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Slashing Pseudonymous Protest Punk From Somewhere in Scotland

This blog tries not to be all-plandemic, all the time: everybody needs a break from the ongoing holocaust sometimes. But at the same time, we need to keep an eye on what the globalist fascists are up to. One artist who’s doing that – and putting out a killer series of punk rock songs and animated videos – goes by the name of William Wallace, after the great Scottish freedom fighter. And even better than watching them at evil censorious youtube, you can see them all at Frances Leader’s Substack.

With a snarling, serpentine minor-key lead guitar line, Won’t Be Defeated is the catchiest and edgiest of the songs. The imagery in the opening seconds of the video for Twilight Zone – a hybrid cellphone/hand sanitizer/spycam robot – says it all, and the guitars are deliciously noisy.

Rich Man’s Trick (a shout-out to the documentary masterpiece) is more of a standard-issue bludgeoning punk rock tune and has a video with a great punchline. Wallace calls out Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and the rest of the bankster criminals for their role in the controlled demolition of the world economy in Megabank. The first song in the series, Your Government Loves You, is the only video that shows the three-piece band, albeit with faces blanked out: is it a coincidence that the tune is a knockoff of Mongoloid, by Devo?

Although Leader is best known as an environmentalist – she has been a real-life leader in the UK anti-fracking and anti-5G movements – she also has great taste in music and puts up the occasional playlist. She’s a controversial figure and has been banned on social media. One of her most cited articles is probably the most comprehensively sourced page on the web for the dangers of 5G (like all EMF frequencies, it gets more deadly the higher up you go). She’s also an expert in ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine, a satirist, and a psychic. You may not agree with all her contentions but she always gives you something provocative and entertaining.

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Five Times August’s Silent War: The Best Rock Album of 2022

Akin to his predecessors Woody Guthrie and Phil Ochs, songwriter Five Times August burst on the scene in 2020 playing solo acoustic at freedom rallies. Over the last couple of years, his hilarious videos have gone viral, to the point where he’s probably the most popular protest singer in the US. Another reason for that popularity is that he’s a hell of a songwriter. The man known to some as Brad Skistimas has finally assembled those songs on a full-length album, Silent War, streaming at Bandcamp. This lyrically scorching, often seethingly funny record isn’t just the best album of 2022: Five Times August brings receipts. Time may judge this a classic, as important and vivid a portrait of an era as the Dead Kennedys’ Frankenchrist.

The songs are straightforward and uncluttered to an extreme, mostly just vocals and acoustic guitar. The cheery bounce of the opening track, God Help Us All is a stark contrast to the torrent of cynical rhymes for a time of reality inversion and mass psychosis:

Citizen fools and brand new rules make everyone a hero now
Keep your distance, no resistance, only do what you’re allowed…
See no evil, bow to the needle, didn’t we turn out great?
Sick is the new health, poor is the new wealth, truth is whatever they say…
Divide and conquer, weak not stronger, everybody know your place
Do it now, it won’t hurt, dig into your own dirt, virtue found its grave

Skistimas has remade his viral hit Jesus… What Happened to Us? with a lot more energy as well. It’s less of a lament than searing cautionary tale:

Mark, Jack, Bill, Joe, they’ll teach you what you need to know,
They’ll give you your permissions and tell you where to go…
Shut your mouth, get in line, just behave or pay the fine
They’re pulling on your backbone and taking out your spine

The album’s funniest video hit is Outtayerdaminde, a rapidfire litany of Libs of Tiktok narcissism and buffoonery. Then Skistimas reaches for a scampering acoustic Dylan vibe in I Will Not Be Leaving Quietly, a defiant clapalong anthem.

This blog picked the solemnly waltzing title track as the best song of 2021, and it’s aged tragically well:

They’ve covered your mouth and tied back your hands
They did it to all of the kids
And nobody knows all the damage it’s done
And won’t ask until the master permits…
Take back your freedom and fight for your life, stand up before it’s all gone

Track six, simply titled Joe, is a venomous front-porch folk variant on a folk song that Jimi Hendrix immortalized, referencing the pullout from Afghanistan, the 2020 election and the perils inherent in having a guy with late-stage Alzheimer’s in the Oval Office. The ending is too good to give away.

Sad Little Man, probably the only bestselling single to ever appear on this page, is a creepy, tiptoeing portrait of the career bureaucrat who conspired with Jeremy Farrar and the British MI5 gestapo to launch the plandemic in 2020.

