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Cultural terrorism prevents Mashrou3 Leila from opening for RHCP in Beirut

I haven’t posted here in a long time but this grinds my gears so i’m typing again.

Context is here for those unaware.

Disclaimer in expectation of simplistic, partisan comments: I am not an Israel supporter, I am not a traitor of the Palestinian cause…yada yada yada

Seriously? Simply because RHCP won’t back down on performing in Tel aviv, you’re arrogant enough to be self-righteous enough to pressure the band from opening for them in Beirut? Are you forgetting the essential part of the story here? They’re performing in Beirut!!!

Whether you like it or not, Israel is a nation with an economy, a government, and an influence in today’s world as well as a diaspora (and hence consequences around the world) that far exceeds the Lebanese one.

(Update): The band is also to blame here as they may have caved a little too easily.

Many have tried before to use cultural sanctions as an answer to the Israeli government’s political and military actions without success. You, ‘activist’, are willing to deny an up and coming band with a great opportunity ahead, the chance to open for one of the greatest bands of the past twenty years because you don’t agree with the Israeli government?

‘Cultural terrorism’ is the word you’re looking for. I saw you, activist, request they cancel their Tel-aviv concert. I didn’t actually see you ask them to *choose* between Beirut and Tel Aviv. Even after they tweeted their “joy, pleasure and excitement at playing in Tel Aviv,” as well as their “great love for Israel.”

But of course you can’t ask them to choose. No artist would ever perform in Lebanon again if that was the choice offered to them. Every single artist you can name who’s ever performed in Lebanon, by the way, has also performed in Israel.  Every movie you’ve seen has been aired in Israel. Every series you’ve watched has been aired in Israel. Every product you buy is on sale in Israel…

Where is the logic?

But it seems, unfortunately, but unsurprisingly, you do have somewhat of a reach, to pressure the local band into pulling back. Despicable.

How would you have felt if Israeli activists had decided that Lebanon, being a ‘terrorist country’, they wanted to pressure them to boycott their concert in Lebanon?

Rhetoric question, i guess… not even really expecting this post to make a difference, but wanted to write it…

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week&groove – I Want You

This week’s track is I Want You by Moloko. Fuck all the songs that are called “I Want You”. Just make love to this one. I did my first big life mistakes on this specific tune. They turned out to be the best earthly times ever. One of the most undercover songs in Moloko’s repertoire. One of the best, we all shall admit. Roisin Murphy is my living female fantasy. When exposed to her, I can sheepishly blush. No one swings between melodrama and pop with such a facile grandeur. I can spend hours talking about her, but I just have the urge to go grab a drink or twelve. Enjoy your week&, my venerated groover!

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*Thanks to Wou for the delicious handmade boneless chicken head. Mes hommages.

I Want You – Moloko

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week&groove – Liquid Girl

This week’s track is Liquid Girl by Aloan. Yesterday was a flawless day for me. Not only have I finally spotted the best roasted free-range chicks in town, but I also discovered this jaw-dropping Swiss trip pop fairy tale revelation. Plus, I found my favorite boxers under my bed! Anyways… Aloan’s latest album “Pretty Freaks” offers a mystical world charged with unearthly creatures swaying Electro in a fifties Rock’n’Roll vibe. There’s definitely something about Lumi in the selected track. But you also gotta check out “Invisible” especially if you’re a Neo Soul fan.

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Liquid Girl – Aloan

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week&groove – My Extended Morning

This week’s track is My Extended Morning by Elephanz. French emerging artists are constantly driving me nuts. Had this wacky band been born across the Channel, they would’ve set the rules in the British pop milieu. I discovered this phenomenon in a promotional compilation produced by French telecom company SFR to launch young talents. I bet the nervous rhythms and the suave groove will grow under your skin for the next couple of months. I just love SFR.

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My Extended Morning – Elephanz

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week&groove – Hypnotized

This week’s track is Hypnotized by Oliver Koletzki feat. Fran.

Can Electro touch people’s hearts? Well, if it’s a mid-tempo groovy number featuring creamy satiny vocals by pretty Fran, then Yeah!

It’s one of the rare electronic tracks that I can play during a stoli-veuve chillout session on my couch.

And yes, it’s still Friday in my head.

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Hypnotized – Oliver Koletzki feat. Fran { RIGHT CLICK TO DOWNLOAD }

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week&groove – Wouldn’t It Be Bad

This week’s track is Wouldn’t It Be Bad by Lady Gaga vs Kesha vs The Beach Boys. Snubbing the Gaga-Ouh-La-La would be highly hypocrite during this era we live in. DJ Clive$ter is my official Mash-Up-Chop-Pop messiah who definitely knows how to turn some cheap-processed Happy Cow squares into a kinda fancy aged Gorgonzola Di Buffala. How about some old Beach Boys tune melted with two of the most aired songs from the past months? Whether you adore or despise the original tracks, the end product will leave a certain mark on your beautiful neck.

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Wouldn’t It Be BadLady Gaga vs Kesha vs The Beach Boys

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week&groove – Mangia Amore

This week’s track is Mangia Amore by Marsmobil. I dedicate this edition to all those who were “stuck” in Milano last week, and to all those who brushed their teeth at least once in the seven past days. This band knows how to purée the trashy forgotten analogue sounds with the minimal-electro obsessive space-pop. The result is quite exotic and erotic. It will even titillate an orthodox nun’s mind. Never forget that a wise man once said: “It’s getting hot in here, so take out all your clothes”.

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Mangia Amore – Marsmobil

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