Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Understanding Deep Politics Conference – May 14-16, 2010

Announcing the Understanding Deep Politics Conference

– Revealing the Driving Forces Behind World Events and Creating Alternative Solutions

University Inn & Conference Center Santa Cruz, CA May 14 – 16th, 2010

611 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 950

With Speakers: Cynthia McKinney, David Ray Griffin, Peter Dale Scott, Ellen Brown, Ian Crane, Annie Machon, Jim Marrs, Michael Parenti, Peter Phillips, and Barrie Zwicker

Understanding Deep Politics will bring together ten distinguished speakers and hundreds of concerned citizens in one weekend for the purpose of challenging the mainstream perceptions of political reality – revealing the hidden forces behind many widely accepted historical and current events.

This unprecedented and provocative conference will span three days, including an early
Friday evening meet & greet get-together.

Please join us at this sure to be historic conference and expand this critical, deeper
understanding of the causes of our political challenges and help us fashion new
possibilities for the betterment of all.This unprecedented and provocative conference will span three days, including an early Friday evening meet and greet get-together.

Conference Details:

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Please contact the University Inn & Conference Center Reservations at 866-827-2466 and tell them you are booking for the “Understanding Deep Politics” conference to get the conference rates. Please note – you will not be able to book your reservations online.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

"Just a Guy with some chords and words..."

Our friend Randy sent us this link to a performance of his original song "The Santa Ynez" at Alisal Cellars in Solvang, California, 24 January 2010.

Randy weaves stories of reality, unpretentiously telling it like he sees it.  We think he’s great.  He also is a wonderful photographer and did our promo pictures for the first incarnation of The Away Team band -- and photographed Nik’s hand holding the remote on our first album “Aliens on Line”.   

He says:  "I'm just a guy with a guitar and some songs. I have three cds: "Coffee Drinkin' Music", "Can The Rich Get To Heaven?", and "Back On My Feet". I made up the songs and I wrote them down. I've known a few people and done a few things. I've had a lot of jobs. My life is a work in progress. But, the songs speak for themselves." --from

And this song "Folk Singer" made us smile.  He's a folk singer and he's got "chords and words" to take him home.....delightful! 

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I'm a Folk Singer.mp3 (3276 KB)

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Away Team Campaign Continues

We will give away CDs to the first 100 people who promise to write a review of our new album and donate at least $10 to the Feal Good Foundation. We are asking our dedicated fans to consider contributing to our costs of replication and our first promotional campaign, so we can start this fundraiser on April 22, 2010. The album will be ready for release shortly, since we're in our final mix stage.

Even though the recent proposed settlement in New York is a victory for those heros who helped on 9/11 and now are sick because of the toxic dust, the Feal Good Foundation continues to work towards getting HR 847 James Zadroga 9/11 Health Compensation Act back on the table. For more info, contact us

For more info on the Feal Good Foundation you can check out the Feal Good Foundation.

Here's how you can help with our first replication which will cover our costs:

Thursday, March 11, 2010

What the Birds Say

I’m so happy this song is making it onto this album. “I want someone to tell me what the birds say; the world is changin’ and I don’t know which way” I wrote this line in my song a long time ago but didn’t finish the verses in the song until 9/11. On that day, there were no sounds of cars from the freeway, no planes overhead except military jets late in the day. There was a very deep silence which I’d never heard before. I went into the studio to try to deal with my feelings, finished the verses and recorded a rough arrangement of “What the Birds Say” for the first time.

In 2007, I looked at this song again – after I had completed my film “Dust and Deceit” about the plight of those exposed to the toxic dust of 9/11. It seemed even more relevant. If you have not checked out my film, there is a trailer at

Those who are sick from the dust of 9/11 are like the canaries in the mine. If there is another incident, how will the government respond? What have we learned from 9/11?

Sometimes it’s impossible for me to separate politics and music. So many of the songs I write are about what I see and feel. Songs are my way of coping and communicating, and I really hope that somebody does hear what the birds say……they are disappearing you know, by the millions, and it would be tragic to lose their songs. The Audubon Society reports that some species are down by up to 80 percent because of dramatic environmental changes. Here are some excerpts from a CBC special in Canada:

I am really feeling like I can’t wait to share this music. Songs are like sending letters out to my friends, letters to the world. At first I wanted to name the album “Letters to the World” but then “Wild wild land” seems so appropriate. It’s crazy wild times we live in; and I really “don’t know know what this is all for….” this song encapsulates what I’m feeling about living in Twenty Ten.

Here's our first Rough Mix of the Song, "What the Birds Say"

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BirdssaybounceJAN28.mp3 (9838 KB)

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