Putting pineapple on a pizza is to some people very polemic. So much so that the incumbent president of Iceland once had his say in the matter. This South American fruit mixed with the Italian cuisine is also the name of a new project that is building a fund for artists and people in need.
According to the project’s website it focuses on covering music and having half of its fund helping artists with their expenses such as rehearsal and recording spaces, distribution and more. The other half will then be directed to having available online therapy sessions for people in need.
The project works with a professional therapist and counselor and start with online sessions. The people behind the project told Shouts that in the future they want to expand the project and fund other projects related to mental health issues.
After seeing how male dominated the industry is the people behind PineappleOnPizza decided to create a new project that shares music and supports artists that often are at the margins.
System Of A Down have always been political and always used their voice and talent to shed light on the injustice they see around them in . After 15 years of absence from releasing new music they are now back. All four members of the band have Armenian roots and according to Wikipedia the band’s first official recording was a song that was featured on a collection album “called Hye Enk (“we’re Armenian” in English), an Armenian Genocide recognition compilation in 1997.”
War between Armenia and Azerbaijan has been brewing for decades and in recent days and weeks fighting has commenced again on a larger scale, so it is no wonder that the band chose this time in history to release new music in support of their people.
Furthermore the band will donate all royalties from the release to a US based fund supporting those suffering from the violence in Artsakh and Armenia.
“We realize that for many of you, there are more convenient ways you like listening to music, so please consider the opportunity to download these songs as an act of charity above all else. Think of the list price for the downloads as a minimum donation, and if you have the ability and can be more generous with your donation, every single member of System Of A Down will be even more grateful for your benevolence. Band royalties from this initiative will be donated to Armenia Fund, a US based charity organization instrumental in providing those in need in Artsakh and Armenia with supplies needed for their basic survival.”
As somewhat of an unusual thing for a band of this size they seem to have created an official Bandcamp page where the two newly released songs are available along with a statement from the band explaining why this is important:
“Because over 30 years ago in 1988, the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh (which at the time was an Autonomous Oblast within the USSR), were tired of being treated as second class citizens and decided to declare their rightful independence from the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic whose borders engulfed their own. This ultimately led to a war of self determination by Armenians in Karabakh against Azerbaijan that ended in a cease fire in 1994, with Armenians retaining control of their ancestral homelands and maintaining their independence to the present day. Our people have lived there for millennia, and for most families there, it’s the only home they and their forefathers and mothers have ever known. They just want to live in peace as they have for centuries.
“This is not the time to turn a blind eye.”
The current corrupt regimes of Aliyev in Azerbaijan and Erdogan in Turkey now want to not only claim these lands as their own, but are committing genocidal acts with impunity on humanity and wildlife to achieve their mission. They are banking on the world being too distracted with COVID, elections and civil unrest to call out their atrocities. They have the bankroll, the resources and have recruited massive public relations firms to spin the truth and conceal their barbaric objective of genocide. This is not the time to turn a blind eye.
There is an immediate need for global citizens to urge their respective governments to not only condemn the actions of these crooked dictators, but to also insist world leaders act with urgency to bring peace to the region and rightfully recognize Artsakh as the independent nation it is.”
The alt rock band Last Kiss Goodnight have released a new single called ’45’. With this new release the band tries to highlight how things have changed politically in the U.S. since Trump came into power.
According to their press release ’45’ is not just about the incumbent U.S. president: “At a time when the climate in the United States is overcast by division, we feel that a song and video depicting the direction of our country is appropriate,” said lead singer Ray Patrick. “It’s about much more than our current President. It is about how deeply divided America feels in its current state of the relentless propaganda machine that is social media. We Americans are continuously spoon-fed visual chaos by the media and have developed an addiction to the binary methods in which we have grown accustomed.”