Coltrane, “Lyrical” and The Art Of MCing

The notion of being lyrical is often misread in hip-hop by the connotations put on it by those who for the most part don’t like lyrics. In that context lyrical has some sort of direct relationship with the actual words, usually implying the excessive use of words.  “Spiritual, miracle, lyrical!” Outside of the hip-hop context… Read more »

To The Max Bro

Some heavy discussion of Mike D’Errico’s latest piece Going Hard: Bassweight, Sonic Warfare, & the “Brostep” Aesthetic this week. While I’ve been adding my two cents on twitter, I wanted  to take some time to try to concisely formulate my notes. I jumped into the conversation after DJ/Rupture posted his response Brostep, Mansplained which criticizes the gender politics… Read more »

Theory, Language and Aesthetics

Last week I wrapped up my three part series on live electronic performance for SoundingOut with “Theory and Practice”.  The word practice in the title has an intentional double meaning.  The writing itself has the surface appearance of being primarily fascinated with the practicality of using the variable language exposed within the series to discuss… Read more »

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    Dub Rub In The Hour of Chaos

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    We’re people too Making love Not high interest Money is a weapon Art is a peacemaker Artwork by Bhaskar Krag Music composed and produced by Primus Luta

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    America

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    “I support you fully,” says the voice on the voicemail.  Her call waiting beeps on ‘support’ but I can still make it out. Walking through Times Square I need that support right now. Hours earlier, for the first time in years a movie had made me cry. I walked this same street afterwards, cursing everything… Read more »

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    Live Electronics in Mono: “That which is…”

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    Since the introduction of stereo, mono has taken a backseat.  Stereo in its representation of human ears, has been ideologically presented as more real. That was years ago.  Today sound works in three dimensions which require 5 and 1 points of reference for proper representation (though work is already being done to represent three dimensionality using… Read more »

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    CSS More Wreck: Percussion Lab Mix, Bayaka! & The Concrete Catalog

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    It’s a special day here as we officially launch the Concrète Sound System website and store.  To celebrate we’ve got an exclusive mix, “The Underbelly” over at Percussion Lab which acts as an introduction to the set.  We also release our first official single “Bayaka!”  Finally with the launch of the site we announce the… Read more »

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    [Compilation for Japan Relief] Nihon Kizuna

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    When the earthquake shook Japan on March 11th, I was the only Rhythm Incursions presenter not in Japan. That was one of the multiple, less than six degrees of separation that connected me to the event. At the time I was enroute to a funeral for a relative. When I returned Laurent, had already begun… Read more »

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    Bridging the Gap: Jojo Mayer

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    The quintessential New Yorker isn’t always from New York. And the quintessential jazzman does not always play jazz.  “I’m dealing with some allergies,” Jojo Mayer says after a brief coughing fit. “Smoking helps,” he adds before lighting up the first of many cigarettes during our conversation. Case and point. “I was born in Switzerland.  My… Read more »

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    Elucid – Super Chocolate Black Simian

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    Brooklyn based Elucid opens 2011 with part one of Super Chocolate Black Simian, a two-part mixtape representing hip-hop’s voice of the future present.  Over production by Breakage, Lorn, El-P, Jamie Vex’d, Mexicans With Guns, Skream and more, Elucid thrashes out with facemelting lyricism. Heavy warped dub textures compliment Elucid’s sonic assault which touch on themes of… Read more »

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    Dolphin – Raw and Remixed

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    It goes without saying I’m a fan of Dolphin.  Since last he appeared on AvantUrb, he’s clocked in a minimum of ten projects.  This week though he hit my inbox with two videos that for me really show the essence of who he is. In this age of technology we’ve become used to artists that… Read more »