Monday, April 27, 2009

Sometimes, I Get Surprised...

I was reading an article about some people in Israel who work to bring respect, love, and understanding to a lot of different people. Everyone from Arabs to Sudanese refugees to Messianic Jews in the IDF to Palestinian Evangelicals... it really surprised and gave me hope. Because while the world is fucked up and humans can be animals, Jesus can transform anyone. Even those who claim to follow Him, but do terrible things in His name.



Friday, April 24, 2009

Hands Across Basements Fest 2 - 4/30-5/2

April 30, Day 1 @ Bike Haus:1308 Clay St.
downtown Cinci:

Bathe in Bleach: 8:30-8:50
Order 66: 9:05-9:25
Meeoow Motherfucker: 9:40-10
The Dopamines: 10:15-10:35
Panty Hearst: 10:50-11:15
John Walsh: 11:30-11:50

May 1, Day 2: 2389 Flora St in Clifton:

The Read: 8-8:20
Knife The Symphony: 8:35-8:55
Utah Spirit Babys (IN): 9:10-9:35
Lose the 'Tude (Columbus): 9:50-10:15
Sin Orden (Chicago): 10:30-10:55
Condenada (Chicago): 11:10-11:35
The Final Nail: 11:50-12:10 (FINAL SHOW EVER!!!!!!!!!)

May 2, Day 3 2687 University Ct off of Straight St in Clifton:

Paralyzer: 8:25-8:45
Wormburner: 9-9:25
Holy Shit: 9:40-10:05
The Copyrights: 10:20-10:45
Nukkehammer: 11-11:25
Lost Hands Found Fingers: 11:40-12:00

Really Really Free Market this Saturday!!!

This is the second time the RRFM will be taking place in Hoffner park in Northside from 1-5PM this Sat! The weather will surely be beautiful (hopefully) and there's going to be some great stuff going around. It's all free! No money, no bartering, no swapping, no trading. Just remember to bring something even if it's a sweet skill like giving haircuts or plucking some strings on a banjo and stick around for some convos. Free vegan food will be brought by Food not Bombs later on in the afternoon.
See you there!

PJ Harvey and Josh Parish, TBA playing Madison Theater

With TBA
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
7:00 Doors | 8:00 Show - All Ages
Price: $33

Polly Jean Harvey is an English musician and songwriter. Raised in Corscombe, Dorset, England, Harvey formed an eponymous band as a teenager with drummer Rob Ellis and bassist Ian Olliver, who was replaced with Steve Vaughan. The trio released their first album Dry in 1992. Ellis and Vaughan left the band after the release of Rid of Me (1993), and Harvey continued as a solo artist.

John Parish is a British musician and producer best known for his work with singer and songwriter PJ Harvey[1], though he has also worked with Eels, Tracy Chapman, and Giant Sand, amongst others. His sister is the actress Sarah Parish, whose credits include Peak Practice, Cutting It and Mistresses

Flaming Lips' song "Do You Realize??" made the state song of Oklahoma

Gov Henry Overrides House, Honors People's Choice of Lips
April 23, 2009

Oklahoma City -- Gov. Brad Henry will sign an executive order Tuesday, April 28, naming the Flaming Lips song, “Do You Realize??,” as the official rock song of Oklahoma.

In a statewide Internet vote held late last year, that song was the choice of 51 percent of more than 21,000 votes cast. Senate Joint Resolution 24 sought to codify that vote, but was narrowly defeated.

“For more than 20 years, Oklahoma’s own Flaming Lips have produced creative, fun and provocative rock music,” Gov. Henry said.

“The music of the Flaming Lips has earned Grammys, glowing critical acclaim and fans all over the world. A truly iconic rock ‘n’ roll band, they are proud ambassadors of their home state.

“They were clearly the people’s choice, and I intend to honor that vote.

The signing of the executive order will be held at 2 p.m. April 28 at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Obama releases Justice Dept Torture Memos

warning, they're pretty sickening...

also, statement by Obama on the release:

"The Department of Justice will today release certain memos issued by the Office of Legal Counsel between 2002 and 2005 as part of an ongoing court case. These memos speak to techniques that were used in the interrogation of terrorism suspects during that period, and their release is required by the rule of law.

My judgment on the content of these memos is a matter of record. In one of my very first acts as President, I prohibited the use of these interrogation techniques by the United States because they undermine our moral authority and do not make us safer. Enlisting our values in the protection of our people makes us stronger and more secure. A democracy as resilient as ours must reject the false choice between our security and our ideals, and that is why these methods of interrogation are already a thing of the past. But that is not what compelled the release of these legal documents today.

