Selected Eclectic – Volume 3

[This is Volume 3 in the Selected Eclectic series – you can find Volumes 1 and 2 here, along with the story of how the Selected Eclectic series started…]

Selected Eclectic – Vol. 3 – March 2013


Both Tania and I have been making our lists of songs we like which we’ve heard on KCRW’s Eclectic24 since our last playlist in January. Here’s the results…

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Playlist – Mixed March 24, 2013

01 – 00:00 – A New Life – Jim James
02 – 04:23 – Emmylou – First Aid Kit
03 – 08:32 – Something’s Rattling (Cowpoke) – Benjamin Gibbard
04 – 12:17 – Simple As This – Jake Bugg
05 – 15:30 – Seven Nation Army – The Dynamics
06 – 19:44 – Brazil – Cornelius
07 – 22:52 – Rock With You – Seu Jorge and Almaz
08 – 27:02 – Who Did That To You – John Legend
09 – 30:49 – State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U.) – Jim James
10 – 35:47 – The Valleys (feat. Tanya Auclair & Milly Blue) – Natural Self
11 – 40:45 – Holiness – The Tellers
12 – 43:24 – The Seed (2.0) – The Roots and Cody Chestnutt
13 – 47:49 – Heartbreak – The James Hunter Six
14 – 52:05 – Sad Blues – Jesse Harris
15 – 55:27 – Bombs Away – Eels
16 – 1:00:48 – Solitude Is Bliss – Tame Impala
17 – 1:04:40 – Be Here Now – Ray LaMontagne
18 – 1:10:37 – Long Ride – Ry Cooder

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Selected Eclectic – Volumes 1 and 2

Music mixes that capture the songs we are listening to at this particular moment in time…

se·lect·ed – To take as a choice from among several; pick out.
ec·lec·tic – Deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.

Selected Eclectic – Vol. 1 – December 2012


Tania and I started working on this project together, which has been titled “Selected Eclectic”, in early December of 2012 while we were getting ready for the holiday season. It grew out of the music we were listening to while cleaning, decorating, working on our Christmas card and just hanging around the homestead.

Towards the end of November Tania had suggested that we should start listening to the KCRW music shows to freshen-up our music selection. What a great idea! Neither of us had listened to the radio in a long time, and our music selection was getting a bit stale, so over Thanksgiving weekend we started listening to the radio again.


Pretty quickly we discovered that KCRW has a 24 hour-a-day streaming music channel called Eclectic24 – A blend of the various KCRW DJ’s tastes into one constant stream of commercial-free music, with a constantly updated playlist online so you know what is being played.

We started to hear songs we both liked (and some we really did not like) which we hadn’t heard before, were new releases, or were by artist we hadn’t heard of yet. Soon we were both making lists of songs that caught our attention.

After a few week listening to Eclectic24 we were both starting to have a love/hate relationship with some of the songs we heard – songs which we really did not like at first, but now… well, we’d wake up with those songs in our heads, sing them to ourselves during the day, and they were starting to grow on us. Darn pop songs. Continue reading

Hell Broke Luce

A song for the moment – I recommend it be played repeatedly and very loud…

“Hell Broke Luce”
by Tom Waits

I had a good home but I left
I had a good home but I left, right, left
That big fucking bomb made me deaf, deaf
A Humvee mechanic put his Kevlar on wrong
I guarantee you’ll meet up with a suicide bomb
Hell broke luce
Hell broke luce

Big fucking ditches in the middle of the road
You pay a hundred dollars just for fillin’ in the hole
Listen to the general every goddamn word
How many ways can you polish up a turd
Left, right, left, left, right
Left, right
Hell broke luce
Hell broke luce
Hell broke luce

How is it that the only ones responsible for making this mess
Got their sorry asses stapled to a goddamn desk
Hell broke luce
Hell broke luce
Left, right, left

What did you do before the war?
I was a chef, I was a chef
What was your name?
It was Geoff, Geoff
I lost my buddy and I wept, wept
I come down from the meth
So I slept, slept
I had a good home but I left, left
Pantsed at the wind for a joke
I pranced right in with the dope
Glanced at her shin she said nope
Left, right, left

Nimrod Bodfish have you any wool
Get me another body bag the body bag’s full
My face was scorched, scorched
I miss my home I miss my porch, porch
Left, right, left

Can I go home in March? March
My stanch was a chin full of soap
That rancid dinner with the pope
Left, right, left

Kelly Presutto got his thumbs blown off
Sergio’s developing a real bad cough
Sergio’s developing a real bad cough
Hell broke luce
Hell broke luce
Hell broke luce

Boom went his head away
And boom went Valerie
What the hell was it that the president said?
Give him a beautiful parade instead
Left, right, left

When I was over here I never got to vote
I left my arm in my coat
My mom she died and never wrote
We sat by the fire and ate a goat
Just before he died he had a toke
Now I’m home and I’m blind
And I’m broke
What is next

The Sound of Early June…

Soundtrack For The June Gloom

I have several albums that I’m listening to that are forming my June 2012 soundtrack – the lead one is M. Ward’s 2006 album Post War, it’s really gotten under my skin and it’s turned out to be perfect for Long Beach’s “June Gloom” days…

Most June’s we have overcast mornings which are referred to locally as “June Gloom.” I like to think of it as extended coffee drinking hours…

Here’s one of the songs from this M. Ward album, it’s called Chinese Translation (this is a pretty cute video – enjoy!)

Now That The Coffee Is Kicking In

After playing Post War (and after my morning coffee is finished) I move on to John Lennon’s Mind Games – usually playing it several times in a row, letting the lyric saturate my mind.

This song really has my attention because it seems very relevant to the times we live in right now, today – Bring On The Lucie (Freda Peeple) – the video shows the lyrics, which is why I posted it.

After that I move on to other music, often coming back to a different John Lennon album later on in the day… and old Rolling Stones albums are starting to catch my attention, like Beggar’s Banquet and Goat Head Soup – maybe the sound of mid-June sneaking in.

Somewhere in all this is some of the sounds I’ll be using for my next sound collage – I just don’t know what pieces yet.

Any way, that’s how June, here in Long Beach California in 2012, sounds to me so far – and now, if it’s still overcast, I think I’ll put on an extra cup of coffee…

Fight Test EP by The Flaming Lips

I’ve listen to this EP several times since I wrote about The Flaming Lips last night… I felt I just had to share it.

This EP made such a big impression on me, and since I first heard this EP (received as a gift from Amy Bentley-Smith) I’ve bought numerous other Flaming Lips albums – I hope this has the same affect on you… Enjoy!

I Am The Walrus / Goo Goo G’ Joob

Every day has it’s threads.

We wake up, move through the day and different ideas come at us from different directions. Sometimes they seem to form a meaningful pattern – sometimes it’s just an abstract tapestry.

Here’s a few threads I’d like to remember from Wednesday, December 28, 2011.

The Flaming Lips perform I Am The Walrus

I really like The Flaming Lips. I mean, really.

When I worked at The Gazette Newspapers my friend Amy Bentley-Smith gave me a Flaming Lips EP for Christmas one year (somewhere around 2003 or ’04) and introduced me to an incredible band lead by an artist named Wayne Coyne, who is now on my list of favorite artists.

I don’t know how I had missed them up until Amy gave me the Fight Test EP, but these things happen. In the grand scheme of things I am forever indebted for to Amy for this introduction…

Any way, today I read the following little article in the Huffington Post, which included this video of the Flaming Lips’ wonderful and strange version of I Am The Walrus:

The Flaming Lips Cover ‘I Am The Walrus’

The Flaming Lips take one of The Beatles’ strangest songs to an even stranger place in a cover video for “I Am the Walrus,” recorded at the Pink Floor Studio in Oklahoma City. This is actually one of the band’s more normal efforts in a year that saw them constantly outdoing themselves in weirdness — the list includes: three new songs housed in gummy fetuses, a six-hour-long song followed by a 24-hour-long song encased in skulls, not to mention the never-ending bizarro Christmas station, Atlas Eets Christmas, we can’t stop listening to — maybe they’re going for mind control here?

