Monday, 30 April 2012

Coming soon...

♪♫ Herman Brood & His Wild Romance - Saturday Night/Lady Killer

Big band version of 'Saturday Night' (1999)

Such a sad, sad end to his life...
Toward the end of his life, Brood vowed to abstain from most drugs, reducing his drug use to alcohol and a daily shot of speed ("2 grams per day")[11])
Dear Wikiperson,
Firstly, alcohol and two grams of speed is hardly what I would call abstaining from (most) drugs and secondly, it would have to be a fugn gigantic syringe to get a couple of grams into one shot!


If I was rich...

This is where I would be heading in September!!!

The mayur says:

(Thanx Bodhi!)

Someone Should Build a Psychedelic Resort/Lab Seastead

(Thanx Shane!)

32 years ago today

Remember kids - beneath the pavement lies the beach...

Sunday, 29 April 2012

One more time... time like the present!!!
Oil company Perenco accused of ‘1970s-era’ methods in Peru’s Amazon

Prison Industries: 'Don't Let Society Improve or We Lose Business'

One out of every 100 people in the United States is imprisoned. Even though we are 5 percent of the world's population, we have 25 percent of the prisoners in the world. We are number one in the world in the number of people we imprison - we even beat China. A normal reaction to this situation would be to try to reform our laws, our judicial system - including sentencing - our prison system and our society so that we would not have the disconcerting distinction of being the number-one jailer in the world.
Instead, in the past decade, there has been a movement to privatize more and more of our state and federal prisons to save money (which has not materialized) and ease overcrowding under the pressure of the courts. This has led to a wide world of influence peddling, self-dealing and lobbying while preying on a captured group of people to fill prison beds. Just as I have feared that privatizing the logistics of war will encourage private war-service industries to lobby for a hot war or long occupation to keep their industries viable, there has emerged a group of prison industries, state and federal legislators, and other players who will continue to benefit from our disgraceful ranking as the world's largest warden.
There are two very large and influential prison companies in the United States who are manipulating the system to make sure they have plenty of business: The GEO Group (formerly Wackenhut) and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). In the first part of this two-part series, I will explore The GEO Group's influence peddling; next week, I will look at CCA.
If you have any doubt in your mind that improving society and lowering the number of prisoners in our country (normally considered a worthy social goal) is a threat to the prison industry business, all you need to do is to read about that concern in The GEO Group's 2011 annual report:
In particular, the demand for our correctional and detention facilities and services and BI's [a prison industry company Geo acquired in 2011] services could be adversely affected by changes in existing criminal or immigration laws, crime rates in jurisdictions in which we operate, the relaxation of criminal or immigration enforcement efforts, leniency in conviction, sentencing or deportation practices, and the decriminalization of certain activities that are currently proscribed by criminal laws or the loosening of immigration laws. For example, any changes with respect to the decriminalization of drugs and controlled substances could affect the number of persons arrested, convicted, sentenced and incarcerated, thereby potentially reducing demand for correctional facilities to house them. Similarly, reductions in crime rates could lead to reductions in arrests, convictions and sentences requiring incarceration at correctional facilities. Immigration reform laws which are currently a focus for legislators and politicians at the federal, state and local level also could materially adversely impact us...

23 Skidoo - The Gospel Comes To New Guinea/Last Words/Vegas El Bandito (Live @ Electrowerks 24/03/12)

Relax, It’s Just a Run-of-the-Mill Nuke Spill

Saturday, 28 April 2012

♪♫ Pentangle - No Love Is Sorrow


For Yotte


Ex-Israeli spy boss attacks Netanyahu and Barak over Iran

Nicolas Cage performs John Cage's 4'33"



Via David Harrow

Friday, 27 April 2012

Spiritualized - Huh? (outro)

Japan only bonus track!!!

La Trobe 'torture' study anguish

Originally broadcast on Radio National here in Australia in October 2008.
Or listen below 


Goths Up Trees from Swedish TV in 1996!
(Thanx Ano!)

