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Calling All Astronauts - political music alive and well

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Although my personal music interests ranges from anywhere to everywhere this article is not about preferences or genres, It's about 'the message', the power of music, and the control of that power.

I'm not going to bore you with things you already know. You know it because you live it. BigMusic has pretty much 'SET' what most people will be listening to.

Along comes an 'exception'. 

'Calling All Astronauts' with their debut album 'Post Modern Conspiracy'


Calling All Astronauts album Post Modern Conspiracy by Calling All Astronauts


and the particular song that got my attention, 'What's So Good About?'.



I'm not gonna say what bands/sounds they remind me of or even how they sound. That's not why I'm writing this but it did make my boots shake a bit (and they're pretty heavy). 'What's So Good About?' touched my heart with their graphic imagery, statements regarding poverty, greed, violence, war, and the media. It made me think and remember that "not everyone is exactly having a good day. Our actions/inactions and even mindset has implications. Not a step should EVER be taken without careful considerate thought."

Bigmusic wants to make you 'shake that booty' or 'rock til you drop' or try and make you 'feel'. More like 'extract' emotions for the love were missing because all along it was never really real. It was edited to influence and optimize for profit and manipulation and now instead of being informed and helped along by the most powerful communication medium there is, music, we're stuck with a void that needs to be filled.
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Dumbed down and drilled in from radio playlists, 'popstar' worship, TV and internet, we're given limited options. Desperate and under these conditions most will (understandably) just take what we can get from a system that needs us only as obedient slaves to BUY THEIR PRODUCT and is slowly and from all directions moving in to automatize us into green jello, that's if we're lucky. If it continues this way they'll be nothing left of us but LARD.

Quote: Calling All Astronauts
There is no reason for poverty
other than the greed of the few


UPDATE: After contacting the band and asking if there was anything they wanted me to include in this article (that they haven't even previewed), they got back to me with this. 


Band: Calling All Astronauts by CAA, Tom Robinson, bbc.co.uk

Quote:
"I think our message is that it's time for people to say enough is enough to all the greedy self satisfying [sic] MFers running the governments of this world, and take the power back!"

So, really the title of this story should read: "Calling All Astronauts, HOPE is alive and well"
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Quote:
Alan Lomax (interviewer) to Woody Guthrie: "Any oil come in your family?"
Woody:"No,no we got the grease hahahaha."


BTW yes, I know many bands that we know and love are now with BigMusic and maybe there's a place for that BUT many didn't start out that way and maybe these guise+girl will be there too one day and who's to tell what the result would be. That would be then and for now is now.

Just look at Lana and Larry Wachowski. The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Cloud Atlas. All, oh, that's right except Cloud Atlas (IDK why not) were funded by big Hollywood studios so who's to say. These films 'changed the world'.

The only explanation I can offer here is that for the 'right price' even Big Music and Movie companies will occasionally 'do the right thing'.
(Thinking)
Naw,ok, wait a minute. I'm dreaming...


They screwed up..
Big Time.


 

For generations my family has been involved in writing about and acting on political issues. I recently decided that I will try and follow in their footsteps and do whatever I can. To me,humor is a great 'therapy. If I see an opportunity to 'crack (more...)
 

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