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Sunday, 11 September 2011
no words for today...
Now Playing: the news as ambient music before shower and church...
Topic: music appreciation

just a song...

 Theo Parrish - "Major Moments of Instant Insanity"


Posted by macedonia at 8:03 AM EDT
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Friday, 30 July 2010
Justin K. Broadrick and Pale Sketches...
Now Playing: Pale Sketcher - Plans That Fade (Faded Dub)
Topic: music appreciation

Music fans familiar with Justin K. Broadrick tend to appreciate sounds on the darker and heavier side of things.  Some know Broadrick's name from his time spent in the band Godflesh.  Others know him from the distorted dub of Techno Animal (anybody remember their Brotherhood of the Bomb album?).  His latest work, however, is bound to throw fans for a loop.  Pale Sketcher came into creation as a result of songs birthed out of the Jesu project: songs which seemed out of place for its grinding wall of guitars philosophy.  For one thing, the music is predominantly machine-driven, giving the productions a different energy.  There's a darkness that's still present, but it's undercut with a hypnotic ambience.

Jesu: Pale Sketches Demixed will be released by Ghostly International on August 24, 2010.  Allow "Plans That Fade (Faded Dub)" to be the first of the "de-mixes" to prepare you for what's in store...

Pale Sketcher - "Plans That Fade (Faded Dub)"

Posted by macedonia at 12:50 AM EDT
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Thursday, 1 October 2009
the harmonic equivalent of run-on sentences...
Now Playing: silence of a household sleeping...except for me, of course...
Topic: music appreciation

this is a mix that i created during the summer through wfmu's free music archive.  some hip-hop, some minimal techno, some quirky electronics and glitch-laden material, too.  if you like what you hear, go download the tunes from the archive and please feel free to share this mix with others.


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Thursday, 26 February 2009
unauthorized biography of martin luther king and barack obama
Now Playing: dj center - tout passe [pushthefader.com]
Topic: music appreciation

kinda late to the party on this one and it's my own fault, but i'm sure there are heads who haven't seen this video yet.

there's been a lot of talk comparing our new president barack obama to the reverend dr. martin luther king, jr.  perhaps they both have the gift of eloquence and oration, but for me that's where it ends.  towards the end of rev. dr. king's life, he was making connections between poverty, racism, and miltarism that brother barack wouldn't be able to do and still have any hopes of being commander-in-chief.  very few talk about the post-"i have a dream" speech dr. king, but that's where you'll find the more radical and revolutionary preacher and leader.  meanwhile, connections between the two figures (mostly due to a matter of timing) during obama's acceptance speech at the democratic national convention, his victory speech as president-elect and inauguration speech were virtually inescapable.  again, as public speakers, both are brilliant.  politically, they're further apart than convenient timing would suggest.

even though i have some ideological differences with brother barack, my prayers are certainly with him and the first family.  and i can't front on those that suggest that the rev. dr. king ran so that obama could fly.  so with that in mind, here's the fourth installment of the unauthorized biography series by shaun boothe.  the video treatment is, as always, masterfully done.  can't wait for next month, though...he does JIMI HENDRIX next.  that one should be hot...

Posted by macedonia at 5:08 PM EST
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Wednesday, 17 December 2008
video: unauthorized biography of muhammad ali
Now Playing: dj diva's soul christmas mix (themixtress.com)
Topic: music appreciation

each chapter just gets better and better.  james brown was good, bob marley was inspiring, but this one...honestly, i was in awe when i saw this.

in order to experience the full effect of what shaun boothe is creating, you have to see the video.  it's rare that i'll say that:  normally i'm very "audio first, video second" in terms of how i take in new music.  this series is different, however.  you lose a lot just listening to the song.  that's not to say that the song can't hold its own without visuals...it can.  but the videos for each chapter are masterfully edited and just take the song to a whole new level.

check it out below and see if you agree...

Posted by macedonia at 12:26 PM EST
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Tuesday, 11 November 2008
GOD shed His grace on thee...
Now Playing: madlib - beat konducta vol. 5: dil cosby suite
Topic: music appreciation

news flash:  mtv just became relevant again.  yeah, i'm just as shocked as you are.  enter mtvmusic.com, a music video archive site that makes up for the fact that both mtv channels don't show videos anymore and vh1 is too busy coming up with more "celebreality" shows to be bothered with videos.  and since this site actually allows you to share and embed vids (in hi-def quality, no less), figured i'd drop one on the bsots blog.

with the dawning of the age of obamanomics upon us, i choose to represent for the live version of prince and the revolution's "america," circa 1985.  this is when "his royal badness" was truly bad ass.  the band's tighter than a mosquito's posterior and eric leeds and eddie m. hold it down for the horns.  i loved the revolution as a band; i thought it was a well-oiled machine with talent and personality to spare.  this is actually longer than the six and a half minutes offered - it ends before prince gets to his drum solo.  i was always pissed at the mtv powers that be for cutting this one short back in the day while always playing the full version of bruce springsteen's "rosalita."  c-o-n...SPIRACY.  i kid, i kid...sorta.

