It’s grading time again, which means… more Merzbow! Nothing like thick slabs of pulsing electric screech to clear the air.
God, doesn’t Merzbow ever stop? First there was that Merzcedes (a bit of a joke, really), then the 50-CD Merzbox set (complete with buttons, T-shirt, poster, screensaver, and now, from Ant-Zen, a day planner? (At least it’s not as wacky as Aube‘s Embers, which came with a lighter, or Pages from the Book, which appealed to my fanboy geekiness even more because it came with a page from the Bible that Akifumi Nakajima himself touched.)
Speaking of “seminal” again, I was listening to DJ Z-Trip and DJ P’s Uneasy Listening, Volume 1 in the car and, instead of nodding my head, I was shaking my head in disbelief instead. You know all those DJ mixtapes made by people — too cool, obviously, for me to hang out with — who apparently listened to nothing but crusty funk 45s and the UBB comps, while everyone else grew up to AM radio? Kind of like how the handful of people who bought the Velvet Underground’s first album all went out and started a band, but in reality was probably only this bunch of critics who couldn’t play to save their lives, and how the rest of America listened to Lynyrd Skynyrd and Duran Duran anyway? Well, this is the DJ mix CD for the rest of the world: with Hieroglyphics and Nas sitting uncomfortably with Phil Collins and Glen Campbell. DJ Z-Trip and DJ P raid the crates of middle America, and come up with the “What’s good for the goose…” intro from Ready For The World’s “Oh Sheila” segueing into Kansas’s “Dust in the Wind.” With a breakbeat. It’s that weird. It’s cringingly funny too, especially the hiphop version of Bruce Hornsby and The Range’s “The Way It Is.”
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