Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Ear Conditioning Radio 27.01.09

Going out tonight via the airwaves of Radio Norte/Tenerife....Newness from DJ/rupture's  Soot label.  They have two albums ready to go, 'Dirty Bomb' from Filastine, and an album from Argentina's El Hijo de la Cumbia.  Filastine has a new blog which holds words and pix from his travels and how this new album came into shape. If skewwed up maghreb-bass heavy-political as fuck sonic reflections are your thing, seek no more.  

On a side note, last week, or maybe the week before, Robert/3D of  Massive Attack posted on the Hoping Foundation, which assists Palestinian children.  One of their myspace 'friends' felt that "musicians should stay out of politics".  Get a grip guy.  
Should we leave politics to politicians?  
If so, why do we vote for them?  
I think our man has forgotten that they are our representatives.  
Okay, he isn't the only one that has forgotten this fact. 
We are all guilty of such, and have let politicians run amok.  
Anar-fucking-chy...or something different than this non-participatory couch potato politics.

Right, back to sports....

Emilliano G√≥mez is Hijo de la Cumbia, which translates as 'cumbia's son'.  Smile-generating upsteppin' movimientos estas aqui hombre....muy guapo.

The third contribution in today's program that has Dj/rupture's hand on it in some way is the mix from Spoek Mathambo of Sweat X.  Via his negrophonic blog, he posted a link to the mix.
Electro, hip hop, 4/4, dubstep and swathes of Detroit techno embrace each other in this mix.

From the Studio Rockers label  is The Widdler, outta New Jersey.

So there you have it for this week's radio blast.

Two further stations here in Tenerife (Sunhole.net and PlanetRadio) have got in touch this week regarding carrying the program, so finally we should have a decent internet/podcast facility happening as well as island-wide coverage through the traditional airwave/broadcast method.  More news on that as it happens.

For the moment, Ear Conditioning is available via Radio Norte 89.4FM Tenerife Norte
20h30 - 21h30 

  • El Hijo de la Cumbia / Intro (Soot)
  • El Hijo de la Cumbia / Soy (Soot)
  • The Widdler / Sensi Samurai (Studio Rockers)
  • Artist & Title Unknown dubstep thing
  • Jazz Steppa / Taylor Rain (Studio Rockers)
  • Spoek Mathambo - H.I.V.I.P. mix Dezemba Liazonz featuring Geeneus, Sidelele, Izinja, Durban Funk, DJ Skhokho
  • Filastine / Bitrate Sneers (Soot/Jarring Effects)

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Palestinian childhood

I would tell him to come see out condition, our children, how they are left in classrooms, on the tile floor, no carpet, no food, no water, no electricity.

Is this life?  This is siege, this is the biggest siege, the greatest siege by Israel.
I would tell him look and see how we are living; we're left here, we don't get to play, we don't et to laugh, we don't get to learn, we don't get to see kids' shows.  I turn the TV on; all is see is funerals, shooting, death, war, tanks and invasion.

I don't find kids shows that I can pass time, learn from.  I don't find cartonns to play (sic), watch and pass time.  Everything is funerals and carrying martyrs and shooting.
We here, we don't have food, no water, no drinks, nothing.  We are left like beggars.
Look at the other people, how they play, have fun, and laugh.  We are under siege, nearly two years under siege. We don't get food or water; they have done nothing for us.  They did not even open the border crossings so food and other things can get in.

Friday, 16 January 2009

African Head Charge

What a joy to have seen and heard, and continue to be amazed by. 
Ladies and gentlemen.....

African Head Charge - God Is Great

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Alex Thompson / Channel 4 News (UK) and Israeli Prime Minister's Spokesman

US mainstream journalists wouldn't touch this with your dick.

Ear Conditioning Radio 13.01.09 / Adios Frat Boy

So the final Bush press conference took place this week.  How many Palestinian's didn't survive to see the event on Al-Jazeera TV?  How many Iraqi's didn't get the chance to witness GW say that not finding weapons of mass destruction was "a disappointment."  

Is that what is was, a disappointment?  
Which bit, exactly? 
Motherfuckin' dumb-smart-ass-war criminal-Guantanamo/Abu Ghraib/Afghanistan torturing son of a bitch called Betty-Kanye called ya-Cowboy Hero my ass, Crude Oil Texas Dude-Frat Boy-Operation Iraqi Liberation (O.I.L.) rat bastard!

And then the "history will judge me correctly" bit.  When will that be exactly?  Will there be one solid point in the future that all historians will agree in the analysis of your presiduncy? 

And the people that you made history?  The innocents that were guilty of going to school, shopping or going to work, yet ended up shot, bombed, massacred, torn apart, abused and raped. 

Oh and to top it off, Tony Blair receives the Medal of Freedom from frat-boy this week.  What a club....you just can't make this stuff up.  Tony Bliar, Middle East envoy....ha, what a joke.  There are no jokes for those in Gaza.  

See Media Lens for an insightful gander at the appeals for international action to halt further bloodshed.... 

