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Wednesday, 14 April 2004
why the night @ madame x had to die...
Now Playing: Advanced D&D with Donna Summer (wfmu.org)
Topic: spinna steez

Soundscraper Sanctuary @ Madame X is no more. This is due to various factors, none more annoying than the one who was running the show. They tell you that you need to play more of a variety and weren?t even there the whole night to hear what you played. They tell you that pay will come with more heads in the bar; however, when said heads rolled through, they tell you that it?s not really your money because they invited particular heads?only to follow it up with the snide-ass question, ?If we?re bringing in people without you, then why do we need you?? All of this was said to my partner Enrique and then relayed to me. All I can say is?it?s a damn good thing I wasn?t there to hear this. I?m a man that desperately needs to stay holy, and that wasn?t going to happen at this place. In short, we left so that I could save some lives.

I have grown rather tired of bars in general. I imbibe occasionally, but not on the regular. As of late, It?s rare that I drink alcohol while I?m out at a club. During the Madame X gig, it was all about cranberry juice and ginger ale for me. Same goes for Enrique ? he wants to live a sober existence and has been quite faithful in making that happen. Meanwhile, we?re spinning in places whose aim is to make money by slinging suds. Our aim is to create a vibe; theirs is to get loot from others getting drunk. Music is merely the background noise for their main purpose. This is bound to create problems when you want to stay away from that whole scene, and that may or may not have been a factor that Enrique thought about beforehand.

In addition, the decor was also a hindering factor for me. Don?t get me wrong ? the place is beautiful. Red color scheme, lots of comfy couches, very relaxing. Only problem is?the bar looks like a bordello. And every other portrait on the wall is of naked women touching themselves. One of them is larger than life and writhes in ecstasy from the bathroom door. This is one of the first things you see when you initially walk in. An overabundance of flesh is exactly what I?ve been trying to escape. When you?re married, you become cognizant of the fact that you really shouldn?t tempt yourself. The whole concept made me uncomfortable after a while.

So that's the story. Whether or not I?ll be back at another bar, I can?t say. Just not feeling bars right now.

Posted by macedonia at 1:42 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 7 May 2004 10:44 AM EDT
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Thursday, 8 April 2004
music appreciation moment: Scott Herren
Now Playing: Prefuse 73 - One Word Extinguisher
Topic: music appreciation

he has released music on labels such as Warp, Schematic, and Hefty. he records under several pseudonyms: Savath & Savalas, Delarosa & Asora, Prefuse 73. it's the last moniker which has me completely enthralled with his work. as Prefuse, he has shown the possibilities of where hip-hop can go. marrying them with the glitch-ridden tendencies of the laptop contingent, an MC's flow can be chopped up into Julienne fries and sprinkled over his instrumentals, punctuating the rhythms with staccato syllables and phonemes. his 2001debut album Vocal Studies & Uprock Narratives could be described as hip-hop for reluctant b-boys. you could tell that brother Herren obviously had skills behind the boards. he was holdin' back, though, and in time he would reveal all that he was capable of.

The 92 vs. 02 Collection gave a glimpse of what was to come. a quick four-song EP to tide us over between full-lengths, his b-boy stance got a little wider, his confidence more exposed, the beats more rugged and complex. during the summer of 2002, the single "Wylin' Out" was released on the Chocolate Industries label. Featuring Mos Def & Diverse trading verses, it became the sleeper hit of the summer. but he still had higher to go. everything that had come before would only scratch the surface of what was in him.

last year saw the release of his sophomore full-length *One Word Extinguisher, one of my favorite releases of 2003. words fail me. seriously. pure audio magic from start to finish. vocals of divas are deconstructed and dive in and out of snare drum hits. the words of MCs become the exclamation points of Scott's beat sentences. an unbelievably good album. and if that weren't enough, soon after he released Extinguished, a collection of alternate takes and outtakes from One Word Extinguisher. his outtakes could take out most full-lengths out there.

last i heard, he moved from Atlanta to Barcelona. his latest release is under the Savath & Savalas moniker, a quiet little LP entitled Apropa't filled with traditional Catalan selections and instrumentation. not sure what he'll do next, but he's already solidified a place in my mind as one of my favorite producers. i encourage you to check out his work. not sure if his Eastern Developments label is still up and running, but he started an imprint of his own to modest fanfare. some interesting artists on there, too.

