Entries tagged with: protest
an album that came out this week on Asthmatic Kitty
First Wilco cancelled an Indiana show in protest of the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (which could legalize discrimination against the LGBT community), and now a handful of record labels with offices in Indiana are protesting too. Asthmatic Kitty, Secretly Group, Joyful Noise and more have signed a letter titled "Music for Indiana," which reads:
We are a group of independent record labels and music businesses based in Indiana. We are deeply disappointed with the recent passage of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the message that it sends to those both in and out of our state. At the very least, this is a poorly written and unnecessary piece of legislation. At the worst, it provides a path to legal discrimination.An email from Asthmatic Kitty also adds, "We welcome other music businesses in Indiana to join in signing with us." You can do so here.
We join the chorus of Indiana residents and businesses calling on Governor Mike Pence and the Indiana General Assembly to repeal the IRFRA. Additionally, we appeal to our state government leaders to enact legislation clearly protecting the civil liberties of LGBT individuals to assure that none of our employees or neighbors may be discriminated against due to sexual orientation or gender identity.
Some businesses and individuals have taken action to suspend or reduce participation in Indiana's economy. While this sort of action is well-intended to place pressure on government leaders to repeal or fix this law, we feel an isolationist approach can sometimes be misguided. As music companies, we cherish the power which music and art can have in promoting social progress. We believe cultural events can be a great opportunity to put a glaring spotlight on injustice. We will continue to proudly call Indiana home, and we call on others in the arts community to address this issue constructively. To musicians with events scheduled in Indiana -- please follow through and perform. While canceling shows is one way to protest, a greater statement can be made by coming here and using your art to influence the policy debate that is occurring locally. You can insist that the venue you play publicly states that they will not discriminate under any circumstances. If the venue won't do that, rebook your show with another venue that will. Your performance can be a rally. We need your support locally.
Signed with respect,
Asthmatic Kitty Records
Bloomington Guitar & Amp
Dead Oceans (Secretly Group)
Fort William Artist Management
Indy CD & Vinyl
Jagjaguwar (Secretly Group)
Joyful Noise Recordings
Jurassic Pop Records
Magnetic South Recordings
Meitus Gelbert Rose LLP
SC Publishing (Secretly Group)
Secretly Canadian (Secretly Group)
Spirit of '68 Promotions
photo: Wilco at the Cap in 2014 (more by PSquared)
We are canceling our May 7 show at the Murat in Indianapolis. The "Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act" feels like thinly disguised legal discrimination to us. Hope to get back to the Hoosier State someday soon, when this odious measure is repealed. Refunds available at point of purchase.Indiana Governor Mike Pence says the bill -- which could make it legal for businesses to turn away LGBT customers for religious reasons -- "isn't about discrimination," but not everyone's buying it.
In less upsetting news, the daily lineups were announced today for Wilco's Solid Sound Festival.
The above is from YACHT's website for their Big Brother protest anthem, "Party at the NSA," which the band is offering up as a 99 cent download, proceeds from which are going to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. On the website, when you highlight the text you just get to see the redacted words: "PLAY THE MUSIC LOUD AND ENCRYPT YOUR SECRET THOUGHTS."
The track puts its protests (lyrics are below) into an early B-52s-style new wave format and features a guitar solo from comedian Marc Maron (!). You can also stream it below.
As mentioned, YACHT will be in town at the end of the month, playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 30 and then a free show at Surf Lodge in Montauk on August 31. Tickets to MHOW are still available.
And speaking of Marc Maron, he is not part of the lineup of this year's Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, but his name is.
Track stream and lyrics are below.
As the month-long fast of Ramadan starts this evening (7/8), Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) is protesting -- and raising awareness of -- the force feeding of more than 100 hunger-striking detainees currently being held at Guantanamo Bay by undergoing the prodedure himself and has released a video of it happening.
Many Muslim and human rights groups have urged President Obama to halt force-feeding of prisoners during Ramadan. The video was made by human rights charity Reprieve and Bafta-award winning director Asif Kapadia. You can watch it (via The Guardian) below -- it is not pleasant viewing.
This just in:
Morrissey is thankful for being invited to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live tomorrow, February 26. However, he cannot morally be on a television program where the cast members of Duck Dynasty will also be guests. Morrissey would be honored to play the show, if Duck Dynasty were removed.UPDATE: Morrissey playing 'Kimmel,' reschedules tour (updated dates); Staples Center show may or may not be 100% meat-free
Morrissey stated, "As far as my reputation is concerned, I can't take the risk of being on a show alongside people who, in effect, amount to animal serial killers. If Jimmy cannot dump Duck Dynasty then we must step away."
The Illuminator, whose mission is "to smash the myths of the information industry and shine a light on the urgent issues of our time", and whose projections have been seen everywhere from the Russian Consulate in Manhattan ("Free Pussy Riot") to Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn "99% Occupy", lit up the rusty facade of the new Barclays Center the other night, as you can see in the pictures above and at the website of Develop Don't Destroy.
photos by Sachyn Mital
"Every team has a grand plan, and we're moving slowly, step by step, because it's easy to make a strong team, but it's very difficult to make a championship team. So we are on the right way and I'm expecting our championship within three years now," Prokhorov told reporters Friday morning after participating in a ribbon-cutting with partner Bruce Ratner and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, marking the ceremonial opening of the $1 billion Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn.You could draw a lot of parallels between Brooklyn Nets and the rusty-new Barclays Center, which, before the sports move in, opens to the public with multiple shows by director Jay-Z. Big names like Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Green Day/Best Coast, The Who, and Rush and maybe even the Rolling Stones, are also on the concert venue's initial schedule.
