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

31 August 2015


Dear Hopeful Americans,

Over the weekend, another positive poll came out for our campaign — one that showed us within single digits of Hillary Clinton in Iowa for the first time.

I want you to read this note I received from a supporter last week. It speaks to some of the reasons we are doing so well in Iowa, New Hampshire, and states across the country:

"I am unemployed. I am uninsured. I am a recent college graduate who graduated with a 3.75 GPA. I am going through a difficult divorce and I have $27 dollars in my bank account. I donated 10 of my remaining 27 dollars because I believe if Bernie is elected I will not have days like this. Days where I stress about where my next meal will come from. Days where I cannot go look for a job because I do not have the gas money to pound the pavement. Days where I cry when thinking about the unpaid medical bills and student loans in my name. I believe things will change. I am making an investment in a person I believe in with the hope that he will change my homeland for the better."

Our campaign is doing so well because we are telling the truth about the reality of American life today. We are talking about a reality in which most of the new wealth and income in this country are going to the top one percent while working families are struggling more than at any point since the Great Depression.

Our success is also because over 400,000 people have contributed to this campaign, even though some, like the author of the note I shared, can hardly afford it. Through our campaign, the American people are finally telling the billionaire class: "ENOUGH is ENOUGH, this great nation and its government belong to all of the people, not just a wealthy few."

But we still have a long way to go.

Let me tell you another thing. This campaign doesn’t have a Super PAC, and I don’t spend a lot of time asking rich people to contribute to our campaign. And even if I did, it would probably be a tremendous waste of time.

We will sink or swim based on what we get from the working families of this country. And I could not be more proud of the way we’ve funded our political revolution.
Here are two more stories I received from campaign contributors last week. I want you to read them — they are important:

"I lost my job in 2012 and my house in 2015. I am currently unemployed and looking for work. I don't have a lot of money and barely surviving on food stamps. Despite all of that, I am compelled to donate because I feel that Bernie Sanders will help bring America back to the middle class. A small donation now in exchange for a better future is a no-brainer. The inequality gap must be fixed!"


"I am broke. I was a proud union electrician. I have never donated money to a politician before however, as broke as I am, I trust Bernie and want to say that I am a part of this revolution. God bless him!"

When we started this campaign, the word "fringe" was tossed around a few times. No one is using that word any more.

Every day, thousands of people are joining our political revolution. It’s why we are leading in New Hampshire, within single digits in Iowa, and closing the gap nationally with each passing day. If we continue to stand together, we’re going to win.

We will win in 2016. Not just the White House, but the U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and statehouses across the country because we are creating an unprecedented grassroots movement which taps into the American people’s desire for real change in this country.
Our success wouldn’t be possible without you.

In solidarity,
Bernie Sanders

30 August 2015

A Bit of Bodhran When it's Called For

C.W. Vrtacek & Dancing Lessons – Monkey on a Hard Roll,
Leisure Time Records LT3, 1984.
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Side 1 –
Ultra Stress
A Dance for Vance
Stinko the Clown

Side 2 –
It’s Alive
Lucky Strike
Happy Trails
I Remember
America the Beautiful


subfolder cLUTCHY

Always glad to be serving up some CH.  He's Pure Benzoylmethylecgonine Sugar.

Clutchy Hopkins – The Storyteller, Ubiquity URCD267, 2010.
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Tracklist –

Giraffe Crack
Laughing Jockey
No Contact…Contact
Miles Chillin'
JT Goldfish
Truth Seekin'
Thinkin' of Eva
Light as a Feather
Verbal Headlock


29 August 2015

Bug Out, Baby

The Bug is the main project for Kevin Martin, a producer who over the years has also been behind a diverse range of projects. He is part of Techno Animal / Ice / God (all with Justin Broadrick of Godflesh / Jesu), King Midas Sound, Razor X Productions (with The Rootsman), Pressure, & Ladybug to name a few.

