Stream The GOASTT’s Midnight Sun Album




Hailed by Mojo magazine (on sale tomorrow) as “12 out of body transmissions that channel Bends-era Radiohead, Syd Barrett whimsy and woozy melodic weirdness”, the third album by Sean Lennon-helmed The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger (The GOASTT) is streamable in full.


Out this week, Midnight Sun is the brainchild of GOASTT-talkers Lennon and musician Charlotte Kemp Muhl. Melded in 2008, the two released the self-explanatory Acoustic Sessions album in 2010. The woozy yé-yé pop for freaks of La Carotte Bleue followed in 2011. But Midnight Sun is already proving the group’s richest and most immersive recording, and anyone interested in what MOJO staffer Ross Bennett describes as “Aphrodite’s Child grooves” or “interstellar guitar adventures” should listen up.

The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger are on tour in the US through May and June. See dates and venues below.



Friday 5/2/14 – Vintage Vinyl, Fords, NJ

Saturday 5/3/14 – Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY

Monday 5/5/14 – U Hall, Washington, DC (w/ Jeffrey Lewis)

Wednesday 5/7/14 – Terminal West, Atlanta, GA (w/ BRONCHO)

Thursday 5/8/14 – One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, LA (w/ M. Ward)

Friday 5/9/14 – Club Dada, Dallas, TX (w/ BRONCHO)

Saturday 5/10/14 – ACM @ UCA Lab, Oklahoma City, OK (w/ BRONCHO)

Monday 5/12/14 – Red 7, Austin, TX (w/ BRONCHO)

Wednesday 5/14/14 – Club Congress, Tuscon, AZ (w/ Fever The Ghost)

Thursday 5/15/14 – Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ (w/ Fever The Ghost)

Friday 5/16/14 – Casbah, San Diego, CA (w/ Fever The Ghost)

Saturday 5/17/14 – El Rey, Los Angeles, CA (w/ Fever The Ghost)

Tuesday 5/20/14 – GAMH, San Francisco, CA (w/ Syd Arthur)

Thursday 5/22/14 – The Crocodile, Seattle, WA (w/ Syd Arthur)

Friday 5/23/14 – The Imperial, Vancouver, BC (w/ Syd Arthur)

Saturday 5/24/14 – Mississippi Studios, Portland, OR (w/ Syd Arthur)

Tuesday 5/27/14 – Bluebird, Denver, CO (w/ Syd Arthur)

Wednesday 5/28/14 – Waiting Room, Omaha, NE (w/ Syd Arthur)

Thursday 5/29/14 – Wooly’s, Des Moines, IA (w/ Syd Arthur)

Friday 5/30/14 – 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN (w/ Syd Arthur)

Saturday 5/31/14 – High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI (w/ Syd Arthur)

Sunday 6/1/14 – Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL (w/ Syd Arthur)

Tuesday 6/3/14 – The Hoxton, Toronto, ON (w/ Syd Arthur)

Wednesday 6/4/14 – La Sala Rossa, Montreal, QC (w/ Syd Arthur)

Thursday 6/5/14 – Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY (w/ Syd Arthur)

Friday 6/6/14 – Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA (w/ Syd Arthur)

Saturday 6/7/14 – Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA (w/ Syd Arthur)

Sunday 6/8/14 – Mountain Jam Festival, Hunter, NY

Former Lostprophets members start new band together


Photo: Getty / NME

Former members of Lostprophets have started a new band together following the conviction of frontman Ian Watkins on child sex charges.

The remaining members of the band – Lee Gaze, Mike Lewis, Stuart Richardson, Jamie Oliver and Luke Johnson – are working on a new project with former Thursday frontman Jeff Rickly (pictured above).

Speaking to Rickley said that Watkins’ former bandmates “deserve a second chance” and compared the new music they have made to The Cure and New Order.

Speaking about how Watkins’ arrest and subsequent imprisonment affected his bandmates, Rickly continued: “I think if ever there was a group of people that needed a second chance, it’s those guys – and they’re going to take full advantage of it. People don’t really think of what happens to the other members. That took away their life. What happened is just devastating for them.”

Though not clear if Rickly will join the band in a musical capacity, he is working with them through his label, Collect Records. “It’s been my honour to work with them on their new band from a label perspective,” said Rickly. “People are not going to know what hit them when the new band comes out. It’s like everything I grew up on: a little bit of New Order, a little bit of Joy Division, little bit of The Cure. It’s just so forward-thinking.”

It was recently reported that Ian Watkins has applied for permission to appeal against the length of his jail term for child sex offences, which include the attempted rape of a baby.

