Troops Out Of Afghanistan Demo, 24/10/09

24/10/2009 13:53
In the rush for the train, I forgot my SLR so I grabbed a few pics on my iPhone, please forgive the fuzziness. Click on the pic to see a gallery.

On Saturday, I travelled down to London to take part in the Troops Out demo (details here).

And amazing demo. It was so moving hearing both the families of dead soldiers and soldiers themselves speak. Soldiers like Lance Corporal Joe Glenton who was risking court martial for speaking out against what he thought was an illegal and immoral occupation.

When the relatives spoke of loved ones they’d lost in Afghanistan, the crowd became eerily quiet. It was horrible, heart-rending testimony of how Bush and Blair’s post-9/11 adventurism has ruined the lives of ordinary people. Whether we’re Afghans, Iraqis, Americans or Britons, none of us is safer, none of us is better off as a result of these new crusades. In fact, it’s probably increased the terror threat or ordinary Westerners.

Just this morning, there’s news of another atrocity in Afghanistan. More lives lost in this unwinnable war.

Bzangy Groink Playlist 21/10/09

People Under The Stairs

The best new track tonight was ‘DQMOT’ by People Under The Stairs. Every album they release is full of gems and I really had a tough time picking one to play tonight. Amazing hip hop, just pure fun and wicked rapping!

The sharp-eyed Groinker might notice a bit more retro electro than I normally play. This is because I was still buzzing from watching the BBC’s ‘Synth Britannia.’ So, there is no one best old tune tonight – it’s every song that made my teenage electropop years fantastic. Thank you, synth kids. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is what you heard:

J. Scrilla & Royalty – Wut Up
Apollo 18 – End
Benny Page & Zero G – pan pipes
In Defence – Don’t Call Me A Moshist
Alphabetix – Bounce
The Elephants – Take it!
Mesmer – Some Disney Scene
Kool Shen – Salope.Com
Rustie – Bad Science
The Orphan, The Poet – Archetype
Spearmint – sweeping the nation
Bound By Honor – Word Play
Black Flag – 08-police story
Trash80 – Icarus
Bury Tomorrow – You & I
The Normal – Warm Leatherette
Los Campesinos! – Drop It Doe Eyes
Cormega – Make It Clear (Prod. By DJ Premier)
fun. – Benson Hedges
Get Up Kids – How Long Is Too Long
Pinch – attack of the giant killer robot spiders!
Converge – Cutter
Exlovers – Photobooth
J-Diggs – Code of Da Streets (Ft. Big Rich and Misstory)
Vitalic – Terminateur Benelux
War from a Harlots Mouth – No High Five For C.oward
Jens Lekman – I Saw Her In The Anti War Demonstration
People Under the Stairs – DQMOT
GusGus – Hateful
Blessthefall – Hey Baby, Here’s That Song You Wanted
Princeton – Shout It Out
Jern Eye (Lunar Heights) – So and So Ft. Guilty Simpson
Human League – Being Boiled (Being Boiled 7in 1978)
Arise Horror – The Descent
The Darling Buds – Shame on You
Jap Adaptors – I Am An Ant
U-God – Stomp Da Roach
Austrian Death Machine – Come On, Do It, Do It, Come On, Come On, Kill Me, Do It Now
Pretty Girls Make Graves – Sad Girls
The National – Blank Slate
The Bloody Beetroots – Awesome
The Holly Springs Disaster – I D.A.R.E. David Bowie To Drive Drunk
Dananananaykroyd – Watch This!
LMFAO – I’m in Miami Bitch
Frightened Rabbit – The Modern Leper
Tarkan – Kiss Kiss
HORSE the band – Between The Trees
Matre – Defrost Ft. Esto Es Eso
Rilo Kiley – the absence of god
LCD Soundsystem – Get Innocuous!
Mew – Repeaterbeater
Yeti Lane – Lonesome George
Every Time I Die – After One Quarter Of A Revolution
Horrorshow – Inside Story
The James Taylor Quartet – Theme from Starsky and Hutch
Wreck Of The Minotaur – Big Money Stella
The Joy Formidable – Cradle
Benga – technocal
All – Problematic
Del The Funky Homosapien & Tame One – Specifics
Good Clean Fun – A Little Bit Emo, A Little Bit
Belle and Sebastian – It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career
The Hidden Cameras – Kingdom Come
Wilco – Wilco (The Song)
The Divine Comedy – Songs of Love

A True Hero


Lance Corporal Joe Glenton, who is facing a court martial because he refuses to return to fight in Afghanistan, will defy military orders from his commanding officer and join the 24 October demonstration. “I am marching to send a message to Gordon Brown. Instead of sending more troops, he must bring them all home. Iโ€™m proud to be marching again – this time with Stop the War.”


