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"All Along the Watchtower" by the Sac State Jazz Singers

They're not Jimi Hendrix, but still good

Monterey Next Generation Festival performance - Sacramento State Jazz Singers.

April 11, 2010.

Arrangement by Ian Brekke.

The singers, from left to right: Valerie Dickinson, Ian Brekke, Casey Lipka, Natalie Geeter, Kalin Walling, Melissa Fulkerson, Karen Cacho, Tim Stephenson, Gaw Vang. Under the direction of Kerry Marsh.

Obama and Torture

Ted Rall
Jason Leopold
Will Durst

From the Peter B. Collins' Show
Jason Leopold on Obama’s contradictory positions on torture.
Peter B. Collins' memo to Obama.
Ted Rall talks about his new book, "The Anti-American Manifesto".
Will Durst on Democratic whiners.
Source: Obama’s Hypocritical Positions on Torture; PBC says “I’ll Stop Whining If….”; Ted Rall’s Anti-American Manifesto; Will Durst

Music includes Earth Anthem, How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live, We'll Meet Again

Play Program or Download below the fold

Dropkick Murphys’ New Song Backs Wisconsin Workers

Dropkick Murphys’ New Song Backs Wisconsin Workers

by Mike Hall, Feb 22, 2011

Progressive, working-class Irish rockers, the Dropkick Murphys, have joined the fight for middle-class jobs and workers’ rights in Wisconsin, with an early release of their song “Take ‘Em Down” from their upcoming album “Going Out in Style.” They also have made the song available to be played at solidarity rallies across the country.

Click here to stream the song.

The band, which has a long history of supporting workers’ rights and union causes, released the following statement:

Dropkick Murphys would like to take a moment to acknowledge the struggles of the working people of Wisconsin and to pledge our support and solidarity by releasing the song ,”Take ‘Em Down” from our upcoming album. We think it’s appropriate at the moment and hope you like it….We’ll see you in Wisconsin in a few days! The Dropkick Murphys Stand With Wisconsin!!!!!

Paul & Candy's House Concerts - Mudlark on 4/23

From Paul & Candy...

Hey Folks - we're having a house concert with the group MudLark from Davis. They will be here on April 23rd at 8pm. (Doors open at 7:30 for seating) The suggested donation is $5 to $15. with all proceeds going to the group. We had MudLark here last April of '09 and it was a most pleasant evening. They're wonderful singers and instrumentalists as well as great songwriters and storytellers. A good group of people! Now here's the skinny!

Green Day's Arco fans seize the moment

More bands need to take after Green Day and become politically active. Many people "hoped" for "change" last year, but it doesn't look like we are going to achieve it. It's up to us, to make the change we desire. Music (and art) have always been a reflection of our society. It would be nice to see more music reflect the political realities that we live in, just like music did a few decades ago.

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

Green Day's Arco fans seize the moment - Published Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009

Soon into Monday night's Green Day concert at a mostly full Arco Arena, guitarist and singer Billie Joe Armstrong ordered audience members to "put away your (expletive) cell phones!"

The command, though on the surface impolite, helped create a sense of shared experience. The fans need not use their picture phones, Armstrong told them, because "We have this moment right here."

End of Summer Fest - Kai Kln

Jerry Perry Presents...


Kai Kln

Cesar Chavez Park
10th & J Sts
Downtown Sacramento

Friday, Aug. 21st
5pm - 9pm
FREE - All Ages


With a title like SOCIALIST HEALTHCARE DEATH PANEL, I just had to pass it on.

Stop by Luna's on Friday for a night of great music! Don't forget to bring your signs (I like: "Keep Your Damn Government Hands Off My Medicare")


Jackson invited you to "SOCIALIST HEALTHCARE DEATH PANEL FRIDAY @ LUNA'S!" on Friday, August 14 at 9:00pm.

Jackson says, "Playing a rare live gig this Friday night at Luna's in Midtown Sacto with my pals the Half Measures and Rich Varone. If you have the evening open, we promise a night of excellent original music for $6.".

