Archive | October, 2013

Age Old Hunger

17 Oct

Timothy S. Griffin,

Christopher Denny‘s appearance has something of a chameleon quality.  Slight differences set apart one image or photo of him from another– but when you hear his voice, there’s no question.  His voice is distinguished – an unforgettable  tremolo reminiscent of many of the 1920s Gospel Blues crooners and pitch and tone akin to Anthony of Anthony And The Johnsons , Denny’s vocal twang lies in his upbringing in Arkansas, he’s quoted to have been influenced by Hank Thompson, Lefty Frizzell,  Jeff Buckley and Patsy Cline. He issued one Album in 2007: Age Old Hunger and the latest cover of My Morning Jacket’s Bermuda Highway is just an amuse bouche from  his new album due out sometime in the spring 2014 (Partisan Records).

I’ll stick my neck out as far as Brighton pier to say that if he’s not part of the European Festival scene in 2014 … I’ll eat the whole pier!


World Food Day

16 Oct

For WFD it has to be none other than The Isley Brothers with their socially concious song  Harvest For The World. Released by the brothers as a single from same named album in 1976.
And UB40’s Food For Thought – the epic first single release for British Reggae- and socially tuned-in band in 1980. The song was a double A single with the song ‘King’- about the late Martin Luther King.

The Isley Bros.




The occasion is organised by The Food and Agriculture Organisation to be on the same day the Organsation was founded in 1945.

The objectives of World Food Day are to:

  • encourage attention to agricultural food production and to stimulate national, bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental efforts to this end;
  • encourage economic and technical cooperation among developing countries;
  • encourage the participation of rural people, particularly women and the least privileged categories, in decisions and activities influencing their living conditions;
  • heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world;
  • promote the transfer of technologies to the developing world; and
  • strengthen international and national solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty and draw attention to achievements in food and agricultural development.


International Day of Rural Women

15 Oct

We’re kicking off  todays events with a little Respect from Aretha Franklin.

The UN designated today as International Day of Rural Women (IDRW), which is very much linked in certain respects to the International Women’s Day held each year in March. The Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, has this to say about the vision of the UNs project.

“Empowering rural women is crucial for ending hunger and poverty. By denying women rights and opportunities, we deny their children and societies a better future. This is why the United Nations recently launched a programme to empower rural women and enhance food security.” 

The IDRW isn’t alone a human rights issue. Women in the western world today have – to degree, equal rights and protection purely because of feminist ideology. Recordings as far back as the Béquines – a small society of celibate laywomen, opposed to male subjection of women, attempted to live in their own communities and support themselves by their collective work  during the 13th century.

In many parts of the third and fourth world regions, the most basic human rights for women – namely, to exist without fear of being killed by men, are still having to be fought for by those indigenous women. These women play the most important roles in the economy of their country, providing for their children, their education and their society in farming the land and finding irrigation solutions. And they constantly come up against violence, abuse, inequality either through default of their religion or indifference to their rights to equality in patriarchal societies.

Film Tip

The French/Afghan writer and film maker Atiq Rahimi wrote and directed the film The Patience Stone (2012) set during the Afghan war about a young woman’s burden of sexism and inequality. The film doesn’t handle or provide a solution but it posters the problems women have in surviving in their environment in this region of the world.


Interesting reading, feeds and short films about the various projects with women in rural regions of the world on the UN website:

Click to access learning_2.pdf


Track of the Day

14 Oct

Transistor Six


Transistor Six Sessions pay homage to the BBC’s Peel Sessions. It’s where we invite artists into our little studio setup at ‘Frank’ here in Austin, where they record a few live songs, take some photos with our Lomo film cameras and do an interview. We also shoot many of the shows on Super 8 film for a truly warm analog experience.

Many of our shows are by invite only and not announced until the day of the show. Access to these shows will only be available to those who ‘Like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Incase you’re just reading this and want to get in on the fun here are the links to our Facebook and Twitter, we also split up the invites between both socials so double your chance and sign up to both!

We also are doing something fun to give back where we have artists sign a one of a kind piece of music gear which we auction off. We then donate the proceeds to local music charities in Austin. It’s our way to give back to artists and music programs for generations to come.


On This Day…

9 Oct

John Lennon was born, 1940 in Liverpool, UK. He died 40 years and two months later on the 8th December 1980 in New York. He released Starting Over  on his 40th birthday.

It’s also his son Sean Lennon‘s (1975), PJ Harvey’s (1969), Jackson Browne’s (1948) birthdays today. Che Guevara, on the other hand died on this day 1967 aged 39, La Higuera , Bolivia. (Carlos Puebla Hasta siempre comandante)

This Is Love and We Float are I think 2 great songs of hers.


Here’s a tribute Jackson Browne’s perseverance.

And Carlos Puebla’s beautiful voice for his hero Che Guevara.

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