Lost links & Re-ups

On any post, if the link is no longer good, leave a comment if you want the music re-uploaded. As long as I still have the file, or the record, cd, or cassette to re-rip, I will gladly accommodate in a timely manner all such requests.

Slinging tuneage like some fried or otherwise soused short-order cook

28 December 2015

Final F For 2015

The Fatima Mansions – The Loyaliser CD single, Kitchenware Records SKCD67, 1994
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Tracklist –

The Loyaliser
Gary Numan’s Porsche
Arnie’s Five
Into Thinner Air with The Loyaliser (Juno Reactor mix)

Feliz año nuevo,

23 December 2015

Back to Alphabet City

Got both Fad Gadget & Frank Tovey under F, so let's go.

Francis John (Frank) Tovey is Fad Gadget.

He was an early practitioner in the melding of New Wave & Industrial into skewed pop songs filled with his black-humor lyrics regarding dehumanization in the modern Industrial age & the mass media's enslavement of modern society.

Fad Gadget's music was synth-driven but augmented by the sounds of electrical appliances such as electric drills or razors. The vocals were satirically deadpan.

Fad Gadget was the first artist to sign to Daniel Miller's Mute Records. "Back to Nature" was recorded as the second Mute Records release at RMS Studio in London.

Side A –
Back to Nature

Side B –
The Box

"Back to Nature" was a great success for Mute Records so the follow-up record titled "Ricky's Hand" was recorded. The recording included Tovey's wife, Barbara, singing a vocal part near the end of the recording; the vocal part is then mixed with a synthesiser part into the outro of the song.

Side A –
Ricky’s Hand

Side B –

By the time Frank/Fad recorded the album Fireside Favourites at Blackwing Studios, he had decided to record the album without Daniel Miller's assistance. He wanted the final say to be his alone. Tovey recorded two more albums for Mute at Blackwing, Incontinent & Under the Flag. During the recording of Under the Flag Frank began using a Roland MC-4 Microcomposer. This made it easier for him to create a more controlled style of music. This style was carried on with the recording of the album Gag.

The recording of Gag was a change of direction for Tovey. It was the first time he used a band of musicians to record an album. Before he had recorded most of the musical parts himself. He also moved the recording from London to Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin. This recording included many acoustic instruments (like Joni Sackett – viola & David Simmonds – keyboards). Frank had utilized synthesisers before they were fashionable, now he moved away from electronic instrumentation which was the trend at the time. At this same time, Einstürzende Neubauten played a show with Fad Gadget at The Loft in Berlin & Tovey was moved by the use of heavy machinery for percussion. He had heard a large printing press nearby & got recording engineer Gareth Jones to record it. This was looped & would become the basis for "Collapsing New People".

Here Fad Gadget was assisted by: David Rodgers – guitar, double bass, & bass synthesizer; David Simmonds – piano, synthesizer, organ, celesta, bottles, & marimba; Joni Sackett – vocals & viola with additional vocal chores by Tovey’s wife Barbara Frost & daughter Morgan Tovey-Frost as well as guitars by Rowland S. Howard.

Fad Gadget – Gag, Mute STUMM 15, 1984.
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Side 1 –
Ideal World (featuring Rowland S Howard – guitar)
Collapsing New People
Sleep (featuring Morgan Tovey-Frost – baby vocals)
Stand Up
Speak to Me

Side 2 –
One Man’s Meat
The Ring
Ad Nauseam (featuring Rowland S Howard – guitar)

After recording Gag, Tovey began recording under his own name, Frank Tovey. In 1986 he released Snakes & Ladders. The dancefloor success of the Fad Gadget single "Collapsing New People" led to the song's inclusion on both the U.S. & Canadian versions of Snakes & Ladders as it was the first Frank Tovey or Fad Gadget album released in North America. This special edition French version includes a free limited issue 12" maxi EP with songs selected from all four previous Fad Gadget albums.

Frank Tovey – Snakes & Ladders w/bonus 4-song 12" 45, Mute STUMM 23, 1986.

Face A –
The Cutting Edge
Snakes & Ladders
The Cutting Edge (reprise)
Shot in the Dark

Face B –
Small World
Luddite Joe

Maxi Face A –
Coitus Interruptus
Innocent Bystander

Maxi Face B –
Sheep Look Up
Ideal World

In 2001, Tovey resurrected his old pseudonym to support his former colleagues & Mute label-mates, Depeche Mode on their Exciter tour. Tovey suffered from heart problems since his childhood & died of a heart attack on April 3, 2002 at the age of 45. He was working on a new album at the time of his death.


