Play Rave Riot

The latest E-Trash sets, from Riot Bootique, on the night of April 26 at Root Cellar Lounge. Here are both sets I played. The first set is a playful, disco-club party. The second set, which was done without any preparation, is a rave that goes from techno-hip hop to acid to disco. Hey, we had the glow sticks out... Tracklists below. You can also access higher quality files for Play and Rave is the new Riot on E-Trash's site (Username: apollo, Password: feelingfree).

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Miami Dive

The latest E-Trash mix, from Riot Bootique, on the night of March 22 at Root Cellar Lounge. This is mostly the starter set (re-recorded after the event due to glitches at the event) plus a portion of the second set (played live). This is one of the most melodic mixes I have made, and I really like the result: sexy horizontal disco all the way to the party. BTW, since this was a starter set, it is always curious to me at which track people actually start dancing seriously; in this case it was between tracks 9 and 10---disco and and actual verbal command ("you can dance if you want to") seems to do the trick every time... Tracklist below. You can also access a higher quality file on E-Trash's site (Username: apollo, Password: feelingfree).

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Walled Democracy

The Easter message of universal redemption got me thinking about the incoherence between our idea of universal democracy and the "peace" process in the Middle East. If white democratic state, Catholic democratic state, Christian democratic state, Muslim democratic state and the like are all anathema to our idea of inclusive, universal democracy, why isn't a Jewish democratic state also?

The White democratic state of south Africa of the 1970's was a democracy for whites as much as the land of Israel+Palestine is a democracy only for those granted the ultimately religious Jewish status. Democracy for those given a special racial or religious status is not coherent with the idea of a liberal, humanistic, universal democracy.

Time is not usually on the side of such regimes, unless they completely annihilate the repressed populations, as was the case of the Native-Americans in all of the Americas. Since that does not look like a possibility in that part of the World, much less a desirable outcome, the advancement of the "peace process" is urgent like many commentators have been expressing recently. Until now, it has only served as a huge Orwellian hoax.

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