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“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:

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.

 

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.

Downloadable version

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.

Downloadable version
Tracklist:

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 Dr Teeth’s live DJ set for #ACCUTE2019 @ UBC’s encore #CongreSSH

ICYMI, here you can stream the DJ set I played at #ACCUTE2019 (or DM me if you want a DL version).

Track list:

00:00 Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, “Under your always light”
04:20 Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, “Under your always light (Teequa remix)”
05:42 Underworld, “Born slippy” [sampled 05:42-06:29]
07:42 Buffy Sainte-Marie & Tanya Tagaq, “You got to run (Spirit of the wind)”
08:06 Fatboy Slim, “Going out of my head” [sampled 08:06-11:20]
10:52 A Tribe Called Red featuring Buffy Sainte-Marie, “Working for the government” (2015 mix)
14:46 Lizzo, “Good as hell (BNDR remix)”
17:58 Taylor Swift, “Blank space (Jump Smokers remix)” [19:22-19:42: i turnt down the tunes to rock the mic with welcome & inviting of requests]
22:22 Armand van Helden featuring Duane Harden, “You don’t know me”
26:12 Walk the Moon, “Shut up and dance”
29:20 Operators, “Cold light”
32:14 The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Head on”
36:28 The Cult, “Sanctuary”
40:34 Michael Jackson, “Wanna be startin’ somethin'”
45:57 Erasure, “Blue Savannah”
50:16 Tom Haverford aka Aziz Ansari, Sample from “Banger Test” Parks & Recreation S6E18
50:23 Scissor Sisters, “I don’t feel like dancin'”
54:11 Jimmy Cliff, “Wonderful world, beautiful people” [sample]
55:03 Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean, “Hips don’t lie”
58:13 Daddy Yankee featuring Snow, “Con calma”
1:00:54 Rascalz featuring Checkmate, Kardinal Offishal, Thrust & Choclair, “Northern Touch (A Tribe Called Red remix featuring Black Bear)”
1:04:34 Warren G featuring Nate Dogg, “Regulate”
1:08:23 Harry Nilsson, “Gotta get up”
1:10:50 Taylor Swift feat. Brendon Urie, “ME!”
1:12:08-:56 John Holt, “Police in helicopter (Benny L remix)” [sample]
1:13:44 Robyn, “Dancing on my own”
1:18:06 Whitney Houston, “How will I know”
1:22:26 Prince, “Raspberry beret (12″ extended mix)”
1:27:44 Arcade Fire, “Everything now”
1:32:27 New Order, “Bizarre love triangle”
1:38:54 Dexy’s Midnight Runners, “Come on Eileen”
1:42:50 Men Without Hats, “Safety dance”
1:45:18 Redbone, “Come and get your love”
1:49:20 The Tragically Hip, “New Orleans is sinking”
1:53:31 The Smiths, “Bigmouth strikes again”
1:56:37 Mariah Carey, “Fantasy”
2:00:49 Lizzo, “Truth hurts”
2:03:12 Drake, “Nice for what”
2:06:20 Blackstreet featuring Dr Dree & Queen Pen, “No diggity”
2:10:23 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz, “Thrift shop”
2:14:00 Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
2:16:35 ABBA, “Dancing queen”
2:18:44 Eric B & Rakim, “Paid in full (Coldcut remix)” [sample]
2:20:06 The Bee Gees, “Stayin’ alive”
2:24:44 Roxette, “The look”
2:28:00 Boney M, “Rasputin”
2:32:23 Rihanna, “Don’t stop the music”
2:35:31 Pulp, “Common people”
2:41:12 The Clash, “Rock the Casbah”
2:44:41 AC/DC, “You shook me all night long”
2:47:53 Lady Gaga, “Born this way”
2:51:20 Harry Belafonte, “Jump In the Line (Shake Shake Senora)”
2:54:56 Michael Jackson, “Billie Jean”
2:59:32 Queen featuring David Bowie, “Under pressure”
3:03:07 Madonna, “Vogue”
3:07:44 Cardi B, “Bodak Yellow”
3:11:19 Deadmau5 & Leonard Cohen, “Complications want it darker (Dr Teeth mashup)”
3:15:02 Salt-N-Pepa, “Push it”
3:19:27 Marvin Gaye, “Got to give it up”
3:23:14 Prince, “Baltimore”
3:27:27 Donna Summer, “Last dance”

Full Tracklist for _DJ practice outtakes (warmups for ACCUTE at #CongreSSH 2019) Vol 2_

“working out an inter-ACCUTE thought exercise” music mix

[In my post-#congreSSH post about this year’s ACCUTE dance party, I’d said I’d be following up with a post reflecting further on that event. Voilà: further thoughts, related to other current concerns, in the form of a DJ mix. What can I say? I have a phonographic memory.]

