WATT SPOTS MAGPIES IN SALT LAKE CITY

13 FEB 02: WATT SPOTS
MAGPIES IN SALT LAKE CITY

from mike
watt
‘s current Banyan tour diary:

“pop to find the strangest
sight outside the window, a


swimming pool piled high
w/snow. don’t find that too much when you


pop in pedro! magpies are
darting all over, another missing in pedro.


they’re pretty smart, one
will distract don’s two dogs while another


will chow from the dog bowl,
then they switch roles. poor dogs never


do figure it out.”

WALTER BENJAMIN ON HASHISH

12 FEB 02: WALTER BENJAMIN
ON HASHISH

from some Benjamin bio,
via Adam Mortimer:

There is an interesting gloss
on “politeness” in the essay “Hashish in


Marseilles”, which describes
how Benjamin, after smoking hashish, succumbed to


hunger, which required a
visit to Basso’s restaurant. Here he ordered oysters


from the menu, and a local
dish as a main course. The waiter returned to say


that his choice of main
course was unavailable, and offered him the menu a


second time. Benjamin’s
finger hovers over the previously chosen dish, then

settles on the dish directly
above it, which he orders. Then he orders the dish


above that one, and the
next dish, and the next, all the way to the top of the


menu. “This was not just
from greed, however,” Benjamin comments, “but from an


extreme politeness toward
the dishes, which I did not wish to offend by a


refusal.”

INTRIGUING NEW RECORDS, RECORDS, RECORDS.

10 FEB 02: INTRIGUING
NEW RECORDS, RECORDS, RECORDS.


from recent editions of
the Forced Exposure ‘new releases’ bulletin:



SOUL JAZZ RECORDS (UK):

VA: In The Beginning, There
Was Rhythm CD (SJR 57 CD). “This record


features the groups that
grew out of Punk and embraced dance music.


These groups reflected the
changing face of a British multi-cultural


society in the aftermath
of Punk, taking on new musical influences

such as Black American dance
music, Reggae and Electronic music. A


Certain Ratio were one of
the first groups to be signed to Factory


Records in Manchester, the
first band to make the connection between


punk and US Black dance
music. It was A Certain Ratio who went to New


York to record their first
album that managed to mix a sparse


Manchester bleakness in
their sound along with US funk/dance


elements. A Certain Ratio’s
early cover of the US group Banbarra’s


‘Shack Up’ features the
amazing funk drumming of new recruit Donald


Johnson. ‘Knife Slits Water’
is a classic extended disco mix that

managed to bring the punk
7″ into the world of the dance 12″.


Sheffield became a focal
point for DIY-electronic groups at the end


of the 70s. The two most
successful were Cabaret Voltaire and The


Human League. Whilst Cabaret
Voltaire stuck to their roots, signing


to, and staying on, a fledgling
new label, Rough Trade Records, The


Human League would go on
to international stardom as their


experimental late-70s electronic
music turned into 80s synth-pop. At


the beginning, both these
groups were interested in electronic music


and how this music could
be created within a punk ethos.

Consequently, the all-electronic
‘Being Boiled’ was created on a


two-track tape recorder
in mono! The Pop Group were the forerunners


of what came to be known
as The Bristol Sound. Other groups that have


come out of this chain include
Rip, Rig and Panic, Maximum Joy,


Massive Attack and Portishead.
The Pop Group mixed Punk, Funk, Disco


and Reggae influences into
a sound that many future bands would


emulate. Out of Leeds came
The Gang of Four. Again mixing Punk with


dance and a large dose of
Marxist philosophy, The Gang of Four were


initially released on the
Edinburgh based independent label, Fast (as

were The Human League).
This Heat. An early inspiration to many of


the groups here, Camberwell’s
finest ’24 Track Loop’ is an incredible


precurser to electronic,
industrial music which sounds like an early


version of Jungle. The concept
of Industrial music would be taken a


stage further by Throbbing
Gristle who released music on their own


Industrial Music label with
the intent of pushing the boundary


between music and noise.
23 Skidoo’s interests stretched as far as


Kung Eu, Gamelan Music,
Language and Semiotics. Apart from this, they


also managed to combine
their musical influences like no-one else. On

their classic album, Seven
Songs, Dance music, Experimental noise and


Gamelan music combine in
equal measures. ‘Vegas El Bandito’ is taken


from this record. ‘Coup’
is one of the definitive dance records from


this period. Finally, The
Slits were possibly the closest of these


groups to The Sex Pistols.
‘In The Beginning, There Was Rhythm’


(produced by Dennis Bovell)
was indeed a prophesy of the music to


follow Punk, where Punk
would meet Funk, Reggae and Disco.”


