And it's fantastic! Labels: kurdishkurdistanmusicturkey. I've been taught that it is a breach of netiquette to reproduce comments from Google Reader. So I'm not going to relate a conversation I read a couple of months ago between two scholars I respect a great deal, though the gist was that Los Angeles jerk music was just too commercial.
Oh, they didn't use that exact term, but I got the drift. They talked about "genre-brands" and "entering into the symbolic circuits of consumer capitalism", and if they didn't use the preposterous, worker-demeaning term "affective labour" it was probably by accident.
Jerk which I don't think either of them dislike, by the way supposedly was close in the way it presented itself to the commercial end of capitalism, and contained a bunch of aspects that supposedly pegged it as particularly interested in selling itself.
Well, I beg to differ. Juke is also consistently wonderful music, but it certainly plays much closer to the capitalist rules, and is in many ways much more in line with a capitalist ideal.
And I think calling it "consumer capitalist" is making jerk's quiet rebellion a great disservice. What was the most successful capitalist music product online last year? Obviously, such a product's quality is to be measured in the only language that capitalism understands: sales.
Thus the most capitalist product in downloadable media was, by a good distance, neither Lady Gaga nor the Black Eyed Peas but the extremely successful album Only by the Night by Kings of Leon. It's aesthetic is entirely in a supposedly non-capitalistic, "alternative" mode, with a hand-painted album cover, sullen-looking, black-clad album photos, and a sort of supposedly earnest rock music that's miles from Flo Rida.
The same relationship exists with juke and jerk. Jerk is spreading to poor communities as far away as panamabut juke is definitely the most promising capitalist product - it's got major backing from the hot and hip, and is apparently all over London right now. And yet, it is seen as less commercial!
So, bizarrely, is dubstep, perhaps the single most successful new electronic music form of the last decade. From my point of view, though, a much better biological analogy is that of symbiosis, what a feminist like me would call intersectionality: the fact that capitalism closely associates and connects itself to other systems of power, other dichotomies that divide the world.
Clear, unambiguous, oversimplified divisions like "mainstream" vs "alt" allows capitalism to thrive, and it in turn creates and nourishes the power dimension that these divisions rely on.
Take the rebel archetype, the idea of someone who's supposedly standing up to power. As it looks like right now, the rebel is a complete bourgeois, patriarchal, pro-violence invention of the romantic era - inevitably male, inevitably black-clad, inevitably seething with agression.
Into this archetype all kinds of people get sucked in - how often have not delinquent street gangs, bikers, warrior groups been recast as "rebels" of some sort? And whether it likes it or not, juke fits right into the ideal: all-male, industrial-set, clad in mainly dour colours, hyper-competitive in a warrior mode, with footwork crews named stuff like "Wolf Pac" and "Terra Squad" talk about self-branding, by the way.
Only of course it appeals immensely to capitalism itself as well. Companies have profited majorly of that particular rebel stereotype, which is built immensely on consumption of a particular image.
In some ways, reducing the supposed left to a bunch of middle-class, revolution-dreaming, black-clothes-buying patriarchal rebels is capitalism's greatest achievement, because it totally neutralises any real opposition. Autonomic Marxism and Shebeleza - Various - Shapa Bafana Shapa (CD) really go hand in hand. Jerk, by contrast, is a totally different kind of beast. It takes this particular capitalist dichotomy and totally fucks it over.
Women are much more visible, the colours are bright, the competition is toned down how non-capitalist is that! And they stay away from traditional capitalist channels to a large extent, existing on hard-to-monetise youtube, releasing 96 kbps MP3s, dancing on streets and rooftops. It remains difficult to categorise and thus difficult to monetise; besides one moderate mid-chart hit, it's really not produced a whole lot of value to capitalism at all.
