Showing posts with label music. Show all posts
Showing posts with label music. Show all posts

Sunday, 18 October 2015

The "Amazing" Music of Scientology!

Here's an oldie, but a goldie which I found while perusing the web last night in a migraine induced stupor. It's all about the music of Scientology!

I found the complete video sources used in the above This Exists episode about Scientology. Here they are!

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Thursday, 15 October 2015

High Ranking Russian Orthodox Priest Says Elton John's 'Gayness' Ruined His Music

Breaking News! Breaking News! Oh no, the News is now all broken! Elton John's music used to be totally rocking in a wholesome heterosexeual way until around 2000 - then it got all degenerate, perverted and gay!

We know this because a mouthpiece of the Russian Orthodox Church told us. That's better than Science, so listen up!
According to Father Vsevolod, "homosexuality changes a person's psychology, his public and creative priorities."

"It is characteristic not only of this sir, but also of many others, especially representatives of gay community, we have them in our culture, our media, and in authoritative bodies," the archpriest noted.

According to the church official, "willingly or unwillingly people basing on their personal peculiarities start joining the liberal trend and oppose true moral renewal of the society, such a renewal that will touch lives of all people, including high ranking officials, not letting them speak about patriotism during the day and participate in homosexual orgies at night."

"This group, and those who keep their money and property in the NATO countries consciously or unconsciously try to suppress true patriotic and moral turn in Russia's future. High boot of the American cowboy stands on the tail of these glamorous pussies," Father Vsevolod believes.
I think by those glamorous pussies he means homosexual men? It's hard for me to tell because Vsevolod looks pretty glamorous and fancy a lot of the time too.

Father Vsevolod (left). Elton John (right) ... before he was gay. (source and source)
In fact, the good priest's gaydar seems to have been pretty whacked back in the 1970s to 2000s, because it seems like pretty much everyone but him knew Elton was gay.
"I liked the music he did from the 1970s to early 2000s. Then as he rooted in homosexuality, his creative energy start running dry," the priest told Interfax-Religion on Monday.
So basically, Vsevolod used to really dig Elton John, but after 2000 his music became... meh... well... I dunno... not so hot. So he's not really into John's work past 2000 - a clear indication that he became too gay to appeal to high ranking Russian Orthodox church officials. Seems pretty legit to me.

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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Female Saudi Singer Finds Her Voice In LA So That She Might Be Heard Back Home

There's a really fascinating story over at PRI about Saudi singer Rotana Tarabzouni who grew up in what constitutes an extremely liberal family. She speaks fluent American English with zero discernable accent. She thinks and writes in English too. Her father is into Led Zeppelin and the Beatles and Rotana listened to Western top 40 hits and loved to sing.
In Saudi Arabia, music carries a major social stigma. There's a tiny underground music scene, but for women, especially, it's not like you can audition at clubs or play open mic nights. Instead, Tarabzouni finished school and worked in public relations for a Saudi oil company.

Here's the part of the story, though, where fate intervenes. On vacation in Boston, on a whim, she went to a casting call. She blew them away. And then she went back to Saudi Arabia and started thinking. There was a way to become a pop star in Saudi Arabia, she realized. She just had to become a pop star in the US first.
She moved to LA, where she could take voice lessons and be near the biz. While there, she read about protests back in Saudi against the female driving ban there. In support of this, she wrote a cover of Lorde's song Team.  She altered some of the lyrics to reflect the struggle of her sisters. That got over 300,000 hits and drew both praise and the ire of religious folk back in her country.
She says, "It's really horrible what people say. Like people will say like, I hope you die, I hope you burn in hell, you're a slut, this that and the other ... I have just two extremes: people absolutely hate me, and then people who are like, oh my God, this is so incredible, you are so inspiring.­"
You can listen to the entire PRI report here.

The report references a more detailed interview with Rotana over at Narratively: The Saudi That Dared to Sing, which is well worth the read.

Finally, here's Rotana's latest single for a new LP she's working on.

These hangups against music and especially women performing music are all mixed up with religion in Saudi Arabia. Secular music is a threat to a religious institution which attempts to associate itself with all forms of expression and joy in all of society.

Best of luck to Rotana!

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Saturday, 15 August 2015

Celtic Harps & 'Happy Blasphemy' Music

Ever wonder whether Jesus - assuming he actually existed - was really meek and mild or just a power hungry psychopath? Want to explore this issue musically with a Celtic harp? Of course you do. This is perfectly normal.
Each fortnight during a season I'll give you a brand new atheist or skeptical song, ridiculing religion, pseudoscience, and the paranormal while defending the importance of critical thinking and the scientific method.

And on the alternate fortnight (cause seriously, even I can't write a song a week!), we'll take a look at someone (or something) who is, or has done, something spectacularly ridiculous in the areas of religion, pseudoscience, and the paranormal, and vote them off the planet!
This is comedy musician Linda. Every fortnight (2 weeks) she will produce songs.