The band isn’t done with us yet, though — fingers crossed they’re saving their kookiest effort yet for the last day of the year, when they perform alongside Yoko Ono this New Year’s Eve for their annual New Year’s Freakout.

Until then, watch Wayne Coyne sing into a pink plastic circle and make you wonder whether this song was written with the express purpose of having The Flaming Lips cover it 44 years later.

source: – (via Some Kind of Awesome)

Tonight I find myself wanting to watch this video over and over again…

They Kill Their Own

Meanwhile, over on my Facebook page for onehumanbeing, where I’ve been posting a “Today’s Image” every day since September 19th, I choose this image to post for today:

Today’s Image – “They Kill Their Own” – 35″ x 25″ – acrylic latex, plastic flag, collage on silkscreen – 1991 [ In the collection of Denis LaRoche ]

This is a painting I did in 1991, around the time of the first Gulf War. I do not like war, neither have I ever participated in war, but this painting was about more than just war itself.

In the news everyday was stories of drive-bys, high school shootings, postal workers on a rampage, road rages and freeway shootings, police shootings and cop killers, capital punishment and the drug war, the war industry and the war machines – missiles, bombs, knives, guns, dynamite – death, death and more death.

It seemed to me that we Americans just like killing each other (and anyone else).

I wish it wasn’t so, but it sure seems that way. It was that way in 1991 when I painted this and it’s still true today.

So, after posting this painting as “Today’s Image” I read the following articles, which put into words what I wanted to say with this painting:

Lesson From Iraq: Bring Back the Draft

By Stephen Hren – organic iconoclast

If the Tea Party actually gave a damn about what the Founding Fathers said, they’d be screaming at the top of their lungs about getting rid of the most pernicious threat to our liberty and solvency that ever existed: our military. Forget about the two to six trillion dollar cost of the Iraq war (upwards of $100K per household — how many solar panels could you buy with that?). Read the words of James Madison:

Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few…No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.

Debt, taxes… sounds like it’s from a Tea Party manifesto, right?

And again from Madison:

“The means of defense against foreign danger have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.”

It is this tyranny that we now face. Consider this piece from this week’s Businessweek that Gingrich and many of the other Republican candidates have no interest in upholding Supreme Court rulings that they disagree with.

What is going on here? How are Tea Partiers and other “conservatives” able to defend rampant military spending but still decry taxes and debt — when feckless military spending ($700 Billion annually and growing) is what brought us to this overtaxed and indebted state. Why would they rather spend money on the apparatus of killing than on health care for the uninsured or food for the hungry? How are they able to ignore the teachings of their own heroes?

I was recently illuminated in this department by reading an amazing book by Bob Altemeyer titled The Authoritarians. He explains how there is a segment of the population that is willing to believe, and more importantly act, on whatever information their authorities tell them. These proto-fascists operate in a toxic mix of fear and self-righteousness, and have highly compartmentalized brains, so they are able to spurn science (like the belief in evolution or global climate disruption) and cherry pick their beliefs based on the half-baked nonsense their leaders tell them. Circumspection is for ninnies. They are right, and they are afraid, and the solution to everything is more violence and suppression, whether it be prisons, anti-immigrant legislation, more guns, more wars, or curtailing our rights to speech, privacy, or assembly.

What might a rational response be to the horrors of the Iraq war, a war that probably gave me (and everyone else in the world) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder even though I was always at least four thousand miles away? I would like to suggest it might be the draft — no exceptions. No standing armies — they are the seeds of tyranny, just like our Founding Fathers said they were. And no more wars fought by the poor and the dispossessed. Every healthy adult man and woman should be required to fight in any future conflict that some megalomaniac president wants to start… and we’ll see how far she (or he) gets. Unless there’s a better reason than the lies behind the Iraq war (falsified WMDs and al Qaida connections), I won’t be going. But I won’t be quiet about it, either.


Newt and the Loony Religious Fringe That Now Runs the Republican Party

By Frank Schaeffer – New York Times best-selling author

Every single one of the sops Newt Gingrich is throwing the far right has been scripted for him by generations of far right so-called Reconstructionist “thinkers” and far right Roman Catholic ideologues that have been pushing the religious community — and America — steadily in the direction of overthrowing democracy and replacing it with some version of an Americanized theocracy.

Newt Gingrich has been making a series of outrageous statements in ascending rhetorical volume as a means to throw the religious right scraps of validation that he is “one of us.” What Gingrich has done is to sign on to the extremist Dominionist/Roman Catholic agenda. Since I used to be a leader and the son of a leader on the Religious Right (in the 1970s and 80s) what Gingrich is saying invokes a bad case of déjà vu for me

What he’s really doing is sending signals to 3 overlapping constituencies that now control the Republican Party: The “Pro-Israel” Lobby; The Reconstructionist/Dominionist Lobby and The Conservative Roman Catholic Lobby. We’ll look at these groups and their influence one at a time.

The Gingrich Context

Wanting to outdo the rest of the Republican field on support for the hardliners in the State of Israel Gingrich told America that the Palestinian people are really a fiction an “invented people,” illegitimate and don’t actually exist.

Not wanting to let the far right down on his purity when it comes to abortion politics, Gingrich corrected himself on when “life begins” and got his “position” in line with the American Roman Catholic bishops and declared that when he said it “begins” with the implantation of the fertilized egg in the uterine wall, what he really meant was that it begins with fertilization, thus putting himself squarely in the corner with the extremist bishops who would like to lump the pill in with abortion as a means that “destroys a life.”

And when it comes to the rule of law, Gingrich advocates the arrest of judges that rule against “Christian values.”

So much for the separation of powers let alone the separation of church and state. And now Gingrich wants to further expand protection for religion and its meddling in politics saying that as president he’d roll back, examine and generally bulk up the rights of believers — rather, the rights of far right believers — to flout the law when it comes to gay rights, abortion, stem cell research and so on.

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Now, how does it all come together?

Well, you got me there.

I know it’s so much better of a story when things have a point, but sometimes that’s the way it is – loose threads of thoughts and a human being looking to find some meaning in them.

P.S. I Am The Walrus bonus information…

Interpretation (of I Am The Walrus from Wikipedia)

Although it has been reported that Lennon wrote “I am the Walrus” to confuse those who tried to interpret his songs, there have been many attempts to analyse the meaning of the lyrics.[16][17]

Seen in the Magical Mystery Tour film singing the song, Lennon, apparently, is the walrus; on the track-list of the accompanying soundtrack EP/LP however, underneath “I Am the Walrus” are printed the words ‘ “No you’re not!” said Little Nicola’ (in the film, Nicola is a little girl who keeps contradicting everything the other characters say). Lennon returned to the subject in the lyrics of three of his subsequent songs: in the 1968 Beatles song “Glass Onion” he sings “now here’s another clue for you all — the walrus was Paul”, [18]; in the third verse of “Come Together” he sings the line “he bag production, he got walrus gumboot”, and in his 1970 solo song “God“, admits “I was the walrus, but now I’m John.”

Eric Burdon, lead singer of The Animals, claims to be the ‘Eggman’ mentioned in the song’s lyric. Burdon was known as ‘Eggs’ to his friends, the nickname originating from his fondness for breaking eggs over naked women’s bodies. Burdon’s biography mentions such an affair taking place in the presence of John Lennon, who shouted “Go on, go get it, Eggman…”[19]


P.P.S. Paul McCartney and I have the same birthday – June 18th – so maybe I am the walrus – I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together…

Every Grain of Sand

A Transcendent Moment

Have you ever had a moment when you connected with a song in a way you can’t really explain to anyone else, like a transcendent music moment?

