Bless Playlist 19/1/2004

Busier than last week and hence more repeats but I wasn’t bothered cos I still managed to cram a load of new tunes in. This week I actually managed to fit in a lot more glitchy, groinky electronic stuff in. At last! And it went down well, I had a couple of people coming up asking me about Venetian Snares and Ellen Allien. Good stuff.

There was a great, chilled-out atmosphere in the Bless and I had some cool requests which I was happy to play. I also had queries about some of the madder pop stuff that I played so it shows people are listening and going ‘what the hell is this??’

Top old track of tonight was Husker Du’s ‘Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely.’ Top new track was The Poster Children’s ‘Western Springs’ and I’m not just saying that cos they’re on the same label as me 😉

Tonight, you have been listening to:

Consonant – Blissful
Futureheads – Tearing Holes
The Fucking Champs – What’s A Little Reign
Hieroglyphics – Fantasy Island
Wauvenfold – Clip (Clopt)
Zao – Ember
The Goats – Typical American
Cursive – Northern Winds
Minor Threat – Small Man Big Mouth
Venetian Snares – Einstein-Rosen Bridge
The Stills – Allisson Krausse
Nas – Get Down
Atreyu – Aint Love Grand
The Commodores – Machine Gun
Mad Caddies – Goleta
Ellen Allien – Erdbeermund
Sebadoh – Ocean
Postal Service – We Will Become Silhouettes
Earth Crisis – Provoke
Gang Of Four – To Hell With Poverty!
Less Than Jake – Is This Thing On?
Anti Pop Consortium – Nude Paper
John Barry – Vendetta
Slayer – Aggressive Perfector [Bonus Track]
Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues
Chekov – Turntable Soul Kicks (Stereo De Luxe Remix)
The Buzzcocks – Love You More
Prefuse 73 – 7th Message
Half Man Half Biscuit – Four Skinny Indie Kids
Poster Children – Western Springs
Heatwave – Boogie Nights
Pixies – I’ve Been Tired
The Clipse – When The Last Time
Capdown – If We Don’t Last Very Long….
Depeche Mode – Get The Balance Right (Combination Mix)
Pantera – Cowboys From Hell
Le Tigre – Deceptacon
Husker Du – Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely
Electronic Barnacle Island – Chance To Be Hollow
The Pharcyde – Runnin’
Sufjan Stevens – All Good Naysayers Speak Up!
Todd Rundgren – I Saw The Light
Boards Of Canada – Roygbiv
Mark Murphy – This Could Be The Start Of Something Big

The Great Lie Of Patriotism

“Sergeant Steve Roberts, 33, was told to hand back his flak jacket while serving with the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment, because there were not enough to go round.

Days later, on 24 March last year, he was shot dead trying to quell a riot.

His widow Samantha has called for Mr Hoon to quit saying he has “blood on his hands.” (Source: BBC News)

This is the lie of patriotism, the lie in all those stirring recruitment adverts for the armed forces. The lie is that the British state actually cares about the health and lives of its service men and women.

It doesn’t.

Any care that’s shown is exactly the same care as that shown by a farmer pre-slaughter: the farmer wants to make sure the produce ends up on the slab and not in a fox’s belly.

If the army, navy or air force take care of their troops, it’s purely because they want to deliver healthy, trained soldiers into the slaughter of war.

All that training, all those simulations and what happens? A soldier steps off his transport and gets his head blown off by a passing sniper. Sorry about that, but that’s war. And every war needs willing, dutiful cannon fodder.

That’s why absolute obedience is required, start asking questions and you may want to know exactly why you’ve invaded this foreign country that hasn’t even attacked Britain. And why, if you’re an army of liberation as Bush, Blair and Hoon claim, you’re being greeted by nailbombs and bullets instead of garlands of flowers and street parties.

But we should be proud of “our country” and fight for “our country,” lay down our lives without question for “our country.” The same country, the exact same ruling class that decimates our healthcare, kills us on its privatised rail network and then won’t even give us the decent fighting chance of body armour in a combat zone.

The life of British soldiers means exactly as much to Geoff Hoon as the life of Iraqi civilians does: nothing.

One last thing.

The implication of all the current press hoo-haa is that Hoon is now a bad minister and now has blood on his hands. Now, he should resign for his crimes.

