• zero db [against music torture]

    24 Dec 2008, 02:43 by blackfeltfedora

    On the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights musicians are uniting against the use of music to torture by joining The Zero dB project (zero decibels = silence) was launched today by legal charity Reprieve which represents over 30 prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. Many of Reprieve’s clients - and hundreds more held in US secret prisons across the world - have been subjected to deafening music played for hours, days and often months on end in order to ‘break’ them.

    Zero dB aims to stop torture music by encouraging widespread condemnation of the practice and by calling on governments and the UN to uphold and enforce the Convention Against Torture and other relevant treaties.

    Zero dB is backed by the Musicians Union which is calling on British musicians to voice their outrage against the use of music to torture.

    The UN and the European Court of Human Rights have banned the use of loud music in interrogations, but it is still being widely used. Prisoners describe the experience as harder to bear even than physical torture.

    Reprieve’s client Binyam Mohamed from North London - still held in Guantanamo Bay - suffered 18 months of torture in a Moroccan secret prison. During this time his penis was routinely slashed with razor blades, yet he describes the sensation of feeling his sanity slip during psychological torture as even more horrific. He spoke to Reprieve Director Clive Stafford Smith, his lawyer, in Guantánamo Bay:

    “They hung me up. I was allowed a few hours of sleep on the second day, then hung up again, this time for two days. My legs had swollen. My wrists and hands had gone numb.... There was loud music, [Eminem’s] ‘Slim Shady’ and Dr. Dre for 20 days.... The CIA worked on people, including me, day and night.... Plenty lost their minds. I could hear people knocking their heads against the walls and the doors, screaming their heads off.”

    There is a long and growing list of supporters who are outraged by the use of music to torture: James Lavelle of UNKLE, Matthew Herbert, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, Massive Attack, The Magic Numbers, Elbow and Bill Bailey have so far pledged their support of the initiative and made statements against the use of music to torture.

    Musicians and the wider public are making their own silent protests against music torture which are being shown on A series of silent protests and actions are planned through 2009.

    Visit to record your silent protest now.

    Music that has been used to torture includes:

    • AC/DC - Hell's Bells
    • AC/DC - Shoot to Thrill
    • Aerosmith
    • Barney the Purple Dinosaur - theme tune
    • Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive
    • Britney Spears
    • Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA
    • Christina Aguilera - Dirrty
    • David Gray - Babylon
    • Deicide - Fuck Your God
    • Don McLean - American Pie
    • Dope - Die MF Die
    • Dope - Take Your Best Shot
    • Dr. Dre
    • Drowning Pools - Bodies
    • Eminem - Kim
    • Eminem - Slim Shady
    • Eminem - White America
    • Li'l Kim
    • Limp Bizkit
    • Matchbox Twenty - Gold
    • Meat Loaf
    • Metallica - Enter Sandman
    • Neil Diamond - America
    • Nine Inch Nails - March of the Pigs
    • Nine Inch Nails - Mr. Self-Destruct
    • Prince - Raspberry Beret
    • Queen - We are The Champions
    • Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name Of
    • Red Hot Chilli Peppers
    • Saliva - Click Click Boom
    • Sesame Street - theme tune
    • Tupac - All Eyes on Me

  • So, guys

    5 Dec 2008, 07:49 by margann

    What are your favorite things about Scranton? The places you like to hang out, eat, listen to music, whatever. Share 'em!
  • itunes survey

