Thursday, 28 May 2015

Future Sound of Mzansi (Part 2)

Part two of Spoek Mathambo and Lebogang Rasethaba's 'Future Sound of Mzansi' explores questions of race and authenticity in South African electronic music. Featuring a colorful cast of producers, singers, and dancers, this episode looks at the long shadow that apartheid has cast on South African music and social politics
Part 1 HERE

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

SoulCircuit - Rolling With Me (I Got Love)

The Electric Knife Orchestra Presents 'Stayin' Alive'

Sixteen knives and one meat cleaver brought to life to perform the Bee Gee’s hit Stayin’ Alive

Stanley Donwood

Carriageworks Sydney
Thanks Stan

ROUND TWO: Ramzan Kadyrov VS 'The Family'

Soon on the screens of your television sets and movie theaters you will see a film 'WHO DOES NOT UNDERSTAND WILL GET IT.'This is an extremely topical picture, in which after extended negotiations, I agreed to play the role of the main hero. Some scenes have already been filmed. The director is the author of famous Hollywood films. Also appearing in the film are world-famous first-class stars. The authors are confident that the film will have enormous success.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

John Lydon and Miranda Sawyer QandA (100 Club April 26 2015)

The 100 Club has changed somewhat since I worked there

Boris - Pink / Statement


Damn! I wish I'd had the money to get a ticket to see them at The Corner this coming Saturday

Rocko: Bushwick Brooklyn New York


Algiers - Algiers (Albumstream)

And When You Fall
Old Girl
Irony, Utility, Pretext
But She Was Not Flying
Black Eunuch
In Parallax
(Released June 2 on Matador)
By far and away my most eagerly awaited release of the year. Absolutely superb. The fourth member is drummer Matt Tong (of Bloc Party)

INDECLINE: This Land Is Your Land

Ad Break: Australia 1973

The Secret History of the Vocoder

‘What’s more human than wanting to be something else?’
The transhuman sounds of the vocoder are familiar to anyone who’s listened to chart-topping albums from the likes of Daft Punk, Coldplay, The Beastie Boys and Kanye West. But before the speech synthesis technology reached a wide public, it had already lived three full lives: first, as an experimental technology created to cut the cost of transcontinental phone calls, then as an encrypted communication system of the US military during the Second World War and Vietnam, and then as a re-purposed instrument used by influential counterculture musicians such as Laurie Anderson, Afrika Bambaataa and Kraftwerk.
With interviews from military, communication and music experts, The Secret History of the Vocoder traces the technology through the course of the 20th century, from its birth at Bell Labs in 1928, to its transformation into an instrument with a distinctive sound that exists in the grey area between human and machine.
For more on digital art and the tools we use to create it, read Tom Uglow’s essay ‘The Arts Electric’

The Complete Force: A Wackies Primer


Lost in translation?

He was the saviour of Afghan music. Then a Taliban bomb took his hearing

Iggy Pop: Blowtorch in Bondage (Lester Bangs The Village Voice 28/3/77)


Patti Smith, David Johansen, Deborah Harry and Lenny Kaye


TEAC O'Casse Open Cassette

I do not remember these at all

Monday, 25 May 2015

The Family: A film about Ramzan Kadyrov

Under The Influence: Krautrock

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Dear lawd! Drummers eh?

Tabla Beat Science - Talamanam Sound Clash

Filmed June 21, 2002 with 12 cameras at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco, this DVD documents a Tabla Beat Science performance that features founders Zakir Hussein (Tablas) and Bill Laswell (Bass), along with Ustad Sultan Khan (Sarangi and Vocals), Ejigayehu "Gigi" Shibabaw (Vocals), Karsh Kale (Drums), DJ Disk (Turntable) and MIDIval PunditZ (Electronics). Directed by Alex Winter

Michael Jackson's recorded grunts



Spoek Mathambo presents 'Future Sound Of Mzansi' (Part 1)

