Music for 12/6/16!!! Meshuggah, High Spirits, Khemmis, Psalm Zero

@@@ Meshuggah: The Violent Sleep of Reason (Nuclear Blast, 2016). We gotta counteract all that soft NPR style music I’ve been peeping on Ted Gioia’s best of 2016. This record is #2 on Pop Matters best of metal for 2016 and this first tune is kachunking on steroids. There are also melodic guitar parts and the singer is post-hardcore pissed but not quite full Neanderthal. I guess these guys are longstanding metal giants and I must say they’re impressively rough working the metal sounds with creativity and urgency. They get into some unusual rhythmic bouncing about. Check this out if you’re up for a few shots to the dome.

@@@ High Spirits: Motivator (High Spirits, 2016) An ’80s throwback metal record before metal went full meltdown snarl. I’m not a huge fan of the ’80s metal but this is pretty solid shit. Let’s peep a bit more. This isn’t really my style but it’s well done. Something about these epic, operatic old school singers really bothers me but the drumming and the guitar playing are tighter than a nun’s pussy. I was trying to weave a Trump/President GropeNutz reference in here with the nun’s pussy reference but I couldn’t make it work. I have nothing either for or against tight nun pussy, I just want to make that clear. I’m sure Trump loves tight nun pussy and would just grab it! If only someone would grab that dickface by that hall of fame combover and toss him back to whatever sewer he crawled out of.

@@@ Khemmis: Hunted (20 Buck Spin, 2016) I got this record from the same Pop Matters best metal of 2016 and this record is blurbed as fuzz infest doom riffs, which sounds a bit like a cereal. Little fuzzy riffs, soy milk, blueberries, pow! They do sport an impressively scuzzy guitar sound but a sort of regal singer, a real Knights of the round table kinda fella. This is some hydroponic metal for fussy fuzz lovers. As I said in a previous pocket review these regal, quasi-operatic singers are a stretch for me. Big stretch. Khemmis sounds like it would be a great name for a non-garbanzo based, Monsanto engineered form of hummus. A little Roundup, some tahini, and some pulverized….you fill in the blank.

@@@ Psalm Zero: Stranger to Violence (Profound Lore, 2016). Another record off Pop Matters best metal of 2016. This first tune (clipped below) is a proggy, indie, epic heavy affair. It’s more like Styx than Converge. Again the singer is a problem for me — literate lyrics, portentous tone of voice. The guitars are growly and mostly polite and there are full synth parts to these tunes. Really not my style, but it’s not for me to say what other folks should listen to.

YTD recordings listened to: 958
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 535
Not good music: 363

Buys: 19
Honorable Mentions: 21

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, 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, Divanhana, Moken, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Joe Sticky, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Acid Arab, Bonga, A Tribe Called Quest

Pentagon waste kills more Americans than terrorism!

From CNBC here:

A Defense Department study that proposed cutting $125 billion in administrative waste from the Pentagon budget was buried amid concerns the findings would give Congress an excuse to further slash defense spending, the Washington Post reported on Monday.

The report, issued in January 2015, identified a “clear path” for the Pentagon to save $125 billion over five years by streamlining the bureaucracy through attrition and early retirements, curtailing the use of contractors and making better use of information technology, the Post said.

$125 billion is a lot of health care for a lot of people who don’t currently have it and a lot of those people will live shorter, lower quality lives because that money has been diverted into the military industrial profit gouging.

Of course, giving a lot of brown and non-white Americans health care is not nearly as exciting as blasting brown people with drones and bombs in Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, etc.

So Obama can’t pardon Snowden?

From here:

Article II, Section 2 of the United States Constitution says that the President “shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment.” Allow me to quote from that earlier post:

The President’s pardoning power is absolute. Pardoning decisions are not subject to judicial review, nor can any individual pardon be overturned by an act of Congress. The pardoning power’s also unlimited as to offenses against the United States, so in theory, at least as a matter of law, a President could pardon someone for committing any offense against the United States.

So when Obama says that Snowden has to come back and appear in a court of law before he can consider a pardon, he’s full of shit and he knows it because he was a constitutional law scholar.

This is the side of Obama’s personality I will not miss at all.

So the terrified cop killing unarmed African American men still works

From CBS News here:

Slager took the stand and testified that Scott wrestled with him and grabbed his Taser and came at him with it. He said he was in “total fear” at the time he fired his gun.

“At that point I pulled my firearm and pulled the trigger,” he testified. “I fired until the threat was stopped as I was trained to do.”

R.I.P. Walter Scott, killed for no reason.

My condolences to his family and this is not justice.

