Category Archives: music

“This Machine Chills Copyright Bots”: a #DJmix coda to #FairDealingWeek

A mad mash of Billie Eilish, Deadmau5, Lil Jon, Carly Rae Jepsen, Armand Van Helden, Public Enemy, Young Galaxy et al:

The general idea here’s a thick mix–2-4 tracks playing at most times* (all in the key of Gm/Bb)–seeking to scramble copyright bots’ capacity to discern properties; and in the process to share a genre-bent (#twotone) music mix for use in your socials that hopefully won’t get taken down by copyright bots. Which are just the worst judges of #fairuse and #fairdealing. (If you do use this mix but find your socials take it down, I’d welcome a comment about it.)
What CV Dazzle is to face recognition tech, a mix like this wants to be to automated copyright enforcement. And a coda to #fairdealingweek.
(* except the intermezzo with Sasha’s “Xpander”)

This mix, btw, began as an improvised #ValentinesDay jam for my basement #rollerskating fam…which I add to reflect how critique proceeds as a labour of love.

Downloadable-file version: TBA. Here’s the full track list:

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New post at my other blog: “On fielding a press inquiry about how pop culture depicts the oil industry”

English professors don’t often get press inquiries, but a writer for EnergyWire, an oil business-facing news service, contacted me last week to ask what I think of the video for Justin Bieber’s new song “Holy.”…

A Shoegaze Abecedarius: new music mix & tracklist

An A-to-Z of my shoegaze faves, from Asobi Seksu to Zoon.
Because shoegaze is an August 2020 mood.
Complete tracklist below.

 

Drum & Bass Country: a new #TwoTone or a crime against nature?

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Just in time for #CanadaDay, I thought I’d share a DJ mix in which I improve US country anthems (by the late great Kenny Rogers, and Taylor Swift, among others) with infusions of UK drum & bass (and, yes, some CanCon rock too — cue to the 20-minute mark to hear The Guess Who meet Shy FX).‬#PlayItLoud #BlameCanada

Track list:

Dr Teeth's Drum & Bass Country DJ mix tracklist

Stay At Home Dance Party Megamix

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One year ago today, I DJ’d ACCUTE’s annual Congress dance party, then held at UBC. In lieu of The 2020 ACCUTE Dance Party That Wasn’t, here’s two and a half hours’ worth of random, mashed-up jams and grooves (75 min at about 112 bpm, then 75 min at 127 bpm).

In recognition of the Congress theme that we still need — viz., Confronting Colonialism & Anti-Black Racism — this mix kicks off with Rascalz, Kardinal Offishal et al’s “Northern Touch” remix by A Tribe Called Red; the mix also includes vintage Eric B and Rakim, and Run The Jewels’ “Early,” a sharp critique of police brutality and racism. Black lives matter.

Stay at home and play it loud. Dance in your PJs; lace up your roller skates; vogue on the veranda. You do you. Next year in Edmonton.

Track list:

