Gracias para tus orejas / Thanks for yer ears

The season of giving is upon us, so some of the selections that comprise today’s program are just that, gifts from others that I’m just passing on, such as the 10 years of Flying Lotus mixed by Gaslamp Killer; also in the pot, tracks from Obba Supa, Soundspecies featuring Ahu. The curtain comes down with Red Label No.1, from a forthcoming  EP from King L Man.

This edition of Ear Conditioning will be broadcast at Sunhole Radio tonight at 22h00, and next week Tuesday at Radio Norte, 89.4FM, 21h00.

Much thanks to the producers, musicians, DJ’s, commentators, singers, players, promoters and the public that have made 2009 what is was.

Also much thanks to Goyo/Sunhole; Leo at Radio Norte, Juan Fierro at Planet Radio  for giving me the opportunity to do it on the regular.

Can we have some more please for 2010?

Ear Conditioning: Attack Sustain Delay Release

Cumbia/work song/balkan mix-up from Thornato (courtesy of Gen Bass); the bass interrupted air of Kode 9; Pillow talk from Jose James and the appropriately named Jordana de Lovely; Iraqi Choubi Choubi from Ja’afar Hassan; Beats from Reso; Edgy funk from 23 Skidoo.
That and a little bit more comprises Ear Conditioning for this week.
‘earable at Sunhole tonight at 22h00.
(It maybe on Radio Norte at 20h30, but they seem not to pay their staff, so the staff can’t be arsed to upload the program)
Ear Conditioning – Attack Sustain Delay Release
  • Thornato – Rose Work Song (mpfree)
  • Mos Def – Casa Bey (Downtown)
  • John Baker – Decimal Currency (Trunk Recordings)
  • Ja’afar Hassan – They Taught Me (Sublime Frequencies)
  • 23 Skidoo – Vegas El Bandito (Illuminated)
  • King Midas Sound – Meltdown (Hyperdub)
  • José James – Love Conversation featuring Jordana de Lovely  (Brownswood)
  • Reso –  Channel Pressure
  • Lloyd Robinson – Cuss Cuss
  • Kode 9 – Sinogrime Minimix (mpfree)
  • Kode 9 vs. LD – Bad (Hyperdub)
  • LD – The King of Kong (Dub Police)
  • Moondog – Bumbo (Astralwerks)

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.