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Of course all you Canadian hipsters know that CBC Radio 3 is THE BEST radio network on the face of the planet bar none, and I hope you American kool kats get hep to it, as well. A good start would be to check out my stuff while listening to their ongoing stream:

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July Fourth Toilet (includes two songs from the new album)
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I will be in Vancouver to perform in both of these shows.

Two Hot Shows, One Sizzling Album!
Wild Summer Nights With July Fourth Toilet

Go KRAZY! All Night At The Vancouver Art Gallery
Friday June 27th, 6:00 pm to 5:00 am

July Fourth Toilet, an eclectic band of accomplished multidisciplinary artists known for their infamous live shows blending wildly experimental interpretations of popular music forms with high-concept theatricality, will be presenting a 3-room, 11-hour show of music, multimedia, dance and performance art, hosted by the VAG Fuse series as part of the KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Comics + Video Games + Art exhibit.

Courtroom One will feature two performances of Dionysian sludge machismo-drippage skronk from the newly-released limited edition vinyl album July Fourth Toilet presents Balls Boogie featuring Me and Bobby McGee plus!: Kentucky Whore and Many Others. Rock turns in on itself and eats its own emasculated tail at 10:00pm and midnight.

Courtroom Two will feature ongoing improvisational sound art to illustrate themes of transformation, movement, inner voyages of discovery, outer journeys through the universe, birth and rebirth, and rites of passage best avoided starting at 6:00pm and ending at 5:00am!!!!!!. The performance will be accompanied by multiple projections and live scratch animation on 16mm film.

The Rotunda will feature a performance of the piece "Enter the Princess" created specifically for the natural acoustics and shape of the Rotunda using placed choral voices and Chinese gongs in a spectacle of ceremony and visceral sound vibrations accompanied by minimalist dance based on ancient Indian yogic poses. The singers will encircle dancers who face inward to the center of the circle as they move to the pulse of the live score: movement as sound, sound as movement. 9:00pm.

Fuse will also present music, art and multimedia by Arowbe, Vancouver Community Gamelan, Felix Culpa Theatre and the NEOGRAF collective, plus a 12-hour live drawing jam by Vancouver comic artists.

July Fourth Toilet Presents: Balls Boogie Featuring Me And Bobby McGee Plus!: Kentucky Whore And many Others! Record Launch Party
with guests Basketball, The Lovin' Hands (from Calgary) and Stamina Mantis
Friday July 4th at Pub 340, 340 Cambie Street
Doors 9:00 pm

July Fourth Toilet gets back to its roots on the July fourth!: down 'n' dirty on skid row!: in celebration of the release of July Fourth Toilet presents Balls Boogie featuring Me and Bobby McGee plus!: Kentucky Whore and Many Others, their new gritty biker boogie-tinged slab o' overcooked vinyl. Cum get blasted by a rocket ship of sonic slime, exploratory psych-O-droolic instros and zonked ballads in an intimate environment of revelatory boozy revelry!


Format: LP
Release Date: July 4th, 2008
Catalogue : PA871

Limited edition of 500 vinyl LPs
with special art booklet and MP3 download code

What is the album? One third hard driving biker boogie, one third faux Eastern but 10,000 miles up experimental instros, one third wonky ballads, one percent je ne sais quoi, and zero bullshit.

July Fourth Toilet may just be the most lucid yet visceral musical act in existence!

Legendary long-time West Coast Canadian musical act July Fourth Toilet has been doing it their way since 1994.

July Fourth Toilet have made it their mandate to never perform the same show twice. Show themes for this multi-piece, multi-instrumental co-ed bargain basement technicolor variety revue have included thirty second songs and medleys, as well as tributes to tea, candy, Davy Jones and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Their Satanic Majesties Request, September 11th, and legendary songwriter Paul Williams (with Paul Williams himself enjoying the show from ten feet away).

July Fourth Toilet ritualistically combines and transcends pop song craft, versatile musicianship, performance, non-musicians, and pure improvisation to create their unique and inimitable sound and persona.

Named by Gregg Turkington and John Singer of the anarchic and confrontationally comedic experimental two piece Zip Code Rapists.

Their first album, self-released, was intended to make people feel warm inside with its sense of soft experimental psych-pop. Entitled Something For Everyone it received critical raves and was treasured by those who got a chance to hear it.

Tell us more about this new album! For their follow-up album July Fourth Toilet set up a series of obstructions to overcome in order to create greatest listenable unlistenable album of all time using an old semi-generic budget label record as a loose template. Some of the best art and entertainment is created from barriers.

