Die geheimen Tagebücher von einer verderbten Existenz

Behind these gates you will hear my thoughts screaming like nerves under the sun and feel my emotion laughing to the empty ether.
Welcome Dear Wanderer, make yourself at home.
The road is long and tortuous and I hope you enjoy yourself.

Fraternally Yours,
Poison Creeper

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

A Factory Night - Bruxelles -

A Factory Night (Once Again)

Bruxelles 15.12.07
some Pictures
;)

Wassail, Yule and Pagan Celabration

In Northern Europe, Winter festivities were once considered to be a Feast of the Dead, complete with ceremonies full of spirits, devils, and the haunting presence of the Norse god, Odin, and his night riders. One particularly durable Solstice festival was "Jol" (also known as "Jule" and pronounced "Yule"), a feast celebrated throughout Northern Europe and particularly in Scandinavia to honor Jolnir, another name for Odin. Since Odin was the god of intoxicating drink and ecstasy, as well as the god of death, Yule customs varied greatly from region to region. Odin's sacrificial beer became the specially blessed Christmas ale mentioned in medieval lore, and fresh food and drink were left on tables after Christmas feasts to feed the roaming Yuletide ghosts. Even the bonfires of former ancient times survived in the tradition of the Yule Log, perhaps the most universal of all Christmas symbols.

The origins of the Yule Log can be traced back to the Midwinter festivals in which the Norsemen indulged...nights filled with feasting, "drinking Yule" and watching the fire leap around the log burning in the home hearth. The ceremonies and beliefs associated with the Yule Log's sacred origins are closely linked to representations of health, fruitfulness and productivity. In England, the Yule was cut and dragged home by oxen or horses as the people walked alongside and sang merry songs. It was often decorated with evergreens and sometimes sprinkled with grain or cider before it was finally set alight.
In Yugoslavia, the Yule Log was cut just before dawn on Christmas Eve and carried into the house at twilight. The wood itself was decorated with flowers, colored silks and gold, and then doused with wine and an offering of grain. In an area of France known as Provencal, families would go together to cut the Yule Log, singing as they went along. These songs asked for blessings to be bestowed upon their crops and their flocks. The people of Provencal called their Yule Log the trefoire and, with great ceremony, carried the log around the house three times and christened it with wine before it was set ablaze.
To all European races, the Yule Log was believed to bring beneficial magic and was kept burning for at least twelve hours and sometimes as long as twelve days, warming both the house and those who resided within. When the fire of the Yule Log was finally quenched, a small fragment of the wood would be saved and used to light the next year's log. It was also believed that as long as the Yule Log burned, the house would be protected from witchcraft. The ashes that remained from the sacred Yule Log were scattered over fields to bring fertility, or cast into wells to purify and sweeten the water. Sometimes, the ashes were used in the creation of various charms...to free cattle from vermin, for example, or to ward off hailstorms.
Some sources state that the origin of Yule is associated with an ancient Scandinavian fertility god and that the large, single Log is representative of a phallic idol. Tradition states that this Log was required to burn for twelve days and a different sacrifice to the fertility god had to be offered in the fire on each of those twelve days.

Few holiday traditions have endured as long or seen so many variations as that of wassailing. Its origins are unknown, but it is mentioned in texts dating as far back as the Fourteenth Century. In one such text, the leader of a group took a bowl and, raising it to the crowd, shouted "Wassail!" an Old English term meaning "to your health."
There are three variations of the wassailing. One is the filling of a common bowl or cup, often referred to by ancient clergy as the Loving Cup, which was passed around a room to be shared by all. Another variation calls for the bowl to be taken to each individual house, so that neighbors might partake of the wassail as friends. The third is a celebration of the apple harvest and the blessing of the fruit.
The earliest known practice of the wassail was to pour it onto dormant crops and orchards after the harvest to bless the ground for the Spring and ward off evil. Like many such customs originally devoted to defense against wickedness, wassailing has always been something of a festive activity associated with partying and making merry. In the past few centuries, the practice has tended to have more to do with good cheer and well- wishing rather than the blessing of crops.
Wassailing is almost always accompanied by the song: "Here We Come A-Wassailing," which is a Christmas classic loved by many but understood by few. It is often misinterpreted and likened to the act of singing...hence the frequently used "Here We Come A-Caroling" which is substituted for the first line of this popular carol.
The actual ingredients in traditional wassail are widely disputed. This could be attributable to the fact that festive bands who traveled from home to home often replenished the bowl with whatever liquid refreshment was available. While one home might have apple cider, another might have spirits of a stronger sort. There can be dlittle doubt that alcohol has played a storied part of wassail's history, but tradition does not dictate it to be necessary. In fact, the custom is not so much concerned with drink as it is with the good will and society that wassailing generates.
Although wassailing is classically observed during the Christmas holiday season, it is also practiced at weddings and other such similar events where community and family are celebrated.
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and the receipe


Traditional Wassail Recipes

A Traditional Shropshire Wassail Recipe – for hardened Wassailers!
10 very small apples
1 large orange stuck with whole cloves
10 teaspoons brown sugar
2 bottles dry sherry or dry Madeira
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3 cloves 3 allspice berries
2 or 3 cinnamon sticks2 cups castor sugar
12 to 20 pints of cider according to the number of guests
1 cup (or as much as you like) brandy

Core the apples and fill each with a teaspoon of brown sugar. Place in a baking pan and cover the bottom with 1/8-inch of water.
Insert cloves into the orange about 1/2" apart. Bake the orange with the apples in a 350° oven. After about 30 minutes, remove the orange and puncture it in several places with a fork or an ice pick.
Combine the sherry or Madeira, cider, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, allspice berries, cinnamon, sugar, apple and orange juice and water in a large, heavy saucepan and heat slowly without letting the mixture come to a boil. Leave on very low heat. Strain the wine mixture and add the brandy.
Pour into a metal punch bowl, float the apples and orange on top and ladle hot into punch cups.
Makes enough for 15-20 people – but we always wish we had made more!

Wassail - the ‘soft’ option
1 large orange stuck with whole cloves
4 Litres apple cider or apple juice
2 Litres soft fruit juice (we like peach)
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
6 cinnamon sticks

Insert cloves into the orange about 1/2" apart. Bake the orange in a 350° oven. After about 30 minutes, remove the orange and puncture it in several places with a fork or an ice pick. Place the orange and the remaining ingredients in a large pot and cover it. Bring it to a boil and simmer over low heat for another 30 minutes. Transfer to a heat-proof punch bowl or crockpot. Float the orange and cinnamon sticks. Serve in heat-proof punch cups. Makes 30-40 servings. A Note on Punch bowls:
Eighteenth century pottery punch bowls were never sold as part of a dinner service, but would be ordered individually to match the service in use.

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Monday, 17 December 2007

My last Weekend

Time for a rather "personal" topic now.
Just come back from the holidays and I am feeling a bit weird: everytime I come back from a trip its always the same story.
Feeling empty, back to the usual routine and to the usual empty pleasures of a steady life.
A home Away, again that song playing in my ears.
Know your place a home away.

les accidents

the eternal struggle against known things
and the eternal longing for unknown ones.
I look at the streets at the people and even those next to my heart seems distant.

As I was suspended over people's head
clinging to the clouds
trying to reach for the sun,
looking down.
Will I fall
or will I raise?
the feeling of something to happen
on the verge of something I don't know.

Not knowing where I am standing
that quicksand sensation to my lungs.


I want to leave again.
new places new faces new feelings new steps towards freedom.

Thursday, 13 December 2007

Seitan

According to Barbara and Leonard Jacobs in their excellent book Cooking with Seitan, The Complete Vegetarian "Wheat-Meat" Cookbook, "seitan has been a staple food among vegetarian monks of China, Russian wheat farmers, peasants of Southeast Asia, and Mormons. People who had traditionally eaten wheat had also discovered a method to extract the gluten and create a seitan-like product."

Seitan is derived from the protein portion of wheat. It stands in for meat in many recipes and works so well that a number of vegetarians avoid it because the texture is too "meaty."