And its ambiguties and lack of a clear archetype have created a lot more stirring in the general sentiment see the skinny jeans debate than juke and footwork ever could. It's far from as clear. But clarity, of course, is a capitalist virtue Labels: dancingfeminismjerkjukeMarxismmusicpolitics.
I think I may have found a new favourite contemporary vocalist, just last week. The production is stale and sounds several years old, and even lacks that bassiness that makes zouklove wonderful. But the vocalist! She's not got great range or great dynamic expressiveness, I'll grant you. But she does one thing immensely, immensely well - she takes fast-moving, rhythmically precise singing to another level entirely by making it sound perfectly effortless and simple.
Soft as a simple voice, yet extremely complex in the perfect precision with which she places her notes. And she does it fucking polyrhythmically!
Take the chorus, for instance. The result is bloody fantastic, she completely runs counter to the main rhythm and makes it sound effortless as fuck. Bonus: Another dude that can sound like Autotune with just his natural voice. Bakary - Femme de la Nuit Mediafire. Labels: goldeemusicpolyrhythmrhythmzouk.
It's been a couple of years since I last really seriously looked into the music scene of Bhutanwhose Sebastien Tellier -meets- Miami Bass drum machine-driven pop still makes it one of my favourite Asian countries.
I've done a few half-hearted searches for scraps, but then today through some absurd, self-glitching youtube-mp3-leeching site I found a bunch of new search words that have turned up more excellent material.
So here you go, a bunch more Bhutanese tracks, hopefully whetting your appetites for even bigger amounts. Labels: bhutanmusicrigsar. The jejemons of the Phillipines are perhaps not as musically interesting as some of the other groups in the matrix, but their linguistic inventiveness they've even got their own alphabet, sorry jejebet, and a weird mixed Tagalog-English sociolect and their fun fashion totally makes up for it.
Although the Indonesian Department of Education doesn't seem to think so. And of course the name, involving a Spanish-Tagalog-English-Japanese linguistic clash, is pretty awesome in itself. These videos show some of the more mainstream, high-end jejemons, all wearing "jejecaps" and a variety of fun, colourful street clothing.
Note the distinct lack of actual Skinny Jeans in the second video. One web store defines jejemon wear as: Jejecap - the jejecaps are rainbow colored caps. Now please bring on the "self-branding means they're all capitalist stooges" critiques. Labels: fashionjejemonmusicphilippinessubculturetrends. Everyone and their grandmother has posted tracks featuring Vuvuzelas as part of the sound palette during this world cup, so this is very much a late challenge and barely escapes a yellow through it actually being a South African track, which I believe none of the others are.
It's also got a really nice chorus of "Vuvu-zeeeeela, vuvu-zela" which is a bonus, and was apparently an official Bafana Bafana supporter's anthem. This is precisely the sort of thing the all-pervasive nature of Facebook should facilitate, at least in theory, and if anyone has more good MP3-exchanging groups from less-well-known countries give me a shout out.
Labels: kwaitomusicmzansi housesouth africasportvuvuzela. Tikitech while I was away. The animals never stop coming in faux-African music, do they? Here's a bunch from the last month or so. I could probably fill a whole page with just material that associates the current World Cup with safari animals instead of, you know, creatures that actually play football but that veers outside the mission of this series a little bit.
Here, though, is a World Cup cash-in compilation released by a Berlin label that fits riiiiight in there: [Compilation on Faluma Africa. Who's white. Note also the prominent hummingbird; hummingbirds are endemic to the Americas. This next one is a bit borderline, 'cause the African-fakeness is not worn on the sleeve. Still, that is one mighty big African animal, and Baobinga is of course certainly in the global ghettotech blogging game.
Via Bass music ] And finally, here's an Austrian tribal-house street album cover featuring monkeys. And a ship, you say? Yeah, that's not a colonialist symbol at all. Via Ghetto Bazaar ] These things really seem to come to the forefront in Summer. I'm sure July will offer its share of tikitech visual delight. Labels: global ghettotechmusictikitikitech.
