Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Porter Records Sampler
Listen & Download
We're incredibly pleased to have been offered the chance to curate a Porter Records sampler, a FREE, 15-SONG DOWNLOAD COMPILATION! In just the last couple of years, this U.S.-based record label has set a high bar for unearthing and reissuing obscure gems, as well as releasing contemporary masterpieces. They first came to our attention with excellent editions of the soul jazz- and ethno-based sounds of Birigwa and Natural Food, and since then they've moved on to releasing albums of incredible, lost psych-jazz from Sweden, electro-acoustic soundscapes, fiery free jazz from Byard Lancaster and Henry Grimes, as well as the ambient hip-hop of Misled Children amongst many other extraordinary records. While putting this comp together we were struck by the label's focus on exploring the limitless permutations of beats and rhythm, and by how few modern labels have as successfully taken up the mantle laid down by ESP-Disk years ago. Here are some, but by no means all, of our favorite tracks from Porter Records.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
TUESDAY 21st APRIL - LOS ANGELES
Ricardo Montalblan Theatre - 1615 North Vine Street, Hollywood
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
TG will perform new live soundtrack to Derek Jarman’s 60min alchemical film 'IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN'
(filmwork 1974, TG soundtrack 1980 & 2006).
There will also be for sale special 'TG USA 2009' merchandising
(all new TG CD album, TG T-shirt specific to this event, TG Tour Enamel Badge, TG Tour Embroidered Patch)
Tickets $35 - Doors Open 9.30 pm
Monday, April 13, 2009
GRAUZONE - ICH LIEBE SIE
ROYAL TRUX - SICKAZZ DOG
WORLD STANDARD - MY LAW, CHUNED BANJO
THE BUZZCOCKS - BOREDOM
PAVEMENT - FAME THROWA
:ZOVIET *FRANCE - PALACE OF IGNITIONS
PJ HARVEY - WHEN UNDER ETHER
JOHN AND BEVERLY MARTIN - NEW DAY
MADONNA - FORBIDDEN LOVE
LIQUID LIQUID - LUB DUPE
LLOYD ROBINSON - CUSS CUSS
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN - I'M A CUCKOO
BLUES CONTROL-NO SWEAT
mix to follow shortly
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, one of the pioneers of gay and lesbian studies and queer theory, has passed away. Sedgwick used scholarship and lyrical prose to explore the widespread effects of homosocial, homosexual, and homophobic currents in Western culture. In addition, she published poetry, a memoir, and essays on affect, psychoanalytic theory, and Buddhism. Her publications include Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity, (2003); Tendencies (1993); and Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire (l985); and her memoir, A Dialogue on Love (1999).
Sedgwick had received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 1975, and had most recently taught at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, since 1998. Prior to her affiliation with CUNY, she was the Newman Ivey White Professor of English at Duke University, and had taught writing and literature at Hamilton College, Boston University, and Amherst College.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
IF it weren’t for Iowa, my family may never have existed, and this gay, biracial New Yorker might never have been born.
In 1958, when my mother, who was white, and father, who was black, wanted to get married in Nebraska, it was illegal for them to wed. So they decided to go next door to Iowa, a state that was progressive enough to allow interracial marriage. My mom’s brother tried to have the Nebraska state police bar her from leaving the state so she couldn’t marry my dad, which was only the latest legal indignity she had endured. She had been arrested on my parents’ first date, accused of prostitution. (The conventional thought of the time being: Why else would a white woman be seen with a black man?)
On their wedding day, somehow, my parents made it out of Nebraska without getting arrested again, and were wed in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on March 1, 1958. This was five years before Nebraska would strike down its laws against interracial marriage, and almost a decade before the Supreme Court would outlaw miscegenation laws throughout the country in Loving v. Virginia.
When the good state of Iowa conferred the dignity of civic recognition on my parents’ relationship — a relationship some members of their own families thought was deviant and immoral, that the civil authorities of Nebraska had tried to destroy, and that even some of my mom’s college-educated friends believed would produce children striped like zebras — our family began. And by the time my father died, their interracial marriage was seen just as a marriage, and an admirable 45-year one at that.
That I almost cried last week upon reading that the Iowa Supreme Court overturned the state law banning same-sex marriage will therefore come as no surprise. I’m still struck by one thought: over the years, I’ve met so many gay émigrés who felt it was unsafe to be gay in so-called flyover country and fled for the East and West coasts. But as a gay man, I can’t marry in “liberal” New York, where I’m a resident, or in “liberal” California, where I was born, and very soon I will have that right in “conservative” Iowa.
Of course, the desire to define relational rights and responsibilities with a partner, to have access to the protection that this kind of commitment affords, is rather conservative. But it’s a conservative dream that should be offered to all Americans. Though it takes great courage for gays to marry in a handful of states now, one hopes that someday, throughout the nation, gay marriages, like my parents’ union, will just be seen as marriages.
It’s safe to say that neither the dramas of our family, nor its triumphs, could have been possible without the simultaneously radical and conservative occasion of my parents’ civil marriage in Iowa. And so when the time comes, I hope to be married at the City Hall in Council Bluffs, in the state that not only supports my civil rights now, but which supported my parents’ so many years ago.