Democracy and rhythm/Screamin' Rachael

Well it's been a rather hectic (both good and bad) week for me, so again I'm late with updates. But as it appears that my job hunt will probably not produce anything before the Republican National Convention, a-protesting I will go. But I'd really like to do something different with this protest. I've been talking about this with a good activist friend of mine. She lives for protests. Never does she seem happier than when we are criticizing Bush, Fox News, or many of the major corporations. So we were talking about the idea of bringing music to the event, to entertain and inspire the others there. We're planning out mix cds that we can play on a portable cd player during. The cds may have either political, experimental, or world songs, each with there own purpose. The exact details have yet to worked out, but she has an idea of where she wants to be when that week. But I thought this would be a good thing to blog about, to see if anyone is interested in either joining us or starting their own. To me, this protest isn't about being anti-Republican. It's about the people's rights to choose their president. It's about having an honest leader who remembers that we are technically a democracy. And it's about having someone in office who can actually address the threat of terrorism and its roots, rather than just invading any country we please. Thoughts, interest, criticism, song suggestions? E-mail 'em all to me. More details as we work them out.

Back in the days before Aphex Twin, before Squarepusher, before Josh Wink even, the Chicago house scene gave birth to something new. Many of you have probably already heard the stories about Roland's failed attempt at a bassline synth that sparked the acid house movement in the mid 80's. It was a exciting time for dance music. The sounds both confused and excited the crowds. Sadly, before Rephlex came about to breath new life into it, the genre quickly died out. The originals, done by the likes of Phuture, DJ Pierre and Farley Jackmaster Funk, are very simple and at times a bit ridiculous, but the new release on Trax Records has decided to bring you back to the old days, where you could let yourself get in the strange new sounds. Here is a track that didn't make it on the album. Not an acid house track in the traditional sense, but the TB-303 sound makes it clear where this song came from as far as influence.

Screamin' Rachael - Extacy



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