'Future Sound of Mzansi' is Spoek Mathambo and Lebogang Rasethaba's powerful new documentary about South African electronic music. Part one introduces the new sounds coming out of the townships and urban areas of cities like Durban, Cape Town, and Johannesburg. It becomes abundantly clear that regionalism is extremely important in the development of genres like broken beats, qgom, Shangaan electro, and kwaito. Or, as a producer puts it, it's about the need to "own our shit, own who we are, then bring that out to the world."
We also get to meet the film's colorful cast of characters, which includes Black Coffee, Okmalumkoolkat, Culoe De Song, the owners of Cape Town record label African Dope, and broken beats originators NakedBoys, among many others. The producers discuss the ways the Internet has both helped and hurt their scenes, while dancers show off the sneaker-shredding moves that bring the music to life.
One of this segment's most powerful moments comes from Nozinja, who delivers a passionate speech about using Shangaan electro—the genre he pretty much created—to represent the marginalized Shangaan people. "For me to be known and seen all over, representing that same marginalized and abused nation, I feel proud," he says, eyes twinkling. That same pride resonates with everyone else in the film.
Spoek Mathambo's "Future Sound of Mzansi" Credits:
Directed by: Nthato Mokgata and Lebo Rasethaba
Produced by: Black Major
Featuring: Black Coffee, DJ Spoko, Mujava, Culoe De Song, Christian Tiger School, Felix Laband, Aero Manyelo, Okmalumkoolkat, Saki Ibrahim and others.
Facebook link:
Twitter: #futuresoundofmzansi
check back for parts two and three
Fantasma - Cat & Mouse


Australian columnist pens satirical article about 'halal coal'. Islamophobes contribute much hilarity in the comments

Add the Hiss and Pop of a Vinyl Record to MP3's

Tony Williams Lifetime - Turn It Over (Unreleased Bill Laswell Remix)

In 1997, Verve asked Bill Laswell if he would be interested in picking an album from their (jazz) catalog to give a redux treatment - as he had successfully done for Columbia with Miles Davis's recordings on the CD Panthalassa - and he chose Tony Williams' Lifetime - Turn It Over. (Interestingly, that same year, Verve had just released the first official CD edition of that very selfsame album.)
However, Laswell knew from the then-late Tony Williams that the album was originally intended to be a double LP, like the first Lifetime record before it (Emergency) - but Verve in 1970 did not think the sales of the first album warranted making the second one a double as well, and forced Williams to edit it down to a single LPs worth of material.
Laswell was given access to all the tapes relating to the sessions, and reconstructed the expanded album as it should have originally been released, and in the process produced a digital transfer master that was finally true to Williams' vision of it as a bombastic rock production (Williams had long been frustrated by the final producers' mix on the LPs for both Emergency and Turn It Over)
In the intervening time that it took Laswell to deliver the finished project in 1999. Universal had bought up many major labels including Polygram, Island, and Verve, replacing many executives and A&R people. Laswell brought in the contracted project, but the new regime was not interested in issuing it, citing that they had only two years previously put out a version of the album on CD, and that is was no big seller anyway, not worthy of having an alternate edition. Thus the project was shelved
1 Vuelta Abajo
2 To Whom It May Concern: Us/Them
3 This Night This Song
5 Big Nick
6 Once I Loved
7 To Whom
8 Allah Be Praised
9 Right On
10 A Famous Blues
11 New Piece
Tony Williams - drums, vocals
John McLaughlin - guitar, vocals
Larry Young - organ
Jack Bruce - bass, vocals
Get it

Australia’s Rigid Immigration Barrier

Algiers - Black Eunuch

Franklin James Fisher on Protests, the South and an Algiers Album

Chalkie Davies: The NME Years

Unseen Chalkie Davies photographs of 70s and 80s pop stars go on show

Ad Break: TDK 1982

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Friday, 22 May 2015


Letterman? Guess it just must be an American thing. I sort of wished Crispin Glover's foot had connected with the head

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Bill Laswell & Axiom Sound System (Musical Freezone) - PBS Soundstage (July 13 2006)

Throughout three decades, Bill Laswell has been a constant innovator, fusing seemingly disparate genres into a whole new sound. Touching upon everything from worldbeat, funk, rock, hip-hop and jazz, there are no limits to his experimental approach. No matter what the project, one thing remains a constant – Laswell’s pretty basslines provide a rhythm to which all sounds connect beautifully. The Grammy winner is one of the most prolific artists in modern music, fronting his own band Material and serving as producer, label owner and performer on other’s albums. He has worked with many respected artists, including Herbie Hancock, Mick Jagger, Peter Gabriel, Yoko Ono and Laurie Anderson.
Among his many talents is his ability to bring together well-matched singers and players to create a distinct style that defies easy classification. His Soundstage episode embodies his unique approach, transcending any genre boundaries and delivering an engaging performance. From the World Beat of Tabla Beat Science, to the jazzy flavors of Pharoah Sanders backed by Material, it’s an exciting mix. Other surprises include a rocking Buckethead set that includes a little breakdancing and songs by Praxis. The show culminates with an all-star performance, funked up by Bootsy Collins