Prince |MTV Music

Posted by macedonia at 5:52 PM EST
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Thursday, 30 October 2008
unauthorized biography of bob marley
Now Playing: hustling and bustling a few minutes before quitting time...
Topic: music appreciation

the second installment of the unauthorized biography series is there.  i was very impressed with the first one on james brown.  now shaun boothe pays his respects to bob marley.  i think this one's wonderful.  can't wait to see the next chapter, but seeing as how this is a monthly thing, i have a few weeks to go...

Posted by macedonia at 5:25 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 30 October 2008 5:26 PM EDT
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Friday, 10 October 2008
wax poetics documentary
Now Playing: the sounds of the work day coming to an end...but not fast enough...
Topic: music appreciation

i won't front like i read wax poetics from cover to cover, but i have respected the magazine from a distance. this documentary snippet makes me want to know more...a lot more. and has totally convinced me that i ought to pick up their coffee table anthologies and catch up on what i've missed.

by the way, they just started a digital music store. not having a record player's no longer an excuse. lucky you...

Posted by macedonia at 4:59 PM EDT
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Friday, 26 September 2008
the unauthorized biography of james brown...
Now Playing: koen park - geothermal (acroplane.org)
Topic: music appreciation

apparently, this is the start of a series that artist shaun boothe is behind. he's real nice with the videos, from what i hear. the above should give you some idea of what we're in for. shaun plans to cover 12 artists in 12 months. i'm down. how about you?

Posted by macedonia at 3:29 PM EDT
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Friday, 27 June 2008
sing along / 7 songs meme
Now Playing: solipsistic nation podcast [solipsisticnation.com]
Topic: music appreciation
can't say i usually do this, but i was tagged by ejflavors regarding a meme that came his way, so i figured i'd follow suit:

“List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring summer. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they’re listening to.”

1. james reese & the progressions - "let's go (it's summertime)"
from the carolina funk compilation. it's the first song i thought of, and it really has become the defining instrumental for me relating to hot fun in the summertime. the percussion and organ lay down the foundation, but it's the horns that really carry the song. just some let your hair down type stuff. it's what you play on your way to the bbq or your alternate summertime jump-off... {amazon}

2. n*e*r*d - "everybody nose"
i liked the song from the moment i heard it on gilles peterson's show a few months back. i was at work and my ass couldn't stop switching back and forth in the chair. it was straight up involuntary. the bassline and sax squeal are just ridiculous. all together, everybody: "all the girls standing in the line for the bathroom..." {amazon}

3. james pants - "ka$h"
unquestionable funkiness from spokane, wa. this guy's kind of the man of the hour right now and the talk of the stones throw roster, and with good reason. this is the song you point to in order to justify the buzz behind him. it's a combination of a number of things: the waterdrop sound accenting the repeated chords, the joyous tambourine shaking around ecstatically, the soulful vocals singing lines like "how the hell else am i gon' get weeded?" it's neptunes for people who don't like the neptunes. imho, two minutes plus of warmth-infused perfection. and james is just getting started... {stones throw}

4. flying lotus - "robertaflack (feat. dolly)"
static-filled like the vinyl of yesteryear, but futuristic in harmonics and production, stephen ellison has made THE album to beat with los angeles, a brilliant fusion of hip-hop and experimental electronics. nephew to the late, great alice coltrane, best believe he has done auntie proud. "robertaflack" has been that never-ending head nodder in my mp3 player, the constant rewind joint co-signing every introspective moment i've had during the spring and continuing into the summer. as the beat cradles you in its arms, singer dolly poses a few questions: "are we allowed to make brand new beginnings? do we need to know where the journey starts?" and even though i know the answers won't come soon enough for me, the pastpresentfuture sounds of flying lotus continue to ease my mind and shape my summer. {amazon}

5. cadence weapon - "in search of the youth crew"
he's an mc outta edmonton, and this cut reminds me of how much i miss going out dancing, especially the outdoor parties during the day in and around new york city. if you can hear in your head someone spitting rhymes over the filtered house of daft punk or cassius, then you're more than halfway there. "the youth crew's BACK!!!" {amazon}

6. soul messengers - "our lord and savior"
from the recently released soul messages from dimona compilation on the numero group label. picture a group of brothers and sisters from detroit and chicago making the trek to dimona, israel and immersing themselves in black hebrew culture, then singing praises through a soul/funk/jazz/psychedelic musical construct. if the picture's hazy in your mind, sampling this cut will make it plain. uptempo, fierce, and sho' nuff funky, borrowing the vocal melody from "na na hey hey hey (kiss him goodbye)," this is unbridled disco dancing its way out of the sanctuary onto a grassy hillside, giving itself all the room in the world to get on the good foot in the name of the Lord. if i were still spinning live, i'd use any excuse to drop this cut in every dj set. i live to dance on top of bassbin speakers to stuff like this. quoth his honor james brown: GOOD GOD! {numero group}

7. jackson conti - "papaya"
from the sujinho record, a collaboration between otis jackson jr. a.k.a. madlib and drummer ivan "mamão" conti of azymuth. this is a proper latin jazz record that dropped just in time for summer road trips and days at the beach. "papaya" is ten minutes of breezy sunshine, walking on sand that doesn't burn your feet while drinking your favorite chilled beverage. fyi: this album proves once and for all that madlib is so much more than a beatmaker, but a producer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire... {turntable lab}

chyll will
dj drilla
core rhythm
bazooka joe
hired gun
jeff hinz

Posted by macedonia at 2:49 PM EDT
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