You'll be able to listen to more over at her site, The Bible & Other Fairy Tales.

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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Miracles! - Fucking magnets, how do they work?

It rained a lot last night and so I saw this rainbow in the sky this morning while on my way to work. I Instagramed the thing and my wife pointed out that rainbows and miracles too!  It comes from this music video from Insane Clown... which is quite something. (Audio NSFW)

I cannot tell if it's serious or a parody. Either way, it acts as a sort of satirical exposition of some religious attitudes to miracles.  Stuff's just so beautiful and complicated that it couldn't have happened randomly right? Definitely not by nature alone - gotta be miracles! Is there a God hiding in this song? Who knows.

Here's some of the exceptional lyrics:
[VJ] If magic is all we've ever known
Then it's easy to miss what really goes on
But I've seen miracles in every way
[S2D] And I see miracles every day
Oceans spanning beyond my sight
You know? Tides goes in, tides goes out.

This must be a joke because:
[S2D] Fucking rainbows, after it rains
There's enough miracles here to blow your brains
[VJ] I fed a fish to a pelican at Frisco Bay
It tried to eat my cell phone, [S2D] he ran away
And my all time favourite:
[VJ] Water, fire, air and dirt
[S2D] Fucking magnets, how do they work?
And I don't wanna talk to a scientist
Y'all motherfuckers lying, and getting me pissed

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Egyptian Belly Dancer Sentenced to One Year of Jail and Hard Labor for Making a Music Video

Still from the probably NSFW Hands Off. (source)
Egyptian belly dancer, Reda el-Fouly, made this breast-ful and probably NSFW music video with her boyfriend, Wael Elsedeki. It's pretty awful...
An Egyptian belly dancer has been jailed for a year for posting a raunchy music video in which she sings about enjoying being groped on the bus.
... but does it warrant a jail sentence and hard labor?

The Egyptian government sure thinks so.
Ahmed Bakly of the Giza prosecution said in a statement that the clip “disrupted morality.” He also ordered the arrest of Wael Elsedeki, whom he described as el-Fouly’s boyfriend who had left the country for Tunisia after some social media users called the video scandalous, as well as a third person involved in the video.

Egypt is one of several Islamic countries that enforce modest-dress laws in the Middle East. Last year, Qatar’s state-run Islamic Culture Center launched the “Reflect your Respect” campaign to encourage tourists to adhere to the country’s dress codes and to dress modestly.
In fact, Egyptian clerics have already declared belly dancing to be dangerous - just like homosexuality and atheism! So this is no surprise.

I've already covered the rampant censorship in Egypt when it comes to movies with sex, nudity and atheism.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Saudi Black Metal Band Risk Their Lives to Express Their Dislike of Religion

Cover of Al-Namrood's LP Ana Al Tughian (source)
Okay, so I'm not a big metal fan and I have no idea what the difference is between black metal and death metal, but I still think this is pretty freaking cool. There's a rather successful black metal band called Al-Namrood (means "non-believer") in Saudi Arabia of all places!

The band's bassist, Mephisto, did an excellent interview with VICE:
We're fed up with religion. The fact is that everything that is connected to it makes us nauseous. I personally spoke to a shrink. He advised me that whenever I get inflamed I have to express [what I'm feeling]. So here we are, expressing. What can be more motivating than living in a place where everything is controlled by religion? Basically, individuals here have no rights to do anything. We're owned by the Islamic sharia. Everything we do must be justified by Islam and acknowledged by society. There are two outrageous powers: religion and our society. They both interact and fulfil each other.
It really goes to show that inside this essentially religio-fascist country there is a vibrant underground of atheists and agnostics. Mephisto brings up the hypocrisy, predestination and the bone crushing lack of basic human rights in this uber religious, uber conservative, uber theocratic country.
While there's a lot of hypocrisy, it has been demonstrated that the local people are very much in agreement with the Islamic system. For example, in Islam, music is generally forbidden, but Muslim people listen to it on the basis that "God forgives." But when it comes to freedom of choice, "God never forgives." Everything is chosen for an individual from birth until death. A child is born and raised to become Muslim and never given a choice to look at other religions. Education is highly biased and focused upon the Islamic world. There is no chance of considering multiple points of views. The only view that can be adopted is the view of the acknowledged tradition and approved religious practice. Freedom of expression is a crime, justified by the fact that "it can disturb the peace." Even in marriage you cannot choose your partner. Rather, the elders choose for you. This social approach mixed with religious control is normally practiced in our country with no objection.
He also brought up that this sort of repression was a hallmark of Christianity some 400 years ago -- say, before the Enlightenment. This is what's playing out in much of the Muslim world right now.

