ORGAN THING: Patti Smith sings the Ukraine National Anthem…

You see Mr Putin, this time last month we really didn’t know many people from Ukraine, we weren’t taking that much notice of the bands, the music, the art, we certainly are now. You pushed the brave people our way, all over Europe we’re conecting up with the people of Ukraine, we’re learning the names of the towns and the cities, we’re talking to people, we’re learing about their history, we’re uniting with them, we’re writing about people like Dari Maksymova and Death Pill, we’re buying their music and playing them on our radio shows, we’re sharing their art, and we’re also admiring the brave Russian people who are standing up to you and your bullies. You’re kind of getting this all wrong Mr Putin, best thing you could do now is head for the bunker and put that bullet in your head, it really is what the whole world is wanting right now.

“After being moved by watching a video of Ukrainian woman singing the Ukrainian National Anthem while cleaning broken glass and debris from her bombed apartment, Patti Smith decided to do her English version of the Ukrainian National Anthem at the Lenny Kaye Birthday Bash at the Bowery”

Previously on these pages over the last two weeks

ORGAN: Five Music Things – Bess of Bedlam, the rather ferocious new Pit Pony single, 6th Crowd and a piece of beauty from Ukraine, Aldous Harding’s Fever, Nick Hudson, more from Kyiv Riot Grrrls Death Pill and…

ORGAN THING: An International Women’s Day Other Rock Show special featuring music from Ava Mendoza, Spaltmeter, Charlotte Greve, Hidden People, Wendy Eisenberg, Gazelle Twin, Deerhoof and more, including Ukrainian riot grrrl punks Death Pill…

ORGAN THING: Today, we’re just going to hand over to punk feminist collective Les Insoumises and their interview with Death Pill and those Ukrainian Hardcore Punk Rock Riot Grrrls from Kyiv…

ORGAN: Five Music Things – Ukraine’s Pusca, sound artist Auclair, a new song from Michael J Sheehy, more Death Pill, those defiant Hardcore Riot Grrrl punks from Kyiv, some Wilma Vintra, Brighton’s Diner, Terrorscum and…

ORGAN: Five Music Things – Springtime’s experimental noise, Aspire are from Odessa, Ukraine, Death Pill are Riot Grrrls from Kyiv, Belfast’s Robocobra Quartet, new Traams, Bluesbreaker, skatepunks Castalarial and…

Meanwhile

Maestro Herbert Blomstedt and the New York Philharmonic dedicate this week’s performances to the people of Ukraine. To honor them and to join them in longing for peace, the Orchestra performed the Ukrainian National anthem “Shche ne vmerla Ukraina.”

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