Sunday, March 23, 2008

fucking the environment, courtesy of the human race



cattle wander around their still-smouldering pastureland in rondonia, brazil, one of the many huge tracts of the amazon rainforest which are being torched to make way for agriculture. in the first five years of this century alone, brazil burnt an area the size of england and wales. deforestation is responsible for 17% of human greenhouse gas emissions [ghce], mainly through the burning of wood, which results in even fewer trees to absorb co2.

more on this on today's guardian.

eddie izzard - easter and christmas

Saturday, March 15, 2008

ides of march - 2008 edition


in order to celebrate my 37th birthday, i decided to create a 37-song compilation called "ides of march". all these songs are drawn from my personal cd collection and i felt like sharing a tiny fraction of it with friends who read this blog.

here's the playlist:
1. Love Is Stronger Than Death - The The
2. Wish You Were Here - Catherine Wheel
3. Some Velvet Morning - Slowdive
4. Sanctified - Nine Inch Nails
5. The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get - Morrissey
6. Without You I'm Nothing - Placebo Feat. David Bowie
7. Here Comes Your Man - Pixies
8. She's Lost Control - Joy Division
9. The Passion Of Lovers - Bauhaus
10. Love Vigilantes - New Order
11. Time Is Running Out - Muse
12. Kool Thing - Sonic Youth
13. Bright Yellow Gun - Throwing Muses
14. Goodbye, Blue Monday - The Feverfew
15. I Could Be Dreaming - Belle & Sebastian
16. Here Forever Always - His Name Is Alive
17. Stars Die - Porcupine Tree
18. Beautiful Brutal Thing - Marc Almond
19. Down By The Water - PJ Harvey
20. The Universal - Blur
21. 500 (Shake Baby Shake) - Lush
22. Karma Police - Radiohead
23. Lilies - Cranes
24. Airbus Reconstruction - Portishead
25. Með Blóðnasir - Sigur Rós
26. Darling Effect - Insides
27. 2 Wicky - Hooverphonic
28. U.K. Girls (Physical) - Goldfrapp
29. Bloodline - Recoil
30. .38.45 (A Thievery Number) - Thievery Corporation
31. Polyesterday - GusGus
32. Sea Of Sin (Tonal Mix) - Depeche Mode
33. Panic Attack - UNKLE
34. Contrique - 808 State
35. Lullaby For Gaia - BT
36. Dark & Long - Underworld
37. Lift me up (Mylo Remix) - Moby

and here are the download links:
vol1 (tracks 1-18)
vol2 (tracks 19-37)

if you really like the songs, please help the artists and buy their albums.

thanks to all of you who joined me last night!

cover model: neo

Thursday, March 13, 2008

biofuels: the fake climate change solution (avaaz.org)


eu and us demand for biofuels is pushing up world food prices and increasing climate emissions. we should feed people, not cars--so join the call for global standards to clean up the biofuels industry.

each day, 820 million people in the developing world do not have enough food to eat. food prices around the world are shooting up, sparking food riots from mexico to morocco. and the world food program warned last week that rapidly rising costs are endangering emergency food supplies for the world's worst-off.

how are the wealthiest countries responding? they're burning food.

specifically, they're using more and more biofuels--alcohol made from plant products, used in place of petrol to fuel cars. biofuels are billed as a way to slow down climate change. but in reality, because so much land is being cleared to grow them, most biofuels today are causing more global warming emissions than they prevent, even as they push the price of corn, wheat, and other foods out of reach for millions of people.

not all biofuels are bad--but without tough global standards, the biofuels boom will further undermine food security and worsen global warming. click here to use our simple tool to send a message to your head of state before this weekend's global summit on climate change in chiba, japan, and help build a global call for biofuels regulation:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/biofuel_standards_now/9.php?cl=60311209

sometimes the trade-off is stark: filling the tank of an suv with ethanol requires enough corn to feed a person for a year. but not all biofuels are bad; making ethanol from brazilian sugar cane is vastly more efficient than us-grown corn, for example, and green technology for making fuel from waste is improving rapidly.

the problem is that the eu and the us have set targets for increasing the use of biofuels without sorting the good from the bad. as a result, rainforests are being cleared in indonesia to grow palm oil for european biodiesel refineries, and global grain reserves are running dangerously low. meanwhile, rich-country politicians can look "green" without asking their citizens to conserve energy, and agribusiness giants are cashing in. and if nothing changes, the situation will only get worse.

what's needed are strong global standards that encourage better biofuels and shut down the trade in bad ones. such standards are under development by a number of coalitions, but they will only become mandatory if there's a big enough public outcry. it's time to move: this friday through saturday, the twenty countries with the biggest economies, responsible for more than 75% of the world's carbon emissions, will meet in chiba, japan to begin the g8's climate change discussions. before the summit, let's raise a global cry for change on biofuels.

a call for change before this week's summit won't end the food crisis, or stop global warming. but it's a critical first step. by confronting false solutions and demanding real ones, we can show our leaders that we want to do the right thing, not the easy thing.

