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deewani bollywood blunt hour (with videos)

deewani bollywood!

is that download solution working for you people?

So today I am making true on the promise (or threat) of the classic bollywood blunt hour. And thanks to the power of youtube, and thanks to indian copyright holders appearntly not being on the case, you can watch the movie scene to every one of today featured songs. Good, ey.
So this collection features mostly seventies movies. We start with the hippies come to Kathmandu drama “Haré Rama Haré Krishna”, which I believe I have never seen with Subtitles, however I can tell you from experience that you can pretty much understand up to 90% of any Bollywood movie even without subtitles.
Next we have something from the Five Daughters on the mountain Romance Ishk Ishk Ishk, just like the first film starring Zeenat Aman and Dev Anand (who also directed the first movie).
Then the famous “drunk song” from one of the few early international indian film successes (big in Russia), the twins-swapping places movie “Seeta aur Geeta”. ”
Mera Naam Joker” was two time Palme d’Or nominee Raj Kapoor’s personal pet project, the drama about a clown, which on releases tanked spectacularly but nowadays is considered a great overlooked film.
Then we have one of my personal favorites “Yaadon Ki Baaraat”, three brothers get separated at a young age (by having their parent murdered by the evil criminal Shakaal) the only memory is this song taught them by their mother (the image for this post is btw taken from that movie and is the murdered father).
I actually do know nothing about “Priya” (also haven’t seen it) but in case you’re wondering of haven’t checked the video link, yes those are mice singing.
We enter thriller territory with Teesri Manzil and then come to my absolute favorite movies (probably because it was among the first I had seen) “Muqaddar Ka Sikandar”, it was pretty sure that this mix would feature a song from that movie.
You probably know the Disco Dancer song under the name “Jimmy” from M.I.A.’s 2007 record Kala were she covered this (I seem to remember that it was even a single).
Bobby is the ultimate bollywood romance there even is a Harry meets Sally styled movie called Hum Tum whos characters are kind of obsessed with that movie.
Amar Akbar Anthony on the other hand is about as strange as Bollywood movies come. If I tell you that it’s the story of three brothers, who represent the three main religions: Hindu, Muslim and Christanity, you might think this is an ambitious art flic, on the other hand if I tell you that Amitabh Bachchan (who I haven’t praised yet.. him: good) appears in a priest outfit from an oversized egg during a song and dance number you might reconsider. And finally we have something from “Gumnaam”, the Bollywood version of Agatha Christies “Ten Little Indians”, this song and its video prominently features in the 2001 film version of Daniel Clowes’ Ghost World.
So, did I explain the “deewani”, if not it means “crazy” (but in a good way) and is one of the few hindi words I know.

NEXT: On the 1st of september spanish new wave or as it is called: movida madrilena.

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1. Dum Maro Dum from “Haré Rama Haré Krishna” (1971)
singer: Asha Bhosle & Chorus
composer: Rahul Dev Burman
Watch the scene from the movie

2. Chal Saathi Chal from “Ishk Ishk Ishk” (1974)
singer: Kishore Kumar & Chorus
composer: Rahul Dev Burman
Watch the scene from the movie

3. Han Ji Han Main Ne Sharab Pi Hai from “Seeta Aur Geeta” (1972)
singer: Lata Mangeshkar
composer: Rahul Dev Burman
Watch the scene from the movie

4. Jane Kahan Gaye Woh Din from “Mera Naam Joker” (1968)
singer: Mukesh
composer: Shankar Jaikishan
Watch the scene from the movie

5. Yaadon Ki Baaraat from “Yaadon Ki Baaraat” (1973)
singer: Kishore Kumar & Mohd. Rafi
composer: Rahul Dev Burman
Watch the scene from the movie

6. Na Sun Bura, Dekh Bura, Bol Bura from “Priya” (1970)
singer: Mahendra Kapoor, Kamal Barot & Teen Bandaren
composer: Kalyanji Anandji
Watch the scene from the movie

7. Main Hoon Pyar Tera from “Teesri Manzil” (1966)
singer: Asha Bhosle & Mohd. Rafi
composer: Rahul Dev Burman
Watch the scene from the movie

8. Pyar Zindagi Hai from “Muqaddar Ka Sikandar” (1978)
singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle & Mahendra Kapoor
composer: Kalyanji Anandji
Watch the scene from the movie

9. Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Aaja from “Disco Dancer” (1982)
singer: Parvati Khan
composer: Bappi Lahiri
Watch the scene from the movie

10. Main Shair To Nahin from “Bobby” (1973)
singer: Shailendra Singh
composer: Laxmikant Pyarelal
Watch the scene from the movie

11. Amar, Akbar, Anthony from “Amar, Akbar, Anthony” (1977)
singer: Kishore Kumar, Mahendra Kapoor & Shailendra Singh
composer: Laxmikant Pyarelal
Watch the scene from the movie

12. Jan Pahechan Ho from “Gumnaam” (1965)
singer: Mohd. Rafi
composer: Shankar Singh, Jaikishan Panchal
Watch the scene from the movie

deewani bollywood discs

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blunt hour in the soul ghetto

soul ghetto

Firstly let’s get some other business out of the way: I reuploaded and updated the link for “the rotten apple double hour” and it should work fine (tested it twice) so if you where unable to get it last time around, here is your second chance.

