Music for 8/20/17!!! Susanne Sundfor, Rafiki Jazz, Pablo Moses

@@@ Susanne Sundfor: Undercover (Bella Union, 2017)  Piano singer/songwriter from an upcoming full length.  I got to this from a Line of Best Fit email so the publicity machine is getting some ‘buzz’ ahead of the full length.  This is between the slight roughness of Regina Spector and the abstraction of Fiona Apple with a pube of Beyonce oversinging.  It’s not solo piano but it’s not full band.  Oh she’s peaking around 3 minutes and it’s a cheesy female multilayered vocal comet shooting across the stereo field.  I think I felt like I had a vagina for just a minute, that’s so great.

@@@ Rafiki Jazz: Har Dam Sahara (Riverboat Records, 2017)  Mellow string playing and a pretty epic female African singer on the opening track of this record that I got to via the WRIR weekly playlist email.  The second track brings in the band but it’s still pretty mellow with hand drum playing and the string playing tight and all right but not rocking.

@@@ Pablo Moses: The Itinuation (Grounded Music, 2017)  The full roots reggae explosion on this record I got to via WRIR.  Mad conscious lyrics with a singer that sounds a lot like the singer from Burning Spear.  Oy, I’m spacing on his name.  Full horn section, percussion, female background singers.  I think I prefer the sound and the roughness of the old school roots reggae but this is a heartfelt effort and if you prefer the more polished modern roots sound this will work great for you.

YTD recordings listened to: 540
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 291
Not good music: 225

Buys: 8
Honorable Mentions: 6

Possibles: Chris McGregor, 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

Incompetent NFL honcho/scumbag Goodell fails upwards!

From NBC News:

Roger Goodell is reportedly close to a new deal, which he would give him more power in dealing with both the NFLPA and team owners.

Is there an American corporate executive that has screwed the pooch more than Roger Goodell?

Sure he makes money for the scumbag NFL owners but he has brought the NFL’s reputation right into the toilet and will help destroy the game in the long term.

Vampire Mnuchin’s arrogant brand of lying

From Reuters here:

Mnuchin, who is Jewish, added: “While I find it hard to believe I should have to defend myself on this, or the president, I feel compelled to let you know that the president in no way, shape or form, believes that neo-Nazi and other hate groups who endorse violence are equivalent to groups that demonstrate in peaceful and lawful ways.”

Oh, he doesn’t feel he has to defend himself or President PeeNutz!

This Mnuchin dude is a lying piece of shit, really.

Trump said there are great people on both sides of the demonstration in Charlottesville.  He was comparing both sides involved in the conflict and then said they were both great!

That’s calling them equivalent, you fuck.

You lying fuck.

Quote of the day!

From Ian Welsh here:

Protecting the rights of people you hate is the price of protecting your own rights. If you take rights from Nazis, you will be taking them from yourself.

Snatching domain names from Nazi websites can be done to Black Lives Matter websites.  Or socialist websites.

Same with banning the right to march if that happens.

In a lot of this indignation at a bunch of racist peckerheads chanting ill shit and carrying tiki torches people don’t seem to recognize that they are making these groups same way more powerful than they are by freaking out.

This is exactly what happened with the rise of ISIS.  ISIS was considered to be 20-30,000 shitbirds in the desert and it is portrayed as the end of Western civilization as we know it.

Protest racist NFL owners and neo-Nazis!

Who has more power?  The 32 NFL billionaire owners or 6,000 neo-Nazis carrying tiki torches through the street.

The NFL is interwoven with network television, large corporate advertising, and racial politics.  And as of the time of this post they have collectively blackballed Colin Kaepernick because he dares to protest police brutality.

This could change really quickly if football fans decided to boycott the game of football until somebody hires Kaepernick.

NFL owners have denied the right to work to a qualified worker for racist reasons.  This situation is just as relevant if not more relevant than a bunch of statues which should come down.

Treasury Sec. Mnuchin way iller bitch than Bannon! #financialpredator

From CNN:

Over 300 of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s former Yale University classmates have signed a letter urging him to resign in response to President Donald Trump’s comments on Charlottesville.

He won’t resign he’s making his friends rich!

This is a special kind of asshole, Steven Mnuchin, formerly of Goldman Sachs, the Wall St. bank/cult.  There are not ethics involved here, there is only money.

If it makes money great, if it doesn’t make money it’s no good.  That’s it, there’s nothing else to this gaping asshole.

Huge respect to white NFL-er Jason Britt!

From the Guardian here:

Bennett started his protest last week, continuing the movement initiated by Colin Kaepernick to bring attention to racial injustice in America. Bennett later said that the protest would be more effective if a white NFL player joined in. On Friday before the Seahawks’ preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings, his hope was partially fulfilled when his white team-mate Justin Britt stood next to him with his arm on Bennett’s shoulder. Afterward the two hugged.

“I want to support him,” Britt said after the game. “I want to support what he stands for and his beliefs. I’m not foolish. I’m from Missouri. I get that things are different in that area than they are in some other areas. I’m not against what the flag means and veterans. My dad was in the army. So I’m not putting any disrespect to them. I’m just trying to understand the issues, trying to educate myself more in that regard and showing support.

And I’m going to continue to understand what’s going on in the world and why it’s happening. Because none of it’s right. None of it’s what should be happening. I’m going to continue talking with Mike and exploring and just helping myself understand things. I wanted to take a first step tonight. And that’s what I felt like I did.”

Sometimes good shit happens and this is good shit.  More white football players should stand with these black players who pay a real price for taking a stand on this issue.