Inevitably, the risk to their personal safety was brought up. I mean, with fruitcakes like the Haia (religious police) running about busting women for driving and men for dancing at birthday parties -- to say nothing of them bursting into florist shops confiscating everything red during Valentines Day! -- this metal band is obviously living on the edge.
... We've been doing this from childhood. I mean, we've had a different perspective than the rest of our society from an early age, and we've learned that sharing these views is not feasible for us. Some of us tried hard to fit in and share our thoughts, but ended up serving time in jail, so the lifestyle of being mentally isolated from the surrounding environment started from an early age. When it came to our musical approach, we just applied the same methodology of coping.
Here's a sampling of their music. They play hard. You know what, I've had days where this might actually be quite therapeutic. I'm going to give it a go and report back on this later.

Interestingly, their production company Shaytan Productions (Shayton = Satan) is apparently based right here in Canada, in Toronto. There's always a Canadian connection! Go buy stuff at their site right now!

Read more over at VICE.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Take Me to Church

Morgan James singing Take Me to Church (source)
I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before, but I love Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox.  They do amazing covers of current pop songs and some older songs set into the styles of different eras -- usually 1920s - 1970s.

Essentially, you have have totally unremarkable songs (in my humble opinion) like Ellie Goulding's Burn, which I hadn't even heard before and then you have totally amazing covers by Postmodern Jukebox with extremely talented singers and musicians. Sort of like Weird Al Yankovic's covers, I would never have even heard of the original songs unless they had been redone.

Here's an amazing cover of the Hozier (already extremely compelling!) song Take Me to Church, which I thought might be appropriate for this blog.

The singer, Morgan James is phenomenal. She dropped by and did this in one take.
For our first video of 2015, the phenomenal Morgan James stopped to lend her powerful voice to this piano/voice rendition of Hozier's "Take Me To Church." One take, no overdubs. 
Here are the lyrics for this song:
"Take Me To Church"

My lover's got humour
She's the giggle at a funeral
Knows everybody's disapproval
I should've worshipped her sooner

If the heavens ever did speak
She's the last true mouthpiece
Every Sunday's getting more bleak
A fresh poison each week

"We were born sick" you heard them say it

My church offers no absolutes
She tells me "Worship in the bedroom"
The only heaven I'll be sent to
Is when I'm alone with you

I was born sick
But I love it
Command me to be well
Aaay. Amen. Amen. Amen.

[Chorus 2x:]
Take me to church
I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I'll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life

If I'm a pagan of the good times
My lover's the sunlight
To keep the Goddess on my side
She demands a sacrifice

Drain the whole sea
Get something shiny
Something meaty for the main course
That's a fine-looking high horse
What you got in the stable?
We've a lot of starving faithful

That looks tasty
That looks plenty
This is hungry work

[Chorus 2x:]
Take me to church
I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I'll tell you my sins so you can sharpen your knife
Offer me my deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life

No masters or kings
When the ritual begins
There is no sweeter innocence than our gentle sin

In the madness and soil of that sad earthly scene
Only then I am human
Only then I am clean
Ooh oh. Amen. Amen. Amen.

[Chorus 2x:]
Take me to church
I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies
I'll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife
Offer me that deathless death
Good God, let me give you my life
Postmodern Jukebox will be in Montreal May 3. I'll be checking out the ticket prices.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Pastor Convinced Katy Perry Is Totally In a Relationship With Satan

Katy Perry
I think I'm guilty of being a Katy Perry fan. Not so much for her music, although she does have a couple of good songs. It's her brilliant ability to drive Illuminati conspiracy theorists and fundamentalist Christian pastors into a crazed frenzy. It's like she's not even trying.
A Tennessee pastor branded popular singer Katy Perry a devil worshiping entertainer in a sermon Sunday and charged that she boasts "having a physical relationship with the devil" in her song "E.T." taken from her 2010 album Teenage Dream.
If you watch the video, it seems like she's just talking metaphorically about having fantastic freaky out of this world sex with someone. Or maybe it is the devil or aliens or something -- who cares? Well, pastor Charles Lawson of Temple Baptist Church in Knoxville totally cares.

"'Futuristic lover, different DNA, they don't understand you. You're from a whole 'nother world, a different dimension, you open my eyes. … And I'm ready to go, lead me into the light.' The light? Is not the Lord Jesus Christ the light?" he asked his church.

"That's not who she's talking about, but she says: 'Infect me with your love; fill me with your poison. Take me, take me, wanna' be a victim, ready for abduction. Boy, you're an alien; your touch so foreign it's supernatural, extraterrestrial.' And on she goes in praise and worship and singing to Satan," he charged.
However, Lawson doesn't only have a beef with Katy Perry for setting up the youth to accept the anti-Christ with no question. He's go ta problem with Beyonce, Lady Gaga, the Beatles and their hand-holding and satanic yellow submersibles.

So it turns out he just has a problem with pretty much anything that's not Laurence Welk.

