The Casual Artscast 016
Recorded, once again, in the Funk Doc's apartment in Berlin.
Back me on up against that cultural wall.
Sometimes the mere cricket-like whirling of a mini disc player is enough to get our cultural nostalgia going. Well, that and a quality American film.
We saw Dave Chappelle's Block Party at the 2006 Berlinale, Berlin's International Film Festival. Being exposed to humor that is actually humorous is hard to come by in these parts, and this documentary gave us just that. Chappelle's a funny man; plus the hip hop artists he got to perform at his shindig were unbelievable.
The movie especially got us thinking with our American hats on again:
But more importantly, the film imbued Old Man J and me with a genuinely positive feeling. And that ain't bad.
All of our musical selections this time were influenced by Block Party. Mos Def and Erykah Badu both performed in the documentary, and the last song (originally by Thelonius Monk) is a favorite of Chappelle's.
By the way, if anybody has ever heard a cricket in Germany, please tell us the town and time of year you heard it in.
Who dat walkin' on by?
Potsdammer Platz. The only thing in Berlin that even begins to look like a skyscraper.
Timetable and Playlist:
0:00-1:00 - Crickets
1:00-4:00 - German patches / Confederate Flag
4:00-7:00 - Right wing extremists
7:00-9:00 - Dave Chappelle's Block Party9:00-12:00 - Positivity
12:00-15:00 - Authenticity / Hip hop movies
15:00-18:00 - Us & them
18:00-22:00 - Grant Green - "'Round About Midnight"
22:00-23:00 - Chappelle & German MTV
23:00-25:00 - Do Germans get it?
25:00-29:00 - US comedy & US MTV programs
29:00-32:00 - Why y'all here?
32:00-35:00 - Spontaneity
35:00-36:00 - Grant Green & Mos Def
36:00-39:00 - Mos Def - "Love"
39:00-42:00 - Question - Classless society
42:00-48:00 - Politeness, small talk, egalitarianism
48:00-55:00 - Imagine this
55:00-56:00 - Erykah Badu & Chappelle's movie
56:00-59:00 - Erykah Badu - "Back in the Day"
59:00-1:01:00 - Meeting Germans
1:01:00-1:02:00 - Let's go
J needs his mic in a bad way.
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