The southern hemisphere enters Spring, the weather’s warming up and summer’s just around the corner! I small festivals on the horizon!
Released September 30th 2012
Motivation… motor vation. Motor vacation. fuck the motor, go on vacation. An extended form of procrastination… procrastin… tin… cans. Tin cans are the point? Procras.. progress… tin cans?
See, just like you, I have a problem. I can’t be fucked with shit sometimes. It all seems like a good idea and it’s real pretty in my head… and, then I sit down to do it… and fuck it.
And you’re told you just gotta do what ya gotta do… and you know that. I know that. We both know that. It’s fucking obvious. Maybe you’re studying, or you work, or you have some other project that you’re working on… procrastination is the enemy of motivation in that it is very easy to motivate yourself to procrastinate and feel justified in it… while time slips past like an evil cockroach that I can’t quite squash with my foot. And I try. Oh, how I try.
Cockroaches and ‘ations aside, thank you for listening to this episode of Enpsychedelia.
This is episode six, and i’d like to thank everyone who has thus far contributed to this podcast and provided feedback. I thought I might go over what is the mission statement of this podcast so far, just in case you were confused, wondering or confundering.
The focus of the podcast will be primarily on Melbourne, drawing together the unique culture of neuro-chemical explorers, from artists and musicians to critical writers and journalists. This podcast is our shared collaborative voice. It is a place to unify our ideas and expressions and broadcast them to the listener. The key to the success of this podcast is within its content and its content comes from us. Unified we can add a new facet to an unnecessarily controversial and taboo subject.
With this in mind, I invite you to contribute something. If you find yourself with tin cans full of cockroaches while on your motor vacation… then perhaps it’s time to get the boot and let the sweet heel of justice bare down upon your foes. I’m sorry… I really suck at metaphors. What i’m saying is… stop.
I stopped. I was sitting in Melbourne’s CBD the other day, just pondering.
Sometimes we forget to just stop. I sometimes forget to acknowledge the moment, because i’m so caught up with worrying about what I gotta do… that I forget.
Brudaja – Pretty Cool (Public Service Announcement)
With the subtlety of one hand clapping, and unperceived trees falling in woods… with the enormity of tectonic plates in mid collision and the catchiness of a cold – plays the melodic experiments of Brudaja.
His now freed mind, no longer shackled by the restraints of third dimensional reality, plays a tune to accommodate his continuing voyage across time and space.
Midst the moss and fungi ridden floor of the forest moon of Endor. Brudaja sits and ponders the universe In his incense stained room, utilising the contemporary to create cacophonies and soundscapes over complex beats and polyrhythmic percussions, Brudaja conjures a fusion of analogue warmth that only vinyl can sing, digital bleeps that would make Michael Winslow weep, a whirlwind of stringed instruments plucked, strummed, bowed and tweaked; and obscure vocal vibrations from sources eclectic.
With inspiration coming from a wide range of music, science fiction, the psychedelic realms, pop culture and the underground, Brudaja’s beats are sure to have you astral travelling, deep in meditation, or rocking out in the dark under starlit sky.
Like a rocket on a fret plate, for a Dude in the Mission State.
Drug Policy – The Greens and ALP
A few weeks ago, I attended a discussion put on by the Ideas and Society program at La Trobe. Professor of Politics, Robert Manne regularly hosts public debates and lectures at the Bundoora campus in Melbourne, and recently he invited Greens MP for Melbourne, Adam Bandt and Australian Labor Party MP for Fraser, Andrew Leigh to join him to discuss recent political controversies between the two parties, which have a shakey alliance in Australian politics.
The full discussion is entitled, “The future of the left in Australia: Labor and Greens – enemies or friends”. At the end of the discussion, which covered a wide range of discussions on the party’s policies, the audience had a chance to ask a question. Andrew Leigh is an economist and spoke earlier in the discussion about using market based solutions to fix problems in society, while the Greens have the most socially liberal drug policy of all the major parties in Australia.
Nick: Earlier this year, there was an Australian report that found the War on Drugs was a failure. This was just one of a myriad of reports showing this fact. The policy position on drugs in Australia costs more tax money than it saves, and Andrew you said the ALP like market solutions to problems, and Adam, your party has moved away from its more liberal position on drug policy in the past. Why won’t either party adequately address this topic?
Adam Bandt MP: Well, I don’t know if we’ve moved away from it, we continue to advocate it. Richard di Natale, our health spokesperson has worked in the area of public health and as a drug and alcohol doctor and in response to that when it came out said, “Yes, this is exactly the debate that we need to have.” From a straight political point of view, when the Greens get up and say that and start to advocate for that, it almost invariably gets misconstrued and you end up with, as we did in Tasmania, where I think it was the Labor party doing robo-calls to people’s homes on the eve of the election saying, “Did you know that The Greens want to give heroin to your children” or talk about heroin with your children. And until we can have a sensible debate about it, to be frank, it is difficult for us to get up and continue to advocate. We haven’t changed out policies, you will see what Richard said, but when we get up and advocate, we’re often a convenient whipping-boy, when in fact what we’re saying is what the majority of health professionals would believe.
Andrew Leigh MP There’s a group in parliament, Mal Washer, Richard di Natale and myself, who meet regularly to talk about these issues as to proper drug regulation. I actually just think there’s an awful lot we don’t know about what the world would look like in a highly liberalised context and so, this is an area in which you can argue about current policies, but that doesn’t automatically tell you what you ought to do. That’s particularly true given that the drug market has changed substantially in the past decade. This isn’t your mum’s drug market, which was fundamentally about marijuana, cocaine and heroin. This is a market in which entrepreneurs are building new pharmaceutical substances faster than kids in nightclubs can buy them. Regulating that market is I think, pretty tough. But, it ought to be harm minimisation, I think the ACT Labor Government has made the right decision now on allowing a needle exchange program in the Alexander Maconochie Centre, the ACT jail. Probably only in the ACT would you find a government put in place a prison needle exchange program two months out from an election, I think it’s a pretty brave decision. We’ve copped some flac internally from the Public Sector Union, but I think it is the right thing to do.
I’m not sure how you feel about their answers, but I feel they were relatively stock standard. Unfortunately, it was the very next day that the second Australia 21 report on alternative drug policies came out.
Signal Loop – Extheogen – Renegade 2 set
Across Victoria, any time of the year, people haul big sound systems, generators and decorations out to hidden bush locations to bring together their tribe or many tribes to stomp, dance and play.
It has become some what of a cultural tradition for many people, and although the music is different and the speakers are a new innovation… the tradition goes far, far back. It seems that tribes have gathered to celebrate under the moon, stars, sun and clouds for millenia, to dance and congregate, for ceremony and awe, for play and community. This new twist on an ancient tradition is no different at its core…
Signal Loop was deep in the bush for Extheogen 2012. As a musical treat and a welcoming of spring, here is part of his set.
In Lak’ech Ala K’in