  1. 00:00  Rascalz, Checkmate, Kardinal Offishal, Choclair and Thrust, “Northern Touch” (A Tribe Called Red remix)
  2. 03:23 Eric B. and Rakim, “Paid in Full”
  3. 06:13 Sofi Tukker, Nervo, The Knocks and Alisa Ueno, “Best Friend”
  4. 08:51 The Chemical Brothers, “Loops of Fury”
  5. 14:06 Groove Armada, “If Everybody Looked the Same”
  6. 17:42 Britney Spears, “I’m a Slave 4 U”
  7. 20:42 Daddy Yankee feat. Snow, “Con Calma”
  8. 23:20 Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Wanz, “Thrift Shop”
  9. 26:35 Adham Shaikh, “Water Prayer Rasta mix” (Matt the Alien remix)
  10. 27:42 Blondie, “The Tide Is High” (samples the Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Amputation”)
  11. 31:19 Shakira and Nicky Jam, “Perro Fiel”
  12. 33:57 Doja Cat, “Say So”
  13. 37:25 The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Get On Home” (sampling Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Black Heart,” ELO’s “Don’t Bring Me Down,” and the Sisters of Mercy’s “Lucretia My Reflection”)
  14. 41:03 Carly Rae Jepsen, “Black Heart’ (sampling ELO’s “Don’t Bring Me Down” and the Sisters of Mercy’s “Lucretia My Reflection”)
  15. 43:36 Erasure, “Victim Of Love” (sampling Justin Timberlake’s “Sexyback”)
  16. 47:01 A Tribe Called Red, “Suplex”
  17. 49:20 Deee-Lite, “What Is Love?”
  18. 52:55 Gwen Stefani, “Hollaback Girl” (sampling Adham Shaikh’s “Water Prayer Rasta mix” and My Bloody Valentine’s “Soon” [Andrew Weatherall mix])
  19. Lorde, “Teams” (sampling Adham Shaikh’s “Water Prayer Rasta mix,” Bloody Valentine’s “Soon” [Andrew Weatherall mix], and Cabaret Voltaire’s “Sensoria”)
  20. 59:19 Madonna, “Vogue” (sampling Cabaret Voltaire’s “Sensoria” and Public Enemy’s “Welcome To The Terrordome”)
  21. 1:03:38 La Roux, “Bulletproof” (sampling Cabaret Voltaire’s “Sensoria” and Public Enemy’s “Welcome To The Terrordome”)
  22. 1:06:01 Cornershop, “Brimful of Asha” (sampling Panjabi MC’s “Beware of the Boys” and My Bloody Valentine’s “Soon” [Andrew Weatherall mix])
  23. 1:11:24 Panjabi MC, “Beware of the Boys” excerpt
  24. 1:11:41 Morcheeba, “Shoulder Holster”
  25. 1:14:31 My Bloody Valentine, “Soon” (Andrew Weatherall mix)
  26. 1:15:45 The Chemical Brothers, “Free Yourself”
  27. 1:19:31 Ariana Grande, “7 Rings” (Le Brion house remix)
  28. 1:23:17 M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
  29. 1:27:33 The Chemical Brothers, “No Geography”
  30. 1:30:27 T-Rex, “Bang a Gong”
  31. 1:34:27 Bruce Springsteen, “Badlands”
  32. 1:38:00 Sinead O’Connor, “Mandinka”
  33. 1:41:38 99 Souls, Destiny’s Child and Brandy, “The Girl Is Mine”
  34. 1:44:47 Flo Rida and Nelly Furtado, “Low”
  35. 1:47:59 Azealia Banks and Lazy Jay, “212” (sampling Run The Jewels’ “Early” and Taylor Swift’s “Starlight”)
  36. Run The Jewels, “Early” (sampling Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”)
  37. Taylor Swift, “Starlight” excerpt (sampling Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” [Cedric Gervais remix])
  38. 1:55:41 The Almighty Beatfreakz, “Resident Soundboyz”
  39. 2:00:32 RIP, “Jump” (club mix)
  40. 2:04:14 Rogue Element, “Rogue One” (sampling the Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting for the Man”)
  41. 2:11:01 Go Home Productions, “Velvet Sugar” (mashup of the Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting for the Man” and “The Gift” with the Archies’ “Sugar”)
  42. 2:13:52 Scandal, “The Warrior” (sampling God Within’s “Raincry (Spiritual Thirst),” Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” and David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel”)
  43. 2:17:27 God Within, “Raincry (Spiritual Thirst)”
  44. 2:21:30 Inaya Day, “Hold Your Head Up High” (Soul Avengerz vocal mix)
  45. Boogie Pimps and Jefferson Airplane, “Somebody to Love” (Salt Shaker remix; sampling Hunter S. Thompson reading from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)

 

 

Shelter in Bass More: Drum & Bass May 2020

An hour and a half of drum & bass–crepuscular, reticulated, dread-fraught–with special appearances by Dr Dre, Pat Benatar and Ezra Furman. Stay at home and play it loud.

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Track list:

 

 

House In The Country: an April Fools mix

So here’s a hot messy miscellaneous mix: hits by everyone from the Dixie Chicks to the Tragically Hip, all banged up with house and techno beats by the likes of 2 Bad Mice and Armand van Helden. (It’s also got “April Skies” for April Fools Day and “Poets” for National Poetry Month.) Play it loud! Dance at home! If you never hear these songs the same way again, you’re welcome.

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Tracklist:

A #ClimateStrike soundtrack encore: playback link and full track list

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, “A Hard Rain’s a Gonna Fall”
Bob Dylan, “Shelter from the storm”
Rolling Stones, “Gimme shelter”
Metric, “Black Sheep”
Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Who’ll Stop the Rain”
Siouxsie & The Banshees, “Cities in Dust”
The Mission, “Like a Hurricane”
Sisters of Mercy, “This Corrosion” (with sample of Sneaker Pimps, “Spin Spin Sugar” [Armand’s dark garage mix])
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, “Straight to You”
U2, “Until the End of the World”
Leonard Cohen, “The Future”
The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Sundown”
Moby, “Everything Is Wrong”
Enya, “Storms in Africa”
Enya, “Storms in Africa (Part 2)”
God Within, “Raincry”
Princess Nokia, “Biohazard Butterfly”
Mobb Deep, “Hell on Earth”
Kings of the Rollers feat. Lydia Plain, “The Sky Is Falling”
S.P.Y. feat. Inja, “Landslide”
The Specials, “Too Hot”
Tom Waits, “Earth Died Screaming”
Neil Young, “Vampire Blues”
Bruce Cockburn, “Wondering Where the Lions Are”
Paul Simon, “The Boy in the Bubble”
Midnight Oil, “Beds Are Burning”
Spirit Of the West, “Save This House”
Knife Party, “Bonfire”
Morcheeba feat. Roots Manuva, “Blaze Away”
Civil Twilight, “Fire Escape”
Eurythmics, “When Tomorrow Comes”
Rachel Platten, “Fight Song”
Arya, “Warriors”
Destiny’s Child, “Survivor”
Hot As Sun, “Mother I’m Alive”
Maureen McGovern, “The Morning After”

