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  1. The town it is held in is so close ro Gaza that the years ago soldiers at the IDF base there complained they were too vunerable to mortar and shorter range rockets. It's 5km from the border. The festival was moved there just days before the attack. it and other psytrance fests usually are held deeper in the Negeb desert. I don't think it's an complex and elaborate false flag/conspiracy but there is something off. IDF troops literally ushered in psytrance and rave culture from Goa back in the 90s. This scene has been around for decades and the organizers and security should have known better. Either arrogance in holding it so close or arguably it was a baiting provocation that spurred on far more violent and and overwhelming confrontation than expected.
  2. yeah I think it's the Tomita sample in this said track the 1991 is slowed a lot - this sample above is akin to how I've heard Tomita sampled in the past in hip-hop and dnb
  3. ^ Reissues and repressings are a blessing and a curse for exactly what you just outlined. Everything deserves to be preserved and archived, at least a word or two of commentary, but not necessarily heard outside of niche aficionados. There are still diamonds in the rough but the reality is most stuff is middle of the road at best and often straight up forgettable beyond being an audio curioso. I'll give this a listen - I saw it earlier - but as with most media I'm trying to avoid listening to stuff out o a sense of obligation or need to from a hard sell via write-up. I want to spend time geeking out over stuff that I subjectively find fascinating.
  4. Man, I haven't been here in a long while. This is arguably the worst thread to pop in after years. I have to say compared to my past stances I'm def looking at this differently. I feel most Americans, myself included, are directly and indirectly pointed to de facto and default defense and apologism of Israel as a government and hard concept as a sovereign nation. Even getting to a remotely objective and fair perspective doesn't just require intake of complicated and nuanced history but a substantial amount of deprogramming. I'm not sure what exactly made me shift gradually. I think the 2006 war planted a seed that made me understand Israel is more than just the once underdog military force in vacuum of my niche knowledge of it's history at war. Seeing the Louis Theroux doc on the ultra-Zionist and the docu-drama Waltz With Bashir made me unpack more and more. Yesterday my older kid, who is 8, saw a news headline about Israel under attack and he said he felt bad for that country. He had zero context of what's going on so I kept it simple but made sure that he is aware there's another country called Palestine involved too and people like us on both sides are getting killed in the war. It's not a football game, it's not a good versus evil scenario, it's not even close to the sticky but relatively straightforward situation of Ukraine and Russian. He'll probably hear more and more about it indirectly. I shudder to think how this would have been explained to him at a school district no where near as moderate and reasonable as the one we attend. I realized just acknowledging Palestinians, Palestinian nationalism, and the fact there's a rich history in the region of people outside the specific confines of Jewish Israeli citizens who settled in the 20th century itself is treated like a polarizing radical political stance and not a neutral step in learning more about the situation. The "two sides" cop out approach isn't even at play here, because the extreme right-wing and ultra-Zionist agendas within Israel are never brought to the forefront of most media coverage despite those becoming further and further entrenched in policymaking there. I still get squeamish and cringe at some hardline Palestinian supporters who have more or less approached Hamas with the same blanket excuses of hardline Israeli supporters and the war crimes of the IDF and violence of settlers. But that said, I understand why Hamas exists and the context to it's terrorism. West Bank Palestinians can't vote, can't trade or participate in anything close to free market interactions, they can't farm, the are at the whim of losing what little they have in shelter, food, and comfort at the decisions of the most well armed and powerful countries in the region. They can't even leave. It's an open air prison literally in eyeshot of sprawling farms and quaint communities that exist on land they had taken from them and their relatives. If I truly imagine being in the same scenario here in a pocket Austin - and stay with me because this is super hypothetical - where my existence is one of utter despair, fear, and frustration as a consequence for simply existing - I wouldn't have any concept of restraint or guilt when a peer in my community, say a batshit crazy right-wing Christian fundamentalist akin to many in Texas - decided to attack and kill the citizens and soldiers of those oppressing me and my friends, family, and neighbors. Nationalism and religious zeal are absolute cancer. I'm likely preaching to the choir here. I'm also likely doing so when I state that secular and socialist socio-economic policies are options that would come close to undoing this mess, because the default stances of the West and it's absurdly hardline support of Israel as it further evolves into an authoritarian apartheid ethno-state is an extension of unfettered capitalism and neoliberalism.
  5. I have, it's lovely. Weird how much it shifts the tone. I can't say I like it more or less than the other version, I do return to it less often though but sometimes it feels more apt to listen to. It's more of like a driving tune or something if that makes sense.
  6. Oh man, I had a copy of that but sold it when I was scrounging up for cash and parring down some of my tapes. Since then I picked up the LP version https://www.discogs.com/release/13102531-Jefre-Cantu-Ledesma-In-Summer I watched this while not sober and it was something else, def appreciate it differently, especially the second half. it was already one of my favorite tracks of all time
  7. yeah it's been awhile, I haven't been online much here or elsewhere TBH ?
  8. He had quite a career after that jump. As an active duty USAF pilot he was assigned to Vietnam for combat on 3 tours with a total of 483 missions, the last of which he was shot down during and captured. After retiring in 1978 he got into ballooning and set records as a solo balloonist and consulted others in their efforts, including Felix Baumgartner in his jump.
  9. this was more emotionally moving than I expected
  10. Stumbled upon the sample source for "Fabric of Space" this morning I feel like someone else posted it, honestly not sure how I didn't notice earlier. 1991 Sample.mp3
  11. Hell yes, this was always such an interesting project. I know all that outrun / "cyberpunk" stuff is popular now but I felt Kuedo's first album encapsulated that sound and aesthetic before it was trendy, and did it better than most.
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