While I believe strongly in transparency and accountability, I also believe that in a dangerous world, the United States must sometimes carry out intelligence operations and protect information that is classified for purposes of national security. I have already fought for that principle in court and will do so again in the future.

However, after consulting with the Attorney General, the Director of National Intelligence, and others, I believe that exceptional circumstances surround these memos and require their release. First, the interrogation techniques described in these memos have already been widely reported. Second, the previous Administration publicly acknowledged portions of the program - and some of the practices - associated with these memos. Third, I have already ended the techniques described in the memos through an Executive Order.

Therefore, withholding these memos would only serve to deny facts that have been in the public domain for some time. This could contribute to an inaccurate accounting of the past, and fuel erroneous and inflammatory assumptions about actions taken by the United States. In releasing these memos, it is our intention to assure those who carried out their duties relying in good faith upon legal advice from the Department of Justice that they will not be subject to prosecution.

The men and women of our intelligence community serve courageously on the front lines of a dangerous world. Their accomplishments are unsung and their names unknown, but because of their sacrifices, every single American is safer. We must protect their identities as vigilantly as they protect our security, and we must provide them with the confidence that they can do their jobs. Going forward, it is my strong belief that the United States has a solemn duty to vigorously maintain the classified nature of certain activities and information related to national security.

This is an extraordinarily important responsibility of the presidency, and it is one that I will carry out assertively irrespective of any political concern. Consequently, the exceptional circumstances surrounding these memos should not be viewed as an erosion of the strong legal basis for maintaining the classified nature of secret activities. I will always do whatever is necessary to protect the national security of the United States. This is a time for reflection, not retribution. I respect the strong views and emotions that these issues evoke. We have been through a dark and painful chapter in our history.

But at a time of great challenges and disturbing disunity, nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past. Our national greatness is embedded in America's ability to right its course in concert with our core values, and to move forward with confidence. That is why we must resist the forces that divide us, and instead come together on behalf of our common future. The United States is a nation of laws. My Administration will always act in accordance with those laws, and with an unshakeable commitment to our ideals. That is why we have released these memos, and that is why we have taken steps to ensure that the actions described within them never take place again."

Koufar - Lebanese Maronite Christian Nationalist Power Electronics

Visiting his family back in Lebanon in 2006, Waddiah Rabiah Chami was caught in the middle of the Israel - Lebanon war. Those of us who know him were very worried for his safety, as Israel was making civilians targets. Witnessing the devastation that Hezbollah sparked in the land of his family, he developed a deep hatred for them and Syria (who support them), and Islamic extremism. While himself an atheist, he clings tightly to his Maronite Christian roots. To express the way he feels about the situation in Lebanon, he started a power electronics project called Koufar. It stands out from most power electronics acts by being creative and not wallowing in misogyny and/or racism. It is some of the angriest, most intense music you will ever hear and I can't recommend it enough.

So far, Koufar has these releases:

-Enemy/Legacy 3" CDr EP edition of 50 (Universal Tongue) 2009
-Haiawan Full Length CDr edition of 66 (Small Doses) 2009

As well as an appearance on:

-Driven to Kill Vol.1 - All This For Nothing CS (With Intent Records)

Be sure to check out the Koufar official webpage and myspace.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Autobahn Music Festival on April 25th in Wilmington, OH

Ronnie Martin of Joy Electric is putting on the Autobahn Music Festival at Joe's Java in Wilmington, Ohio again this year. The bands are electric and synth pop. It'll be on the 25th of this month.


Joy Electric
The Foxglove Hunt
The Echoing Green
I Satellite
Reagan Eighties
Cut the Red Wire

4 pm - Midnight

Joe's Java
180 E. Main Street
Wilmington, OH 45177

Pre-Sale Tickets - $15
Day of Event - $20

Group rates available.


Note: There will be no paper tickets issued for the event. Pre-Sale ticket buyers will receive an email confirmation and names will be on a list at the entrance to the event.

New Wise Blood Song

Check it out here:

Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Michigan Militia is back and they're recruiting near the University of Cincinnati?!??

I saw a flyer for these assholes taped to a telephone pole on MLK and Riddle today. So fucked. It was taped on pretty well and I didn't have a knife or a marker on me, so I didn't take it down or deface it.

For those of you who don't know who these guys are, they're an extreme right-wing anti-government homegrown terrorist group that made headlines during the Clinton administration. If you ever see a flyer or literature for them or something similar, take it down and throw it out.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Chinese black metal

I'm in intense pain and sick, but I wanted to share this link with you guys:

Zuriaake - Chinese black metal