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The playlist for Monday 22 July 9pm to Midnight Pacific Edition of The Justice Department: Musique sans Frontieres

 ~~ "The Twisted Aftermath of a Smile" ~~

1 - Little Axe -- "Long Way to Go"
2 - Baby Huey -- "Hard Times"
3 - Little Sister -- "Stanga"
4 - Nina Simone -- "Rags and Old Iron"
5 - Isaac Hayes -- "Walk on By"
6 - Otis Redding -- "More Than Words Can Say"
7 - Winston Curtis -- "Be Thankful For What You Got"
8 - William Bell -- "Everybody Loves a Winner"

Station Break

9 - Rodney Crowell -- "Highway 17"
10 - The Doors - "Cars Hiss By My Window"
11 - Buffy Sainte Marie -- "Until It is Time For You To Go"
12 - Emmylou Harris -- "Goodbye"
13 - Daniel Lanois -- "Where Will I Be"
14 - The Church -- "Under The Milky Way" "
15 - Iron and Wine -- "Resurrection Fern"

Station Break

16 - Laika and the Cosmonauts -- "Salt Mine Twist"
17 - The Mermen -- "Sponge Cookie"
18 - The Calm Blue Sea -- "We Will Never Be As Young As We Are Tonight"
19 - Seabear -- "In Winter's Eyes"
20 - Au Revoir Simone -- "Only You Can Make You Happy"
21 - Explosions In The Sky -- "Your Hand In Mine"

Station Break

22 - Stina Nordenstam -- "Crime"
23 - Nouvelle Vague -- "Making Plans for Nigel"
24 - Nico and The Velvet Underground -- "Femme Fatale"
25 - Marianne Faithfull -- "Song For Nico"
26 - Serge Gainsbourg -- "No Comment"
27 - Jacques Brel -- "Ne Me Quitte Pas"
28 - Francis Cabrel -- "Petite Marie"
29 - Ennio Morricone -- "La Bambola"

Station Break

30 - Patti Smith - "Frederick"
31 - Porno For Pyros -- "Tahitian Moon"
32 - Steve Earle -- "Galway Girl"
33 - Cara Dillon -- "Black Is The Color"
34 - Lila Downs -- "Mi Corazon me Recuerda"
35 - Olga Guillot -- "Delirio"
36 - La  India -- "La Gran Tirana"
37 - Mongo Santamaria -- "Manteca"

Station Break

38 - Miriam Makeba -- "Where Can I Go" "
39 - Garanda -- "Sunda Javanese Gamelan"
40 - Ulrich Schnauss -- "A Million Miles Away"
41 - Mari Boine -- "Vuoi Vuoi Mu"
42 - Souad Massi --  "Houria"
43 - Vangelis -- "Ask The Mountains"

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(12-String Ovation Balladeer Astoria, Oregon / copyright Justice Putnam)


It ends because the beginning won’t jumpstart
again: red smudge of a mouth, lipstick everywhere

the afterthought a comet leaves on its way
out. What makes this moment unfold like a fine

woman raising herself up from the bathroom floor?
Honky-tonk in the honeyed brown of an eyeball?

Perfume & its circus of heart-shaped introductions?
It ends because the needle always winds up in

the lead-out, like a man pawing around for broken
spectacles after he wakes in the world’s rubble.

Hand over hand he paws, through stilted guitar
picks & abandoned stilettos, raised skirts & rocks,

glasses as chipped & smudged as the topography
of a skipping record. He could be Albright

himself, foraging the still-life swish of low-rise
tutus & skyscrapers cracked in the twisted

aftermath of a smile. Even without glasses,
he remembers her in high style: magnanimously

coming down the blue & violet threads of night,
her green dress clashing with the bathroom tile.

-- Adrian Matejka
"End of Side A"


Voices and Soul appears on Black Kos Tuesday's Chile; poetry chosen and critiqued by Black Kos Poetry Editor Justice Putnam.


(Cut Stones and Arch St Ceneri, France / copyright Justice Putnam)


Question: Who is your audience? What are you here for?

Answer: Tribal Alliances, Heart-felt Convictions, Passionate Reason, Random Abandon, Sustainable Civility and a kiss; to comfort the sad and the mad Ones; the Ones roaming the International section of the American Supermarket at night; or roaming the neglected streets looking for an angry malaprop to sink their teeth into; the Ones who seek without seeking and learn as much as they teach; the Ones who embrace and kiss and embrace again; the Ones who sing the song of the city and the ballads of the forest; the Ones who chant the rhythm of the sea and hum the melody of the desert; the Ones who sing the prayer of Her name and Her name is the World. Yes, those are the Ones.    -- JP


(Man, Girl and Broken Window Klamath Falls, Oregon / copyright Justice Putnam)


(Can you help folks in need heat their homes and cook their food on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Reservations. Navajo has an important diary posted with all the particulars. Even a small amount can work towards building the minimum.

Could you please help?)


So that explains it... !

Sunlight and Water Pitcher Muir Beach / copyright Justice Putnam


... Or does it?

(Holy Bible and 3 in 1 Oil Berkeley, California / copyright Justice Putnam)


I took another small sip of water as the next questioner rose, this time by the stacks of French novels. She was cute; red hair, tall, maybe 5'9" or 5'10", well proportioned. Had to be another doctoral student in Comparative Literature at Cal; so even at 24 or 25, was too young for my wandering eye.

"You stated," she stated determinedly, "and I quote; 'Comedy, Poetry and Fiction are only effective and only become Art if there is a Truth behind the humor, the verse and the lie.'"

"Yes," I uttered to fill the small silence.

"In your writing; in your humor, verse and lies, are you telling a Truth about yourself?" she asked, "or are you telling a Truth about the Culture and Society as a whole?"

"Yes," I answered.

--Justice Putnam
"Conversations With The Audience"



(Rail Road Crossing, Sonoma California / copyright Justice Putnam)


"Many heroes lived before Agamemnon, but they are all unmourned, and consigned to oblivion, because they had no bard to sing their praises."

 -- Horace

"Still the race of hero spirits pass the lamp from hand to hand."

-- Charles Kingsley


Rest in Peace Aaron Schwartz



(Morning Fog And Surf, Muir Beach, California / copyright Justice Putnam)


Originally posted to The Justice Department on Netroots on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 08:45 PM PDT.

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