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(Kid Koala's Moon river is also fantastic, but not included in this post due to it's use of external effects).
posted by phrontist at 6:20 PM on April 20, 2007


H-LY HELL is that the entire SCRATCH film ONLINE? I'd balk at copyright yada yada, but the medium sort of insists copyright nada nada! So hooray, Thanks!
posted by Peter H at 6:21 PM on April 20, 2007


Some great stuff.
Might I add this routine by Birdy Nam Nam?
posted by numlok at 6:38 PM on April 20, 2007 [1 favorite]


Whoa. Is "Birdy Nam Nam" a reference to the Peter Sellers movie "The Party"? If so, it's the second one I've found to what I thought was an obscure (though hilarious) line in a relatively unknown film.
posted by DU at 6:42 PM on April 20, 2007


DU: Yep.
posted by numlok at 6:47 PM on April 20, 2007


This post gave me a big smile! Thanks!
posted by Dizzy at 6:47 PM on April 20, 2007


Man. I haven't even clicked any of the links yet and I'm already talking shit. I can't wait and wine and dine on these links, phrontist.

"Birdy Nam nam" is a whole scene in 'The Party" where Peter Sellars feeds the bird and accidentally kills it. One of the funniest (but a little dated) movies of all time.

Anyway, Q is the man. Remember the beginning of DemolitionPumpkingSqueezeMusik? His whole sex scratch on Kool Keith's Dr. Octagon album? This guy was there for everything. Fuck him for not even using a mixer at tableturns. Shit, this is the second hip-hop post in one, I think I'm going to bust out a copy of Super Duck Breaks and just listen to it straight through (hahaha!)
posted by phaedon at 6:51 PM on April 20, 2007


excellent use of the wikkkawikka tag
posted by Mach5 at 6:52 PM on April 20, 2007


And.

Maybe you've sometimes "heard" crowds roaring from DJ recordings that are plugged straight into the board. That's because needles pick up ambient vibrations.

Well I once had the pleasure of seeing Kut Masta Kurt at a show tie a rubber band to the end of his needle, the other end to a fader, and pluck an entire bass line using his finger. Genius!!
posted by phaedon at 6:55 PM on April 20, 2007


I was going to include Birdy Nam Nam, but we'd done it before.
posted by phrontist at 7:00 PM on April 20, 2007


Yeah, I thought I'd seen 'em in the blue.
Since the two posts dovetail into eachother so well, I suppose it would have been better form for me to post a link to that post instead.
C'est la vie.
posted by numlok at 7:15 PM on April 20, 2007


makin' me itch.

Maybe you just have crabs.
posted by homunculus at 7:43 PM on April 20, 2007


Well done, sir. I don't know how well they fit into the turntablist genre, but I discovered Birdy Nam Nam and Younger Brother at the same time, and I love 'em both.
posted by boo_radley at 7:44 PM on April 20, 2007


I saw Grandmaster Flash twenty years ago amongst an incredibly diverse crowd...this was probably the first rap performance in Denver...and I thought it was a pretty cool temporary fad...just like my mother did about the Beatles in 1963.

Joke's on me, I guess.
posted by kozad at 7:51 PM on April 20, 2007


The one handed Qbert stuff in the "makin'" link is simply astonishing. Fanks, throntist.
posted by noahpoah at 8:05 PM on April 20, 2007


Cool. I love early hip hop. I first saw a hip hop dj somewhere around 1979 and could not believe how much fun the music was. It sure blew away the typical dance music of the time (disco). He was rapping and scratching and had the house on fire. I saw a few more in clubs and then in '81 I heard Grand Master Flash open for the Clash. Wow, Wow, Wow. There were so many issues with their performance but the music was awesome.
posted by caddis at 8:48 PM on April 20, 2007


HELL YEAH. This is the best post that I've come across. Thank you so much for posting these links, phrontist. I haven't gone through them all yet (so much material!) but that first link is freaking great. Serious props.
posted by numinous at 9:08 PM on April 20, 2007


Seconded. qbert one handed is absolutely incredible. I was wondering where he was going to go next.
posted by gcbv at 9:21 PM on April 20, 2007


I love early hip hop

While much of what I posted is fairly dated, turntablism is alive and well. Really, if you get a chance, watch Scratch. It's a shame that what most think of as hip-hop today is so distant from what the great stuff was and continues to be.

Turntablism is about directly maniuplating sounds in the time and amplitude domain - the possibilites are fascinating and I really don't think the surface has been... scratched.
posted by phrontist at 9:36 PM on April 20, 2007


Damn, what wonderful shit. Amazing. And the fact that MCs essentially usurped territory staked out by the DJs (aided by record-contract circumstance, but nonetheless) will end up being my most useful musical history lesson of the year. Great post.
posted by scatman at 11:53 PM on April 20, 2007


Watching Z-Trip's demo at the end of Scratch was a good and bad thing: on the upside, my wife finally understood what was so amazing about turntablism, on the downside, DJ's were suddenly very hot: "Wow, they're dexterous with their fingers."

C'est la vie.

Of all the YouTube links though I find myself dredging this one up again and again.

4:02. Damn.

And phaedon, I know what you mean about the crowd noise through the needle. Pick up any of the Future Primitive CD's any you'll hear that a-plenty. God, those shows were amazing live.
posted by Loser at 1:02 AM on April 21, 2007


Ill.
posted by chillmost at 1:45 AM on April 21, 2007


I don't pretend to know much about the turntable-music scene and scratching, but I do love it. Birdy Nam Nam I found on youtube a few months ago and they are fucking amazing.

The 'Scratch' docu is entertaining, but unfortunately in too much of a hurry. It's a great overview, but seems unable to quite penetrate the surface of the whole scene. Worth watching just to see DJ Shadow's record store/collection.
posted by slimepuppy at 2:48 AM on April 21, 2007


If you liked "Drunk Trumpet" (the Kid Koala routine in the fpp) you might like "Flutine" by DJ Woody.
posted by davehat at 3:36 AM on April 21, 2007


I saw Kid Koala at SXSW this year, and much to my surprise, it might have been the single best set of all the great perfomances I saw that weekend. And that "Moon River" bit was the show stopper.
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 5:23 AM on April 21, 2007


Qbert=alien or possibly an alien god. Thanks for this. Also, homunculus, you could have at least linked to someone doing the crab ya ninny.
posted by sleepy pete at 8:44 AM on April 22, 2007


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