13 December 2015

Space Dub - Zither Style

This gem came out the same year as Audio Active’s On-U Sound release Happy Happer.

Here Audio Active are Taki 244 (Tsuyoshi Taki), 2 DD (Daisuke Omura), Masa the Al-Tamyran (Masa Osada), & Nanao (Shigemoto Nanao), on this outing joining zither great Laraaji Nanananda (Edward Larry Gordon).

Audio Active & Laraaji – The Way Out is the Way In, All Saints ASCD26, 1995.
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Tracklist –
New Laughter Mode (the Way In)
Music & Cosmic (Feel Yourself) w/Bill Nelson - guitar
Think Cosmically
How Time Flies (when You’re Having None)
Space Visitors for Tea-That Lump on Your Head
Hither & Zither
Blooper’s Dance Floor
New Laughter Mode (the Way Out)


12 December 2015

& Now for Somethin’ Completely Different

Here is Man Klan's only LP, released in 1987. Their output consists of two 12" EPs  released in 1985, this LP, & a 12" single of  "Wanting & Waiting". They were from Stockholm, Sweden although this particular LP was released on the UK label Wire. Some good female-fronted punky Goth grooves in the vein of Devils era Concrete Blonde or 4ADs X-Mal Deustchland.

Man Klan was started by Carita Palmroos – vocals & Jacki Pazda/Huberhoff – bass with Jens Lansman – guitar; & Johan Bomberg – drums on this release.

Man Klan- Flesh Machine, Wire Records WRLP007, 1987.
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Side A –

Wanting & Waiting
Love for Pleasure
No Time for Mercy

Side B –

Getting Closer
Flesh Machine
Love Child


06 December 2015

Today's E is You, Gene

Eugene McDaniels, 70s revolutionary radical & all-around heavy cat, was once Gene McDaniels, mellow soul singer & #1 contender for the Black Scott Walker title. Here's a pair of doozies from the mid-60s Genester.

Gene McDaniels – The Facts of Life from Sometimes I'm Happy Sometimes I'm Blue LP, 
Liberty 7175, 1960.


Gene McDaniels – (There goes) The Forgotten Man single side B, Liberty F 55752, 1964.

Leap ahead to 1970: Here’s a Bible-toting, denim-clad McDaniels on the grainy, guerilla-styled cover shot for Outlaw accompanied by then-wife Ramona, outfitted in ammo-belt & Angela Davis afro, & a grim-faced feminist Susan James with a semi-automatic.  Like many other of us from that era, something BIG had happened to Eugene McDaniels between 1965 & 1970 that transformed him from Gene McDaniels to "Eugene McDaniels the Left Rev. Mc D". This is a back-to-the-country rock album in many places, but the funky soul shines through strongly, especially on tracks like "Reverend Lee". McDaniels recorded Outlaw with a rock/jazz band that featured legendary Miles Davis alum jazz bassist Ron Carter & ubiquitous 70s session guitarist Hugh McCracken. The group fleshed out the Rev's hippie-folk-funky dreams with smooth style. The band is largely responsible for the record’s pure cohesiveness, as they bring McDaniels disparate elements together into one of the most powerfully lasting statements of post-Aquarian Age culture.

"Under conditions of national emergency, like now, there are only two kinds of people – those who work for freedom and those who do not." -Mc D.

Eugene McDaniels – Outlaw, Atlantic SD 8259, 1970.
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Side One –

Sagittarius Red
Welfare City
Silent Majority
Love Letter to America

Side Two –

Unspoken Dreams of Light
Reverend Lee
Black Boy

Outlaw's follow-up, 1971s Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse cover superimposes McDaniels' screaming face on a painting of a samurai battle scene. This release features a more jazz-inflected moodiness than Outlaw. While much of Outlaw was countrified blues, casually arranged, Headless Heroes is a much tougher, tighter, & more adventurous outing. With a distinctive two-bass attack supplied by the tag-team of prog hero Miroslav Vitous on acoustic & Gary King electric, HHotA is largely the work of seasoned jazzmen essaying early 70s funk.