Gluten can be flavored in a variety of ways. When simmered in a traditional broth of soy sauce or tamari, ginger, garlic, and kombu (seaweed), it is called seitan. I refer to all flavored gluten as seitan. Making gluten the traditional way is time consuming. It calls for mixing 8 cups of flour with 3 to 5 cups of water and forming a dough. The dough is then kneaded and rinsed under running water to remove the wheat starch. After about 20 to 30 minutes of kneading and rinsing, which to me seems like a considerable amount of time, the resulting 2 or so cups of stretchy gluten is evident. At that point the gluten needs to be simmered in broth for at least 1 hour and up to 2 hours or more.

Luckily there are some shortcut methods for making gluten (see recipe) that make it a convenient food to prepare. I have had the most luck using high gluten flour or vital wheat gluten, although I have found that until you become familiar with the texture you are aiming for during the mixing and kneading process, the results will vary somewhat.

The added benefit of using this method is that you can flavor the gluten during the kneading process by adding herbs and spices of your choosing other than the traditional ginger and garlic. You can use poultry seasoning or chicken flavor broth powder to make a "chicken" flavored seitan, or a blend with paprika, cayenne, fennel, garlic, and Italian seasoning for a "sausage" flavor. Flavoring is limited only by your imagination.

For some, a safer first step is to purchase one of the commercially available mixes. Arrowhead Mills’ Seitan Quick Mix or any of the Knox Mountain products, which include Wheat Balls, Chicken Wheat, and Not-So- Sausage, yield a tasty product. Just be sure to follow the box directions exactly.

Gluten containing more water or which has been kneaded less tends to get puffy instead of being dense. Some people prefer the less dense result. I like gluten to be quite firm, as it substitutes more easily for animal foods in recipes.

Commercially prepared seitan is produced by White Wave and Lightlife Foods as well as regional manufacturers. You will find it in tubs or vacuum packs soaking in marinade in either the refrigerator or the freezer section of many natural food stores. You may also find frozen or fresh gluten in Asian markets by the name Mi-Tan.

Other ready-to-eat forms on the market include Ivy Foods’ burgers, sausage-style and chicken-style Wheat of Meat Products, lunch-style "meats," fajita strips, and slices. (Ed. note: Ivy Foods products are now being manufactured by White Wave.) Gluten seems to be cropping up in more products these days and is often a key ingredient in "not-dogs." Once made, seitan can be stored in broth in the refrigerator for up to about a week. Individually-wrapped cutlets can be frozen for up to a month or more without a loss in texture or flavor. It is best to thaw them before using.

Seitan’s versatility lies in the myriad forms it assumes during the cooking process. I find simmering to be the most effective and efficient preparation method. But it can be oven-braised, baked, cooked in a pressure cooker, or deep fried. Each version yields a different texture. Oven braising produces a texture similar to the chewy texture derived from simmering. Baking produces a light texture that works well when grinding or grating seitan. Pressure cooking, according to the Jacobs, "will produce a softer-textured seitan." Fried gluten turns soft and slippery when cooked with a sauce and absorbs flavor well.

As gluten is a low sodium and extremely lowfat protein (containing around 10 mg. sodium, 0 g. fat, and 7.5 g. protein per ounce in its raw state), additional processing is what may add unhealthy attributes. Most of the commercially prepared seitan contains a considerable amount of sodium (up to 100 mg. per ounce). If you choose to deep-fry the gluten, the fat content will jump from virtually zero to the number of grams in whatever oil is absorbed (at 4.5 grams per teaspoon).

Making seitan and gluten will open up a new horizon for you in the world of vegetarian cooking. It is terrific in stir-fries and paired with noodles in Asian-style dishes, yet also works well in traditional American fare like stew. Try substituting it for animal products in former favorite recipes or those of non-vegetarian friends and relatives. Then get your creative juices flowing and experiment when making seitan by varying the flavorings and cooking methods.

Quick Homemade Gluten
(Makes 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 pounds or 2 to 2-1/2 cups)

This is the basic recipe for gluten.

2 cups gluten flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1-1/4 cups water or vegetable stock
3 Tablespoons lite tamari, Braggs liquid amino acids, or soy sauce
1-3 teaspoons toasted sesame oil (optional)

Add garlic powder and ginger to flour and stir. Mix liquids together and add to flour mixture all at once. Mix vigorously with a fork. When it forms a stiff dough knead it 10 to 15 times.

Let the dough rest 2 to 5 minutes, then knead it a few more times. Let it rest another 15 minutes before proceeding.

Cut gluten into 6 to 8 pieces and stretch into thin cutlets. Simmer in broth for 30 to 60 minutes.

Broth:
4 cups water
1/4 cup tamari or soy sauce
3-inch piece of kombu (a type of seaweed)
3-4 slices ginger (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring broth to a boil. Add cutlets one at a time. Reduce heat to barely simmer when saucepan is covered. Seitan may be used, refrigerated, or frozen at this point.

Total Calories per 4 oz. Serving: 77
Fat: 0 grams

Seitan Stew
(Serves 4)

This is a more modern and gourmet version of a traditional stew, but oh, so much more tasty.

1 cup of water plus 1/2 cup water
1 ounce dried wild mushrooms such as morel, shiitake, or porcini
1 Tablespoon oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, diced
3 small turnips, peeled and cut in quarters
4-5 small potatoes, cut in half
1/2 pound mushrooms, halved
3 dried tomatoes, made into powder
8 ounces seitan, cut in small chunks
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried sage
1 Tablespoon miso
1 Tablespoon arrowroot plus additional if needed
2 Tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Boil one cup of the water and soak the dried mushrooms (if they are morels or shiitake) for 30 minutes. Save soaking water. If using porcini add when recommended.

Heat oil in pan over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, turnips, and potatoes. Sauté for 3 to 5 minutes until onion begins to soften. Add fresh mushrooms, tomato powder, and 1/4 cup water. Cook for 5 more minutes. Then add seitan chunks, dried herbs, and rehydrated mushrooms that have been cut in pieces. Cook for 5 more minutes.

Add soaking water drained of any debris and porcini, if using them. Add the miso and stir. Cook for about 10 more minutes until vegetables are almost tender.

Combine the remaining 1/4 cup water with the arrowroot and add to the pan over medium heat, stirring until thickened. If too thick add water 1 tablespoon at a time. If too thin add arrowroot 1 teaspoon at a time. Season with black pepper. Add parsley just before serving.

Total Calories per Serving: 277
Fat: 5 grams

Seitan and Shiitake Mushroom Stroganoff
(Serves 4)

Savor this hearty dish.

Vegetable cooking spray
1 Tablespoon oil
1 onion, chopped
8-12 ounces seitan cutlets, cut into chunks
1 carrot, finely cut or shredded
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup sliced button mushrooms
6 to 10 dried or fresh shiitake mushrooms (If dried they need to be soaked for at least 30 minutes and then drained.), sliced
1 Tablespoon Bragg liquid amino acids, lite tamari, or soy sauce
5 ounces silken lite firm or extra firm tofu
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon arrowroot
1 teaspoon sweetener
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/4 cup chopped parsley, for garnish

Spray a wok or large sauté pan with cooking spray. Add the oil and heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion and seitan and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the carrot, garlic, and mushrooms. Cook until mushrooms release their water. Add liquid aminos and cook until almost all absorbed.

While the mushroom mixture is cooking blend the tofu, lemon juice, arrowroot, and sweetener in a blender or food processor until smooth.

Turn off heat and add the tofu mixture. Stir to combine. If heat is too high the tofu mixture will break apart and curdle. Add freshly ground pepper. Top with parsley and serve over hot noodles.

Total Calories per Serving: 135
Fat: 4 grams

Seitan Fusion Sauté
(Serves 4)

Enjoy this delicious dish.

1-1/2 teaspoons oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon garam masala
8 ounces seitan, finely chopped or coarsely grated
2 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup chopped fresh tomato
1/2 can crushed pineapple in juice, undrained (20 ounce can)
2 Tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 cup lite coconut milk
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Dash of Tabasco (optional)
Chopped peanuts for garnish (optional)

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and garam masala. Stirring, cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Add the zucchini, seitan, and tomato and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, except cilantro and simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes until sauce begins to thicken slightly. Taste and add Tabasco if desired. Stir in cilantro. Top with chopped peanuts. Serve hot over rice.

Total Calories per Serving: 203
Fat: 9 grams

Barbecued Seitan
(Serves 4)

Cold leftovers of this dish are great, too.

