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3 minutes | Jan 31, 2021
New song: "November 17"
To put it very simply, Greece's Bloody Sunday was November 17th, 1973. An armed struggle followed, among many other things. The November 17 Group disbanded in 2002, and Dimitris Koufontinas has been in prison ever since. He has now been on hunger strike for 24 days, in protest against the new governing administration in Greece, which has been singling him out for torture in prison.
3 minutes | Jan 6, 2021
BREAKING NEWS: No Charges Against Kenosha Police for Shooting of Jacob Blake
I'm at a loss for words. There will be a demo in Portland tonight (Peninsula Park at 8 pm), and more across the country, I assume. This track is a track called "Say Their Names" from my upcoming album, Rebel Songs. It's the song I wrote just after Jacob Blake was shot. This version is a rough mix with drums and bass.
4 minutes | Jan 4, 2021
BREAKING NEWS: Julian Assange US Extradition Denied
Today a judge in London decided against extraditing the Wikileaks founder to the US, where he would face a potential 175-year prison sentence. Julian Assange is a journalist who has done more in the service of humanity than perhaps anyone you'll ever meet. This song, "Behind These Prison Walls," is a rough mix version from the first few recording sessions of what will ultimately be my next album, to be titled Rebel Songs.
3 minutes | Jan 1, 2021
New song: "Pawns (The Great Divide)"
The US is a nation with amnesia, with a population generally ill-equipped to do any independent thinking as a result. And if you think this problem only exists among the Proud Boys, then you are also a victim of misinformation -- just from a different source.
2 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
Oil Train Derails
In the past 2 days, 2 trains in the state of Washington have had accidents. One of them involved train cars full of crude oil, that then burned. Is another Lac Megantic, 2013 here in the Pacific Northwest virtually inevitable, as things are going? Yes.
3 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
Christmas Eve in Bethlehem
Christmas in Bethlehem this year is extremely difficult for yet new reasons, on top of the usual brutal military occupation.
4 minutes | Dec 24, 2020
I have, over the years, written nearly an album's worth of Christmas songs, but the one about Pirate Santa is my favorite. Very 2020, I'd say.
4 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
New song: "Cinderella"
When I learned in the course of an interview with Abigail Disney that actors and other Disney employees are paid so badly that some of them are living in their cars, I had some musical commentary to contribute to this stark vision.
3 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
New song: "Just Life and Death"
A budget is, as is often said, a moral document. This may be more true than ever, with regards to whatever new stimulus package the Congress may or may not pass this month.
6 minutes | Dec 3, 2020
1854: The Eureka Stockade
British troops slaughtered gold miners in Australia who were refusing to pay taxes they couldn't afford to pay anyway. 29 people died in the massacre. The miners continued their resistance afterwards, and thus terrified the authorities into giving in to all of their demands.
2 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
New song: "When the Checks from Unemployment Came"
I have just had what has now become a familiar experience to many: after seven months of busy signals and inexplicable rejections, a windfall arrived, in the form of one check for each of the 29 weeks that have gone by since I first applied, which was when applying at all became a possibility for gig workers in Oregon like me. Which was a month after all of my tours were canceled, and all the venues and all the borders were closed.
6 minutes | Nov 21, 2020
2003: The Miami Model
At this time in November, 2003, downtown Miami, Florida was drenched in tear gas, as the Free Trade Area of the Americas talks went on there, along with the protests.
6 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
1915: Joe Hill executed
On November 19th, 1915, IWW organizer, cartoonist, songwriter and popular educator from Gävle, Sweden, Joel Emmanuel Hägglund, better known as Joe Hill, was executed by firing squad in Salt Lake City, Utah. His state murder was only one of many official and unofficial lynchings of union organizers across the US during the period.
3 minutes | Nov 18, 2020
New song: "Patreon (a love song)"
To put it simply, the way things are in the modern Big Tech-dominated economy, crowdfunded patronage is the only way for someone like me to survive as an artist today. In 2020 that's much more true. So, to everyone in the world who appreciates artists: thank you for your support. You make my art/life possible (just). If you want to make it a bit more possible: patreon.com/davidrovics
2 minutes | Nov 17, 2020
New song: "They Lied"
Every day I read another story of someone whose last words were "I wish I had believed the virus was real." This song could be from the vantage point of any number of them, sadly.
3 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
New song: "To All the Jared Kushners of the World"
Just how top-heavy can an icon be before it can't stand up at all?
4 minutes | Nov 13, 2020
New song: "November 2020"
It's November 2020, it's been quite a yearI can't imagine where we'll be once December is here
3 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
#Vaccine (a love song)
The new vaccine Pfizer is talking about may or may not be the one, but the news had at least a slightly therapeutic impact on the state of my imagination.
7 minutes | Nov 3, 2020
Chuck Rosina was going through his old cassette tape recordings of his radio shows from the 1990's, and he came across this little gem. It's a clip of a visit to the radio studio in the basement at MIT, where WMBR is located. Rich Caloggero is accompanying me on guitar. The song is clearly very Jim Page influenced (as are lots of my songs), and very dated. The atmosphere around the conversation that evening in the fall of 1999 really seems to capture the optimistic feeling within the very active global justice movement of the day, long before 911 substantively changed that.
105 minutes | Nov 3, 2020
Radio Zinzine special on my songs about 2020 (in French)
FRENCH SPEAKERS: Joviale with Radio Zinzine in France did a two-part special on the history of 2020, annotated by my songs on the subject. (The songs are in English, everything else is in French.)
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