December 31, 2010

Trust None

Tin-pot gangsta's start moving Houston's favourite tipple to the streets of Chicago

December 29, 2010

DJ Sound

Vol 6 Dungeon Mix (1993)

"During the early 90's, there was an explosion of underground Memphis rap acts. D.j. Sound and his crew was a part of this explosion, however they somehow remained unsigned which at the time, they thought it was unfortunate. (Glad they were undiscovered), in the event of this historical explosion of discoveries in the late 90s. Volume 1 and volume 2 were mixtapes, but volume 3 on up were all original d.j.sound tracks. D.j. Sound became more than a d.j. but a talented beatmaking producer and an executive at a young age. D.j. Sound needed m.c.s to lace or serenade the naughty notes and make some noise. Since Ridgecrest is located on the northside of Memphis,in an area we call "The Bay" was actually Frayser, he cleverly schemed and dreamed up a team of talented hand picked poets. He named this "dreamteam" the FrayserClick..a click of groups and soloist who were able to meet his requirements. D.j.sound released 11volumes in tha MTown dog and it was all over!"

December 17, 2010


'Words of Praise' Fame City, Houston (1988)



"The Man in the Dark Sedan" co-written with The Residents (1980)

December 11, 2010

"I can feel it in my plums"

Compilation of music and dialogue from series 1 and 2 of Eastbound and Down.

Eastbound & Download


Louisville act Rachel's (core members being viola-player Christian Frederickson, former Rodan guitarist Jason Noble and pianist Rachel Grimes) became known in the early Nineties for making some kind of chamber music for post-rockers.
The 1995 "Handwriting" LP released by Quarterstick featured the track "Full On Night": the band would play it live again and again, letting the original composition slightly shift away from that Michael Nyman feel that made Rachel's famous to a more experimental and intense form.
The new version was baptized "Recension mix", then Matmos were asked to provide their personal take on it.
Quarterstick put out the result in the year 2000.

RACHEL'S / MATMOS, FULL ON NIGHT (Quarterstick, 2000)

Further exploration on this side were captured even better in these tour CD-Rs, originally available only at gigs and now digitally reissued.

RACHEL'S, SIGNIFICANT OTHERS (self released cd-r, 2002)

RACHEL'S, TECHNOLOGY IS KILLING MUSIC (self released cd-r, 2005)

Cold but touching, descriptive but expressionist, quite in the vein of their outstanding "Systems/Layers" album, probably their best stuff.

December 03, 2010

Charlie Chaplin

Speech from 'The Great Dictator' (1940)

At the time the movie that this speech was given at the end of, some of the largest corporations in the U.S. were supplying Hitler with any and everything he wished to wage war with. Henry Ford had supplied trucks for the North African operations and had been supplying Hitler with $50,000 a year for quite awhile... Hitler had anti semitic books on tables outside of his office that he had anyone that visited him take a copy of to read. The Ethyl corporation supplied the octane booster of the same name for the use in aircraft and American Oil was shipping fuel by the tanker loads. Prescott Bush's father in law was a major financier of the Nazi cause and G.M. subsidiary Adam Opel built the engines for the first jet aircrafts that were used by the Luftwaffe against Allied forces and G.M. was repaid for damages by bombing of the subsidiary at the end of the war. Davis oil company was smuggling mercury out of Mexico off of both the Atlantic and Pacific coast to the Japanese and Germans to use in the primers in small arm bullet primers. That is some of what I recall off of the top of my head after a long tiring day but there is much much more incidents of allies supporting the Nazi cause not just at the beginning but throughout the war. The speech given by Charlie Chaplin at the end of "The Great Dictator" was used to justify Hoover to label him as a Communist and his campaign for a second front in European theater of war made him also a target of McCarthy at the wars end with Chaplin being denied reentry into the U.S. after a trip to Europe in 1952.

Request: Rome

s/t (Thrill Jockey, 1996)

Rome was Richard Smith – bass, melodica, Elliot Dicks – drums, drum brain, Adam Gruel – synth. Rome is focused on space and depth in the literal sense. Richard uses several manipulative machines on his bass-delay, pitch shifter, electo magnet to alter not only the tone but the time. Adam recycles Richard’s live bass through a condenser mic on a cheap Yamaha sampler- originally designed as a toy to mess with short phrases- and then feeds the line through various effects, including delay. The results are gorgeously amorphous soundscapes undergirded by the familiar muscle of dublike bass lines. This textural exploration is not without form; however this form is far removed from the verse chorus verse more commonly found in rock. They do however retain the visceral energy of rock with the pulse provided by the drums of Elliot Dicks.