Wednesday, 31 January 2007

30.01 Playlist...

Greetings all / Saludos por todos,
On Monday night I spoke with Dave O´Rama, an old friend and collegue from my college radio days at CRSC Seneca College in Toronto, Canada….he was the Program Director and I, the Music Director, and there was also Steve and Mike Brownlee (where are you Mike?) among others who contributed a wealth of musical knowledge and love.

Dave introduced me to Defunkt through a mural of an album cover on the wall of CRSC, then proceeded to pull out the record and marry it with the stylus. Everything from James White and the Contortions, Hairy Beanball & Ed Special, The DeepThroat Soundtrack, Burning Spear, The Rheostatics, The Gun Club, The Butthole Surfers, ´80´s Hip hop, Parliament/Funkadelic got an airing….

Back to the conversation with Dave, so I asked him what was giving him a musical woody, he is now at CHLY radio in the Canadian Pacific region he said Hazmat Modine among other things. The name faintly rang a bell. After we said our goodbye´s and promises to keep in touch, I checked the web for Hazmat and naturally came across So I´m looking at the still image of the group, and immediately the phrase “I know them” came lept to the forefront of my grey matter.


Fun-da-Mental and Hazmat Modine were invited to perform at the Golden Mask festival in Moscow last year, but I never got to see them onstage, only in the hotel lobby waiting for the bus to take them to soundcheck/show or in the dining room!
Hazmat music is correctly described as a mixture of whorehouse Blues, Reggae, Country, Klezmer, Gypsy-tinged entity. Well it would if it´s got duelling harmonicas, Sheng (Chinese mouth organ), Cimbalon (Romanian hammered dulcimer) trumpets, tuba, along side the guitars, bass, drums and a good dose of sly humour and wit!

A joy….damn, what a shame I never got to witness it there and then! Oh well, for those not in the immediate vicinity of their impending live shows, go seek in your record shop or favourite source for the treats.

The past week also brought communication with John Hutnyk, He´s a professor at Goldsmith´s University, and participated in one of the talks at the Clandestino Festival in Gothenborg where Aki (yes, the notorious terrorist-apologist Aki Nawaz) and I dropped a Fun´da´Mental DJ set a few years ago. John has twice invited me to talk with his students about the politics and presentation of Fun-da-mental videos. Coming back to last week, John and I were discussing this idea of a compilation that has been sitting in my brain for the last couple years. This year is the 40th anniversary of the death of Ernesto ´Che´ Guevara, and I wanted to compile an album of contemporary artists who have felt touched by revolutionary spirit, thought, actions, etc. The idea is not for all the music to focus on ´Che´ himself, but for expression of whatever the contributing artists feel regarding being subject to living on their knees for the sake of ´The Man´or ´System´. John has came up with a phrase which I immediately responded, “That should be the title!” So, we are going with “The Guevara Convention”.

Emails have been sent out to collegues, friends, associates etc. and so far the response has been good…we have Dj/Rupture, Filastine, Coldcut, Fermin Murguza, Fun-da-mental, Las Ratas, DJ Klandestino, Dr. Das, Shaheen (former Prophets of da City producer and vocalist) and IR, saying ´yeah´ musically. Cecilia Parsberg put me in touch with Ana from Uruguay who was 14 years old when Che was killed. She became active in the Marxist Tupac Amaru group in Uruguay. Ana said she´ll provide some words for the text, really looking forward to reading what she has to say.

fyi: The following link is for the animation that Cecilia and co-conspiritors put together about the Israeli occupation and for which they asked me to provide a soundtrack.

Javi Jiminez, a teacher and music writer here in Tenerife has also come on board, so we are moving. All we need now, are a few more artists and a label, distributor. The potential for this is huge. Oh, I must say, inspiration for this album also came about through an album that Fun-da-Mental soundman Bernard Maiquez lent me several years ago, El Che Vive!, (Last Call Records) which was released to coincide with the 30th anniversary of ´Che´´s death. I ended my first DJ stint in Tenerife (an AntiWar night at the original Cafeoteca de Arte in Puerto de la Cruz/2003) with the classic ´Hasta Siempre´ by Carlos Puebla y sus Tradicionales, from the aforementioned album, and the place erupted….everybody sang along! My girlfiend´s mum knows the song, kids know the song….so a chord was struck! If you got something for this project, please bring it. More as it happens....

