Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Thought Of The Month


Illustration by Robert Crumb
"Cast a wide net. Find the common thread. Don't panic. Keep it organic."
-Diamond Dave

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

What Prince Meant To Me


By Der Kosmonaut
"I want to live life to the ultimate high
Maybe I'll die young like heroes die"
-"Under The Cherry Moon" 1986

  The above text from Prince neatly sums up the life of the most extraordinary artist of my lifetime. I actually cried when I received the awful news that Prince had passed from our existence. I don't know what's more shocking, his death or that I actually cried. In my lifetime since I first took music seriously at the age of 14, fifteen prominent musician have passed. All but one of them died too young. The fifteen are in chronological order: Scott La Rock of Boogie Down Productions (1987), Kurt Cobain of Nirvana (1994), Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon (1995), Tupac Shakur (1996) Biggie Smalls (1997), Michael Hutchence of INXS (1997), Falco (1998), Joe Strummer of The Clash (2002), Robert Palmer (2003), James Brown (2006), Richard Wright of Pink Floyd (2008), Michael Jackson (2009), Bob Casale of Devo (2014) David Bowie (2016), Prince (2016). 
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Prince 1958-2016

It's with profound regrets that the world has lost the best musician after James Brown. I will write an obituary in the coming days. Prince was one the true musical geniuses along with John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. Housequake is my personal favorite song by Prince.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thought Of The Month


"Stay as far away as possible. There's no safety in numbers, only in solitude."
-David Byrne

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Revolutionary Violence

Armed Protesters Heading To Police Station During The Ferguson Insurrection 2014

 By Ljubodrag Duci Simonović

Without the willingness of the working class to stand at the barricades, all other political options are nothing but a political clamor, which cannot produce any essential changes. The militarization of the working class and the young that results from the struggle for survival and is based on the humanist visionary consciousness is of utmost existential significance. Instead of a pacifistic upbringing, the young people should develop the will to fight against capitalism and to create a humane world. At the same time, without political organization and the political engagement of workers on a daily basis, storming the barricades cannot have a true revolutionary, which means a visionary character, but just a rebellious and destructive one. A revolutionary fight is not only a fight against the ruling order, but also a fight for a humane world.

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Saturday, April 02, 2016

Ultravox-Vienna

Dedicated to Birgit and Mona


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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A Tale of Two Flies


By Der Kosmonaut 
  There once were two flies and this story will tell how there was only one left. The first fly was a common outdoor fly. He was originally a House Fly but was evicted by the Jocko Homosapiens whose dwelling he had tried to survive. His first survival lesson was that Jocko Homos don't like the likes of him. They persistently and aggressively tried to kill him. They deployed a weapon which would cause him to crash while flying or would crush him while standing on the surface. Like most of his fellow species he had quick reflexes and happened to just escape out from harms way. It came to pass that the Jocko Homos had poisoned the atmosphere and he had no choice but to fly out the open window never to return.

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