Canadian punk rockers D.O.A. tour Australia


This is a music video of the D.O.A. song Police Brutality.

By Chris Peterson in Australia:

Canadian punk veterans DOA hit Australia one last time

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Veteran Canadian punk band DOA have set sail for Australia for one final tour this month. Formed in 1978, Henry Rollins described the band as “live they were monumental, change your life, blow away time … They came to town and we were like WOW!”

DOA’s slogan has been “Talk minus Action equals Zero” and the band has been active on many issues, including anti-racism, anti-globalisation, freedom of speech, and the environment.

In 2003, founding member Joe “Shithead” Keithley released his autobiography, I, Shithead: A Life in Punk.

The tour starts on April 24, the day before ANZAC Day when Australia commemorates invading another nation. Much of DOA’s work is about ending war and militarism. Keithley told Green Left Weekly: “It’s always important for artists to stand up against violence. I would rather talk to somebody for an endless amount up time than start up some sort of violent action.”

DOA have been touring for more than 35 years and survived a number of pretty nasty US governments, such as Ronald Reagan and two Bushs. Keithley says the secret is “a lot of gaffer tape and beer!”

“But seriously,” he added, “it’s been a spirit of camaraderie and purpose and that purpose is trying to change the world into a better place. TALK minus ACTION equals ZERO.”

More recently, Keithley has run for office: “My mandate is to try and get people to have a lot more to say in our political system. That and education for all — education should be a right not a privilege.”

DOA has been very influential and often helped other bands to get a start, especially via their record company, Sudden Death Records.

Keithley offers this advice to musicians on swimming against the stream: “It’s real basic. Stick to your guns, play what you want to play, don’t worry about what is perceived as being popular. If you stay together long enough and you’re any good, people will eventually figure it out!”

Tour dates:
– Thursday April 24th
The Evelyn, Fitzroy
– Friday April 25th
The Basement, Belconnen (Canberra)
– Saturday April 26th
Hermann’s Bar, Sydney
– Sunday April 27th
Prince of Wales, Brisbane

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Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer disgusted about CIA torture abuse of his music


This video from the USA is called Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer — I’m Disgusted The CIA Used Our Music … TO TORTURE A MAN!

From TMZ in the USA:

Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer — I’m Disgusted the CIA Allegedly Used Our Music … TO TORTURE A MAN!

4/12/2014 2:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith almost threw up in a Malibu parking lot Saturday … after learning the CIA allegedly used his band’s music during a suspected terrorist interrogation.

Chad was leaving Coogies when our photog asked for his opinion on a recent news report saying RHCP music was used during a CIA interrogation in 2002.

According to Al Jazeera … the report says Abu Zubaydah was shackled by his wrists to the ceiling of a secret prison site and forced to listen to one of their songs on a loop — among other torture methods. No word on which song.

The 52-year old rocker is pissed at the feds — and he’s not shy about it.

Someone’s gonna get audited this year.

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Canadian metal rockers protest against Pentagon abuse of their music as torture


This music video is called Harsh Stone White – Skinny Puppy.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Metal band Skinny Puppy send US government invoice after finding out their music was ‘used as torture device in Guantanamo Bay’

Christopher Hooton

Friday 31 January 2014

The US Army’s use of Metallica’s oeuvre as a tool in its interrogations in Iraq is well documented, but it opted for something a little more esoteric in Guantanamo Bay, according to one Canadian industrial metal band.

“We heard through a reliable grapevine that our music was being used in Guantanamo Bay prison camps to musically stun or torture people,” founder cEvin Key told the Phoenix New Times. “We heard that our music was used on at least four occasions.”

While Metallica politely asked the US military to stop using their music for the sleep deprivation of detainees, Skinny Puppy took it one step further.

“So we thought it would be a good idea to make an invoice to the US government for musical services,” Key added. “Thus the concept of the [band's new] record title, Weapons.”

Despite the band’s aggressive sound, they said they had never envisioned their music being used in such a way.

Asked how he felt about their songs allegedly being used in the detention camp, Key replied: “Not too good. We never supported those types of scenarios. … Because we make unsettling music, we can see it being used in a weird way. But it doesn’t sit right with us.”

See also here.

This Band Billed the Pentagon $660,000 For Using its Music to Torture GITMO Prisoners: here.

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Black Skinned Blue-Eyed Boys, anti-war song


After the pro-peace song written by Pete Seeger, sung by Marlene Dietrich, here is a music video, from Britain, by The Equals – Black Skinned Blue-Eyed Boys. Written by Eddy Grant, from Guyana.

The lyrics are:

Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys

People: white is white
What’s black ain’t clover

Together we’ll be
When the war is over.
You see the Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys

They ain’t gonna fight no wars
Oh no.

Cool is school
But the teachers beat yer

When they see
That they can’t reach yer.

You see the Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys
They ain’t gonna fight no wars
Oh no.

They ain’t got no country
They ain’t got no creed
People won’t be black or white
The world will be half-breed.
The world will be half-breed.
The world will be half-breed.

