Active Music Listening Tuesday March 3, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 172
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 101
Not good music: 59

Honorable Mentions: 7
Buys: 5

Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohammed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Torche, Leo Welch

@@@ Kelly Clarkson: Someone (RCA, 2015). New Kelly Clarkson, OMG, I think I might have an incoming erection. She is just so real and spunky and on this record she gets deep into the valley of electronica. Luckily there’s only one song on my Beats store otherwise I wouldn’t get shit done today. A synth based arrangement with live drums but with that tasty 1980s drum sound that everybody loves. Now you all know my opinions on the great female divas of today — Miley Cyrus can carry a tune on her bangerz, and Taylor Swift can carry the melody but she’s cold and she can’t sell her songs, but Miss Clarkson can sing — now she’s getting into that over-breathy shit which drives me nuts (I know you really mean it) but her cheesy corporate pop is more like a well made block of cheddar. Solid, not too stinky. Taylor Swfit is like a block of parmesan, rock hard and no softness, and Miley Cyrus is like a stinky bleu cheese. You hold your nose when you open the bag.

@@@ Eternal Tapestry: Wild Strawberries (Thrill Jockey, 2015). This is the end my friend. A slow psych opener on this record I got to via the Aquarius Records’ new arrivals email. Heavily delayed vocals and some major drone action. The guitars are the star here, the drums are mixed a bit low for my taste, I hear some pretty tasty old school bass melodies and I imagine a giant bag of doobie up in this band’s rehearsal space.

@@@ Kreng: The Summoner (Miasmah, 2015). Another Aquarius Records new arrivals. With song titles like Denial, Anger, Depression, and Acceptance we’re in for a platter full of dance bangerz! Let it out, fellas, you’ll feel better and so will we. We;re starting out low and rumbly and I must say I do appreciate a solid, low rumble. Things bust out symphonically and wavy as we get string flourishes and some oscillating electronic waves. This is the sonic equivalent of an overcast day with occasional thunderstorms.

Young black males responsible for their own deaths

From Huffpo here:

An ongoing federal lawsuit filed by the family of Tamir Rice prompted a response from the city of Cleveland last week arguing that the 12-year-old was responsible for his own death.


Michael Brown was responsible for his own death because he may have robbed a convenience store, he didn’t get up on the sidewalk fast enough and he reached for Darren Wilson’s gun.

Tamir Rice is responsible for his own death because otherwise it would be the fault of the police and it can’t be that because we don’t hold the police accountable for their killing of young black males.

If Tamir Rice is responsible because he left his house with a plastic gun that looked like a real gun shouldn’t those real looking guns be illegal or the company that made them should be responsible?

The cops shot a homeless guy yesterday and guess what?

He was going for the cop’s gun. ¬†Of course he was going for the cop’s gun, they all do.

 

Why Warren Buffett dislikes Elizabeth Warren’s ‘anger’

From here:

Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett isn’t a fan of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Massachusetts) populist style.

In a Monday interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Buffett argued that Warren should be “less angry and demonizing.”

“I think that she would do better if she was less angry and demonizing. I believe in ‘hate the sin but love the sinner,'” he said. “And I’m not sure that I’ve fully convinced Elizabeth Warren that that’s the way to go.”


First off, we should point out that he’s chiding a woman for her anger when there’s plenty of rage walking around Washington DC. ¬†Senator War McCain, for example.

Secondly, Elizabeth Warren’s anger/support just succeeded in forcing a Wall Street executive to withdraw from being appointed to an important Treasury post.

At the heart of our ruling class’ disdain for Elizabeth Warren is that she has connected with a lot of people who feel anger at Wall Street for its recent behavior and she has power.

Personally, I think Warren Buffett is full of shit on this issue and he probably knows it but he’s gonna chuck a little nugget of anti-Warren propaganda out there anyway.

