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Review: The Infesticons, “Bedford Park”

The Infesticons, Bedford Park Big Dada Bedford Park is a long overdue coda to a project poet, rapper, and musician Mike Ladd began way back in 2001. Back then, he posited Infesticons as a revolutionary force battling corporate interests and … Continue reading

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The Plug One 2000s: Mike Ladd, “Welcome To The Afterfuture”

98. Mike Ladd, Welcome to the Afterfuture Ozone Music Released January 13, 2000 Welcome to the Afterfuture sounds like a relic of 90s pre-millennial tension and the culture wars of Giuliani-era New York (before Bloomberg-ian gentrification schemes and hipster-dom permanently … Continue reading

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Mike Ladd reissues “Nostalgialator”

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Sometimes, when you’re a poet who dabbles in hip-hop, people tend to label you as a hip-hopper and nothing else. Just ask Saul Williams…or Mike Ladd. A poet who earned a master’s degree from Boston University, he has directed films and contributed to academic journals and anthologies. Recently, he assembled a sound installation with jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, Still Life with Commentator, for the Brooklyn Academy of Music. (The two released a similarly-titled album on Savoy Jazz earlier this spring.) Still, all us rap heads want to know is, when is he doing another album?

But Ladd’s been doing music, fool, just not the rap stuff we’re used to from his Infesticons project (including the 2003 chapter Beauty Party). In fact, he has released nearly an album a year for almost a decade. One of his works, Nostalgialator, was released in Europe on !K7 in 2004. The eclectic project, assembled with NYC avant-gardian Scotty Hard, is a typically eccentric affair, ranging from electro-funk to spazzed-out dance-punk.

"A Nostalgialator is the ultimate post-futurist leisure tool," Ladd cryptically told the BBC back in 2004. "With one press of a button you can be back in a perfect past with all your favourite clothes and music. But I wouldn’t recommend getting one because you might actually end up in the reality of that past."

Definitive Jux plans to reissue Nostalgialator for U.S. consumption on January 15. It should satisfy Ladd’s fans — at least those who haven’t already bought it at import prices — until he finishes the third chapter in his Infesticons morality tale, Domesticons, sometime next year.

The track listing for Nostalgialator is below.

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