Monthly Archives: November 2010



Developed Nation by Joyelle McSweeney

Is this how a god returns from victory?

This is america. The boy soprano
into the doughnut-world.
Fresh from the fish-mold.
Clattering out across the snow
to buy a paperknife,
clutching a flier…

A test in harmonies.
Here comes the perfect pitch-
it’s white, it falls to the glove,
showing its stitches. Here comes
the hot-front, stitched with flags

O beautiful he produceth
language from everyplace
on his body, the room
where the heatcloud lifts to the ceiling…

the subcommander crouched in the stalkbed breathing
into his lily-season


Hard Times by Baby Huey


is the name of a gorgeous, long-running group from Zanzibar. Twinned accordions, khanoun, oud, violins, dapper clothes…

Here’s a nice quote on that complicated kultur dance: the tourist stampede

“Their CD-releases have made the name Culture Musical Club known to audiences throughout the world, so much so that rehearsals in their clubhouse have become somewhat of a tourist attraction.

This, however, does not interfere with the first and foremost aim of their social gathering – namely to enjoy music and ‘to be moved’ by it, as the original meaning of the word “taarab” implies.”

a track from Culture Musical Club‘s latest CD kicks off last night’s radio show, now streamable:


Subscribe to the Mudd Up! podcast if you prefer downloadable versions, issued a week after FM broadcast: , Mudd Up! RSS. Also useful: WFMU’s free iPhone app. Got a LOT of positive feedback from the show with Das Racist a few weeks back. A very lively hour, that one.



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Headin’ north this weekend… Toronto on Friday, Buffalo on Saturday.


The Toronto event forms part of the Music Gallery’s “Transforming The Network” series. We begin with a panel discussion on World Music 2.0 at 7pm. Details. A few hours after that the music kicks off. 

Then on Saturday, I’ll be DJing a party in Buffalo with Brainfeeder artist Alex B @ Soundlab. I’ve never been to Buffalo! Come on through and say what’s up.




It’s Monday and Monday means Mudd.

On tonight’s radio show: brand new material from Paddy Johnson/Art Fag City’s battle DJ inspired LP (one side features sound from Manhattan art projects, the other, Brooklyn), BananaClipz exclusives, a few vintage Khaled jams, and –  as always –  more more more.

Mudd Up! with DJ Rupture – WFMU 91.1fm Monday nights 7–8pm EST

And last week’s show with Julianne Escobedo Shepherd and Das Racists’ Dapwell is now streaming:



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DJ RUPTURE – BBC 6 MIX – Nov 2010

originally posted at Dutty Artz

[DJ Rupture in Knoxville Tennessee, presumably photographed by Cooper Neill]

Wanna hear what some of the jams from New York Tropical sound like in an active setting?

Here’s a radio rip of quick mix I did for the BBC which aired on Tom Ravenscroft’s show a few weeks back. 20 minutes of Rut-pure. The weird bit in the middle (when the beat vanishes and we’re left with Moroccan violin + a ripe synthesizer) is an outtake from my upcoming Nettle album, El Resplandor: The Shining In Dubai… more on THAT in a bit. But first, THIS:

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DJ Rupture – BBC 6 mix November 2010

Kelly Rowland — Like This (/rupture’s 33/45 mix)
Gucci Mane — She Geeked
Timeblind — Ontological Ground of Being (SOOT)
Gil Scott-Heron — New York Is Killing Me
King Abid — Yezz mel Viss
DJ Orion — The Undertow (DUTTY ARTZ)
Toy Selectah — Compay
? – Push: instrumental
Nettle — Assaiya Violin Shining (SOOT)
Rita Indiana — Los Poderes – Kingdom remix (DUTTY ARTZ)
Los Vlamers — Cumbia del Monte: Marquillos rebajada
DJ Rupture, Matt Shadetek, and Chief Boima — Elegy for Mr Peach: Rupture mix (DUTTY ARTZ)



My latest essay, on the slowed-down tempos of screw + its influence on contemporary bands, has been published in this month’s Frieze and is available online. It begins with DJ Screw and ends with interview observations from Romanian programmer Paul Nasca, responsible for the Bieber stretch algorithm.

Ten years ago this month, one of the great, lazy American geniuses died, at the age of 29, from drinking too much cough syrup. His name was Robert Earl Davis Jr., and I believe he stole the technique that made him famous from the Mexicans. . .




I am up to my ears in non-blog writing, which means that I haven’t had time to feed the internet with my buzzing thoughts on cumbia; nueva cumbia; Lacanian cumbia trolls; why nobody talks about Super Grupo Colombia even when they come to play a heavily promoted New York City show; the subgenres I keep noticing –  like ‘songs about being drunk in the morning’ and ‘songs about cumbia reaching cities like Philadelphia and Miami'; and much much more. For cumbia is nothing if not generous.

I have a folder containing tribal guarachero tunes that sample Hossam Ramzy and I have another one with the tribal remix + cumbia original done up as nice little pairs, and I will share these things, but before we get to that, we need to do our homework.


This 2002 article, Cumbia Sobre El Rio: Celso Piña exports Monterrey’s new Cumbia Dub , goes deep. Required reading.

Here’s a high quality gift — a ‘Monterrey cumbia’ with a guy singing in English about the black man playing his drum. Songs like this were made for me. “The black man plays his drum and the women begin to shout / I want to dance la cumbia de Monterrey

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Parranderos – Cumbia Monterrey

Los Reyes Vallenatos run things in Monterrey. This band played at the ArcoIris tribal party I covered in the Fader article (Erick Rincon pointed out that most of the bandmembers were in their teens!). Pablo Lescano and Damas Gratis have recorded with them as well. This cumbia gets a lot creepier if you live, like I do, a few blocks away from bars where these dollar dances happen.  

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Los Reyes Vallenatos – La Cosita

and the man himself, Celso Piña — given the slo-mo scraper remix, sonidero melt, CUMBIA POWER. Can’t turn it off!

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Celso Pina – Cumbia Poder (rebajada con guaracha)



Montreal’s Godspeed You! Black Emperor is back. And they’re kicking things off by curating the December 3–5 UK edition of All Tomorrow’s Parties. I’ll be DJing there, along with Parasite, Shitmat, and Awesome Tapes From Africa. Brooklyn, Bristol, Brighton, Brooklyn. Along with us DJs they invited many bands. The lineup is exciting. Not to mention heavy. 

In addition to visiting friends I haven’t seen in awhile, I’m looking forward — with equal parts anticipation and dread — to the singularly British ‘holiday centre’ experience. Which eloquent friend Joe Ruckus described to me as:

“1950s ‘holiday camps’ – a bit like army barracks on otherwise non-touristic seaside towns, they’re concrete townships of small chalets for self-contained entertainment… Call it a holiday – many do, unmasochistically at that.”

The GY!BE ATP is already super sold out, but they seem to periodically release small batches of tickets for sale.


Ok. I’m in a flood-the-market mode right now.


Fader just upped my Luísa Maita “Lero Lero” remix. You can grab it here.

“The song stays sweet, he just kicks it along, quadrupling the drums, sneaking in garage bass wobble. You think it’s one thing then it reverbs out, guitars aren’t guitars anymore, chimes rain in and you burned the broccoli.

Luísa performs tonight at SOB’s in Manhattan. You can’t sleep on voices this gorgeous.

& this Monday’s radio show is streamable:


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