Unlikely 2.0

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Editors' Notes

Maria Damon and Michelle Greenblatt
Jim Leftwich and Michelle Greenblatt
Sheila E. Murphy and Michelle Greenblatt

A Visual Conversation on Michelle Greenblatt's ASHES AND SEEDS with Stephen Harrison, Monika Mori | MOO, Jonathan Penton and Michelle Greenblatt

Letters for Michelle: with work by Jukka-Pekka Kervinen, Jeffrey Side, Larry Goodell, mark hartenbach, Charles J. Butler, Alexandria Bryan and Brian Kovich

Visual Poetry by Reed Altemus
Poetry by Glen Armstrong
Poetry by Lana Bella
A Eulogic Poem by John M. Bennett
Elegic Poetry by John M. Bennett
Poetry by Wendy Taylor Carlisle
A Eulogy by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Vincent A. Cellucci
Poetry by Joel Chace
A Spoken Word Poem and Visual Art by K.R. Copeland
A Eulogy by Alan Fyfe
Poetry by Win Harms
Poetry by Carolyn Hembree
Poetry by Cindy Hochman
A Eulogy by Steffen Horstmann
A Eulogic Poem by Dylan Krieger
An Elegic Poem by Dylan Krieger
Visual Art by Donna Kuhn
Poetry by Louise Landes Levi
Poetry by Jim Lineberger
Poetry by Dennis Mahagin
Poetry by Peter Marra
A Eulogy by Frankie Metro
A Song by Alexis Moon and Jonathan Penton
Poetry by Jay Passer
A Eulogy by Jonathan Penton
Visual Poetry by Anne Elezabeth Pluto and Bryson Dean-Gauthier
Visual Art by Marthe Reed
A Eulogy by Gabriel Ricard
Poetry by Alison Ross
A Short Movie by Bernd Sauermann
Poetry by Christopher Shipman
A Spoken Word Poem by Larissa Shmailo
A Eulogic Poem by Jay Sizemore
Elegic Poetry by Jay Sizemore
Poetry by Felino A. Soriano
Visual Art by Jamie Stoneman
Poetry by Ray Succre
Poetry by Yuriy Tarnawsky
A Song by Marc Vincenz

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The Molotov

The MolotovThe recently released CD (demo), Limited Sedition by The Molotov, is an angry, charged, and at times darkly humourous collection of seven songs. The music is a hybrid fusion of industrial, rap, hardcore punk/metal guitar riffs, breakbeat and pumping techno, while the lyrics are explicit, confrontational and pull no punches.

Similar to Rage Against The Machine, Anti-Flag and Public Enemy in their unashamedly anti-corporate and pro People Power stance, The Molotov deliver music and words straight from the heart. The writer, lyricist and guitarist, scart (shane carter) blends riffs, beats and styles, new and old, in his songwriting to create a unique, catchy and powerful sound that well suits the hard-edged lyrics. You can learn more about them at their web site at http://www.triplejunearthed.com/TheMolotov, or their MySpace account at http://www.myspace.com/themolotov1.

Go Back to Sleep: 4.0 megs
HEY-HO (Howard the Coward): 5.1 megs

Aristotle said that it was easy to be angry, but to be angry at the right person, for the right reasons, is not easy. One of my favorite of his concepts, although I grant it's better with electric guitars. The Molotov's delightful song "Hey-Ho (Howard the Coward)" has a hook slamming Australian Prime Minister John Howard, but the verses examine the true complexity of the situation that causes their rage: the slide of capitalism into corporate fascism, a slide that Howard, Bush, and Blair only facilitate as pawns. These are not simple, knee jerk lyrics; these are analyses of Western civilization in decline. And that hook does rock. —JP

What I particularly liked about Scart's Molotov CD is its Renaissance energy. I mean I know this guy as a visual artist who does incredible eye-catching "underground" art from the Land Down Under. Have you seen his Synaptic Graffiti Collective, a poetry, art, music, spoken word, performance, image animation and text motion presented in a multimedia and live performance format? He & his partner in crime Sara are the founders and guiding lights behind that. So I wasn't expecting to find he's writing the songs, playing all the instruments with skill & doing some smart sound engineering. Check out how he's able to add flavors & nuances, electronic & otherwise, to his singing. I love the chutzpah of the guy, just repairing to the home studio with tunes & cool gizmos & his mad rhyme style in the lyrics. Really, he certainly has his heart in the right place & he's certainly in a 300 year old "romantic tradition" in the English language. Yes, I guess the songs are "political," but what remained in my ear days after first hearing it is more the level of so many talents swirling together. He's angry, but he's funny, urgent, nutty. So what if he ain't Noam Chomsky, you know? He's dead-on in terms of his intuition & getting to the feeling of what's up globally. A wild cry for peace, really. —KG

Oh, it's no philosophy textbook. No reason it should be. I was watching old Dead Kennedys clips the other day, there's some in the documentary Anarchism in America, back in the 80s when they were jumping around and getting stagejumped and screaming about "California uber alles." And you know, the majority of people in that audience weren't going to go out and study anarchistic and fair trade theory. We don't expect that from the anthems. Joe Hill wasn't an educator. He was a rally point. And I find these great rally songs. I also didn't realize that Scart was doing all his own instruments; that's really cool. —JP

You nailed it there: these are not theories but anthems, anthems not just of outrage but of the joy that lives & prevails under the catastrophic times we live in. Is it punk, new wave, rock, pop, hip hop or all of the above? —KG

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