by carl wilson

A Ray of Sungrime

D Double E and crew.

Massive news from Luca that Toronto is going to see its "first grime show." (Luca's not counting Dizzee Rascal, who's been here before and is back at the Opera House on April 28.) But he's right in that this here is a real scene-of-the-grime show, not a star turn, celebrating the release of the Run the Road, which I think is the first major-label grime compilation, in North America: At B-Side on March 12 with D Double E, Jammer, Ears (with his charmer Happy Days) and Toronto's Steady Merkin' Sound (wuzzat, you, Luca?). (More on the compilation stars here.) All for just $12. Update: Also word is (via Paul Autonomic on Dissensus) that a Canadian grime/dubstep web news hub is imminent. Update update: Make that "is here" (thanks, Mark).

Meanwhile, I'd love to speculate about Simon's question about what "level 4" of "realist" discourse is, but like M.I.A. and Missy's music, my day right now could be none more cuckoo-bananas. I'll tell you what level 4 isn't, though: It's not, after realizing that "realist discourse" has a cultural freight that shouldn't be discarded as insignificant, to decide it's okay to go ahead and start dismissing artists and art as phony all over again, but explain it away as a symbolic gesture of solidarity with those who "fantasize realness" (legitimized by their deprivation, which trumps all other grounds of credibility), thus getting to have your snark and disavow it too.

The outcome is to blame the artist for the discourse around her: She shouldn't talk about her background because it causes bad writers to exoticize and fetishize her. (Calling her "the M.I.A. industry" for giving interviews = "Maya, shut up.") And why assume she's receiving all the feedback uncritically, exploiting it unreflexively? When she dropped that bit of Knitting Factory stage banter about "us refugees," Simon, maybe her tongue was a tad in cheek?

More to say about Zizek's class categories (which are helpful but omit the migrant waves that I brought up in the beginning) and Dave M.'s ideas about community and dialogic music, but no time to say it in, so the saga continues. (Anybody else who's blogging about this, aside from Eppy, whose snorts of disbelief do help clear the air, drop a line - I'd like to know.)

Live Notes | Posted by zoilus on Wednesday, February 23 at 2:57 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (6)




Posted by Geoff on February 25, 2005 9:48 PM



It's all good. Thanks for the correction.

Posted by Dave M. on February 24, 2005 1:59 AM



Oh fuck. Sorry, Dave, no idea why I did that. Fixing immediately.

Posted by zoilus on February 24, 2005 12:52 AM



It's a crazy day for identities.

Posted by Dave M. (Not Mike, hint hint) on February 24, 2005 12:45 AM



'imminent' what? these boys don't fuck around!

i'm excited.

Posted by mark p. on February 23, 2005 9:24 PM



i realized after the fact that talking about the "first grime show" is presumptuous unto itself regardless of context, and i switched it. but not before the hawk-eyes of zoilus could spot it. dizzee's first show was pretty great but the grime dynamic (grynamic?) is more convincingly realized when several MC's are trading bars.

regardless, this will be a very exciting show for anyone interested in electronic music, hip-hop or punk. thanks for the mention. indeed i'm one component in steady merkin' sound, which also features by buddy tyler on decks.

Posted by luca on February 23, 2005 4:09 PM




Zoilus by Carl Wilson