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RecordingReview.com T-Shirt Number One

Brandon Drury —  February 3, 2009

RecordingReview.com T-shirt Ever since I started RecordingReview.com back in 2005, I’ve wanted t-shirts. Lots of t-shirts. While I don’t have lots of t-shirts yet I’m proud to announce the first first, of hopefully many, Recording Review.com t-shirts.

How Do I Get One?
While this is probably going to cost me an arm and a leg (assuming anyone wants the stupid thing) I’m giving this one away to anyone who enters a shootout in our Recording Gear Shootout Contest, sponsored by Superior Drummer 2.0 from Toontrack and Transient Designer Plugin by SPL, and meets my standards.

We’ll print up the shirts when the contest is over.

Just for the record, this is not an anti-semitic shirt. While I’m guessing that our members who reside in the Gaza Strip may not be jumping for joy at this one, it just seemed like more fun to put Israel on there than Bolivia, which was my second choice. For centuries, scholars have tried to guess the true meaning of the infamous RecordingReview.com T-Shirt Number One (which I made up yesterday), but no one knows exactly what it means.

To anyone who is not a fan of Isreal, blame Truman and the lobbyist powers of the United States.

Now that I think about it, I’m not sure why more countries don’t write their names on Peanut Butter Jars.

Brandon

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Brandon Drury quit counting at 1,200 recorded songs in his busy home recording studio. He is the creator of RecordingReview.com and is the author of the Killer Home Recording series.
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13 responses to RecordingReview.com T-Shirt Number One

  1. Maybe the T-shirt should be anti-semitic but I guess you’ve been glued to ABC news over Christmas and the New Year! Maybe if you had tuned into Aljazeera T.V. during that period, the pictures of dead Palestinian Babies and Children with Israeli bullet holes in their chests would have made you think twice of paying any sort of homage to that illegal state!!
    Since the T-shirts haven’t been printed yet, Brandon,you still have time to redeem yourself!

    For people seeking peace and justice throughout the world
    Ciarán Cassidy – Kaya Recording and Rehearsal Studio
    Belfast,Ireland.

  2. First of all, who’s to say that placing a country’s name on a jar on peanut butter is paying “homage”? Some people may find that insulting. The reality is it means absolutely nothing. If I were to place “Jordan” or “Egypt” on a peanut butter jar would it be any different?

    Maybe the T-shirt should be anti-semitic

    Are you out of your fucking mind!!! I don’t say “fuck” too often on my site, but there is no other explicitive to remotely account for your neo-Nazi bigotry.

    I guess you’ve been glued to ABC news over Christmas and the New Year!

    ha ha ha ha The media has been irrelevant since WW1 when the concept of “Manufactured Consent” was conceived. Do some research on the Creel Commission. To sum it up, Woodrow Wilson decided to go to war.

    As quoted from “You Are Being Lied To” :

    “People don’t want to go fight foreign wars. The country was very much opposed to the first World War, and Wilson was, in fact, elected on an anti-war position. ‘Peace without victory’ was the slogan. But he decided to go to war. So the question was, how do you get a pacifist population to become raving anti-German lunatics so they want to go kill all the Germans? That requires propaganda.”

    So in my universe the news irrelevant. It couldn’t be any less useful to me. While books can certainly be contaminated, it seems that time has a way removing the inaccuracies and it’s easier to hear both sides of the story.

    ——

    I’m quite a student of history. Name a country who hasn’t killed babies! You won’t find one. Using your logic, any use of country’s name is immoral. It’s interesting that you’ve used the word “Ireland” in your post, however. How many babies have died by the hands of your Unionists and Nationalists?

    Read a few books and I doubt if you’ll find any correlation to peanut butter labels and wars. If you site specific examples I’m all ears. You could mention that “conflict” between Serbians, Croatian, and Muslims in Yogoslavia in the mid 90s began it’s divisional propaganda by each of these 3 groups claiming they were the creators of a certain heart-shaped cookie, but in my t-shirt there is no claim or substance at all.

    Let me give you the short version since you love “peace” but clearly haven’t done the homework to really understand anything about it. Territorial disputes have occurred since the beginning of time. They will continue until the world revolutionizes itself to a state where everyone is too busy eating to hate (which mostly describes the United States). When these disputes occur, wars arise.

    If you were to read Chris Hedges “War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning” you’ll quickly realize that war occurs in essentially a moral vacuum. While I do think that the Geneva Conventions are one of the few signs of progress, and should be upheld, it’s clear that the perils of war dehumanize pretty much everyone involved in it to the point where morals matter little. I’m speaking only from the perspective of someone who has read a few books and not from an experienced soldier, so if any of my views are inaccurate, I’m all ears. It’s tough to imagine what you are or I would do if we were in that situation. The statistics say we’d not behave any differently regardless of how arrogantly we may ignore this data now.