Why not marry your cousin? Millions do

Blu & Ill

The last time I put up something by this mob I got served with a DMCA notice, despite it being a legal link promoted by Hyperdub!!!
So this time you fuckwits from the RIAA or whoever, if you have a problem with this post then ask Pitchfuck to take this track down or XLR8R to lose this mix done especially for them. Asshats XXX

Pure Filth Sound - King of the Forrest

Sam XL of Pure Filth and David Harrow formerly of On-U Sound met in November 2010 while working on project's for the Ninja Tune 20 year anniversary party in Los Angeles. The two Brit's soon became friends and decided to team up working together on a series of small club installations in L.A called "Screwface" (a weekly off shoot of Bassface) and on the Bass Oasis Dome for Coachella 2011.
That summer they began to produce original music and visual content, developing a "Live" Pure Filth Sound show to accompany the pounding Bass of the mighty Pure Filth speaker system.
Over the last year they have crafted a sonic epilogue from Los Angeles alongside Underground stalwart's Kemst, Busdriver, Warrior Queen, Mestizo, Nocando, RYAT, Jakes and Crazy D.

Sidi Touré with Yehiya Arby - Artiatanat

New Avalanches Mixtape? Pinchy & Friends - Sleepy Bedtime Mix For Young Ones by Henry Chinaski

Over the weekend, the Avalanches posted a link in their Twitter feed along with the note, "may or may not be mixtape by ♥ ∆v∆L∆NCH∑≤ ♥."
Secret Information

♪♫ The Bug (ft. Warrior Queen) - Aktion Pak

Mavado - Action Pak Riddim

Robert Plant: By Myself

Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation live at Sound Stage 2005 Just to make things clear - I don't mind Robert Plant. It's Jimmy Page and his plagiarism I can't stand!!!

Found this photograph...

(Click to enlarge)   
...lying in the street a number of years ago here in Melbourne! Wonder who they were?

Garciaz with Gunz #1

Via Sam Cutler

Privacy-Killing CISPA Bill Passes House

The House passes CISPA with a vote of 248 to 168

Gary Lucas & Gods and Monsters - Jedwabne


Produced by Jerry Harrison
Gary Lucas -guitars, lead vocal
Jerry Harrison -keyboards
Ernie Brooks -bass
Billy Ficca -drums
Alva Rogers -vocals
Jenni Muldaur -vocals
Jason Candler -alto sax
Joe Hendel -trombone
Art by Cheyenne Schiavone

Old school mates #'s 1, 2 & 3

My old school friend Alan Thomson pictured here with Albert Lee. Alan went on after the rather infamous (at least in our part of Glasgow) Arthur Trout Band to play bass with John Martyn for 25 years or so.
Another member of The Arthur Trout Band and old school friend who also played with John Martyn was Jim Prime, who I last saw was when he was out here in Australia with Deacon Blue many years ago.
You can read more about the The Arthur Trout Band and John Martyn from another old school friend here.
...and yes Mr. McGeachy could be a real khunt in real life a lot of the time back then. Was always amazed that he could write such sensitive songs to be honest...
Whatever did happen to John's cousin Dave Roy btw?
Albert/Alan pic via

Thousands gather in Oslo to sing song Anders Breivik hates

Leslie Winer - Skin

♪♫ Can - Deadly Doris (from The Lost Tapes)

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Only Germany Can Save Europe

Rupert Murdoch admits NoW phone-hacking cover-up

Oh dear!  
An added complication for the guys who can't even find a clitoris!!!

Led Zeppelin & Plagiarism

♪♫ The Yardbirds - Dazed And Confused (1968)


♪♫ David Bowie - Can't Help Thinking About Me

Space Oddity (German TV 1969)



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World needs to stabilise population and cut consumption, says Royal Society

Meanwhile...let's go and fuck up space too!

The Changing Face of Planet Earth

The retreat of Pedersen Glacier in Alaska. Left: summer 1917. Right: summer 2005. Credit: 1917 photo captured by Louis H. Pedersen; 2005 photo taken by Bruce F. Molnia. Source: The Glacier Photograph Collection, National Snow and Ice Data Center / World Data Center for Glaciology.


Psychic TV - Live @ Shiva's Erotic Banquet LA (24 April 1992)

Oh, Mona!

