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Subversive Wisdom

Artist Song
Naked City & Barack Obama  Crosstalk  
James Brown  Mind Power 
T. Rex  Main Man 
Bad Brains  athemovies 
Patti Smith  a.i.Strange 
Phil Cohran  Malcolm X (live) 
Lou Reed  City Lights 
Qwel  Silence 
Mauricio Kagel  Nordwesten 
Leonard Cohen  Please Don't Pass Me By (live) 
Leos Janßcek  Songs of Hradcany: The Golden Alley 
Elton John  Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 
Rip Rig & Panic  Subversive Wisdom 
Fresch*ard  Brooklyn Moon 
Claude Debussy  Nuages 
4Walls  Night in Siberia 
Art of Noise  A Nation Rejects 
Nico  On the Desert Shore (Demo) 


Inspired by the Rip Rig & Panic piece, here's my attempt at a subversive career in song.

Obama was the ideal voice for the prologue since he has experienced (and later profited from) a genuine deal of subversive circumstances, yet is about to become the world's most powerful man with a lot of contras directed towards him. Samples were taken and slightly al*tered from his Grammy'd "Dreams from my Father" audiobook.
The journey then sets off for grassroots power, pseudo-bohemian hierarchy, a fierce protest against commercial media, subcultural transcen*dence, ethnic pain and drive, golden age irony and finger-pointing boiled in rage (tracks 2-8 respectively).

"Nordwesten" simply means "North West", which is the part of Germany the recipient of the mix and I spent most of our lives in, transformed into an abstract sketch of police state vs underworld by Mauricio Kagel. "Please Don't Pass Me By" is sincere street platitudes reaching a mass audience and blurring privacy with brotherhood in a manner only Cohen can.
Track 11 concerns the Golden Lane in Prague, where a King once installed his alchemists to conjure up wisdom and gold - instead the houses were left in poverty and here a choir mourns about dreaming for more prosperous places, which are revealed to be devoid and overgrown in their own sense.

At this point the mix shifts more toward our subversive narrator, who decides to quit his bigot ("golden") scene and pauses for reflection (tracks 12 + 13). He brushes off his individualized lover (14) and has his most satisfying experience of freedom when he gives in to the movements and surroundings of nature herself (15).
There's a curious climax: repelled into exile by the forces he despised (16), he eventually stands on the sidelines when a national momentum shifts for better or worse (17). We finally see him matured but clung to the desert shore, his ecotone, the personal verge he cannot leave (18), scantly speaking his knowledge in a way that makes him unlikely to be heard.

Track 4 is "At the Movies", #5 "Ain't it Strange" and #14's artist reads without the asterisk, modified for technical reasons.

92 minutes of this may be listened to under the download link. The front artwork (not on display) was found at
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avocado rabbit
Date: 1/2/2009
Can't wait to listen based on the notes. The function of music, through all its mutations, has been to make us aware of the particularity of selves, and the high authority of the self in its quarrel with its society and its culture. Music is in that sense subversive.