Bzangy Playlist 25/6/08

Bzangy Groink DJing

Woohoo! Despite logistical problems that were surmounted with the help of friends (thanks Liz + Ben!), last night’s DJing went swimmingly. Plenty of people turned out and it was great to be able to play soooo much new music, with a few classics sprinkled in too.

I’m now on the hunt for a regular venue for BG as I’ve had so much positive feedback from last night. People have been texting, Facebooking and even old-fashioned telling me that they had a great time.

I’m immensely happy that in Derby, on a Wednesday night, it’s possible to get a crowd of music lovers out who are open-minded and don’t complain when they hear shedloads of unfamiliar tunes.

Along with this great night, it’s re-affirmed my faith in the possibilities of the DJ scene in Derby. I can confidently say that, yep, there is an audience out there who are hungry for new music, from every genre going.

To everyone who came along and made it such a lovely night, thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€

(The links below are all to Last.fm, where you should be able to hear free snippets of each artist.)

Clevz – Blest
Islands – The Arm
Herman Düne – I Wish That I Could See You Soon
Evergreen Terrace – Rip This!
Russian Circles – Harper Lewis
Los Campesinos! – You! Me! Dancing!
Sonic Youth – Teen Age Riot
Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
JME – Serious
Michael Hunter – Soviet Connection (Theme From Grand Theft Auto IV)
The Bird and the Bee – Again & Again
LCD Soundsystem – Get Innocuous!
A Tribe Called Quest – Excursions
Errors – Dance Music
Dosh – Don’t Wait For The Needle To Drop
A Different Breed of Killer – The Accidentist
Lykke Li – Little Bit
The IRS – The World Is Theirs
System of a Down – Suite-Pee
Pete and The Pirates – Mr Understanding
Sébastien Tellier – Divine
Swollen Members – Lady Venom
Motion City Soundtrack – Calling All Cops
The Red Chord – Film Critiques And Militia Men
Pacific! – Hot Lips
The Radio Dept. – Freddie And The Trojan Horse
S.E.N.S. – War Is Necessary
Neon Neon – I Lust U
Alexisonfire – Accidents
Henry Mancini – My Manne Shelly
Sons and Daughters – This Gift
Venetian Snares – Sajtban
Burning Skies – Emocalypse
I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness – The Ghost
The Sylvers – High School Dance
9th Wonder & Buckshot – Ready (Brand New Day)
Big Black – L Dopa
Mrs Jynx – Ice Pops
Sage Francis – Gunz Yo
A Wilhelm Scream – Jaws 3, People
Say Hi to Your Mom – These Fangs
Portishead – Machine Gun
mclusky – Icarus Smicarus
Devo – Be Stiff
Akala – Bit By Bit
Hot Snakes – Kreative Kontrol
Frightened Rabbit – The Twist
Cerrone – Supernature
Bleeding Through – Dead Like Me
Jens Lekman – Your Arms Around Me
Modeselektor – 2000007 Feat. TTC
Santogold – L.E.S. Artistes
boysetsfire – Rise
Parts & Labor – Brighter Days
The Grouch – The Bay To La Ft. Murs
Mascot Fight – Danger Man
Kettel – Fishfred
Johnny Foreigner – Lea Room
Sufjan Stevens – All Good Naysayers, Speak Up!
Copperpot – Demo (Feat Braintax)
The Notwist – Gloomy Planet
Fugazi – Full Disclosure
Modcam – Grain Season
Silver Jews – Aloysius, Bluegrass Drummer
Plans and Apologies – Ginger Jimmy Jackson

Finally, A Great Night Out!

Snug Anti-Social
Click the pic for some shots from tonight!

Tonight/this morning/whatever the hell it is now, I’m a happy Jyoti.

Things have been quite depressing lately: a funeral, health problems, horrible war news and Derby weirdness.

Usually, I can dance myself out of the blues, at least for a short while. I love dancing. I’m no good at it but that’s irrelevant, of course. Dancing isn’t about looking good, it’s about feeling good, expressing yourself and letting the music just flow through you.

That’s been pretty hard lately as the club scene in Derby has been at a very low ebb. I’m not talking about the mainstream, Zanzibar / banging house-type scene, I’m sure that’s as mechanically efficient and utilitarian as it’s always been, like a disco abbattoir. I mean the alternative clubbing scene. You know, the clubs for freaks and geeks, like me. They’ve been piss-poor.

Tonight was different.

The Red Room of The Royal was host to the Snug Anti-Social and DJs Tom, Ash and Robbie played the finest set of music I’ve heard anywhere in the last few years. Forget every other tired, hilariously repetitive Derby club, forget the preternaturally dull Rescue Rooms. My god, this night was what clubbing is meant to be about: amazing music, lovely, sexy, people and a great venue. If that sounds borderline wanky, I can tell you that the atmosphere was friendly and inclusive, not elitist. This was all about a love of musics. And by that, I mean more than one genre.

Yep, tonight proved that it is possible to fill a room with people and get them all dancing to Nas and Glassjaw, Fugazi and Heatwave, Of Montreal and Dead Prez. In Derby! On a Friday night!

