Mike Ruppert’s song of the week on the Lifeboat Hour for Sunday, March 18, 2012, is BACK ROAD from DOUBLEWIDE, the debut release from the NEW WHITE TRASH, a music project Ruppert founded with Wade De Void and Andy Kravitz. Other members include Cara Tompkins, Kristen Vigard, Malia Luna, James Mathers, Michael Jost, Robit Hairman, Phil Maggini. The 37 song 2-CD collection was recorded at the VAC and mastered by Bob Rice. NWT producer Doug Lewis says this about Back Road: “I liked it immediately and was surprised by the strength of Mike’s performance and how he poured himself into the music. I kept thinking, ‘Meatloaf, Bat Out Of Hell’! And Back Road fit a theme of the NWT which is ‘where the heart is’ as opposed to the apparently more immediate themes of Meltdown, or Running With The New White Trash, or Realize The Lie of war. Back Road is a cousin song to Wherever There, One Good Reason and Trailer Light On, and maybe a couple more.”
In introducing the song Ruppert mentions how a musician friend, Jim Sullins, sent him a hummed hint of a melody over the piano track. From that Ruppert fashioned Back Road.
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DOUBLEWIDE, the 37 song, 2-CD debut album from the New White Trash, chronicles the slide of the former American middle-class down a steep and slippery slope to the New White Trash, a place impartial to race, religion, creed or color. Dubbed, ‘music of the post-paradigm’, NWT members include Wade De Void, Michael C. Ruppert, Andy Kravitz, Kristen Vigard, Robit Hairman, Phil Maggini, Malia Luna, Cara Tompkins, Michele McVicar, Michael Jost.
About the New White Trash and the Post-Paradigm era:
“The New White Trash (NWT) demographic is the outcome of the former middle class being folded in with the working poor and, for good measure, the unemployed and uninsured. The NWT defines and represents a majority of people whose common bond includes and exists beyond the demographics of age, race, location, education. The people of the NWT are the new ‘have-not’s’, and by its nature and size, this vast swath of population (99%) is now squarely at odds with the 1% who own, operate and dispense our corporate universe, big pharma, big food, big oil, big defense and big government included. ‘By the people for the people’ is receding. The Post-Paradigm Era describes the vacuum left by the sudden disappearance of the former American middle class. It is in this vacuum we now find ourselves, tumbling in turmoil as home losses mount, bank balances shrink, and shelters are jammed with the likes of you and I. The good old days are done and dusted. That party is over. The coming chaos of the post-paradigm era will lead to a radical and immediate rethinking and remaking of America or it will lead us to complete devastation.” (from NWT Manifesto/VAC.com)
The durge-like quality of REALIZE THE LIE underscores the message: Running with the dogs of war/We’ve run this race before/It’s rotten to the core/When only War can save you – Realize The Lie
NEW WHITE TRASH, ‘MUSIC OF THE POST-PARADIGM’. Artwork/Cara Tompkins@EWC
NEW WHITE TRASH – DOUBLEWIDE. Artwork/Cara Tompkins@EWC
NEW WHITE TRASH HEADQUARTERS, VENICE CA USA. Image/Cara Tompkins@EWC
Bass player Phil Maggini playing the ’64 Precision.
New White Trash Headquarters at the VAC | Image/Cara Tompkins
VAC and NWT member ROBIT HAIRMAN is out with a new novel titled DEMOCKERY, The Prophetic Tale of Frank Witness.
“So, they didn’t knock the spirit out of me, no-siree! I was free of my father, surfing the wild waves of liberation, looking forward like a pilgrim, not back like a refugee. I luxuriated in the glory of the California summer where even Joshua trees glowed. I decided to roam the earth performing on the streets, sleeping where I fell, living on my wits, howling against the wind because it meant something, because someone heard, someone beyond explanation, no-one definable, definitely not God.”
– Frank Witness
It Would Be Strange’ was the New White Trash song of the week played by host and NWT band member Michael C. Ruppert on his weekly radio talk/call in show, The Lifeboat Hour for Sunday, Feb 12, 2012. Here is the video on the VAC You Tube channel for ‘It Would Be Strange’:
Wade DeVoid at the VeniceArtsClub, Venice, CA, taking a break during the recording of ‘Doublewide’ with the New White Trash (NWT). Wade founded the NWT with uber-activist Michael C. Ruppert (featured in the film, CoLLapse), the grammy-nominated Andy Kravitz, Kristen Vigard, a recording artist who sings backgrounds and harmonies with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fishbone (Kristen was also the original ‘Annie’ on Broadway, and played Moran Richards on the Guiding Light!). Other members include Phil Maggini, formerly of Shadowfax, L.A. writer/musician Robit Hairman, Venice guitar god Michael Jost, photographer Cara Tompkins, visual artist Malia Luna. The 37 song project was mastered by Bob Rice, who learned his licks working for Frank Zappa and is currently on the road with Paul Simon. The New White Trash double-disc set is available through the NWT Bandcamp site, as download or in a hand-crafted paper-made set…with stickers. You can also tune into the NWT every Sunday evening at 6pmPacific on The Lifeboat Hour, hosted by Michael C. Ruppert available online at Progressive Radio Network . com.
Avalanche & Earthquake, featuring Mike Ruppert aka Cross De Void, Cookie De Void aka Malia Luna, Cara Mia De Void, Andy Kravitz aka Phil De Void, Doug Lewis aka Wade De Void. And, of course, Squishy and Rags. Enjoy!
New music from the NWT coming soon…
Musician, artist, writer, raconteur, Robit Herrman at the mic singing up a blue’s stew of stellar VAC madness.