Is Iraqi blood invisible?

Or is it only the blood of British people that counts?

Rescue Rooms 17/1/2004

Another late night… or should I say early morning as I left home at 7.30pm last night and didn’t get back in again till 8.30am this morning.

The Rescue Rooms was packed, very hot good fun. It was great seeing Pharmer Dan and Chris TKTP again, I only wish I’d got a pic of their synchronised dancing. My new little Sony camera passed the clubbing test easily, the IR nightshot mode helped me get photos I just couldn’t have captured otherwise.

Why is everything shut at 4am on a Saturday night? Don’t the supermarket chains realise us hardened clubbers need somewhere to buy our sandwiches and pop post-night out? 24 hr my arse…

It was a lovely dawn over Oakwood. The fields were crisply frosty and the air was searingly cold but very clean (which was a welcome contrast to the honking smog in the R.Rooms – they need to turn up their aircon).

If only there was somewhere decent to go to in Derby on a Saturday night, somewhere that actually played varied music and wasn’t rammed with drunken, violent meatheads.

Ah well.. you can alwuz dreeeeam..

Click here for the piccies!

Sony DSC-V1 Test/First Shots

I’ve been looking for a new compact digicam for a while and today I forked out for a Sony DSC-V1.

From the testing I did today, I’m very pleased with it. The AF is nippy and I love the actual look of the photos it produces. I know some people find Sony pics a bit oversaturated but I love that digi-Kodachromeness. Anyway, that’s tweakable.

The deciding factor for me was the nightshot/framing. I’m planning to use this camera when I’m out clubbing or at gigs where I don’t want to lug my 10D. The nightshot will help me out loads here and capture images that would be impossible otherwise.

To be honest, I wasn’t that arsed about the megapixel count. For the stuff I’m doing with it, anything over 2 megapixels is fine. I think a lot of people focus overly on megapixel count when what matters far more is the quality of the lens and the camera’s image processing soft/firmware. I’ve tried out a couple of other cameras recently, both more expensive than this Sony, and I was appalled at the image quality they produced. That’s why I tested the DSC quite a bit before I finally bought it.

Click here for the test pics!

Have At The Drive In Re-Formed?

Cos today, I got what appears to be a new set of lyrics from them:

“theologian twinkle priscilla persecution delve anodic inefficient preemption santayana nasal domino backwater conservatism onrush beyond monadic divalent platonic grandmother domingo territorial thematic bullfrog impute opera fuel plagued daze consequential
buses emulate lindbergh aurora rhodesia buildup fumble roadway impalpable disney shelter semaphore permit buss atropos
earthmoving cave holdover delve telltale voice btl deck bushmaster jacobs receptive barney brass ami centric driscoll nakayama kitten bromine cavern purr mahoney darrell actinide herpes taboo tum yapping brunch sappy covariant chancy
dockyard consumption erwin hundredth monument shop t absolve schwartz confiscable elgin indict cling downward multiplexor take balletic gibberish crown construe dial coco berglund laughingstock jig every transmute delegable frazier brother bellingham frenzy opprobrium incompletion
coulter holmium framework carmichael bear clatter mean pronto splotchy either comport devise about income
impracticable whose gamma scholar bailey blare meteorology affirmative deprecate bereave cessna classic ash pliocene transpacific denunciate voodoo lass remark allowance purchasable…”

And so on and so forth. Whilst not quite matching the opaque meaninglessness of ‘One Armed Scissor,’ the above could become another singalong classic.

Or it could just be some spam trying to circumvent Bayesian filtering…

Q: When Is A Serial Killer Not A Serial Killer?

A: When they kill using the force of the British state.

The news today has been chock-full of lurid details of the suicide of Dr. Harold Shipman. Newscasters have been putting on their stock “shocked and horrified” voice when talking about the murders he committed.

How many people did Dr. Shipman kill? Well, he was jailed for 15 murders but it’s been claimed he killed up to 250.

Even if it was 250, this is chicken feed compared to the tens of thousands that Tony Blair has murdered. He sent his minions to do the killing, of course, but he still has his victims’ blood dripping from his expensive suit.

Like I’ve said before, Shipman, West, Sutcliffe et al are mere beginners at butchery compared to Tony Blair.

