Music for 12/10/17!!! Lil B, Miguel

@@@ Lil B: Black Ken (BasedWorld, 2017) Retro West Coast (San Fran specifically) hip hop I got to after seeing this record on more than one best of 2017 year end lists. When Lil B hits the mic he is both concious and filthy. He will do it with a lady while her friend is in the room. I like the George Clinton vibes, and the retro sonic approach but he’s too nasty for my taste. He don’t want no broke hoes in his bed, you dig? The sounds are freshly retro for sure.

@@@ Miguel: War & Leisure (RCA/Sony, 2017) A mainstream r&b record with guitars, pretty good as far as I’m concerned. He’s going for some Prince fan love on this first tune and I can’t tell if I’m willing to give him the same respect. The second tune Pineapple Skies heads into bubblegum territory which is the wrong way for me. This is more Lionel Richie/Michael Jackson. The first tune is the best and it’s the roughest and it ain’t that rough. I don’t like super taffy sweet r&b. If you do, that’s fine, but not me.

YTD recordings listened to: 784
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 423
Not good music: 323

Buys: 9
Honorable Mentions: 7

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Boubacare Traore, Les Filles De Illighadad, Curtis Harding, Les Amazones D’Afrique

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Quote of the day!

From here:

We cannot pretend that Facebook itself is an NGO, or that Mark Zuckerberg has constituents. Facebook is an incredibly successful for-profit company, and Mark Zuckerberg has customers: the advertisers. We, as the users, are his product. Facebook needs users because it needs our data, but its ultimate goal is markedly different than that of a nonprofit or a government agency. No matter how many volunteers Zuckerberg hugs or how many 5,500-word techno-utopian declarations of accelerated global togetherness he pens, the company does not exist primarily to help people, to provide support, or to nurture communities.

 

The sad spectacle of cities rubbing Amazon’s rich balls

From CNBC here:

  • Chicago has offered to let Amazon pocket $1.32 billion in income taxes paid by its own workers.
  • Fresno has a novel plan to give Amazon special authority over how the company’s taxes are spent.
  • Boston has offered to set up an “Amazon Task Force” of city employees working on the company’s behalf.
  • Stonecrest, Georgia even offered to cannibalize itself, to give Bezos the chance to become mayor of a 345 acre annex that would be known as “Amazon, Georgia.”

It would be easier and healthier just to break Amazon up or restrict its power in the marketplace.

Boston has basically offered slaves to Amazon.  Are they going to put fresh oil on Jeff Bezos’ bald head each day or does he already have a robot doing that?

 

 

Music for 12/8/17!!! Common Kings, Algiers, Downtown Boys

@@@ Common Kings: Lost in Paradise (Island Empire, 2017) A blue eyed sounding reggae record I got to via a music publicist email. I hate to do it but I have to issue an annoying singer alert. I don’t enjoy his loverboy flow, but that’s just me, I sport no vajayjay. A couple more tracks but I don’t want to get lost in this. The production is crazy bright, nay, let us say it is absolutely flourescent. This is strictly for frat boys who can’t dance.

@@@ Algiers: The Underside of Power (Matador, 2017) This is one of All Music’s top 70 records of 2017 and it’s an aggro electronic funk record. At least the opener is. The singer is completely losing it over a nice beat. Let’s peep more. I like the singer a whole bunch but he could use some help with the arrangements as a drum machine and a distorted bass/synth ain’t gonna get him over the hump. I like the combination of the sounds, but I wanted more storm and power coming from the music.

@@@ Downtown Boys: Cost of Living (Sub Pop, 2017) Also off the All Music top records of 2017. The first tune is pretty standard old school punk rock. I like the female singer a lot, she’s losing it very stylishly. I wish the band would hit it harder but I’m not in charge of that. Ooh, she’s even more ragged in the second tune, nice work! Myself, I’m more in the mood for some peak Sleater-Kinney estrogen exploding/female fury but that’s a big ask. I would ask the band to help the singer out by losing your shit in the same manner. I remember when I was a darned kid, back in the ’20s, we enjoyed a good losing of the nut, you know Bad Brains and what not. I guess that’s out of style.

YTD recordings listened to: 782
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 421
Not good music: 323

Buys: 9
Honorable Mentions: 7

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Leviathan, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Moken, Juan Atkins, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Anna Hogberg, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, James Brandon Lewis, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, J.I.D., Oddisee, Forro in the Dark, RAM, Fiver, Dona Onete, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, American Lips, Sudan Archives, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Benjamin Booker, Irreversible Entanglements, Converge, Boubacare Traore, Les Filles De Illighadad, Curtis Harding, Les Amazones D’Afrique

The tax cut is a giant con/stock market circle jerk

From CNBC here:

Indeed, T-Mobile,Home Depot, Bank of America and Mastercard all announced significant repurchase intentions this week. Home Depot led the way with a $15 billion buyback after it raised its long-term sales target.

While the recent spate of buyback announcements is a small sample size, it brings back memories of the last time Congress tried to bring back cash overseas through a tax holiday.

What a bunch of hypocritical, fucking liars.  Nothing about this tax cut is about normal Americans.  They’re going to take that money and buy their own shares back to make themselves rich.

This is just legalized corruption by a bunch of corporate jerkoffs.

 

Roy Moore is a true blue racist, piece of shit rapist fuck

From Salon here:

When Moore was on the campaign trail before the Republican primary, he said that America was at its finest when African-Americans were still kept as slaves.

“I think it was great at the time when families were united,” Moore said. “Even though we had slavery, they cared for one another.

That remark came during an appearance in which he called Native Americans and Asian-Americans “reds and yellows.”

This dude is like an evil cartoon character and I hope he drops dead.

Why were American families more united when slavery was around?  Because they lived in perpetual and justified fear that they were about to be killed like the slaveowners in Haiti?

That’s the only sensible thing I can make of this puke but it’s probably not what he meant.  He’s being ‘nostalgic’.

Sipping mint juleps watching folks out in the fields……

What fueled the initial rise of the Nazis?

From here:

A huge segment of the population of the United States is filled with hatred so intense they actively want a vastly more authoritarian government that will shove that hatred down the throats of the left. They want fascism. They’re hungry for it, whether they call it that or not. In the kind of Orwellian doublespeak this administration has become famous for, they call it “liberty” or “freedom” or “American values”, but they’re talking about hard authoritarianism. They’re talking about fascism.

While there is a large racial component to the Nazi legacy, it is the economic humiliation heaped on Germany after World War I that triggered the initial Nazi rise.

So while I see tons of folks arguing whether Trump’s are acting out of racist motivations it is the economic humiliation created by globalization that sparked Trump’s initial rise.  Make America great again can either be I want my fucking job back or make America white again, but the problem with the latter is America has never been fully white.

If you ask me what is so far up the ass of hardcore Trump supporters it is the economic humiliation they’ve endured.  Trump cashed in on that.  They have foul, foul asshole views on race but if they had good paying union jobs he wouldn’t have risen.