One of the regulars featured here at Shouts comes out of Western Australia. Charlie Mgee is the driving force behind the band Formidable Vegetable and a green force himself. We recently interviewed him as the band just released their 3rd full length album.
Charlie believes in making music that matter, that informs and that educates. It is protest music but it is also so much more. It is inspiring in a broad sense of the term.
Some days ago, Charlie made his way to Perth in a vegetable-oil-fueled truck to give a TED talk about music, memory and permaculture, among other things. Check it out and check out Formidable Vegetable’s new album – it’s quite brilliant.
Earlier this month whistleblower and hero Chelsea Manning was taken into custody for resisting a grand jury investigation into Wikileaks. Grand juries, in the United States of America, are a strange part of an already corrupt system in which prosecutors operate behind closed doors and without a judge or defense attorney present. Historically these grand juries have been used to oppress activists and dissidents.
Chelsea issued a statement where she explains her actions:
Already many people have been working to gather funds for her basic survival costs after she was released from a wrongful, 7 year long incarceration. Some of her friends created a benefit album a while back from which all proceeds go directly to Chelsea. The album, which features artists such as Tom Morello, Graham Nash, Anti-Flag, Ryan Harvey, Taina Aisili, Talib Kweli and many more, can be heard below and purchased through Bandcamp.
Additionally there is a contribution page available where you can help Chelsea pay for her legal fees during this new battle with a broken and corrupt system.
The already infamous Brexit is just around the corner. No matter what opinion you might have on the issue, it can be imagined that it has taken a toll on the British people.
Organisers of last Saturday’s People’s Vote March said that one million people had shown up to march. That puts this effort on the top shelf along for UK protests along with 2003’s march against the planned invation into Iraq (which happened anyway so one can not be blamed for loosing hope).
Either way, if you were not a part of this protest but care to hear what the a million protesters sounds like then check out Cities and Memory’s recording below.
Cities and Memory is an artistic field recording project that strives to collaboratively remix the sounds of this world.