cool. thanks for the lukid link. one last question then i'm gone forever. why the name codeine drums?
It came from a particular DJs description of a Rustie record that was used as part of a press release package years ago. I think he called the percussion ‘lean drums’ or something to that effect, and even though it was a bit wack I liked the feeling it evoked; that reference to Southern US rap, but not wholly rap, rap as an influence on the style of electronic music. Kind of what the show’s all about. We love rap and hip hop, but also a really mixed bag of electronic music. It all feeds into one another. Codeine Drums was meant to be used first for a DIY label, but it never materialised, so it got used for the radio show instead.
“I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but somehow I am still in love with life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our more stupid melancholy propensities, for is there anything more stupid than to be eager to go on carrying a burden which one would gladly throw away, to loathe one’s very being and yet to hold it fast, to fondle the snake that devours us until it has eaten our hearts away?”—Voltaire (via thepoliticsofcruelty)
“The world of the future, to me, is not a place, but an event. A construct, not by one author in the form of words written to make up a novel or story that other persons sit in front of, outside of, and read – but a construct in which there is no author and no readers but a great many characters in search of a plot.”—Philip K. Dick, The Android and The Human
Todays broadcast features two guest mixes from Konx-om-Pax (an animator, graphic designer, label boss, video director, producer, DJ and the latest signing to the mighty Planet Mu) and LuckyMe’s very own R&B and Ghettotech lover Bamboo Palace, who joined us in the studio for a 2 hour special.
There was a really eclectic mix of sounds over the course the show, and we hope you enjoy it.
Thanks to Tom and Daryl for their records and time.
I was first introduced to the work of David Foster Wallace in a lecture in my second year of university. It was the Head of the English Lit department at the time, and he is known for his pretty much constant depressive state; arriving late, leaving early, always a little shaken and difficult but if and when he chooses to say something noteworthy, it’s always something I wish I could record and play back over and over again. This day, he was late to take a lecture on Beat poetry. He mockingly read out Sunflower Sutra by Allen Ginsberg, only at the end of the reading to say “…….I much prefer O’Hara”, and changed the rest of the lecture to his love affair of O’Hara, and how Mad Men has (apparently) tried to ruin O’Hara for him.
In the last 5 minutes or so, he (for no reason I could immediately see) began to sink into himself. He then looked up at us and said “I realised that, when my mother died, the last person on earth who would think of me every single day of their life, is now gone. And, with her, so much of me. We only ever tell anyone a tiny, tiny part of ourselves, so most of our conscious and thoughts and beliefs and desires and dreams die with us. No one will ever truly know Who You Are.” He then recited from memory a short part of This Is Water. Then, he left the room. It fucking killed me.
My introduction to DFW was framed with a melancholy that I’ll never be able to shake, and going home to read him/read about him, I immediately found out that he had killed himself at a young age only a year before. Reading what he said about the mind being a Terrible Master… I’ve never been able to separate my reading of DFW from this sadness. Yet in with that, he has written some of the most beautiful and insightful and wonderful pieces I’ve ever read. That melancholy is only one (albeit a very big) part of him. It makes me wonder if I’m getting sucked into a cult of personality; an eerie worship of The Dead Author, and that I’m placing too much emphasis on him as a person. Yet I can’t help it. Every time I get scared of dying, or I get pissed off at stupid, everyday crap, I listen to This Is Water in headphones and I just feel a little differently about it all for a while.