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May Music Mayhem
23 hours ago
It may seem that I'm diggin' in the dirt. Gettin' back to my punk rock roots. Well, some of my favorite new music does seem a wee bit primal, oui? And some of it is even out this world. But all of this music is party playlist-worthy for any weekend getaway. Proceed with caution....
"Back to the Way I Was" Emily Bell: In Technicolor (One-Eyed George)
Love the retro-girl bop rockabilly trip of this Austin-based ginger-haired flamethrower. She's got plenty of sass, snarl, and sex appeal. And her roots-rockin' band rips it up all the while she shakes and struts her stuff. This will keep any party swingin' all night long. Don't move your lips, just shake those hips....
"Signal 30" Public Service Broadcasting: Inform - Educate - Entertain (Test Card)
Driving, Relentless. Dangerous. Watch out for that speeding vehicle! Throbbing bass, guitar, and drums, played live. Signal 30 was truly a 1959 U. »
- Dusty Wright
Shahid: India's Malcolm X?
22 May 2013 7:27 AM, PDT
Winner of the Best Director Award at this month's New York Indian Film Festival, Hansai Mehta's Shahid covers a lot of ground. The opening, which commences with a bang, depicts the assassination of Shahid Azmi (Raj Kumar Yadav). The Muslim human-rights-activist lawyer was just 32. The year: 2010.
The bio pic then jumps back in time to the night a younger Shahid decided to take an evening saunter only to discover his impoverished neighborhood was being attacked by Hindu mobs and his fellow Islamic neighbors were being randomly slaughtered when not set on fire along with their houses. He barely escaped.
Disillusioned with his and his family's prospects, in the July of 1993, Shahid went in for terrorist training in Pakistani-occupied Kashmir, where brutal camp leaders were trying to turn a ragtag band of men into selfless martyrs: "Banish the fear of death from your heart." But for Shahid, this "martyrdom" was basically an act of suicide, »
- Brandon Judell