What: Concert
Host: Jackson Griffith, Rich Varone, Josh Chesney, Luna's
Start Time: Friday, August 14 at 9:00pm
End Time: Saturday, August 15 at 12:00am
Where: Luna's Cafe

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:

Safe Ground Rally and March with Papa Roach!

Join the Rally and March to what we hope will be our new Safe Ground site
With Special Guests Papa Roach

Wednesday, July 1st - 10:00 a.m.
Meet at Loaves & Fishes
1321 North C Street, Sacramento, CA 95811

"Safe Ground" is…

§ A secure location, sanctioned by the city & operated by the residents
§ A place with clean water, toilets, and garbage collection
§ A place where residents can be free from harassment and danger
§ A place where homeless people can access services they need to turn their lives around

Every day, more than 1,200 homeless men, women, children and families are struggling to make it on Sacramento County’s streets.

Homelessness is not a new problem. But a bad economy means more people on the streets, and fewer government dollars to help them.

The ignorant on the American River College student council face vote

[Wow! These people are comedic gold. The initial reaction might be that this is an indictment on the public educational system, but alas, in this case that would not seem to be true.

Where I live in Sacramento County you practically can't turn around without hearing a family speaking in some sort of Slavic language (Russian, Ukrainian, ???). At any time. At all times: in the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening, seven days a week. Or anywhere: in the grocery store, in the restaurants, in the library. And that last one is key -- they homeschool their kids. The entire family goes into the public library (which by some sort of fiat have now become schools - very loud, obnoxious, schools, with students and teachers talking loudly to each other and also on cell-phones, in between their eating and drinking). And why do they homeschool their kids? Because these people are ultra-ultra-ultra-Christian-fundamentalists who believe in the craziest, arcane, most obscure passages from the bible and that anyone who doesn't believe as they do is some sort of heretic. Somehow these kids pass the educational requirements to graduate from high school (don't ask me how) and enroll in the local junior colleges - and this is where my skepticism rears its ugly head - the facts are that a full 70% of all ESL learners at ARC are the Eastern European students - not the Latinos - not the Blacks - not the native born Whites

Why is that?

These people are not afraid to voice their opinion on any and every topic mainly it seems because of those obscure, arcane, bible passages, most of which were written by some crazy, greasy haired hermit living in a cave who claimed to have gotten some kind of exclusive vision from God. Or. From some busy-body-know-it-all who wanted to control his believers. All the while ignoring the words of the person they profess to follow

And they seem to be sexist and homophobic and revel in their dissonance as to science and English (and you never hear the wingers saying anything about how their tax money is being used on the Eastern Europeans [medi-cal, foodstamps, tax credits for businesses that hire them, government educational grants ...] Why is that?)

Please. Let knowledge and rationality win]

Controversial American River College student council faces vote

By Laurel Rosenhall

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2009 - 12:00 am | Page 2B

    The student council that's made headlines for opposing gay marriage and punk rock music is facing competition on the American River College campus, where student government elections begin today.

    A group of students fed up with what they consider the influence of Christian fundamentalists on the student council have galvanized an opposition slate. They say the council's focus on religious issues has given the campus a reputation of intolerance.

    "They spent this whole year preaching this social agenda," said David Fisher, 20, who is running for student council president. "I decided to come back and put a good campaign together to get rid of these people."

Sign from first Tower Records comes down

Tower sign come down


Sign from first Tower Records comes down
Bee staff - Published: Thursday, Mar. 12, 2009 - 9:43 am - Last Modified: Thursday, Mar. 12, 2009 - 11:21 am

Tower Records founder Russ Solomon was on hand as the 30-foot neon sign above the first Tower Records store on Watt Avenue came down this morning. The sign will be donated to the Sacramento History Museum and eventually will hang in a rock 'n roll exhibit at the museum.

The iconic site, across El Camino Avenue from Country Club Plaza, is where Solomon opened his first free-standing music store in 1960, the so-called Tower North. It launched an empire that by the mid-1990s included more than 200 locations worldwide, from New York to London to Tokyo.

