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

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

16 September 2015

Om Shiva Shankara Hari Hari Ganga!

Cannabis or ganja is associated with worship of the Hindu deity Shiva, who is popularly believed to like the hemp plant. Cannabis is offered to Shiva images, especially on Shivratri festival. This practice is particularly witnessed at the temples of Benares, Baidynath, & Tarakeswar.

Cannabis is not only offered to Shiva, but also consumed by Shaivite yogis. Ganja is smoked by some Shaivite devotees & cannabis itself is seen as a gift (prasad or offering) to Shiva to aid in sadhana (spiritual exercise). In India, the Aghora sect of Tantra & a significant section of Shaivite Tantrics ritually partake of marijuana as part of their sadhana. Some of the wandering ascetics in India known as sadhus smoke ganja out of a clay chillum.

& what does he feel when he is on such a high? Madhusudan closes his eyes in bliss as he recalls:

"We all know that God resides everywhere. But we see Him in bits & pieces. Cannabis makes me see God in His entirety. It is a sight of such unalloyed joy that tears well up in my eyes."

Ganga – Les Musiques du Gange 3xCD, Virgin Classics, 1998.
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Tracklist –
Mantras (The Magical Formulas of Wandering Monks
The Bells of Gangotri
The Legend of the Ganges
Pungi (The Snake-charmer’s Tune)
Upanishad (Vedic Chants)
Dhol (Divali Percussion at Haridwar)
Nautanki (Popular Theater at Kanpur)
Triveni (at Allahabad)
Ode (to Ganja)
The Bride’s Farewell
Kajari (at Mirzapur)
Nirgun Pad (at Varanasi)
Hori (Raga Kafi)

Tracklist –
Hanuman Arati (Nocturnal Rite for the Monkey God)
Birha (Portrait of Shiva)
Pachra (Dedicated to Ganja)
Khari Birba (Washerman’s Song)
Kevat Ka Sohar (Boatman’s Song)
Kilona (Song for Children)
Banni Mata Ka Geet (Ceremony of Possession)
Karikha Lal (Tantric Rite)
Sohar (Propitiatory Rite)
Kohbar (Fertility Rite)
Ropni Geet (Seedtime Song)
Kajri Dhun (Shahnai Tune for Dawn)

Tracklist –
Domui (Wedding Song)
Jatsar (Milling Song)
Viva Geet (Song for the Young Married Couple)
Lori (Cradle Song)
Hori Jogira ( Song for the Festival of Colors)
Ma Melinir Gaan (Maidens’ Song)
Patar Banshi (Karamsha Leaf Solo)
O Doyal (Wandering Bard’s Song)
Manush (Baul Song)
Bhatiyali (Boatman’s Song)
Murshidi (Mystic Minstrel)
Bhashan (excerpt from The Behula Legend)
Kali Kirtana (Devotional Music for the Goddess of Destruction)

Bam Bam Bholanath!

12 September 2015

Any Questions?

For those of you not sure about the plant from Outer Space, here's some handy information.

In the words of DJ Madlib:
"aka Son of Super Ape...All Jamaican sounds: Dub. Roots. Reggae. Good stuff as I would say…a musical disc from the flick of the wrist to make you jump & twist."

Madlib – Madlib Medicine Show No. 4: 420 Chalice All-Stars, Madlib Invasion, 2010.
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Tracklist –

What Are The Medical Benefits Of Smoking Marijuana?
What Are The Negative Risks Of Smoking It?
What Alternatives Are There To Smokings?
Are A Lot Of Pesticides On Pot?
Where Is All This Pot Coming From?
So What Does The Law Say About These Dispensaries And Their Various Pot Products?
How Much Pot Am I Allowed To Have At One Time?
How Do I Get A Prescription?
Will My Name End Up On Some DEA List?


06 September 2015

Happy Birthday Bernie Sanders...Socialist Dub

Back on August 26 I started wading through a folder I had gathering dust called "Musick that Needs Work". I've managed to get nine artists straightened or 'worked' out so as far as TCB, so good. Now I got to the letter E just in time for this week-end’s Dub Excursion.

Featuring an all star cast of heavy JA Dubmeisters: Radcliffe 'Duggie' Bryan & Willie Lindo – guitar; Robbie Shakespeare – bass & guitar; Ansel Collins, Earl 'Wire' Lindo, Harold Butler, & Winston Wright – keyboards; Cedric 'Im' Brooks & Dean Fraser – tenor saxophone; 'Deadley' Headley Bennett & Herman Marquis – alto saxophone; Bobby Ellis, Clive Hunt, & David Madden – trumpet; Nambo & Vin 'Don D Jr' Gordon – trombone; Bertram 'Ranchie' McLean – bass; Count Ossie, Harry Powell, & Uziah 'Sticky' Thompson – percussion; Michael 'Mickey Boo' Richards & Sly Dunbar – drums.

Recorded at Arthur 'Duke' Reid's Treasure Isle Studios & Channel One. Produced by S.E. Pottinger. Mixed by Duke's nephew Errol Brown at Treasure Isle (except track 1-5 mixed by Geoffrey Chung).

Errol Brown presents Dub Over Dub: 27 Track Dub Extravaganza 2xCD,
Heartbeat Records CDHB202/203, 1996.
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Tracklist –

Sly Special
Revelation Chapter One
Jah Caught Them Dub
Falling in Dub
Woman Iron Rock
Black Cat Version
Over Dub
Dub Outta Control
Dub & Harmony
Love Dub
Strictly Roots
Su Su Mouth
Forward in Dub
Downtown Rock

Lion Dub
Dub in Peace
Phase One Special
A Living Dub
Shy Nation Skank
Peace & Inity
Dub it in a Dreamland
Chatty Dub
This Yah Dub
Winning Version
Dub Walla
Ital Dub
Socialist Dub

I & I will vanquish Babylon. Truss me,

04 September 2015

From Mike to Dot --- Microdot --- Trip-pop

Dot Allison is a Scottish singer/songwriter. In addition to solo ventures, Allison's career path has also concentrated on collaborative efforts. She has worked with Scott Walker, Massive Attack, Paul Weller, Hal David, Arab Strap, Mick Harvey, Pascal Gabriel, Kevin Shields, Pete Doherty, Xenomania, & Gary Mounfield.

