Sunday, January 8, 2017

Hibbleton Film Series Explores South America!

For the month of January, the Hibbleton Gallery film series presents a series of films about South America, curated by award-winning filmmaker Steve Elkins. All screenings happen Monday nights at 8pm and are FREE and open to the public.  Here's our lineup of films for the month...

January 9: “MY BEST FIEND” (1999). An overview of Werner Herzog’s work in Guyana and Peru will be followed by a full screening of his mind-boggling documentary “My Best Fiend,” laying bare Herzog's exhileratingly tumultuous relationship with legendary actor Klaus Kinski, which involved the two literally plotting each other’s murder while attempting to haul a real 320-ton steamship over a mountain in the Peruvian Amazon amidst of a war between two indigenous Peruvian tribes attacking each other with poisoned spears. Our curator Steve Elkins will also show an excerpt from the rare documentary “Wings Of Hope” (2000), in which Herzog tracks down the lone survivor of a plane that crashed after being struck by lightning over the Peruvian Amazon, a flight which Herzog himself was supposed to be on. Surviving both the fall from the sky and blind navigation through the Amazon, this 17 year-old girl emerged from the jungle two weeks after the plane disappeared. Herzog takes her back into the jungle several decades later to retrace her path of survival, which it turns out nearly crossed paths with Herzog and Kinski’s production of “Aguirre, The Wrath Of God” (1972).

January 16: “THE TAKE” (Argentina, 2004). In the midst of global “occupy movement” protests, Argentines forged an alternative economy in which workers locked themselves in hundreds of abandoned factories expropriated from their bosses, restarted their operations (better than ever before), and in the process created a thriving participatory democracy from the lower classes upward, rather than imposed from on high by a socialist state, which was eventually approved by the official government for its benefits to the country, and deemed lawful. These events form the background from which the New Argentine Cinema was born, sparked by women like Lucretia Martel.

January 23: “THE MISSION” (Paraguay, 1986). An homage to priests who have fought for the rights of indigenous people, set in the Paraguayan jungle, focusing on the relationship between Jesuits and the native Guaraní tribe in the 1740s. Starring Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons and Liam Neeson. Featuring one of Ennio Morricone’s most legendary scores.

January 30: “STATE OF SIEGE” (Uruguay, 1972). The Tupamaros were a popular urban guerrilla group formed in Uruguay to protect the poor and combat the “law and order” policies of the United States (our long-term standard practice of violently overthrowing democracy throughout Latin America and replacing it with dictators and torture regimes trained on U.S. soil). “State Of Siege” is a classic examination of the long term effects of such policies, through a retelling of the 1970 kidnapping and execution of real-life CIA torture instructor Dan Mitrione by Tupamaros in Montevideo.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Anti-Club Playlist 12/30/16

On Friday nights, I DJ at Mulberry St. Ristorante (aka The Anti-Club) in downtown Fullerton with my friend Tim Maag (and sometimes guest DJs).  For the past year or so, I've taken a keen interest in discovering lesser-known 1960s garage and psychedelic rock bands.  One of the best ways I've found to discover such bands is by collecting a series of records called "Pebbles," which put out amazing compilations of garage/psych stuff, not just from America, but from around the world.  As it turns out, the 1960s was a great decade for global rock music.  For this week's playlist, I drew from a few Pebbles compilations: two of them featuring American bands, one featuring Bolivian psych bands, and one featuring garage bands from Singapore!  We ended the set by mixing in some more recent stuff from local label Burger Records, and other random gems thrown in the mix.  Here's the playlist, along with images of the Pebbles compilation records I drew from.  Click on selected songs to give them a listen.  Enjoy!

“Oh Pebbles!” by Los Flintstones
“Cicero” by 5 De Marzo

See you next Friday night at Mulberry St. (aka The Anti-Club)!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sea Ghouls, The Bloodhounds, and Healing Gems @ The Continental Room

By far, the best venue in downtown Fullerton for interesting, independent music is The Continental Room.  I've been going to this place for at least ten years, and I've been consistently impressed by the bands they bring in.  Generally, they eschew what is popular in favor of what is interesting.  For the past several years, I've been occasionally taking my camera to shows, and shooting some pictures.  Here are some pics I took last week, at a show featuring the bands Sea Ghouls, The Bloodhounds, and Healing Gems.  If you haven't heard of these bands, that's kind of the point of The Continental--they give some local exposure to under-appreciated bands.  Here they are...Click on the name of each band to go to their Facebook page, where you can see and listen to what they're up to.

