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Dosh

Dosh grew up in the Twin Cities. At a young age he also took piano lessons and then discovered FM radio in the early ’80s. Dosh began drumming at age 15. By the time he left home for Simon’s Rock College at age 16, he had decided music would likely be his profession, however, he subsequently got a degree in creative writing.

Throughout the ’90s, he played with a number of bands on the East Coast. When he moved back to Minneapolis in 1997, he started his own band, as he had begun to compose his own music. He also worked at his alma mater, Lake Country School, teaching percussion, driving the school bus, and assisting classroom teachers. Immersing himself in the local scene, Dosh played with many bands over the next five years: Nasty Goat, Best Red, Animals Expert At Hankering, Iffy, Vicious Vicious, “T,” and Lateduster; all this time, recording tape after tape of original music on a 4-track machine.

Dosh’s work with Andrew Broder in Lateduster and Fog gave him an experience that helped him begin to perform solo. In 2002, he released his debut recording, Dosh CD, which he had recorded himself, mostly in his basement. The CD developed a following in the local Twin Cities scene.

After playing many shows, City Pages voted him second on their annual “picked to click” list.

Dosh CD was re-released internationally in September 2003 on anticon. records, and was reviewed in the Village Voice, Urb, Flaunt, Xlr8r, The Big Takeover, and a number of online magazines.

Dosh is also known for the incorporation of his family life into his work. His EP, Naoise is named after his son. On “Naoise” is “Happy Song for Tadgh,” a reference to Naiose’s half-brother, Tadgh. He is also known for writing a song for his future wife at the time called, “I Think I’m Getting Married.”

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Dosh Videos:

Dosh – “Capture The Flag” Live At Home

Andrew Bird & Martin Dosh – “Simple X” – Live at Bonnaroo

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Richard Dawkins – Atheism. A call to arms.

Richard Dawkins urges all atheists to openly state their position — and to fight the incursion of the church into politics and science. A fiery, funny, powerful talk.

Oxford professor Richard Dawkins has helped steer evolutionary science into the 21st century, and his concept of the “meme” contextualized the spread of ideas in the information age. In recent years, his devastating critique of religion has made him a leading figure in the New Atheism.

Why you should listen to him:

 

As an evolutionary biologist, Richard Dawkins has broadened our understanding of the genetic origin of our species; as a popular author, he has helped lay readers understand complex scientific concepts. He’s best-known for the ideas laid out in his landmark book The Selfish Gene and fleshed out in The Extended Phenotype: the rather radical notion that Darwinian selection happens not at the level of the individual, but at the level of our DNA. The implication: We evolved for only one purpose — to serve our genes.

Of perhaps equal importance is Dawkins’ concept of the meme, which he defines as a self-replicating unit of culture — an idea, a chain letter, a catchy tune, an urban legend — which is passed person-to-person, its longevity based on its ability to lodge in the brain and inspire transmission to others. Introduced in The Selfish Gene in 1976, the concept of memes has itself proven highly contagious, inspiring countless accounts and explanations of idea propagation in the information age.

In recent years, Dawkins has become outspoken in his atheism, coining the word “bright” (as an alternate to atheist), and encouraging fellow non-believers to stand up and be identified. His controversial, confrontational 2002 TED talk was a seminal moment for the New Atheism, as was the publication of his 2006 book, The God Delusion, a bestselling critique of religion that championed atheism and promoted scientific principles over creationism and intelligent design.

“Dawkins … is a master of scientific exposition and synthesis. When it comes to his own specialty, evolutionary biology, there is none better.”

Jim Holt, The New York Times

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The God Who Wasn’t There

The director, Brian Flemming, a ex-fundamentalist Christian, has put together an outstanding and controversial documentary film about a deeply hidden truth about Christianity: that there exists no evidence for a historical Jesus of the New Testament! This courageous film presents such a blasphemous idea, that if Christianity has it right, Flemming, along many other freethinkers will spend our eternal lives in torturous Hell. Thus Christians should love this movie, if only to believe the exquisite suffering we will endure because of our exposure of the lack of evidence for a historical Jesus.

So my dear Christian friends, by all means, you have to see this movie. It might challenge the very core of your beliefs, but then, God wants to challenge your faith doesn’t He? Well let this serve as your Godly challenge.

Flemming used clips from old Jesus movies to give a synopsis of Jesus’ alleged life in six minutes, and proceeds to show, in an entertaining graphical way, the time-lines of the those who wrote about Jesus. It reveals that serious gaps in the historical record show that nothing got written about Jesus’s supposed life until a generation after he lived. Although Paul did write about Jesus at around 60 C.E., The documentary reveals what most Christians don’t know about Paul: If Jesus really had lived as a historical human being, nobody told Paul about it. In all of Paul’s epistles, (about 80,000 words), he never mentions a historical Jesus! He never heard of Mary, Joseph, a birth in Bethlehem, King Herod, the miracles, ministry, no trial by Jews, or trial by Pontius Pilate. In other words, the man who invented Christianity had no idea that Jesus walked the earth.
Although the film alludes to the fact that no contemporary evidence exists for Jesus, I wish that it had spent more time explaining that not one eyewitness of the alleged Jesus ever wrote about him.

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Nathan “Flutebox” Lee and Beardyman @ Google

Nathan Lee is the creator of the “flute box”technique,which involves playing the flute and performing beat boxing simultaneously.

Prolific in many musical genres with a particular love of Jazz and Indian Raga, Nathan has just completed recordings with Fierce and D-Bridge (Bad Company) whilst other recent collaborations include recording with The Prodigy, Ed-Rush and Optical. Nathan was also recently featured on MTV.

This is one performer that you will remember forever

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