Archive for music

Dancing in the streets of the Lower East Side, pre gentrification.

This is a pretty awesome short of people dancing through the streets of the Lower East Side in what appears to be the early 80s. Note that Zeena Parkins, who plays harp in this video, has performed at ISSUE Project Room several times.

From WFMU’s Beware of the Blog:

“SSS is an video by experimental filmmaker Henry Hills. From the description:

SSS is composed from footage of movement improvised on the streets of pre-gentrified East Village by Sally Silvers, Pooh Kaye, Harry Shepperd, Lee Katz, Kumiko Kimoto, David Zambrano, Ginger Gillespie, Mark Dendy, and others, painstaking synched to music previously improvised for the project at Noise New York by Tom Cora (cello), Christian Marclay (turntables), and Zeena Parkins (harp). Beauty emerging from rubble.”

Disco Devil / DJ Vadim

I love DJ Vadim, a Russian dj whose musical influences include some of my favorite hip hop and Jamaican artists, such as Lee Perry and Alton Ellis, as well as King Tubby. He posted this awesome Lee Perry song, which is new to me, on his blog. If I’d been familiar with Vadim when I still had a radio show I would’ve played him all the time.

A dedication to you wack MCs

Greetings to all.

After much ado, I’ve started a blog. Not everything you’ll find here will be wack, but a lot of it will. In addition to some non-wack stuff, I’ll be posting links to lots of wack sites, sounds, and images, along with musings on the avant garde arts scene and homespun food and drink recipes, all straight outta BedStuy, my ghetto fabulous Brooklyn neighborhood.

PS It’s worth noting that this song by Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, one of my hip hop icons, is not the slightest bit wack. It’s actually awesome.