Now on to this mix, this is inspired by me finally getting my hands on Sam Dees – The Show Must Go On, sometimes last year, a record I had been looking for quite a while. So to celebrate that purchase I did a mix of 70ties deep soul dealing with social and political issues.
We start with Baby Huey, protégée of Curtis Mayfield, who does a rendition of Sam Cooke’s classic “A Change Is Gonna Come” (probably the first political soul song ever written). Then the still very much under appreciated Swamp Dog does his take on “God Bless America” which landed him in quite a bit of trouble with the Irving Berlin estate back in the day. After the often sampled “Is It Because I’m Black” we come to the above mentioned Sam Dees. Than Curtis himself with a song from his Vietnam homecoming concept record “Back to the World”. From there we move on to Boscoe only ever recorded album, featuring some stark avant-garde Funk without any sense of Funkadelics irony. We continue along similar musical lines with Gene McDaniels from a records that then vice president Spiro Agnew allegedly called Atlantic Records about, to have the release stopped. And we end on the bit more sunny yet still political side of the street with Stax recording artist Lou Bond.

NEXT: On the 15st of August Bollywood Blunt Hour, classic indian movie songs.

uploaded (192kb – 90Mb)
let’s try if this one works…

soul ghetto discs

1. Baby Huey & the Babysitters – A Change Is Going To Come
2. Swamp Dogg – God Bless America For What
3. Syl Johnson – It Is Because I’m Black
4. Sam Dees – Child Of The Streets
5. Donny Hathaway – Little Ghetto Boy
6. Curtis Mayfield – Right On For The Darkness
7. Boscoe – Writin’ On The Wall
8. Gene McDaniels – Freedom Death Dance
9. Lou Bond – To The Establishment

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blunt double hour in the rotten apple

rotten apple

or “Downtown 81 without Jean-Michel Basquiat (nothing personal, but that Soundtrack is available)”

We’ll be taking a look at New York Music in the beginning of the eighties; New-Wave, No Wave, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Avantgarde, Disco and Noise.
New York in the early eighties, much like Berlin in the nineties had a dilapidated and abandoned inner city to where people moved that lacked money but fancied freedom (I’m told that at the moment that status is hold by Detroit). And much like Berlin they had a Art Scene that announced art exhibitions but delivered parties.
Also similar both areas got cleaned up once people with money got interested and since then live from the myth of that time, or to put it like recently uttered in the recent Berlin documentary “Sexy am Eis“: living from the fumes leaking from the corpse of that myth.

So what’s the music like? Well we have the minimal electronics of Dark Day and Arthur Russell, New Wavisch Pop by impLog and Y-Pants, 99 Records free grooves by such artists as ESG and Liquid Liquid, New Wave Jazz by James Chance and John Luri’s Lounge Lizards, academic noise experiments by Rhys Chatham (a song you will konw if you’ve ever listen to an episode of “The Wire on the Air”) and the Glenn Banca related Theoretical Girls and Interference, who would soon become Sonic Youth and finally early Hip-Hop from Fab 5 Freddy and The Cold Crush Brothers. So all in all quite varied but from one mould.

enjoy. Finally I wanted to give some credits to Steven Siegel from whoms great New York in the 80s Fickr Set I have taken my header image.

NEXT: On the 1st of August “Blunt Hour in the Soul Ghetto”, 70ties Agit-Soul.

NEW LINK: uploaded (192kb – 167Mb)
If DepositFile asks you for an Abo for regular downloading. You don’t want no stinking abo (unless you want it, but you don’t, do you?). Just close the float-in and click the “regular download” link again til you get to the download…

rotten apple discs

ROTTEN SIDE (1st Hour)
01. Dark Day – Hands in the Dark
02. Arthur Russell – Wax the Van
03. Theoretical Girls – You Got Me
04. Rosa Yemen – Rosa Vertov
05. Ut – Sham Shack
06. Love of Life Orchestra – Beginning of the Heartbreak
07. Chemicals Made From Dirt – Beatniks (Lookin’ For Tourists)
08. Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Fire
09. Intense Molecular Activity – Blurb
10. Material – O.A.O.
11. ESG – UFO
12. Fab 5 Freddy – Change The Beat
13. Cold Crush Brothers – Fresh, Wild, Fly And Bold (Cold Crush It’s Us)
14. Liquid Liquid – Cavern