Linda Lovelace and ‘Deep Throat’s’ 40-Year Legacy

Tobi Vail: Free Pussy Riot, the Only Band that Matters in 2012

Полная документация выступлений:
К выборам жж ДДосят, копия поста тут:
Твиттер группы:!/pussy_riot

Cispa cybersecurity bill opposed by Obama administration

CISPA, “National Security,” and the NSA’s Ability to Read Your Emails

Hackers turn MIT building into giant Tetris game

Ex-BP Engineer Arrested for Destroying Gulf Oil Leak Evidence

Final nail in Julius Malema's political coffin?

Noisy Jelly

This project is a fully working prototype made with Arduino and Max/Msp, there are absolut no sound editing in the video...
More picture at this flickr set (
And download the Project pdf here (
Noisy jelly is a game where the player has to cook and shape his own musical material, based on coloured jelly.
With this noisy chemistry lab, the gamer will create his own jelly with water and a few grams of agar agar powder. After added different color, the mix is then pour in the molds. 10 min later, the jelly shape can then be placed on the game board,and by touching the shape, the gamer will activate different sounds.
Technically, the game board is a capacitive sensor, and the variations of the shape and their salt concentration, the distance and the strength of the finger contact are detected and transform into an audio signal.
This object aims to demonstrate that electronic can have a new aesthetic, and be envisaged as a malleable material, which has to be manipulated and experimented.
Author: Raphaël pluvinage ( and twitter (!/rpluvina)
& Marianne Cauvard (
at L'Ensci Les ateliers (

Army’s ‘Magic Bullet’ Will Hang Out in Midair, But Won’t Kill You

U.S. and Thai soldiers test out non-lethal cannons at Fort Surasse, Thailand, Feb. 2010. Photo: U.S. Army
This is the recipe for peak absurdity in weapons design. One part bazooka round; one part suicidal drone; one part stun round. What the U.S. Army hopes will emerge from that mix is a warhead that can loiter in midair while it hunts a human target — but won’t kill him when it finds him.
That “Nonlethal Warhead for Miniature Organic Precision Munitions” is on the Army’s wish list for small business. And for good measure, its outline for the weapon relies on a different system, one that’s just barely getting off the ground. “This effort will require innovative research and advancements in non-lethal technologies which can be packaged within a very small volume and weight,” the Army concedes.
This latest nonlethal weapon is a modification of something called the Lethal Miniature Aerial Munition System (LMAMS), something the Army explicitly compares to a “magic bullet.” That warhead “should be capable to acquire a man-size target at the system’s combat range, in less than 20 seconds, flying at an altitude of 100 meter above ground,” according to the Army’s new solicitations for small business. “If conditions for attack are not met, LMAMS will be able to loiter over the target for up to 30 minutes.”
Under this modification, the L in LMAMS would be replaced by something very un-L. “The user has expressed a strong need for a non-lethal alternative warhead for these munitions,” the Army explains. What it doesn’t explain is exactly what kind of non-lethal weapon this should be. (Chances are it won’t be a heat ray, since the power generation necessary for one is probably beyond the scope of any warhead.) The Army encourages small businesses to think about “mechanical, such as rubber balls; acoustic; chemical; electrical; or dazzle.” (Um, chemical weapons?)
One problem: the LMAMS program is in its infancy. The highest-profile example example of one of its weapons is the Switchblade drone by AeroVironment — a teeny, tiny guided missile soldiers can direct on a laptop toward a target. Elite troops in Afghanistan are expected to get the first Switchblades — the first weapon of its kind — sometime later this year.
Give the Army this: the Switchblade does demonstrate that the technology necessary for creating loitering kamikaze weapons is more than theoretical — as, on a larger scale, does the new-model Tomahawk missile, which can change direction in midair. But non-lethal weapons tend to have more flash than bang. The Air Force gave up on plans for a dazzler gun in 2008, citing practicality concerns, and the design flaws in the millimeter-wave Active Denial System, a.k.a. the “Pain Ray,” have kept it stuck in development for 15 years.
To help incentivize small businesses to outperform those recent disappointments, the Army lists some of the “potential commercial applications” for the non-lethal, loitering bazooka round. And they’re in your backyard: “crowd control for local law enforcement; border protection for Homeland Security; or temporary incapacitation of non violent criminals for local SWAT teams and/or law enforcement.” So if this weapon turns out to be too absurd for the military, there’s always the local police station.
Spencer Ackerman @'Wired'

Who are Breivik’s fellow travellers?

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Who's arming the world?