The Bug - London Zoo, Ninja Tune ZENCD132, 2008.
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Tracklist –

Angry (feat. Tippa Irie)
Murder We (feat. Ricky Ranking)
Skeng (feat. Killa P & Flowdan)
Too Much Pain (feat. Ricky Ranking & Aya)
Insane (feat. Warrior Queen)
Jah War (feat. Flowdan)
Fuckaz (feat. Spaceape)
You & Me (feat. Roger Robinson)
Freak Freak
Warning (feat. Flowdan)
Poison Dart (feat. Warrior Queen)
Judgement (feat. Ricky Ranking)


He Played Wire Guitar

I don't know how your abcdetical lists go, but mine goes like this. Bill (Nelson), Bruce (Gilbert), The Bug…all are listed under B. None of that Dylan, Bob stuff. So William S. Burroughs isn't B, he's W. Nothing with 'The' is in T (except The The). It all works out well, especially now. Music for Fruit right after The Banana Splits.

Bruce Gilbert – Music for Fruit, Mute STUMM 77, 1991.
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Side 1 –
Music for Fruit (edited)

Side 2 –
You Might Be Called


28 August 2015

B is for Bytes & Bits & Banana Splits

The Banana Splits – We’re the Banana Splits, Decca DL75075, 1968.
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Side One –
We’re the Banana Splits
I’m Gonna Find a Cave
This Spot
Doin’ the Banana Split
Toy Piano Melody (instrumental)

Side Two –
The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana)
Wait ‘til Tomorrow
You’re the Lovin’ End
In New Orleans
Two Ton Tessie
Don’t Go Away – Go-Go Girl

Enjoy dessert,

27 August 2015

Don't Be Such a Phag, Art

I decided to brave the Wilds the other day & started going through a folder I have called “Musick that Needs Work”. That means anything from cleaning up the sound to fixing the tags to getting the art work, whatever. So far I’m still in the ‘A’s (where I got the previous post American Taboo). Guess I’ll just keep on in alphawhatical order for a while longer (until boredom sets in or my attention span is maxed).

Now going by the handle Len von Speedcult, Len Puch is a metal fabricator, artist, & a musician. He likes making things & that's what he has done with his life: he has made things.

First he made music, in bands with names like Country Bob & the Bloodfarmers, a psychobilly/cowpunk band from the early 80s. They released one album on the Manster label.

Then he formed Snake-Out. This punk-gore-psychobilly-trash rock outfit created the template for the Detroit Garage sound. Modern-day hipsters might glorify the "old days" of Detroit Garage by name-checking as the "originators" of that scene the Gories. Well, Len produced their first album on his Wanghead with Lips label (he also produced the first album by Nine Pound Hammer).

Snake-Out is: Len Puch – guitar & vocals; Greg Mitchell – bass; & Tim Reagan – drums & yelps.

Snake-Out – Gollywobblers from Hell, Wanghead Records MA 1018, 1985.
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Side One –
Scary Mary
Tango with the Dead
I Was a Teenage Goiter
I Put a Spell on You (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins cover)

Side Two –
Fat Lisa
Floydmaster Stomp

After Snake-Out, Len has been in Elvis Hitler, Detroit Cobras, & The Fuknotz…but my favorite of Len’s bands is Art Phag.

Here's Art Phag's scorcher Gods of Grunge.
Art Phag trio are: John ‘Raz’ Rasmussen – vocals; Len Puch – guitar; & Tim Rounsifer – drums.

Art Phag – Gods of Grunge, Vinyl Drip International SUK 4, 1989.

Side 1 –
Molly ‘n’ Bobby
A Boy & his Gun
Jungo Luv
High School Sweetheart
4 Basic Vegabo Groups

Side 2 –
Mexico Death Song
Hava Nagila
Going to Nevada
Lost My Baby in Outer Space
Big Shot
Laughing Lady
Hey People

Speed cults,

26 August 2015

It's a Family Affair

American Taboo was a post-punk/art-wave band from Chicago, IL. having both a detached cold wave feel with quirky discordant spasms radiating & rumbling around. Interesting arrangements & insightful lyrics. Came with something of a press kit which is included, so you can see more info on the band, the songs, & old ‘zine reviews.

AT consisted of: David PurPur – guitar & vocals; Brian Friedler – keyboards & vocals, Barbara Gillies – saxophone; Bob Jones – bass; & David Mahany – drums with various other percussion provided by all.

American Taboo – American Taboo 12” EP, Forbidden Records, 1984.

Side A –
60 Cycles

Side B –
Ritual Breakout

Just don’t get caught,

23 August 2015

The Best of Both Worlds?

