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Larry Livermore on the Early Days of Gilman St.
Posted by Delfina [ Comments: 0 ]

Larry Livermore, founder of Lookout Records, recently wrote a nice piece about the atmosphere and attitude of the early days of Gilman St, the punk rock venue where Green Day got their start. It’s a bit of nostalgia, I suppose, but it’s interesting in that it seems to represent a point of view that left a strong mark on Green Day and their attitude toward punk and making music.

Punk is a concept that is so often misunderstood, but it seems to me that’s partly because it does not mean the same thing to all people, or even to the various punk scenes, even to the same scene as it evolves over time. One of the wonderful things about Gilman St. is that it made punk fun, and accessible even to those of us who might have felt intimidated by its more aggressive, more traditional, form.

Below is an excerpt. Read the whole post here. Isocracy, as you may know, is the band that John Kiffmeier, Green Day’s first drummer, was in.

It’s hard to describe just what was so amazing or hilarious about an Isocracy show; in essence, we’re not talking about much more than a lot of smart-ass remarks and random insults coupled with the band’s trademark gimmick of bringing in great bags and boxes of rubbish (er, “found art) and throwing it at the audience (who of course threw it right back). But it was a refreshing change from what had by then become the very formulaic sort of punk rock shows we’d been seeing since the late 70s. By the end of an Isocracy set, there would typically be more audience members than band members on stage, and the audience might well have commandeered the microphones and be outsinging the band as well.

Some of the older punks tut-tutted about how “these kids” were making a mockery of long-standing punk traditions, but they were soon outnumbered by the influx of yet more kids, every other one of whom seemed to want to start a band and play at Gilman, too.

It was a big part of what made Gilman so special and so different from most punk rock clubs: the fact that you could act as silly or as carefree as you wanted and not have to worry about conforming to some rigid ideal of what “punk” was supposed to look or sound like.

Ironically, and, I thought, a bit sadly, the era of the Gilman geek lasted only a couple years before a counterreaction began to emerge. Once bands like Green Day started gaining recognition in the larger world and the whole “shiny happy smartpunk sound” (as one of our detractors had it) showed signs of crowding out most other forms of punk rock, there was a tendency on the part of many Gilman old schoolers (those same kids who’d been 16 or 17 when the club opened but were now entering their angst-ridden 20s) to revive the dark and nihilistic styles of early 80s hardcore.

December 31, 2007 [ Category: Essay ]

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How to learn English with music: the best singers

Everyone likes music. From the walkman mobile, it has always been with us. Learn English with music is one of the most fun and entertaining methods; also effective. It helps us in improving our pronunciation, to memorize new vocabulary and even accustom the ear. In this post we want to capture some of the singers who can help you practice your English; but first there are a number of steps that will teach you como aprender ingles rapidamente and make this method something truly effective:

  1. You hear a song you like: it is the most important, you have to enjoy what you hear.
  2. Listen to it again and again: the more you listen, the better you will understand your letter. It will be helpful to memorize vocabulary.
  3. Try singing it without looking at the letter: it is the best way to accustom your ear to the language.
  4. Sing it with the letter ahead: looking for the meaning of all the words you do not understand.

Now we’ll talk about some of the singers whose songs you can be helpful:

  1. The Beatles: A classic among classics. Learning songs will be very easy because they are fun and easy to understand.

Two of their best songs are: ‘Yesterday’ and ‘Let it be’ .

  1. U2: the best option if what you want is to soak up new vocabulary. The Irish group is diverse topics, from the social and cultural commitment to religion.

We recommend the following songs: ‘With or without you’ or ‘Beautiful day’.

  1. Beyoncé: presents catchy songs with lyrics easy to understand. ‘ Single ladies’ and ‘If I were a boy’ are two very good choices.
  1. Rolling Stones: British rock band contemporary. Some of his songs are considered the best of all time. The leisurely pace of many of his subjects facilitate learning English. Opt for something like ‘Brown sugar’ and‘Satisfaction’.
  1. Dover: if the American and British accent you resist … nothing better to try a Spanish group sing in English.His “Spanish intonation” will be of great help to understand in detail the lyrics of his songs.

