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. 🙂

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