Active Music Listening Monday May 4, 2015

YTD recordings listened to: 339
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 202
Not good music: 111

Honorable Mentions: 11
Buys: 8

Possibles: 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, 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, Astral Swans, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Waters

@@@ Josh Groban: Stages ∫ (Reprise, 2015). An album of Broadway tunes I got to via the Beats ‘Highlights’ page. The first tune is from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — it’s a fudge wave of romantic violin flourishes and Groban’s voice is a silky hug. No feelings are gonna get hurt here — put this album on, take a handful of Xanax, squint your eyes and you can almost not see the world falling apart. The second tune is from the Chorus Line and it features the same string flourishes but with a big soaring vocal part. It’s moving me, I can barely type through the tears. God, I guess this is the feeling of great art, it’s not cheesy at all.

@@@ Death Grips: The Powers that B (Universal, 2015). I’ve always thought Death Grips is more than a bit overrated but this is his last biscuit and I thought maybe he’s going out in a blaze of glory. Mr. Grips sounds like he’s losing his grip in the first tune, Up My Sleeve, and the arrangement has a generous help of industro-aggro noise and abrasiveness. This is the Death Grips trip, the grating feeling — I can appreciate the emphasis on freakishness over bling and club dang. I like this third tune, Black Quarterback, and I got a Googletube for you below. It’s a very clear example of the Death Grips trip.

@@@ Danko Jones: Fire Music (MRI, 2015). #1 in the loud section at the CFUV. A pubic hair of Buckcherry, a Stone Temple Pilots pube, and maybe even a Pearl Jam pube. Guitar driven medium heavy hard rock. You can hear a lot of different pubes in this record. Big rock music people, get the Bud Light out! Now when I say there’s a pube of this band and of that band, it’s not meant to be negative. Pubes are cool. I could just as easily say there’s a packet of ketchup of Buckcherry, a packet of ketchup of Stone Temple Pilots, but packet of ketchup is clunky and pube gets the job done. Boom, pube.

@@@ Moaning: Misheard (Not sure, 2015). Shoe gaze vocals nestled in delayed distorted guitars (verse) and full sheets of guitar noise (chorus). A tune I got to via a music publicist email. A little outdo guitar shredding with some synth fluff in the background. Stereogum says it’s gorgeous and heartbreaking — I think it’s a solid track and I think Stereogum should put down the pipe.

The double standard in violence

From here:

“when nonviolence is preached by the representatives of the state, while the state doles out heaps of violence to its citizens, it reveals itself to be a con.”

This quote is from Ta-Nehisi Coates, who is moving up the list of people with a clue.

The word con is very under utilized with regard to our ruling class.


WTF does one of the richest men in the world mean?

From here:

“I don’t have anything against raising the minimum wage but I don’t think you can do it in a significant enough way without creating a lot of distortions,” Buffett said

This has got to be the haziest, weirdest reason I’ve ever why the minimum wage can’t be raised.

Ah, distortions.

Distortions in the cosmic fields?

Distortions in corporate America’s profit ledger?

Distortions, just random distortions?


If you’re surprised by Baltimore riots you’re an out of touch idiot

From Salon here:

We don’t live in an ideal world where oppressors calmly hear out people they oppress before the sh*t hits the fan.

I would like to point out that people should not theorize about the morals/ethics of any black folks in Baltimore until they ask themselves the following questions:

What economic opportunities exist for the people of West Baltimore?
What education is available to children and adults in West Baltimore?
Do you know how the police acted before Freddie Gray and will probably act towards the citizens of West Baltimore once this dies down?

How long can you keep folks in this sort of condition before a riot breaks out?


Dear Baltimore, your jobs went to China

Protester on CBS News here:

“There’s nothing really here for us. Even the youth. There’s no recreation centers, no escape, so the only thing that you really have is violence, you have the drug dealing,” Brown said. “We’ve been living in poverty since I got here. They don’t tell you that. They don’t tell you that there’s no jobs here.”

The standard, completely useless response to this statement is to say pick yourself up by your bootstraps, go to college and get a job once you leave college.

But you need resources and help to do that.  Resources and help that the American business community and the American government are willing to give.

Americans approve of drones (with big ass asterisk)

From the Intercept here:

The poll did not include questions about foreign civilian casualties or about public confidence in the government’s assertion that the vast majority of those killed in drone strikes are terrorists. Independent groups have estimated that at least hundreds, and possibly thousands, of noncombatants have been killed in the operations, a count the U.S. government disputes.

And that paragraph above is from the same motherfuckers who took the poll that says Americans love drones.

If you have a targeted assassination program it would seem to me that killing innocent people and killing the wrong people are big aspects of your killing.

But we don’t want to discuss that because it’s messy.

Incinerated children in a car messy.