This Land is Not For Sale

Coming soon from Indigenous Resistance, ‘This Land Is Not For Sale’.  Contributors include Dr. Das, Asian Dub Foundation, Ramjac, Visionary Underground, Fatta (Jamaica), Adrian Sherwood, and myself.  There’s also gonna be some Spanish versions packed in there also.
What is Indigenous Resistance?  It’s a revolutionary musical collective creating crucial pan-global collaborations between indigenous cultures from the jungles, favelas and barrios with those in the industrialized world who work their musical magic in mixing studios and on laptops. IR releases are completely autonomous self-funded works achieved through barter, little money, but an abundance of commitment and co-operation.  Are you part of IR?
More juice here….
To the Ghost:  Hold one of dem Mark Stewart shirts for me please!

On-U Sound / Adrian Sherwood – 30 Years at The Controls

“Rock and roll, what an empty generation.”

One of the initial notices of existence regarding the On-U Sound crew was the Major Malfunction album credited to drummer Keith LeBlanc, with Doug Wimbish on bass, Skip McDonald, keys and guitar and Adrian Sherwood mixing.  The cut up samples, robotic yet human nature of this work, it’s subtle and direct political nature, crossing racial lines, embracing the good, the bad and the damn ugly, percussion concussions, grabbed me by both ears and slammed me headfirst into many a speaker stack.

“Technology works, technology delivers.”

The search began, reading album sleeves, seeing the same names pop up, remixes by Adrian Sherwood here and there, Tackhead, Sugarhill musical crew of Wimbish, LeBlanc and McDonald. Listening to African Head Charge on my Walkman, sounds panning from the left side of my head to the right and seemingly moving to the front lobe then back, pausing midway to drop some rootical knowledge and dub science.  A psychedelic Africa indeed, never heard anything like that before.

“Adjust the treble and bass.”

So enamored with this sound when in London, I knocked on the door of the address that was  on the sleeves of these’On-U Sound’ productions.  A Japanese woman opened the door of the house, “Uh, is this On U Sound, I’m looking for Adrian Sherwood?”  The woman who introduced herself as Kishi invited me in.  In my head, juvenile enthusiasm was on, I was saying “Damn, that’s Kishi, Kishi!” Kishi Yamamoto was Adrian’s wife back then and she was responsible for the majority of the label artwork and also played keyboards. They didn’t know me from Jack, I arrived unannounced but yet here a fresh pimply yout’ living in Toronto who had a program on CKLN Radio was now standing in the living room / mixing studio of musical royalty, being offered tea, and more records to fuel my program and passion.  A massive mixing desk was on the wall, yes, on the wall, not on a table as normal,  it took up less space this way.

Pay It All Back

I used to have a cassette that had the first Public Enemy album on one side and on the other was “As The Veneer of Democracy Starts To Fade”, by Mark Stewart and The Maffia.  That shit was coarse, nothing like it existed before, apart from Public Enemy in a way, that’s why that cassette was so important to me.  Those two albums showed the possibilities that existed and they still do to this day.  When revolution has become a marketing tool and rebellion stale, put on those albums now, as the charge is still there, ready to inspire and set fire.  The world of control domination politics, statistics that blow minds, sounds that carry the hurt and aspirations. Reflect the time of the past, then and now. Techniques are being constantly refined to maintain the status quo that has been in place for hundreads of years  – yes that’s how I spell hundred.

You gotta check The Quietus interview with Adrian, it delves deep, really sets the record straight as to the conditions of the time that went into creating such an influential sounds.  Adrian and crew have touched thousands, from Massive Attack – vocalist Shara Nelson worked with Adrian that’s how come they knew her, Depeche Mode, Adrian did several remixes for them, Peter Gabriel,  Living Colour, Primal Scream – Echo Dek, what a great piece of work.

Me and my man Angus and a quite a few others would travel across London or up and down the country to catch On U Sound nights, legendary, two queues, one to get in, one to get out, ha!

You get the drift, enough blabbing from me, check that article and seek should you feel what’s been written.

William Burroughs Documentary

Dangerous Minds have been on fire lately, pulling all manner of musical, political, social, weird shit out of the wired world.  They recently provided a link to the BBC program Arena and their documentary of the William of Burroughs.  Top business.  Tons of my favourite audio  come from him, that gravely voice from beyond addressing the governments and syndicates of the world “Pay it all back.”, yes, as used by the On-U Sound stable: Keith le Blanc, Mark Stewart, Tackhead, Adrian Sherwood,… and who knows who else.

THE LAST WORDS OF HASSAN SABBAH

”Don’t let them see us, don’t tell them what we are doing!
Premature, premature, reconversion, reconversion blues.”

Shall I show them the blues?

“No! No! No!
Premature! Premature! Premature!”

Are these the words of the all powerful boards and syndicates of the Earth?
I say to all: these words are not premature, these words may be too late.

Minutes to go. Minutes to go. Minutes to goo. Minutes to green goo.
What I have to say is everywhere now
Rub out the word Jew and you rub out the word Hitler
The answer comes before the question
My words are for all – for all,
I repeat for all!
No one is excluded!
Free to all who pay, free to all who paying pay, for all to see,
for all to see!
In Piccadilly, in Times Square, Place de la Concorde,
In all the streets and plazas of the world!

Pay, pay, pay!
Play it all, play it all, play it all back!
Pay it all, pay it all, pay it all back!

The documentary is viewable here