I normally never walk past the Caspian Food Store here in Kista, since it's in an area that the city planners in their infinite wisdom have decided is to be unreachable by foot! I promptly bought a couple. The titles of the albums are very generic in the "Persian Collection Vol. I like the chugging starkness of this one, it reminds me of bass-frequency-oriented 80s disco by artists like OFF and Franek Kimonoonly funkier.
Barobax feat. Gamno - Soosan Khanoom Mediafire This one I can't decide whether to love or hate - it's inconsistent, and jumps all over the place, and seems to be a novelty humour piece, but the lilting groove is amazing when it works.
And it has Vocoder. Saman's Bahaar has a classic melody, and this remix adds a lovely synth solo and a wicked drive. Leans over into techno-schlager hell a bit, but it just works I think, especially past the first verse.
Saman - Bahaar Remix by? Disco and the guy's vocal uniqueness saves it. Plus it has breath sounds and rapper that sounds like a prepubescent boy. To Hungary. I planned to Blog during my absence but the weather and company was too nice.
Labels: iranmusicpop. Facebook, much hated among a lot of you, has reworked its "pages" feature in a very interesting way. Used to be, people registered a "fan page" of someone or something, and you could then attach yourself to that phenomenon, via system similar to the groups. If no fan page existed, you were out of luck - you had to create and run one of your own if you wanted information about something.
Now, they've done some technical jiggery-pokery, and suddenly the system has been completely overhauled: whatever you've indicated as "likes" in your profile music, movies, books etc. Although apparently this will only last a short while until they've found moderators for everything, it means there are suddenly potentially infinite "walls" that people can be fans of stuff on. Lots of interesting postings on any topic you, well, like, seemingly harvested at random from other peoples' postings.
Fuck those privacy controls. Logobi, for instance, has a discussion-rich fan page which is just starting out. Looking for new phenomena linked out of it, I get a posting asking " Labels: esotericresearchinternetlogobimusictallava. I wish I knew enough Portuguese to be able to decipher the following brilliant, low-end-heavy piece of Mozambican snap, but it's easily the coolest track about Blogging I've ever heard anyway.
And a track about the actual phenomenon of remixing stuff. Also a great idea! Labels: blogosphereblogsmarrabentamozambiquemusic. I've blogged absolute tons about the Eurovision Song Contest in past years but other commitments have kept from even keeping proper track myself this year. However, I just have to share the original, since remixed version of the Greek entry, which takes the whole concept of "ringtone pop" to another level: Anyway, To make up for my Eurovision slackness in general, I'm going to be live-tweeting the contest instead, starting in around three hours.
Follow me at Birdseeding on twitter. Labels: eurovisiongreecemusic. Scene: I'm in the studio of manele superstar producer Dan Bursuc.
Suddenly, growing tired of a half-finished track, the arranger brings up a decade-old hit by Florin Salam to play around with while Lele takes a much-needed break. The track has a touch of reggae about its arrangement, and it seems the vocals have caught a tinge of that as well, feeling vaguely sing-jayish in phrasing while remaining manele-melismatic in melody.
He samples and loops a section - starting at - and dumps the arrangement right out, to try to create a new one for it. He quickly puts down some General MIDI lines - in the real songs almost always VSTs or electronic instruments, of course - but then he gets stuck on what to do with the more high-pitched of the basslines.
Using a cheesy Slap Bass patch, he thinks of doing some sort of funk arrangement, but what he comes out with instead is straightforwardly a clave, dom-dom-dom, dom dom. He doesn't like it much. He plays around with it, and to my astonishment I'm sitting on the couch behind him he suddenly plonks down a bassline that sounds extremely much like the Bam Bam riddimexcept with the first and second bars in opposite order After a bit of decoration, he decides the excercise is futile and dumps the whole file.
Time to record the next Lele track. Labels: global ghettotechinfluencemanelemusicromania. Okay, let's see if having some access to a network and being privilidged helps any, eh?
