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) DenĂ©e 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