Eminem rap video against Trump’s warmongering, racism


This rap music video from the USA says about itself:

Eminem Rips Donald Trump In BET Hip Hop Awards Freestyle Cypher

10 October 2017

Eminem is back! And he’s in classic bar-for-bar form blasting at Donald Trump from his Detroit home. The cyphers went crazy too. Peep.

In the song, Eminem states about Trump:

What we’ve got in office now‘s a kamikaze that’ll probably cause a nuclear holocaust.

The song also opposes Trump’s plans for a wall along the Mexican border, his anti-immigrant policies, his corruption and his whitewashing of white supremacists, his reactions to the Puerto Rico hurricane disaster and his war on American football.

The complete lyrics are here.

A review is here.

Donald Trump threatens to shut down NBC and other TV news networks that criticise him … Mr Trump’s tweet came in response to a story written by NBC, which said that Mr Trump had sought to increase America’s nuclear arsenal tenfold: here.

British folk-punk Lily Gaskell on music and politics


This music video from England is called Lily Gaskell entertaining guests at Hannah & Rob Blake’s Wedding Party. Brooklands Museum, Saturday 1st August, 2015.

By Felicity Collier in Britain:

In tune with the times

Tuesday 10th October 2017

Folk-punk artist LILY GASKELL talks to Felicity Collier about how the changing political landscape impacts on her work

FROM early on in her career, when she played Rock against Racism nights, folk-punk artist Lily Gaskell’s work has been infused with a socialist attitude to music-making.

Along with like-minded people who shared her views to this and other local issues, she developed “a sense of responsibility to stand up for people and share their message,” she tells me.

Lily hails from Thatcher‘s hometown of Stamford and, if further proof were needed that the latter was responsible for millions of children’s misery, the singer tells me that aged 13 she had to clean cobwebs off the iron lady‘s clothes during her work experience at the town’s museum.

“There’s no cleaning that amount of mess off though,” she quips.

When she’s not rollerskating, the professionally trained musician tours around co-operatively run venues such as Bradford’s 1 in 12 club and Sumac in Nottingham.

She performs covers in pubs as a means of income but says that she has had to turn venues down in the past “if their political values are way off mine.”

Music is in Lily’s blood. She grew up in a musical house and both her parents — who still play — were in a band together.

“My dad got me my first electric guitar when I was 11,” she recalls.

“I couldn’t play a single chord until I started going to an after-school group and it quickly became all-consuming.

“I was gigging regularly from the age of 12, playing bass in a few bands. But I didn’t start writing or singing until I was around 14 and became more confident in myself.”

Hugely inspired by songwriter Jeff Buckley, she tried to mimic his intricacy and style. Pearl Jam, Pixies and Smashing Pumpkins have all been influences, along with The Clash, Rancid, Black Flag, Bad Religion and Misfits.

Currently, she draws inspiration from promoters like Loud Women, who encourage all-female line-ups at their gigs.

“It’s very necessary and totally awesome,” she says. “In our patriarchal society women need to reclaim space and feel safe doing so.

“While it’s great to have all-female line-ups, it’s just as much about the people who attend the gigs. The atmosphere and safe space these events create makes it more accessible and in turn will get more women involved in music. Girls to the front!”

And she’s inspired by the changing political landscape. The Tories —“every one of their sentences crawls with lies” — are on their way out, “no doubt,” and she found the June election empowering but emotionally draining.

“It woke up the youth and showed they can make a difference. We showed everyone that the Labour Party is a viable alternative and it was the start of something really significant.

This Lily Gaskell music video says about itself:

18 September 2015

A song for Jeremy Corbyn; adapted from a poem by Ian Everett.

The article continues:

“I helped my parents’ campaign in Skegness, where my dad ran as the Labour Party candidate.

“We drove around in his bright red ‘Corbyn Camper,’ with my Mum doing hilarious Thatcher impressions through a megaphone down Skeggy high street.”

No doubt Lily will make a similarly storming appearance at the London fundraiser for the Morning Star on Saturday. Don’t miss!