Posted by macedonia at 3:28 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 8 April 2004 3:30 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 6 April 2004
more subway stories...
Now Playing: Sinner's Crossroads w/Kevin Nutt (wfmu.org)
Topic: transportation

I?m sure that there are more than a billion subway stories underground. Here are a few quick ones of my own.

One. Sunshine on my face.

It?s one of the only things that makes the train ride bearable. If it?s a really sunny day, I sit facing the sun. It?s usually shining right on my face when I board the train. I close my eyes and absorb as much of it as I can before the train goes underground. I like to think that God is smiling on me when that happens. And I need as much of that as I can get during the work week.

Two. MTA?s got jokes.

Sometimes I think that the train conductors do things just to mess with people and at other times I just KNOW it. I?m in the Union Square station waiting on an uptown number five when a four pulls in. People board only to hear that there are heavy delays on the express line and to take the local across the track. Damn near the whole entire train empties out and crosses over to the local?except for a few wise souls who either chose to stick it out on the number four or already knew that somebody would change their mind.

Not even two minutes later, an announcement is made from the number four that the delays have cleared and the train will soon depart. Everybody hops out of the local and makes a mad dash across the track. And somewhere within that number four train, a conductor was laughing to themselves, saying, ?Dance, puppets, DANCE??

Three. Def Comedy Tram.

I tried to stay in a foul mood on the way uptown, but this cat asking for change on the train wouldn?t let me. He cracked every last one of us up, shootin? off one-liners and telling jokes along the ride.

?I told my friend I just came back from the Island. He asked me if I had a good time. I said, ?Hell no, I didn?t have a good time.? He said, ?Really? With all those beautiful bikini-clad women on the beach?? I said, ?There ain?t no beach or any women on the island I was at!? He said, ?What island did you go to?? I said, ?RIKERS ISLAND???

About half the subway car burst into laughter. God bless that brother. He wasn?t trying to hurt nobody, wasn?t being rude or anything like that. All he wanted was to put a smile on people?s faces and get some pocket change in return. Brother man got my dollars; he deserved them. Right before he left the car, he wished us all a good night and gave his final punch line?the one that I will always remember him for:

?If anybody needs a job, I want you all to know that I?m hiring. I need somebody to work the number two train!?

Posted by macedonia at 5:53 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 6 April 2004 5:55 PM EDT
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the positive effects of operation one mo' 'gin.
Now Playing: what i played...
Topic: playlists

.the positive effects of operation one mo? ?gin.
Playlist for Tuesday, March 30, 2004 / 8pm-12:30am
*while tag teaming with Soundscraper, I added the following tracks to the mix?*

leroy and the drivers*the sad chicken*luv ?n? height
lunchbox*brown bag*the agriculture

ezekiel honig*hibernate*anticipate recordings
matthew dear*but for you*spectral sound

dj food*consciousness (cosmic conscious)*ninja tune (uk)
domu*groovesome*2000 black (uk)

nightcrawlers*push the feeling on (the dub of doom)*great jones
jamiroquai*you give me something (full intention club mix)*epic

moloko*sing it back (herbert?s tasteful dub)*ministry of sound (uk)
deee-lite*call me*elektra
the rapture*I need your love*dfa

somatik*diamondstone*2000 black (uk)
tosca*honey (bigga bush dub)*!k7
freakniks*kalimba*scenario (uk)
the avalanches*electricity*xl (uk)
karen ramirez*troubled girl*giant step
djinji brown*mojuba*seven heads

matthew dear*dog days (pantytec interpretation)*spectral sound
claro intelecto*peace of mind*ai (uk)
peel seamus*artemis (outbound mix)*delsin (the netherlands)

brothers and systems*half 4 me, half 4 u*nettwerk
willie bobo*fried neckbones and some home fries (dan the automator remix)*verve

suba*felicidade (buscemi remix)*guidance recordings
sade*by your side (ben watt lazy dog remix)*epic