House Concert with Mudlark

Hey Folks - we're having a house concert with the group Mudlark from Davis. They will be here on April 4th at 8pm. The suggested donation is $15. with all proceeds going to the group. Here's the skinny:

Davis trio MudLark includes Ray Frank, Katie Henry and Laura Sandage. Their rootsy, intense sound features banjo, guitar, string bass, and three strong voices covering a broad emotional and stylistic range. Their uniquely fresh and elegant brand of Americana draws on broadly varied influences including bluegrass and Appalachian music, folk, country, blues, pop, old-time, choral and parlor singing, tapping into many rich veins of American music past and present. MudLark's exquisitely crafted original songs and traditional material invite listeners into a deep, sometimes raw place, with wild beauty, earthy humor, mournful longing, and a touch of the grotesque.

Live Music? That's Swell: Partners help build Sacramento's scene a show at a time


Live Music? That's Swell: Partners help build Sacramento's scene a show at a time - Published Friday, Feb. 27, 2009

For Mindy Giles and Steve Nikkel, it's the same question time and time again:

Have you figured out Sacramento?

As the founding members of Swell Productions, a local music promotion company, the pair don't just ask themselves – they ask their friends, they ask music lovers, they ask other musicians and promoters.

They ask as part of an effort to put on successful shows and build neighborhood ties, Nikkel says.

And they've discovered that this city is a tough one to crack.

Henry Rollins remembers Lux Interior

Not actually political, but important none-the-less. The announcement of Lux's death is here. Sacramento should be proud to have The Cramps as part of our music history (albeit a small part).

Henry Rollins remembers Lux Interior
By August Brown - February 7, 2009

Lux Interior, frontman for horror punk outfit the Cramps, gained a loyal following over the band's decades-long career as much for his gender-bending visual aesthetic and raucous live performances as the group's groundbreaking music. Henry Rollins, vocalist for Black Flag and Rollins Band, spoken-word artist and radio host,spoke to The Times' August Brown about his memories of the punk rock icon, who died of a heart condition.

I grew up in Washington, D.C., in the '70s, and when punk rock came along, I realized that my ship had come in. The Cramps would come down to D.C. and I would see them play in a space about the size of your living room. It was kind of scary being in the front row. Lux would find something to swing from -- if there were ceiling tiles, they'd all be on the floor by the end of the thing. Lux would somehow find his way out of his pants and be down to a pair of bikini briefs twitching all over the floor. He's a very large man, very tall and very pale and very sweaty. They all looked so amazing. Each one could have been a movie star.

I remember buying their first or second single from a roadie who was selling them for three bucks at the door. It's probably worth its weight in gold now. The first two Cramps 7-inches are some of the first independent singles I ever owned. Once I drove up to New York to see them in my little VW; it was me and most of the Bad Brains all crammed into my little car. It was at Irving Plaza, and H.R. from Bad Brains, he went backstage because he's a big rock star, and he came out with a slick of the album cover and the whole band had signed the back. I still have it to this day.

Yes We Can - Songs of Peace and Change

Yes We Can - Songs of Peace and Change
A benefit for Francis House
Friday, August 22, 2008
Doors at 7pm for 8pm show. This is a reserved seating show.

Don't miss the Francis House Benefit Presenting Maria Muldaur & The Free Radicals with special guests: Tracy Nelson, Holly Near and Linda Tillery & The Cultural Heritage Choir.

Yes We Can: Songs of Peace and Change is an all-star night of some of America's greatest women vocalists singing songs by America's best songwriters. Funky and uplifting, this annual fundraiser for Francis House will rock the house.

Since 1970, Francis House has been the Sacramento-based resource center for thousands who are suffering from poverty in body, mind and spirit.

Songs from YES WE CAN, Ms. Muldaur's new album--Bob Dylan ('License to Kill,'), Marvin Gaye ('Inner City Blues'), Allen Toussaint ('Yes, We Can') , Earl King ('Make a Better World'), Garth Brooks ('We Shall Be Free'), Barrett Strong ('War-What Is It Good For?'), Timmy Thomas('Why Can't We Live Together?') and Thomas Dorsey ('Down By the Riverside -Ain't Gonna Study War No More')—are featured.

Says Muldaur, 'As Pete Seeger says, 'If you love your country you'll find ways to speak up for what is right. Singing the right songs is the way to start.'

A night that will change lives.