This is a re-dub version of the Bullwackie/Perry release Satan Kicked the Bucket recorded in 1988 at Bullwackie's studio in New Jersey ("Ooh La La Dub" was recorded at Perry's resurrected Black Ark studio in Kingston). Having largely given up production work by then, Scratch concentrated on performing & singing in his own unique stream-of-consciousness style over Bullwackie's dub-influenced, more electronic tunes. Satan Kicked the Bucket is a fairly mundane release for both Bullwackie & Perry (compared to Bullwackies releases from the early 80s or Perry’s From the Secret Laboratory with Adrian Sherwood two years later).

In Satan’s Dub is a much better version. It features the Chosen Brothers & has a deeper, darker, funkier vibe with plenty of Perry’s surreal verbal excursions (rough vocals accompanied by grunts, squawks, assorted ranting & raving). Wackies All Stars created a fine groove & Bullwackie let it run more than he manipulated the sound, producing a work surprisingly minimalist in its approach. This re-dub plays to all the highlight of the original without its glaring faults.

Lee "Scratch" Perry Meets Bullwackie ‎– In Satan's Dub,
Reachout International Records RUSCD 8241, 1998.
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Tracklist –

Satan Dub
Come Home Dub
Ooh La La Dub
Upful Dub Fashion
President Dub
Dub Skeem
Strange Dub
Bog Walk Skanking
Undercover Dub
Stop Stop Dub
Moving in Dub
Dub Master

Lee gaan to bed,

22 August 2015

You’ll Be Hungry Again in an Hour

The Teriyakis’ post (Make Mine Veggie Teriyaki) has been getting a lot of downloads, one of the most popular non-Dub posts as of late. Decided to post up some more material by that under-appreciated group.

Since that posting I have been in contact with Hiram Lucke – vocals, guitar, organ (bass organ) & saxophone (amongst other instruments & duties) of the Yakis & his life/band mate Melissa Rodenbeck. After the Teriyakis demise, Hiram & Melissa formed The Harvey Girls band in August of 2003 in Lawrence, Kansas. They have since moved to Portland, OR. Most of their back catalogue is available on their bandcamp site so if you’re not familiar with their music, go give it a listen. If you like what you hear, support them.

I try not to post up music that is currently available from bands. That is their hard-earned livelihood. But Melissa thought it might be great for them to send me a kinda Best of The Harvey Girls sampler to give everyone a taste. I’ll be doing that sometime soon.

HL & MR have been such warm & open folks. It has been a real joy communicating with them. Hiram sent me some Teriyakis that I didn’t have & explained away a few oddities (I’ve owned their Psychics to Sidekicks CD for many years but have always been baffled…six songs listed, but only five songs on the disk??? Hiram straightened that out).

But enough talk…on with the musick!

Teriyakis – Psychics to Sidekicks, Terciopelo, 1998.
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Tracklist –
Weirdo Frontiersman
Toot Decay/Rolodex Member
Pecos on the Prairie

Tracklist –
You Can Hear a Pin Drop
Boobalus Bobalus
Carson Robinson’s Boots
Captain Stuebing
Ride the Fish to Malta
Jukie from Lucke
King Woohoo, Asleep in a Hammock
Rooster Wans to See Choo
Maggots in My Beard
Shush VI
Never Claimed to be a Porn Star
3 Chord Song
Tea Party on the Ceiling
Subterranean Orangutan
Poopin’ Yo’ P’ants
Fly on Dashboard, Dead
Locust Springs for Country Serf

Dig in,

21 August 2015

I'm Trippin' on LSP Right Now

I couldn’t wait any longer to post up my week-end Dub mix. This mix features Lee Perry. (aka Scratch, the Upsetter, the Super-Ape, Pipecock Jackxon, the Firmament Computer, Inspector Gadget).

I just got my tickets to the Dub Champions Festival with Lee "Scratch" Perry & Subatomic Sound System: 40th Anniversary of Super Ape, Thursday, September 3, 2015 in San Francisco. I'm really psyched (though not so trim).