Tracklisting: 1. A Certain
Ratio – Shack Up 2. 23Skidoo-Coup 3. Gang


Of Four – To Hell With Poverty
4. The Human League – Being Boiled 5.

The Slits – In The Beginning,
There Was Rhythm 6. This Heat -24 Track


Loop 7. Throbbing Gristle
-20 Jazz Funk Greats 8. A Certain Ratio -


Knife Slits Water 9. Cabaret
Voltaire – Sluggin For Jesus 10. The Pop


Group – She Is Beyond Good
And Evil 11. 23 Skidoo – Vegas El Bandito.


$18.00

 



OCORA (FRANCE):

AISSAWA CONFRATERNITY, THE:
Confriérie des Aïssawa: Morocco CD (OCORA

560140). “First formed in
the 16th Century and among the most


celebrated Sufi ensembles
in Morocco, the Aïssawa Confraternity bring


particular spark to their
rituals through a capella psalmody,


religious poetry, trance
dances accompanied on powerful musical


instruments (such as ghayta
oboes, duff framed drums, etc.).”  $15.00



MI (UK):

HAWKWIND: In Search of Space
CD (EMI 30030). New mid-line EMI reissue

from 2001 of the second
Hawkwind album (originally issued by UA in


1972), with deluxe 24-page
booklet of photos & credits, plus a


complete repro of the original
album booklet: The Hawkwind Log (“a


collage of texts and photos
– supposedly a found log-book of a


spaceship, containing the
cryptic last notes and contemplations of


it’s travellers through
space – another seed of Calvert’s concept of


the soon to come Space Opera
- Space Ritual”). With three bonus


tracks: original single
versions of “Seven By Seven”, “Silver

Machine” & “Born To
Go”. “ISOS established Hawkwind’s style of


hypnotic free-flowing improvisations,
accompanied by tribal rhythms -


in contrast with some acoustic
guitar based pieces, remnants of


Brock’s busking days, often
with a melancholic touch.” Line up of:


Nik Turner (saxophone, flute,
audio generator, vocals); Dave Brock


(vocals, electric &
acoustic guitar, audio generator); Dave Anderson


(bass, electric & accoustic
guitar); Del Dettmar (synthesizer); Terry

Ollis (drums, percussion);
Dik Mik (audio generator); Robert Calvert


(vocals).  $13.00

 



HAWKWIND: Hall Of The Mountain
Grill CD (EMI 30035). Reissue of the


classic 5th Hawkwind album,
following Doremi Fasol Latido & Space


Ritual. Originally released
by UA in 1974. This new mid-line reissue


features 4 bonus tracks
(single versions of “You’d Better Believe

It”, “Psychedelic Warlords”,
& “Paradox”, plus “It’s So Easy”). Lemmy


Kilmister is now on bass,
and contributes “Lost Johnny” (co-penned


with Mick Farren), a track
he would also record numerous times with


Motorhead.  $13.00

FOLLOW ME (FRANCE):

GHETTO BLASTER: People LP
(FM 108). “Whether in New York or Lagos,


ghetto blasters/portable
stereo systems are the heart and lungs which

give rhythm to the streets.
The story of Ghetto Blaster started in


1982 when two French musicians
back from New York decided to go to


Lagos to shoot a film telling
the story of a meeting between African


and European artists. Despite
a journey full of setbacks, which


forced them to sell almost
all their possessions including their car,


they reached Lagos where
they formed a group called Ghetto Blaster.