Vegetable cooking spray
1 medium onion, diced
8-12 ounces seitan cutlets, cut into strips
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
4 whole wheat buns, optional

Spray a skillet with cooking spray. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat for about 5 minutes, adding water 1 tablespoon at a time if onion begins to stick. Cook until onion is translucent. Add the seitan strips and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes. Add barbecue sauce and stir to combine. Sauté until barbecue sauce is hot. Serve on whole wheat buns, if desired.

Total Calories per Serving (without bun): 69
Fat: Less than 1 gram

Seitan-Squash Sauté
(Serves 4)

Here’s another terrific seitan dish.

2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, sliced
2 small carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal
1/2 pound of seitan, marinated in tamari broth, cut in small chunks
1 medium-size yellow squash, diced
1 medium-size zucchini, diced
1 gray or roly-poly squash, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1 large tomato, pureed
1 Tablespoon seitan marinade or 2 teaspoons tamari with 1 teaspoon water
1 Tablespoon arrowroot (starch) mixed with 1 tablespoon water

Heat oil in large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and carrots. Cook for about 5 minutes until onion starts getting translucent. Add seitan, squash, garlic, and ginger and sauté for about 5 more minutes. Add the pineapple juice, pureed tomato, and marinade. Stir and cook for a couple of minutes. Remove pan from heat. Add the arrowroot mixture, stir well. Return to heat and stir until sauce thickens. Serve hot over rice or noodles.

Total Calories per Serving: 137
Fat: 3 grams

Mock BBQ Pork
(Serves 4 as an appetizer or used in a stir-fry)

Here’s a terrific tasting meat alternative.

8 ounces gluten, cooked according to directions below
1 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil
2 Tablespoons lite tamari or soy sauce
2 Tablespoons water
1 Tablespoon minced ginger
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 Tablespoon sweetener
2 teaspoons five-spice powder
Vegetable cooking spray

Form gluten into a cylinder and lightly simmer in water for at least 30 minutes until quite firm. Let cool and cut in small pieces in the Chinese "roll-cut" style. (Cut off one corner, turn the cylinder, cut again and continue.)

Combine the remaining ingredients to make a marinade. Marinate the gluten pieces for 15 to 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Drain gluten from marinade. Put on baking sheet and bake for 20 to 30 minutes. If gluten seems to be getting too dry, baste with the marinade.

Eat as is, use in a stir-fry, or as a filling for mock-pork buns.

Total Calories per Serving: 80
Fat: 3 grams


From here

Solve et Coagula

Solve et Coagula

Since the earliest times, philosophers have been searching for the underlying patterns of order. Having no ambition to explain everything, I want to point out one omnipresent mechanism. We find it in Spiritual development, we find it in psychotherapy and we find it- yes, even in quantum physics. In the latter understanding, there is a well known duality of wave and particle (light exists as a wave and a particle at the same time, modern physics tells us). A wave has no limits, it spreads everywhere and we can't measure it. In the moment we try to measure it, or to interact with it consciously, it disappears everywhere except at the point of observation i.e measurement. On that point it changes into a particle which has particular characteristics.

But long before quantum physics, alchemy pointed to its most important operation:
Solve et Coagula. "Solve" or "solutio" refers to the breaking down of elements and "Coagula" refers to their coming together. In the process of transmuting base metal into gold or arriving at the Philosopher's stone, this contained both literal and hidden meaning. Esoterically, "solve" referred to the dissolving of hardened positions, negative states of body and mind , thereby dissolving and vanishing negative energetic charge. "Coagula" referred to the coagulation of dispersed elements into an integrated whole, representing the new synthesis. Solve et Coagula expresses transmutation from base to a finer state, the perpetual goal of spiritual growth and human evolution.

Thus in the widest meaning of the term, Solve means dissolve, disperse, dilute. Coagulate, by definition, is "to gather or form into a mass or group".

So, the real meaning of these three words ("Solve et Coagula") is the formula that the alchemists used to effect this transformation. It could be described as a process where something is broken down to its elements, a process which produces energy that compels reconstitution in a purer form.

The same meaning we find in the well known scientific terms: Analysis and synthesis. We first break something down into its parts and then make a new, better or more acceptable whole. A result of this process is the release of energy.

Even in some particular occult systems we find this realization. For example in thelema, A. Crowley speaks of the duality of Nuit and Hadit. Nuit is the "goddess of the infinite space" (meaning the wave) and Hadit is the point (which means the particle).

What all this has to do with our job, i.e. human evolution, Spiritual technology, therapy etc.? Well, we apply what we know. We know we are not able to work with a wave, we must transform it into a particle. We can't work with some indefinite problem, for example a fear. First we must quantify it through observing it and "measuring it". We ask our client what is the location of his fear? Shape? Dimensions? Age? Colour ? Level of consciousness etc. Doing it, for example with some fear, we can see that endless and formless wave changes into a quite concrete "particle". A particle is something we are able to assist in the transforming of.

Asking for the particulars of our client's problem is the coagula phase. Afterward we apply the adequate method, we disperse it, freeing it's energetic charge (solve) , the client regroups and again we come out of the process with the new "particle" - a measurable, transformed purer state which is positive and desirable.

from here

Friday, 7 December 2007

it was worth it

Last night it was worth every little effort, sacrifice, delusion and tension I have been going through in the last few months.

I am glad it turned out to be a fairly good night considering that it was a thursday night and the majority of people had to go to work the day after (including myself).
It did pick up quite late, when I thought it wouldn't have, but to my surprise it did and most of all I had a very good response from the people there.
Somebody complained that it wasn't over the weekend ;) and they all loved the music we ALL played.
It has been a good and succesful team work ;)

My good friends were there and despite deep delusion caused by those who (again) promised and didn't turn up, those who were there filled my heart.
I was going through a pretty delusioned phase of my life seeing all the people I considered friends taking the distances (or it was me doing it?).
Negative energies attract negative energies I guess but last night I went to bed with a smile and a lighter heart.

A lighter heart and the thoughts of possible further collaborations in the new year.

And again I found myself happy amongst those ones that welcomed me in London club-life the good old Gossips/Electric Dreams gang ;)
I have to thank Paul for his continued support and enthusiasm which meant a lot to me and, of course, Nick Nyro, a positive and reliable new presence.

My friends (you know who you are!) played a substancial part in lifting my mood and self confidence, not only last night but all along this time.
Good to know that there is still somebody who belives in sincerity, friendship and mutual support ;)
obviously still someone (veeeery few) was missed unfortunately.


Enough of this now"

Here is my play list, will try and get hold of the others and will edit the post with links/list.

The Wake - The Drill
Josef K - Drone
Section XXV - Haunted
Joy Division - Isolation
The Royal Family and The Poor - Radio Egypt
Tapes - Dancing on a Red Carpet
Tunnellvision - Glenn Miller
Duruttti Column - Du the Du
Blue Orchids - Dumb Magician
Crispy Ambulance - Sexus
Stockholm Monsters - Lafayette

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Magazine - Shot by Both Sides
Cabaret Voltaire - Nag Nag Nag
Ludus - My Cherry is in Sherry
Blurt - The Fish Needs a Bike
Warsaw - They Walked in Line
The Royal Family and The Poor - Moonfish is Here
Tuxedomoon - Luther Blisset
Josef K - Citizen
New Order - State of the Nation
Crispy Ambulance - Girls Don't Count


and that's all for now, my "social duties" (some enjoyed more than others) have reached an end for the moment, I will be looking forward to a weekend of quiet, music, relaxation, consecration, meditation, sleep and planning the "new" year.

