All of the reggae covers of Police/Sting songs I’ve heard are great. Freshest name on the list:

Junior Reid – Synchronicity


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Team Moji flew from Harlem to Copenhagen to party when I played there, and we were the only black people on the boat i think and a Danish woman came up to my friend Erin and said: you have a great smile. thank you for being black!

I was like wow and Moji said to me: “i LIKE being thanked for being black when i’m in europe. yup, it is a singular experience, a real treat, and something you don’t really get uptown (where everyone is black and already sick of the black people they know).”

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anyhow, let me get b(l)ack to making fun of a [correction!] Anonymous Poster on W&W’s blog, which was the original intention of this post. He expressed this sentiment, doesnt matter which way the waters flow so I mirrored it darkly:

“…Refined European polka and waltz started being exported to the Texas area in the late 19th century, where it was welcomed by uneducated Mexicans, always in search of the newest first-world dance beat to mimic and ape, last season it was the waltz, now it’s polka! These Mexicans call it Norteño.

“It’s a shame seeing these Mexicans take the glorious German accordian and refashion it to their own rural, underdeveloped needs. Completely unaware of the polka classics, the wonderful songwriting of the Volks, ignorant of Wagner and our traditions, the Mexicans have appropriated our instruments and pulled them down into the realm of the popular…

“I freely acknowledge that my general visceral reaction against working-class usages of cosmopolitan elements grows out of the confirmed suspicion that these things are not usually carried out in the sense of submission and homage, but rather, as you say above, cross-class climbing and an indigenous craving for a mediated refinement / urbanity / sublimity [insert desired quality of our population here]. . .


Somebody come get me, before I kill this man. Somebody come get me, get this knife out of my hand.

Syren Hall – Somebody Come Get Me

roots love, roots pain. Is this girl a major label test-tube baby? what looks like a realish myspace only lists 69 friends.

Elsewhere in the Caribbean, bachata that runs easy laps then breaks into gabba-sprints, cooked up from Dem Bow bullion:

Viejo – Apretaito

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Maga Bo live on the radio tonite, playing a NYC show tomorrow

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In other news, huge online reggae store Audiomaxxx was shutdown.

The seizure Wednesday of more than 200,000 CDs and DVDs from the production shop of Winnipeg-based is likely Canada’s largest in the a decade, says Graham Henderson, president of the Canadian Recording Industry Association. “Independent producers and smaller record labels, including some from the Caribbean, played a big part in pushing the industry and the police to investigate, Henderson said. “Their whole market was being chopped out from under them in the Caribbean, by stuff made in Canada.”

This criminal takedown is not surprising to anyone who knew of Audiomaxxx: there was a bounty on the Canadian’s head for his particularly ruthless theft/bootlegging. For scandal, check the ‘Boycott Audiomaxxx‘ Myspace.

(Winnipeg. It gave us Venetian Snares and King Raj of Audiomaxxx. )


i’m sick. this post is pure cut&paste. i’ll be participating in lively talk @ Harvard this Thursday followed by a special edition Beat Research, relaxed tagteam session w/ Boston bredren DJ Flack & Wayne&Wax. BOTH EVENTS ARE FREE. ////

Dubai: The Post-Critical Landscape?” with NEGAR AZIMI,
Sert Gallery, 3rd floor, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard U., 24 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA. 617.495.3251 for info.

7:30 pm
drinks and dinner

In recent years, Dubai has been posited as a spectacularized, almost virtual landscape whose rapid expansion has made it impossible to grasp, much less critique. Rhetoric about Dubai has rendered it “post-critical” and “post-ideological;” beyond critical theory’s capacity to adequately engage. Negar Azimi, Jace Clayton, and Joseph Grima will offer strategies for dismantling this disabling rhetoric, using their work in and about Dubai to consider the currency of the “post-critical” and “post-ideological” in Dubai and within the contemporary critical landscape more broadly.

Azimi, senior editor of the Middle Eastern arts and culture magazine Bidoun, will discuss Bidoun’s reconceptualization of the glossy magazine as a site for criticality. Clayton, a sound artist, DJ, and critic who often writes about and works with North African and Middle Eastern music, will consider sampling and remixing as artistic strategies within and outside of DJ culture. Grima, the director of Storefront for Art and Architecture, will contrast Storefront’s interventions in consumerist SoHo with the myriad difficulties Storefront has faced trying to establish an outpost in Dubai.

(after this chat, we relocate & turn up the music. Never trust a critic who can’t dance!!!)

April 3rd
with DJ /Rupture

Our old friend DJ /Rupture will be in town and was looking for a low- key space to play some of his favorite musical treats including some of the choice Cumbia tracks that he has been collecting lately.

He, Wayne and Flack will chillin while tag teaming on the decks (and Laptop) throughout the night.

@ The Enormous Room, 567 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
9pm to 1am, 21 plus, Free


Trim has a new mixtape – buyable

“look I am a thief I am a thief”

Trimski – Thief in the Night (prod. by Radioclit)

looped gnawa guembri bass presented as grime – nice! although the chorus samples shift to the wrong type of Maghreb music, and gnawas probably wouldn’t like the lyrics. the other Radioclit beat on Trim’s mixtape is hot too, crazy minimal, also with arabesque samples.

elsewhere, south south south of London, young boys who dance together dangle a rapper in, just for moment – a nod to the prevailing mashup logic but just a nod, he gets dipped in and out of the regadda music, cut to a toddler by the sea, cut to a car parked in cloud-covered foothills.



