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 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:
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.