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Dissenting Soundscapes and Songs of G.W.'s America

by Voices In The Wilderness

STOP THE WAR. Created out of the anxiety & disillusionment of GW's reelection on 11/04. This CD of 26 artists transcends music genres & ideologies w/ the common purpose of dissent towards the Bush regime. END THE WAR IN IRAQ. Limited edition almost gone.
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1. Ready for the Revolution - Marcos Fernandes Marcos Fernandes
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2. Death by Boonda - Bonnie Kane, Ray Sage & Mambo Mantis Bonnie Kane, Ray Sage & Mambo Mantis
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3. The Red Eyed Agents Of Satan Have The Upper Hand - The Slow Pois The Slow Poisoners
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4. Soldiers' Hearts - Neshama Alma Band Neshama Alma Band
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5. Extreme Wacover - 99 Hooker 99 Hooker
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6. Political Composition - Cornelius Cardew Choir Cornelius Cardew Choir
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7. hungryempty (excerpt) - Cheryl E. Leonard Cheryl E. Leonard
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8. Intraoffice Psychologies - Marina Lazzara Marina Lazzara
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9. Thug - David Slusser David Slusser
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10. ''Liberate...my ass - Andre Custodio Andre Custodio
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11. America, Fuck Your Freedom - United Satanic Apache Front United Satanic Apache Front
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12. GW - Ernesto Diaz-Infante Ernesto Diaz-Infante
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13. Rainfall - Blaise Siwula Blaise Siwula
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14. Conceding Before the Countless Dreams - Cornelius Cardew Choir Cornelius Cardew Choir
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15. Mama Rage - mJane mJane
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16. Perfecthood Is Going Down - Merlin Coleman Merlin Coleman
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17. The Toll Counting - Neshama Alma Band with Kate Thompson Neshama Alma Band with Kate Thompson
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18. Take The Word Of A Madman - Dave Tucker Dave Tucker
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19. John Ashcroft vs. The Space Librarians (excerpt) - Jess Rowland Jess Rowland
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20. Four Readings. (excerpt) - Matt Hannafin Matt Hannafin
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21. Muddle - Lance Grabmiller Lance Grabmiller
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22. Guns Don't Kill People - Dina Emerson Dina Emerson
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23. Failed upward - d.elder d.elder
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24. Sometimes (excerpt) - United Satanic Apache Front United Satanic Apache Front
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25. Prayer For The Road (Ahead) - Pablo St. Chaos Pablo St. Chaos
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26. Bush Lays Down The Fucking Rap - robert m robert m
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27. Bush: Evil Acts Is - Phillip Greenlief Phillip Greenlief
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28. Cold Blood - Polly Moller Polly Moller
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29. Nuculer Winter (November 3, 2004) - Aaron Bennett & John Finkbei Aaron Bennett & John Finkbeiner
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30. Native American Residuals - Neshama Alma Band Neshama Alma Band
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31. Not Saved by the Bell - Stephen Flinn Stephen Flinn
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32. Banish - Famous Last Words Famous Last Words
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33. Cacerolazo - Marcos Fernandes Marcos Fernandes
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
VOICES IN THE WILDERNESS was created out of the anxiety and disillusionment of Bush's reelection on November 3, 2004. This composition of twenty-six artists transcends music genres and ideologies with the common purpose of dissent towards the havoc and bloodshed cause by Bush and the U.S. military's dominance. This collection of political protest music spans experimental, rock, free-improv, electronic, folk, field recordings, and spoken word. This CD is ultimately a reminder and wake-up call that we can not be silent during these times. Contributions from mJane, Marcos Fernandes, Bonnie Kane, Ray Sage & Mambo Mantis, The Slow Poisoners, Neshama Alma Band, 99 Hooker, Cornelius Cardew Choir, Cheryl E. Leonard, Marina Lazzara, David Slusser, Andre Custodio, United Satanic Apache Front, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Blaise Siwula, Merlin Coleman, Kate Thompson, Dave Tucker, Jess Rowland, Matt Hannafin, Lance Grabmiller, Dina Emerson, d.elder, Pablo St. Chaos, robert m, Phillip Greenlief, Polly Moller, Aaron Bennett & John Finkbeiner, Stephen Flinn, Famous Last Words. Cover art and drawings by the graphic novelist/cartoonist James Sturm. More info: www.paxrecordings.com