cassius*cassius 99 remix (radio edit)*astralwerks
archie shepp*blues for brother george jackson (mondo grosso next wave extended remix)*verve

osbourne*daylight*spectral sound
metro area*we also not*tigersushi (france)

neap all stars*u r the one*surplus (uk)
p?taah*crossing (evacuation of form) (opaque remix)*ubiquity

towa tei*let me know (mighty bop remix)*elektra

Posted by macedonia at 4:58 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 14 April 2004 1:40 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 30 March 2004
blowing raspberries in the face of mother nature
Now Playing: the list below...
Topic: playlists

so what are the odds that the premiere of Soundscraper Sanctuary at its new location would land on the same day as a freak snowstorm? apparently, pretty good.

the work day at the job drove me nuts, the record bag was too heavy, and i totally didn't feel like going once i got out of work, but by the end of the night, i was so happy that i stuck it out. some friends actually braved the weather and came out. random strangers and bar regulars in and out. certainly not as traffic-heavy as the spot usually is, but under the strange and foul weather conditions, anybody that made their way out was to be commended. as far as i'm concerned, Enrique and i kicked Murphy's law square in the ass. we vibe so well in the mix. he's my favorite person to tag with. we always come away learning something from each other. we seem to be in a world beat state of mind at the moment. lots of Latin and Brazilian flavors in the cut. plus i tried my hand at more future soul joints (what most would call "broken beat" at the moment). that's definitely my flavor right now.

anyway, here's a rundown of what i played on our first night at the downtown location. please note: THIS LIST IS NOT IN ORDER. couldn't possibly remember the exact order in which songs were played (certainly not over 4.5 hours), but i did keep track of everything i played.

>.blowing raspberries in the face of mother nature and murphy's law.< Playlist for Tuesday, March 16, 2004 / 8pm-12:30am
*while tag teaming with Soundscraper, i contributed the following tracks to the mix...*

brothers and systems*trace element*nettwerk
soul II soul*keep on movin?*virgin
tipsy*space golf*asphodel
jimmy luxury and the tommy rome orchestra*sentimental guy*work/sony
p.m. dawn*amnesia*karmis
jazzanova*another new day*jcr (germany)
deee-lite*say ahhh?*elektra
antenna*going out*guidance recordings
the mighty bop*sans remission feat. la funk mob*quango
kruder & dorfmeister*high noon*g-stone (austria)
lacarno & burns*mahayana*ism
nuspirit helsinki*makoomba*guidance recordings
tranquility bass*cantamilla*ffrr/london

cosmo vitelli*we don?t need no smurf here*solid (france)
the avalanches*since I left you*elektra
zeb*swimming pool*codek
tony allen vs. kraked unit*the man with the drum*comet (france)
courtney pine*the in-sense song (raw deal remix)*talkin? loud (uk)
jimi tenor*wear my bikini*warp (uk)
secret frequency crew*deep blue (eli-173 remix)*counterflow
stereolab*miss modular (automator mix)*elektra
thievery corporation*illumination*esl
nina simone*see-line woman (masters at work remix)*verve
femi kuti*what will tomorrow bring (joe claussell mix)*mca
808 state feat. bjork*ooops*tommy boy
why sheep?*earthborn (recloose remix)*third ear (japan)
p?taah*crossing - evacuation of form (opaque remix)*ubiquity
beatless*the truth part two (mono uptempo mix)*ubiquity
bugz in the attic feat. wunmi*zombie*bitasweet (uk)
dj rels*diggin? in brownswood*stones throw/goya (uk)
dizzy gillespie*manteca (the funky lowlifes extended remix)*verve
betty carter*naima?s love song (dj spinna remix)*verve
kirk degiorgio presents as one*undefeated*ubiquity
donnie*masterplan*giant step

Posted by macedonia at 3:53 PM EST
Updated: Sunday, 4 April 2004 7:30 AM EST
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Monday, 29 March 2004
secret of the saints no. 481
Now Playing: (deafening silence)
Topic: the Christian walk

every Christian wants to be just like Jesus...

...until we actually have to. then most of us act as if we never met the brother...

