Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Psychoanalysis Meets the Inner City

Big up to Roots and Wires Hi-Fi selector Andy G for a wicked set of UK Roots - make sure you check it out (see the link below)!

This saturday, March 25th, Six Degrees Records and Roots and Wires Hi-Fi bring you the third round of Stateless. I'll be out of town, so won't be dropping my dubwise antics, but the lineup looks stellar:

MC Rai performing live with Jef Stott (Embarka Records) and Omar Fadel...

Guest dj's from Chicago's 'Bombay Beatbox' crew: Warp and Radiohiro

and a dj set from resident dj, D. Wurker

"Psychoanalysis Meets the Inner City," refers to a UCSF Department of Psychiatry event I've organized. This thursday, March 23rd, there will be a special two-part presentation and clinical case conference at the San Francisco General Hospital - "Psychoanalysis Meets the Inner City." Neil Altman, author of "The Analyst in the Inner City: Race, Class and Culture Through a Psychoanalytic Lens," and co-editor of "Psychoanalytic Dialogues: a Journal of Relational Perspectives" (a major journal for contemporary psychoanalysis), will be visiting from New York City to speak on the value of modern psychoanalytic perspectives in public-sector work. The lunch and evening events will be open to providers and trainees throughout the city, so send me an e-mail @ if you're interested in checking it out...

The emphasis will be on the value of contemporary psychoanalysis in inner city work - let me paraphrase some perspectives from Dr. Altman's book:

Classical psychoanalysis emphasized the need for analytic anonymity and abstention from action, which isn't really possible in most public sector settings where there are multiple domains in which the therapist needs to be more active. For example, the therapist often also provides active case-management functions such as working towards housing and government entitlements (such as SSI). These far from neutral actions would have been considered incompatible with a classical psychoanalytic approach, but are not incompatible when the analyst's subjectivity and presence are acknowledged and revisioned in the contemporary, relational psychoanalytic frame.

The classical criteria for "analyzability" often excluded most patients served in the public sector, since there was an emphasis on the capacity to tolerate frustration and on verbal intelligence. Relational or intersubjective psychoanalysis, focuses more on the capacity to utilize relationship, so this opens up new and less exclusionary possibilities for "analyzability."

In intensive case management programs, case managers often visit patients in their environment, which can intensely pull for enactments of object-relations related to early attachment figures. Thus "case managers may appear to their patients as omnipotent rescuers, controlling and punitive intruders, potential rapists, lovers, friends and so on." Contemporary psychoanalytic perspectives can help make sense of these enactments and the various countertransference/transference manifestations that can arise. This is one example in which these perspectives are useful clinically in the public sector, even outside of psychoanalytically informed individual psychotherapy...

Classical psychoanalysis has been described as a "one-person psychology," where the analyst was a considered a blank slate for the patient's transference projections. This gradually developed into what has been referred to as a "two-person psychology," where the analyst is acknowledged as a subjective being with his own presence in the relational field. Finally, in a "three-person psychology, " the "third," refers to the systems and sociocultural context in which the therapeutic dyad is embedded, allowing us to more reflexively take into account things such as race, class, and subculture/culture...

... As I write this a Heptones song ("World") comes to mind, bringing us back to roots music:

World, for everyone…
But somethings are shared only by some…

... And we'll leave this post with some words, a fitting invition of sorts, from Aswad ("Pass the Cup"):

And yes my friend I know it's not hard to see,
What's good for you is so good for me...
Pass the cup,
Pass the cup,
You let it touch your very very soul,
Pass the cup I beg you, pass the cup around from one to another...

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Respect to all who listened. Here is the play list and the link for those interested in a stream. Should be up for about two weeks. I'll try to get it permanent on my site.

Respect the UK roots legacy...everytime...

Just scroll down to "Music Beyond Borders: Tuesday, March 21, 2006, 4 am" and forward the roots...

