THE PRESIDENT: At his trial in 1964, Nelson Mandela closed his statement from the dock saying, “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with…
I appreciate a good commercial. I do. As a former marketer I admire how GoldieBlox has so successfully tapped into the desire for parents of girls (and, I think for grown women) to see toy manufacturers create products other than dolls or princess crap.
What were you up to when you were 14 years old? Worried about making the baseball / softball team? Writing your school crush’s name one thousand times in your notebook? Trading Pokemon cards in the hallways after class? Picking your nose and wiping…
I am fascinated by the fact that White women continue to enter my space and make their ahistorical and inaccurate multiple paragraph irritations, solely for the purpose of derailing and centering the conversation on themselves with their personal narratives and on the area where they do not…
If you’ve got a food processor, this sweet and savory plate o’ carbs can be in your craw in 10 minutes. With a few simple mods, you can transform this side dish into a fast, complete meal: top it with a couple of…
It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that, though I didn’t think about this at the time, I probably started a blog because I need somewhere to vent my boundless rage that is not random people’s Facebook walls. I mean, one thing among the many thousands of things that are guaranteed to raise my blood pressure is when folks get all “the internet isn’t real, and it’s not a viable platform for communication,” but also like, Facebook fights are dumb, I’m supposed to be an adult now.
So here’s the thing that got me all het up this week: gay marriage.
Recorded on the anniversary of JFK’s assassination and 21 years after their historic ‘92 New Year mix on Kiss 100 FM, Coldcut meets The Orb inna Uptown Youth House for the Return Trip. Matt Black and Jonathan More alongside studio accomplice Dor Wand got suitably enhanced with Dr LX Paterson and Youth for a multi-player late night jam session lasting over 3 hours. They then entrusted the multitracks of the set to DJ Food who heroically edited, condensed and massaged the sprawling swamp of sound into a tight - but also loose - 2 hour Solid Steel session.
Swimming through the mix are Lee Perry, Killing Joke, Sun Ra, William Burroughs, Teebs, Ry Cooder, Actress, Prince Jammy, Iggy Pop, Monty Python, Hank Williams and Hal 9000. Alongside unreleased dubs from the players themselves, remixes and versions of tunes old and new, the complete track listing for this marathon set may never be fullly disclosed. It’s 2 hours, 10 minutes of sonic secrets to melt your mind, probably best listened to in headphones late at night with all suitable facilities for the full effect. Enjoy this trip.
PART 3 + 4 - Coldcut meets The Orb - The Return Trip
Coldcut & The Orb - Countdown intro feat. JFK Popol Vuh - Through Pain To Heaven II (Egg) Nicodemus - Mad Over Me (Black Joy Records) Prince Jammy - Shielded Approach (Jammy’s Records) Gil Scott-Heron - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised [Early Version] (Flying Dutchman) The Upsetter - Lover’s Skank (Spangler’s Clapp) Coldcut - Space Brother No.1 (unreleased) Augustus Pablo - Don D Special – Dub (Rockers International) Youth vs Brother Culture - People Love The Music (Dub) (unreleased) Coldcut & The Orb - Shadow jam Actress - Shadow From Tartarus (Honest Jon’s Records) Coldcut & The Orb - Guru / Witches jam Delta Uniform Bravo - Bullnose Step (unreleased) Celtic Cross - Hicksville (Liquid Sound Design) Osho - I Celebrate Myself Charanjit Singh - Raga Kalavati (Bombay Connection) Coldcut & The Orb - Beats Working jam Youth & Penny Rimbaud - And If I Lust (unreleased) Ry Cooder - She’s Leaving The Bank (Warner Bros) Teebs - While You Dooo (Brainfeeder) Killing Joke - Eighties (Youth dub) (unreleased) Delta Uniform Bravo — Mad Don The Kebab Killing 3 (unreleased) The Orb - Pluto Calling (Twinkle) (Malicious Damage) Youth & Jake - 106 Degrees Far Out (unreleased) Celtic Cross - Jade Garden (Liquid Sound Design) White Noise - Love Without Sound (Virgin) Hal 9000 / Jacob Miller - Knocking Version (Dub) (Greensleeves) Iggy Pop - Mass Production (RCA) Coldcut & The Orb - HAL 9000 jam MONTY PYTHON - Finland (Charisma) Elliot Goldenthal - Estrella Oscura feat Lila Downs (Frida soundtrack) John Bonham - Drum outtakes Skatilites - Guns of Navarone (Trojan) Celephais - Zodiac Free Arts Club (Permanent Vacation) Robag Wruhme - Thora Vukk (Pampa Records) Rootmasters - Fade 2 Blue (unreleased) Hank Williams - Jambalaya (On The Bayou) (DJ Yoda mash) (Unthugged Classics)
So, we didn’t make it. We asked for a lot of money for a niche product that not a lot of people want to pay for, so I’m not mad or surprised or any of that stuff. Other people are beginning to make this kind of project work - look at Marco Arment’s The Magazine or Andrew Sullivan’s…
No. No. Probably plenty of people want to pay for music writing.
What plenty of people don’t want to pay for is a publication that has zero interest in the things they love, or the life they’ve experienced, or the fact that they exist.
I mean I could legitimately be called a hater, given that I reblogged you with the comment “oh my god I hate you so much” and said I was actively rooting against you in your final Kickstarter days — but it wasn’t just for the fun of it. I was interested, at first, but had the same issues almost everyone else did. Where were the women? Of color? Why were almost all these writers, even the ones you picked up after the discussions of diversity, from inside the same small industry bubble?
And you did nothing to win me over. You got defensive, and seemed to imply that there was no need to worry, that the idea that the industry is dominated by straight white men was false: “I was hired by a woman! I was hired by a gay person! I worked with an Asian person once!” You didn’t seem to take the criticism seriously. (And still don’t, given the way you brush it off as “a weekend controversy” and a herd of “haters” now, the way you point out that for every negative comment there were three or four positive ones, the way you’re grasping for reasons for your failure to thrive: a niche market, or maybe you didn’t offer enough rewards, or maybe your video was too goofy, or maybe not goofy enough. The problem surely couldn’t be the problem that was pointed out to you again and again. The problem surely couldn’t be you.)
Fresh on the heels of that criticism, that you were too male, that you were too white, you offered up examples of the things you’d like to publish, and they were: An essay on the Byrds, by some white boy? A history of Mumford & Sons and “the birth of festivalcore,” by some white boy? Are you kidding me? (I am a white lady whose listening/writing/thinking is almost exclusively focused on Fleetwood Mac, and even I can see the problems there.)
You made a list of reasons why I should give you my money. It included: “Because Simon Vozick-Levinson needs to write the definitive history of the Roots.” Can’t wait! Can’t wait for some white boy to write the definitive history of the Roots! “There should be a site that understands that Taylor Swift, Animal Collective and Lil B are all worth writing about for totally different reasons.” There is, it’s called my dashboard? And it’s full of fun, smart, people writing fun, smart things about stuff I care about wayyy more than Mumford & Sons and that time a white dude bought a used Byrds album.
You stepped in shit, and then you kept on stepping in it, all the while asking me to pay money for the privilege of you tracking it into my house.
You didn’t ask me to pay for music writing. You asked me to pay for boring white bros. And I have had more than my fill of boring white bros.