Sea Ghouls

The Bloodhounds

Healing Gems

My friend Felipe Flores, a great local artist who is the brains behind Trabajo Press, DJed the event and also designed the flyer...

You can follow The Continental Room on Facebook to see what kinds of shows they have coming up.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Knowledge: Problems and Varieties

I am an agnostic. My dad is a Christian. A few months ago, we decided to read together New Testament Scholar N.T. Wright's magmun opus, a series of six books entitled "Christian Origins and the Question of God" and discuss each chapter of each book as we read them. The first book is entitled The New Testament and the People of God. As I read this difficult book, I am taking notes, and creating a book report on each chapter, which I will post on my blog. Here's my report on the second chapter of the first book.

You can read my report on Chapter 1 HERE.

Chapter 2: Knowledge: Problems and Varieties
In this chapter, Wright examines theories of knowledge, also called epistemology, which ask the question: How do we know what we know?  Before getting into the specifics of the literature, history, and theology of the New Testament, he must first discuss how we can even suggest that knowledge of such things is even possible, or as he puts it:  "It is therefore much the best thing to deal with the wider issues first before plunging into the specifics of particular questions."

He gives a brief overview of a few schools of epistemology, beginning with positivism"The positivist believes that there are some things at least about which we can have definite knowledge...Though this view has been largely abandoned by still meets some scientists (and many non-scientists who talk about science) who believe that what science does is simply to look objectively at things that are there."

He then discusses phenomenalism, which asserts that "the only thing of which I can really be sure when confronted by things in (what seems to be) the eternal world are my own sense-data."

He briefly mentions, then dismisses, what he calls "naive realism", "which does not admit of verification, and becomes belief, not knowledge."

Wright then proposes his own brand of epistemology, which he calls Critical Realism: "Over and against both of these positions, I propose a from of critical realism.  This is a way of describing the process of 'knowing' that acknowledges the reality of the thing known, as something other than the knower (hence realism), while also fully acknowledging that the only access we have to this reality lies along the spiraling path of appropriate dialogue or conversation between the knower and the thing known (hence critical)...our assertions about 'reality' acknowledge their own provisionality."

[Discussion question: Posivitism and Phenomenalism have lengthy philosophical traditions, as do other forms of epistemology.  What kind of a history does "Critical Realism" have?  If Wright, not being a philosopher, merely invented it, we must (by his own criteria of knowledge) be skeptical.  As Wright himself admits: "Proposing a new epistemology is, in fact, intrinsically difficult."]

A "Critical Realist" acknowledges that, when it comes to knowing things, "there is no such thing as a god's eye view...that I see things 'though the lenses of my worldview...that some things which I see in a particular way I see thus because I belong to a particular human community....that there is no such thing as the 'neutral' or 'objective' observer; equally, there is no such thing as the detached observer."

A major component of "Critical realism are stories and worldviews, which "form the grid through which humans, both individually and social groupings, perceive all of of the key features of all worldviews is the element of story...Story, I shall argue, can help us in the first instance to articulate a critical-realist epistemology, and can then be put to wider uses in the study of literature history, and theology."  This view "sees knowledge of particulars as taking place within the larger framework of the story or worldview which forms the basis of the observer's way of being in relation to the world."

According to Wright, "Stories are one of the most basic modes of human life...[which] can be seen as grounded in and constituted by the implicit or explicit stories which humans tell themselves and one another...[stories are] one key element within the total construction of a worldview...Human beings tell stories because this is how we perceive, and indeed relate, to the world."

