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Kala might be thought of as an attempt to destroy the softimism of world music™. Hands up guns out — represent now world town. The album moves past the bubbly syncretism of Arular; goes looking for beat and a form and a hook for the enraged new world and finds a proliferation of each, which is its wonder. Listening to “Bird Flu,” one has to suspect Maya’s been reading (or reading about) Monster at Our Door, the Mike Davis conjecture about the eventual arrival of deadly H5N1 influenza at America’s doorstep. It’s the exact kind of thing that Brooklyn sharpies who are also expats twisted on geo-social hard times like to read on trans-oceanic flights. You listen to the nervous squawks and fearsome, irresistible clatter of the track and you think, that’s not a song, that’s a revenge fantasy. And quite brilliantly, it locates blowback not in the romantic figure of some lone terrorist, but in global structure itself: terror as an inevitable outcome of evil voodoo poured relentlessly into the world-system. In Davis’s account, bird flu when it arrives won’t be an exotic catastrophe we couldn’t predict, but America’s bad faith returned to it after a mutating tour of the planet of slums, the world-ghetto. Funny thing is, that describes Kala exactly.

Always just about ready to give up on the form, and then somebody (often enough jane dark) writes something like this.

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January 21, 2008 at 6:40 am

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  1. what, no mp3’s..?


    January 21, 2008 at 8:41 pm

  2. Matt, if you can’t figure out how to steal that shit, seriously you need a rabbi.


    January 21, 2008 at 9:05 pm

  3. oh god oh god what have i done…
    thanks, i think.


    January 23, 2008 at 6:38 pm

  4. Jesus I know. I’ve dabbled before but acquisition is something else. The other ones, well, required major port opening and the like, normally a pain in the ass, but which I can’t even do here in my subleased place with my subleased modem. Acquistion just doesn’t give a shit and grabs that stuff down.

    So I’m catching up on a certain not to be missed show about Baltimore and its cycles of corruption… But I also feel like someone’s going to kick down the door any second now.


    January 23, 2008 at 7:30 pm

  5. Remember, kids: it’s not illegal to download files. The reason you think that is that the RIAA (etc) likes to use the word “illegal” and the world “download” in the same sentence a lot; it’s sort of like “Saddam Hussein” and “al Quaeda.”

    It’s illegal to share files (which is to say, to make copywrited files available without following copywrite restrictions).


    January 23, 2008 at 11:32 pm

  6. equally fuckd, then.


    January 24, 2008 at 11:23 pm

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