Bless Playlist 29/3/2004

Veeeery quiet tonight – I think a lot of the Derby Uni studes have gone home and haven’t been replaced by indigenous studes returning home. Still, a quiet week means I can play more new stuff! And despite the quietude, I still got loads of requests tonight for peeps like Venetian Snares, Jellyfish, Minus The Bear etc. But I still managed to play tracks from yet-to-be-released albums by Killswitch Engage, The Walkmen and Modest Mouse.

Best new song tonight was Danger Mouse’s Grey Album mix of Jay Z. Lovely! Best old song was Randy Newman’s theme for the film Ragtime. He’s such a talented bastard…sob…

Tonight you heard :

Bentmen – Swanee
Benton Falls – This Housecall Could Kill
Tim Koch – Werdan
Pace Won – Take Me With You
Decapitated – Spheres Of Madness
Adam Faith – What Do You Want
Phoenix – Run Run Run
Sultans – I Can’t Change
Jay-Z + Danger Mouse – December 4th
Modest Mouse – Satin In A Coffin
Killswitch Engage – Rose Of Sharyn
Spearmint – The Flaming Lips
Minus The Bear – Spritz!!! Spritz!!!
LCD Soundsystem – Losing My Edge
Shellac – Squirrel Song
Venetian Snares – Einstein-Rosen Bridge
The Pharcyde – Runnin’
The Walkmen – The Rat
Weakerthans – Anchorless
The Doors – Unhappy Girl
Sepultura – Chaos AD
Le Tigre – Let’s Run
MF Doom – Uckupon
Jellyfish – The Ghost At Number One
Daedelus – Something Bells
Blood Brothers – Ambulance Vs. Ambulance
Sebadoh – Willing To Wait
Kanye West – School Spirit
Black Flag – Wasted
Echo And The Bunnymen – Rescue
Trans Am – Cologne
Sleater Kinney – Words And Guitar
Metric – Succexy
Dopplereffekt – Master Organism
Jarcrew – Paris + The New Math
Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Young Girls & Happy Endings
Rise – Do You Know Him Yet
Weezer – Island In The Sun
Prefuse 73 – Hot Winter’s Day
Lou Reed – Hangin’ ‘Round
Randy Newman – Ragtime

Walk Don’t Walk at Vertigo, 24/3/2004

The only thing wrong with this gig is that the audience was far too small! Walk Don’t Walk played a smoooov set of classics and I even managed to hear ‘Misty’ before I had to go. The band were relaxed, happy and very, very cool. That all came over in everything they played.

It’s a shame, then, that more folks don’t check out music that’s not just rock/metal/indie. And I say that not as a jazz fan (cos I’m far from that) but just as a fan of great LIVE music.

Click here for the piccies!

Screamadelica 23/3/2004 + Derby At Six Freaking AM

We got there a bit earlier this week and so sauntered around a serenely empty club. Very restful.

Then, all of a sudden, hundreds of people piled in and it was was busy as normal. Great music and lots of people I haven’t seen out in ages. I managed to get better photos this week cos the smoke machine was knackered. Bad for the DJs, good for me!

Keith DJ invited a ragtag fleet of us back to his and we kept the poor bastard up till 6. Heh. That’ll learn him! NO SLEEP TILL RIPLEY!

By this time, me, Matt and Robbie were feeling peckish so we headed off to find breakfast. No-bastard-where was open! Tsk… slackers! We were up for breakfast, WHERE WERE YOU?? Thank god for the little kiosky place just near the Guildhall. Lovely egg and bacon baps and hot chocolate. Mmmmm…

I took loads of pics of the morning in town just because there was some lovely budding sunlight. Derby looked so…clean.

Click here for the piccies!

Tits, Tits, TITS!

“Congress is weighing legislation that would up the maximum penalty for indecency violations from $27,500 to $500,000 per incident.”(Source: MTV, March 19th)

I just googled the word “tits” and found the above picture.

Shocking, isn’t it?

Now, having seen those tits, those, boobs, those knockers, baps, mams, hooters, those boy magnets, you will be corrupted FOREVER!

Thank our lord in heaven that the brave moral authorities of the USA are protecting their citizens from any more bared women’s chests. Janet Jackson’s tit must have caused untold harm and depraved millions of viewers. She should be shot simply for having two of them! Now, the US’ moral arbiters are cracking down on grand old words like FUCK . For Howard Stern – that’s 50% of his vocabulary censored. But he must understand, hearing the word FUCK renders the listener instantly evil – everyone knows that.

Of course, you can switch on your TV in Amerika (or the UK) and see men boxing any time you want. Men inflicting permanent brain damage on each other for piles of money and your entertainment: that’s wholesome family fun!

