BURDEL DALI on Frecuencia Balkanica !

Celebrating our 3 year anniversary, we’ll be interviewed by DISKO BALKAN on Frecuencia Balkanica tonight at 7PM Mexico time. Check us out!

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This week… we’re celebrating 3 years of trans-global madness, Olga’s birthday, and we’re honoring Lulu B. Constrictor, who has recently passed on to sexy snake heaven.

If you haven’t RSVP’d for our 3 year anniversary party, get on it!!



Thanks to everyone who came out to BURDEL DALI last night… it was f***ing insane. We were drinking bowls of rakia!!

DJ Mishto is at Mehanata tonight, so if you’re hanging around on the computer, you know where to go. Otherwise, check out this badass flier our homebroski Narcographico designed for our 3 year anniversary party. Details below. See you there!! RSVP HERE!

Thursday, August 30th… Burdel Dali celebrates 3 years of throwing the craziest f**king dance parties in NYC with ESCARIOKA CREW, RAPHLEX, DJ MISHTO, & DJ CHICO TECK!

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ESCARIOKA PERFORMS @ 10PM, followed by a non-stop trans-global DJ tag team: psycho-tropical cumbia, manele, Russian festive, ex-Yugoslavian brass, flamenco, chalga, no genre left behind!

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…Life is short, wine is cheap, and history repeats itself.


Original article here.

Read the translators’ statements here.

On August 8th, the three members of Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot delivered their closing statements at the Moscow Khamovniki District Court. Charged with “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred,” Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were first arrested on March 3, a day before the controversial re-election of Vladimir Putin. Meanwhile, they had committed their crime on February 21, when five members of Pussy Riot staged a guerrilla performance on the altar of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. For less than a minute, the women danced, singing “Our Lady, Chase Putin Out!” and crossing themselves until they were apprehended by security guards. If found guilty, they face three years in prison. 

In a country that was willing to sic its secular court on a “religious” cause, Pussy Riot are true revolutionaries. Nonetheless, it was not until they delivered these closing statements that their supporters—and opponents—heard what these three brave women stand for. Although they are being crushed in the jaws of the system—and know it!—their courage and steadfast sincerity are sufficient cause for (impossible) hope. If not for the Russian state, then at least for the Russian people.

—Bela Shayevich

Yekaterina Samutsevich

In the closing statement, the defendant is expected to repent, express regret for her deeds, or enumerate attenuating circumstances. In my case, as in the case of my colleagues in the group, this is completely unnecessary. Instead, I want to voice some thoughts about what has happened to us.

That Christ the Savior Cathedral had become a significant symbol in the political strategy of the authorities was clear to many thinking people when Vladimir Putin’s former [KGB] colleague Kirill Gundyayev took over as leader of the Russian Orthodox Church. After this happened, Christ the Savior Cathedral began to be openly used as a flashy backdrop for the politics of the security forces, which are the main source of political power in Russia.

Why did Putin feel the need to exploit the Orthodox religion and its aesthetic? After all, he could have employed his own, far more secular tools of power—for example, the state-controlled corporations, or his menacing police system, or his obedient judicial system. It may be that the harsh, failed policies of Putin’s government, the incident with the submarine Kursk, the bombings of civilians in broad daylight, and other unpleasant moments in his political career forced him to ponder the fact that it was high time to resign; that otherwise, the citizens of Russia would help him do this. Apparently, it was then that he felt the need for more persuasive, transcendent guarantees of his long tenure at the pinnacle of power. It was then that it became necessary to make use of the aesthetic of the Orthodox religion, which is historically associated with the heyday of Imperial Russia, where power came not from earthly manifestations such as democratic elections and civil society, but from God Himself.