Fred Frith - Live @Teatro de la Ciudad Mexico City (27/03/07)

Coldcut Presents 2 Hours of Sanity Pt. 1 - Love

This is Part 1 in a new Coldcut series of mixes.
The mind map lists the bases we want to cover, and some part of the links between our lifelong music experience and the electronic scene of today. It's partly about playing with the interface between DJ mixes of other peoples tunes, and producer/studio mixes creating original tunes. Using micro slicing and multi threading of material, with an ear for the magic moment of harmonic mix beauty and eye for mix aptness.
The project is also about celebrating the history of musical experimentation, featuring innovators ancient to the future. Using spoken word from Sun Ra's Arkestra as a leitmotif, it's a tribute from Coldcut to some of the artists we feel have both moved us and changed the game.Tracklist:
1. Flying Lotus - Brainfeeder
2. Spacetime - ContinuumFluoresence
3. Jevetta Steele - Calling You by
4. King Tubby - Baby I Love You So (Dub)
5. Alice Coltrane - A Love Supreme
6. Carl Craig - It's a Wonderful Life
7. Linda Perhacs - Chimacum Rain
8. Marc Moulin - Tohubohuby
9. Roy Harper - Another Day
10. Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Numbers
11. Todd Rundgren - I Was Born To Synthesize
12. Jon Hopkins - Vessels
13. Diana Ross - Love Hangover
14. Billy Cobham - Heather
15. Art of Noise - Moments In Love
16. Krayzie Bone - Murda Mo
17. Ennio Morricone - Once Upon A Time In The West
18. Lee "Scratch" Perry - Cloak and Dagger
19. Franz Ferdinand - This Fire
20. Talk Talk - The Rainbow, Eden, Desire
21. Tape Beatles - Beautiful State
22.  Peverelist & Pinch - Revival
23. Kode9 - Magnetic City
24. George Duke - Pyschosomatic Dung
25. Cornelius - Wataridori
26. Herbie Hancock - Nobuby
27. Yusef Lateef - Plum Blossum
28. Jim Morrison - A Vast Sunshine
29. Hyetal & Shortstuff - Ice Cream
30. Red Light - MDMA
31. Laurie Anderson - My Eyes
32. His Boy Elroy - Revolve
33. Flying Lotus - Mmmhmm (Feat. Thundercat)
34. Roy Budd - Hallucinations
35. Vinyl Ritchie - In The Woods
36. Sun Ra - Languidity

New Colour: Coldcut’s Journeys By DJ - 70 Minutes of Madness

Monday, 18 May 2015

DJ Bone - Boiler Room @Bloc

01. Detroit Intro - DJ Bone
02.B2F 7 - Jeff Mills
03. Polygon Pink Toast - Bjarki
04.Points Zero - Jack Murphy
05.Fantasia (Truncate Remix) - Kink
06. Altered Ego - Floorplan
07.Fuego (Ben Sims Remix - Stephen Brown
08.The Last Dance (Orig mix) - Deetron
09.Walpurgis Night - CRC (2)
10. Rock to the Beat (Ben Sims Remix) - Kevin Saunderson
11.Sideways (Ben Sims & Paul Mac Remix) - Tim Baker Ft Elbee Bad
12.Detroit is...Hard - DJ Bone
13.Rip The Cut - Planetary Assault Systems
14.Strings of Life (DJ Bone Remix) - Rhythim is Rhythim
15.Distracted - O Phase
16.Can't You See - Ben Sims feat. Paul Mac
17.Differ-Ent (ity) - Differ-Ent
18.Real - Kendrick Lamar feat. Anna Wise

Keith Rowe - tabletop electric guitar

When my band played its very first gig back in 1981 we had Keith as support which when you think about it is absolutely fugn crazy!