Monthly Archives: January 2010

wk 33

Yes Yes. On the 33rd week we played some new tracks by Four Tet, Caribou, and a bunch of music from New York. Had a couple of guest come thru Maurice from the show Conversations and Music which airs on Thursdays 2 to 4pm, then Theresa hung out, enjoyed some 1 dollar Naty Ice and shared a track by her friend Spenser Owen. I played a segment to honor Howard Zinn’s magnificent brain but the computer was freaking out and sped thru the piece.

Here it is, I put a Pop V from Gas behind it…yee.

Fool’s Paradise – Buddy Holly
Javalin – Vibrationz (Brenmar Remix) -Brenmar
Discotirso (Original Mix) – Knightlife
09 Teki Latex – Go Go Go (feat. Genevan Heathen)
Electro Twist – John Matthews
Ape Man (FILL MUSIC) – Augustus Pablo
Flicker – Tussle
Cosmic Shiva – Nina Hagen
Odessa – Caribou
Givers – Lucky Dragons
Love Letters In The Sand [FILL MUSIC] – Lord Rhaburn Combo
Plastic People – Four Tet
Lover Of Mine – Beach House
Young Atlas – Keath
No UFO’s (vocal) – Model 500
Il Pinguino (FILL MUSIC) {from Vamos a Matar, Companeros (Let’s Go & Kill, Comrades) – Ennio Morricone
Jeanette – Porque Te Vas – Top100 Nacional
Ti Fi La Ou Te Madam – Anzala, Dolor, Velo
Lam Barometer – Sublime Frequencies (Various)
Scented Wind [FILL MUSIC] – The Sounds Of Love …A To Zzzz
Paris Tokyo – Mathematiques Modernes
Borboleta – Gueto
Moscú Está Helado – Esplendor Geométrico
Paradise – Psychobuildings
Heard You Wanna Beat Me Up – The Strange Boys
Underground Agent [FILL MUSIC] – Paul Kass
howard zinn conversation about taxes and class
Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now – Patience and Prudence
Stay (Just A Little Bit Longer) – Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Track 05 – Various Artists
Kone Oksok Nas Pa – Ros Sereysothea + Seang Vanthy
Wenn Der Südwind Weht [FILL MUSIC] – Hans-Joachim Roedelius
Letter Dance – Spencer Owen/James Rabbit
Faces In The Dark – Generationals
Second One to Know – The Fresh & Onlys


you better be a good doggy or you’re going to get rolled on….

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Guest Mix #9 // Lucky Dragons

After weeks and weeks of asking and reminder emails Luke Fischbeck came thru with an awesome mix. It proves that persistence pays off. Much appreciated considering the dude has been on tour pretty much all of last year and it looks like twenty-ten is going to be a busy one as well.

According to Luke the mix is completely, randomly, assorted things nothing fancy. I asked him the theme of the mix and he said…it rained for like ten days in a roww!!!

With that said, here is the mix….

Salvation and Reminiscing – Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Pissing In A River – Patti Smith
Mildly Skeeming – Soft Verdict
lift-ekko-puls-puls – lift-ekko-puls-puls
romance adieu – Thomas Voburka
MISEN Gymnastics – Oorutaichi
Dance For The Sacrifice – Chimbuck Murung
Samuel Coleridge Afield – Javelin
por medio de la lectura – Los Amparito
Sunshine – Infinite Body
The Plum Blossom – Yusef Lateef
Some Are – Avocet
Musique Cinétique – PierreBastien
Triangle Walks – Fever Ray
Sem Boys – Zoviet France
Kreintoj – Robert A.A. Lowe & Rose Lazar
Danza alta – de la Torre
El Fantasma / La Maquila – Los Macuanos
Sonne stat reagan – Joseph Beuys

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“Cria cuervos is a sad film, yes. But that’s part of my belief that childhood is one of the most terrible parts in the life of a human being. What I’m trying to say is that at that age you’ve no idea where it is you are going, only that people are taking you somewhere, leading you, pulling you and you are frightened. You don’t know where you’re going or who you are or what you are going to do. It’s a time of terrible indecision.” – director Carlos Saura

