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Playlist from 6/3/2009

  • On high rotate, on and off (well, mainly off) the Wire:
  • Wavves – Sun Opens My Eyes
  • A.M – The Sun Rides Sidesaddle; Lies Contented In The Evening On The Ground
  • The Nerves – When You Find Out
  • Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes
  • Kevin Drew – Backed Out On The...
  • The Velvet Underground – Stephanie Says
  • M. Ward – Let's Dance
  • Beirut – Postcards From Italy
  • The Microphones – Headless Horseman
  • The Magnetic Fields – Come Back From San Francisco
  • Pavement – Here
  • Hot Chip – Ready For The Floor

Joe Nunweek

Joe was raised on the mean streets of Mt.Albert-cum-Roskill. He is pretty good at two kinds of soup, doesn't have a trampoline anymore, and thrills to the sound of isolated Smash Mouth vocal takes.

On The WIRE, January 26 2008: (I was getting wisdom teeth out on the 19th - cripes)

This week was a Gaza special of sorts - with a little more to come, we needed a slightly less frenetic Auckland Anniversary Day!

But out of frustration at the either/or divisions that the conflict seemed to generate, in a hail of soundbites and unproofread blog comments worldwide, I was lucky enough to find a couple of very compelling articles (albeit a couple of years old now) on the Israel-Palestine question which recognised the differences of opinion, but also cut through a lot of the absolutist, adversarial politicking that tends to suggest Jews and Muslims have always been rent with division and mistrust. I had the chance to speak with both authors, one a Kiwi Jew, the other a Kiwi Muslim, about their takes on the issue, how they see their articles after the conflict's bloodiest resurgence in years, and where they see forums for a better and more productive dialogue to begin...

12.30: David Moskovitz

David is an IT whiz, a former president of Wellington's Temple Sinai, and one of the bloggers on the excellent www.3faiths.org blog. I spoke to him about how the conflict got to the point that it did after he could spot a silver lining in 2006, why the power for a breakthrough may well no longer rest with the Israeli government or Palestinian leaders, and the concrete obstacles to a peaceful resolution.

12.50: Anjum Rahman

Anjum is a chartered accountant and founding member of the Hamilton Women's Ethnic Centre and the Islamic Women's Council. She also blogs at http://kiwistargazer.blogspot.com/. While Dave and Anjum have disagreements on the nature of Hamas and the possibility that Barack Obama might act as a transformational figure in the region, she highlights the way the media has distorted the historical relations of Jews and Muslims, and ignores those from either side of the Israel-Palestine rift who are earnestly building bridges, here and abroad.

Read Dave and Anjum's 2006 pieces here:
http://www.aen.org.nz/journal/1/1/moskovitz.html
http://www.aen.org.nz/journal/1/1/rahman.html

1:10:Ryan's Rave

Ryan presents the longest sentence in the English language which only uses the one noun: "Buffalo", we look at the techno-aftermath of the Colbert Report's encounter with IP law's progressive guru, Lawerence Lessig, and a wee bit of moaning and whinging about under-informing (but tastefully emoting) coverage of the Gaza conflict this past month.