15. The Del-Byzanteens – Girl’s Imagination
16. Come On – Don’t Walk On The Kitchen Floor
17. Y Pants – Favorite Sweater
18. Model Citizens – Shift the Blame
19. impLOG – Breakfast
20. Bush Tetras – Too Many Creeps
21. Mars – 3E
22. Rhys Chatham – Guitar Trio
23. Interference – She Said Destroy
24. Von Lmo – Outside of Time
25. DNA – Egomaniac’s Kiss
26. James Chance with the Pill Factory – That’s When Your Heartaches Begin
27. Music Revelation Ensemble – Time Table
28. The Lounge Lizards – Do the Wrong Thing
29. Medium Medium – Hungry So Angry

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that announcement.

that header image
that announcement.

Yes, It’s watcha hearing. listen. ahn.
X ain’t gonna give it to ya… I am.
I’m guessing he’ll be busy, not sure…
is he still around? do any of you care?
then look it up, you got an internet.
nothing like 10 year old music reverence opening.
hmmm, oh yes fine, let us do this.
after all life-time is now infinite, is it not?
Us being the first generation that supposedly lives forever.
Yes, I’m getting to it… I haven’t talked to these people in a while,
you know, I have to convey every single thought I have had since back then.

After a two year hiatus the blunt hours will be returning to Stumpfer Gegenstand.

On the 15th (in 9 days) the first of the new mixes, the two hour long “blunt hour in the rotten apple – New Wave, No Wave, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Avantgarde, Disco and Noise from NYC early eighties” will premier. yip!

Subsequently the 1st and 15th of every month will see a new blunt release (and they have actually already been done to the end of the year, so yes they will come). Some of the things to look forward to are: 70ties Agit-Soul, my Bollywood-Favs, Movida Madrilena, Jazz Nocturne, Danse Macabre and a much better and more competent Hardcore sampler than stupid documentary a couple years back.

so see you in 9 days and all the best til then.

on the infinite amount of life time … meh

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berlinale dispatches – day 10: problems with hungarian captivity

berlinale dispatches – day 10: problems with hungarian captivity

the tenth and last day where it all ends in the jungles of the Philippines.

Magyarország 2011 / Hungary 2011 (HUN 2012 – various directors)
Béla Tarr after winning, the well deserved, silver bear last year for “The Turin Horse”, gave an interview to Berlin newspaper “Der Tagesspiegel” in which he criticized the cultural policies of his country and that of ultra-right nationalist leader Viktor Orbán. This lead to an enormous shit-storm breaking loose, ensuring that his film will not be shown in Hungary (being itself a completely apolitical picture) and Tarr can kiss any funding for future project by the state goodbye. On a personal note I would shortly like to interject that German distributors so far (a year on) have also been unable to show this movie, but that is mainly because they suck enormously and probably haven’t figured out how to show it making profit.
This year Béla Tarr returns, with “Magyarország 2011”, a set of eleven shorts, in which fellow Hungarian directors process the state of their country, among them Bence Fliegauf, whos controversial “Just The Wind” is shown in this years competition. All participating directors worked for free on the project and Tarr insisted that they do not tell him in advance what they would do. The resulting program is a very diversified, often witty and certainly angry affair. From a film about the governments policies towards homeless, a short only consisting of titles and end credits, to a conversations with politician reconstructed with a dead goat in a trash can, the message seems to be “I think therefore, I am” and once I stop thinking I stop being.

Captive (PHIL 2011 – D: Brillante Mendoza)
In full disclosure this is the first Brillante Mendoza film I have seen, his reconstruction of the 2001 Dos Palmas kidnappings by Islamist separatist group Abu Sayyaf. About 20 people were kidnapped in a raid on an expensive resort in the Philippines and while being held for ransom had to walk hundreds of kilometres through the jungle. The affair went on for over a year, some hostages being released, some killed, while new ones taken, until in the end most hostages and their takers were killed in a raid by the Philippine army.
The central hostage in the film, a French social worker, is played by Isabelle Huppert, her character, as far as I can tell is not based on the actual case. And here we arrive at the films first problem, while Huppert performance being excellent as always, it distracts from the films attempts to show the events realistically, her face is just to familiar and brings along to much distracting baggage (good baggage, but baggage nonetheless). The direction of the movie, for me, was somewhere between the Herzogian “we actually did this” approach and the, to me seemingly unfitting, metaphoric animal and nature observations of Terence Malik. The film even has his very own “Dinosaur sequence” (if you have seen “Tree of Life” you will know what I mean) with a CGI-Paradise bird towards the end.
All in all, in found the film a draining tour-de-force experience, which I’m guessing is part of it’s aim, but a bit to unevenly handled to really convince me.

tomorrow: the upshot of this years festival.

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