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- Hey, people on my friends list who I haven't already talked to and may be in, near, or around Seattle this weekend: come see me, meet me, shake my hand! I will be giving a presentation on Muslimgauze* at this weekend's Pop Conference at the Experience Music Project. The panel I'm on (also featuring critical bigwig Greil Marcus) will be on Sunday morning, April 13th, sometime between 9:00 AM and 10:45 AM -- I'm scheduled to go on second -- but I'll be in town the whole weekend, starting Thursday night. Holla at ya boy.

- Would you like to hear me rattle on and on about The Wire? This Wednesday at 10:30 AM CST, I'll be appearing as a guest on Kevin Fullam's always-worthwhile radio show, "Under Surveillance", and we'll be giving our post mortems of the greatest show in television history. If you're in the Chicago area, you can tune in at 88.7FM; if not, you can listen live online at WLUW's website, wluw.org. After the two-part show airs, you can hear an archived edition on the Under Surveillance website, and if you go there now, you can hear an audio archive of the last time we talked about The Wire, at the end of the third season.

*: As a particular challenge, I've attempted to create a short, 20-minute playlist that illustrates that, despite the charge that all their music sounds alike, Muslimgauze was, in fact, incredibly diverse-sounding within their basic framework. For the two of you who might actually know or care who Muslimgauze was, here's the songs I picked:


1. "Najibullah Headless" from Izlamaphobia. Choppy, staccato rhythms and harsh loops recall some of the more experimental noise-influenced techno.

2. "Murmur You Support the Arabs" from Observe with Sadiq Bey. Tremendously effective percussive loops with creepy, moody effects straight out of IDM and slashes of industrial feedback.

3. "Turkish Sword Swallower" from Sufiq. 'Classic' Muslimgauze: almost breakbeat-like use of percussion -- all played live -- and typically traditional Middle-Eastern melody loops.

4. "Thief of Aqua" from Zuriff Moussa. Danceable hip-hop beats with minimalist techno riffs and experimental vocal treatments. Catchy!

5. "Ankh in Dub" from Zion Train. Distorted ambient electronica with reggae rhythms and dub echoes. Shows the influence of his dub collaborations and remix projects with the Rootsman.

6. "Detrimental" from Syrinjia. More reggae and dub influences, and an amazing vocal sample that sounds almost like toasting, but all driven by a crushing, punk-style beat.

7. "The End" from Mullah Said. Muslimgauze at its most abstract: tiny, unconnected snippets of percussion and free-floating melodic vocals. Pure ambient.

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pr1ss
Apr. 7th, 2008 03:51 pm (UTC)
Holla Seattle!

(The Muslim music stuff was all Greek to me.)
thaitea
Apr. 7th, 2008 04:50 pm (UTC)
I like the moslems and the electric tubes you are discussing. Just so you know. However i cannot listen to your radio show because i am afraid of spoilers. But you have my friendly support, also you are number one!
superdaintykate
Apr. 7th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
I would very much like to hear said music...any chance I could score a mix cd from yez?
ludickid
Apr. 7th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Absolutely -- in fact, when I'm in Seattle this weekend, I'll have around 300 Muslimgauze tracks on my laptop, I'll just burn ye an mp3 disc. I loved the guy on all kinds of levels, and tons of his early stuff is great belly-dancing music, all mideastern percussion and snakey melodic loops...
yuriverse
Apr. 7th, 2008 09:04 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I'm usually not too hot on the loops-and-electronica, but Muslimgauze sounds interesting. I shall add them to me track-down list.

Did you get me recent email(s), by the way? I always fear when I change email accounts that they begin somehow disappearing into everyone else's spam boxes, for I am technologically savvy and calm that way.
crepedelbebe
Apr. 8th, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
Toasting?
ludickid
Apr. 8th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
crepedelbebe
Apr. 8th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
Thanks.
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