Next week we are @ electric Dreams and then Saturday off to Bruxelles ;) for the other Factory night.
I am positive, excited, happy.

xxx

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Getting Ready for Saturnalia, Consualia and Opalia

[click on the picture to access the source of the infos]
According to Julian Date (Dec. 17)In the Julian calendar, the Saturnalia took place on Dec. 17; it was preceded by the Consualia (Dec. 15) and followed by the Opalia (Dec. 19). The celebrations typically lasted for a week (Dec. 17-23), ending just before the (late imperial) festival for Sol Invictus (Unconquered Sun) on Dec. 25 (the Solstice in the pre-Julian calendar). Before the reforms of Julius Caesar, the Saturnalia and Opalia may have been on the same day (14 before the Kalends of Jan.).
According to Solstice (Dec. 21)At one time Dec. 17, the Julian date of the Saturnalia, was the first day of Capricornus, marking the coldest season. Since the sun now enters Capricorn on Dec. 21, the Solstice, it would be appropriate to celebrate the Saturnalia on the Solstice; the seven days of celebration would then end Dec. 27.
According to Christmas Season (Dec. 25)The week of Saturnalian celebrations fits nicely into the Christmas-New Year week, with the Saturnalia falling on Christmas day. A variant of this is: Consualia (Dec 21/solstice), Saturnalia (Dec 24/Xmas Eve - so gifts come after ritual), Opalia (Dec 26 or 27); Saturnalia celebrations (Dec 25- 31); Lesser Dionysia (Dec 31/New Year's Eve); then Roman New Year celebrations.




Sunday, 2 December 2007

The Cancer Garden - Setlist -

SPK - Post Mortem
Crash Worship -Procession
Lydia Lunch - 3x3
Coil -The Wheel
Sleep Chamber - No Ones Heart Beats Harder
Fad Gadget - King of (F)lies
Magazine - Permafrost
Danse Society - Fall Apart

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and this is our second set played mixing one track each (Vale, Micheal and myself)

Click Click - She is Chewing them (S)
Die Radierer - Angriff (V)
Throwing Muses - Vicky's Box (M)
Clair Obscure - Toundra (S)
Minimal Man - ? (V)
Sisters Of Mercy - Adrenochrome (M)
Siekiera - Jux Blisko (S)
Richard H Kirk - The Blind (V)
Cranes - ? (M)
Virgin Prunes - King of Junk (S)
Martin Du pont - Just Because (V)
Reprise - Bewitched (M)
Siglo XX - Youth Sentiment (S)
Section XXV - Dirty Disco (V)
PTV - Eve of Destruction (S)
Grauzone - Eisbar (V)
Norma Loy - 1964 Shadows (S)

and more but we stopped keeping track of the music... ;p

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Debaptism: how to.

from http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/news/2007/06/debaptism

Debaptism 2.0: Fleeing the Flock Via the Net
Nicole Martinelli 06.07.07 2:00 AM
MILAN -- Disgruntled Italian Catholics are increasingly turning to the internet to leave the Church by getting "debaptized" -- but typically, the Pope isn't making the process web friendly.
Cyberspace is one of the few places lapsed Catholics can get a copy of the formal letter called "actus defectionis" that is required by Church officials to leave the faith.
One such letter, downloaded 30,000 times, is the main attraction at the Italian Union of Rationalists and Agnostics, or UAAR, website.
The 2,000-member group, which won a David-and-Goliath legal battle over debaptism in 2002, has no brick-and-mortar office. It relies on e-mail and the occasional phone call to keep things moving.
"We see a traffic spike every time the Pope says something unpopular," said UAAR site manager Raffaele Carcano, who is also a banker, adding that the site recently hit new heights during a recent fray over civil unions.
Church officials, however, view debaptism as a matter of bookkeeping. Priests are incapable of washing off the holy water that tots were dipped in for the rite.
The actus defectionis must be snail-mailed to the parish where baptism took place. Priests note in the register that the flock member has permanently strayed -- and that's one less believer to bulk up statistics.
There are no statistics on how many Italians have defected. Proponents claim thousands, the Church maintains a handful -- and according to at least one Vaticanista, Salvatore Mazza of the Catholic daily newspaper Avvenire, debaptists can, at best, "hope to become a niche phenomena."
Still, there's enough buzz around debaptism to prompt the Vatican to publish a legislative text reminding the former faithful that they are committing an act of "apostasy, heresy or schism."
The pool is a potentially large one: 90 percent of Italians are baptized but only a third are churchgoers.
Debaptists have their anti-evangelizing work cut out for them. Reaching computer-shy lapsed Catholics may be the biggest challenge -- just 31 percent of Italians regularly use (.pdf) the internet.
And, although the internet is great for disseminating information, downloading the letter doesn't absolve one from the infuriating Bel Paese bureaucracy, as Luca S. discovered.
Luca, a 28-year-old who works in sales, downloaded the letter from UAAR's site and mailed it. His parish priest in Verona, who had never debaptized anyone before, demanded a face-to-face meeting.
Describing himself as "kind of a coward and pretty lazy," but unwilling to belong to a Church that didn't represent him, Luca made an appointment. He told the priest he had never been a believer, so why belong to the flock? "A flock that included me as soon as I was born without my consent," he said.
The priest noted Luca had formally left the religion in the baptism register, then Luca signed his name and left.
For Carcano, 40, the battle continues. Judging from the e-mail he gets, Luca's experience is fairly common -- priests often insist on a face-to-face interview. UAAR recently uploaded a new letter with reinforced legal jargon to dissuade priests from requiring in-person visits or notifying relatives of the debaptism.
"My parents didn't take it well," Luca said. "They were concerned about what people would think. But they've since forgotten about the whole thing. In a lot of families this would be seen as an immense tragedy. My mother was upset because I can't get married in church now."
Though UAAR works mostly remotely, members meet offline to organize protests and other initiatives, including an upcoming group debaptism for the non-internet savvy.

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Cassandra the Myth in Art and Litterature


The story of the heroine Cassandra is a favorite in Greek mythology. Cassandra makes an appearance in many plays and poems, where often she is depicted in her most memorable role - that of prophetess. So let us explore this compelling Greek heroine, and learn about Cassandra in myth and legend.
Cassandra is mentioned briefly in the Iliad of Homer (which, incidentally, is one of our oldest and most respected sources for information about the characters of Greek myth). Indeed, in the Iliad, we learn that Cassandra was the child of King Priam of Troy, and she was considered to be Priam's most beautiful daughter (Homer, Iliad, Book XIII, 365). However, no mention of Cassandra's notorious prophetic power is made in this Homeric epic.
We first find the tale of Cassandra and her legendary gifts in other works of ancient Greek literature. According to one version of the story, Cassandra received the power to foretell the future from the god Apollo. Apparently, Apollo instructed the mortal woman and taught her about the art of prophecy because he had an ulterior motive - the god wished to win her affections. Cassandra accepted Apollo as a teacher, but not as a lover. Naturally, the god was insulted by this refusal. So he punished Cassandra. Apollo caused the gift that he gave Cassandra to be twisted, making everyone who heard her true and accurate foretellings of future events believe that they were instead hearing lies. In other words, the wondrous blessing bestowed upon a mortal became instead a terrible curse.
And indeed, the burden of Cassandra's "gift" is evident in mythology. She predicted the outcome of many disastrous events. In one memorable example, Cassandra announced the dire consequences of the Trojans accepting the infamous Wooden Horse from their Greek opponents. But as Apollo made certain, no one believed Cassandra when she warned her companions about the future. And this, in the end, was to be Cassandra's tragic fate.

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Friday, 23 November 2007

Pretty in Pink 22/11/07 Setlist

Bright and Early here are last night Tunes ;)

Delta 5 – Mind your own business
Tunnelvision – Glenn Miller
ATV – Action Time Vision
Damned – Disco Man
Devo –Praying Hands
Cabaret Voltaire – Nag Nag Nag
Subway Sect – Ambition
Joy Division – No Love Lost
Magazine – A Song from Under the Floorboards
Lou Reed – Waiting for my Man
Richard Hell and the Voivoids – blank Generation
Mercenary Skank – No more Dancing
Fatal Microbes – Violence Grows
Fad Gadget – King of Flies
Danielle Dax – Yummer Yummer man
Siouxsie And the Banshees – Spellbound
Gang of Four – I love men in uniform
Bone Orchard – Girl with a gun


Spizzenergi – where’s captain Kirk
999 – Nasty Nasty
Sham69 – Borstal Breakout
Crisis – Alienation
New York Dolls – Personality Crisis
David Bowie – Suffragette City
Soft Cell – Frustration
Danse Society – Danse/Move
Blue Orchids – Dumb Magician
Gaznevada – Frogs on the Phone
Television – Friction
Ian Dury – Sex Drugs and Rock’n Roll
Jam – Down in the Tube Station at Midnight
Buzzcocks – Raison D’etre
Wire – Ex Lion Tamer
Iggy Pop – Penetration
Department S – Is Vic There?
Sonic Youth – Kool Thing
ESG – You are not Good
The Wake – give Up
Pere Ubu – Final Solution
8 Eyed Spy – Diddy Wah Diddy
The Pop Group – We are all Prostitutes
Section XXV – Girls Don’t Count
Bush Tetras – Too Many Creeps
Carcrash International – The Whip
Madness – Baggy Trousers

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Subtle


You sneaked into my life
with silent movements.



almost unnoticed.


then taught me how to fly
long distances
in a night.



