Ear Con 59 – Do Ya Think?

Ear Con59 – Do Ya Think?

“Your radio problems have been solved…” LL Cool J

Transmission: Sunhole tonight at 22h00 GMT

eFM / The Magic Show – Saturday 16h-18h CET

  • The Black Dog / Raxmus (Warp)
  • Herbie Hancock / Rain Dance (CBS)
  • Ghislain Poirier / Pou ki sa Dub featuring Nik Myo (Reboundir)
  • Shabba Ranks / Where Does Slackness Come From (Sony)
  • Lucy Pearl / Lucy Pearl Tells (Virgin)
  • LL Cool J / I Can’t Live Without My Radio (Def Jam)
  • Sensational / High Tech Issues (Wordsound)
  • DJ Spinna / Rock (Rawkus)
  • The Revolting Cocks / Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? (Devotion)
  • Débruit / Medzé (Civil Music)
  • Toy Selectah / Half Columbian Half Mexican Bandit (Mad Decent)
  • Rage Against The Machine / Kick Out The Jams (Sony)
  • Slugabed / Sweet Baby Electric (Ninja Tune)
  • Lapalux / Time Spike Jamz (Pictures Music)

The Magic Show, coming to town

I very much appreciate both Tanin at Sunhole and Emil of the Magic Show at Bosnia’s eFM radio station taking my weekly transmission from these parts.  Coming up in the next few weeks will be further collaborations with the two stations, as I’ll be presenting the Magic Show within the Ear Conditioning slot every now and then, giving my listeners an indication of what’s being felt in Sarajevo.  On occasion, our brothers and sisters in Sarajevo will get a further dose of what goes down at Sunhole via Tanin’s program.  More as it happens.

21st century – mp3 vs. vinyl vs. cd

The move to digital, embracing technology, sticking with the old.

Who gives a shit?  Use what you got, what ever gives you a woody, just get your message across.

Many different schools of thought, must be as many of them as there are DJ’s, and you know there are tons of us out there.

One of the things I like about using vinyl is when asked, “What was that last track you played?”, I can whip out the sleeve and show them.  They can step into the world of the artist, get a broader picture that goes along with what they heard a minute ago.  Encounter a new name, style, band, artist, producer, label, artwork designer, etc. They may see a familiar or re-occuring name and add another piece to a link they are forming.  We come across some much this way.  I learned that Kevin Metcalfe is a really good mastering engineer, ‘cos Adrian Sherwood / On-U Sound always has him cut his records.  So, if I’ve got a track, album project that has reggae, hard twisted funk sensibilities, I know who to get in contact with or recommend.  If your doing bass-led music, you need to speak with Jason at Transition for the best cut sound.

Whose that drummer, guitarist, thumping bass player?  Don’t get that with an mp3. Read here what Brian Eno has to say on the subject.

“So, everything is a different way of listening. But also I think that there’s something that I still like about the fact of a package, like the latest report from somebody. “Okay, this is what they’re up to now; this is what they’re doing; who’s working with them?” It infuriates me that stuff from the Internet routinely doesn’t include all the credits. Because as soon as I listen to something, if I like it, I want to know, “Who’s the bass player?” “Who did that?” “Who’s the engineer on this?”

Parliament / Funkadelic albums have stories, concepts within the cover, artwork by Pedro Bell and worked the space of an album sleeve to their advantage.  Put that record on, sit on the couch and read, become engrossed in the tales of Dr. Funkenstien and Sir Nose’Dvoid of Funk.  Don’t get that with mp3.

Spinning with Traktor, and some one asks about the music, just gotta write the name down on a napkin or toilet paper and hand it to them.

On the other hand, I’ve been booked for several events where I’ve turned up to do the do, and what do we have here, the first ever Technics 1200’s.  They are old, battered, at least one leg missing – oh that’s great for scratching thanks.  Oh, and the mixer, where did you find this, under your grandmothers skirt? My rider said a four channel mixer, not two lines sharing line/phono inputs. Then, like a knight, Kevin Martin turned up to spend a weeks holiday and he brought a a gift, a Vestax VCI DJ controller.  Now, when I ain’t sure of what’s going to be on offer, I take the mac and Vestax, use Traktor.  “All I need is to plug in left and right outputs to your DI boxes, thank you.”  is what I can now say to the soundman.

An agent once told me I didn’t get a certain gig because the promoter wasn’t sure if he would be able to get the turntables and mixer that I requested on the event day in question.  Sounds a bit strange to me, however, I won’t have to go through that again.

