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never put me in your giant flying stone head if that shit eats tapes



The best of PSY/OPSogist, curated by me and laced with Zardoz...now that shit is on a limited edition cassette on Formerly Known As (run by the maestro Bil Basmala).

You can hear it first here, but for the cassette the audio's been much cleaned and punched up.  Don't sleep, there's only 25 of these and they're only nine bucks.

I made mixtapes that were actual tapes from 1988-1996. I been making digital mixtapes since 2007. Now one of those is on a real live, back-in-the-day, sold-from-the-trunk cassette. We building out here. We going full circle.

ZAR/DOZogist

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PSY/OPSogist  
The name, meaning, an expert at psychological operations--in all senses. Psy-ops is a Vietnam War term, freak the enemy out, ghost riding the Valkyries, Capt. Harry Potter and the orders of the Phoenix Program: terminate the Colonel. Exterminate all rational thought.  Carried on after--blast rabbit screams at Waco, pump Slayer at Gitmo detainees.  Also known as psywar.  Lord Ha Ha. Inflatable tanks.  Rename your cities, take your language, destroy your gods.  Psyops are categorized white, black, grey.  Like magic.

The musician, an instrumentalist.  I think I first came across him on the short-lived I Hook A Beat Up site, where a song was posted and producers would compete to make the best track sampling it.  PSY/OPSogist's were not the funkiest, but they were always the best, the strangest.  Someone complained about his track once. He replied in the c-box, 'I make no-music.'  I pulled The Cathode Ray Tube out the ether, an instrumentalist interpretation on Videodrome.  The battle for the mind of North America had been won.

PSY/OPS did the beats for the unfortunately short-lived underunderground rap group Solaris Earth Pipeline, which you can't get anymore, it's too bad because they made two dope LPs.  Now he makes some of the most deepcut, fracked and fried, sturm und fog instrumental LPs you ever heard.  They cannot be defined or pinned down.  You hear some rock in there.  Some jazz. Some straight-up hip hop. Some surfer shit. Then some other shit.  Then along comes another dripping purple thing.  Then something else. Like a Dr. Seuss Bardo Thodol, And To Think That I Saw It On The Street Between Death And Rebirth.

That's why I put him on the year hip hop got weird, the Doom mix, the They Live mix, the 9/11 mix, the second be-bop mix, and made him the headline hostage of reality...shit, I probably forgot some. He's on mixes you ain't even heard yet, I got him on stash like a secret weapon, the UBIK mix, the time travel mix.  He's out there. He's in there, and you don't even know it. Invading your brains.

What is instrumental music for?  To zone out to?  Loops for rappers to rappity rap over?  What the fuck is 'intelligent dance music,' how do you dance intelligently, shuffle your feet while stroking your goatee?  PSY/OPSogist's music induces a kind of trance state, there are layers beneath the layers like journeys to the far side of the sun.  But not on some trippy weak sauce.  No noodles.  It is ill, evil, dark, booming and dooming.  And then the drums, some of the hardest, on-point drums.  I said this before: it's about the drums. Do they go boom bap? It's dope, it's hip hop.

About half the sounds are him playing the instruments, the rest sampling, you will never know what is where.  He lives in Georgia I think?  The state not the country?  He has goats.  It doesn't fucking matter. Let's not do the here-is-the-bio, here-are-the-influences (Premier, El-P, T. Rex, Thin Lizzy, OK dammit?). That counts for nothing. It is the sounds that matter. Or anti-matter.

One thing you won't hear on this mix--you gotta cop some originals--is his peerless use of vocal samples, crazy shit from movies, from lost radio, from late-night TV you're not sure you watched the next morning, maybe you dreamed that shit where the Air Force major said God is only in man, not robots?  Descriptions don't do it justice. It has a uniqueness, a thing-in-itself like no other.

