Advances not without high tolls.
Click on the link here for Audio Player – NBC Blue Network News Of The World – October 8, 1941 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection
News for this October 8th in 1941 had much to do with events taking place in Eastern Europe. The German push into Russia and the fierce fighting taking place all up and down the Eastern Front. Both sides were claiming gains, while claiming the other sustained heavy losses. The big worry for Germany was the Russian Winter, as the first snow was observed just outside Moscow.
Meanwhile, German raids over England the night before were considered “light” with “little damage” reported. Concerns were being mounted over Turkey’s trade agreement with Germany, even though Turkey had a trade agreement going with England in effect until January 1943. Turkey claimed the German agreement was “for the future”.
Talk in the House of Commons in Britain over an “all planes for Russia” week, where all aircraft manufactured would be sent to the Eastern front to aid the Russian effort. The talk was criticized, as it seemed impractical to earmark all manufactured planes, since so many were needed for the war effort in Britain. There was also talk of The House of Commons wasting precious time taking up the subject of exempting members of The Oxford Group from military service. The matter in question had to do with 11 members of the group who wanted military exemptions on religious grounds. The controversy spilled over to the U.S., where the group had a number of members also concerned of future call-ups for the Draft into Military Service. The outcome in London was eagerly anticipated.
The subject of huge profits reaped by War contractors was the subject of debate on Capitol Hill. It prompted at least one Senator to call for a flat 7% profit to be gained by any company doing war-work for the government. At the time, companies were reporting profit margins of up to 240%. Who says war isn’t good for business?
All that, on a very busy news day for October 8, 1941, as reported by the NBC Blue Network.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Duke Spirit – Live @ Exit Festival, Croatia – July 13, 2012
The Exit Festival in Serbia is probably one of biggest festivals going on in Eastern Europe at the moment. It hasn’t been around for long (since 2000 as far as I can suss out), and this years’ plans to be a memorable one. If the rumors currently floating around are true, this will be the final appearance of Bloc Party before their scheduled hiatus. It also will feature Atoms For Peace as headliners (this Saturday, the 13th), and the buzz surrounding the Thom Yorke/Flea collaboration is pretty intensely positive at the moment (having been to the “rehearsal” gig in L.A. last month, I can attest it will be something not to miss). The festival site has been making available some of their previous headliners, including tonight’s post with The Duke Spirit from last year.
One of those bands who have achieved far flung popularity based on the Internet and word-of-mouth, The Duke Spirit made a big splash a couple years ago, and are actively touring, including a few dates in the States this summer. This concert from 2012 is pretty high-energy, made probably more high voltage by the amount of limiting the soundboard engineer used during the performance. I suspect they were pretty loud though, so putting a big foot on the loud bits was probably a necessity at the time.
In any event, this performance kicks ass and the Turbo-charged vocals of Leila Moss make this one of those must-play-loud concert offerings, particularly since we’re galloping to the middle of the week and need all the help we can get.
Deposed Hungarian President Ferenc Nagy (at Microphone) – subtle, not unlike a sledgehammer.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: [audio https://pastdaily.files.wordpress.com/2013/05/news-for-may-31-1947.mp3]
A day fairly overflowing with drama, but for different reasons and in different parts of Planet Earth for this last day of May in 1947. Starting with news that the democratically elected Premier of Hungary, Ferenc Nagy (Pronounced: Fairenz Nahhjjh) had been replaced in coup-like fashion by a figure more sympathetic to the causes of Moscow than Budapest, sent waves of Cold War fears throughout Western Europe. The honeymoon period was well over by 1947 and this latest turn of events in Eastern Europe gave credence to the Churchill statement months earlier that “an Iron Curtain” was descending over Eastern Europe. More events to come in the weeks and months ahead. The recent events probably explained the reasoning behind Truman’s signing of a $350 Million Foreign Relief bill, a portion of which was earmarked for Hungary. The Hearts-and-Minds/Popularity Contest was well underway.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, concern was spreading over the number of Commercial Plane crashes in previous days, with death tolls surpassing the total for the first five months of 1947 alone. The latest were two disasters within days of each other at a cost of some 174 lives. Despite that, there was no reported drop in airline bookings as the result of the disasters.
On another pessimistic note – the Agriculture Department predicted a return of drought and dust storm conditions for the Mid-West within five years if no sooner. And threat of a Soft Coal Workers strike was looming on July 1st, with talks breaking down between mine owners and John L. Lewis. Also, The Labor Department announced that any employer was free to discharge any employee thought to be a member of the Communist Party. The reign of Paranoia gets underway.
On the Bright Side: B.F. Goodrich announced a reduction in tire prices by $2.00 (which in 1947 was a lot).
That, and a lot more news for this May 31st in 1947 as presented by ABC Radio’s News Of Tomorrow (from a partially damaged disc that clears up after a few minutes).
Natalie Fiedorczuk – Indie from Poland and a new single to boot.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Nathalie And The Loners – Sines (new single!)
Indie from Poland tonight. Nathalie And The Loners is fronted and founded by Natalia Fiedorczuk. They’ve been around for a little while and, as of yesterday (October 25th), released a new single, which happens to be tonight’s track.
Sines (the new track) just came out and it’s not really clear whether it’s coming along with an album soon or not. But it’s great to see the spirit of Indie/Alternative extending into Eastern Europe. Whether anyone in the U.S. picks up on it is another story. But at least you get to hear it here first.
Since MySpace pretty much dropped the ball on exposing new talent throughout the world, the cause has been picked up of late by other sites such as ReverbNation and Bandcamp. Which is a good thing as there is an incredible amount of talent all over the world to check out.
And you might want to go to those sites and hit the browse button and see what comes up. You will be surprised.