as an avaaz member wrote about biofuels, "turning food into oil when people are already starving? my car isn't more important than someone's hungry child."

it's time to put the life of our fellow people, and our planet, above the politics and profits that too often drive international decision-making. this will be a long fight. but it's one that we join eagerly--because the stakes are too high to do anything else.

with hope,

the avaaz.org team

sources:

[1] world food programme. "hunger facts." accessed 10 march 2008. http://www.wfp.org/aboutwfp/facts/hunger_facts.asp
[2] the sunday herald (scotland). "2008: the year of global food crisis." 9 march 2008. http://www.sundayherald.com/news/heraldnews/display.var.2104849.0.2008_the_year_of_global_food_crisis.php
[3] the australian: "biofuels threaten 'billions of lives'" 28 february, 2008. http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23336840-11949,00.html
[4] afp: "wfp chief warns eu about biofuels." 7 march 2008. http://afp.google.com/article/aleqm5hpcff3spgcdquuilk5jfv-6nl1dg
[5] new york times: "biofuels deemed a greenhouse threat." 8 february 2008. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/08/science/earth/08wbiofuels.html
[6] the times: "rush for biofuels threatens starvation on a global scale." 7 march 2008. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article3500954.ece ... also see bbc: "in graphics: world warned on food price spiral." 10 march 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/7284196.stm
[7] the economist: "the end of cheap food." 6 december 2007. http://www.economist.com/opinion/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10252015
[8] see http://www.globalbioenergy.org, http://cgse.epfl.ch/page70341.html, and http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/environment/article3489640.ece.
[9] government of japan. "percentage of global carbon dioxide emissions (fy 2003) contributed by g20 nations." http://www.env.go.jp/earth/g8/en/g20/index_popup.html

photo courtesy of getty images.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

tributo sudaca a joy division


los amigos de licor de mono records acaban de poner en la net un muy buen tributo a joy division titulado "transmitiendo desde américa del sur". el tracklist es el siguiente:

01- aloof - remember nothing
02- tres cuervos - something most break
03- feliz dia - ceremony
04- cajamúsica - shadowplay
05- mufa - disorder
06- ddt - they walked in line
07- procesion - insight
08- kristal - isolation
09- rnlace - 24 hours
10- fernando Baes - new dawn fades
11- cloudseek - day of the lords
12- ctx - transmission
13- gotico - a means to and end
14- flormaleva - the eternal

uno pensaría que como es un disco gratis, va a ser una mierda... pues no, todo lo contrario. hay versiones muy buenas, sobre todo las que traducen las letras de ian al español. bajen este disco y bailen, bailen, bailen, bailen, bailen con la radio!

link 1
link 2
link 3

televisor: anuncio

banda con música original con demos y experiencia, busca baterista, bajista, y guitarrista. buscamos gente que tenga influencias como las nuestras; entre ellas: the cure, cocteau twins, slowdive, joy division, the chameleons, the radio department, siouxsie & the banshees, new order, etc.

nuestro sonido está influenciado por el new-wave y la música alternativa de los 80's.

necesitamos que los interesados posean su equipo propio (muy importante), y que dispongan de tiempo para ensayar los fines de semana. nuestra idea es formar un grupo serio donde podamos hacer cosas a nivel profesional y al mismo tiempo divertirnos y pasarla bien. La idea también es estar dispuestos a adoptar la actitud e imagen que se requiera para la banda (muy importante!!!).

los interesados pueden escribir a televisorrock@gmail.com

Saturday, March 08, 2008

ed force one


gracias a mario vargas, otro fan de iron maiden que sí pudo llevar cámara al arribo del ed force one al aeropuerto juan santamaría, es que puedo compartir esta foto (y las demás que están en flickr) con ustedes. mario estaba a la par mía al costado sur del aeropuerto y de verdad que le debo un favor gigantesco al haberme pasado estas fotos que quedaron demasiado bien!

Monday, March 03, 2008

nine inch nails: new 36-song album!


we all remember pretty hate machine... it's been a long time since the release of trent's first album under the nine inch nails moniker... and since then, the music business has changed for good and trent had had a lot to do with it (he even told australians to steal his album!)

first it was radiohead, then saul williams (trent's hip-hop protegé) and now it's trent's turn to release part of his new album for free. "ghosts i-iv" is a 36-song instrumental album and you can get the first 9 songs for free on his site or on any torrent site.

trent has had some issues with the digital release of ghosts... i, for one, have been unable to download either the free sampler or the $5 full album (which includes a 40-page pdf which is simply what every artist should do in these days). here's what trent wrote regarding ghosts:

"i've been considering and wanting to make this kind of record for years, but by its very nature it wouldn't have made sense until this point. this collection of music is the result of working from a very visual perspective - dressing imagined locations and scenarios with sound and texture; a soundtrack for daydreams. i'm very pleased with the result and the ability to present it directly to you without interference. i hope you enjoy the first four volumes of ghosts."

go to nin's site now!