And that’s another reason I’m marching tomorrow, to support brave men like this.

24th Oct

Read more about tomorrow’s demo here.

And if you’re there and see me, come and say hello! ๐Ÿ™‚

Bzangy Groink Playlist 7/10/09

In Defence
The best new song tonight was ‘Straight Edge Hangover’ by the chaps above, In Defence. A lovely dollop of new (but old-skool-sounding) sXe hardcore, it slotted in nicely towards the end of my set when I had a need for some straight-edge shoutiness. Probably because I’ve been getting so much shit for choosing to be edge lately. *sigh*

In Defence are on tour at the mo, go and catch them as they sound like they’d be great fun live. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Promise Ring
And on more of a true old-skool emo tip, The Promise Ring‘s sunny ‘Skips A Beat Over You’ was tonight’s best old track. For you modern, fringe-flinging emo kids, check out some emo from the days before autotune and shit drum machine programming…

This is what I played:

Woolfy – That Lady
Little Red – It’s Alright
Bound By Honor – Word Play
Strawberry Fair – I Can’t Do Anything
Apollo 18 – End
Matthew Rozeik – Five Easy Steps
Akir – Politricks
Twin Atlantic – Old Grey Face
Rustie – Bad Science
Arise Horror – The Descent
Goto80 – Spill
Dananananaykroyd – Watch This!
anti-pop consortium – Shine
Refused – the shape of punk to come
The Bloody Beetroots – Awesome
Band of Horses – The First Song
HORSE the band – Between The Trees
Debaser – The Crown Fits
Those Dancing Days – Those Dancing Days
LMFAO – I Am Not A Whore
Burning Hearts – I Walked Among The Trees
Shinobu Tanaka, Kenta Nagata – Mario Kart Main Theme
Michael Hunter – Soviet Connection (Theme from Grand Theft Auto IV)
Frightened Rabbit – The Twist
August Burns Red – Rationalist
Trash80 – Icarus
Bombay Bicycle Club – Magnet
The Knife – Silent Shout
Nine high – Life Pt 3 (Prod. Ghosttown)
Austrian Death Machine – Come On, Do It, Do It, Come On, Come On, Kill Me, Do It Now
Djedjotronic – james
Taking Back Sunday – Sink Into Me
Saves the Day – Certain Tragedy
iTAL tEK – Tokyo Freeze
The Answering Machine – Obviously Cold
Evergreen Terrace – Rip this!
Beat Happening – Hot Chocolate Boy
Micachu – Golden Phone
WHY? – Sanddollars
Headstrong Company – Long Time Comng
The Cars – Just What I Needed
La Casa Azul – En noches como la de hoy
Wienzeile – nur ein gruss
Loney, Dear – Airport Surroundings
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Kurt Cobain’s Cardigan
Tiga – shoes mr oizo remix)
Grayskul – Mod Volatile
The Hidden Cameras – Kingdom Come
A Place to Bury Strangers – It Is Nothing
Freeland – Best Fish Tacos In Ensenda
The Fall of Troy – Straight-Jacket Keelhauled
The Elephants – Take it!
Sapient – Famine
The Holly Springs Disaster – I D.A.R.E. David Bowie To Drive Drunk
Cable – God gave me gravity
Half Hearted Hero – Colder Weather
Headlights – Secrets
Kings of Convenience – Peacetime Resistance
Deerhoof – Chandelier Searchlight
Jens Lekman – You Are the Light
Adebisi Shank – Jump Cut
The Ettes – Take It with You
Promise Ring – Skips A Beat (Over You)
Good Clean Fun – Ex-Straight Edge Ex
In Defence – Straight-Edge Hangover
Minor Threat – Filler
Casey Jones – Know This X
Youth of Today – Wake Up And Live
God Help The Girl – Funny Little Frog
Randy Newman – Ragtime