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Thursday, 1 May 2008
BSOTS 065 - afrobeatdowns and all that jazz...
Now Playing: the big cover-up w/dj small change (eastvillageradio.com)
Topic: my podcasts

this show was recorded the week of podcamp nyc 2.0, about two or three days before the "unconference." admittedly, it's a departure from the usual vibe at camp lo-fi, but one that i think is necessary.

been wanting to play "reason to be" for quite some time - same with "jealousy." the pieces of peace album has to be at least 30-35 years old at this point, thereby making "pollution" quite timely in these environmentally delicate days we live in. very happy to see "jiggy jiggy" up in the podsafe music network: when you have a chance to represent for an unquestionably talented brother like steve reid as a podcaster, YOU TAKE IT. zozo afrobeat was another pmn find, pretty hot.

however, it's the goddess that really brings the heat and that's why miss nina simone is the closer for this episode. she consistently spoke truth to power and i will always love her for that. the new protest anthology album finally brings all her fiery recordings onto one release. this is the type of music i'll be listening to when i'm an old man.

some different flavor this go 'round, but i hope you enjoy this one. and make sure that you check out switch's remix for radiohead at the top of the page...

total playing time: 56:00

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1. anam owili-eger - "reason to be" {buy via CDBaby}
2. tony allen - "jealousy" [buylink information below]
3. pieces of peace - "pollution" [buylink information below]
4. steve reid ensemble - "jiggy jiggy" {buy via other music}
5. zozo afrobeat - "shake your nyansh"
6. nina simone - "revolution" {buy via amazon}

background music: "pre-calc" by mista mayday. id drops courtesy of darrenkeith of my love for music and james taylor of the james taylor quartet.

promonet links:

Afro Disco BeatTony Allen
"Jealousy" (mp3)
from "Afro Disco Beat"
(Vampi Soul / Light In The Attic)

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Pieces of PeacePieces of Peace
"Pollution" (mp3)
from "Pieces of Peace"
(Quannum Projects)

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Wednesday, 30 April 2008
ghostly swim
Now Playing: old school wednesdays at ejflavors.com
Topic: music appreciation

straight up and down, kids - the compilation is lovely. all you need to know is that the folks at adult swim reached out to that white-hot label outta ann arbor, michigan - the one and only ghostly international. put them both together and what have you got?

GHOSTLY SWIM. and it's good, y'all. damn good. and did i mention free?

a no-brainer here, people. go cop it...

Posted by macedonia at 11:23 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 16 April 2008
BSOTS 064 - foundation media showcase (vol. 2)
Now Playing: zozo afrobeat - shake your nyansh
Topic: my podcasts

can't believe that i neglected to say this at the top of the show, but all songs within this episode are courtesy of foundation media. respect due to lee and jj for the hook-up. this show definitely has a different feel to it. i like the fact that it's not all my voice speaking to the audience; the artist drops really add a lot of flavor to this episode.

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1. lupe fiasco - "hip-hop saved my life (feat. nikki jean)" {buy via amazon.com}
2. edreys - "d.u.i. (dumb under the influence)"
3. bekay - "i'm the reason (m-phazes remix)" {buy via CDBaby}
4. y-love - "bump" [buylink information below]
5. marco polo - "the radar (remix) feat. large professor"
6. c.l. smooth & skyzoo - "perfect timing" {youtube video}
7. mekka don - "u know mekka don" {free download}
8. talib kweli - "hostile gospel (remix feat. nina sky, joell ortiz and blu)"
9. thad reid - "they don't like me" {free download}

background music: instrumental version of "small town usa" by foul mouth jerk and the instrumental version of "hot on both sides" by techniken defunkus.

promonet links:

This Is BabylonY-Love
"Bump" (mp3)
from "This Is Babylon"
(Craig 'n Company)

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other key info:
macedonia on twitter
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Friday, 4 April 2008
BSOTS 063 - selections from the sisterhood...
Now Playing: solipsistic nation - show no. 84

podcaster apathy set in during the course of putting this episode together, but it was only temporary. so while this is late to submit for women's herstory month, any time is a great time to focus on female contributions to the podsafe music arena. please note that i neglected to tell you who did "love thirst" in the show, so check below for proper stats...