Kill one person and you’re a monster, a ravenous beast.

Kill thousands and you’re a great leader.

Well done, Tony. I’m sure in the future you’ll be knighted for the efficiency with which you exterminated innocent civilians.

Bless Playlist 12/1/2004

I’m a perverse bleeder.

I had a far better time DJing last night, partially cos the early January crash has kicked in and the Bless was much emptier than the past few weeks. Therefore fewer requests, therefore I could play far more new stuff than usual (and old stuff that I’ve never played before).

Of course, there’s no point DJing to an empty pub but it wasn’t empty last night, just pleasantly chilled. That also enabled me to play quieter tracks like Sebadoh’s ‘On Fire’ and American Analog Set. I felt fired up again and even with a reduced audience, I had people coming up asking for tracks or thanking me for playing a song.

Top new track tonight was the Deadstring Brothers. I’m sure they’re due major commercial success. Top old track was the Bugsy Malone closer by the genius that is Paul Williams.

Youse hoird:

Stereolab – Ping Pong
Jurassic 5 – Monkey Bars
The Fucking Champs – Never Enough Neck
Le Tigre – Hot Topic
Swayzak – Don’t Quit Please
Mc Paul Barman – Housemate Troubles
American Analog Set – Hard To Find
Grand Theft Auto – Petstuffers
Deerhoof – Rabbit Dog Needs Food Right Away
Shins – Kissing The Lipless
Peaches – Set It Off
Method Man Redman – Blackout
Adequate 7 – No Space
Sebadoh – On Fire
Herbie Hancock – Bring Down The Birds
Imitation Electric Piano – Theme For An Imitation Electric Piano
Gang Of Four – I Found That Essence Rare
Sleater-Kinney – Step Aside
Reks – Crush You
The Pogues – Sally Maclennane
Far – Bury White
Gotan Project – Epoca
At The Drive In – Pattern Against User
Mad Caddies – Villains
Dean Martin – Hey Mambo
Ice Cube – A Bird In The Hand
Pantera – Fucking Hostile
Jega – Recursion
Pennywise – Broken
Steely Dan – Peg
Cap’n Jazz – Soria
Ladybug Transistor – Splendor In The Grass
Capsule – Riche Et Belle
Black Flag – Wasted
Fantomas – Vendetta
The Weakerthans – A New Name For Everything
Digable Planets – La Femme Fetal
Anthony Newley – Bee-Bom
Trail Of Dead – Relative Ways
Kraftwerk – Boing Boom Tschak
Beachbuggy – Kickin’ Back
Sam Browne – Yes Yes (My Baby Said Yes Yes)
Deadstring Brothers – Entitled
The Lemonheads – Hospital
Paul Williams – You Give A Little Love
Chet Baker – My Funny Valentine

Bush And Blair: Partners in Deceit and Slaughter

“In the 23 months I was there, I never saw anything that I would characterise as evidence of weapons of mass destruction.” (Source:BBC News)

Those are the words of Former US Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill.

Not some weirdy-beardy, lefty, vegan student but a man who held one of the highest ranks in the US government. He also described Bush in cabinet meetings as “like a blind man in a room full of deaf people.”

So much for the protestations from Bush and Blair that they had comprehensively tried and exhausted every diplomatic means before finally, reluctantly turning towards war.

These fuckers were gagging for war, they were slavering to butcher the people of Iraq.

“From the very first instance, it was about Iraq,” said Mr O’Neill, who was a participant in all the meetings and provided voluminous minutes and other documents to the book’s author, Ron Suskind. “It was all about finding a way to do it. That was the tone of it. The President saying ‘Go find me a way to do this’.”(Source: The Independent)

That was in January 2001. Wasn’t the WTC attack a timely convenience for Bush? He must have rubbed his hands in glee as the planes crashed into the buildings, knowing this would give him the leverage for his new crusade for oil and power in Iraq. If I was a paranoid conspiracy theorist, I might even suspect that the US government left a clear path for Al Quaeda to mount the attack.

But I don’t believe that. I believe that the attack happened and the warhawks of the US administration simply took advantage of it. They knew they could easily whip-up a frenzy of anti-Iraqi feeling in the US (even though there was NO connection between the Hussein regime and Al Quaeda) and use this to fuel their war.