Set almost entirely in a large, gloomy house walled up against the chaotic life of Madrid outside. Cria Cuervos paints a haunting portrait of the legacy of Fascism and its effects on a middle-class family. Ana Torrent portrays the disturbed eight-year-old Ana, living in Madrid with her two sisters and mourning the death of mother, whom she conjures as a ghost (played by an ethereal Geraldine Chaplin). And shortly after her mother passes, Ana finds her philandering father dead in bed with a married lover. Frosty Aunt Paulina arrives to look after the young girl and her two sisters. The all-female household is completed by the children’s grandmother, mute and immobile in a wheelchair, and the feisty, fleshy housekeeper, Rosa (veteran character actress Florinda Chico), who fills Ana in on the mysteries of sex. Seamlessly shifting between fantasy and reality, the film subtly evokes both the complex feelings of childhood and the struggles of a nation emerging from the shadows.
-excerpt from DVD notes

I’ll admit…this movie is a little dark, dead parents and lonely children, harsh subject matter. But there’s so much more to this great film, it transports you into the mind of an 8yr old girl who’s split between two worlds, her make believe one and the heavy real one. She doesn’t know how to cope with what just happened so her imagination runs wild and she starts talking to her dead mother and re-lives past memories that interweave with reality. The film is not all morose though, the 3 young actresses playing the sisters have perfect chemistry making for some very memorable scenes. Also there is this amazing song by Jeanette called “Por Que Te Vas” that reoccurs throughout the film making the viewing experience even better, and you can get it below…

Link: Jeanette – Por Que Te Vas

And here’s a scene from the film…i couldn’t find it w/ English subtitles

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Tumbele! – Biguine, Afro and Latin sounds from the French Caribbean, 1963-74

I got this album to hear what Haitian music was like during the mid 60’s and 70’s, it’s pretty great. Reminiscent of Tropicalia music from Brazil. Definitely sunny day music. I’ve been missing the blue sky’s since its been raining a bunch lately, but today looks like its going to be nice out. As with most Latin music the percussion and vocals are what make it great.

here’s what xlr8r had to say:
In the landscape of re-released indigenous pop, the Caribbean sticks up like Mount McKinley—the briefest trend from the tiniest island can quickly be deemed box-set-worthy. Yet throughout all those calypso/ska/soca/reggae/etc. compilations, Soundway Records has managed to come up with something not only original, but exciting to chin-stroker and rump-shaker alike. Tumbélé! collects music from Francophonic islands such as Guadeloupe and Martinique that slinks Paris-café style while still shaking with Afro-Latin rhythms. Highlights include Raphael Zachille’s “Manzè Mona,” with languid horns gliding over a driving beat, and Lola Martin’s “Edamise Oh!,” which, like so many tracks on Tumbélé!, is as ready for the floor today as it was four decades ago.

01. Jeunesse Vauclin – Barel Coppet et Mister Lof
02. Jet Biguine – Les Loups Noirs D’Haïti
03. Pas O Soué La – Abel Zénon
04. Manzè Mona – Raphaël Zachille
05. Henri Te Vlé Mayé – Robert Mavounsy Quartet
06. La Vie Critique – L’Orchestre Jeunesse de Paul-Emile Haliar
07. Mussieu A Têt’a Poisson La – Orchestre Combo Zombi et Michel Yéyé
08. Oriza – Les Kings
09. Colas-la – Claude Rolcin et Le West Indian Combo
10. Ti Fi La Ou Té Madam’ – Anzala, Dolor, Vélo
11. D’Leau Coco – Les Leopards
12. Jojo – Ensemble La Perfecta
13. Dima Bolane – Le Ry-co Jazz
14. Edamise Oh! – Lola Martin
15. Chombo Meringue – Les Aiglons de Basse Terre
16. Son Tambou La – Les Gentlemens
17. Chonga – L’Ensemble Abricot
18. Fileo – Francisco
19. Panty – Monsieur Dolor et Les Guitar Boys
20. Jean Fouillé, Pie Fouillé – Robert Loison

Get it here!

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Rip… Howard Zinn

By Mark Feeney and Bryan Marquard, Globe Staff

Howard Zinn, the Boston University historian and political activist who was an early opponent of US involvement in Vietnam and whose books, such as “A People’s History of the United States,” inspired young and old to rethink the way textbooks present the American experience, died today in Santa Monica, Calif, where he was traveling. He was 87.

His daughter, Myla Kabat-Zinn of Lexington, said he suffered a heart attack.

“He’s made an amazing contribution to American intellectual and moral culture,” Noam Chomsky, the left-wing activist and MIT professor, said tonight. “He’s changed the conscience of America in a highly constructive way. I really can’t think of anyone I can compare him to in this respect.”

