Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Pink Floyd Feud: Roger Waters Is Dead Wrong To Support Putin And Not Support Ukraine


There has been bad blood between former Pink Floyd bassist/singer/songwriter Roger Waters and guitarist/singer/songwriter David Gilmour for ages, frustrating fan hopes of a reunion. They played nice together in 2005 to raise awareness about climate change for London's Live 8 concert, but the death of keyboardist Richard Wright in 2008 put a damper on talk of any type of reunion.

This latest kerfuffle online between Polly Samson, the artist wife of David Gilmour, and Roger Waters, probably means there will never ever be any type of Pink Floyd reunion EVER.



Roger Waters has been accused by many of being anti-semitic. We feel strongly that it is NOT anti-semitic to criticize the government, military, or settler movement of Israel, but many feel Roger's criticisms have strayed into anti-semitic tropes.

We admired his defense of Amazon activists fighting oil companies but his identity as a fearless defender of the underdog is thoroughly compromised by his role as Putin apologist who does not support democracy in Ukraine.

It is difficult to understand why people we think of as "leftists" or "progressives" would support a dictator such as Putin and fail to support freedom, independence, and democracy in Ukraine. Some still have sentimental feelings towards Russia as the former leader of world socialism or for other reasons, others are knee-jerk anti-American or decry a uni-polar word dominated by America. Some admire Putin's ruthlessness, while others ignore it as a means to an end.

But it cannot be ignored. It is the responsibility of all decent human beings, and especially artists and those who portray themselves as politically liberal, progressive, or radical to denounce Putin's imperialistic invasion, his war, his war crimes, and his targeting of civilians in Ukraine. We must support Ukraine's democracy, independence, and freedom.

P.S. Rather weak for Roger to threaten legal action against Polly. He's already lost in the court of public opinion.



Polly's tweet apparently came in response to a bombastic interview Roger did recently here: Pressenza.com which included such gems as: "I am now more open to listen what Putin actually says." and numerous pro-Putin statements. And also these exchanges:

You irritate a lot of people because it always sounds like you are defending Putin.

Compared to Biden, I am (defending Putin).


How do you like the fact that Pink Floyd have recorded a new piece for the first time in 30 years – with the Ukrainian musician Andrij Chlywnjuk?

'I have seen the video and I am not surprised, but I find it really, really sad. It’s so alien to me, this action is so lacking in humanity. It encourages the continuation of the war. Pink Floyd is a name I used to be associated with. That was a huge time in my life, a very big deal. To associate that name now with something like this… proxy war makes me sad. I mean, they haven’t made the point of demanding, “Stop the war, stop the slaughter, bring our leaders together to talk!” It’s just this content-less waving of the blue and yellow flag. I wrote in one of my letters to the Ukrainian teenager Alina: I will not raise a flag in this conflict, not a Ukrainian flag, not a Russian flag, not a US flag."






Sunday, January 22, 2023

ThisSmallPlanet.com Cool New Music Playlist January & February 2023

 


ThisSmallPlanet.com Cool New Music Playlist January & February 2023


ALBUMS

King Tuff.Smalltown Stardust. 

Iggy Pop. Everyday Loser.

John Cale. Mercy. He brought the viola to The Velvet Underground in the 60s and is still making revolutionary music today.

The C.I.A. Surgery Channel. Feat Ty Segall on guitar and (his wife) Denée Segall on vocals.

Helvetia. You Shot Past the Moon Scapegoat.

Belle & Sebastian. Late Developers.

Margo Price. Strays.

Anti-Flag. Lies They Tell Our Children.

The Coral Sea. Golden Planet Sky.

Siv Jakobsen. Gardening.

Erik Vincent Huey. Appalachian Gothic.

Kevin Morby. Music From 'Montana Story'. A movie soundtrack with several instrumentals but a few cool songs inc. a cover of "One Paper Kid", popularized by Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson, sung by Kevin with his partner Kate of Waxahatchee.




SINGLES

boygenius (Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, Julien Baker"$20"/"Emily I'm Sorry"/"True Blue". Three singles surprise released from the record, their debut LP, out March 31st.

