Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Voting has begun!


Voting has begun for the first ten finalists in THE DETROIT NEWS SONIC SUMMER BATTLE OF THE BANDS (that includes THE PROCESS) .
Please vote now at www.detnews.com/battleofthebands

Right now, there is no limit to how many times one person can vote. They’re trying to put an end to that before the contest is over. That makes the voting process seem less valid. (but vote for THE PROCESS 5000 times anyway!) The four acts with the most votes will go on to perform at the first showcase on August 12 at the Magic Stick.
On August 12, the four bands will be narrowed down to two by qualified judges. Those two will go to the finals at Arts Beats and Eats on September 3rd. The grand prize winner will win a bunch of prizes, as well as open for Sloan on the main stage at Arts Beats and Eats on September 4th.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

The Detroit News Sonic Summer Contest.


The Detroit News will be hosting a contest in August entitled "Sonic Summer - A Battle of The Bands," and THE PROCESS has been chosen as one of 30 finalists.
Our song will be put online in one of 3 groups of ten at www.detnews.com/battleofthebands.
The first group will be up Wednesday July 27th. Readers (and our fans) will vote on their favorite band in each group, and four bands from each group will go on to a showcase. At each showcase, four bands will be narrowed down from four to two by local judges. From there the six bands (two from each of the three showcases) will advance to the finals at Arts Beats and Eats, which is Labor Day weekend in Pontiac. The winner of that battle will win the huge grand prize. Prizes include
• Studio time at an area recording studio.
• Music video.
• Detroit News and Motor City Music Conference swag.
• Performance spot at the Spring 2006 Motor City Music Conference.
• More prizes to be announced.
Semi-finalist showcases will be held at The Magick Stick in Detroit on August 12th, at Clutch Cargos in Pontiac on August 19th, and at The Magic Bag in Ferndale on August 25th.
Stay tuned for more info!

Monday, July 25, 2005

Sharia Law For Iraq?

BAGHDAD, Iraq -By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press Writer
A chapter of Iraq's draft constitution obtained by The Associated Press on Monday gives Islam a major role in Iraqi civil law, raising concerns that women could lose rights in marriage, divorce and inheritance.
Most worrying for women's groups has been the section on civil rights, which some feel would significantly roll back women's rights under a 1959 civil law enacted by a secular regime.
In the copy obtained by AP, Article 19 of the second chapter says "the followers of any religion or sect are free to choose their civil status according to their religious or sectarian beliefs."

I have to ask, is this what our young men and women are dying for over there? So they could replace a mass murderer with "Islamic Law"? Remember the last wife of the prophet was 9 years old and the modern day treatment of women under Islamic law is shameful. These people want to turn back the march of history 1500 years. What happened to Mr. Bush and his talk of freedom and liberation for Iraq? It would be sickening if we waged this war in Iraq to give them Democracy and they vote in Sharia.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Last Saturday's Show

We had an incredible show last Saturday at the River Rock Cafe in Bay City. I would like to thank all the fans who showed up and also Gabe, Bill, Garrick and Sam (on percussion) who played amazingly well. We played a couple hours and did a 30 minute medley of a couple of our tunes and some Marley, all the while the dance floor was packed. If anyone has any photos of the show feel free to email me and I will post em! Also thanks to Ben MacArthur who did a great job opening. Our live show somehow keeps getting better and better. Give thanks!

Saturday, July 09, 2005

London Bombings



"Tony Blair, wheel is turning...George Bush, wheel is turning...Queen Elizabeth your wheel is turning...Fire fire fire inna London Town...Fire fire fire from underground." Lee Perry from the song Baby Krishna on the album Panic In Babylon. First released in 2004.

I feel compeled to post a few thoughts on the London Bombings. After (again) being riveted to the TV for a couple of days near tears in horror and disbelief, some realizations have come to me. This attack rips to shreds Mr. Bush and his argument that we have to fight them over there so we won't have to fight them here. Of course we really knew that anyway after September 11th 2001 and the Madrid train bombings. Also I have to question Mr. Bush's retoric that we are in Iraq to "liberate the people", when at the same time he says we need Iraq as a front in the "War on Terror" to bring the terrorists into one place and tie them up. Which one is it Mr. Bush, liberate them, or use their country as bait to lure terrorists into so we can fight them there? It can't be both. Winston Churchhill once called Iraq "An ungrateful volcano." I think he was right. Another thing which is bothering me is that with all this money on so-called intelligence we are spending, we have not been able to get Bin Laden, even when we have a good idea where he is (in Pakistan). Our agreement with Pakistan is protecting him. Granted it would not be as effective to catch him now as it would have three years ago, as the cancer of Al Qaeda has spread around the world. We know the Pakistani secret service created the Taliban, so why should we trust them to catch him?
Regarding this ideological war on terror (which will only get worse if we stay this course) we need to completely rethink our dependence on Middle Eastern oil and turn to renewable fuel sources like HEMP! With hemp fuel we could keep our Kentucky farmers working, bring wealth into the USA, cleaner, safer and cheaper and do it all with no drilling, spilling or KILLING! I know its going to take a total change in the way our ecomomy operates (i.e. also solar, hydro and wind energy) but we can't afford to stay the course with this foolishness. It's going to cost us millions of lives to prop up the Saudis and the Emirs and Emirates of the Middle East just to keep money in the pockets of the old school oil barons. It sickens me to see them cloak this war in patroitism when the bottom line is their wallets. Look at Mr. Bush in Scotland again turning away from the Kyoto Protocal. The economy he is talking about Kyoto ruining is his oil-based one, not the economy of the future. Glaciers around the world are melting as oil burns up the earth and they JUST DON'T GET IT! All of their chickens are coming home to roost and they are blind to the facts. We have propped up too many dictators and despots around the world to get resources on the cheap and now the earth and it's people are straining at the seams. Until we respect and represent the poorest people of the world and the world itself with the same efforts we show when we want empire, we will be doomed to fall as all empires before us.

Monday, July 04, 2005

THE PROCESS On MYSPACE


THE PROCESS has receintly opened a Myspace.com page. For those who don't know, Myspace is yet another internet tool of self promotion. On the site you are able to link and network with other like-minded bands and individuals and spread the word about your projects or anything else thats on your mind. You are also able to upload your music and photos to the site.
CLICK HERE to visit THE PROCESS at MYSPACE and leave a comment if you like. Peace!