Monday, 26 March 2007

Was born yesterday, but stayed up all night.

The program this week kicked off with a contribution from the Circus Klezmer, who performed at the Mueca street art festival that took place last weekend in Puerto de la Cruz. Circus Klezmer hail from Barcelona and presented a breath-stealing display, the juggling of balls, bottles, boxes, bodies, acrobatics, crowd participation, along with the entrancing music that is Klezmer, oh yeah, there is a love story in there too. Coped a CD on the way out.

The festival was also a chance to see the optical illusion work of
Eduardo Ruiz. There is no point talking about it, just look for yourself

If there is any excuse to play the music of former Company Flow man El-P, I am there…last week saw the release of his second solo album, I´ll Sleep When Your Dead, but my copy didn´t arrive until a week later, so I went into the deep-end and drowned in the layered sound of his production and lyrics….my kind of stuff, as if you didn´t know from looking at past playlists. Hailed by many as the Hip Hop album of 2007 and 2008, the stakes have definitely been raised to another level while we are still trying to catch up with his production on the Cannibal Ox album Cold Vein, from what…..2000, 2001?!

Public Enemy main man, Chuck D had El´s on his Air America program so I jacked a copy of that to present to the ears here….it made sense as the track Drive reminded me of material from the first two PE albums. At the end of the interview, Chuck asked El-P to hook him up with 5 or 6 cuts for a new PE joint, I hope that comes to fruition for real! Will try to ask Chuck about that when PE roll into town in three weeks! The full Chuck D interviews El-P is here

Damn, now that I think about it, Nick Cave is here a day or two after or before P.E…ain´t gonna be much sleep going on that week! Cave´s new Grinderman project with Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey and Jim Sclavunos is spot on preacher sonic blues business. Tension is present and alive with this self-titled album.

Ear Conditioning 27 March 2007
Was born yesterday, but stayed up all night...go tell the women that we are leaving.

Circus Klezmer / Lebedik un frey lekh (Circ d'Hivern)
Beirut / The Gulag Orkestar (4AD)
Ojos de Brujo / Vacileo
Brown / Pandeiro Deiro (Virgin France)
Dr. Who Dat? / Brazilian Thought (Lex)

Depeche Mode (Live) / John the Revelator (Mute)
Depeche Mode (Live) / Personal Jesus (Mute)
Grinderman / Get It On (Mute)
Grinderman / No Pussy Blues (Mute)
Cabaret Voltaire / Kneel to the Boss (Mute)

Soil n´ Pimp Sessions / No Taboo (Brownswood)
Sabu Martinez / I Remember Carmen (EAB)

Attica Blues / Free Instrumental (Mo´Wax)

Spotlight El-P I´ll Sleep When Your Dead
Chris Rock talks Rap
Cannibal Ox / Ridiculoid Instrumental (Definitive Jux)
Public Enemy / Terminator X Speaks with his Hands (Def Jam)
El-P / Drive (Definitive Jux)
Chuck D interviews El-P for Air America Radio Part 1
El-P / Smithereens · Alternative Mix (Definitive Jux)
Chuck D interviews El-P for Air America Radio Part 2
El-P feat. Trent Reznor / Flyentology · Cassettes Won´t Listen Remix (Definitive Jux)
El-P / Up All Night (Definitive Jux)
El-P / Run the Numbers (Definitive Jux)
El-P / Tasmanian Pain Coaster feat. The Mars Volta (Definitive Jux)

King L Man / Welcome to Europe (Ear Con)
Filastine / Judas Goat (Soot)
Fun-da-mental / I Reject (5 Uncivilized Tribes)
King L Man feat. Scalper & Mr. Sparkes / Speed of Death (Injustice)
Faust / Krautrock (Virgin)
4Hero feat. Ursula Rucker / Awakening (Raw Canvas)

Thanks to Mrs. Audio Shrapnel, Lucy Boughton at Mute International, DJ MAD, Worlds Fair and of course, the singers and players.

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