Suicide’s “Dream Baby Dream” stretched to an hour in duration for your listening pleasure.
Archive for the ‘misc music’ Category.
1. Fuxa – Dream Baby Dream
2. Christian & the Heathens – Dream Baby Dream
3. Mark Refoy – Blue Moon Dream Baby Dream
4. Madrugada – Dream Baby Dream
5. Luna – Dream Baby Dream
6. Black Tambourine – Dream Baby Dream
7. Savages – Dream Baby Dream
8. Sonic Death – Dream Baby Dream
9. Neneh Cherry & The Thing – Dream Baby Dream
10. Takkyu Ishino – Dream Baby Dream
11. Soma Sema – Dream Baby Dream
12. Zombie Zombie – Dream Baby Dream
13. Moto Boy- Dream Baby Dream
14. Enzo Boni – Dream Baby Dream
Sometimes quantity has a quality all of its own
Initially I liked the brevity of the Dream Baby Dream mix, but then my obsessive tendencies got the better of me. Banished from the room which contains my records last night I took to the internet to see what other versions of the Suicide track I could find.
What I like about the original its sparse brutal sonics and minimal deadpan vocals. This combination often seems to produce an emotional response in me that belies the simplicity of the ingredients. Ask any techno fan or Zen Buddhist if you don’t believe me.
Folk music, jazz and reggae are all based on versions, standards, interpretations of existing material but in rock music “original compositions” are what gets praised. The “cover version” is supposedly filler, novelty, the domain of jobbing pub bands giving the punters an unchallenging night out with no surprises or musical adventure.
The multiple versions here display diversity in unexpected ways.
Initially I was interested in the different genres which were being used to filter the interpretations. On the surface this is surprisingly varied, taking in pop, indie, jazz, rock, ambient, techno and piano balladeering.
But actually these genres (or the performances of them on display here) are more conservative than what Suicide were doing in the late seventies.
This is exacerbated by the Bruce Springsteen cover of the song (see the previous mix) which seems to have given a green light to various stadium performers (whether actual or wannabe) to reinterpret the song themselves. One of the artists on show here was actually honest enough to describe their work as “a cover version of the Bruce Springsteen cover version of the Suicide song”.
This has lead to a tendency to make some renditions of the song less deadpan and more literally emotional both in vocal and instrumental content. Which possibly says something about trying to appeal to a wider audience. But having said that I also like the balance of bedroom producers, small bands and what I guess are probably fairly well known people here. (The only artist I was familiar with previously was Neneh Cherry & The Thing).
Repeated listening made me appreciate less obvious differences between the tracks in the mix. Variations in bass tones, vocal tics, subtle textural shifts, different crowd noises, “mistakes”, room ambience, drop outs, and glitches caused by the free software I was using. I think these things are important, arguably just as important as the music being performed – but maybe it takes a version excursion to bring out these elements.
Dream Baby Dream.
1. Sleaford Mods “Austerity Dogs” (Harbinger Sound)
2. Hacker Farm “UHF” (Exotic Pylon)
3. Manix “Living In The Past” (Reinforced)
4. Major Lazer “Free The Universe” (Secretly Canadian)
5. GRMMSK “The End Prophecies” (Libertatia Overseas Trading)
6. various artists “The Outer Church” compilation (Front and Follow)
7. Ceramic Hobs “Spiritworld Circle Jerk” (Must Die)
8. various artists “Noise In Opposition” compilation vols 1 and 2 (Noise In Opposition)
9. EVOL “Something Inflatable” (Alku)
10. Emmplekz “Your Cart Has Changed” (Mordant Music)
1. Shy FX & Liam Bailey – Soon Come (Digital Soundboy mp3)
2. Xylitol – Kunst Ist Tot (Peripheral Conserve 7″)
3. Icona Pop feat. Charli XCX – I Love It (Record Company TEN mp3)
4. Woebot – Woebiotic EP (Hollow Earth 12″)
5. Libbe Matz Gang – Infantilised Britain EP (Libertatia Overseas Trading 7″)
6. Showtek ft. We Are Loud & Sonny Wilson – Booyah (Spinnin’ mp3)
7. Uschi-No-Michi – Ameratsu (Phatic Music 7″ and mp3 remixes)
8. Spoils & Relics – Turner (Harbinger Sound 7″)
9. Mark Professor – Oyster Card (Rongorock 7″)
10. Ramon Judah – Only Wicked People (Reggae Roast 7″)
(I’ve barely had a chance to keep up with music produced by people I know this year, let alone anything else – apologies for any obvious omissions.)
In alphabetical order, 2013 releases only:
AMK – Spur N (Fragment Factory)
Band of Holy Joy – City of Tales vols 1 and 2 (Exotic Pylon)
Best Available Technology – Further Tracks (Further Records)
Stuart Chalmers / Nick Edwards – Split (Feral Tapes)
CHXFX – The Unhaptic Synthesizer (Further Records)
Crabskull – Keep The Evil Away (Dub Ditch Picnic)
Sophie Cooper – Labyrinth (Exotic Pylon)
Ekoplekz – Devesham Dub (Sex Lies Magnetic Tape)
GRMMSK – Unfrei (Totes Format)
Mystery Attacks – Two (Rouge)
PLKZFX – Plkzistentializm (Further Records)
Solvognen / chaz dolo – spilt (Disco Insolence)
Some Truths – Low Point X – Magic and Dreams
various artists – The Art of Rave (m.m Label)
2 Mounts – Sycamore (Further Records)
(The Exotic Pylon tapes are missing from the photo, as Johnny kindly sends me digital promos. And I actually listen to them cos they are ace. Oh yeah and I missed off the Chalmes/Edwards tape due to being an idiot).