What about the music? July Fourth Toilet begins their obstacle course of an album with an eerie rendition of the most common song they could think of: Kris Kristofferson's "Me And Bobby McGee." What follows are original numbers beginning with five hard driving boogie rock tracks with G Funk keyboards. To maximize listening pleasure and recording efficiency, the band used the same backing track of one of those songs and added new lyrics and vocals et al to create an entirely new song ("Thanks Drugs"). This is followed by four or five experimental non-rock based tracks created by different teamings of J4T members. It all ends in a lush ballad of hope and renewal, a gentle, shaky exhale from such relentless themes of unbridled machismo.

The album is wrapped up in the unwieldy title July Fourth Toilet presents Balls Boogie Featuring Me And Bobby McGee, Plus!: Kentucky Whore And Many Others. So many factors were important, July Fourth Toilet wanted every song to be well crafted and to have the album flow in a new (utilizing restructured fragments of old) and unexpected manner on rather different pinpoints of the musical map, to have it all be cohesive to the unsuspecting, a story of overcoming difficulties for the listeners' enjoyment.

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The twentieth issue of MungBeing Magazine has migrated to the cyberstands!
www. mungbeing. com

=== Features ===
* Tala Bar's essay "Migration In Myth"
* Allegra C Chesnut's "Migrations of the Heart"
* Ian Pyper's exploration of Migration Phases
* a MungBeat! exclusive new album from bibble
* Pablo Vision's "Ignorant Art Ism [Passage of one body into another at death: Anagram (14)]".

=== Visual Art & Comics ===
* Scott Gray, cover artist Matt Sesow, and Pablo Vision all make their MungBeing debuts this issue
* New works from Godfrey Blow, Matt Bray, Jacqueline Jones, Claudio Parentela, Jeff Davis, Muayad Muhsin, Mark Planisek, Liz Parkinson, Elsa Dax, Ashley Reaks, Michael Dickinson, Gus Fink, jody franklin, Callie Danae Hirsch, Frances Mai-Ling, mckenzee, and Jason McLean

=== Music ===
The MungBeat! Podcast features
* "Concrete Daisies" by Allison Barkley
* the exclusive release of "Most Big Sad Time at Planet Cool" by bibble
* two tracks from Ashley Reaks
* two tracks from jody franklin

=== Lit ===
* essays by Tala Bar, Allegra C Chesnut and Buzzsaw
* prose by Pablo Vision
* poetry by Ashley Reaks, RS Deese, and Frances Mai-Ling

All this and recipes, comics, collages, poetry, and pictures of birds.

MungBeing is an online bimonthly magazine published under a Creative Commons license with a foundation in sector 10 and a pattern forming in 12B.


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My first solo music release ever.
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Rubaboo is a mentally-suspect neocacophonous audioschizocoustiphonic musical troupe experimenting with the "now sounds" of today. While it is perhaps the "goal" of many to be "discovered" by "record labels" representing the "music industry," we would rather be "discovered" by Jungian analysts and/or spirit mediums who wish to help us investigate the Realistic Barnyard Friends, including the helper monkey friend from Africa and the Secret Goat.

Despite what our "enemies" may say about the Rubaboo audio artists, we may be a "secret society," but we sure are a "cult!"

Rubaboo Links

Rubaboo on CBC Radio 3's New Music Canada
Rubaboo In The RPM Challenge 2008

Realistic Barnyard Friends by Rubaboo

CDr + 12 page zinelet now available for $6 + $2 postage

The Rubaboo musical ensemble of Lotusland have completed our debut "concept album" Realistic Barnyard Friends, which exposes the "Sinister Conspiracy" of Farmer Joe "Old McDonald" Brown and the revolutionary response to his manipulative machinations by a cabal of communist cocks and hens, and explores the intervention of a helper monkey friend from Africa and his mystical god-pal the Secret Goat. It is perhaps far more intuitive than conceptual in terms of approach and structure, yet there are "thematic elements" unifying the individual "works of music." We utilize spontaneous ritualistic "improv" techniques to create elaborate "sonic sketches."

recorded, mixed and mastered February 2008
released 29 February 2008

Realistic Barnyard Friends by Rubaboo
Track Listing Annotated With Descriptions
1. Rise Of The Cock: The Dawn Of A New Age

2. The Helper Monkey Friend From Africa

3. Plight Of The Flightless Fowl

4. Bolshevik Chicken (Is Coming To Town)
"A spritely romp of an entheogenic beet-sucking Slav socialist electro-folk ditty as interpreted by pseudo-Sufis."

