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Black Science and the Dark Arts.
Our friends are always there for us, and that will never be more obvious than it was tonight. For the last show of the season, I gathered together four good friends and had them do some guest mixes to help us celebrate in style! First, Australian singer/songwriter/producer Cherax Destructor starts us off with a mix full of good ol’ pop stuff. Next off, Jheri Evans, under his 1-800-666-DRIP moniker, brings up the volume with a mix full of juke, trap, R&B, and even some of that cool PC Music stuff. DJ Mythos of Mythic Beat calms things down with a set of some finely chilled downtempo grooves. Finally, Bunny from Supersymmetries (and co-owner of label Aural Sects) weaves a tale of two music empires in a very chaotic, very powerful mix that’s half music, half radio drama. None of these are to be missed. Grab a listen above, or find a download below:
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ACT 1. Cherax Destructor’s guest mix
- 0:01:15. Perfume - Kiss and Music (from ⊿) [Tokuma Japan Communications]
- 0:03:50. Collarbones - One Day (from Die Young) [Two Bright Lakes]
- 0:07:31. Groundislava - Gravity Hoarding ft. Jake Weary (from Groundislava) [Friends of Friends]
- 0:11:33. Baths - Orator (from Ocean Death) [Anticon]
- 0:14:16. Seekae - Void (from the Sound of Trees Falling on People) [Rice is Nice Records]
- 0:17:58. Born Gold - Dawn Tunnels (from Little Sleepwalker) [Audraglint Recordings]
- 0:22:12. Jerome LOL - Fool ft. Angelina Lucero (from Deleted / Fool) [Friends of Friends]
- 0:24:51. Pivot - Helps None but Hurts None (from Make Me Love You) [Sensory Projects]
ACT 2. 1-800-666-DRIP’s guest mix
- 0:31:21. Læter - Let Go (single) [self-released]
- 0:34:41. Alfred English - My Little Bando (single) [self-released]
- 0:37:39. DJ Rashad - Everybody (feat. Freshmoon) (from I Don’t Give A Fuck) [Hyperdub]
- 0:40:57. Shlohmo - Bo Peep (feat. Jeremih) (single) [Yours Truly]
- 0:44:25. Usher - Believe Me (from UR) [RCA]
- 0:48:20. Drake - Houstalantavegas (DJ Paypal’s Hyper Edit) [self-released]
- 0:51:47. GFOTY - Don’t Wanna / Let’s Do It (single) [PC Music]
- 0:53:37. Hannah Diamond - Attachment (single) [PC Music]
- 0:58:02. Sophie - Lemonade (single) [PC Music]
ACT 3. Mythic Beat’s guest mix
- 1:00:45. Burnt Friedman & The Nu Dub Players - Dublab Alert (from Can’t Cool) [Nonplace]
- 1:03:48. Bugseed - Heart Wave (from Soundcraft) [Cascade Records]
- 1:05:39. Melodiesinfonie - Electric Relaxion II (from Friede Freude) [Boyoom Connective]
- 1:09:06. Madlib - Lakers (Instrumental) (from Piñata Beats) [Stones Throw]
- 1:13:18. Amerigo Gazaway - Roc Co.Kane Flow (feat. MF DOOM) (from Fela Soul) [Gummy Soul]
- 1:15:03. Harris Cole - Changes (feat. Dr. Dundiff) (from The High Tape) [Blvnt Records]
- 1:17:16. Afterhours - Defragment #2 (from Lowlife) [Not Not Fun]
- 1:22:26. Powwoww - Protect Us (finite) (from Miracle Down) [self-released]
- 1:25:41. Inga Copeland & Martyn - A&E (from Don’t Look Back, That’s Not Where You’re Going) [Hippos In Tanks]
- 1:30:02 - Ahnnu - Found (from World Music) [Leaving Records]
ACT 4. Supersymmetries’ guest mix
- 1:32:27. Marie Dior - California Doubling (from Good Night) [AVNL Records]
- 1:34:20. Loops Haunt - Ellum Tonal (from Exits) [Black Acre]
- 1:37:36. Mssingno - Xe3 (from Mssingno EP) [Goon Club Allstars]
- 1:40:26. James Blake - CMYK (from CMYK EP) [R&S]
- 1:43:57. Koreless - Nosun (from Yugen) [Young Turks]
- 1:48:23. Dark0 - Mako March (from Fate) [Gobstopper Records]
- 1:52:54. DJ Warlord - Cadenza (from Activia Frenz Vol. 1) [Activia Benz]
- 1:55:13. Babymetal - Iine! (from Babymetal) [BMD Fox Records]
- 1:56:28. NOCON - Wings (from Murmurs. Compilation Vol. 1) [Murmurs.]
- 1:58:46. signs - GAME OVER (from Bassface EP) [Aural Sects]
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That last mix is mine, and I wrote and narrated a story at the eleventh hour bc that’s what I do, but I like the idea, so I’m actually doing it as a series from now as part of my regular radio show.
The mix is called “Vinyl Fantasy I” and I narrate a story between the Waxhead nation and their struggle against the MP3 Empire, headed up by the Demon Overlord, Wav-Flac the Lossless.
Yeah, I know. Sorry.