Vice President Spiro Agnew allegedly called Atlantic to issue a verbal cease-&-desist order upon the release of Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse. Altantic pulled support for & finally sales of the album, though they cited "poor sales numbers".

Side One –

The Lord is Back
Jagger the Dagger
Lovin’ Man
Headless Heroes
Susan Jane

Side Two –

Freedom Death Dance
Supermarket Blues
The Parasite (for Buffy)

In 1975, Gene (once more) McDaniels released Natural Juices. Here McDaniels delivers his by-now perfected blend of Soul/Funk combined with his exceptional songwriting abilities.

Gene McDaniels – Natural Juices, Ode Records SP 77028, 1975.

Side 1 –

Feel like Makin' Love
Lady Fair
Natural Juices
Can't Get Enough of You

Side 2 –

Shell of a Man
Dream of You & Me
Honey Can You Know
The Perfect Dream

But just before he became a true Outlaw, McDaniels handled the vocal duties on my favorite Bobby Hutcherson release, Blue Notes's Now! from 1969. Here is that sometimes neglected gem. If you've come along this far with Eu/Gene, you should really enjoy this (I added some alternate takes as a bonus).

Bobby's band members: Bobby Hutcherson – vibraphone & marimba; Harold Land - tenor saxophone; Kenny Barron & George Cables – piano; Wally Richardson – guitar; Herbie Lewis & James Leary – bass; Joe Chambers & Eddie Marshall – drums; Candido Camero – congas; Gene McDaniels – vocals; Hilda Harris, Albertine M. Robinson, Christine Spencer, Eileen Gilbert, & Maeretha Stewart - backing vocals; Stanley Cowell – piano & electric piano; Manny Boyd - tenor & soprano saxophone; & Bobbye Hall Porter – percussion.

Bobby Hutcherson – Now!, Blue Note BST 84333, 1969.

Side One –

Slow Change
Hello to the Wind

Side Two –

The Creators
Black Heroes

+ bonus tracks –

Slow Change II
Now! II
Hello to the Wind (live)
Now! (reprise)


04 December 2015

Guns Might not Kill People (???) but the ASSHOLE Squeezing the Trigger Sure Does

Here is the very sad truth: it is very difficult for the American people to keep up with the mass shootings we seem to see every day in the news. Yesterday, San Bernardino. Last week, Colorado Springs. Last month, Colorado Springs again. Newtown, Aurora, Tucson, Isla Vista, Virginia Tech, Navy Yard, Roseburg, and far too many others.

The crisis of gun violence has reached epidemic levels in this country to the point that we are averaging more than one mass shooting per day. Now, I am going to tell you something that most candidates wouldn’t say: I am not sure there is a magical answer to how we end gun violence in America. But I do know that while thoughts and prayers are important, they are insufficient and it is long past time for action.

That’s why I want to talk to you today about a few concrete actions we should take as a country that will save lives.

1. We can expand background checks to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the dangerously mentally ill. This is an idea that over 80% of Americans agree with, even a majority of gun owners.

2. & 3. We can renew the assault weapons ban and end the sale of high capacity magazines — military-style tools created for the purpose of killing people as efficiently as possible.

4. Since 2004, over 2,000 people on the FBI’s terrorist watch list have legally purchased guns in the United States. Let’s close the “terror gap” and make sure known foreign and domestic terrorists are included on prohibited purchaser lists.

5. We can close loopholes in our laws that allow perpetrators of stalking and dating violence to buy guns. In the United States, the intended targets of a majority of our mass shootings are intimate partners or family members, and over 60% of victims are women and children. Indeed, a woman is five times more likely to die in a domestic violence incident when a gun is present.

6. We should close the loophole that allows prohibited purchasers to buy a gun without a completed background check after a three-day waiting period expires. Earlier this year, Dylann Roof shot and killed nine of our fellow Americans while they prayed in a historic church, simply because of the color of their skin. This act of terror was possible because of loopholes in our background check laws. Congress should act to ensure the standard for ALL gun purchases is a completed background check. No check — no sale.

7. It’s time to pass federal gun trafficking laws. I support Kirsten Gillibrand’s Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking & Crime Prevention Act of 2015, which would “make gun trafficking a federal crime and provide tools to law enforcement to get illegal guns off the streets and away from criminal networks and street gangs.”

8. It’s time to strengthen penalties for straw purchasers who buy guns from licensed dealers on behalf of a prohibited purchaser.