Music for 12/5/16!!! Sierra Hull, Laura Mvula, Tkettle, AJ Tracey

@@@ Sierra Hull: Weighted Mind (Rounder, 2016).  Progressive bluegrass off Ted Gioia’s best of 2016 list.  I’m digging the opening tune with the plinky banjo working with and against the long upright bass tones.  Sweet.  Err, I dig the playing more than the lyrics, let’s peep more.  I’m on the fourth tune and I stick with that opinion, great playing lyrics less so.

@@@ Laura Mvula: The Dreaming Room (Sony, 2016)  Some art pop that occupies the #27 slot on Mr. Gioia’s best of 2016 list.  A little ethnic percussion on this opening tune and a lot of reverb.  After that ambient intor we get into an orchestral pop tune featuring Nile Rodgers on guitar.  The production is immaculate and the layering is impressive.  Think a Peter Gabriel world pop approach with less muscle and more New Age-y lyrics.

@@@ Tkettle: Electric Beanstalk (Kettle, 2016).  I’m about a third of the way through picking through music writer Ted Gioia’s best of 2016 list.  Thus far I’ve discovered one honorable mention record among his 200 picks.  This is a bluegrass record with electronica production and thus far I like it.  It sounds pretty looped to me and it’s got some nice chopped moments and other electronica flourishes I don’t love.   This is one of those records where I enjoy the concept more than I enjoy the actual music produced.  An A for getting your freak on.

@@@ Lil Tracey: Pasta (My Team Paid, 2016).  This tune is off the Apple Music hot tracks section — it’s fronted by a British gangsta MC.  It’s interesting to hear the high English accent over the classic skitter beats.  I’m not sure how or why he called this tune pasta.  Let me consult the urban dictionary, maybe pasta is another word for pussy or smoking weed.  And we’re back.  So one of the many slang meanings for pasta is sex (more than fondling) so there you go.  I don’t know regular listeners checked out that mainstream hip hop tune ‘Broccoli’ by Baby D.R.A.M., it was one of my favorite tunes this summer.  He should get together with Mr. Tracey and they could get some broccoli and pasta going.  Broccoli, of course, slang for smoking weed.  Go Trump!  Random shit, I fucking hate Trump.

YTD recordings listened to: 954
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 533
Not good music: 361

Buys: 18
Honorable Mentions: 21

Possibles: Chris McGregor, Dave Arner Trio, Zomby, Retox, Defeater, Jonwayne, Okkyung Lee, The Ballantynes, Slidhr, The Chewers, Toxic Holocaust, Susie Iberra/Roberto Rodriguez, Lenguas Largas, The Coral, T.O.M.B., Fofoulah, 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, Divanhana, Moken, Brian Eno, Juan Atkins, Drone, Lantern, Twin Peaks, Djelimady Tounkara, Miramar, The Oh Sees, Denny Zeitlin, MILF, Joe Sticky, Unfun, De La Soul, Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes, Magrudergrind, Solange, Acid Arab, Bonga, A Tribe Called Quest

Pro-DAPL pipeline folks issuing forth horseshit!

From CNBC here:

North Dakota’s leaders criticized the decision, with Gov. Jack Dalrymple calling it a “serious mistake” that “prolongs the dangerous situation” of having several hundred protesters who are camped out on federal land during cold, wintry weather. U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer said it’s a “very chilling signal” for the future of infrastructure in the United States.

It’s not worth the time and energy to dispute these bullshit pro-pipeline nuggets.  People are out in the cold for a reason, to protest this fucking pipeline.

Two, you can take your ‘very chilling signal’ and shove it up your ass.  People increasingly want this carbon to stay in the ground — obviously pro-pipeline money pigs don’t want that at all.

Dems are kinda progressive until it comes to a Muslim head of DNC

From the Intercept here:

Ever since he announced his candidacy to lead the Democratic National Committee, Keith Ellison, the first American Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress, has been the target of a defamation campaign that is deceitful, repugnant, and yet quite predictable. At first expressed in whispers, but now being yelled from the rooftops by some of the party’s most influential figures, Ellison is being smeared as both an anti-Semite and enemy of Israel — the same smears virtually any critic of the Israeli government reflexively encounters, rendered far worse if the critic is a prominent American Muslim.

One thing we know: the Democratic Party really knows what it’s doing!  They did a fucking great job in this past Presidential election and they really seem to be in touch with their voters.  It’s quite impressive.

I like everything I read about Mr. Ellison, he sounds like a fired up person who wants to bring some life into a piece of shit political party, but the fact the Democratic establishment does not want him is even more compelling.