Abraham Riesman from Vulture.com recently asked me some questions and I gave him my answers. The interview, conducted in the Vulture offices and then in a cab rushing through upper Manhattan, is hopefully a decent chunk of somewhat interesting ideas and stories.
Abraham’s questions were important — one of them so much that I decided to write this post to illuminate it further. I don’t remember the exact phrasing, but Abraham asked me about gender and racial discrimination.
I’ll begin with some numbers.
An estimated thirty million gathered to bathe on Mauni Amavasya on 10th February 2013 during Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, India. 1989: an estimated five to nine million gathered for the funeral of Ayatollah Khomeini in Tehran. In 2004 an estimated three million celebrate Red Sox winning the World Series in Boston. A year before, roughly the same amount of people protest the impending US invasion of Iraq. The protest occurs in Rome.
Meanwhile, three to four thousand of people protest in New York and maybe fifty thousand in Los Angeles.
But three million in Rome.
Over two and a half million more people in Rome than in New York and Los Angeles combined. This defines one core lacking element in the current US climate: that of an organized, peaceful, widespread protest.
What if we are approaching a time — what if we are already in a time — when a peaceful mass protest can change things? Can it ever not? Look at Occupy. For all its failings, it established that Temporary Autonomous Zones can be erected and maintained; it established the now-worldwide narrative of 1% and 99%. Is changing the language, changing the operating system we are using, not enough?
It’s never enough, not until we are all living in a space where we no longer attack one another. But it is a step towards it.
Which leads me to Ferguson.
Are we finally waking up? In the past month there were at least five unarmed black men killed by police. The number of black officers on the Ferguson police force is three. The number of white officers is fifty. St. Louis ranks 15th in a list of the most black-white segregated places in the United States. The United States imprisons more people than any other country in the world, now over 2.4 million — an increase of over 500% since 1980. People of color represent 60% of all prisoners. We have 5% of the world’s population but we have 25% of its prisoners.
Mass incarceration became an American business. Predatory capitalism thrives on the disenfranchised. It’s the rule of the stronger — communities weakened by centuries of abuse can’t hold as well as the ones that often benefited from the abuse in the first place. To say that slavery is over is to close our eyes before the facts of mass incarceration in the United States of America.
What we are dealing with is a disproportionate labeling of people of color as criminals. If we go back to 1998 we see CIA acknowledge that the US government allowed in the 1980s for cocaine to be smuggled into our country. Why? This statement alone exposes the “War on Drugs” for the fraud that it is. Why did the Reagan administration escalate the War on Drugs as a response to a crack cocaine crisis that the Administration itself had created by allowing these drugs to flow into our country?
The narrative of the War on Drugs helped engineer the disproportionate labeling of people of color as criminals by generating officers who often genuinely believe that people of color are to blame for our government’s scheme. The narrative of the War on Drugs helped create a system where many people of all colors and beliefs believe that African Americans are to blame for the availability of certain illegal substances in our country. From there the narrative goes further, creating paralyzing fear that infects and twists our perception of the entire community into a horror image that does not reflect the truth of the matter.
I recently watched ‘The Unknown Known,’ a documentary about Donald Rumsfeld, who served as the United States Secretary of Defense under George W. Bush. The first time the director catches Rumsfeld lying is around the 17th minute. Later on, Rumsfeld says something that connects with this.
"You know a narrative gets built up out there over time."
But then there’s another quote, from a different source—
"If you don’t like what is being said, change the conversation."
When Don Draper, the protagonist of Mad Men, says this, we can read his statement in a few different ways. The reading I am interested in has to do with changing the narrative that gets built up out there over time.
Mad Men is a TV show that masterfully dissects many elements of the 1960’s. We follow the relative progress of women’s rights. It’s heartening to see certain aspects changing as others stay in close proximity to the Ice Age era. The pay gap today means women are paid roughly 77% of what men are paid. The pay gap is even worse for women of color, who make about 53% of white men’s earning. The pay gap grows with age and women face it in nearly every occupation.
How many of these facts were you aware of before reading this? I propose we begin with self education. If you haven’t read the New Jim Crow, that’s one book to read. If you haven’t read Sex Discrimination in the Workplace, there’s another. If you’re still waiting to see The Wire, watch it.
What else is there to do? Learn the system. Understand it. Spread the word about it. And don’t perpetuate the systems of abuse. This means we have to identify the root causes of these systems.
What do we require? To imagine systems that do not discriminate, to co-create these systems by becoming our own best examples, to work together, as a community.
What do I do to make sure I don’t discriminate? I am learning. I am telling you about this. I am examining my white male privilege. I am protesting, peacefully, and I am figuring out where my tax dollars go and how I can change that flow to make sure every single cent goes to the policies I believe in. Does it feel like enough? Not nearly. But it’s a start.
In order to affect deep change we require clarity and that can come only after we admit that the system does not work. What happens after we admit this?
We let some structures die so new ones can grow.
We see what needs fixing.
We require education reform. We require a military-prison complex reform. We require a complete dismantling of the War on Drugs. We require de-privatization of the prison system. We require total demilitarization of the police. We require peace, not violence, and definitely not indifference, which is just another way of allowing violence to happen. I say “we” but what I really mean is “I” because I am not here to speak for you. But if you don’t like what’s being said?
Change the conversation.