Chomsky added that Dr. Zinn’s writings “simply changed perspective and understanding for a whole generation. He opened up approaches to history that were novel and highly significant. Both by his actions, and his writings for 50 years, he played a powerful role in helping and in many ways inspiring the Civil rights movement and the anti-war movement.”

For Dr. Zinn, activism was a natural extension of the revisionist brand of history he taught. “A People’s History of the United States” (1980), his best-known book, had for its heroes not the Founding Fathers — many of them slaveholders and deeply attached to the status quo, as Dr. Zinn was quick to point out — but rather the farmers of Shays’ Rebellion and union organizers of the 1930s.

As he wrote in his autobiography, “You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train” (1994), “From the start, my teaching was infused with my own history. I would try to be fair to other points of view, but I wanted more than ‘objectivity’; I wanted students to leave my classes not just better informed, but more prepared to relinquish the safety of silence, more prepared to speak up, to act against injustice wherever they saw it. This, of course, was a recipe for trouble.”

Certainly, it was a recipe for rancor between Dr. Zinn and John Silber, former president of Boston University. Dr. Zinn, a leading critic of Silber, twice helped lead faculty votes to oust the BU president, who in turn once accused Dr. Zinn of arson (a charge he quickly retracted) and cited him as a prime example of teachers “who poison the well of academe.”

Dr. Zinn was a cochairman of the strike committee when BU professors walked out in 1979. After the strike was settled, he and four colleagues were charged with violating their contract when they refused to cross a picket line of striking secretaries. The charges against “the BU Five” were soon dropped.

In 1997, Dr. Zinn slipped into popular culture when his writing made a cameo appearance in the film “Good Will Hunting.” The title character, played by Matt Damon, lauds “A People’s History” and urges Robin Williams’s character to read it. Damon, who co-wrote the script, was a neighbor of the Zinns growing up.

“Howard had a great mind and was one of the great voices in the American political life,” Ben Affleck, also a family friend growing up and Damon’s co-star in “Good Will Hunting,” said in a statement. “He taught me how valuable — how necessary — dissent was to democracy and to America itself. He taught that history was made by the everyman, not the elites. I was lucky enough to know him personally and I will carry with me what I learned from him — and try to impart it to my own children — in his memory.”

Damon was later involved in a television version of the book, “The People Speak,” which ran on the History Channel in 2009, and he narrated a 2004 biographical documentary, “Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train.”

“Howard had a genius for the shape of public morality and for articulating the great alternative vision of peace as more than a dream,” said James Carroll a columnist for the Globe’s opinion pages whose friendship with Dr. Zinn dates to when Carroll was a Catholic chaplain at BU. “But above all, he had a genius for the practical meaning of love. That is what drew legions of the young to him and what made the wide circle of his friends so constantly amazed and grateful.”

Dr. Zinn was born in New York City on Aug. 24, 1922, the son of Jewish immigrants, Edward Zinn, a waiter, and Jennie (Rabinowitz) Zinn, a housewife. He attended New York public schools and was working in the Brooklyn Navy Yard when he met Roslyn Shechter.

“She was working as a secretary,” Dr. Zinn said in an interview with the Globe nearly two years ago. “We were both working in the same neighborhood, but we didn’t know each other. A mutual friend asked me to deliver something to her. She opened the door, I saw her, and that was it.”

He joined the Army Air Corps, and they courted through the mail before marrying in October 1944 while he was on his first furlough. She died in 2008.

During World War II, he served as a bombardier, was awarded the Air Medal, and attained the rank of second lieutenant.

After the war, Dr. Zinn worked at a series of menial jobs until entering New York University on the GI Bill as a 27-year-old freshman. He worked nights in a warehouse loading trucks to support his studies. He received his bachelor’s degree from NYU, followed by master’s and doctoral degrees in history from Columbia University.

Dr. Zinn was an instructor at Upsala College and lecturer at Brooklyn College before joining the faculty of Spelman College in Atlanta, in 1956. He served at the historically black women’s institution as chairman of the history department. Among his students were novelist Alice Walker, who called him “the best teacher I ever had,” and Marian Wright Edelman, future head of the Children’s Defense Fund.

During this time, Dr. Zinn became active in the civil rights movement. He served on the executive committee of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the most aggressive civil rights organization of the time, and participated in numerous demonstrations.

Dr. Zinn became an associate professor of political science at BU in 1964 and was named full professor in 1966.

The focus of his activism became the Vietnam War. Dr. Zinn spoke at many rallies and teach-ins and drew national attention when he and the Rev. Daniel Berrigan, another leading antiwar activist, went to Hanoi in 1968 to receive three prisoners released by the North Vietnamese.

