Electronic music has really always been about a revolution, from the early days of House music that helped lift up Gay Black and Latino culture to Detroit Techno that was a cry (or a scream) from the city that America forgot.
The ideals of progressive culture have always been there, a merging of technology and humanity, but never forgetting our humanity.
This mix from Looper brings a bit of that revolutionary spirit with some of the greatest poets of our time. It’s almost impossible not to be fired up by the words of Dylan, Kerouac, Bukowski and Ginsberg as they are layered over the electronic works of Steve Reich and Philip Glass.
It’s not the usual fair, but just have a drink and settle in. You will dig it if you just take the time to listen.
Looper emerged from Belle & Sebastian in 1997, when Stuart David (co-founder and bass player of B&S) and his wife Karn (an artist who directed the early B&S videos) collaborated for a show at Glasgow School of Art. A degree show fundraiser for Stuart’s sister Karla Black – who received a Turner Prize nomination in 2011 - the performance was a multi-media affair incorporating TVs, super 8 film, 35mm slides and kinetic sculptures
Their first album, Up A Tree, was released in 1999 on the Sub Pop label in the U.S. and by Jeepster Records in the rest of the world. It was followed in 2000 by The Geometrid on the same labels. After touring the U.S. for three months with The Flaming Lips in 2000 they signed to Mute Records. They have now licenced their full back catalogue to Mute.
Since then, Looper have been releasing their music free to the public at their Looperama website, funding this experiment by licensing the use of their songs in high-profile Hollywood films and ad campaigns. Their most recognizable song is "Mondo '77", from their second album, The Geometrid. It has been featured in American television commercials for Xerox and Partnership for a Drug-Free America, in numerous films including Vanilla Sky and The Edukators, and on the American Dad episode "All About Steve". Another track from that album, "My Robot", is featured in the film The Girl Next Door. These two songs ("Mondo '77", "My Robot") are also featured in the Xbox video game Project Gotham Racing. The song "Burning Flies", from the album Up a Tree, is part of the soundtrack to the Mission Hill pilot episode. Other films their songs have appeared in include Out Cold, and Dog Park.
A new album, Offgrid:Offline, is out now on Mute
1. Music For Pieces Of Wood- Steve Reich
Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie- Bob Dylan
2.Rubric- Philip Glass
Mexico City Blues- Jack Kerouac
San Francisco Blues- Jack Kerouac
3. Two Pages- Philip Glass
Howl- Allen Ginsberg
4. Clapping Music- Steve Reich
The Secret Of My Endurance (two versions)- Charles Bukowski
5. Opening- Philip Glass
Neil + The Three Stooges- Jack Kerouac
6. Melodica- Steve Reich
Death To Van Gogh's Ear- Allen Ginsberg
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