On Proposition 8

It’s been a long time between posts. But I just wanted share something.

If you can find better words than these let me know.

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Vader, Vader, Vader.

I had to share this. May the lol be with you…

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Monday evening mixtape

I’ve spent the afternoon creating a mixtape, to varying degrees of success. I have a few on the go now. Hopefully I’ll get better at this soon. The tracklisting for my first attempt:

No Age – Impossible Banquet
The Radio Dept. – Where Damage Isn’t Already Done
Atlas Sound – Dog Named Apollo
Beach House – Tomorrow Is So Far Away
A Sunny Day In Glasgow – Wake Up Pretty
Caribou – She’s The One
Bright Eyes – Neely O’Hara
Black Dice – Cloud Pleaser

(Running time – 20:54)

DOWNLOAD IT HERE.

Let me know what you think.

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Johnny Rotten – just shut the fuck up.

There are reports flying around in the last 24 hours saying that a fight broke out at a music festival in Barcelona, involving members of John Lydon’s entourage and Kele Okereke of Bloc Party.

It goes like this: At the Summercase Festival in Barcelona, Kele Okereke went over to spoke to his childhood idol, John Lydon, formerly Johnny Rotten. It was then that members of Lydon’s entourage are to have shouted racist abuse at Okereke, including something along the lines of: “Your problem is your black attitude”.

Three of the entourage are alleged to have then pounced on Okereke, punching and kicking him before Ricky Wilson (of Kaiser Chiefs) and Yannis Philippakis (of Foals) stepped in to mediate, and then they were attacked. The “unprovoked” attack has left Okereke with facial bruising and cuts to his face and body. Festival security then broke up the fight, while those involved were handcuffed and questioned. The fight was reported to both Spanish and British police.

Lydon has released a statement, carefully worded by the way, saying that “After the show, John Rotten and management remained behind to sign autographs, which we did for four solid hours without incident and had a great time talking to other Spanish bands.

“This seems to have sparked jealousy in certain bands.

“The trouble was brought to us, resulting in those causing the trouble being physically removed by festival security.

“It’s a shame that the wonderful world of the media is riddled with nonsense like this”

In reference to Okereke, Lydon added: “Grow up and learn to be a true man. When you have achieved as much as I have, come back and talk to me”.

All this says that Lydon is a hypocritical cunt. The old bastard seems a little angry at where the music industry is these days and has decided to join in the fun by reforming The Sex Pistols and making just a little more money from their legend. To top it off, he hangs around racist meatheads. And who said he was intelligent and progressive?

Lydon, you’re no longer as relevant as you once were and wish to be. Your time is over. You may not agree with the paths that contemporary musicians have chosen. That’s fine, your opinion is valid. That doesn’t mean that you have the right to so easily excuse an alleged racist attack by those associated with you.
You think that The Sex Pistols are the best thing to come from Britian? You’re sadly mistaken, you old twat. Fuck off.

Here are new items on the attack: The Age / The Guardian / The Telegraph / BBC News / Drowned In Sound

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My Bloody Valentine @ The Roundhouse

I was one of those lucky enough to see My Bloody Valentine perform in their first group of shows in thirteen years. I was in Barcelona when I found out about a last minute release of tickets to all five shows at The Roundhouse in Camden. I had all but given up hope of ever seeing them perform. But, somehow I managed to get tickets to the show Monday 23 June. Unbelievable…

I can only describe it as one of the most amazing musical experiences of my life. Whilst being mesmerised by the performance, I managed to take dozens of photos and a handful of video. Somehow I managed to capture all of ‘Soon’:

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When I return home in less than a fortnight, I’ll activate a flickr account and upload the best of the photos. I’ll also post more video when my vimeo account lets me.

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Insanity and the Anti-Obama Movement in the U.S.

Something is seriously wrong. Since I’ve had a couple of days to relax, I’ve been catching up on my international news and politics. Apart from referring to reputable news source from around the world, I’ve been spending time on YouTube and I’m horrified at what is happening in the US. Someone of the videos below are a little old, but I think they’re still relevant considering the recent developments in the presidential nominations.

Thankfully, Hillary Clinton has finally admitted defeat and allowed Barack Obama to the Democratic Nomination for the US Elections. Whilst Obama is not as left politically as Dennis Kucinich or John Edwards, he’s miles ahead of Hillary the warmonger. The reason I’m commenting on this is the presence of very dangerous opinions in both the US mainstream media as well as being all over the Internet. What I’m talking about is the ‘anti-Obama movement’. Obviously, American conservatives were always going to do their best to tear apart the Democratic nominee, but since it became clear that Hillary had no chance of winning the nomination race, the conservative movement has made it open season on Obama. The trouble is that we’re not talking about the usual “let’s dig deep into this guy’s background and see what dirt we can find” – no, no, no – we’re talking the most horrifying lies, fearmongering and historical misinterpretation that I can recall. I don’t know exactly where to start, so I’ll just hightlight some of the insanity as best I can.

Firstly, we have the group of people trying to push the idea that “Obama = Hitler”. Yes, that’s right – they’re comparing a nominee of the US Democratic Party, a man with relatively centrist political views, with the leader of the most well-known fascist/far-right political movement in history. This group of people believe that the fervour that Barack Obama incites at his rallies and the movement for change that has risen behind him is comparable to the hold that Adolf Hitler had over the German people in the 1930s. Their is also the belief that, if elected, Obama will incite hatred of white Americans, bringing about some kind of new Holocaust. How fucking offensive! I’m struggling to remember the last time I have seen such a ridiculous comparison. Here are a few videos I’ve found on YouTube, starting with utterly insane Ann Coulter (talk about fascist!):

A religious leader gets his say:

And another insane ‘believer’:

All this when one of John McCain’s ‘spiritual guides’, Rev. Rod Parsley, advocates that the US Christians should wage open war on Islam:

As the comments say, he has also “railed against the separation of church and state, homosexuals, and abortion rights, comparing Planned Parenthood to Nazis”. McCain actively sought Parsley’s support for his presidential campaign, but the mainstream media doesn’t have the guts to call McCain on Parsley’s abhorrent anti-Islamic views.

Next up, reference to Barack Obama’s middle name – Hussein. This is blatant fearmongering if ever it existed. Simply because of Obama’s Islamic heritage (his father was Muslim), commentators are referring to his middle name to incite the obvious – mental associations in their audience between Barack Obama and Saddam Hussein and his family. Here’s Ann Coulter at it again:

And as soon as there is any evidence of association with Islamism, the lunatic conservatives get onto the idea that Obama’s Christian views are merely a lie to deceive the American people until such time that he is elected President, and then he’ll tell everyone that’s he’s really a Muslim. Are you fucking kidding me? There are hundreds of videos about this on YouTube – look them up.

And finally, there’s the ‘terrorist fist jab’ incident courtesy of, you guessed it, FOX News. You’ll just have to see this for yourselves:

And here’s Ann Coulter again. Do I need mention that she’s racist? Oh, I hate her so much:

If you have anymore outpourings of mental instability in US politics that I should know about, let me know.

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These New Puritans @ The Great Escape

Another video I shot at TGE. This time it’s These New Puritans with “Elvis”. Spitting the code. Brilliant.

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more about “These New Puritans – Elvis (Live)“, posted with vodpod

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