Friday, February 07, 2020

The Tale of Grandfather Lewis-An Excerpt From The Novel "The King of The Woods"

By Der Kosmonaut

"You have to forgive your old granddaddy Kevin. There’s a saying among old Jazz musicians. ‘When you ain’t talking about jizzim you don’t know nothing about Jazz!” He roared again in laughter.
“CHSS CHSS CHSS CHSS!!!” My father was just tickled by Grandfather Lewis.
“Now your mammy says that you want to go to England and start a band. Is that right?”
“Yes it is Grandfather Lewis.”
“Now when I axed if you wanted to make Jazz they told me no. I thought ‘What? My grandson ain’t playing no Jazz! He ain’t no grandson of mine!’ Too bad I really didn’t give your daddy my wiggly piggies!” He laughed again.
“Excuse me Kevin.” Grandfather Lewis said as he told a small bottle of brandy and poured it into his glass. “I hope you ain’t no Baptist or nuddin’. I just need a bit of nipple just to keep myself honest. Hegh, hegh, heghhhhhhhhhhhh!” Grandfather Lewis chuckled.
“Back in the day,” Grandfather Lewis continued. “I and the others on the circuit used to do a little reefer. You know the funny green tobacco. Just a little bit. Can’t be a dope when you got to make the dough if you know what I mean. A little reefer here, a little nipple there, a little girl in the corner and lots of jizzim for the jazz if you know what I mean.”

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Monday, January 27, 2020

Babakiueria (1986)

Babakiueria (Barbeque Area) is a 1986 Australian satirical film on relations between Aboriginal Australians and Australians of European descent.
Babakiueria revolves around a role-reversal, whereby it is Aboriginal Australians who have invaded and colonised the fictitious country of Babakiueria, a land that has long been inhabited by white natives, the Babakiuerians. (Note that the capital K spelling used above is incorrect.)

The opening scene depicts a group of Aboriginal Australians in military uniforms coming ashore in a land they have not previously been to. In this land, they discover a number of European Australians engaged in stereotypical European Australian activities. The Aboriginal Australian explorers approach the group and the expedition's leader asks them, "What do you call this place"? One of the Europeans replies, "Er... 'Barbecue Area'".

After around 200 years of Aboriginal occupation, white Australians have become a minority. Aboriginal people have assumed power, taken all of the available land and have mostly confined whites to suburban ghettos. They are expected to follow the laws and customs of the colonisers and their lifestyle is seen through the patronizing eyes of the majority culture. The latest manifestation of this is in a 'documentary' presented by Duranga Manika (Michelle Torres).

The remainder of the film follows Duranga Manika as she observes how white people are disempowered through poverty, are treated unfairly by the police - often with brutality and indifference, experience arbitrary dispossession, government inaction on white issues, white tokenism, white children being taken from their families only to be taught the values of the majority culture and white people being relocated because the government needs their home for "something". White people are now often characterized by society and in the media as lazy, unintelligent and untrustworthy and anyone who protests about the current circumstances is labeled as a 'troublemaker'. White rituals and cultural values are derided and dismissed as violent and meaningless. The Babakiuerian government's paternalistic policies are defended by Wagwan, the Minister for White Affairs (Bob Maza) who was based on the then Premier of Queensland, Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.

The inversion of reality in Babakiueria highlights the unfairness of Australia's past and present Aboriginal policies and the entrenched racism in society. This subversion of normality allows viewers to see what is wrong when one group tries to control and dominate another and questions the fairness of the current power structure in Australia.

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Friday, January 03, 2020

Front 242-Gripped By Fear (1991)

Recession repression regression
Shifts of scenery
And warning tremors of landslides

The sky comes down
The mountains move aside
Your kingdom slips out of your hands

Chorus: Your tyranny
I was part of
Is now cracking
On every side
And your own life
Is in danger
Your empire
Is on fire

The staggering blows
Are shaking the walls
Nowhere, no place to hide this time

Flare up
Calm down
There is more sand than oil in your engine

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

More Reconstrunction and Less Deconstruction!

I would rather be criticized for what I am than praised for what I'm not.
-Der Kosmonaut
31December 2019
Beograd, Srbija

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Moev-Crucify Me

Video made with clips from the film THX 1138 by George Lucas.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Depeche Mode-101 (1989)

A behind the scenes documentary of Depeche Mode's 1988 USA tour. The film also documents a group of New York New Wave teenagers who follow Depeche Mode across the country. The documentary climaxes on the last stop of the Music For The Masses world tour at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. That was Depeche Mode's biggest concert of the 1980s.

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Damjan Jovičin feat. Der Kosmonaut - The Future is now

Lyrics and Vocals: Der Kosmonaut
Flutes: Miloš Miketić, Tijana Radović
Tenor Sax: Rastko Uzunović
Tom toms: Uroš Kiš
Vibraphone: Emili Mišić
Marimba: Irene Bianco
Drums: Relja Derbogosijan
Piano: Ana Marković
Classical guitar: Amalia Miler
Semi-acoustic guitar: Igor Mišković
Electric guitar: Mladen Pecović
Electric bass: Vukan Potežica
Violin: Isidora Dramićanin
Conductor: Aleksandar Jovanović
Art by Ratko Vulanović
Composer: Damjan Jovičin

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