Stories embody worldviews and this is clearly seen in "the foundation myths told by the so-called primitive native peoples of the world to explain the origins of the world in general and their race in particular."  Story was key in the formation of the Jewish worldview, in the Hebrew Scriptures (What Christians call "The Old Testament").
Even in the modern age, stories continue to function as worldview-carriers, for instance in the use of narrative in political debate: "Stories of how things were in the Depression are used to fuel sympathy for the oppressed working class; stories of terrorism are used to justify present right-wing regimes."

"Stories can," according to Wright, "embody or reinforce, or perhaps modify, the worldviews to which they relate...Stories are actually peculiarly good at modifying or subverting other stories and their worldviews...Tell someone to do something, and you change their life--for a day; tell someone a story, and you change their life."

The early church told stories.  They were "a certain group of first-century Jews, who held, and wished to commend, one particular variant of the first-century Jewish worldview wished to say: the hope which characterizes our worldview has been fulfilled in these events.  And they chose to say this in the most natural (and obviously Jewish) way, by telling the story, in order thereby to subvert other ways of looking at the world...They told stories which embodied, exemplified, and so reinforced their worldview, and in so doing threw down a particularly subversive challenge to alternate worldviews."

For Wright, story is a key element of his epistemology.  As he explains, "there is no such thing as 'neutral' or 'objective' proof, only the claim that the story we are now telling about the world as a whole makes more sense, in its outline and detail, than other potential or actual stories that may be on offer...When, therefore, we perceive external reality, we do so within a prior framework."
Concluding thought:

"It is impossible to find solid ('objective') ground to stand on: such a thing does not exist.  All epistemologies have to be, themselves, argued as hypotheses: they are tested not by their coherence with a fixed point agreed in advance, but (like other hypotheses, in fact) by their simplicity and their ability to make sense of a wide scope of experiences and events.  I have told a story about how humans know things.  We must now exemplify and, I hope, appropriately verify this story, by seeing ways in which it can make sense of how humans know particular sorts of things, namely literature, history, and theology."
This is German philosopher Immanuel Kant, who formulated a theory of phenomenalism.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

N.T. Wright's The New Testament and the People of God: A Book Report (Chapter 1)

I am an agnostic.  My dad is a Christian.  A few months ago, my dad and I decided to read together New Testament Scholar N.T. Wright's magmun opus, a series of six books entitled "Christian Origins and the Question of God" and discuss each chapter of each book as we read them.  The first book is entitled The New Testament and the People of God.  As I read this difficult book, I am taking notes, and creating a book report on each chapter, which I will post on my blog.  Here's my report on the first chapter of the first book.

 Chapter 1: Christian Origins and the New Testament

The field of New Testament studies is a contentious one, with lots of voices and viewpoints, as Wright explains: "There are many places [in the New Testament] whose fragile beauty has been trampled by heavy-footed exegetes in search of a Greek root, a quick sermon, or a political slogan.  And yet it has remained a powerful and evocative book, full of delicacy and majesty, tears and laughter."

People can become overly dogmatic regarding their particular way of reading this book: "This book [the New Testament] is a book of wisdom for all people, but we have made it a den of scholarship, or of a narrow, hard, and exclusive piety."

Some academics insist on reading the New Testament in a totally historical way: "There is sometimes an arrogance about this claim to power.  Building on the apparent strength of history, and able to demonstrate the inadequacies of the simple way of life which preceded them, such scholars have set up concrete gun-stations where before there were vineyards, and they patrol the streets to harass those who insist on the old simplistic ways."

Some fundamentalists (and others) insist on a solely devotional/personal/traditional reading: "It exists, so it seems, to sustain the soul, not to stretch the mind.  Such attitudes have responded to arrogance with arrogance."

What is needed is an open mind to different perspectives: "Both sides need to reckon with the fact that there might be other alternatives, that the either-or imposed in the eighteenth century (Enlightenment) might be false."

Wright gives the example of the parable of the wicked tenants, and offers four approaches to reading it:

1.) Pre-critical Approach: "That of prayerful Christians who believe the Bible to be Holy Writ, ask few if any questions about what it meant in its historical context, and listen for the voice of God as they read the text."  This approach "fails to take the text seriously historically, it fails to integrate it into the theology of the New Testament as a whole, and it is insufficiently critical of its own presuppositions and standpoint."