Posted by macedonia at 12:55 AM EST
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the best reason i've had to shave in weeks...
Now Playing: dj center - european vacation! (mix cd)

i think it happened last wednesday. i was walking through union square park on my lunch break, thankful to enjoy some sunshine. i remember wearing a baseball cap and a pair of yellow-tinted sunglasses, and my facial hair had grown to a full beard by then. a brother walked past me and said...

"damn, fam, you almost look like Jayson Blair for a minute, son. word life..."

now, anybody that knows me knows how much i love to write. they also know that i take writing very seriously. so to be confused for an embellishment pimp whose name is known for leaving a permanent blemish on The New York Times and then had the nerve to write a book called Burning Down My Master's House...

well, let's just say it gave me the best reason i've had to shave in weeks. it all went the way of the clipper. facial hair, anyway. moustache, goatee, everything. when comments like that come your way, it's best to start over with a clean slate.

now that i think about it, there's a rant i wrote two years ago with a picture of me that's similar to how i looked on the day of mistaken identity - decide for yourself...

Posted by macedonia at 12:30 AM EST
Updated: Monday, 29 March 2004 12:51 AM EST
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Friday, 12 March 2004
while i run this race...
Now Playing: the profound silence of one lost in thought...
Topic: the Christian walk

?Guide my feet?while I run this race
guide my feet?while I run this race
guide my feet?while I run this race
?cause I don?t want to run this race in vain.?

The guest preacher ended his sermon at our church on Tuesday night with that song and I?ve been singing it ever since. I need all the help I can get with this race that I have chosen (and been chosen) to run. Why lie?

I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal lord and savior when I was 12 years old. I clearly had no idea what I was signing up for. I didn?t really know all that it would entail. All I knew was that I had a need to rely in something much greater than myself. So when I confessed with my mouth that Jesus is Lord and believed in my heart that God had raised Him from the dead, I meant it. But I think there?s this period of naivety that young Christians in the faith go through. We think that because we have Jesus, we don?t have to go through anything. We think that the problems stop, that hard times cease to be. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The truth is that the moment we accept Jesus into our lives, we?re put on satan?s hit list. The devil ain?t just out to make us have a bad day. He wants to straight up take us out. If he can?t take us out, he?ll make every dogged attempt to disqualify our lives from being a true witness for Christ. Faith is easy to come by when things are going well. The real test is believing He?s real when all hell is breaking loose in your life. Our existence is a series of tests. We all want the testimony without having to go through a test, but that?s not how it works. There?s no testimony without the test. And the higher you go in Christ Jesus, the more difficult the tests become. As my mother used to say, ?New level, new devil.?

Being a Christian in a fallen world means constantly having to ask yourself one question: is it possible to be in the world and not of the world? In other words, is it possible to live your life for God and not be swayed by the influence of worldly thinking? Will you choose God?s way over your own desires? I can?t lie: I have not always chosen God?s way. The struggle between spirit and flesh is quite real, and I have failed this test on countless occasions?even though I knew better.

We as Christians think we get it, but we don?t really get it. This life is a life of suffering. In order to be elevated, we have to get low. We have to deny our selves daily to follow Him. Not our will, but His be done. In a world where everyone wants to take care of themselves before others, is it any wonder why the Christian walk is a hard sell? It completely goes against the way the world operates. From what I hear, some preachers have taken the easy way out with messages of prosperity. I won?t be fooled. The blessings will come, but not without some bruising along the way. It?s going to cost me something. If Jesus was wounded for my trangressions, than I have to expect to catch a beatdown by the trials and tribulations of life. I?ve been through too much already to believe otherwise.

?Hold my hand?while I run this race
hold my hand?while I run this race
hold my hand?while I run this race
?cause I don?t want to run this race in vain.?