New book: Shape Your Eyes By Shutting Them

It’s a delight to announce the publication of my debut book of poems, Shape Your Eyes By Shutting Them, from Athabasca University Press. At the link you can buy a print copy or download a free, open-access PDF copy. I’m a firm believer that open access doesn’t mean losing sales, it means gaining audience, and the audience for poetry (which has grown significantly of late) can always use broadening. Open access publishing with AU Press lets me extend a web-wide invitation to #OpenPoetry.

I’m surprised and honoured by the early praise given the book by two major Canadian writers. Di Brandt (author of Glitter & Fall) calls the book “a brilliant, crazy, deliciously carnivalesque romp through the surreal landscape of our times”; and Douglas Barbour (author of Listen. If) calls it “a wild mixtape of literary forms.” I’m inexpressibly grateful for these authors’ kind, generous words.

The book uses Surrealist techniques, like cut-up, juxtaposition, and détournement, in a fugue of poetic forms (centos, science fiction, sonnets, etc.) to tackle subjects ranging from love and work to anxiety disorders and ecological crisis. Moving from eroticism to the macabre and from transformative quotation to the individual idiom, the book enacts Northrop Frye’s claim that “poems can only be made from other poems,” and shows how citation is integral to creativity; authors need fair dealing too.

To give a sense of my work’s debts to others, I’ve created a mixtape of the songs that the book quotes, alludes to, or otherwise references. This mix sequences songs in the order in which their excerpts appear in the book. (Some poems quote no music, and some poems quote more than one song.) The mix includes all songs listed in the book’s Acknowledgments, and other songs from which the book uses short excerpts like titles or very short phrases. More than just further acknowledgment, this mix also means remuneration: Mixcloud pays royalties (to labels at least, and hopefully to artists too). And many artists featured in this mix are Canadian. (Support Can con!)

Whether you #OpenPoetry in print or digitally, I hope you like what you find. Thanks for reading.

Track list

00:00 Peter Gabriel, “Gethsemane”
01:36 Karyn Levitt, “Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life”
03:28 Heart, “These Dreams”
07:46 The Bee Gees, “More Than a Woman”
11:03 Shania Twain, “Man! I Feel Like a Woman”
14:51 The Zombies, “She’s Not There”
17:25 Wu-Tang Clan, “Da Mystery of Chessboxin'”
22:08 R.E.M., “So. Central Rain”
25:34 R.E.M., “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”
29:12 The Tragically Hip, “New Orleans is Sinking”
33:13 Paul Robeson, “Ol’ Man River”
37:50 Michael Jackson, “Thriller”
43:47 The Jesus and Mary Chain, “April Skies”
47:44 Bob Geldof, “Thinking Voyager 2 Type Things”
55:54 Stevie Wonder, “Heaven Help Us All”
59:24 The Muppet Show cast, “Why Can’t We Be Friends”
1:01:35 The Boys Next Door, “Shivers”
1:06:20 Brewer and Shipley, “One Toke Over the Line”
1:09:43 The Velvet Underground, “Sister Ray”
1:27:05 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, “Breathless”
1:30:11 Kate Bush, “Wuthering Heights”
1:34:48 Erasure, “Blue Savannah”
1:38:59 Sarah McLachlan, “O Canada”
1:40:39 Louis Armstrong, “I Guess I’ll Get The Papers and Go Home”
1:43:08 Tori Amos, “Tear In Your Hand”
1:48:06 The English Beat, “Mirror In the Bathroom”
1:50:55 Aphrodite, “Tower Bass”
1:56:24 The Spoons, “Romantic Traffic”
1:59:50 Enigma, “Mea Culpa”
2:04:21 Cowboy Junkies, “‘Cause Cheap is How I Feel”

Link & track list for summer 2019 drum & bass mix

Track list
00:00 Taylor Swift & London Elektricity, “You need to calm down” & “Tone poem”
02:47 Adele & M.I.A., “Send my love” & “Paper planes”
06:25 Kings of the Rollers, “You got me”
10:13 London Elektricity feat. Hugh Hardie, “Tape loops (Villem remix)”
13:40 Soligen, “Beautiful”
16:10 S.P.Y. feat. Inja, “Landslide”
21:09 Urbandawn, “Spectrum”
25:22 Kings of the Rollers feat. Lydia Plain, “The sky is falling”
29:34 Bladerunner, “Revolution”
31:06 Vampire Weekend, “Harmony Hall”
36:40 Primal Scream, “Come together (Farley mix)”
43:39 Urbandawn feat. Tyson Kelly, “Come together”
48:09 Logistics, “The trip (2017 remaster)”
53:31 JFB, “Shake it”