2.) Historical Approach: Tries to understand the text in its historical context, as revealed by the ongoing process of scholarship.  Asks questions like: Did Jesus actually tell the parable? Were there similar stories of owners and tenants in the Jewish milieu? How did the early church use this parable in its preaching? How has the writer used the parable within his work?  Has the writer altered or adapted the parable to fit his audience?  Some problems with this method: It may not give the text any relevance to our lives, it might be over-optimistic of our ability to arrive at "objective" historical truth.

3.) Theological Approach: How does the parable fit into the overall theology of both Mark, and the New Testament as a whole?  A problem: It can undercut the historical/unique importance of the parable, to make it fit into a pre-established theology.

4.) Postmodern/Literary Approach: Examining the process of reading itself--self-consciousness of self as reader and text as text.  Asks questions like: What do I bring to the text by way of presupposition, and in what way am I changed through reading it?  There are actually some interesting similarities between this and the pre-critical approach, but postmodernism is suspicious of larger Truth claims--only what's going on in the process of reading.

[Discussion question: What is your preferred approach to the New Testament, and why?]

The state of things is such that people often adhere faithfully to one of these 'approaches' to reading, while neglecting the others. Wright thinks all these approaches have some value: "the heirs of the Enlightenment have been too shrill in their denunciation of traditional Christianity, and Christianity has often been too unshakably arrogant in resisting new questions, let alone new answers, in its stubborn defense of...what?"

Wright has an optimistic view of the possibilities of combining these approaches: "Although the Enlightenment began as, among other things, a critique of orthodox Christianity, it can function, and in many ways has functioned, as a means of recalling Christianity to genuine history, to its necessary roots.  Much Christianity is afraid of history, frightened that if we really find out what happened in the first century our faith will collapse.  But without historical inquiry, there is no check on Christianity's propensity to remake Jesus, never mind the Christian god, in its own image."

"Whether, therefore, one has a Christian or non-Christian point of view, a thorough examination of this text [the New Testament] is a necessary responsibility.

Some foundational questions:

1.) How did Christianity begin, and why did it take the shape it did?

2.) What does Christianity believe, and does it make sense?

[Discussion question: Is "Christianity" a singular thing?  What to make of all the varieties of Christianity both in the past and present?]

3.) Who was Jesus, and was he in any sense responsible for the beginning of Christianity?  What were his aims, what did he hope to achieve, why did he die, and why did (what we now call) the church come into being?

4.) Was Paul the real founder of "Christianity," the corrupter of the original message, or was he the true interpreter of Jesus?  What was the structure and content of the belief-system that motivated him to undertake such an extraordinary labor?

5.) Why are the gospels what they are?  Where do they stand in relation to Jesus and Paul?

6.) What is Christian theology?  In what way ought it to be the same today as it was in the beginning?  Is such continuity even thinkable, let alone possible?  What counts as normative Christianity?  How do we know?  Is there a worldview available to modern human beings which makes sense of the world as we know it and which stands in appropriate and recognizable continuity with the worldview of the early Christians?

Wright raises possible conflicts between taking a historical, theological, and literary approach to the New Testament.  His task is to try to integrate all three approaches.  Then he spends time discussing these three approaches to the New Testament--the possibilities and problems inherent in each:

1.) The Historical Approach: "New tools and texts have opened up worlds of thought and life of which our predecessors a century ago were ignorant.  Studying the history of the early church, including the history of its beliefs, is possible, fascinating, and potentially fruitful."  Some difficulties with this approach are the endless speculations and differences of viewpoint and conclusions, the impossibility of being a totally 'objective' historian, and the question of why the history of early Christianity is even relevant for the present day.  The historical project, though valuable, must include theology and literary criticism.

2.) The Theological Approach: "The attempt to read the New Testament from a historical point of view, and, either simultaneously or subsequently, to draw its major theological emphases together into a coherent statement which can then address subsequent generations, our own included. The quest for "timeless truths."  He cites various scholars and their approach, particularly Rudolph Bultmann.  Some problems: "In order to produce a 'normative' statement out of the New Testament it is practically inevitable that one will emphasize one part of the text at the expense of the rest..."

