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Mon, Nov. 21st, 2005 10:03 am
Rusty live

Rusty Santos took a break from recording the new Momus record last night, playing an intimate show at a club in Prenzlauer Berg.



Live, Rusty is a tight, needy ball of nerdy energy, hunched over the mic in his baggy-ass jeans, an arty New York hipster commanding the complete attention of a room of arty Berlin hipsters, screeching in a sort of charming post-punk new wave neurotic way. He's a "singer-songwriter", but he's also manipulating his sound actively the whole time, crouched down over his Boss Dr Sample unit, sampling beats or guitar phrases and looping them, then singing and playing over the loose, jumpy loops. The processing is pretty extreme, wild pitch shifting and ring modulation on the voice, deliberately out-of-time beats made from amp clicks. The result is sort of like Devo crossed with Buddy Holly, produced by Laurie Anderson. Here's an mp3 of his sound:

Rusty Live clip (2 mins. 04 secs.)

If, based on this, our collaboration sounds like an unlikely one, given all I've written about the kind of sound I'm after, you might not be surprised to hear that already all those rules seem to have gone out of the window. Maybe they only existed to be broken, to make pop music seem attractively forbidden. Anyway, yesterday's song "Moop Bears" was an infectious, rattly, chaotic jazz shuffle not a million miles from the "Belleville Rendezvous" theme song. I'm also finding the songs of Plan B, a British white indie rap artist, quite attractive at the moment — check this video, which I discovered thanks to david_f's blog, or a new song called "Kidz". I'm thinking of doing a rap song today, somewhat in the manner of "Timecode", about a hard nut who stabs a bonsai tree and boasts about it. I know it's off the program, but allow it, bloods!


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Nov. 21st, 2005 09:25 am (UTC)

... and the combover gets ever more extreme...


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Nov. 21st, 2005 09:48 am (UTC)

Combover? It's a "Ritchie Hawtin".



All us anglophone Berliners have them.


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Nov. 21st, 2005 09:49 am (UTC)

"about a hard nut who stabs a bonsai tree and boasts about it"

Reminiscent of the ending of the film 'Tabou' when Beat Takeshi's character cuts down a magnificent cherry blossom tree in full bloom symbolically insinuating his decision to kill the young, effeminate swordboy at the center of all the dangerously disruptive homoerotic hijinks amongst the royal security ranks.


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frontporchmafia
frontporchmafia
Mon, Nov. 21st, 2005 09:50 am (UTC)

Aw, you are so handsome.


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tassellrealm
tassellrealm
XWSF Tassell
Mon, Nov. 21st, 2005 10:10 am (UTC)
Re: Rusty

Hey, that's great.

I like the Cinema-auditorium quality of the recording.

I've always thought it interesting how the weight and shape of a Fender Stratocaster seems to promote a physical jerky style of singing/playing, e.g.s: Byrne, Holly, Hendrix doing "Hey Joe" etc.

The much heavier weight and smaller shape of a Telecaster tends to dictate a more static but forceful performance: Barrett, Strummer etc.

Although Rusty has the appearance of torch-wielder for the Verlaine/Hell/Vega/Byrne baraka in dub, there's something gleaming through that lot that is entirely of his own substance.


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Nov. 21st, 2005 10:38 am (UTC)

oh no! i wanted to have you rap for me!

(odot)


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Nov. 21st, 2005 11:31 am (UTC)

Hey, it doesn't have to be just a one-off! I can do it for you too, Olivier!


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Nov. 21st, 2005 01:13 pm (UTC)
rap rappin'

hey I want you to rap on my next album

(oh shit Olivier asked you already) ahhhhhh

Antonin / Digiki


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Nov. 21st, 2005 03:39 pm (UTC)

the guy stabing the bonsai... that exact image came to my mind more than once at neomarxisme. good luck with the song.

alin


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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, Nov. 21st, 2005 06:26 pm (UTC)

Authenticise?


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noaei_xanadu
noaei_xanadu
Adair
Mon, Nov. 21st, 2005 07:03 pm (UTC)

Reminds me of Final Fantasy, the band (not the videogame lol) which is pretty much just Owen Pallett, who sings Mishima influenced ditties with just his voice, violin, and looping pedal.


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sparkligbeatnic
sparkligbeatnic
Tue, Nov. 22nd, 2005 01:28 am (UTC)

Glad to see you're giving your assistants a fair deal. The same cannot be said of many (most?) "mature" creatives.


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cap_scaleman
cap_scaleman
cap_scaleman
Tue, Nov. 22nd, 2005 08:48 am (UTC)

Talking about hip-hop. What do you think of Soul Junk?


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Nov. 22nd, 2005 09:41 am (UTC)

okay

i was serious. i'll send you an email really soon.

(odot)


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Nov. 22nd, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC)

Mind this quaote from Andrew Morton your self fantasised anti momus saboteur?

"Not one to miss out on a very, very, small insignificant art performance that only appeals to the people that created it and the small enclave of sycophants that follow them"

take another look at that photo, no ones interested in anyhting but themselves, theres been a shift in the past few months and you havent picked up on it, better hurry up n do summat, like actually create something or write about something worthwhile other than content to a self serving audience.


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Nov. 22nd, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC)

whimsy says something ironical and outrageous...fwaaah fwaah momus ignores the troleteriate..sheesh


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