Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Wall Writers (2016)













































Here's some screenshots from the great Wall Writers documentary. If you're a fan of real old school graffiti culture then this will be right up your street.
Bear in mind the film's title because we're going back, way back to the early 1970s and even the late 60s to when writers started out of street surfaces. This is to say way before trains and even before the various styles took hold. We're talking rudimentary actions here when all you had was a marker of some sort.

Narrated by John Waters (the legendary transgressive film director) this is an interesting journey back in time.
The writers are now well into their 50s and 60s now and some have wonderful recollections of their teenage years (as well as one writer with a truly harrowing experience) where they fumbled around before hooking up with others who also got down with the ink.

Personally I've always admired TAKI 183 who seemed to just do his thing for a short while then just disappeared back to live the life of an average schnook. He wasn't the first but he certainly influenced many who came after him. He's a very unassuming guy who seems almost bemused by what he helped create and it's nice to see him on screen still plodding away.

In case you can't find a copy of the doc, here's one for you to borrow. But please return it as others will want it after you.
(ABU HOLDS NO RESPONSIBILITY TO THE DAMAGE THAT MAY OCCUR TO YOUR PC IF YOU STEAL SHIT OFF THE INTERNET - PROCEED WITH CAUTION!)
And lastly here's some tasty links to whet your appetite.

Wall Writers " Graffiti In Its Innocence" Q&A - YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mON1lh5XTZ8 


Throwback Thursday: The Aerosol Autographers 1971 - 12ozProphet
http://www.12ozprophet.com/news/throwback1972-the-aerosol-autographers/

Graffiti in Its Own Words:
http://nymag.com/guides/summer/17406/index1.html

Martha Cooper's quintessential photos of NYC:
https://i-d.vice.com/en_us/article/documenting-the-70s-golden-age-of-nyc-graffiti-culture

History:
http://www.at149st.com/hpart1.html

Getting Up: Subway Graffiti in New York by Craig Castleman (1982)
http://bit.ly/2q6sbim

 
Honouring the Bench at 149th St. & Grand Concourse:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/erikburke/sets/72157615891116334/with/3409829358/


(SHOUT TO IRISH CRAIG)

That Wild Style Baby Sample

Being a bit of an audio nerd does tend to get on my nerves sometimes.

You never know when a certain sound is going to spark off a day's worth of investigating the source.
I'll hear a brief sound then wonder where I've heard it before. Or sometimes I'll know immediately as in this particular snippet.



Listen to the first couple of seconds of this advert from Aveeno.
That baby gurgle sound. So far, so normal. For me though, as soon as I heard this on the tv I immediately thought of the movie, Wild Style.
There was a record produced in low quantities especially for the DJs in the film which consisted of specially-made funky instrumentals intended for the MCs to rhyme over.

 

One of these tracks - Baby Beat - begins with a baby expressing the same happy gurgle as the baby in the above ad and then progresses into the breakbeat.

They do sound remarkably similar though, don't you agree?
It makes me wonder where it came from in the first place. The baby noise must've been taken from some sound effects record and played over the track whilst the Wild Style recording sessions were going on back in 1982.

I'd love to know where it began.




Here are both the baby samples side-by-side.
But where does the source come from?
Who knows....

Thursday, 30 March 2017

ABU Show #65 TONITE


Tonight (Thursday), the ABU Podcast returns to burn.
Two hours of funky hip hop, breaks, electro and the usual idiocy you've come to know and love.

Trot along to this link at 9pm and press play to hear the show.
In fact the link will be live a little before that to give you time to download it to your device if you want to get it ready to roll at the official show time.

Big thanks to DJ SUPER JB for providing a devastating mix for tonight's show.
And a massive thanks to LG for his input into the above flyer.

Stream/Download: https://hearthis.at/repo136/65-abu-show-march-2017
Chatroom:  Click Here


Saturday, 25 March 2017

ABU #65 Teaser Trailer & Flyer

So it's been a while since we at ABU hit you up with a podcast. With this in mind the cogs began turning in the collective ABU creative machine and before you know it - BAMM! - Podcast #65 is just about ready to roll.

Actually the truth is that I have been putting it together since the beginning of the year but very slowly.
At this point I'm unsure as to either broadcast it (it's a pre-record) next Thursday at 9pm via Mixlr - remember Disco Scratch and their servers are now no longer around - or otherwise upload it to the usual spot - hearthis.
I shall proceed to do a test broadcast to see if I can still bag my free 2 hours - Mixlr usually lets you have one hour free and that's it without a premium account, however ABU seems to have flown under that particular radar and can get away with 2 hours +.

Anyhoo, due to the importance of this event we can proudly present to you a little trailer knocked up to get your tastebuds going in anticipation.
And not only that but a rather dope and phenomenal flyer as well. I came up with the idea of a Star Wars theme and was all going well until I hit the brick wall which was involving some sort of b-boy character.
There was only one choice of who to involve and that was the masterful LG of Digging 4 Victory/Style Warrior. LG provided us with the amazing character design you can see here and quite frankly if this doesn't get snapped up and made into this year's top-selling Xmas toy then there is no justice in the world.

Keep your ears open and I'll let you know the outcome of when/how to hear Podcast #65.
If you are 'following' ABU on Mixlr then you may get a notification that we are performing a test broadcast soon. Don't get excited as it will be just that. I may not even run any audio either.

Take it easy,
Cakemaster Repo






Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Steinski - Red Bull Academy


Here's a video from 2003 featuring Steinski in conversation with some odd choice of guy ("Jeff “Chairman” Mao") who seems to always do these Red Bull interviews.

Steve 'Steinski' Stein is a personal hero of mine and so I will always make time to check out anything featuring the guy.
This talk is pretty in-depth and Stein always keeps the mood light and entertaining whilst giving up lots of interesting nuggets of knowledge about his catalogue of work.

Big shout to Irish Craig & Dayle for finding this.

Taken from the Red Bull Music Academy website which is here.

Monday, 13 March 2017

New York Graffiti Experience ©1976



 

Filmed in 1976 - a full 5 years before Stations of the Elevated - this brief documentary takes an unbiased look at the then burgeoning graffiti scene in New York City.
Some nice shots of the city and people as well as the pieces themselves are shown here with words from CLIFF of the Three Yard Boys (3YB)

I really love the song that plays throughout - 'Call Me French Fry 97' - which is a slice of pure 70s singer-songwriter, faux-funk which is told from a writer's point of view. Bizarrely brilliant.



N.b. If this is your bag then you need to check the films on this previous ABU post (all links still working there as of today).
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