Article Matter – Vinyl Covers

Whapp’n yesterday?
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.

 

Afronaught_Shapin' Fluid
Afronaught_Shapin’ Fluid
EarCon_Ape10_7080
Ape Records, London
EarCon_BarryAdamson_7122
Barry Adamson_The Negro Inside Me (Mute)
EarCon_Galliano7131
Frederick Galliano ‘Sabar (Le Vent Et La Poussiere) ‘

Ear Conditioning 37 – Boreal Speaker Spazm

Gracias a todos Borealitos, we all made it happen.  What is takes to put on a festival is an unknown entity to the majority that attend, it’s not really their concern. “just make sure there’s plenty of beer alright?!”

For awhile it seemed that after all our work, especially that of Juanjo y Evelin – a year of planning, meetings, emails, phone calls, more meetings, up and down the autopista, from one end of the island and back again countless times in an effort to secure funding – was going to be all in vain, a big fat zero.  The cut-backs in sponsorship and financing that saw many of the long established  festivals like Eolica, Aguaviva, Mueca, Costa de Musica take an enforced break this summer.

Last year Boreal was a free festival.  The motor behind the festival, Juanjo of Birding Canarias, took a hit of well over 14,000€. This year we had to charge a little entrance fee, 8€ for a full day of various activities, workshops, stalls with everything from handmade crafts, photos, massage, ecological building materials, self-designed T-shirts, community radio stations, adventure activities.  Events like this is areas such as this, far from the metropolitan centre, don’t get many events of this nature happening, so it was even more necessary for it to happen.  Boreal 2009 ran out of beer, and so to did the whole town, same with Buenavista, you see, benefits for the local economy eh!

A big thanks to all involved, all that came, took part and supported.  People like the ‘Sauzaleros and  Teo, my  bass-making friend who made mad efforts to get there after a full day working in a bar then hoping on a bus to get to the furthest part of the island to be part of the night.  Sorry my set was a bit short, you know how it can be at festivals.

See you at Boreal 2011.

As for info for tonights set, I’m come back to it later to put in links, for now, the tracklisting:

Tune in via Sunhole dot net at 22h00 London/Tenerife time, that’s GMT+1

Ear Conditioning – Boreal Speaker Spazm

This Heat / Horizontal Hold
Flying Lotus / Kill Your Co-Workers (Warp)
1 Speed Bike / Taliban Horton Overnight Price Doubling
Anti-Pop Consortium / Volcano – Four Tet Remix (Ninja Tune)
Santigold + Diplo / Guns of Brooklyn  (Mad Decent)
Heatwave  featuring Kelis, Beenie Man, Unknown Artists
Mr. OK feat. Larose / Yaya
J*Star / Whoostar  (J*Star)
Gaslamp Killer feat. Gonjasufi / When I’m In Awe (Brainfeeder)
Barry Adamson / Snowball Effect (Mute)
DJ Shadow / Def Surround Us
DJ Vadim / Terrorist – Gaslamp Computer Remix (Ninja Tune)
The Bug feat. FlowDan & Killa P / Skeng – Autechre Remix (Ninja Tune)
Martyn / Brilliant Orange – Illum Sphere No.14 mix  (3024)

High like Otis

Magnus Muhr
Magnus Muhr

Magnus Muhr creates  like no other, as you can see from above.   Yes, he finds inspiration in the simplest things.  How come nobody ever thought of this before?  Go on Magnus.  Maybe I like this series so much because I have recently come across a great way of killing flies when they enter the kitchen.  Using an empty plastic water bottle.  Got this theory that the impending doom of the clear plastic bottle isn’t detected until it’s too late, unless I’m a bit slow.  I’d estimate the kill rate is about 95%.  It’s not known if Magnus put his models into early retirement, or if they died from natural causes.

And now sports….I was digging through some of the six cd’s that Leila gave me after her appearance at this years Clandestino Festival.  Included are dialogues on art by such illuminaries as Dali, (and others…can’t read the writing on the cd’s sorry,)  Also among the pile was a track that El-P used for his Weareallgoingtoburninhellmeggamixx2, it’s by Modeselektor, and my man El-P added vocals and some El-P sonics to the track for his mixtape version.  Surprised the hell outta me believe.

New joints this week, come courtesy of the second installment of the Beat Dimensions series.  It’s got the likes of Dorian Concept, Ras G, Samiyam, Mike Slott, Nosaj Thing and Busy doing their thing.

Priming up the ears for the release of new material from Tom Waits, his label, -Anti have made several live tracks available for download, head over to www.tomwaits.com for what you need.

One of the highlights for me and others I know at Womad Las Palmas a couple years ago was Justin Adams, yes he the guitarist with Robert Plant and producer of the latest Tinariwen albums.  I believe he was supposed to perform with Judleh Camara, but visa problems I believe put a spanner in that idea, so Justin and his percussion partner knocked off a set of blues centered improvisation.  For this years Womad Las Palmas, it’s all set to go with Justin and Judleh booked to perform tracks from their new collaborative effort.  If your in the area, make an effort to catch the set if UK/African blues strokes your fancy.  Other artists confirmed are viewable on the Judleh link above.

Ear Conditioning – Take you high like Otis

  • Barry Adamson – Preface (Mute)
  • El-P – Tasmanian pain coster [Instrumental] (Def Jux)
  • Tom Waits – Get behind the mule (-Anti)
  • Dub Colossus – Negus Dub (RealWorld)
  • Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara – Fulani Coochie Man (RealWorld)
  • Massive Attack – Splitting the atom (Virgin)
  • Busy – Ecleptic Armilla (Rush Hour)
  • Modeselektor – Title Unknown
  • James Blake – Air & lack thereof (Hemlock)
  • Shape of Broad Minds – Raiders of the lost mix (Lex)
  • Filastine featuring – Como fugitivos (Soot/Jarring Effects)

This week’s program is ‘earable at Sunhole, repeated weekday mornings at 11h00.

Planet Radio is undergoing some program changes, so not sure what the deal is there, I’m sure they’ll let me know what a gwan in the distant future.