Monday, November 10, 2008

Jello Biafra on the Candidates

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Paul Wolfowitz

New World Notes News
Volume 1, Number 14 -- October 21, 2008

This week in New World Notes:

Tuesday, October 21 / Friday, October 24: #35--New World Notes's first and only Election Special--features two long passages from a funny and biting 2-hour stand-up monologue ("spoken-word art") performed by Jello Biafra--in July of this year, I believe . First, Jello presents a highly selective review of world news. We then break for a song--not by Jello and the Melvins or the Dead Kennedys (Jello's current and previous groups), I promise! Then Jello skewers every major-party aspirant to the U.S. presidency, including HRC, Huckabee, Guiliani, McCain, not least "the Barack star"--plus Nancy Pelosi, for good measure. Here's how the presidential horserace looks from a genuinely Progressive perspective. It isn't pretty, but it's funny.

Alas, no mention of McKinney (who wasn't yet nominated) or Ralph Nader. Alack, the recording was made before Sarah P. swooped down upon the Lower 48, scoped .30-06 in hand.* Is America ready for a Vice President who poses a greater threat to wildlife than to her hunting partner?

Jello's fine comic-satire monologues are among the discoveries I've made as a result of doing New World Notes. Other discoveries include singers Emma's Revolution, Anne Feeney (a long-lost friend), Rich Wyman, and The Foremen; interesting writers and speakers including Naomi Woolf, Glen Ford, and James Bamford; and a large handful of good people producing good public-affairs radio shows for nonprofit stations.

I've scheduled for mid-December another 22 minutes--not about the election--from the same performance by Jello. So if you enjoy this kind of thing (as I do), be sure to tune in.

More gratuitous artwork is attached: (1) Paul Wolfowitz (Top of page: plays a role in the song this week); (2-3) two posters celebrating Jello Biafra's 50th birthday (b. 1958); (4) the man himself.

Next week: Part 1 of a 3-part radio documentary. New World Notes's title pretty well sums it up: "Mutual Corruption: Media, Business, and Politics (or: Roll Over, George Orwell, and Tell Tim Russert the News)."

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* Pronounced “thirty-aught-six.” Not to be confused with the more modest .30-30, pronounced “THUD-y THUD-y.” Onomatopoeia, anyone?

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