Skistimas hits a Subterranean Homesick drive in Anti-Fascist Blues, a full-band go-go blues broadside targeting cancel culture: “Make yourself a slave until you think that you’re free, dig yourself a grave for the American dream.”

This Just In is a defiant shout-out the Canadian truckers – and the funniest, most spot-on portrait of Justin Trudeau ever written. Likewise, Fight For You is tender but resolute: love during the most hideous holocaust in world history.

The most towering, haunting anthem here is Gates Behind the Bars. It could be the best song of 2022:

The geek’s in control, he’s changed his disguise
His chemical world will be your demise
He’s sick and he’s cruel and acts like he’s God
Speaks on the stage while zombies applaud
The creep’s not alone, he plots with his friends,
The forum they have is a circle of sin
There’s snakes all around who traffic and kill
They’ll dope up the world with needles and pills

Skistimas switches to piano for Lions:

Someday when the truth has been revealed
After all the effort to be healed
You will see the wounded everywhere you go
So wake up with the lions, don’t let yourself stay asleep

He winds up the album with a couple of bonus covers, a stripped-down version of the Tom Petty hit I Won’t Back Down and a Guthrie-esque Star Spangled Banner.

Thanks to the world’s #1 “misinformation spreader,” Steve Kirsch for the heads-up about this one.

A Deliciously Irreverent Plandemic-Era Update on a Long-Lost Song Cycle

Johannes Muhlberg was a talented South African pianist and songwriter. His specialty was clever jazz-inflected cabaret. Beginning in 1968, he began work on a musical theatre project, but abandoned it and never completed it before his tragic death in 1982. He never released a recording.

Almost thirty years later, his son Victor and his family were able to locate the original cassette tapes and sketches for the musical. Victor, a songwriter himself, decided to pick up where his father had left off. When South Africa was locked down in the 2020 plandemic, he decided to change the plotline to a series of reflections on alienation, atomization and loss, told from several points of view.

The new project began to take shape when he teamed up with guitarist Clive Ridgway, who pulled together a diversely talented cast of singers and musicians to bring it to life. The result is Twelve Days of Song, which Victor Muhlberg considers a work in progress rather than a finished album. Fortunately for us, he’s put the songs up as a youtube playlist. With dad’s music and son’s words, it’s a witheringly funny, deliciously transgressive portrait of the here and now. This is not a depressing collection: Muhlberg’s characters stand their ground, resist and have a good laugh in the process.

Roger Maitland sings Valentines Ballad, a chilling chessgame parable set to a slinky noir cabaret backdrop, “On a board captured by silent coup…resistance from those you revile.” Tony Drake swing the piano line; Ridgway adds spare, distantly Romany-flavored guitar.

Bev Scott-Brown takes over the mic with a resolute bittersweetness in I Say Goodbye, a calm broadside against the hated Green Pass vaxxport: “The state will not impose on me its arbitrary goal, nor take me down the wretched road of segregation and control.”

Who Wants to Work, with Godfrey Johnson on vocals, is a slyly amusing, ragtime-tinged look at universal basic income and its sinister implications. Ridgway sings Pipers Tune, a savagely satirical view of “The covidian cult on standby to feed the beast of the noble lie.”

Johnson returns for a duet with Regina Malan in The Circus Show, an irresistibly over-the-top, brassy, Broadway-esque capsule of the clowns orchestrating the lockdown drama. Next, he takes up The Fictional Tale of Mr. Barb, a spot-on, amusing, waltzing portrait of oligarchical greed and technocratic hubris: “I’ve a soft spot for control…as I herd the population, to the cusp of my creation.”

Scott-Brown takes the mic again in I Wonder Why, an understatedly plaintive portrait that anyone who searched for other noncompliant voices over the last 31 months can relate to. Ridgway picks up his acoustic guitar for It’s Just Not ‘Just,’ bringing to mind Phil Ochs with a litany of curfews and mandates and Trojan horses, trace-and-track and endless divide-and-conquer schemes. “Once the prey has made its way inside the trap, it’s unlikely it’s ever coming back.”

Selim Kagee lends his operatic pipes to A Requiem, a sober, baroque-tinged hymn of sorts, reflecting on the victims of the first bioweapon and then the lockdowns. Johnson channels a calm defiance in The Freedom in Me, “A season distorted by digital chime” where “A city so smart has the soul of a robot with steel in its heart.”

