Saturday, August 21, 2004

" Datz What U Get Fa Blinkin " the Album

The tracks for Kukoo DBOBones Album are moving along at a good pace now.
Today we worked on one of my tracks for Kukoo he calls 'Grustlin'
(like grindin' but different) up at Ritchie's Studio .
We are bk in next week to do another one
and to start the last track for the Album

Innis Mode . Before the Repuglicans come

Graphic designer fired after heckling Bush ,Charlestown W Va.
The designer was fired from his job because his heckling of Bush 2 offended the client who gave workers the tickets to the Bush pre vetted Q&A PR 'event'.
Client was the PR worker for the county ...

Maoist guerillas block entrance of supplies to Kathmandu , Nepal this week .
This follows the attack made by a lone bike rider who threw 2 bombs over the parking lot fence of the oldest Hotel in KTM.
Trekking and climbing seasons begin in Sept. ...

Chinese crackdown on 800 year old Buddhist Temple in Inner Mongolia .
Members of an American Buddhist group who spend 3 million $ renovating the old temple in Dari Rulai Zingyaun in the 'Autonomous' Chinese region and 70 Chinese including the spitual leader of the temple were arrested by Chinese Police and Soldiers recently ... and this was in Inner Mongolia , not China , not Tibet ...

This follows the refusal of the Chinese (again) to seriously discuss relationship with the Dalai Lama's representatives ... anyone remember the sentiment ' Free Tibet ' ?
Well, Tibetans are certainly not going to get any help from Bush 2 and the neo cons,
if what Bush 1 did for the Tibetans can be recalled by citizens with longer then usual memories and attention spans ...

Out in 'free' (for now) outer space ,
the Cassini probe finds the 33rd moon orbiting Saturn ...

Monday, August 16, 2004

"Cocaine Blunts" "Bi-Conicals" Review

This AM i found the review of "Bi-Conicals Of The Rammellzee" on the
'Cocaine Blunts & Hiphop Tapes' blog and when I could't find a place to comment on it , decided to comment here .
First off , respect to Noz and his Blunts , I've enjoyed the blog and his views .
But I need to address a few things mentioned in the review before they become seen as fact or 'word' ...

While 'renewed interest in "Beat Bop" ' may have played a part in the logic of making this record , Rammell didn't finally decide to record this Album because of that.
I , as producer , decided it was high time for Rammell to do a whole Album for himself,
we discussed it , made a plan and I took it to Gomma who i had worked with before on their brilliant "AntiNY" Comp.
Actually Rammell is quite tired of writers raving about "Beat Bop" and Jean M Basquiet,
'folkhero' he has become , therefore Rammell wanted to create "Beat Bop Part 2" in an effort to get everyone past the first "Bop".
Being Rammell and I had first met in W Berlin bk in 1983 ,
and we were going to be working with a German label,
we thought it would be fun to have both NYC and German Artists do the tracks.
I worked with Gomma to 'enlist' the other producers and choose tracks carefully out of many others that were sent to us from Germany.
Munk ( the Gomma Gang guys) had 3 cool tracks
and their friend Jaws had such simple but effective breakbeat -y tracks we decided to let his tracks be the ones that had the guest MC's on them
("Pay The Rent" and "Beat Bop Pt.2" ).
The Naughty and Chaos track uh, rounded out the German contributions .
The NYC tracks were made by Taketo & Kajiwara as Ferris Wheel , DCC and myself.

Actually , alot HAS changed , whether it be hiphop , the outside world or the sonics themselves.
Hearing a glib Talib K 'hiphop was dead' quote a few years back was a factor in me wanting to do this record with Rammell.
We didn't set out to do an old school / 'Skool' retro record , but recombined elements of that era with ProTools tech.
Rammell likes to drag race , so tracks were created to let him run , usually one take straight on through to the other side.

"Pay The Rent" tells the tale of Shockdell (not Rammell) about to lost his place -
didn't lose it yet as can be plainly heard in Shock's story .