Some of the musicians of
Ghetto Blaster came from the Fela and Sony


Okossun’s bands. Their music
reflected their ambitions: funk with a


Nigerian twist and furious
afro beat saxophone sound. In 84 they

signed with Island for an
EP. They toured with James Brown, Archie


Shepp, Manu Dibango and
Fela. Aftery years of work they released


their LP People in 1986
which gained the group a wider audience. Due


to tragic events the group
separated, but it is now reforming (a new


album is coming up for 2002.)” 
$14.00



WILD PLACES:

HOLY RIVER FAMILY BAND:
Earthquake Country CD (WILD 010). “Stunning

new CD from this amazing
Swedish band with Spacious Mind and Cauldron


members. Running time is
over 76 minutes. Incorporating psych, deep


folk psych and beyond. A
true gem.” From Tom Rapp’s liner notes: “To


me, music is psychedelic
if it has the unmistakable presence of magic


and it helps you to open
up your heart and your mind. The Holy River


Family Band, in this new
CD, is wonderfully psychedelic, and this CD


is a Psychedelicatessen.
Come on in and help yourself.”  $14.00

SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS:

VA: Havana, Cuba, ca. 1957:
Rhythms And Songs For The Orishas CD (SF


40489). “Recorded in Havana
in 1957, the ritual rhythms and songs


collected by Lydia Cabrera
and Josefina Tarafa feature the batá


drums, used by practitioners
of Santería to salute and summon the


gods (orishas). The disc
includes a complete cycle of batá salutes to


the orishas, called the
orú de igbodú, as well as rhythms played

during ceremonies to mark
the presence of an orisha. With origins in


Yoruba religion in West
Africa, this disc serves as a hub of


Afro-Atlantic music, with
ties to related religions in New York,


Miami, the Caribbean, and
Brazil.”  $15.00



VA: Matanzas, Cuba, ca.
1957: Afro-Cuban Sacred Music From The Countr


CD (SF 40490). “Recorded
in Matanzas in 1957, these ritual rhythms


provide a direct link to
the music of 19th-century colonial Cuba, and

provide a window into the
religious life of the first generations of


Africans who worked the
sugar mills. Collected by Lydia Cabrera and


Josefina Tarafa, these recordings
preserve extremely rare bembé


lukumi ritual drumming used
by practitioners of Santería to summon


the gods or salute Cuba’s
African nations. It is remarkably different


from the urban style heard
today in Havana, although some of the same


songs were sung in both
city and countryside. With origins in Yoruba


religion in West Africa,
this music reveals the roots of today’s

Afro-Cuban ceremonial practices.” 
$15.00

IS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH SIMPLY THE RELIGIOUS WING OF NAMBLA?

09 FEB 02:
IS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH SIMPLY THE RELIGIOUS WING OF NAMBLA?

From the LATimes:

Reports of Priests’ Abuse
Enrage Boston Catholics


By ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES
STAFF WRITER

BOSTON — Among Catholics
here, the floodgates of rage and disappointment poured open this week.


    On radio
talk shows, in chatter at convenience stores and in emergency “listening
sessions” convened hastily by the Archdiocese of Boston, the faithful vented
anger and frustration over daily disclosures that scores of pedophile priests
worked in the region with the full knowledge of church officials.


    As the
number of implicated clergy members soared to 80, the crisis grew so deep
that nearly half the Roman Catholics polled said Cardinal Bernard Law should
resign. The turmoil over what church officials knew, when they knew it
and what they did or did not do to protect themselves and their parishioners
has rocked a region that is more than 50% Catholic.


    “This
is our Sept. 11,” Boston College professor Thomas H. Groome said Friday.


   
By week’s end, the archdiocese had given law enforcement authorities the
names of at least 80 priests accused of sexual misconduct with minors over
the last 20 or more years.

    The archdiocese
also announced Thursday that six more priests had been suspended. Earlier
in the week, the archdiocese relieved two other priests of duties, also
following accusations that they had sexual relations with children.


    Both
actions came days after Law publicly insisted that all priests in his jurisdiction
who were suspected of sexually abusing children had been removed from their
duties…


    The survey
found that 64% said church leaders care more about protecting the accused
priests than helping the victims.