5. Realistic Barnyard Friends Subvert The Dominant Paradigm

6. International Chicken Workers Union Local 23 Meets Behind The Henhouse
"Rippling with the dubious musical technique you will come to love, this spontaneous one-take wonder is a scathing, 79% vegan indictment of the tyrannical agricultural practices of that shit-kicking humanoid, Farmer Brown. Rally behind your plump and plucky chicken brethren! Howl with the monkeys as the luminous rays of class consciousness shine light into each nook and cranny of the henhouse!"

7. Old-Fashioned Barnyard Revival Meeting

8. Chickens Are Revolting
"Cocks rise up to repel the anthrocentric controlitism of the malodorous murderous agrityrant, and he responds by spewing his hatred of the feathered monstrosities in a ripping riff of a gun-polishing skronkrawker."

9. Rise Of The Cock: Preparation For War
"Sung by a group of cocks reaffirming their fowlish identities as they rattle their sabres and warble for war."

10. The Helper Monkey's Odyssey To The Realm Of The Secret Goat
"Join the Helper Monkey as he battles his reluctance to shed himself of Farmer Brown's shackles, and finally decides to journey to the realm of the Secret Goat for guidance."

11. Battle Of Brown Holler

12. The Mystical Lament Of The Secret Goat

13. Peace, Love And Kittens

14. Ballad Of The Realistic Barnyard Friends

15. Rise Of The Cock: Twilight On The Barnyard

White (Trash) Album (cassette)
2008 reissue of first classic J4T album from 1994!
$6 + $3 sh

July Fourth Toilet Plays Canada Day On John Knowles' Front Porch Live 1995! CDr
taken from our vaults, now available for the first time ever!
$6 + $2 sh

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July Fourth Toilet Website Launch Party
A Journey Into The Musical Past Using Technology Of The Future!
with guests Shearing Pinx and Ice Cream
Saturday March 8th, The Astoria, 769 East Hastings

Question: which local musical act
• turned a generic 1970s K-Tel children’s album into a live rock opera performed in animal costumes
• got heckled by legendary rock critic Richard Meltzer while performing in a junkyard
• did a tribute show to songwriter Paul Williams, who climbed onstage and told them they “kicked ass” for doing a song from the movie Ishtar
• are part of the influential West Coast psychedooolia art scene
• staged more than 80 completely unique shows over their 14-year history?

July Fourth Toilet has been following a philosophy of making every performance conceptually different since 1994. This merry band of musical experimentalists has merged performance art with playful genre-bending in their relentless exploration and deconstruction of pop culture arcana and contemporary music.

jody franklin, a writer and multidisciplinary artist who has been with July Fourth Toilet since 1994, started documenting the history of the troupe on their website last year. The Performance History section of JulyFourthToilet.com can be read start to finish as the troupe’s collective autobiography. It tells the story of the eclectic group show by show, as members share anecdotes about their experiences creating musical performance art together. “In my opinion, we have a body of work that is totally different from what anybody else has done, and I really wanted the world to know about it,” said franklin, who designed and edited the site. “I crafted it like a documentary film, editing quotes and visual art together to tell our story in a highly readable, entertaining and artful way.” It is firmly rooted within the cultural context of the Vancouver music and art scenes, as Toilet members openly discuss their contemporaries, scene politics, and how they were perceived by fans and critics. “It may be the most comprehensive window into the Vancouver music scene of this era.”

“We’ve recorded so much material that was never released, and I wanted to start getting some of our older music out before our new album comes out this summer,” said Robert Dayton (of Canned Hamm fame), who co-founded July Fourth Toilet with Julian Lawrence (publisher of Drippytown Comics & Stories). Last year, franklin released their long-lost EP Childhood Will End in MungBeing, the online art magazine he publishes. Dayton has followed this up by digging into their audio archives: the White (Trash) Album, a skewed take on the Beatles put out as a cassette on noise label Trackshun in 1994, will be re-released in its original format. And a CDR of a sloppy feel-good live performance at a Canada Day front porch barbeque in 1995 will also be available to fans for the first time ever.

July Fourth Toilet celebrates their history, the official launch of JulyFourthToilet.com version 3.0, and the release of the White (Trash) Album (cassette) and July Fourth Toilet plays Canada Day on John Knowles’ Front Porch Live 1995! (CDR) at the Astoria on Saturday, March 8th. They will be doing a tribute to their website and performing songs drawn from their Performance History.

launching this Saturday: JulyFourthToilet.com (redirects to MySpace until then!)

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Over the past year or so I've received several invitations from online friends to join various social networking systems that I'm not yet part of (as if the handful I'm already part of isn't a little too much already.) I found it curious, at first, that some of these invitations came from folks I had long been out of touch with, or sometimes barely knew at all, and, despite the fact they were always form letters, part of me was touched: "gee, that's nice they're thinking of me." In a couple of instances early on, I actually wrote letters to these friends explaining why I didn't wish to join another social networking site at the time, and thanked them for inviting me, all the same.