Now you look into me
with your deep black eyes





leading me in the exploration
of my own self





Thristy and curious
you discovered the crysalis
which became
the butterfly



Hiding in a cocoon
of silk rope
left hanging from the ceiling
of the skies.






A rope
tightened to our hearts.


in the morning sun
of our days.



***
(c) Poison Creeper 2007
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Friday, 16 November 2007

Proserpina, Persephone the Myth


Most mythology books focus on Persephone only in the context of her abduction from her mother, Demeter, and Demeter's subsequent fight to get her daughter back. But Persephone's story, and her role in the Greek pantheon, is so much more than this. She is the Queen of the Underworld, as well as the Maiden, symbol of rebirth. Her Latin name, Proserpina, "first serpent," is a reminder of her mysterious connection to the cycles of loss and renewal. In her times above ground, Persephone brings the new growth of spring. But it is in her times in the dark Underworld, beginning with the autumn equinox, that she comes into her full glory, as advocate for the dead and guide of souls. Persephone symbolizes the power of making choices, and of accepting the roles destined for us. If we hesitate at the gate to the deepening places, we may never come into our true power.

from
http://www.lunaea.com/goddess/power/persephone.html

upcoming events

22/11/07
guest dj slot @
PRETTY IN PINK
We play the best bits of the late 70s and the 80s, plus occasional surprises from other years, on two floors. Both floors are quite different, but you'll probably hear certain 'new wave' bands upstairs and downstairs, e.g.

DAVID BOWIE, SMITHS, CURE, BLONDIE, PSYCHEDELIC FURS, SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES, IGGY POP, JOY DIVISION / NEW ORDER, ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN, SISTERS OF MERCY, SIMPLE MINDS, TALKING HEADS, PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED, ALTERED IMAGES, ASSOCIATES, etc

Downstairs in the basement, we mix these up with the best alternative/glam-friendly new romanticism, pop, dance and rock, such as...

DURAN DURAN, HUMAN LEAGUE, JAPAN, DEPECHE MODE, PET SHOP BOYS, MADONNA, PRINCE, SOFT CELL, CULT, GUNS N' ROSES, ADAM & THE ANTS, SPECIALS, SPARKS, DONNA SUMMER, CHIC, ABC, JAM, TRANSVISION VAMP, A-HA, VISAGE, OMD, BAUHAUS, ROXY MUSIC, etc

(Notice the deliberate lack of cheese!)

And upstairs on the ground floor, we throw in more alternative, indie, punk and post-punk, including the likes of...

PIXIES, FALL, MAGAZINE, RAMONES, SONIC YOUTH, MY BLOODY VALENTINE, WIRE, WEDDING PRESENT, ORANGE JUICE, GANG OF FOUR, PATTI SMITH, TELEVISION, GO-BETWEENS, DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS, REPLACEMENTS, NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS, DEVO, etc


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30/11/07
THE CANCER GARDEN
Guest Dj Slot with States Of Flux


Joan Of Arc Family

06/12/007


Remebrance of one of the best Record Company EVER existed.

That night will be a stroll down to memory lane from most .
Even if we didn't live those years ourselves (is because of we are too "young" or for any other reason), we still live under the influence of bands that were able to depict the steadfasteness of life in an industrial era dominated by greyness, boredom and social and political discontent.

A group of artists that have been able to stay alive through the years and through their genuine passion for the music they made.

click here to see the event




Talking about the factory records, there will be another Factory Records Night in Bruxelles on the 15th, with Peter Hook deejaying.
click here to see the event and buy tickets


here is their bullettin:


15/12/2007 - 19:00 - Brussels

Concerts: Section 25, The Names, Crispy Ambulance, Kevin Hewick
DJ sets: Peter Hook (New Order/Joy Division), Martin Moscrop (A Certain Ratio)
Exhibitions: Philippe Carly, Katja Ruge, Factory Benelux
Projections: Shadowplayers, clips, documents...

+ afterparty: 30 years of Factory Sound
DJ's: Peter Hook (New Order/Joy Division), Martin Moscrop (A Certain Ratio)
Gore (Cruise [Ctrl]), Idan K (Sophya), Muffin (Club Terror), X-Pulsiv (Pilgrimage)

Plan K / La Raffinerie - rue de Manchester straat 21 - 1080 Brussels
20 euros (afterparty only: 10 euros) (presale: www.ticketnet.be, FNAC, Caroline Music)
Click here to see the website

Vale and I will be there, we found Ryanair tix for bruxelles for 50quid return, and we are staying in a Hostel in center of the city Click here to see the hostel
It also have separate room with en suit bathroom for an average of 20 quid per night.
We will be arriving early morning saturday (8am) and leaving in the afternoon on sunday.

Velvet Underground and Nico




Power of Spirit - Norma Loy

Monday, 12 November 2007

Amethyst


Amethyst Gemstone meaning
Crystalline quartz in shades of purple, lilac or mauve is called amethyst, a stone traditionally worn to guard against drunkeness and to instill a sober mind. The word amethyst comes from the Greek meaning "without drunkenness" and amethyst is beleived to protect one from poison.

Power Stone
It is used as a dream stone and to help insomnia. Put an amethyst under your pillow to bring about pleasant dreams, or rub it across your forehead to offer relief from a headache.

Protection Stone
Ancient Egyptians used the amethyst guard against guilty and fearful feelings. It has been worn as protection from self-deception, as well as a protection against witchcraft. The amethyst has long been used to open the spiritual and psychic centers, making it one of the power stones. It is also used as a meditation aid when worn as a necklace.

Wisdom Stone
The amethyst is known as the Bishop's Stone and is still worn by Catholic Bishops. The amethyst symbolizes piety, humility, sincerity and spiritual wisdom. It is thought the amethyst is the perfect stone to symbolize The Age of Aquarius.

Healing properties of Amethyst
Amethyst is a gemstone often worn by healers, as it has the power to focus energy. A healer will usually wear several pieces of jewelry with amethysts set in silver, especially an amethyst necklace. The person to be healed will have an Amethyst to hold while the healing is being done. The healer will place another piece of Amethyst on the area of the body in need of healing, the heart or lungs usually.

Amethyst is used for problems in the blood and in breathing problems. Amethyst crystal clusters are used to keep the air and life force in the home clean and positive.

Amethyst clusters, points or several tumbled Amethysts placed in a window that receives sun most of the day are very beneficial to use in healing and to heal negativity in the home. Place Amethyst clusters, points or several tumbled Amethysts in moonlight and everyone in the home will be feeling calmer. Using an Amethyst as a meditation focus will increase the positive spiritual feelings. Amethyst helps overcome fears and cravings. It also helps relieve headaches.

Wednesday, 31 October 2007

The Royal Family and the Poor


Perhaps the most misunderstood band to record for Factory, The Royal Family And The Poor remain for many an (oc)cult enigma, releasing only four albums in two decades, and rarely performing live after 1984. In fact the oblique band moniker masks the identity of just one man, Mike Keane, whose chequered history is a complicated tale of perseverance in the face of adversity.


The first version of the band formed in Liverpool in 1978, after Keane moved into a shared house in Toxteth with Arthur McDonald, an art graduate with an enduring interest in the Avant Garde and Situationism. As Keane recalls:



I was about 18 at the time, and Arthur was a bit older than me, about 28. I was already pretty aware but he sort of introduced me to a lot of ideas which stimulated me. I got this old synthesizer and put it through a record player, which produced a horrendous noise. Then Arthur just started reciting texts over the top of it.
In late 1979 the pair recorded a crude tape of Mike's synth noise overlaid with Situationist raps, extracted by McDonald from The Revolution Of Everyday Life. A copy sent to Factory Records in Manchester tickled Tony Wilson's fancy, and the band were invited to record for the label. Wilson also saddled the pair with their unwieldy name inspired by Fred and Judy Vermorel's Sex Pistols book The Inside Story, and which Keane has retained down the decades.

