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Obtuse Strategies Deck [Aug. 2nd, 2011|11:06 am]
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I’m sure most people know about Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies — a deck of cards with gnomic suggestions to consult at random during creative work.

I propose my own, new deck, informed by my jaundiced world view, and in no small part, my own failings as a human being.

  1. Cultivate the disreputable
  2. Lie gratuitously
  3. Argue extravagantly over minutiae
  4. Blame the innocent
  5. Solve the wrong problem
  6. Construct the trivial sturdy, the crucial shoddy
  7. Give misleading directions
  8. Damn with faint praise
  9. Make a virtue of waste, a vice of thrift
  10. Play dumb
  11. Make incorrect change
  12. Celebrate incompetence
  13. Value syntax over meaning
  14. Imagine things to complain about
  15. Leave out the important part
  16. Flatter the deluded
  17. Argue with those who agree with you
  18. Subvert while appearing to cooperate
  19. Niggle, always
  20. Curse the virtuous
  21. Speak authoritatively when ignorant
  22. Say the opposite
  23. Laugh hardest at the unfunny
  24. Meet sincerity with sarcasm
  25. Hold grudges
  26. Complain operatically
  27. Suspect every kindness
  28. Swamp any reasonable motive with ulterior ones
  29. Purport falsely
  30. Implacably oppose the reasonable
  31. Deliver less than you promise
  32. Ridicule caution
  33. Value yourself negatively, others less
  34. No such thing as excessively literal
  35. Prevaricate, Obfuscate, Denigrate
  36. Puncture the good moods of other
  37. Purse empty ambitions relentlessly
  38. Exasperated sighs, sour grimaces
  39. Let others try to drag you with them
  40. Disappoint others
  41. Deny the problem
  42. Smirk at the misfortunes of others
  43. Boast without justification
  44. Give up early
  45. Assign others sinister motives
  46. Squander the irreplaceable
  47. Disturb the tranquil
  48. Afflict the unfortunate
  49. Cut in line
  50. Waste the time of others
  51. Take no stand
  52. No pity, ever
  53. Profit from misfortune

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2011-06-25 KRUI DJ Set: The Accidental Curator [Jun. 26th, 2011|02:01 pm]
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I spend a lot of time at thrift stores, garage sales, and second hand stores looking for records. When I’ve collected enough interesting records together to fill a radio show, I lug the vinyl to the IMU for a radio show.

Someone who spends time on EBay and Discogs searching for records, who spends hours combing through YouTube going from one obscure house track to another in order to assemble their ultimate vinyl wishlist, end up with a certain sort of record collection. They’ve spent time boning up on music, read books on the subject, made and lost friends on the internet over records. They’re the true students of the art.

I’m more of a magpie — selecting records based on the relatively short list of producers and artists I’m already familiar with, and winging it based on extra-musical cues — the record label it’s on, the cover art, the song titles. I’m also happiest picking up records for a dollar or two. This mix is an assemblage of that sort of records.

And there’s some true gems that are in amongst all the copies of the “Victory At Sea” soundtrack album. How else would I have ever found out about Joy Ryder, or Claudia T? By the way I played Claudia T’s “Fatal Destination” at 33 when it should have been 45, and I think I like it better at the wrong speed.

And the incomparable Cissy Houston? Now, if people know who she is at all it is as the mother of R&B trainwreck Whitney Houston. But Cissy’s career went from gospel to backup singer to flirting with being a disco Diva. Her singing on “Think It Over” combines impeccable phrasing with deep soul.

Sometimes you can judge a book by it’s cover, after all — I do it all the time, and I’m pleasantly surprised more than I’m disappointed.

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Vangelis Spiral
Roy Ayers Ubiquity People And The World
Deodato Whistle Bump
Taana Gardner No Frills
Taana Gardner Work That Body
First Choice Doctor Love
Cissy Houston Think It Over
One Way Shine On Me
Bingo Boys Featuring Princessa How To Dance
Evelyn Champagne King Action
Magazine 60 Don Quixote
Madonna Shining Star
Joy Rider Tired Of Phony
Information Society Think (Bluebox 2600 Mix)
Leage Unlimited Orchestra Don’t You Want Me
Telex Lakelele
Chaba Zahouania Dini Maak
Arthur Russell All Boy All Girl
Antena Ingenious
Gil Scott Herron & Jamie XX NY Is Killing Me
The Final Solution Brotherman
Claudia T Fatal Destination
Kazumi Watanabe Yatokesa (Mobo #3)

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KRUI DJ Set 6-18-2011 [Jun. 19th, 2011|12:20 pm]
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So this is a little different in that I wanted to focus on particular releases and artists. The stars of this show:


Kate Simko whose new album “Lights Out” raises her profile considerably in the dance music world.