This week´s Ear Conditioning program went a little like this….. Found some gems, Morgan Craft & Metamussik, Rude HiFi, the Ud master Mumir Bashir. You have never heard Sicilian tuna fishermen singing alongside an infectious raucous noise until you´ve heard ´Hurra Hurrey´from BioMuse Fresh dirty hip hop from Data MC straight outta Germany.
Experimental electronic music from Venezuela courtesy of That was a bit of a suprise, sincere apologies for temporarily putting ´Venezuelan music´in a pidgeon-hole!
For the mash-up heads, my former partner in the Nation World Service and Audio Sharpnel, Master Volume has presented a collision of Damien Marley and Suzi Quatro, Welcome to Glamrock! does that kinda thing. His final mix for the FDM radio session on XFM was spellbinding. The hosts, Eddie and James hadn´t heard anything like it...something like 68 tracks in 38minutes. Yes, there is a mix floating out there that has 800tracks in 38minutes or so, I know, I know, I hope to get it this week, okay.

Stroking the pole this week then was.....

Golem / Warsaw is Khelm (JDub)
SJ Esau / Cat Story (Anticon)
BioMuse / Yellow Wing Sphex (NoLabel)
Annie Anxiety / Rise Dub (Echo Beach)
Mumir Bashir / Nahawand (Voix de l´Orient)
Mercury Rev / The Dark is Rising (V2)
Ginger Baker Trio / Ramblin´ (Atlantic)
Lobi Traore / Deni Kelen Be Koko (Honest Jons/Astralwerks)
Cedric IM Brooks / Shaft (Soul Jazz)
Rude HiFi / Elzn in Dub (Metak)
Hazmat Modine / Yesterday´s Morning *Live on Russian TV (mp3)
Morgan Craft & Metamussik / P.Melank RA (mp3)
Audio Shrapnel / Welcome to Glamrock (mp3)
Revolting Cocks / Physical (WaxTrax)
Data MC / Madball & Wot Bout It (mp3)
Method Man / Release Yo´Delf *Prodigy Remix (DefJam/Playground)
Vast Aire feat. MC Doom / Super Friendz *Edan Remix (mp3)
BioMuse / Hurra Hurrey (NoLabel)
Oil for Food / Nobody´s Colony (Microbio)
Sajeed Jafreey & Sally Dexter reading The Art of Love (Virgin)
Ghislain Poirier / Pumpa Pimp
Digital Underground / Doowhatchalike (TommyBoy)
Basemental Platform / Lumenjack (Silvahneedle)
URoy / DJ Phonics (Ariwa/Everlasting)

Thanks to Dave O´Rama, Tommy Pop, AudioShrapnel, Wal of Data MC, Mohamed from Lebanon for pointers and contributions. Also to the two callers who phoned up to say the station lost transmission power for a bit. As always, for those in Tenerife, the program is repeated Saturday midnight, Radio Pimienta 100.3FM For those with the new technology, well, we can´t serve you yet with online broadcasting, but I am looking into podcasting to take things to another level.

Wednesday, 24 January 2007

23 Enero 2007 Playlist

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This week DJ/Ruputre posted news of upcoming US shows by Vieux Farke Toure, the son of Ali Farke Toure
You can check out Vieux ripping some nasty African blues licks straight from his yard in Bamako, Mali. Courtesy of Modiba Productions.
The smile on his face is really warming and inviting, 100% bonafide, genuine. Check how tuning the guitar becomes part of the piece, awesome dude. For all you production heads,
there is an opportunity to download one of Vieux´songs for remixing and possible release on a remix project that is being planned for later this year.

What´s in the bag this week soundbwoy?
Wedding music from Rajasthan, brutal sonics from Mouse on Mars, pumelling rhythms from The Melvins, John Zorn reinterpreting Ennio Morricone, classic Egyptian melodies from Layla Mourad, another sneeky peek at the new Rjd2 effort soon to be released on XL.
Plus a 43minute mix under the banner Speaker Spazm.

Medeski, Martin and Wood / Big Time (Blue Note)
Manolo Viera / Cemento
Prakash Band /Aj Aj (Avant)
Layla Mourad / Sanatain Wana Aheyl Feek (VirginFrance)

The Melvins / Civilized Worm (Ipecac)
Benoit Pioulard / Together and Down (Kranky)
Mouse on Mars / Duul (Ipecac)
Ali Farke Toure / Yer Bounda (World Circuit)

Eardrum / Roach (Leaf)
Fathay Salama feat. DJ Mutamassik / Maqsoom (LDS)
Pixies / Planet of Sound (4AD)
John Zorn / Milano Odea (Nonesuch)
Primal Scream / Blood Money (Astralwerks)
Rjd2 / Get It (XL)

Speaker Spazm Mix
Buju Banton / Back a Wall
Prince Fatty / Fe Fi Fo Fum
Bounty Killer / title unavailable
Drain / Wendy will win
DJ LBR / Indian Vibration
Fun-da-mental / Ja Shataan
Badawi / Final Warning
Orchestra Nacional de Barbes / Poulina
Recycler / 2 Pints please
Radiohead and Jello Biafra
Buscovina Club vs. Taraf de Haidouks
No Smoking Orchestra / Unza unza time
Bugz in the Attic / Zombie
Digital Mystikz / Conference
Afronaught and Son de Batey / Carnaval
Konono No.1
Ini Kamoze
J-Star mashes up Ms. Dynamite
Jesse Belvin
Manolo Viera otro vez...

