Sometimes you do get what you pay for. Take the weekly free downloads in the iTunes Music Store. Most (heck, almost all) are missable, dismissible, entirely mistakable for some other half dozen generic singer-songwriter (or earnest rap, or desultory r’n’b) songs whose names you cannot recollect either. But on a rare occasion, iTunes delivers a winner, such as today, when its email newsletter announced that the single of the week comes from rapper M.I.A., born in Sri Lanka, based in London, hailed in music circles that hunger for the next Dizzee Rascal, the next British hip-hop “it” export. Her first single, the roiling “Galang,” in a three-minute-plus radio edit, would be entirely computerized robot funk, were she not rapping through it like a sweaty ghost in the machinery, and since she’s so intent on hearing her staccato syllables enmeshed with the gearshift rhythms, shouting out “purple haze” as an entreaty to classic rock fans looking for a new thrill, since her verses are even less comprehensible than most of Rascal’s… anyhow, she’s at one with her production like few rappers, who generally seem like guest stars on their own albums. If you’ve got iTunes, this link will take you there.
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• October 13, 2016: This day marks the start of the 250th weekly Disquiet Junto project.
• November 16, 2016: I'll be sharing the mic at Adobe Books in San Francisco with my fellow 33 1/3 author Evie Nagy for an evening hosted, from 7pm to 10pm, by Marc Kate (facebook.com).
• December 1, 2016: A likely speaking engagement. Details to come.
• December 13, 2016: This day marks the 20th anniversary of Disquiet.com.
• January 5, 2017: This day marks the 5th anniversary of the Disquiet Junto.
• Ongoing: The Disquiet Junto series of weekly communal music projects explore constraints as a springboard for creativity and productivity. There is a new project each Thursday afternoon (California time), and it is due the following Monday at 11:59pm: disquiet.com/junto.
• My book on Aphex Twin's landmark 1994 album, Selected Ambient Works Vol. II, published as part of the 33 1/3 series, an imprint of Bloomsbury, is now in its second printing. It can be purchased at amazon.com, among other places.
disquiet juntoThe Disquiet Junto is an ongoing weekly collaborative music-making space in which restraints are used as a springboard for creativity. Subscribe to the announcement list at tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto. There is an FAQ. ... These are the 5 most recent weekly projects: • 0264 / Time Travel / Record a piece of music that plays with the perception of time. • 0263 / Overture Edit / Produce an overture to an existing album. • 0262 / Ice Code / Record the sound of ice in a glass and make something of it. • 0261 / Audio Journal 2016 / Create a sonic diary of the past year with a dozen five-second segments. • 0260 / Tone Fade / An exercise in when a sound ends.
... And there is a complete list of projects at disquiet.com/junto.
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