Posted by macedonia at 5:29 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 12 March 2004 5:30 PM EST
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losing the race against time...
Now Playing: Greasy Kid Stuff w/Belinda and Hova (wfmu.org)

A band of women from various school districts all over the world descended upon Rosen Publishing in an attempt to shoot the messenger?namely customer service. We barricaded ourselves behind our cubicles and prepared to fight to the death, but it was no use. We launched textbooks with crudely made catapults, but they sideswiped our every strike and counterattacked with guns that shot poison-tipped bar codes. One by one we fell, casualties of a war we didn?t start and clearly couldn?t finish. They paraded through PTA meetings nationwide with our heads on sticks, terrifying the children in their classrooms enough to work harder. Nobody had to bribe the kids to do extra credit work anymore. Such a warning tends to bring the message home without any room for confusion. Never mind the No Child Left Behind Act?this was real incentive.

The entire network at my job was down all day yesterday. No database, no email, no web browser, no nothing. As a result, the customer service staff was severely crippled, but I gladly dealt with the circumstances. They were nothing compared to last week?s non-stop blitzkrieg of calls.

One of our staff members took a well-deserved vacation last week. It was as if his subconscious knew that the bottom was going to fall out. Every single thing that could go wrong with an order went wrong. The phones would not stop ringing. Not only that, but there were only two of us handling the calls. Issues began to backlog almost immediately. How I made it through that week without randomly killing people on the street amazes me. Truth be told, even if that vacationing member was here last week, we?d still be backlogged. That?s how much work we had.

The processing center that we work with didn?t help matters either. More often than not, books need to be sent to them for bar codes, spine labels, and other stuff that librarians need. Last week, a sorting error caused three different orders to get screwed up?a mess that is still in the process of being corrected. I?ve only been working here about six months, but I?ve never heard of orders being botched up this badly. Things were tough all over last week. Absolutely horrendous.

Thankfully, I?ve actually been clearing stuff off of my desk this week. Progress is a good thing. Of course, in the midst of making progress, the network went down. So you improvise and try to make things work, but there?s only so much you can do when your life source is a dead fish. Could be worse?this could?ve happened last week?

In between my responsibilities at work and church, I barely have time for my wife or myself. It?s a fact of life that can make me rather resentful if I dote on it too long. Oftentimes, all I want to do is immerse myself in music or a good book, kick back and watch a movie or rock the PlayStation for a while. But my travels on the subway from work and back take up at least 90 minutes of my day and I?m usually exhausted after work. I constantly fall asleep on the train ride both to and from work. Once the day is done, I usually don?t have time to do much other than a few quick chores and get ready for the next day.

This is ?rat race? living, and I?m not cut out for it. I?m not sure how many of us truly are. Life wasn?t meant to be lived like this, and I think you know that.

Posted by macedonia at 4:04 PM EST
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Monday, 8 March 2004
music appreciation moment: Luke Vibert
Now Playing: Luke Vibert - "I Love Acid"
Topic: music appreciation

i love this cat. doesn't matter what name he's recording under, it's all good. sometimes it's acid-drenched tunes under his own name. other times he's Wagon Christ. he's done off-kilter drum and bass under the names Plug and Amen Andrews. just for the record, Luke Vibert is responsible for my favorite drum and bass album of all time: Drum and Bass for Papa by Plug. the junglists wanna hang me right now for saying so, but screw 'em. you know why? because in the midst of all the dark dubplates and overtly serious steppers, here comes Luke getting all whimsical and silly. he sucked the seriousness right out of the genre and reminded us to have fun again. on the first track of that album, "me and mr. jones," he starts off with a very telling sample from a comedian's act:

"give me my applause now, cause when i'm finished, you'll wish to hell i'd never been up here..."

and from there, it's on. brilliant.

last year was quite the prolific one for him. he released an album called YosepH on the Warp label, then turned around and revisited his Plug period through a string of singles under the name Amen Andrews for Rephlex. on top of all that, he flipped the script on us again...

he recently put out an album under the name Kerrier District. it's all disco tracks. nobody's gonna believe it's him. i also think that Kerrier District is kind of a word play on Metro Area, since they have that retro soulful disco sound, too. only heard one track so far ("disclix"), but it's gorgeous. still in awe. definitely on my want list. he's a total prankster, at heart. he doesn't take himself so seriously that he can't have fun with his music. so yeah, Luke rocks. check his recordings for the Planet Mu label, too.

Posted by macedonia at 12:04 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 12 March 2004 3:53 PM EST
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