Joined by bassist Nathan McGough and drummer Phil Hurst, the nascent band played a couple of Factory gigs in early 1980, and at the Moonlight Club in London in April, where they shared a bill with Crawling Chaos, Section 25 and Joy Division. The NME review was scathing:



The Royal Family know nothing about music, but probably read a lot of books. Their performance was apparently improvised. They were better than Crawling Chaos who came after them, because their set was shorter. The singer wore a long black overcoat and shaggy hair. He has adopted the mantle of Prince Brian. Brian's forte is declaiming 'provocative' sentences, usually with his back to a grateful audience... He vouchsafed that "All politics is fascism" and went well beyond his level of competence in claiming that "Every man and woman is a star."
Undaunted, the band recorded one side of the Factory Quartet album at Graveyard Studio. Originally intended as a double 10" package, by way of a sequel to the celebrated Factory Sample of 1978. The album appeared on double 12" format at the end of the year as FACT 24, featuring a single side each by the Durutti Column, Blurt, Kevin Hewick and RTAFP. Produced by Martin Hannett and engineered by Chris Nagle, The Royal Family contributed three proper tracks as well as three short dirges, none of which had much connection with rock and roll. Instead, Vaneigem Mix, Death Factory and Rackets offered freeform post-punk avant rock overlaid with Situationist oratory, all of it recorded as live. Indeed Death Factory was little more than a jam, with guitar from Ambrose Reynolds, but still ended up on the album in place of a better track called Somewhere In Africa, now lost.

Again, reviews were harsh. In the NME Adrian Thrills dismissed the music as a joke, with pompous lyrics and Can-ish music "delivered with all the inaccessibility and conceit of the Pop Group at their worst." Dave McCullough of Sounds found even less to praise, describing the group as "stupendously redundant" pitched "somewhere between very bad Pop Group and even worse Cabaret Voltaire" and pronouncing them guilty of "esteemed Oxbridgeyness." In truth the material has not aged too well, but for several weeks in early 1981 Factory's patchy sampler topped the independent chart, and for better or worse put The Royal Family on the map.

Incidently, the Polaroid of 'Andrew during the performance' reproduced on the inner sleeve of FACT 24 is actually a snap of Arthur McDonald in a van outside Rafters in Manchester. While waiting to soundcheck Keane, McDonald and a friend were involved in a fracas with bouncers, which resulted in McDonald refusing to play. Keane and McGough struggled through the set with a drummer, before a plainly disgusted Pete Shelley, while a skulking Arthur posed for snaps outside. Another Factory in-joke demystified!

In August 1981 a 12" single was recorded, with Donald Johnson of A Certain Ratio occupying the producer's chair, and the drumming stool following the departure of Phil Hurst. Tony Wilson co-produced the track but went uncredited on the label. Art on 45 is best described as Situationist P-funk, with a backing track reminiscent of I'd Like To See You Again-era ACR. Mike Keane recorded two solo tracks for the flipside, Dream and Dominion, produced by Peter Hook of New Order and described by the label as 'poignant methadrine solace'. The combination made for a fairly schizophrenic ep, released in February 1982 as FAC 43. Keane also recorded a lengthy meditative piece called Midnight Symphony for inclusion on a Zoo Records compilation, although finally the label considered the end result too left field.

Nathan McGough left soon after, going on to play percussion in the Pale Fountains, and later managing Kalima and Happy Mondays. He and McDonald also set up a club in Liverpool, Plato's Ballroom, staging gigs by Cabaret Voltaire, Durutti Column, China Crisis, and the last live show by the original RFATP, for which Keane and McDonald performed with backing tapes. Soon afterwards the pair parted amidst some acrimony, as Keane recalls:


We did some gigs and then he decided he wanted The Royal Family to be the most obscure band in the world. He just said he wasn't going to do anything else. He moved to Newcastle, I think. And I think he realised we were never going to make any money. I had really enjoyed what we had done, so I carried on with backing tapes, called myself the Legend Agency and did a tour of Britain with China Crisis.
The China Crisis tour, in May and June 1982, was in support of CC's first album, Difficult Shapes And Passive Rhythms. The generous headliners also financed the recording of Keane's backing tapes at Amazon Studios in May, while Gary Daley collaborated on full recordings of a couple of tracks, including Dawn Song and the excellent I Love You, aka Restrained In A Moment. Although Keane played some twenty dates with China Crisis, he was unable to showcase his material at the all-important London show, and failed to attract any reviews, save for one short notice in Breakout:


Mike's lyrics are personal and involving, the absence of live musicians laying emphasis on them, bringing them out to their full. The taped drumbox and guitar accompaniment is uncluttered, a bare musical framework to pad the sometimes harsh, sometimes sorrowful vocals. Hardly euphoric stuff - the armpit of reality, if you'll excuse the expression! If you want escapism, look elsewhere.
Armpit of reality? Hardly. By now Keane's musical style was fairly settled, and is typified by I Love You (Restrained in a Moment), an affecting, accomplished ballad written under a tree in Princes Park. He seemed unable to decide on a brand name, however, and following the China Crisis tour ditched The Legend Agency in favour of The Project. In this guise he played several hometown dates, and thanks to a tape passed on by Eddie Lundon of China Crisis was picked up by infamous management guru Stevo, then handling chart stars Soft Cell and Matt Johnson (aka The The) under the Some Bizzare umbrella. A showcase at the Left Bank venue in Liverpool was reviewed favourably in the NME:


It's not your usual electronic deep deep buzz, but layer upon layer of textured expansive sound. He's got one outrageously beautiful song, I Love You, a barely noticeable acoustic strum over a sensual swirl of landscaping keyboards and a background of haunting female vocals... The Project is an acutely sensitive romantic, and if there isn't a place left somewhere for people like him, then this old pop world of ours will be a greyer place.
Stevo was confident that The Project could crack the chart with I Love You, already been recorded with Gary Daley. In January 1983 Keane went into Trident Studio in London with Matt Johnson to cut two more songs, Moonfish Is Here and the vocodered Motherland, both somewhat darker than the planned a-side. After Keane submitted these to Some Bizzare Stevo developed cold feet, and decided that The Project would be better off licensed to a major. This probably made sense: the strategy had worked well enough for The The, and later reaped dividends for stablemates Psychic TV, Test Department and Cabaret Voltaire. But in a fit of pique Keane told Stevo to shove the mooted deal, and walked away.

With hindsight, it is debateable whether a talent as wayward as Mike Keane would have lasted long on a major, even though he was clearly capable of writing mainstream material. Furthermore Keane had also developed a severe heroin habit, which no doubt put Stevo on guard. Nevertheless, flipping the bird to Some Bizzare was a rash move, and one which saw Keane's career slide back to square one. With no recording deal, a self produced cassette called Visions sold only locally, and before long Keane was playing support to now forgotten local bands. This despite the fact that he was still writing material of the standard of Someone Somewhere, which survives only in live form from a date at Stafford Polytechnic in May 1983.

Shortly afterwards Mike Keane suffered a spiritual crisis, quit Liverpool, and headed south to Winchester with the intention of walking all one hundred miles of the Pilgrims' Way to Canterbury:


It was a lot more complex than just a walk, and for me was an utterly transforming experience. It lasted from the end of June to the end of August. I lived in a tent, on nettle soup, fruit and a small amount of rice, and I decided that until I got the answers I was looking for I would not stop wandering. All the issues in my life either had to be resolved for once and for all, or I would keep on wandering until I died. During the pilgrimage I had a few big fights with the universe, and decided to make a clean break with the music scene.
But it was not to be. Soon after returning to his Liverpool squat, Factory ran Keane to ground and proposed an album. The offer was made largely on the instigation of Rob Gretton, and was conditional on the album being produced in Manchester by Peter Hook. With some trepidation Keane decided to give music another go, and put together a new version of The Royal Family, which drew on the talents of violinist John Neesham (of Walking Seeds and Mel-o-Tones), and keyboard player Lita Hira from labelmates Stockholm Monsters.