ZARDOZ  
A John Boorman film. That makes no fucking sense on the first viewing, revealing its actually pretty great thematics of slaves, masters, freedom, death, passionate life, mortality later.  But obscured by Sean Connery in red underpants, batshit dialogue, ridiculous hippie costumes, and lots of girls with bad headwraps and their titties out.  A fuckload of drugs was consumed making that movie, and it shows.  You could remake it with that dude from 300 all gritty and greywash, but it wouldn't be Zardoz.  It's Ziggy Stardust and the Matrix from Shropshire. That shit is 1974 all over, druggy hangover, bitter aftertaste of broken '60s dreams. It is 2293. It could never be 2293.  James Bond Exterminators hunting on orders from a giant flying stone head.  A cult film for cult leaders. Descriptions don't do it justice. It has a uniqueness, a thing-in-itself like no other.  And Charlotte Rampling got it going on though.

Zardoz vs. PSY/OPSogist vs. Elmattic.  Zardopsyopsmattic, which by sheer coincidence is the name of the Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan, so we will call it...ZAR/DOZogist. Come to the second level with us.

K.O.S. intro / Chariots Of The Gods / The Sneak Attack / A Quick Reminder / Another Glass Of Whiskey / Cardinal [unreleased] / Who Would Watch / Life Grammar / Anti-Robot Freestyle #73 [unreleased instrumental] / SLY opps OH jist [unreleased] / Simplistic Summary / Dis Cosign [unreleased] / Wonderful Fall, Trying Accomplishment / That Will Work / One God / Little Pieces Of Paper / Capetown Villa / Mushroom Clouds Over Paradise / This One (Oblivion)


He is also on the Facebook, the Twitter, and the Blogging Spot.  He's been making some insane videos, talking about making his next record a video album.  I'm not sure our tiny minds can handle it.

they live we sleep

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Must not sleep.  Must warn others.

 

Beast Vision - Nephlim Modulation Systems / Delirium #3 - Tenshun / Psychic Dictatorship - Red Ants / Government Secret - Mix Master Mike / On Your Retina - PSY/OPSogist / Slaves - Presage / No Masters - DJ Blood1 / Necessary Illusions - Abnorml Injustice / #35 - The Gaslamp Killer / Delirium #6 - Tenshun / Notice The Spirit - ATMA, Apakalypse & Illuminati Congo / Zombie [Counter] - Alphabethead / Operation World Domination - Spectre / Channel Assign - Jel / They Hate - Dockta Valkus / Reptilian Agenda - B. Dolan / She Watch Channel Zero - Public Enemy / Wake Up (Bubblegum Edit) - Rage Against The Machine / Full System Station - El-P / Emmanuel Goldstein - Super Chron Flight Brothers (feat. Bigg Jus) / Outro

Bonus track: ATMA & Illuminati Congo - Reptilian Body Snatchers

404s & Command-Line Breaks

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I read this thing saying smartphones have created a race of cyborgs by making the internet extensions of our bodies, even though it's not sewn on.

My question is: if I want to smack people who diddle their iPhones all the time, does that make me a racist?

This is Robots Will Fuck Your Shit Up, v3.0.

Exit Multi Mode - Jel / Farewell To The Flesh - Jedi Mind Tricks / Untitled #17 & 18 - Mr. Dibbs / Error Data - Powell / Robot Reality - Taborshell / Do It Like A Robot (Hell Rocks The Equalizer Remix) - Princess Superstar / Cyborg - DJ Quest / We Can Build You - Techno Animal (feat. El-P & Vast Aire) / Cyborg Dread - Techno Animal (feat. Dr. Israel) / Les Petits Yeux Métalliques - Brain Damage / Deshominisation (I) - Alain Goraguer / Robots Forever - Lil B / She Scanned - Four Tet / T-electronique - Faust & Dälek / 0101001011001101011 - Attacks The Darkness / Man Or Machine - K-The-I??? (feat. Mestizo)

bombs over cyberiad

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The word robot was coined by Karel Capek in his 1920 play, R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots). Know what it's about?  Robots rise up and kill the whole human race, that's what.  Y'all been warned.

