The people in charge do not know what they’re doing

From Huffpo:

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2 months?  Wow, that’s some awfully impressive cybersecurity JP Morgan is offering their customers.

And they’re supposed to be the best of the best of the largest American banks.

Maybe the digital security folks at JP Morgan should meet with the head of digital security at the NSA at a bar, have a few drinks and then decide who is more incompetent.

#pathetic

There’s your cash money, corporate Democrats ‘of the people’ party!

From CNBC:

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Yes, there he is, supreme bullshit artist, New Jersey’s own Wall St. fellater, Corey Booker!

Doing the people’s business while taking big Wall St. money.

I’m sure the money doesn’t buy anything and those Wall Street guys get no preferred access to Mr. Booker.

Active Music Listening Thursday October 23, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 844
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 521
Not good music: 265

Honorable Mentions: 11
Buys: 14

Possibles:  Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Kendl Winter, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee,  The Ballantynes, Debruit and Aljawal, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, La Misa Negra, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle,  Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Bio Ritmo, Lenguas Largas, Khun Narin, Doug Seegers, Shakey Graves, Jungle Fire, The Coral

@@@ The Coral: The Curse of Love (Skeleton Key, 2014).  I saw this record listed on the All Music weekly email and got pumped.  I’m a pretty big fan of these guys — they do a quirky, British, pastoral psychedelic rock type of thing.  Excellent arrangers and I really like the melodic bass playing.  Other than that, I’m not completely sure why I love this band — what they do just works for me.  Their music is quirky and weird without trying — they’re natural freaks.  I’m going to check out this whole record out when I have more time, but I have a feeling it’s gonna make one of my lists for the year.  When I fetched a video for your my loyal readers I saw this record was recorded in 2006, a time when I

@@@ Wrekmeister Harmonies: Then It All Came Down (Thrill Jockey, 2014).  I saw this listed as an alternative record in the weekly All Music email but it sounds awfully ambient to me.  I hear some angel voices and some sparse bass playing, some low profile guitar wrangling, but the rest consists of super long organ like tones.  It seems pretty clear to me that it evokes a piece of religious music.  I like it, I’m not jumping up and down but I like it.

You can stream over here at Invisible Oranges.

@@@ Deep Sea Diver: One By One (Not sure, 2014).  I got to this via music publicist and the blurb namechecks Back and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.  It doesn’t sound like that all to my ears — this is mainstream pop rock sporting a super clean and shaved sound.  I like the singer and I appreciate the arrangement, it’s a tad soft for my taste.  If you’re soft, this could be a dream come true for you.   It gets into some ’80s worship at the outro.

@@@ Rigor Mortis: Rigor Mortis (Rigor Mortis, 2014).  Off my heavy metal weekly mailorder these guys are super meth-y.  Fast as fuck and that’s saying something for the genre.  The singer and his lyrics are readily understandable and I appreciate that — call me old school.  I would classify the guitar as bee buzzy and the drums as a blend of hardcore, thrash, and epic metal.

@@@ Slipknot: .5: The Gray Chapter (Roadrunner, 2014).  These guys are notorious for their ill, anti-social costumes but we’re not here for the booty or the scary Halloween masks.  The first tune is more dramatical than heavy, with a sort of Nine Inch Nails alienated vibe.  I hope we get some beatdown soon, this first tune is pretty cheesy and aimed at the teens out there.  This second tune, Sarcastrophe, gets into some slightly over produced stoner gloom before it segues into a mainstream thrash rock nugget.  Super clean production, guitars panned out wide, excellent drum sound and the singer right in the center up in your grille with his trip.  I love the drums, the singer is cool, but they should bring up the guitars as they take away impact.  Fully pimped out record, moments of cheese and moments of corporate ferocity.

 

Scott Brown continues to fly the douchebag flag high!

From CBS News:

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Didn’t Republicans invade Iraq, put in their own handpicked tyrant that kicked the shit out of the Sunnis that got together and formed ISIS?

Yes, the ISIS — 17,000 assholes in the desert that makes everyone shit in absolute terror.