After the election results were in and Kerry asked the American people to get behind Bush, we became highly aware that there may be no stopping this Empire's atrocities. We were even more screwed than we thought. That understanding frightened us and still does. This sense of powerlessness to the Bush regime's primitive tactics is ongoing for many of us. With incredible humility, the artists on this CD have offered their work. Some of it has been edited down. All of it is out of its' usual listening context. Collectively, it is against the grain of traditional music aesthetics. We chose to include every "voice" that was invited and then offered to this composition (more than we expected) with an intention of creating a document of dissent, a plea for peace, and a push against the complacency that can envelop us. Ultimately, this is a reminder to not be silent during these times. --M.S. & ED-I, February 2005, San Francisco, California.

Credits:
Produced by Marjorie Sturm & Ernesto Diaz-Infante
Executive Producers: John Lee, 99 Hooker, Jeff Zittrain
bayimproviser.com, 99hooker.com, famouslastwordsband.com
Edited and mastered by Marjorie Sturm, January 2005
at Next Door to the Jefferson Airplane Studios, San Francisco
Cover art and other drawings by James Sturm cartoonstudies.org
Design by Tohru Kanayama tkanayama@earthlink.net

Part of the profits of this CD are being donated to the War Resisters League.

Lyrics...

THE RED EYED AGENTS OF SATAN HAVE THE UPPER HAND (The Slow Poisoners) Once was an idiot king Who set fire to everything around Burnt it all down Gather round the reconstruction Back room handshake vultures landing There's a fortune in the sand Now that the red eyed agents of Satan have the upper hand Who gave the monkey king his crown Some already six feet under ground Couldn't make a sound The suit is speaking on the hill Waving billion dollar bills to pay Your pennies to the man Now that the red eyed agents of Satan have the upper hand I dreamt I met George Washington He spat on me and said what have you done You foolish son I'm sorry George I'm not the one Responsible for what's become There's trouble in this land Now that the red eyed agents of Satan have the upper hand

SOLDIERS' HEARTS (Marjorie Sturm/Neshama Alma Band) Glory Glory Hallejah The killing don't get me Glory glory Hallelujah The killing don't get me God bless those soldiers with their soldiers' hearts God bless democracry getting a fresh start Fighting isn't easy and with killing no one has won But, yes! We will have elections when the pillaging is done Bush Kerry, it's all the same My life ain't really going to change I've got my gladiator's game My TV My DVD My widescreen My shopping spree Hell, I'll wait and see if we burn out or get blown away Glory Glory Hallelujah The killing don't get me Glory Glory Hallelujah The killing don't get me God bless those soldiers with their soldiers' hearts God bless democracy getting a fresh start

POLITICAL COMPOSITION #1 (Bob Marsh/Cornelius Cardew Choir) Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld Now is the time to bring down the government Blair, Bin Laden, Sharon Now is the time to bring down the government Exxon, Chevron, Shell Now is the time to bring down the government World Trade Organization Now is the time to bring down the government Popes, Bishops, Ayatollahs Now is the time to bring down the government Priests, Rabbis, Emirs Now is the time to bring down the government Our leaders are not leaders Now is the time to bring down the government They push, pull and incite us Now is the time to bring down the government But they do not lead Now is the time to bring down the government Why should we kill each other Now is the time to bring down the government For their power hungry designs Now is the time to bring down the government Let us not remain silent Now is the time to bring down the government Let us become responsible Now is the time to bring down the government Let us stand against them Now is the time to bring down the government The Multi-national enslavers Now is the time to bring down the government Europe, Asia, Africa, Americas, Mid-east Now is the time to bring down the government Blair, Bin Laden, Sharon Now is the time to bring down the government Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld Now is the time to bring down the government Now is the time to bring down the government Now is the time to bring down the government