We highlight two of his best songs: ‘Devil came to me’ and ‘Serenade’.

You know, now you can learn English using fun methods. With Blazaar we can help, you just hire a session with the tutor of English you want and get going. A new way to learn a single click.

The bookkeeper of Musicians at Auschwitz

The SS officer Oskar Gröning served for two years in the concentration camp Auschwitz.Counting the money from the dead Jews and was on duty at the ramp when freight trains unloaded their human cargo unhappy. He says he has not committed any crime. During the last sixty years, Groening has found another way to call guilt.

The birds are singing outside; a soft, warm breeze comes from the garden and delicately enters the living. An old, tall and powerful man, with his white hair and blue eyes, sitting on a chair near the fireplace. Three angels are embroidered on a tablecloth.
The man rests his right leg on a stool. It is peaceful, calm and gently talks about the history of the man who once was.
“It got a new shipment. He had been assigned to the ramp and my job was to take care ofthe luggage. The Jews had already been taken away. Around me the floor was littered with garbage, debris scattered belongings. Suddenly I heard a crying baby. He lay on the ramp wrapped in rags. A mother had left him perhaps because he knew that women with children were sent immediately to the gas chambers. I saw another soldier SS soldier take the baby by the feet. The tears had bothered him. Smashed the child’s head against the iron edge of a wheelbarrow until the silence. ”
The man looks outside the living room window, almost motionless. His thumb comes and goes over the edge of his seat like a metronome. Outside, the sun shines on the neat row of brick houses around, with carefully tended, weeded gardens. Oskar Gröning lives in a neat and orderly world. Unbuttons and raises his left sleeve. “Here,” he says, “look at this.”
There is a small blue spot on his elbows, the memory of a tattoo. ” I was badly done,” he says. It was supposed to be a zero, representing the blood type 0. All were tattooed in Auschwitz, both prisoners and guards. Jews were tattooed with their numbers as internal and SS guards with their blood type. Oskar Gröning was a member of the SS in Auschwitz for two years.
His dreams wake cries often. The cries become thunder, thunder in whispers and murmurs quietly. They are the sounds of death in the gas chambers.
A world organized in terror
Gröning without embardo, did not kill anyone. He did not pour Zyklon B into the cracks or burned piles of dead. He looked. He saw. He was there. Shoqueado at first. Then indifferent. It became routine.
He lived in an organized world and its order claimed that the terror of the concentration camps could be compartmentalized, apart from the foundations of civilization. Terror was conceived in clear hierarchical structures and schemes closely regulated service designations tasks and positions, which determined that someone was a bookkeeper and another a Cloud bookkeeper.
Gröning was a bookkeeper, a good conscientious. Counting the money of the Jews, he separated and cataloged and kept in a safe. It was the bookkeeper of terror.

There is a photo album on the coffee table, Gröning’s life in pictures. Two thirds of the photos are in black and white, the last third color. But the pictures do not reveal anything of what he means. Gröning just wants to talk, for hours, days, “no matter how long,” he says, “talking helps.”
Oskar Gröning, born in 1921, it is one of the few members of the SS who still lives. Its history, a German history is a story of seduction and fanaticism, perpetrators and accomplices of living with guilt and search for other words to call. It is a story of a man attempted to overcome such a dark past that has no end.
Open the album. Thin sheets between pages and browse whisper family photos of his father, grandmother, grandfather, aunt Marie, pictures of baby carriages and bicycles, until they get images of men in uniform. His father was a member of the “Stahlhelm” (Steelhull), a paramilitary group of German nationalists who fought against the Pact of Versailles, against the demands for reparations from World War I , later against the Weimar Republic between the two wars and against democracy. “Dad nationalists acted in theater works that were given in local lounges located behind bars,” says Groening. In a work, a German was shot by a French because he had resisted the French occupation of post-war Germany ‘s Ruhr industrial area. “Discipline, obedience, authority, that’s how we were raised,” says Groening. His mother died when he was 4 years.
The Jews were merchants dirty ”
continues leafing through the album, clearly searching for something. “Here,” touches a picture with your finger, “look at the way we used to go.”
The photo, taken in 1933, shows a group of boys wearing military uniforms, marching behind a banner. A flag with a swastika hanging in a house. The young Oskar, marching in the first row, twelve years and is a member of the youth wing of the “Stahlhelm.”
What uniform meant for you?
“I was fascinated. Even today, when I hear military music … “her voice trembles and breaks. “Forgive me, but is such an experience for me, so high, even today …”
Near the house his father had a business selling iron objects whose owner was a Jew named Selig. He had a daughter, Anne, and the two boys used to play marbles on the street. One day some men from the SA placed in front of business a sign that read: “. Germans not buy from Jews” After that, Gröning and Anne began playing in the yard rather than on the street.
-¿ What were you thinking when I saw that poster?