(Hey, no musical apartheid here! Nights that only play one genre are, like, soooo 20th century, dude…)

In their eclecticism, the DJs tonight shamed every other “alternative” DJ in Derby. I was grinning like a lunatic all night because I was so surprised and happy to hear such great choices. I knackered myself out too early so I couldn’t even dance to every fab song I heard. Whereas, in every other club, I’m standing round for two hours waiting to dance for five minutes. If I even get five minutes.

If this post sounds even more over-sentimental and hyper-emotional than usual, it’s because music means perhaps too much to me. Music itself is the healthiest it has ever been. Every week, I hear stunning new music from new artists. It angers and saddens me greatly that none of this is heard on the radio or in clubs, partly through the zombie stranglehold of major labels and their torrents of shite (hello Fratellis!), partly the laziness of most DJs.

Music has never been better, the music scene has never been worse.

Tonight was a tiny rebellion, maybe nothing more than a butterfly in front of a steamroller but, nevertheless, tremendously heartening.

The downside is that I now cannot bear the thought of going to a club night not this good.

So, I guess I’m staying in till the next one! ๐Ÿ™‚

The USA Tortured Innocents Says US Major General

USA Tortured Innocents

Medical examinations of former terror suspects held by US troops showed proof of physical and psychological torture, a US-based human rights group said.

The Physicians for Human Rights group cited beatings, sexual abuse, electric shock, isolation and forced nakedness.
(Source: BBC News)

And from Boing Boing:

Physicians for Human Rights who examined 11 former detainees from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and at Guantanamo Bay say they “uncovered medical evidence of torture, including beatings, electric shock, sleep deprivation, sexual humiliation, sodomy and scores of other abuses.”
The detainees were never charged with crimes.
(Source: Boing Boing)

This week, the man ultimately responsible for the USA’s torture and murder of innocents was wined and dined in Britain. He met the Queen and had a presumably very expensive dinner with Gordon Brown. All while the Metropolitan Police beat the shit out of peaceful protestors trying to get within shouting distance.

The UK loves George W. Bush. He’s a lovely feller, what’s not to like? Under his regime, American citizens have had their liberties and freedoms pregressively eroded while, abroad, his forces have illegally invaded sovereign nations, kidnapping innocent people (some of them children) and then tortured them, often to death, in hellholes like Guantanamo.

By the standards of international law, he is a war criminal, a torturer and a mass-murderer of children.

Day by day, week by week there are new reports like the one above, displaying the true horror behind Bush’s sanguine grin and homespun charms. The evidence is massive and undeniable to all but the most Nazi of Republicans.

Yet, he remains in office and the UK remains best friends with him.

Police Riot At Peace Demo

Police Brutalise Peace Protestors

The ban on the demonstration down Whitehall to protest the visit of war criminal George Bush was enforced with violence by the Metropolitan police. Two protestors were hospitalised by baton weilding police. Stop the War Coalition have organised over 20 national protests all of which have been peaceful. We have written a letter of protest to the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith.
(Source: Stop the War Coalition Online)

I was on Sunday’s peace protest, I wrote about it here. Luckily, I had to catch my train so I left before the Met had the chance to bash my brains out for daring to raise my voice in opposition to Bush and Brown.

I am shocked and sickened at the violence the Metropolitan police have shown towards democratic protestors. It wasn’t enough that they bowed to American pressure and removed our right to march to Downing Street, they then attacked defenceless protestors with their metal batons, arresting 25 and putting two into hospital.

Every single Stop The War protest I’ve been on has been peaceful. About as rowdy as it gets is a bit of ramshackle shouting but, hey, we’re British – we’re usually too embarrassed to do even that.

Look at the photo at the top of this page. Look at the police officers’ faces, contorted with rage and fury, feral as they beat un-armed protestors with rigid metal batons.

Does that look like the police force of a democratic country to you?

If those had been Chinese troops beating up Buddhist peace protestors, you can guarantee every newspaper in the UK and US would be howling about the injustice, the repression, the appalling demonstration of totalitarian contempt for human rights.

But these protestors were being beaten at the request of George W. Bush and his merry band of torturers, murderers and war profiteers.

So… nothing much is said.

And another nail is hammered into the coffin of British democracy.

Bush Not Welcome Here Demo

Antiwar demo
Click the pic for the gallery!

Today, (well, yesterday now) I went on the Bush Not Welcome Here demo.

This was a protest against the war criminal George Bush coming to Britain and being treated like royalty instead of being thrown in jail.

We were meant to march to Downing Street but this basic right of protest was removed by Gordon Brown’s government:

Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Huhne wrote to Jacqui Smith on 13 June calling on her to overturn the ban on the march against George Bush this Sunday.

Calling the ban ‘the final straw’ after Wednesday’s vote on 42-day detention, he wrote:

“Just because the votes of these protesters cannot be bought, it does not mean that their voices should not be heard by those in 10 Downing Street.