Still, I find it immensely entertaining -- even more than the music, I think.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

NO Orthodox Masturbation! & Some Naughty Bacon

First issue of Playboy in Israel, March 2013. (source)
Let's start with the non-Orthodox masturbation. Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Jewish filmmaker (they exist?) Ori Gruder will be showcasing his new film about how his own religious community addresses masturbation -- hint: God wants this to be a wank free zone.

Now before you get too much on the Orthodox Jews' case, I'll inform you that my Traditionalist Catholic upbringing was the same way. I would have priests asking me in the confessional booth if I touched myself and reminded me that I should only touch down there when cleaning... through a cloth... not for too long.

Go listen to the interview with the filmmaker, where he's told point blank how utterly bizarre his secular Jewish (film in Hebrew) audience will find all this. This atheist finds the whole thing just as sad and pointless as my own youth where I was terrified to do what came completely naturally.
“It seems, on the paper, black on white, crazy," Gruder admits, speaking at a film studio in Tel Aviv in between edits on a new film. "Prevent spilling the sperm, just, you know, for fun, as a teenager. It’s one of the things that we are not allowed to do. It’s forbidden to spill sperm for nothing. Punishment for that is very, very strict. That is the worst thing to do from the Torah.”

Of course, reaching below the belt is a no-no in many religions. But what may surprise viewers is just how much pressure the ultra-Orthodox community is willing to put on its members to follow the commandment.

According to the film, Hasidic boys are taught not to touch themselves when they urinate. When it comes to sperm samples — in the case of Hasidic men who need to undergo chemotherapy but want to store away healthy sperm to father babies in the future — many prefer to use electrical stimulation under anesthesia so they don’t have to, you know, do it themselves.
So hilarious, so absurd, so tragic.

Let's move on, shall we? Let's make this a happy ending! Let's sing about Hot Young Jewish Girl!

This is a hilarious (albeit somewhat juvenile) song by Jake Freekin' Smith from the band The Lakes of Canada, who are from Montreal, of course!
I wanna introduce my Moses to your burnin' bush! ...

I wanna rub my matzah balls on your gefilte fish! ...

I've got some bacon, we can eat it together. Me and hot young Jewish girl, porking together! ... forever!

Hot young Jewish girl, you can circumcise me. Hot young Jewish girl, if I can part your Red Sea! ...
A description of the song on the alternative Jewish magazine Shtetl -- also based in Montreal, of course -- explains the inspiration for the song.
Jake Freekin’ Smith is a singer and songwriter for The Lakes of Canada, as well as a comedian and …a choir boy at an Orthodox synagogue in Montreal.  In Hot Young Jewish Girl he sings about checking out attractive young Jewish women at shul while standing for hours on the bima during high holiday services.
Whewf! After that first story about the video, I was concerned. Now my faith in humanity is restored and I may rest happy.

Monday, 2 February 2015

Katy Perry! Illuminati! Dark Magic! Super Bowl! LGBT AGENDA!

Katy Perry kicking ass at the Super Bowl Halftime Show (source).
Uh nos! Not again!!! Katy Perry is up to her Satanic Illuminati New World Order total corruption of our youth and de-God-ing America stuff again!

In the recent years the Super Bowl, almost always the highest-rated and most-watched television broadcast on the planet, has given over it’s famed Halftime Show to trumpet the cause of the New World Order and the Illuminati. And as referenced in our opening bible verse at the top of the story, the Illuminati knows that it is “their hour”, and they are defiantly out in the open.

That's right, not even a day has gone by and the tin foil hat wearing conspiracy theorists are all over Katy Perry. I've written about this before, It seems like she's a magnet for this sort of thing.

This most recent story on Perry points out that:

  • Katy Perry opened riding a golden monster with glowing-red satanic eyes. singing the lyrics to her hit “Dark Horse”, partially quoted in the photo above. Read those words closely, it’s the Devil speaking, and he is coming for you if he can.
  • She performed her LGBT fan favorite “I Kissed A Girl”, leading as many young women as will follow her into experimentation with the LGBT perverted lifestyle.
  • Perry closed with another pro-LGBT song called “Firework” where she floated over the audience riding a shooting star with the LGBT rainbow as it’s tail.

It's the work of the Devil, but it's so catchy!
The New World Order and Illumination agenda is being hammered into our children at a feverish rate, using catchy lyrics and a non-stop droning drumbeat with overwhelming power chords.

I'll admit that like Katy Perry for songs like ROARDark Horse and Wide Awake which portray strong and independent female characters. Coincidentally, these seem to also be the songs most threatening to those in the know about the big Illuminati conspiracy.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Malaysian Authorities Demand Muslim Fangirls Turn Themselves In For Kissing K-Pop Boy Band Boys

Here are those B1A4 boy band troublemakers corrupting Malaysian youth! (source)
I know, I know, I'm obsessing over whacky Sharia Law rules in Islamic countries too much lately. So, what's happening in the US and Canada? Just roll we me please, okay? Let me get this out of my system.

