....LMB: "Music for Strikers"....

December 16, 2003

Found out yesterday that I'm (apparently) helping organize a benefit concert for the southern California grocery workers. The show is Thursday. Talk about short notice. So I spent half my day talking to various union members, artist managers, and publicity folks. Would've been nice if my employers had given me a bit more forewarning.

That's part of my job, for those of you who don't know. I run a non-profit political organization for a couple of far-left rock stars (the ex-guitarist of Rage Against the Machine, and the singer for System of a Down). The job pays enough that (when I'm not swamped with work) I can do this site and DJ my internet radio show (for free) on the side. Yes, I have a strange life.

Things for the concert are still coming together, but the show is planned for this coming Thursday, December 18, at the Roxy Theater. Tom Morello, Brad Wilk, possibly Serj Tankian, Janeane Garafalo, Boots Riley, Lester Chambers, and maybe others. I should be at an info table in the back, letting people know where they can shop without crossing a picket line.

If this musical line-up doesn't float your boat, we should be helping organize a bigger benefit show with some bigger name bands in January or February.

And if you want to toss the strikers a few bucks, you can do so here

[update]

Serj Tankian has confirmed, and we have also added Corey Taylor (Slipknot) and the band Phantom Planet. Tickets on sale from the Roxy box office, 310-278-9457.

[update 2]

Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers will also be joining us.

[update 3]
Show sold out. Thanks everybody!

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I can never attend any of the events Jake, being in NM but here are two news stories you might be interested in: First Thomas Kean says 9/11 was preventable- so far this has only been reported on CBS.

Secondly a court order has been issued for Jose Padilla to be freed in 30 days and his case tried by a civilian court. Good news.

Posted by: Buddy at December 19, 2003 07:34 AM

hey jake thanks to the bands playing at the roxy that night on december thursday the 18th a couple of my friends bands were suposed to play but were nstead replaced with the striker music thing any way they are now banned from the roxy for protesting outside because they were replaced an yeah i bought a ticket and never got to see them play because of the damn strikers i support the strikers but they replaced my friends band anyway cool website bye

Posted by: jonny freedum at January 21, 2004 11:08 AM
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December 01, 2004

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The Great Indecency Hoax- last week, we wrote about how the "massive outcry" to the FCC about a racy Fox TV segment amounted to letters from 20 people. This week, we look at the newest media scandal, the infamous "naked back" commercial. On Monday Night Football, last week, ABC aired an ad for it's popular "Desperate Housewives" TV show, in which one of the actresses from the show attempted to seduce a football player by removing the towel she was wearing to bare her body to him. All the audience saw, however, was her back. No tits, no ass, no crotch, just her back.

No one complained.

The next Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh told his shocked viewers how the woman had appeard in the commercial "buck naked".

Then, the FCC received 50,000 complaints. How many of them actually saw this commercial is anyone's guess.

The article also shows the amazing statistics that although the Right is pretending that the "22% of Americans voted based on 'moral values'" statistic shows the return of the Moral Majority, this is actually a huge drop from the 35% who said that in the 2000 election or the 40% who said that in 1996 (when alleged pervert Bill Clinton was re-elected). This fact is so important I'm going to mention it over in the main news section too.

Brian Williams may surprise America- Tom Brokaw's replacement anchor, Brian Williams, dismissed the impact of blogs by saying that bloggers are "on an equal footing with someone in a bathroom with a modem." Which is really funny, coming out of the mouth of a dude who's idea of journalism is to read words out loud off a teleprompter. Seriously, if parrots were literate, Brian Williams would be reporting live from the line outside the soup kitchen.

In related news, Tom Brokaw has quit NBC Nightly News, and it appears that unlike his predecessor, the new guy can speak without slurring words like a drunk.

PR Meets Psy-Ops in War on Terror- in February of 2002, Donald Rumsfeld announced the creation of the Office of Strategic Influence, a new department that would fight the war on terror through misinformation, especially by lying to journalists. Journalists were so up in arms about this that the Pentagon agreed to scrap the program.

Don't you think that an agency designed to lie to the public might lie about being shut down, too?

This article gives some examples about the US military lying to the press for propaganda and disinformation purposes.

Tavis Smiley leaving NPR in December- African-American talk show host Tavis Smiley is opting to not renew his daily talk show on National Public Radio. He criticized his former employers for failing to: "meaningfully reach out to a broad spectrum of Americans who would benefit from public radio but simply donít know it exists or what it offers ... In the most multicultural, multi-ethnic and multiracial America ever, I believe that NPR can and must do better in the future." He's 100% correct. NPR is white. Polar bear eating a marshmallow at the mayonaise factory white. And the reason it's so white is that it is trying to maintain an affluent listener base (premoniantly older white folks) who will donate money to their stations. This is a great paradox of American public broadcasting, that they have a mandate to express neglected viewpoints and serve marginalized communities, but those folks can't donate money in the amounts that the stations would like to see.

U.S. Muslim Cable TV Channel Aims to Build Bridges- it sounds more positive than it is "Bridges TV" seems to simultaneously be a cable channel pursuing an affluent American Muslim demographic, and a way of building understanding and tolerance among American non-Muslims who might happen to watch the channel's programming. I was hoping it would be aimed more at Muslim's worldwide, but it ain't. Still, I'd be interested in seeing how their news programs cover the issues.

Every Damned Weblog Post Ever- it's funny cuz it's true.

Wikipedia Creators Move Into News- Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia, created collectively by thousands of contributors. It's one of those non-profit, decentralized, collective, public projects that show how good the internet can be. Now, the Wikipedia founders are working on a similar project to create a collaborative news portal, with original content. Honestly, it's quite similar to IndyMedia sites (which reminds me, happy 5th birthday, IndyMedia!). I'll admit, I'm a bit skeptical about the Wikinews project, though. IndyMedia sites work because they're local, focused on certain lefty issues, and they're run by activists invested in their beliefs. I'm not sure what would drive Wikinews or how it would hang together.

CBS, NBC ban church ad inviting gays- the United Church of Christ created a TV ad which touts the church's inclusion, even implying that they accept homosexuals into their congregation. Both CBS and NBC are refusing to air the ad. This is not too surprising, as many Americans are uncomfortable about homosexuality, and because TV networks are utter cowards. But CBS' explanation for the ban was odd:

"Because this commercial touches on the exclusion of gay couples...and the fact that the executive branch has recently proposed a Constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, this spot is unacceptable for broadcast."

Whoa, what? First of all, the ad does not mention marriage at all. Second, since when do positions opposite of the Executive Branch constitute "unacceptable"? This doesn't sound like "we're not airing this because it's controversial", this sounds like "we're afraid of what the President might say."

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