9. We must authorize resources for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study and research the causes and effects of gun violence in the United States of America.

10. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are over 21,000 firearm suicides every year in the United States. It’s time we expand and improve our mental health capabilities in this country so that people who need care can get care when they need it, regardless of their level of income.

Earlier today, the U.S. Senate voted against non-binding legislation to expand background checks, close the “terror gap,” and improve our mental health systems. I voted for all three, although each of them came up short.

They failed for the same reason the bipartisan Manchin-Toomey legislation failed in 2013, just months after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School: because of the financial political power of a gun lobby that has bought candidates and elections for the better part of the last several decades.

In 2014 alone, the gun lobby spent over $30 million on political advertising and lobbying to influence legislators in Congress and state capitals across the country. And just last month, it was reported that the Koch brothers made a $5 million contribution to the NRA.

Americans of all political stripes agree. It's time to address the all too common scene of our neighbors being killed. It's time to pass a common sense package of gun safety legislation.

With your help, that's what we’ll do when I’m president.

In solidarity,
Bernie Sanders

03 December 2015

Death of a Dog

Back in August I decided to start going through a folder I have called “Musick that Needs Work” (cleaning up the sound, fixing the tags, getting the art work, whatever).

I’d made it through the Ds (Dakila, Darshan Ambient, & Dot Allison) before I drifted off into Dub & harvest & krazy kat adventures. Think I’ll venture back to that dreaded folderland (it was helping me straighten out messes that I’ve left too long undone) until the end of the year (or until life once more distracts me).

Brought to you by the letter E & pertinent to out dismal times…

Ennio Morricone’s soundtrack to White Dog. White Dog is a 1982 film directed by famous cult filmmaker Samuel Fuller. The film depicts the struggle of a dog trainer named Keys (played by the great Paul Winfield) trying to retrain a stray dog found by a young actress (a ‘young actress’ Kristy McNichol), that is a "white dog", that is, a dog trained by racists to viciously attack any black person. Fuller uses the film as a platform to deliver an anti-racist message as it examines the question of whether racism is a treatable problem or an incurable condition.

The film takes a hard look at racism. Fuller's uses melodrama & metaphors to present his argument. The film’s disheartening ending makes its point that while racism is learned, it cannot be cured. Many critics have questioned the film's lack of release in the United States when it was completed in 1982 (Paramount Pictures feared “negative press”) & have applauded its belated release (2008) by Criterion.

Included is a 16 page booklet that delves deeply into the whole production-process fiascos & Fuller’s frustration with Hollywood.

Ennio Morricone – White Dog soundtrack, FSM Vol. 13 No. 3, 2010.
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Tracklist –
Main Title
Sick Dog
Death of a Dog
Walking Dog
Dog’s Escape
Saving Cops
Chasing Rabbits
Dog Pound – The Girl’s Thought
Sweeper Attack
Dog’s Return
Stewardess Surprise
Untitled 3M3
Certainties & Uncertainties of the Dog
Cure or Kill – Dog’s Escape
Protected Attack
Sorrowful Julie
Cage Escape
Attack #2
After the Murder
White Dog
White Dog 2
Absent-mindedly from a Radio far Away
The Girl & her Problems
Cured Canine
Attempts at Fidelity
Death of a Dog – End Credits

Bonus tracks
Second Theme: The Girl & the Dog
Guitar Venizia
After the Murder (alternate)
Absent-mindedly from a Radio far Away (source music)
Lamb Bone Muzak
Inside the Church
Death of a Dog (part 1)
Death of a Dog (part 2 – album track)

Enjoy while we can,

28 November 2015

Yes it is Bless

Dub Syndicate - Pure Thrillseekers is essentially a collection of previously released Dub Syndicate material from the Europe-based Lion & Roots label (much of it familiar to No Bed of Roses & Acres of Space owners, listeners, or followers).

Dub Syndicate – Pure Thrillseekers, Shanachie 45062, 2005.
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Tracklist –

Tricks (vocals by Cornell Campbell)
Weeping Eyes (vocals by Gregory Isaacs)
Breath of Fresh Air
Guns & Cocaine Crime (vocals by Jah Bless)
One in a Billion (vocals by Luciano)
Private Dub
Kingston 14 (vocals by Gregory Isaacs)
Time Dub
Ready for the World (vocals by Moses)
God is a Man (vocals by Junior Reid)
Yes it is Bless (vocals by Little David)
Sound Clash (extended)

bonus tracks –
Time (live)
Time (version)

Live on, Style!