…got my first DJ booking in North Africa — May 1st at a lakeside spot in Marrakesh! (yes that is a photo of the place.)


Ghislain Poirier on WFMU, S/FJ on Ghis, .


dancehall / cumbia / hood electro / grime / dubstep / tropical aka

your friday night plans: DUTTY ARTZ TROPICAL DANCE, Glasslands, williamburglandia.

Its just me, Geko Jones, and Matt Shadetek dropping tunes all nite long (I’ll be playing early and late sets).

$2 before 11pm, only six bucks after… cheap drinks & all the dutty wine and tropical shakers you could ask for. We have deep quality crates and a lot of new heat to share. hosted by Ladidadi, crazed color-art by Artz Atak, plus low-end reggae soundsystem reinforcements for that extra bump.

keywords: FUN MISTAKES


2 waves of latin tropical hit NYC tonite: El Guincho (from the Canary Islands via Barca) & Zizek crew (from Buenos Aires)

El Guincho also plays free show at Union Pool, BKLYN, tomorrow.

here’s a tune from ZZK Sound vol. 1: Cumbia Digital (buyable), this one sports that synthy villera lean.

Fantasma – Cumbia Que Pega

Fantasma offer all their myspace tunes for download too.

& here’s a great spanish-language interview w/ El Guincho. Note: he’s the only Spanish musician i’ve ever heard who namechecks the (seminal West African) Syliphone label!

on last week’s streamable 2-hour radio show, i dip into both Syliphone 70s territory and B.A. cumbia mutations. Also: Sr. Guincho & Mr. Oceana’s blog (en espanol) is in full-on tour diary mode (“it’s 100 degrees in Austin. Oh yeah, yesterday I crossed paths with Ice Cube.”)

surf’s up! El Guincho’s video

¿En qué medida la música étnica, las música de otros lugares del mundo que se miran en las maneras anglosajonas sin renunciar a sus respectivas tradiciones, crees que puede tener algo que decir en el rock o pop alternativo?

EL GUINCHO: No lo sé. No entiendo bien la clasificación porque generalmente engloba estilos casi antagónicos. Tampoco, viniendo de las Islas Canarias, puedo tener esa visión tan occidental de world music o como lo quieran llamar. La música africana o latinoramericana estaba más a mi alcance que el “pop-rock alternativo”. La ponían en casa, la veía el en WOMAD, la escuchaba por la calle. Estudié en un colegio francés así que conocí antes por compañeros de clase a NTM y MC Solaar que a Pavement, The Feelies o Sun City Girls. Si quería un disco de pop, rock o punk en inglés tenía que investigar mucho y comprarlo. Si quería escuchar los Seis del Solar iba al salón y cogía una cinta.

¿Qué es lo que más os atrae de ella?

Igual que con cualquier otra música, la búsqueda, el peligro y la sensación de ser transportado a un lugar nuevo a través de un disco. Poner una canción y que inmediatamente te haga sentir bien para el resto el día.

¿Cómo se traduce en tu sonido dicha influencia?

Supongo que en mi caso se traduce de forma evidente en los sampleados. Si recorto algo que la gente entiende como “world music” acabará rompiendo una lanza en la canción hacia allí. No sé qué más decir al respecto. Lo siento de veras si no ayudo mucho pero nunca me había sentado a pensar las músicas del mundo como una influencia.

¿Dinos algún artista de world music que os interese y que pueda tener algo que aportar a la música que haces?

No sé si es world, afro-pop o simplemente música africana pero creo que una buena forma de empezar es recuperar los discos de Prince Nico Mbarga con Rocafil Jazz International. Cualquier cosa del sello Syliphone, especialmente Balla et Ses Balladins o el afro-beat ghanés de The 3rd Generation, Marijata o Ebo Taylor.


tonite’s radio show will be from 6-8pm EST! After the 2 week marathon madness, rest assured i’ve got ’nuff new tunes to run through… Next week: special guest Ghislain Poirier.


had a chance to check the new Kingdom mixtape and it’s zuper — streamable (and buyable) here. What’s it sound like? “ANIMATED GIFS, SECRET RURAL HOMOTHUG PARTIES, TIE-DYE, SUBWOOFERS PASSING IN THE NIGHT, MEMORIES FOREVER.”

(Memories forever? Funes the memorious understands that that sounds like a curse… )

here’s a locative Harlem b-more Cam’Ron / Kingdom refix from it to speed along your day.

DJ Chris J – Party Time (Kingdom Remix ft. Cam’ron)


2:30 PM me: esta noche refieres?
esta noche refieres?
o manyana?
o manyana?
has podido poner info nueva en GoogleDocs?
has podido poner info nueva en GoogleDocs?
sonido: a las 11 pm si estoy seguro q puedo venir
a las 11 pm si estoy seguro q puedo venir
esta noche
esta noche
me: ok cool!!!!!
ok cool!!!!!
sonido: no he avanzado mucho con google docs
no he avanzado mucho con google docs