INTRAOFFICE PSYCHOLOGIES (Marina Lazzara) Ya ready? The world is getting smaller Tomorrow may never come Get ready To stay just where you are now Ya ready? 'Cause I am the President And I am not surprised And I will try to be A god you can confuse for me I am I am I am I am I am I am I am I am I and you are not

CONCEDING BEFORE THE COUNTLESS DREAMS (Aaron LaFleur/Joseph Zitt/Cornelius Cardew Choir) Once in a while the night surrenders its weak heart to the unpaved roads and innocent children, and people flood their homes with an invisible light, as a song splits the sky or lips break under the crush of teeth. Before their feet touch the ground, before the satellites fall into a forgotten space and nervous digits empty, they turn away at the last moment, startled at being so much more than fear demands of the soul, graceful in a graveyard's cold remove - what is this they call back to life? Articulated, pathetic, exhilarating, unreal . . .Wakefulness spreads over the aftermath. A nightmare shakes its head and renews its grit. The sky is not without a bloody countenance. But what is it? they ask. Is this the forest blackened by fire? Is this the blank page staring back at us like a mirror in so many pieces? What do we inherit now when clay no longer speaks?

PERFECTHOOD IS GOING DOWN (Merlin Coleman) Perfect Sunset Perfect phone Perfect cheese Perfect livelihood doorway water livelihood doorway water livelihood doorway water.......dream water water water water.....Perfect house pet Perfect house pet Perfect dream Perfect dream Perfect dream Perfect dream... Perfect moron wife ad campaign picture Perfect moron wife Perfect moron wife moron wife moron wife moron wife... Perfect wet dream wet dream Perfect anti collateral damage unit in waiting to strike the target of insurgents faking death! in the face of perfect christian soldier perfect christian soldier perfect christian soldier (stupid) perfect christian soldier So perfecthood is not so perfect anymore, caught stealing a generation away and we all know a flaccid perfecthood is no perfecthood at all, a flaccid perfecthood is no perfecthood at all Perfecthood is going down down down Perfecthood is going down down down Perfecthood is going down down down down down down...

THE TOLL COUNTING (Marjorie Sturm/Neshama Alma Band) Answer me. Is there an answer out there? Tear drops false props The tanks of a real video game The rules of the religious with no shame I heard that they're dying The letters not replying of suicidal soldier's taking their lives at dusk We weave them into our mind's eye their horror not far behind the frozen street person too far gone for a refill of benzedrine, thorazine, xanax, prozac, and all that Days wander in, slide by The scenery gets more grotesque, gray Think about places to hide . . . who will hide us? who will help them? who will hide us? who will help them? Days wander in, slide by . . .another four years of his smirks and snear The toll counting continuiing defying all reasoning Raise your hand if you would like to speak. Raise your hand if you would like to speak.

GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE (Dina Emerson) "Natural gas is hemispheric. I like to call it Hemispheric in nature because it is a product that we can find in our neighborhoods." It's clearly a budget. It's got a lot of numbers in it." What I am against is quotas. I am against hard quotas, quotas they basically delineate based upon whatever. However they delineate, quotas, I think vulcanize society. So I don't know how that fits into what everybody else is saying, Their relative positions, But that's my position, but that's my position." Guns don't kill people; Guns are designed and manufactured for the purpose of enabling people to use the guns to kill people."

COLD BLOOD (Polly Moller) Blood they say he shot that unarmed man in cold blood well I've got news for them in war there's no such thing as cold blood YOU try and keep those guidelines in mind there's a pipeline being built to deliver cold blood but there's no cooling off the desert. how dare they defend their country?! don't they know those men across the waves with green ink in their veins are always right? they're drilling down, under heavy guard take a shot in the arm and transfuse that cold blood that's all I have to say except one thing you look pretty good to me but before we get all hot and bothered who did you vote for? you might be one of those 50 million people I never want to know

NATIVE AMERICAN RESIDUALS (Marjorie Sturm/Neshama Alma Band) Violence begets violence I must remember that...Violence begets violence I must remember that Violence begets violence I must remember that Stop fantasizing about a guerilla psycho on the run killing the president just for fun and when he started he couldn't stop like a kid in a candy store he needed the whole gang of Bush cronies (Rice, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Sharon) to drop but violence begets violence I must remember that violence begets violence I must remember that...

