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Omar Souleyman - Leh Jani

[...] Here, classical Arabic mawal-style vocalization gives way to high-octane Syrian Dabke (the regional folkloric dance and party music), Iraqi Choubi and a host of Arabic, Kurdish and Turkish styles, among others. This amalgamation is truly the sound of Syria. The music often has an overdriven sound consisting of phase-shifted Arabic keyboard solos and frantic rhythms. At breakneck speeds, these shrill Syrian electronics play out like forbidden morse-code, but the moods swing from coarse and urgent to dirgy and contemplative in the rugged anthems that comprise Souleyman’s repertoire. -Sublime Frequencies

Several hundred thousand refugees have left the US-backed violence in Syria. BBC says the number should reach 700,000 refugees by the end of 2012. Already Turkey has reached its  limit of 100,000, and in Jordan, that number is expected to climb to 250,000 by the end of the year. This massive displacement of people will undoubtedly do a mix on the music and culture of Syria. As the caption for this video above describes, the music of Omar Souleyman is a kind of geographic finger print of the diverse influences in Syrian Pop Music. How this war will change the music we wont know until the dust settles. Meanwhile, this is not to say another type of Syrian music will not arise from the refugee camps of Turkey, Jordan, or Lebanon. Maybe now as I write, a new tune is being composed. A tune that will develop from it’s extra-specific place to carry message about the Syrian situation. If we really believe in the people and their culture, we would be listening for this new tune instead of the accepting the constant spin and spectacularization of “democracy” in the main stream media.


Occupy Guitarmy May Day 2012 -Youtube Video

The Occupy Guitarmy, a subset of the OWS Music Working group, offers a response to Jay-Z, who today said in the Daily News that OWS’s actions are “un-American.”

“I think all those things need to really declare themselves a bit more clearly because when you just say that ‘the 1 percent is that,’ that’s not true,” he said.

“Yeah, the 1 percent that’s robbing people, and deceiving people, these fixed mortgages and all these things, and then taking their home away from them, that’s criminal, that’s bad.

“Not being an entrepreneur. This is free enterprise. This is what America is built on.”

Jay-Z “supported” Occupy earlier in its first, highly media-friendly moments through his entrepreneurial selling of “Occupy All Streets” t-shirts, although he refused to donate any of the profits of his sales to support the activists and received wide-spread negative publicity for his crass appropriation of the movement’s language.

Now Jay is rolling with even more powerful and popular friends, namely the LIBOR-scandal leading bankers at Barclays, who put their name on the controversial Brooklyn arena where Jay’s basketball team will play and where he will play eight nights to inaugurate the venue.

Jay asked in the article: ““I don’t know what the fight is about. What do we want? Do you know?”

We have spent one year on the streets organizing for exactly the things Jay rapped about in his early days, ending urban poverty, ending Stop & Frisk and police use of lethal force, of returning dignity and hope to the everyday people of New York City. These are simple civil rights issues we know Jay-Z must support, and we would love to help open his heart and mind to the work Occupy has helped do in his own former communities.

On SEPTEMBER 28th we will arrive at his sold-out Barclays concert to lovingly show Jay-Z what we want and how he can help: by encouraging his fans to take action for social justice in their communities, schools, workplaces, and homes.

Join us September 28 at Barclays at 6pm for an Occupy Wall Street teach-in and musical performance. Let’s be a sincere answer to Jay’s question. In turn we will ask on of him, one Florence Reece wrote in the 1930s and still matters now, “Which Side Are You On?”

If your community organization / musical group / education group would like to join us, please email music at nycga dot net.

UPDATE: Here’s a tweet response from OWS supporter Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons (verified) @UncleRUSH:

J. @occupywallstreet is not a blanket indictment of the rich its an indictment of a system that let’s the rich bribe R government, luv u


Couple in Gallery photo by Mark Kobayashi-Hillary (click for the flkr page)

Couple in Gallery photo by Mark Kobayashi-Hillary (click for the flkr page)

This article in Wired’s website “Beauty Affects Men’s and Women’s Brains Differently” caught my eye because of a recent discussion about how women and men process visual art differently. (Apparently there are studies that show a difference in the way men and women process music too.) But more interesting than the difference in how we process art –as everything is perhaps processed differently from person to person– was this line about how Camilo Cela-Conde, the researcher in the article, believes aesthetics could actually be a byproduct of other cognitive tasks.