Gee. I feel a little red in the face about that now. Before I joined Facebook last summer, I had no idea people had the option to give these giant networking corporations access to their email accounts so they could send out letters to everyone on their contacts list. When I realized that, it made me somewhat uneasy. I was only mildly annoyed to know that friends were essentially spamming me, but it really kind of blew my mind that people were giving these companies their passwords and essentially letting them see everybody in their contacts list. Yeah, okay, I get it, they all say "we don't store your passwords" or use the information they've gathered for any other purposes than the one you've expressly given them permission for, but... I'm really skeptical.

Now I'm getting invitations to services like Flock and Wink that will (presumably) ask for my passwords to all of my social networking accounts so they can set up one convenient mega-network for me. I actually did sign up for Wink months ago, but balked when I realized that the only way to effectively use the site would be to give up my passwords. If you get phished on Wink, does it potentially compromise all of your accounts? Are there horror stories out there of people losing a dozen social networking accounts at once? I've know several people who, once phished on MySpace, were simply SOL and had to set up new accounts. Imagine if this happened across your entire network of social networks.

This really seems to fly in the face of everything I've learned about 'net security throughout the years: you know, the standard mantras of "don't share your password with anyone" and "have a different password for every account." Yet I'm supposed to trust faceless start-up corporations with this data. I don't know much about password encryption or all the various data-mining operations these companies get up to. I refuse to add modules to my Facebook profile because I simply have to assume that many of the module developers will harvest my personal information and use it (Facebook in fact warns you before you opt-in, but most of my friends on Facebook use an add-on of one sort or other.)

But here I see thousands, millions, of wired Web 2.0 types just diving right into this stuff, signing up for Flock, giving companies access to their email, adding dodgy applications to their Facebook profiles.

What do y'all think about this? Am I being paranoid? Have you willingly given up your email account passwords and/or passwords to social networking sites to any of these companies? Should I just say, "sure, [social networking start-up], I don't know you, but I'll trust you when you say there's no harm in giving up my passwords to you?"
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The eighteenth issue of MungBeing Magazine... feels right somehow, you know?

=== Features ===

* "Innerviews" with regular MungBeing contributors - intuitive artist
Kim Richardson and our resident puzzle constructor Jim Bumgardner

* Claudio Parentela's eXTra finGer interview with artist Jayson Musson

=== Visual Art & Comics ===

* New works from Ian Pyper, Callie Danae Hirsch, Luke Ramsey, Nelly
Sanchez, mckenzee, Liz Parkinson, Muayad Muhsin, Matt Bray, Albert
Schweitzer and Ashley Reaks

* Krzysztof Wlodarski, Elsa Dax, Michael Hafftka, Jacqueline Jones and
Jayson Musson all make their MungBeing debuts this issue

=== Music ===

* The MungBeat! Podcast expands through a new collaboration with the
001 Collective Family. This issue features 10 songs including tracks
from Real Live Tigers, Parade Parade, Secret Owl Society, Tinyfolk,
James Eric, Dustin and the Furniture, Existential Hero, A Drum and an
Open Window, A Wonderful and Evacuee

* PLUS a song from alternative classical pianist Frances Mai-Ling

* PLUS two songs from Ashley Reaks' forthcoming CD "Melancholia"

=== Lit ===

* essays by Michael Dickinson, Alobar Greywalker and Buzzsaw

* prose by Jennifer Chesler, R.S. Deese, and Jenna Humphrey

* poetry by SJ Chambers, J. Bradley and Allegra C. Chesnut

=== Lit Review ===

* jody franklin on "The Terror Of Loch Ness" by Che Elias with
illustrations by Michael Hafftka

* SJ Chambers on the "Surreal Adventures Of Edgar Alan Poo" by Dwight L.
MacPherson and Thomas Boatwright

* Zay Thompson explores neo-tribalism and the philosophies of Daniel
Quinn's "My Ishmael"

All this plus babies, puzzles, more Barber's Closet recipes and J. Edgar

MungBeing is an online bimonthly magazine published under a Creative
Commons license to ensure that information and creativity continue to
flourish and thrive in our new society.


Mark, jody and Starchy

Current Music: 001 Collective

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The seventeenth issue of MungBeing Magazine brings home some delightfully creative art and literature for your year-end enjoyment.