Mikhail Prokhorov has a grand plan for the Nets, who open their new arena in their first season in Brooklyn Nov. 1 against the rival Knicks. "I'm really thirsting for the first of November," he said.
When Prokhorov bought the team in 2010, he said the Nets would capture the NBA title within five years, meaning his plan remains on schedule. -[ESPN]
The first step towards familiarity is getting the public acquainted with the space, a feat that Barclays Center attempted when they opened their doors to the press on Friday (9/21). With protesters outside, Mayor Bloomberg and Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov welcomed in photographers, including Sachyn Mital whose pictures continue below...
rusty looking Barclays Center yesterday (9/20) (photo by RC)
protesters outside Barclays Center today (9/21) (photo by Stefan Bondy)
New, controversial Brooklyn arena, Barclays Center (why exactly did Barclays sponsor it?), has its invite-only, ribbon cutting ceremony today at 9:30 a.m. Protesters are on hand. Some of them may be wondering why it looks so damn rusty...
"Is it meant to be that way, with the rust?" one woman asked, squinting at the steel.The Best part about that August 27th NY Times article is the 182 comments.
"I thought they were going to paint it," said a man who stopped to stare.
No, they are not. For the facade of the Barclays Center, more traditional materials were rejected in favor of 12,000 separate pieces of what is called "weathering steel," and that leathery brown hue, which is the arena's final finish, is not paint but an intended layer of rust.
Weathering steel -- often known by its old brand name, Cor-Ten -- develops a fine layer of rust, which then acts as a protective coating against moisture, slowing its own corrosion process almost to a stop. While it can look suspiciously unfinished to the casual observer, it has many fans in the world of art and architecture. [NY Times]
May Day flyers & posters @ Terminal 5 (more by BBG)
As you may have heard, the Occupy community has organized a protest to strike on May 1st as part of May Day. In solidarity with that sentiment, the Occupy Guitarmy organization is calling on musicians of all shapes and sizes to meet the group in NYC at Bryant Park....
All strings, shakers, and voices welcomeOnce Occupy Guitarmy reaches Union Square, they'll kick off a free, amplified rally at 4PM (with the correct permits) featuring long-time supporter Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave etc) and performances from Immortal Technique, Das Racist, Dan Deacon, and the Bobby Sanabria Band. More details are available via Occupy Guitarmy and below.
Bring your guitar (or other portable string instrument)
All levels of musicians from complete beginner to shredder needed
Assemble at noon @ Bryant Park by the Gertrude Stein statue
March from Bryant Park to Union Square
Later that night head to UCB East to protest some more and laugh while you're at it.
You can also catch Das Racist this summer in Red Hook Park.
Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement vowed to reoccupy Zuccotti Park after police forcibly removed them early this morning before sanitation crews came into the park to clean it.Thursday, November 17th is now officially the "International Day of Action". A full schedule for NYC protesters is posted at their site, and it includes:
Police officials told The New York Times that about 150 people were arrested - most in the park but some outside.
Demonstrators were told they could return in several hours, but without sleeping bags, tarps or tents. By eight a.m. some protesters had returned, jumping over barricades. But the police closed the park again.
Hundreds of other protesters and their supporters marched through lower Manhattan to Foley Square, near City Hall, chanting, "This is what democracy looks like."
The group vowed to reoccupy Zuccotti Park...
...The group is also calling for a "Day on Action" on Thursday, November 17 - the two-month anniversary since the Occupy movement began - to shut down Wall Street and occupy 16 subway stations across the city. At 5 p.m., protesters will gather at Foley Square, before marching to bridges - promising music along the way. [CBS]
At 5 pm, tens of thousands of people will gather at Foley Square (just across from City Hall) in solidarity with laborers demanding jobs to rebuild this country's infrastructure and economy. A gospel choir and a marching band will also be performing.That's the poster above.
Afterwards we will march to our bridges. Let's make it as musical a march as possible - bring your songs, your voice, your spirit! Our "Musical" on the bridge will culminate in a festival of light as we mark the two-month anniversary of the #occupy movement, and our commitment to shining light into our broken economic and political system.
Video of Joan Baez playing for Occupy Wall Street at Foley Square on 11/11, below...
by Black Bubblegum
Nas at Fox News - July 23, 2008 (ColorOfChange.Org)
Nasty Nas showed up in Midtown yesterday, for a little while at least. Nas lead a protest by ColorOfChange.Org at the house O'Reilly built (aka Fox News) in order to hand deliver a petition of 620,127 signatures charging the network with racist reporting. The petition alleges that the network is inherently racist, pointing to several incidents involving Barack Obama and his treatment by the network. The incidents in question include referring to Michelle Obama as "Obama's baba mama", alluding to the assassination of Obama, and referring to the infamous onstage fist pound as a "terrorist fist jab" (an obvious Obama-Osama dig).
Nas said, "Fox poisons the country with racist propaganda and tries to call it news". Fox News responded, "Fox News believes in all protesters exercising their right to free speech including Nas who has an album to promote."
After the protest, Nas showed up at The Colbert Report to discuss "papa bear" (Colbert's nickname for O'Reilly) and Fox News, as well as perform "Sly Fox" (about guess what), a song from his new album titled, um, Untitled. Nas & Bill O'Reilly have been feuding, with Nas even challenging him to a debate.
Ah... Nasty Nas. Now, if we can just get him to show up on record again.
Nas is touring with Talib Kweli, including one date at Rock The Bells with A Tribe Called Quest at Jones Beach and another far more intimate one at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT. Nas's former co-conspirator AZ is playing the Knitting Factory with Sadat X (but you can call him X-Man).
Fox News & Colbert Report videos below...