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Protest Music

Here's a link to the Protest Music Group at DailyKos.com.

Protest Music

This group is open to participation. Click on over to join the conversation or to post your own articles about Protest Music. If you've written and protest songs let me know.

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Hairy Larry
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Protest Music

Protest and topical music including comedy. We're interested in the history of protest music, for instance labor songs, civil rights songs, anti war songs. We also feature contemporary protest music and we particularly want to hear your protest songs.

This is an open group. Please join and post your diaries. If you want to help manage the group message me and I'll make you a BlogEditor.

Of course Protest Music is on topic. But it doesn't have to be both. Protest or Music. Protest is on topic. Music is on topic.

 Christmas in her soul: Laura Nyro
 
A photograph of Laura Nyro, c. 1968
Laura Nyro, circa 1968.  
October 18, 1947 – April 8, 1997
As the holiday season is upon us, and as we continue to contrast seasonal joy with the ongoing battles for justice taking place across the nation, I have a song ringing in my mind, as it often does this time of year. The song is "Christmas in My Soul," by Laura Nyro. I've featured her before in a holiday song diary, but this season, as we mourn losses, and also fight to make changes, the lyrics seem particularly apropos.

Join me below the fold for the song and more on the artist.

 The Justice Dept on Netroots Radio Presents: "Christmas Special 2014"
 
"There are some upon this earth of yours," returned the Spirit, "who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name, who are as strange to us and all our kith and kin, as if they had never lived. Remember that, and charge their doings on themselves, not us."

--Charles Dickens
"A Christmas Carol"

Justice Putnam Self-Portrait / copyright Justice Putnam

The Justice Department is on Netroots Radio.com Sundays 8pm to 9pm Pacific and Mondays 9pm to Midnight Pacific. Powered by Unity Radio Net!

I'm Special Agent DJ Justice; Radio Host and Program Director for Netroots Radio.com; and I'm manning the dials, spinning the discs, warbling the woofers, putting a slip in your hip and a trip to your hop.

The playlist for Wednesday 24 December 14 9pm to 10pm Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "Christmas Special 2014" ~~

1 - Joni Mitchell -- "River"
2 - Kate Bush -- "December Will Be Magic Again"
3 - Diana Krall -- "Jingle Bells"
4 - Nancy Sinatra -- "O Bambino"
5 - The Kingston Trio -- "The Virgin Mary Had A Baby Boy"
6 - Stanley Brothers -- "Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem"
7 - The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl -- "Fairy Tale Of New York"
8 - Linda Ronstadt -- "O Come O Come Emmanuel."

Station Break

9 - Les Enfants de la Terre -- "Joyeux Noël"
10 - Nina Simone  and Wouter Hamel -- "I Am Blessed"
11 - Sinead O'Connor -- "Silent Night"
12 - Coccole Sonore -- "Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle"
13 - Monteverdi Choir -- "Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen"
14 - Vienna Boys Choir -- "Ave Maria"
15 - The Beach Boys -- "Blue Christmas"
16 - U2 -- "Please Come Home"

Who loves ya, Baby?

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 Solidarity Singalong Festivus, The Long Night Begins
 
Yesterday, a bunch of people who deeply love their state gathered in the Rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol to celebrate Festivus. This event was organized by my friend and comrade, Giles Goat Boy.
Due to insurance liabilities, there were no feats of strength. Feats of endurance and dedication are performed in the Rotunda daily. The  first Solidarity Sing-along occurred on March 11, 2011. The singers have met at noon in the Capitol every weekday since then, yes, every single working day. January 6th 8th will mark the 1000th consecutive Solidarity Sing-Along. (Thanks to Jason Huberty for the correction!)

I chronicled last year's Festivustivities, but that was a brighter time. Our grievances were aired with hope that some would be remedied by a better state government. The recent elections ruled that out for the most part.

Some of this year's grievances were very dark indeed:  

> If you nap on a park bench in Milwaukee, a cop will hit you in the head with a nightstick and if you resist, he'll shoot you fourteen times.  

> The State Dept. Of Natural Resources had rules about frac-sand mining. The mining companies ignored them, so the DNR just deleted the rules "like a New Year's Resolution you never intended to keep."

