Friday, April 20, 2007

memory blast

Wow. This is definitely one of the things that makes the internets pretty cool.

I recently was relinked through RupertMurdochSpace to the crew in Germany that booked me my first gig overseas in 2001. Little did I know – they posted some video of me djing at that gig, six years ago!

So here is a picture of me six years ago – my set starts at about 1:55

The gig itself was pretty crazy – in Prenzlau, which is I think a kind of industrial town near the Polish border with lots of somehow creepy-feeling, kinda aggro, kinda sleazy, kinda white-power, super suburban/rural-east-german youth (hard to describe unless you've been there). Although the promoters were nice.. and they had good taste in picking the experimental room, from me to Sonic Dragolgo to baze_djunkiii to Violentus to aleXdee and LXC, both of whom I've worked with since at many crazy parties.

So yeah, the main room was not really my thing, but the small room was a crew of people who I ended up meeting again the next year and working with rather a lot.. all of us in the "experimental room" together here! We ended up having to hide in the backstage area because apparently a crew of n*zi skins showed up and sonic with his being Japanese and me with my big dreads were not going to be very welcome. We ended up leaving early, but we were treated well by the people who booked us, and got paid (at least I did). This was also partly due to the kind efforts of Baze_djunkiii, who I met that night and who spoke up for me. This was especially good as I did not speak ANY german at that time. And baze is now and old friend! big up touring Europe with a 75pound Anvil case of records (before RyanAir raised their weight charges and lowered their minimum weight)!

Saturday, April 14, 2007

first warning - mark calendars for April 28th

upcoming!! some great guests. Last month was a blast - I got a compliment from one of the security guys which I always kinda prize because you know they are a captive audience at all the events. Combined with some nice words from the one like the process rebel, means I'm able to reach a wide range of folks..

process rebel gave me a new tune which I wasn't quite able to play in my set.. but listen for it this time - wicked sounds!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

whew! good sounds abound

Was lucky enough to catch the Filastine and DJ /Rupture show a month or so ago at the reliably-interesting Stateless party (nice crowd, too! Crowds bent primarily on dancing are my favorite). Filastine blew me away.

I'm lucky enough to have seen a great many /rupture sets over the years since the Toneburst days, but it was maybe the 2nd or 3rd Filastine set I'd ever seen. And this one was on some other-level intensity. One of the better combinations of live percussion (that didn't just feel like self-indulgent drum-circle-esque freestyle), programmed sounds, loops and I dunno what-all. Just enough new to keep it off-kilter, but enough beats to hold onto or juggle from hips to feet and back..

Check out this latest Filastine mix available from the blentwell free emporium, then show more love by buying his latest, Burn it, from /rupture's label Soot

rumor has it Filastine will be back in town soon. Haven't had a chance to talk since my birthday party last year at the Drunken Fish. But all his travels make for some good stories. Plus I must know where he gets his suits cut.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Thursdays 6-8pm in Berkeley - a weekly!

Yes indeed peoples, it's time for the after-work relaxation in the sun with DJ Ripley. Jamaican music from the 60s and 70s is the order of the day (with occasional french dub sneaking in there).

accent with waffles, damn fine coffee, sunshine, benches outside for the dog-walkers among you.

see you on Thursdays - starting at 6pm - at Guerilla Cafe, 1620 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA (across from Elephant pharmacy)

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Hah - spread the word to your friends

this is a great publicity idea. And a sad testimony to the fear inspired by the content-industry-dominated legal scene. People, even US senators, are afraid to accept public domain and CC-licensed material? how is that freedom of speech?

In 2006, the Information Policy Action Committee (IPac) launched a campaign to educate lawmakers -- the people who make rules about the Internet and think it's made from a "series of tubes" -- about technology and copyright. To get their attention, we asked our supporters to help us buy video iPods for key Senators, which we then loaded with public domain and Creative Commons-licensed material. Despite the legality of the contribution, some Senators declined the iPod. One of those Senators was former presidential candidate John Kerry, who accepted $3,633,392 from the entertainment industry during his presidential campaign.

But if Senator Kerry doesn't want it, we know that somebody on the Internets does. So
IPAC is auctioning this little piece of copyright history, and we'll use the funds to push for balanced information policy in future elections.

whether Kerry didn't want to be associated with even the more mainstream CC activists like IPAC (boooo), or didn't understand that things in the public domain are, you know, PUBLIC, it's pretty silly that his campaign peoples sent it back.

someone oughta buy it with great fanfare for a chunk o cash that goes to a good cause!