1) Groundation – Juggernaut
2) Bagga Matumbi – Daughters of Zion/Version
3) Aswad – Its Not Our Wish (Disco)
4) Reggae Regular – Black Star Liner (Disco)
5) Black Slate – Live Up to Love (Disco)
6) Delroy Washington – Cool Dubbin
7) Human Cargo – Carry us Beyond (Shaka Cut)
8) Mystery UK – Kunte Kinte Dubplate
9) Ras Imhru Asher – Cali Bird (Disco)
10) 4th St. Orchestra – Half Way to Za-Ion
11) Matumbi – Jah Movement
12) Pablo Gad – Reggae Music
13) Danny Henry – African Gold
14) Dambala – Zimbabwe
15) Misty in Roots – Earth
16) Misty in Roots – Zapata
17) Johnny Clarke and Dub Band – Guidance
18) Black Slate – Live a Life (Disco)
19) Junior Brown – Jah Find Babylon Guilty
20) Sons of Jah – Psalm 72 (w/Ranking Rueben)
21) Aswad Dub Charge
22) Alan Kingpin – Little Jimmy

Andy G
Roots and Wires Hi-Fi

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Roots and Wires Presents Classic UK Selections

Roots and Wires Hi-Fi Presents Classic UK Selections:

Once again, another installment of Roots and Wires on the radio will hit the FM airwaves and the internet audio streams. This Tuesday, 21 March 2006 I will be presenting a two-hour special consisting of 100% ever green roots and culture classics culled from the late 1970s/early 1980s UK reggae scene. Rare sides from the likes of Pablo Gad, Aswad, Black Slate, Capital Letters, Matumbi, Misty in Roots, Delroy Washington, and Sword of Jah Mouth will be the order of the day.

The prevailing opinion amongst the majority of reggae aficionados is that singers and players from the UK never quite hit the high water mark that their Jamaican counterparts did during the so-called “golden era” of roots reggae’s global ascent. When I first heard Aswad’s “New Chapter of Dub” and its vocal companion “A New Chapter” back in the 1980s my ears told me otherwise. Since that point, I have been on the constant hunt for UK roots productions from this era.

Nearly twenty years on, I hope this two-hour radio foray into all things UK roots reggae dispels some of the myths that the only good drum and bass comes from JA.

Musical pleasure without measure...True

You can tune in live from 4 to 6 AM Central Time on 90.1 FM KPFT Houston or stream it 24/7 by visiting this link and scrolling down to “Music Beyond Boarders Tuesday, March 21, 2006 4:00 am”

Friday, March 03, 2006

Stateless - 2/24/06 - Photos and Audio!


The third installment of Stateless Version 2 comes to you 3/25/06 (again on a saturday). We are a featured act in the Third Annual Dhamaal Sights and Sounds Festival. I will be away for the weekend but the lineup looks stellar:

DJ Tomas Palermo, DJ Warp and Radiohiro (from Chicago), DJ D. Wurker

and as the live act: MC Rai w/ Jef Stott and additional percussionist (with kit drum set up)

Back to the blog posting...

Yes Yes Bredren! Another wicked round of Stateless has come and gone. Thanks to all that showed up for a night of diverse sounds...

(1) special agent k - opening set

The special agent k brought in his trusty (and newly repaired!) analogue delay box for this round of heavyweight sounds, dubbing out his set live (with some nice, new samples from "Life in Debt"). He started out with some sublow sounds, progressed through some roots and steppers, took a turn through some bhangra, and ended with some dubstep, breaks and drum and bass! No pictures of him, but see above for a photo of L'emiere who dropped some melodica and live percussion over his set... And here is the audio and a playlist to match!

link to audio


loefah & skream - fearless

linton kwesi johnson - dread beat an' blood

jacob miller - roman soldiers of babylon

various (from african roots act 2) - journey rock

creation rebel - mountain melody

jacob miller - land called home

sugar minott - war is inna dance

kenny knots - watch how the people dance

eight frozen modules - low bite riddim

bandish project - electronik dausa

punjabi hit squad - nachie moranie

punjabi mc - sarwan phuter

saqi - bolian

punjabi hit squad - hai hai

al haca soundsystem - screw

visionary underground - urban uproar

skream - acid people bass

artwork - round sound

jacob miller - forward ever

grooverider - c funk

fernando porto - sambassim

(2) d wurker

Next, D Wurker rocked a packed dancefloor with his usual buttery smooth mixing dancefloor selections. Again, L'emiere dropped live accompaniment. Unfortunately, we couldn't get my dubwise setup to work over as planned.

link to audio

(3) maneesh the twister, ferhan, and MC daddy frank

The headliners played a diverse and unique set - with Maneesh on the turntables, Ferhan dropping some wicked tabla bhols, and MC Daddy Frank toasting and freestyling over the mix...

link to audio (soon come!)

(4) tomas palermo and nada

Closing off the night with some nice sounds. Nada dropping samples skillfully over the DJ set. Wicked Lion!

link to audio