Work on the debut album began at Strawberry Studios in Stockport in February 1984, with Hook assisted by engineers Mike Johnson and Chris 'CJ' Jones. At the time Keane was a little frustrated that the production team spent no little effort and money testing out drum programmes, but their technological know-how adds a definite rhythmic punch to tracks such as Dark And Light, Radio Egypt and Discipline. Elsewhere I Love You, Dawn Song, Moonfish Is Here and Motherland are the versions recorded earlier with Gary Daley and Matt Johnson respectively, although at Stevo's request Johnson' backing vocals were replaced.

Before the album appeared, the band undertook a short UK tour with Stockholm Monsters. Once again, a certain musical schizophrenia was in evidence, as Dave Roberts noted in a Sounds review from Manchester:


The set started promisingly enough, with some nicely uptempo ditties, a hippy/folk song complete with electro drums [Something Someone] and another called I Love You... That was, until a couple of mates joined in the fray. The ensuing experimental/progressive profusion sounded like Hawkwind on a bad trip. Lasting at least twenty minutes, it did as much for the Royal Family as a Vicki Hodge 'revelation', and as much for the Poor as Margaret Thatcher's government.
Temple Of The 13th Tribe appeared in November 1984 as FACT 95, with Keane-designed artwork and a free booklet of texts and images. Reviews were positive, Sounds drawing comparisons with Earth Opera, The Passage and Yello, while Melody Maker discerned 'something peculiarly sharp and honest about its intentions', though noting that Keane 'walks too close to anarchy to be a "nice" artist.' Sales are hard to estimate, but were probably in the region of 3,000 copies, most of these in Europe and America. It should have sold more, but with the earlier Situationist slant now replaced by an overt occult direction, the core Factory audience was probably confused, while more casual listeners were no doubt put off by the popular misconception that all with an interest in magick, Druidism and Qabbalah inhabit the lunatic fringe, and are no different from satanists, vampire slayers and legend trippers. Inevitably, this is a factor which will always colour judgment of the music of The Royal Family and the Poor, as Keane himself recognises:


It has alienated me. Most people in Liverpool seem to think I'm some sort of black magician or fascist. And I've learned the hard way just how few genuine occultists there are out there. Most keep themselves to themselves and don't dare to 'come out', particularly in the music business. I've had my fair share of older occultists wag their fingers at me, frowning, and warn that I'll end up like Graham Bond. But I'm proud of what I've managed to achieve so far.
To promote the album the band played several London dates, including Jackson's Lane Community Centre (Highgate) in October 1984 (with Section 25), the Michael Sobell Centre (with New Order) in January 1985, and the ICA 'I Want Independents' week in March. They also supported New Order at two major dates in Edinburgh and Glasgow in February. By now the line-up had changed yet again, with Keane now joined by John Walsh, Jeff Turner, Karen Halewood and Kif Cole. Ambrose Reynolds of Pink Industry continued to assist Keane in the studio, but never played live with the band.

A second Factory album, We Love The Moon (FACT 140), was recorded at Amazon in Summer 1985, this time produced by Keane and Reynolds. A more consistent set than 13th Tribe both in terms of execution and arrangement, the album again offered a combination of electro/acoustic ballads (Visions, We Love The Moon), rhythmic tracks (Sex Goddess, Heartbeat) and more ambient pieces (Living Room Alchemy). Although begun as a band project for the studio recording, Keane ended up sacking most of the musicians midway, and completed the album with Reynolds alone. Despite the fact that the album received little press attention, it still sold respectably on release in March 1986, and an alternative mix of the title track released as a picture disc single (FAC 139) in February.

By this time relations between artist and label were strained, largely because Factory were unable (or unwilling) to provide satisfactory accounts, or finance equipment. A mooted video release on Ikon never appeared, with just British Empire gracing the Shorts video collection (FACT 137). Today Keane is happy to acknowledge that he owes Factory a good deal. But back in May 1986 the FacFacts booklet all but admitted that the relationship was over: "The records are wonderful. Our relationship with the artist isn't."

After a number of demoralising meetings with A&R men from major labels, Keane linked up with the Recloose Organisation, the label run by Bourbonese Qualk, and released the album Live 1983-85 (LOOSE 13) in October. Culled from gigs in Stafford, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow, the album was limited to just 1000 copies, but at least saw a belated release for the lost classic, Something Someone. Keane also collaborated with Qualk member Simon Crab on a number of tracks, and supported the band on a short tour of Holland in late 1986.

After a year with Recloose, Keane decided to bypass labels altogether and set up his own. The result was Gaia Communications, supported by a pressing and distribution deal with Red Rhino, and the third full RFATP studio album, In the Sea of E. Recorded quickly at various studios in Liverpool in February and March 1987, all material was written and produced by Keane and Simon Crab, with contributions from Andy Frizell and Merlin Shepherd. Like the two Factory albums it was an intricate and diverse set, ranging from electro chatter pop (Living Light, The Supersensualists) to meditational chants and scales (Gaia, Creatura) and beyond. The album appeared on Gaia in July, and was well received, although Keane admitted to Cut magazine that he was finding it hard to keep his head above water:


The hardest thing has been doing it with no money. The whole album has been done on a grand total of £1000. I've already sold most of my equipment to raise the money, but nevertheless things work in mysterious ways. If you look at all the reasons why you should give up, or why you shouldn't do anything because you haven't got any money, then you'll never get anywhere. I'm so much in debt now that it's ridiculous, but I don't care, because I know I can leave the country if I have to.
The title, incidently, came about because at the time Keane felt himself to be adrift on an 'ocean of conflict'. The album had almost been called Prostitutes From The Isle Of Glass.

Keane harboured grand designs for Gaia Communications, including an album by Robert Anton Wilson, and a chaos magic compilation with like-minded outfits such as Coil, Sleep Chamber and Chris and Cosey, and artwork by Jamie Reid. However, the compilation project fell through, and a 12" single release of Restrained In A Moment (backed with two new tracks) failed to make headway in February 1988. Undaunted, Keane borrowed £5,000 to finance a home studio of his own, and set about recording a fourth album, Songs For The Children Of Baphomet, but these plans were pole-axed by the messy collapse of Red Rhino at the end of 1988. This lead to Keane being declared bankrupt, and most of his equipment being seized by bailiffs. Unsurprisingly Mike Keane gave up on music, and The Royal Family fell silent.

Over the years Keane has lost all that he owned several times over. However in 1995 he found himself able to invest in a pc, and take advantage of the limitless opportunities afforded by the internet. The result was an extensive Gaia Communications website, and the belated release of Songs For The Children Of Baphomet (GAIA 004) in 1999. Billed as 'a celebration on the theme of magick and a tribute to the life and works of Aleister Crowley', the lavish package featured twelve new tracks and sold its numbered edition of 1999 copies thanks to excellent reviews in Melody Maker ('five stars'), Uncut ('fascinatingly bizarre') and The Wire ('stylish and poignant'). Baphomet was followed in 2001 by Anthology 1978-2001 (GAIA 005), and in 2003 by the reissue of the first three albums on remastered CDs by Boutique. A new Royal Family album is planned for 2004, all of which should ensure that Mike Keane at last gets the recognition he clearly deserves for adhering to a path and spiritual tradition he considers unique to the British Isles - singer, songwriter and bard.

James Nice, April 2003.

Friday, 26 October 2007

Remebering the Hacienda



Remebrance of one of the best Record Company EVER existed.

That night will be a stroll down to memory lane from most .
Even if we didn't live those years ourselves (is because of we are too "young" or for any other reason), we still live under the influence of bands that were able to depict the steadfasteness of life in an industrial era dominated by greyness, boredom and social and political discontent.

A group of artists that have been able to stay alive through the years and through their genuine passion for the music they made.

click here to see the event

Soon I will start with the invitations to the event.


Talking about the factry records, there will be another Factory Records Night in Bruxelles on the 15th, with Peter Hook deejaying.
Section 25, Paul Haig, The Names and some other band I can't recall now gigging.
Starts at 6pm tickets ate 22Euro, At the Rafinerie, Rue the Manchester, Bruxelles.
click here to see the event and buy tickets

Vale and I will be there, we found Ryanair tix for bruxelles for 50quid return, and we are staying in a Hostel in center of the city Click here to see the hostel
It also have separate room with en suit bathroom for an average of 20 quid per night.
We will be arriving early morning saturday (8am) and leaving in the afternoon on sunday.

it would be nice for some of you to join us.
Love/Will
S.

