler Youth for a coupla years, finally entered the Third Reich's army. Which means nothing compared to the number of people his anti-contraceptive stance will indirectly kill. There are 120 million black Catholics in AIDS-stricken Africa & he's discouraging condom use ('contraception - intrinscially evil'). But I digress:



Tuesday 19 April 2005 at 07:06 am

arrgh, after a day of mucky internet zookeeper glitch, Mudd Up! resumes ir-regular service. Sorry 'bout that.

  • Kelefa Sanneh inks Houston rap for the uninitiated. A very good place to begin by all counts, and essential if you haven´t heard of DJ Screw or screwed and chopped mixtapes. (you can use “toneburst” for login and password to read it)

  • I love the way Swoon's stuff decays.  Unlike trad graffiti, her wheatpasted prints and cutouts live on city walls, they wear and wither through seasons; it's hard to make something that will fall into ruin beautifully. Her tatters hold poetry, partake of their environment.


Friday 15 April 2005 at 2:31 pm what the Warsaw Village Band call their sound. Fastforward-and-rewind-able realPlayer live set here. (Jah bless the BBC, one of the few British institutions that doesn't systematically overcharge and underserve you). Hadn't heard WVB before this but their rebuilt Eastern European folk approach packs a wallop, particularly the biting full-bodied female vocals. I recognize a trad tune they cover, I think; I think Boiled In Lead versioned the same one.

Pleased to announce Warsaw and I will be playing a show together at Bristol's Venn Festival in Bristol early June! Super-interesting lineup/curation--us, Matt Elliott (also doing a special Third Eye Foundation set!!), Acid Mothers Temple, Mark Stewart, Oneida, Z'ev, Adrian Sherwood, Mu & maybe even DJ Scotch Egg. All too rare, the summer music festival that actually takes risks & asssembles an unexpected, noncommercial lineup. (not just whoever happens to be juiced by press/promo-power and on tour)

I was gonna write something about Warsaw Village Band vis-a-vis patriotism versus nationalism via my accidental Harpers subscription and dark/ironic/distanced contemporary musical reclamations or reconstructions, but typing in those silly band links took up all my time... Not sure if the problem is me or the intrinsic nature of the world wide web.

Matt Elliott gave the most moving live performance I saw last year, mindblowing use of loopers and pedals as he & partner strolled off the path between spare sorrow-scented melodies and walls of skeletally tuned, liberatory noise. Plus, he´s taller than me.

        Part of the Warsaw Village Band in action, cameras always chop people off, it's unavoidable--


Friday 15 April 2005 at 07:00 am

I've always thought of death as the ultimate deadline, so it seemed to me that Jim was determined to hand in his work early when he forced my door at half past noon, clutching a empty bottle of vodka and wearing an enormous grin.

    Guess who's still alive? he said. The doorknob fell clean off.


Wednesday 13 April 2005 at 2:31 pm
  • Kind words about my words over at Pitchfork.

  • I'll be DJing in Rome this Saturday. Beats to ruins and back again. @ La Palma. Pontiff candidates get in half-price!

  • If I were in London on Friday I'd hit this party. Roll Deep's Riko doing a dancehall PA at a bashment/reggaeton dance! Heatwave indeed. They're looking to bring Macka Diamond out soon too. lovely. Real bootleggers are reverse pirates.


Tuesday 12 April 2005 at 11:50 am

spicy online excerpt from James Kunstler´s The Long Emergency. Lucid screwface Cassandra envisions a post-petrol world. He kinda hates on Southerners though.

    What´ll happen when fossil fuels dry up? Stuff like: “Anything organized on the large scale, whether it is government or a corporate business enterprise such as Wal-Mart, will wither as the cheap energy props that support bigness fall away”



Sunday 10 April 2005 at 6:23 pm

Left for dead by her boss, the first African-AmericanTM woman to win an Oscar® for Best Actress is brought back to life by a supernatural sports bra - mask combo. It fits. Male prop has his chest waxed, heroine wakes up with her makeup on. Lovers fight the cinematic fight. Interrogation. One lover cages the other. 

Ass against the moon, good (or good-looking) triumphs over evil (or less good-looking). The credits roll on and on. Gender roles in movies aren´t about gender or roles, they are about movies, how to force action forward. Narrative KY. Are you a cop or my man? Say this out loud and they'll arrest you. 


Sunday 10 April 2005 at 08:39 am some new reggae/ton vinyl tunes compressed into zeros and ones for yr listening pleasure:

   Tego Calderón feat. Volito - Se Van

This reggaeton banger isn´t just optimized for maximum party-rocking -- I see it as upping the whole game: lyrically fiery, notched up production skills, energetic arrangement, latinoified sample-DNA of those familiar piano notes, all topped with the brilliant brutal refrain surfacing in the last 30 seconds... no te quiero ver por mi casa, nooo....
    Calderón and (protege?) Volito recently teamed up for some 50 Cent bootlegs, which makes sense: they all inhabit the same street-penthouse of virtuoso drawls, the exacting mic nonchalance that´s by definition much cooler than verbal science that shows us its sweat and seams and struggle. This track's from Reggaeton Club Bangerz vol. 06.