Here is another article on the same study: Beauty is in the brain of the beholder… but more so if you’re a woman” again, it’s interesting to note that although men and women process art differently –at the end of the day thier defintion of beauty was the same.

Bent Festival is back in NYC. This Friday through Sunday. Last year we caught Archangel Constantini (MX) bending it like a mad scientist. This year there is a whole new line up, including Aa (Big A Little a), who knew they were big on bending, either way they’re fun to watch.

For all those who don’t know what circuit bending is, here’s a primer:

Circuit Bending Primer on  Youtube

Opps, I did it again
Screen grab of Britney Spears’ “Oops, I did it again” video. Watch it.

Just heard on a BBC report that the Beatles song “Across the Universe” is being literally beamed across the universe through NASA’s Deep Space Network. It’s aim? The hope that it’ll be intercepted by an alien life form on it’s route to star Polaris (wiki:polaris, 431 lightyears away). I can only imagine the sad possibility that somewhere in the vicinity of Polaris an alien life form that is extremely sensitive to sound is being blow apart by the lines “Jai guru deva om”~~~oops, we did it again!

Across the Universe
by the Beatles

Words are flying out like
endless rain into a paper cup
They slither while they pass
They slip away across the universe
Pools of sorrow waves of joy
are drifting thorough my open mind
Possessing and caressing me

Jai guru deva om
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world

Images of broken light which
dance before me like a million eyes
That call me on and on across the universe
Thoughts meander like a
restless wind inside a letter box
they tumble blindly as
they make their way across the universe

Jai guru deva om
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world

Sounds of laughter shades of life
are ringing through my open ears
exciting and inviting me
Limitless undying love which
shines around me like a million suns
It calls me on and on across the universe

Jai guru deva om
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Nothing’s gonna change my world
Jai guru deva
Jai guru deva

Beatles Hit to Be Played in Space, BBC website

A couple of events that are on our radar for the end of this month and in October through Dec, This time we’ve group events by category…

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NY Art Book Fair by Printed Matter

First off is the return of Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair THIS FRIDAY thru SUNDAY! This year there will be over 120 international publishers as well as various events… book signings by Meredith Minter, Sam Prekop of The Sea and Cake, Dexter Sinister will be launching “Appendix Appendix”, Kasia Korczak & Payam Sharifi will be signing “10th Century Road Maps and 21st Century Disaster”, a surprise performance presented by Performa, as well as the booths of Butt Magazine/Jop van Bennekom, LTTR, The Journal, Dot & Quotes/Red 76, This year there will also be a couple of film/video screenings, an installation by Lawrence Weiner, and an exhibition of over 150 books by Martin Kippenberger entitled “Refocus, Re-title, Release: the Books of Martin Kippenberger”. On the closing day Lovely Daze will be hosting performances by Bec Stupak and Crystal Understanding. Lots’ to do there & it’s all FREE, so check the website for more details..


Sept 28-30
Frid Sat 11-7 Sunday 11-5pm


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Code Unknown  by Michael Haneke

Also next week, starting October 3rd there will be a comprehensive presentation of Michael Haneke’s films & television productions at the MoMa. As a bonus Haneke will be present to introduce the screenings of Code Unknown (October 13) and Funny Games (October 15). Some of our favorite films are the ones that draw a parallel between the intimate domestic dysfunctional little world with larger human catastrophes, like Caché, Code Unknown, Benny’s Video. If you haven’t seen the original version of Funny Games (1997) in a big screen here’s your chance.

Michael Haneke’s Film/Video retrospective
at the MoMA (NYC)

October 3–15, 2007

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Paul Noble 2008

Paul Noble has some new drawings and sculptures up at Gagosian gallery in Chelsea. Meanwhile Darren Bader has curated Wu-Tang Googolplex, an exhibit that is literally plastered on top of the past Patrick McMullan show at GBE@Passerby, more info on the project website newyorkisdead.biz Also Paul Chan will be one of the many distinguished artist and writers at BAMCafe’s 3 part discussion series “Between the Lines: Emerging Voices in American Literature and Film”. “Between the Lines” will be pairing reading w/ screening from people who are “reshaping the creative conscience of the United States.”

