After learning of your planned concert in Tel Aviv, we felt compelled to add our voices to the international chorus of calls to cancel that gig. As a band with a conscience, we can’t see you performing in a privileged bubble, surrounded by millions of Palestinians forced to live under Israeli oppression, apartheid and occupation.
Songs of social protest — music and the quest for justice — have long been intertwined, and the troubadours of troubling times — Guthrie, Seeger, Baez, Dylan, and Springsteen among them — have become famous for their dedication to both. Now we can add a name to the ranks of those who lift their voices for social and economic justice: Tom Morello.
Morello is the Harvard-educated guitarist who dabbled in politics, then chose rock music to make a difference. He played guitar for the popular band he co-founded — Rage Against the Machine — and then for Audioslave. Rolling Stone chose his album “World Wide Rebel Songs” as one of the best of 2011, and named him one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
Low quality recording (straight to air, no EQ/Mixing) @ our Gold Coast “MANIFESTO” Launch @ The Wallaby, 12th Nov. Early version of Rising Tide, one of our many newer tunes. cheers to Kip Kincaid for video. This is for those that asked where can they hear the tune again. Will be on the next Album.
A poem I wrote to highlight the difference between Jesus and false religion. In the scriptures Jesus received the most opposition from the most religious people of his day. At it’s core Jesus’ gospel and the good news of the Cross is in pure opposition to self-righteousness/self-justification. Religion is man centered, Jesus is God-centered. This poem highlights my journey to discover this truth. Religion either ends in pride or despair. Pride because you make a list and can do it and act better than everyone, or despair because you can’t do your own list of rules and feel “not good enough” for God. Continue reading →
When you hear people in America talking about some great import band that only they seem to know anything about, and for which they bought everything they could back then in the 80s, including large posters, bootlegs and obscure EPs, spending a fortune on this but feeling great about it… well that was me 25 years ago, my very own great indie band called The Sisters of Mercy. And they’re not dead, they’re still touring. I just came back tonight from seeing them live in Camden London, and they have a full new album they only play live and that might never see the light of day. The usual story, the nightmare of those record companies.
(LinkAsia News: October 14, 2011) Japan reggae artists MC Rankin and Dub Ainu Band deliver a cautionary message about radioactive material through this song and music video “You Can’t See It, and You Can’t Smell It Either.”
“You can’t see it, and you can’t smell it either – 誰にも見えない、匂いもない 2011- ”
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The first “political” book I read in Cali was the Noam Chomsky book on 9-11 and that was my introduction to his work. When the towers fell I wanted to understand WHY anyone would do that, and this seemed a good place to start. This perspective sent me on a path that has lead me to where I am today, ideologically. It’s also a nod to some of the other major influences in my writing that have passed; Howard Zinn & Kurt Vonnegut.