Sudan Archives. "Selfish Soul". This has been out for a minute but it has now wormed its way into my brain through my ears and now it's there and it's not going anywhere.

Andrea Prichett. "The Avenue". This kind, insightful Berkeley educator/artist/activist has been a friend since the anti-apartheid movement in the 1980s. Here's her take on Berkeley's famed Telegraph Avenue. Available on Bandcamp.

Y La Bamba. "Dibujos De Mi Alma".

The Specials. "Message To You Rudy" (1979). Terry Hall, Rest In Peace

Dandy Livingstone. "Rudy A Message To You" (1967). The original. 

Peter Gabriel. "Panopticom" (Bright Side Mix feat Brian Eno).

David Bowie. "Looking For A Friend" (1971).

Jeff Beck. "Shape Of Things" (1968). RIP Jeff Beck at his best here with Rod Stewart & Ron Wood.

Donovan. "Barabajagal" (1969) feat Jeff Beck on guitar, Groovy.


ARCHIVAL

Paul McCartney. The 7" Singles. So nice to hear Paul solo classics like: "Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey", "Give Ireland Back To The Irish", "Hi, Hi, Hi", "Live And Let Die", "Jet", "Helen Wheels", "Let Me Roll It", "Band On The Run", and "Mull Of Kintyre".

Howlin' Wolf. Live In Bremen 1964.

Cheap Trick. Live At The Whiskey 1977.

Elvis Presley. Las Vegas Hilton Presents Elvis - Opening Night 1972.

The Velvet Underground. Le Bataclan '72. A one-off reunion concert in Paris in 1972 feat Lou Reed, Nico, and John Cale.

Steve Miller Band. At The Record Plant 1973 (live in the studio). 

James Gang. Everything Is Hazy (Live, Paris '71). Feat. Joe Walsh future guitarist for The Eagles doing the classic "Walk Away" and never sounding better.

Various Artists. Before Bob Dylan: 100 Songs. Stunning collection of some of the folk, blues, gospel, country and rock traditional artists who influenced Bob Dylan inc. Woody Guthrie, Reverend Gary Davis, Lead Belly, Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, and Memphis Minnie.

Bob Dylan.Fragments - Time Out of Mind Sessions (1996-1997): The Bootleg Series, Vol. 17 (5-CD Deluxe Edition). Fantastic!



HIGHLY ANTICIPATED RELEASES: February/March/April


Yo La Tengo. This Stupid World. [Matador] February 10

Caroline PolachekDesire, I Want to Turn Into You [Perpetual Novice] February 14

ShameFood For Worms [Rough Trade] February 24

Iris DeMentWorkin’ on a World [Flariella] February 24

Gorillaz. Cracker Island [Warner] February 24

Lana Del Rey. Did You Know That There's A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd. [Polydor] March 24

Ellie GouldingHigher Than Heaven. [Polydor] March 24

Baaba Maal. Being [Marathon Artists] March 31

boygenius (Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, Julien Baker). the record. [Interscope] March 31

Wednesday. Rat Saw God. [Dead Oceans] April 7

Ian Hunter. Defiance Part 1. [Sun Label] April 21

Y La Bamba. Lucha [Tender Loving Empire] April 28



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Friday, January 20, 2023

3 Cool, New Songs from boygenius (Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, Julien Baker); debut album "the record" out on Interscope, March 31





HIGHLY ANTICIPATED RELEASES: January, February, March:

King Tuff.Smalltown Stardust [Sub Pop] January 27, 2023

Bob Dylan.Fragments - Time Out of Mind Sessions (1996-1997): The Bootleg Series, Vol. 17 (5-CD Deluxe Edition) [Columbia/Legacy] January 27, 2023


Ellie GouldingHigher Than Heaven. [Polydor] February 3

Yo La Tengo. This Stupid World. [Matador] February 10

Caroline PolachekDesire, I Want to Turn Into You [Perpetual Novice] February 14

ShameFood For Worms [Rough Trade] February 24

Iris DeMentWorkin’ on a World [Flariella] February 24

Gorillaz. Cracker Island [Warner] February 24

Lana Del Rey. Did You Know That There's A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd. [Polydor] March 24

