116: LCD Soundsystem stream & article

Better Propaganda have a stream of Disco Infiltrator from the new LCD Soundsystem (no download though, unfortunately). There's also a nice article about the DFA (Death From Above), their backgrounds, the NYC punk scene, and failed attempts at collaborations with Janet Jackson and Britney Spears. It all awaits you here.

115: Lewis Taylor (Kruder & Dorfmeister Mixes)

There's been a lot of questions about why much of the world hates the US. Well, I'm gonna go out on a limb here and suggest that our willingness to send killer robots into innocent third world nations for no good reason could be part of the problem. There are of course many benefits to having a robot soldier that "does not require food, clothing, training, motivation or a pension." That's right, no pension necessary. Perhaps this is the Bush administration's subtle first step towards their eventual slogan: "If you complain about not having social security, we'll just replace you with a robot." That is, if it's not the first step towards our Terminator-esque, robot dominated planet. Speaking of which, it looks like a vacancy may been opening up for the position of world's most prominent Austrian. May I recommend Kruder & Dorfmeister?

Lewis Taylor - Lucky (Kruder & Dorfmeister D+B Mix)

Lewis Taylor - Lucky (Kruder & Dorfmeister Suicide Mix)

Lewis Taylor - Lucky (Kruder & Dorfmeister Reprise)



114: 2005 Albums

Some of the albums I'm looking forward to this year, US release dates have been included for the ones I know so far:

LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem (2/15)
Chemical Brothers - Push the Button (1/25)
Bright Eyes - Digital Ash in the Digital Urn/I'm Wide Awake It's Morning (1/25)
Amon Tobin - Chaos Theory: Soundtrack to Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell (1/25)
Airborn Audio - Good Fortune (2/22)
Daft Punk - Human After All (3/22)
Prefuse 73 - Surrounded by Silence (3/22)
Out Hud - Let Us Never Speak of It Again (3/22)
The Mars Volta - Frances the Mule (3/1)
M83 - Don't Save Us From the Flames (2/8)
Pierre Bastien - Pop
Bibio - Fi
Boom Bip - Blue Eyed in the Red Room
Animal Collective - Prospect Hummer
Aphex Twin - Analord 1-9
Fog - 10th Avenue Freakout
Luke Vibert & Jean-Jaques Perrey - Moog Acid
Harmonic 33 - Music for Film, Television, and Radio Vol.1
Themselves & The Notwist - 13 + God
New Order - Waiting for a Siren's Call
Daedelus - Exquisite
A Guy Called Gerald - All Things What They Need

and maybe some of these will finally come out this year too:
Konono No.1
Zach de le Rocha
Nine Inch Nails (supposedly the new album is finished, but you never know with Trent)


113: Hersh//Marjane Satrapi//Leila

Well it's been a little while since I've done a political rant here, but this was important to me. By now many of you may have seen or heard about the recent article in the New Yorker by Seymour Hersh. Hersh is the author of Chain of Command and helped to uncover the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. He's also written similar things about the conditions at Guantanamo Bay. The new article concerns Iran and the possibility of a US invasion. According to Hersh, operatives are already in Iran planning for an invasion. The White House has responded to this by saying the article was "riddled with inaccuracies," without specifically saying it was untrue (if for example, Hersh is incorrect about what division is being sent into Iran, but correct about the Bush administration planning an attack, they can still say that his article is "riddled with inaccuracies" but personally I don't any more secure about it). Now when Bush was (*sigh*) reelected, I didn't actually think that his administration could possibly be myopic enough to invade another country, so I hope and pray that this isn't true. But if it does happen, I personally can't see any option that they'd have other than a draft and despite what Bush may have said during the debates, the possibility of there being another, stricter reenactment of the Selective Service Program has not been entirely dismissed yet. Also, a war with Iran will be a very different war than Afghanistan or Iraq and it will almost certainly intensify the violence and terrorism that we've become so paralyzed by.