26 November 2015

Delayed Impact

Massive Dub from Clive Chin recorded at Randy’s Studio 17 North Parade Kingston Jamaica between 1972 & 1975 with all the heavy hitters: Bertram "Ranchie" McLean, Karl Pitterson, Mikey Chung, & Tarzan Nelson – guitar; Ansel Collins – keyboards & melodica; Augustus Pablo, Earl "Wire" Lindo, Robbie Lyn, & Tyrone Downie – keyboards; Tommy McCook – tenor saxophone; Vin Gordon – trombone; "Chicago" Steve – harmonica; Aston "Family Man" Barrett, Lloyd Parks, & Val Douglas – bass; Eric Lamont – percussion; & Carlton Barrett, Mikey "Boo" Richards, & Sly Dunbar – drums.

Impact All Stars – Forward the Bass: Dub from Randy’s 1972-1975,
Blood & Fire BAFLP 022, 1998.
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Side One –
Ordinary Version Chapter 3
Extraordinary Version
Wire Dub
Shining Dub
Easy Come Dub

Side Two –
Dubwise Situation
Last of the Jestering
Oh Jah Dub
Sabotage Dub
S-Corner Dub
Just Another Dub
Upbeat Version
Verdict in Dub


Deadly Dreams

Various – The Men with the Deadly Dreams cassette, White Stains Tapes werk 002, 1981.

Side A –
Christopher R. Watson – News Cut-up 2/5/81
Rema Rema – Why ask why?
Eyeless in Gaza – Pale saints
Culturcide – Land of Birds
Side B –
Chris Carter – Climbing
Rema Rema – Christopher
A House – Words From a Radio
Richard H. Kirk – Powermad
M. A. Peacock – Voices


11 November 2015

If You Can't Afford to Take Care of Veterans You Can't Afford to Fight a War.

If you watched last night’s debate, there was a lot of talk about war in places like Iraq and Syria, but very little about how to care for the men and women who serve after they return home.
Today is Veterans Day — a fact that went unmentioned during the Republican debate. And that’s important, because the truth is that while planes and tanks and guns are a cost of war, so too is taking care of the service members who use those weapons and fight our battles.

Last year, as chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I authored and passed the most comprehensive veterans’ legislation in decades, reaching across the aisle to team up with Sen. John McCain. Amid reports of unacceptable wait times and calls to dangerously privatize veterans health care, we actually authorized funding for 27 new medical facilities and hired more doctors and nurses to care for the surging number of veterans returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

After two wars over 14 years, never before have so few been asked to do so much for our country. I voted against the Iraq War, which I think will go down as one of the worst foreign policy blunders we have ever seen, but I have never wavered from my commitment to caring for the women and men who served, and continue to serve, in that conflict.

You may not have heard much about it from the Republican candidates last night, but how we care for our veterans is going to be a central issue this election. The Koch-connected Concerned Veterans for America is prepared to spend untold millions of dollars supporting the privatization of veterans’ health care. And almost every Republican candidate running for president supports their plan to place the profits of private corporations over the promise made to our veterans.

I believe we should take a different approach — that we should stand with the majority of veterans who believe we should continue strengthening the VA. Now I want to know that you’re with us.

This issue is very important to me and it’s why I am so happy to receive so many letters from veterans who appreciate my work on their behalf.

People like Hilary from Polk County, Iowa who wrote to our campaign saying, “Bernie Sanders is the only candidate with a track record of fighting for veterans and veterans' rights. I know as president he won't send my brothers and sisters in arms into needless wars and for those that have served our country, he will ensure that they have access to the benefits and health care they earned through their service.”

And Peter from San Diego, “Retired Navy. Like [Bernie’s] stand on taking care of veterans. If you can't afford to take care of veterans you can't afford to fight a war.”

And also Jack from Massachusetts, “I'm a disabled Marine combat veteran, Bernie has always supported veterans with deeds and not just hot air. I'd love to have a President like that.”

I will always fight for Hilary, Peter, and Jack. And if we all stand together, we can protect and strengthen the care we provide for everyone who has served our country.

The United States has spent trillions of dollars sending our young men and women to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. Surely we can come together to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs has the resources needed to care for them when they return.