Undeniably Mine was inspired by the scientists and doctors who brought their science and sanity to the Better Way conference in the UK. Ridgway builds a spiky blend of guitars and mandolin in Colourful Day, a celebration of the diversity in the freedom movement

Scott-Brown channels hope against hope in Midnight & Moonlight, a gorgeous, starkly fingerpicked guitar waltz in a Cry Me a River vein:

It’s stranger than fiction with danger so grave
Leading the way to the new world so brave
Lies and illusions, perceptions untrue
Breaking the faith of the things you once knew

Muhlberg offers guarded optimism at the end. The playlist concludes with the wedding song When Two People Fall in Love, sung by Penny Radsma. Even more than the music, what’s most inspiring about these songs is that Muhlberg found a talented cast with an equal commitment to freedom to bring them to life.

Thanks to Mark Crispin Miller, whose must-read daily news feed is basically the other New York Music Daily.

In Memoriam: D.H. Peligro

Mark Crispin Miller, via his weekly chronicle of deaths from the lethal Covid injection, has passed along the sad news that we lost Dead Kennedys drummer D.H. Peligro this past Friday. He was 63.

Peligro’s real name was Darren Henley. Press reports indicate that he died after a fall at his California home.

He joined the Dead Kennedys in 1981, replacing the group’s first drummer, Bruce “Ted” Slesinger. Peligro played on all the iconic punk band’s subsequent studio albums. After the obscenity trial spearheaded by Tipper Gore broke up the band at the end of 1986, Peligro took his signature machinegunning attack to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with whom he toured but never recorded.

He would later go on to play in a number of other groups, switching to guitar as the frontman of his own Jimi Hendrix-inspired punk band, Peligro. In recent years he toured in a cover band with other DKs bandmates, who had appropriated the Dead Kennedys bandname after a lawsuit against bandleader and main songwriter Jello Biafra.

Beyond his drumming, Peligro’s best known contribution to the band was his political broadside Hellnation, from the band’s career-defining 1985 album Frankenchrist.

Big Halloween Finale, 2022: A Mighty History Book, For Free and More

The last batch of singles here was supposed to be the final Halloween dump, but things are unfolding so fast around the world that today requires another, A free magnum opus, outrageously funny memes and some tunes too. As always, click on artist or author names for their webpages, click on titles for audio, visuals, a quick read and probably a laugh.

Jason Powers is one of the hardest-working investigative journalists on the web. He did a killer piece on Renee Wegrzyn, the recently appointed US genetic engineering tsar, complete with receipts and Hunter Biden connection. Just for today, he’s put the new fifth edition of his book Operation Virus up at his Substack as a free download. It turns into a pumpkin at the stroke of midnight, October 31.

This working history of the plandemic and its origins is long, meticulously linked and has as many footnotes as Bobby Kennedy’s The Real Anthony Fauci. Powers is quick to remind that it’s as much a guide to where the gaps are as it is to what we actually know. Where Sage Hana is the avenging angel of the freedom movement, Tessa Lena is our soul guide philosopher and Mark Crispin Miller is the erudite, polymath department chair, Powers is a dogged, tireless, quintessentially down-to-earth Indiana sleuth. Grab this book now and sink your teeth into it: it’s many days of reading. Then find your own rabbit hole and do your own research and reporting.

MCM has great taste in music and since 2020 has been a prime source of protest songs. Here’s his latest playlist. Highlights: Safe and Free, Jude Roberts’ deadpan, Appalachian-tinged chronicle of how the plandemic destroyed independent businesses, and Safe and Effective, Chris Porro‘s snarky honkytonk tune. Stick around for the surprise ending!

Have you seen the ThinkTwice Team‘s memes? The first batch are spot-on parodies of lockdowner propaganda posters: muzzles, idiot circles, antisocial distancing, the works. There’s one for every divide-and-conquer scheme. If these last 31 months have been hard on you, this will leave you with a redemptive smirk.

Song lyric puzzle: this is Doo Wah Diddy, via El Gato Malo for more laughs:

The Juice Media in Australia have been having a sublimely amusing time with global politics. Here’s Zoe Amanda Wilson and Lucy calling bullshit on the Oz/US nuke submarine deal (thanks to Sage for finding that one).

Meme maven Anne Gibbons on the Hochul concentration camp regulation, its initial defeat and possible resurrection.