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1. voice - "fantasy pt. 1 (think twice remix)" [buylink information below]
2. sharon jones and the dap-kings - "ain't it hard" {buy via daptone records or itunes}
3. jean grae & 9th wonder - "love thirst"
4. lovespirals - "motherless child (moshang no place like home mix)" {free download}
5. miskate - "daydreaming" {buy via kompakt mp3}
6. monday michiru - "the right time (jephte's kileliye mix)" [buylink information below]
7. betty davis - "if i'm in luck i might get picked up" {buy via itunes or emusic
8. the lady tigra - "they stole my radio (feat. mc lyte)" [buylink information below]
9. kirsty hawkshaw - "sci-clone"
10. project lumino - "waking up"

background music: "bathing" by techniken defunkus. the theme song for this show incorporates "hot on both sides," yet another tech def tune.

promonet links:

Voice RemixesVoice
"Fantasy Pt. 1" (mp3)
from "Voice Remixes"
(Public Transit Recordings)

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Tokyo Calling 2 EPMonday Michiru
"The Right Time" (mp3)
from "Tokyo Calling 2 EP"
(King Street Sounds)

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Please Mr. BoomBoxThe Lady Tigra
"They Stole My Radio" (mp3)
from "Please Mr. BoomBox"
(High Score Records)

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march episode of us and us on motion radio

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Thursday, 3 April 2008
more writing for impose...
Now Playing: dizzee rascal - where da g's
Topic: articles

lemme do this quick and jet.  it's just links to writings, kids...

my reviews for the guilty simpson album and the carl craig double mix cd are now online along with my mike ladd article.

that's it.  go in peace, kids...

Posted by macedonia at 5:53 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 25 March 2008
true confessions and leftfield gospel...
Now Playing: random playlist on the giant step jukebox (giantstep.net)
Topic: my podcasts

episode #16 of endless shouting matches with yourself was posted a few days ago and i still can't believe how personal i got on that one.  more than that, i can't believe that i'm comfortable with something so candid being accessible.  not sure what that means, but i hope it means that some demons are in the process of dying...

ESM 016 - ...is no longer online.  i'll explain in the next show...

and just yesterday, i uploaded the second installment of us and us for motion radio.  i'm rather proud of this one and have been referring to it as "leftfield gospel." it's secular tunes and spirituals thrown together that cut across a variety of genres.  i just wanted to make something that got me through the rough patches in life.  hopefullly others will enjoy it as well...

"the saturday in between:  an unconventional hymnal"

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Wednesday, 19 March 2008
the kids are alright...i think: an aging raver's confessional
Now Playing: gilles peterson world wide on giantstep.net
Topic: event reports
when we was rave:  mr. and mrs. macedonia, early 1993.

i'm thinking that i probably posted this shortly after the event in question, so figure late summer/early fall of 2001. i was 27 when i wrote this - i can't even imagine being 34 and going to an event like this. maybe to spin, but even then, i'd still feel old...



* the following story is an eyewitness account from an event called Stereotopia @ The Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC. *

saturday, august 25, 2001 7:30 p.m.

older security guard: “it’s been pretty smooth, so far. we could have a decent night here, if it keeps up like this all night.”

younger security guard: “cool, cuz i’m not tryin’ to do no cavity searches or nothin’, man...”

there seemed to be better treatment from the security blokes outside than in. no harassment or anything – just that look like they had you all figured out or something. not all of them inside, just a few. if a girl took out her mascara, one of them was right behind her making sure all was on the up and up. they had reason to be somewhat suspicious – between some of the patrons walking wide-eyed arm in arm, pockets of weed smoke here and there, and tagging throughout the stairwell.

but that would come later.

stepped into the main room and was greeted by Scott & Josh playing Daft Punk’s “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.” a few early bird ravers congregate in corners and exchange hugs. time to scope the place out. beth and i made our way into the basement - Venom and Scorpion were just getting started. a lone head lamented at the fact that they were going on so early, but the youngins didn’t seem to mind stomping to some prime time hardcore.

up in the Grand Ballroom, folks were just making their way in. darkness ruled the day as far as the jungle was concerned. early birds got a chance to really bust loose cause there was all the room in the world. some skipping vinyl problems in the beginning, but heads got it together. getting to the Grand Ballroom from the balcony area would prove to be a task during the midnight hour. either you waited and waited and waited for the elevator operator to pick you up or went trekking up several flights of stairs. after that, most that made their way up tended to stay there.

10:00 p.m. - in the main room en route to the basement - Pleasurehead’s doing his thing to a very appreciative core of followers. what he spins nowadays isn’t quite as mind-numbing as what i remember him doing back in ‘98 up in Albany when he was starting out, but it still doesn’t move me. down to the basement - Knowledge is on. his was one of my favorite sets of the night: an old school breaks set that took me back to 1993...when buildups actually took you somewhere and didn’t take five minutes to complete. older heads were feelin’ it, but the youngins were making a b-line up to the main room for Spacegirl. some were actually chanting her name on the way up. they would have to wait a while, though – her live PA got bumped to a later time. X-Dream was on instead, which didn’t disappoint the glow stick collective one bit.