Lily Gaskell and rap/spoken-word artist Potent Whisper are appearing at the Constitution pub, 42 St Pancras Way, London NW1 on Saturday October 14. The event starts at 7.30pm and tickets are available from maryado2000@yahoo.co.uk, eventbrite.co.uk or on the door.

United States neonazis abusing America the Beautiful song


This 7 October 2017 video is about extreme right Milo Yiannopoulos, a right-wing racist in a child abuse scandal, singing America the Beautiful to an audience of United States neofascists doing the Hitler salute.

How ironic, as the original poem America the Beautiful is by Katharine Lee Bates, a feminist, a lesbian, a Christian socialist and an anti-imperialist.

America the Beautiful is today often sung by Right wingers in the USA, wallowing in chauvinist ‘patriotism’ (as in ‘Patriot Act‘).

Little do they know about its author and her intentions when writing: everything which the Bushes, Cheneys, Rumsfelds, Pat Robertsons, Milo Yiannopouloses and Donald Trumps of today hate. Katharine Lee Bates in the poem attacked capitalist profit mongering,

British grime musician Stormzy against Theresa May


This 25 June 2017 video from England says about itself:

Glastonbury 2017: Stormzy demands justice for Grenfell Tower.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Grime king Stormzy merks May at GQ night

Thursday 7th September 2017

GRIME star Stormzy took a very public pot shot at Theresa May and joined Jeremy Corbyn on stage on Tuesday night as he won top honours at the GQ Men of the Year Awards.

The rapper was introduced by the Labour leader as “one of London’s most inspiring young men,” as he won solo artist of the year.

Stormzy said: “Big up Jeremy Corbyn,” and added that the Prime Minister was “a paigon” — which Urban Dictionary defines as “a friend that lies, betrays and isn’t true to you.”

Mr Corbyn described him as an artist who has “single-handedly ushered in a new era in British music.”

He also praised him for speaking out against racism and supporting the victims of Grenfell, while remaining “true to his roots and committed to his values.”

This video from Britain says about itself:

6 September 2017

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says he would love to see Stormzy in Parliament and that the artist is “a man of his own mind” . Report by Hettie Maylam.

US band Allah-las concert stopped by white nationalist terror threat


This 2012 music video from the USA is called Allah-Las – Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind) (Official Video).

On 23 August 2017, an Allah-Las concert was planned in Rotterdam city in the Netherlands.

However, authorities banned that concert. They said there was a terrorist threat against it.

Lots of talk on the Internet along the lines of ‘These Muslims are at it again!‘ ‘Just after the bloody attack in Barcelona!’, etc.

These people apparently forgot to consider the possibility: ‘These white nationalists=alt-right=neonazis are at it again.’ Just after the neonazi murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, USA. After Breivik in Norway (whose mass murder was widely blamed on Muslims, and not just by the xenophobic Rupert Murdoch media, before police had found out it was by Breivik). After the Islamophobic murders in Quebec, Canada. After the murder by an Islamophobic motorist outside Finsbury mosque in London, England. Etc. Etc.

Now it turns out that the terrorist threat against the Allah-las concert was by white Dutchman Jimmy F. from Zevenbergen town. Police have arrested him. Jimmy F. is now officially a suspect of terrorism. According to a Dutch NOS TV report today, Internet contacts of F. describe him as ‘right-wing’ and ‘nationalist‘. So, a lot more like Anders Behring Breivik and the Charlottesville murderer of Heather Heyer, James Alex Fields Jr. than like Osama bin Laden. Apparently, F. wanted to create a climate of Islamophobic fear and violence by blaming Muslims falsely.

It reminds me of the German neonazi army officers’ plot to murder politicians, posing as Syrian refugees who they hoped would be blamed.

F’s Internet friends claimed that F. had ‘good intentions’. That reminds me of far-right Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, who recently said that Adolf Hitler supposedly had ‘good intentions’. More about Taro Aso later on this blog.