> There have been over 350 arrests of participants in the Solidarity Sing-Along.
All of them* were thrown out in court. Walker's AG has appealed 200 of them. *Correction: I have been informed that several cases have yet to be tried and therefore The statement is over-broad. All those that have gone to court were thrown out. Some cases are still pending.
See you in court.

> The mining billionaires who own the Wisconsin GOP continue in their plans to poison and destroy the Bad River Watershed in Ashland and Iron Counties. This watershed feeds Lake Superior and includes Copper Falls State Park and the wild rice beds of Kakagon Slough.

> A Capitol Police Officer has been arrested twice in domestic violence incidents. He was allowed to walk away by participating in a first offenders program, twice. It's always the first time when you wear a badge.

> One State Legislator, Andy Jorgenson did stop by and voice his grievance. He lamented that his colleagues across the aisle don't know how to discuss, debate and find common ground. He thanked us all for paying attention to what our government is up to. They aren't all idiots. Thanks for showing up Andy. I wish you were my Assembly Rep.

We sang, and there was some laughter, and people renewed old friendships and made some new ones. Being the eighth night of Chanukah, shouts of Molotov! rang in the dome.

The neofascists apparently own the copyright to "Merry Christmas" and have weaponized the good wish. Festivus is all we lefties have left. The Capitol Police ignored the event, realizing that they could not win the war on Festivus.

A few of Singers, including kideni and Wisco Wherls have made a practice of "closing up the Capitol." In the last half-hour before the building is closed to the public, they meet to sing some of the slower, more introspective numbers in their repertoire. Many of the Festivistas joined in and we closed the Capitol with We Shall Overcome , Keep Your Eyes on the Prize, and Solidarity Forever.

We stand with the dusk at our backs.
Night will be long and getting colder.
Song flows through stillness and fog.
Here, we sing, we hold, on hard ground.
Darkness will not move us.

More pictures and links below cheddar curd.
All the photos in this diary are used with the permission of Lisa Wells. (Thanks Lisa!)
 Rest in Peace Joe Cocker
 

BBC news is reporting singer Joe Cocker has passed away at the age of 70.

Singer Joe Cocker dies aged 70

Singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends, has died aged 70.

The singer song-writer from Sheffield had a career lasting more than 40 years with hits including You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong.

His agent Barrie Marshall confirmed that he had died of an undisclosed illness.

 Good Ol' Down Home Country Hanukkah
 

. . . because what could be more country than a holiday involving deep-fried goodies and hunky Maccabean men?

 Yes, They DO Know It's Christmas!
 

Bob Geldof is back, again, with his patronizing, Western-centric power ballad, helping the fight against Ebola by ignoring the fact that there are tons of Christians in various African countries who don't need his help to remember the holiday.  Meanwhile, those of us who don't celebrate Christmas could use a little help . . . so here's my version of an awareness-building overblown rock anthem:

 Netroots Radio Presents: "I Don't Know Who Is Buried Beneath Me"
 

Justice Putnam Self-Portrait / copyright Justice Putnam

The Justice Department is on Netroots Radio.com Sundays 8pm to 9pm Pacific and Mondays 9pm to Midnight Pacific. Powered by Unity Radio Net!

I'm Special Agent DJ Justice; Radio Host and Program Director for Netroots Radio.com; and I'm manning the dials, spinning the discs, warbling the woofers, putting a slip in your hip and a trip to your hop.

The playlist for Monday 22 December 14 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "I Don't Know Who Is Buried Beneath Me" ~~

1 - Little Axe -- "Hard Times"
2 - Blodwyn Pig -- "San Francisco Sketches"
3 - Les McCann & Eddie Harris -- "Compared To What?"
4 - Ornette Coleman -- "Rambling"
5 - Ben Harper -- "11th Commandment"

Station Break

6 - Cinematic Orchestra -- "Burn Out"
7 - Dzihan & Kamien -- "Stiff Jazz"
8 - DJ Dolores -- "Sandide"
9 - Parov Stellar -- "Psychedelic Jazz"
10 - Budos Band -- "King Cobra"

Station Break

11 - Style Council -- "Boy Who Cried Wolf"
12 - Karsh Kale -- "Absence"
13 - Geoffrey Oryema -- "The River"
14 - Ulrich Schnauss -- "A Million Miles Away"
15 - Vangelis -- "Sirens Whispering"