11:00 p.m. - “GIVE IT UP FOR SUPA DJ DIMITRY OF DEEE-LITE!!!” cheers raised the roof. after some feedback and sound problems in the beginning, he was off and running. the first ten minutes of his set reaffirmed a very sobering lesson: older DJs in the scene have a choice to make - either continue to blaze a path or bang it out. Dimitry chose the progressive club banger route. it was weird, cause he’s funkier than that. i couldn’t help but feel disappointed. oh well, may as well see what Reid Speed is playing. to my surprise, Knowledge is still on, now playing hard house (which, i’m told, is what he usually spins back home in Connecticut). kids were feelin’ him on that end. not sure if Reid Speed or DB actually ever showed, though i might have seen DB in the crowd...just a quick sec in passing.

12:10 a.m. - after waiting for what seemed like 20 minutes in the balcony for the elevator, beth and i stepped into the Grand Ballroom for a full house to check out the X-Ecutioners (sans Rob Swift). words couldn’t do it justice. all i’ll say is this: if vinyl could bleed, Mista Sinista, Rob Swift, and Total Eclipse would all be considered mass murderers. ABSOLUTELY INSANE SKILLS - OFF THE DOME. ridiculously fast hands, body tricks, the whole nine. their performance alone was worth the ticket price. i heard from a reliable source hours before the event that Ed Rush and Optical wouldn’t be there (apparently, they were). really wanted to get into the jungle afterwards, but by that time, the ballroom was insanely crowded and the bass was trying to make a permanent home in my chest cavity. time for the chill-out room. some of the best music of the night was played there, thanks due to Saskai and Ranka of Echolounge fame.

1:30a.m. - Emma Feline had the basement rockin’ with a blend of two-step, drum and bass, and house. not a fluid mix, but certainly varied, peppered with joints like Origin Unknown’s “31 Seconds,” Stardust’s “Music Sounds Better With You” and Missy Elliott’s “Get Your Freak On.” (as long as two-step and drum and bass are around, Missy and Timbaland’s work will always appear in the mix. they need us a lot more than they’re willing to admit.) every time the beat would drop and the bass line would threaten to rip the woofers apart and the crowd would go nuts, Emma would rewind it and play it again. i rather like a rewind at the right time, however...have you ever seen or heard a DJ rewind a cut WITH NO MC AROUND TO CALL FOR ONE BEFOREHAND? it’s a little disconcerting. every time it would happen, i found myself yelling “rewind!” just so it wouldn’t seem so weird.

during Emma’s set, i get a hug and a pound from this blond-haired kid that couldn’t have been more than 14 or 15. “it’s my first party, man.” i welcome him into the fold and show respect. the whole time i’m thinking to myself, what was i doing at 14 or 15? i was involved with school plays and developing a budding interest in poetry. i was getting into the music of Frank Zappa. if i went out to a club, it was a teen night or something like that. i didn’t go to my first rave until i was 18...going on 19. i’m shaken out of my generation gap moment with Emma’s closing track: Armand Van Helden’s remix of C.J. Bolland’s “Sugar Is Sweeter.” thanks, Emma. Ming & FS were setting themselves up at this time. once they got on, the breaks continued: one handling the beats while the other rocked the scratches and cuts.

2:30 a.m. - main room. Joey Beltram? Nope. this didn’t sound like him (nice to know that he did indeed show). this was a live PA. i check the screens of either side of the stage from the balcony. ah yes, Spacegirl. after hearing not so great things about her sets from a technical standpoint, the quality of her music wasn’t that bad. in fact, surprisingly interesting for modern-day trance (and particularly in comparison to what previous DJs had played earlier that night). looking down upon the party people, i was amazed. the whole floor was into it, pumping their fists, stomping, making noise, tossing their glow sticks in the air in a fit of delirium. clearly they loved her.

it was 3:00 a.m. when Derrick May finally went on. this was the set beth and i were waiting for. this was the sound of Detroit. it was beautiful. real, relentless, uncompromising techno - crafted in the mix by Derrick’s steady hand. he was merciless. i was going nuts up in the balcony. but looking upon the dance floor once again, my instincts proved correct: some of those kids would have rather been dancing to Spacegirl. some were definitely feelin’ it, but not to the point that they were digging her live PA.

so, what did this aging raver learn?

1. you can’t go home again. well you can, but everything’s in a different place since you last left it. and why wouldn’t it be? someone else is taking care of the house.

2. massive parties are like (fill in whatever city, state, or country you think fits): nice place to visit, but i wouldn’t wanna live there. while i had fun, i’ve had more fun at smaller functions. i’ve danced my ass off at upstate New York events, that’s for sure. perhaps i need to get out of Gotham and see how other places get down.

3. overbooking is a bad thing. too many good people on in too many different areas (and for too short a time period sometimes). and in the Hammerstein, that could mean going from the basement to the Ballroom. i’m up for the trek, but it’s just slightly annoying. it’s the price you pay for being into different sounds.

