Dr Rob lives in Japan. This is his response to recent happenings. Help where you can people. Ed.
Be Not Defeated By The Rain by Kenji Miyazawa
Translation by David Sulz
Be not defeated by the rain, Nor let the wind prove your better.
Succumb not to the snows of winter. Nor be bested by the heat of summer.
Be strong in body. Unfettered by desire. Not enticed to anger. Cultivate a quiet joy.
Count yourself last in everything. Put others before you.
Watch well and listen closely. Hold the learned lessons dear.
A thatch-roof house, in a meadow, nestled in a pine grove’s shade.
A handful of rice, some miso, and a few vegetables to suffice for the day.
If, to the East, a child lies sick: Go forth and nurse him to health.
If, to the West, an old lady stands exhausted: Go forth, and relieve her of burden.
If, to the South, a man lies dying: Go forth with words of courage to dispel his fear.
If, to the North, an argument or fight ensues:
Go forth and beg them stop such a waste of effort and of spirit.
In times of drought, shed tears of sympathy.
In summers cold, walk in concern and empathy.
Stand aloof of the unknowing masses:
Better dismissed as useless than flattered as a “Great Man”.
This is my goal, the person I strive to become.
February 9, 2011
We love a good warm up DJ at Test Pressing. The ability to hold it down and make sure it’s set up for the DJ coming to play. No ego, just the right sound. It’s also the bit of the night where we hear the records we really like on a sound system. Paul Jenks has been lucky enough to warm up for some of the best DJs currently out there at his monthly shindig Cutloose in Manchester – Theo Parrish, Rahaan and Moodyman to name a few. This month, on the 18th of February, he’ll be making sure the party is right for Phil South and Anton Esteban of Golf Channel. That’ll be good.
January 31, 2011
Have to hold my hands up here and say I really didn’t know how to describe this mix as I hadn’t heard a single thing on here (this seems to be happening a lot as people dig deeper and deeper) so I asked Andy what it was all about and he replied, “it’s a bunch of early and mid 70s psych 7″s, almost entirely from France and Turkey with a some reinforcements from California and Libya about half way through. The original idea was to put together some relatively mellow but interesting things and then, pretty much as always, my mind wandered and i couldn’t resist spiking the drinks a little bit.” Hope that helps. Drink up now…
January 22, 2011
January 20, 2011
Anton Esteban could become a new underground hero of ours. He seems pretty busy, what with DJing and making records as Ghost Note on Golf Channel as well as being a filmmaker. This is one of those mixes where I haven’t got a clue what any of the records are but it’s all the better for it. We asked Anton what it was all about and here’s his reply…
“This music was what originally inspired me to make Ghost Note II. I went to the Philippines last year and took a trip around my country with an old friend and it deeply affected me. The original title of the mix, which eventually became the title of the A side of Ghost Note II, is ‘Kapwa’. Translated from Tagalog, it means seeing yourself in the other.
I thought it would be interesting to make a mix and then a song about the dual nature of man. The mix and the song both have a dark and bright side. The word caught my attention when an artist named Kidlat Tahimik (translated Quiet Thunder) explained the significance of the word to me. ‘Kapwa’ is the original fundamental value of pre-Hispanic Filipinos. A sense of community spirit through a kind of communal bond through empathy and love.
I reflected a lot on that word for the last year and realized that in order to see yourself in the other you have to understand man’s dual nature. It is only when you accept the destructive and constructive tendencies within us can you move forward with any kind of communion with yourself, your maker, nature, and your fellow human being. Hence the Resurrection title.
The record and mix mean a lot to me in terms of trying to communicate that idea through music. I’m not sure if I quite succeeded but I sure had fun making it!”
It’s nice to see a bit of thought and get an understanding why people are doing what they do. I once read an interview with Brian Eno where he said the longest part of making a record for him was the thinking before he actually turned the machines on. Anyway, here’s the mix. Anton digging deep.
December 29, 2010
One of our favourite records of the year was the Gala Drop 12″ on Golf Channel so we got in touch with Nelson Gomes (below) of Gala Drop to ask for a mix and also a few quick questions on the band and what it’s all about. The mix shows their eclectic tastes are and the interview hopefully explains more on the band and where they are going in 2011.
Who is Gala Drop?
Me, Afonso, Guilherme and Tiago.
Where are you based?
How did you guys meet?
We all met in different periods in time (between 2003-2005) at a place called ZDB where i used to be the music programmer.
What do you each bring to the party?
Electronics, guitar, percussion and drums.
How did the hook up with Golf Channel come about?
Tiago met Phil a few years ago in New York and gave him a copy of our first record at the time. Phil loved the record and suggest that would be great do something with us in the future.
Have you been to one of their parties in NYC yet? It’s on our list of things to do…
We played at the party in September. was pretty amazing. I was pretty impressed with the fact that the crowd instead of being facing the band, they were raving like crazy as they do in dance clubs.
What’s the long term goal for Gala Drop?
Do good music, record music, play a lot of shows and have fun.
We heard you play live? What does the show consist of?
Yes, we do. Imagine a rock band playing dance music.
What’s the scene like where you are?
Amazing. It’s happening a lot of great music in such a different scales of genres.
Your mix for us is pretty eclectic – how do your different tastes filter in to the music?
I wouldn’t say they got filtered, but that they help you clarifying you more in a way of what you wanna do and/or don’t. I think the music you love became to be part of what you are. The music we do is a reaction to who we are.
What was the scene you grew up on?
I grew in a small factory town called Barreiro in the other side of Lisbon. Was pretty raw there, but i can’t complain. At the time, was happening there a lot of different things: good dance music in the clubs, a few rock shows, good African clubs, good music in the bars, a lot of loud African music in the streets of my neighborhood….good times.
Finally, tell us what you are up to so people can get involved…
We are focused right now in doing new songs for the next record, the idea is be in the studio in February 2011 and we are working in a North European tour that will take place in April.
March 7, 2010
We’ve had a run of stunning mixes over the past year and here’s another one. Moonboots is one of our favourite DJs, someone who along with a few others has always stayed true to the alternative balearic spirit. As a resident of Aficionado alongside Jason Boardman he has long given Manchester a mellow balearic focal point. Recently they came to London and showed the Lowlife crew how they do. Apparently they rocked it. Get in touch here if you want to get hold of him/them and we’ll hook you up. Anyway, enjoy ‘On A Clear Day’.