Listen: The Black Keys’ new song “Bullet In The Brain”



On Tuesday, The Black Keys stopped by BBC’s Maida Vale studios for a live session in support of their new album, Turn Blue, due out May 13th via Nonesuch Records. In addition to performances of “Fever” and “Turn Blue”, the duo debuted the live version of a third track.

“Bullet In The Brain” reflects the more reserved side of The Black Keys, a slow-burning blues-funk hybrid featuring the prominent use of gentle piano and scintillating organ. Sure, there’s several brief flirtations with soaring psych-rock, but the track inevitably settles right back down to Earth, resulting in a kind of emotional ebb and flow that only adds to an already intense ride.

Check out the video below:


Global Research Org: Ukraine’s Borders within NATO’s Sphere of Influence. Concentration Camps for “Pro-Russian Rebels”


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Ukraine: Entry Ban for Russian Males – A Segregation Financed by the U.S. and EU?

Earlier this month Ukraine border service officials “significantly restricted”entry of adult males from Russia. Unsurprisingly, this human rights violation went almost unnoticed by international HR organizations. Ghetto-style segregation in the 21th century is a sad reality on a territory of chaos and violence, formerly known as Ukrainian Republic.

According to the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service, Ukraine has enacted an entry ban to its territory for all Russian males aged between 16 and 60.  This ban also includes individuals from Russia’s Crimea and the city of Sevastopol (men aged 16-60 and women aged 20-35).

“This decision represents an agony of the current government,” said in an interview to RIA Novosti Dr. Alexander Strakanov, director of the Institute of Russian Language, History, and Culture at the Lyndon State College (Vermont, U.S.). “This is such a poor judgment, such a poor thinking.  I don’t believe that self-proclaimed government in Kiev understands what they are doing.”

Ukraine State Border Guard Service sanctioned the so called “filtration and verification activities” in a failed attempt to “punish” the antifascist activists of popular uprising in Novorossia. According to unverified reports of the local media, interim “authorities” in Kyiv have also begun the construction of large detention facilities in the Central regions of the country. These prisons are supposedly to be used as concentration camps for rebels, opposition leaders and dissidents during the coming counterinsurgency operation, announced by junta warchief Turchinov. No wonder, many people in Donetsk, Charkiv and Dnepropetrovsk feel insulted and betrayed by the radical nationalists in Kyiv.

Image (right): Frontpage of the «Regulations for the military personnel in Ukraine State Border Service». with the logos of the EU and US Department of State.

Political radicalization of Ukraine State Border Guard Service started in 2004 under Victor Yushenko’s presidency. Revised version of the official «Regulations for the military personnel in Ukraine State Border Guard Service» was printed on the United States and the European Union taxpayers’ money as part of the HUREMAS2 personnel management project.

Why is this document so important? It contains basic guidelines for all military personnel of the Ukrainian State Border Guard Service. The fundamental manual was finally approved by president Yushenko’s special decree № 1115/2009 on the 29th of December, 2009.

It is fair to assume that the U.S. State Department specialists and the European Union officials may have supervised the document that they funded. According to former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John E. Herbst, the State Department dropped at least $425 000 on the first HUREMAS initiative from 2006 to 2008. Former chief of the Delegation of EU to Ukraine Ian Tindall Boag promised up to €4 million funding till 2008. HUREMAS2 financial details are still unpublished but project closure is planned in 2015. Border Guard Services of Poland and Hungary are mentioned as junior partners that could help bring Ukraine State Border Guard Service in line with the EU legislation and NATO procedures.

The final goal of HUREMAS2 may be to transform the Ukraine State Border Guard Service into an instrument of deterrence on the outskirts of NATO’s targeted sphere of influence. One of the major lobbyists for HUREMAS2 project was a chief of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Mykola Lytvyn, a Yushenko protégé, who finished a military course at the Harvard University (1997).

Ironically, thanks to the comprehensive “technical assistance” by the US and European partners, Ukraine will most likely have no borders to guard by 2015.

NATO uses old images taken in August 2013 to claim that Russian troops are deployed on Ukrainian Borders

NATO wants to justify it’s existence and what better way than to show a big build up of Russian troops on Ukraine’s border. Fact is that the pictures are from August 2013. The military adventures of recent years by NATO, shows that it likes to use fake pictures and videos in order to justify invasions and gaining support at home for unpopular wars


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nato4“Satellite imagery of Russian troops allegedly amassed at present on the border with Ukraine dates back to August 2013, a high-ranking source in Russia,” General Staff said Thursday.NATO’s Headquarters of Allied Command Operations released earlier on Thursday a series of satellite photos showing large contingents of tanks, artillery, attack helicopters and war planes purportedly being observed by the Alliance in specific locations along the Ukrainian border.

