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Aug 10, 2010

Slayer goes to Church. So Does Drum ‘n Bass

Slayer Mashup – Religious Zealots Jamming to Metal Music

Slayer vs. the lord – Who Says Religion and Rock and Roll Don’t Mix?

Heavy metal music and religious zealotry are not know for being passionate bedfellows. Until now!

Watch as exalted bible thumpers thump their heads to heavy metal music, featuring metal masters Slayer. Sure to make you smile and thank the lord! What’s that you say? It’s not possible. Watch this and reconsider….

Same Goes for Drum and Bass

Not to be out shined by the metalheads, Drums n Bass music seems to move the religious people just as much as it does DnB fans across the globe. Have a look:

Opening Night Reception – “METAMORPHOSIS”

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1.?? a visionary live art exhibit

Featuring the art of:

Amanda Sage, John Park, Michael Pukac, Catherine Andrews, David Lawell & live high art model Natalia Iswara.


Friday, May 7th, 2010
6pm to 12 midnight
1108 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice 90291

Primal Luxe
& Rik Sharaj on Sitar/ Cyrrus on Drums

The Watt From Pedro Show Featuring Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Watt From Pedro Show
featuring Mike Watt, Brother Matt, and Flea

Flea and Brother Matt at The Watt From Pedro ShowIf you’ve never listened to the The Watt From Pedro Show, perhaps you should consider doing so. If you have a love or an interest in punk rock from around the world that you are unlikely to hear anywhere else, TWFPS is where you should be.

Hear Conversations with Amazing Musical Guests

The Watt From Pedro Show was founded by punk rock legend Mike Watt, Bassist for such seminal bands as The Minutemen, fIREHOSE, Iggy and the Stooges, Porno for Pyros, Banyan, Hell Ride, and many others. All the music selections featured on the show are compiled and presented by Mike Watt. In addition to all the great music you will hear, The Watt From Pedro Show regularly features some amazing guest artists, such as Peter DiStefano (Porno for Pyros), Thuston Moore (Sonic Youth), Jack Brewer, Nels Cline, John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and many more. A truly unique show. Not to be missed!

Mike Watt is assisted by Brother Matt (former KXLU DJ on the Blues Shift radio show) who does the “Spin Cycle” portion of the show, featuring sounds from the electronic music era.

A recent guest was the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s extraordinary bass player Flea.

Go to the TWFPS site and look for:

Legends of Bass - Mike Watt and Fleathe february 21, 2010 edition
of the watt from pedro show
w/on-air guest flea up now at:

You may want to download The Watt From Pedro Show Podcast. Log in to your iTunes account, click on “podcasts”, and search for Mike Watt or the Watt From Pedro Show. When you find it, just click on subscribe, and you’re good to go! When you subscribe to The Watt From Pedro Show, your account will always be up to date when a new show is uploaded and available for you to listen to. An alternate way to listen to the show is to go directly to, and listen to the stream directly from the site. I have discovered many a new artist by tuning in to Mr. Watt’s exceptional show.

How Weed Won the West – Free Movie Screening in Venice Beach

Filmmaker Kevin Booth’s New Documentary:
How Weed Won the West

I always support Kevin Booth’s efforts to raise awareness and exposing the ridiculous and dangerous draconian drug laws in the USA. I first learned about Kevin Booth many years ago, by being a huge fan of the late great comedian/satirist Bill Hicks. Kevin and Bill had been childhood friends. I feel that part of Bill’s long-silenced voice is still heard through he works of his friends such as Kevin Booth.How Weed Won the West

Free Preview Screening
Venice Beach, Feb. 13

On Saturday February 13th at 8:00PM, the new feature length documentary from Sacred Cow Productions, ???How Weed Won the West??? will be screened at the Organica dispensary in Venice Beach (13456 Washington Blvd.), the site of the LAPD raid from last year as shown in the film.