My first exposure to Ms. Allison was when she was fronting the band One Dove in the early 1990s. Although often referred to as a dance act, One Dove's sound was actually characterized by primarily electronic textures with heavy processing influenced by laid back Jamaican Dub & Eno-esque ambience.

One Dove – Morning Dove White, FFRR 162351042-2, 1993.
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Tracklist –

White Love (Guitar Paradise mix)
Breakdown (Cellophane Boat mix)
The Goes the Cure (w/Jah Wobble – bass)
(The Transient) Truth
My Friend
Why Don’t You Take Me
White Love (piano reprise)
White Love (radio mix)
Breakdown (radio mix)

In 1999 Allison released her debut solo album Afterglow. It is a song-oriented pop CD. Allison penned 7 of the 11 tracks on her debut release.

Dot Allison – Afterglow, Arista 07822-16600-2, 1999.

Tracklist –
Colour Me
Tomorrow Never Comes
Close Your Eyes
Message Personnel
I Wanna Feel the Chill
Morning Sun
Did I Imagine You?
Mo' Pop
Alpha Female
In Winter Still
Message Personnel (Arab Strap remix)

It was followed by the electro & house music inspired We Are Science in 2002. On this, her sophomore effort, Dot wrote all the songs.

Dot Allison – We are Science, Mantra Recordings MNTCD 1028, 2002.

Tracklist –
We’re Only Science
You Can be Replaced
Wishing Stone
Make it Happen
Strung Out
I Think I Love You
Substance (Felix Da Housecat remix)
We’re Only Science (Slam remix)


03 September 2015

Fire & Brimstone

On a previous post, Light, Traps & Exploding Wires I posted up the LT&EW album by Juan Maciel aka Naux. On that album on guitar & bass was one Mike Allison. On that post, I wrote: “Mike Allison continues recording today under the moniker Darshan Ambient…”

Today’s D is Darshan Ambient.

Michael Allison had been playing & composing music since the age of 16.  His humble beginnings started in high school as lead singer for the musical Brimstone in the Central Valley town of Modesto, California. At the age of 17 he joined the Los Angeles-based band Skyway. They toured the South & the Pacific North West. Soon after they disbanded, Allison formed a life long friendship with Naux (Juan Maciel) playing in such bands as: Nona Hendryx & Zero Cool (in the early 80s, Nona Hendryx fronted her own progressive art rock group, Zero Cool, which included guitarist Naux, & bassist Michael Allison); Richard Hell & the Voidoids (the Destiny Street sessions featured guitarist Naux & bassist Mike Allison); & China Shop (founded by Naux & Steve Cohen with Richard Edson & Michael Allison as members) in New York City.

In 1984, Allison formed his own band Empty House playing to very enthusiastic crowds in places like CBGB's, TRAX, & The Pyramid Club (where they were the house band performing every Tuesday night).  However, it was through his connection with Naux that Michael began composing music fusing ambient & jazz influences from Brian Eno to Miles Davis.

In 1992, having moved to San Francisco, he began a solo career writing and recording music that soon became  known as Darshan Ambient; releasing several critically acclaimed albums such as Providence, The Zen Master's Diary,  Autumn's Apple,  re: Karma,   From Pale Hands To Weary Skies,  A Day Within Days and Dream In Blue. Allison's music has been used in films, documentaries and television commercials.

Darshan Ambient – Autumn’s Apple, Lotuspike LS-002, 2004.
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Tracklist –
Azure Day
Deep Garden
Acre of Sun
Sea Stars for Tristen
Rain Parade
Pebble in My Shoe
Autumn’s Apple
Man in the Window



Right after I posted this, a friend of mine emailed me requesting the China Shop compilation (contains the 1981 Condensed Records China Shop – Atomic Notions EP & 17 previously unreleased tracks).

Steve Cohen (founding member of China Shop) said...

"I'm Steve Cohen. After meeting Naux at the Soho Music Gallery, we started China Shop together. Originally with Richard Edson, who went on to play with Sonic Youth & Konk, before his acting ship came in with Jim Jarmusch’s movie Stranger than Paradise. As for 21 Puffs on the Cassette Masters. Anthology is on hiatus (the company that was selling downloads of 21 Puffs, Anthology Recordings, has since scrubbed their website), so it's ok with me if you'd like to post the entire thing. "

So here it is…

Tracklist –

Fraction of a Second
Monkey Talk (EP track A1)
Newer Homes
Think too Much
KowTow (EP track B1)
If It’s New (EP track B2)
Seems Waiting
Walk on Lighting (EP track A2)
Time Zones
Fatherless Poems
Vampire Song
Vacation Time
Million Names of God
The Heartache
Vanishing Point


01 September 2015

The Killer

Dakila was a San Francisco band composed mostly of Filipino-Americans. They began their career as an early Santana cover band called Soul Sacrifice. As Dakila, they were an excellent Latin rock/jazz band with original material sung in English, Tagalog & Spanish.

Dakila – Dakila, Epic KE 31756, 1972.
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Side A –
Makibaka / Ikàlat
Make Me a Man

Side B –
El Dùbi
Searchin’ for My Soul

Oye com ova,