The Drone Operator who said no, dreams in infra-red

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2015 by Ear Conditioning

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Terror Tuesday.  Every Tuesday, the White House occupant, Oh-Bummer Man has a meeting where he and military chiefs go through a list of people they have decided gets an early retirement, based, many times on evidence which is as solid as a toothpick.

“Bryant saw a flash on the screen: the explosion. Parts of the building collapsed. The child had disappeared. Bryant had a sick feeling in his stomach.

“Did we just kill a kid?” he asked the man sitting next to him.

“Yeah, I guess that was a kid,” the pilot replied.

“Was that a kid?” they wrote into a chat window on the monitor.

Then, someone they didn’t know answered, someone sitting in a military command center somewhere in the world who had observed their attack. “No. That was a dog,” the person wrote.

They reviewed the scene on video. A dog on two legs?”

Brandon Bryant, was in the US Army and worked within the secret drone programme bombing targets in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

He was told that he helped to kill more than 1,600 people, but as time went by he felt uneasy with what he was doing. He found it hard to sleep and started dreaming in infra-red.

Brandon Bryant told the BBC/World Service ‘Witness’ program about his doubts and the mission that convinced him it was time to stop.

Link to video

If your still awake, Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald discuss the assassination program with Amy Goodman at Democracy Now, (from Feb. 2014) and the piece also includes an interview with Brandon Bryant. Link

 

Gordon Parks

Posted in Imagery, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2015 by Ear Conditioning

 

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Gordon Parks, one of the most celebrated African American artists of his time, is the subject of this exhibition of groundbreaking photographs of Fort Scott, Kansas—focusing on the realities of life under segregation during the 1940s, but also relating to Parks’s own fascinating life story.

In 1948, Gordon Parks (1912–2006) became the first African American photographer to be hired full time by LIFE magazine. One of the rare African American photojournalists in the field, Parks was frequently given magazine assignments involving social issues that his white colleagues were not asked to cover. In 1950, Parks returned to his hometown in Kansas to make a series of photographs meant to accompany an article that he planned to call “Back to Fort Scott.”

Fort Scott was the town that he had left more than 20 years earlier, when after his mother died, he found himself—a teenager and the youngest of 15 children—suddenly having to make his own way in the world. He used this assignment to revisit early memories of his birthplace, many involving serious racial discrimination, and to reconnect with childhood friends, all of whom had attended the same all-black grade school as Parks. One of the most visually rich and captivating of all his projects, Parks’s photographs, now owned by The Gordon Parks Foundation, were slated to appear in April 1951, but the photo essay was never published. The exhibition at the Boston Museum of Fine Art, represents a rarely seen view of everyday lives of African American citizens, years before the Civil Rights movement began in earnest.

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More photographs from the exhibition can be seen here

200 years of African American art

Posted in Art, Imagery, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2015 by Ear Conditioning

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“From Henry Ossawa Tanner, the first African American painter to move to Paris and be accepted into the Salon, to superstars of today like Kara Walker, here’s how generations of artists have tackled race, identity and prejudice.” – The Guardian.

Represent: 200 Years of African American Art is at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 10 January to 5 April

More art from this series here

Fun-da-mental ‘Audio Shrapnel’ XFM Superchunk

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2014 by Ear Conditioning

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First broadcast in December 2001 for the Eddie Temple-Morris & James Hyman program on XFM.  Big respect to DJ Overhaul who constructed the final mix on his jack after my back put me on ice for a few days.  It represents the manner to which we hit gigs in the short time we threw down as the Nation World Service / Audio Shrapnel DJ team, throwing everything into the pile.  (Thanks to Suki for the tracklist)

Tune in hear (sic)