In solidarity,
Bernie Sanders

10 November 2015

Bright Star

My friend Jonder said it best:

"It was nice of Bernie Sanders to fill in as a guest blogger while Farmer Nathan was busy toiling in the fields."

I am deeply indebted to Senator Sanders, but he doesn't post enough musick. Let's start to fix that right now.

Tenor Saw (Clive Bright) was a Prince of Jamaican Dancehall. He is hailed as one of the most influential singers of the Jamaican digital era of the mid 80s.

In August 1988 he was killed by a motor vehicle in Houston, Texas. The official cause of death was listed as a hit & run accident. Many of those who knew him insisted that he was murdered. He was only 21 years old.

I like dancehall style well enough, but around here we favor Dub. Here's a compilation of Tenor Saw Dubwise.

Tenor Saw - In Dub, various sources, 1985.
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Tracklist -

Lots of Dub
Woman Dub
Shirley Dub
Sunday Dub
Eni Meeni Mini Mo Dub
Progress Dub
Dub Fever
Give Up Dub
Jah Guide Dub
I & I Dub
Rub-A-Dub Dub
Run Come Dub Me
Time Dub
Praise Jah with Dub


15 October 2015

If DoG is GoD, then BuD is DuB

It's that time of year again. I might be kinda scarce for a while. I'll be checking heavy traffic & trying to keep up with requests & re-ups, but until things are back to normal (???), I leave you with this…

Various - Baskin' n Riddim 52 Flavas

Stoned Immaculate – Dub Syndicate featuring Akabu
Herb – The Revolutionaries
Sinsemilia – Sly & Robbie
Marijuana Dreams – Dubblestandart
Jamaica Colley Dub – The Revolutionaries
Bud’s Bush – Roots Radics
Weed Specialist – Audio Active
Herbs of Dub – Jah Lloyd
Bush Weed – Lee 'Scratch' Perry & the Upsetters
Dub Spliff – Michael Rose
Collie Rock – Lone Ranger
Lamb's Bread Herb – King Tubby
Marijuana – The Revolutionaries
Herbsman Anthem – Jah Warrior
Ganja Roots – Sly & the Revolutionaries
Rolla – Sheriff Lindo & the Hammer
Collie in Dub – The Revolutionaries
Bubbling Sweet Tonight Version – Two Friends Crew
Jamaican Grass – Joe Gibbs & the Professionals
Kasha Herb Rock – Mikey Dread
Marijuana Dub – Harry Mudie meets King Tubby
Marijuana Dub – Mad Professor & Prince Fatty featuring Earl 16
Free Up the Weed – Lee 'Scratch' Perry & the Upsetters
Lambsbread – The Revolutionaries
Hemp Dub – B.R. Stylers
Leggo the Herb Man Dub – Glen Brown & King Tubby

Legalize It (Dub Version) – Peter Tosh
Half Ounce – Joe Gibbs & the Professionals
Heb Dub / Collie Dub – Legendary Skatalites meet King Tubby
Ganja Syrup – Maxie
Lambs Bread Dubwise – Glen Brown & King Tubby
Weed Specialist – Two Badcard
Herbman Style from the Ghetto – Winston Edwards
Lambs Bread Collie – Cedric 'Im' Brooks & the Light of Shaba
Smoke the Weed Dub – Michael Palmer
Collie – The Revolutionaries
Afghani Dub – The Mothman
Collie Dub – Horace Andy
Lick Weed Dub – King Tubby meets Jacob Miller
The Marijuana Affair – Joe Gibbs & the Professionals
Dub Ganja – Max Romeo
Collie Dub – King Tubby
Acapulco Gold – The Revolutionaries
Purple Skunk Dub – Bush Chemists
Free the Marijuana – Audio Active featuring Bim Sherman
Big Spliff – Black Uhuru
Sensimilia Dub – King Tubby
(I Love) Marijuana Dub – Linval Thompson
Weed Specialist (remix) – Audio Active
Marijuana Dreams (Dub) – Dubblestandart
Ganja – Joe White
High Times – Roots Underground

Toke, toke, pass,

24 September 2015

Saving Our Global Home

"If politics must truly be at the service of the human person, it follows that it cannot be a slave to the economy and finance. Politics is, instead, an expression of our compelling need to live as one, in order to build as one the greatest common good: that of a community which sacrifices particular interests in order to share, in justice and peace, its goods, its interests, its social life. I do not underestimate the difficulty that this involves, but I encourage you in this effort." - Pope Francis addressing Congress today

Brothers and Sisters: I am not a theologian, an expert on the Bible, or a Catholic. I am just a U.S. senator from the small state of Vermont.