And they had their faithful lapdog in Britain. Remember Blair assuring us that WMDs would be found and that all of us anti-war activists would have “blood on our hands” when they were?

What did the smiling pustule say this morning about finding WMDs in Iraq? This:

Asked on BBC’s Breakfast With Frost whether he thought they would be discovered, Mr Blair replied: “I do not know is the answer.” The Prime Minister said that on the issue of WMD: “You can’t be definitive at the moment about what has happened.” (Source: The Independent)

Er, yes we can, Tony. We can be definitive that you lied, Bush lied and that as a result, tens of thousands of Iraqis were blown to smithereens.

And we paid for it. The great British taxpayer paid for all those bullets, every single British bomb that ripped an Iraqi child in half. We killed those people by the proxy of our evil leadership and our own apathy. We supported “our lads” in the forces as they carried out the most evil act possible: an unprovoked attack against an innocent nation’s civilians. I repeat, when your orders would result in war crimes, it is your duty as a human being to disobey them.

Anything less than that makes you as patriotic and worthy as a concentration camp guard.

Colin Powell – Confident, Happy Mass Murderer

WASHINGTON (AP) ? Secretary of State Colin Powell acknowledged Thursday that he saw no “smoking gun, concrete evidence” of ties between Saddam Hussein and the al-Qaeda terror network, but insisted that Iraq had dangerous weapons and needed to be disarmed by force. (Source: USA Today)

Well now, isn’t that great? Thanks for clearing that up, Colin.

You don’t have (and never had) any evidence whatsoever of links between the former Iraqi regime and Al-Qaeda and yet you and your “government” of butchers, liars and murderers still managed to dupe the American public into supporting your grand adventure in Iraq. With the help of that great bastion of democracy and accuracy, the American media.

Who needs proof when God himself is on your side? Certainly not you and other psychotic madmen like Osama Bin Laden.

I ask again – how do people like this sleep at night?

Do Colin Powell, Condoleeza Rice and George Bush see the shattered skulls of the Iraqi children they murdered knowing full well the attack on Iraq had nothing to do with fighting the terrorists who perpetrated the WTC attck?

Those tens of thousands of Iraqis massacred by the oh-so-brave and honourable US forces – are their lives worth nothing?

When I see shots of US troops in Iraq, I see stromtroopers. I see killing machines carrying out the illegal, war crime orders of their corrupt leadership.

But let’s not dare to criticise the soldiers of the new Reich. They’re only following orders, after all. Does that sound familiar?

Here’s what yet another independent report about the so-called Iraqi menace has to say:

“Three experts at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace said in a report Thursday that the Bush administration systematically misrepresented a weapons threat from Iraq, and U.S. strategy should be revised to eliminate the policy of unilateral preventive war.

“It is unlikely that Iraq could have destroyed, hidden or sent out of the country the hundreds of tons of chemical and biological weapons, dozens of Scud missiles and facilities engaged in the ongoing production of chemical and biological weapons that officials claimed were present without the United States detecting some sign of this activity,” said the report by Jessica T. Mathews, Joseph Cirincione and George Perkovich. ((Source: USA Today)

And also:

“With nary a WMD to show for its work, the 400-member team searching for military equipment in Iraq has packed up and gone home. Although more than 1,000 member of the Iraq Survey Group remain on the hunt, it now appears the Bush administration’s weapons of mass destruction mantra was propaganda for mass deception. How much attention will the mainstream media now devote to investigating the unfolding of the WMD affair and who in the administration should be held accountable for perpetuating this monumental fabrication? (Source:TomPaine.com

But of course you’ve heard about this withdrawal, haven’t you? It’s been on all the news bulletins and plastered on the headlines. It hasn’t? Hmmm…that’s amazing! One might suspect that the fearless, independent mass media were perhaps stooges of USK war policy. If one were a complete cynic or mad communist, of course.

Everyday on our TV, we see news reports of gruesome murders and violent crimes. Petty evil compared to the massacre in Iraq. Meanwhile, mass murderers like Tony Blair, Colin Powell and George Bush go about their business happily, protected by their governments and the state apparatus around them. Nothing can touch them, they’re beyond the law, beyond justice.

Remember that the next time you’re asked to wave the Union Jack or you see some stirring report about plucky US soldiers.