The latest news is from Malaysia: where people were forbidden from going to Halloween parties (because atheists were using the holiday to de-Godify Muslims), goofy magic carpet ceremonies were done to recover the missing MH370, and sex bloggers got thrown into the slammer for eating pork during Ramadan (also likely because they were sex bloggers).

This video of K-Pop band B1A4 on stage ostensibly flirting with and hugging young Muslim girls has caused great furor in Malaysia which has actually made it all the way up to government officials.

I know I certainly cannot stand it for more than 10 seconds, but is involving the government really necessary?
During the show, the singers invited several fans onstage to meet the group. Three fans wearing head scarves were invited to act out scenes from a Korean drama. During the skits, the girls shared hugs with the singers; one girl was cuddling with one idol while another received a kiss on her forehead.
This has apparently triggers calls for arrest! This girls are being asked to turn themselves in!
A video of that was posted onto YouTube on Jan. 10. It quickly went viral in Malaysia, triggering outrage among the country’s religious conservatives. Malaysia — which has civil laws strictly outlining what’s not appropriate in terms of public displays of affection — moved quickly. The country’s Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department, charged with maintaining religious moral standards, said last Wednesday the three girls will be given a week to turn themselves in.
If they do not do so, warrants for their arrest will be issued, the department’s director said. The concert’s organizers are also being investigated.
I people need to relax a bit here. Well it turns out that one local Muslim group believes that K-Pop is a secret conspiracy to spread Christianity across Malaysia!
Meanwhile, a local Islamic group in Malaysia has accused K-Pop of being an agent of Christian infiltration, claiming that most Korean singers are practising Christians and noting the high number of evangelicals from South Korea. The group said Korean pop culture masks the spread of messages from “church activists” to youth in countries like Malaysia.
This could also be because South Korea is perhaps the most Christian country in all of Asia. I guess atheists use Halloween parties while Christians use K-Pop. I wonder what Buddhists use.

I have no idea how anyone could feel threatened by this group. They exude a sort of nightmarish wholesomeness that makes me wretch -- but this is just me personally.

A story about this over on the BBC points out that most of the blame is being levied at the girls; a sort of Malaysian fan-girl slut shaming, I suppose.
This whole insanity seems much bigger than these three girls and this K-Pop band, dontcha think? Maybe, we should all stop and rethink whether Islam and Islamic ideas about modesty really do have something to do with this. I think it probably does.

Look, these are just kids and did they really know what the hell was going to happen up on stage? Can anyone be expected to think straight in a frenzy of madness such as that? Can we please not arrest children?

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Concerts Banned in Kuwait Since 2004! One Politician Wants to Bring Music Back

Part of a Kuwaiti newspaper clipping from 1978 for Boney M televised performance. Take a look at the full image. You deserve it.
Did you know musical concerts and other shows have been illegal in Kuwait since 2004? Now, an MP in their government is asking that this ban be lifted because it sounds like this country must be seriously lacking in fun.
“The restrictions that were imposed in 2004 to satisfy the demands of the religious lawmakers and avoid the quizzing of the then minister of information have failed,” MP Nabeel Al Fadhl said.

“Kuwait has suffered tremendously from the negative consequences of these restrictions and the major effects include the rise of extremism, forcing several people to go to other countries on holidays and the emergence of a sense of loss among young people who keep parading with their cars to impress girls,” he said.
It seems like after an unfortunate brush with reality television, several prudish lawmakers decided to ban all concerts.
Restrictions were imposed in 2004 after 31 of the parliament’s 50 lawmakers objected to a concert performed by singers from the Star Academy reality show.

The lawmakers said that the concert and the television show were against the values and tenets of Islam and that they allowed the mixing of unrelated men and women, dancing and unacceptable acts.
Look, most of the civilized world also objects to Star Academy, but is this any reason to cancel the joy and happiness music shows bring? 

Now when it comes to this mixing of unrelated men and women thing. It will appear that Kuwait has changed quite and I'm reasonably sure that the majority of these pious lawmakers are just old enough to be well aware of it.

First, take a look at the picture at the top of this post. It's a 1978 advert in a newspaper for a concert -- you know, mixing of unrelated men and women dancing and unacceptable acts! 

Back then, was the Kuwaiti government not aware of Boney M's 1977 Love For Sale album cover? How could they have missed this? HOW COULD ANYONE MISS THIS?

Yep, things have really really tightened up in Kuwait -- as if some sort of restrictive puritanical force has acted upon their society in the past generation or so.

Perhaps in support of the government minister, this Kuwaiti ad from 1972 has been going around on Twitter and other social networks. It announces the 1972 New Years celebrations and also demonstrates the stark contrast between the situation some forty years ago and today -- thanks to prudish fundamentalist religion.