Murdochs’ UK political friendships backfire on all

♪♫ Malaria! - Thrash Me

Malaria! was an experimental electronic band from Berlin formed in 1981 by Gudrun Gut and Bettina Köster (Bettina Koster) following the dissolution of Mania D with Karin Luner, Eva Gossling later Die Krupps and Beate Bartel (of Liaisons Dangereuses). Other members included Manon P. Duursma, Christine Hahn, and Susanne Kuhnke (also a member of Die Haut). They are most often associated with Neue Deutsche Welle and post-punk. Malaria!'s most popular record was New York Passage, which was top 10 in both U.S. and European independent charts and led to a tour with The Birthday Party, John Cale, and Nina Hagen. There are videos for the songs "Geld/Money," "Your Turn To Run," and "You, You" (directed by Anne Carlisle) along with a live video for "Thrash Me" featured in a German documentary called Super 80. (Wiki)



(Thanx Ron!)

The NRA's Disastrous Week

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

The Neurological Roots of Lingering Regret

Trentemøller (ft. Marie Fisker) - My Dreams

Bersarin Quartett - Niemals Zuru¦êck

No Forensic Background? No Problem

Youth of Colour: Watched and Shot

Trayvon Martin and Mumia Abu-Jamal. One is dead. One languished on death row for thirty years. They are separated in age by a generation, separated by different locations and different life-histories, but their stories of being under surveillance, watched and shot, intersect strikingly with each other, and with many other people.
Both Trayvon and Mumia will be represented by scores of activists converging on Washington, D.C., on April 24, in an “Occupy the Justice Department” event, which joins the “Occupy” movement to the resistance movement against the criminalization of youth of color.
Trayvon and Mumia have been respective catalysts for national consciousness about police violence, prosecutorial misconduct, and also the dramatic seven-fold increase, since the 1970s, of the U.S. prison population to over 2.4 million people, more than than sixty percent of whom are people of color.
The accelerated criminalization of people of color and the poor not only feeds the prisons, it fattens a government and corporate apparatus that grows top-heavy with the wealth concentrated in the economic portfolios of the top “one percent.” As University of California sociologist, Loïc Wacquant, observes in his book, Punishing the Poor, the rise of the prisons marks a new penal state, where an ethos of surveillance and practices by police and courts “replaces the social state; . . . undermining its educational and assistance missions by devouring their budgets and stealing their staff.”
Trayvon and Mumia are just two Americans among many others, particularly youth of color, and many dissenters, who have been under surveillance and face its deadly effects. We Are All Suspects Now is the title of a book by ColorLines executive editor, Tram Nguyen, writing of immigrant communities after 9/11 and the problems faced by ever larger numbers of us in today’s surveillance state. Just in the last two months, a litany of names of dead youth now haunt us, all slain in conflict with police: Ramarley Graham, Justin Sipp, Kendrec McDade, Dante Price, Rekia Boyd, Kenneth Smith, Shaima Alawadi, Ervin Jefferson. Still fresh are the memories of other people of color similarly lost: Amadou Diallo, Vincent Chin, Michael Cho, Sean Bell, Anthony Biaz, Oscar Grant, Fong Lee, Tyisha Miller, Matthew Shepard, James Byrd, Mark Duggan, Eleanor Bumpurs, and more...


'scuse me'