But I want to discuss Pope Francis in the hope that we can examine the very profound lessons that he is teaching people all over this world and some of the issues for which he is advocating.

Now, there are issues on which the pope and I disagree — like choice and marriage equality — but from the moment he was elected, Pope Francis immediately let it be known that he would be a different kind of pope, a different kind of religious leader. He forces us to address some of the major issues facing humanity: war, income and wealth inequality, poverty, unemployment, greed, the death penalty and other issues that too many prefer to ignore.

He is reaching out not just to the Catholic Church. He's reaching out to people all over the world with an incredibly strong message of social justice talking about the grotesque levels of wealth and income inequality.

Pope Francis is looking in the eyes of the wealthiest people around the world who make billions of dollars, and he is saying we cannot continue to ignore the needs of the poor, the needs of the sick, the dispossessed, the elderly people who are living alone, the young people who can't find jobs.

He is saying that the accumulation of money, that the worship of money, is not what life should be about. We cannot turn our backs on our fellow human beings.

He is asking us to create a new society where the economy works for all, and not just the wealthy and the powerful.

He is asking us to be the kind of people whose happiness and well-being comes from serving others and being part of a human community, not spending our lives accumulating more and more wealth and power while oppressing others. He is saying that as a planet and as a people we have got to do better.

That's why I was so pleased that in his address to Congress today, Pope Francis spoke of Dorothy Day, who was a tireless advocate for the impoverished and working people in America. I think it was extraordinary that he cited her as one of the most important people in recent American history.

As the founder of the Catholic Worker newspaper, Dorothy Day organized workers to stand up against the wealthy and powerful. 

Pope Francis said of her today in Congress:

"In these times when social concerns are so important, I cannot fail to mention the Servant of God Dorothy Day, who founded the Catholic Worker Movement. Her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed, were inspired by the Gospel, her faith, and the example of the saints.

How much progress has been made in this area in so many parts of the world! How much has been done in these first years of the third millennium to raise people out of extreme poverty! I know that you share my conviction that much more still needs to be done, and that in times of crisis and economic hardship a spirit of global solidarity must not be lost. At the same time I would encourage you to keep in mind all those people around us who are trapped in a cycle of poverty. They too need to be given hope. The fight against poverty and hunger must be fought constantly and on many fronts, especially in its causes. I know that many Americans today, as in the past, are working to deal with this problem."

The fact that the pope singled out Dorothy Day — a fierce advocate in the fight for economic justice — as one of the leaders he admires most is quite remarkable. We are living in a nation which worships the acquisition of money and great wealth, but turns its back on those in need. We are admiring people with billions of dollars, while we ignore people who sleep out on the streets. That must end.

Dorothy Day fought this fight, and as Pope Francis says, we must continue it. We need to move toward an economy which works for all, and not just the few.

We have so much poverty in a land of plenty. Together, we can work to make our country more fair for everybody.

I am glad that you are with me in this fight.

In solidarity,
Bernie Sanders

19 September 2015

True Son of Liberty

Earlier this week I spoke at Liberty University. For those of you who do not know, Liberty University is a deeply religious institution. It is a school which tries to understand the meaning of morality and the words of the Bible, within the context of a very complicated modern world. It was founded by the Reverend Jerry Falwell, and the vast majority of people at Liberty strongly disagree with me, and perhaps you, about abortion, marriage equality, and other issues.

You might be asking yourself, "Why on earth would Bernie Sanders go there?" It is a fair question within the context of our modern politics.
I spoke at Liberty University because I believe that it is important for those with different views in our country to engage in civil discourse – not just to shout at each other or make fun of each other.

It is very easy for those in politics to talk to those who agree with us – and I do that every day. It is harder, but not less important, to try and communicate with those who do not agree with us and see where, if possible, we can find common ground. In other words, to reach out of our zone of comfort.

So I went outside of my zone of comfort. Watch this video of my remarks there and read what I have to say about the ideas of morality and justice as they relate to income inequality and other critical issues facing our nation.