Stewart Walker whose new digital label Son Of Cataclysm takes his techno experimentalism to new depths. The Sweetnighter track is an unreleased demo from his new guitar-based project collaboration with Reynold, aka Sam Rouanet, the label boss of Trenton Records

John Tejada whose new album comes out this week. John is a producer who has released a ton of music, always of the highest quality. I wonder when he sleeps.

Reggie Dokes is one of the 4th or 5th wave of Detroit dance music producers. Detroit is really a crucial center of house music’s renewal, with a long list of amazing musicians making crucial tracks. He’s not as well known as Omar S, or Moodyman, or Theo Parish, but he’s every bit their peer, and I expect him to become even more prominent.

Not a person, but a singular constellation of genre-bending music Hessle Audio just released 116 & Rising, a label retrospective that features 12 new exclusive tracks. It’s the only current label in the UK dance music world about which I’m an absolute completist.

Kate Simko Beneath
Reggie Dokes God Of House
Stewart Walker Slipped Off Fogwet Girders
Kate Simko Mind On You
Stewart Walker Lord Housefly
Kate Simko Mira Vos
Peter Kirn Anaxagoras
Stewart Walker Blässe
Chaircrusher Transit Of Jupiter
Kate Simko Bikini Atoll
Reggie Dokes Haiti
Dennis De Santis Five Minutes Today Forever(Stewart Walker RMX)
John Tejada Unstable Condition
Sweetnighter Sign Language Poetry
Sigha HF029 A1
Szare Action Five
SCB Future Unknown
Peverelist Sun Dance
Addison Groove 5 Minutes Of Funk
Bass Clef Rollercoasters of the Heart
Pangaea Runout
Chaircrusher Sojourner
Ramadanman Revenue(Untold RMX)
Addison Groove It’s Got Me
Xi The Ghost
Bass Cleff So Cruel
Blawan Potchla Ve
James Blake Give A Man A Rod (2nd Version)
D1 Subzero
Throwing Snow Un Vingt

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Holy Crap Evans Pyramid [Jun. 14th, 2011|09:24 am]
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Anyone know where any of this music is available besides Youtube? Only thing I’ve found is > $50 vinyl.

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Bear edge of the Iowa River. [Jun. 5th, 2011|02:33 pm]
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There’s a frisbee golf course at the edge of the Iowa River on the Iowa City side that wanders into the woods at the water’s edge. This is a little shallow backwater. It was full of tadpoles.

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KRUI DJ Set 2011-04-28 [May. 2nd, 2011|09:23 am]
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Once more into the breach: stitching together something from various styles of music…

Radiohead — for those who bought King Of Limbs they sent out e-mails about a free download of 2 songs “Supercollider” & “The Butcher.” If you pay attention to the whinging class King Of Limbs sucked, but to them I suggest they go listen to Weezer or something. For those of us who love electronic music, Radiohead has been trying nothing less than to make art songs with one of the best live bands in the world, using all the tools of electronic music producers. It’s some 4th or 5th category, and if your’e not enjoying it, you’re not really listening.

Burial — talk about 4th or 5th Category, Burial is his own genre. Massively influential over the past couple years, his morose, introverted, wistfully vague assemblage of house music and audio detritus never fail to kill me. I play all 3 tracks of his new record.

Kode 9 & Space Ape — dropping a new album of (again with the categories) uncategorizable illness. I have a hard time with hip hop any more — it’s either coke-dealing fake-hard, po-faced backpack, or artistically bankrupt commersh. These guys are what I wish hip hop was again — moody storytelling with evil, deep beats.

Atropolis — Atropolis is a guy from Queens, which is perhaps the most racially and culturally diverse urban community on the planet, and he seems to jam it all in the blender and come up with badass pan-human party music. The tracks I chose mash up Soca with Kwaito, with some distorted MBira a la Konono #9. Sweetness.