4. for the longest time i had been hearing about these pants called UFOs - baggy with reflective stripes hanging out of the pockets. most of my heads were annoyed by them and usually referred to them as today’s rave fashion standard. i thought they were all kidding about that until i saw it for myself. it was like a cult - a short, bouncy, 140 beats per minute dancing cult.

5. for the most part, my younger heads probably wouldn’t understand what i do as a DJ. my style’s for everyone, but it’s not for everyone. meaning that everyone’s welcome to check it out, but perhaps most would reject it for a number of reasons (too varied, too slow, too hard to pigeonhole, too rhythmically complex, etc.). and if i were to pull out the hardcore techno i’m listening to, it would make all the Rob Gee fans run for the hills.

6. it’s a rave new world...and i’m just passing through. either that or i’m the rest stop on route 909.


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the next day...
Now Playing: adam curry's daily source code

before i left work, i saw a text message on my cell phone from my wife:

"ur my bestfriend.  i want 2 grow old w/u."

that was a relief.  because the equation that is my life doesn't work without her in it.

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Tuesday, 18 March 2008
an interesting morning...
Now Playing: the pounding of my own head...

to say the least, it's been an interesting morning.

beth and i were getting ready for work and day care drop-off duty when she mentioned that we needed to schedule some time together over the weekend. i thought she meant a date night - she actually meant a half-hour to discuss some things. i told her that it all depended on when i was getting together with a friend on saturday. shortly afterwards, she began to tell me how i have been rejecting her ever since we got married, that she's unhappy with how she looks, and about how we need counseling in order to address the problems that we've been having in our marriage. i didn't even know how to respond to all of this. prior to this going down, i was thinking to myself, i'm still in my robe and i need to get dressed so i can get simone ready to go to day care.

like i said, it's been an interesting morning.

she said that she would take simone to day care this morning. once she took her outside, i finished getting ready, jotted some notes onto a pad, set up the microphone and recorded a voiceover for endless shouting matches with yourself. whether it will actually be released remains to be seen, because it's pretty personal...more personal than i have ever dared to share on that show. once the microphone was put away, i sat on the futon in the living room and read my Bible. after that, i got on my knees and began to pray, but the words wouldn't come.

i opened my eyes to find that i had fallen asleep on my knees, my head resting on the futon. i bolted upright and ran to the nearest clock. it said 9:40 a.m. - i had planned to catch a 9:38 train, which meant that i was going to be later than usual. i made a call to the office, but they were cool about it. when i got to work, i noticed that my wife sent me a text message on my cell phone: "did you mean date night? i only meant 30 minutes." gotta love misunderstandings.

like i said, it's been an interesting morning.

two shows have gotten me through today: my love for music and a dark jungle dj set by woz. the former chills me out while the latter gives me the spark that i need to keep fighting. i desperately needed both elements today...

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Monday, 10 March 2008
BSOTS 062 - blends session: grooves for a global village...
Now Playing: arthur jones - "CRM"
Topic: my podcasts

recognize game, people: two-thirds of the songs featured in this blends session are from the podsafe music network and all of them are choice, in my opinion. outside of that, we have a pair from ioda promonet, one from foundation media, and a personal pick to represent for my people around the way.

covering a lot of ground in this one: music from the states, the u.k, south africa, germany, and australia. hip-hop, house, brazilian-flavored downtempo, futuristic breaks, the whole nine. i think the end result was positive. it's the type of mix that reminds me that music truly is the universal language...

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1. del tha funkee homosapien - "bubble pop" {buy from amazon.com}
2. green tea - "cruise control" [buylink information below]
3. goldlix - "latinozo"
4. galore - "attention" {buy from pmn}
5. baba israel and yako - "chant (feat. sparlha swa)" {buy from cdbaby}
6. aesop rock - "none shall pass" {buy from amazon.com}
7. hired gun - "arrest the president"
8. laws - "where my horns at" {buy from amazon.com or emusic}
9. cy tru - "kill dat drum"
10. fave nite - "she don't like me"
11. choppa - "waga waga"
12. crucial d - "yoruba gold (dub)" [buylink information below]

background music: "hot on both sides (instrumental)" by techniken defunkus.

promonet links:

Kero One Presents: Plug Labelgreen tea
"Cruise Control" (mp3)
from "Kero One Presents: Plug Label"
(PLUG Label)

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Future Classic Exclusives Vol 1Crucial D
"Yoruba Gold - Dub" (mp3)
from "Future Classic Exclusives Vol 1"
(Future Classic)

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macedonia on twitter
friday favecast
the origins and evolution of the hip-hop police by davey d
chillcast episode 102: niu support collabocast
impose magazine issue 31

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