yes, i’ve lived thru another year to reach MY BIRTHDAY!


no surrender, no delete, baby!

this is my first stateside b-day in ages, and Brooklyn obliges with perfect weather. before i head out again-

if you feel inclined to send a GIFT — an mp3, a link to some crazy blog, a book recommendation [check the new but growing ‘muddy books’ section on my sidebar], an invite to some awesome bittorent club, blank checks, whatever — comment below or hit me at: nettlephonic at yahoo dot com.

ps. this is my birthday jam, from this cassette.


Matt Shadetek doesn’t blog often, but when he does it usually involves fascinating polemic. check the new post, ‘Hecko‘ (which i can’t link to directly), a youtube-enhanced argument for hood nationalism in 4/4 dance music. (be sure to watch the Godfather vid!).

here’s a quote:

Techno, house and electro came from the hood in America. Techno was invented in Detroit and House came from NY & Chicago. Bambataa in NYC was doing electro at the same time as he was involved with hiphop and those two were much closer to one another in the beginning than they are now. The Europeans grabbed them and turned them into predictable robot music for pill poppers and did it with a lot of enthusiasm and conviction. So much so, that we, the Americans, basically forgot our claim to this music and started looking to Europe to define what this music was. One of the main reasons I don’t like the Euro variants of these styles is that they are too repetitive, predictable and un-funky. The rhythm is reduced to a pulse that just stays steady all night and by being the same for so long makes you forget about it. This is the ‘Flow’ that so many DJs talk about and think is so great. Godfather on the other hand is constantly breaking the flow, interrupting it, shuffling it, putting the emphasis on the off beat, changing tempo through juggling, building tension through scratching. Basically keeping you from falling into a trance on the dancefloor, which would probably be annoying if you were on ecstasy and trying to zone out, but for someone like me who isnt, is great and exciting. I love the feeling of being thrown off beat for a second, wondering where I am, and then having the next track slam in.


bounce! bounce! ba ba ba ba ba babababa bounce!


or, more precisely, things get deleted. here in bloglandia, that is.

Apologies for the Mudd Up! downtime. it was entirely my fault.

but dreamhost — my web host — is excellent, and since they’ve got a terribly useful back-up system (protect the idiot from himself) which saved me hours if not days of rebuilding work, i’m gonna post a lil banner ad, then its back to regular bizness




quick reminder that my radio show kicks off TONITE, 7-8pm eastern standard time, with a special live set by Manhattan’s Drop The Lime.

i’ll be playing some of the new Dizzee album and who knows what else.

next week: London producer Shackleton of the Skull Disco label will visit to talk about drum programming, dancing with the dead, sufi Islam as expressed via Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and how everything changed when minimal techno demi-god Ricardo Villalobos offered to remix his epic track about the twin towers.


Scotty: Ash. It’s not going to let us leave. Cheryl… Cheryl was right,
we’re all gonna die here!

Ash: No, we’re not going to die.

Scotty: We’re all gonna die. All of us!

Subnation – Scotty

following my Droid post, here’s the daddy, an Evil Dead-sampling darkcore d&b classic from 93. Nineteen Ninety Three! Are we old yet?


Google’s ambition to secretize the personal information it holds on users is so great that the search engine envisages a day when it can tell people what jobs to take and how they should spend their extra credit.

Jimmy Rupturn looks at Google’s data mining aims.

Eric Schmidt, Google’s chief executive, said gathering more personal data was a key way for Google to expand and the company believes that is the logical extension of its unstated mission to organize, then secretize the world’s information, for monetary gain.

Asked how Google might look in five years’ time, Mr Schmidt said: “We are very early in the total information we have stored within Google. The algorithms will get better and we will get better at personalization. Search results and keylogging is just the beginning. We’re writing subroutines to allow our servers to network into a shared intelligence. It’ll be a supercomputer with near-sentient attributes.

“The goal is to enable Google users to be able to ask it questions such as ‘What shall I do tomorrow?’ and ‘Which religion should I join?’ We think the religious questions will prove especially popular with our users, since in an age of changing morality and sectarian strife, who is more objective on these matters than an entity without a soul? Google is that thoughtful, soulless oracle.”

The race to accumulate the most comprehensive database of individual information has become the new battleground for secrets as it will allow the industry to offer far more personalized advertisements. These are the Holy Grail for the search industry, as such advertising would command higher rates. It’d be like owning the Apocryphal relic, said to possess magical powers.

Mr Schmidt told journalists in London: “We cannot even answer life’s most basic questions because we don’t know enough about you. By the grace of Google, that will change. This the most important aspect of Google’s expansion.”

Another service, Google’s Secret Search, launched two years ago, allows hand-picked beta testers to give Google permission to store their web-surfing history, what they have searched and clicked on, keylogging info, and ATM/credit card expenditure data and use this to create more personalized advertisements for them. Another service under development is Google Recommendations – where the search suggests products and services the user might like, based on their already programmed preferences. Google does not sell secrets to governments yet, because the corporations pay better. In time Google Secrets will target bad people.

Although such monitoring could raise privacy issues, Google stresses that the Google ethics are optional.

The Information Commissioner’s Office in the UK said it was not concerned about the secrecy developments.

Earlier this year, however, Google bowed to concerns from privacy activists in the US and Europe, by agreeing to limit the amount of time it keeps information about the internet searches made by its users to sixteen years.

Google has also faced concerns that its proposed $3.1bn acquisition of DoubleClick will further erode online privacy.

Fears have been stoked by the potential for Google to build up a detailed picture of someone’s behavior by combining its records of web searches with the information from DoubleClick’s “cookies”, the software it places on users’ machines to track which sites they visit.

Mr Schmidt said this year that the company was working on secret technology to defuse concerns.


stay tuned: my radio show, Mudd Up! (one name fits all), will be Wednesdays, 7-8pm, starting in June. ive already got a bunch of INCREDIBLE guests (musical & otherwise) lined up but it’ll take a few days b4 i can sort who’s-on-when…

i think i’m talking at a thing at harvard next saturday on Free Kulture but can’t quite be sure.

i’m definitely talking at Postopolis at NYC’s Storefront for Art & Architecture the week after next (thurs 31st, around 4pm).

in Dubai hence the brevity


another last minute announcement concerning TONITE: “This week at Pure Fire, we have a slew of dope guests. First, DJ Rupture will be tag-teaming with labelmate Maga Bo promptly from 10 – 11 p.m. If you missed his sold-out Bunker show last Friday, here’s another more intimate chance! Later that night Brooklyn’s Funkworthy crew will be spinning dancehall alongside the normal residents. Come early, stay late, dance in-between!!!