Alex Trocchi: A Primer

Alexander Trocchi was a “junkie, visionary, pimp, beat, literary outlaw, pornographer, philosopher, pig farmer, underground organiser and antique book dealer” — but he was also a writer.
He argued that “art and life are no longer divided”, and because of this integral inter-relationship, I’ll begin with a brief biographical overview of his literary life. This will give a context for the three different examples of Trocchi’s writing that I’ll go on to introduce: Young Adam, Cain’s Book, and sigma: A Tactical Blueprint.
Trocchi was born in Scotland in 1925, and he read English and Philosophy at Glasgow University. However, his interests and ambitions were international and he left Scotland for post-war Paris in 1951. The rejuvenated City of Light was the epicentre of 1950’s existentialism, Trocchi’s profound philosophical passion, and Paris proved highly productive: Trocchi founded and edited the pioneering journal Merlin which published a plethora of writers and philosophers, including Beckett, Genet, Camus and Sartre. He also joined the Lettrist International, later the Situationist International, which positioned Guy Debord as Captain at the ideological helm.
Paris enabled Trocchi to turn his hand to writing dirty books, or “d.b.’s” as they were known, and he prolifically penned many of these for the notorious Olympia Press, whose experimental catalogue also published William Burroughs’ The Naked Lunch and Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer. Olympia Press also published Trocchi’s novel Young Adam (1954), which he had begun some years earlier in Glasgow, and in Rimbaudean style, Trocchi became acquainted with Parisian paradis artificial; he experimented with numerous narcotics, which lead to his life-long addiction to heroin.
The demise of Merlin in 1956 prompted Trocchi to relocate to the U.S.A. He wintered in Venice West with the beat beachfront creative community, before moving to New York City and working as a scow captain, which is conveyed in Cain’s Book (1960). The charge of supplying narcotics to a minor, which Trocchi vehemently denied, forced him to escape over the border into Canada in disguise, where Leonard Cohen, then a largely unknown poet, housed Trocchi until he was able to safely take a boat back to Britain; Cohen later called Trocchi “the contemporary Christ”.
In the U.K. in 1962, Trocchi furthered his riotous reputation as a subversive and international writer at the Edinburgh Writer’s Conference by clashing spectacularly with Hugh MacDiarmid, Scotland’s chief promoter of a distinctly nationalist tradition in Scottish literature, who dismissed Trocchi, along with fellow-attendees William Burroughs and Ian Hamilton Finlay, as “cosmopolitan scum”.
Trocchi had publicly provoked this dismissal - in an earlier panel discussion at the festival he had described Scotland, and Scottish literature, as “stale-porridge, bible-class nonsense”.
Having departed from Scotland more than ten years before, he was clearly glad of it...
Continue reading
Gill Tasker @'Lit Reactor'

Images: Kiki Picasso's illustrations for the 1999 French edition of 'Cain's Book'
Gill Tasker is a PhD student at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, researching the life and writing of Alexander Trocchi

My how the times have changed...I remember after I first read Cain's Book in about 1975 going to the main reference library in Glasgow and there was not one mention of Trocchi to be found in the public search there. Now you can do PHD's on him???
Still not forgiven btw the 'supposed' friend who nicked my original Frances Lengel 1954 Olympia copy of 'Young Adam' but...
For more about Trocchi on 'Exile' go HERE

Paul Cadden: Drawings

I think the creation of Art need not lead to alienation and can indeed be highly satisfying; one pours one's subjectivity into an object and one can even gain enjoyment from the fact that another in turn gains enjoyment from this. Although the drawings and paintings I make are based upon photographs, videos stills etc , the idea is to go beyond  the  photograph. The photo is used to create a subtler and much more complex focus on the subject depicted, The virtual image becomes the living image, an intensification of the normal. These objects and scenes in my drawings are meticulously detailed to create the illusion of a new reality not seen in in the original photo. The Hyperrealist style focuses much more on its emphasis on detail and the subjects depicted. Hyperreal paintings and sculptures are not strict interpretations of photographs, nor are they literal illustrations of a particular scene or subject. Instead, they utilise additional, often subtle, pictorial elements to create the illusion of a reality which in fact either does not exist or cannot be seen by the human eye. Furthermore, they may incorporate emotional, social, cultural and political thematic elements as an extension of the painted visual illusion; a distinct departure from the older and considerably more literal school of Photorealism.

Radiohead 'Lotus Flower' (Austin City Limits - behind the scenes)

(Thanx Stan!)

Megaupload: Data access talks to begin on 26 April

US 'Blackmails' EU Into Agreeing To Hand Over Passenger Data

North Korea Threatens Seoul With Military Action

Tim Burgess's golden rules of rock’n’roll excess

"I remember sniffing petrol as a kid, and getting high off glue remover. I did magic mushrooms, I did ecstasy. Drugs were always part of my life, and I had a great time on them, to be honest. Onetime in America, we discovered the process of blowing cocaine upeach other's arses. The nerve endings there are much more receptive. It was an intimate activity, sure, but then being in a band is an intimate thing. Why did we do it? Well, DVDs and playing cards will only take you so far on a 28-date tour of America. It seemed like the right thing to do at the time."

Near death, explained