    “I think
for a long time people have known that the church has been aware of these
problems and has not acted expeditiously,” said Lisa Cahill, a professor
of moral theology at Boston College, a Jesuit institution.


    “Part
of what’s appalling,” she continued, “is the extensiveness of the problem,
based just on the number of these priests that keep surfacing in New England.
Every day, you hear about six more cases.”


   

Recently, the archdiocese said it had settled so many child sexual abuse
claims against it that a multimillion-dollar insurance fund was running
dry.


    Scandals
involving pedophile priests have hit parishes across America–and indeed,
around the world–in recent decades. Thousands of adults have come forward
to say they were abused as children and many priests have been sent to
jail.


    At first,
accusations against Father James Geoghan seemed no different. The 66-year-old
defrocked priest was charged in three separate criminal sexual abuse cases
dating from the 1980s and 1990s. More than 130 people have claimed they
were fondled or molested by Geoghan, who also is a defendant in 84 civil
lawsuits.


    But in
the course of the Geoghan investigation, Law was forced to tell prosecutors
that the priest’s pattern of pedophilia was no secret in the local Catholic
hierarchy.


    Law abruptly
promised to supply law enforcement agencies with names of priests suspected
of such behavior. He organized a panel including medical experts to look
into sexual abuse within the church. The cardinal also appealed for public
understanding, urging Catholics to pray for him as he faced this difficult
situation.


    On Jan.
25, he vowed, “There is no priest, or former priest, working in this archdiocese
in any assignment whom we know to have been responsible for sexual abuse.”

    Days
later, he removed two more priests for alleged child molestation.


    The archdiocese
did not respond to requests Friday for an interview with the cardinal.
However, after returning from the Vatican, Law told local reporters at
Logan International Airport: “Our intent is to do everything we possibly
can to ensure the protection of children.”


    Around
the archdiocese, the scope of the scandal–and its growing momentum–continued
to shock Catholics, who expressed grief, outrage and, most of all, a sense
of betrayal.


    “You
have an organization that is based on faith, and part of that faith derives
from your confidence in the institution that houses that faith,” said Paul
Nace, a real estate developer in Newton who was raised Catholic.


    “When
events happen that call into question that institution, at a very basic
and moral level it also calls into question your faith,” Nace said.


    As horrific
as the spiraling number of clergy sexual abuse cases might be, “the most
disturbing part is that it appears that decisions were made to protect
the institution at the expense of the victims,” Nace said. “You’ve got
a head-on, loggerhead collision with everything that institution is supposed
to stand for.”

    Groome,
a former priest and author of a new book called “What Makes Us Catholic,”
said that to Catholics, the church represents a vastly more important institution
than in some other denominations.


    “We have
obviously exaggerated the importance of the institution,” he said. “Everybody
has a priesthood, and everybody invests in their priesthood, but nobody
in the Western world has invested in their priesthood the way Catholics
have. This is why all of this is so desperately shattering.”


    Mitchell
Garabedian, an attorney representing 84 plaintiffs in civil suits against
Geoghan, said his clients have had their faith ravaged by their experiences.


    “They
cannot seek spiritual relief anywhere because of what has happened to them,”
Garabedian said. “The very entity they want to
turn to has in a sense helped them to be molested. It is mind-boggling.”


    Some
of the claims he has looked into involving the Boston archdiocese date
back more than 40 years, Garabedian said. Far from surprised that so many
names of alleged predator priests have been put forward by the church,
“I’d be surprised if more names were not revealed,” he said.

    “There
is a serious problem within the Archdiocese of Boston,” Garabedian went
on. “For decades they have been imprisoned by pedophiles and shackled by
their own denial.”


    The troubles
at the archdiocese took a new turn late in the week when a family in which
both a father and son were abused by priests filed a suit against Cardinal
Law. The latest legal action–the first directed at the cardinal himself–claims
Law “intentionally” and “recklessly” inflicted emotional damage on Thomas
and Christopher Fulchino by knowingly assigning a pedophile priest to their
parish.