Between the Line at BAM
October 10 -John Wray, Wells Tower, Meehan Crist,Brent Green, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Mac Premo
November 14-Peter Orner, Samantha Hunt, Andrew Neel and Elizabeth Neel, Paul Chan
December 6 – Ander Monson, Diana George, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, A.L. Steiner and robbinschilds, Stephen G. Rhodes.

dot to dot, new work by Paul Noble
Sept 20 – Oct 27
Gagosian Gallery
555 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011

Wu-Tang / Googolplex Show (Congress)
Sept 26 -Oct 13th / Wed. – Sat. 1-7pm
436 west 15th Street, NYC, NY

Between The Lines @ BAM
3 part series.. Oct 10, Nov 14, and Dec 6
Brooklyn Academy of Music w/ A Public Space

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Animal Collective by Adriano Fagundes

Finally, we’ll end this email on a music note. The Lights, Lichens and Matteah Baim, are playing at the Silent Barn in Brooklyn (a Todd P event) this Friday Sept 28th, Animal Collective w/ Tickley Feather will be at Webster Hall this Sunday Sept 30. If that show is sold out they will also be playing Monday but with Vampire weekend instead of Tickley Feather :(

Lights / Matteah Baim / Lichens
Friday, September 28th 8pm – All Ages
At The Silent Barn
915 Wyckoff Ave
Silent Barn on myspace
Todd P show info

Animal Collective w/ Tickley Feather
at Webster Hall NYC
Sept 30th Sunday
Animal Collective on Myspace
Tickley Feather on Myspace

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That’s all folks, we’ll keep you posted if any new events pop up!!

Oh, one last thing I forgot to mention, Vice completed their documentary Heavy Metal in Baghdad, but we’ll have to sit tight before it premiers at theaters as I can’t seem to find it on youtube anymore :( . Check back to their website for more info on Heavy Metal in Baghdad.

Editors @ petite Mort


Cat Power, Chan Marshall, sobers up.
Taking with Cat Power“, Produced by Erik Olsen; photography and interview by Winter Miller.

Brighter days ahead for Chan Marshal of Cat Power! She is now clean and sober, and can deliver a whole concert without breaking-down and getting emotional on th audience. I know, many of you are gonna miss that side of her. Maybe some of you might have felt a oneness with that type of moddy alcoholism for the certain level of Bukowskian cool it might have given off. Well, alls I can say is that it’s for the better, who would ever really want to lose a gifted musician to the bottle? So much talent.

Chan Marshall came clean on the New York Times interview that you can watch, until it’s archived (then you’ll have to pay). Let me see if i bookmarked it.. Here it is…

Another day, another fifth of Scotch. And that wasn’t all. Chan Marshall said her mornings began with a minibar’s worth of Jack Daniel’s, Glenlivet and Crown Royal. Mini bottles depleted, this indie singer-songwriter, known as Cat Power, would nurse a bottle of Scotch over the course of the day…
9 Lives and Counting, Cat Power Sobers Up” by Winter Miller. New York Times, September 20, 2006

There is also a video interview after the show conducted at the Mercer Hotel in SoHo: “Taking with Cat Power“, Produced by Erik Olsen; photography and interview by Winter Miller.

More recently NPR’s Live Concert Series has upload a recent concert she did with Memphis Rhythm Band at D.C.’s 9:30 Club in Washington, further proof that she has been reborn. There is also a short little audio interview with Chan Marshall and Mabon Teenie Hodges conducted by All Songs Considered‘s Bob Boilen. At the end of the interview Cat Power seems very energy and conversation as she tries to keep the interview going with Bob Boilen. Bob responds by saying something like… I’d love to keep talking but if I don’t go out their we’ll miss recording our postcast. She’s definitely in good moods, heaven knows we all just want her to be a good woman, as her song goes. Now I wonder if in that song she was singing to Johnny Walker?

NRP’s Live Concert Series with Cat Power and Memphis Rhythm Band, Nov 20, 2006

Doug Aitken's Sleep at MoMa
From Tape to Celluloid…

The New York Times article also talks about Chan Marshall’s curiosity with acting. Stating that the famous Cantonese indie filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai (ChungKing Express, In The Mood For Love) has asked her to be in the current film he is re-shooting called My Blueberry Nights. Fans who can’t wait till she decides whether or not she’ll take the part, or whenever Wong Kar-Wai will actually finish the film, can make a pilgrimage to New York’s Museum of Modern Art from January 16 through February 12, 2007, as video artist Doug Aitken projects his new piece Sleep on to the walls of the new-ish MoMa. This work will be the first to use the majority of the outer walls of the MoMa post-renovation. And yes, there will be clips of Cat Power, a.k.a Chan Marshall in the mix. Other actors include Tilda Swinton, Seu Jorge, Ryan Donowho, and Donald Sutherland. More information about this project can be found in Creative Time’s website.