After "Beat Bop" , Rammell samples bounced around UK hiphop from the UNKLE Album (-) and New Kingdom (+) guest MC spots to the point where once upon a time when I was grazing Cable TV in Hong Kong when a lazy ' yeah baby' sample drifted by lodged in a SKY TV station ID .

The part of the review I do have a problem with is the claim that
'A record like this cannot exist in this day and time ...'
Well , it does exist , needed to exist and will be around long after Gomma gets a US Distributor for it.
The record has garnered 70 + reviews in Europe , Russia , Iceland , Singapore , etc. almost all positive.
Regardless of whether reviewers really 'get' Rammell's 'Gothic Futurism' ,
can decipher the words, or even like the Album , we didn't do it for them .
Or to arrow into the hiphop mainstream.
It's designed as sdtk for tales of Gothic Futurism .

'A record like this cannot exist in this day and time' ,
maybe a good blurb for something - but not this record.
I see a point that tried to be made , but have to disagree.
Perhaps surfaces were read as content ...

Hearing the influence 20 year old releases such as DCC's 1984 12"
and even more widespread, Rammell & K-Rob's "Beat Bop"
(JMB was 'Exec' Producer , didn't do a track on it ) have had ,
I dare say this record WILL continue to exist , be played and influence yet another round of MC's and hophop music makers that are still 'in school'


Sunday, August 15, 2004

everybody's out of town / the Chairman touched down

Summer in city .
Being out in Montauk for a few days was nice ,
snagged the one room available @ East Deck for one night
and then over to East Lake to stay with friends .
Ocean side beach great as before , sand between the toes
relentless white noise of wave break , blank blue expanse of sky .
Only things we really had to do was eat and sleep at some points .

My friend's place was a cabin on East Lake ,
part of a group of 10 that made up first 'resort' in Montauk.
Unpainted since the 1950's and half hidden driveway ,
set in gently rolling hills , cut grass ,
tall trees blowing in the breezes that kept the bugs down.
Two beaches a short walk down the hill away , row of black commorants sunning and winging , minnows , floating on a surfboard , big red ball sunset going down .
A big black and white booted cat named Frederica that watched over us all
and came crying to be let in at 6 in the morning.
And another beautiful blue eyed cat that someone either let go , lost or abused
that would come to visit but ran if you got too close .

Nice to be away from your usual music and Bush and his Stupid Ones for awhile.
Elevated terror alert my ass .
Get into friend's old brown Merc , Yes then Led Zep on the radio ...
timeless summer .
Ketel & Smirnoff , fresh shrimps , clams and dogs on the grill

"Dogtown and Z Boys" .
A few weeks before , this surfer - skateboarder docu from a couple years ago was playing on Cable and i caught it a couple of times .
Besides the choice music and we were there attitude of Stacey's film ,
I enjoyed seeing the shaggy stoned blondness of some of the kids ,
flashed me bk to my similar blonde but boarderless days in N Va.
Summer seemed so long ...
In the mid '70's USA new styles were bubbling up through the hot mist and sizzling days of the Bi Centennial , cheap , but with attitude.
Devouring shoplifted art books , collecting shades and lighters more then you could ever use .
Shorts with fringe , the right T shirt , pukka shells once in a while ,
body shirts and tight pants for a date .
Hanging out after dinner on the cooling asphalt of suburban subdivision ,
where's everybody at ?
Cue : "Dum Dum Boys" from Iggy's "The Idiot " '77

Cut to : RIP Killer Kane of NY Dolls , and right in middle of a tour too

Back on the blogs
dissecting superspecific genres like it mattered ,
chattering about vinyl finds , old audio objects
Each tribe likes what it thinks it likes , slight differences in tempo , snare sound determining just where u at

Nice set by Andy Weatherall @ Apt. the week before we left.
Never heard a DJ play "The Robber And The Prince" by DAF , about damn time !
Then Noyuri and Yukkiko heard a whole DAF @ Minca while slurping ramen noodles in the East Village the other night.
Rave on Andy and thank you Alex