...on the New York Transit Line. Okay this isn't a Black Sheep tribute page, but it's close. I'll give you podcasted DJ mixes, weird observations, musings on being Indian, and the occasional biased views of a L.A Lakers & Kings fan
[0:00] Interpol - Untitled [2:49] The Cure - Close to Me... [4:34] Pearl Jam - Daughter [5:50] Simple Minds - Alive and Kicking [7:11] Stone Temple Pilots - Sour Girl [8:12] Smashing Pumpkins - Drown [9:17] Van Morrison - Sweet Thing [10:50] The Lemonheads - Into Your Arms [11:27] OMD - If You Leave [12:50] Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Don't Come Around Here No More [14:40] They Might Be Giants - The Guitar [16:04] Depeche Mode - Dreaming Of Me [16:47] Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart [18:20] Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah [20:01] Aqualung - Strange & Beautiful (I'll Put A Spell On You) [21:33] Duran Duran - American Science [23:02] Matthew Wilder - Break My Stride [23:58] The Beatles - Baby You're a Rich Man [25:30] The Velvet Underground - Rock 'n Roll [27:33] U2 - Running To Stand Still [30:44] Radiohead - High And Dry [32:20] R.E.M. - Drive [33:22] INXS - Beautiful Girl [35:25] The Toadies - Possum Kingdom [36:22] Rage Against The Machine - Bulls On Parade [37:35] Mazzy Star - Fade Into You [39:38] Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds [41:00] Red Hot Chili Peppers - Breaking The Girl [42:20] Nick Drake - Northern Sky [43:39] The Psychedelic Furs - The Ghost In You [45:51] Nirvana - The Man Who Sold The World [46:55] Silverchair - Tomorrow [48:00] Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger [49:35] The Shins - New Slang [51:45] The Beach Boys - God Only Knows [52:53] David Bowie - Sound and Vision [55:12] Morrissey - Suedehead
I'm not saying they look alike or anything but doesn't this month's Rolling Stone Dylan cover pic have a mild similarity in feel to last month's cover shot? I dunno if there's an underlying theme or statement at play here (youthful innocence lost?) but I can't be the only person to think this...right?
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[0:00] Summertime Blues- Eddie Cochran
[1:43] We Are Alive (Full on Vocal mix) - Paul Van Dyk
[5:27] Always Remember To Respect & Honour Your
Mother (Deep Dish Remix) - Dusted
[10:32] Papua New Guinea - Future Sound of London
[14:39] Novio - Moby
[17:13] The Girl's Insane (Thievery Corp Remix) - The
[21:00] Perpetual Dawn (Solar Youth Mix) - The Orb
[24:09] Run For Cover - Lee Scratch Perry
[26:38] Make It Good - The White Lamp
[32:15] Heliosphan - Aphex Twin
[36:37] Shang High - Future Soundz of India
[40:46] Four Ton Mantis - Amon Tobin
[43:51] Gangster's Opera - Dan Graham
[45:24] Thinking About The Good Times - Reno
[48:08] Well You Needn't - Thelonious Monk
[49:44] Hands of Time - Groove Armada
[53:17] Laali - Karuan [57:44] Hesitate - Dale Howard [61:45] Run - Air [to the Top of the Blog!]
The fact that I just bought this book at the Seminary Co-Op Bookstore while back on campus at the University of Chicago summarizes a lot about who I am and where I'm going..
On one hand it shows that I do have an interest for academic things that are a bit outside of normal readings. On the other hand the manner I have to brush up on Kant is completely against everything I learned: depending on secondary sources.
Moreover how can a 100 page skinny little book do any justice to the topic?!
Sure I have Kant's Critique on Reason at home, but that will just take too long to sort through. Bite size fortune cookie summaries for me please.
Over the years I’ve written about a lot of random things from
spotting Indian people in the wild to music thoughts – some years I’ve been
more consistent in writings, and others well, let’s just say less so. But the
one posting which has gotten the most hits bar none is my one I did a few years
back on Indian superstar music sensation Reggie Benjamin. Now the posting highlighted
the fact that he was really not the entirely robust on talent…. And moreover
the he may be a borderline fraud. The comments however have taken a life of
their own. Look I’m not exactly cnn.com that gets a bagillion comments to each
asinine posting so I think 50 comments is a pretty good hit ratio. And what’s
even better is that there is a regular trickle of a comment or two every month or
so. Good times all around. Now just for a moment stop being a selfish bastard and put
yourself in my shoes . Everyday I putz about my regular life and my inbox gets
a periodic interruption from a notice from blogspot that someone how commented
to an posting I wrote 6 years ago. Now I don’t look at the ol’ blog every day
but the random reminders that I have one is helpful. With the recent comments –
all of which center on him being a fraud and/or terrible looking - I’ve gotten more
blog reminders than normal. So it’s funny to think that perhaps Reggie Benjamin’s
awfulness has both (1) brought together a hodge-podge of random readers who hath
been wronged by him and (2) pushed me back into writing.