    I think Stephen Ambrose said it simply but brilliantly in Band of Brothers. “War is waste.” It’s a waste of energy, resources, lives (both by the dead and the survivors), etc.

    The only solutions are to look at the causes of war if you really desire peace. Unfortunately, my dog chewed up my copy of “Why Nations Go To War” so I’ll have to paraphrase the quote. “The only thing to cause more war than fundamentalism is nationalism.” An overwhelming majority of all wars could be entirely avoided if we could get rid of this artificial obsession with our own countries and the belief that a moral God is actually in favor of the slaughter known as war.

    As soon as we, as a planet, start to realize that war is little more than two politicians slamming soldiers (and unfortunately, sometimes babies) together or two priests slamming soldiers (and babies) together, the sooner this fiasco of war can stop.

  3. “Neo Nazis bigotry”!!
    You are the one who is supporting an illegal state by printing Israel on your t- shirt the same country who have coralled 1,500,000 Palastinians into a land mass roughly 40 miles long by 18 miles wide,built a wall around it,starved it’s people of food and medical supplies for 18 months and then decided to go and bomb the hell out of it and when they weren’t content with that sent troops in and pulled out entire families,Children Women Men and shot them while other soldiers stood around eating chocolate bars and potatoe chips!!
    I personally don’t see any difference between what the Germans did to the Jews in WW11 and what the Jews are doing and have done to the Palastinians since 1948. Two wrongs do not make a right! Does this view make me a neo nazis??

    “I’m quite a student of history”

    The majority of children to be killed in my country during the period known as “the troubles” (1966 – 1999)were carried out by loyalists (not unionists as you called them) and british crown forces. The last of which was my own cousin Seamus Duffy in 1989 aged 15 the other faction involved directly in the conflict were republicans (not nationalists as you called them).It was innocent nationalists who lost the most lives in the conflict. I think you need to brush up on your history!

    You’re giving me a lesson on peace? I find that extremely condascending. What conflict have you yourself ever been involoved in? Apart from the one with your dog and your history books.

    At the end of the day it’s your country that pours 2.5 billion dollars of American tax payers money into a country that is not economically viable for what reason other than to have a foot hold in an area where the majority of the worlds oil supplies are held and created an uncontrolable monster, the fourth largest nuclear power in the world,ISRAEl!

    Present day anti-semitism is the creation of the Israeli’s to hide the actions of the last sixty years which has now come under the worlds spotlight but in your little universe you wouldn’t see that but myself and millions of others do.

    EXTRA CRUNCHY

    ISRAEL

    SUPER CHUNKY

    Warning: May leave you with a bad after taste

  4. I’m not an expert on the subject like the two of you but I couldn’t help but noticing some signs of miscommunication.
    First of all Ciaran Cassidy seems to presume the T-shirt is an hommage to Israel. This is not the case and Brandon makes this quite clear in his response.
    In response to this response Ciaran Cassidy claims Brandon is ”the one who is supporting an illegal state by printing Israel on your t- shirt”
    This isn’t necessarily the case now, is it?

    I agree with Ciaran Cassidy on what Israel has been doing. I do think they are commiting war crimes. I also think present day anti-semitism is one of the things that has made it possible for Israel to do all these things. That and all the shootings and suicide bombings done by their opposers.

    However, Ciaran Cassidy says ‘Maybe the T-shirt should be anti-semitic’ and I just can’t agree with him on that. This is beyond giving your opinion, this is pure discrimination. The thing about discrimination is that it always comes with generalization.

    I also think one can’t hold Brandon responsible for US support of Israel.
    Last, I’m not sure whether one should have been involved in a conflict to understand (the causes of) war at a political level. I would almost think not being involved in conflicts would make one more objective. Excuse me if anybody finds this condescending.

  5. Last, I’m not sure whether one should have been involved in a conflict to understand (the causes of) war at a political level.

    The two are entirely compartmentalized. The actual fighting of the war and the reason for fighting are usually completely independent. You get in it for whatever reason and you fight so you don’t die. That seems to be it.

    Because of this, I’d guess that a person outside the battle could possible have a better viewpoint.

    In the end, I’ve decided I’m not going to do the Isreal t-shirt. It’s not so much that I’m giving to a racist. It’s more that everyone seems to want to insuate that there is something more to this shirt. I don’t want people reading into it.

    So, I think I’ll release my helicopter shirt. I’m sure some asshole will be offended by helicopters too. I can just hear it now: “My family was killed in a helicopter”…..”Russian helicopters mowed down my village”.

    I’ve officially made a jar of peanut butter offense. I guess that is worth something.