The singer was given a 29-year jail sentence at the end of last year (December 18) and will spend a further six years on license after pleading guilty to 13 sexual offences.

This guy is totally sick!

Ukraine: Coup-Government Acknowledges Defeat – Moon Of Alabama



April 30, 2014

Pushed by CIA Director Brennan and Vice President Biden the Ukrainian government twice tried to use its military against federalists in the east. The second time, when it pushed to blockade the city of Slovyansk, the Russian Federation announced a snap maneuvers of its border troops and threatened to intervene. Kiev called back its forces and the federalists occupied state buildings in more cities in east. Some 23 cities and towns in the Donbass region, which delivers a third of Ukraine’s GDP, are now in their hands. More will be by tomorrow.

The coup government in Kiev has, for now, given up:

Ukraine’s president warned Wednesday that its police and security forces are “helpless” to subdue unrest in the country’s east, even as pro-Russia militants seized government buildings in another city in the restive region.“I will be frank: Today, security forces are unable to quickly take the situation in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions under control,” said acting President Oleksandr Turchynov …

“Western” media call the protesters in the east “separatists” or “pro-Russian”. Those concepts are wrong. Unlike in Crimea there is no majority in the east that wants to join the Russian Federation. These people want autonomous states within the Ukraine with locally elected governments and some control over their foreign relations. They want a federal Ukraine with a weak central government that does not interfere in their affairs.

As things proceed now they may well get what they, and Russia, want. With no authority over the east and no reliable security forces the Kiev government can do nothing to prevent that. The U.S. public is against further U.S. intervention in Ukraine and six month before midterm elections public opinion will for once be noticed. There is also no support in Europe for any escalation like further sanctions on Russia. The “west” and its stooges in Kiev have run out of valid instruments to achieve their goals.

The neocon plan to capture the Black Sea harbor Sevastopol for NATO was defeated when Russia snapped Crimea away. The NATO plan to include Ukraine into its containment ring around Russia has failed. The European Union plan to devour what is left of Ukraine’s natural richness is in tatters.

Ukraine will become, as an elder statesman (and war-criminal) adviced two month ago, a finlandized federal nation between the east and the west.

But there are still possible spoilers. The neocons and humanitarian interventionists will fume about their loss and they may still plan some mischief. They could, using their connections with the Ukrainian fascists, try to start a civil war in Ukraine. If only to keep Russia busy and to distracted it from other issues.


April 29, 2014: Ukraine: Fascists Lack In Math

Disgraced former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his entourage, whose criminal regime was toppled on Feb. 22 after the three-month EuroMaidan revolution, took $32 billion in cash to Russia, said Ukraine’s Acting Prosecutor General Oleg Makhnitsky in an interview with the Financial Times on April 28.
Prosecutor General: Yanukovych took $32 billion to Russia, financing separatism in Ukraine

Hmm. Oleg Makhnitsky, the new prosecutor general, is a member of the fascist Svoboda party. These folks are known to be somewhat lacking in education, especially in math.

$1 million in $100 notes, the highest nomination freely available, weights about 22 pounds or 10 kilogram. $32 billion in $100 notes are thereby some 320 metric tons. One would need some 20 big trucks to haul that stash around. I am quite sure that Yanukovich had no chance to assemble and load such a convoy on February 21 when he fled from being threatened with violence by the fascist paramilitary from Maidan square.

How much can one trust a prosecutor general when that person makes such obvious ridiculous claims?

PS: The good thing here is that Financial Times readers are usually somewhat sophisticated and will likely recognize such an idiot for what he is. The question they will ask themselves: “Would I trust such a person in my business dealings?” The obvious answer does not bode well for the Ukrainian coup government’s plans for attracting outside investors.


April 28, 2014 – Ukraine: Useless Sanctions And Then What?

Today the U.S. sanctioned Clearia Toiletskaja, chief janitor of the Kremlin and other Russian personalities near to President Putin. Should Putin not react to this the U.S. will take more serious measures.

The professed purpose of these sanctions is to make Russia stop what it is allegedly doing in east Ukraine. But Russia is not doing anything in east Ukraine. The White House, in cooperation with the New York Times, attempted to fake evidence thereof but even that did not work. Russia is simply doing nothing.

Maybe that is the real problem the White House has and maybe that is the real reason for piling up sanctions. Russia must be made to do something. Could it not finally march into east Ukraine and thereby give the dearly desired justification to start a big war in Europe? Please Putin, do something. Otherwise the White House will have to put up more sanctions and then even more only to be laughed out of Europe where none of the big players is willing to follow down that path.

