Truthful Translations: 400 and Counting

There’s more in the hopper, too. The collection‘s closing in on a gigabyte and a half; I haven’t bothered recently to add up the cumulative listening/viewing time. Many thanks to all the artists who help make sense of political speech and are willing to share the sanity.

Culture jamming in the brave new world is alive and well, thanks for asking. So as long as sentiments like those expressed recently by Milton Rand Kalman of the Billboard Liberation Front continue to exist there should be little worry.

“It’s really fun to be like a paramilitary art squad,” he said. “Have you ever broken the law? I mean, not just like jaywalking…really broken the law, like, stepped way over? It’s awesome.” Amen.

Truthful Translators: Where Are They Now?

Some interesting developments in the lives of a few of the talented collagists that have taken political rhetoric to new levels:

Norton Scooter made a pilgrimage to Crawford, Texas during the president’s vacation and spent time at the spontaneous peace camp that grew up outside the ranch. It ended in his arrest. As is his penchant, the story is told in audio – a priceless 30 minutes’ worth (29:55, 24 MB). Scooter is one of the most talented long-form storytellers working in the medium of sound today. Read More

Skidmark Bob Remixes Outfoxed; Making Waves Premieres in NY

Skidmark Bob’s Mega Media Illusion Mix (6:56, 6.4 MB) takes the doc’s theme song, blends it with Beale, Byrne, Chomsky, and McChesney, and sprinkles that mix with infotainment detritus. Takes the critiques leveled by KGB-TV and Scott Walmsley to the next level.

For those in New York on Wednesday, you’d be crazy to miss the premiere of Michael Lahey’s excellent microradio documentary Making Waves. It happens at 8pm at the Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue (at Second Street). free103point9 will be on hand to conduct a Radio 4×4 performance, which should most definitely set the mood.