How did Putin succeed in this? After all, we still have a secular state, and any intersection of the religious and political spheres should be dealt with severely by our vigilant and critically minded society. Right? Here, apparently, the authorities took advantage of a certain deficit of the Orthodox aesthetic in Soviet times, when the Orthodox religion had an aura of lost history, of something that had been crushed and damaged by the Soviet totalitarian regime, and was thus an opposition culture. The authorities decided to appropriate this historical effect of loss and present a new political project to restore Russia’s lost spiritual values, a project that has little to do with a genuine concern for the preservation of Russian Orthodoxy’s history and culture.

It was also fairly logical that the Russian Orthodox Church, given its long mystical ties to power, emerged as the project’s principal exponent in the media. It was decided that, unlike in the Soviet era, when the church opposed, above all, the brutality of the authorities toward history itself, the Russian Orthodox Church should now confront all pernicious manifestations of contemporary mass culture with its concept of diversity and tolerance.

Implementing this thoroughly interesting political project has required considerable quantities of professional lighting and video equipment, air time on national television for hours-long live broadcasts, and numerous background shoots for morally and ethically edifying news stories, where the Patriarch’s well-constructed speeches would in fact be presented, thus helping the faithful make the correct political choice during a difficult time for Putin preceding the election. Moreover, the filming must be continuous; the necessary images must be burned into the memory and constantly updated; they must create the impression of something natural, constant, and compulsory.

Our sudden musical appearance in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior with the song “Mother of God, Drive Putin Out” violated the integrity of the media image that the authorities had spent such a long time generating and maintaining, and revealed its falsity. In our performance we dared, without the Patriarch’s blessing, to unite the visual imagery of Orthodox culture with that of protest culture, thus suggesting that Orthodox culture belongs not only to the Russian Orthodox Church, the Patriarch, and Putin, but that it could also ally itself with civic rebellion and the spirit of protest in Russia.

Perhaps the unpleasant, far-reaching effect of our media intrusion into the cathedral was a surprise to the authorities themselves. At first, they tried to present our performance as a prank pulled by heartless, militant atheists. This was a serious blunder on their part, because by then we were already known as an anti-Putin feminist punk band that carried out its media assaults on the country’s major political symbols.

In the end, considering all the irreversible political and symbolic losses caused by our innocent creativity, the authorities decided to protect the public from us and our nonconformist thinking. Thus ended our complicated punk adventure in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

I now have mixed feelings about this trial. On the one hand, we expect a guilty verdict. Compared to the judicial machine, we are nobodies, and we have lost. On the other hand, we have won. The whole world now sees that the criminal case against us has been fabricated. The system cannot conceal the repressive nature of this trial. Once again, the world sees Russia differently than the way Putin tries to present it at his daily international meetings. Clearly, none of the steps Putin promised to take toward instituting the rule of law has been taken. And his statement that this court will be objective and hand down a fair verdict is yet another deception of the entire country and the international community. That is all. Thank you.

Translated by Chto Delat News 

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Don’t call her a “female DJ” – DJ WHO AM I Featured on Stylish Thought

Our homegirl Irene AKA DJ WHO AM I was interviewed for Stylish Thought. Check it out below.

“In the age of  the “craze to be different” there are those of us who just are and exude a strong sense of unique confidence. Irene also known as DJ Who Am I, happens to be one of those fearless chicks. I met Irene a little over 6 months ago and was instantly drawn to her outgoing, albeit strong personality. Who Am I is not only a great DJ, with a sound all her own, but also a great person who is the life of the party where ever she goes!…

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Name, Age, Current Location:

Irene aka DJ Who Am I, currently residing in NYC

What was your first experience DJing like?

It was at Mehanata in NYC where I had my first residency. It was on a Friday night and the room totally packed. My set was 6 hours and I was so nervous. I was afraid I would run out of music and mess up (which I did mess up quite a bit), not to mention just scared to play for such a big crowd.  It was all the regulars of the club and all my friends who are mostly musicians.  I will never forget that night…most nerve wrecking experience.

As a female in a male dominated industry, what has your overall experience been like?

