Buenos dias y’all. To be greeted by a such a sight the first day back home after the latest episode of Planes, Trains & Automobiles, is fresh.
Back for another hit. That’ll Scalper I’m taking about. Along for the ride this time is RiotMiloo on vocals for the sweet smelling bran’ new tune from The Emperor’s Clothes album. He has been over in Europe this summer for some shows, and will be back soon. Keep an eye out.
If you wanna cop his joints, or check out more, man has a website, don’t be shy, he doesn’t bite. (Correction: He may do actually, sorry for the misinformation.)
Vinyl album available here
Since we last spoke…ah, won’t bother getting into it, check this out, Sarah Maple, you may have heard of her before, good on you, I am just catching up. If you heard of her before, why didn’t you tell me?
Her father is white British, her mother is an Iranian Muslim, and she went to a Catholic school in Eastbourne. “I always found it difficult culturally knowing where I fit in,” says the 30-year-old artist, who lives in Crawley. “I wanted to be a ‘good’ Muslim, but I was an immediate outcast for being mixed. And I felt guilty about that.”
She has found her way, and aren’t we glad? Well, no, not everybody is, to the point of throwing bricks through her window.
“I was at university and we’d go round doing crits, talking about each others’ work. Every time a man got up to speak, we’d be really supportive. But every time a woman spoke, we’d berate her. I realised I was complicit – subconsciously, we’d all taken on that conditioning. It was the first time I realised I might be held back by being a woman. The phrase ‘I wish I had a penis’ just came into my head. So I did that work based on it. When I took it into uni, although all the tutors liked it, everyone else berated me. Then I put it on MySpace and got all these amazing responses. People started sending me their own. That’s the moment I realised that, through humour, I could really communicate something.”
She has a book coming out, titled You Could Have Done This, which for me is the point of art, especially when people say “Oh, I coulda done that!” But you didn’t, that person did, regardless if you like it or not. Be inspired to move, even with something that rubs you the wrong way. More power to you.
How time flies, it seems like only yesterday….
The Guardian present the winners of this years Sony World Photography Awards. Here is a selection, more winners here.
Molotov cocktails have been the weapon of choice for the EuroMaidan protestors in Kiev. Using fire to their advantage, the protestors were able to defend their barricades, extend their lines and fortify their positions. To set fire to tanks, armoured vehicles, buses and tyres in opposition to local cops, Kiev’s protestors used thousand and thousands of Molotov cocktails, calling on people all over the city to collect as many bottles as possible.
Aerial photographs of the Adriatic coastline between Ravenna and Rimini, Italy, photographed in August 2014. The colourful umbrellas create amazing geometric patterns which contrast dramatically with the golden sand
In the depths of the Great Liangshan mountains in southwest Sichuan province, which has backward economic development, the ethnic Yi people are living a self-sufficient farming way of life – one of the best preserved among ethnic minorities in western China.
Should you have some connection with Latin America, the Spanish speaking world, history, Uruguay, literature, oppression, exploitation, IMF, then you are aware of the humble giant who possessed a prose that was profound yet on the surface, easily accessible. His history of the milking of Latin America by the British, French, Spanish, Portuguese, the US, Canada etc. were first contained in ¨Las venas abiertas de América Latina¨ (The Open Veins of Latin America), was written in a six week period when he was twenty-seven years old. He would later say he was too inexperienced to have written such a book, however it reading it now, as I have recently done again, it still holds as an insight into manuals of operations that have been played out by corporations, dictators, governments, business etc. aka well-organized crime. This was the book Hugo Chavez presented to Obama, on the latter’s first conference down south. “Read this, then you will understand, what we are saying.”
Upside Down is another personal favourite, his style now infused with a humour that was not present in his opening salvo. He was raging then, quite rightly so. However with Upside Down, I found myself breaking out in a laugh as I followed the lines with my eyes. Shit like this ain’t supposed to be funny, It eases the pain momentarily though, and we are in need of relief, and he was a medicine for a continent and beyond.
Below, his long-time translator and friend, Mark Fried talks with Sharmini Periest of The Real News Network about Galeano’s life.
Gosh, saw four stories regarding the state of vinyl, I wasn’t even specifically looking for them either, plus somebody complaining online about those that fetish over the stuff. Everybody to their own, safe within what school they came up in, old, new, not conceived yet, just warming up etc. Mpfreeze give you one thing, the music and are convenient for traveling dj’s, while vinyl gives you the music, plus something to read, learn & inform, put the links together over time re: studios, producers, engineers, musicians, session players, concepts, etc, add as you see fit.
Record Store Day is apparently hurting those it was mean’t to prop up, the indie sector, yet the majors and dodgy make a quick buck operators are jumping on it, with limited editions already for sale at $1,000. What else? Oh, Sonic Boom, (great name) a record store in Toronto, is opening up a walk-in record pressing service. Like dat! More on that here via Fact.
Also grabbing my attention was a record cleaning product, then I found out you can use carpenters glue. I had no idea….uh, that I treated my records so badly, so badly, that time has defo arrived to clean some of that ancient gunk and sweat etc. outta them grooves.
I had to move my records lately, so the electrician could get behind them to reach a socket, that he thought was causing the electric box to trip every time we turned a light on. After all that effort, of course, that socket was not the problem…..grrrrrr.
Moving them has several positive things going for it, the crazy notion of getting them all in proper alphabetic order, which will be an ongoing ten year job I reckon. That is some physical exercise yeah.
Thanks to Anna Gavana & Peter Ericsson / Meerkat Recordings for the most recent vinyl jam session that took place in yard, amongst typical Swedish and Canarian foods, sweets, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Former Virgin colleague, Jens Peterson Hallefors also knows what I mean when it comes to putting one’s vinyl collection in order. Must be a Swedish thing…..
Let me finish on one reason, vinyl is better than mpfreeze, it gives commercial artists work.