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Concert for Middle America

Posted on 2016.12.11 at 20:06
We need to start the ball rolling on a, "Concert for Middle America."  It needs to go viral.  Since neither party partisans, nor the Status Quo Middle Establishment, can get any kind of cross-over or agreement going, we have to do it ourselves.  In politics, both the progressive right and the progressive left simply allowed themselves to be swallowed back into the two parties.  It is up to real people, musical people, poor people, to start the crossover that is necessary to defeat the two headed partisan machine, and all the moral and social depravity associated with it.  So, just imagine:

If there was a concert for the Middle Class, especially the Working Class - as well as for other groups alienated by today's globalist military-corporatism, such as the Standing Rock protesters; Black Lives Matter; land owners; freedom-lovers; agrarians; the unemployed, homeless, poor and disabled - what bands should be included?  What do you suggest?  They can't be narrow-minded and militant-identity - they have to be pro-CROSSOVER.  Left + right; black + white; urban + rural.  They must reflect the next manifestation of the #occupywallstreet and Bernie movements - not excluding Trump supporters!  I am talking about real populism here!

If there were a concert for all those maginalised by the globalising money-machine, or shunted and stunted by automation or cuts to social programmes, here are some bands I imagine could play:

Drive-By Truckers
Neil Young
P.J. Harvey
Tom Petty's band
Iris Dement
Against Me!

Neil Young had the right idea with his anti-Monsanto tour and album - but the music was terrible.  His latest is good - again.  He and Tom Petty really impress me how they keep pushing on with great, alive rock - and protest rock.  If The National, or Dawes, or Doctor Dogg, or Wilco, etc., do protest songs, then they would be great.  Beach House needs to shake out of its blues and start doing protest songs.  Of course, old superstars like No Doubt, or Bruce Springsteen would be welcomed - maybe as surprise appearances.  How about you?  What bands would you invite?  Or, maybe you could conrtibute in other ways, like being in charge of drugs.


varjakbaby at 2016-12-12 02:33 (UTC) (Lien)
I WISH I was in charge of drugs LOL


I can see Beach House being more protest. They have the style for it. Just need to get a bit more guts. They bitched at the crowd for not being into it at an opener for Grizzly Bear at Paladium I went to once. The sound system was attrocious and attrocuiously loud. Fucking awful. LA has its ups and downs.

All I listen to is trance and harmonica blues these days, so I couldn't really recommend anyone.

I like your idea though.

Edited at 2016-12-12 02:33 (UTC)
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madman101 at 2016-12-12 03:18 (UTC) (Lien)
Isn't it interesting that it seems Beach House could do protest songs?! I think it would bring them out of depression. I love them, though.

I miss listening to Chicago's WCPR playing trance, etc., all night long. It is very comforting - good music to sleep to.

I play harmonica. I can do blues very well. Not lately though, because of asshole downstairs. I end up listening to 9 hours of blues every weekend, via radio. I am not crazy about blues, but eh.

You can be in charge of disposing of the excess drugs.


varjakbaby at 2016-12-12 04:03 (UTC) (Lien)
That's funny because I actually am a biologist scientist and am a little familiar with the disposal of toxic substances.

I am envisioning an endearing love letter that starts:

Dear Homeland Security,

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madman101 at 2016-12-12 04:15 (UTC) (Lien)
Then do something about Homeland Security.

It would be a toxic, love-hate relationship, methinks. God bless them, though.
varjakbaby at 2016-12-12 04:04 (UTC) (Lien)
I would love to listen to you harmonica. Youtube vid?
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madman101 at 2016-12-12 04:09 (UTC) (Lien)
No. I stopped all computer media a long time ago, as a security measure. It worked. All I use my computer for is writing/posting, and watching DVDs, and listening to offline music. I am incapable of online video, or audio-streaming. I am also on dial-up.
space_66 at 2016-12-13 00:19 (UTC) (Lien)
Well I can think of a few good bands from Oz, but maybe not so relevant for America? That song 'Struggle Town' by Mutiny comes to mind though. And that old song 'Anthem' by Tiddas.

But get Pearl Jam on the bill! I saw them live one time and don't think I've ever seen a group of musicians put so much heart into their music. Eddies voice man... They've done a lot of cover protest songs, but also written a few of their own.

It's the same everyday in a hell man made
What can be saved, and who will be left to hold her?

The whole world...World over.
It's a worldwide suicide.
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madman101 at 2016-12-13 01:24 (UTC) (Lien)
Those are really good suggestions. World suicide! exactly

I would never have thought of Pearl Jam(!)

A national public radio music show featured Sydney / Australia music all week long. It was great. They said The Church was from Australia but I always thought they were from NZ(?) There's a few bands I would remember for you but I have a wee migraine. (You can search "World Cafe")

If Midnight Oil were still around they would head the bill!
space_66 at 2016-12-14 11:36 (UTC) (Lien)
Don't really know what to think of Peter Garretts political career with Labour. Guess I expected him to achieve more considering his roots... But anyway, he's done with that now, and Midnight Oil have reformed officially and tour pending!
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madman101 at 2016-12-15 02:35 (UTC) (Lien)
Well, it is great that they Midnight Oil is doing it again - that's where Garrett belongs. But it does seem like he's done quiet a bit with Labour, etc. I am not up on Aussie politics - ("Liberal Party" always confuse me)... I did like Rudd, so I would think that Labour Party has been good?? What were Garrett's roots? Do you mean in music? I wonder why you feel uncertain about Garrett's role in Labour - just curious.
space_66 at 2016-12-15 03:01 (UTC) (Lien)
He just made weird decisions that seemed at odds with his roots. Like approving uranium mine expansion while he was minister for the environment. I mean, in Midnight Oil he wrote songs totally against that shit. He was always bad mouthing Rudd too, and i also liked Rudd, soo idk. He just doesnt really make sense to me.
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madman101 at 2016-12-15 04:38 (UTC) (Lien)

Well - you know - sometimes activist types have a little screw loose here or there - like some musicians. Oh well. But I was thinking that maybe he supported nuclear because he thought it was low carbon-producing, (Global warming). That's something of a mistake, (I believe). However, he does sound erratic, so. I'm glad you like Rudd!
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