Baaba Maal. Being [Marathon Artists] March 31

boygenius (Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, Julien Baker). the record. [Interscope] March 31


Saturday, December 3, 2022

ThisSmallPlanet Best Music of 2022


             ThisSmallPlanet.com BEST MUSIC 2022

TOP TEN ALBUMS

Ben Harper. Bloodline Maintenance.
Big Thief. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You.
Dropkick Murphys. This Machine Still Kills Fascists. 
John Doe. Fables in a Foreign Land.
Kurt Vile. (watch my moves).
Robyn Hitchcock. Shufflemania!
Toro Y Moi. Mahal.
Tyler Childers. Can I Take My Hounds To Heaven?
Vieux Farka Touré. Les Racines.
Weyes Blood. And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow.



ALBUMS

50 Foot Wave. Black Pearl.

The Afghan Whigs. How Do You Burn?

Al StewartSparks of Ancient Light. Produced by Laurence Juber.

Andrew Bird. Inside Problems.

Angel Olsen. Big Time. Also a cool single of a different version of "Big Time" with Sturgill Simpson 

Ben Harper. Bloodline Maintenance

The Beths. Expert In A Dying Field.

Big Thief. Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You.

Black Midi. Two albums: Cavalcovers (covers) and Hellfire.

Bonnie "Prince" Billy. High and High And Mighty Parts 1 & 2

Bright Eyes. The Companion albums. Conor Oberst redoes some early songs with help from Phoebe Bridgers, Waxahatchee, and M Ward.

Buddy Guy. The Blues Don't Lie. Best Song: "I've Got A Feeling" (Beatles cover)

Calexico. El Mirador.

Charlie Musselwhite. Mississippi Son.

The Chats. Get Fucked. Check out "The Price Of Smokes". Aussie punk rock at its best.

CLAMM. Care.

Danger Mouse & Black Thought. Cheat Codes.

Dave Stewart. Ebony McQueen.

Dropkick Murphys. This Machine Still Kills Fascists. Lyrics by Woody Guthrie. "Dig A Hole" even features an archival Woody Guthrie vocal recording blended into a contemporary Dropkick Murphys performance. Brilliant.

Dry Cleaning. Stumpwork.

Elysian Fields. Once Beautiful, Twice Removed.

Fontaines D.C. Skinty Fia.

Gently Tender. Take Hold Of Your Promise! Sam from Palma Violets great new album. "Heaven Ho!" is a fave.

Gogol Bordello. Solidaritine.

Hugh Cornwell. Moments Of Madness.

John Doe. Fables in a Foreign Land. Best song: "El-Romance-O"

Idles. Crawler.

Karen Elson. Green.

Kevin Morby. This Is A Photograph. Also liked his song "Beautiful Strangers" on AirBnB ads.

Kurt Vile. (watch my moves).

The Mars Volta. The Mars Volta.

Mdou Moctar. Niger EP Vol 1 & Niger EP Vol 2.

MJ Lenderman. Boat Songs. He also did a cover of The Smashing Pumpkins' "Perfect" that was cool.

Neko Case. Wild Creatures.

OFF! Free LSD.

Oneida. Success.

Panda Bear & Sonic Boom. Reset (Expanded Edition).

Peter Doherty and Frédéric Lo. The Fantasy Life Of Poetry And Crime

Phil Manzanera. The Ghost of Santiago. Roxy Music guitarist's eclectic worldly joint

Plains. I Walked With You A Ways. Featuring Waxahatchee & Jess Williamson - Indie Country.

Robyn HitchcockShufflemania!

Steve Earle. Jerry Jeff.

Sudan Archives. Natural Brown Prom Queen.

Titus Andronicus. The Will to Live.

Tomberlin. i don’t know who needs to hear this...

Toro Y Moi. Mahal.

Trombone Shorty. Lifted.

