I have a poem up this week at The Rain Party, & Disaster Society, McKinley (6:16). It’s from a series of pieces I began in may that return to For Fora, the album of ambient music I recorded in 2005. Here’s the track it references/takes it title from.
Trying to reconstitute all of those mall-based memories (some from 20+ years ago) and giving that album a new listen has been fun. I don’t know what I’ll do with the finished series; there are 12 malls referenced on For Fora but I might add a few more in there to fill out a manuscript. How could I write about malls and leave out Syracuse’s Shoppingtown?
Fun fact: my mother loved that escalator drawing I did for the cover so much that she has it framed & hanging in her living room.
I made a new mix for my dropbox mixtape club that I want to share with the world. Just in time for summer, here it is:
This is not a comprehensive, representative, or canonical compilation of roots, reggae, and dub music. It is, however a collection of songs in those styles that I absolutely love and that are, I think, perfect for summertime activities like sitting and sweating, walking and sweating, or just drinking and sweating. I had intended to use this mix to showcase a bunch of 80s and 90s dancehall 45s I’ve been collecting, but these older tracks moved in and pushed all of those out. The Pampidoo and Sugar Minott tracks gesture toward that mix, which is to come.
“Boss” by Count Sticky & The Upsetters (Lee Perry at the Controls), High Plains Drifter Jamaican 45s 1968-1973, 2014
“Get Ready to Ride The Lion to Zion” by Culture (Joe Gibbs at the Controls), Two Sevens Clash, 1977
“Sir Niney’s Rock” by Niney The Observer, All Stars At King Tubby’s (Niney at the Controls), Dubbing With The Observer, 1975
“Jubilation Dub” by Joe Gibbs & The Professionals (Joe Gibbs at the controls), African Dub All-Mighty – Chapter 3, 1978
“Black Roses” by Barrington Levy, 1983
“5 Cardiff Crescent” by the Upsetters (Lee Perry at the controls), Musical Bones, 1975
“Valley of Joeasaphat” by Smith & The Prophets (Yabby You at the controls), Yabby You & Brethren Deeper Roots, 2012
“Please Don’t Bend” by Desmond Dekker w/ the Rumour (Syd Bucknor at the controls), Black & Dekker, 1980
“Kensington Palace Confusion” by Winston Edwards & Blackbeard (Blackbeard/Dennis Bovell at the controls), At 10 Downing Street Dub Conference, 1980
“Fade Away” by the New Age Steppers (Adrian Sherwood at the controls), New Age Steppers, 1980
“A Rougher Version” by King Tubby (King Tubby at the Controls) Hometown Hi-Fi: Dubplate Specials 1975-1979, 2013
“Blood Sample” by the Twinkle Brothers, Dub Massacre, Pt. 3, 1985
“Congoman” by the Congos (Lee Perry & Scientist at the controls), Heart of the Congos, 1977
“Deliverance” by Yabby You and the Prophets (Yabby You at the controls), Beware Dub, 1978
“Journey to Dub” by Sip A Cup meets Negus Roots, Fire House Dub Volume 1, 2006
“Herbman Hustlin'” by Sugar Minott (Sly & Robbie at the controls), 1984
“Capital Radio Rock” by Sir Coxsone Sound (Coxsone at the controls), King of the Dub Rock Part 1, 1982
“Synthesizer Voice” by Pampidoo (Prince Jammy at the controls), 198?
“King Tubby’s Answer” by Scientist (Scientist at the controls) 197/8?
Both of the poems are things I wrote a while back, but hadn’t found a place for. I think I wrote “We Are All Not” after the coverage of the hunt for the Boston Marathon bombers in April 2013, when I was up early in a DC hotel watching the news before heading to the Folger Shakespeare Library for the first time. The other one is an imagined memory of a guy I saw stacking rocks in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in 1998 as he watches the George Zimmerman verdict announced on TV fifteen years later. No idea what that character has stuck with me for so long, but I think about him all the time.
The sound file is a live recording of me playing my beloved Suzuki Omnichord with lots of delay and reverb. It’s a beautiful instrument that I love to play, so I’m glad to have this recording get a little attention. Its title comes from an early computer graphic I found on a slide in a MS thesis in the library last year.
Still from Space Yam Suite or Mandeltweak pic.twitter.com/6w1wSAcx7U
— Patrick Williams (@activitystory) May 10, 2014
The image that accompanies the sound is a photo I took while driving from Atlanta to Greensboro in 1997.
Kelly and I made another Super 8 film for this year’s Syracuse One Take Super 8. It was basically about watching paint dry. I made a song for it with my Microbrute analog synth and my Volca Beats drum machine, pictured below. Here’s the track. Heavily inspired by the recent Patrick Cowley “School Daze” 2LP. He’s been a hero of mine for nearly 20 years now.
You may remember last year’s film, Warm & Heavy (below). I’ll post this year’s as soon as it’s ready.
For the first time in forever, I am posting these before the end of the year. They’re listed here in a sorta stream-of-consciousness order, (except Warpaint is totally #1). See lists for: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009.
The Clientele, Suburban Light (Merge)
Bona Dish, Zaragoza Tapes (Captured Tracks [actually came out in 2013, oops)
Lewis, Romantic Times (Light in the Attic)
A Certain Ratio, Sextet (Factory Benelux)
Slant 6, Soda Pop Rip-Off (Dischord)
REM, Unplugged 1991 (Rhino)
Lambchop, Live at Merge XX (Merge) (Technically only briefly reissued on vinyl, but as it is the best show I’ve ever attended, notable here; you can hear Kelly on it!)