A quick two hits of swampy high 90s DJ Screw on what may be the last HOTT day of New York City’s hottest summer on record.
Both arrive courtesy of Houston-native Carlos, who watches windmill wax as wonder wanes.
First up, classic voice Teddy Pendergrass slowed down slightly (brings back childhood radio memories):
DJ Screw – Teddy Pendergrass – TKO (from Straight To The Bedroom’s precursor series, Late Night F&%kin Yo Bitch, Chapter 16)
Then we sink deeper with Richie Rich’s existential reflections dedicated to Tupac. Needless to say, the sensitive/religious/emotional thug is a great mode which I’m always happy to see more of. Masculinity melt!
DJ Screw – Richie Rich – Do Gs Get To Go To Heaven? (from Killuminati)
today’s keywords: soul, Soul, rap, screw, humidity, swamp-philosophy, gender-melt
Lucky Dragons’ performances overturn conventions of electronic music with generosity and grace. Today, Monday October 12 7-8pm on WFMU 91.1fm, they will join me to share sounds and discuss the relationship between social and sonic experimentation, Los Angeles, erasing the barriers between performer and audience, and more.
Lucky Dragons opened for Thom Yorke’s new band debut (both nights) in L.A. last week!! You know, that new band with Flea of Red Hot Chilli Peppers. So we expect 73,365 new L.D. fans will tune in. On Tuesday Lucky Dragons will perform @ Industry City out in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
For a taste, check the incredible Fader TV episode where the editors gather around LD’s setup, making music by touching each other while handling Luke’s cables (with hand-knit sleeves) and freshly-gathered rocks, as he explains what’s happening (although the description/demystification doesn’t make it any less magical):
Says Light Industry: “Lucky Dragons, whose participatory performances jam 21st century musique concrète with the fervor of a tent revival, will play around and variously in dialog with five films by Rose Lowder, a leading light of French experimental cinema. Rigorously composed through single-frame 16mm shooting and elaborate in-camera editing, her work creates complex and rhythmic explorations of perception and its limits. The evening will run up digital against analog, silence against noise, and promises to be a heady a/v experience.”
Subscribe to the Mudd Up! podcast if you want downloadable versions: , Mudd Up! RSS. Listen, get involved, throw in comments, questions. Again, Mondays @ 7 PM. For those outside our FM broadcast range, WFMU offers live streaming and even has its own free iPhone app!
Raz Mesinai kicks off his blog Harmonia Prohibitorum with a nice post on soul & noise — turns out they’re the same thing, kinda…
A conclusion he arrives at via a fascinating take on the analog vs. digital debate – its not about heat metaphors (warm vinyl, cold brittle CD audio), it’s about silence:
Despite my prejudices I’m almost entirely digital for the portability and the wide spectrum of possibilities that comes with it but one thing that keeps me yearning for analogue is the noise of it. My main problem with digital music applications is the silence that is there to start with. If you record nothing at all onto analogue tape and play it back there’s still something there.
tomorrow, saturday, I will be giving an artist talk alongside Daniel Perlin at Austin’s Mexican American Cultural Center, 4pm. then, evening party. (thanks for the music & food tips!)
next time in TX i’ll make it to Houston, hotspot of American psychedelic gangsta realism.
Aqualeo – Cadillac Wires
from Choppaholix chopped & screwed mixtape Choppinupdablock vol. 9
[Aqualeo, sipping wine in outer space]