Collateral damage comes back to haunt James Foley

From the Global Post here:

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Now, of course, in the Grand American tradition, nobody listens to what people like Osama Bin Laden and ISIS have to say.

And despite what the war machine says, they’re not all batshit crazy and often give reasons for what they do.

You do not spare our weak, elderly, women, or children…..

I predict we’re not going to see much discussion of this point.

Active Music Listening Thursday August 21, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 650
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 403
Not good music: 195

Honorable Mentions: 6
Buys: 10

Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jello Biafra, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Kendl Winter, Shigeto, Bone Dance, Defeater, Sidi Toure, Lindi Ortega, Jonwayne, Christian Kjellvander, 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, Third Coast Kings, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Charming Axe, Eccodek, Bio Ritmo, Pacifika, Kasai All Stars, Viet Cong, Lenguas Largas, Los Hacheros, Ruthie Foster

@@@ Ruthie Foster: Promise of a Brand New Day (Blue Corn, 2014).  Let’s make it ladies’ day on Deep in the Music.  Foster plays the blues but the first tune is the laidback style — no fire breathing guitar solos yet.  Hopeful, introspective lyrics with more than a spoonful of gospel influence in her vocals.  Man, she can sing.  Ah, now she’s turning up the heat on the second tune, Let Me Know.  This is one of the best blues records I’ve heard in a while.  Foster’s voice rings pure and true and she plays some mean guitar.  Me, I like the full burners — I’m a dirty Howlin Wolf fan, but Foster made a high quality blues record here.

@@@ Jessica Hernandez: Secret Evil (Instant Recordings, 2014).  Slotted as retro rock in the All Music weekly email.  She’s ;’80s retro rock, not ’70s.  The rhythm section at least.  She’s got a powerful voice that’s got a bit of Janis Joplin when she pushes the accelerator.  She’s also got a retro- early ’60s thing going on so I guess she’s double retro-ing it.  She’s got a great voice, but I think she needs a band with some muscle and she’s got to move out of cute land and put a little mustard on it.

@@@ Orenda Fink: Blue Dream (Saddle Creek, 2014).  Also off the All Music weekly email.  I’m not a huge Saddle Creek fan, but it’s ladies’ day on the blog and this is what I could find.  It’s some dreamy indie with an electronic trip hop feel.  Dreamy female voice, stoned out electric piano/organ, big spacious production.  It’s a tad Caucasion for my taste — a bit cold and detached.  I like my music hot.  But if you’re up for some very pretty background music, check it out.

 

So that’s 300 dead Palestinians as a proportionate response

From Reuters:

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So three Israeli teenagers were murdered and Netanyahu killed 1900 Palestinians.  So that’s a 633 dead Palestinians for those murders.

And if an Israeli citizen was slightly injured that probably should be good for 300 dead Palestinians.

Mostly children.

Maybe we shouldn’t be building so many tanks

From Reuters:

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Sounds like we have all the symptoms of tanks coming out of our ass.

If they’re being used on American citizens and blown up as surplus….

Nobody seems to be talking about how all the military gear is a sign of political corruption by the military industrial complex and our whoremongering, violent politicians trying to create ‘jobs’.

Active Music Listening Wednesday August 20, 2014

YTD recordings listened to: 647
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 402
Not good music: 194

Honorable Mentions: 6
Buys: 10

Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jello Biafra, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Kendl Winter, Shigeto, Bone Dance, Defeater, Sidi Toure, Lindi Ortega, Jonwayne, Christian Kjellvander, 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, Third Coast Kings, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Charming Axe, Eccodek, Bio Ritmo, Pacifika, Kasai All Stars, Viet Cong, Lenguas Largas, Los Hacheros

@@@ East India Youth: Heaven, How Long? (Stolen Recordings, 2014).  Today we peep the Quietus’ top 75 recordings of 2014 thus far.  And this fine work of electronica clocks in at #2.  I’m only gonna be able to judge on this one song, Heaven How Long?, and it is a meaningful male singer singing over a fine rubric of ping pong synths.  Here are some beats, krautrock-y in vibe.  Here comes the church organ and this is a hymn to love people!  I await the climax (musically, that is).  Here it is — if there’s a video this is where the singer spreads his arms wide and looks up imploring whoever/whatever might be up there.  Oh yeah, they went for it.  Big Brit/Kraut biscuit up in the sky!

@@@ Perc: The Power and the Glory (Not sure, 2014).  #3 on the Quietus’ best of 2014 thus far!  More electronica, this time more agitated.  This is some rough club music — straight for on the floor with a track of static punctuated by a blast of a different type of static, and then a funky beat layered over the top of the four on the floor.  The highlighted track was deep down on the record, and I’m back to the opener — Rotting Sound — more aggro, less clubby, same chainsaw synths but not in service to a beat.  Oh, I feel the boom titch is about to break out.  Nope, spurty, constipated blasts of sound.  One more track — this wouldn’t be my number 3 record of the year thus far.  I think you have to be high for this bad boy.

@@@ The Body: I Shall Die Here (Not sure, 2014).  Tres dramatical title.  I can only peep two tracks off this record.  To Carry the Seeds of Death Within Me — yikes, heavy.  Crushed drums, caveman rock beat with some electronic fly by squirts.  And here’s that ‘there’s a monster in our town’ bass sound.  Sludging and soiling everybody it touches, I like that.  I’m gonna need more than this for #4 on my best of 2014 list.   There are some horror movie screams way back in the mix.  They’re throwing in some chopped sounds, like crickets on meth.  I will check out a bit of the second tune, Hail to thee, Everlasting Pain.  Big throbbing bass, metal bugs sprayed around, a nice tasteful industrial beat.  These guys do some interesting arranging, but the tunes don’t sound fully cooked for impact.

@@@ Katie Gately: Pipes (Blue Tapes, 2014) #5 on the Quietus list.  Looks like we’re headed out of aggro land, but we’re still in computer land with a cut and paste female choir of loops.  That sound a bit like Organ pipes, oddly enough.  This is a dream swirler, a baskin robbins of reverbed out and processed vocal sounds.  Interesting and pretty.  Now we’ve segued into a Kate Bush weird and happy poppy chopping of the vocal elements.

Dollar signs at the War/Spook Machine HQ after terrorist sword rattling!

From the Huffington Post:

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Nothing better for business than a bad guy waving a black flag.

Of course, it’s 5,000-6,000 cruel assholes in the middle of the desert but that will be enough to scare the shit out of a nation of 330+ million people.