I had one yesterday during an even larger transcendental moment, which happened like many deeply spiritual moments, while I was washing the dishes…

To put it briefly, and mostly to mark this moment in time for myself – I had a time of prayer that dealt with a lifetime of issues – in short, powerful bursts of forgiveness, enlightenment and restoration… like 10 years of therapy in 30 minutes.  It was quite amazing and I’m still happily discovering all kinds of surprising benefits from this sudden shift in thinking and being.

The song which was part of this moment was Every Grain of Sand – written by Bob Dylan, and sung by Emmylou Harris on her Wrecking Ball album. This song is track 7, and I had been listening to the whole album straight through when it came on…

The moment felt like the solutions to the questions I had just prayed minutes before came rushing back towards me like a tsunami, in waves that crashed on my shores, eliminating a lifetime of burdens and carrying them away.

It was such a powerful moment, one that’s really too large for words, but I just wanted to make a witness of it and remember it with this song…

Listen to the song here:

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Every Grain Of Sand

In the time of my confession, in the hour of my deepest need
When the pool of tears beneath my feet flood every newborn seed
There’s a dyin’ voice within me reaching out somewhere
Toiling in the danger and in the morals of despair

Don’t have the inclination to look back on any mistake
Like Cain, I now behold this chain of events that I must break
In the fury of the moment I can see the Master’s hand
In every leaf that trembles, in every grain of sand

Oh, the flowers of indulgence and the weeds of yesteryear
Like criminals, they have choked the breath of conscience and good cheer
The sun beat down upon the steps of time to light the way
To ease the pain of idleness and the memory of decay

I gaze into the doorway of temptation’s angry flame
And every time I pass that way I always hear my name
Then onward in my journey I come to understand
That every hair is numbered like every grain of sand

I have gone from rags to riches in the sorrow of the night
In the violence of a summer’s dream, in the chill of a wintry light
In the bitter dance of loneliness fading into space
In the broken mirror of innocence on each forgotten face

I hear the ancient footsteps like the motion of the sea
Sometimes I turn, there’s someone there, other times it’s only me
I am hanging in the balance of the reality of man
Like every sparrow falling, like every grain of sand

Copyright © 1981 by Special Rider Music

Dystopian Shifting

Note from Jon, onehumanbeing: I address this to you on the eve of a total lunar eclipse over North America, and just a few days before the Winter Solstice. We are on the cusp of a 30-year cycle of change as well as larger, era-changing moment in human history… these are significant times we are living in.

“People, I got to speak about something” – Tom Waits

I’m not really happy with the direction our country is heading.

Over the last month, the Obama administration has grappled (badly) with how to deal with the Wikileaks situation while trying to find it’s footing after the brutal November elections.

President Obama (or you can call him “Suzy Creamcheese”) is not doing well, and is looking for answers in all the wrong places.

Nope is the new Hope, Secrecy is the new Transparency, Censorship is the new Freedom of the Press, Propaganda is today’s FauxNews.

What Wikileaks has done over this last month has laid bare the wounded, fearful animal the Obama administration has become – and that’s a very dangerous thing.

Definition: Dystopia

A dystopia (from Ancient Greek: bad-, ill- and place, landscape) (alternatively, cacotopia, or anti-utopia) is, in literature, an often futuristic society that has degraded into a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian.

Dystopian literature has underlying cautionary tones, warning society that if we continue to live how we do, this will be the consequence.

A dystopia, thus, is regarded as a sort of negative utopia and is often characterized by an authoritarian or totalitarian form of government.

Dystopias usually feature different kinds of repressive social control systems, a lack or total absence of individual freedoms and expressions and constant states of warfare or violence. Dystopias often explore the concept of technology going “too far” and how humans individually and en masse use technology.

A dystopian society is also often characterized by mass poverty for most of its inhabitants and a large military-like police force.


Calling Down The UFOverdriver

Due to a number of circumstances (a different story entirely) I recently started working again on my UFOverdriver sound collage project.

Since late November I’ve created a number of pieces following the latest political shift in our country, one that I’m now calling a “dystopian shift.”

Poetics, music, art, and the great, universal subconsciousness are all deeply connected. This is one reason poets, artists, musicians, dreamers and deep thinkers often tap into emerging events (regardless of how they interpret them) before they crash upon the awareness of the general population.

Those of us who spend our lives completely involved in the poetic arts tend to see new human events before they appear on the horizon. Many times we sadly watch our worse fears unfold before our eyes, but fortunately, sometimes, something else completely surprising happens.

Needless to say, I hope I get it wrong as I feel a dystopian tsunami coming at us from beyond the horizon. I pray people make different choices and change the direction of the future. It only takes one human being to change things – the right one at the right moment.

But at this moment, since the November elections, the Obama administration and our country has shifted hard towards a dystopian future, and that is the story presented here.

Four Sound Collages – One Story

Part 1 – December 6th

Rule Number Two Is The New Rule Number One

UFOverdriver - Rule Number Two Is The New Rule Number One - The Wikileaks Big Cable Dump Mix

UFOverdriver has been busy this last week (written December 6, 2010) working on this densely layered sound collage of mixed-media from the first week of the Wikileaks Cable Dump – a week that will be remembered as a historical battle in the history of the InfoWars…

This new remix includes music from U2, Talking Heads and Radiohead, lectures from Alan Watts and sound clips from an audiobook version of 1984, as well as numerous other clips, cuts, samples and various bits of audio debris from this first week of skirmishes in the new InfoWars…

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Track Listing

Track 1 (0:31) War is Peace – Freedom is Slavery – Ignorance is Strength

Track 2 (4:12) Rule Number Two Will Be Told To You In Reverse

Track 3 (2:06) One Step Closer To InfoWar

Track 4 (2:19) If You’re Going To Be Human

Track 5 (3:27) Life During InfoWar Time

Track 6 (1:45) The Infrastructure Will Collapse

Part 2 – December 11th

This Is The Voice Of Your Conscience

After being deeply inspired by Sen. Bernie Sanders’ filibuster/long speech on Friday (December 10, 2010), UFOverdriver worked quickly to make use of it in a sound collage. The goal was to capture the moment and preserve it in a form that would highlight long, uninterrupted stretches of his speech.

Sen. Bernie Sander began his speech at 10:25 AM and ended it over 8 1/2 hours later at 6:59 PM. Many of us who watched it as it happened felt we were watching a historic moment.

This sound collage is composed of 5 parts/tracks; with a short introduction, the beginning of the filibuster, a short interlude, another uninterrupted segment of the speech, and then the conclusion.

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Track Listing

Track 1 (03:30) Fortress America Is Waiting For A Message Of Some Sort Or Another

Track 2 (09:24) Mr. Sanders Goes To Washington – Part 1

Track 3 (03:21) I Am Equality 7-2521

Track 4 (10:30) Mr. Sanders Goes To Washington – Part 2

Track 5 (02:42) After 8 And A Half Hours, Truth Yields The Floor

Part 3 – December 16th

They Call Me The Breeze – Run Baby Run On Mix – The Wikileaks Version

In this episode: People are out to kill Wikileaks spokesman, Julian Assange, and some have made threats against him on FOX News, while the freshly-elected Representative Allen West (R-Fla.) suggested that we abandon the fundamental American principle of Freedom of the Press in his own statements about Wikileaks.

Thank goodness that Senator Bernie Sanders stood up on Friday and spoke with wisdom, compassion and truth for over 8 1/2 hours – it was brilliant and an outstanding moment that offered a piece of sanity in an otherwise insane time…

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Track Listing

Track 1 (1:19) They Call Me The Breeze

Track 2 (4:11) You Too May Come To Love Big Brother

Track 3 (3:47) Run Baby Run On

Track 4 (3:43) And Then The Senator Stood Up

Part 4 – December 18th

Dystopia (Is The New Utopian Dream)

Music to help you party like it’s 1984 – or use it as your getaway soundtrack when you’re on the run from the Suede Denim Secret Police.

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Track Information

Track 1 (1:22) You Know What To Do

Track 2 (4:20) I Never Lost Control

Track 3 (3:54) We Will Go

Download Album

4 sound collages – 18 tracks in all – one album: Dystopian Shifting

In the UFOverdriver tradition of D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) and G. I. A. (Give It Away), you can download a zip file of all the tracks in one long-playing album. An exclusive for UFOverdriver and fans…

Download Here: UFOverdriver – Dystopian Shifting
18 Tracks – 1 hour 6 minutes

Listen, Enjoy and Share!

“Can I get an Amen?” – Tom Waits

Rule Number Two Is The New Rule Number One

UFOverdriver - Rule Number Two Is The New Rule Number One - The Wikileaks Big Cable Dump Mix

New sound collage completed last night and released on the UFOverdriver site.

Rule Number Two Is The New Rule Number One – The Wikileaks Big Cable Dump Mix

Listen Here

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Track listing:
(click on track name to hear individual track)

Track 1 (0:31) War is Peace – Freedom is Slavery – Ignorance is Strength

Track 2 (4:12) Rule Number Two Will Be Told To You In Reverse

Track 3 (2:06) One Step Closer To InfoWar

Track 4 (2:19) If You’re Going To Be Human

Track 5 (3:27) Life During InfoWar Time

Track 6 (1:45) The Infrastructure Will Collapse

About this sound collage

UFOverdriver has been busy this last week working on this densely layered sound collage of mixed-media from the first week of the Wikileaks Cable Dump – a week that will be remembered as a historical battle in the history of the InfoWars… Click here for more information on this sound collage.

Related News Notes

Julian Assange had not been arrested yet when this re-mix was finished last night. This morning he surrendered to Scotland Yard – here’s the story from AP.

Julian Assange Arrested: WikiLeaks Founder Taken Into Custody In London On Swedish Warrant


LONDON — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested and jailed without bail Tuesday in a sex-crimes investigation, but his organization scarcely missed a beat, releasing a new batch of the secret cables that U.S. officials say are damaging America’s security and relations worldwide.

A month after dropping out of public view, the 39-year-old Australian surrendered to Scotland Yard to answer a warrant issued for his arrest by Sweden. He is wanted for questioning after two women accused him of having sex with them without a condom and without their consent.

Assange said he would fight extradition to Sweden, setting the stage for what could be a pitched legal battle. And as if to prove that it can’t be intimidated, WikiLeaks promptly released a dozen new cables, including details of a NATO defense plan for Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania that made Russia bristle.

The Pentagon welcomed Assange’s arrest.

“That sounds like good news to me,” U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on a visit to Afghanistan.

WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson insisted Assange’s arrest and the decision Tuesday by both Visa and MasterCard to stop processing donations to the group “will not change our operation.” Hrafnsson said the organization has no plans yet to make good on its threat to release en masse some of its most sensitive U.S. documents if it comes under attack.

At a court hearing in London, Assange showed no reaction as Judge Howard Riddle denied him bail while he awaits an extradition hearing Dec. 14. The judge said Assange might flee if released. When the judge asked him whether he would agree to be extradited, Assange said: “I do not consent.”

Read more here…


Is this the start of a historic new chapter? For more we head over to The Huffington Post and writer Alexia Parks:

WikiLeaks: The First World InfoWar

Posted: December 7, 2010 10:21 AM

Daddy, what did you do during the First World Infowar? As the question of whether WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange is a hero or villain moves from front page headlines to talk shows and the blogosphere, another big story is emerging.

Unlike the quickly suppressed Twitter linked student revolt in Iran in 2009 following the disputed presidential election, the move by supporters to avenge attacks on Assange has gone viral. The rapid duplication of WikiLeaks content over the past weekend from one to more than 208 mirror websites represents a global counter-force that is now worldwide. Around the globe, it has become a call to arms for a far flung team of anonymous hackers.

Taking place in cyberspace, it exposes a whole new battlefield for the US government. A “clean-tech” war, it is taking place far beyond the sand and dust of Iraq and Afghanistan which already has immobilized billions of dollars worth of the military’s engines, and electronics.

Yet this emerging Infowar is more than a multiplication of mirror websites. Operation Avenge Assange marks a power shift, an abrupt shift of power from those who hold power through secrecy, closed door diplomacy, or fear, toward those who favor transparency.

This shift to openness and transparency, declares Jeff Jarvis, author of Public Parts, and What Would Google Do?, is actually a shift from those who hold secrets to those who create openness. That is our emerging reality.

Even more real is the fact that what may be termed the world’s first Infowar has now entered the realm of online gamers. With the line between government secrecy and public transparency beginning to blur, those whose lives are plugged into the Internet are starting to feel a surge of power.

This shift of power to openness and transparency is occurring right under their fingertips, on the keyboard, and on the screen. To them, power is clarity.

The first serious Infowar is now engaged,” warns cyberlibertarian John Perry Barlow, a founding member of the Electronic Freedom Foundation, and former lyricist for the Grateful Dead. To the anonymous hackers and others who follow him on Twitter and in blogs, he reminds: “The field of Battle is WikiLeaks. You are the troops.”

Read more here…

Alexia Parks is Author of ‘Parkinomics for the New Economy’

Download MP3 files of complete sound collage

Just right click on the link below and download the zipfile to your computer. The zipfile contains all 6 tracks and the album art.

UFOverdriver – Rule Number Two Is The New Rule Number One – The Wikileaks Big Cable Dump Mix


Songs To Restore Sanity

[UPDATED – 10.30.10 at 6:30 pm – CLICK HERE]

In honor of Jon Stewart (and/or Stephen Colbert) and the Rally To Restore Sanity and/or March To Keep Fear Alive in Washington D.C. today, I put together a few songs (Who needs more than a few? You’re going to be watching the Rally on TV or out doing stuff because it’s Saturday) for your enjoyment.

These two songs by the Talking Heads have been on my mind all week…

The lyrics (when framed in a certain way in my mind) seem very relevant to the crazy political environment in our country – meaning the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, Christine O’Donnell, Carl Paladino, Sharron Angle, Joe Miller… I can’t even keep up with the list of Crazy Firecrackers, but these songs are for them and their intellectual leader – Glenn Beck.

Burning Down The House

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by Talking Heads

This first song is dedicated to  The Crazy Firecracker Party

Watch out you might get what you’re after
Cool babies strange but not a stranger
I’m an ordinary guy
Burning down the house

Hold tight wait till the party’s over
Hold tight We’re in for nasty weather
There has got to be a way
Burning down the house

Here’s your ticket pack your bag: time for jumpin’ overboard
The transportation is here
Close enough but not too far, Maybe you know where you are
Fightin’ fire with fire

All wet hey you might need a raincoat
Shakedown dreams walking in broad daylight
Three hun-dred six-ty five de-grees
Burning down the house

It was once upon a place sometimes I listen to myself
Gonna come in first place
People on their way to work baby what did you except
Gonna burst into flame

My house S’out of the ordinary
That’s might Don’t want to hurt nobody
Some things sure can sweep me off my feet
Burning down the house

No visible means of support and you have not seen nuthin’ yet
Everything’s stuck together
I don’t know what you expect starring into the TV set
Fighting fire with fire
(emphasis added)

which leads us to our next song – dedicated to Glenn Beck…

Slippery People

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by Talking Heads

What about the time?
You were rollin’ over
Fall on your face
You must be having fun
Walk lightly!
Think of a time.
You’d best believe
This think is real

Put away that gun
This part is simple
Try to recognize
What is in you mind
God help us!
Help us loose our minds
These slippery people
help us understand

what’s the matter with him? He’s alright!
I see his face – The Lord won’t mind…
Don’t play no games – He’s alright…
Love from the bottom to the top
Turn like a wheel – He’s alright…
See for yourself – The Lord won’t mind…
We’re gonna move – Right now…
Turn like a wheel inside a wheel

I remember when
Sittin’ in the tub
Pulled out the plug
The water was runnin’ out
Cool down
Stop acting crazy
They’re gonna leave
And we’ll be on our own
Seven times five
They were living creatures
Watch ’em come to life
Right before your eyes
How do you do?
These slippery people
Gonna see you through

More Songs…

What, you need more songs?

Try these two songs (music and lyrics included) by Neil Young and Crazy Horse – Thrasher and Powderfinger

If you still need more, try this sound collage (below) which I create in March:

UFOverdriverYou’ve Got To Be Crazy (The Glenn Beck VS Eric Massa Mix)


Listen Here

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The Rally To Restore Sanity

Here’s a link to the website for the Rally today:

When: 12-3 pm (Eastern Time  Zone) – watch it on Comedy Central

While I’m glad this Rally is going on today, it’s a shame we even have the need for such a thing.

Please note – I completely ripped-off the poster for the Rally to make my Songs To Restore Sanity graphic – just so you know.

And then there’s this – your Moment of Zen…

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Moment of Zen – Obama Will Not Be at the Rally
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Rally to Restore Sanity

[Update – 10.30.10 – 6:30pm – Video of Jon Stewart’s Speech at the end of the Rally today…]

Until later, best of (mental) health…

Thrasher and Powderfinger

Here are two songs from Neil Young’s 1979 album “Rust Never Sleeps” – Thrasher and Powderfinger – which seem very relevant to where we are right now as a country…

Listen, Read, Enjoy and Think…

[note: little known fact – The title for this album was borrowed from the slogan for Rust-Oleum paint, and was suggested by Mark Mothersbaugh of the New Wave band Devo.]


by Neil Young

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They were hiding behind hay bales,
They were planting in the full moon
They had given all they had for something new
But the light of day was on them,
They could see the thrashers coming
And the water shone like diamonds in the dew.

And I was just getting up, hit the road before it’s light
Trying to catch an hour on the sun
When I saw those thrashers rolling by,
Looking more than two lanes wide
I was feelin’ like my day had just begun.

Where the eagle glides ascending
There’s an ancient river bending
Down the timeless gorge of changes
Where sleeplessness awaits
I searched out my companions,
Who were lost in crystal canyons
When the aimless blade of science
Slashed the pearly gates.

It was then I knew I’d had enough,
Burned my credit card for fuel
Headed out to where the pavement turns to sand
With a one-way ticket to the land of truth
And my suitcase in my hand
How I lost my friends I still don’t understand.

They had the best selection,
They were poisoned with protection
There was nothing that they needed,
Nothing left to find
They were lost in rock formations
Or became park bench mutations
On the sidewalks and in the stations
They were waiting, waiting.

So I got bored and left them there,
They were just deadweight to me
Better down the road without that load
Brings back the time when I was eight or nine
I was watchin’ my mama’s T.V.,
It was that great Grand Canyon rescue episode.

Where the vulture glides descending
On an asphalt highway bending
Thru libraries and museums, galaxies and stars
Down the windy halls of friendship
To the rose clipped by the bullwhip
The motel of lost companions
Waits with heated pool and bar.

But me I’m not stopping there,
Got my own row left to hoe
Just another line in the field of time
When the thrashers comes, I’ll be stuck in the sun
Like the dinosaurs in shrines
But I’ll know the time has come
To give what’s mine.



by Neil Young

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Look out, Mama, there’s a white boat comin’ up the river
With a big red beacon, and a (Tea Party) flag, and a man on the rail
I think you’d better call John,
‘Cause it don’t look like they’re here to deliver the mail
And it’s less than a mile away
I hope they didn’t come to stay
It’s got numbers on the side and a gun
And it’s makin’ big waves.

Daddy’s gone, my brother’s out hunting in the mountains
Big John’s been drinking since the river took Emmy-Lou
So the Powers That Be left me here to do the thinkin’
And I just turned twenty-two
I was wonderin’ what to do
And the closer they got,
The more those feelings grew.

Daddy’s rifle in my hand felt reassurin’
He told me, Red means run, son, numbers add up to nothin’
But when the first shot hit the docks I saw it comin’
Raised my rifle to my eye
Never stopped to wonder why.
Then I saw black,
And my face splashed in the sky.

Shelter me from the powder and the finger
Cover me with the thought that pulled the trigger
Think of me as one you’d never figured
Would fade away so young
With so much left undone
Remember me to my love,
I know I’ll miss her.


Trouble Every Day For Hungry Freaks, Daddy

For some odd reason I’ve chosen a couple of Frank Zappa songs as my Fourth of July/Independence Day posting…

Both of these songs are from an album that’s still inspiring and relevant 45 years after it was released (1965) – Freak Out! by The Mothers of Invention – thank you Mr. Zappa, sir.

Trouble Every Day

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Trouble Every Day – Lyrics

Well I’m about to get sick
From watchin’ my TV
Been checkin’ out the news
Until my eyeballs fail to see
I mean to say that every day
Is just another rotten mess
And when it’s gonna change, my friend
Is anybody’s guess

So I’m watchin’ and I’m waitin’
Hopin’ for the best
Even think I’ll go to prayin’
Every time I hear ’em sayin’
That there’s no way to delay
That trouble comin’ every day
No way to delay
That trouble comin’ every day

Wednesday I watched the riot . . .
Seen the cops out on the street
Watched ’em throwin’ rocks and stuff
And chokin’ in the heat
Listened to reports
About the whisky passin’ ’round
Seen the smoke and fire
And the market burnin’ down
Watched while everybody
On his street would take a turn
To stomp and smash and bash and crash
And slash and bust and burn

And I’m watchin’ and I’m waitin’
Hopin’ for the best
Even think I’ll go to prayin’
Every time I hear ’em sayin’
That there’s no way to delay
That trouble comin’ every day
No way to delay
That trouble comin’ every day

Well, you can cool it,
You can heat it . . .
‘Cause, baby, I don’t need it . . .
Take your TV tube and eat it
‘N all that phony stuff on sports
‘N all the unconfirmed reports
You know I watched that rotten box
Until my head begin to hurt
From checkin’ out the way
The newsman say they get the dirt
Before the guys on channel so-and-so

And further they assert
That any show they’ll interrupt
To bring you news if it comes up
They say that if the place blows up
They will be the first to tell,
Because the boys they got downtown
Are workin’ hard and doin’ swell,
And if anybody gets the news
Before it hits the street,
They say that no one blabs it faster
Their coverage can’t be beat

And if another woman driver
Gets machine-gunned from her seat
They’ll send some joker with a brownie
And you’ll see it all complete

So I’m watchin’ and I’m waitin’
Hopin’ for the best
Even think I’ll go to prayin’
Every time I hear ’em sayin’
That there’s no way to delay
That trouble comin’ every day
No way to delay
That trouble comin’ every day

Hey, you know something people?
I’m not black
But there’s a whole lots a times
I wish I could say I’m not white

Well, I seen the fires burnin’
And the local people turnin’
On the merchants and the shops
Who used to sell their brooms and mops
And every other household item
Watched the mob just turn and bite ’em
And they say it served ’em right
Because a few of them are white,
And it’s the same across the nation
Black and white discrimination
Yellin’ “You can’t understand me!”
‘N all that other jazz they hand me
In the papers and TV and
All that mass stupidity
That seems to grow more every day
Each time you hear some nitwit say
He wants to go and do you in
Because the color of your skin
Just don’t appeal to him
(No matter if it’s black or white)
Because he’s out for blood tonight

You know we got to sit around at home
And watch this thing begin
But I bet there won’t be many live
To see it really end
‘Cause the fire in the street
Ain’t like the fire in the heart
And in the eyes of all these people
Don’t you know that this could start
On any street in any town
In any state if any clown
Decides that now’s the time to fight
For some ideal he thinks is right
And if a million more agree
There ain’t no Great Society
As it applies to you and me
Our country isn’t free
And the law refuses to see
If all that you can ever be
Is just a lousy janitor
Unless your uncle owns a store
You know that five in every four
Just won’t amount to nothin’ more
Gonna watch the rats go across the floor
And make up songs about being poor

Blow your harmonica, son!


Hungry Freaks, Daddy

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Hungry Freaks, Daddy Lyrics

Mister America
Walk on by
Your schools that do not teach
Mister America
Walk on by
The minds that won’t be reached
Mister America
Try to hide
The emptiness that’s you inside
When once you find that the way you lied
And all the corny tricks you tried
Will not forestall the rising tide of
Hungry freaks, Daddy . . .

They won’t go
For no more
Great mid-western hardware store
Philosophy that turns away
From those who aren’t afraid to say
What’s on their minds
(The left-behinds of the Great Society)

Hungry freaks, Daddy . . .

Mister America
Walk on by
Your supermarket dream
Mister America
Walk on by
The liquor store supreme
Mister America
Try to hide
The product of your savage pride
The useful minds that it denied
The day you shrugged and stepped aside
You saw their clothes and then you cried:

They won’t go
For no more
Great mid-western hardware store
Philosophy that turns away
From those who aren’t afraid to say
What’s on their minds
(The left-behinds of the Great Society)

Both Trouble Every Day and Hungry Freaks, Daddy by Frank Zappa off of The Mothers of Invention debut album – Freak Out!

Happy Independence Day!

Note: I wish I could say that I’m a long-time Zappa fan and all that, but I’d be lying… Somehow I avoided listening to Zappa – I mean, really listening – until this year.

What a guy, this Frank Zappa – how come nobody sat me down with a stack of Frank Zappa records when I was around 9 or 10 years old? I would have been in heaven and probably lived the last 4 decades with a different soundtrack in my head. But that’s how it goes…

But now I’ve found Zappa – like some lost child whose found his way home. You could call my sound collage project – UFOverdriverThe Return of The Illegitimate Lost Son of The Mothers of Invention, or something like that.

and totally unrelated –

…also remember on this Independence Day – Uncle Sam Wants You (and your children, house, money, stocks, savings, DNA, PIN codes, tax dollars, etc.) and promises to return all items sent to Afghanistan by at least July 2011, or soon after. No, really… he means it this time.

You’ve Got To Be Crazy

You’ve Got To Be Crazy – The Glenn Beck VS Eric Massa Mix


Listen to This Sound Collage…

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A little theater for the mind…

For your enjoyment – a new UFOverdriver sound collage – contains: Pink Floyd, David Byrne and Brian Eno, a DJ John Digweed Mix, Johnny Cash, Eric Massa, Glenn Beck and more – based on “Dogs” by Pink Floyd – best with headphones and eyes closed…

Total length: 16:42 of goodness…

Part I (0:00 – 1:12) – Intro
Part II (1:12 – 6:38) – You’ve Got To Be Crazy (Part I) – Diamond Dogs Dance Mix
Part III (6:38 – 11:08) – What Part of Mea Culpa Don’t You Understand
Part IV (11:08 – 14:47) – You’ve Got To be Crazy (Part II)
Part V (14:47 – 16:42) – Who Was Trained Not To Spit

(Note: This is part of the Change Has Come Series – Parts IV through VIII)

I will post complete information about this mix very soon. Enjoy, and have a restful weekend…

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You’ve Got To Be Crazy – The Glenn Beck VS Eric Massa Mix | Size: 23mb | Length: 16:45 | MP3 Bit Rate: 192 kbs (high quality)

Until later, best of health…

Change Has Come – Parts I, II and III



Listen to This Sound Collage…

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Part IIf You Didn’t Care – 0:00 – 1:22
Part IIOn This Day – 1:22 – 6:41
Part IIIOur Most Desperate Hour – 6:41 – 10:22

Total Length: 10:22

From an album in progress called: Weapons of Mass Communication

FREE Download at the bottom of this posting!

About This Sound Collage

When I started working on this collage I chose to use pre-recorded music (instead of creating new music) because it made it a bit more like doing a radio show, and by using music that has a popular familiarity it allows me, as an artist, to make use of the mental baggage that comes along with it.

Every listener will already have memories, ideas and thoughts associated with the music pieces before they even hear this collage, and while they listen, their brain will pull from those memories and that will help emotionally color the way they hear this piece.

For myself, Pink Floyd has huge baggage. I won’t even begin to explain all the different ways Pink Floyd and their music have influenced my life and the way I hear sound and the spaces between moments of sound.

This collage starts with Pig On The Wings, Part I from Pink Floyd’s 1977 album Animals, an album I’ve been listening to a lot lately…


If you didn’t care what happened to me,
And I didn’t care for you,
We would zig zag our way through the boredom and pain
Occasionally glancing up through the rain.
Wondering which of the buggars to blame
And watching for pigs on the wing.

Source Material

Part I – If You Didn’t Care

Background Music Piece – Pigs On The Wings – Part I – from Animals by Pink Floyd – Effects added

Sound Clips:

  • Howard Beale from Network, the 1976 film that won four Oscars and was nominated for Best Picture
  • Several Morpheus quotes from The Matrix, the 1999 film which also won four Oscars

Part II – On This Day

Background Music Piece – Downpressor ManBob Marley and The Wailers – Trenchtown Box Set – Sampled and looped

Sound Clips:

  • Leonard Cohen spoken word introduction to his song Democracy from a live recording made in Switzerland in 1993 (I’m not sure how you can find this recording but here’s a link to his album The Future which this song came from)
  • Johnny Cash reading The New Testament, quotes taken from The Book of Revelations, Chapter 10
  • Several quotes from Network

Part III – Our Most Desperate Hour

Background Music Piece – Shine On You Crazy Diamond – Part I from Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd, re-mixed by The Orb

Sound Clips:

Notes on Links: I’ve added links to some of my source material so you can get your own copy.

The Johnny Cash CD set of him reading the New Testament is great, and the link goes to – Thank you Christi and Louie for giving me the set as a gift!

I would also recommend the Bob Marley 4 CD Trenchtown Box Set – 80 classic Bob Marley and The Wailers songs from the early days (1969-1972) with that old school reggae feel and sound but this particular 4 CD set was a bootleg and unfortunately the Marley family received nothing for it – just a word of caution and respect.

And if Pink Floyd’s albums Animals and Wish You Were Here are not in your CD collection, I’ve just got to ask, why not?


Our Most Desperate Hour – or – I Don’t Have To Tell You Things Are Bad…

This sound collage reflects on the moment we are living in right now, in March 2010.

We live in a time with a lot of anger, disillusionment, discontent, with hopes deferred, and a growing disconnect between the top and bottom of society with a quickly evaporating middle… troubles, hatreds, run-away emotions and raw Americanism is simmering under the surface of everyday life, and being heated up more and more by AM radio and TV talking heads.

Every day our eyes and our ears are owned by the visuals and sounds of mass media advertising, programming and culture – with information overload until it all becomes a blur that wears you down, wears down your hopes and dreams, wears down your resistance to do anything more that just sit back and watch the show.

Meanwhile people move from sofa to bed to work to sofa to bed with more and more impotent rage running through their brain because they know this is wrong – very wrong. And it is true – this is very wrong.

But you can’t just sit and passively think about how wrong it is, how stupid Congress or The President is, how ripped off you’ve been… how dissed, pissed and dismissed you’ve been.

You can’t just sit around and hurt about your lost job or career, lost life savings, lost opportunities, lost elections…

But we do – and that just makes the whole pot simmer even more…

And – what makes it all worse is that we voted for change in November 2008. We were promised change, invited to invest our hope in this change and like the bank’s taxpayer financed bail-out, we seem to be on the losing end of our investment in hope.

All of this has lead to the questions which are the starting point for this piece – what happened to the change we were promised? Did our vote even matter?

On This Day

I remember the feeling of that night in November 2008 when Obama won the election, it was like something I had never felt before – like something in the cosmos went “snap” and the vibration of that snap went zooming around the globe.

It felt like it wasn’t just a person we were voting for, but for an idea and a dream, for change. And the whole world was watching, holding their breathe, hoping… and then cheering along with all of us as every TV news show announced with near synchronized timing the election results just moments before 8:00 pm our time on the west coast.

There was something too powerful in that moment for that change to just fade away.


Yeah, I can feel that something is going to change…

I felt the voice of the people that night when they said they had hope, when they voted in the secret ballots of their hearts for change…

If the politicians they voted for don’t bring the change, then it will come from somewhere. That’s just the way things go, and right now that’s where we are.

Change has come, and it’s boiling under the surface and it seems to be looking for someone to blame.

Change is inevitable. But how will we change, how much mercy and how much judgment will we have on those that brought us to this point – those things are being weighed in the hearts of very many people at this very time.

Mercy or Judgment. Care or Blame. Your decisions are being recorded in heaven’s unchangeable heart.

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Introducing UFOverdriver

My new sound collages now have a project name – UFOverdriver


That’s pronounced “You-Eff-Overdriver”… and the U and the F are initials that stand for lots of different things… but that’s something we’ll discuss sometime later down the road.

Here’s the first sound collage created under this name (even though my previous sound collage called Area 5150 is being retroactively added to the UFOverdriver project); it’s called:

Integratronic – The Obscure Transmissions Mix.
Running Time:
9 minutes and 20 seconds


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About this piece…

“This is Long John once again with The Party Line…”

The basic drum track and the first synthesizer tracks were laid down in just a couple of hours, and then proceeded to get reshaped until I found a mix I liked a couple of days later on Thursday afternoon, January 28th… then I started to add the voices of Long John Nebel and George Van Tassel to the mix.

These voices were taken from a public domain recording of the Long John Nebel’s early morning AM radio show in the mid-1950’s – you can download this recording here:

The recording is interesting in pieces, but the audio quality is horrible, so I decided to just make it even more obscure sounding for my collage… I had space transmissions in mind.

Some Quotes Used In This Piece

The following are (mostly) from George Van Tassel

  • These beings are not like us… however, they have many advantages over us… they don’t have to walk around like we do…
  • They move by an act called levitation… uhh, and they don’t have to turn when they go… they’re shaped like, umm, uhh, an electric light bulb…
  • Van Tassel: They don’t have to turn to look, they can see in all directions at once – Interrupted by Long John: Are you talking about about beings from another planet? Van Tassel continuing: I’m talking about intelligent beings…
  • Van Tassel: I’m talking about intelligent beings… other forms of life Interrupted by Long John: From other planets? Van Tassel continuing: I don’t know… I don’t know if I can classify us with them or not…
  • A thought is what it is, it can’t be anything else (statement followed by indistinguishable word sounds…)
  • Long John: Was this at Giant Rock Airport? Van Tassel: Yes, this was at Giant Rock. Long John: Underneath the rock? Van Tassel: Yes, under the rock…

The rest of the quotes I’ll leave as a mystery for you to discover…

About the Integratron and George Van Tassel

Before last March (click here to go to the March 2009 post with photos of our trip to Pioneer Town, The Integratron, Giant Rock and Joshua Tree) I had never heard of a very unusual building that exists in Landers, out the Mojave desert near Joshua Tree called The Integratron

Nor had I heard of it’s creator, a man named George Van Tassel or the huge rock in the desert nearby called Giant Rock where George Van Tassel claimed he had contacted the aliens that had given him the plans to build The Integratron – a body rejuvenation machine.

Here’s some Wikipedia info to fill in the story…

George Van Tassel

George Van Tassel was a former aircraft mechanic and flight inspector who moved out to California’s Mojave Desert to operate an airport and inn. During his time there, he supposedly began meditating under Giant Rock, which the Native Americans of the area held to be sacred.

In August 1953, Van Tassel claimed that he had been contacted both telepathically and later in person by Venusians, who gave him a technique to rejuvenate human cell tissues. Van Tassel, acting on these instructions, began constructing the Integratron in 1954.

Construction costs were paid for by an annual series of successful UFO conventions, the Giant Rock Spacecraft Conventions, which continued for nearly 25 years. Van Tassel was clearly inspired by earlier 1950s contactee George Adamski.

Construction of the Integratron was supposedly complete in 1959, but Van Tassel continued to make minor modifications until his sudden death in 1978.

The Integratron – Wikipedia:
George Van Tassel – Wikipedia:

The Integratron

The Integratron is a dome-shaped structure constructed out of plywood and fiberglass by George Van Tassel. He built the structure in Landers, California, USA as a “rejuvenation machine” supposedly following instructions provided by visitors from the planet Venus.

The workings of the Integratron, according to Van Tassel, supposedly rely chiefly on two principles.

The first principle involves the occult sacred geometry of domes, and their ability to concentrate mystical “energies” within the earth. The Integratron is also said to be constructed atop a powerful “energy vortex”. According to adherents of this belief, the dome-shape naturally concentrates the energies of the vortex for the benefit of users. Also, the building is said to borrow design cues from the Tabernacle of Moses and the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid of Giza, both of which were thought by some occultists to have similar “energy focusing” properties.

The second part of the theory centers around the belief that human beings are truly electrical in nature. It is believed that, though each individual has his unique personal “wavelength,” the multiple wavelengths of energy put out by “focusing and concentrating devices” such as the Integratron will find a “resonance” with the individual’s basic harmonic frequency and “re-charge” his cellular structure, as if he were a battery.

The Integratron – Wikipedia:

Also see The Integratron official website:

Giant Rock

Giant Rock is a large freestanding boulder in the Mojave Desert near Landers, California, that covers 5,800 square feet (540 m2) of ground and is seven stories high.

In ancient times it was considered sacred by the Native Americans of the Joshua Tree, California, area.

In the 1950s it was a gathering point for UFO believers. It is located on land which was at that time leased by George Van Tassel, a purported flying-saucer contactee and organizer of UFO conventions.[1]

Van Tassel also built the nearby Integratron and a small airport in the vicinity, which he operated from 1947 to 1975.

A single large room, which was subsequently filled in, was dug beneath the rock and resided in by a prospector named Frank Critzer during the 1930s and early 1940s. Critzer, a friend of Van Tassel’s, perished in a self-detonated dynamite explosion in this room on July 24, 1942, while being investigated by local police.[2]

Shortly after the turn of the 21st century, Giant Rock fractured in two, revealing an interior of white granite. The entire exterior surface of the rock is now reportedly covered in graffiti.[3]

Giant Rock – Wikipedia:

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Eccentric Activities – 1985/86

What Are Sound Collages?

As a little kid I was fascinated by my parent’s cassette recorder and would play with it all the time, making recordings and dreaming about making what I now call sound collages.

A sound col­lage is like a paper col­lage, but using audio sam­ples, syn­the­siz­ers, drum tracks and other audio mate­r­ial to cre­ate a new work — not a “song” nec­es­sar­ily — but some­thing like an audi­tory adven­ture, made out of the var­i­ous found materials and full of sound textures, chance happenings and odd bits of sound to trigger thoughts, memories or ideas… like soundtracks for stream-of-conscious movies that never existed.

When I was almost twenty I got a synthesizer and finally started making some of the things I dreamed about when I was a little kid, and twenty five years later I’m still trying to make those kind of recordings.

About Eccentric Activities


The members of Eccentric Activities included myself, a Roland Juno-60 Synthesizer, a Fostex X-15 four-track recorder, various sound effects records, and some odd tape machines and half-broken effects pedals.

Sometimes my friend Mark Powell (he sang for several of the bands I was in) would come by and add vocals… and once I spent an evening recording some Eccentric Activities material with a couple of Mark’s friends (tracks 5 and 6 of the playlist below.)

The Juno-60


I loved my Juno-60! I got it in April of 1984 and it changed my life.

I had a friend at the time name Mark (a different Mark) who had been a Mod with me, but he had become more of a New Romantic (a fashion sub-culture of the time into bands like Visage, Adam Ant, early Duran Duran, Simple Minds) and he talked me into getting this synthesizer.

We both got synthesizers and we were going to be the new Depeche Mode or OMD (Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark) – that never worked out…

I sold my Juno-60 so Tania and I could have some money for moving to Minnesota in August of 1987 (We had a big moving sale and sold everything we had – but that’s a story for another time).

I used to miss my Juno a lot, but now I have a software version on my computer – so that helps. I’d sure would love to have an original though…

The Ol’ Fostex X-15


I had a girlfriend in the early 80’s named Angela and one of the last things she did for me was buy this four-track recorder so I could try and make better recordings of my keyboard ramblings, which, I was convinced at the time, would lead to musical fame and fortune…

I made a bunch of recordings with the machine but it had a fatal flaw, a low-hum around 120-130 Hz that was really annoying and just got worse when you made tape copies of tape copies, like we did back then.

Lucky for you, now, with the Magic of Digital Recording I can clean up the tracks somewhat (I’m not a professional) and so what you hear on these versions have had noise reduction with a better frequency equalization than the original copies. You can hear my clumsy keyboard playing much better now.

Back in 1988, while Tania and I lived in Minneapolis I traded the four-track recorder to a heavy metal band for something “herbal”, and that was the end of Eccentric Activities.

The X-15 had been the heart of the project, the Juno-60 was the voice, and I had been the hands.

While working on this post I found this listing of a Fostex X-15 just like my old one for sale in Minneapolis on craigslist… I wonder if it’s the same one? And no, I don’t want it back…

About The Selection of Compositions

This is only seven out of over a dozen different compositions from the time. I’ve deliberately spared you from having to hear any tracks with my thin, young voice and bad singing.

Unfortunately that does mean you don’t get to hear my cover version of Joy Division’s She’s Lost Control unless I can figure out how to do a good “vocal-removal” from the original mix.

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1. Driving In The Rain – This is the first piece I recorded when I got my Fostex X-15 Four-Track. I used sound effects records to attempt to create a rhythm because I didn’t have a drum machine most of time…
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2. Industrial Symphony – Recorded right after Driving In The Rain. Another attempt at creating a “industrial” rhythm with various bits from sound effects records. I didn’t have any Sampling machines, Drum machines, Sequencers – Just multi-tracking my Juno-60…
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3. Dance of the Turbulent Mind – a sound collage-like piece of music. I’m not sure where the melody came from… I’m sure I’ve heard it somewhere before. This piece had 3 tracks of the Juno-60 and one track of sound effects…
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4. Thursday in the Park – This song I wrote and recorded at the time I met Tania – this is the sound of me falling in love with her…
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5. Corruption – Recorded with Mark Powell and his friends Andrew and Pat on November 8th and 9th, 1986. Andrew programmed the drum rhythm and played bass, and Pat added some guitar…
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6. Into The Deepend – Recorded with Mark Powell and his friends Andrew and Pat on November 8th and 9th, 1986. Andrew programmed the drum rhythm and played bass, and Pat added some other keyboard sounds.
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7. Deeper Than First Glance – Another piece with just 4-tracks of the Juno-60, with a soundtrack feel…
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Misc. Notes

The Eccentric Activities “scratchy writing” logo is from a little sketch I drew (that little guy was called “Content Guy”) which Tania used to hand-cut a silkscreen in her class at school (she was in her senior year of high school when we met) and then she surprised me with some Eccentric Activities T-Shirts she had hand-printed – so cool!

The graphics for the songs on this playlist are images from photocopied contact sheets of photos of me and my friend Betsy, taken by artist Zane Ott sometime in 1985. I used these same photocopied contact sheets for the insert of the cassette tape of Eccentric Activities I made in late 1986…


Above: Cover and side of Eccentric Activities Cassette Tape from 1986

A Seven Song Playlist…

So you can just kick back and listen to all 7 songs, one after the other…


still life with satellites

A sound collage I did  from the mid 90’s – 15:49 minutes of random sound mixed from multiple tape machines played live – including Jack Kerouac recordings, Robin Williams, George Carlin, TV stations, radio dial turning, old tapes of guitar noise and more…

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the sound of onehumanbeing

I got a new set of headphones a couple of weeks ago with a microphone, so I started working on some new experiments, like this one (created on 12-17-2008) – “the sound of onehumanbeing”

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I’ve been making sound collages for many years and this is the first time in a long while that I’ve used my own voice… now I’m thinking about adding a podcast to my blog… we’ll see.


Manic Depression Is A Frustrating Mess

There is a reason why my posts have been very limited over the last few weeks. As you can see from the title of this post the name of the monster I’ve been living with… not a nice house guest.

Many people know that manic-depression is the name people used to use for the “mental Illness” now called bi-polar disorder. The reason for the quote marks is because my experience with bi-polar disorder has me often referring to this as “a physical illness with a very strong mental component.”

There is a wide spectrum of experiences people have when dealing with this genetic disorder. Some people have stronger manias, or mood up-swings, some have stronger depressions, some people have moods that cycle rapidly, and some that live through long stretches of a particular end of the spectrum before swinging widely the other direction.

It’s a confusing, messy and very disrupting illness. It is also a chronic illness that kills a significant number of sufferers every year. Up till now the standard approach has been to find medications that suppress everything mood-wise, and that way eliminate the extreme highs and lows of the illness.

This approach can be useful when dealing with individuals that are going through the extremes of the illness and are a danger to themselves and others.

But when you’re a person who is very aware of his situation, works with all care to minimize the effects of this situation when it comes to other people, and is trying to have a healthy, creative life – the drugs become a real drag…

But I keep taking them – new and different cocktails of anti-depressants and mood stabilizers, pills to wake up and pills to sleep… because I keep holding out the hope that one of these combinations will help… one day. (read more go to the  music play list…)

About the playlist:

It would be nice and easy if I could just tell people that depression is just being sad. I wish I could just put a smile on my face, pull myself up by bootstraps, just pull myself together…

But that’s not the reality of living with bi-polar disorder. This is a very physical illness that kicks your ass in so many different ways…


As I rode out a very bad depression this last week as I started putting this playlist together – not for entertainment, but to help illustrate what it’s like to live through a severe depression – to help anyone who would like to develop a greater understanding of this experience.

As my wife commented – she’s thankful she can skip forward through the list when she’s tired of a song – I don’t get to…

I’ll probably add more to this later (or not), but I thought I better get this posted before another four or five days slip by…

Playlist | Music Response To Politics and Bail Outs

Wow, what a week we’ve been through. I’ve been listening to a lot of Gang of Four this last month, and have been endlessly playing Animals by Pink Floyd. Why? Because the lyrics of the songs like Capital and Poverty by Gang of Four give me a sense of response to what’s going on, listening to Animals makes me remember that there is intelligence in the world, and people who see bigger then the emotional con game being played by the McCain campaign.

I’ve also been spending the week battling the depression monster lurking around my brain cells. A steady diet of political news stories and watching news clips online hasn’t help either. To quote Gang of Four – “Only yesterday I said to myself, the things I’m doing are not good for my health” – from Anthrax by Gang of Four.


1. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye | I bookended this playlist with songs by Marvin Gaye from his outstanding album/social critique called What’s Going On. I try to soften the anger in the middle of the set with Marvin’s graceful voice.

2. Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who | dedicated to John McCain and the Republican party.

3. Capital (It Fails Us Now) – Gang of Four | music to watch Wall Street collapse by…

4. To Hell With Poverty – Gang of Four | “In this land, right now, some are insane, and they’re in charge”

5. Inner City Blue – Marvin Gaye | Makes me wanna holler…



and if you want to buy any of this music, here’s the handy links…

Gang of Four: 2 crucial albums from the early years


Solid Gold

and for extra credit… Return The Gift