Ah yes, the roll over and wag your tail U.S. media

From here:

Politico’s White House Correspondent Mike Allen gave a “my bad” today in response to how he tried to score an interview with Chelsea Clinton by promising a “relaxed” and “no-risk” discussion with pre-arranged questions.

Allen was taken to task by Gawker last week, after a Freedom of Information Act request turned up a series of emails from Philippe Reines, an employee of the State Department under Hillary Clinton. Allen said in his emails that he and Reines would “agree on [questions] precisely in advance,” and that the Chelsea Clinton could pick whatever subject she wanted to talk about.

Nothing to see here folks, just your standard American political theater.

No messy questions, no busting balls, let’s leave that to Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden.

11/30/15: Erykah Badu, Sunflower Bean, Givers, Randy Valentine

@@@ Erykah Badu: But You Can’t Use My Phone (Motown, 2015).  Some intimate, chill hippie hop I got to after seeing the single on Apple Music.  The sounds are ridiculous, I don’t love Andre’ 3000’s rhymes, and she bites a melody from back in the day.  Now I’m gonna head back to the beginning of the record as the single Hello is the last track on the record.  This first tune opens up trippy and I could use some beats.  I skipped ahead as it was boring.  The second tune opens up less trippy and more chill with some laid-back organ, simple strummed acoustic and a simple rimshot beat.  I like this track, the arrangement is stylish.

@@@ Sunflower Bean: Human Ceremony (Fat Possum, 2015).  A retro ’90s indie guitar tune off an upcoming full length platter.  Nice buzzy guitars in the chorus and a dreamy female at the center of the verses.  A variant on the classic coil in the verse and explode in the chorus made famous by Mr. Cobain.  It’s a nice hook but I’m feeling a little beat over the head with it.  You may be dying to be whipped around the neck and shoulders with this hook.  Off the Apple Music indie highlights section.

@@@ Givers: New Kingdom (Glassnote, 2015).  More indie cuz I just can’t get enough of the hipster white boys.  After a little electro intro we get into the second track Bermuda.  A lot of ’80s influences with big stacks of vocals over the top.  Big Peter Gabriel drum rolls, some Simple Minds and a lot of other ’80s band sprinkled up in heah.  The third tune picks up the tempo and I think they dusted off a mad old school drum machine for this record.   Not really my cup of tea and it’s off the Apple Music highlights.

@@@ Randy Valentine: Love Advocate (Maximum Sound, 2015).  A new reggae single off the Apple Music reggae section.  I’ve read there’s been a revival of roots reggae sounds and I hear some it going on here.  Tasty dub echoes, some pumping organ, and loverboy vocals.

YTD recordings listened to: 961
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 543
Not good music: 333

Honorable Mentions: 23
Buys: 13

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Arner Trio, 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, Mohamed Abozekry, Dawn Richard, Leo Welch, Mastery, Leviathan, Xibalba, Hartley C. White, Weed, Cold Water, Ellen Jewell, Akitsa, Richard Thompson, Jeremy Pinnell, Pat Thomas, Janelle Monae, The Alchemist, Luther Dickinson, Andra Day, Frog Eyes, Madd Again!, Fuck the Facts, Shannon and the Clams, Destruction Unit, Rim Kwaku Obeng, Graeme Barrett, Kowloon Walled City, Lionel Loueke, Fast Asleep, Goldlink, Noisem, Cavanaugh, Gentleman Surfer, Satoko Fuji, Tinariwen

Obama salutes Paris and then sends drones to Syria to uphold our values!

From the Guardian here:

Barack Obama has told crucial UN climate talks in Paris that the negotiations represent an act of defiance after the barbaric attacks in the city two weeks ago in which 130 people were killed.

Offering his condolences and pledging solidarity with the people of “this beautiful city” he said, “We have come to Paris to show our resolve … to protect our people, and to uphold the values that keep us strong and keep us free. We salute the people of Paris for insisting that this crucial conference will go on.”

What an absolute crock of shit.

Wow, the Chicago Police are full on!

From here:

CHICAGO – A Burger King manager who accuses Chicago police of erasing surveillance video in the case of a black teenager shot last year by a white officer says he has testified before a federal grand jury investigating the shooting.

Jay Darshane told the Chicago Tribune that the FBI also took the video recorder containing all of the restaurant’s surveillance images.

Yet another example of why African American folks don’t trust the police.  This is definitely not the first instance of erasing or editing video footage that does not reflect well on the po po.


2015 Honorable Mention Pick 23

Dief-Dieul De Thies: Aw Sa Yone Vol. 1 (Teranga Beat, 2015).

8 tunes, 80 minutes.  You know you’re in for some extended African jams with this record.

Instrumentation is drums, hand percussion, guitars, bass, vocals, and saxophone.  I think that’s pretty much it.

I love the singing, I like the guitar playing but the phased/chorused tone isn’t my favorite guitar sound, and I wish the drums/percussion were higher in the mix.

But outside of that it’s pretty monster playing that’s both mellow and intense at the same time.

The tune clipped below, the sixth one on the record, is one of my favorites.

And Uncle Sam is looking in the Terror Mirror realistically?

From here:

“There is a broad sense within Washington that Egypt isn’t viewing the terror threat that it faces realistically and therefore is unable to fight it effectively,” said Eric Trager, an expert on Egyptian politics at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

I don’t know if we should be calling the Egyptian kettle black as we’re not really tearing it up in the War on Terror.

We are launching a lot of missiles and airstrikes but methinks they’re making a bad situation worse.