    26 Nov 2008, 08:33 by margann

    What kind of iPod do you have? (ex. blue mini, white video, shuffle, etc.): Ipod touch 8gb
    How many songs are in your iPod?: 1,501 songs
    What song are you listening to right now?: Vavamuffin - Sekta
    Put the songs in alphabetical order.
    What is the first song?: Digable Planets - 9th wonder
    What is the last song?: JFA - ABA
    Put the songs in album order.
    What is the first song?: Count Bass D - What's Wrong
    What is the last song?: The Violent Husbands - Hoogweg
    Put the songs in artist order.
    What is the first song?: Abiotx - Nobody Cares
    What is the last song?: Zita Swoon - Remember to Withold
    Put the songs in time order.
    What is the first song?: Emily's Sassy Lime - Save Yr. Drama for Yr. Mama
    What is the last song?: Fela Kuti - Unknown Soldier (pt 2)
    Put it in genre order.
    What is the first song?: The Birthday Party - King Ink
    What is the last song?: Yip-Yip - Anarchist Clog
    Put it in shuffle.
    What is the first song?: Derrick Morgan - River to the Bank
    2nd?: Holy Fuck - Super Inuit (live)
    10th?: JFA - Cokes and Snickers
    50th?: I'm just giving you the next song that comes up because I'm not sitting here shuffling songs that long sorry meme. The Mekons - Kill
    100th?: The Jesus Lizard - Bloody Mary
    200th?: Dicks - Rich Daddy
    250th?: River City Tanlines - Bummer in the Summer
    Top 10 most played songs, with number of plays
    1.: Legendary Pink Dots - As Long as it's Purple and Green (11)
    2.: The Butthole Surfers - 13 Tornadoes (9)
    3.: Cro-Mags - Death Camps (9)
    4.: Holy Fuck - Frenchy's (9)
    5.: The Avalanches - Extra Kings (8)
    6.: Common - Universal Mind Control (what can I say, this terrible, terrible song is catchy - 8)
    7.: David Bowie - A Better Future (8)
    8.: Eels - Dead of Winter (8)
    9.: The Fabion - V Rocket (8)
    10.: Factums - Factum Tan (8)
    Top 10 least played songs, with number of plays
    1.: Most have only 1 play - I just put all-new stuff on it last week and haven't been listening to it all that much.
    Top 10 highest rated songs
    1.: I don't rate my songs.
    Top 10 lowest rated songs
    Put a song beginning with this letter.
    0-9: Jackie-O Motherfucker - 777
    A: Os Mutantes - Ave, Lucifer
    B: The Frantix - Bad Charlotte
    C: Bush Tetras - Can't Be Funky
    D: McLusky - Day of the Deadringers
    E: Shoplifting - Every Kid I Know
    F: Teenage Jesus and the Jerks - Freud in Flop
    G: The Frogs - Gather 'Round for Savior #2
    H: Functional Blackouts - Heavy Breather
    I: Handsome Boy Modeling School - I've Been Thinking (feat. Cat Power)
    J: Blockhead - Jet Son
    K: Jet Bumpers - Kick Some Ass Tonight
    L: Christ on Parade - Landlord Song
    M: Harry Crews - Man Hates a Man
    N: Hank III and Assjack - Now He's Dead
    O: Roots Manuva - Oh Yeah
    P: Afu-Ra - Poisonous Taoist
    Q: Jurassic 5 - Quality Control
    R: Bumblebeez - Radio Fabulous
    S: Young Marble Giants - Salad Days
    T: Mr Symarip - Take it as it Come
    U: Bugs - Uniformerade Man
    V: Flux of Pink Indians - Very Funny
    W: Hang on the Box - We Don't Need a Sax
    X: Amazingly enough I have no X songs. Not even the band X.
    Y: Budgie - You're the Biggest Thing Since Powdered Milk
    Z: JFA - Zimbabwe
    Random Questions
    How long have you had your iPod?: 5 months maybe
    Does if have a crapload of scratches on it?: No.
    What is your most favorite song of all time?: Homos, uh huh, uh huh, uh huh, homoooos.
    What is your favorite foreign language song?: Ashamedly, Halcali - Tandem. I have no idea what they're screeching other than "shabba dabba (something) everybody!" but it's so dancy and cheesy and cute. And the video is adorable too
    What's the most embarassing song that you have?: Probly that Common one. I'm kind of ashamed to listen to Girl Talk and Bowie, too.
    Pop or Hip Hop?: Hip Hop
    Rock or Rap?: Rock
    R&B or Alternative? Both are bullshit categories:
    Classical or Jazz?: either is fine
    Dance or Reggae?: Reggae
    New Age or Techno?: Neither
    Country or Blues?: Country
    Folk or Latin?: Folk
    Annoying theme songs or annoying children's songs?: Children's
    Macarena or Chicken Dance?: Chicken Dance.
    YMCA or Cha Cha Slide?: Neither
    Artist VS. Artist (you HAVE to pick one or you're going to hell)
    Ashlee or Jessica?: neither.
    Britney or Christina?: I have a feeling I'd contract gonnoreah from either one of them.
    Hilary or Lindsay?: At least I could do a bump of coke off Lindsay's titties, so I pick her.
    Avril or JoJo?: The only JoJo I know is a chimp
    Shakira or JLo?: Shakira, once again, only because I'd be more likely to fuck her if I slit her vocal chords
    Beyonce or Ciara?: Both of them seem like bitches no thanks
    Gwen or No Doubt?: no.
    Beyonce of Destiny's Child?: these questions are getting less and less entertaining to me.
    Eminem or 50 Cent?: Can I just watch them duke it out in a gladiator ring and call it even?
    G-Unit or D12?: dammit where is that photo of the big black dude on the subway knitting in a crazy macrame outfit with the macro 'g, u knit?' when i need it
    Chris Brown or Usher?: neither
    Justin Timberlake or Nick Lachey?: neither
    Panic! At the Disco or Fall Out Boy?: ugh
    My Chemical Romance or The Used?: i hate to sound like a whiny jackass but who listens to any of this garbage? seriously
    Simple Plan or The All-American Rejects?: see above
    Black Eyed Peas or The Click Five?:
    No Doubt or Pussycat Dolls?:
    Blink- 182 or Green Day?:
    New Green Day or Old Green Day?:
    KISS or Beatles?:
    Maroon 5 or Yellowcard?: thank god this is over
    Other Stuff
    What's your favorite song of all time?: I listen to too much varied music to have just one, I think
    Artist?: Changes often
    Genre?: Probably either underground hip-hop or crust punk
    What's your least favorite song of all time?: Dangerzone by Kenny Loggins.
    Artist?: Pick any one of the musical artists listed in the previous section I guess. I don't actively hate any one band, all mediocre pop mildly irritates me equally.
    Genre?: Rap Rock or Nu Metal, seriously?
    Isn't Panic! At the Disco the best band ever?: christ...
    Ever been to a concert?: many
    If so, who did you see? If not, who do you want to see?: last show I went to was Blackalicious, which was awhile ago. I want to go see Bad Brains this month pretty badly but I don't think we can afford it
    What's the difference between rock and alternative?: most things that are labeled 'alternative' by people who don't know a goddamn thing about music are an alternative to good, is what.
    MTV, VH1, or Fuse, and why?: None.
    Soundtracks or Mixed Tapes?: mix cds
    Pay 99 cents for a song or download illegally?: piracy
    Borrow your friend's CD's, buy it yourself, or download it?: download
    What's wrong with downloading illegally anyway?: it screws bands, especially lesser-known ones, out of money they rightfully deserve and might even need to continue working (or even eating.) Being as poor as I am though I somehow justify it. I'll pay for music when I can though
    Why did you take this survey?: Boredom