Thursday, 25 October 2007

Thursday, 18 October 2007

Stromble Fix

Excellent german band.

Stromble Fix - Myspace
Stromble Fix - Lastfm
Stromble Fix - WebPage

For a ...

For a million daydreams
I want smell your skin
For a million nightmares
I want to make you mine
For a million tears
I want to cum again
For just one kiss
I would sell my soul

Sunday, 14 October 2007

The Book of Halloween

The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Book of Hallowe'en, by Ruth Edna Kelley

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Saturday, 13 October 2007

Richard Kern with Nick Zedd

Minimal Compact


Biography
Between its foundation in 1981 and its dissolution seven years later, Minimal Compact played a crucial role in the European rock scene. Malka Spigel (bass, vocals), Samy Birnbach (vocals, texts) and Berry Sakharof (guitars, keyboards, vocals) left their native Tel-Aviv in 1981 for Amsterdam in search of an escape from the provincial attitudes of their own city. Of the trio, only Berry was a "real" musician. Malka was "learning to play the bass", while Samy was better known as a DJ and a music fan who dabbled in poetry . They recorded a 2-song demo at home, and consequently become one of the very first artists signed to the Belgian Crammed label.

During the recording for a speculative 7" in a little studio in the Belgian countryside, it became quickly evident that the trio had hit upon something worthy of development and a their first, self-titled, mini album was the fruit of this. Their burgeoning style was a heavily Middle-Eastern coloured brand of post New Wave, based on driving rhythms, scratchy guitars and their own very un- "Anglo-American" style of vocalisation. In this way they both prefigured "indie-dance" and later fascinations with so called "world music".
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The The - Gravitate to me



I've been watching you for ages
You're like a boat without a mast
Struggling with the tide of destiny
Between the future and the past

I am the lighthouse
I am the sea
I am the air that you breathe
Gravitate to me

Through the ether
And the mists of the mind
You will come to me
To lay by my side
To stroke my hair
To cuddle my flesh
And to quell the torrents
In my subterranean depths

This world ain't strong enough
To keep us from each other
For we are kindred spirits
Born to become Earthly lovers

I am the lighthouse
I am the sea
I am your destiny
Gravitate to me

There is something within your voice
Something behind your eyes
Something inside your heart
That is beating in time with mine

I know you
From a previous incarnation
I know you
From a previous incarnation
I know you!
From a previous incarnation

Gravitate to me, gravitate to me
Gravitate to me, gravitate to me

Agentss "Agentss"

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

The Postal Workers Strike

I had to repost this and blog it because I feel its very important for everyone to know what it is really happening behind the postal strike that is happening these days.
Instead of cursing those postal workers based on the info given by the papers and media..think and read this THEN think again and see if you are of the same opinion...

It's a friend blog about the reason behind the postal workers strike, names will be omitted in order to defend those directly involved from paying the consequences of speaking out in their own defense and for doing what they have the RIGHT to do : Strike.

It had happened some postal worker have a disciplinary action towards them because of that.
They are not allowed to say anything to those breaking the strike but the favour has not been returned and those striking are risking severe disciplinary action on top of loosing money out of their wages.


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Y'know, I don't blog at all. I don't think my thoughts or opinions are of the slightest interest to anyone, but, on this rarest of occasions, I feel compelled to say something

At work, online and on MySpace, I'm hearing no end of shit about the Postal Strike. No, I know I'm not a postie, but my SO is, and it strikes me that most of the comments about it are based on ill informed half truths and whispers.

So, in the name of the public's right to know, consider this a public information bulletin. Here are the reasons why 130,000-odd posties are aggrieved enough to strike.

The Communication Workers Union are striking, because of actions by Royal Mail. Truth.

"But isn't it just about pay?" I hear you cry!! "That's what it says on the news"

Yes, they are striking about pay. The Postal Worker have been offered a 2.5% rise whilst the managers have been offered 7.3% over two years. Why should they accept an offer like that? Talk about crumbs from a rich man's table!!

The chairmen of RM have stated, in some ill-advised attempt at camaraderie, that they had taken a pay freeze to help out the company!!
It must be hard to keep up with the cost of living when you have to take a pay freeze. Imagine having to freeze at £1M. How will these poor people cope? I'm sure that your average postie's heart bleeds to learn that! Mine sure did!!

They are striking about modernisation which could see the loss of 40,000 jobs.

They are also striking because Royal Mail are now scrapping their pensions.

"OK, so they're badly treated. Why should I care, it doesn't affect me?" I hear you exclaim.

Well, believe it or not, it's going to affect you, the customer, too. Did you hear that on the news? No?? Well, get this…..

RM wants them to deliver more door to door leaflets to you. You know all that junk that you get but don't want? Your postie delivers lots of that. I don't want it. You probably don't want it. I'm sure as hell that most posties don't want to deliver it.

However, there is currently a sweetener in the deal as they posties get paid to deliver it, which helps a bit when you have a mortgage and a family to feed. It's not mandatory, they don't have to deliver it if they don't want.

RM are paid a significant sum for every batch of junk mail they process. I'm sure that nobody will be surprised that they want to deliver all the trash they already do, but also a lot more trash besides, maximizing their incoming revenue, but they also want to make it mandatory for the posties to deliver all this rubbish, and they believe that the posties should deliver it FOR NOTHING. Yes, folks, RM receive payment from the companies who issue this junk mail, but they want several kilos of it to be carried around and delivered each day for no payment whatsoever!! Go on, be honest. Would you be prepared to take on extra hours at your job for no pay? No?? Me neither!! Does that surprise you? I thought not…..

Hold on, though, 'cause this is the biggie…..

I bet a lot of you have complained in recent years that your post has been arriving later. It does me. I get fairly outraged when I get home to find a red card through my door, marked "we called at 10.30, but you weren't at home." (or words to that effect) What did you expect? I work for a living, goddammitt!!

It's true, the post arrives later nowadays. This is not the choice of the postie, but a rule enforced by RM.

Currently, the sorting shift starts at 4AM. This gives allows 4 hours to get it out of the delivery office by 8AM, so you can make a reasonable assumption that it takes 4 hours to do that job. Do you agree? Good.

RM have implemented a new rule, applicable as of today (yes folks, that means it's started, it's legal, and there's nothing you can do about it) that the sorting does not start until 6AM. This means that you lucky people will receive your mail a whole two hours later than you already do! Yes, you will all be pleased to know that your postie will not be able to start delivering until 10AM, if you have a full time postie, or nearer 11AM if you have a part timer. Overtime will not start until 2PM so you may not get your post until late in the afternoon if you round is being covered on overtime.

It has also been suggested that postal job roles will not remain as they are. This means that you may not get the same postie two days running.

You might not think that this matters, "I didn't fancy my Postie anyway" you say, but hold on.

Your postie knows their round inside out and can probably deliver you a half addressed letter but this may no longer be the case. It could well transpire that no postie will have a set round any longer. You may find that you will not have the same postie each day and you may find that you have a different one every day for a month. This is not going to provide you with even a barely adequate postal service. It could even lead to lost and misdelivered mail.

Finally, you may not realise that as from the 28th October Royal Mail has scrapped Sunday and Bank Holiday collections from post boxes. This has caused dismay because it has meant that some collection drivers have lost even more working hours to go along with the later start losses. This is another point of protest.

Everybody could all sit back and say "so what", but if RM get their way with this, what else will they try in the future?

They are striking as a form of protest to persuade Royal Mail to help THE POSTIES to give YOU THE CUSTOMER a better service. They are NOT striking for a few days off or for the fun of it. It is always a difficult decision to strike, not least of all because they are all losing pay as a result, and it should come as no surprise many of them have families to feed, and but really, what other option is there.

A final thought……

"First they came for the Communists,
- but I was not a communist so I did not speak out.
Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists,
- but I was neither, so I did not speak out.
Then they came for the Jews,
- but I was not a Jew so I did not speak out.
And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me."
(Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

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