    Tanya Stevens - Gangsta Ride (Indian Summer riddim)

Japanese-produced dancehall with hardcore Jamaican vocals! Stelfox had been repping the Indian Summer riddim for awhile now, but it wasn´t until I got my reggae on in Osaka´s ridiculously good record shops (Japan = best place in world to buy Jamaican music?) that I grabbed & paid attention to it, then I read Diplo´s good Pitchfork interview and everything clicked.

    Indian Summer riddim (released by Bacchanal) is indeed on that grimey/D&By doubletime swung snare tip. When Harlem´s Dipset uses similar strategies, the snare cracks in choppy uptown slapdown mode, but the Japanese take on it is slinky, breezed over by orientalist flutes, more for winding waists than butting heads.

    The above Tanya Stevens track stands out from the rest. Zumjay kills it too, stepping up to the beat's doubletime challenge. Diplo´s right about the zero-delay up-to-dateness of reggae in Japan, the big name dubplates, etc. On top of all that, labels there properly license a ton of  ragga riddims for homegrown favorites like Ryo the Skywalker to voice in Japanese. Posters for an upcoming V Smooth and Serge Sniper bootleg masterbash covered Osaka; Shiro the Goodman and L?K?O? each opened their sets at our Romz party with reggaeton. In short, it´s just everywhere. 

    Zumjay - Take U Hi (Indian Summer riddim)


Friday 08 April 2005 at 07:54 am

Reading Javier Marías is like having scintillating dinner conversation with a worldly, well-oiled man who's wearing a touch too much cologne and keeps trying to peep the waitress's boobs. But when Marías nails it he's unbeatable, like yo, the heft and consciousness of literature; the way a novel can still excavate consciousness and evoke things no other form can.
    I like him even more because I know all the obscure Madrid streets his characters plot through, having once been in love with the useless private pedestrian backstreets of Madrid, which are slightly less than innumerable and smell fantastic after unexpected spring rain.
    A few months ago I posted the first sentence to his novel A Heart So White. A surprisingly sensual book considering paragraphs like the one I´m about to quote. It´s a doozy. Here we go:

"And I was impatient because I was aware that what I didn't hear now I never would hear; there would be no instant replay,



Friday 08 April 2005 at 07:15 am

Sizzle thinks through breakcore via Nordic headbanging rock n bleach. My only 2 cents are: the ragga revival movement and breakcore are pretty much the same thing these days. Sunday nite in Osaka we hung out in Ove-Naxx´s zero-profit anarchy pub DOxCORE, basically a T.A.Z. house party. The other DJs played *nonstop* amen-driven ragga breakcore jungle. So boring, I hadn´t heard that many amens in years, it´s just the easiest laziest sample to use. I´m often bummed out by the fact that amen breaks and what Szl calls "decontextualized Jamaican soundclash shouting" and all the other cliches of ragga jungle / breakcore still hold such underground party-rocking validity in certain pockets of the world. Spice, sure. Main dish, no more.
     The post-jungle underground is almost as conservative as 'proper' d&b.


Thursday 07 April 2005 at 3:02 pm

no time to type (semi) real (non) news (house of distraction), but I will be doing a collabo with the Catalyunan National Orchestra (they want to use a 90-person configuration) at Barcelona's SONAR this year. Should be HEAVY. We´re trying to use the works of this amazing wayward Viennese composer, no stranger to twelve-tone serialism, killed by “friendly fire” from an occupying U.S. soldier as he fled Hitler's massive bootheel in 1945. American guns rarely get anything right. Rest of the fest lineup looks fun too. Soft is the new hard, but heavy remains the timeless heavy.


Wednesday 06 April 2005 at 5:02 pm

Yo, back from Japan, words soon come. General craziness, personal freakout, very good food, very little headroom, Hiroshima museum heaviness, anecdotes to translate, surprising (?) amounts of reggaeton, lots of horrible snapshots, a bunch of sound which I´ll rip and post... and the Bush cut-up from my Res mix was from British Chris Morris (Jam, Brasseye, the Day Today). Both the mp3 & a well-done video version can be had here.


Monday 04 April 2005 at 1:30 pm japan japan japan. .. but until then (can't talk about a place til you've left),

the Red ZERO Radio festival is now available for MP3 download, highlights from the sets of each artist.
check it here.   Mine is fast & noisy. I haven't heard any of the others yet. Kano is not that Kano.