With “People Funny Boy”, Perry used what may be the first sampling (a baby crying to goad his former boss, Joe Gibbs) & created the style that would become reggae. Along with King Tubby, he was one of the instigators of Dub. He was probably the most prolific producer of all. Perry’s style consisted of improvising his cuts on the fly, whirling like a dervish behind the mixing board, blowing ganja smoke directly onto the tape reels. He would drink tape head cleaner when he ran out of Dragon Stout. By the late 70s Perry was seeing UFOs, kicking out any dreadlocks from Black Ark, & covering the walls with deranged scatological prophecies. In 1979, during a bout of severely eccentric behavior, Perry supposedly trashed & burned his studio & may have wound up briefly in a mental institution.

Perry has given up the demon Alcohol & the Jah ganga (he’s 79 years of age) & lives in Switzerland with his wife Mireille & a couple kids.

He is still recording (two tracks here are from 2014) & performing (Lee Perry & the White Belly Rats, Lee Perry & Dub Is A Weapon, Lee Perry & Dubblestandart; Lee Perry & Subatomic Sound System).

Currently there are two feature length movies about his life & work: Volker Schaner's Vision of Paradise & The Upsetter by filmmakers Ethan Higbee & Adam Bhala Lough.

But enough about LSP. If you’re here now, you already know. I’m just rambling.

Tracklist –
Super Ape from The Upsetters – Super Ape
Creation Dub, pt. 1 from Lee Perry & the Upsetters – Ape-ology
People Funny Boy from Lee King Perry single
Dub Organizer from The Upsetters 14 Dub – Blackboard Jungle
Dub Revolution, pt 1 from Lee Perry & the Upsetters – Arkology CD1
In These Times Dub from Arkology CD2
Chrome Optimism (with David Lynch) from Nu School of Planet Dub
Creation Dub, pt. 2 (see pt 1)
I Do Voodoo (with Gudrun) from Nu School of Planet Dub
Zion Blood – from The Upsetters – Super Ape
Revelation Dub from The Upsetters – Arkology CD1
Groovy Dub from Lee Perry – Megatron Dub 2
Psycha & Trim from The Upsetters - Return of the Super Ape
Creation Dub, pt. 3 (see pt 1)
Return of the Super Ape from The Upsetters – Return of the Super Ape

I & I Brukout,

19 August 2015

Wealth & Income Inequality Can Be Fixed

Wall Street's greed, recklessness, and illegal behavior drove this country into the worst recession since the Great Depression. For too long, the billionaire class has corrupted our political system. We must act decisively to make our economy fair again.

Wall Street's dangerous manipulation of our economy has helped divert most of all new income to the top one percent, contributing to the most unequal level of wealth and income distribution of any major country on earth.

Today, we live in the richest country in the history of the world, but that reality means little because much of that wealth is controlled by a tiny handful of individuals. The skyrocketing level of income and wealth inequality is not only grotesque and immoral, it is economically unsustainable.

The reality is that for the past 40 years, Wall Street and the billionaire class have rigged the rules to redistribute wealth and income to the wealthiest and most powerful people in this country. As a result, Wall Street exists as an island unto itself, benefiting only the extremely wealthy while using our money to get rich.

That ends when I am President. Let me tell you what I’m going to do.

1. Tax Wall Street Speculation to Make College Tuition Free

Many firms on Wall Street use high-speed trading to try to make a quick buck. But it's risky and unproductive. Banks can execute thousands of stock trades a second thanks to sophisticated computer algorithms.

Wall Street can keep doing this if it wants—but they'll have to pay a tax on every one of those trades. And this tax on Wall Street speculation would be enough to pay for my plan to make tuition free at every public college or university.

2. Break Up Banks that are “Too Big to Fail”

In the midst of all of this grotesque inequality in our country sits a handful of financial institutions that are still so large, the failure of any one would cause catastrophic risk to millions of Americans and send the world economy into crisis.

Most of the major Wall Street financial institutions that we bailed out because they were "too big to fail" are now bigger than they used to be. The six largest financial institutions now have assets equivalent to nearly 60% of our GDP, issue 35% of the mortgages, and oversee 65% of credit cards.

My view: If it's too big to fail, it's too big to exist. That's the bottom line. As president, I will break up the big banks and restore some sanity to our banking system.

3. Make Banking Boring: Reign in the Recklessness

Banking should be boring. It shouldn't be about making as much profit as possible by gambling on esoteric financial products. The goal of banking should be to provide affordable loans to small and medium-sized businesses in the productive economy, and to Americans who need to purchase homes and cars.