The London launch party was a lot of fun, with some great presentations and people.
The magazine is out now. It includes a great interview I did with noise legend Nomex.
Nemeton: Infiltration and Agent Provocateurs; Vision Tech; Endless War; Surveillance, Control and Repression
CF: NSU Update
Two in London: UK Anti-Fascist Round Up
Comrade Omega: Crisis in the SWP, or: Weiningerism in the UK
David Cecil: Confessions of an Accidental Activist
Neil Transpontine: Spiral Tribe Interview with Mark Harrison
Neil Transpontine: ‘Revolt of the Ravers’-The Movement Against the Criminal Justice Act in Britain, 1993-95
Split Horizon: What is This Future?
Fabian Tompsett: Wikipedia-A Vernacular Encyclopedia
Howard Slater: Shared Vertigo
Dan Hekate: Crystal Distortion
Howard Slater: Cut-Up Marx
Howard Slater: EARTH ‘A RUN RED
Marcel Stoetzler: Identity, Commodity and Authority: Two New Books about Horkheimer and Adorno
Nemeton: Life During Wartime: Resisting Counterinsurgency (book review)
Christoph Fringeli: One Night in Stammheim. Helge Lehmann: Die Todesnacht von Stammheim – Eine Untersuchung (book review)
Christoph Fringeli: Anton Shekovtsov, Paul Jackson (eds.): White Power Music – Scenes of the Extreme Right Cultural Resistence (book review)
CF: Press reviews
John Eden: Emencified Shrill Out: Nomex at the Controls
Alexis Wolton: Vinyl Meltdown, Prt. 1
Record reviews by Zombieflesheater, Nemeton and Kovert
Matthieu Bourel: Rioter
Plus: The Lives and Times of Bloor Schleppy
1. SPATIAL INTERVIEWED BY JOHN EDEN
An interview I did with Hackney-based producer Spatial is now published exclusively and for the first time at The Liminal.
This piece was originally intended for issue 5 of Woofah, but has been fully updated. (It’s the last outstanding thing I wrote for Woofah, which makes me a bit smiley and a bit weepy!). Spatial is an interesting guy and is well worth checking.
2. MORE TURBULENT TIMES ACTION
Idwal Fisher did a lovely review of my Turbulent Times fanzine, along with other publications.
The zine now has its own page if people are interested in ordering it or knowing about distributors etc.
I have properly started work on the new issue but can’t say when it will be out!
3. AND FINALLY, SOME ADVERTS:
I raved about the Xylitol track a while back for FACT Magazine so can’t wait to hear it on vinyl…. lord knows what the LMG track will be like!
Get yourselves here for more info and ordering details:
Some related fanzine action from me very soon.
release date: 20 October 2012. 68 pages
This looks like another great issue!
It includes an exclusive interview I did with industrial music superstar Jordi Valls about his work as Vagina Dentata Organ and The Valls Brothers.
Also a bunch of my reviews (including some of the lengthier ones intended for Woofah).
Darkam: The Art of Visual Noise
Nemeton: Political News
Christoph Fringeli: Neo-Nazi Terror and the Office for the Protection of the Constitution in Germany
Cherry Angioma: Communisation Theory and the Question of Fascism
Christoph Fringeli: From Adorno to Mao – The Decomposition of the ’68 Protest Movement into Maoism (extended book review)
Split Horizon: Control and Freedom in Geographic Information Systems
Riccardo Balli: “Bolognoise ain’t a Sauce for Spaghetti but Bologna’s Soundscape”
Polaris International: Documents and Interventions
- Noise and Politics – Technet Mix
- No More WordS
- Listener as Operator
- The Intensifier
- No Stars Here
- Techno: Psycho-Social Tumult
- Dead By Dawn – Explorations inside the Night
- Psycho-Social Tumult (Remix)
Dan Hekate: Kiss me, cut me, hurt me, love me
Howard Slater: Useless Ease
John Eden: The Dog’s Bollocks – Vagina Dentata Organ and the Valls Brothers (interview)
Neil Transpontine: Spannered – Bert Random Interview
LFO Demon: When Hell is full the Dead will Dance on your iPhone (Review of Simon Reynold’s “Retromania”
Christoph Fringeli: “Fight for Freedom” – The Legend of the “other” Germany (extended book review)
Nemeton: “West of Eden: Communes and Utopia in Northern California” (book review)
Datacide: Press reviews
terra audio: 2023: A Spor remembers ‘Reclaim the Streets’
John Eden: Christopher Partridge: Dub in Babylon (book review)
terra audio: Jeff Mills: Violet Extremist
terra audio: Keeping the Door of the Cosmos open – on Sun Ra’s Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen
The Lives and Times of Bloor Schleppy (12)
Comic by Sansculotte
1) “You can order it now for just 4 euro which includes world-wide postage. We can only offer this super-cheap price by shipping the copies in bulk, meaning if we ship something like 50 copies it costs about half of the normal price of 3 euro for postage per copy (which obviously would make no sense). We will do the first mailout on monday or tuesday, and won’t do another one for at least another 2-3 weeks.
So to get your copy hot off the press, please either send 4 euro via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org or take out a subscription, which costs only 10 euro for 3 issues. You can also include back issues 10 and 11 in the subscription deal – in case you don’t have them yet – so you wouldn’t even have to worry when the next issue is coming out!”
2) You can order online now from the Praxis Records shop.
3) I will get some copies in a week or two, so chase me up.
4) There will be a Datacide/Praxis Records stall at the London Anarchist Bookfair on 27 October.
There will be a 20th anniversary Praxis Records party on the SS Stubnitz in London on 2 November.