You see the Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys
they ain’t gonna fight no doggone wars.

They ain’t got no country…
It’s a brand new day
With brand new people
In one big world
We’re just one people.
You see the Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys

They ain’t gonna fight no wars. Oh
no.
Baby
you know that we hate fighting.

Recent research about people in Europe, in the Mesolithic age, ten thousands of years after their ancestors had immigrated from Africa:

A 7,000-year-old man whose bones were left behind in a Spanish cave had the dark skin of an African, but the blue eyes of a Scandinavian. He was a hunter-gatherer who ate a low-starch diet and couldn’t digest milk well — which meshes with the lifestyle that predated the rise of agriculture. But his immune system was already starting to adapt to a new lifestyle.

Europeans may have evolved lighter skin in past 5,000 years: here.

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No werewolf in the Netherlands


This music video from California in the USA is called Jerry Garcia Band Performs “Werewolves of LondonHalloween ’92 Oakland.

These werewolves exist only in the song. And they don’t seem to exist in te Netherlands either.

Translated from dichtbij.nl in the Netherlands:

‘Werewolf’ in Zeeheldenbuurt probably fantasy

Nicolai Brannan, editor

24 January 2014

Leiden – The story of, maybe, a werewolf in the Zeeheldenbuurt neighbourhood in Leiden is probably made ​​up. Police have said this to the Leidsch Dagblad newspaper. Earlier this week there was a report ​​to the police that a person dressed as a werewolf scared ​​children.

The police assumes that the story was invented by a child with an active imagination.

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Everly Brother Phil dies


This music video from the USA is called Everly Brothers – Bird Dog (live 1983).

From the BBC:

4 January 2014 Last updated at 07:34 GMT

US musician Phil Everly dies aged 74

US musician Phil Everly, one half of the Everly Brothers, has died, aged 74, in California, his family says.

Everly died in the Los Angeles suburb of Burbank of complications from lung disease, his wife, Patti, told the Los Angeles Times.

“We are absolutely heartbroken,” she said, adding that the disease was the result of a lifetime of smoking.

Phil Everly and his brother Don made up the Everly Brothers, one of the biggest pop acts of the 1950s and early 1960s.

They had a string of close-harmony hits including Wake Up Little Suzie, Cathy’s Clown, Bye Bye Love, and All I Have To Do Is Dream.

“It’s a terrible, terrible loss – for me, for everybody,” US rock pioneer Duane Eddy, a friend of Everly, told BBC Radio 5live.

Everly died on Friday of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his son Jason Everly told AP.

The Washington Post quoted a woman at Don Everly’s home as saying he was too upset to talk about the death of his brother. “He expected to go first,” she told the newspaper.

Rolling Stone magazine calls the Everly Brothers “the most important vocal duo in rock”.

In its biography of the pair, the magazine says Phil and his older brother Don were the children of Midwestern country music singers Ike and Margaret Everly and performed on the family radio show while growing up.

In their heyday between 1957 and 1962, the Everly Brothers had 19 Top 40 hits, according to the Associated Press. They influenced acts such as the Beatles and the Beach Boys.

The pair had an onstage breakup in 1973 that led to a decade-long estrangement, but Phil later told Time magazine the brothers’ relationship had survived this.

“Don and I are infamous for our split,” Phil said, “but we’re closer than most brothers.”

The Everly Brothers were elected to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in its first year, 1986, and they were given a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys in 1997.

Among the musicians paying tribute to the singer and guitarist, was singer-songwriter Charlie Daniels, who tweeted: “Rest in peace Phil Everly. You guys brought us a lot of pleasure back in the day.”

A memorable 1984 BBC documentary, The Everly Brothers: Songs of Innocence and Experience, followed the newly reunited brothers as they traveled back to Kentucky and spent time with some of the older generation of miners and musicians in the area. The warmth and appreciation evident in their meetings with old friends from home is moving. That the Everly Brothers never walled themselves off from real-life experiences or the struggles of ordinary working people is also entirely to their credit and their art was only the better for it: here.

This video is called The Butterflies *Willem Word Wakker* ~ Dutch Cover of Everly Bros *Wake Up Little Susie*.

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Fukushima nuclear disaster update


This music video from Japan says about itself:

SCRAP performing their song “Fuck Tepco” in Koriyama, 10/2/11

Scrap is a punk rock band, consisting of Fukushima survivors who lost everything in the disaster.

Tepco company admitted security fault in Fukushima, Japan: here.

Japan lacks decommissioning experts for Fukushima — Phys.org: here.

TEPCO: Not all pumped-in water reached overheating Fukushima reactors — The Asahi Shimbun: here.

Hellbender salamander rock music video


This video from the Center for Biological Diversity in the USA says about itself:

Hellbenders Rock

20 nov 2013

We love hellbenders. But they’re not the cuddliest of species, with their slimy bodies that look like the 2-foot-long lovechild of phlegm and a rock. Actually these critters — also called (by people not on the Center’s staff) “devil dogs” and “snot otters” — are pretty much a PR nightmare for anyone trying to fight off their extinction due to water pollution and dams. The rallying cry “Save the Snot Otter” doesn’t always go over well.

