Archive for July, 2008


Matt cured my Monday blues

Over 6 million views so you’ve probably checked him out already. I needed a smile today and this paid off:


Evolution Control Committee on KALX tomorrow night

The ECC’s TradeMark G. will be working his magic on the mighty 90.7 FM tomorrow at 7:30 PM. Hard to believe that the masters of copyright infringement are making their Berkeley radio debut after 20+ years of pushing the envelope of sample legality and found sound. Serious kudos to my fellow KALX-er Tumble Weed for hosting this historic event. Here are some mp3′s for the uninitiated:

Rebel Without A Pause (Whipped Cream Mix)

This classic blending of Chuck D’s rappin’ and the jaunty grooves of Herb Alpert is often cited as the first ever mash-up. It originally appeared on The ECC’s self released Gunderphonics cassette in 1994 but made a much bigger impact when it was released as a 7″ single on San Francisco’s Eerie Materials two years later.

Rocked By Rape

ECC’s crowning achievement, this track garnered cease & desist orders from CBS lawyers. After a groundswell of support spurred by a fabulous article in WIRED magazine CBS backed off their threats of legal action. I don’t know what could have gotten them so upset. Maybe it was the 350 separate edits of news anchor Dan Rather over a bed of spliced AC/DC riffage.

You can find it and other fabulous ear twisters on Plagiarhythm Nation v2.0, released in 2003 on Seeland Records (Negativland‘s label) and available at illegal art.

Anyway, be sure to tune in to Tumble Weed’s show tomorrow night at 7:30 PST for plenty of mind altering sound collage. You can catch it online here.

Catch me on KALX in Berkeley

I host the Cuppa Joe show on KALX in Berkeley every other Wednesday from 6 to 9 PM. You can tune at 90.7 or online by clicking HERE ------------------------------------------- NEXT SHOW: October 28 FUNDRAISER SHOW!! ------------------------------------------- Check out past playlists HERE
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Quick note about the tunes

The mp3s on this blog are to give folks a little taste. Imagine they're those little pouches on the bag your Sunday paper comes in. You know, the one's with a packet containing just enough toothpaste to brush your teeth once or twice. They are left up for a limited time. If you find something you like support the artists by dragging your friends to their shows and/or buying their CDs/records/schwag. If you are the artist (or their label/representative) and don't want an mp3 on here, please email me ( and I'll remove it posthaste.
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