“Nothing, completely nothing,” says Groening. His voice has been stilled and is firm again.
A door opens and his wife left a tray with cake on the table. The tray is covered with plastic wrap. “For later,” he says. And he goes. He prefers not to hear.
He waits until his wife closed the front door. Then he says: “See? For us dirty Jews were merchants, and lawyers who have always been so grim reputation when it came to money.People said: The Jews always take advantage of Christians. It is the usual way we behave. ”
-perhaps The father of Anne Selig took advantage of people?
” I did not think so. ”
Oskar Gröning lower leg stool, he sits upright and begins to sing, quietly at first, then louder. “When Jewish blood begins to gush from our knives, things will be fine.”
“My honor is loyalty”
The distinction between man of today and the past is erased for a moment when hereturns to present says “Then we not even think about what we were singing.” He
continues leafing through the album. It has written in blue ink on a photo with jagged edges “1941, with Aunt Anna”. Gröning shows young, tall, blond and wearing a uniform with the letters SS sewn in the neck. It sits on the arm of a chair and smiles, obviously very proud of his uniform.
He had seen pictures of the SS weekly news reports. I thought they were smart, smarter the unity of all. En1940 offered himself as a volunteer.
” It was spontaneous enthusiasm, a sense of not wanting to be the last of the game, left out of everything that happened.”
Already in the SS, for two years, Groening worked in the payment office. In October 1942, he received new orders. A senior officer told him he had been assigned to a special job, one of the greatest importance for the German people, for Germany to reach the final victory.He was told to think about your oath, in the words inscribed on his belt. “My honor is loyalty.” And he said, finally , that could never reveal the nature of his new assignment, anyone, for the rest of your life.

the stroke of a clock in the living hear. It’s six o’clock and Oskar Gröning has been talking for the last five hours. Eating cake and keep talking. At that point in its history, the young Gröning has come to Auschwitz.

‘Perhaps the old Gröning want a break?
“No, no, do not bother me at all,” he says. Bring a bottle of mineral water from the kitchen.His wife has not returned.
Gröning is 21 years old when he arrives at Auschwitz on October 1. It comes at a train from Katowice, and is brought to its place in the administrative barracks. Others, who were already before, begin to set the table for dinner: sardines and ham, vodka and rum.
The SS are comfortable in this field. But there must be something special about it, think Gröning. They take much. Then a door opens and someone announces that it has reached a new transport. Three men stand a jump, belts fit and take their guns.

What must have special diet singer?

The belief that the singer diet should be different from a person who does not sing is deeply rooted in the scene.

The other day a student told me that his former teacher told her that as a singer was dieting, I could not eat at least three hours before class.

I was overwhelmed with that and I thought it is a good topic that clarify concepts.

The route of entry of the food is mouth and take the necessary to sing can use both the mouth and nose air.

Yet there is an organ in our body that prevents food from going into our lungs, larynx, so food and singing can not occur simultaneously.

So, logically, there should be no problem in making one of the two processes before the other. So follow the 3 week diet the singer does not mean not eating anything before singing or vocalizing.

What then is the diet of the singer?