=== Features ===

* Iraqi artist Muayad Muhsin speaks of home and the inspiration behind his painting "Rachel"

* an interview with Athens-based artist and "Third Culture Kid" William Serapa

* The second half of Ian Donnell Arbuckle's screenplay "Sometimes When You Fall"

* Claudio Parentela interviews artist Josh Taylor

=== Visual Art & Comics ===

* New works from Dave Ortega, Callie Danae Hirsch, Michael Dickinson, Songmi Huff, Josh Taylor, Muayad Muhsin, Kim Richardson, jody franklin, Ashley Reaks, William Serapa, Michael O'Briant, Lyosha Kuznetsov, Albert Schweitzer, Nelly Sanchez, Liz Parkinson, Claudio Parentela, M.C. Kinnon, Ira Joel Haber, mckenzee and Mark Givens

=== Music ===

* "This Is Home" by David Greenberger and Chandler Travis, recorded by The Chandler Travis Philharmonic

* "Shanti" by Heidi Morgan

=== Lit ===

* essays by Nicole Caputo, Buzzsaw and Andrew Hessel

* poetry by Brianne Fung, Heidi Morgan, Jennifer Chesler, and Frances Mai-Ling

* prose by Augustinos Touloupis, Mermaid, David "Starchy" Grant, Jennifer Chesler, Michael Dickinson and jody franklin

=== Recipes ===

* "Cornbread of Joy & Sorrow" from mckenzee and "Fig Roll Soup" from Rik Albatros

All this plus a new "Things I've Learned About Babies", a new game called MungBitums, new contributions from new contributors, and a bagful of seasonal delights to warm your hearth and home.

MungBeing is an online bimonthly magazine published under a Creative Commons license to ensure that information and creativity continue to flourish and thrive in our new society.


Mark, jody and Starchy


Direct Links To My Contributions

new work of short fiction It's A Wonderful Life
new gallery of sketchbook drawings In My Neighborhood
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A blogger by the name of "Holy Spirit Army" posted this in [his/her/their] "Illuminati Under The Microscope" blog:

"Triple Crescent links Burning Man to Flight 93 and NYC Building Collapses

Evidence emerges that the Burning Man festival in the Black Rock desert region of northern Nevada is a neo-druid ritual that may have a link to the 9/11 attacks and mysterious building collapses in New York City."

It only gets weirder, and the bizarre line breaks only intensify this umm... important... message.
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This issue of MungBeing Magazine notices how design influences the art we create, how the art is designed, how artists perceive design, and how we perceive other things that are designed well.


=== Features ===

* An interview with legendary font designer Ray Larabie

* Inspirations from an Octahedron by Gwen Fisher

* Claudio Parentela interviews Kris Chau

* Sometimes When You Fall, a screenplay by Ian Donnell Arbuckle

* Sculptural works by James Hill

=== Visual Art & Comics ===

* Beautiful works by Michael Uhlenkott, Andrew Taggart, jody franklin & Jane Martin, Albert Schweitzer, Joey Haley, Claudio Parentela, Matt Bray, Bruce New, Songmi Huff, Callie Danae Hirsch

* New contributions from Chloe Lewis, Salam Omar, Dave Ortega, Nelly Sanchez and James Hill

* Comics by Claudio Parentela, James Jajac, Dave Ortega, mckenzee and Mark Givens

=== Music ===

* music from the forthcoming "Barcode Rain-cloud" by SubAtomic - an exclusive premiere in MungBeat!

=== Lit ===

* poetry by R.S. Deese, SJ Chambers, Frances Mai-Ling

* essays and prose by mckenzee, Buzzsaw, Dave Carpenter, Robert Dayton and Virginia M. Mohlere

All this plus quotable quotes, drinkable drinks, commenty comments and designer designs

MungBeing is an online bimonthly magazine published under a Creative Commons license, a shroud of secrecy, and a strict design plan.

Mark, jody and Starchy

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I'll be performing at Laugh-In At Logan's on 06 October as part of the 30 Cent Players comedy troupe - my second show as a member! This is the first of three gigs we're doing on the south Island in the month of October, and I encourage all of my old pals to come out and bust their guts at our "zany antics."

The sketch comedy of The 30 Cent Players return to Logan's Pub as part of "Laugh-In @ Logan's" - a comedy/variety show featuring the stand-up antics of Stu Palfrey, Katie-Ellen Humphries, Patty Kay and musical accompaniment of Mark Labelle! Come on down for some laughs and liquor!

NOTE: Tickets are $8 and available at the door.
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I created a zine to distribute at the Victoria Anarchist Bookfair last weekend.
A Journal Of Love & Contempt

Volume I

is available for sale to friends and supporters online via PayPal.
$4 + $2 shipping for print copies, donation of any amount for a PDF.

