Music for 11/12/18!!! Kelly Clarkson, Pierre Akendengue

@@@ Kelly Clarkson: Never Enough (Atlantic, 2018) A monster shot of mainstream sonic cheese from the Greatest Showman Reimagined sountrack. I have no clue why the Greatest Showman was reimagined but these decisions are out of my hands. Unfortunately. The shine of a thousands spotlights will never be enough, other stuff will never be enough, never enough, that’s the hook people. When she hits the chorus it’s full throated Cheez Whiz. I know we’re all on the same side but I don’t understand how this infantilizing, arena pop actually effects people at an emotional level. To my ears it sounds ridiculously plastic. That’s just me and folks is free to enjoy their shit as they see fit but be careful, too much cheese can kill your ass, you dig?

@@@ PIERRE AKENDENGUE: La Couleur De L’Afrique (Lusafrica, 2018) Switching gears bigly, here we have an EP of African music that I found this week’s WRIR playlist email. The first tune kicks out a mellow laidback vibe with a simple drum beat and accompanying hand drumming. The twist here lies in the string arrangement, but otherwise it’s pretty familiar. It’s a nice track that builds to a big swell in the chorus before dying back down in the verse. The production here is very clean and shall we say arch? I like the grittier sounding African music — that’s my preference. I don’t have anything against this music and its sound though I prefer a stronger swing. If I wanted the soaring music I could always cut myself a big ass slice of Kelly Clarkson cheese. This record undoubtedly surpasses the Greatest Showman soundtrack but they’re not completely unrelated.

YTD recordings listened to: 635
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 343
Not good music: 254

Best: 11
Honorable Mentions: 8

Possibles: Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, Slidhr, The Chewers, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Lozen, Erase Errata, Mastery, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Janelle Monae, Luther Dickinson, Graeme Barrett, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Cavanaugh, 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, A Tribe Called Quest, Noname, Gouge Away, Klara Lewis, Krullur, The Lowest Form, Hard Proof, Yotoco, Jungle Fire, Sandoz, Oddisee, RAM, Fiver, Succumb Succumb, Gloom, Priests, Propaganda, This is the Kit, Roberto Gonzalez, Integrity, Tuba Skinny, The Expanders, Converge, Open Mike Eagle, Criolo, Billy Strings, Flowers of Sulphur, Tal National, Portal, Hernan Sama & Marcelo von Schultz, Lawaii, Etran De L’Air, Ruby Karinto, Elysia Crampton, Parquet Courts, Orlando Lopez, Moskus, Kendl Winter, Tkay Maidza, Marianne Faithfull

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This is how white folks fuck with black folks!

Headline from the Daily Beast:

‘If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row,’ Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith said, in a video that went viral Sunday.

She didn’t use the word lynching but the vast majority of public hangings in America’s history have been of black folks by white folks.

So she can fucking weasel out of this statement by saying she didn’t mean to say anything about lynchings (which are awful she would probably falsely proclaim) but she’s dog whistling to racist ass voters out there in America that this person she is endorsing with this ridiculous statement is their kind of politician.

Fuck this lady, I hope she has an awful health emergency and dies.  If it was a public hanging of her racist ass, I might go.

Otherwise I’m not a fan of public hangings.

When you support the troops on Veteran’s Day are you supporting the mission?

While I respect the men and women who are in the American military I do not agree with many of the missions.

I did not support the Iraq war.

I do not support special forces missions all over the Africa and the Middle East.

I do not support what happened in Vietnam.

I do not support the drone program but I have nothing against the people who operate it.  Personally I couldn’t be a joystick killer but I’m not judging.

I also take issue with the fact that everything the American military does makes us safe.  This is an extremely debatable point which we will not debate here on Veteran’s Day and those in charge will never debate.

Much of what the American military does on behalf of its politicians supposedly on behalf of the people makes us less safe.  Drones in particular, but other activities as well.

In my world view it’s good to be smart and kind.  There are many warmongers among us who will use soldiers and their deaths to further their own military adventures (don’t let them die in vain we must continue the mission) and that is not smart and certainly is not kind to those people who pay the ultimate price.

Happy Veteran’s Day.

The Democratic Party’s first order of business — not the people, certainly not immigrant people!

From Reuters:

Democrats to investigate whether Trump administration sought to punish AT&T, Amazon

Of all the things Nancy Pelosi and her folks could have started with as majority House of Representatives, rushing to the aid of corporate behemoths AT&T and Amazon is not what most voters had in mind.

It’s the same as when Mr. Hope and Change Obama picked Big Joe Biden as his VP — some big things are said during elections that aren’t followed up on at all.

Poor Jeff Bezos and his empire — he must be protected first!

Corporate America taking your wages and investing in robots to replace you!

From CNBC here:

Large companies actually cut back on bonuses in 2018 and plan to do so even more next year, according to new data from Aon, an insurance broker. (It surveyed 1,000 businesses with 5,000 or more employees.)

“It’s particularly startling in light of the fact that the economy is strong and company performance is very good,” said Ken Abosch, broad-based compensation leader at Aon.

It’s not startling, it’s business as usual.

The goal is not to pay you and not to make you prosperous.

The goal is to make as much money for shareholders as possible and pay it out to them in increased share price or via dividends.

I don’t know why any American with half a god damn brain would be surprised that wages aren’t growing.

It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.

Wall Street would prefer you not to get paid. Ever. Always less or not at all.

From Reuters here:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. companies are warning about rising wages eating into profit margins, increasing investor worries that next year’s expected drop in profit growth may be sharper than feared.

Rising wages eating into profits the way ebola eats human flesh!!!

The hilarious part of this fear is that investors and folks on Wall Street will take every fucking opportunity to pay themselves out the ass.  No cheddar goes unlocked down there but you, you working at Wal-Mart or Target or fucking Family Dollar, you shouldn’t get $12 an hour, you should get $10 or less.

Different rules for different players, that’s how this game is being played.

President Skidmark sought help from Pecker re: his pecker — who’s on first?

From NBC News here:

President Donald Trump personally asked the publisher of the National Enquirer, his longtime friend David Pecker, to help his presidential campaign by silencing women who might come forward with details of his sexual relationships with them, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

It appears Pecker could not rise to the occasion re: Trump’s pecker problems.

Now Trumpy has a peck of problems for sure.

It’s a fucking shame, really.