Earth Hour 2009

Earth Hour 2009

Tonight, I took part in Earth Hour 2009:

This year, Earth Hour has been transformed into the worldโ€™s first global election, between Earth and global warming.
For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote โ€“ Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF are urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.
This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.
(Source: Earth Hour)

Nicely coinciding with this week’s G20 summit. It might be nice to thrown some billions at eco problems and development of new, clean tech instead of it all going to bail out capitalism.

Ah well, you can always dream!

(Click the pic for a little gallery I took in the dark hour tonight.)

Bzangy Groink Playlist 25/3/09

Canadian Invasion

The best new track at this week’s Bzangy was the superb ‘Standing On The Shoulders Of The Carcass Of John Mayer’ by Canadian Invasion. Who, of course, aren’t a Canadian band at all, they appear to be from Philadelphia. On their MySpace, they say they sound like Wilco, Spoon, The National and a host of other melodic indie rockers. That’s all true but the glaring omission is the band they sound most like: Teenage Fanclub. If you like all those bands, you should definitely check out their album, ‘Three Cheers For The Invisible Hand.’ It’s going to be one of my top indiepop albums of this year. It’s overflowing with catchy songs.

‘John Mayer’ is a fantastically hooky song – and you can download it for free by clicking here! Thanks, Canadian Invasion!

Red Kross

The best old track was ‘Jimmy’s Fantasy’ by Redd Kross. Damn, I haven’t played this track for years. It used to be a Blue Note staple, way back when. And it still rocks now. Great song! Extra cred points if you know how they’re linked to another band in the playlist below ๐Ÿ˜‰

This is what I played:

Martyn – velvet
Lykke Li – Little Bit
Crystal F – Sekundenschlaf
Division of Laura Lee – Anytime, Anywhere
Joker – Digidesign
Mastodon – Cut You Up With A Linoleum Knife
Brotherman – The Problem
Ladytron – Ghosts
A Tribe Called Quest – Bonita Applebum
The Sugars – Gossip
Factor Feat Ceschi – Pray
billy the kill – Flying Fire
Shins – Fighting In A Sack
Its A Buffalo – Marbles
The Pharcyde – Runnin’
Red I Flight – Lesson 34
The Juan Maclean – No Time
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Young Adult Friction
Verbal Kent & Kaz One – Faith (Feat. Braille)
Loney, Dear – Airport Surroundings
Bad Religion – Kyoto Now!
LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends
Evergreen Terrace – Rip this!
The Wake – Crush The Flowers
Cardopusher – Show Me Your Pussy Massive
121 Crew – Stop it
Canadian Invasion – Standing On The Shoulders Of The Carcass Of John Mayer
Sky Larkin – Beeline
Mistabishi – Printer Jam
The Phormula – Who I Am
Brakes – Hey Hey
Hard Corps – Je Suis Passรฉ
Hello Saferide – Anna
Eric B. & Rakim – Know The Ledge
The Muslims – Nightlife
Skream – percression
Shortlived – I, Terrorist
800beloved – Mortgage Your Organs
The West Indies – Scratch The Surface
The Joy Formidable – Cradle
Art Brut – Formed a Band
Deadmau5 – Ghosts N Stuff
Redd Kross – Jimmy’s Fantasy
The Smashing Pumpkins – 1979
Dadamnphreaknoizphunk – rhyme bomb part 2 (feat. blade)
Minor Threat – Straight edge
Circle Jerks – Deny Everything
Refused – Summerholidays Vs. Punkroutine
The Martial Arts – Duality
Zombie Nation – Worth It Pt
Sleater-Kinney – words and guitar
Screaming Lights – Glow
Beirut – Elephant Gun
Au Revoir Simone – Hurricanes
The Bombettes – Eyecandy
Saves the Day – Freakish
Taking Back Sunday – Cute Without The "E"
MF DOOM – Paper Planes (Freestyle)
The Submarines – Xavia (Styrofoam Remix)
Sea Wolf – You’re A Wolf
The Human League – The Sound Of The Crowd
Depeche Mode – New Life
Sufjan Stevens – Chicago

Sound On Sound Cover Feature Wot I Wrote

Jyoti's Modular

I’m very chuffed that I wrote the cover feature for this month’s issue of Sound On Sound, the best recording magazine in the world.

My article is about how I went from being scared of modular synthesizers to finally buying my own. You can check out an excerpt by clicking here.

My modular is the most fun bit of kit that I own. I wish I’d bought one years ago!

Paired Example Of Media Bias: NORTH KOREA = EVIL, USA = GOOD

Korea = EVIL, USA = GOOD

North Korean soldiers have detained two female US journalists, according to media reports.

The reporters were arrested on Tuesday near a river on North Korea’s border with China, according to South Korean TV and newspaper reports.

The journalists had apparently ignored warnings to stop filming in the area.
(Source: BBC News)

Okay, let’s start with the obvious point:

If two people were filming in the London or Washington and were asked by the police to stop and refused, they’d be arrested as terrorists. We are no more free or open than the “secretive state” (as the BBC article calls it) of North Korea.

In fact, knowing our police, these reporters should be happy they’ve not been shot in the head seven times with no warning being issued.

Then, notice how when North Korea holds *two* US citizens on security grounds, that’s big news…

… but when the US kidnaps, imprisons and tortures hundreds of innocent people in Guantanamo – that isn’t newsworthy. Gordon Brown makes no comments even when they’re British residents. Oh, actually we do help – we send our secret services to help out torturing the innocent captives.

Let’s see if this is all over the telly tonight. That’ll be the final proof of how in the pocket of the US our mass media is.

Meanwhile, seemingly every day, the USA launches terrorist attacks on Pakistan, killing scores of civilians and our media says nothing…