BANISH (Famous Last Words) And I dreamed we lost our way And the people couldn't see 'Cause their eyes were closed by the fear that rose from a great catastrophe. And the fear was spread by leaders With an agenda and a plan We were easy marks and they took our hearts We played right into their hands And I dreamed the TV stations And the print and radio Had all lost their voice and their right of choice And were hijacked in the show And the shows were all for war And the lies were piled deep I'm not satisfied if the ones who died Can't revive us from our sleep. In the shadow of the bomb In the shadow of the end They will waste our lives and control the skies And they'll steal this land again. And I dreamed that all the people Were just monsters underneath Lift the face and show there's a skull below That grins life and death for each But I know we gotta choose When I'm looking back at you And my eyes meet yours and our mortal cores Know the meanings that are true And the meanings that are true Will expose the lies and hate We will banish those that we never chose And from this dream awake

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Jon Worley, Aiding & Abettng

A real conversation-starter!
Put together by Marjorie Sturm and Ernesto Diaz-Infante, this collection includes many of the usual Pax (and friends) suspects: 99 Hooker, Bonnie Kane, etc. The set is wildly uneven, both in tone and style. Free jazz gives way to loopy pop gives way to loops, period...and so forth. The compilation as collective, if you will. While many of the pieces kinda hit you over the head, there are plenty that make subtle and interesting points. A real conversation-starter.

Eduardo Chagas, Jazz e Arredores

produto musical é de grande valia e apresenta-se coerentemente organizado...
Há umas semanas atrás, à boleia de uma pesquisa que estou a fazer sobre música de intervenção e canção de protesto e resistência, dei com o americano Centre for Political Song, da Glasgow Caledonian University, um centro de investigação que trata de estudar todas as formas de canção política e das suas implicações na vida social, política e cultural das comunidades em que se desenvolve. E canção puxa canção, tema puxa tema, fui dar quase imediatamente com a nova edição da Pax Recordings, Voices in the Wilderness: Dissenting Soundscapes and Songs of G.W.'s América.
Na ressaca da frustração, ansiedade e desencanto que acometeu milhões de almas com a reeleição do tal em Novembro passado, 26 artistas norte-americanos lamberam as feridas e trataram as indigestões provocadas pelo sapo monstruoso que tiveram que engolir (a meias com muitos mais milhões pelo mundo fora, mas pronto), tiraram-se das suas próprias divisões e - há quem diga que o cowboy não tem qualquer mérito... – juntaram esforços num luto colectivo sob a forma de canção de protesto e resistência nas mais diversas formas, rock, folk, electrónica, jazz, improv, hip-hop, field recordings e recitação, que é também um apelo à consciencialização das pessoas para os perigos o belicismo desenfreado do cowboy que manda no Império.
Irmanados neste propósito de aliviar desânimo, Marcos Fernandes, Bonnie Kane, Ray Sage & Mambo Mantis, The Slow Poisoners, Neshama Alma Band, 99 Hooker, Cornelius Cardew Choir, Cheryl E. Leonard, Marina Lazzara, David Slusser, Andre Custodio, United Satanic Apache Front, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Blaise Siwula, mJane, Merlin Coleman, Kate Thompson, Dave Tucker, Jess Rowland, Matt Hannafin, Lance Grabmiller, Dina Emerson, d.elder, Pablo St. Chaos, robert m, Phillip Greenlief, Polly Moller, Aaron Bennett & John Finkbeiner, Stephen Flinn e Famous Last Words.
Uma colagem de palavras de ordem, como «This is what Democracy Looks Like», e outras, umas mais divertidas que outras, abrem o desfile de anti-bushismo que muitos teimam em confundir com anti-americanismo.
Como seria de esperar, de um ponto de vista estritamente musical, o disco é muito rico e variado nas suas propostas e resultados, dependendo em boa parte do gosto pessoal de cada um. Globalmente, no entanto, o produto musical é de grande valia e apresenta-se coerentemente organizado. Tão bom que faz apetecer ouvir os bons velhos Pete Seger e Contry Joe and the Fish.
Voices in the Wilderness fica para a história como um interessante episódio de militância política pela paz e contra a estupidez através da música, neste início de século. Com produção de Marjorie Sturm e Ernesto Diaz-Infante, parte dos proventos da venda do disco vão para a War Resisters League.
E, já agora, Give me an "F"!
Voices in the Wilderness: Dissenting Soundscapes and Songs of G.W.'s América (Pax Recordings, 2005)

