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"You have your fear, which might become reality; and you have Godzilla, which IS reality."
-Ogata from Godzilla, King of the Monsters
Today's MP3s are from Mochipet
this dude from California that dresses up like a terrible, destructive
monster from the deep, awoken from his ancient slumber (time and time
again) by ill-conceived nuclear testing and things like that.
Did you know in the original planning stages of Godzilla
back in the mid 1950s, he was described as a cross between a "gorilla" and a "whale"? And that's where his name comes from? "Gojira
(¥´¥¸¥é) is a combination of two Japanese words: gorira
(¥´¥ê¥é lit. "gorilla"), and kujira
(öL (¤¯¤¸¤é) lit. "whale")."
That's just a taste of the interesting cocktail party items that are at your fingertips with Wikipedia.org
. Thanks, Wikipedia.org.
Wasn't there anyone on the set that said, "Wait a second, more so
that a cross between a gorilla and a whale, he's basically a giant T.
Rex. Let's rethink our shit here."
Anyways, there have been several variations on Godzilla over the
years -- Godzillasaurus, Super Godzilla, Godzilla 2000, Heisei Era
Godzilla, Zilla, MechaGodzilla, King Ghidorah -- but this current
Godzilla, Mochipet, shoots freaky hip hop beats from his mouth and
electro hot fire from his claws. Here's some MP3s. These ones are off
his 2009 record, Master P On Atari
, a provocative concept indeed:
Mochipet - Godzilla New Year
Mochipet - Master P On Atari
Mochipet, nee David Wang, cites the following early influences in
his press bio: "metal guitar, Avant-Garde Jazz, and mainstream
hip-hop." Promotional material qualifies his current output as
"left-field electrofied hip-hop", and among illustrious collaborations
to numerous to mention herein are Kid 606, Daedelus, and Ellen Allien.
Remixes, major festival appearances, accolades from contemporaries and
music media -- you know the score.
His show at The Shelter is but one stop on a big Asian tour which
will see Mochipet lay righteous waste to numerous Asian metropolises
along the Chinese Pacific. Click on his MySpace here
for those dates and more free downloads. Click here
for Daly City Records.
Mochipet decimates The Shelter this Saturday, August 15 at Antidote. Supporting horrible monsters are B6, Trix, Blaise, Ozone, R3. Cover: 50 yen.