Addison Groove — the next ‘next big thing’ — especially if you’re Planet Mu’s label-head/IDM legend Mike Paradinas is the Footwork/Juke sound coming out of Chicago. I’ve not yet jumped on the bandwagon with Juke music, but guys like Addison Groove take some of that Chicago flavor to mess up their UK-based post-whatever grooves. Addison Groove put out a couple of tracks I feature here that have some of that frenetic Chicago ghetto energy.

Area/Lightness — my friend Max from Chicago who is one of the people re-mutating Dub Techno, without sounding like the 923rd remake of Phylps Track II.

David Powers + Max Jacobson — David sent me a 4 track demo that is going to come out on a Mexican techno label sometime soon. He’s definitely into his own brand of deepness, or deep weirdness. Going from sampling Sheila E and Hall & Oates, to dropping in little atonal jazz keyboard squiggles over jacking beats … he’s probably the most traditionally musical house producer I know, in addition to being scary smart and emotionally unstable. He’s everything you could ask for in a 21st Century dance music producer.

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Antena Camino Del Sol
Radiohead SuperCollider
Burial NYC
Gatto Fritto The Invisible College
Burial Stolen Dog
BoxCutter Zabriskie Disco
Radiohead The Butcher
David Powers + Max Jacobson Sheila Don’t Love Me
Rick The Godson Wilhite Blame It On The Boogie
David Powers + Max Jacobsen Feel It
Area Bed Vertigo
Lightness Burning Mercury(Metal)
Julio Bashmore Father Father
Jace Syntax Jackin Around
Soultek AnalogueHeart
Owiny Signome Band Wires(Theo Parrish Remix)
Kode9 & The Space Ape Love Is The Drug
Graceful Exit Revolve Disco
Atropolis Mbira Funk
Addison Groove Make Em Bounce
Chaircrusher Baile Pedro Baile
Atroplis Feat. Anbule Som Sista
Addison Groove This Is It
Terror Danjah Zumpi Hunter RIP
Alfie Treatment
Spatial 70810
Kode 9 & The Space Ape Am I
Kode 9 & The Space Ape Black Smoke
Kode 9 & The Space Ape Promise

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KRUI DJ Set 2011-04-28 [May. 2nd, 2011|09:23 am]
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Once more into the breach: stitching together something from various styles of music…

Radiohead — for those who bought King Of Limbs they sent out e-mails about a free download of 2 songs “Supercollider” & “The Butcher.” If you pay attention to the whinging class King Of Limbs sucked, but to them I suggest they go listen to Weezer or something. For those of us who love electronic music, Radiohead has been trying nothing less than to make art songs with one of the best live bands in the world, using all the tools of electronic music producers. It’s some 4th or 5th category, and if your’e not enjoying it, you’re not really listening.

Burial — talk about 4th or 5th Category, Burial is his own genre. Massively influential over the past couple years, his morose, introverted, wistfully vague assemblage of house music and audio detritus never fail to kill me. I play all 3 tracks of his new record.

Kode 9 & Space Ape — dropping a new album of (again with the categories) uncategorizable illness. I have a hard time with hip hop any more — it’s either coke-dealing fake-hard, po-faced backpack, or artistically bankrupt commersh. These guys are what I wish hip hop was again — moody storytelling with evil, deep beats.

Atropolis — Atropolis is a guy from Queens, which is perhaps the most racially and culturally diverse urban community on the planet, and he seems to jam it all in the blender and come up with badass pan-human party music. The tracks I chose mash up Soca with Kwaito, with some distorted MBira a la Konono #9. Sweetness.

Addison Groove — the next ‘next big thing’ — especially if you’re Planet Mu’s label-head/IDM legend Mike Paradinas is the Footwork/Juke sound coming out of Chicago. I’ve not yet jumped on the bandwagon with Juke music, but guys like Addison Groove take some of that Chicago flavor to mess up their UK-based post-whatever grooves. Addison Groove put out a couple of tracks I feature here that have some of that frenetic Chicago ghetto energy.

Area/Lightness — my friend Max from Chicago who is one of the people re-mutating Dub Techno, without sounding like the 923rd remake of Phylps Track II.