Dan Bursuc top left is manele's most prolific and successful producer by a long shot. I've interviewed him several times during the past week. He's an open, larger-than-life man with a sharp sense of business and marketing, and is extremely proud of his Roma and ultimately Indian heritage. As I left, I asked if there's anything I could do for him, and he asked me to see if I could locate a certain type of musician on very short notice.
Dan Bursuc is looking for an English-language rapper or deejay, or grime mc - the styles flow into each other in Romania. Skillful is good, famous is absolutely not necessary. The rapper has to be willing to learn to perform a verse in Romani. And he's trying to find one by next weekto guest on the supremely talented future-of-manele whizkid Lele's upcoming album. Bursuc will pay for transport and accomodation. I've got friends in Romania who will happily help translate and interpret. Anyone got any ideas who would fit into this role, and would like to stay a few days in beautiful sunny Bucharest?
I'm a touch ambivalent at manele being sucked into the whole hip global circus, but on the other hand they're really reaching out and the new stuff I heard in the studio is brilliant, connecting beautifully to both tradition and modernity. The Roma in Romania feel an enormous kinship to African-Americans specifically, with whom they share a similar history of slavery, segregation and racial discrimination.
Labels: communitymanelemusicrapromaromania. Since I seem to have got a few new readers recently, here's a recap of the whole tikitech phenomenon before I bring up a large, oven-fresh batch of examples.
Instead of attaching themselves, as they'd previously done frequently, to the visual language associated with dance music genres from the developing world, they instead adopt an approach that borrows heavily from colonialist depictions of colonised places. Africa is represented as a safari, South America as a jungle, both particularly wild an untamed and dominated by animals rather than people.
This parallels the tiki revival's obsession with faux-polynesian artifacts and depopulated beaches, hence the name, coined in a Google Reader comment by Wayne. The music, as the visual imagery, is bereft of actual people from the developing world. It's the ultimate - possibly unconscious - colonialist fantasy of virgin land, free to be filled with whatever exotic content we desire. Here are today's examples: Diamond Bass This Portugese dude recently added me on Facebook and has been sending me a banana boatload of classically formulated tikitech since.
All of these are taken off his soundcloud page : In classic tiki music fashion, there are also frequent use of "actual" ie.
Hollywood jungle sounds in the tracks themselves. Also note the tiger in "Africa". Via gen bass. It doesn't present itself as particularly tropical put it doesappear on gen bassand there are both sampled and synthesised "jungle" sounds throughout the tracks, Shebeleza - Various - Shapa Bafana Shapa (CD). This is a series of uncorroborated rumours and ideas thrown at me from various people I've talked to about manele.
Until I finish my research none of it is to be regarded as empirically sound, well-collected evidence, and I'm not providing any source for any of it. Please correct me if I'm wrong about anything. No, not those loudness wars. During the communist era the Roma were an almost completely silenced group in Romania. Not fitting into the idea of national unity, they were silenced, their culture considered crudely derivative of the Ottoman one and unsuitable in the new Romania.
They were forbidden from playing their music, excluded from official records, barred from holding many jobs, and generally treated as second-hand citizens. After there should have been a change to all that but as we all know "free" capitalism and a racist social order doesn't work that way, and they were still consistently pushed to the lowest rungs of the social ladder, discriminated against at all levels, including officially. But free speech did bring one big change: the Roma could now be heard.
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However, for this father-of-two, the dream of being a full-time musician was put on hold so he could provide for his children. A local vet, who wished to remain anonymous, reported treating several pets petrified by the loud blowing of vuvuzelas. For such cases, we prescribed sedatives to help them cope. There are also effective homeopathic remedies available that may be bought across the counter at most surgeries to help keep your pet. Do not blow a vuvuzela in close range of your pet and if your dogs or cats are frightened by the sound, make.
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