St. Petersburg, Florida whistleblower OB/GYN doctor Kimberly Biss drops a truth bomb: miscarriages up 50%, infertility up 50%, cervical cancer up 25% since the lethal Covid injection rollout.

Broken Peach just recorded The Night of the Halloween Specials, a live 23-minute medley: quirkily creepy punk rock versions of Tainted Love, Personal Jesus, I Put a Spell on You, Don’t You Want Me Baby and originals with impeccably choreographed four-part harmonies.

Let’s end this with Funkrust Brass Band playing an inspiring live take of theit latest single, Ignition. Set the night onfire!

Digging Up a Final Batch of Halloween Month Singles

It wouldn’t be fair to lower the curtain down forever on Halloween Month, 2022 here without a batch of short items: songs, snarky memes and a dash of black humor. As usual, click on artist or author names for their webpages, click on titles for audio, video, or a quick read.

Anne Gibbons’ Wake Up New York meme dates back to September of 2021, but it resonates every bit as much now as it did then.

Singer and satirist Daisy Moses wants to ask the FDA, “Why are food and drugs lumped together?”

Visceral Adventure‘s Sayin’ a Lie is a surprisingly true-to-life cover of a famous BeeGees disco hit, bandleader Tonika Todorova reinventing it as a fierce protest song with a hilarious video of a bunch of usual suspects

Irish hip-hop isn’t this blog’s usual fare, but They Despise Our Kind. by Dr. McHonkHonk has a long, redemptive litany of venomous lyrics for anyone who was persecuted during the lockdown:

They weren’t scared, and they were gettin’ all of the science
“The science” scared you into a state of fearful reliance
All those foolish daily briefings with Ivan, Tam and Valance
Three sadistic pharma henchmen engineering compliance

Enjoy some hilarious Amy Sukwan Halloween costume memes! The serial killer is the obvious one but the best one is the wokester.

Johnny Dollar just put out a ridiculously funny Substack parody of the ongoing Canadian investigation into the trucker protests and the government overreaction to them. One-minute read:

Dr. Vinu Arumugham is one of the world’s elite statisticians. He doesn’t post a lot at his Substack, but when he does, he really brings the science, as far as the plandemic is concerned. He also has a sense of humor. His latest piece proves how “the Pfizer vaccine trial shows saline injection has 75% efficacy in preventing cardiac arrest deaths and 85.7% efficacy preventing Bell’s palsy. The Josef Mengele Institute (formerly FDA) should therefore provide Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of saline injections.”

Justin Trudeau needs a hug. Or at least a friend. Priceless 15 sec video from Stella Maris via investigative journalist Sage Hana

West Coast John and Dissident Army observe the Speed of Science in a page of memes. The best one is the last, schemed up in a late-night brainstorm on Sage’s comment page.

Dr. Meryl Nass, who blew the whistle on the anthrax vaccine that did so much damage to US troops, liveblogged the ACIP meeting where the death shot was rubberstamped as an addition to the US childhood vaccine schedule (even though it’s not a vaccine). If you can handle black humor, her play-by-play of how scientific fraud and genocide is perpetrated is priceless, with additional commentary from Brooklyn freedom fighter Brucha Weisberger. Dr. Nass: “I have screenshot all the people involved in these studies for future reference so we can get them discussing these studies with their hands on a bible.” Also see her comments on how fraudulently the incidence of polio in New York is misrepresented.

Orange County, California’s #1 freedom fighter Peggy Hall explains how Cali schools are being incentivized – and required – to report anyone who didn’t take the lethal Covid shot. They’re done with us and coming after the kids now. After all, the World Economic Forum doesn’t want an orphan crisis. Start the video at 5:30

Let’s end on a positive if cautionary note. Adrienne Elise is an intuitive healer and also the rare astrologer who has spoken out fiercely and hilariously against the insanity of the past thirty-one months. Fast forward this video to 6:05 where she calls bullshit on the hypocrites stuck in the death throes of the Kali Yuga. “This is part of the whole medical conspiracy right now. There are so many so-called spiritual movements, they have this high holy vibration, but nobody’s going anywhere. The end game is these loops that track you back in.”

Sinister Sunday Singles

This blog’s raison d’etre is not “plandemic, 24/7.” After awhile, staring into that abyss is just torture. Since March of 2020, New York Music Daily has tried to be a source of musical solace grounded in reality.