That is not what these huge financial institutions are doing. They're instead creating an economy which is not sustainable from a moral, economic, or political perspective. It's a rigged economy that must be changed in fundamental ways.

We need banks that invest in the job-creating productive economy. We do not need more speculation with the American economy hanging in the balance.

4. Unrig the Tax System

Our tax system is wildly unfair — rigged to benefit the very rich. Major corporations that earn billions in profits stash their money in tax havens and pay nothing in federal income taxes, while billionaire hedge fund managers pay a lower effective tax rate than nurses or teachers.

In order to reverse the massive transfer of wealth and income from the middle class to the very rich that we have seen in recent years, we need real tax reform which makes the wealthy and profitable corporations begin to pay their fair share of taxes. It is fiscally irresponsible that the U.S. Treasury loses about $100 billion a year because corporations and the rich stash their profits in the Cayman Islands, Bermuda and other tax havens.
We need a tax system which is fair and progressive. Children should not go hungry in this country while profitable corporations and the wealthy avoid their tax responsibilities.

We Can Do This???

The issue of wealth and income inequality is the great moral issue of our time, it is the great economic issue of our time, and it is the great political issue of our time.

I can understand how this might feel daunting. We are up against a billionaire class that has bought our political system to enrich itself, and is now faced with the breakup of their oligarchy.

Know this: when people come together to organize, we can beat any amount of money thrown around by the Koch Brothers, Goldman Sachs executives, or anyone else.
Our political revolution is underway, and when it is built, we will win not just against Wall Street, but we will win the White House.

In solidarity,
Bernie Sanders

16 August 2015

Keep the Sand Outta the SIM

Africa’s latest renaissance is propelled largely by the indigenous technological transformation brought about by the proliferation of one device, the mundane mobile telephone, which has become a powerful instrument for human advancement.

Africa has been described as the first mobile-only continent. Mobile phones double as computers, payment devices, medical reminders, flashlights, & music players. The mobile phone is being used to preserve & strengthen democracy. The use of this technology for human advancement is much more innovative in Africa than anywhere else in the world.

The mobile phone is now sufficiently powerful & inexpensive, its coverage across most sub-Saharan African countries is so sufficiently extensive, that Africans are able to benefit from a means of communication & a mode of sharing that had largely passed the continent by.

It is now one of the main devices for sharing music from around the continent & around the world. Songs from far-flung locales are swapped via SIM cards on city streets & rural villages. A single cell phone can provide a myriad of music artists from all over Africa.

In 2008, Chris Kirkley went to West Africa to record folk music. "At first I ignored the cell phones because that’s not part of what I was looking for. I wanted to record traditional music. It took me a while to look at the cell phone & be like, it’s the radio, it’s the television, it’s how people are consuming media now."  Here are the results.

Various – Music from Saharan Cellphones, Sahel Sounds 003, 2011.
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Side A –
Group Anmataff – Tinariwen
Yeli Fuzzo – Abandé
Amanar – Alghafiat
Negib Ould Ngainich – Guetna
Papito (featuring Iba One) – Yereyira

Side B –
Mdou Moctar – Tahoultine
Kaba Blon – Moribiyassa
Joskar et Flamzy – Faroter
Bayta Ag Bay – Aicha

Call me,

14 August 2015

Nurses Feel the Bern

As the Executive Director of National Nurses United, the largest nurses union in our nation, I was there when we proudly endorsed Bernie Sanders for President.

In the moments leading up to our endorsement, I watched our nurses’ outpouring of love and respect for Bernie.

It was a magical moment of genuine hope for nurses who see people when they are at their most vulnerable and suffering, and who care for every person’s life in our country.
Nurses see the terrible social health consequences from:
  • Choosing between putting food on the table and getting the medications and treatment you need
  • Job loss
  • Severe depression from debt, especially student loan debt
  • Pollution, toxic spills, and climate change
  • Malnutrition and income inequality
With Bernie Sanders, we can turn our country around, and restore genuine hope for our families.

Each of us must be a part of his campaign. That's how he wins, how we win, and how our country and our patients win.

I promise you that the nurses will be there for you when you need them. And now, Bernie needs all of us and we all need to be there for him.

In Unity,

RoseAnn DeMoro
Executive Director
National Nurses United

11 August 2015

Anon Ver. SC3 Lite

Decided to lighten this up. Just went off on one of my unnecessary rants. No need. This is about FUN!

