Friday, November 19, 2004

 

New DJ Residency at Longrain

I've just been given a regular weekly resident DJ spot in Surry Hills, Sydney at the Longrain bar & restaurant every Thursday night from 6.30pm 'til around 11.00pm or midnight, depending on how many people are around. Because it's not really a dance type environment, my brief is to play a fairly chilled set, for the diners and people hanging out in the bar - so it's mainly a mix of funk, soul, latin, afrobeat and blues with some reggae, hip-hop and funky jazz thrown in as well... which is nice, giving me a lot of room to experiment with quieter vocal numbers etc. I did have the idea of trying to compile a list of all the tracks I'd be playing, but it seemed like far too much effort, maybe later.

Longrain is a converted 100-year old warehouse, serving excellent cocktails and Asian cuisine, at 85, Commonwealth St, Surrey Hills. Website: www.longrain.com.au

Longrain

Saturday, November 13, 2004

 

Fear and Loathing in Iraq

'We are losing this stupid fraudulent war in Iraq and every nation in the world despises us, except for a handful of corrupt Brits, like that simpering little whore Tony Blair'

Hunter S. Thompson

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

 

Hell Comes To Falluja

"They (the 'insurgents') have no idea what's coming (to Falluja). Hell's Coming! "
Unidentified US Soldier on TV 09/11/04

"The enemy has got a face, He's called Satan. He's in Falluja and we're going to destroy him."
US Commander Gareth Brandl

"This is as pure of fight of good versus evil as we will probably experience during our lifetimes."
Colonel Craig Tucker US Marine Corp Team Leader

"This attack will obviously breach the laws of war and the Geneva Convention.. the message the siege of Falluja sends is brutally simple: resist us and we will destroy you. It is the same message that the Wehrmacht sent in Warsaw in 1944, and the Russian Army in Grozny in 1999."
Tony Kevin, Sydney Morning Herald 09/11/04

As the American military sits poised to wipe the city of Falluja from the face of the earth, there can no longer be any doubt that the US government is actually waging a crusade, a holy war in the name of it's people, in the name of Jesus and the christian God. For a long time I refused to believe that this was true, but the US Election last week has proved to me that this is so. With the huge turn out of fundamentalist Christians and born agains voting for George Bush, it's painfully obvious where they are coming from - as the quotes above prove.
Falluja HospitalA photo in the paper last weekend showed hundreds of US Marines, lined up saying prayers on the eve of the assualt on Falluja, anyone seeing that picture can have no doubt about what's to come. Unless there is a miracle, the city of Falluja is doomed, the US military will reduce it to rubble, and they will achieve nothing - for every supposed 'terrorist' or 'insurgent' that they kill, a hundred more will spring up to take their place,filled with hate and the thirst for revenge. The USA is laying the foundation for a conflict that could last a hundred years, but definitely won't be resolved in my lifetime.

What has happened to them? Have they all gone insane? The US Military say that they are letting women and children leave the city, but all men aged between 15 and 50 are banned from entering or leaving.. even if they are currently against fighting, they will have to join with the suspected 2000 'insurgents' simply to protect themselves from the assault. Yet again the US will openly disregard the rules of the Geneva Convention, by indiscriminate bombing of civilians, the wholesale destruction of homes and the entire civilian infrastructure, what do they hope to achieve by this madness?

Supposedly the suppression of this town will clear the way to democratic elections in January, according to Iraqi President Allawi, the American stooge who was recently rumoured to have executed two bound prisoners, by shooting them in the back of the head. But as the song goes "You can bomb the world to pieces, but you can't bomb it into peace."

No, if we're honest with ourselves, the US is not looking for peace, it's looking for a way to assert it's "moral superiority" over the "heathens", because they worship the "wrong god". Whilst they're at it they might as well help themselves to Iraqi oil, what's good for Texas is good for the Bushes and Halliburton, what's good for the military is good for the arms suppliers and the Carlyle Group (inc. Bush snr.). War feeds the economy, and if you have to keep that war going because you are unable to pin down your original enemy, Usama Bin Laden, then all the better. And if it costs the lives of 1,200 American soldiers every 18 months, then who cares, there's plenty more where they came from, in the South and Mid-West, and the people who live in those states are still going to vote for you anyway.

Why? Why are they still going to vote for the man who sends their sons off to die? why are they still going to vote for the man who has taken away so many of their rights and freedoms, with Homeland Security? Why are they still going to vote for the man who gives trillions of dollars away in tax breaks to the rich? Why are they still going to vote for the man, who is happy to let their jobs float away overseas so big business can make bigger profits? Why are they happy to vote for the man, who is dismantling their medicare system?

Why? It's easy - George Bush is a Christian and he doesn't want those damn homosexuals to be able to get married either! Well after all that's the most important thing in this world, is it not?

Meanwhile, the city of Falluja is about to be pounded into dust, and there's not a single thing that any one of us can do about it. Not even God, somebody else has bought out his franchise.

Monday, November 08, 2004

 

Bing Bang Bong @ Spectrum

bbbI haven't actually had the opportunity to play a dj set, just using vinyl for a very long time, maybe as long as 18 months. Especially as all my albums and 7"s have been in storage in either London or Sydney for a whole year, so Saturday was good for digging out all the funky stompers. Dropped in at Longrain in Surry Hills first, where Crucial D was good enough to let me drop a few sides in his set, the last before he locates to Bahrain for 6 months. Then across the road to Spectrum on Oxford St to do my "In The Ghetto" set at Bing Bang Bong. Six Dj's, six hours, six themes - quite a concept - this time punctuated by belly dancers in full costume and Gnemesis a Hawaiin Punk covers band doing Genesis songs with ukelelles and kazoos!!!
Managed to mix up an hour of funk, soul, reggae and hip-hop, with following tunes though maybe not in this order:

And it all felt pretty good to me

Saturday, November 06, 2004

 

Big Sunnies at Tamarama

I've heard of being over-protective of your kids, out there in the sun but this is ridiculous. Actually these supersized sunnies are part of the Sculpture By The Sea art exhibition, along the coastal path between Bondi and Tamarama, to see the full selection of pix (including the awesome 'Milkcrate Tower') take a look at myPhoto Gallery.

Big Sunnies

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

 

'Bing Bang Bong' - 6th November

I'll be making a rare DJ appearance this coming weekend, courtesy of Pip and the crew at Bing Bang Bong - playing an hour of heavy duty funk, soul, latin boogaloo, reggae & old school hip-hop. Bing Bang Bong features six dj's playing one hour each and each with different themes, my theme for this one being In The Ghetto - so it should be good fun. I'll be on the decks from 11.00pm until midnight, doors open at 10.00pm, admission is a paltry $5.00.

Saturday, 6th November 10.00pm - late
Bing Bang Bong @ Spectrum
34, Oxford Street
Darlinghurst


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