3.) The Literary Criticism Approach: "The new emphasis in gospel studies is not on the creative evangelist so much so much as on the text itself.  The study of the phenomenology of reading, and the application of this to what happens when today's readers read the New Testament, is an increasingly popular an account of how texts can speak afresh in situations other than their original ones."  The problem of sliding into total subjectivism.  No ultimate Truth, only truth as I see it.


"What we now require is a creative synthesis of all of these three approaches: historical, theological, and literary...we need to do justice, simultaneously, to an emphasis on serious history (including the history of Jesus), Bultmann's emphasis on normative theology, and the postmodern emphasis on the text and its readers."  That is his project.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Fullerton City Council Notes 11/15/16

For the past several months, and the foreseeable future, I will be attending Fullerton City Council meetings as a reporter for the Fullerton Observer Newspaper, our town's only independent newspaper (an increasingly rare thing in today's world).  Given the recent election and widespread pessimism about America's political future, it's easy to feel powerless and voiceless.  In response to this, I would encourage you, my fellow citizens to pay attention to local politics, where you do have a voice.  I would encourage you to attend a city council meeting, to see government in action, for better or worse.  Here's what happened at the last Fullerton City Council meeting, to be printed in the upcoming issue of The Fullerton Observer...

Closed Session

Before every public City Council meeting, there is a Closed Session, in which Council meets with public employee labor negotiators, developers, and other parties outside view of the public.  During this weeks’ closed session, Council discussed the appointment of an interim police chief and acting city manager.  They also met with Pacific Coast Homes, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Chevron, who will be developing Coyote Hills, to discuss PCH’s ongoing lawsuit against the City of Fullerton.

City Manager Takes Leave of Absence Pending Investigation

The city attorney gave a statement from city manager Joe Felz regarding a car accident he was involved in on November 9th, which has raised many legal questions from the community (more on this below).  In his statement, Felz apologized for the negative attention this has brought to the city, and stated his decision to take at least a two week personal time off and leave of absence, pending investigation of this incident (Felz was not present at the meeting).   The city attorney stated that there have been many public records requests from the community related to this incident; however, these will remain confidential as long as the criminal investigation continues.  City Council voted unanimously to appoint Gretchen Beatty as acting city manager.  Additionally, in light of Fullerton Police Chief Dan Hughes’ retirement, Mayor Fitzgerald announced the pending appointment of David H. Heinig (retired Police Chief from Arcadia) as interim Police Chief.

Presentations: kaBOOM! Playground and Veteran’s Parade

Hugo Curiel of the Parks and Recreation Department gave a presentation on a city partnership with nonprofit organization kaBOOM! who will be building a new playground at Gilbert Park beginning this December.  Marilyn Harris gave a presentation on the City’s 29th Annual Veteran’s Day parade and program, which took place at the Hillcrest Park veteran’s memorials.  The event featured JROTC units from Fullerton area high schools, Girls Scouts, Boy Scouts, the Fullerton American Legion, and numerous local veterans.

Public Comments

A member of the public spoke of a conspiracy involving an alien Mother ship, and “humans” with electronic eyes and methanol blood, who are determined to blow up cars and train cars remotely as part of a nefarious agenda.

Another member of the public proposed the City-owned Hunt Branch Library as a potential homeless shelter location.  

Mary Francis Gable, founding member of Fullerton College Neighborhood Action Council, spoke against the proposed building of a football stadium at Fullerton College.  

Local attorney Judith Kaluzny spoke of the ongoing Chevron/Pacific Coast Homes lawsuit against the City of Fullerton, suggesting that it is a pretext for Closed Session access to council.  “This is a lawsuit that’s been going on for about seven years,” Kaluzny stated, “Since there’s an ongoing lawsuit, and continuing closed session negotiations between the city and Chevron/Pacific Coast Homes, I think it’s a violation of the Brown Act.”  The Ralph M. Brown Act was enacted by the California State Legislature in 1953 in response to mounting public concerns over informal, undisclosed meetings held by local elected officials.  The official Introduction to the Brown Act states its general purpose: “It is the intent of the law that their [local elected officials] actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly. The people of this State do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies which serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the governing bodies they have created.”