I must be mad then. Because I’d rather see blokes on telly kissing than punching the fuck out of each other. We shiver in moral outrage at the gladiators of ancient Rome but we’re no better: we pay men to kill each other and themselves for our sport.

But back to tits…

Here’s my problem with tit censorship: tits aren’t evil.

Women aren’t evil, as much as certain branches of organised religions try to label them as such. Women’s bodies, women’s sexuality, women’s genitalia – none of that is evil. It’s just flesh, just the human body. Get used to it. It’s what we are.

What message do you send out when you censor bare breasts? By implication, you’re saying there’s something evil, sinful, something dirty about them.

Why has the whole of the US gone mad over Janet Jackson’s tit? Why aren’t those column inches and letters of outrage aimed at the fact that they have a war criminal for president and have illegally invaded and occupied Iraq?

What kind of mentality is more motivated into protest by the sight of an exposed breast than the carnage in Iraq?

Are These Men Commie Pinkos Too?

Quote 1:

“A veteran White House anti-terrorism official has accused President George Bush of ignoring the threat from al-Qa’ida before 11 September 2001 – and then at once seeking to hold Iraq responsible, despite being told by intelligence advisers that Iraq had nothing to do with the attacks.”(Source: The Independent)

The White House veteran denouncing the president is Richard Clarke. This is a man who served Reagan, Bush Snr. and Bush Jnr. Does he sound like a lefty stoner student with a roomful of home made bongs and unwashed Che t-shirts?

Nope.

Quote 2:

“There was no reason for us to become involved in Iraq recently. That was a war based on lies and misinterpretations from London and from Washington, claiming falsely that Saddam Hussein was responsible for [the] 9/11 attacks, claiming falsely that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. And I think that President Bush and Prime Minister Blair probably knew that many of the allegations were based on uncertain intelligence … a decision was made to go to war [then people said] ‘Let’s find a reason to do so’.”(Source: The Independent)

Who said that? Was it that bloody lefty John Pilger? Or Noam Chomsky or Robert Fisk?

Nope.

That was a quote from former president Jimmy Carter. This is the man who ran one of the superpowers when the Cold War was still on, who daily had to go toe-to-toe against the Soviet Union. This is the man who had his finger on the launch button for the nuclear arsenal of America.

I’m not saying that because I think becoming the President of the USA automatically makes you intelligent or informed. Dubya is proof that’s untrue.

I’m saying it so when the current warhawk administration try to rubbish everything Carter said, you remember that by their own standards, this man once ranked supreme in the USA.

Similarly, now the White House backlash has swung into gear against Clarke, remember that his judgement was once so highly valued that he served three US presidents. Has it evaporated overnight? The same as Carter’s and anyone else who doesn’t believe in the PNAC?

But I forget – we’re all wrong, aren’t we? Only Bush and Blair, who both claim to have a direct line to GOD, have the truth. Carter, Clarke, Short, Cook, the millions of people who marched two days ago – anyone who disagrees with these new Christian crusaders must be a perverted supporter of terrorism.

Surely you can see that?

Bless Playlist 22/3/2004

Not as good as last week but I still did well cos I managed to cram in many, many new tracks, some pre-release.

To tell the truth, my mind was wandering a bit tonight. Although I enjoyed it, I was still remembering Saturday and the feeling of being on the antiwar demo. Tonight felt like a bit of an anti-climax after that, slightly meaningless and empty. That’s one reason I stuck on a lot of antiwar songs like Pipi’s ‘WMD’ and Metric’s ‘Succexy.’ One hip hop, one indie, both excellent songs from artists who actually give a shit about the world beyond their navels.

Top new tune tonight was Phoenix’ ‘Run, Run, Run.’ If this track doesn’t make the top ten, there ain’t no justice. It’s a brilliant combination of melody and properly danceable, head-nodding rhythm. So many indie bands fail hideously when they attempt to ‘get funky’ (step forward Shed Seven and Starsailor). Phoenix don’t even have to think about it: they just have the funk.