“In reality, the images released by NATO show units of Russia’s Southern Military District taking part in various exercises last summer, including near the borders with Ukraine,” the source said.

The Southern Military District hosted a number of military drills last summer, including parts of large-scale Combat Commonwealth-2013 air defense exercise, which involved units from a joint air defense system of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

NATO is actively building its naval presence in the Black Sea in view of sharp aggravation of the Ukraine crisis, a Russian Defence Ministry source told the Russian news agency TASS on Thursday.

“Destroyer USS Donald Cook equipped with the Aegis combat missile defense system has just entered the Black Sea. According to our information, it is going to be joined by French reconnaissance ship Dupuy de Lome by April 11. French Navy’s destroyer Dupleix is expected to enter the Black Sea on April 14,” the source went on to say.

“Considering the presence of the French Navy’s rescue vessel Alize in the south-eastern part of the Black Sea since late March, we can say that NATO is building a naval grouping in the Black Sea in the vicinity of the Russian border for the first time since 2008,” the Russian Defence Ministry source said.




The Animals: The British Invasion That Wasn’t

The Animals - Photo: ABKCO records

The Animals – Photo: ABKCO records


In 2012, gave the , where he surprised a lot of listeners by declaring that — although he grew up admiring and — the group that really made him want to form a band was . The rough-and-tumble quintet from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne is largely ignored today, although it did pretty well during the British Invasion. A box of the band’s four classic albums has just been released, titled The Mickie Most Years & More.

The Animals came into being when Eric Burdon, born during an air raid in 1941, joined the Alan Price Combo — a group which, like so many others in Britain in 1962, was playing American rock ‘n’ roll and blues. The band quickly got a regular slot at the Downbeat club in Newcastle, where the local teenagers loved its wild stage show and began calling its members “the animals.” The name stuck, their reputation grew, and by May 1963, they were following in The Beatles’ footsteps by playing the Star Club in Hamburg. By the end of the year, they’d recorded a four-song EP for their fans and pressed 500 copies, a few of which found their way to London. By Christmas, the band had been invited to move there so record companies could bid for its services.

Mickie Most, a British singer who’d been a star in South Africa and had just moved back to Britain, had caught the band at a hometown show. Once it relocated, Most got the group a record deal. The Animals’ first single, “Baby Let Me Take You Home,” almost made the British Top 20.

The vocalist, Eric Burdon, had plenty of charisma, but keyboard player Alan Price was the musical center of the band. He proved it with the next single, “House of the Rising Sun,” where he took a song everyone had heard a million times and changed it utterly. Hilton Valentine created the guitar part, but Price got writer and arranger credit for the international smash-hit record which led to The Animals’ first U.S. tour, starting in York, Penn., in September 1964.



An album was rushed out, and they were signed to MGM Records in America. They continued to tour and, when they had a minute, they dropped into a studio to lay down tracks for Most, who assembled another album from them, The Animals on Tour. It wasn’t a live album, but the fans didn’t care.

Unlike a lot of the other British Invasion groups, The Animals didn’t write any of the material on those early albums, and Mickie Most got some of the young Brill Building songwriters to send them material. Their next hit was a cover of a song had recorded, “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.” It almost cracked the Top 10 in the U.S., and did better in Britain. Burdon started to write material with Price, but tensions were high: With an album almost completed, Price split to form his own band, the Alan Price Set. But, much to Mickie Most’s relief, the mail brought a demo (“We Gotta Get Out of This Place”) the band could cut with its new keyboardist, Dave Rowberry.

Although co-writer Cynthia Weil later said “We Gotta Get Out of This Place” was the worst version of one of her songs ever recorded, it’s unlikely she refused to cash the checks it generated. It also became an anthem for American soldiers in Vietnam — and, just maybe, young Bruce Springsteen, who certainly echoed its theme in his own songs.



Things were changing. Mickie Most had other production commitments, and MGM handed The Animals a new producer, the enigmatic Tom Wilson, who’d produced everyone from The Mothers of Invention to to . The band had a new demo from New York, a -Gerry Goffin song called “Don’t Bring Me Down.”

But shortly after it came out, drummer John Steel announced he was worn out and left the band. Just as his replacement, Barrie Jenkins, was settling in, bassist Chas Chandler was walking down MacDougal Street in New York when he heard some wild sounds coming out of a club; he went in and introduced himself to the man making them, . Chandler quit The Animals and took Hendrix back to England, and Hilton Valentine came up with the name The Jimi Hendrix Experience for the band Chandler put together around him. Then Valentine, too, quit The Animals. There was another single, the old blues tune “See See Rider,” and it did well. But The Animals at this point basically consisted of Eric Burdon. The next chapter in the band’s story belongs to him.