Mojo ain’t no Dick!
Mojo ain’t no Dick!
Laurie Anderson has always been interesting to me. I wonder what she has to say now that it is 2011?
Sometimes I run across things on the internet that need to shared with other people. Today’s case in point: a poet named Benjamin Zephaniah that lives in London, England. I share this because his words resonated such truth when I first listened to them this weekend. He articulates things I’ve thought to myself better than I might ever be able to do. I’d never heard of Benjamin before the other day when I heard him reciting his poem “Rong Radio” on a radio show called “New World Notes” in an episode called “The Unheard Voice of the Majority”. This episode is all about how the media, corporations, politicians and the elites don’t want people to realize that folks on both the left and right have more in common with each other than they would ever want to believe or recognize, and that is just fine with the powers that be. Check out the video for “Rong Radio” by Zephaniah, made in 2006. So many good little sound bites in there and memes within it, and so outspoken! I kind of like the radio show version better, which was recorded in the back of a taxi, and doesn’t have the beats and music in the background, just street noise. Turns out he’s written a few books and plays, put out a few albums, has received honorary doctorates from numerous universities and has quite an extensive website at http://www.benjaminzephaniah.com. So I just bought his cd “Naked” online
misses out on the lower price tickets. Happy Valentines Day Lovers! Case in point… I hesitated to buy my tickets to the 2010 Beloved Festival on Friday when they went on sale.
The price Friday was $108 (single ticket) for the four day festival, but I didn’t think that I needed to buy right that instant. Wrong! When I looked today the price is now $144!!! Darn, missed the lowest tier again! Oh well. The month of August is just about booked for me now. And the tickets made a really nice Valentines Day present too
Last year’s Beloved was one of the best festival experiences I have had in a very long time. The coastal forest setting in the hills just West of Waldport, Or was wonderfully calm and comfortable for this Northwesterner. It almost made tears come to my eyes when I thought about how much easier to survive it was in the forest compared to the desert of Burning Man. Fog instead of windy, dusty whiteouts – what a concept! And not a single stumbling drunk in the bunch to bother anyone as you might have had at a more rawkish festival such as Coachella or Sasquatch. The intent of creating a sacred event in which people could share the beauty of living on this wondrous planet really shined – from the booking of the talent (so tasty and juicy!), to the sound and light crew who kept things clear throughout, to the workshops, to even the choice of food vendors and the portable sauna and shower company that provided the space to go get squeaky clean. All my interactions with festival staff was amazingly positive considering the workload that was thrust upon them as camping and parking space rapidly dwindled. I’ve already gushed about Beloved on this website earlier – please check out the short excerpt of the Beats Antique performance I video recorded here. One of these days I will get around to posting some of the photos I took at last summer’s Beloved.
Hop yer hippy hips over and grab this before Ringo shuts down the tubes to this one.
How long do you think the Beatles can last?
The Premiere Issue of Harmonics Dissidents Magazine is now available on the web. Please visit the site and check it out!
I just LOVE The Yard Dogs Roadshow. Why? Because they are lovable! And cute.
Hailing from good ol’ San Francisco, California, they have one of the best nouveau-vaudevillian shows on the planet. Basically rock stars in that milieu actually. Talented musicians, burlesque dancers, magicians, fire eaters, sword swallowers, accordian players that tap dance upside-down, who name it! And stylish? They got the whole steam-punk ethic and look down pat. Of course, none of that is evident from this video. Did I mention they are contrarians of a sort?
“Lucky Day” was produced 7 months ago and is presented here now for your pleasure. Forget about all the wars and health care debates going on right now and simply enjoy this little piece of sunshine for a nice, lazy, hot August day!
Happy Summer Y’all!!! Here’s a new release that will keep you feeling sunny by Brooklyn music artist/producer/dj extraordinaire Nickodemus. His website is here and his new album is named Sun People. I just love the way he blends the latin beats with the afrobeats with the reggae beats with the balkan beats with the arabic beats with the tropical beats ad infinitum.