Pierre Durr, Revue & corrigée

se mêlent aussi bien des musiques relevant des tendances actuelles de la créatio
Traumatisés par la réélection de Georges W. Bush, le label californien et les musiciens qui s'y associent présentent ce manifeste multiforme, sorte d'acte de résistance présentant, comme l'indique le titre, des enregistrements dissidents de l'Amérique contemporaine.
D'où un enregistrement assez hétéroclite de 33 pièces relativement courtes dans lequel se mêlent aussi bien des musiques relevant des tendances actuelles de la création que des réminiscences des sixties. Ainsi l'auditeur y trouvera certains musiciens plus ou moins habitués du label (Ernesto Diaz-Infante, André Custodio, 99 Hooker, mJane et quelques autres), quelques propositions par ailleurs séduisantes et inspirées mais aussi d'autres formules sonores, souvent vocales et récitatives assez proches de l'esprit du protest song ("Banish" de Famous last Words par exemple) ainsi que des formations aux noms évocateurs ou symboliques, tels le United Satanic Apache Front, le Cornelius Cardew Choir ou des titres percutants ("ready for the Revolution", "John Ascroft vs. The Space Librarians", "America, fuck your freedom" …).

Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

"Voices in the wilderness" is a fundamental document of raging creativity, 33 sh
VARIOUS ARTISTS - Voices in the wilderness: dissenting soundscapes and songs of G.W.'s America (Pax Recordings)

If there are people still believing in democracy, this dizzying series of post-its by the cream of West Coast's radical music should help waking them up. "Voices in the wilderness" is a fundamental document of raging creativity, 33 short pieces ranging from acoustic exhalations of lyrical pungency to phantom electronic voices talking about killing machines and undestroyable regimes, modern free jazz-cum-techno, politically uncorrect field recordings. All the involved artists lent their services with angry enthusiasm, laying down their best cards without bluffing for a second; among a bunch of excellent tracks, the distressing cries for help by mJane raise serious goosebumps and Dave Tucker's "Take the word of a madman" is a splendidly progressive exaltation of compositional skill. I also liked Dina Emerson's and Merlin Coleman's totally different voice works - but no one surpasses the fervent bitterness of the wonderful Cornelius Cardew Choir, whose "Conceding before the countless dreams" is like ghosts from hundreds of wars taking the remaining dissenters by the hand and starting a prayer.

