May 2007


Stop
In January 2007, I spent 3 weeks criss-crossing India in an autorickshaw. For those of you familiar with this splendid vehicle, it’s a 3-wheeled, motorized rickshaw, much like a moped with a windshield and canvas roof.

It was an incredible way to see the country. While trying to stay alive, I couldn’t help but marvel at the roadway artwork.If an Indian vehicle hauls anything – from hay to humans – it is decorated to the fullest degree. Trucks, taxis, rickshaws, pedi-taxis, even ox carts, are covered stem to stern in slogans, initials, pictographs, floral designs and stripes. Usually all at once. No space is left untouched. Even the windshields are bespangled until the barest minimum space is left to operate the vehicle to a passable degree.

Stop

Taxis and trucks in particular have the word “Stop” painted on the lower left corner of the rear. It’s a plea really, for whatever is behind them, to pay close attention and at the slightest provocation, slam on the brakes.This book has examples of this “functional,” outsider art, with some other road images tossed in.

STOP— Anthony P. Munoz

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Here’s the cover artwork for Music Swap posting 106. This was particularly fun to make – collaging all sorts of vintage artwork, scans and found textures.MS106Is this a mix of music to get slapped by? Music to slap somone to? Songs that will make you want to slap someone? Well, yes. Probably all 3. Maybe none.Michael Penn is back again with a song a really like 20 years ago. Following is a song from the much hyped MC5 from nearly 40 years ago. It holds up. DJ Scene from Seattle takes Cam’Ron’s “Welcome to New York” and crowbars out the Survivor cheese ball sound from the background. Replacing it is a smooth, rolling classic R&B sound with some swagger. Dang this version is a jump up from the original. Meneo comes in fourth with a song that makes me want to fly to Barcelona and slap him. And then maybe dance some. It’s catchy, fun and annoying. All at once. Damian Marley comes to the rescue with fantastic song from his huge Welcome to Jamrock album. New York’s The Rosewood Thieves come in sixth with another song from their latest album From The Decker House. Next up is Girl Talk with a DJ-art-piece-mashup. It’s a tiny snipet from countless jam songs, all smashed together, in a track entitled Pure Magic. Like it or love it, get the slapping started! Midlake enters in the tenth position. Thanks so much to Ben Milam for turning me on to this great band. Dusseldorf based musician Volker Bertelmann is in the eleventh place in the guise of Hauschka. Long gone, but not forgotten Space Needle from Rhode Island follows with a song from their Voyager cd. David Bowie returns with a very early song of his, before he found psychedelics. Dr. Dog and Tom Waits return respectively. Holy smokes the blues version of Born In The USA is hot. Amazing as well is the acoustic version, live on Spanish TV. Check out the video link. First timers The Bravery appear in what I imagine will be a one hit wonder. Panda Bear leaves the Animal Collective briefly to rock the eighteenth spot with a song from Person Pitch. Ending this mix is Slaraffenland of Denmark bring us a mellow exit from their Private Cinema cd.— Anthony P. Munoz@ apmunoz.com

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MS105Here’s the cover artwork for my 105th posting on my music blog site.We begin this mix with another song from Bill Shuh’s, The Foundry Field Recordings. Geez, get this album already. It’s great. Page France debuts on the Swap with a tune from their new release “…and the Family Telephone”. Field Music, fresh off a short European tour with Tokyo Police Club, comes in 4th with something from their newly released 2nd LP. I couldn’t find a video for San Diego Serenade, by check out this great performance of sausage and eggs by Tom Waits. God bless the interet. Nebraska’s Tilly and the Wall bring us a song from their first release, Wild Like Children. You should check out the video link for this song as it affords you something you’ll miss on the audio track – tap dancing. This band has it’s own tap dancer bandmate. Track 16 is by family band Pablo from their album of the same title as the song. Former Galaxie 500 frontman Dean Wareham, joins Luna bandmate Britta Phillips to form their own self titled band. They enter mix 105 with the 5th track from their stellar 2nd full-length album Back Numbers. What would a music swap mix be without Andrew Bird? So I may be a bit heavy handed with this artist. I think you’ll like this song of his lastest release Armchair Apocrypha, his 7th studio release. We end this mix with an acapella version of How High, by Redman & Method Man. It’s ready to be mixed and mashed into your favorite track.apmunoz.com— Anthony P. Munoz@ apmunoz.com

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