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featuring the new single
we don’t want to live (in a surveillance state)
Featuring Songs From
(ft. moki marz)
joe phillips experience project
raram de ny
raya brass band
zap zap 4 ever
with 3 new music videos from
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NSA Listening Party started with the writing of charity case’s song “the only one,” and with these lyrics:
they’ve got my calls and letters recorded since i was born
sometimes i say ‘hello’ or write them but they never write back
they’ve got all kinds of ways to make you think you’re the only one
and i won’t be the only one
We wondered: who else would join us in a musical reaction to the Snowden leaks and the beginning of the unmasking of the surveillance state?
With Brooklyn For Peace, we found 14 artists, all but 2 Brooklyn-based.
We wanted the content and attitude and perspective of the album to be true to Roger Waters’ promise: “If I’m in I’ll tell you / What’s behind the wall.” If you find out even an inkling of what’s happening, let everyone know.
Giosafari affirms the role of the artist in his song “Sing At the Top of Your Lungs”:
What’s the reason in the schools the arts are first to go?
Well, you know, it’s we the artists’ job always to show
the way things are; we artists must choose never to ignore
the violence, incompetence, injustice, endless war.
John Munnelly sings of the mental madness of being held back from knowledge:
Life today has too much dis-information
distract and distort from the ills in our nation
feel dis-empowered, have a sense of frustration
‘bout things they don’t want us to know
Dave Lippman seems confident and hopefully not quixotic in his tribute “The Interdictedcalle”:
Arise ye pris’ners of surveillance
Arise phone callers of the earth
For Google swipes your information
Of privacy there is a dearth
And Spiritchild is on lyrical fire with “Surveillance Society (Free Tarek)”:
Beyond tap phones and emails.
Coded text red flags And details.
They don’t need that.
They’ll take your grandma if she utters the fact “something wrong” Handcuffs slap clap.
. . . . .
We good at letter writing we good at freedom fighting.
This song is my post card stamped delivered.
We can’t say how many musical genres are on this compilation: jazz, rock, pop, raram, folk, rap, hip-hop, balkan folk, traditional, antifolk, indie, psychedelic . . .
Hey Kids, what do you say?
We don’t want to live – in a surveillance state.
check out our 60-second radio spot for the album!