The top old tune tonight was The Velvelettes. What a pop song! What a chorus! Mmmm…

Tonight, you heard:

The Walkmen – Little House Of Savages
Fudge Tunnel – Cat Scratch Fever
Snog ? Real Estate Man
Young Gunz – Friday Night
Phoenix – Run Run Run
Minus The Bear – Women We Haven’t Met Yet
Poison The Well – To Mandate Heaven
The Velvelettes – He Was Really Sayin? Somethin
Pipi Skid – WMD
Fucking Champs ? I Am The Album Cover
R.E.M. – Driver 8
Metric – Succexy
Syndromne – Ifni
Stephen Malkmus ? Jenny & The Ess-Dog
RZA – A Day To God Is 1000 Years
Slayer – Aggressive Perfector [Bonus Track]
Modest Mouse – Satin In A Coffin
LCD Soundsystem – Losing My Edge
The Smashing Pumpkins – 1979
Kanye West – We Don’t Care
Pantera – Cowboys From Hell
The James Taylor Quartet – Theme From Starsky And Hutch
Au Pairs – It’s Obvious
The Juan Maclean – By The Time I Get To Venus
Get Up Kids – How Long Is Too Long
Raising The Fawn – Gwendolyn
At The Drive-In – Heliotrope
Pace Won – Take Me With You
Daedelus – Something Bells
Ben Folds Five – Battle Of Who Could Care Less
Death Cab For Cutie – I Was A Kaleidoscope
Japan – Life In Tokyo
The Blood Brothers – Fucking’s Greatest Hits
Fugazi – Life And Limb
Eu – Me
Jon Brion – Here We Go
Funkstorung – Bjork ‘All Is Full Of Love (In Love With Funkstorung Remix)’

The World At Antiwar


New York, Sixth Avenue, 20/03/2004

Below is a list of all the cities which had antiwar demonstrations yesterday. This is the truth of the numbers involved in the global peace movement.

NORTH AMERICA

UNITED STATES
Alabama
Auburn, Jacksonville, Mobile
Alaska
Anchorage, Homer, Juneau, Petersburg
Arizona
Phoenix, Prescott, Tuscon
Arkansas
Fayetteville, Jonesboro, Little Rock
California
Albion, Alhambra, Bakersfield, Bodega, Carlsbad, Chico, Claremont, Clearlake, El Centro, Eureka, Fresno, Hemet, Idyllwild, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Orange, Pasadena, Riverside, Salinas, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Sonora, Temecula, Ventura
Colorado
Colorado Springs, Denver, Durango, Evergreen, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Longmont
Connecticut
Avon, Norwalk, Pomfret
Florida
Bradenton, Clearwater, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Key West, Lakeland/Polk County, Melbourne, Miami, Naples, Orlando, Pensacola, Sarasota, St. Augustine, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, Vero Beach
Georgia
Athens, Atlanta, Dahlonega, Milledgeville
Hawaii
Hilo, Honolulu, Kahului, Kapaa, Kona, Maui, Mauna Kea, Pohakuloa
Idaho
Boise, Ketchum, Moscow
Illinois
Chicago, DeKalb, Downers Grove, Galesburg, Peoria, Rockford, Springfield, Urbana, Wilmette
Indiana
Evansville, Fort Wayne, Paoli, South Bend, Terre Haute
Iowa
Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, Waterloo
Kansas
Lawrence, Salina, Wichita
Kentucky
Berea, Lexington
Louisiana
Monroe, New Orleans
Massachusetts
Boston, Easthampton, Fall River, Natick, New Bedford, Springfield, Worcester
Maryland
Baltimore, Greenbelt
Maine
Augusta, Bangor
Michigan
Ann Arbor, Big Rapids, Flint, Grand Rapids, Ironwood, Kalamazoo, Lake Orion, Lansing, Marquette, Midland, Monroe, Royal Oak, Saginaw, Traverse City
Minnesota
Brainerd, Little Falls, Mankato, Minneapolis, Northfield, Rochester, St. Joseph, St. Paul
Mississippi
Jackson, Oxford
Missouri
Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Kansas City, Springfield, St. Louis
Montana
Billings, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Missoula, Red Lodge
Nebraska
Grand Island, Lincoln, Omaha
Nevada
Las Vegas, Reno
New Hampshire
Concord, Keene, Laconia
New Jersey
Bloomfield, Cranford, Hackensack, Hackettstown, Westfield
New Mexico
Albuquerque, Farmington, Santa Fe, Taos
New York
Albany, Binghampton, Buffalo, Chatham, Cortland, Flushing, Fredonia, Geneva, Nanuet, New York City, Potsdam, Rochester, Scarsdale, Setauket, Syracuse, Watertown, Willsboro
North Carolina
Asheville, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Shelby
North Dakota
Fargo
Ohio
Akron, Athens, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Coshocton, Dayton, Kent, Mansfield, Springfield, Tiffin, Toledo, Yellow Springs, Youngstown
Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Tulsa
Oregon
Astoria, Bandon, Bend, Corvallis, Cottage Grove, Eugene, Florence, Grants Pass, Klamath Falls, Medford, Portland, Roseburg, Salem
Pennsylvania
Bryn Mawr, Harrisburg, Lewisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, West Chester, Wilkes Barre, York
Rhode Island
Newport, Westerly
South Carolina
Charleston, Columbia, Myrtle Beach
South Dakota
Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Spearfish
Tennessee
Chattanooga, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville
Texas
Austin, Beaumont, Crawford, Dallas, Denton, Houston, Marfa, McAllen
Utah
Moab, Salt Lake City
Virginia
Blacksburg, Charlottesville, Lexington, Norfolk, Richmond, Williamsburg
Vermont
Burlington, Montpelier, Newport, Strafford
Washington
Aberdeen, Bellingham, Ellensburg, Lopez Island, Mount Vernon, Olympia, Port Townsend, Richland, Richmond, Seattle, Spokane, Stevenson, Tacoma
Wisconsin
Brookfield, Burlington, Madison, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Sheboygan, Stevens Point, Wauwatosa
West Virginia
Huntington, Wheeling
Wyoming
Laramie

