Mhairi Black SNP Maiden Speech in the Commons | Channel 4

UPDATE: Underneath the speech video is a link to the BBC Scotland news report, or rather the lack or reporting on the content of the speech. Impartial when they want to be, eh?

Just in case you’re interested. I’ve been a bit slim on the political front since the election – not because I’ve lost interest, but maybe on some level because I lost faith briefly. This kind of speech puts the faith back in me! And only 20 years old. Gives me hope for the next generation!

I will add that I’m sick of seeing the Commons empty when shit like this is going down! Always a case of preaching to the converted – it seems the people who need change the most are often the most reluctant to change. Here’s  on the phenomenon detailing why some unskilled people perceive themselves to be more talented than they actually are.

BBC SCOTLAND NEWS SPEECH REPORTING


On a related tip, here’s an interview with Labour leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn by Krishnan Guru-Murthy, that Corbyn accused of stooping to sensationalist tabloid tactics. He’s the man my money’s on, in the spirit of progress – though most New Labour reformists will brand him as too old-skool Trotskyist, others have accused him of being a Liberal question-dodger. I think he’s a Socialist.

https://youtu.be/QZAn7ZEvwek

OKP Films: Questlove in Cuba Okayplayer

Quest For Cuba! OKP TV follows Questlove on a 1-man mission of DJ goodwill to Havana as The Roots drummer promotes cultural exchange, cratedigger style.

Source: OKP Films: Questlove in Cuba Okayplayer


 

?uestlove – the general International Ambassador for The Funk and Good Vibes – spent some time in Cuba recently as part of his online outpost OkayPlayer, doing a bit of digging and exchanging some cultural notes. It seems that some of the Cuban sensibilities appeal to the Hip-Hop ethos, and make an impression on Quest. I hope Los Cubanos are able to retain their own Roots in the new era.

Russell Brand’s Media Spotlight | The Trews


The conclusion video on The Trews wraps up Election Week in a nice little bundle… WITH A SURPRISE TWIST!!!

With this in mind, take a look at this explanation of the last-minute turnaround.

I don’t support New Labour – the behaviour of Red Ed is indicative of the towing of the party line above an actual rational conversation that Labour represent (as with the other parties), just listen to the repetitive rhetoric and learned responses/actions across interviews (“Look/Let me tell you why/This is what I think”).

Russell has consistently had increasingly good and relevant points the more he’s learned over the past year – but I just feel he’s got a little over-keen and been swayed by Miliband  in politician mode, adding extra meaning to what he’s said in interview rather than reading between the lines.

The message is clear and true – “Vote Labour to get rid of the Tories”. But I wouldn’t bet on anything else without major political reform, which Labour are quite strongly against (why change a system that lets you stay in power? Have we forgotten about the Scottish Referendum?)

Here’s a link to his chat with the Greens, who he’s clearly onboard with:

Russell Brand interviews the Green Party

#votegreen2015

#STANDUPANDBERECOGNISED

George Clinton & P-Funk Live on Jools Holland | BBC Two


I don’t know if you managed to catch Jools last night?

In recent years, the show’s become something of a shadow of its former self (in my opinion) – just another stop on the promo circuit. I wonder if it’s something to do with BBC pressure, I get the impression Jools has less of a hand in selecting acts for the show. The result seems to be less eclectic, unknown and international artists, slightly more formulaic; 2 rock/pop acts who 10 years ago would have no place on Jools, one left-of-centre-yet-safeish pick usually hyped by the music press, one acoustic singer/songwriter doing that type of thing, one old ‘legend’, and one ‘world’ act. NB – there is a possibility that it was always like this, and I’m just more cynical now. Just seems like the choices are less inspired these days. A sign ‘o’ the times?

Let’s ignore Mumford’s blatant and uninspired re-brand (from cliché faux-country bumpkins to cliché faux-rockers, exact same songs!) and focus on GC. They sure have a hard time containing themselves into their allocated slot! It’s hard fitting several P-Funk classics into 4 minutes – especially on top of each other, but messy as it is the set was probably the most bombastic thing on the show by far.

As much as I love having (and repeatedly missing!) the opportunity to see P-Funk live in London every year, it is a little sad that (what I interpret as) George’s necessity to tour out of unpaid royalties, and subsequently he’s constantly promoting something. But perhaps he’s just never lost the love for it.

 

 

Don Letts Record Box | John Peel Record Boxes – The Space

In the third of our series of Record Boxes commissioned by The Space, Don Letts tells the unlikely story of how rebels from opposite sides of the globe became bedfellows, inspiring the last true musical counter-culture of our age.

– read the full article @ johnpeelarchive.com


Don Letts. What an absolute legend.

If you’re otherwise uninitiated, let me hit you with the skinny – the BBC and Arts Council England set up a digital commissioning and development organisation called ‘The Space‘. One of the more notable things this fund has curated is digitally archiving the late great John Peel‘s record collection for reference. Which, obviously, is amazing.

In the third edition of the John Peel Record Box series, veteran film-making Rasta-Punk DJ Don Letts takes his picks from the fruit of Peel’s well-kept musical garden and gives some context to the importance of the culture and music of the time. briefly touching on Dub Mixing, British race identity in post-war society and meeting Bob Marley through their “mutual love of a certain plant”. Dig it, and click the link above to read about his full list of picks.