Now, to lighten the mood a little, here's a bit of that performance in Kuwait -- well, the text says UAE, but everyone claims it was in Kuwait. You can find another video over at the Boney M Total Mania blog which seems to be on the same stage and so supports this claim.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

The Cosmic Nothings: Good Thoughtful Music For Excellent Summertime Freethinker BBQs

Squid-like section of Drew Stedman and The Cosmic Nothings album cover. (source)
It's hot outside and finally we're getting some proper summer weather up here in Montreal. It's time to put something on the BBQ and break out some beers and pops. What to do about music if I'm feeling like something freethought?

Well, I recently found this group, Drew Stedman and The Cosmic Nothings and they fit this bill pretty well, indeed. These guys are talented, toe-tapping and their lyrics are pretty thoughtful too. The production quality is also refreshingly high. Only the best for my outdoor summertime cooking.

You can listen to their entire album online over at Band Camp

Also take a look at them playing here on this video.

If you're wondering what the name of their band actually signifies, Drew sums it up in an interview at the Columbus Dispatch.
The universe that we find ourselves in is so unfathomably immense that it completely transcends the human capacity to understand how very, very tiny we are.

It is only our pitifully limited perspective and conceit that allows us to think that we have any cosmic significance.
But us atheists and skeptics don't let that get us down. Just listen to the upbeat music for a boost -- and pass the mustard for my BBQ hot dogs!
Belief and skepticism from a humanist perspective. I also try to write songs that will inspire a sense of awe and wonder for the universe. I have noticed a trend lately in my music, which deals with mortality and accepting my status as a finite being.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Weird Al, Tinfoil, The Illuminati, Aliens, Lizard Men.

Day one of Weird Al's new album Mandatory Fun brought us the genius of Because I'm Tacky, then the sublime Word Crimes came out on day two -- a song bloggers can identify with...

You can see progress of his video drops over at his website.

Today comes a video that is all about tinfoil... hats, FOIL. It makes my skeptic heart grow with love and joy! It recently got posted over at our Facebook Page (where you find this stuff and more stuff) and I thought it was really worth sharing here.

Of course, this is all a clever diversion meant to lull us into a false sense of security when it comes to the Illuminati (and SECULER HUMANISM!) -- which we all know KATY PERRY is involved with! And now Weird Al, too!

I'm likely to pick this album up at the ITunes! Enjoy!

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Shocking News From Tim Lambesis! Christian "Metal Bands" Are Often Not Christian At All!

Set for Stryper in 1986. (source)
Remember Stryper and all those other Christian Metal bands from back in the day? Well, I don't. My first introduction to Christian Rock and Heavy Metal 'music' was through Seth Andrews' Thinking Atheist awhile back.

Anyway, it turns out that not only are they sort of not really good but also they're apparently sort of not really Christian half the time... two-thirds of the time... nine-tenths of the time.
But the revelation becomes perhaps even more disturbing, when Lambesis says As I Lay Dying has toured with more "Christian bands" who actually aren't Christians than bands that are. In 12 years of touring with As I Lay Dying, he estimates only one in 10 Christian bands he toured with were actually Christians.
This shockingly ridiculous revelation (not Revelation, which is also shockingly ridiculous) is over at Charisma News: Heavy Metal Christian Rock Star Tim Lambesis: 'I'm an Atheist'. It's just out today but has almost 5,000 shares on social media.
"I actually wasn't the first guy in As I Lay Dying to stop being a Christian. In fact, I think I was the third. The two who remained kind of stopped talking about it, and then I'm pretty sure they dropped it, too. We talked about whether to keep taking money from the 'Christian market,' '' Lambesis said. "We had this bizarrely 'noble' thing, like, 'Well, we're not passing along any bad ideas. We're just singing about real-life stuff. Those kids need to hear about real life, because they live in a bubble.' "
So why keep pretending you're a Christian? Well, if your income relies on record sales, you're kind of stuck bending the truth.
I was trying to put out a fire. I was afraid it would affect As I Lay Dying sales, which would affect my overall income.
Before we judge Tim Lambesis too harshly for this, remember the Clergy Project which is a very worthwhile project. If Lambesis' estimation of nine out of ten Christian bands not really being Christian is really true -- I have my doubts -- then perhaps we need a special parallel project just for them - but would the music get any better? I mean, really, is there hope? That's my question.

Of course, the Rockstar Project wouldn't accept Lambesis. Not so much because he's already went and outed himself but because he admitted to hiring a hitman to kill his estranged wife. That's not ethical behaviour for a human: Christian or atheist. Yeah, that's not great material at all.

I'll put on my prophet hat right now and predict that we'll start hearing the 'no true Christian rockstar' fallacy in three... two... one...

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Toni Braxton: My Son's Autism Is God's Payback For My Previous Abortion

Toni Braxton in Romania, 2012 (source)

Ever since it was posted on this blog's Facebook Page today, I've been dying to comment on this outrageous story.