CANADA
Annapolis Royal, Brampton, Brandon, Brantford, Burlington, Calgary, Castlegar, Charlottetown, Chicoutimi, Cobourg, Comox Valley, Courtenay, Duncan, Durham, Edmonton, Fort Qu?Appelle, Fredericton, Grand Forks, Halifax, Hamilton, Kelowna, Kingston, Lethridge, London, Medicine Hat, Midland, Mississauga, Moncton, Montreal, Nanaimo, Nelson, North Battleford, Oakville, Orangeville, Orillia, Ottawa, Parry Sound, Penticton, Peterborough, Port Hope, Prince Albert, Quebec City, Quesnel, Red Deer, Regina, Rouyn-Noranda, Sackville, St. Catherine’s, Saint-J?r?me, St. John’s, Salt Spring Island, Sarnia, Saskatoon, Sault Ste. Marie, Sherbrooke, Sudbury, Sydney, Thorold, Toronto, Trois-Rivi?res, Vancouver, Victoria, Waterloo, White Rock, Whitehorse, Windsor, Winnipeg

EUROPE

Austria
Dornbirn, Vienna
Basque Country
Bilbao, Donostian, Gasteizen, Irunean (Nafarroa)
Belgium
Brussels
Czech Republic
Prague
Denmark
Copenhagen, Esbjerg
Estonia
Tallinn
Finland
Helsinki
France
Montpellier, Paris
Germany
Augsburg, Bad Hersfeld, Bamberg, Berlin, Bielefeld, Bremen, Bruchsal, Castrop-Rauxel, Detmold, Dortmund, Dresden, Duisburg, Dusseldorf, Flensburg, Frankfurt am Main, Freiburg, Gelsenkirchen, G?ttingen, Greifswald, Hamburg, Hannover, Heilbronn, Herne, Karlsruhe, Kassel, K?ln, Landshut, Leipzig, Ludwigsburg, L?rrach, Munich, M?nster, Neuwied, N?rnberg, Oberhausen, Ramstein, Rostock, Schleswig, Schwedt, Schwerte, Siegen, Simmern, Solingen, Stuttgart, Wilhelshaven, Wolfsburg
Greece
Athens
Hungary
Budapest
Iceland
Akureyi, Reykjavik
Ireland
Dublin, Skibbereen
Italy
Rome, Turin
Luxembourg
Luxembourg
Netherlands
Amsterdam
Norway
Bergen, Bodo, Kristiansand, Oslo, Stavenger, Tromso, Trondheim
Poland
Warsaw
Portugal
Cascais, Lisbon, Porto
Romania
Cluj-Napuca
Scotland
Glasgow
Serbia & Montenegro
Belgrade
Slovenia
Llubljana
Spain
Alicante, Almer?a, Asturias, Barcelona, Burgos, C?diz, Compostela, C?rdoba, Huelva, Girona, Granada, Huelva, Ja?n, Jerez de la Frontera, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Leon, Lleida, Logro?o, Madrid, Malaga, Motril, Murcia, Oviedo, Palma (Mallorca), Ponferrada, Puerto de Santa Maria, San Roque (Campo de Gibraltar), Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Santander, Sevilla, Sig?enza, Soria, Tarragona, Teruel, Toledo, Torrelavega, ?beda, Valencia, Valladolid, Vigo, Zaragoza
Sweden
Goteborg, Halmstad, Stockholm, Uppsala
United Kingdom
Aberystwyth(Wales), Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, London