Details about contents, payment and shipping can be found here.

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Michael Dickinson, a Stuckist artist in Turkey and a frequent contributor to MungBeing, may be jailed for displaying art depicting Turkey's Prime Minister receiving a blue ribbon from George W. Bush in a piece entitled "Best in Show". We at MungBeing throw our support fully behind an artist's right of free expression. The Turkish courts, however, may not agree. Michael's court date is October 8th, 2007. I'm writing to ask if you would be willing to draft a letter of support on behalf of Michael Dickinson, specifically addressing his validity as an artist and the art-worthiness of his work. These letters are intended to be used as part of Mr. Dickinson's defense to demonstrate to the court the value and import we place on artistic inquiry and an artist's right to self expression.

There are several informational links at the end of this email including an excellent in-depth interview with Michael Dickinson (featuring the artwork in question, "Best in Show") in issue nine of MungBeing.

If you are able to write a letter of support, please email a copy to: michael.dickinson@my.mungbeing.com
Please include your name, occupation, and contact information in your

Here's how Michael describes this unfortunate situation: "[I was] called to court again unexpectedly a couple of weeks ago, when a cop rang my doorbell and handed me a summons to appear in court on 25 April at 11.30 in connection with the collages I made last year depicting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in the role of a dog, controlled and feted by American President George W Bush.

I was surprised, thinking all that stuff had finished after my arrest and prolonged detainment in police custody last year.

In my defense I said that the collages were not meant as a personal attack on the Prime Minister, but his position, and the fact that President Bush considers him a useful friend and ally. Turkish soil is home to American nuclear bombs at the US airbase at Diyarbakir.

I said that I was an artist(?) and did not usually plan my collages, but acted on inspiration at the time of making, often as a reaction to news of what is happening in the world, particularly Iraq.

When the judge asked me to describe what I was trying to say in my 2 collage pictures of Erdogan in the role of America's dog, I said that it was up to the viewer to make his own interpretation; a visual artist shouldn't need to explain in words. Pictures are for eyes. Words (spoken) are for ears.

I said that over the years I'd made countless collage pictures of President GW Bush and Tony Blair in much more unflattering roles without persecution. In the Western/European world, artists are allowed to express their feelings in their works.

The trial has been adjourned until 8th October. During that time the court will seek the opinion of a number of Turkish university professors as to whether my collages are 'art' or crime.

In the meantime I'm 'free'."

I hope to hear from you soon and thank you for your support,
Mark Givens
MungBeing Magazine

The Offending Image

Informational links:
June 8, 2006: The Bush's Dog Case

July 26, 2006: "Sorry, We Thought You Were Israeli!"
Arrested in Istanbul By MICHAEL DICKINSON

May 2, 2007: Criminalizing Art
Trouble in Turkey By MICHAEL DICKINSON

June 17, 2006: Satire that could land British artist in a Turkish jail
By Dalya Alberge, Arts Correspondent, and Suna Erdem in Istanbul

MungBeing Magazine
Information About Michael Dickinson

August, 2006: Outspoken
a conversation with Michael Dickinson by David "Starchy" Grant

Stuckism coverage and information
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spasmsproject wrote the article "Cover Songs: Does validity equal authenticity?" in the new issue of MungBeing. She poses the question "are covers art?," and discusses the question with writers and radio DJs. This got me thinking of some of my favorite cover songs, ones that I like better than the originals.

"Lola" - The Raincoats
How can anyone do a Kinks song better than the Kinks? The Raincoats do a note for note replication, but the breathy, husky female voice that rings like Nico, adding a touch of camp, plus the pounding, tribal drums, make this song one of the best punk rave-ups of all time.

"Shipbuilding" - Robert Wyatt
Maybe I'm just a sucker for his high, wavering, emotional yet smooth vocals, but this version is superior to the one recorded by author Elvis Costello.

"Everybody's Talkin'" - Harry Nilsson
British folkie Fred Neil was an excellent songwriter, but other musicians seem to be able to breathe new life into his songs. This is one of the catchiest tunes ever.

"CIA Man" - Sun City Girls
Somehow these guys manage to make it raunchier, sloppier, more stoned-out sounding than the Fugs.

"Wichita Lineman" - Glenn Campbell
He did a number of Jimmy Webb songs, and this was the best of the lot.

"Wax Minute" - Michael Nesmith
How does he hit those high notes? Penned by Richard Stekol, who I know not a thing about.

"Zappa Medley" - Camper Van Chadbourne
Camper Van Beethoven teams up with Eugene Chadbourne to deliver this bad acid trip of a strung-out, strung together epic: particularly effective is their sampling of "Let's Make The Water Turn Black," propelled by Chadbourne's frenetic guitar and menacing elfin vocals. If you survive the full song without suffering a psychotic break, you're one of the lucky ones.

