"YOU'RE GUNNA GIVE ALL THIS UP? EIGHT TRACK STEREO, COLOR T.V. IN EVERY ROOM, AND SNORTIN A HALF A PIECE OF DOPE EVERYDAY? THAT'S THE AMERICAN DREAM!"
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
A young boy in a black puffy jacket walks down a windy street, his boots shuffling on the asphalt. The ashen pavement is painted with the tawny resin left by burnt autumn leaves, they speckle the sidewalk in an ornate pattern, breaking up the monotonous drone of geometric cracks. He picks up a stick and runs it along a chain link fence, tickling the metallic diamonds as he starts to jog. His jog breaks into a run and the burnt red bricks of factory buildings smear in a wash of emotion, the fuzzy whispers of motowns ghosts stir the air into a static frenzy, clinging to the skinny barren arms of the trees that line the road. His feet drum the tight skin of asphalt beneath them in a shifting rhythm. He tears across the city at this cantered pace, arcing over concrete spined bridges and ducking through metal ribbed tunnels, navigating deeper into its sweaty heart.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
In a grey courtyard a monk sits beneath a pagoda. He is hunched over, plucking his board-like koto in a lilting staccato rhythm. As he furiously plays into a trance, leaves begin to swirl, lending their sweeping percussion to the sharp koto stabs. The rain claps onto the grey stone, cutting the groove into glossy fragments that bounce around the courtyard like atomic particles liberated from their mechanical bonds.
Monday, December 17, 2007
Somewhere in the damp swamps of Missouri the spirit of Robert Johnson downs the last of the moonshine in his cup, two punk exiles from montreal shack up in a WWII bunker in Germany, hit record on an abused four track and start thrashing with all the fervor of Buddy Holly on meth. Cutting between harmar mississippi chops and ghostly 50's doowop they will punch you in the face then tell you they love you when you can still taste the blood in your mouth, but you will believe it.... until they punch you in face again.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Don't Give it Up mixed by Grey Matt
Alan Reeves, Phil Steele - The Chase
Love - The Castle
James White and the Blacks - Contort Yourself
Pointer Sisters - Bring Him Back (Pilooski edit)
David Byrne - Big Business
Eddie Kendricks - Thanks for the Memories (Lee Douglas edit)
Lee Douglas - Our Song
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Mount Florida is J.D. Twitch (of Optimo) and M.P. Lancaster this ep is entitled Strut. It's pretty fly, drawing on the influences of no wave and krautrock, a lot of the elements that make optimos mixes so good are at work here. If you like this you can check out the no wave mix on their website, good little introduction to some similar stuff.