Dolf Mulder, Vital Weekly

A great crowd of musicians from the bay area offer their critical view on Bush i
VOICES INTHE WILDERNESS - DISSENTING SOUNDSCAPES AND SONGS OF G.W.S AMERICA (CD by Pax)
Whatever you may think of president Bush, he did give a new push to the old tradition of protestsongs. That's at least one positive thing. On "Voices in the Wilderness" we meet a great diversity of artists protesting against his reelection in 2004. To be honest when I found out that I had a c.d. of protestsongs in my hand this did not stimulate me to play it immediately. What irritated me from 60s and 70s protest songs is that they were musically spoken very seldom innovative. A critical message was always put in a musical conservative form. Well, in my view. But listening to "Voices in the Wilderness" it became clear very quickly to me this is not the case here. On the contrary. A great crowd of musicians from the bay area offer their critical view on Bush in 33 tracks of a very great musical variety. We find some interesting composed music by Cheryl E Leonard (for a small ensemble) and by Dave Tucker (for a big ensemble). There are also some intriguing electronic pieces included from Lance Grabmiller and Dina Emerson. The Slow Poisoners impress with an excellent catchy popsong. Angry improvisation comes from Aaron Bennett (sax) and John Finkbeiner (guitar). Another one by a trio of Bonnie kane, Raye Sage and Mambo Mantis. Nearly at the end of the cd we find at last a protestsong in the traditional sense including guitar and mouth organ, by Famous Last Words. Field recordings by Marcos Fernandes open and conclude the cd. Also we find contributions by Ernesto Diaz-Infante, 99 Hooker, mJane, etc. This is a carefully compiled cd with contributions most of which are of a considerable musical level. It takes repeated listening to discover and enjoy all the musical styles and ideas that we find united here in a political protest against Bush. And this makes it above all it is a very necessary CD.

Rotcod Zzaj, Improvijazzation Nation

It gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from us!
Voices In The Wilderness - DISSENTING SOUNDSCAPES AND SONGS OF G.W.'S AMERICA: The players & music/rants assembled here won't get anywhere near G.W., verzure (since he makes sure that anyone who disagrees with his absurd views is kept at least a few miles away from any place he speaks). I have a few favorites... "David Slusser's "Thug" uses snatches of G.W. speeches, mixed in with jumpin' percussion, to create a
(nearly) jazzy tune, that would PISS Papa & Barbara off somethin' terrible. Also, "mjane" does "Mama Rage", a real KICKin' beat that will hone your rage! Dave Tucker's classical "Take The Word Of A Madman" won't make anyone in the Bush enclave pass their gases any easier, either. Track 26, "Bush Lays Down The F**ing Rap", from Robert M. is
absolutely hilarious! I could go on & on, but you need to GET this CD & listen to it over & over again, until the reality of where the "Evil" really is sets in on your mind so clearly that you won't be able to sleep peacefully... until you truly realize that what Ernesto Diaz-Infante & crew put in the liner notes addresses the absolute absurdity of what this last "election" was really all about - "After the election results were in and Kerry asked the American people to get behind Bush, we became highly aware that there may be no stopping this Empire's atrocities." Don't approach this music with any sense of being "comforted" by smooth songs of "protest", or "we shall overcome"...rather, expect the unexpected, & feel the sense of raging fury that came
(for so many) after November 2004. There are 33 songs here, & each of them will get you fired up against the current political idiocies. I doubt that too many "grannies" will listen to this with their "tea & scones", but those who want a dose of how people are really feeling about 'G.W.'s America" will HAVE to have this one in their collection. It gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from us! Get more information at www.paxrecordings.com or via e-mail to info@paxrecordings.com
Rotcod Zzaj

Tom Sekowski, Gaz-Eta

"Voices In The Wilderness" is that perfect reminder that we must not forget this
Everyone knows the harm G.W. Bush's years in power have done to the US and the world. If only to point this out, "Voices In The Wilderness" serves as a reminder of the bullshit Americans are forced to put up with. Hour long CD works more like a complete whole, rather than just a collection of disparate songs. Guess who's the target of all the tracks? That's right - G.W.'s inability to "rule" [he's always wanted to be a dictator after all] his nation. Starting off with Marcos Fernandes' "Ready for the Revolution" where we're bombarded with a slew of anti-Bush chants ["Hey, hey, how many people did you kill today?']. We later move to "America, Fuck Your Freedom" by the United Satanic Apache Front, which turns out to be the most biting piece of anti-American commentary I'd heard in the last few years [you have to trust me on this as I won't be quoting from this piece]. These are just the words. The music between is sombre and angry. Electronic experiments by Lance Grabmiller and rough, angular improvisation by Bonnie Kane, Ray Sage & Mambo Mantis all work well. All music is rife with snippets of Bush's famous speeches from the past [you know this man is not a public speaker when he admits he wants to be a dictator!]. With its' black and white drawing of a long-bearded hippie walking through a graveyard carrying an American flag, even the album's cover is overtly bleak. Let's face it, more than two years after this whole war began, the fact is US how now killed tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi people and has lost more than two thousand of their own troops. "Voices In The Wilderness" is that perfect reminder that we must not forget this madness. Part of profits from this CD will be donated to the War Resisters League. Stand up and say no to the horrors of war. Buy your copy today.

