Archive for January, 2007
L to R: Brian Thunderblizzard, Sarah Dreamtigers, Roz Carter, Jimmy Carter, Hot Donna (August 2006)
SUBJECT: “I was born in the summer, in case you can’t tell.”
Dear Merran or Vern,
Please read this on the air:
In honor of this weekend, I tried to put together a wintery-mix for you. But that music’s just too drippy. So instead, I’d like to replay a show I made last year. It’s called “Summer Feelings” and it’s all music by Jonathan Richman. It reminds me of the summer.
You can find the playlist or download this show on my website, www.balldeep.tv. I’ve also posted a bonus Jonathan Richman MP3 there in honor of the other way I tried to beat the winter blues this weekend — buying very expensive jeans.
Well, enjoy! and sorry to flake out on you.
DJ Hot Donna
PLAYLIST: Down in Bermuda Sunday Afternoon Harpo En Su Harpa Walter Johnson Nishi Springtime in NY I Love Hot Nights New England Parties In The USA Walk Up the Street (demo) Foggy Notion Lonely Financial Zone Monologue About Bermuda The Beach In Che Mondo Viviamo Con el Merengue Melodía Tradicional Ecuatoriana When She Kisses Me That Summer Feeling
PLAYLIST: Jonathan Richman - Theme from Moulin Rouge Doctor Pablo & Dub Syndicate - Man of Mystery Bim Sherman - Simple Life Sly and the Family Stone - Runnin’ Away John Legend - P.D.A. (We Just Don’t Care) S.L.A.B. - “Late Night Hype” Track 4 Lil Wayne - Walk it Off (Chopped and Screwed by OG Ron C) Lil Wayne - Vans Freestyle Kid 606 - This Is Not My Statement Touane - Pendulum (let your nerves speak) Touane - The Clap Song Phil Collins - Take Me Home (12″ mix)
DJ Hot Donna
With the Blondes In the Jungle shoot only half a year away (you heard the buzz?), we are fundraising like Ball Business. Now is Phase 1: Institutional Support. Next week we send in our application to the Jerome Foundation “New York City Media Arts Program”.
It’s our favorite foundation — first, the dude who runs it, Robert Byrd, is a real cool customer (that’s not sucking up. that’s the truth). Second, the grant could practically cover our entire budget. And third they’re waiting for a project like this one. So we’re psyched. I mean, it feels good just to apply for something prestigious.
And with that in mind, here’s the cover letter to our proposal — in a few months when we hear back, you guys will know whether or not it’s a good Sample Proposal. Till then, maybe you’d enjoy the inside peek anyways. The more interesting parts are highlighted
Updated 02/04/07 with the final version…
“I am nineteen years old, blonde, and looking for adventure. Let me be your special.”
- 1926 letter to J. Eric S. Thompson, Archaeologist of the ancient Maya
Blondes in the Jungle
A short fiction film with an accompanying original soundtrack
By Lev Kalman and Whitney Horn
1. Sending Whitney to Casa Verde on a location scouting/preliminary planning trip this February.
At this time she will also shoot test footage and some B-roll.
2. Recruiting experienced and multi-talented producer Alex Orban.
3. Increasing our filming ratio to 3:1.
4. Extending the length of our shoot to give a healthy allowance for weather and other contingencies.
And finally through ongoing consultations with Geralyn Abinader, who has over 16 years of experience producing and directing shoots in remote locations including the rain forests of Vietnam and Brazil. All these safety measures only slightly increase our costs.
“I’m telling you, baby….The world is a jungle. Wherever you go it’s still the same.” - Bret Easton Ellis, Novelist
As you probably know if you have talked to me or Whitney in the last few months, Blondes in the Jungle will be The Film of 2007 — not just for us, but for you and thousands of other people as well.
With that in mind, this week’s Donna Juana is a first draft/brainstorm for the upcoming Blondes in the Jungle mixtape. That mixtape will in turn inspire the film’s original soundtrack, which will play from our heros’ boombox as they trek through the 1987 Honduran rain forest.
Ok — hope this helps you get as psyched as we are: (MPFreeee)
PLAYLIST: Kid Creole and the Coconuts - In the Jungle James White and the Blacks - (Tropical) Heatwave Harry Nilsson and John Lennon - Mucho Mungo / Mt Elga Lionel Richie - All Night Long (All Night) Electra - Jibaro Heaven 17 - Play To Win (Extended Version) Prince - Partyman (remix) Heaven 17 - Sign O’ The Times Heaven 17 - We’re Going To Live For A Very Long Time Kid Creole and the Coconuts - I’m Corrupt The Specials - Too Much Too Young Rod Stewart - Some Guys Have All The Luck / Addicted to Love (live)
From Well of Sacrifice by Donald Ediger
For fans of sound effects, daydreaming and things that can be described as “workouts” — the On-U fONdUe: 25 years of music from the inconsistently brilliant psychedelic-dub/dance label, On-U Sound. (MPFree)
PLAYLIST Audio Active - Start Rec Barmy Army - Billy Bonds African Head Charge - Cattle Herders Charge Barmy Army - Devo Adrian, Denise & Emily Sherwood - Ignorant Version Audio Active - U.G. Ghetto Priest - Boom Fire African Head Charge - Stebani’s Theme Sinead O’Connor - Emma’s Song (Adrian Sherwood remix) Adrian Sherwood w Lee Scratch Perry - Animal Magic Lee Scratch Perry w Dub Syndicate - De Devil Dead African Head Charge - I Want Water Little Annie - I Think of You
NOTES and ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Mostly because I don’t get no-wave as well as others (Hot Donna Too, for example), I shied away from On-U’s celebrated no-wave output like Mark Stewart and the Mafia. But why two of my favorites, Bim Sherman and Dub Syndicate, are pretty much missing is a mystery to me. I might have to do another one of these.
Thanks to On-U Sound in The Area’s extensive discographies and to Captnswing’s time but not labor intensive instructions on installing Soulseek in Mac OSX. Without them I couldn’t go from “having” six On-U records to more like twenty-eight in less than a week.
Initially a matter of pain and often a hinderance, it is now a matter of pride that since its origins this project has not received a penny of private, university or government funding.
DJ Hot Donna