Truth is Concrete

A 24/7 marathon camp on artistic strategies in politics and political strategies in art. 21– 28 Sept. 2012, Graz.

While in Graz, Austria a few months ago, a representative from ‘Truth is Concrete’ informed me about their event.  Pleased to say they have incorporated Fun Da Mental, The Kominas plus a DJ set from myself, D.WattsRiot (…anyone else?).

The following is from their home page: These have been months, years of unbelievably fast change all over the world. Uprisings in the Arabic world. Revolutions and counter-revolutionary attempts. Islamistic threats and the fetishisation of Islamistic threats. Demonstrations and repercussions in Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia … Persecution of artists – sometimes under a bright spotlight as in the cases of Pussy Riot or Ai Wei Wei, but more often unnoticed by a broader public. The nuclear disaster in Japan. The appearance (and disappearance?) of Occupy all over the world. The rise of the right wing in many countries – often as a side-effect of the financial devastations that threaten the whole European project. The fundamental destruction of social, educational and cultural structures … Where to start, where to end?

On our travels during the last one and a half years – be it to Zuccotti or Tahrir Square, to Japan after Fukushima or to Moscow during the wave of demonstrations, to London, Budapest, Athens, Istanbul, Ramallah, Tel Aviv, Tunis, Rio or Buenos Aires – everywhere artists were among the first to get involved, among the first to join the political and social movements. But how did art, how did artistic strategies and tactics play a role? At a time when art, theory and practice seem to be constantly lagging behind reality? When art is seen more and more as a mere leftist hobby rather than a foundation of humanity?

Sounds and looks good to me.

Ear Conditioning 40 – Hit the Spot

A strictly vinyl affair for this week, all warts, clicks, skips included. We have something for all those ‘hardcoritos’ that keep pestering me for ‘hardcore’ at parties. “Dem nah know ’bout hardcore. Dis ya hardcore!”

Still on a Keroxen10 induced high – thanks for the over-the-top compliments that have streamed in. You, those that were there made it happen.  Keroxen10 runs until Nov.6.  Also to be checked out is the exhibition of chairs, which is happening in La Laguna.

Boni Kurajica, a Macedonian chess master / electronic musician living in Tenerife is part of the team behind Keroxen10, and his group Tupperwear have a new ep out via Ruin Rec0rds, and that starts our adventure this week.  The busy man also has new release out with his other project G.A.F., and they will be performing at Womad Las Palmas next month.

Back to now, also in the potaje de music que es mi programa, hay temas de October, es un tema brutal, en el stilo de drum y bass, poca mas lento, pero con ganas.  Tambien un clasico de jungle, Supacat con Wu-Tang Clan, no lo se quien el productor, lo sientom mi suena (?) Congo Natty.

Semana pasada en Keroxen, el chico Hyperpotamus mi pregunto “What is that Aisha Bosle track you played?” It was this baby, although this video is The Kominas version.

Ear Conditioning 40 – Hit The Spot

  • Tupperware / Rumor Vitreo (ruin)
  • Radiohead / Climbing up the Walls – Zero7 Remix (Parlophone)
  • Prefuse 73 / Five Minutes Away (Warp)
  • RjD2 / The Proxy (Def Jux)
  • The Bug featuring Cutty Ranks / Gun Disease (Rephlex)
  • Renegade Sound Wave / In Dub (Mute White Label)
  • Trouble Funk / Pump Me Up (Sugarhill)
  • October / Dub Junglism (Z Audio)
  • Overtone / Give It Away – Inverse Cinematics Instrumental Mix (Redbud)
  • David Shire / Goodbye Green, Hello Garber, Goodbye Hippie  from the Taking of Pelham 123 (MGM)
  • Lata Mangeshkar / Mohabbat Ki Jhoot Kahani from the film Mughal E Azam (Odeon)
  • Black Chow / Purple Smoke (Hyperdub)
  • Flying Lotus / Disco Balls (Hyperdub)
  • DJ Disk / Holidisk Inn (Bomb)
  • Source Direct / The Crane (Source Direct)
  • Supacat & Wu-Tang / Scalp Dem – Jungle Mix (White Label)
  • Dilinja / It Ain’t Too Loud  (Valve)

This edition of Ear Conditioning will be out there tonight via Sunhole dot net at 22h00 GMT+1 and on Friday 20h00 GMT+1 at eFM, Radio Sarajevo

Ear Con 27 – Don’t Spit Here

When in London a couple weeks ago, getting prepped for the Fun-da-mental – Taqwacore gig, the local council where FDM head-honco Aki  Nawaz and many a man from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan live,  has embarked on a program to highlight the ‘nastiness’ of spitting pan, the equivelent of chewing tabacco.  Anti-pan spitting propaganda competes with the beautiful sari’s for your attention.

A day after returning home, the “King of Ghetto-Tech” Maga Bo came to Tenerife on his way to  the Fuerteventura en Musica festival.  One of the digital gifts he dropped on me was the Audiofile Collective’s ‘Do Not Spit Here and There‘  project.  If you’ve never been to the Indian sub-continent, this CD is a very good  Lonely Planet audio guide.  If you have been to the Indian sub-continent, it’s  a very good  audio photo –  field-recordings of prayer calls, dhols, traffic horns, markets, radio scans, airplanes, discussions, cinema audiences and the like neatly mixed, like twenty-four hours compressed into 30 minutes, Chris Watson style.

A healthy portion of ‘Do not spit here and there’ take up the opening of todays program. The Kominas, with whom we shared the Meltdown festival stage come in with their edgy take on matters.

As usual, being in London meant meeting up with Kevin ‘The Bug’ Martin at Sounds of the Universe, before it was ‘tart o’clock’.  At Sound…we delved into re-pressings of Ruddy & Redeye Original Sounds 7’s, like Wayne Marshall’s Gunshot, and Errol Bellot’s What A Wonderful Feeling.  I also picked up one of the first  tunes I recall, U-Roy’s ‘Welding’.

Tody’s program also opens it’s doors to The Dead Kennedys’ Kill The Poor, Cutty Ranks, Kode9, an exclusive from Adrian Sherwood featuring Congo Ashanti Roy and the late Mikey Dread inna bass-heavy drop – Blackanized from Glasgow with ‘What a G’waan?’;  Ricky Ranking with his first outing for Roots Manuva’s Banana Klan label….oh speaking of Roots Manuva, The Bug gave this head a blast of a couple tunes from the version album of London Zoo, and yes, finally the long desired pairing of Roots and The Bug will come out soon.  Oh check this too, Public Enemy remixed by The Bug.  Yeah, that’s right, now your panting like the cats outside my house that are in serious heat.

Also kicking the stuffing out of weak speakers is Timeblind with the environmentally sound Rastabomba, giving a discourse on the use of solar panels and other The Man trick you to using dere tings when all the goodness is here all about, and how dem/we pollute all de wata, unnastand?

Hopefully you’ll dig it, tune in via Sunhole dot net at 22h00 tonight

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