Wreck the Pre-Post War Ambience
- wreck thiS meSS on Radio 100 ° Amsterdam ° 99.3 FM
Pyscho-audiographic Dérives #114: Wreck the Pre-Post War Ambience
+ Live webcast <www.desk.nl/~dfm/>
Friday 19 April 2003 [24:00 - 3:15 AM]
"This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals,
despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the
stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate
tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence
toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or
to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated
persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read
these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life,
re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book,
dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very
flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in
its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face
and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of
o Walt Whitman
"I find dub's destruction of a structure a political as well as a
musical statement. If you are trying to question things lyrically,
you should also question musical orthodoxy."
o Mark Stewart
Media Tactique > A_Dontigny & Diane Labrosse 
The Üblog Tide > Jaap Blonk / Claus van Bebber / Carl Ludwig Hübsch 
Burst > Shelley Hirsch 
Fellini's Pickup Truck > Prime Time Sublime Community Orchestra 
War of Dreams > Shelley Hirsch 
Deserted Land > Rehkmire 
Monty Hall > Third Bass 
Tenderly / Club Enchantment > Shelley Hirsch 
Public Transportation > Claudia Bonarelli 
Blue Moon > Shelley Hirsch 
Sitting in a Room > Shelley Hirsch 
Lullaby > Coin Gutter 
Reaching for Jerry > Shelley Hirsch 
Rebel Tactics > Mossman 
Privatise the Air I > Gary Clail & the On-U Sound System 
Blessed Are Those Who Struggle > Mark Stewart & the Maffia 
Mash It Up / Total Destruction > DJ Scud 
The Paranoia of Power > Mark Stewart & the Maffia 
Kill or Be Killed > DJ Scud 
High Ideals and Crazy Dreams > Mark Stewart & the Maffia 
Next One Dead > DJ Scud 
Privatise the Air II > Gary Clail & Andy Fairley 
Bloody Nora > DJ Scud 
From the Craddle > Michael Stearns 
Fateh Guerilla > Muslimgauze 
The Playground > Ashra 
Hamman Jackal > Muslimgauze 
Get Thee Behind > Soma 
Azzazzin > Muslimgauze 
Counting on New Friends > Orbital vs Bump 'n' Grind 
The Resistance of the Cell > Mark Stewart & the Maffia 
The Whore of Babylon > Pan Sonic 
We're Doing Well Now > Barbed 
Rumours of War > June Tabor & Billy Bragg 
Nails in the Wall > Speedy J & Kait Gray 
Dreamer > Mark Stewart & the Maffia 
Say Hello to Allah > Aphex Twin vs Black Lung 
Street Fight > Durutti Column 
Church Bells > Speedy J vs Bass Communion vs HIA vs Grant Wakefield 
An End > Muslimgauze 
Dance Music for Dying Soldiers > Perverted by Desire 
Luban Ya Habibi [exc] > Mozart A. Chanine 
No News is Good News > Naseer Shamma & Bass Communion 
Perfect World > Holger Czukay 
Dog in America > Bola 
To the Grave > Amba 
Adios > Weather Report 
 "Telepathie" on No Type <www.notype.com>. Brilliant ambiences
from the back of a radio sinking into a polluted body of questionable
water. Canadians Diane Labrosse [ex girl art-rocker] has worked with
Iku Mori, Martin Tetreault & Zeena Parkins. & Dontigny is from the
Napalm Jazz Collective.
 "Imp Rovi Sors" on Kontrans <www.toondist.nl> Three Stooges in
the Cabaret Voltaire communicating with omnivores.
 "States" on Tellus <www.harvestworks.org>. Genius in a packet of
laughs. She yodels in a Borscht Belt venue in outer space. Tender
stories of real people.
 "The Prime-Time Sublime" on Corporate Blob
<www.primetimesublime.com>. sonic scrapings from a bargain basement
strip mall. Tube socks sounds.
 "The Deviant Lounge" on Land <www.phantomproduction.com>. the
outpost lounge along the spiritual Maginot Line between what we
imagine and what we perceive.
 "The Cactus Album" on Def Jam. I used to like this a lot more.
It's still fun but these guys sure tried hard to be cool.
 "No Type Sampler" on No Type <www.notype.com>. Sampler of edgy
sonic material from the Canadian cacophony tundra.
 "Far In Far Out" on Tzadik. Remixes of "States" with several new cuts.
 "All Your Dreams Are Meaningless" on No Type <www.notype.com>.
Vancouver industrial kitsch and abstract experimentalism as a
reaction to the failed social engineering experiments of Bauhaus.
 "Mossman vs. the World Bank" on Dispensation. Some of the most
rootsy dub available but without at all sounding tired or formulaic.
