wReck thiS meSS ~ Radio Patapoe 97.2 ~ Amsterdam
Ethno-Illogical Psycho-Radiographies: no. 212: Dub Killa
Maandag, 24 Maart 2003 (17.00 to 19.00)*
"I myself feel that our country (US), for whose Constitution I fought in a
just war, might as well have been invaded by Martians and body
snatchers. Sometimes I wish it had been. What has happened, though, is
that it has been taken over by means of the sleaziest, low-comedy,
Keystone Cops-style coup d'etat imaginable. And those now in charge of
the federal government are upper-crust C-students who know no history or
geography, plus not-so-closeted white supremacists, aka 'Christians,'
and, most frighteningly, psychopathic personalities."
--- Kurt Vonnegut
[via Eddé du Bois]
Forbidden Land > Dub Factory 
Genesis / Pillars of Smoke > Spectre 
Blood Shed > Singers & Players 
War Zone > Revolutionary Dub Warriors
Shah of Iran > The 7 Sages of Mesopotamia 
Killa Instinct > Sub Dub 
Apocryphal > The 7 Sages of Mesopotamia 
Towers Open Fire > Scarab vs Bill Laswell 
The Ignorance Version > Adrian Sherwood 
Peace & Justice > Zion Train 
Underground > Manazzeh vs the Equalizer 
War Ina Babylon > Max Romeo vs Lee "Scratch" Perry 
Mr. President > The Heptones & Jah Lion vs Lee "Scratch" Perry 
No Justice For The Poor > King Tubby meets the Upsetters 
The Show Is Coming > Dub Syndicate 
Jah War > Ruts 
SDI > Lee "Scratch" Perry 
Resistance of the Cell > Mark Stewart of the Maffia 
Lonely Soldier > Groove Corporation 
Hidden Agenda > Spectre 
Peace & Freedom > Rasboras Dub Tribe 
War & Friction > I-Roy vs Stereo Mc's 
Sniper > Systemwide 
Militant Base > Ruts DC vs Zion Train 
Thuds Like Scuds > Dubadelic 
* circumstance bring you the past few and the next few playlists in
an order that has nothing to do with chronology.
o My bass needs are periodically fixed with a dose of dub. Despite
its abstract excursions into psycho-sonic representations of altered
states it also has in its very form a sound that addresses
bombardment, frightening levels of treble and bass caused by
explosions. It also contains the sound of the mind dealing with its
after-effects. And sometimes the musicians involved attempt to
address the angst of their times. Dub remains at once realistic and
hopeful, rooted in roots with a penetrating puissance to reinvent
itself as a response to the quotidian.
 "More Bass Than Space" on Dubmission. One of the best [ex] labels
to deal with dub as pure wonderful excursions into the depths of
sonic destabilisation. Dubmission in hiatus and in the process of
 "The Second Coming" on Wordsound <www.wordsound.com>. Doom &
gloom [for those with a mindset and critical capacities that differ
from the official jingoism] from the Beirut on the east side of the
Brooklyn Bridge, where the sounds of colliding delivery trucks,
wheels bottoming out in deep dark potholes, where the soul begins to
mirror one of the many abandoned storefronts
 "Revenge of the Underdog" On-U Sound <onusound.co.uk>. The roots
and raw materials for napalm dub.
 "State of Evolution" On-U Sound <onusound.co.uk>. A band that
seems to constantly undermine and live short of its potential and
 "Seven Sages of Mesopotamia: Tales from Black Magheddo for Wreck
This Mess" on Htz Records <www.htz-records.com> is a project managed
by my long-time dubaholic companero in Paris [birthplace of the
original WTM], Laurent, and the sonic genius of BBC sound engineer,
Andy Diey <http://www.alchemyaudiolab.com
>. It seems to take dub as a
starting point as interpreted by fellow long-time Manchester cohort,
the late Bryn Jones [Muslimguaze] and take some of the prickly or
industrial edges off of it to offer a sound scape that both soothes
and inspires. There are images of inspiring [yet dangerous]
landscapes, foreign territory, alien-ness, filmworks for the blind.
I recently asked Laurent of WTMK-Paris some questions:
WTM: how did the 7 sages project/collaboration come about? what was
your part in the production?
Laurent: I love the piece BF did for the compilation "Docking
Sequence" on BSI. Ezra gave me Andy Diey' number and asked if he'd
submit something to my "Dub This Net". He sent me a CD-R of material
to choose from. But everything on it was excellent!!! So I asked if
he wanted to do an entire album of this demo. And I wanted to keep
the WTM "logo" for the record and asked if it was OK to integrate WTM
into the title. The idea is to do a series of studio albums for WTM
like the Peel Sessions idea. I did a lot of the cover artwork, looked
for visuals, texts, organized the production with Ian and mastering
at chez Norscq. In short, it was like being a director of a film that
guides the artists, cameraman, etc and paid everyone based on
earnings from "Dub This Net".
WTM: is it an homage or reworking of muslimgauze themes?
Paris: No. Andy [BF] was very close to Bryn Jones / Muslimgauze. He
also lived in Manchester and they knew each other well. Otherwise, he
has been working on a tribute to Bryn (1/2 remix, 1/2 hommage) of
MuslimGauze under the name of Black Faction along with Rapoon, called
"Cult Of SunMoon" à paraître sur SoleilMoon.
 "Dancehall Malfunction" on Asphodel <www.asphodel.com>. One of
the NY bands that goes on the deepest dredging missions into lakes of
melted black ice. Dub for a William Gibson novel.
 "Shake the Nations" on Wordsound <www.wordsound.com>. Paranoia,
vision, bombast and yet effective beats that fly in the face of a
culture that defines itself as modern by how fast its people are
processed by hyper-speed addictions.