Who would’ve thunk?
So with that I think it was only apt that I do something
proper with Reggie Benjamin that was more insightful than simply writing about
what I think of him… no no no, I need to go big. I need to interview Reggie and
I’m going to figure out a way.
This is classic…. So there’s a long online article about a writer’s view that on this Independence Day India should do something about its distinct lack of toilets in the country http://zeenews.india.com/blog/29/blog857.html
*The writer starts out rather innocently: “Every morning Mamata didi (I call her didi), who washes dishes at my place, picks up a canister of water and heads to a nearby meadow to attend nature’s call. No, no, I am not reciting any story but, this is a stark truth that she told me a few days back. Out of oddity, I further asked her as to why does she defecate in the open? To which she giggled and humbly replied that she does not have a toilet at her house. It was eccentric for me as she has been dwelling and working in India’s capital for over fifteen years now, but still does not have a toilet in her house.”
*From this she goes on to speak of some startling facts: “A report by the WHO and the UNICEF that showed India in a poor light says that India has a shocking number of 58% of all people who defecate in the open. China and Indonesia share the second place with just 5% of their population not having toilets. Pakistan and Ethiopia are third with 4.5% such people.”
*And then spends the balance of the next page talking about the social and health impacts: “…when this waste flows down to rivers and lakes during the time of rains, the urban India receives the same contaminated water. Now, this contaminated water spreads various water borne diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera”
*She tries to then end this piece on a positive note: “Sikkim has become the first ‘Nirmal Rajya’, i.e.100 percent open defecation-free state in the country with Kerala and Himachal Pradesh following the same footsteps.”
*And concludes with the patriotic: “So, this Independence Day, let us be free from the shackles of our ‘old and burdened’ habits and make India a heaven where every child and adult is ‘healthy’."
…after all this I cracked up when I read the first comment to this impassioned article. I was expecting someone to write about how the writer was correct in putting a spotlight on this important issue or better yet some well thought-out rant against the government, instead I got this from a reader named Jason in Punjab
So if you were watching the Olympic
closing ceremonies last night, you probably saw bhangra dancers prominently
featured during the end of the Monty Python sketch… it was actually pretty
funny (in my view anyways). But why was it included? There are two reasons I
think… one is a simple answer, the other is pure speculation and perhaps more
1. Sorta clear answer: England obviously has a big Indian community and the
British Punjabi’s there helped make bhangra super popular starting in the early
90s. Heck most of the best bhangra music comes from desis who live in England
(and they play bhangra on the radio there). So there is a cultural element to
why a ceremony celebrating British culture would incorporate influences both to
and from it. Plus people who look like Hugh Grant/ Mr. Bean are on one end of the spectrum of what is seen as "being British", and people with turbans certainly is at the other end. By including them in the show it implicitly encompasses everyone else between those two bookends.
2. Not so clear (and potentially a
huge stretch): This is one I pieced together from
reading a few articles on The Guardian’s website. So England used to have a
program called “The Schools Sports Partnerships” which funded physical
activities and exercise for school children, so things like soccer, but not exclusively organized sports.
In fact some of the activities include dance classes (similar to how some NY
public schools offer ballroom dancing to elementary school kids). It had a
budget of £162m and was apparently popular, but it was a victim of recent
budget cuts. To help justify being cut the English PM mentioned that while
money for kids playing sports is good, he noted some schools were using funds
by “doing things like Indian dance or whatever.”
Okay I understand times
are tough for budgets everywhere, but PM Cameron could’ve been a bit more
tactful with his wording. With the success of the London games some folks have started
to ask for the program to be re-instated. Now the chairman for the London
Organizing Committee for the Olympics Games is a chap named Lord Coe, a former
British athlete (and former member of Parliament!) who is basically looked upon
now as the person in charge if the legacy of the games…or in other words
increasing physical activity amongst kids in Britain. Maybe this includes
having kids playing soccer, maybe it just means to encourage kids to get off
their bums… who knows. Well, as it turns out Lord Coe’s mother is half-Indian. Having the PM make mock both Indian culture and dance as a form of exercise had to annoy Lord Coe just a wee bit... So fast
forward to the closing ceremonies and you see bhangra literally at center
stage. So much for “Indian dance” not having a place