 

At least Uncle Sam will get some loot from Michael Brown’s death

From here:

The Justice Department is expected to release a report as early as this week alleging that police in Ferguson, Missouri, use racial bias when making traffic stops, disproportionately ticketing black people, and using those fines to balance the city budget, The New York Times reported Sunday. Citing several officials who were briefed, the Times reports the probe accuses Ferguson police of making discriminatory stops, which added to the mounting racial tension that led to an officer shooting an unarmed black teenager last summer.


 

The article goes on to say there will be a lawsuit or a settlement.

Does it not seem a bit twisted that the town of Ferguson, Missouri will in the end be guilty of over-ticketing black folks and not be guilty of killing an unarmed black person?

It’s kind of mind blowing if you think about it.

Netanyahu and Sen. War McCain to meet in Capitol to lead midnight circle jerk for more war!!!!

Many Senators and representatives of the House will be attending with rags to wipe their foul jism off each other after they beat the war drum and whack each other off.

It’s gonna be hot and violent and hopefully somebody will put some cell phone footage up on Youtube.

Active Music Listening Monday March 2, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 169
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 99
Not good music: 58

Honorable Mentions: 7
Buys: 5

Possibles: Boyd Rivers, Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, Bill Horist, MAKU Soundsystem, Zomby, Retox, About Group, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Bone Dance, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Debruit, Slidhr, The Whammies, The Chewers, Alexander Hawkins, Cheryl Pyle, Toxic Holocaust, Equal Stones, Comeback Kid, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, Spacesuits, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, Lozen, Erase Errata, Mohammed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Torche, Leo Welch

@@@ Leo Welch: Sabougla Voices (Big Legal Mess, 2014). Here we have some dirty ass church blues out of the South and I found out about this record via the good people at Stolling Rone. Welch has a pleasing howl and his guitar player sounds a bit like late ’60s Eric Clapton, in the first tune that is. The second tune gets the stomp on with some solid drum boom-bap propelling Welch forward. Welch sounds drunk, maybe he’s just drunk on Jesus, let’s go with that. This may be the first record I’ve been hipped to by Stolling Rone in ages, check him out.

@@@ Robin Schulz: Tutti (D2L Recordings, 2015). This is another Rolling Stone recommendation and we are switching gears from the fried church blues to the super slicked club boom hitch. Keep yer Molly clean out there y’all, I know you need to be stoned to listen to this boring shit but don’t kill yousseff with dirty drugs!!!! Oooh, here come the synths — cloudy, buzzy, clubby. It’s gonna be raining men up in here soon.

@@@ Mitski: Bury Me at Makeout Creek (Double Double Whammy, 2015) Some forlorn, lo-fi female folk off this list I’m trying to chew my way through at Rolling Stone. She started out solo and now we’re getting the racket-ous indie guitar band behind her as she reaches her relationship catharsis. I hope Mitski finds love, I hope everybody finds love. She gets her buzzy punk flow on the second tune and she’s got a nice, slack rock vibe to the third tune, First Love/Late Spring.

@@@ Palace: Bitter (Not sure, 2014). I think this is the last bite I will take off this Rolling Stone You Must Hear sandwich. I would qualify this as white shoe Brit rock, not quite as soggy and cheesy as the Coldplay (Lord, how I hate the Coldplay). Some good thin guitar squirbling, and an uplifting male voice soaked in the reverb. There’s not much rocking to be had here, these are sensitive gents. Oh, they might be building to a proggy, shoe gaze-y climax. A very refined, cresting rock wave.

20,000 assholes in pickup trucks in the desert will take down America!

From the Guardian here:

One of the most unchallenged, zany assertions during the war on terror has been that terrorists present an existential threat to the United States, the modern state and civilization itself. This is important because the overwrought expression, if accepted as valid, could close off evaluation of security efforts.


There’s no money in peace, I’ve been saying this for years.

And you can’t make very exciting Hollywood movies about peace.

When you couple the fact that most actual terrorists are known to the authorities and yet their attacks can not be stopped and that there are tens of, maybe even hundreds of thousands of imagined ISIS terrorists roaming around the desert, it makes the whole war on terror look like a cartoon/video game.

We can’t stop the handful that will attack us and we’re constantly imagining terrorists where there aren’t any.

Our politicians need a new hobby.