But this is Halloween month. So far, loyal readers, you have been spared the really grisly stuff. Today’s mix of singles, noteworthy news items and short video clips is a brief overview of where the world is now in what Mark Crispin Miller calls “Operation Herod.” Globally, approximately twenty million people have been murdered in the deployment of the bioweapon farcically marketed as a Covid vaccine. This blog predicted this ongoing holocaust in the fall of 2020; here’s a view of some of the perpetrators, along with a few tunes. It’s about fifteen minutes of sound and occasional fury. Click on author or artist names for their webpages, click on titles for audio, video, a snarky meme or a quick read.

Not photoshopped or altered: this is the most troubling admission of guilt so far by the corpse-in-chief. Scroll down to the second video – (thanks to Celia Farber for this). “The people laughing is proof the experiment worked. A man of power in a blue suit in a crowd of people who perceive themselves to be below him in social hierarchy will laugh at whatever he says, because “charm” induces trance. And powerful Democrats are Gods. And we give Gods our children, as sacrifice.”

Here’s one of the best-ever live tv Brandon gaffes, perfectly timed for election season. It’s not quite Gates saying that vaccines can reduce the world population by 15%, but it’s close. Thanks to 2SG on Substack for this.

Emerald Robinson: “The U.S. government created the COVID virus. The U.S. government created the COVID vaccines. The U.S. government got a patent for Luciferase tracking proteins to be used in the vaccines. The U.S. government allowed dangerous DNA vaccines to be produced without proper safety trials. The U.S. government illegally forced our military to get injected with an “emergency use authorization” drug never approved by the FDA. The U.S. government worked with Big Tech companies to censor Americans who told the truth about the COVID vaccines. The U.S government forced ordinary Americans into getting injected with these experimental vaccines too. The U.S. government then fired any employee or contractor who refused to take their non-FDA approved drugs — and coerced private companies into doing the same thing. All the conspiracy theories are coming true.”

Bodybuilder Doug Brignole went on record about putting his life on the line for the Covid shot. “If it doesn’t kill me, I told you so.” Then it killed him. Did he predict his own death? Investigative journalist and philosopher Tessa Lena gives you a free pdf of his fateful words.

A wearable meme; Hillary Killary‘s “Wanted For Murder” multicolor t-shirt with an image of Fauci either on the front or the back. “Whoever is standing behind you on the supermarket checkout line will be forced to see it.”

Send this to anyone who supports lockdown restrictions as we get into the winter of our discontent: Michael Osterholm shoots straight on masks on Rogan, March 10, 2020: “They’re not effective at all,” in 53 priceless seconds via Sage Hana.

Amy Sukwan, Thailand-based novelist and queen of memes, says the Eagles were right: we are all prisoners here of our own device;

Elephants in the room, princesses and peas and other fables recast via freedom fighter Super Sally in the Philippines

Bobby Sanabria‘s latin jazz band back Jenn Jade Ledesna in her nuanced conga interpretation of the classic Edgar Allen Poe poem The Bells: Darwin Noguera on piano, Andy Eulau on bass, Peter Brainin on sax.

Songwriter Matt Brevner speaks to hope for the future in More of Us over a trip-hop beat with a string section: “Please don’t be part of the problem.” Free download.

And here’s the new VanDongen preprint that’s gone viral, in case you didn’t see it. As Dr. David Martin has been saying since 2020, here’s more conclusive proof that Covid-19 has bioweaponeer Ralph Baric’s fingerprints all over it, from his gain-of-function work at the University of North Carolina lab. Download the free pdf for future study and evidence.

Let’s end this with something positive. Dr. Pam Popper may be best known as the founder of Make Americans Free Again, but she’s also an animal lover. “Animals aren’t property, they’re companions, they’re our roommates and our best friends!” In about four minutes, she shares a new study which confirms that cats and dogs have emotions measurable in oxytocin levels. Start the video at the 3 minute mark.

Halloween Month Singles, Vol. 1

Today is a big dump of really creepy stuff, but plenty of ridiculously funny video and some calmer, organically-rooted sounds to balance things out. Some songs, some visuals, a macabre video skit and a few short reads, a long album’s worth of entertainment. Click on artist or author names for their webpages, click on titles for audio, video or a quick read.