    Brandon

  6. Just go with the peanutbutter T-shirt. People will always read into everything. When I first saw the shirt I thought it was critical towards Israel. Ciaran Cassady proved one could think otherwise. Only the knowledge that a shirt with a jar of peanutbutter that says ‘Israel’ can make people think all kinds of things would be a good reason for me to release it.
    Go with this shirt.

  7. “Only the knowledge that a shirt with a jar of peanutbutter that says ‘Israel’ can make people think all kinds of things would be a good reason for me to release it.”

    Which is excatly why he did it!

    Controversy = Publicity

    Then wipe’s his hands of the whole thing by putting in a disclaimer.

    I’ve never been called a racist in my entire life but for suggesting that “MAYBE the t-shirt should be anti-semitic” in the light of the attrocities carried out by the Israelies upon the people of Gaza goes to prove that freedom of speech in your country doesn’t mean shit!

    “So, I think I’ll release my helicopter shirt. I’m sure some asshole will be offended by helicopters too. I can just hear it now: “My family was killed in a helicopter”…..”Russian helicopters mowed down my village”.
    …..more like,”Israeli helicopters mowed down my village”.

    Why don’t you make it a Jumbo Jet and a multi-storey building and see how many “assholes” as you call them would be offended by that!

    Your ignorance and arrogance is profound,Brandon.

    Peace to everyone!(including you,Brandon)
    Ciarán

  8. With the word ‘maybe’ in capital letters the message still looks discriminating to me. By putting down ‘Maybe the t-shirt should be anti-semitic’ I guess you’re just suggesting the shirt should be anti-semitic in an unsubtle way. This makes you a racist. I know Israel is doing terrible things but approving anti-semitism simply makes you a racist. When Brandon calls you a racist indirectly, wich is understandable to me, you suddenly claim that it proves ‘that freedom of speech in your country doesn’t mean shit!’
    I lost track… When one calls someone a racist freedom of speech in one’s country doesn’t mean shit?
    Anti-semitism = Racism
    So if you approve anti-semitism you’re doing racism. Someone can call you a racist for it.

    I live in the Netherlands, most dutch people I know support the inhabitants of Gaza and are disgusted by the disproportionate attack of Israel.
    Freedom of speech has been a hot issue in my country the past few years. Some politicians have been saying a lot of things about immigrants and I would like to point out that I strongly disagree with almost all that has been said.
    But I personally think everyone should be able to say everything he or she would like to say. Even if it’s offending or a form of racism. I also think everyone should be able to call other people racists, especially when it is done rightly.

    That is why I find it very peculiar to read that you believe calling someone a racist shows lack of freedom of speech. I understand you actually mean how what you say is not being tolerated but it’s funny that you’re doing the exact same thing.

  9. first of all i would like to say that ciaran: “Maybe the T-shirt should be anti-semitic” what does that say about you? especially when you say afterwards “Two wrongs do not make a right!” duh!! hello mr contradiction!!, Also you don,t have to live thru a conflict to understand one? thats like sayin that you have to play an instrument to understand what music you like!!, “Why don’t you make it a Jumbo Jet and a multi-storey building and see how many “assholes” as you call them would be offended by that!” again two wrongs don’t make a right, , man you dont even understand your own history nevermind anybody elses!!

    It was innocent nationalists who lost the most lives in the conflict. I think you need to brush up on your history!
    duh!! not true!! 1525 people from the catholic community lost thier lives, that leaves 1941 lives!! do the math!.
    by the way it was the republicans who also took the most lives!! a life is a life after all ,

    “The majority of children to be killed in my country during the period known as “the troubles” (1966 – 1999)were carried out by loyalists (not unionists as you called them) and british crown forces. The last of which was my own cousin Seamus Duffy in 1989 aged 15″ look im sorry about your cousin, but your facts are wrong again, 05 February 1992 James Kennedy (15) Catholic
    Status: Civilian (Civ), Killed by: Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF)
    Shot during gun attack on Sean Graham’s Bookmaker’s shop, Ormeau Road, Belfast.

    26 October 1989 Niurati Islania (6 months) nfNIE
    Status: Civilian (Civ), Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
    Shot during gun attack on her Royal Air Force (RAF) member father’s car while at petrol filling station, Wildenrath, West Germany

    20 March 1993 Jonathan Ball (3) nfNIB
    Status: Civilian (Civ), Killed by: Irish Republican Army (IRA)
    Killed when two bombs placed in litter bins exploded, Bridge Street, Warrington, England. Inadequate warning given. there is just a few examples of children killed during the troubles after your cousin was killed, so i think maybe you should think about what you are saying first ciaran. simon