This is Robots Will Fuck Your Shit Up, v2.0

Straight Outta Skynet / Stupid Robot - Company Flow / African Robotics - Super Chron Flight Brothers / Dirty Robots - Exile / Bladerunners - Mike Ladd (feat. Company Flow) / Blood of the Robot - Rick Rude, Phree Wil, Jewels Hunter, DJ WD4D & DJ Able / Mechanical Advantage - Deepspace 5 / Fuckin' Robots - Sick Symphonies / War With Robots (feat. PW Singer) / Please Disperse Immediately - Nephlim Modulation Systems / Annihilator Robot - DJ T-Rock / Digital War Lessons - Rouh & Qrazsirs / Humanity Vs Technology - Orko The Sycotik Alien / Programmed To Hunt - Jel / At War With Robots - Solaris Earth Pipeline / Attaque Des Robots - Alain Goraguer / Dominant Species (Instrumental) - Rheturik / Y'all Been Warned - The RZA

sympathy for the database

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It's been 90 years since the word robot was coined, and they're firmly embedded in our culture, art and subconscious...and they still don't exist yet.

Most robot stories have the theme of empathy--of bridging the uncanny valley.  Either the robots are more empathetic than us, and we treat them like slaves, or they're less empathetic metal killing machines.  Robots represent the idea of our highest achievement, to create something better than ourselves, but also reflect our worse failings--cruelty, xenophobia, hubris, exploitation.

This is Robots Will Fuck Your Shit Up, v1.0.

'...In Love With Another Robot...' - Jel / The Mechanikal Man (Scratch Robot) - DJ Grazzhoppa / Bboy Robot - Rouh & Qrazsirs / Robot - Marc D & JRAY; Fourward; KRS-ONE & Buckshot / Robot Love (Medicine 8 Remix) - Popular Tyre / Do It Like A Robot - Princess Superstar / From Tragedy - DJ Krush (feat. Tragedy) / Robot - Proe / Robots - Clokworx / Do The Robot In Cyberspace - Giant Panda / Robot - Dockta Valkus / Anything You Can Do My Robot Can Do Better - Close My Eyes / Vote Robot Remix - Climax Golden Twins / Do Androids Dream of Electric Boogaloo? / Theme From Automatons / Sympathy For The Database / The Robot Has Got the Blues - Worm Is Green

go tell it on the mainframe

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Remember Saturn 3?  The killer robot scared the shit out of me when I was a kid.  That was a messed up movie.  Harvey Keitel, Kirk Douglas and Farah Fawcett, with a script by Martin Amis, yet it sucked.  Actually, my mom took me to see The Man Who Fell to Earth around then and that scared me a lot more.  I was down with it until David Bowie took his skin off and his freaky eyeballs were showing.  Then we had to leave.  Anyway, let's kick back and listen to the music.

Antimatter - Radar / Mind Over Matter - DJ Faust / Battle For The Mind - Mixmaster Mike / Web - The Reavers / Worldwide Computer God Secret Containment Policy - Francis E. Dec vs Qaballah Steppers (Elmattic Reassembly) / One Source Reality - Dan Gardner / Parallel Universe Dub - The Nothing / Synaptic Dissonance - DJ Spooky / Interrupted Data - Qaballah Steppers (feat. Likkl Jerr) / Voices Of The Ether - Dalek / James Woods Is Bugging / Death Wish - Katana / Burner - Odd Nosdam / Survivalism - Vitamin String Quartet / Go Tell It On The Mainframe / Cellular Antiquity - DJ Espionage / Animal Expansion - Low In The Sky

every planet we reach is dead (1 of 2)

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The utterly cold, vast emptiness of outer space induces a deep psychic loneliness in the human spirit.  Also, never let Dennis Hopper drive the spaceship.  He'll crash that shit.

Destination Altair 4 - The L / Earth People! - Dr. Octagon / Intergalactic - Beastie Boys / No Guts No Galaxy - Material (feat. Ramm Ell Zee & phonosycographDISK) / We Have Met The Martians And They Is Us / Galactics - Killarmy / Solar Powered - Binary Star / Above The Clouds - Gangstarr (feat. Inspecta Deck)