I have tons more, but I'm tired. What are some of your favorite covers? Are they better than the originals?
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This issue of MungBeing Magazine finds us gazing deep into the eyes of authenticity to decide whether truthfulness is a necessary quality, goodness a component at all, and how far back one must count to designate that something is 'genuine'.


=== Features ===

* John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats writes about covering Furniture Huschle songs

* Autobiographical comic artist Joe "Peepshow" Matt bares it all to jody franklin

* Mark Givens sits down with indie rock sensations The Henry Clay People

* Claudio Parentela interviews psychedelic dreamscape painter Maura Holden

* Alex Minoff discusses authenticity in African music and rock, specifically with the band Extra Golden

=== Visual Art & Comics ===

* Galleries by Matt Bray, Owen Plummer & Andrew Dick, Gus Fink, Rachel Haywire, Bruce New, and Luke Ramsey & Jim Stoten plus new contributors Crystal Bretschger, Skinny Gaviar, Ira Joel Haber, Jessica Hill, Maura Holden, Songmi Huff, and Adonis Massad

* Comics by Claudio Parentela, James Jajac, Joel Huschle and Mark Givens

=== Music ===

* songs by The Henry Clay People and Furniture Huschle

=== Lit ===

* poetry by Frances Mai-Ling, Brad and Rik Albatros

* essays and prose by Ian Donnell Arbuckle, David "Starchy" Grant, Buzzsaw, Kevin Ausmus, Amy Frushour Kelly, Zay Thompson, Jennifer Chesler, SJ Chambers, and Tim Miller

All this plus a whole swingin' batch of cocktail recipes, some craft ideas, a few authentic bits of ranting, and the usual variety of fun-filled fodder.

MungBeing is an online bimonthly magazine published under a Creative Commons license and it ain't nuthin' but the real thing, baby.

Mark, jody and Starchy

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I'm performing in Show Off! with the 30 Cent Players sketch comedy troupe (my second show as a member), kicking off the first night of Atomic Vaudeville's Sweatshop Festival. I urge you to check it out!

The Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St.
Wednesday July 25, 8pm

Features local performance groups (featuring ITSAZOO, Horse of Air Dance Company, WAVE Theatre, The 30 Cent Players and others) presenting the result of 24 hours of creation.

TIX: $10


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If anybody ever refers to me as a "muggle," I will straight up murder them. With my bare hands. And I'll enjoy it, too.

Or, better yet, I'll become -> The Spoiler <- and torture every goddamn sheep in the Potter flock.
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Finally! You can see me in action on video, on the 'net! We reached back into our July Fourth Toilet archives and pulled out some gems. Here are a few of the best.

Cosmic Metharthasis, November 2003
Perhaps our best performance ever, an all-improvised, ritualistic, experimental acid skronk set. Me: Witchy figure with shiny suit, pink sash, blonde wig, goat hoof rattle.

The Unicorn, April 2000
I'm the Unicorn.

Deep Sea Diver, April 2000
You can see my sweaty mug screeching into the mic as part of the chorus. Song "Deep Sea Diver" is from our 2002 album Something For Everyone.

More on our YouTube page, including our onstage encounter with the legendary songwriter Paul Williams!
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The following is my contribution to the discussion about "green corporations" at Burning Man in the Burning Man Tribe. The article that sparked the controversy can be read at CNNMoney.


There is an important aspect of this discussion that, curiously, seems to be entirely absent.

What do you think the media coverage of Burning Man will be like when you return home from Black Rock City this year?

The Business 2.0 article is only the tip of the iceberg. Consider the fact that the new green technologies demonstration pavilion is tied into the theme, it is being pushed by Larry Harvey and the Org, it represents a new direction for Burning Man and it is generating controversy within the community. The hundreds of journalists who flock to the playa every year are going to be all over this.

While there will be no overt branding, sales or marketing allowed on the playa, and corporations will not be allowed to use Burning Man in their advertising after the festival, you can bet some of the more media-savvy corporations are salivating at the chance to openly demonstrate their products at the world's hippest counterculture festival, precisley because they know it will generate the kind of publicity money can't buy. If a journalist with a major metropolitan daily is suitably impressed with a specific technology that is demonstrated, a corporate brand has the potential to be exposed to hundreds of thousands of people in a positive light. Anyone with basic PR skills knows this kind of thing can be far more effective than commercial advertising, as positive coverage by the free press offers legitimacy and credibility in a way that advertising does not. The corporations can include their newspaper clippings in investor packages, while at the same time they are getting their message out strongly to a progressive, caring, young, innovative, tech-savvy demographic. The Org knows this, and I imagine the prospect of media coverage is the key selling point in discussions between the Org and these corporations.