I’ve been lucky to have great people and more experienced DJ’s both women and men guiding me.  I am sure it’s tough for everybody but for the girls, it may be harder I guess.  You never really know if someone is enjoying what you do because you are good, or because they want something else from you.  I definitely tried to stay close to other female DJ’s and get their advice.  It’s important for us to stick together!

You’re definitely not shy on your social media outlets and on your event flyers, lol. I think its great that you speak your mind, where do you get your confidence?

My father is a musician and so is most of his family. He has always encouraged me to do what I love. I grew up watching him play in bands and family parties. He is a crazy maniac and super fun and confident. I am definitely my fathers daughter!

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What kind of music do you spin?

I play a lot of music from all over the world.  I don’t have any limitations or BPM preferences, like some other DJ’s may have.  I am originally from Ukraine which still influences my style today.  I still love to throw in a random folk or Klezmer song from my town.

My family immigrated to Philadelphia in the early 90′s and growing up in Philly influenced me in major ways as well.  I used to go to all these underground hip hop clubs and warehouse raves which is where I learned about electronic music and American music in general.  Although these days I like playing a lot of tropical style and house music.   I love African house, Cumbia, tech house, Gypsy, electronic folklore, old school jungle and house.  I guess if I had to sum it up, it would be world electronic and house!

Where can we catch you? Events, residencies, parties?

I just started a Wednesday night party at Bembe in Brooklyn.  Monday’s I am at NUBLU.  I have a bi weekly residency at Piano’s NYC on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month.  As well as a once a month party called BASTRDZM, that I throw with another DJ. BASTRDZM is a party that combines all genres of music with a different theme each month.

Any exciting projects that should be on our readers’ radar?

I am just tapping into the idea of actually learning how to make/remix songs, so hopefully soon you will hear some productions soon.

Do you have any advice for other ladies who are interested in DJing?

If you really want to DJ, I think you should get into it for the love of music and wanting to make people shake their asses.  Definitely learn “sound”  and how to be great technically.  I am still learning.  Go out and listen to other DJ’s live and learn from them. It’s not about your outfit or how sparkly your headphones are, etc. I hate to look at myself as a “GIRL DJ” but people will put you in that category. The reality, it is a male dominated industry so we have to work twice as hard to get respect. But the only way to be respected if you are actually a good DJ, is by being a good selector, and respectful to others.

Check out Irene’s, ahem, DJ Who Am I’s, sounds on her Soundcloud and be sure to follow her on Twitter!”

Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/eerochka / Twitter: https://twitter.com/irenewho



A message from our comrade, David Shortland…


“The company I work for has put together a ‘Free Pussy Riot!’ T-shirt to raise some funds – all our profits are going to the Pussy Riot fund for legal fees, childcare etc (http://freepussyriot.org/help). I’ve attached a little ad banner image we’ve made for it to this email.

I wondered if it might be possible for you to put a post about these on your blog? It would be a huge help.

You can see the tees here: https://www.backstreetmerch.com/official_pussy-riot_merchandise/

Pussy Riot are a Russian feminist performance art group and punk rock band. Three members, Ekaterina Samucevich, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, face imprisonment for an alleged one minute performance in a Moscow church. They are currently in detention and have been denied bail.

This is not an official T shirt. BSI Merch wanted to do something off our own backs to raise funds and awareness. We did this to help in the spirit of punk rock.

ALL BSI Merch’s profits raised from the sale of these T shirts will be sent to the Free Pussy Riot fund to help with expenses that range from case related to the women’s needs while in pre-trial detainment and for their children’s needs. Pussy Riot legal defense fund is administered by the women’s lawyers.”


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Burdel Dali is a weekly party at Mehanata Bulgarian Bar in NYC’s LES, orchestrated by DJs Mishto & Raphlex, hosted by Mishka. No cover charge, no dress code, just vodka, rakia, and trans-global music all night! OPA!!

Special thanks to our Mehanata family, to all the crazy mofos who come to dance every Thursday night, to the Escarioka Crew, to Kandake Dance, to Sasho & Tania, to the musicians and performers we’ve collaborated with this year… We love you guys!!

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