Well I guess the mighty douche Scott Brown never let the facts get in the way of a good headline.

ISIS is the bastard stepchild of Dick Cheney and the Cocaine Cowboy George Bush and they should hold the bag for the pile of shit they made.

 

Bill Maher ignorant re: Muslims, right on re: po po

Not sure where I got this headline from:

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Speaking of going mental it looks like the cop who killed Michael Brown is moving towards freedom as somebody leaked the autopsy and it shows Michael Brown was shot in the hand and probably at close range.

I don’t really understand why this springs the cop as he acted very much like the Angry Zimmerman did in Florida.  Zimmerman profiled a black youth and then got away with murder because Trayvon Martin did not passively submit to Zimmerman.

If Michael Brown was in the car with the cop does that exonerate a cop who started an incident that lead to a death when he stopped Michael Brown and his friend because they weren’t walking on the sidewalk?

Seems like an awful trivial reason to lose your life.

Active Music Listening Wednesday October 22, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 839
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 518
Not good music: 263

Honorable Mentions: 11
Buys: 14

Possibles:  Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Kendl Winter, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee,  The Ballantynes, Debruit and Aljawal, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, La Misa Negra, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle,  Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Bio Ritmo, Lenguas Largas, Khun Narin, Doug Seegers, Shakey Graves, Jungle Fire

@@@ Black Clouds: And Then I Dove (Collect Records, 2014) Instrumental rock I got to via a music publicist email.  Just the way Deafheaven was a big, heavy post-rock metal record for the mainstream last year, this looks to be heading down the same road.  Heavy but not too chaotic with epic production.  As a quasi-afficianado of heavy metal there’s a difference between ‘I haven’t washed in two weeks dirty’, and boy ‘I’m jogging really fast and I just broke out in a wicked sweat dirty’.  Good to get you started, but a bit of a heavy music pose.  I wants my dirt.

Stream it at the home of clean white people, NPR.

@@@ Ben Howard: Conrad (Republic Records, 2014)  Opens up with a half trippy delayed descending guitar line with some reverse guitar parsley garnish, I’m thinking this is aimed at John Mayer’s old audience now that everybody thinks John Mayer is a total douche.  John Mayer could be a really cool guy but I do agree he sports douche lines.  Very intimately produced voice with a well trimmed reverb patch and a very minimalist stripped down to just a kick drum rhythm — oh, here’s a little more drummage.  I think they’re probably trying to create a panty quaker, feelings based adult alternative cat.  It’s not fully up its own ass but it’s partially shoved up there.

@@@ T.I.: Paperwork (Columbia, 2014).  Some major label hip hop off the All Music weekly email.  I was gonna peep the new Stevie Nicks, but I keep my black music reviews coming on the blog.  T.I.’s formula is a fast flow with mostly bombastic production with some vintage r&b samples for authenticity.  I’ve clipped the Pharrell ‘the Hat’ track called Paperwork — it’s lighter than the opener King, still an uptempo flow.  I’m partial to independent hip hop as I find the production to be more interesting, but this is better than 95% of the major label hip hop which tends to absolutely awful.

@@@ Jessie Ware: Tough Love (Interscope, 2014).  If Prince had a hetero-man/woman baby with Cyndi Lauper their child would make an album that sounds like this.  I think they clipped a drum beat straight out of Sign o’ the Times on the first track, Tough Love.  Full 1980’s vibes to be had — plinky guitars, synth bass, and the aforementioned drum machine beats.  Ware has a pleasing voice, she doesn’t oversing and the 1980’s flow is renewed and slightly expanded on in the second tune, You & I.  There’s no edge to this music, it’s like macaroni and cheese for your mind.

@@@ Soft Swells: Floodlights (Not sure, 2014).  I think I’ve peeped this outfit before, but to be honest and not to be racist and shit, but all these indie bands tend to look and sound the same.  This is meaningful, and poppy music, with some hooky organ and oohs and ahs.  Man, I suddenly feel like a bologna sandwich on wonder bread and a cold can of soda pop.