Dr. Zinn’s involvement in the antiwar movement led to his publishing two books: “Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal” (1967) and “Disobedience and Democracy” (1968). He had previously published “LaGuardia in Congress” (1959), which had won the American Historical Association’s Albert J. Beveridge Prize; “SNCC: The New Abolitionists” (1964); “The Southern Mystique” (1964); and “New Deal Thought” (1966).

He also was the author of “The Politics of History” (1970); “Postwar America” (1973); “Justice in Everyday Life” (1974); and “Declarations of Independence” (1990).

In 1988, Dr. Zinn took early retirement to concentrate on speaking and writing. The latter activity included writing for the stage. Dr. Zinn had two plays produced: “Emma,” about the anarchist leader Emma Goldman, and “Daughter of Venus.”

On his last day at BU, Dr. Zinn ended class 30 minutes early so he could join a picket line and urged the 500 students attending his lecture to come along. A hundred did.

“Howard was an old and very close friend,” Chomsky said. “He was a person of real courage and integrity, warmth and humor. He was just a remarkable person.”

Carroll called Dr. Zinn “simply one of the greatest Americans of our time. He will not be replaced — or soon forgotten. How we loved him back.”

In addition to his daughter, Dr. Zinn leaves a son, Jeff of Wellfleet; three granddaughters; and two grandsons.

Funeral plans were not available.

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Diggin’ on…. Miss BUGS

He Felt Rubbish as She Forgot Him

The collective name can be deceiving at first I thought it was one lady just handling biz, turns out its female artist Miss and male artist Bugs. They have been working together since 2007 adding a little color and creativity to the streets of the UK.

Dirty Art Money

Miss got back to me and mentioned she liked the blog and a mix is possibly on the way. She’s a fan of making top ten list, So I told her to send em our direction. Currently they are preparing a second show in New York and hopefully one closer to home, in the UK. Also they will be expanding on their new street project ‘Cut Out and Fade Out’.

The Queen Stole From Them All

Be sure to check out MISS BUGS site!


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RADIO THAILAND: Transmissions from the Tropical Kingdom

First off, ANY album with artwork like this…must have. Almost like some sort of comic vision of Weird Science, Bill & Ted, and Street Fighter rolled into one. The album on the other hand is a collection of Thai Radio transmissions recorded over a 15 year period from 1989-2004. And it gives us a glimpse into Radioland of this particular “Tropical Kingdom”. It contains 23 audio collage tracks extracted from dozens of cassette and minidisc recordings, which I must say…titillate.

Here’s an excerpt from the album notes:
The Music presented here is relentlessly mystifying and seductive: Molam, Luk Thung, Kantrum, folk and pop, classic Thai guitar Rock, antique ballads, novelty tunes, traditional ceremonial music and other miscellaneous styles rarely heard outside the Kingdom. Also featured are various commercials, DJ’s, radio ID’s, news reports, mysterious folk radio, language lessons, sacred chants, bumper cues and plenty of audio anomalies only the sheer genius of Thai Radio can supply. Tune in…..


Disc 1
1. Lam Barometer
2. 21st Century Perspiration
3. 543 Years Ahead of You
4. Northeastern Provincial Frequencies
5. Tourism Past the Medium Wave
6. Isan Immortal
7. Torrential Nostalgia
8. Pad Pen Pinh
9. Rao Rao
10. Mak Mak Darkie
11. Dongrek Apparitions
Disc 2
1. Giant Catfish Fry
2. Krung Thep Marketing
3. Space Station Hilltops
4. Blow-Dried Pop Collage
5. Folk DJ’s Armed with Technology
6. End of the News
7. Rubber of High Quality
8. Oddities in Humidity
9. Welcome to the World of Music
10. Tropic Audio Ephemera
11. Outer-Periphery Splash
12. Amplitude Massage and Beyond

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Tussle- Telescope Mind

So the dudes from tussle have a new album coming out soon on Smalltown Supersound, I’m pretty excited for that. Telescope Mind is an album they put out in 2006 full of dark synth tones and disco drums. With four members playing with samplers, synthesizers, multiple effects processors, bass guitars, and various percussion instruments the music is reminiscent to Liquid Liquid minus vocals.