The message I gave at Liberty University is that the moral choice is to fight income inequality, and that the just thing to do is to work to make our society more fair. Below are some of my remarks to Liberty from the video above, but I think it is important to share them with you here as well so that you can share with others how I approach these issues.

I am far, far from a perfect human being, but I am motivated by a vision which exists in all of the great religions – Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and others – and which is so beautifully and clearly stated in Matthew 7:12. “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the prophets.” The Golden Rule. Do to others what you would have them do to you. Not very complicated.

I told the crowd at Liberty University that I understand that issues such as abortion and gay marriage are very important to them, and that we disagree on those issues. I get that. But there are other issues out there that are of enormous consequence to our country and the world and that maybe, just maybe, we don’t disagree on them. And maybe, just maybe, we can work together in trying to resolve them.

Amos 5:24, “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!”
Justice. Treating others the way we would like to be treated. Treating all people with dignity and respect.

It would, I think, be hard for anyone in that room where I spoke to make the case that the United States today is a “just” society or anything resembling a just society.

In America today there is massive injustice in terms of income and wealth inequality. Injustice is rampant. We live in the wealthiest country in the history of the world but most Americans don’t know that because almost all of that wealth and income is going to the top one percent. We are living at a time where a handful of people have wealth beyond comprehension – huge yachts, jet planes, tens of billions of dollars, more money than they could spend in a thousand lifetimes. But at the same time, millions of people are struggling to feed their families or put a roof over their heads or find the money to go to a doctor.

When we talk about morality and when we talk about justice, we have to understand that there is no justice when the top one-tenth of one percent own almost as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent. There is no justice when all over this country people are working long hours for abysmally low wages, $7.25 an hour or $8 an hour, while 58 percent of all new income being created today goes to the top one percent.

There is no justice when, in recent years, we have seen a proliferation of millionaires and billionaires while, at the same time, the United States has the highest rate of childhood poverty in the industrialized world. How can we talk about morality when we turn our backs on the children of this country? Twenty percent of the children in this country live in poverty and that includes 40 percent of African American children. There is no justice when, in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, children in our country go to bed hungry.

There is no justice when the 15 wealthiest people in this country saw their wealth increase by $170 billion dollars in the last two years. That is more wealth, acquired in a two-year period, than is owned by the bottom 130 million Americans. And while the very rich become much richer, millions of families have no savings at all and struggle every week just to stay alive economically, and the elderly and disabled wonder how they stay warm in the winter. That is not justice. That is a rigged economy designed by the wealthiest people in this country to benefit the wealthiest people in this country at the expense of everyone else.

There is no justice when thousands of people in America die each year because they don’t have health insurance and don’t get to a doctor when they should, or when elderly people are forced to choose between food or medicine because our citizens pay the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. That is not justice. That is not morality. That is simply an indication that we are the only major country on earth that does not guarantee health care for all as a right.

There is no justice when low-income and working-class mothers are forced to separate from their babies one or two weeks after birth and go back to work because we are the only major country on earth that does not have a paid family and medical leave policy. That is not justice. That is an attack on family values that everyone should be appalled at.
There is no justice in our country when youth unemployment exists at tragic levels – with 51 percent of African American high school kids unemployed or underemployed. No. We apparently do not have the funds to provide jobs or educational opportunities for our young people but we sure do have the money to throw them into jails. Today, the United States has more people in jail than any other country on earth, and many are serving time in inhumane conditions. That is not justice. That is the destruction of human life.

I am not a theologian or an expert on the Bible or a Catholic. I am just a U.S. senator from the small state of Vermont. But I agree with Pope Francis when he says: "The current financial crisis… originated in a profound human crisis: the denial of the primacy of the human person! We have created new idols. The worship of the ancient golden calf has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose."

He also states: "There is a need for financial reform along ethical lines that would produce in its turn an economic reform to benefit everyone. Money has to serve, not to rule."
In his view, and I agree with him, we are living in a nation and in a world which worships the acquisition of money and great wealth, but which turns its back on those in need. And that must end. We need to move toward an economy which works for all, and not just the few.

Throughout human history there has been endless discussion and debate about the meaning of justice and the meaning of morality. I hope that by getting out of my comfort zone and speaking with the students at Liberty University that I can be a part of a dialogue with people who might not agree with us. I hope that some of them conclude that if we strive toward morality and toward justice, that it is imperative that we have the courage to stand with the poor and working people of our country.

In solidarity,
Bernie Sanders