Soon-to-be-expat New Yorker Daisy Moses offers her usual spot-on, hilarious take on Lizzo using her expert lips and tongue on James Madison’s 200-year-old crystal flute. Too funny: 2-minute read with videos

Investigative journalist Joel Smalley discovers that he’s somehow received not just one but two Covid shots! The UK National Health system says he did but can’t explain how. Too funny. 28-second silent video

The Halloween video of the week comes to us via Mark Crispin Miller‘s weekly chronicle of the casualties of Operation Herod. Is it deadly to be in close contact with Charles In Charge? Scroll down to the third video,

Here’s ex-BlackRock hedge fund analyst Ed Dowd – the first to blow the whistle on the lethal Covid injection’s effect on all-cause mortality – on the Jerm Warfare podcast, via Sage Hana. This is one of her savagely spot-on videos, with a surprise ending

Here’s another funny one: Prof. Freedom’s Covid Religion video – a free download at Unbekoming (scroll down about 3/4 down the page). Plus a bonus chapter from Dr. Mark McDonald’s future classic 2020 broadside, United States of Fear.

Investigative journalist Etana Hecht suggests to a script-reading CDC contractor phone operator that she might want to turn whistleblower. The good stuff, with some VERY pregnant pauses, starts at about 6:50 in the audio of the phone call: scroll to the bottom of the page.

World Economic Forum infiltraitor Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand gets caught snorting blow on camera, thanks to Wittgenstein on Twitter via 2SG on Substack

Turfseer, the king of artsy protest anthems, has a not-so-secret second life as film composer and dramatist. Here’s his cruelly funny, cynical Twilight Zone parody, – Nightmare at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Will the rebel army make it to the underground bunkers where President Fauci is hiding out with Zuck and Gates? And whose side is that mysterious BLM protestor really on? There’s a surprise ending to this 21-minute video with a good original score

Reliably wide-ranging, inspiring freedom fighter, author and podcaster Bretigne Shaffer gives us a free pdf of her metaphorically savage short story Elixir of Fear.

Need a break from this relentless darkness? Crank up pianist/singer Maria Mendes‘ lavish, symphonic new big band jazz single Hermeto’s Fado for Maria, by the iconic Brazilian composer Hermeto Pascoal. That goofy synth break midway through will crack you up

The MammalsIf You Could Hear Me Now is a front-porch protest song for our time. “The money’s in charge of the black coal barge and there’s no more fish to be fishing.” Thanks to investigative journalism legend Celia Farber for passing this along.

Jude Roberts sings his elegantly snarling ragtime-flavored protest song Fall On Your Sword, Dr. Fauci, “the world’s biggest industry whore” who puts his greedy fingers into every fucking pie.

Americana songstress Monica Taylor delivers Rescues, a down-home red dirt Oklahoma shuffle with banjo and dobro,

Let’s wind this up with a shot of raw adrenaline: Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones ripping their way through their ghoulabilly hit I Drink to Your Health, with a searing Eddie Rion guitar solo

More Savagely Funny Protest Songs, Plandemic Parodies and New Videos From Turfseer

In the spring of 2020, it didn’t take long for songwriter Lewis Papier to get wise to the plandemic. He was outraged – as more artists should have been. So he and a rotating cast of hired guns – who were no doubt overjoyed to play his savagely satirical, often ridiculously funny songs – worked steadily on a series of singles. Recording under the name Turfseer, he would eventually put them up at Soundcloud as a whole album, Scamdemic Songs, in the fall of 2021.

This blog discovered them through Mark Crispin Miller’s invaluable News From Underground feed this past February, when there were a grand total of 33 songs on the playlist. It has since grown to 44! What’s more, there’s a growing collection of videos at Turfseer’s youtube channel, which mysteriously has not been censored. There’s at least one seriously LOL moment in all of them. If you’re bummed out by the prospect of more restrictions and endless doom porn, do yourself a favor and clipgrab these gems before they disappear. Watching the playlist for the first time, there was already a Youtube lethal injection propaganda pop-up ad in place by the third video. Then it disappeared…but sure enough, it was back for the song 1984 Is Here.

As a songwriter, Papier has an erudite grasp on a ton of styles: ornate art-rock, classic country, Beatlesque pop and more. The first of the videos is the Trust the Science Rag. ‘”You must refute and persecute all those who disagree,” Papier insists, over a rollicking piano tune. The video is a particularly apt Fatty Arbuckle/Buster Keaton silent film edit.

