July 10th, 2014
Please give a moment of silence to those in or around Gaza who have been victims of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge This shit will drive a person wild with insanity if it is all we focus on, so I briefly state my opinion and move on (or at least attempt to move on the best way I know how, seeing as how the world is currently ablaze with war after war after goddamn war).
Israel stole and then occupied land from the People of Palestine. What Israel has done to these people, and continues to do, is so very wrong (morally and ethically). And please, leave your religious metaphysical ideals at the door. I do not care what any religious book or text state. Religion is not based in any concrete factual realm, and it should not be a justifiable excuse for any person or group of persons to occupy, steal, and then imprison the people who were living their prior to their arrival. But that’s all the western forces know, right? Invade, occupy, conquer, steal, repeat. One day, it’s all going to come crashing down, though, and then maybe we can build something a little more decent. I mean, I’d like to be a part of Team Let’s Do That Now, but this global system of capitalism and oppression is anchored in pretty deep, and I’m not quite convinced that magic “critical mass” number is strong enough to uproot it, yet.
** Also, I am not saying that I agree with the tactics used by Hamas (because this organisation is downright fucked, too), but if any person, State, or Nation tried to occupy my home, I might be left with no other choice but to hoist a rocket launcher over my shoulder, too
Hi. How are you? Probably not too great after reading that, eh? Sorry. That will be the only gloom and doom in this post. I goddamn promise.
I’ve been busy. So many sweet DIY shows. So much punking. So many good times. If you live in or around Pittsburgh and are thinking about stepping into the unknown realm of DIY punk rock, please do. July and August 2014 are going to be serious face-melting months for team DIY Pittsburgh. Maybe you’re curious enough to test the waters? If so, Why not head over to the Mr. Roboto Project located on 5106 Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh, PA on Friday, July 11th to catch the Homeless Gospel Choir Record Release Show? 7 PM. ALL AGES. $10. It’ll be worth every penny.
Speaking of busy, it looks like the amount of summer solo shows I’m playing has multiplied. I’m going to do a weekend of shows that will take me to Lancaster PA, Baltimore MD, and Asbury Park NJ. I will post all the information for this short “Propagandhi’s Going On Tour, So I’m Going On Tour To See Them” Tour as soon as everything is finalised. Until then, how’s this sound for new most recent local show announcement?
Yep. I somehow weaseled my way onto this show. Cool Playing with Kris Rowe should be a good time. I mean, he’s been doing this shit for a long, long time, which, at the very least, commands some goddamn respect. I mean, sure he sold out to the major labels for moment (which is where that major hit cover song single with his band, the Ataris came from – Boy of Summer). But whatever. Every band during this era sold out the first chance they got. Most of them got burned, and then,if they somehow survived being buried alive by those corporate shitheads, they had to dig their way out, back to those DIY roots. Also worth noting the Ataris were one of the most influential pop-punk bands of the late 90s and early 2000s – don’t lie, you fucking love(d) this song, too). Come hang. Seriously. Club Cafe is a pleasant sit-down venue. It’s perfect for yinz old farts, and for chair-sitting enthusiasts.