In the week that Panasonic announced the end of the production road for the bedrock of DJ’s, the Technics SL1200 turntables, Mr. Scruff had something to say in The Guardian,

“Everyone said: “You can put jam on your CDs, you can put peanut butter on them,” because they were supposedly so durable (although you could fit far more jam on a record!). I have a real problem with these “one format v another format” debates. It’s like books v newspapers, or a plate v a cup. I quite like to use both.

Saying that, one aspect I’ve noticed with software-based DJing on programs like Serato and Traktoris that, because you can carry so many, you tend to play whole tunes much less. People are playing 30 seconds of a track and skipping to another one. It almost seems like people get attention deficit disorder when they’re DJing. It’s very old school but I’m a firm believer that, if something’s good quality, I want to experience all of it – whether it’s a good meal, a good film or a good piece of music. I think if a record’s good, it should be listened to all the way through”.

The debate, though not a serious life-threatening one, continues.

Speaking of digital, I’m now posting the Ear Conditioning radio program on mixcloud, hopefully I put up a show a week after it’s been broadcast at Sunhole and new friend The Magic Show at eFM / Radio Sarajevo.  First up is Ear Conditioning 35 – Different People Stroke it Different.

Ear Con 41 – Ears for Vision


John Baker, your work, groundbreaking, thank you.

Oh No, man that Dr. No’s Ethiopium has been a great companion this year.

Vijaya, how much can you put into one song?

Prince Far I, what a talent taken away in his prime by senseless violence.

Creation Rebel and Adrian Sherwood, ahead, way ahead.

DJ Shadow:  Great programming and outlook, love the way he placed this 12″ in unknown locations at record shops in Eastern Europe, go seek.

Babylon Residence: “Can you play some African stuff?”  I drop this.

Public Enemy: What can I add?

Tebbs:  Skywalking the clouds

Niobe: Gorgeously silky

Ear Conditioning 41 – Ears for Vision: Will be in the outernet 22h00 (GMT+1 tonight) via Sunhole dot net, repeated weekdays at 11h, and as part of the Magic Show on Sarajevo’s eFM on Friday from 18h00 (CET+1)

John Baker / Vendetta – Ice Cream Man (Trunk)
Vijaya Anand/ Aase Hechchagide Desire Soars Up High) (Luaka Bop)
Oh No / Butta (Stones Throw)
Oh No / All My (Stones Throw)
King L Man / Untitled Tribe (Ear Con)
Prince Far I / Mansions of Invention (Pressure Sounds/On-U Sounds)
Creation Rebel / Space Movements Part1 (On-U Sound)
Tikiman / Never Tell You (Rhythm & Sound)
J. Dilla & Black Thought / Reality Check (Stones Throw)
DJ Shadow / Def Surrounds Us (Island)
Teebs / Why Like This (Brainfeeder)
Anti Pop Consortium / Volcano – Four Tet Remix (Ninja Tune)
Gaslamp Killer / Carpool Dummy (Brainfeeder)
El-P / Meanstreak (In 3 Parts) (Def Jux/Gold Dust)
Public Enemy / Too Much Posse (Def Jam)
Babylon Residence / Epikstar Riddim (Dutty Artz)
Niobe / Ghost Wharf Quartet

Radio Sarajevo – Ear Conditioning

Bosnian radio station eFM Radio Sarajevo and specifically The Magic Show program are incorporating my Ear Conditioning radio hour within it’s two hour slot.

eFM was  founded by the UN mission in 1997, using equipment that saw time in Somalia.

Stepping into a former war zone is nothing like it is on television news.  It’s encompasses all your surroundings, 360 degrees, not a flat one dimensional image on a 23″ screen.  A heavy heavy cloud of depressing dread hangs over the city.  My first experience of this was in Lebanon in 1991 with Les Negresses Vertes, who performed in Beirut eighteen months after general hostilities ended.  “This is the spot from where Terry Waite was kidnapped.” said our guide.

Like Beirut, Sarajevo’s buildings show the scars of war,  an indicator of what the population has endured, unsightly holes that shouldn’t been there, a crumbling, shattered, bombed out, devastated environment.

eFM try to bring some normality to the lives of the people who have experienced the un-imaginable.  Sarajevo is a naturally beautiful place and it’s citizens feed off it when they can.

Thanks to Emil Prutina/Magic Show for sharing Ear Conditioning for the people dem.  Hit here for live streaming full range of beats from Sarajevo,

On asked why his program is named so, Emil replied with the following link: