If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal
Emma Goldman

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Meiko Kaji. It's a name you don't hear much anymore but for a while she was pretty iconic in Japan.
I first became aware of her in the "Lady Snowblood" movies. The Ghastly Ones These films fall short of being chambray classics for me, but still Tarentino copped liberally from them and even used two of Kajhi's recordings as theme music in the "Kill Bill" movies.
One thing that fascinated me about Kaji in the "Snowblood" films was her face. She seems to have mastered, or been born with, a face that enables you to read your own emotions into any scene. In other words her face manages to reflect your own feelings.
This was further proven when I stumbled across her Scorpion films. Briefly the Scorpion movies have Kaji as a hardened convict, Matsu. These movies are really over the top. Penal reform seems to consist of state sanctioned gang rape, over a year of solitary confinement chained hand and foot to the cold wet floor, (the year Matsu uses to sharpen a spoon into a knife honing the blade against the stone floor using only her teeth!)
Kaji uses only two expressions through the movies. They are ample. Lingering closeups and Vertovian editing conveys an emotional depth to these movies that is exceptional. One elegant sequence features a 100 foot cascading waterfall that gradually turns to blood. This is a practical effect which makes it even more stupefying in a Fleur De Mal kind of way.
But equally breathtaking is Kaji's flaccid appraisal of the horrifying miracle. Putting it into words would be like trying to describe the Mona Lisa or detail of Heronymous Bosch. The nattering of Manu's fellow convicts is a relief from the grim spectacle.
My next accidental discovery were the Stray Cat Rock movies. They all star Kaji, but in different roles. The 3 best movies all have some common traits. One is that Kaji wears only a single unchanged outfit Mike Kaluta's Shadow
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in each, so her stylish look becomes a mere uniform of conformity. Even though the series was shot in the 70's in this Japan the Summer of Love never excited! The heft chunks of music are all defiantly mid 60's, often to exciting delirious effect. The dancing, the Japanese music are all mid 60's cool and hot. Imagine the Peanuts (the two miniature women in the Godzilla films who would sing "Maaawthra, Maaawthora") covering the Shangri-Las and you're close to it. I do hope that these were big deal bands in Japan, sort of like The Animals appearing in "Winter Carnival" or the like.
The plots to these 3 little films are intriguing. In all of them Kaji plays an aloof and very tough girl gang leader, fast with a blade and a decision. I get them confused but one of them has the bad boy gang driving around in surplus US Army jeeps! The leader decides to get rid of all the half breeds in201702191926.jpg town. (Half breeds are Japanese and white or black children from occupying soldiers. They are all portrayed as hard working men trying to just get by as opposed to the gang members who are just coasting on the hustle.)
The next is two out oft owners who've befriended a US Viet Nam deserter. They plan to finance a trip to Sweden by selling 500 caps of LSD. The math escapes me as it seems that to raise the $30,000 for the boat means each cap wpu;d have to sell for about $60, which is somehow not quite right. But, anyway, some members of Kaji's gang steal the LSD. The 3 fellows approach Kaji and explain their plight. For some reason helping a US Army deserter is such a just cause in her mind that she makes her girls return the stolen drugs.It doesn't end well for anyone.
And the last of the 3 good ones has a tall girl who everyone mistakes for a man? She even sings a song with one of the bands and sounds like a male. It good blasé fun,
"Wild Jumbo" Is something of a waste of Kaji's talent and a waste of time. "Beat '71" is the only one of the movies to go psychedelic. It's an abuse. Kaji is a terrible victim and that's all she is here. She also gets minimal screen time. It would be a total waste except for one inexplicable scene. For no apparent reason a Japanese hippy band shows up on a flat bed truck. The truck has a banner that says, I think, "The Kings of Rock". The lead singer plays the wadaiko, while the band plays aheavily percussive tune that's pretty good, a bit like Plan 9: crunching guitar, cowbell and trap set. After they play the number the truck drives off and one of the actors says, "Who were those guys?" and the reply is, "I have no idea." which sort of sums the whole flick up nicely.
All I'm really saying is that Meiko Kaji is cool in the same way that Bardot and Tuesday Weld are cool. She brings something gracious to the screen and to life. It's worthwhile checking out her movies.

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The title of this podcast is a pun . . . I thought it was funny even if I do have to explain it. It's acoustic, cowboy song stuff.

Signed D.C. (alt) - Love
A World Of Our Own - Seekers
It's Gonna Be Alright - Gerry and The Pacemakers
Rosemary Rose - Kinks
Three Steps To Heaven (Version 2) - Eddie Cochran
Bird Dog - Everly Brothers
A Teenager In Love - Lou Christie
I'm Low, Low, Low - Loy Clingman
Play That Cheap Trick - Tommy Womack
It's In The Bottle - Robert Gordon
Hey Joe - Ed Kuepper
Knapsack - Amy Rigby
Waimea - Travoltas
Wild Thing - Senator Bobby
A Thousand Miles From Nowhere (alt) - Dwight Yoakam
Treat Me Nice - Glen Glenn
For Your Love - Graham Gouldman
School's Out - Hellsongs
Singing In The Rain - John Martyn
Tompkins Square Blues - Optic Nerve
Don't - Persuasions
Waterloo Sunset - Peter Bruntnell
Ordinary World - Green Day
What Exactly - PF Sloan
A Day In The Life - Phil Angotti
Set Me Free - Pineapples
Dream Lover - Ricky Nelson
Sunrise - Who
Living Next Door To Alice - Smokie
Thirteen - Sparkle Jets UK
First Time - Teenage Bottle rocket
What Am I Doing Hangin' Round? - Those Big Belt Buckles
Find Another Man - Travis Wammack
Streets Of Laredo - Webb Wilder
Thank You - Whigs


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Let us go forth with fear and courage and rage to save the world
Grace Paley

Year Of The Fire Rooster

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Nothing to be that afraid of. We've been through this before. Even when they think that they've gotten smarter, they haven't. They've just gotten nastier and more terrified of folks like us. We have what we need even against their buddies the Russians and the feeble minded. The rich never win except with money.
I wish they'd stop calling themselves populist. That's as big an insult as calling them human beings.
Happy New Year to us.




Merry Christmas Will Do

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Best of the Holidays and looking forward to a hopeful New Year.




Maybe ever’body in the whole damn world is scared of each other
John Steinbeck

Merry Christmas!
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This years podcast for Christmas: Well, it's big. Took a while to prune down to this size; nearly two and a half hours! And I think it's pretty fine.
Lydecker Santa and Boy I let it get big because it's been a cruddy year and we may be facing the end of the country. I mean, Donald Trump is the worst president since Nixon. Trump is going in declaring he's a racist bigot crook and claims it doesn't matter. We knew what he was when you elected him. Elected him with all the crime and corruption and hatred you knew he'd bring.
Yeah, the year was a mess so it's all the reason to celebrate because it may be the last time. There'll be times coming when the celebration means more but the last time we can rejoice in freedom is always memorable.
Too many of my friends died this year. All tragically because all dyings are tragic. More reason to wonder why I'm still hanging around. I dropped a 150 pound hunk of steel on my head this fall. It didn't kill me. Then O tried to face plant myself while driving my shoulder into a brick wall. It hurt but I wiped the blood out of my eyes and finished walking the dogs. I'm still here. Maybe as punishment? I doubt that. I can still sing.
We had some fun this year, at least in this house. Had three foster dogs, two of them are in a better place already. One, Big Samson the Gentle is going to be ready for a forever home sooner than we'd think. He's really a loving kind.
We moved. It was hell and torturously expensive. Still deep in debt over it.
It's one of the small reasons this might be the last Christmas PodCast. BlueHost, who I've been pretty happy Getting The Tree
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with have announced a jacked up rate increase, about 70%! I don't think I can afford that. I've made a point of ignoring all entreaties to monetize the site. Sometimes that gets me taken advantage of. It's a small thing and doesn't mean much. The site will vanish is all. But maybe I can find a cheaper acceptable alternative. I'll look.
The site has had over two million unique visitors just to the main page, about seven million other people just looking for some music or to look at the pictures. I think that's fine and gratifying. The pictures are worth seeing and the music worth hearing. HEY! Check out Material Issues great Christmas track "Merry Christmas Will Do" And Chris Von Sneidern's track Holiday Special "Santa Claus," for me they're the new Christmas Anthems. But all the tracks are memorable, Remember, I still think the best Christmas music is in a bar with a live combo on Christmas Eve. So that's saying something. I think. I will always enjoy how spell correct tried to change Vibeke Saugestad into Vitamin Suggested. The podcast has already had about four thousand downloads and that's just from the way I slop things around with all my non-announcements.
I do think you'll like the music and I think it will make your spirits gladder and take you away from this place and to the place where dreams seem like yesterdays and hopes happen every tomorrow. It's Christmas time and that means something. It's the time you can believe Old Man Potter got arrested for stealing Uncle Billy's money. A time when kindness is repaid with love and mercy. It's that time when WWI troops stopped killing each other and sang carols to themselves and to their enemies and didn't start shooting each other until December 26th. It's a time when people are bigger than nations and we can take a minute and see the other person hiding there too afraid to speak. It's Christmas.
As long as you can reach out and find a hand or a fuzzy head to hold and pet nothing is as bad as we think and all we are doing is what we need to do. And we believe that somewhere we are all trying to do the right thing.
Merry Christmas. Happy Chanukah. Feliz Navidad. To a brighter New Year.



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Aloha Christmas - Dukes Of Surf
Ski Party - Wondermints
Are You Ready For Christmas - BBBs
Merry Christmas Will Do - Material Issue
Even Santa Gets The Blues - Eugene Ruffolo
It's Xmas (And Everyone Is Miserable) - Dirty Sidewalks
Help Me Forget - Solicitors
A Christmas Carol (For The Losers In Love) - Vibeke Saugestad
Christmas Eve Can Kill You - Everly Brothers
Christmas At Ground Zero - Weird Al Yankovic
A Surfer's Christmas List - Surfaris
I Want An Alien For Christmas - Fountains Of Wayne
I Want Elvis For Christmas - Holly Twins (with Eddie Cochran)
(I Want) A Beatle For Christmas - Patty Surbey And The Canadian V.I.P.s
Santa Got Lost In Texas - Little Joe (Michael Landon)
Santa Got A DWI - Sherman Linton
Christmas For Cowboys - Jars of Clay
Come All Ye Faithful Surfer Girls - Chevelles
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - Tommy Roe
Jingle Bell Laugh - St. Nicklas
Jingle Bells Slide - Jack Scott
Hey There, St. Nicholas! (Plain White T's vs Smokey Robinson) - Voicedude
Little Drummer Boy - Miracle Legion
Santa's Got an Airplane (Version 2) - Beach Boys
Santa Claus - Chris Von Sneidern
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree - Ronnie Spector And Darlene Love
Under The Christmas Tree - Swingin' Neckbreakers
2000 Miles - Grip Weeds
Christmas Must Be Tonight - The Band
Merry Twist-Mas - Marcels
Come On Christmas - Barely Pink
It's Always Christmas At My House - Huntingtons
Let It Snow - Me, You And Her
Look Around You (It's Christmas Time) - Bobby Goldsboro
4th Of July / Christmas Rag - Peter Case
A Round About Christmas - Kingston Trio
Shchedryk (Ukranian Bell Carol) - Pink Martini
Jingle Jangle Christmas - Vibeke Saugestad
Christmas Would Not Be Christmas - Carpet Frogs
X-Mas - Epicycle
Everyday Is Christmas - SWAG
The Dawn Of Correction - Spokesmen
Twas The Night Before Xmas - Huey Piano Smith
White Christmas - Platters
The Bells Of St. Mary - Bob B Soxx And The Blue Jeans
Amazing Grace - Jeff Beck
Gloria in Excelsis Deo - London Symphony Orchestra
New Year's Revolution (demo) - Graham Parker
The Christmas Song (Unreleased Alternate Take) - Nat King Cole
Silent Night - Everly Brothers And The Boys Town Choir
O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) - Mormon Tabernacle Choir


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Lies written in ink cannot disguise facts written in blood
Lu Xun

Indian Rug
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Maybe I'm wrong but I think we all need a break from Donald Trump and autocracy and the hell we've visited upon ourselves.
Time to go home and see the family, especially those of us who've had our families torn away from us for the simple Thanksgiving crime of getting old. Cause the world sucks right now. The politicians who are foolish enough to call themselves our government are thinking about nothing more than getting rich. They keep forgetting us. They forget Matewan, Hoffa, Gutherie, Steinbeck and the right hand of the God which isn't them but is us, the people who live and work and die. Who really don't want to get rich, who don't worry about position, who just want to see some reasons to smile.
Yeah they forget about us and what history has shown we will always do when with all their greed and their scheming and brilliant plans and their art of selfishness.
So I hope you get to be with your family whatever, whoever they might be and how many of them might be left. I hope you get to drive cause flying is sure a pain now, a terrible pain. Easiest way to control us is making it miserable to travel. It's all right, they've never been able to close off our blue highways.
They'll rely on the stolen freedoms to keep us occupied while they use their positions to steal and exploit. As usual they'll forget that we're here.

This podcast is made for DAP's, for earbuds. If you can play it in your car that's groovy, maybe even better. It will get you home and get you through rants from your uncle and Mom's disapproving glances. It will get you home and then back. I promise.
Happy Thanksgiving.

I'm working on the Christmas Podcast!?!? Rah. It ought to be pretty good and some fun!

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The Times They Are A-Changin' - Flogging Molly
The Impression That I Get - Mighty Mighty BossTones
God Only Knows - Nylons
Nancy Jean - Richard Barone
It's A Hard Life - Roger Daltrey
Hallelujah! - Clique
Spam Song. - Monty Python
I Should Have Known Better - Sand Rubies
My Wife Thinks You're Dead - Junior Brown
How Fine Can One Guy Be - Jelly Beans
I'm Gonna Steal Your Girlfriend - Teen Machine
Southern Love - Montesas
Gigantor - Dickies
Afterglow (acoustic) - Quiet Riot
Carol - Marauders
Malaguena - Ritchie Valens
Farmhouse - Phish
I Need Your Love - Boyfriends
Mercury Blues - David Lindley
Shut Down - Ramouns
Help You Dream - Blasters
C'Mon Everybody (alt) - Eddie Cochran
Dearest - Buddy Holly
Shanty Tramp - Betty Dickerson
Horn Of Plenty - Ribeye Brothers
Since I Lost Your Lovin' - Lori Burton
Stop Your Sobbing (stereo) - Kinks
I Still Want You - Paul Collins' Beat
Dark Side (live) - Shadows Of Knight
I Need You - Lolas
Juvenile Delinquent - Rubinoos
Lover Boy - Robert Gordon
Die Everyday - Martinets
Any Time At All - Magic Christian
In Time - Tearaways
Diane - Therapy?
Gee - Beach Boys
I'm A Believer - Rocking JoJo and His Red Hot Angels
Shake Your Tail Feather - Five Du-Tones


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When it was dark, you always carried the sun in your hand for me
Sean O'Casey

Revrend B Smoke by HR Giger
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It's Halloween, the gateway to the holiday season. So of course it means terror and laffs.
In LA it was the time for all the drag queens to come out full on. And the crowds and the infinite terror of Hell Night.
Never see kids trick or treating anymore.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre This Halloween podcast starting out looking pretty bleak. No one has done much of a Halloween release in the past few years, at least none that I've been able to find. But in picking through the dregs of the season I think it turned out pretty well. Nothing as awesome as Gene Simmons "Haunted House" or the Boss Martins "Have You ever Seen?" but pretty good stuff nonetheless.
Ah, as for personal stuff. We fostered a very abused young man. He got adopted in one day! I mean after a month of rehab and getting to love him, he got adopted for a $250.00 adoption fee!! Anyone willing to pay $250 for a 1 and 1/2 year old mixed breed pup with torn up ears and as much scar tissue as skin has to be looking into that pups eyes and seeing the wonderfulness that he is. Good job to the wife on rescuing him and helping to save him. (He did most of the work himself, given a chance, with the sweet gentleness that makes up most of him.)
No one around here cares much but I'm pretty impressed with myself. After going through all that nuclear medicine and sonograms and stuff it seems that all those past years of surf and football paid off. It's not supposed to but my hear has gotten better! My heart is, right now, as good as anyone else's.
I still plan to live forever.
Go Trojans. Go me.
And if I can figure out the logistics and money I plan to coach as a volunteer at the reservation school in the area.

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Rabian The Fiendage Idol - Bobby Boris Pickett
Jack The Ripper - Galaxy Trio
Psycho - Bobby Hendricks
Graveyard Hop (Studio Rehearsal) - Love
Already Dead - Electric Frankenstein
Werewolf - Gary Warren
The Gila Monster - Joe Johnson
Rockin' Zombie - Crewnecks
Leopard Man - Joe Wallace
Screamin' Ball - Duponts
The Gypsy - James Hunter Six
Stalkin' - Duane Eddy
Devil's Carnival - Davie Allan And The Arrows
Graveyard Rock - Tarantula Ghoul And Her Gravediggers
Roadside Cross - Cobrajets
A Fistful of Terror - Bomboras
Twistin' In The Jungle - Buddy Bow
Go Go The Cannibal - Ronnie Self
Sinister Purpose - Southern Culture On The Skids
Ghost Satellite - Bob And Jerry
The Monster Hop - Bert Convy
Til the Following Night - Screaming Lord Sutch
Livin' In The Fridge - Weird Al Yankovic
You Came From Outer Space - Kirby Stone Four
Martian Hop - Ran Dells
Popeye (The Gravedigger) - John Zacherley
Be True To Your Ghoul - Ghouls
Spooky Girl - Ghastly Ones
Happy Halloween - Fuzztones
Rockin' In The Graveyard - Roy Loney
Haunted Hipster - Fleshtones
The Spooky Surfer - Sidewinders
Hearse With a Curse - Mr Gasser And The Weirdos
Undying Love - Stems
I Was A Teenage Monster - Keytones
In The Hall Of The Mountain King - Coffin Daggers
Son Of Frankenstein - Boris Karloff
Little Death Coupe - Surf Trio
Boogie Man Bash - Six Feet Under
Munsters/Hawaii Five-O - Spy-Fi
Haunted House - Teenage Bottlerocket
It - Regal-Aires
Peace In The Valley - Eddie Spaghetti



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Mia Couto

Molotov Cocktease
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Its been a long hard time so far. Too much of it has been about doctors, my doctors and yours. Making the move I have to meet a whole corps of new doctors. The usual suspects.
I realize I now have decades of experience dealing with the medical industry, sort of annoyed it never appears on job applications nor can I figure out how to put it in my CV.
So it really bugs me when friends get ill or come close to some other catastrophe. Then all my experience suddenly gets pretty worthless. It comes down to the hackneyed phrases, "Yeah, I had that"; "They gave me that pill". Stuff that offers real consolation but what else can you say?
The only thing going through my head and heart is, "Hey! Don't die. Don't. Because as much as you might be suffering that doesn't feel like as much as I'll suffer if you die. So, don't die.""
So I put together a mess of songs about doctors. That's it. Too numb thinking about this and wondering if having radioactive blood gives me any special powers. I've been pointing my finger at things and making sound effects with my mouth but nothing's happened. Nothing blew up, or grew to giant size or even levitated. I feel gypped.

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Feelin' So Good (S.K.O.O.B.Y. D.O.O.) - Sunshine On Mars
D'Ya Feel Lucky - Happiness Dragon
Doctor Doctor - Who
Witch Doctor - David Seville
I Don't Need No Doctor - Sonics
Witchdoctor - Sidewinders
Doctor Rhythm - Dave Clark Five
No Expectations - Soulsavers
Doctor Doctor - Shimmys
Doctor Boogie (Live) - Flamin' Groovies
Doctor My Eyes - Jackson Browne
Oh, Doctor - Phil Alvin
On & Off - Wellingtons
Good Lovin' - Rascals
Woman Love (take 12) - Gene Vincent
Slow Death - Roy Loney
Help Me Rhonda - Ramouns
Dr. Apache - Lolas
A Beginning From An End - Jan & Dean
Dr. Goldfoot & The Bikini Machine - Beas
Dr. Kitch - Bosshoss
Dr. Love - Tom Jones
Dr. Stone - Leaves
Dr. Gullotine - Coffin Daggers
Turn Your Back - Billy Talent
Goodbye Eddie Goodbye - Juicy Fruits
Rock Therapy - Johnny Burnette Trio
Dr. Feelgood - Lords
Every Moment - Chevelles
Poison Ivy - Vulcanes
Rock' N' Roll Suicide - Tony Hadley
Feelin' So Good (S.K.O.O.B.Y. D.O.O.) - Lolas
Spirit In The Sky - Doctor & The Medics
The Hallelujah Chorus - Roches


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