Is that one of the Chinese “big whites” spraying an empty bedroom with nameless toxic dust in the video for the darkly orchestrated, ELO-tinged Church of the Pandemic Mind?

The Virus Is My God, a southwestern gothic spoof of Covid true believers, has an irresistibly funny faux spaghetti western plotline: the devil is in the details!

The juxtaposition of the Salem Witch Trials and plandemic imagery in 1692 Was a Very Good Year, another ELO-esque gem, is spot-on. Sheeple University is a doctrinaire, churchy faux-Christian pop parody of wokester extremism: “Learn to bully, throw a fit, just obey and submit.”

The Commandant is one of the most chilling of the big art-rock numbers, with visuals to match: “We invented a monster that you’ll never see, how do you like that you’ll never be free?” O Holy Roman, another art-rock anthem, is just as metaphorically loaded. Turfseer’s insight into historical basis of plandemic brainwashing runs deep, underscored by the eerie folk-pop of The Ballad of Typhoid Mary.

Just Too Good to Be True, a country song, reflects the wave of deaths that followed the 2021 kill shot rollout. Another one from this past summer, You Didn’t Recognize Me, is a gorgeously bittersweet Amy Rigby soundalike, but with one of the most sinister undercurrents in the playlist

The most inspiring number on the original playlist, Forever Freedom Brigade, pops up in the middle of the videos. The Emperor’s New Clothes reflects the despondency that swept over the world before the freedom movement started growing toward critical mass.

Once in awhile Turfseer’s parody extends to music as well, as with the operatic spoof Vaccine, My Love; One Trick Pony, where he makes fun of lite FM piano pop; and In Toba Tek Singh, a searing Bollywood tale of the ravages of plandemic-induced poverty. The musicianship is strong all the way through: once in awhile there’s a sizzling solo, like the big guitar break in My Way Or the Highway Disease.

The playlist ends – at least at this point – on an optimistic note with a country song, Dawn of a New Day. And that, folks, is today’s installment of this month’s ongoing, daily Halloween celebration, which continues through the end of October. There will be more of the macabre, or at least something like it, here tomorrow.

Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones Bring Their Irreverent Retro Rock to the East Village

Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones are connoisseurs of retro Americana sounds, from rockabilly to 60s soul music. They’re playing Otto’s on Sept 24 at 10 PM; for those who might say, “Eww, the East Village on a Saturday night,” keep in mind that so many of the touristy types who made the neighborhood a place to avoid on the weekend have left town.

Out of all the albums Hope and the band have put out over the years, the very best of them all might be their snarky, irreverent Songs in the Key of Quarantine, streaming at Bandcamp. The core of the band, singer/guitarist Hope and her bassist husband Matthew Goldpaugh put this spot-on, satirical ep out during the darkest months of 2020 with a little help from their bandmates.

The first track is Social Distancing Blues:

Can’t give no one a hug
Can’t hold my baby tight
You got to wear a hazmat suit to get into a fight

And it gets better from there.

Bad Time to Quit Drinking is a grimly funny tune: the gist of it is that there are other things you can do to get high. No Time to Get Bored is a shuffle where Lara chronicles all the goofy things you can do when you’re been put under house arrest by a totalitarian regime.

She shows off some snarling gutter blues guitar chops on You Are Essential, a duet with her husband where they send a grateful shout out to the retail and healthcare workers who kept the economy going when many of the rest of us were depersoned during the endless, bleak days of 2020.

She drops her guard for the sad, spare, plainspoken acoustic soul ballad When Will I See My Grandma Again? Then she picks up the pace with Go Big & Stay Home, a scruffy number which seems a lot more cynical than optimistic. The last song on the album is a cover and it’s not very good – and it’s by a corporate rock guy with blood on his hands. He made his drummer take the lethal Covid injection early during the band’s 2021 tour, and the drummer died after one of the first shows.

The band’s latest album is Here to Tell The Tale, a full-band record also up at Bandcamp, which came out last year. Lead guitarist Eddie Rion and drummer Jeremy Boniello scramble through a catchy, diverse mix that starts with a simmering ghoulabilly tune, then dips into smoky go-go sounds, vintage Loretta Lynn style C&W and jump blues.

The last time this blog was in the house at one of the band’s shows, it was in 2018 at an Amsterdam Avenue bar which had neither stage nor PA system. Running everything through their amps, the band managed to keep a noisy neighborhood crowd at this onetime dive under control, no small achievement.