Happily for the hellbender, a band from St. Louis is now doing this salamander justice through song. They may yet make a rock ‘n’ roll legend out of North America’s largest amphibian.

We think there are few things more rockin’ than raising a little hellbender.

NATURAL HISTORY

HELLBENDER: Cryptobranchus alleganiensis
FAMILY: Cryptobranchidae

DESCRIPTION: Hellbenders are considered to be living fossils because they have changed so little over time. They are large, stout-bodied, fully-aquatic salamanders that grow to be two feet long with brown, grey or black skin with lighter markings. Hellbenders have flattened bodies and heads that allow them to cling to the river bottom, as well as a rough pad on their toes for traction on slick rocks. They have paddle-like tails for swimming, and numerous folds of fleshy skin for oxygen absorption. Their eyes are small, without lids, and their skin secretes toxic slime to ward off predators.

HABITAT: This salamander occurs in rocky, clear creeks and rivers, usually where there are large shelter rocks. It generally avoids water warmer than 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Males prepare nests and attend eggs beneath large, flat rocks or submerged logs.

RANGE: This species is found in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The Ozark subspecies is found only in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas.

MIGRATION: The hellbender does not migrate.

BREEDING: Hellbender breeding is aquatic. Males may move short distances within their home ranges to brooding sites. The breeding season is variable but occurs mainly in September and October; a male prepares a nest by moving gravel to create a saucer-shaped depression, then depositing 200-400 eggs in the depression. The male fertilizes the eggs and guards the nests until the young are about three weeks old.

LIFE CYCLE: Newly hatched larvae are approximately 1.2 inches long. Development is rapid, and hatchlings double their size in the first year. Larvae normally lose their external gills in the second summer after hatching. Hellbenders reach sexual maturity at five to six years and may live as long as 30 years.

FEEDING: Crayfish are the most important food items for hellbenders, but the salamanders’ diet also includes fish, insects, earthworms, snails, tadpoles, fish eggs, other hellbenders and other hellbenders’ eggs.

THREATS: This species is mainly threatened by poor water quality, unsustainable collection for the pet trade and scientific purposes, persecution by anglers, disease caused by chytrid fungus, stocking of predatory fish and loss of genetic diversity.

POPULATION TREND: The hellbender is declining throughout its range. The Ozark hellbender in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas is in especially alarming decline.

Action timeline

May 4, 2004 — The Center petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list 225 candidate species, including the Ozark hellbender.

April 20, 2010 — The Center petitioned to list 404 aquatic, riparian and wetland species in the southeastern United States as threatened or endangered, including the hellbender.

September 8, 2010 — The Service issued a proposed rule to list the Ozark hellbender as endangered but refused to designate critical habitat.

November 8, 2010 — The Center filed comments with the Fish and Wildlife Service urging the Service to designate critical habitat for the Ozark hellbender.

July 12, 2011 — The Center reached a landmark agreement with the Fish and Wildlife Service compelling the agency to move forward in the protection process for 757 species, including the Ozark and eastern hellbenders.

October 5, 2011 — The Service issued a final rule listing the Ozark hellbender as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act as part of our 757 species agreement.

January 31, 2013 — The Center and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the agencies’ failure to protect the Ozark hellbender, Hine’s emerald dragonfly, Tumbling Creek cavesnail and two endangered mussels on Missouri’s Mark Twain National Forest, where logging, road use and other activities are polluting waterways.

Two new species of mini-salamander discovered in Colombia: here.

Loïs Lane, live radio concert video


This is a music video of Lois Lane, singing their song My best friend, written in 1989, live on the national radio show in Hilversum on 2 November 2013.

The video was made with a cell phone, so please don’t expect professional quality :)

After the Hilversum radio show concerts by Berget Lewis and Rick de Leeuw, Loïs Lane came. While the two earlier acts had been on stage for half an hour both, Loïs Lane played (and was interviewed by the presenter) for one hour. Like Berget and Rick, Loïs Lane had a new album out; but theirs was also a special occasion, as it was a sort of resurrection after a long time of (near) death.

Monique Klemann, an Amsterdam singer of Indonesian-Dutch ancestry, originally founded Loïs Lane in 1984. When another singer left, she asked her elder sister Suzanne to join; as there would be an important show in the Melkweg soon. Suzanne had never sung on a stage; so, she hesitated. However, as soon as she was on the Melkweg stage, she found out that the really liked it.

Their music caught the attention of famous United States musician Prince. They became support act on tour, and recorded songs with him.

However, pregnancy and other causes put the band on the back burner. Suzanne for some time became the presenter of the radio show she played in on 2 November; but decided she liked singing better.

In the band’s new line-up, Monique’s daughter Merel sings as well. Not on 2 November, however, as Merel’s hockey team needed her then.