David Powers + Max ? — David sent me a 4 track demo that is going to come out on a Mexican techno label sometime soon. He’s definitely into his own brand of deepness, or deep weirdness. Going from sampling Sheila E and Hall & Oates, to dropping in little atonal jazz keyboard squiggles over jacking beats … he’s probably the most traditionally musical house producer I know, in addition to being scary smart and emotionally unstable. He’s everything you could ask for in a 21st Century dance music producer.

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<td>Burial</td> <td>Street Halo</td>
Antena Camino Del Sol
Radiohead SuperCollider
Burial NYC
Gatto Fritto The Invisible College
Burial Stolen Dog
BoxCutter Zabriskie Disco
Radiohead The Butcher
David Powers + Max ? Sheila Don’t Love Me
Rick The Godson Wilhite Blame It On The Boogie
David Powers + Max ? Feel It
Area Bed Vertigo
Lightness Burning Mercury(Metal)
Julio Bashmore Father Father
Jace Syntax Jackin Around
Soultek AnalogueHeart
Owiny Signome Band Wires(Theo Parrish Remix)
Kode9 & The Space Ape Love Is The Drug
Graceful Exit Revolve Disco
Atropolis Mbira Funk
Addison Groove Make Em Bounce
Chaircrusher Baile Pedro Baile
Atroplis Feat. Anbule Som Sista
Addison Groove This Is It
Terror Danjah Zumpi Hunter RIP
Alfie Treatment
Spatial 70810
Kode 9 & The Space Ape Am I
Kode 9 & The Space Ape Black Smoke
Kode 9 & The Space Ape Promise

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U of Iowa Socialists and their First World Problems [Apr. 12th, 2011|12:23 pm]
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This headline definitely rubbed me the wrong way. I’m all for small-’s’ socialism where appropriate — health care, education, social security, appropriately modest defense — but I’m having a hard time imagining many people who would receive a University-wide e-mail who could credibly complain of being oppressed. Sure, there’s racism, sexism, and the erosions of personal freedoms in the US, but when I think of oppression, I think of having your home bulldozed, or being kept naked in a cell with a bag over your head and receiving daily beatings.

There’s hardly a more privileged group of people on the planet than the faculty, staff, and students of the University of Iowa. We worry more about cell phone reception & the price of Lattes than we do about actual oppression.

Will the U of I Socialists do anything useful to liberate the oppressed of the world? If they actually do something that in some small way comforts the afflicted or afflicts the comfortable, more power to ‘em. But somehow I don’t imagine they can do much beyond holding weekly meetings.

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2011-04-02 KRUI DJ Set [Apr. 3rd, 2011|10:39 pm]
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Special Afternoon edition during the Mision Creek Festival. This was in the basement of Public Space one, standing at a cramped counter with crap monitors. I didn’t have a lot of new tracks to drop, so I let each one ride longer than I usually do in the mix, and I think they’re worth it — particularly the Rick Wilhite and Virgo Four joints. The other things I played might overlap a bit with previous mixes, but I hope this his its own flavor…

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<td>Radiohead</td> <td>Separator</td> <td>Truth + Dutty Ranks</td> <td>Worlds Apart</td>
PTA African Shufle
Mount Kimbie Before I Move Off
Rick Wilhite City Bar Dancing (Basement Mix)
Gene Hunt & Ron Hardy Indiana
Virgo Four Sexual Behavior
Virgo Four Let The Music Play
Cosmin TRG Separat
Cosmin TRG Izolat
Pangaea Inna Daze
Shackleton Deadman
Shackleton Deadman (The Bug Crackle Mix)
Pangaea Won’t Hurt
Instra:Mental & DBridge Detuned Heart
LHF Candy Rain
Sully Trackside
Chaircrusher Hallucinogens In The Nescafe
Sepalcure Your Love
The Others Vertigo 909
Kito LFO
RadioHead Morning Mr. Magpie
Orphan 101 Disemble
Roof Light All Day Breakfast
Kryptic Minds Rubberman
TMSV Signal
Freeze LX/One SP/MC Youngsta Unidentified
Pinch The Boxer
Ramadanman Pitter
Throwing Snow Cronos
Synkro Just Say

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You’re Welcome [Mar. 19th, 2011|02:46 pm]
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You're Welcome by chaircrusher
You’re Welcome a photo by chaircrusher on Flickr.

You can’t bring guns into the Co Op any more.

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