Ty Segall. "Hello, Hi"

Tyler Childers. Can I Take My Hounds To Heaven?

Vieux Farka Touré. Les Racines & with Khruangbin, Ali, a tribute to his late father.

Weyes Blood. And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow.

Willie Nelson. A Beautiful Time.

Yard Act. The Overload.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Cool It Down. Also enjoyed singer Karen O doing "Under Pressure" with Willie Nelson (David Bowie & Freddie Mercury cover)

Yungchen Lhamo. Awakening.


SINGLES


Andrew Bird. "I Felt A Funeral, In My Brain" (feat Phoebe Bridgers). An Emily Dickinson poem set to music.

Anna Calvi. "Red Right Hand" (Nick Cave cover) from Tommy (for the show Peaky Blinders)

Beton. "Kyiv Calling". The Clash's iconic "London Calling" re-purposed for our times.

Bonnie "Prince" Billy. "Outsider" (Dee Dee Ramone/The Ramones cover)

Carla Olson. "I Can See For Miles" (The Who cover).

Dropkick Murphys & The O'Hamsters. We Shall Overcome (Ukrainian Version)

Eddie Vedder. "Long Shadow" (Joe Strummer cover).

Jake Xerxes Fussell. "The River St. John" from Tiny Desk Concert.

Joe Strummer. "Fantastic".

Lana Del Rey. "Did You Know That There's A Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd." (Title song of a new album releasing in March 2023).(Name checks Harry Nilsson's 1974 song "Don't Forget Me".)

The Linda Lindas. "Racist, Sexist Boy"

Parquet Courts. "Watching Strangers Smile".

Phoebe Bridgers. "So Much Wine" (feat Andrew Bird) & "Sidelines" & "The Day After Tomorrow" (Tom Waits cover).

PJ Harvey. "Who By Fire". Leonard Cohen cover for the show Bad Sisters.

Quilloughby. "Everyone Is Horrid Except Me (And Possibly You)" (feat Lisa Simpson from The Simpsons). Morrissey parody.

Rowan. "Irish To My Bones".

Sparklehorse. "It Will Never Stop", newly discovered song by the late, great Mark Linkous.

Stephen McCarthy & Carla Olson. "Night Comes Falling".

Storefront Church. "Words" (Low cover, tribute to the late, great Mimi Parker of Low). Featuring Phoebe Bridgers.

Waxahatchee & Wynonna. "Other Side".

Wet Leg. "Chaise Longue".



ARCHIVAL


The Beatles. Revolver (Super Deluxe Edition).

David Bowie. Moonlight Daydream and Divine Symmetry feat "I'm Just Looking For A Friend"

The Chieftains. Bear’s Sonic Journals: The Foxhunt, The Chieftains, San Francisco 1973 & 1976. Recorded by The Grateful Dead's soundman extraordinaire Oswald "Bear" Stanley, it's an extraordinary document of one of the best Irish trad bands in their prime.

Kate Bush. "Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)". Kate enjoyed a revival thanks to the show Stranger Things.

PJ Harvey. B-Sides, Demos & Rarities




BOOKS


Barbara Dane.

Bob Dylan.

Songs of Slavery And Abolition.


Some themes that colored the year...

WOODY GUTHRIE


Dropkick Murphys. This Machine Still Kills Fascists. Lyrics by Woody Guthrie. "Dig A Hole" even features an archival Woody Guthrie vocal recording blended into a contemporary Dropkick Murphys performance. Brilliant.


UKRAINE

Gogol Bordello. Solidaritine

Dropkick Murphys & The O'Hamsters "We Shall Overcome" (Ukrainian Version)

Children of Trostyanets. "War Is Your Name"

Julian Lennon. "Imagine" (For Ukraine)(John Lennon cover).

Pink Floyd. "Hey Hey Rise Up"/"Great Day For Freedom"

Beton. "Kyiv Calling". The Clash's iconic "London Calling" re-purposed for our times.


AFRICAN DESERT BLUES

Mali, Niger


JOE STRUMMER/THE CLASH


Eddie Vedder. "Long Shadow" (Joe Strummer cover).