Reefer Poker Online Poker With High Stakes“How Weed Won the West??? is the story of the people who probably would not die if you took their weed away. People who feel it is their right to smoke a dried flower instead of ingesting dangerous pharmaceuticals for medicine, or alcohol and cigarettes to simply catch a buzz.

Drug Policy Reform and Barack Obama

Drug Policy Alliance - Fighting to change draconian drug laws in the USA

I received a message from the Drug Policy Alliance with a request that I compose and send a note to President-elect Barak Obama to help guide him in who he will choose to be his drug czar.

Based on suggestions provided by the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), I wrote the following letter to Obama. Feel free to copy it, change it, enhance or use it in some way to create a custom letter of your own to the new President of the United States. Once you compose your message you can send it to Barak Obama via his new website: The process is quick and simple. And well worth the small effort.

Don’t be fooled. You make a difference. You make an impact. The more proactive you are, the larger your impact. It only takes a moment to compose and send a letter like the one I wrote below:

Drug Reform Message to Barak Obama

Dear President-elect Obama,

Please choose a drug czar who will champion drug policy reform in the USA. This is a very important step in delivering the change you and I and a majority of our great nation and the world so obviously desire… and need!

It’s easy to understand why you are considering to nominate Republican Congressman James Ramstad to be your “drug czar”. Rep. Ramstad is in recovery from alcohol abuse and has a track record in support of increasing access to drug treatment. However, Ramstad is still mostly married to the failed punitive drug war policies of the last 30 thirty years. This is a no-brainer: These policies don’t work. Never have. Never will.

These failed policies need to change. More importantly, we need to do something different. Just as you had so boldly stated: “Doing the same things over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity”, WE MUST do things differently in drug reform in order for profound change to occur. I figure that you already know this somewhere deep inside your obviously good heart. Please step into it, and we will support you.

Ramstad has voted against medical marijuana five times. He has voted against making sterile syringes more available to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS three times. Even though his colleagues are increasingly supporting sentencing reform, including eliminating the crack/powder sentencing disparity, he hasn’t stood up on the issue. Perhaps Ramstad is not the right choice.

Our nation’s next drug czar should be chosen based on the following criteria:

  1. Are they committed to enacting and supporting evidence-based policies? ONDCP should make decisions based on science, not politics or ideology.
  2. Are they committed to reducing the harms associated with both drugs and punitive drug laws? We need a new bottom line for U.S. drug policy.
  3. Do they think drug use should be treated as a health issue not a criminal justice issue? To paraphrase former Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke, we need a surgeon general not a military general or police officer.
  4. Do they welcome and encourage debate and research? We need a drug czar who is open-minded and willing to consider every alternative.
  5. Are they committed to reducing the number of nonviolent offenders behind bars? Our country’s next drug czar should be fully committed to major sentencing reform.

President-elect Obama, who you choose as your drug czar will affect everyone. Please nominate a drug czar who supports marijuana law reform, syringe availability and treatment instead of incarceration.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Best regards and best of luck,

Your Name

Where to Send Your Drug Reform Letter

Once your message is ready don’t forget to send it to

The Late, Great Bill Hicks: 14th Anniversary of his Untimely Passing

Bill Hicks on British Kerrang Radio Feb. 26th

Today marks the 14th anniversary of the sad and unfortunate passing of comedy legend Bill Hicks, arguably the best stand up comic social commentarian that ever lived. In honor of this great man (who was hugely popular in Great Britain), listen in on internet radio:

Kerrang Radio – Featuring Bill Hicks

Tonight at 12 Midnight (London Time) or 5PM (US Central) or 3PM (California)

Nick Margerrison is the host of The Night Before will interview Bill Hick’s producer/ friend/ biographer Kevin Booth on the 14th anniversary of Bill’s passing. Topics will include – Mushrooms – Flying Saucers – Waco – Bill’s longevity and a plug for a live tribute show for Bill taking place in NYC Feb, 26.

If you happen to be in London, you can listen over your WW2 ham radio or whatever you use in London, or tune in to the Karrang Radio Website – Bill Hicks Tribute

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