Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Three bar orange glow
Corn chip crumbs in the sour cream
Bedsit lonely night


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

No Leap

Take the no leap
Of no faith,
Feel the no wrath
Of no god.


Monday, August 15, 2016

On Nationalism

The most frightening thing on Earth is a nation of people with a common purpose.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Lest We Forget

It wasn't so long ago that ignorant, indolent populations sought charismatic puppet leaders and a trite, nostalgic form of conservatism to take care of all that real life stuff for them so they could enjoy their facile entertainments and false financial security. It resulted in the war to end all wars, then another war. It seems us humans forget our lessons rapidly and need to learn them again, then again. 

Lest we forget.


Monday, August 8, 2016

Drum, By jak

This track happened a bit by accident. Taking a break from recording some saxophone takes I picked up Jem's acoustic guitar and played him an old song I'd had hanging around in my head for years. We recorded a quick version, just for fun, then started mucking around with it. A few hours after I left that day Jem sent the first, rough version of the song that he'd turned into something interesting. We like to think of Drum as jak's version of a pop song.



Sunday, August 7, 2016

Interesting Capitalist Times

Capitalism works by paying labour less than the sales price of the goods and services they produce, that way there is a profit. Because labour is paid less than the price of goods and services some of the goods and services must be sold abroad, the goods and services are worth more than the population earns. To make the goods and services of a nation easier to sell each nation tries to reduce the value of its currency. 

We are now at the point where every nation is struggling to push its currency down, a race to the bottom. The only tool available to reduce the value of a currency is setting a false interest rate. Eventually interest rates will be low enough that capital won't be highly valued, money will be borrowed at such a low rate that we'll all effectively be capitalists. If everyone can do it, what's the fun in being a capitalist?

We may be witnessing the end of capitalism as we know it. If goods and services have to be exported to continue growing profits there must be a finite point when this is no longer possible, when interest rates are all set at zero all around the world. 

I don't know what comes next, but capitalism is just about done, and not one of our governments knows what comes next either. Interesting times.


Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Box, By jak

This track was made with a small cardboard box, some pegs and some rubber bands, an improvised box guitar. I then had a lot of fun improvising with a conventional tenor saxophone over a quirky groove.