If we have to sing and we have to eat, we need to consider some issues that may arise.

Diet singer would rather that.

We may find ourselves in situations how are you:

…I have eaten too much.

Did you ever happen that you stick a binge eating and then you can not even move?

This is because our body has to digest and it must slow down all other vital functions in order to fully focus on that process.

eating normally do not even notice the change in your functions, but if one day you eat a lot, you’ll notice as does affect you.

As it affects you all the functions, you’ll notice that affects you singing, besides that you will not want to sing, because you want to be napping, you will feel heavy and without power.

For example, if you do not follow the diet the singer will not have to generate enough air pressure required to emit a powerful sound energy.

Thus, a very important point diet singer is not eating too much.

As you see, it has much to do with the usual diets!

… There are foods that produce mucus me.

When you have mucus in the airways it is more difficult to get your voice, as the vocal cords can not properly get together to produce the sound.

There is no scientific evidence that depending on which foods produce mucus, while it is true that there are people happens.

Other people even generate mucus eat what they eat.

If you notice that dairy and sugars will produce mucus, do not take them before singing, if you see that does not affect you, you do not have to worry about.

Some substances like alcohol what they do is dehydrate the body, which is created to protect mucus.

Then, another important point diet singer is watching for foods that will generate mucus and avoid them before singing.

… It turns out that suffer from gastric reflux.

As well explained Carlos in his article on the stomach reflux , there are some foods that can promote the development of stomach reflux.

Eat them before a class does not help much!

… My body makes strange noises!

It is very common that the food we eat also some air through the digestive tract, going to stop the stomach.

Because of this, it must be expelled gases that can generate stomach discomfort occur.

It is quite a natural process, but is frowned upon socially.

Imagine being in the middle of your class singing and suddenly notice that pesky gas runs up your esophagus and into your mouth!

In addition there are some foods that when digested produce flatulence (some legumes and vegetables, dairy …).

Needless to say, this type of gas also is very badly seen socially and if you have a performance and see one of these unexpected guests, it’s possible that you faint musicians!

This last point is not going to stop singing, which just forces you to generate tension in your body in an attempt to avoid them and we know that all stress is bad to sing, and we have to be as relaxed as possible so that the sound go free and resonant.

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    Dec. 20, 2007
    ~In addition to VH1's countdown of the best songs of the 90s, in which Green Day's Good Riddance was picked by viewers as number 37, several old TV shows featuring Green Day will be on TV today and in the upcoming days. Check the schedule here.

    Dec. 16, 2007
    ~Radio station WFMU hosted a "Remix Rudy Giuliani" contest in which contestants made music from sampled quotes of Giuliani, the former New York mayor and presidential candidate. The winner, "Wake Me Up When Sept 11 Ends," features Green Day's "Wake Me Up When September Ends" interspersed with clips of Giuliani talking about Sept 11. Download or listen here.

    Dec. 13, 2007
    ~Green Day+NRDC's MySpace announced that the NRDC is gathering signatures for a special holiday card for President Bush, urging him to take action to save polar bears. You can add your signature to the card here.

    Dec. 13, 2007
    ~A tidbit about the name Foxboro Hot Tubs: Foxboro is an upscale area near Rodeo, the East Bay town where Billie Joe and Mike grew up. And "Ruby Room" is the name of a popular Oakland bar.

    Dec. 13, 2007
    ~The album Instant Karma, which includes Green Day's cover of Working Class Hero, has raised $2.5 million for Amnesty International's Campaign to Save Darfur.

    Dec. 13, 2007
    ~VH1 will begin airing their countdown of the 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s, voted on by fans, on Dec. 17 at 10 p.m. Green Day's Good Riddance is at number 37.

    Dec. 11, 2007
    ~Green Day are nominated for a Grammy for Working Class Hero, in the category "Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals."

    Dec. 3, 2007
    ~From Bullet in a Bible will be airing on Fuse Dec. 20 at 8pm, Dec. 21 at 6pm, Dec. 26 at 6pm and Dec. 27 at 4pm.

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