Dumpster-diving is the practice of sifting through the trash, either commercial or residential, finding discarded items someone else has deemed disposable. The art of dumpster-diving is variously known as urban foraging, alley surfing, curbing, dumpstering, picking, garbage gleaning, binning, skip-weaseling, skally-wagging, pearling or simply trashing. Here are some more suggestions, rules of etiquette and safety measures to consider.
#16- When sorting through the goodies in a dumpster DO NOT TAKE paperwork containing someone’s confidential records. It’s dishonest, immoral, and you’d be equal to the trash, scum and vermin you’ve been digging through. And besides, it’s really bad karma. I suspect in your next dive you might meet with a razor-sharp, rusty, hepatitis-tainted jag of metal slicing into perhaps the most personal and indispensable part of your carcass, or you might just get lucky enough to come face to face with a pissed off rat the size of a cat! Keep in mind the garbage gods have a way of exacting revenge!
#19- I don’t want to sound like your Mother, but always wash your hands and arms afterwards. Also, it wouldn’t hurt to wash your face and neck. Oh, and don’t forget to get behind your ears.
#8- Be inventive: look around and use the items in the surrounding environment to construct tools or poles or steps to help you reach that desired piece of treasure just out of reach. And though this is something everyone should already know, be careful. In dumpster diving, death defying stunts are not necessary; no piece of garbage is really worth injury. Being aware of your comfort zone is kind of essential. And though I seldom followed this creed because I am something of a nimrod -- and I have paid the price-- be prepared to walk away … and forage another day.
In 1988 Public Enemy released their groundbreaking album It Takes A Nation of Millions To Us Back (Def Jam).
In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of this historic hip-hop album (considered by many to be the greatest hip-hop album ever), Public Enemy did some concerts in Europe as part of the Don't Look Back concert series, playing the entire album.
Don't Look Back is the concert series produced by All Tomorrow's Parties in which established artists perform in concert an album of theirs (generally an agreed-on classic release) from start to finish in its original sequence. Sonic Youth partook in the series when they performed their seminal Daydream Nation and Girls Against Boys did the Don't Look Back series last year when they performed their Venus Luxure No. 1 Baby, for which Johnny Temple of the group was interviewed for the Amoeblog.
For the recent Public Enemy Don't Look Back performances of It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, they did a short series of shows, including stops in Manchester, England and in Dublin, Ireland. Tall Paul Lowe, today's special guest Amoeblogger, attended the group's Dublin, Ireland performance two weeks ago (5/25), which was at the Tripod in the Irish capitol. Paul's report follows, below the track listing to the classic 1988 LP. Note that the photo above and the photos below of Public Enemy in Dublin two weeks ago were all taken by Tall Paul Lowe.
July 10, 2008 7pm @ The Santa Monica Pier
Spanish Harlem Orchestra is one of the leading modern Salsa groups today. This night will be for the dancers. If you want to hear a really great Salsa group and see some incredible dancing, you shouldn't miss it. On top of that, Amoeba will have a booth set up in which we will be selling CD's and doing numerous giveaways. I'll be there as well, along with other Amoebites at the Amoeba booth. Come say hello!
Son de Madera & Nati Cano's Mariachi Los Camperos
July 11, 2008 8:00 PM @ Grand Performances (Downtown Los Angeles)
Son De Madera are the Beatles of Son Jarocho music. They are very melodic and aren't afraid to experiment with a traditional genre. Their music is filled with improvisation, both lyrically and musically. Nati Cano's Mariachi Los Camperos are known as the group that backed up Linda Ronstadt during her Canciones De Mi Padre session and subsequent tours. On their own, they have put out many classic releases, including their last three excellent releases on the Folkways label.
July 12 2008, 8:00 PM @ Grand Performances (Downtown Los Angeles)
Rachid Taha is a rock star everywhere except, you guessed it, The United States. The Algerian-born singer is not one to typecast himself. He can perform tradition Algerian music, but live would rather rock out on Clash covers and bombastic rock anthems. However, 2006's Diwan 2 was a return to his Algerian roots and one of my favorite releases from the year. Other than Manu Chao, no one mixes genres so well in a high energy show. Just don't let him get too drunk.
I had the pleasure of seeing the band Mystery Hangup at Self-Help Graphics on Saturday. Mystery Hangup are three sisters from Orange County (plus a token guy bass player) that just rock harder than anyone I’ve seen in a while. Their sound and look come straight out of the classic 80’s L.A. Goth compilation Hell Comes To Your House with Sonic Youth and psyche rock influences. From my description, they may not sound all that original. I had the same feeling when I saw their first few songs. I figured it was just another young bilingual band heavily influenced by 80’s Goth and Punk. However, my attention was caught in the middle of the set when lead singer/guitarist Kat put down her guitar and played various percussion instruments as the rest of the band played a Birthday Party-like vamp with folkloric influences. Another thing that caught me by surprise was at end of the set, when the band launched into a full-on Cumbia. It wasn’t a modified Gothic Cumbia ala Caifanes, but a straight up keyboard/bass/drum/guitar Mexican style Cumbia like Los Dinners would have played in the 70’s. So, just to recap, Mystery Hangup is a bilingual Gothic Punk with Latin Music influences. If that was a sport (bilingual Gothic Punk with Latin Music influences), Mystery Hangup would be in the top three. It's not that I don't like the more rocking element of their sound, but it's with cultural influences that sets them apart from the rest of the bands.