City Manager/Police Conduct Criticized

The majority of public commenters spoke about alleged misconduct by City Manager Joe Felz and the Fullerton Police Department in the early morning hours of November 9th.  Barb Pollinger, who lives at the house where Felz crashed into a small tree, gave her description of what happened.  She described hearing a loud noise that sounded like a car hitting another car, and screeching.  Through her window, she saw a white minivan up on the curb with the front wheel spinning.  The driver then tried to dislodge the vehicle from where it was stuck, moving forward and backward.  Concerned, Pollinger called the police, and while she was on the phone with the dispatcher, the driver attempted to drive away.  “In my mind,” said Pollinger, “That’s hit and run.”  

The scene of the accident.  Photo courtesy of The Fullerton Rag.

Sean Paden criticized the appearance of preferential treatment Mr. Felz received from the Fullerton Police Department that evening: “I don’t think anybody who was a private citizen who did not have the connections Mr. Felz had would have been treated in this manner,” Paden said, “We need to look at how the police department handled this.”  Many of the public commenters suggested that not only had Mr. Felz committed a crime (hit and run, perhaps under the influence of alcohol), but that (because of his position), he was not arrested or penalized in any way until after this incident received pubic attention through local media.

Local resident Stephan Baxter stated,“All these things happened because we have a corrupt police department.”  Local resident Jane Rands spoke in favor of creating a Civilian Police Oversight Committee, and hiring a new chief who would be in favor of this.  She cited other cities in California, like Richmond, who have Civilian Police Oversight, in which residents can review complaints against officers—to improve transparency and prevent corruption.  Citizen Matt Leslie echoed this sentiment, stating that “transparency cannot happen with an internal investigation, but needs to happen in the context of Civilian Police Oversight.” (a proposal which was previously rejected by the current council)

A novel idea.

AJ Redkey of In League Press gave a theatrical re-enactment of how he thought the late night phone conversation between City Manager Joe Felz and Police Chief Dan Hughes might have gone, humorously suggesting that personal friendship superseded legality.

Mayor Pro Tem Jan Flory spoke of “the balance that our City Council has to walk between providing information to the public and protecting Joe Felz’s rights, and what liability the city may sustain if we don’t honor those boundaries.”  The city attorney stated: “It’s a very difficult process when you’re dealing with a public employee, and also the public’s desire to have information.  Public employees have been protected in terms of certain levels of privacy.”  It seems, for now, that most information related to the investigation will not be made available to the public.  Council member Bruce Whitaker urged a timely and truthful investigation of the Felz incident.

Regular Business

Acting City Manager Gretchen Beatty gave report on the latest agreement between City of Fullerton and the Fullerton police union which will be in effect until 2019, and includes pay raises and changes to health benefits.  City Council voted to postpone the appointment of members to the newly-created and much-criticized North Orange County Cities Joint Powers Authority (which is shaping up to be a merger between the Fullerton and Brea Fire Departments) until after newly-elected Council Member Jesus Silva is sworn in.

Consent Calendar  

Two aspects of Fullerton City Council meetings have the appearance of non-transparency.  The first is the aforementioned Closed Session.  The second is something called the “Consent Calendar.”  This is a series of items voted on en masse (i.e. with a single vote), usually without discussion or explanation.  Often, the number of “consent calendar” items exceeds the number of “regular business” items, and that was certainly the case with this meeting.  

There were two “regular business” items, and twelve “consent calendar” items.  On the “meeting agenda” handed out to the public, some of these “consent calendar” items have little to no explanation of their actual content.  For example, Item #4, entitled “Monthly Legislative Update” contained no explanatory content save three words: “Receive and file.”  Presumably, these documents may be separately requested from the city, but if the purpose of these meetings is not just to vote on things, but to keep the public informed, the “consent calendar” does not achieve this goal.

