Sad but true — after 5 & a half years of weekly broadcasts, today marks the last episode of my WFMU radio show, Mudd Up! I rarely played the same song twice, so rather than ‘miss’ the show, I suggest that you use WFMU’s incredible archive to stream/podcast approximately 300 hours of Mudd Up! The show was as much about exploring ideas of music as playing any single sound. To all the listeners who got muddy over the years — it was never easy listening, which is precisely why we were there — y’all are awesome and quite literally none of this would have been possible without your support. Thanks too, to the dozens of incredible guests who, like me, volunteered their time to come share what they do. Likewise the production assistants. I never mentioned it on-mic, but Mudd Up! was re-broadcast by a number of great, like-minded radio stations across Europe, airing weekly in Marseilles, Brussels, Berlin, and more…

DJ Rupture @ WFMU during the 2009 Fundraising MarathonWhy stop? Every end gifts a beginning. This year I’m working on several exciting large-scale projects that are taking me in new directions. If you dug the mudd, you’ll be more than ready for what comes next!

First up: I’m releasing an album on New Amsterdam Records in late March, followed by an April tour with myself, pianists David Friend & Emily Manzo, vocalist Arooj Aftab, and writer Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts. That’s just the tip of the iceberg…

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new cumbia mix! Rupture vs Sonido Martines

Internet, what internet? My new mix CD is available only at a taco shop in Manhattan.


Yes — Sonido Martines & I each made a 30-minute mix of “cumbia cumbia, not nueva cumbia” for your listening pleasure. The hourlong CD is available exclusively at Tacos Zaragoza in the East Village (14th + A), $8. Treating MUSIC as FOOD.

NOTE: some people have had problems with corrupted CDs. If you’ve purchased a CD and it doesn’t read well, leave a comment with snapshot of the CD. Be sure to include your email address in the field (only I can read it) and we’ll make things better…

For my half-hour I used all cumbias purchased in Brooklyn , so it skews heavily towards cumbias poblanas, mexican cumbias, tunes make in the States. Shoutouts include: Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, New Jersey, Virginia, Baltimore, Las Carolinas, Ellay… kinda functions as a map of where Mexicans are strong in the US! There’s no tracklist but that’s OK because everyone is always shouting out their name anyhow, and my man Talacha comes on as sonidero. Here’s the 1st 10 minutes of my mix.