Rick Martin, Altar Magazine

It’s a well constructed work, creating a thematic and artistic unity by means of
I asked to review this CD, and I almost regretted it. I asked to do the review, as soon as I heard that a wide range of contemporary musicians and sound artists had put together a collaborative effort of protest, following the misbegotten election of 2004. I write protest songs, and I love protest music as an expression of profound and deep-felt emotion. Compared to jingoism, teenage angst, or she-done-me-wrong-while-I-was-in-prison-and-then-my-dog-died, even the worst protest song has a sincerity and honesty that resonates in anyone with ears to hear. The “almost regret” came the first time I played the CD. It’s a well constructed work, creating a thematic and artistic unity by means of inspired selection, sequencing, and segueing. Putting together material volunteered by over two dozen artists and groups, the producers (Marjorie Sturm and Ernesto Diaz-Infante) have created something like an extended song cycle. Except, they’re not songs. The operative term is “soundscapes”, and the soundscapes powerfully express the anguish, the frustration, the fear, the loathing so many of us felt when the votes were counted and Kerry caved. Yet, for all the honest, heartfelt anguish I was hearing expressed, I feared I might have to come up with a review that built to the climactic line: “Besides, a portion of the profits go to the War Resistors League.” And, as much as I admire the WRL, that’s not much of a climax. You see, music of protest and dissent can have at least three differing intents. It can be a pure howl of grief, emitted because it can no longer be contained, broadcast without concern or intent to affect anyone else. Or it can be aimed at a like-minded group, serving as a reminder of just how aggrieved (and how pissed-off) we are, so let’s stay that way. But the best protest music (better than what I write) is aimed toward the not-so-like-minded; it aims to convince by conveying an emotional reality to people who haven’t though much on the subject; it succeeds by defining anecdotally the terms of a conversation its audience hadn’t really planned on having. The early cuts on “Voices in the Wilderness” serve the first two purposes. They express grief, and frustration, and anger. They vary between virtuoso howling and powerful reminders of why it’s important we stay pissed off. Soldier’s Hearts (Neshama Alma Band), Four Readings (Matt Hannafin), Failed upward (d. elder), Native American Residuals (Marjorie Sturm) and Bush Lays Down the Fucking Rap (Robert m) resonated particularly, although most of the cuts are strong and each listener will have individual favorites. But nothing addressed the third intent; nothing seemed likely to convince anyone not already right-minded; nothing really qualified as a “song.” Until the thirty-second of thirty-three tracks. Banish (Famous Last Words). “And I dreamed we lost our way. And the people couldn’t see.‘Cause their eyes were closed by the fear that rose from a great catastrophe …” Great songwriting. Great lyric. Great truth. A great climax to a very good album. So, find a place to buy this CD. Or get someone to burn you a copy (unauthorized duplication is explicitly encouraged). Play it for all your friends, and even the occasional enemy. And if you rip it off, send some money to the WRL – they need it, and they deserve it.

VelvetUnderdog

Beautiful, Dark, Honest. Enlightened artists reminding us of the greatest threa
Intense compilation of talented and passionate artists who provide a wake up call to those who have forgotten the state we are in, as well as a reminder and call to arms to those who still care. Bush is the most dangerous person to rule a country since HItler's reign. Everything he touches turns to shite. This CD is a nice balance of anger, hope, sarcasm, and straight talk. Everything from extreme noise to calming folk music....but it all comes together cohesively to provide us with what we need during these dark times...