By request.

Secret Chiefs 3 – Zulfikar II & III, Web of Mimicry WoM001, 1998.

Side 1 –
Zulfikar II

Side  2 –
Zulfikar III

Then there is the clear blue 7" vinyl 600 press run The Theatrum of Suprasensory Universe Vol. 1 that the band sold during their 1998 Australian tour (selling the remainder in the US after their return).

Side A –
Ignition of the Art
If You Want to Love, Taste the Knife
Lighting Effect: Shadow Bereft of a Thick Body
Scene 1: Palace of Putrefaction
Soundtrack: Automatic Lullaby of Death & Rebirth
Scene 2: Palace of Regeneration

Side B –
George →Benson (&) Michael →Hedges (or George Michael / Benson & Hedges)
Kodakotakemitsubishiva [Ko(dak]o[ta)ke(mitsu]bi[shi0va]
Humboldt Hill Mafia:
   Opus Contra Naturum
   Opening of the Matrix
   A Hillbilly’s Violent Love


09 August 2015

Have Some Dub Stew with The Mysterious Mixer

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Side A -

Sibles in Dub
Promotion Rock
Jamaica Dub
Super Dub
Bag Man Dub

Side B -

Dub Stew
Hot & Cold
Dub Parade
Summer Dub
Dub Star

Wackies Rhythm Force: Fabian Cooke - guitar, piano, organ, synthesizer, bass, & drums; Jerry Harris - guitar & bass; Owen 'Fox' Stewart - piano & organ; Jerry Johnson - horns; Leroy Sibbles & Clive Hunt - bass; & Ras Menilik Dacosta & Annette Brissette - percussion. Produced & mixed by Lloyd 'Bullwackie' Barnes. Engineered by Douglas Levy & Bullwackie.

Ah sey one,

08 August 2015

My Guilty Pleasure - Blow it out Your Ass

Side One –
Shimmer like a Girl
I’m Taking Europe with Me

Side Two –
New York Mining Disaster 1996

Louise Post &  Nina Gordon shrieking & strumming, Jim Shapiro groaning & drumming, Steve Lack on bass & that Albini Steverini at the board.

Enjoy (you can pretend you don't, but...),

03 August 2015

I'm Feeling the Bern

For many months I have been traveling from coast to coast across our country, and have had the opportunity to meet with thousands of good, hard-working, and remarkable people. Like you and me, they are deeply concerned about the future of our country.

They wonder why they are working longer hours for lower wages. They worry about whether their kids will be able to afford college or get decent jobs. They fear that they may not have the savings to retire with dignity and security.

The challenges facing our country are enormous. That's why I am running to become the next President of the United States.

It's not just that, for forty years, the middle class has been disappearing. It's that 99% of all new income is going to the top 1%, and the grotesque level of wealth and income inequality today is worse than at any time since the late 1920s. The people at the top are grabbing all the new wealth and income for themselves, and the rest of America is being squeezed and left behind.

The disastrous decisions of the Supreme Court in the Citizens United case and in other related decisions are undermining the very foundations of American democracy, as billionaires rig the system by using their Super PACs to buy politicians and elections.

And the peril of global climate change, with catastrophic consequences, is the central challenge of our times and our planet.

The middle class in America is at a tipping point. It will not last another generation if we don't boldly change course now.

After a year of travel, discussion and dialogue, I have decided to be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President. But let's be clear. This campaign is not about Bernie Sanders. It's about a grassroots movement of Americans standing up and saying: "Enough is enough. This country and our government belong to all of us, not just a handful of billionaires."
I run not to oppose any man or woman, but to propose new and far-reaching policies to deal with the crises of our times. And I run because I know we must change course now, or risk losing the future for so many to the interests of so few.

A successful national campaign is a massive undertaking, especially when we will be heavily outspent. It will require the active participation of millions of Americans in every community in our country. In fact, it will require nothing less than a political revolution that combats the demoralization and alienation of so many of our people from the political process.

Let me be very honest. It may be too late to stop the billionaire class from trying to buy the Presidency and Congress. The forces of greed already may be too powerful.

But we owe it to our children and grandchildren to try. We owe it to them to make the fight and, through the power of our numbers, turn back this assault on the foundation of our democracy and our future.