Here is what prefix mag had to say:

There’s no way around it: Tussle is strictly about cerebral, ass-shaking grooves. The members of this San Francisco quartet exposed this dedication on their mysterious 2004 debut, Kling Klang, an instrumental record — similar to Out Hud’s debut — that derived its funkiness from the forefathers of Krautrock, post-punk, dub and minimal techno. Released during a time when the spastic joy of the Rapture’s Echoes was becoming a bit outplayed and before LCD Soundsystem began playing in your house, Tussle’s effortless refinement of improvised jams gave indie kids a new reason to dance. Two years have passed, and the crew has gone through a significant lineup change. But the grooves still take the spotlight on the band’s sophomore album, ushering in an exciting release that is downright fun (how often can you say that about instrumental music?) and a welcome return to uncontrived instrumental rhythms.

And the keyword here is rhythm. The group is made up entirely of a rhythm section: two drummers, one bass guitarist, one electronics expert, and all four handling various percussion, from cymbals to cowbells, buckets to bicycle wheels. For a band that focuses so heavily on tasty bass lines, the loss of original bassist Andy Cabic last year to Devendra Banhart’s supporting band and his own solo project, Vetiver, would seem overwhelming. But the band has seamlessly shifted around, with original drummer Alexis Georgopoulos switching over to bass and Warren Huegel taking over on drums. Sonically, I doubt anyone would notice any alterations, and better yet, the reformed lineup exposes a group that is tighter and more accessible.

1 Lyre
2 Warning
3 Second Guessing
4 Kindermusik
5 Cloud Melodie
6 Elephants
7 The Story Of Meteorites
8 Flicker/33.3
9 Invisible City
10 Trappings
11 Cloud Melodie II
12 Pow!

I present you with, Tussle- Telescope Mind

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Guest Mix #8 // Julian C. Duron

Green Storage Unit
Acrylic on Panel 48″ x 32″

This time around for the Guest Mix we got up and coming Brooklyn, New York artist Julian C. Duron. Who’s work is up at the downtown Baltimore space Nudashank. Along with painting, Julian is a corespondent for fecalface, a videographer, and works in other various media such as sculpture, drawings, vector art, and photography.

Portrait of Found Materials
Acrylic on Panel 46″ x 48″


There is no such thing as a freestanding work of art. Each work is bracketed by: 1) everything that came before it, and 2) the next blank canvas. Between the two is the grand gulf that excites artists and collectors alike. My paintings emerge almost exclusively from the natural environment. Textures – organic, synthetic, and imaginary – are an important part of the composition, and are natural outgrowths of the subject matter.

impossible Corner
Acrylic on Panel 44″ x 63″

Here is part 1 of Julian’s….

Alright, so Julian didn’t give me a playlist nor any words on the mix but I did recognize that he put some dope shitgaze tracks, a few chill wave songs, and other groovy tunes in the mix, beat matched pretty good I might add.

I present you with…

Be sure to check his sites….

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The Minimal Wave Tapes Vol. 1

So this album has just made my Sunday, classic find. Come get your analog synth and old school drum machine fix. This is another collection that displays how minimal/dark wave music has contributed to modern Electronic music. Damn thing is irresistible. It’s set to release on Jan 26 via Stones Throw/Minimal Wave Tapes labels….get it while it’s hott

Link: The Minimal Wave Tapes Vol. 1 LINK WAS REMOVED

Here some more words by Stones Throw:
Minimal Wave: both a genre of underground DIY electronic music from North America and Europe in the late 1970s and 80s, and the name of the label devoted to unearthing these recordings. The Minimal Wave Tapes is the first official anthology (on CD, LP and digital) of Minimal Wave music from this label. Most of the songs were originally released on limited edition cassettes or vinyl by the artists themselves, and only a handful of people knew about them. They’ve been remastered from their analog source tapes and compiled here by Minimal Wave’s Veronica Vasicka and Stones Throw’s Peanut Butter Wolf.

1. “Way Out Of Living” Linear Movement
2. “Flying Turns” Crash Course In Science
3. “Radiance” Oppenheimer Analysis
4. “Who’s Really Listening” Mark Lane
5. “Tempusfugit” Tara Cross
6. “Blurred” Turquoise Days
7. “Mickey, Please…” Bene Gesserit
8. “Moscú Está Helado” Esplendor Geometrico
9. “Reassurance Ritual” Das Ding
10. “Just Because” Martin Dupont
11. “Game & Performance” Deux
12. “Things I Was Due To Forget” Somnambulist
13. “My Time” Ohama
14. “The Cabinet” Das Kabinette

Buy the LP HERE.

Peep the awkwardly funny video for the Ohama track below

And here’s a fan-made video for the Esplendor Geometrico track

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