We now return to normal programming. Good night.

Thanks to Tommy Pop/Everlasting for being ´The Man´and supplying some goods, and to all singers, players and listeners.

Ear Conditioning, hosted by D.WattsRiot, going out on Radio Pimienta, 100.3FM, Tuesday 20h00 to 22h00
covering the north of Tenerife, and La Palma.
Repeated Saturday 24h00-02h00, ´cos the mofo´s are bored!

Wednesday, 17 January 2007

Este semana a Ear Conditioning / 16.01.2007

Beats were brought in to supply movement, melodies to sooth, lyrics to ponder...a mixed bag as usual.

Found some new gems for this week, such as Mos Def, who´se new album True Magic got the short thrift by being released 29 December, when most people weren´t looking. Not too sure what the label had in mind there, as they have recalled the album, and now plan for a proper release later this year...spring time I suppose. So if you were one of the 11,000 people that grabbed a copy on initial release, treasure it.

Mos´former label mate at Rawkus, Pharoahe Monche is about to release a new album also, and I was directed to his myspace page where he has a video for ´Gun draws´ available to view. In this track he takes on the persona of a bullet and delivers potent lyrics on the dangers of such. Go and seek as soon as possible, it´s a million miles in the other direction of 50pence, sorry...50 cent.

Other new joints this week come from Timeblind, who has now departed Europe and set up shop in NYC, !!! deliver a seven minute work from their new long player Myth Takes due out in March, and also Jesu, the latest project from Justin Broadrick, founder of Napalm Death and former partner of Ear Conditioning favourite Kevin ´The Bug´Martin in Techno Animal.

This week´s edition started with 100percent conscious business courtesy of Fantan Mojah, with an nyiabhingi inspired ode to Ras Tafari....while he gets back up from a selection from the Greensleeves album, Forward, Top singles from 1977-82. Yeah, Forward!

  • Fantan Mojah / Hail the King (DownSound)
  • EekAMouse / WaDoDem (Greensleeves)
  • Papa Michigan and General Smiley / Diseases (Greensleeves)
  • General Echo / Bathroom Sex (Greensleeves)
  • The Bug feat. Warrior Queen / Aktion Pak (Rephlex)

  • Venetian Snares / Find Candace (Hymen)
  • Charlie Watts / Jim Keltner The Elvin Suite - Coldcut Remix for Helen Dawn (CyberOctave)
  • FSOL / Papau New Guinea Dub (Jumpin´and Pumpin´)
  • Timeblind / Copycopy (mp3)

  • Pharoahe Monche / Gun Draws (mp3)
  • Mos Def / Napoleon Dynamite (Geffen)
  • Busdriver / Less Yes´s More No´s (mp3)
  • Hippaly / Hippanish Capriocho (Superego)
  • Rjd2 / You never had it so good (XL)

  • Req / The beat is thinking (Ultimate Dilemma)
  • Jesse Jackson / Something new is happening in America...(Stax)
  • Beirut / Elephant Gun (mp3)
  • Jesu / Conqueror (mp3)
  • !!! / Heart of hearts (Warp)
  • Red Lorry Yellow Lorry / Happy
  • Sand / Robins Wurl (Satellite)

  • Old Skull / Homeless (Restless)
  • Blind Idiot God / Wailing Wall (Enemy)
  • The Clash / What´s my name (CBS)
  • Bad Brains / Soul Craft (Caroline)
  • Saul Williams / Telegram (Witchita)
  • Mark Stewart / Revolution (cdr)

  • The Moody Boyz / Witness the day (cdr)
  • Burial / Exit wound (Hyperdub)
  • Excerpt from Heatwave mix CD

Thanks for the use of your loudspeakers.

Ear Conditioning is repeated Saturday night, 24h00, going out to the north of Tenerife and reaching La Palma when we have the right winds....and there has been plenty of that this week, believe!