LATIN AMERICA, SOUTH AMERICA & CENTRAL AMERICA

Anguilla
Eastsound (Orcas Island)
Argentina
Buenos Aires, Rosario
Brazil
Belo Horizonte, Goiania, Par?, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Norte, Salvador
Chile
Santiago
Columbia
Barranquilla
Costa Rica
Las Tablas Region, San Jose
Cuba
Havana
Guatemala
Santiago/Atitlan
Honduras
Tegucigalpa
Mexico
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico City, Monterrey, San Allende, San Miguel de Allende
Nicaragua
Managua
Puerto Rico
Hato Rey, San Juan
Peru
Lima
Uruguay
Montevide, Mossoro
Venezuela
Caracas

AFRICA

Egypt
Cairo
Senegal
Dakar
South Africa
Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth
Sudan
Khartoum

MIDDLE EAST

Algeria
Algiers
Iraq
Baghdad
Iran
Tehran
Israel
Tel Aviv
Jordan
Amman
Morocco
Casablanca
Pakistan
Karachi, Multan, Quetta
Palestine
Gaza, Qulqiya, Ramallah
Syria
Aleppo, Damascus
Yemen
Sana

ASIA PACIFIC

Australia
Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Canberra, Foster-Tuncurry, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Victoria
Bangladesh
Dhaka
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
India
Chennai, Calcutta, Kalkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Srinagar
Indonesia
Jakarta
Japan
Amakusa, Hiroshima, Kochi-City, Kobe, Kyoto, Nagoya, Osaka, Otsu, Sapporo, Tamana, Tokyo, Wakayama
Malta
Sliema
New Zealand
Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Kapiti Coast, Palmerston North, Roturua, Wellington
Philippines
Manila, Pampang, Quezon City
South Korea
Seoul
Thailand
Bangkok
Timor-Leste
Bili
Turkey
Aliaga, Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Trabzon

The British Mass Media: Accomplices To Murder


Rome, 20/03/2004

I’m not stupid. I wasn’t expecting a half-hour feature on the BBC about the global antiwar protest yesterday, even though it was the most important event of this year. I wasn’t even expecting them to question the Met Police’s traditionally mendacious protestor count.

But the level of media distortion I saw last night was staggering.

Let’s start with London. All day, as we were assembling and marching, there were news helicopters circling overhead. And yet… there were no shots of either the route or Trafalgar Square until well past 4pm. By which time a lot of us had gone home because, frankly, we were knackered as we’d been standing/marching since 11.30am.

If there had been one shot of Park Lane at around 2pm, you could easily have seen that the 25,000 claimed by the cops was total rubbish. There were at least 100,000 people demonstrating in London yesterday.

Here’s another puzzle: I’ve seen four or five different reports on the net now about the Rome protests, all of them saying at least one million Italians gathered.

Where were the TV pictures?

The only shots from Italy on the main TV news bulletins were of a tiny handful of protestors confronting the riot police. Thus, for an unquestioning audience, the Rome protest of a million never happened.

One reporter even had the gall to say ‘there were thousands protesting around the world today.’ Thousands? Hold on, even by the cops’ lying estimate, there were 25,000 in London alone. So there were tens of thousands in Britain alone.

How about saying ‘hundreds of thousands protesting around the world?’ Or how about being truthful and saying ‘millions?’

This is the way our media frames the discussion: by only portraying certain, palatable facts. It has to admit there were global protests but it does its best to pooh-pooh them by saying they were nothing like the February 15th protest. Even though on February 16th, they were denigrating that very same protest!

Honestly, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, the situation is so Orwellian.

Or how about the framing of the protests in Spain after the Madrid bombing? On British TV, they were reported solely as being ‘anti-terrorism protests.’ But now, post-election and post the Spanish demos yesterday, we know that a lot of people were also protesting against Aznar. And yet our fearless media manged to miss that at the time. Millions of Spaniards protesting against their leader and his collusion with Bush and Blair.

Of course, we all saw pictures of the hideous Madrid bombing. They were splashed over every tabloid as well. Justifiably so: the bombing was a totally evil act carried out by savages.

But when our bombs reduce an Iraqi village to bloody mush, we don’t get to see that. The pictures are deemed too horrific, are kept out of our papers and off our TV news.

Therefore, those thousands of deaths never happened. And people think the Iraq war was a largely bloodless, “surgically precise” invasion. In the US, Colin Powell doesn’t even bother to count Iraqi civilian casualties, their lives are so cheap to him.

One of the prime reasons there were “only” 100,000 protestors in London yesterday rather than the million of Rome was the magnificent job our mass media has done in serving its masters’ ideology. By their consistent biased framing, censorship and omission, they have helped to justify and then erase the murder of thousands of Iraqis.

What does it say about the media when a pop singer’s breast being exposed is more newsworthy than the death and evil being done in our name in Iraq?