James & Eddie Intro’ (Nation/XFM),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Fire Water’ (Nation),
Yam Yam ‘The Spectacle’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Gold Burger’ (Nation),
The Chemical Brothers ‘It Began In Afrika’ (Virgin),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘New World Order’ (Nation),
Drain ‘Wendy Will Win’ (Astralwerks),
Red Hot Chilli Peppers ‘Around The World’ (Warner Bros),
Asha Bhosle ‘Dono Ke Vichkar Lagta’ (Nascente),
2nd Gen ‘Sweet Fucking Molotov’ (Flo),
Swami ‘Hat Jo Hat Jo’ (Envy),
Techno Animal ‘Piranha’ (Matador),
Asian Dub Foundation ‘Witness (DJ Scud Remix)’ (Nation),
The Bug ‘Politicians & Paedophiles’ (Morpheus),
Dexy’s Midnight Runners ‘Come On Eileen’ (Phonogram),
Public Enemy ‘Bring The Noise’ (Def Jam),
Public Enemy Megamix ‘Burn The Place’ (White Label),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘No More Fear’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental Seize The Time’ (Nation), Fun-Da-Mental ‘Dog Tribe’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental, ‘Demonised Soul’ (Nation), Fun-Da-Mental ‘Rape’ (Nation),
Charged ‘Elektro Punjabi Da-koo’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Cointelpro’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Wandering Soul’ (Nation),
Bollywood Soundtrack ‘Kabhie Kabhie’ (Outcaste),
Rage Against The Machine ‘Calm Like A Bomb’ (Sony),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘GodDevil’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Spy Cat’ (Nation),
Squarepusher ‘Plaistow Flex Out’ (Warp),
Tino’s Breaks Volume 5 ‘D-U-B Dub’ (Tino Corp),
Eek-A-Mouse ‘Wa-Do-Dem’ (Greensleeves),
Bob Marley & The Wailers ‘War’ (Island),
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir ‘America The Beautiful’ (Sony),
Elephant Man ‘The Bombing’ (Greensleeves)?
‘Bhangra Track What Samples ‘Get Ur Freak On’ (?),
Missy ‘Misdemeanour’ Elliot ‘Get Ur Freak On’ (Elektra),
Bubba Sparxx ‘Ugly’ (Beat Club/Interscope),
Elephant Man ‘Bring The War’ (Greensleeves),
Surinder Shinda ‘Mera Punjab’ (?) Transglobal Underground ‘Temple Head’ (Nation)
Adam & The Ants ‘Kings Of The Wild Frontier’ (CBS),
Labh Janjua & Panjabi MC ‘Mundian To Bach Ke’ (Nachural),
Dippa Dosanjh ‘The Next Episode’ (Envy),
TJ Rehmi ‘Who Killed Bhangra?’ (Nation),
Orchestral National De Barbes ‘Alaoui’ (Virgin France),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Ja Sha Taan (Transglobal Underground Karachi Death Cult Mix)'(Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Pollution’ (Nation),
Roots Manuva ‘Ital Visions’ (Big Dada),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘More Than A Hundred Times’ (Nation),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘The Last Gospel’ (Nation),
Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwal & Temple Of Sound ‘Love Moves The Sun’ (Real World), Transglobal Underground ‘Lookee Here (Dreadzone Remix)’ (Nation),
Gearwhore ‘Vector Tribe’ (Astralwerks),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Tagai Soul’ (Nation),
Leftfield ‘Phat Planet’ (Hard Hands/Sony)
Recycler ‘FUH 115 (Elite Force Remix)’ (Nation)
Asian Dub Foundation ‘Strong Culture (Juttla & Charged Remix)’ (Nation),
Elvis Costello & The Attractions ‘Pump It Up’ (Radar/WEA),
Fun-Da-Mental ‘Anarchy’ (White Label), Rich [Nation Records] ‘James, Eddy & Ian Camfield Outro’ (Nation/XFM)”

Fourth World – Flora Purim & Airto Moreira ‘Terra Mae’

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , on December 19, 2014 by Ear Conditioning

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An early show of confidence from Tony Thorpe.  Back in the day, he was commissioned to assemble a collection of producers to remix songs from the catalogue of Fourth World, the group led by Flora Purim and her husband Airto Moreira.   Tony lined up a cast including 4Hero, Shut Up & Dance, IG Culture, The Herbalizer, London Elektricity, Fila Brazilia  He also tapped up a two fellas who in the basement where Nation Records operated.  Rich McLean aka DJ Overhaul and I produced two tunes in the studio, this is one of them. With the aforementioned producers involved, we had to go deep into our crates and tapes.  Honored, believe…and also to work with Rich, phew, he had a different head on his shoulders.

Read more about the project at label Melt2000 site

Daniel Edlen: Vinyl Art

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2014 by Ear Conditioning

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Arizona-based artist Daniel Edlen has been collecting vinyl since he was a teenager at art school. One day he combined his two passions of art and music, and started painting musicians on to their records. ‘The Beatles were the first,’ he says, ‘of course.’ He uses acrylic paint and prefers to use records that would otherwise be thrown away, although the flipside can still be played. ‘I like the tangibility of vinyl, the memories,’ he says. ‘I remember what the cabinet smelled like with my dad’s records, the sound of the shrink-wrap crinkling, the feel of the record in your hand as you flip it from one side to the other.’

Custom-made records can be purchased at vinylart.info

More fotos: The Guardian

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Chrome ‘Melody’

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , on December 8, 2014 by Ear Conditioning

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A pre-internet tune that could be released today an’ nobody would be any wiser.  It was on ‘The Family Album‘, compiled by Tony Thorpe for his Language label than ran in the early-mid ’90s.  I think the producer was either Optical or Matrix, which was totally out of step with that they were doing at the time. Definitely forward thinking on the beats.  And Chrome, the rapper, where is he?

“24hours of flick-through brainwashTV shite, Trapped in a maze ’til you sleep and day and rise and night, That’s when we are in our element, Wanna hear the bass-line roar, fuck the radio, that’s too innocent…”

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