Joe Strummer. "Fantastic".

The Clash. Combat Rock.


GOOD ALBUMS FROM VETERAN ARTISTS OVER 60

Hugh Cornwell

Al Stewart

Dave Stewart














Saturday, October 22, 2022

Cool, New Music Playlist: November 2022

 

                                    Willie Chambers (of The Chambers Brothers) & Barbara Dane


ALBUMS


BEST NEW ALBUM (TIE) Weyes Blood. And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow

BEST NEW ALBUM (TIE) Robyn HitchcockShufflemania!

PJ Harvey And Tim Phillips. Bad Sisters. (EP, soundtrack) feat a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Who By Fire"

PJ Harvey. B-Sides, Demos & Rarities.

Sharon Van Etten. We've Been Going About This All Wrong [Deluxe Edition]

Panda Bear / Sonic Boom. Reset. (Expanded Edition)

Laura Veirs. Found Light. (Expanded Edition)

Bernard Butler. Live at Rough Trade East. (EP, Live)

Seth Avett. Seth Avett Sings Greg Brown.

STS9. Wakaan Mixtape.

Mdou Moctar. Niger EP Vol. 1 & Niger EP Vol. 2.

Paul Weller. Will Of The People.

Bright Eyes. Companion albums re-doing songs from three more early Bright Eyes albums: Digital Ash In A Digital Urn: A Companion, I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning: A Companion, and Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground: A Companion.

M.I.A. MATA. We hate this album. And we really hate M.I.A. as a conspiracy theory-spewing Born Again Christian. Having performed and recorded and knowing all the hard work that goes into making something creative happen, we are very reluctant to criticize an artist's live performances or recordings. We hate the negative focus of many, especially online. We prefer to focus on the artists and the art that we *do* like, of which there is plenty. And M.I.A. was a favorite at one time. But she missed the train and is standing at the wrong platform, babbling. There is a lot of mediocre music out there, and others that is just not our cup of tea. You can't listen to everything, you've got to make choices, We choose not to listen, or pay much attention, to the mediocre pop of Taylor Swift, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Megan Thee Stallion, and the like, and focus on truly creative artists who still take chances and make it happen. I think there are other places where they like that mediocre stuff and talk about it and you should go there if that's what you're into.

Arctic Monkeys. The Car. I hate this album too. See above. Arctic Monkeys, another old favorite of ours, used to do several different genres, now they basically do one genre - One-way ticket to Croonerville. Not a bad place to be, but we like going other places too. This group has TWO guitarists... how about using at least ONE of them more often.. and a little less strings and a little less keyboards. And better songwriting.

Dave DaviesLiving on a Thin Line. Nice, representative collection of songs by The Kinks guitarist to accompany a forthcoming book.

Sleater-Kinney. Dig Me In: A Dig Me Out Covers Album. Feat. St. Vincent, Wilco, Courtney Barnett. The Linda Lindas, Low. Friends of the band offer their fresh take on the 1997 classic.

Dry Cleaning. Stumpwork. Their second album. Laconic observations and such.

Arthur Brown. Monster's Ball. This 80 year-old is releasing his second album of 2022. So what's your excuse now? Check out the remake of Arthur's classic "Fire" feat James Williamson (the guitarist on Iggy Pop's Raw Power), Brian Auger & Carmine Appice

Hugh Cornwell. Moments of Madness. Cool, new solo album from former The Stranglers guitarist.

                                                                  Holly Near & Barbara Dane

SINGLES

Hamilton, Joe Frank, & Reynolds. "Don't Pull Your Love"

Andrew Bird. "I Felt a Funeral, In My Brain" (feat Phoebe Bridgers, based on an Emily Dickinson poem)

Phoebe Bridgers. "So Much Wine" (feat Andrew Bird)

Children of Trostyanets. "War Is Your Name" (Ukraine)

Titus Andronicus. "Drummer Boy" (Mash-Up with Billy Joel's "Piano Man").

