Archive | October 2014

Midnight Grindhouse now on Black Scat Books!

We have a home at Black Scat Books!

I’m very pleased that my DrG Supreme occasional sound project Midnight Grindhouse is now playing on Scat Trax.

Check out “Voodoo Sister” and “The Handcuffed Mind” at the links below…and have your mind blown to confetti.

(These tracks were previously on Youtube and Soundcloud… but I’m removing those links…forever.)

Next month or thereabouts, Scat Trax will feature a new Midnight Grindhouse “treated soundtrack” I made exclusively for them…

Follow the Black Scat blog to keep up to date on new releases!


Phantom followers rejoice!

Yes, it’s been awhile but it’s time for a brand new Third World Skull Candy track… Rawamangun

Check it out on soundcloud or youtube. Rumor has it a small independent record label is interested in picking up the TWSC project. Hhhmmm…stay tuned…

“Third World Skull Candy is an occasional sound experiment by DrG Supreme in lo-fi, drone, noise, micromontage, acoustic pixelation, and the time-varying distribution of spectral energy, guided by Tom Philips’s observation ‘The sound in my life enlarges my prison’.

TWSC tracks are built entirely from homemade field recordings and samples of obscure, out-of-print, bootlegged, pirated, downloaded, or otherwise orphaned or broken or marginal music.

Headphones. Loud. Repeat infinite.

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Sundanese Celempung – Music of West Java

When I bought this 33 1/3rpm vinyl on the street in Jakarta, it had no sleeve or jacket. It’s badly scratched up. Nonetheless, the music is absolutely haunting. It’s called celempung music and comes from the Sunda region of west Java. Basically a form of gamelan, it’s played on the anhemitonic scale, that is five note scale with no semitones. The songs end in a four beat syncopated pattern that gives the fish his tail, so to speak.

You can hear more celempung and learn more about it in the Dust-to-Digital box-set, Longing for the Past, the 78rpm Era in Southeast Asia, which I wrote about in detail for my recent ‘Opium Traces’ column at

The song titles on my record are in Sundanese dialect and are difficult to translate into English. The record is titled “Tjaha Sumirat,” which is a person’s name (“tjaha” means “light”). The main singer is Titim Fatimah. The band is called the “Sunda ‘United in Diversity’ Art Ensemble,” under the direction of Inen Saputra. “United in Diversity” is the national slogan of Indonesia.

My record has no date but the information on the stickers is as follows:

Tjahja Sumirat
Titim Fatimah
diiringi Seni Sunda “Bhineka Tunggal Ika”
pp. Inen Saputra

1. Tjahja Sumirat
2. Surung Dajung Kombinasi

1. Awi Ngarambat
2. Santren
3. Kulu-Kulu Karawang

Here is a youtube link to the entire album:

And here is the song “Surung Dajung Kombinasi” as a downloadable WAV file.


Vanishing Point (1971)

Been awhile since I recommended a movie, so….

Vanishing Point, Richard C. Sarafian. Long recognized as a masterwork by cult-film cognoscenti, I first encountered VP in a cocktail bar in Leeds with a buddy in 1999. It played on a screen over the bar without sound; we made up the story as the visuals unfolded.

Not long ago I re-watched it on DVD and the effect was largely the same. Spare and allegorical yet crafted out of the well-worn genre of road trips, the film is largely a scaffold on which the viewer can construct his own meaning. There’s something there about American outlaws, the “Old West” ethos, the lone maverick making his own rules.

The main character famously drives a white Dodge Challenger (get it? the name of the car and the character-type are…).

In the real Old West, it was the coming of cities, of settled life and paved roads, that ended the romance. Here it ends by crashing into bulldozers then exploding into a fireball. VP’s influence ranges from everything from campy crap like TV’s Dukes of Hazard to soundtracks without films like Tom Waits’s growling “Going Out West” from his 1992 record Bone Machine. Quentin Tarantino is apparently a fan of the film, but don’t let that dissuade you…it really is a serious movie.

Despite the critical love, the movie has some spoilage on the edges. The hippie-dippie scenes are very dated and the hero’s sad back-story feels disconnected, but Vanishing Point still merits viewing for its audacity to strip bare American iconography. Nota bene: watch the British release version that includes nudity, drug use, and Charlotte Rampling as the angel of death.

Thai Morlam 45rpms – New Series III

Here’s this week’s amazing rare and super groovy Thai Morlam 45rpm. As previously noted, the WAV files are built from MP3s, so the compression still isn’t great and the left channel is a little weak, but the groove is still with you!

Thanks to Dr PB on location in the Land of Smiles for the translations (buy his autobiography on amazon:


Lam Doi = singer’s name: Kham Kheung Hong Jan

Klon Doi = lyrics by: Su Phan Chuen Chon


Side A: Pen yang – pen kan = “Whatever is Going to Happen Will Happen”



Side B: Hua jai jam sin = “My Heart is Not Ready for Love Again”



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