Media coverage is a big loophole that allows corporations to use Burning Man and Burners to effectively market their technologies. The Org can deflect criticism more easily because they're sticking to their principles (no overt branding/sales/marketing on or off the playa) and because they can use the excuse that they have no control as to what is printed in the media. I highly doubt there would be much corporate interest in this project if Burning Man was NOT a media phenomenon. Undoubtedly, some of the folks who will be manning the booths on behalf of their corporations will be from their PR departments.

That said, I have no doubt that the intentions of the Org are completely sincere, as the ecological track record of Burning Man has continued to improve throughout the years. I have trouble believing there are elements of greed at work here: the LLC members do not stand to gain financially from this.

I am not exactly sure how I feel about this situation right now, I think it is a "wait and see how it shakes out" kind of thing. But there is one thing I'm certain of: this move represents a paradigm shift in Burning Man culture that has been building the past few years, and it will create more turnover in the ranks of veterans. We are no longer a small community of communities, we are a mass movement with the international media spotlight shining upon us, and this is altering the character of Burning Man.
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Buffy Sainte-Marie On Rainbow Quest With Pete Seeger
I am such a huge Buffy Sainte-Marie fan, and these videos are probably the best I've ever seen on YouTube. Such feeling and passion!

My Country 'Tis of Thy People You're Dying
Little Wheel Spin and Spin
Seeger/Sainte-Marie banjo/mouth bow duet
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MungBeing Magazine rockets into the future with issue 14. And what a blast!

=== Features ===

* Prehistoric Canadian Psychedooolia! - the future primitive - an interview with Nog A Dod's Marc Bell and Owen Plummer, plus artwork by Marc, Owen, Jason McLean, Peter Thompson, SP Ehman, Andrew Dick and Tommy Lacroix

* David Greenberger of The Duplex Planet asks elderly citizens "Did the future turn out the way you thought it would?"

* Matt Novak on the "Postmodern Paleo-Future"

* Claudio Parentela interviews scratchboard artist David Trulli

=== Visual Art & Comics ===

* Galleries by Ashley Reaks, Godfrey Blow, Liz Parkinson, Claudio Parentela, Bruce New, Michael Uhlenkott, Andrew Taggart, Muayad Muhsin, Gus Fink, Travis Lawrence, Mark Planisek, Callie Danae Hirsch, watery and Michael Dickinson

* Comics by RS Deese & Chuck Wadey, Jessica Hobdell, Ben Muggin, mckenzee and James Jajac

=== Music ===

* songs by Kathleen Yearwood, The Rudy Schwartz Project and Daniel AIU Higgs

=== Lit ===

* poetry by Leonore Wilson, Matt Bray and Michael S. Begnal

* essays and prose by Rik Albatros, Ian Donnell Arbuckle, snowy_owlet, penguinkeggard, starchy, Buzzsaw and Andrew Hessel

All that and a recipe for Space Food Sticks!

MungBeing is an online bimonthly magazine published under a Creative Commons license and the sinister machinations of a super-race of tin robots from the outer reaches of space.

We hope you enjoy this future issue now,

Mark, jody and starchy
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MungBeing Magazine explores Ritual and Myth with issue thirteen, available now at www.mungbeing.com

* Interviews with Dr. Riane Eisler (The Chalice and the Blade, Sacred Pleasure) and Robin Hardy (The Wicker Man, Cowboys For Christ) by jody franklin
* The music and art of the infamous Ashley Reaks
* An interview with Angie Mason - the first in a series of interviews with today's best underground artists conducted by Claudio Parentela
* The third and final installment of Ian Donnell Arbuckle's ambitious and satisfying serialized novella "Last Name".

* "Gnostics and Nation Builders: Theosophy and the Rise of the Indian National Congress" by RS Deese
* "Speaking Eyes" by Gina Ranalli with drawings by Gus Fink
* "The Knight And The Green Man" by Tala Bar
* "Hills" by Dave Carpenter
and more!

And the debuts of Lyla Emery Reno, saffron b, Boyd Nyberg, Mark Planisek, Andrew Taggart and Alan Smart.

This issue also marks the two year anniversary of MungBeing. Huzzah, with party hats and streamers and the like! Choc'lit cake for all!

MungBeing is an online bimonthly magazine published under a Creative Commons license and the auspices of the plastic avatar of a fallen ancient god locked up in our desk drawer.

Mythically yours,

Mark and jody

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