‘Spillin’ The Beans – To Chechnya With Love: A Benefit Compilation for Chechen LGBTQ+ (Vol 1)

This week, ‘Spillin’ The Beans is stepping sideways to some degree to listen to an album that is all about a particular cause, LGBTQ Rights in Chechnya.

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Leftovers

Johann Johannsson – Protest [Rmx]
Teddybears – Riot Going On
Adam Sky Vs. Mark Stewart – We Are All Prostitutes [Crookers Rmx]
Discharge – Protest & Survive
Senser – Resistance Now
Test Dept. – Fuckhead
Gary Clail – Hard Left

Dub Syndicate – Fight The Power
Upsetters – Dub Fa Yah Rights
Holger Czukay – Der Osten Ist Rot
Mala – Noche Sueños
Goldmund – Who’ll Save The Left?
Todd Snider – Conservative Christian, Right-Wing Republican, Straight, White, American Males

The Mad Hatter v the Tea Party

Illustration by John Tenniel

I wasn’t going to say any more about this, because it’s not my country and perhaps it’s not my business. (But my son and his family live there!) I have spent the weekend arguing with various Tea Party supporters and I have been genuinely shocked by the depth of their ignorance and intolerance and yes, their hatred of anything that doesn’t fit in with their crazy worldview. And I have been disgusted by the way they express themselves. They have filled the TP&TH Facebook page with their loathsome rantings for the last two weeks, just because TP served Michele Bachmann with a ‘cease and desist’ order for using American Girl without permission on a TV programme supporting her campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

The Guardian mostly makes a joke of them. But what I’d like to ask American friends on here is: are they for real? Do they really have wide support? Are there people in the US who will vote for them, without sharing their ideology, just to get rid of Obama?

I’m skeered – are you boys skeered?

Dan Le Sac v Scroobius Pip

I went to see this strangely monikered duo last night in Brighton and it’s stayed with me so I’m posting a rare spillage in homage. Sold out last April much to my disappointment I made sure tickets were purchased way in advance this time around. They wouldn’t sell out twice in one year thought would they ? In a recession ? £14.50 a ticket ? Yes they did. I had one spare ticket, put it on Twitter, the band retweeted and I sold it to a zombie nurse outside – face value of course…

The show was awesome. Classic hip-hop set-up, but with two white guys from South London (Millwall fans actually in the case of Pip) one of whom resembles a Taleban commander. He’s the rapper, or wordsmith, because it would be a stretch to describe what he does as rapping. He’s a political poet of the old skool, spoken word merchant, and DanLe Sac’s beats place them into the hip-hop world. But their lyrical content is very fresh indeed, and very British too.

There’s another song I could have posted called Get Better, and yet another called The Beat That My Heart Skipped, yet another called Stake A Claim. Wonderful stuff ! For those who prefer content over style…..

Go To Your Constituencies

Who says nobody makes  political music anymore? The New Southpaw Soviet have written a song for the forthcoming general election. It’s good.

Go to your constituencies, tell them to prepare for revolution.
They probably won’t listen.
They’ll sing we are a moderate people and the ideas in your head, they will not pay our rent.

If you like it, you can download a free mp3 or become a fan on Facebook.

(I should declare an interest: my step-brother plays in the band.)