 "Never Trust a Hippy" on Realworld. One of my 2003 faves. AS has
created a wonderful dynamic tension between up and down beat, hope
and gloom, back and foreground, like a sonic version of a backdrop
that not only dominates the stage but subsumes all the actors
performing in front of it.
 "Original Sounds of the Zion" on Universal Egg <wobblyweb.com/ue>
Fusing hypnosis and indulgence, trance and awareness.
 "Manasseh meets the Equaliser: Step Like Pepper" on Select Cuts
<www.selectcuts.de>. Great new album by M. who seems to have learned
a lot from 80s dub including On-U but doesn't let that get in his way
to producing fervently engaged dub.
 "Arkology" LSP "Watching Babylon burn red hot." Treading that
fine line between vision and paranoia, genius and trickster,
glossalalia and poesie.
 "Roots & Society" Culture Press.
 "Tunes From the Missing Channel" On-U Sound. For 10 years or so
they were the urban dub band of record.
 "Wild Dub: Dread Meets Punk Rockers Downtown" on Select Cuts.
Wonderful collection of stillo-vital altho nostalgia arousing dub
meets punk sounds to make righteous anger and contemptuous
ir/reverence sound just right. Includes The Ruts, Clash, Basement 5,
Generation X, Vivien Goldman, PiL, Pop Group, Stiif Little Fingers -
even Grace Jones!
 "Walking on the edge of oblivion"
 "As The Veneer of Democracy Begins to Fade" Is probably one of
my favorite albums of all time. Thanks to Laurent at WTM-Paris for
making me a collection of MS CDRs. When you get angry and frustrated
about the war mongers and profiteers there is nothing more sonically
rousing & cleansing than the sounds of MS. Still contemporary,
engaged, and he takes dub for a ride into distortion, a place it had
never gone to before, and all in the early 80s.
 "Co-operation Dub" on Echo Beach. Beautiful grooves.
 "The Ill Saint presents: Subterranean Hitz vol. 3" on Wordsound.
Dig a hole you wanna crawl into. Nihilism meets the shadiest of dub.
 "French Dub Connection" on Echo Beach. Rousing collection of
post-punkie dub meets roots meets drum and bass in a drumstick
 "King Size Dub" on Echo Beach. Nicolas does great collections of
reconfigured classics and forgotten dub masterpieces.
 "Pure & Applied" on BSI. The US West Coast is kept awake with
this great label.
 "Rhythm Collision Remix" on Echo Beach. Punk dub meets trance dub.
 "Bass Invaders" on Wordsound. Messianic dub from the dispeptic
intestines. Like a Celine or Hubert Selby novel with reverb and
o In 1918, ex-President Teddy Roosevelt challenged Woodrow Wilson's
sweeping crackdown against dissent after the American entry into
World War I. "To announce that there must be no criticism of the
president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong,"
Roosevelt said, "is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally
treasonable to the American public."
o THE WAGES OF INNOCENCE: A Moral Diatribe [exc] by EDDIJ de Bosche
"Just as it's fine and dandy for successive Turkish governments to
massacre Kurds, but not for Saddam to do it. Or for Saudi Arabia to
execute women for adultery when even the Butcher of Baghdad doesn't
do that. And for Ariel Sharon to get away with having been an active
war criminal when he was Israel's defense minister (for which heinous
deeds he is now facing charges in Brussels) and continue to be one,
vis-à-vis his abominable treatment of Palestinians, now that he is
(yet again) his country's prime minister. For Mugabe to impoverish
his people, the government of Kuwait (liberated by the West,
remember?) to continue on its authoritarian way unimpeded. For all
those Central Asian republics (no longer in the grasp of the one-time
"evil empire" which significantly collapsed without a single American
military shot having been fired) to be just as despotic, equally as
ruthless and undemocratic as the much-reviled Saddam (now that, with
the help of having already bombed the bejabbers out of Afghanistan,
we've figured out a more 'peaceful' way to get our grubby hands on
their gas and oil reserves). The litany of Western transgressions is
agonizingly long, thoroughly documented and, for the most part,
fairly well-publicized. But do take note of this recent news item
concerning the above-mentioned Turks and Kurds. On February 19th The
Times (London) reported that in return for agreeing to give access
for American troops fighting a war against Iraq, Turkey is demanding
"not only a substantially increased aid package, but also clearance
to follow invading American troops into northern Iraq to secure the
country's southern borders, which are home to dissident Kurdish
groups seeking a state of their own." Italics added by me so that you
won't fail to realize that the true aim of this demand is to go in
and wipe out said Kurdish dissidents. But hey, America needs Turkey,
Turkey is a part of NATO, Turkey wants to join the EU. So to hell
with those Kurds, as long as it's Turkey doing a dirty on them and
not Saddam. This is the same Turkey, you may recall, from which
President Kennedy agreed to remove American missiles aimed at the
Soviet Union in return for Nikita Khrushchev taking his missiles out
of Cuba, after Kennedy further gave his word that all plans for
invading the Caribbean island would be scrapped. The bottom line here
is that the Iraqi people are not in a position to elect their leader,
or even to overthrow him, even more so because (as Senator Robert
Byrd informed his do-nothing congressional colleagues in an eloquent
anti-war speech on February 12th) more than 50% of the Iraqi
population is under the age of 15. All of which makes them as close
to innocent as you can possibly get in the vile world of
international power politics. [february 2003]
* Thankx to Laurent at WTM-Paris [500+ shows of Wreck this Mess since
I left Paris], Sifichi, and all the dub evangelicals [BSI, UE, On-U,
Echo, Wordsound, who make sure I get the soundest of propaganda.
Thanx also to all the people who have supplied vital critiques and
info concerning current events.
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SEX TETE, a review of the spoken word works of Roberto Valenza...
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