B'rnai Karabasov I Samozvantsy "Apache (Garazhnae)" (MP3)
Dobrovol'tsy Ponevole "Volga! Volga!" (MP3)
While the advent of Borat may have been the straw that broke the camel's back, the Kazakhstani government seemed pretty able to cope with the snotty musical underground of 1986-96 as documented on the Steppe Punk 7" single with little outcry. Grab these two slobbering slabs of great punk rock (the first being the Link Wray tune) originally out in 2000 on the great Tian An Men 89 label, which has been documenting weird subterranean sounds from Iran, Myanmar, Macedonia and more rarely-examined locales. This one's long gone, but others are found via S-S Mailorder here in the U.S. As for relations between Kazakhstan and the west, we'll see what happens after the Borat flick opens in November, there may be a "new wave" in response.
The Misfits "Six Pack" (Live on WFMU) (MP3)
"We have been around the world, we will find the terrorists, and get them." This was Jerry Only's ultimatum laid down during the Misfits' interview on Pat Duncan's show October 4, 2001 and somehow we all envisioned the costumed crusaders smoking out Afghani caves in the weeks ahead, impaling the terrorist with those pointy things on the front of their hairdos. Despite rattled nerves and smoking debris just across the river from WFMU, it was pretty damn exciting to see Only on bass in the FMU live room ripping through a catalog of Misfits, Ramones, Black Flag covers ("Six Pack" offered here). Why the covers? Well, he was joined by none other than Dez Cadena on guitar and Robo on drums alternating with Marky Ramone. Yep, major royalty in our humble hallways and we were all pretty tongue-tied. I even made the faux pas of saying hello to Marky as "Tommy" (duh, good going), but I don't think he caught it anyway. They rocked the house and left us a bunch of action figures to give away on the next fundraiser. It was definitely up there with Yogi Berra for FMU celebrity moments. You can check out the archive of Pat's show that evening here (Real Audio). Now, if we could only work on getting these guys.
Ergo Phizmiz "M: 1000 Year Mix" (MP3's: Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Phizmiz is a UK sound artist of much fanfare around WFMU in the recent years, he's collaborated with Do Or DIY host Vicki Bennett, Scanner, The The, Alex Nielsen, and even WFMU Blue Page DJ Dirty Duck who played John Cale on Ergo's White Light White Heat project. He's tackled plunderphonics, electroacoustic art, straightforward electro, turntablism, sampling and adapted it all into both recorded works and radio pieces. His latest endeavor is a mix of 1000 years of music history recontextualized and kindly offered up on his site (or you can grab it from us above, of course). Being presented on Resonance FM as well as on the Isle of Wight as an installation of sound, sculpture and video. Looking at the giant list of sources for these recordings reveals the likes of Beyonce and Barrel Organs, Michael Jackson and Jaap Blonk, Antonio Russolo and Rogers and Hammerstein.
Below is a digest of all MP3-soaked posts from Beware of the Blog over the past month (salted and limed by Liz Berg):
- Take a listen to Grace Slick's German psych-prog vocal twin, singer of '60s-'70s band the Rattles. Brought to you by Brian Turner.
- Celebrate censorship in America with a few of our favorite bleeped-out tunes.
- A Brazilian news show interviews a drunk guy, minutes later a baile funk remix of the drunk guy appears on the internet. Watch the video and download the MP3 right here.
- Download a ton of piano-less takes on Eric Satie's composition Vexations, some heavy-hitters on this post from Kenny G include Alan Licht, Stephin Merritt, and David Grubbs.
- Airchecks from a station north of the Mason-Dixon line that still plays old shit-kickin' country.
- Billy Jam joins the WFMU podcast lineup.
- McCarthy toadie and all-around troublemaker Harvey Matusow recorded an LP called War Between Fats and Thins, which Ken lovingly posts in its entirety right here.
- Dueling untrained a-capella acts: seriously incorrect MP3s from Robin Kahn and Nick the Bard performing the classics (Court and Spark, Tapestry, Thick As a Brick, etc). Direct all hate mail towards Kenny G.
- WFMU's Laura Cantrell (who has been known to sing on a record or two) got a major shout-out from satellite radio star DJ Bob Dylan, after he spun one of her tracks. Talk about surreal, thanks Brian!