Bannon is racist so how ’bout hedge fund billionaire Mercer who has funded him?

From Reuters here:

In recent days, Bannon had told friends he is worth tens of millions of dollars, is a worldwide leader in the populist-nationalist movement that propelled Trump to power, and could go back to Breitbart, which he refers to as a “killing machine”, or perhaps other endeavors financed by the family of hedge-fund tycoon Robert Mercer, his longtime ally.

It would seem more useful to go after billionaire racist Mercer who funds Republican races nationally than to pressure Spotify to take white supremacist music off their streaming service.

Mercer dumped lots of dough into Breitbart so he’s at the center of whipping up the racist bullshit.

Why don’t you haul this guy out of his hedge fund headquarters and drag him behind a pickup truck for a few miles.  Then you will have accomplished something.

 

Music for 8/18/17!!! Billy Raffoul, Sarah Jane Scouten, Kodak Black, American Wrecking Company

@@@ Billy Raffoul: Dark Four Door (Interscope, 2017)  Super dramatical white guy breathy folk (maybe rock if the tune explodes) that I got to via music biz honcho/quasi-big mouth, anti-artist music biz prognosticator Bob Lefsetz.  It’s a heartbreak tune and he’s got that gruff voice which is not an aesthetic choice but the huge reverb patch was a choice and a bad one as far as I’m concerned.  There’s gonna be no big rock crescendo and personally I think he wore the vocal hook out too much.  Solid B.

@@@ Sarah Jane Scouten: When the Bloom Falls From the Rose (Light Organ, 2017)  Some old school heartbreak country off this week’s CFUV playlist email.  This first tune is cleanly arranged with slide guitar, hand shaker, background vocals, bass and drums.  The second tune is an uptempo rocker and she does as well with this as the slow burner.  I like Scouten’s singing she got flavor without going over the top.  I’m on the fourth tune and it’s the title track and I like it less than the opener.  I tend to like the darker roots/Americana music and the upbeat stuff doesn’t work great for me.  But if it works for you have at it.

@@@ Kodak Black: Project Baby 2 (Atlantic, 2017)  Off the front page of Apple Music.  I’ve never super loved the gangster rhymes with the orchestral arrangements.  Mr. Kodak has a solid flow on the mic and I dig the beats and the bass, but I don’t feel the piano and the string melodies.  Let’s peep more.  I like this second tune Change My Ways much more than the opener.  He’s still rocking a bit of the dramatic strings but it works better.  This third tune is the best of what I heard and it sports the line you ain’t got no cheese, bitch!

@@@ American Wrecking Company: Everything and Nothing (Pavement, 2017)  I got to this single via the music blog Indiepulse.  Imma guessing this is gonna be some shiny ass arena hard rock but you never know.  It’s opening up with a quasi-cinematic ambient intro but there it is, heavier than grunge but more mainstream than the full rank anti-social melted shit.  It’s Pantera-y though the singer sounds a bit constipated and the guitars are a bit high in the mix for my taste.

YTD recordings listened to: 537
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 289
Not good music: 224

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

With Bannon gone, Trump/Repubs can focus on huge ass tax cut for rich asses!

From CNBC here:

But despite distancing themselves from the president, many Republicans still want to see tax reform enacted. “There’s a lot of agreement on the need for tax reform, and so this is still doable,” Fagen said, “although certainly it’s gotten much more difficult” because of “the infighting in the West Wing [and] the events at Charlottesville.”

I know when I feel bummed out about America and think about how things might be better for normal Americans I usually end up in one place:

Hey, cut taxes for rich fuckers, that will really help my shit out.  Don’t give me affordable great healthcare, don’t stop these endless wars, cut taxes on people who don’t give a shit about me or my family and I will be thrilled!

Goldman Vampire Cohn went for the gold ring and got a foul bag of shit!

From Reuters here:

WASHINGTON (Reuters Breakingviews) – Gary Cohn is facing the most difficult investment dilemma of his career. The former Goldman Sachs president helped steer the bank to safety during the financial crisis. Now he’s under pressure to abandon President Donald Trump, whom he serves as chief economic advisor. Remaining could hurt his reputation, but he’s been a moderating influence on trade and he’s also a point man on tax reform. Losing his Wall Street savvy would further damage the White House – and the country.

I can’t say I have much sympathy but he knew the risk this could all turn to shit when he signed up to sail on the HMS Trump.

This once again shows that even the richest, most ambitious people make enormous mistakes.