Among the world's best. From Montreal.
 "End of the Century Party" on On-U Sound vinyl. Great anthemic
album of leftist sloganeering to a dub beat. GC was one of those
enthusiasts and eternally hopeful about the power of the word. Most
of the lyrics are worked over versions of Mark Stewart material.
 "Learning to Cope with Cowardice" on On-U. Fleischer, Rumsfeld,
Cheney, Bush held prisoner in a concrete effluence drainpipe. Massive
soundsystem, CD player on repeat all cuts. "Learning to Cope" for 24
hours. Come back to find 4 stinky puddles of excrement. Perhaps my
favorite all-time disc.
 "Three the Hard Way: The Ultimate Soundclash" on Cross Fade.
This makes hardcore, noise, industrial, punk sound like the Partridge
Family covering the Carpenters. Aesthetic jihad.
 "The Fire This Time: Sub-Rosa Radio Mix" produced for Radio
Libertaire / WTM-Paris by guy-Marc Hinant and Gauthier [Quatermass).
Courtesy of Laurent [1/2 Panou] at Wreck This Mess in Paris.
Brilliant mix of text, analysis and ambience that helps set the
historical/hysterical framework for the current amnesia surrounding
the hypocrisy of the just fought war.
 "The Inspirational Sounds of Muslimgauze" on Universal Egg. The
perfect blend of the ever-defiant ally of all Arab liberation
movements. I had trouble with his implacable and stubborn
liberationist notions that never addressed fundamentalist tyrannies
but his music revolutionized the hybrization of industrial, dub, and
 "As The Veneer of Democracy Begins to Fade" on Stumm. Set this
one off in the Pentagon PA System. Run for cover.
 Earnest anti-war sentiments from the Pete Seeger of the 80s.
 Perhaps one of the most moving "sad songs" I have ever played
repeatedly on my radio show. Sad lamenting guitars and strings in a
duet with the sounds of an actual urban guerilla street skirmish.
Incredibly moving even 20 years hence.
 "Dance Music for Dying Soldiers" on ADM, 1990.
 "Luban Ya Habibi Operetta" recorded in Beirut/Damascus on Byblos, 1979.
 Upbeat sarcasm from proto-sampling electro-wizard HC. "I'm
living in a perfect world"
 "Sweetnighter" on CBS, 1973 vinyl. Fusion continues to
reverberate with confusion and controversy. The best/worst thing that
ever happened to jazz. WR were one of the main perpetrators and they
created some heavenly atmospheres.
* Fantastic Concert the night after this broadcast at the Bimhuis
<info@...> in Amsterdam. Shelley Hirsch [master vocalist of
1000 voices] and Anthony Coleman [master piano deconstructor]. Rode
bikes through a light rain - the Amsterdam spring has been amazing,
the hottest, sunniest, driest in 150 years or so - and into the
beautiful Bimhuis with 2 beautiful bike-riding babes. Talked with
Hirsch at the bar. While chatting she is scribbling away
left-handedly on sheets of lined notebook paper. I ask her what she
is doing. She is writing down lyrics. But this was supposed to be a
Kurt Weill night. Yes, but with mirthful improv. The thing I like
most about Hirsch is her incredible command of 1000 voices that come
from East New York tenements but also from Tuva and Pluto. What makes
it even more inspiring is that as an avant gardist she is not afraid
to be entertaining so there is plenty of schtik and references to
Borscht Belt and Spike Jones and stand up but she is also
compellingly visual like Merce Cunningham on laughing gas
* I have been turning to the Music of Mark Stewart
<www.uncarved.demon.co.uk/music/maffia/> since 1986 whenever world
events begin to make me anxious and angry. The war is now over
neverending just beginning. His music continues to resonate because
it remains a wonderful mix of high frequency noise aesthetics,
ferocious pandemonium, dub, experiment, anger, anarchy, and political
instigation. This has seldom ever been the case. Most political music
tends toward the realm of message at the expense of compelling
composition [often Ochs/Seeger/Guthrie - I love them but they were
stuck in the mode of messenger, using music only as an envelope as
the sending method] or the music is compelling but the message over
time seems embarrassingly simplistic [some Gang of Four, some of the
early political rap Ice Cube/T even Public Enemy] and so you have it,
this combo of great music with people like Brecht/Weill and this is
why they remain so vital. Resonance into timelessness remains one of
the great mysteries of art - the magic of speaking to the times and
then spinning out into timelessness
He not only makes a call to action, and urges deep
psycho-geographical reflection, he also offers a critique of
mediation / the tools of oppression / the intangible tentacles of the
consumer society / commodity fetishism and "the recuperation of
psychosis." If you want to read more then do a web search for "A
Bluffer's Guide to Mark Stewart & the Maffia", one of the most
brilliant single web pages of musical writing I have found.