The project of capturing the Ukraine, to then kick Russia out of the Crimea port, to then be able to kill off Syria is failing. But the neocons are not known for giving up. What is Obama going to do next?


April 26, 2014 – Ukraine: Media Obfuscate About “OSCE Observers”

Also Friday, a group of foreign military observers traveling under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, along with their Ukrainian hosts, were detained by pro-Russian separatists in Slovyansk, the separatists and the Ukrainian government said.The government said seven foreign observers and five Ukrainian military officers had been seized.
Defying Moscow, Ukraine Threatens to Blockade Pro-Russian Militants

The group was operating under the mandate of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and comprised four Germans, a Pole, a Dane, a Swede and a Czech officer. According to the Ukrainian interior ministry, they were being escorted by five members of the Ukrainian armed forces when their bus was seized by separatists.
Ukraine: pro-Russian separatists hold European military observers captive

Now, how is the above reporting consistent with this?


1/4 Comms with military observers in Donetsk region lost.Team not OSCE monitors but sent by States under Vienna Doc on military transparency


2/4 All members of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission and OSCE/ODIHR election observers are safe and accounted for


3/4 Military verification team – led by Germans – and composed of 8 members – 4 Germans, 1 Czech, 1 Danish, 1 Polish, 1 Swedish


4/4 Military verification team sent following invitation from Ukraine under terms of Vienna Document 2011

The captured foreign officers were there at the invitation of Ukrainian coup-government and accompanied by Ukrainian officers. While the Vienna Document 2011 was exchanged within the framework of the OSCE the military observer mission under the document, like the one captured in Slovyansk, are bilateral and not under organizational OSCE control (see para 18: VOLUNTARY HOSTING OF VISITS TO DISPEL CONCERNS ABOUT MILITARY ACTIVITIES). This was not an OSCE mission but a multilateral visit under a paper that was signed between OSCE countries.

The coup-government has labeled the protesters in eastern Ukraine as “terrorists” and only yesterday some of them were, allegedly, killed by Ukrainian troops. How would anybody with a sane mind send foreign military observers and Ukrainian officers into towns where those “terrorists” are having the upper hand? For what purpose if not to spy for the Ukrainian government which plans to recapture those towns by military force?


In case someone doubts the official OSCE position as expressed in the tweets above here is a TV interview (in German) by the Austrian TV with the vice president of the OSCE crisis prevention center Claus Neukirch. He points out several times that the military observers caught in eastern Ukraine are acting under a bilateral (German-Ukrainian) deal within the framework of a document which was once signed during OSCE consultations. Neither the paper nor the missions under it are, Neukirch says, within the official OSCE framework. The OSCE does have 150 strong civilian mission in Ukraine which is neutral in its position and is trying to locally intermediate between waring sides. Neukirch also says that the official civilian OSCE mission is not involved in any negotiations about the caught bilateral military mission. That mission’s fate is a problem for Germany and Ukraine to solve.

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 Yes We Can!

Yes We Can!

By Pepe Escobar – Pepe Escobar is a Brazilian investigative journalist. He initially became famous in Brazil during the 80s, writing cultural criticism for the Folha de São Paulo newspaper.

The Barack Obama administration seems to love the sound of unilateral sanctions in the morning. It must feel like “victory“.

Real, hardcore sanctions, if ever applied, would be devastating mostly for North Atlantic Treaty Organization poodles, not Moscow. Meanwhile, (energy) adults continue to do business as usual.

There’s no way to understand Cold War 2.0 without a flashback to November 2010, when Vladimir Putin directly addressed German business/industry, proposing an economic community from Lisbon to Vladivostok.

German interest in this key strategic relationship has been reciprocal. Amplified to other nations, that implies in the long run a full European Union-Russia economic/trade integration, and, in the bigger picture, a step closer to Europe-Asia integration. Which translates as absolute anathema for the embattled, Monopoly-addicted hyperpower/hegemon.

For all of US Think Tankland talking and theorizing, breathlessly, about “containment” of a “rogue state” – which in itself is laughable, as if Russia was Somalia – the Obama administration’s overarching “strategy” is really in a class by itself. This masterpiece of juvenile delinquent diplomacy boils down to “ignore Putin“.

Call it the “I don’t like you; I don’t wanna talk to you; I just wish you’d die” school of diplomacy. How come Talleyrand never thought if it? Well, with advisers such as the astonishing mediocrity Ivo Daalder, a former ambassador to NATO, no wonder Obama does not need enemies.

All we need is Lavrov
The sanctions hysteria is designed to force President Putin to bow to the hegemon’s whims, as part of the overall “strategy”; forging an “international consensus” to “isolate” Russia and turn it into a “pariah state”. “Pariah states” that do energy mega-deals, as in here and here.

