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Jesse Dangerously and the word "pimp" [09 May 2007|12:11pm]

Hip hop artist and columnist Jesse Dangerously spells it out, re: use of the word "pimp" to mean "cool":
I know “pimp” is a popular term now. Commercially, people are trying to divorce it from its literal meaning and use it as a signifier of urban cool. The style and demeanour of the flamboyant archetype of blaxploitation film and rap-music fetishization, people want to pretend that somehow exists independently from the literal definition of a panderer.

Those pretenders may say that to decry casual use of the word “pimp” belies a deep sexual repression, and how can you pretend that the world’s oldest profession doesn’t exist? I’m no puritan: I’m frankly desperate for improved and open sexual discourse in the public sphere. I’m not scared that kids will find out what a pimp is.

I’m scared they won’t.
Full column.
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Rising Tide Climate Action Tour! (Wishlist) [19 Feb 2007|11:17pm]

Hey Everyone,
Evan Greer here from the Riot-Folk! Collective. I'm in Austin, TX about to embark on a six-month veggie-oil bus tour focused on Climate Justice. We're working on a shoestring budget and need all the help we can get! Below is a short description of the tour, and a wishlist of items that we need. If you can get us any of these things, please contact us! (Money is also a good thing...) Best way to get in touch is via phone: 978-852-6457, or e-mail: evan@riotfolk.org

Our basic tour route is posted on the Rising Tide Website. We'll more than likely be coming through your town soon!

Thanks for your support!
-Evan from Riot-Folk

More information about Rising Tide! is at: www.risingtidenorthamerica.org

The Climate Action Tour is a carnivalesque overthrow of popular notions of Climate Change. Wielding a theatrical arsenal of workshops, games, an Al Gore corporate puppet, Climate Change: The Folk-Punk Musical, and multimedia presentations, we will incite communities to act creatively in the face of impending crises. By partnering with community groups that are already fighting the root causes of climate change, we will strengthen the worldwide movement toward social and environmental justice.

Rising Tide Tour Wish List

Digital projector
Art supplies
Banner materials
Cooking supplies
Food (bulk foods etc…)
Medicinal herbs
Medical supplies
Cutting board
Bike trailers
Sound system (speakers, mixer, deep cell battery, microphone)
Generator (bike sized) inverter
Deep cell car batteries
CD Burner
Tea Kettle
Boom box (tape cd radio)
Beer trough
Buckets with lids
Mini dv tapes
Blank dvds, cds etc.
Bungee cords/ropes
Vehicle accessories (Filters, cables, hoses, wiper)
Blades, Fluids)
Computer mouse
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small rant on what we're not [21 May 2006|01:16am]

[ mood | browsing livejournal ]

I hatehatehate rating communities.

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its been a long time [14 Dec 2005|03:13pm]

so I am in recovery right now....

Defiance Ohio (by far the best show i have ever been to)

Drinking Song

the first thing we do if we want to get through this dependency that we've been courting. is to finally come clean with the lines read between and make flat feet of tiptoes we're walking. say, "we're finished." say, "we're sorry." say, "we're scared there's this weight we can't carry." say, "i'm lonely, and frustrated, and i'm ready to be here to hear that."

and try as we might we'll try and we might ...

crumbles these walls with a flood of our words and we'll have a foundation to hold us ...

all these things i want to say. like "honesty is so underated". we're in this together, and that's ok. so why are we so afraid to say it?
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[14 Dec 2005|02:54pm]

This song is too awesome for a cut.

MC Lars - "Wal-Mart Nation"

[spoken, southern accent]
come gather round kids
you know that everything's bigger here in america
we've got the biggest cars, the biggest buildings
and even the biggest corporate empires
how 'bout i tell you a story about a store
that started in arkansas about forty years ago
and this store would become
one of the biggest corporations in the country
but you know what they always say
nothing is always perfect

fred johnson is barely getting by in life
he's got four different kids with four different wives
he's the working class man, the backbone of america
he's gotta feed his progeny, mary, mark and erica
mark has the flu, mary's got an ear infection
so fred gets a job at wal-mart in the home and garden section
wishes he were compensated when he worked overtime
or at least he'd be paid above the poverty line
he's got mouths to feed, alimony to pay
so he shows up on time and goes home late everyday
when he gets his first check, he can't believe his eyes
like he was piggy and wal-mart was lord of the flies
he's a hardworking dude but can't understand
why the wal is worth ten billion, and he's still a starving man
he qualifies for medical in two more years
but for now he uses tylenol to ease his kid's tears
(now remind me why i took this job again?)