As for sports....the following  program may contain scenes you may find distressing:  On the uplifting side we got Willanette Gospel Singers, from a choice album Life is a Problem, on Mississippi Records...(outta London!) Top quality gospel business, old raw style.

Mojo Nixon, ya gotta know about Mojo and Skid Roper...country licked humour tumor infected shenanigans.  The singes and players behind 'She's Vibrator Dependent' and  'Debbie Gibson is Pregnant'.  You ain't heard that shit, you ain't lived son! 

What da hell ever happened to All Seeing I?  A couple off-beat 60's soul-lounge dub heavy things for Earth Records, the later getting picked up by a major label...then what?

Man dear, Hyperdub.  They got great big ears and a big love over there.  Hyperdub = qualitee.
Samiyam, Zomby, the latest Kode9 wax, a collaboration with LD, called Bad....glorious Detroitechno spacial thing.  Also courtesy of Hyperdub, King Midas Sound.  Had to have some more of this.  The KMart dropped of some b-sides, special mixes that didn't make it onto the official release.  Dabrye's mix...oh lord!

I've always loved that Detroit sound, I was hanging around Virgin Records back in '87-88, when the guys running a subsidary label, 10 Records, picked up on MayDay, Kevin Saunderson,
Juan Atkins and fellow heads from Detroit.  That shit was different, fresh....still is.  Anyway, good to hear it's influence.  It seeps out of Martyn's productions.  Thanks again to the KMart who built on the one 3024 wax that is 'Vancouver'.  His remix of Flyng Lotus is still got me propped up at night, luscious goods.

It's been swell....

Ear Conditioning 13.01.09
Radio Norte, Tenerife.

  • Lauryn Hill / Lost Ones - Instrumental (Ruffhouse)
  • Kenny Dope featuring Screechy Dan / Boomin' in ya Jeep - accap' (Freeze)
  • General Levy / True yer Body Good (Fashion)
  • DJ Food / Scratch yer Head (Ninja Tune)
  • All Seeing I / I Walk (Earth)
  • Willanette Gospel Singers / Pray On (Mississippi)
  • Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper / Legalize It (Enigma)
  • Parliament / Moonshine Heather (Invictus)
  • Mulatu Astatke / Ebo Lala (Soundway)
  • Asmaham / Aleik Sulat Allah (Club du disque Arabe)
  • Kuanga Nti Matu Kawa / Musique de Traqvail
  • King Midas Sound / One Ting - Dabrye Remix (Hyperdub)
  • SUAD / Epileptic - Martyn Remix 
  • Kode 9 vs. LD / Bad (Hyperdub)
  • Gaza report
  • SystemWide meets Muslimguaze (BSI)
  • Augusto Martelli / Drums and drums from the Il dio Serpente soundtrack (Cinevox)
  • De la Soul / Stakes is High (Tommy Boy)
  • Bushims / Eight years of quality gaffs although many people lost their lives because of him
  • Dr. Phibes and the House of Wax Equations / Marshmellow Madness (50 Seel St.)
Ear Conditioning is broadcast every Tuesday / todos martes 20h30 - 21h30 
Radio Norte 89.4FM

Friday, 2 January 2009

Favourites of 2008 / Looking to 2009

Our man, Dub Gabriel has a new blog up and running, and he's asked some of his friends to contribute with their favourite things of the year just past....
I'm not sure if I was too late with my list, as we've had the house in a state of construction, meaning a mountain of dust everywhere, and also have had visitors from afar, therefore been doing the tour guide thing.

I won't bore you do death with over-analysis of 2008, there's plenty of that going on in the blogsphere.

Fav's of 2000-ate
The Bug / London Zoo LP (NinjaTune)
Flying Lotus / L.A. EP 2 x 3 (Warp)
Songs of the Broken Hearted / Baghdad 1925-1929 (Honest Jons)
Kotchy / Sing What You Want - MRK1 Remix (Civil)
Zed Bias / The Cauldon featuring Jay Electronica and Ghost 1 (Sidestepper)
Orchestre Poly-Rhthmo de Cotonou / The Vodoun Effect (Analog Africa)
Gurzuf / Non-existent Cinema (Gurzuf)
King Midas Sound / One Ting - Dabrye Remix (Hyperdub)
DJ/rupture / Uproot (The Agriculture)
Akoya Afrobeat / B.F.B.F. [Panama]  (Afrobomb)
Womad Las Palmas 2008, which gave us Speed Caravan, Ba Cissoko, Paprika Balkanicus, Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Tony Allen, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, DJ Mr. Benn.

Another new blog to check is from Filastine....Observations of the Beginning of the End of the World.  It's the place to keep tabs on his new album, Dirty Bomb, coming out on Soot.

More as it happens, wishing you the best beats for 2000 and nine.
Thanks to all singers, players, promoters, producers, dj's, radio personnel that do it for the love.  Also big shout to the folks that drop by Txola in La Laguna for a bi-weekly dose of the goodness.