Wednesday, 10 January 2007

Ear Conditioning Tracklisting 09.012007

Ear Conditioning / Radio Pimienta, La Orotava, Tenerife.
Hosted by D.WattsRiot

The holiday season climaxed here (that is Spain, and it´s colonies) on Jan.6th...this represents the day that the three magic kings (or wise men) arrived at the place baby Jesus was chilling out with Mum and Dad.
Unlike in the UK for example, at least one of the three magic kings is a brother, a black man....called Baltazar. The kings represent their respective areas and races....yeah, I know there is only one race, but for the sake of argument, indulge me for a mo´ yeah. Now there has been a lot of news in these parts over the last year because of the ´illegal immigrants´, that is Africans seeking entry into Europe via the Canary Islands, which are about 100 miles from the Western Sahara coast. Right-wing newspaper rags have been raging and publishing scaremongering stories that have got the natives all hot and bothered....

What got under my skin at the local presentation of the arrival of the three magic kings was the fact that the man playing Baltazar was a throwback to the Al Jolson era, yep, he was blacked-up....more beiged-up anyway, children line up to see the kings, like kids line up to see Santa Claus in a North American shopping mall...and no wonder they are frightened of people of colour....the skin of Baltazar seems to come off when he shakes their hand gives them a hug or gives them a peck on the cheek. You´d think with ´all the Africans here´ that they could get a well paying gig for a couple weeks during the Christmas period performing as a King.

On the music tip, Canadian producer Ghislain Poirier sent a link to download his freshly crafted African Hip Hop mix, featuring joints from Tanzania, S. Africa, Senegal, Mauritania and Uganda.
Ghislain is a very friendly Montrealer and gave specific instructions that I must share this with you and your boyfriend/girlfriend, so here´s the link...

The Moody Boys (or is it Boyz?) have a new ep which I guess will be coming out in about two months or so....The lead track will be ´Witness the Day´. There was no way that The Moody Boyz, who were doing Deepstep before it was called DubStep was gonna let dBstep come and go without letting the yout dem know that they still have some tricks up their sleeves.
"All of you shall witness the day babylon will fall".

The lastest trip to London included a must stop at Soul Jazz Records with K.Mart, and they pointed me in the direction of Small Arms Fiya, among other things....great name, so had to have a listen to the ´Murderer´ 7" (1965records)

09.01.2007 Playlist
Musicians of the Nile ´Bitnadini Tani Lih´ (RealWorld)
Kokanko Sata ´Bi Ni Djugui´ (Honest Jons)
Doudou Ndiaye Rose ´Sidati Aidara (Virgin France)

Mártires del Compás.
Two tracks from their 10 Años de Mártires del Compás compilation. Sorry no titles as mi amigo Dani Medina brought the album over just as I was heading out the door for the radio station.

Darabouka held down tighter than a mosquito´s tweeter. Title unknown, but taken from his Oriental Bounce DJ mix.

Nettle ´Uncivili´ Remixed by Hrvatski
Sabu Martinez ´All Camels Hump

Ghislain Poirier ´Propaganda´ feat. Radioactive (Rebondir)
Ghislain Poirier´s African Hip Hop mix
37mph ´All in the name´
Tuks ´Clap´
Xplastaz ´Msimu Kwa Msimu´
Peter Miles ´Owango RMX´
Awadi ´Stoppez les criminels´ feat. Tiken Jah Fakoli
994 Crew ´Bad Boy´
Unathi ´Sgubhu Sam´
Abass ´Zibi zibi zaba´

Tricky ´The moment I feared´ (Island)
Rjd2 ´The Chicken bone circuit (DefJux)
Moody Boyz ´Nasty rockers´ (CD-r)

King L Man Dreadnaught mix featuring.....
Bunny General ´Kill a drumpan sound´
YT ´England Story´
Capleton ´Baghdad´
The Bug ´Live and learn´feat. Tikiman
Prince Fatty ´Fe Fi Fo´
Horace Andy ´Quiet Dub´
Skream ´Dutch Flowerz´
Small Arms Fiya ´Murderer´
Digidub/Fairshare Unity ´I Scream´
Prince Far I ´Shuffle and Deal´
Congo Natty ´Scalp dem´
Adrian Sherwood ´Silly old dub´

This edition was put together with the sound advice of KMart, Ghislain, Carl at Soul Jazz/London, Marc Murray, Sam Pulse and Ed It.

Ear Conditioning is broadcast every Tuesday 20h00-22h00 and repeated Saturday 24h00-02h00, Radio Pimienta 100.3, available in the north of Tenerife....
In keeping with the times, Radio P should be available online soon.

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