After a long work day I headed down to the OWS General Assembly yesterday around 7pm at Liberty Park. I'd been following the displacement of the occupiers earlier that morning. I managed to catch the last half of the GA. The big message was the day of protest on the 17th. Initially there were roughly 1000 people but the crowd thinned out as the night went on. There appeared to be a fresh wave of energy throughout the park. The footlights that covered the parks floor had been turned back on. I hadn't noticed them on my previous visits. They gave the entire space a kind invigorating glow. The entire perimeter of the grounds is now surrounded by heavy metal guard rails and there is a strong presence of private security guards in yellow reflective vests. The new strictly enforced law is no sleeping bags, tents or sleeping in the park. After the GA, a smaller group of people went to march on the city courthouse to protest the polices treatment of some of the female occupiers that were recently arrested. At various points throughout the evening people brought plates of food, pizza and even cookies and sweets. Read more »
On Thursday November 17th, the two month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, we call upon the 99% to participate in a national day of direct action and celebration!
New York City
BREAKFAST: Shut Down Wall Street - 7:00 a.m.
Enough of this economy that exploits and divides us. It's time we put an end to Wall Street's reign of terror and begin building an economy that works for all. We will gather in Liberty Square at 7:00 a.m., before the ring of the Trading Floor Bell, to prepare to confront Wall Street with the stories of people on the frontlines of economic injustice. There, before the Stock Exchange, we will exchange stories rather than stocks.
LUNCH: Occupy The Subways - 3:00 p.m.
We will start by Occupying Our Blocks! Then throughout the five boroughs, we will gather at 16 central subway hubs and take our own stories to the trains, using the "People's Mic".
3rd Ave, 138th Street
163rd and Southern Blvd
161st and River - Yankee Stadium
301 Grove Street Read more »
Submitted by Prewar Yardsale on Tue, 11/15/2011 - 12:15am
The Dirtbombs are playing at the Bell House and I'm thinking of going. I've been a fan of The Dirtbombs since the White Stripes Detroit craze. I've seen them a couple of times and really enjoyed their shows. I have a bunch of their records and they're always a terrific listen. They have out a new triple 12 inch LP of detroit techno songs. ALthough they do a lot of original songs, The Dirtbombs are also musicologists, they also put out an LP of r&b and soul covers. So I call Matt to see if he wants to go. Matt tells me he's going to Brooklyn to see Christie's band play so I decided to go because I've never seen her band play before. Actually no one has seen her band play before because this is their first show, they've been rehearsing for a year and now they're doing a show. Matt and I get to the show and the band goes on and they're really good. Post rock, prog, instrumentals. I't always cool to hear some different styles of music you don' t usually listen to. The music was dramatic my senses were really heightened plus there was a film of protest marchers projected behind the band so it was extra dramatic. Read more »
Nan being away has given me a lot of time to fill in my day. Aside from a new part time live sound gig and some recent studio work with the bands Elastic No No Band and Red Gretchen some of my closer friends may have noticed that after owning a Macbook for about 5 years I finally got around to using the iMovie program. It turns out it's a pretty darn easy program to use. I've decided to start combining my recent interest in photography with my not so recent interest in music. Here's what's coming out. Stay tuned for actual video footage. Uhhh maybe?
OWS Tent City, Daniel B-Day, Subway Benches
After a morning jog and a little work on my latest video I decided to go down to Liberty park and check up on the Occupy Wall Street scene. It had been a while since I'd been down there. About a block away from the park I was swept up by an Occupy Oakland Anti- Police Brutality solidarity march. The march went past City Hall and down in front of the police station and then back to Liberty Park. It was a little scary because they had barricades in front of the station that they could have easily pinned us into similar to the mass arrest round up that took place on the Brooklyn Bridge march. Luckily everything went pretty smoothly. Aside from the massive amounts of them, the cops seemed pretty chill. I even had one officer politely request to pass in front of me as he went to cross the street and then thanked me after. I'm sad to say there were a handful of nuts, marching with the crowd, that were shouting obscenities at the cops and taunting them by waving flags and banners at them. Luckily, nothing got out of hand. But like I said, the police presence was really massive and just the site of this many cops and cop cars and scooters seemed to heighten the tension a bit. Read more »
Here's a quick tour of the three songs on the EP taken from their press release:
"All Part Of His Plan" has long been a live favourite (looking at you
Toby Goodshank and Bruce Lynn!). Hat's off to the amazing Aaron Kant for playing the crap out of the drums on this song and also the third one. Sending you Peter Falk smoke signals, Aaron!
"Never Know What To Say" - this one is an outtake from a time long
begone, with our dear friend and original drummer Pete Hayes on drums. Recorded by wunderkind Juan Pieczanski of the band Small Black, this track is an exclusive offering, ie - it will *not* be on the final cumulative vinyl release, so take it for a spin. Did you know Pete
played with us at our recent show in Beacon, NY?
"It's OK" - yep that's Steve's solo in the middle, but allow yourself
to be pointed toward the dual madness that is Alec and dAve at the
outro. Holy smokes!
“Nemegt Uul” EP Release Party:
Fri. Nov 4, 2011
Cake Shop (NYC) Read more »
I used some of my recent live sound engineering money to pay to get Nan's (kind of mine now) good digital camera fixed. I decided to start experimenting more with the flash. I also got a little bag for the camera because someone told me the reason the the camera broke in the first place was because it got dirt in the extending lens. This made it stop turning on all together. I also got a USB memory card reader that makes it much easier for me to upload my pictures to the Internet. It feels good to be able to experiment with photography again. I like doing something creative and not sound related. I read a quote recently that said something like "Learn one thing and do it really, really well." I think that's total bullshit. Maybe if you're making screwdrivers or something like that but I feel like as a human being that's a recipe for depression. I think you should try something different every day. Read more »
Stop fixing tickets and cover the Occupy Wall Street Police O.T.
A recent New York Times article reports about a 3 year criminal investigation that has resulted in the the indictment of 16 NY police officers for ticket fixing. In the article Bronx DA, Robert T. Johnson, is quoted as saying "'the tickets fixed had robbed the city of $1 million to $2 million.'" http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/29/nyregion/officers-unleash-anger-at-tic...