El Trumpo takes a losing stand and wears it like a crown!

From the New York Times:

Trump says it is ‘foolish’ to remove Civil War statues

This motherfucker is like the captain of the Titanic.  I understand he wants to represent the people who put him in office (though I don’t think anybody knows how many people vote on these types of issues) but it is his sheer refusal to ever give an inch no matter how much it destroys his political future that is really noteworthy.

Of all the issues to go to the mat for a bunch of fucking statues.  They are racist symbols and they should come down but his inability to step back and ask himself if this is at the core of his Presidency.

It’s impossible to tell if this issue really matters to him or if he’s unable to ever concede anything.

It’s really spectacular self-destruction as there aren’t enough white supremacists to return him for a second term.

Music for 8/16/17!!! American Lips, Soft Dov, Bleachers, Marshmello

@@@ American Lips: Kiss the Void (Ancient Fashion, 2017)  Elvis Costello type New Wave punk I got to via this week’s CFUV playlist email.  These guys have a nerdy angular thread but they have solid brisk energy with catchy vocal melodies.  I hate the term power pop or pop punk but this applies to the 10 songs here clocking in at 22 minutes.  A solid balance of sweetness to muscle and I will check the whole record when I have the time.

@@@ Soft Dov: Massacre Through Seduction (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions, 2017)  Some punk metal off this week’s CFUV email.  The singer is somewhere in the psych/hardcore area though he sings which is quite an occurrence these days in metal.  They have a spastic punky drummer but they’re classified as a metal band.  It’s loud, it’s aggressive, I won’t be a bitch about it.  I would use nihilistic Iggy Pop photo-punk as a touchstone for this record.  Check it out.

@@@  Bleachers: Gone Now (RCA,  2017)  Jack Antonoff’s side project.  He writes tunes for a lot of headline empty head singers.  This is supposed to be an ode to American suburban rock and this first tune is inspired by Bruce Springsteen.  It sports earnest vocals and a long rock build.  However, the rocking is extremely flaccid.  I mean flaccid enough that some Cialis should be sprinkled over this track to firm it up.  All cheese, no angst.  The second tune is blue eyed soul track and I’m not sure who inspired it.  Oh shit, he’s trying to rock a Prince 1999 vibe.  I’m sorry but this is a war crime!!  Fucking shameful pimp job.  I had to hit the stop button I can’t abide by this music as it is a shameful bite job and poorly done at that.  Check out the Prince clone below.

@@@ Marshmallo: Science (RCA, 2017)  A mellow, quasi-loverboy mainstream r&b single off the Apple Music best of the week.  Oh wait take that back as he gets medium EDM funk on after the intro.  I can’t tell if he’s singing ‘I found peace in your body’ or ‘I found peace in the violence’  Maybe because dude is wearing that giant marshmallow helmet/mask/hat.  Yo take that shit off in the studio so I can hear what you’re on about.  The sounds are fairly bittersweet for a mainstream tune.  Usually it’s bubble gum and Xanax for all those involved but he’s trying for something else here.  I thought the word salad quotient was pretty high, I’m really not sure what this is about.

YTD recordings listened to: 533
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 287
Not good music: 222

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

Who the fuck is the alt-left?

From the Daily Beast here:

President Donald Trump on Tuesday blamed the “alt left” for inciting violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday that he said led James Fields to “murder” a protester. “You had a group on one side and you had a group on the other and they came at each other with clubs and it was vicious and it was horrible and it was a horrible thing to watch. But there is another side,” Trump said, adding there were “very fine people on both sides” of the demonstrations.

You have to give piece of shit Trump some props here.  He absolutely refuses to ever admit that he’s wrong and he will circle back and continue to dig his own grave over and over and over.

I don’t know of any alt-left.  Is he talking about antifa groups or black bloc violent socialists?  If he’s so big into the facts he can and should name names.  I haven’t heard anyone say either one of those groups was there.

I think it’s a little problematic for tens of millions of Americans for him to say there were ‘very fine people on both sides’ of the demonstrations.

He should just put a white hood on and go blow a klansman if he feels that way.

I was going to type that the asshole side of Trump’s personality is relentless but then I thought there is no other side.  Sometimes he’s a flattering bitch so I guess he’s either a flattering bitch or relentlessly committed asshole.

You would think if President PeeNutz ever wanted to accomplish anything he would maybe pick and choose the places where he’s such a complete asshole, but I’m not holding my breath.

I guess he’s powerless, he can’t help hisself.