We are at a moment of truth. We need to face up to the reality of where we are as a nation, and we need a mass movement of people to fight for change.

I believe America is ready for a new path to the future.

Senator Bernie Sanders

01 August 2015

Ex Lion Tamer’s Friend (or the AMA Took My Baby Away)

Daniel John Riddle is King Black Acid.

Riddle was born on a hippie commune in the 1960s. He doesn't know the exact date. He grew up in the company of rockers. His mother's boyfriend worked for the Grateful Dead, Neil Young, Santana, & the Allman Brothers. Riddle moved to Portland from San Francisco in the late 80s. He became known in the local rock scene as both a nine-year employee of the infamous rock venue Satyricon & as the bassist of the experimental industrial/noise tribal alt-rock band Hitting Birth.

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Tracklist –
Mayberry LSDNA
Same 18
Fire (skit)
Pharaohs, Priests, & Pimps
Earth (live)
Happy Just to be Again
Why Hates All (Planet Fuck Turn it Up)
Air (live)
Love Me
Water (live)

Hitting Birth started out playing found materials in open-mic music cabarets. In their first appearances, Riddle & David Parks adopted the shopping cart as their central instrument. Later they morphed into a crazed rhythm & scream factory. Their live shows were ecstatic wildly unpredictable events with multiple drummers, strange stage props, & above-mentioned screaming. Translating this live chaos into studio albums was a hard row.

The band has said about their attempts: "although we never were able to capture in the recording studio what we could do live…..we had fun trying."

All that being said, IMO both of these releases, the earlier on the great Tim/Kerr label & the Freest are both most worthy.

Hitting Birth – Feel the Freest, Will Records WiL3637-2CD, 1995.

Tracklist –
Drive On
We Are All
Forwards that are Backwards
The X-Sword Swallower
The Birth
Fever Dream

Riddle began recording music under the name King Black Acid as a high school student in the late 1980s but it wasn’t until the early 90s that Daniel found his voice in KBA. He also switched from bass to guitar as weapon of choice. King Black Acid is Riddle’s persona to channel his musical muse more than an actual band. All King Black Acid material is written by Riddle, who sings & plays guitar during live shows but who plays a variety of other instruments in his own recording studio, Mazinga Studio, where he produces the releases under the name King Black Acid.

There have been numerous iterations of KBA: the Electric Chair Band; the Womb Star Orchestra; the Starseed Transmission; the 144,000 Piece Acid Army; or the Sacred Heart. Each variation has featured guitar-fueled, effects-heavy sonic free-for-alls. They are known for ethereal, melancholy grooves with a hypnotic rock sound. My personal favorites are from the Womb Star era.

"Think Away" is GAWDHED!

Tracklist –

Some Things Must be Believed to be Seen
Think Away

Womb Star Orchestra: Daniel Riddle - guitar & vocals; Roger Campos – guitar; Melinda DiCillo – keyboards; & Scott Adamo - drums with Joseph Trump – percussion. WSO had a different bassist on each studio recording…on Sunlit EP it is Mitch Brown & on Royal Subjects it is Steve Dorris.

Where Hitting Birth haunt a domain similar to SteelPole BathTub, King Black Acid live in the spacey, neo-psychedelic guitar-land similar to Mercury Rev.

Tracklist –

60 Cycles Numb
Grand Mal Pleasure
Call Me on the Headphones
Only Wine will Tell
Passing Through the Photon Belt
144 Thousand Member Acid Army (I, II, III)
Exit Ground Level, Pt. 1
Royal Subjects

Starseed Transmission: Daniel Riddle – guitar & vocals; Sarah Mayfield – guitar; Erick 'Star Wars' Alley & Bobek Djeyfroudi – bass; Pete Ficht – keyboards; & Scott Adamo – drums.

Tracklist –

Butterfly Bomber
Kiss the Beast
Into the Sun
School Blood
I’ve Heard You’re Still Alive
Colorado (Wherever it is You Are)
Born to Sleep
Gentle Collapse (Feels Good)

Here's also a couple bonus tracks, KBA & the Sacred Heart doing their version of Elton John's "Bennie & the Jets" live at Doug Fir in Portland 2008 & KBA covering Bowie’s "Always Crashingin the Same Car" from 2013.