Come See the Man at the Well
Rise and Be Healed
Ready to Leave
I’m Gonna Keep On Holding On
The Last Sunday
YTD recordings listened to: 282
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 186
Not good music: 78
Honorable Mentions: 0
Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Trap Them, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Owiny Sigoma Band, About Group, Jello Biafra, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Jessie Mae Hemphill, All Pigs Must Die, Kendl Winter, Shigeto, Bone Dance, Cage the Elephant, Defeater, Sidi Toure, Lindi Ortega, Jonwayne, Christian Kjellvander, Okkyung Lee, Tiger Hatchery, Xiu Xiu, The Ballantynes, Debruit and Aljawal, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, La Misa Negra, Melingo, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle, Mexican Dubwiser, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones
@@@ Equal Stones: Transgression (Hidden Vibes, 2014). Sparse ambient music out of the Netherlands. Generous but tasteful use of delays and the pace is nice and slow. The palette of sounds on this record come across as naturally generated and synthetic at the same time. It’s really engaging music. This is excellent ambient music and it will probably make my best of year list
@@@ Kelis: Food (Ninja Tune, 2014). Mostly old school r&b soul I found on the All Music weekly email. I would rather listen to this record than I would Pharrell Williams’ latest effort — and I will only refer to Williams from here on out as Hat Man as he seems to have distilled his public personality down to the essence of a park ranger’s hat. I like her voice and the arrangements, and the instrumentation — I think the lyrics fall a bit short of classic soul performers like Stevie Wonder and Prince, but she’s a cut above the ghoul parade of vapidity (yes, vapidity is a word).
@@@ Freeman: For a While I Couldn’t Play My Guitar like a Man (Partisan, 2014). A 1970′s influenced soft rock confessional number I got to via a music publicist. Nice and sparse — strong Neil Young influence without the famous distorted Crazy Horse guitar sound. I like the guitar playing but the electric tone isn’t my favorite. A small criticism and I’m more than a bit surprised as I wasn’t a Ween fan at all.
@@@ Fear of Men: Loom (Kanine, 2014). Off the All Music weeky email. Slotted as experimental rock but we shall see. Thus far I hear a Cranberries record with a little bit of production quirk. Very mainstream and regular readers understand how much I detest false advertising. I say be proud of your mainstream pop/rock sensibilities and don’t pawn your applesauce rock off as experimental.
While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades.
After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada — substantially behind in 2000 — now appear to be higher than in the United States.
I’m no expert in labor law, but I’ve read that Canada has much more labor union protections.
This is not a surprising development, but asking our leaders to stop doing something that they’ve been doing for the past 30 years is pretty ridiculous.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden told Ukrainian presidential candidates and members of parliament on Tuesday that Washington was ready to help Ukraine‘s economy but warned them they must fight the “cancer” of endemic corruption.
Oh my, Joe Biden should look in the mirror.
Back room deals with large pharmaceutical firms, the earmarks for the military-industrial complex, the lying from the spook motherfuckers at the CIA and NSA, the corruption of our legal system represented by the drone murder of American cleric Al-Awlaki.
That’s all corruption, Joe.
YTD recordings listened to: 277
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 183
Not good music: 77
Honorable Mentions: 0
Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Trap Them, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, Owiny Sigoma Band, About Group, Jello Biafra, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Jessie Mae Hemphill, All Pigs Must Die, Kendl Winter, Shigeto, Bone Dance, Cage the Elephant, Defeater, Sidi Toure, Lindi Ortega, Jonwayne, Christian Kjellvander, Okkyung Lee, Tiger Hatchery, Xiu Xiu, The Ballantynes, Debruit and Aljawal, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, La Misa Negra, Melingo, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle, Mexican Dubwiser, Toxic Holocaust
@@@ Soupcans: Parasite Brain (Telephone Explosion, 2013). An old school punk EP I found on the CFUV weekly email. Sloppy ramshackle and abrasive as fuck. Dirty AM radio bass, sawzall sizzle guitars, you get the idea.
@@@ The Fat Babies: 18th and Racine (Delmark, 2013). Off the CFUV weekly email in the jazz section. Goin’ way back in the jazz time machine to a time of Dixieland, ragtime/stride piano, and swingin’. Excellent energy and interplay out of the horn section. I have a huge collection of this style of music on vinyl that I’ve collected over the years and these guys sit right in that section of mid-tempo melodic players.
@@@ Laura Berman: Everything in Between (Laura Berman, 2013). I got to this record via a publicity service called Music Submit. This is confessional new age tinged singer/songwriter music. Dreams coming true, opening your mind to possibility, etc — you get the idea.
@@@ Behemoth: The Satanist (Metal Blade, 2014). Some sludgy black metal off the CFUV weekly email. There is an epic vibe to the first tune, Blow Your Trumpets Gabriel — angel choir, a tasty thrash section. These guys are aspirational. The singer sports a tres shredded voice, the drummer is a battering ram with chops and the guitars are mostly epic.
@@@ The Bamboos: Fever in the Road (Nettwerk, 2014). Off the CFUV weekly email. Straight ahead 1980′s influenced pop rock. Nice drum sound, female singer, catchy is the key word. Good to keep the cubicle workers chugging along nicely.
KFC re-released its infamous Double Down sandwich on Monday, four years after its initial release prompted outcry from healthy eaters across the US.
In place of a bread bun the Double Down deploys two deep-fried chicken breasts, snugly encasing cheese, bacon and “the Colonel’s sauce”. The result packs 590 calories and 32 grams of fat.
1. This sandwich can kill you, much like Al Qaeda might.
2. I don’t want anything to do with ‘the Colonel’s sauce’.
3. I agree that only sandwich fascists insist that sandwiches be made with bread.
4. This sandwich might also qualify as torture under the Geneva conventions.