Station Break

16 - Robbie Robertson -- "Somewhere Down This Crazy River"
17 - Kroke -- "Sounds of a Vanishing World"
18 - Novalima -- "Africa Land"
19 - Kate Bush -- "Moments of Pleasure"
20 - Serge Gainsbourg -- "Five Easy Pisseuses"
21 - Porno for Pyros -- "Kimberly Austin"
22 - Jeff Buckley -- "Last Goodbye"

Station Break

23 - Grateful Dead -- "Brokedown Palace"
24 - Stereo Lab -- "Cosmic Country Noir"
25 - Animal Collective -- "Leaf House"
26 - Alcoholic Faith Mission -- "My Eyes to See"
27 - Half Head Special -- "I"
28 - Cake -- "Nugget"
29 - Les Negresses Vertes -- "Orane"

Station Break

30 - First Aid Kit -- "When I Grow Up"
31 - John Coltrane -- "My Favorite Things"
32 - Horace Silver -- "Song For My Father"
33 - Euphoria -- "Delirium"

Who luvs ya, baby?

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 Looking for benefactors to give Daily Kos Subscriptions to those who can't afford them
 

Last Monday, I posted a diary suggesting we give Daily Kos subscriptions to readers here who can't afford to purchase their own. We had 33 people apply. You guys bought 22. That record lives at the link above if you want to see the names of the generous benefactors.

There are still 11 names on the list so we'll focus on knocking those off this week.

Who wants to buy the people below a gift subscription?
1. BARAKABETH c/o pierre9045
2. Roger Fox already has a lifetime subscription
3. LaloAlcaraz c/o JeffW & bakeneko
4. jack 1966 c/o anonymous
5. TopGaucho c/o anonymous
6. Sedro
7. Defiler
8. tinhut
9. bill dog c/o Maudlin
10. sunsetdrive
11. lehmansterms
If you'd like to purchase a gift subscription for someone click here.


We have some folks who'd like to pitch in to the $40 subscription rate for someone above. If you'd like to be a part of that go to PayPal and use our Native American Netroots account there. navajo at nativeamericannetroots dot net
Your $5, $10, $15 or $20 can build up to buy one subscription for someone who loves this site.
Current Small Donor Tally: $25
When this reaches $40 I'll buy a subscription for the first open name on the list above. Rinse and repeat.
Two subscriptions have been purchased by a group of small donors!
If you don't want your name listed let me know by kosmail.
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 The Justice Dept on Netroots Radio Presents: "We Know You Have Seen Popes"
 

Justice Putnam Self-Portrait / copyright Justice Putnam

The Justice Department is on Netroots Radio.com Sundays 8pm to 9pm Pacific and Mondays 9pm to Midnight Pacific. Powered by Unity Radio Net!

I'm Special Agent DJ Justice; Radio Host and Program Director for Netroots Radio.com; and I'm manning the dials, spinning the discs, warbling the woofers, putting a slip in your hip and a trip to your hop.

The playlist for Sunday 14 December 14 8pm to 9pm Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "We Know You Have Seen Popes" ~~

1 - Mount Madonna Choir -- "Jubilate Deo"
2 - Woods -- "Pick Up"
3 - Iron and Wine - "Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car"
4 - Sibylle Baier -- "The End"
5 - Vashti Bunyan -- "Here Before"
6 - Suuns -- "Sunspot"
7 - Dead Man's Bones -- Lose Your Soul"
8 - Sparklehorse -- "Sea Of Teeth"

Station Break

9 - Pernice Brothers -- "Baby In Two"
10 - Daughter -- "Candles"
11 - I Break Horses -- "Hearts"
12 - Toro y Moi -- "So Many Details"
13 - Local Natives -- "Palms"
14 - Pink Martini --  "Bolero"
15 - Mercedes Peon -- "Maravilha"

Who luvs ya, baby?

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 A nation blind to their disgrace
 
NOTE: My title is taken from the song, No Bravery by former British soldier, James Blunt. I think it is sadly appropriate for this terrible moment in our nation's history.

Nietzsche-abyss-FLAT


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