“In this country we have a long tradition of peaceful protest and I would be shocked if British civil liberties were curtailed at the request of a foreign government.”
(Source: Stop The War)

So, we gathered and shouted and blew our little whistles and, despite the disproportionate police presence, I think we made our point.

As usual for Stop The War demos, despite the anger at the actions of Bush, Blair and now the crony-incumbent, Brown, the mood was tremendously positive. I heard so many different languages being spoken as I walked through the crowd, trying to get snaps of faces, to make the gathering less impersonal.

Antiwar demo

The old and the young, able and disabled, our common cause cuts across all our differences. And, at its heart, it’s both a selfish and a noble cause: we don’t want war because we don’t want to kill and we don’t want to die. It’s as simple as that.

Antiwar demo

It felt wonderful to realise that we were part of a global movement for peace, that millions of people have marched against Bush’s warmongering around the world and that we’re ready to march and protest again.

Halfway through the demo, I saw this:

cops hassling protestors
Click the pic for the gallery!

Yep, a couple of protestors who were doing nothing more dangerous than standing with a banner outside Parliament were stopped and searched by the police under Section 44 of the prevention of terrorism act.

When I asked one of the coppers what was going on, he was rather touchy and curt. Funny, since I pay his wages. You’d think he’d have a bit more respect for a citizen he’s paid to protect and employed by.

Eventually, they let the two lads go but not before wasting huge amounts of both their time and their own. Time that could have been spent perhaps solving crimes instead of strangling democracy? But no, they chose instead to rob these peaceful protestors of their freedom of speech, of their liberty. Outside Parliament. On the anniversary of the Magna Carta being signed.

The police, eh? No sense of irony… or history, apparently.

But why blame them when, as others have said previously, they were only following orders. Orders issued by Brown’s renegade regime, a glassy-eyed junta of war criminals who barter their draconian laws onto the statute books, flouting democracy and laughing at the process of Parliament.

Is it any surprise that government as cynical and corrupt, as craven and capricious as our current one should welcome the mass-murderer George W. Bush with open arms?

Sign Of The Times

Brably nably

I was just looking at the playlist for my Summer Singalong comp in iTunes and I noticed…

… how much of it I’ve bought as downloads!

Of the nineteen tracks, only four are ripped from CDs I’ve bought. Nine are digital downloads from Emusic, five from iTunes and one from Play.

I guess I’m not buying CDs any more!

That’s sneaked up on me…

It’s probably for the best as I’ve got folder upon folder of de-cased CDs and apart from being quite ugly, they do take up a lot of room.

Roll on crystalline holographic storage! ๐Ÿ™‚

Summer Singalong 2008

Summer Singlaong 2008

The time has come, baby loves, for the Summer Singalong CD comp. Every year, I make a CD to stick in my car which is as singalongy as possible and usually includes a lot of new tracks as well as some choice oldies. I’m going for pure, silly harmony, groovy grooviness here, not trying to be educational or daring. This is actually the CD in my car now that I yowl along to as I’m bowling along.

The astute viewer might notice the influence of a certain major videogame… ๐Ÿ˜›

Here we go!

Summer Singalong 2008, 19 songs, 1:14: total time, 142.2 MB

Get Innocuous! – LCD Soundsystem
Perfect for the windows down, the wind in your face, head nodding, prog singing!

Fell In Love Without You – Motion City Soundtrack
Amazingly poppy and admirably concise.

Again & Again – The Bird and the Bee
The one I do my girly vocals to.

Mr Understanding – Pete and The Pirates
You will be humming this all bloody day.

Hot Lips – Pacific!
Dreamy Swedie synthpop – check out the album.

These Fangs – Say Hi to Your Mom
Pure, straight – ahead, damn catchy indierock. Summer!

Future – Cut Copy
Perfect for around 8.50pm when the sunโ€™s just starting to dip.

Glue Girls – Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
SSLYBY are stuffed with singalong pop.

Divine – Sébastien Tellier
Eurovision – he was robbed!

Veiled In Grey – Mystery Jets
MJ just get better and better…

This Gift – Sons and Daughters
Very moody, very catchy, sounds a bit like Ladytron on guitars.

Equinoxe Part 5 – Jean-Michel Jarre
You can meow this so it must be pop.

Little Bit – Lykke Li
Another chance for me to camp it up!

I Lust U – Neon Neon
Brilliant, glassy electropop.

Draw In The Reins – Cats on fire
Defiantly summery, crammed with energy. But even better live!

She Can Do What She Wants – Field Music
Soooo singalong! Do the harmonies!

Dancing Queen – Laakso
I canโ€™t sing this but itโ€™s fun trying.

Wonโ€™t Get Fooled Again – The Who
COME ON!

Soviet Connection (Theme from Grand Theft Auto IV) – Michael Hunter
Beautifully melancholic and yet still quite bippy. I’m in the game every time I hear this.

There you have it. If you assemble the above playlist and stick it in your car, I guarantee it’ll make you happy. But be careful, some of these are definitely drive-faster tracks. Don’t drive mad now!