Still, the predominant wishful thinking revolves around the economic strangulation of Russia – as it was relentlessly attempted against Iran (and bravely resisted by Iranians). Inside their bubble, the wishful thinkers even believe Beijing will be on board, oblivious to the fact that Beijing clearly sees the sanction hysteria/ignore Putin “doctrine” as a branch of the “pivoting to Asia” – which is essentially military containment of China.

In the end, the Kremlin has also reached a similar conclusion: it’s useless to talk to Washington. After all, the hegemon’s laundry list remains the same – the Kremlin is not allowed to support popular protests in eastern and southern Ukraine; everyone must submit to the neo-nazi/neo-fascist-allied regime changers in Kiev; and Crimea must be “returned” – to NATO – so NATO can kick Moscow out of the Black Sea.

Washington’s ultimate wet dream would be to interrupt gas shipments by Gazprom from Russia to the EU – in fact trade sabotage, which Moscow would undoubtedly interpret as an act of war. Meanwhile, Washington/NATO’s “Plan A” remains to lure the Kremlin into an “invasion” – so Putin can be (in fact already is) denounced as “the new Hitler” and the ultimate threat to the EU.

So much for the “containment/isolation” martini cocktail of arrogance, ignorance, impotence and irresponsibility. Diplomatic finesse? Forget it. In terms of a real diplomat at work, feel free to admit “All We Need Is Lavrov“.

Go back to Game of Thrones
Moscow has so many ways to retaliate real hard against the hegemon: in Syria; on the Iran nuclear dossier; on NATO’s ignominious withdrawal from Afghanistan via the Northern Distribution Network, which goes through Russia; on the future of Afghanistan.

If the White House and the US State Department really wanted to listen to how Putin frames the relationship between the West and Russia, that has been voiced repeatedly by the Kremlin. Russia expects respect from “our Western partners”, who since 1991 have treated it not as “an independent, active participant in international affairs”, with “its own national interests that need to be taken into account and respected”, but as a backward or dangerous nation to dismiss and “contain”.

The historical record clearly shows Washington does not respect the national interests of anybody; the only thing that matters is that they should always be subordinated to Washington’s interests.

The Kremlin, in a nutshell, has invited Washington to play realpolitik. Not Monopoly. The Obama administration, at best – and we are being very lenient here – plays checkers. Moscow plays chess. A mad drive to instill chaos in Russia’s western borderlands while “ignoring” Putin won’t change the Kremlin’s defense of what it perceives as Russia’s national interests.

Let’s say the “project” was to seize Ukraine, kick Moscow out of the Sevastopol base, and thus from the Eastern Mediterranean; and then take over Syria, so Qatar – and not Iran-Iraq-Syria – may get “its” share of Pipelineistan via Jordan and a Sunni-ruled Syria towards EU markets. The “project” is miserably failing.

Yet the sanctions game will persist (like it did with Cuba, Iraq, Iran). The White House is already concocting more of the same. No adults in Europe will follow. Even poodles are able to sniff that the Obama administration does not even qualify to play Game of Thrones on PlayStation 3.

Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007), Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge (Nimble Books, 2007), and Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).




Foxygen Announce 2014 Summer Tour, Nearly Finished with New Album





After laying low for nearly a year, during which time frontman Jonathan Rado and drummer Shaun Fleming released solo albums, California’s Foxygen returned to the stage at Coachella earlier this month. Looking to keep the momentum going, the band has now announced a summer tour.Set almost exclusively in their home state, the outing includes dates in Petaluma, Big Sur (for the Woodsist Festival), Sonoma, Los Angeles, and Pioneertown. However, they’ll venture out of The Golden State briefly for a performance Pickathon. Consult the full schedule below.As you may recall, the band canceled several tour dates last summer after member Sam France broke his leg. That incident came just shortly after rumors arose of the band’s possible break-up.As a press release notes, the band is nearly finished with the follow-up to last year’s We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic. They’ve already debuted two untitled songs during the first weekend of Coachella, so expect more new music on the forthcoming tour.Foxygen 2014 Tour Dates:
07/31 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
08/01-03 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon
08/04 – Petaluma, CA @ Lagunitas Brewing Company *
08/06 – Big Sur, CA @ Woodsist Festival
08/07 – Sonoma, CA @ Gundlach Bundschu Winery
08/08 – Visalia, CA @ Cellar Door
08/13 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern
08/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
08/16 – Pioneertown, CA @ Woodsist Festival

* = w/ Woods and Steve Gunn