Thus, it is possible to attend an entire council meeting (as I did), take careful notes, and still leave profoundly uninformed about what the council actually voted on.  One simple solution to this problem would be to have an independent legislative analyst explain to the public (and the council), as clearly as possible, the actual content of each item voted on (including the “consent calendar”).  In fact, the very existence of a “Consent Calendar” suggests that the council has already made up their minds about what they agree on before the meeting, precluding meaningful input from the public.  

Members of council or the public may “Pull” consent calendar items for further discussion, and that’s just what local resident Jane Rands did.  She pulled item 13, and asked that there be pubic meetings to explain this to the public.  It’s a good thing she did, because your intrepid reporter was confused about item 13, entitled “Resolution of Intention Ordinance Amendment Pertaining to Limited Second Dwelling Units and Density Bonuses.”  Because Rands requested it, the council actually voted to create a special workshop explaining it.  See, you can make a difference.

The next City Council Meeting will be Tuesday, December 6th at 6:30pm at City Hall.  Come see your local government in action (or, as is sometimes the case, inaction).

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Anti-Club Playlist 11/25/16

On Friday nights, I DJ at an Italian restaurant/bar in downtown Fullerton called Mulberry St. Ristorante.  I call these nights "The Anti-Club" to distinguish it from the other 30+ bars and nightclubs downtown that play your typical Top 40 "club" music.  In contrast, my friend Tim Maag and I play an eclectic array of old school rock, soul, world music, punk, and other stuff we think is good.  Having this regular DJ gig keeps me always seeking out new and interesting music.  I like to keep a record of my playlists, to share with y'all the golden nuggets of music I find on the internet, in record stores, thrift stores, at rock shows, and garage sales.  Here's the playlist from this past Friday night, with album artwork.  

“Land of 1000 Dances” by The Singers

“The Lost” by The Golden Ring

“I Can’t Stand the Rain” by Ann Peebles

“Which Way You Goin, Billy?” by The Poppy Family

“Str8t Shooter” by Andy Shadowy

“Salão-De-Festas” by Apanhador So

“Signs” by Five Man Electrical Band

“Tennessee” by Arrested Development

“Just Dropped In (To See What Condition Was In)” by The First Edition

“Airline to Heaven” by Billy Bragg and Wilco

“Inside Out” by Spoon

“The Tears of a Clown” by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

“The Less I Know the Better” by Tame Impala

“Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” by Paul Simon

“Shut Up Kiss Me” by Angel Olsen

“Sweet City Woman” by The Stampeders

“Oh Carol” by Carlos Gonzaga

“Marmalade” by Labelle

“Planet Claire” by The B-52’s

“Sugar Shack” by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs

“If You Find Yourself Caught In Love” by Belle and Sebastian

“Life Should Be Vivid” by Billy Childish

“Ears and Eyes” by Audacity

“La Bamba Rebelde” by Las Cafeterias

“99 Red Baloons” by Nena

“Carta al Che” by Inti Illimani

“Put a Little Love in Your Heart” by Jackie deShannon

“Vicious” by Lou Reed

“I Saw U” by Uzi Rash

“Marmarath” by John Zorn

“When the Morning Stars Sang Together” by John Zorn

“Batman” by Naked City (John Zorn)

“Trpynna Kpobn” by Kino

“Craakar” by Zoopark

“Spanish Harlem” by Aretha Franklin

“A 1000 Times” by Hamilton Leithauser

“Gidget Goes to Hell” by Suburban Lawns

“Bruca Manigua” by Ibrahim Ferrer

“Keder Mig” by Cola Freaks

“Nueva Oriza” by Silvestre Mendez

“Best Looking Boys” by The Promise Ring

“You Shouldn’t Be Sad” by The Kinks

“Lie” by Miss Chain and the Broken Heels

“Something Changed” by Pulp

“Revolution” by The Beatles

“Ask Me Why” by The Beatles

“Star Trek Theme” by Federation Earth Band

“Lover’s Rock” by Johnny Horton

“Give Me Just a Littlle More Time” by Chairmen of the Board

“Octopus” by Syd Barrett

“I Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore” by REO Speedwagon

See you next Friday night at Mulberry St. Ristorante (aka The Anti-Club)!