this is how we do it in a wal-mart nation
corporate ethics out the door in a wal-mart nation
shutting down the mom and pops with no hesitation
pay our workers next to nothing in a wal-mart nation
welcome to the high cost of a low price
we're here to stay

yo ho, yo ho, a wal-mart life for me
but predatory pricing is corporate piracy
but hey we let it go because the prices are so low
they sell discounts by the pound and it just goes to show
a corporate empire for the modern ages
but now they pay americans third world wages
the sweatshirt that you bought in south carolina
was made in a sweatshop in beijing china
spending billions a year on chinese trade
it supports a deficit but robbie walton's got it made
they give millions to the president, and he loves them back
how can democrats complain when they even hire blacks?
sex discrimination, women never get promotions (never)
employ illegal aliens, never a commotion
friends with the christian right so they're contraceptive free
veggie tales on dvd won't prevent teen pregnancy
(sorry ladies)

this is how we do it in a wal-mart nation
corporate ethics out the door in a wal-mart nation
shutting down the mom and pops with no hesitation
pay our workers next to nothing in a wal-mart nation
welcome to the high cost of a low price
we're here to stay

[spoken news report]
"in an unprecedented acquisition, wal-mart has purchased the entire city of new york. discussions are now underway to change the city's name to new wal-mart. new york citizens are reminded that the company has nothing but benevolent intentions with them, and if they don't like it, they are free to leave."

dear friends, we'd like to thank you for your long-term dedication
working twenty years in the same location
to show appreciation for being on our team
here's a coupon for two pints of free chocolate ice cream
fred's almost eighty now, with a painful pleurisy
no more currency in social security
his kids work at wal-mart, what else would they do?
cause no one else is hiring in 2062
(go wal-mart, it's your birthday)

this is how we do it in a wal-mart nation
corporate ethics out the door in a wal-mart nation
shutting down the mom and pops with no hesitation
pay our workers next to nothing in a wal-mart nation
welcome to the high cost of a low price
we're here to stay

[spoken, southern accent]
well kids, that's the story of wal-mart
always low prices, always taking advantage of people
hahaha, sleep tight now, y'hear?

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Everything I Ever Wanted To Know About Genocide I Learned In The Third Grade [24 Nov 2005|03:26pm]


Happy Thanksgiving

courtesy of the BroadwaysCollapse )

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Updated Schedule for November Riot-Folk! Convergence [10 Nov 2005|06:08pm]

Hey Folks,
As always, there's been some changes, so here's the new updated schedule for the Riot-Folk! Convergence. Updated details will be on the Riot-Folk! Site.
If you're coming from far away and have room in your car/biodesil bus, be sure to e-mail us and let us know or post it on the ride board.


(All the following shows will feature all members of the Riot-Folk! Collective, though we'll be missing Tom on the 18th. :-( ah well.)

*Benefit for post-FTAA summit legal fund in Argentina (if needed),
otherwise New Orleans Relief benefit.
*@ Nabolom Bakery (2708 Russell St. @ College, in Berkeley)
7:00 PM

*All day show, benefit for Common Grounds Relief in New Orleans!
@ Coffee to the People, Haight and Masonic, (Upper Haight, SF)
w/The Slow Motion, Justin Clifford Rhody, Bookends, David Jaberi, This
One's On Me, Trainwreck Riders, Lava Lava (with Spoonboy)

*Feature on Free Folk Radio Show, 104.1 FM (Berkeley)
*8:00-10:00 PM

*1-year Anniversary Show and Celebration of NY Shirtwaste Strike!
*Benefit for legal fund of recently arrested anti-facists in Toledo, Ohio
@ Station 40 (3030 16th St. @ Mission, SF)
6:30-11:00 PM

*Food Not Bombs - Give Thanks Vegetarian Potluck Feast!
*Benefit for the Doe Family Legal Fund
@ Ashkenaz (San Pablo, one block S. of Gilman, Berkeley)
6:00-9:00 PM, music from 7:00-9:00 PM

*Buy Nothing Day actions in SF *@ Powell and Market St*
*Poets, performers, musicians welcome! Flood the Market with FREE Exchange!
11:30-1:00 pm

*@ Downtown Berkeley Farmers Market (@ Center and MLK)
*12:30 PM
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[07 Nov 2005|09:26pm]

As I was sorting my mp3s I stumbled upon a few gems from Anti-Flag. I forgot how much I love these songs.

