We join megamultimedia juggernaut Negativland live onstage at the historic Crystal Ballroom for their new show CONTENT!
This time around, Negativland consists of founder and copyfighter Mark Hosler, Jon Liedecker, akaWobbly, Peter Conheim (Mono Pause, Jet Black Hair People, Neung Phak) and sound collage and video artist Steev Hise.
We also had a performance by Portland Noise Music stalwart Daniel Menche.
Opening the show was The Cascadian Knights, who visited us from the future.
44:37 minutes (61.27 MB)
Justin Norton-Kerston and Shamus Cooke talk about the growing Fifteen Now movement in Portland (15NOWpdx) and the push for a raised minimum wage for City contracted workers, City workers, and a statewide $15 minimum wage ballot measure. Contact 15NOWpdx.org. 13:52 minutes (12.69 MB)
In light of the recent death of Robin Williams, Iven Hale reflects on depression and suicide. Statistics indicate a global epidemic of depression, although those figures work in the interests of the pharmaceutical industry. While medication can be life changing and life saving for those suffering this genuine and physical as well as mental illness, Iven questions the risk that the Western medical model poses to alternative cultural and political traditions of suicide. 9:43 minutes (4.45 MB)
Clayton Morgareidge discusses the kind of movement needed to challenge inequality and save the environment. Noting that neoliberalism rationalizes plutocracy and the security apparatus needed to put down rebellions against the elites, Clayton draws on an essay by Sam Gindin in Jacobin . He stresses that austerity and environmental catastrophism do not motivate organizing for change, and highlights the importance of reckoning with state power--not just protesting, but remaking the state. Although we need to appreciate the differences that led to the development of identity politics, he argues that only by forging alliances based on class can we successfully address the tasks before us.
9:30 minutes (4.36 MB)
Bill Resnick interviews Kristian Williams about policing in Ferguson. Williams is the author of several books on state violence, including Our Enemies in Blue , which argues that the role of the police is to enforce social inequality. Noting that Michael Brown's killing by a police officer is sadly typical, Williams traces to the social protests of the 1960s both the the militarization of the police and the corollary development of community policing, meant to develop networks in neighborhoods so as to rely less on violence and more on alliances with community leaders. He notes that the military now looks at domestic policing as a model for counterinsurgency overseas. 20:43 minutes (9.49 MB)
Dr. Zomb of Dr. Zomb's Stereo Obscura and Rich of Radio Lost and Found interview Negativland founding member Mark Hosler.
Mark called in all the way from North Carolina to discuss Negativland history, their upcoming show in Portland on the 29th, their upcoming new album It's All In Your Head and other mysteries.
50:47 minutes (69.75 MB)
We also lost a great Palestinian poet Samih Al-Qasem this week. He was
born from a Druze family in 1939 but considered his own date of birth
as 1948 because that is when he said he awoke to what was happening to
our people. He had a great career contributing words to many now
famous Palestinian national songs like this one in Arabic followed by
the English translation
منتصب القامة أمشي
مرفوع الهامة أمشي
في كفي غصن زيتون
وعلى كتفي نعشي
Standing upright i walk
Elevated forehead I walk
In my palm a bunch of olives
and on my shoulder my own coffin
and I walk
Here is another poignant poem
وعندما أٌقتَل في يومٍ من الأيام 14:41 minutes (13.45 MB)