Saturday, April 30, 2005
Thursday, April 28, 2005
listening assignment for my students this week covering the intersection of popular forms of music w/ experimental electronic techniques:
1. LCD Soundsystem remix of Le Tigre: Deceptacon
2. DJ Koala: Basin Street Blues
3. Khonnor: Man From The Anthill
4. Four Tet: As Serious As Your Life
5. Dsico: Gettin Ziggy At Da Party
6. Los Sampler's: Mambo Brillante
7. Girl Talk: Can't Stop
8. Aphex Twin: Flim
9. The Grassy Knoll: In The Light
Monday, April 25, 2005

Who took the bomp from the bompalompalomp?
Who took the ram from the ramalamadingdong?
Who took the bomp from the bompalompalomp?
Who took the ram from the ramalamadingdong?
Anthony Storr from Music and the Mind: "It will never be possible to establish the origin of human music with any certainty; however, it seems probable that music developed from the prosodic exchanges between mother and infant which foster the bond between them."
Thursday, April 21, 2005
here is the text from's NY Times ad yesterday:
How Much Does Wal-Mart Cost American Taxpayers Every Year?
It’s Time to Rollback Wal-Mart.
The Wal-Mart Tax
Year after year, Wal-Mart’s low pay and meager employee benefits force hundreds of thousands of employees to resort to Medicaid, food stamps, and public housing. Call it the “Wal-Mart Tax.” And it costs you $1.5 billion in federal tax dollars every year.
How We All End Up Paying
Wal-Mart brags about its health care plan. Their ads claim that “Associate premiums begin at less than $40 a month.” What they don’t tell you is that the deductible is $1,000. That’s right, a $1,000 health insurance deductible for sales clerks who, on average, make less than $14,000 per year. No wonder so many Wal-Mart employees have to apply for public health assistance.
Millions More Tax Dollars Wasted
The $1.5 billion Wal-Mart Tax doesn’t include the cost to states for Medicaid, food stamps, and public housing. And it doesn’t include the millions of dollars every year that communities pay to provide new roads, electricity, sewer, and water lines for Walmart stores. The company has a $10 billion annual profit, but refuses to even build the driveway to one of its stores.
We are a new coalition of community organizations, public officials, and concerned citizens and we need your help. In the weeks and months ahead, we will be creating a new hub of information and organization – including facts, figures, strategies, and proven tactics – for taking on the largest corporation in the world. But we need you to make it work. Sign up today at and find out how you can get involved and help “Rollback Wal-Mart.”
This Week…
We’ll be mailing draft legislation to every state legislator in the country – showing them how they can pass laws to put the brakes on Wal-Mart and the Wal-Mart Tax once and for all. This is only the beginning. Wal-Mart may not realize it yet, but this fight will be different.
Tuesday, April 19, 2005

my friend Pol seems to be exhibiting quite a bit in Japan. i always loved his sensibility.
Monday, April 18, 2005
reviews of P. Miles and Hot Troche in Vital Weekly. some slight criticism for the lengths... but overall pretty positive.
Saturday, April 16, 2005

that's my car. it now goes backwards.
Thursday, April 14, 2005
this is what often happens when we send out promo discs *!*. they end up in a pile of other garbage labels are sending out. you can see our upcoming release by Oh Astro at the top of this writers pile. he seems more excited about getting stuff than actually listening to it. i know how it is. it took me four years to end my addiction of countless promos landing in my mailbox. i converted over to running a label instead... which is its own time consuming & mind numbing addiction.
oddly enough a bill was passed by the Idaho House of Representatives to give praises to the movie Napolean Dynamite. the bill even goes so far as to call any "Nay" voters "FREAKIN' IDIOTS!". obviously they have some time on their hands in Idaho.
Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Monday, April 11, 2005
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
you know things are spinning out of control when we start reading tv show forums late at night.:
"Jack’s 'Chloe?!' when she answered his call was so cute. She’s his number two love (after Soulpatch, obvio). Speaking of Jack lovers, new hairsyle for Audrey! She must have brought lots of hair care products with her when she was kidnapped! At least she still looks haggard."
Tuesday, April 05, 2005
"...a musical Glasnost has demolished the long straining walls between genres, with millions of music fans on each side of the sonic bloc embracing each other for the first time in decades. This newfound intermingling of once segregated sounds is best illustrated by the new iPod shuffle and its stunning social ramifications. Its official, the market now demands, not the increased specialty programming that has dominated major media for the past generation, but rather the absolute randomness of the mix." – Joshua Glazer from Urb

Bloc Party
"The first person to use amplification was Adolph Hitler. Public address systems were developed by the Nazis and are essentially fascist in nature." Mixmaster Morris
Monday, April 04, 2005
Frederick Dorian's The Musical Workshop (1947) in reference to classical (pre-romantic) music: "The point of procedure was given frequently on the basis of an already existing music. The composer borrowed, adopted or copied. Melodic loans were made from anywhere and everywhere. To borrow the music of another artist seemed natural. ...Such procedure had no odor of plagiarism, but was the generally accepted state of affairs. ...It may seem baffling to the modern mind that the invention of melodies was not considered a criterion for the greatness of the composer."
Philo T. Farnsworth runs Illegal Art and posts random things here.

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