Toni Braxton laments son’s autism as ‘God’s payback’ for abortion

It's all in her upcoming memoir, Unbreak My Heart.

Back in 2001, Braxton got pregnant but was taking Accutane for her acne, which has been known to cause birth defects. She also decided it wasn't the right time to have a baby. Hence, she had an abortion. I don't see a problem with this, but Braxton was raised in an uber cult-like Christian family and so apparently still feels immense guilt for this.
Braxton notes in her book that she grew up in a very strict household where she was forced to fast for two weeks during Lent, could not wear pants, and often had to neglect her homework in order to memorize Scripture. At the church where she and her family attended, students were forced to memorize at least 25 Scriptures per week.
What paints her God as a horrendous monster is that she honestly wonders whether her parents' divorce was caused by her abortion. Presumably God inflicted great pain and suffering onto her parents because of something she did.
She also believed that God may be punishing her with a diagnosis of lupus and her parents' divorce.
Because he wasn't done yet, apparently this God also decided that her son be autistic. Oh no, sorry, he let him have autism.
‘I have sometimes wondered whether God was punishing me for the abortion I had years ago by allowing my son to have autism. Or by giving me so many health issues’, she writes.
I honestly wonder what this says about her thoughts of autistic people as well. I know autistic children and adults and this kind of talk - of an affliction - can be seen as rather offensive. My own son and wife are both autistic and I do not see them as punishments from some (non-existent) God.

On top of this, jerk-God decided to also give Braxton Lupus. What a dick. And just how many abortions has he let happen recently?

Among women who know they are pregnant, the miscarriage rate is roughly 15-20%. Miscarriage may occur for many reasons, not all of which can be identified. Some of these causes include genetic, uterine, or hormonal abnormalities, reproductive tract infections, and tissue rejection. Miscarriage caused by invasive prenatal diagnosis (chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and amniocentesis) is rare (about 1%).
Not to mention being strangled by their own umbilical cords!

Although she's been through a lot and it's not easy. I notice a common thread in all of these cases; they all point back to Toni Braxton and something she did. This can be either seen as rather self-centered of her or a symptom of way way too much guilt and ownership of a bad situation. This appears to be an unhealthy condition and the cause is a twisted up guilt-ridden religious view that attaches unproven consequences onto unrelated actions. Being ex-Catholic, I think I might get some of it.

I hope Braxton can try to get over this and realize it is not anything she did, but that will require getting over the sort of abuse it looks like she had to endure. I think she owes it to her kids to try.

Oh, and it is infact, even worse than it sounds. In her upcoming memoir, Braxton also mentions that her second son's Autism symptoms just so happened to coincide with the MMR vaccine. If you're going to go off the superstitious conspiracy theory deep end, you may as well go for broke.
"Maybe it's just a coincidence that after my son's first MMR vaccine, I began to notice changes in him," Braxton noted in the book.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Katy Perry! Secular Humanism! Illuminati! Witchcraft! Subliminal Messages! ROAR!

Happy Thorsday, everyone! Did you see what I did there? I made reference to the uber secret underlying PAGAN underbelly of our entire society. Naturally, I did this to placate my ILLUMINATI bosses, since I'm but a lowly Secular Humanist - the lowest rung on the power pyramid of the new world order.


When we're not supporting schools to educate and feed children in Uganda -- surely a Godless endeavor --  we're attempting to undermine and corrupt the children of America through spells and magic and stuff. I know! I saw it on the Youtube!

So... yeah... Katy Perry made a witchcraft-themed performance at the Grammys. It wasn't my cup of tea. And, it's not really fluffy Wicca witchcraft -- more like dark goth witchcraft themed stuff. Like Madonna in her Frozen video. I was Wiccan myself, I dug that stuff and still find it appealing.

Anyway I think any sort of subtle differences could have been missed by the Christian media as well. They didn't really like the performance.

Katy Perry Grammy Awards 'Dark Horse' performance had witchcraft and satanic symbolism; Shows singer's rejection of childhood Christian values

That's a hefty headline that betrays some pretty raw feelings, in my opinion.

The story itself has little real substance. It quotes tweets from upset Christians who see Perry as demon-possessed.
"This Katy Perry performance look like some Witchcraft Devil Work" 
The same site, Christian Today, also quotes completely-sane and highly knowledgeable occult researcher Glenn Beck.

Katy Perry satanic performance of 'Dark Horse' at Grammys called demonic glorification by Glenn Beck
Glenn Beck, the conservative television and radio host, said on his radio show Tuesday that her performance was like a full-fledged demonic glorification. "The fire in the circle, her hanging onto the witch's broom, and the guys with the gigantic horns on their head in the background....I mean, it is full-fledged witchcraft and demonic glorification, I think." 
Beck warned on his show: "It's not going to end well. We're worshiping a god that is glorifying division. It is glorifying just bad things, dark things, dark thoughts. It is glorifying envy and greed, stuff, materialism. It's not a good path."
This is, of course, intensely amusing to me because here we have people who believe in ridiculous things being genuinely shocked and terrified by witchcraft -- which is a whole other batch of ridiculous superstition. From the outside, it all looks absolutely nuts and what else can you do but laugh? It's like those warring factions in Gulliver's Travels who killed each other over the proper egg-boiling technique. In the end, who cares anyway? It always comes out hot and sort of stinky anyway.