  10. WoW,i was really excited about seeing and maybee aquiring
    a Recording Review T-Shirt!But when i saw it i was like Shocked!.I thought to myself,”how could i WEAR it,and SMILE”
    I keep up with World Events,and i have a special folder,
    to remind me of how the IDF(Israeli Defense Forces)deals
    with Gaza Children.Im 53 and i have Never seen so many
    DEAD Infants and Children in my Life.When i think of Israel
    i see American Made F-16s dropping CBU 59B RockeyeII Cluster
    Bombs and GBU 39 “DIME”(Dense Inert Metal Explosive)weapons
    blowing CIVILIANS to Kingdom Come.I cant understand why you didnt put something on the peanut jar connected DIRECTLY with RECORDING MUSIC.I came to RECORDING REVIEW to take my mind OFF of the CRIMES of Israel,Not to be reminded of it!
    Maybee you were being Sarcastic,and found some Dark Humor
    in this,but of all the images connected with RECORDING MUSIC,how Israel ties in with helping us record like Pros, is beyond me.

  11. Ciaran, if you don’t like the fuckin’ shirt, get your own website and make your own damn shirt saying what-tha-fuck-ever you would like it to say…and then you can start talking ’bout recording again on this recording site…
    (Great website Brandon!)

  12. The problem with the shirt is it’s not really defined anywhere in the world whether having your country’s name on a peanut butter jar is a good thing or a bad thing.

    To some it is an insult. To others it is a compliment.

    I came to RECORDING REVIEW to take my mind OFF of the CRIMES of Israel,Not to be reminded of it!

    I can respect this. I often feel the same way. Then again, there are a lot of people who don’t think about topics like this and maybe they need to. Thinking about war, genocide, slavery etc is terrible. However, if we ignore these problems we never overcome them. If this page bugs you, go to a section that doesn’t. I do have to admit that it seems odd that you are so up on modern war but you are whining about one page that includes a t-shirt.

    What complicates this issue of The Gaza Strip is the fact that Isreal has had many crimes committed against it too. In “Where In The World Is Osama Bin Laden?”, Morgan Sperlock sits in an Isreali class room. It’s roof has been mostly blown off by mortars. Kids were in the building when it went off.

    I have to assume that this was intentional although it may not have been. No one is innocent in this thing. War ALWAYS sucks.

    Bad people die in war.
    Good people die in war.
    Women get raped in war.
    Children get slaughtered in war.
    Lives get ruined.
    People starve to death.
    Prisoners get murdered.
    Soldiers get their jaws blown off or guys have to hold in their buddy’s intestines while he screams in agony as blood shoots outs of his mouth while taking his final breaths.
    Soldiers who survive have nightmares 30 years later (I’ve seen that one first hand).

    All of these things occur on both sides. If you can find me an example of war in which BOTH sides haven’t experienced these horrors, I’d LOVE to know about it. It simply hasn’t happened.

    This t-shirt should make you think about all of this.

    Because of all the very well documented horrors that occur during war, a person MUST pick his battles very wisely. So why is the current war in Gaza being fought?

    It’s being fought for territory. (This is a bullshit notion. There is no reason why whites, jews, Arabs, blacks, asians, and everyone else can’t integrate). This is really about political control, which is even further bullshit. Women, children, and soldiers are dieing so some politician will have control over a hunk of dirt. That’s fucking stupid!

    It’s being fought for God. (This is also a bullshit notion, too, in my opinion. I’m an atheist so the idea of loading a mortar and shelling an “enemy” because of some entity that I don’t even believe in seems irrational. For a person is devoutly dedicated to god, it seems they would reach the same conclusions.)

    If “the people” would quit getting sucked into political traps designed to sacrifice a few pawns in exchange for an asshole to have more square footage neither Israeal, Jordan, Palistine, Egypt, or anyone else involved in this war would have any reason to fight it. THAT is the problem. Not a meaningless fucking t-shirt with peanut butter on it.

    Brandon

  13. It’s being fought for God. (This is also a bullshit notion, too, in my opinion. I’m an atheist so the idea of loading a mortar and shelling an “enemy” because of some entity that I don’t even believe in seems irrational. For a person is devoutly dedicated to god, it seems they would reach the same conclusions.)————–this is true for an atheist—–but the fact is that most of your readers do have some form of god that they worship even if it is them selves—-what go,s on over there has been going on from the time moses came down from the mount —-and did not stop when mohamed took his night flight to heaven the in lightin ment of buda did not stop all the war over in the east and weather you believe in god or not dont mater because it is worded in most or all the worlds religens books that the world will be destroyed by nukes starting at armigadon is this not were we are talking about this eastern people just cant wate to destroy every one on the face of the earth the live for war this is what history has pointed out to us 4000 years of war and counting—I dont like war ‘ I have lost to meny of my kin in them—I dont like peanut butter I got sick on the shit a wile a go I do like the shirt —but I dont blame you if you want to nuke it after all this is what they all want to do to each other over there anyway——acoustic