911 For PeaceCollapse )

Wake Up!Collapse )

Anatomy Of Your EnemyCollapse )
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[17 Oct 2005|11:36am]

The Day-to-Daily
by Jesse Dangerously
from Inter Alia

The Day-To-Daily
(J. McDonald, S. Ryan)

This a recording... of a full time
Job - I’m playing my hand so don’t pull my
Card. I endeavour to eat as a wage earner
Which doesn’t make my day to day journal a page-turner
Hey burner, swing, murder things as the caged bird
sings about capers, stings and wayward things
Worse things happen to better cats than me,
though I never had to steal or give myself a needle
Isn’t that illegal? The question’s a luxury
Depression’s a luxury, stress is a luxury
Blessed reductive reasoning lets us see some things
As fearsome and they’re closer than they look in the mirror, son
Here are some irrefutable lyrics, I hear it’s beautiful
Where it’s been near unsuitable irritants, air pollutants
American retribution is careless, the destitution is
peerless, and restitution imperative, I wonder where it is?
Pretty shameless for a shame-based
culture who rains hate wherever the blame’s placed
Wish I could change fate or alter the course of events
Also enforce some intensive positive morsels of sense
Not to mention morals, I’m sorry I know it’s horrible
For mortals to suppose they’re objectively supportable
but in the absence of a galactic conscience
where batshit conmen spew magic nonsense
Cats flip coins and try to get a heads up
And keep their heads up and keep defenses up
And beat their senses up - they pay to stay
High to escape their day to day lives

I got a girl and a home and a plate with some food on it so I’ve got to be thankful
Like a kid who just learned that the plague wasn’t bubonic from when a rat bit his ankle
But since my circumstances are damn near taken for granted
By myself and others like me who likely had
better chances
It might seem a little rancid when we bitch on the trivial
shit that makes our privilege a wee bit less convivial
We’re squeamish to the pitiful, miserable images
Of people whose invisibleness is our ignorant bliss
Even during this time, remixes and videos
seem to stir and evince even further screed material
Than seems to be supported by decency when recently
we can see the secrets leak increasingly frequently
But can these things even begin to weaken the
hedonistic elite
in our resolve to retreat from what’s real in the streets?
The deal is complete, we pay to stay blithe
snug and safe in our day to day lives

The worst fashion trend in the last few years is
Not phat pants or clamdiggers
It’s the monster in American hearts when a black man
Starts calling Afghans “sandniggers”
And if I figure correctly, the next three years could be messy unless we get perspective and wake up, take it from Jesse
I guess we need a lesson in compassion, let’s pave the way by making space in our day to day lives
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[10 Oct 2005|12:27am]

This is a song I fell in love with a while ago, I guess it just now struck me as a song that would be perfect for this community.

Sinead O'Connor - 'Black Boys On Mopeds'Collapse )
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[16 Sep 2005|12:16am]

hey, i just joined. it says on the info page that all newcomers have to post their favorite lyrics, so this is my favorite section of one of my favorite poems (it's spoken word with musical accompaniment, so it really is like a song), and my favorite section of my favorite song. (one is political, one is not)

"My mother raised me to tangle with the big boys.
To pull out my thumb
and make friends with my voice.
That's my weapon of choice."
--Alix Olson Womyn Before

"'Cause when you live in a world
Well it gets in to who you thought you'd be
And now I laugh at how the world changed me
I think life chose me after all"
--Dar Williams After All
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SO NOT COOL [14 Sep 2005|12:54am]

This doesn't help the current theme AT ALL but I believe that it's something that should be pointed out.


Read it and weep because it made me incredibly upset and I'm sure I'm not the only one that cares.
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wake me up when september ends... [06 Sep 2005|01:13am]

[ mood | packing -_- ]

The start of fall and the end of summer...

Sad times for some people because the sun will begin to show it's face a little less. So to remind ourselves the simple pleasures of life, our September theme will be:

small wonders...

Songs about the small wonders of the world because it's the little things that keep us going each and every day. Post anything to remind us about the good in this world that way we don't become to cynical about the times.

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Finally A big Name Hip Hopper calls an end to homophobia [20 Aug 2005|01:23pm]

Kanye West calls for end to gay-bashing
Associated Press
Thursday, August 18, 2005 / 12:25 PM

NEW YORK -- Kanye West says "gay" has become an antonym to hip-hop -- and that it needs to be stopped.

