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have a ball

ah, college

if you are in the cambridge area this weekend (and can tear yourself away from NESN), you might consider spending some of your sunday at harvard square's oktoberfest. the weather is supposed to be absolutely fine, and the folks planning the fest this year are trying to make it more of a draw by bringing in a bunch of musical acts and expanding the biergarten areas. (really though, they're more like beer-pens, nein?)

me and my riddim-methodist colleague, dj c, will be providing some trinkenmuzik from 3 to 4. i plan to remix a bunch of oktoberfest favorites, while c will no doubt mashitup in his own impeccable way. should be a ball, or two.

for a bit of a preview, allow me to share with you a couple deutschland-inspired ditties i cooked up several years ago when i was studying german and fancying a dissertation on hip-hop in germany (before hip-hop in jamaica suddenly seemed like a much better idea). these don't feature samples of actual oktoberfest muzik, but they do feature samples from a learn-to-speak-german casette i picked up back when i was trying to learn how to sprechen that dastardly difficult tongue.

the first, "ich in munich," employs samples of a guy saying that he doesn't know how to speak german, completely in german of course. progressing through the phrases the tape supplies for struggling speakers, it gets more and more ridiculous as it goes, descending into utter incomprehension despite all the textbook german:

wayne&wax, "ich in munich"

the second, "german drinking song," is more appropriate for the season. i chopped up a bunch of phrases--somewhat archaic ones, i'm told--used for ordering drinks, toasting, and the like, and i pasted them into a downright binge of a track. for backing, i created a woozy little analog romp, complete with the underlying strains of "how dry i am"--a tune forever enshrined in my memory by cartoon depictions of drunkenness. hope you enjoy. (best when taken with a steinful of augustiner--good great bier, if you can get it. unfortunately, i don't think it's easy to come by outside of muenchen.)

wayne&wax, "german drinking song"



Blogger 893 said...

Dude, Wayne, I must betray my ignorance and ask what is that crazy golden ball?

8:30 PM  
Blogger Alice B. said...

I think it's just the ball he wants you to have, LOL.

7:34 AM  
Blogger wayne&wax said...

mr.893, your ignorance in this instance speaks highly of your character. that's a budweiser beer-ball. a rather odd invention, and seemingly confined almost entirely to college campuses. that's a picture of my little brother's fridge at boston college; i took it last weekend at his 21st birthday party.

7:43 AM  
Blogger 893 said...

Beer-ball! Ha! I don't think my ignorance does any high-speaking, I think it must be a geographic thing. Had a container of beer of such girth been available to me in my college days in NC, I'm quite sure I'd've lacked the moral fiber to resist. And in a couple days when I finally hand in my thesis one of those things would really come in handy. Look at the size of that thing! Full of beer?!?! You could fit a pretty faithful map of the earth on there!

1:28 PM  
Blogger wayne&wax said...

indeed. quite a globe it is. i think another factor here is that the beer-ball is a fairly recent invention, so the greater awareness among off-campus-dwelling folk remains low.

6:02 AM  

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