As today is Martin Luther King Day (currently the only federal holiday for a single American by the way), it seems appropriate to quote his words here:

"We hate others because we fear them.
We fear them because we don't know them.
We don't know them because we don't communicate.
We don't communicate because we can't hear them.
We can't hear them becuase we don't listen."

So instead of just posting more anti-Bush links, I thought I should use this post to help people get to know my two favorite Persian women. First if Marjane Satrapi who has written a series of graphic novels about growing up in Iran, including Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood and Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return (you can also buy these books and view samples here). There is a third book in this series, but it's yet to be released in the US, although I believe it's available in Europe. These books are a great insight into the progressive and traditional movements in Iran, the depth and scope of their culture and a little recent history of the country. They're also two of the best books I've read recently and I would highly recommend them even if it wasn't getting to be an issue at the forefront of American politics.

Then there's the Iranian born electronic musician Leila. From a young age she's been living in London where she started recording for Rephlex Records her own style of heavily IDM-influenced soul/ambient music. An early Rephlex release called Like Weather was rumored to be lost Prince record, no doubt partly because of her collaborations with vocalists Luca Santucci and Donna Paul. While in London, she met Bjork and became a part of her live band, going live remixing and playing keyboards (unfortunately, she was absent from Bjork's last US tour because she was unable to get a visa into the country). Leila (born Leila Arab) has also recorded under the alias Grammatix (where she is credited as Aliel Bara) to record even more experimental and rare music. The following tracks come from her internet b-sides album. The whole thing is incredible and can be downloaded here. These are some of my favorites.

Leila - Five

Leila - Misunderstood (After Eight Mix)

Leila - Have I Had You

Leila - Outro-Vert (LWT Remix)

Leila - Heaven on Their Minds



112: Radio Babylon not-so-live

Apologies to anyone who tried to listen in to my show earlier today. The internet connection apparently crapped out. Figures. Well, the station just started webcasting recently, so I'm sure things'll be up and running again soon. I'm tentatively planning to reschedule the show on an as-yet-to-be-determined date when we work out another time that fits into their broadcast schedule. We'll see what happens. Anyway, sorry again.


111: Radio Babylon live (slight update)

This Sunday from noon(ish) until 3 pm EST, I'll be doing a live internet radio show from my old radio station. The reason is that there was some open time on the schedule, we didn't have webcasting abilities before and I've still got a lot of music love to give to my old listeners. Listen in at http://www.live365.com/stations/wmsc/

If there are any changes/problems, I'll give prior notice here. So listen in if you're around and by a computer.

Full tracklisting will be posted here on Sunday evening.


110: Amon Tobin//Airborn Audio

Often times I'm asked by young, bright eyed new bloggers what advice I would offer them as they start off. I usually say how important it is to update on a regular basis. If you only update every once few weeks or so, people tend not to read your blog as much, I tell them. People may also think that your lazy or undisciplined in your blogging habits. Ok, so I'm a litte late with my first blog of the new year, partly because of work, partly because I now have a new computer and I'm still transfering all my old files on here. But when I found these new tracks from Ninja Tune, I knew it was time to blog again. Despite, my slipping a bit, if you'd like to nominate me (or perhaps someone a little more deserving, like Fluxblog) for a bloggie, you can do so here. Oh, and I'm tentatively planning to do an internet radio show this weekend. The time is yet to be determined, but I'll post it and the address to listen in by friday.

New music! Amon Tobin, the Brazil born master beat sampler and creator of one of my favorite albums (Supermodified), has got a new one coming soon called Chaos Theory. In my opinion, Tobin is right up there with Squarepusher for mastery of electronic beats. His new single is The Lighthouse.

Since the breakup of Anti Pop Consortium, Beans has had several releases on Warp Records. Now APC's High Priest and M. Sayyid have returned with Airborn Audio, which reminds me of the experimental hip hop sound of Anti Pop's Arrhytmia more than Beans' solo work, which is a little poppier to me. Bright Lights has been growing on me with every listen.

Amon Tobin - The Lighthouse

Airborn Audio - Bright Lights