During an interview for an MTV special, the 27-year-old rapper launched into a discussion about hip-hop and homosexuality while talking about "Hey Mama," a song on his upcoming album, "Late Registration."

West says that when he was young, people would call him a "mama's boy."

"And what happened was, it made me kind of homophobic, 'cause it's like I would go back and question myself," West says on the show, "All Eyes on Kanye West," set to air Thursday night (10:30 p.m. ET).

West says he changed his ways, though, when he learned one of his cousins was gay.

"It was kind of like a turning point when I was like, 'Yo, this is my cousin. I love him and I've been discriminating against gays.'"

West says hip-hop was always about "speaking your mind and about breaking down barriers, but everyone in hip-hop discriminates against gay people." He adds that in slang, gay is "the opposite, the exact opposite word of hip-hop."

Kanye's message: "Not just hip-hop, but America just discriminates. And I wanna just, to come on TV and just tell my rappers, just tell my friends, 'Yo, stop it.'"

West, whose debut disc "The College Dropout" won a Grammy for best rap album, will see his second record in stores on Aug. 30.
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I love this song... [16 Aug 2005|01:02am]

If you haven't heard Rancid's "out of control" you need to. :-) Here are the lyrics...

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My piece of Nostalgia... [06 Aug 2005|02:38am]

The song "Fortunate Son" reminds me of how I felt and still feel about the Iraq war. This song has an element of anger to it...which I can definitely relate to. I resent the people born with the "silver spoon in hand," who seemed so ready and supportive for war, and I resent the blind patriotism and unquestioning support which was expected by American's in regards to the war, this song does a great job at attacking that.

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Lyrical Activism: Version 2 (specs just incase someone gets sue happy *waves*) [28 Jul 2005|07:32pm]


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[a little rant]Collapse )

If you see any graphical errors and/or bugs please report them to me. Also, if you feel up to it, send/post me a screenie of what you see when you visit the community. I would appreciate it very much so :D
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new song [27 Jul 2005|05:51pm]

just wrote a new song that i thought i'd share. the first part is about my own internal struggle with the concept of fame and the privilege and power that i'm granted by being a white male performer, the second part is a critique of anarchist-celebrity bands like Against Me! and Anti-Flag. It's not that I blame these bands for the choices that they're making, I'm just arguing that we need to create a different culture surrounding music if we're ever going to get our ideas out.

thoughts are more than welcome.


what’s the point of fame
except to reinforce the social hierarchies we oppose?
what’s the point of a name
if it just becomes something that you drop?
when you feel insecure
and you’re not sure
if everybody in the room will have heard of your band before
and you’re on tour
and you haven’t seen a friend for at least a couple of days
let me count the ways that i
abuse the privilege granted to me buy this mandolin
and my white skin that bought me my first guitar
and everyone who told me, BOY you’re bound to be a star
yes you are.
boy, you’re bound to be a star.

and just like every major threat they somehow find a way to buy it
co-opt what we create while they get rich and we deny it
the tv tells us there are stars and fans there’s just one way to make it
follow the label’s rules use the master’s tools and when the big deal comes you take it.


you’re selling hope to angry kids
who think that you’re the only ones
who sing about what makes them sad
who understand the way they feel
but that’s just cuz your label pays
for multi-colored tour posters
so no one ever hears about
the kids doin’ it for real.

and i’m so tired of these anarchist celebrities
selling ten-dollar shrink-wrapped CDs
full of paper made from old-growth trees
and i know that we all have our hypocrisies
this isn’t about purity or punk rock points
it’s about taking back what’s left of our ideals
and trading in our egos for our dreams

and if i start to act like them, please call me on my shit.
because sometimes i get jealous, i will be first to admit
i’ve been brainwashed all my life and now i’m trying to think for myself
i think i’m gonna need some help.
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Soooooooo.... [08 Jul 2005|05:40pm]

I'm thinking;

Its time for a new layout! xD

any suggestions for color scheme or pictures etc.

I'm thinking... an iPod theme. thats all i could think of :P
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Alix Olson spoken word lyrics [08 Jul 2005|01:44am]

So, many of you I'm sure are familiar with Ani DiFranco. I like her, but even moreso do I like Alix Olson. She is a spoken world/folk artist with fantastic talent. Here is one of my favorites of hers.

Cunt CuntryCollapse )

p.s. if anyone would like to hear the .mp3 I have of this, add me to MSN and I will gladly share it with you.
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