Fiona Apple. "Where the Shadows Lie". from "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" 

The Everly Brothers. "The Price Of Love"

ARCHIVAL

The BeatlesRevolver (Super Deluxe).

David Bowie. Live In Berlin (1978)

Malvina Reynolds. Little Boxes And Other Handmade Songs.

Sonny Boy Williamson II. One Way Out.

The Libertines. Up the Bracket: Demos, Radio Sessions, B-Sides & Live. Their debut album.

The Chambers BrothersThe Time Has Come. Feat their smash hit "Time Has Come Today"

Fleetwood Mac. Tokyo 1977 (Live)

Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard. Pioneering Women of Bluegrass: The Definitive Edition

Nina Simone. Hoboken 1968 (Live)

Tinariwen. Kel Tinariwen (release from the 90s reissued)

Barbra Streisand. Live At The Bon Soir (1962, Remastered). 

Warren Zevon. Innocent Bystander (Live). Live 1976 & 1978.

Chicago. Kentucky Derby 1974 (Live)

Kim Fowley. Frankenstein And The All Star Monster Band

Little Stevie Wonder / The Marvelettes / The Miracles. Don't You Know.

Simon & Garfunkel. BBC Archives Sixties (Live)

Joe Strummer. Live at Acton Town Hall (Joe's last show).

Gene Clark & The Fyrebirds. Live At The Rocking Horse Saloon, 1-13-85, Hartford, CT. The Byrds co-founder solo live.

Ride. 4 EPs.

Los Destellos. Los Destellos Sicodélicos. 1968 Peru, psychedelic cumbia


                              CHECK OUT BARBARA DANE'S NEW BOOK!

           Barbara Dane: "This Bell Still Rings: My Life Of Defiance And Song"

READ: Barbara Dane live in Berkeley, October 17, 2022: Book Launch feat Willie Chambers, Holly Near, Family and Friends





BOOKS

Barbara Dane. "This Bell Still Rings: My Life of Defiance and Song"

Bob Dylan. "The Philosophy of Modern Song"

Anne Applebaum. "Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine"

Serhii Plokhy. "The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine"

Friday, October 21, 2022

Barbara Dane live in Berkeley, October 17, 2022: Book Launch feat Willie Chambers, Holly Near, Family and Friends

 



Family and Friends, like Willie Chambers (of The Chambers Brothers) and Holly Near, joined singer/activist Barbara Dane (age 95), in Berkeley this week to celebrate the launch of Barbara's great new book "This Bell Still Rings: My Life Of Defiance And Song".


Beginning in the 1940s, Barbara Dane performed jazz, blues, folk, and standards with artists such as Bob Dylan and Louis Armstrong, emphasizing songs that advocated peace and social justice.


Great to see such a great reception in Berkeley. Barbara got a heart-warming standing ovation the moment she arrived on the stage at The Freight And Salvage. Nice to see Barbara surrounded by old friends and family such as her daughter Nina and son Pablo (who came from Cuba), both musicians themselves, who were a vital part of the presentation. Barbara and Holly Near both were in strong voice and had the crowd in the palm of their hands right from the start. Willie Chambers, age 84, of The Chambers Brothers, brought a very welcome energy to the proceedings. The book is great and Barbara's whole life is such an inspiration. The fact that she is active and vibrant at age 95 invalidates many of our excuses and encourages us to dream and reach for the stars and the things we love.




Willie Chambers: "I Was Born To Sing The Blues"





"Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around" Barbara Dane, Willie Chambers, Family, and Friends




At the Berkeley show we saw a trailer for the forthcoming documentary: 



Excellent New York Times profile of Barbara: 

               Barbara Dane’s Life of Defiance and Song (Feb. 10, 2021)




Barbara's book talks about the anti-war coffeehouses they put on during Vietnam near military bases and the subsequent FTA! tour with Jane Fonda. Barbara and Holly (who was also involved) discussed it at length at the book launch as well.

The FTA! Documentary feat Jane Fonda available now on Netflix: FTA!

Here's Barbara's 1966 masterpiece with The Chambers Brothers:




The Chambers Brothers "Time Has Come Today"