* Operation Iraqi Looting [exc]
April 27, 2003 By FRANK RICH [NYT]
Let it never be said that our government doesn't give a damn about
culture. It was on April 10, the same day the sacking of the National
Museum in Baghdad began, that a subtitled George W. Bush went on TV
to tell the Iraqi people that they are "the heirs of a great
civilization that contributes to all humanity." And so what if
America stood idly by while much of the heritage of that civilization
its artifacts, its artistic treasures, its literary riches and
written records was being destroyed as he spoke? It's not as if we
weren't bringing in some culture of our own to fill that unfortunate
vacuum. It was on April 10 as well, by happy coincidence, that the
United States announced the imminent arrival of nightly newscasts
from Dan Rather, Jim Lehrer and Brit Hume on newly liberated Iraqi
TV. Better still, the White House let it be known, again on that same
day, that it was seeking $62 million from Congress for a 24-hour
Middle East Television Network that would pipe in dubbed versions of
prime-time network programming.
Goodbye, dreary old antiquity! Hello, "Friends"!
There is much we don't know about what happened this month at the
Baghdad museum, at its National Library and archives, at the Mosul
museum and the rest of that country's gutted cultural institutions.
Is it merely the greatest cultural disaster of the last 500 years, as
Paul Zimansky, a Boston University archaeologist, put it? Or should
we listen to Eleanor Robson, of All Souls College, Oxford, who said,
"You'd have to go back centuries, to the Mongol invasion of Baghdad
in 1258, to find looting on this scale"? Nor do we know who did it.
Was this a final act of national rape by Saddam loyalists? Was it
what Philippe de Montebello, of the Metropolitan Museum, calls the
"pure Hollywood" scenario a clever scheme commissioned in advance
by shadowy international art thieves? Was it simple opportunism by an
unhinged mob? Or some combination thereof?...
"What you are seeing is a reaction to oppression," said Ari Fleischer
on April 11, arguing that looting, however deplorable, is a way
station to "liberty and freedom." If only the Johnson administration
had thought of this moral syllogism, it could have rationalized the
urban riots that swept America after the assassination of Martin
Luther King. "Stuff happens!" said Donald Rumsfeld, who likened the
looting to the aftermath of soccer games and joked to the press that
the scale of the crime was a trompe l'oeil effect foisted by a TV
loop showing "over and over and over . . . the same picture of some
person walking out of some building with a vase." As Jane Waldbaum,
president of the Archaeological Institute of America, summed up the
defense secretary's response to the tragedy, he "basically shrugged
and said, `Boys will be boys.' "...
In 1943, American armed forces fielded a monuments, fine arts and
archives section to try to protect cultural treasures as we
prosecuted the war in Europe. Lynn H. Nicholas, who wrote the
definitive account of that story in "The Rape of Europa," told me
that she had been invited to give lectures "to reserve units doing
serious study on the securing of cultural artifacts" in recent years.
"They were being prepared for the eventuality of something like
this," she says. "Why weren't they deployed?" According to Mr.
Rumsfeld, it would be "a stretch" to say our failure to take such
measures was "a defect in the war plan." Rather, he said, the looting
is just a reminder that freedom is "untidy" or, in this case,
literally just another word for nothing left to lose.
Now that the pillaging of the Baghdad museum has become more of a
symbol of Baghdad's fall than the toppling of a less exalted artistic
asset, the Saddam statue, all the president's men are trying to put
Humpty Dumpty back together again...
The tragedy for America is not just the loss itself but the naked
revelation of our worst instincts at the very dawn of our grandiose
project to bring democratic values to the Middle East. By protecting
Iraq's oil but not its cultural motherlode, we echo the values of no
one more than Saddam, who in 1995 cut off funds to the Baghdad
museum, pleading the impact of sanctions, yet nonetheless found
plenty of money to pour into his own palaces and their opulent hordes
of kitsch. We may have been unable to protect tablets containing
missing pieces of the Gilgamesh epic. But somehow we did manage to
secure the lavish homes of Saddam's hierarchy, where the cultural
gems ranged from videos of old James Bond movies to the collected
novels of Danielle Steel.
[thanx to all those who have sent meaningful posts / links etc. :
Eddie du Foret, Scott at Paniculture, Dave the Shyboy, Black Sifichi
<http://www.blacksifichi.com>, Fabio at WFMU, Carola at On the QT,
Frank van Schaik, Pieter the Biker, and others...]
Congrats to Frank van Schaik who begins doing a weekly radio show at
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