But after doing a simple Google search for Katy Perry and witchcraft, a whole lot of paranoid religion-based conspiracy theory spewed forth. It's like Christian Today and Glenn Beck are the gateway drugs to this kind of insanity -- like a thin veneer of rationality hiding deep depths of insanity below.

I'm serious. It's shocking how much nuttiness is targeted towards young mostly women performers like Katy Perry or Rihanna. I guess they must be Satanic Illuminati Witches. Sounds exhausting and I hope they hired good help.

Just watch this.

The video hearkens back to a loony from the 70s and 80s called John Todd who believed that institutionalized witchcraft had infiltrated the entertainment industry -- mainly rock music. Apparently, you couldn't even produce a record unless you participated in a witchcraft ceremony.

Seems pretty freaking unlikely. But if they did happen, I hope these ceremonies were more fun than some of the ones I attended as a Wiccan. Well, they had the budgets and it's in California, so I guess it probably would have rocked, right?

Anyway, his theory is that the purpose of rock music is to cast spells on Christians. And so, Katy Perry is really a witch and so are all the rest of them and they are all attempting to cast spells on us. Oh, and apparently Christians have magic Enterprise shields that can be taken down magically if they repeat the lyrics of the song and then, I guess, it's okay with God to put the spell onto them... or something. Kooky.

I thought that Christians were done with playing records backwards to discover hidden satanic messages back in the 70s and 80s. I figured this was a goofy relic in our past immortalized only by amusing Jack Chick tracts to be found only occasionally in public restrooms in the Bible Belt. Well, apparently the advent of digital music playback has only made this unhealthy paranoia grow.

Katy Perry Unconditional Backwards -- What the heck is this supposed to mean? It's just her being played backwards.

Katy Perry Wide Awake Backwards -- Like the video. What the heck are they talking about?

But the best Satanist/Witchcraft/Illuminati/Backward Music video I've seen so far has to be this one. Apparently, Rihanna is singing "I love you, Satan" in the backwards track.

Okay, the maker of the video is clearly delusional. The sheer number of these videos either means these crazy paranoid fears are widespread or that it's a small group of extremely prolific individuals.

Back to Katy Perry. Her parents are apparently pastors. Word is, her father called her a "devil child". Thanks, dad. Why is it always the pastor's daughter?

And I've read that Perry has given up all the Christian nonsense and now considers herself some kind of Deist. So I imagine she just did this show to have a little fun and stir the cauldron a bit, you know? Just one more step.

Look, I'm usually not a fanboi, but I'm ashamed to admit that all of this is making me like Katy Perry Moar.

Katy Perry accepting a brick from a mime onstage in Paris. I dislike mimes. If I were her, I would be seriously asking
whether said mime had a death wish. (source)

Saturday, 18 January 2014

A Weekend Robotic Musical Interlude

I was feeling a little in the dumps yesterday and searched for Marvin the Paranoid Android from Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I was rewarded with this bad/good song - which I shall share with you now.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

The Times They Are A-Changin'

I really missed out on music when I was a kid. Believe it or not, I actually listened to the lyrics of this song for the very first time. Although I suppose it served as an anthem for the 1960s progressive youth generation, it could just as well serve as the anthem for the LGBTQ and Atheism movements (insert your progressive movement here) today - fifty years later. In both cases, acceptance often splits squarely along generational lines.

Now I find it a little ironic that my very own parents owned this record and likely espoused at least some of its beliefs about civil rights etc. Or maybe they didn't. Because their staunch opposition to same-sex marriage, anti-choice stance, and strict conservatism leads me to believe they stopped swimming and sank like stones.

This song now has a cherished spot on my Ipod. It's brilliant.
Come writers and critics / Who prophesize with your pen / And keep your eyes wide / The chance won't come again / And don't speak too soon / For the wheel's still in spin / And there's no tellin' who / That it's namin' / For the loser now / Will be later to win / For the times they are a-changin'.  
Come senators, congressmen / Please heed the call / Don't stand in the doorway / Don't block up the hall / For he that gets hurt / Will be he who has stalled / There's a battle outside / And it is ragin' / It'll soon shake your windows / And rattle your walls / For the times they are a-changin'.  
Come mothers and fathers / Throughout the land / And don't criticize / What you can't understand / Your sons and your daughters / Are beyond your command / Your old road is / Rapidly agin' / Please get out of the new one / If you can't lend your hand / For the times they are a-changin'. 

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