Playlist:

Link & track list for ACCUTE Dance Party 2018 recording

Here’s the at-a-glance track list for the recording of the set I DJed at ACCUTE’s 2018 dance party. (Mixcloud only reveals the full track list during real-time playback.) This isn’t a recording of the whole set, but it’s a generous sample.
I’ll be sharing further reflections on the event in a forthcoming post.

00:00:00 Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean, “Hips don’t lie”
00:03:19 N.O.R.E. feat. Nina Sky, “Oye mi canto”
00:06:36 Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber, “Despacito”
00:09:02 Sia feat. Sean Paul, “Cheap thrills”
00:12:05 Rihanna, “Pon de replay”
00:15:27 Mr Vegas, “Heads high”
00:18:20 Panjabi MC, “Beware of the boys (Mundian to bach ke)”
00:22:16 Lady Gaga, “Born this way (Bollywood remix)”
00:26:12 Boney M, “Rasputin”
00:30:26 Dead or Alive, “You spin me round (like a record)”
00:34:43 Depeche Mode, “I just can’t get enough”
00:38:15 Madonna, “Ray of light”
00:42:52 Cornershop, “Brimful of Asha (Fatboy Slim remix)”
00:46:45 Olivia Newton-John & E.L.O., “Xanadu”
00:50:00 Earth Wind & Fire, “September”
00:53:22 Spice Girls, “Wannabe”
00:56:09 Meatloaf, “Paradise by the dashboard lights”
01:04:23 Kenny Loggins, “Footloose”
01:08:10 Beyoncé, “Drunk in love”
01:13:02 Abhijeet & Anuranda Shriram, “Chunari chunari”
01:16:45 New Order, “Bizarre love triangle”
01:23:03 Drake, “Nice for what”
01:26:07 Nine Inch Nails, “Closer”
01:31:33 Tanya Stephens, “Good ride”
01:35:10 Missy Elliott, “Get ur freak on”
01:38:29 Soft Cell, “Tainted love”
01:41:05 Nena, “99 Luftballoons”
01:44:43 Lil Jon feat. Usher & Ludacris, “Yeah!”
01:48:52 Backstreet Boys, “Everybody” (+ samples of Lil Jon, “Outta your mind”)
01:53:24 Rihanna feat. Drake, “Work”
01:56:53 Ciara feat. Missy Elliott, “One two step”
01:59:55 Sean Paul, “We be burnin'”
2:03:20 Robyn, “Dancing on my own”
02:07:34 Groove Armada, “If everybody looked the same”
02:10:57 Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay, “212”
02:14:18 Capoeira Twins, “4 x 3”
02:18:40 Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock, “It takes two”
02:23:20 Major Lazer feat. VYNZ Kartel, “Pon de floor”
02:26:52 Beyoncé, “Run the world (Girls)”

Rock & Romanticism & Nick Cave & Palgrave

James Rovira’s just-published book, Rock and Romanticism: Postpunk, Goth, and Metal as Dark Romanticisms (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), includes my chapter “‘Little crimeworn histories’: Nick Cave and the roots-raves-rehab story of rock stardom.” (That chapter’s a full treatment of an inkling I first shared here nearly a decade ago.)

Rovira’s book is also accompanied by its own iTunes playlist that I was happy to help build and curate (and, in the process, encounter some great music I’d not previously known about); and the editor’s also got a whole blog post with listening samples and other links related to topics covered in the book.

For my part, I’ll just leave here a link to the video for the song that my chapter takes its title from: the exhilaratingly evil, deliriously demonic “Deanna”: