Georgian Ambassador Claims Georgia Started War

Georgian Ambassador

A former Georgian ambassador has caused uproar in Georgia by saying his country, not Russia, started August’s war over South Ossetia.

Erosi Kitsmarishvili, a former envoy to Russia, was testifying at a parliamentary commission hearing into the war the breakaway Georgian region.

“Russia was ready for this war, but the Georgian leadership started the military action first,” Mr Kitsmarishvili told the commission on Tuesday.

(Source: BBC News)

Oh, hold on – I thought everything was caused by the EVIL RUSSIANS!

That’s what our government told us. After the US government told them what to say…

Capitalism Fails Again, Socialism Bails It Out – Again


The US government has announced a rescue plan for the Citigroup banking giant after its shares plunged by more than 60% last week.
The US treasury department is to invest $20bn (£13.4bn) in return for preferred shares in Citigroup.
The treasury and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp will also guarantee up to $306bn (£205bn) of risky loans and securities on Citigroup’s books.
(Source: BBC News)

The USA, that proselytising bastion of the “free market,” is once again using public money to bail out the failure of capitalists at Citigroup.

Thirteen point four thousand million pounds are going into the hole created by the piratical adventurism of the Citigroup management. Money that could have been spent on welfare, housing, education, health.

But spending money on essential public services is, of course, against The American Way. That would be foolish, that would be socialism!

Far better to spend trillions of dollars on an illegal war and then pour billions more into businesses run by inept fatcats.

For the US ruling class, essential infrastructure isn’t worth investing in. War and bonuses for reckless management, now those are things worthy of support.

Oh, and if you think $20bn is a crapload of money, don’t worry, this follows $25bn of public money thrown at the bank last month.

Ordinary people all around the world must be thinking, “Surely it would be cheaper for us if these businesses had been nationalised all along?”

Why I’m Not DJing At Quad


Last night, I quit DJing at Quad. Here’s the email I just sent to them explaining why:

Sadly, last night I had to walk out of DJing as it was pointless to carry on. The factors leading to this were:

1. DJing to an empty room again. I can get easily get a good crowd of people out on Wednesday nights to Bar Lisi. *None* of these people want to come to Quad on a Friday. Make of that what you will.

2. Old people don’t want music. I was told to keep it low till one old lady left. Fine. Then I turned it up a bit, not hugely. Another group of people came in, heard how loud it was, bought drinks and *then* asked for it to be turned down. I don’t do background DJing.

After 21 years of professional DJing, I know a pointless night when I see it. From the start, it’s been obvious that music hasn’t been a priority at Quad (tacked-on speakers, PA amp that cuts out, DJing from behind reception, the worst acoustics of any venue in Derby) but I thought I’d give it a go.

You as Quad have to decide what you’re doing at night time and your music policy. If you try to have anything that will get drinkers in and make money, you’ll alienate the 65+ that are your customers now. If you cater to them, in my view it’s a waste of your money to pay for DJs when you’d be better served with an iPod playing pan-pipe music on an infinite loop.

As you can imagine, I was extremely frustrated and angry last night. Music is not only my job, it’s my life. I take it very seriously. I had hoped Quad would be treating music with the respect it affords the other arts.

Anyway, I’m not angry any more, life’s too short. 🙂

Quad is brilliant in so many ways, I wish you every success with the visual arts side of what you do. But I emphasise – you do need to have a serious look at how you’re treating music and what you want your interaction with it to be. And you need to do this in conjunction with professional musicians, DJs and sound engineers, not amateurs.


Bzangy Groink Playlist 19/11/08

Another busy Bzangy at Bar Lisi!

School Of Seven Bells

The best new tune tonight was ‘Connjur’ by School Of Seven Bells. Floaty, twinkly and quite, quite lovely. It’s from their new album, ‘Alpinisms,’ and if you haven’t heard of them already, check it out!

Depeche Mode

The best old track was ‘New Life’ by Depeche Mode. Over the last 27 years, I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve sung along to this super-catchy synthpop classic. It never, ever gets old.

This is what you heard:

Broken Social Scene – 7/4 (Shoreline)
Headlights – Market Girl
Grijze Massa – Grijs Gebied
Monster – Gone gone gone
De Colombiaanse Bloedgroep – Denk Tank ft. Blaxtar
Jonathan Fire*Eater – Station Coffee
Eux Autres – The City All To Himself
People Under the Stairs – Anotha’ (BBQ)
Elemental – bleep
fIREHOSE – Sometimes
Wild Beasts – She Purred While I Grrred
Gang of Four – To Hell With Poverty!
Foreign Beggars – 2nd Hand Contraband
Anathallo – Lost Ring Finger
The Faceless – Prison Born
Like a Tim – let’s die together
The Boo Radleys – Lazarus
King Cannibal Badman Near Dark
Death Cab for Cutie – I Will Possess Your Heart
erik b and rakim – Paid In Full
Lukestar – White Shade
The Magnificents – Ring Ring Oo Oo
These Arms Are Snakes – The Blue Rose
Yelle – Je Veux Te Voir (Disco D Remix)
Saves the Day – At Your Funeral
Archons – Obsolete Lifeform
Late of the Pier – Focker
Frightened Rabbit – The Twist
Cats on Fire – Draw In The Reins
Ladytron – Ghosts
STFU – Thriller
Lil’ Wayne – Dr. Carter
Modern Life Is War – First and Ellen
Lykke Li – Little Bit
Headhunter – spyro
88-Keys – Stay Up! (Viagra)
Alan Braxe – Addicted
Gojira – All The Tears
Brendan Benson – Cold Hands (Warm Heart)
Deadmau5 – Clockwork
My Bloody Valentine – Thorn
Q-Tip – Shaka
Depeche Mode – New Life [Remix] Division of Laura Lee – Anytime, Anywhere
School of Language – rockist part 1
Yo Majesty – night raiders
Distance – Koncrete
Show & A.G. – Got The Flava
Lords of the Underground – Funky Child
Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream
Huggy Bear – Herjazz
Death Vessel – Deep In The Horchada
Descendents – Descendents
The Soviettes – (Do) The Stagger
Devo – Be Stiff
IAM – La Saga
Ulrich Schnauss – On My Own
Hello Saferide – X telling me about the loss of
Roots Manuva – C.R.U.F.F. (Prod. By Roots Manuva)
School of Seven Bells – Connjur
Au Revoir Simone – Sad Song
Max Tundra – Orphaned
Sebadoh – On Fire
David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Bamboo Houses
El-P – Tuned Mass Damper
John Carpenter – Halloween Theme
Why? – The Vowels Pt. 2
Kante – Nichts Geht Verloren

Pludtarb Playlist 1 – 7/11/08

Quad Derby

Woohoo! First Pludtarb at the lovely Quad!

Here’s what I played:

John Powell – Main Titles (Bourne Identity)
The Lovin’ Spoonful – Speakin’ Of Spoken
Corisco e os sambaloucos – Balancafro
Camera Obscura – Lloyd, I’m Ready To Be Heartbroken
Astor Piazzolla – 12 Monkeys (Intro Suite)
Backyards Of Our Neighbours – Au Revoir Simone
Ochre – Rem Sleep Research
Norrie Paramor – The Look Of Love
The Fairline Parkway – Eaves
Kinetix – Polychromeset[a] Ladytron – seventeen
LCD Soundsystem – Get Innocuous!
MGMT – Electric Feel (Justice Remix)
El Perro del Mar – Glory To The World
Cougar – Pulse Conditioner
Harris Max – Cool Stepper
Q-Tip – Shaka
Brakes – Sometimes Always
Prefuse 73 – 7th Message
Division of Laura Lee – Anytime, Anywhere
Maybeshewill – Seraphim & Cherubim
STFU – Thriller (Mouth2Mouth Remix)
Weezer – Hash Pipe
Death Cab for Cutie – I Will Possess Your Heart
Atmosphere – The Waitress
The Notwist – day 7
Deep Puddle Dynamics – June 26th, 1999: D. Mothers of Invention
Cycom – Distractions
Chromeo – Needy Girl (Lifelike Remix)
Blues And Snake – You’ve Struck Gold
Don Lusher – Carnaby Chick
John Carpenter – Halloween Theme
Bernard Herrmann – The Day the Earth Stood Still
John Williams – The Empire Strikes Back
Thomas Newman – Dead Already
The Cinematic Orchestra – And Relax!
Why? – Sanddollars
Sufjan Stevens – Chicago
The Arcade Fire – Neighborhood #2 (Laika)
Girl Talk – Shut The Club Down
Late of the Pier – Focker
Lukestar – White Shade
Jake Mandell – Worried Waves
Cats on fire – Draw In The Reins
Agent Simple – Make A Right At Jordfallsmotet
Vapnet – Kalla mig
Komeda – It’s Alright, Baby
Movits – Swing för hyresgästföreningen
Laakso – Dancing Queen
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names – Loop Duplicate My Heart
Billie the vision and the danc – Groovy
Hello Saferide – Anna
Jens Lekman – Black Cab
The Presets – A New Sky
The Decemberists – Sixteen Military Wives
Teenage Fanclub – Mellow Doubt

Bzangy Groink Playlist Bonfire Night ’08

Hello Saferide

Tonight’s best new track was the sublime ‘Anna’ by Hello Saferide. It’s a beautifully sad poem to a child that never was and it’s taken from her lovely 2008 album, ‘More Modern Stories From…’ It’s yet another fantastic album from Sweden, the current top dogs of indiepop.

The Descendents

The best old track was ‘Hope’ by Descendents. RIP Frank Navetta.

This is what you heard:

The Lonelyhearts – Harlequin Bands
Five – Keep On Movin’
Kid – I’ll Never Know
Efterklang – Mirador
HEADPHONES – Natural Disaster
Ochre – Sticklebrick Symphony
Foreign Beggars – 2nd Hand Contraband
canyonsofstatic – Slowly To Sea
Jenny Lewis – Carpetbaggers
Midnight Movies – Just to Play
Cats on fire – Higher Grounds (new)
Les Savy Fav – The Sweat Descends
The Primary 5 – Lost And Confused
Kettel – Palles’s Popsong
Magoo – The Starter’s Gun
Headlights – Market Girl
NOAH23 – Things Get Done (Feat Modulok Of Red Ants)
Ratatat – Mirando
6BLOCC – Warning
These Arms Are Snakes – Big News
M.O. & Brakko – Pluk de Dag
Kill the Client – Consumption Is Intoxication
TV on the Radio – Crying
Does It Offend You, Yeah ? – Let’s Make Out (Extended Mix)
Virus Syndicate – Neva Argue
Misfits – Astro Zombies
Evergreen Terrace – Rip this!
Lukestar – White Shade
Q-Tip – Shaka
STFU – Thriller (Mouth2Mouth Remix)
Descendents – Hope
Death Cab for Cutie – I Will Possess Your Heart
MGMT – Electric Feel (Justice Remix)
King Cannibal – Badman Near Dark (Komonazmuk Remix)
Max Tundra – Orphaned
Hello Saferide – Anna
Drive Like Jehu – Bullet Train To Vegas
Deerhunter – Agoraphobia
Lagwagon – B Side
Lowfish – Engine
Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream
Billie The Vision And The Dancers – Lily From the Middleway Street
Teenage Fanclub – Cells
Late of the Pier – Focker
Terra Firma – Git Down RMX
Chromeo – Needy Girl (Lifelike Remix)
Sylvie – Please Make It Home
M9 – Strange Fruit
Yelle – To Cut A Long Story Short (Vic
Saves the Day – Freakish
Blues And Snake – You’ve Struck Gold
Elemental – bleep
Girl Talk – No Pause
Russian Circles – Harper Lewis
of Montreal – And I’ve Seen A Bloody Shadow
Alan Braxe – Addicted
Why? – The Vowels Pt. 2
Lykke Li – Little Bit
Max Tundra – Will Get Fooled Again
mclusky – Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues
Huoratron – Male Bonding
Fighting With Wire – Everyone Needs A Nemesis
Tuff Crew – Old School Jackin Feat Prime Minister Dope
Maybeshewill – Seraphim & Cherubim
Various Artists – d – Scarecrow – Moonlight
Broken Social Scene – Major Label Debut (Fast)
Johnny Foreigner – Cranes And Cranes And Cranes A
The Presets – A New Sky
Division of Laura Lee – Anytime, Anywhere
Kraftwerk – Computer Liebe

17 US Terrorist Attacks On Pakistan Since September – Media Applauds

US attacks Pakistan

One of the issues most vexing to Pakistan is the ongoing missile strikes by US unmanned Predator drones, or UAVs, into Pakistan’s tribal areas.
Since 1 September, there have been at least 17 of these strikes and, while US officials say al-Qaeda leaders are being successfully targeted, local tribesmen say scores of civilians have been killed.

(Source: BBC News)

Look at the picture at the top of this post, taken from the article I quote above.

Notice anything strange about it?

It shows the result of illegal US bombing of Pakistan, via robot drones. It shows one of many building destroyed in 17 separate such terrorist attacks. And the words under the picture read:

“Damage to civilian life and property is making Pakistan’s leaders uneasy”

Now, imagine a picture of the 7/7 London bombings. Visualise the carnage and imagine a subtitle saying, “Damage to civilian life and property is making Britain’s leaders uneasy.”

Our leaders weren’t “uneasy,” they were, as any sane person would be, angry and outraged. British people were murdered by an act of terror. Our media, rightly, was horrified by the attacks.

But, apparently, when Pakistanis get killed by 17 US missile attacks, that doesn’t warrant the same outrage. Instead, the whole of the article I quote sees the death of innocent Pakistanis as an unfortunate side-effect of the USA’s commendable pursuit of al-Qaeda. The article worries, not about the loss of civilian life but how effective the attacks are!

There is no outrage at the innocent Pakistanis killed by missiles fired by US drone planes. None whatsoever.

Our media is so in the pocket of the US, so in thrall to its holy crusade against whoever-it-pleases that normal morality goes out of the window. And the article hints, without any proof, that Pakistan’s leaders probably secretly okayed the attacks.

So that’s okay then. After all, if our government agreed to let us be bombed and killed by a foreign nation, that would make our deaths totally un-important too, wouldn’t it?

If you think I’m over-reacting, please just do this. Replace the countries in the article and see if it still makes any sense. How about:

“Britain launched 17 missile attacks on rural areas of Ireland, killing scores of civilians. But they were successful in killing two IRA leaders.”

Would that be okay? Would that be as under-reported in the media as these attacks have been?