John McCain Believes in Deragulation! John McCain Believes in Regulation!
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Sarah Palin gets formally blessed against "witchcraft".
Been listening to Suicide again this fall and decided to repost this from my Fall Music Blog of two years ago (click the headline if you wanna revisit the original post):
Suicide -- Self-titled and Ghost Riders
I've been hearing whispers about Suicide for a long time; adjectives like "influential," "underrated," "difficult" get bandied around quite a bit. Curious, I picked up Ghost Riders first, not knowing it was a live album. Still, it hooked me in and compelled me to dig up more of their stuff and read up on the band.
This decidedly unorthodox New York duo cut their teeth for most of the 1970s before finally releasing their first album in '77. As "punk" as anything else out there, Suicide eschew volume, noise and bombast in favor of cheap-sounding synth-drum loops and super-repetitive, eerily subdued electric keyboard patterns. Over this hypnotic sonic foundation (provided by Martin Rev), vocalist Alan Vega unleashes streams of harrowing verbiage and primal scream therapy. Vega's tortured narratives are as evocative of pre-80s New York as anything by Lou Reed, I'd wager. Check out "Frankie Teardrop" -- yikes.
Suicide's first two albums (both eponymous, as far as I can tell) are packaged on a single compact disc. The first one is better, in my opinion; the band's nightmare evocation of urban decay is best viewed under the harsh white light of a naked bulb, and the debut is as stark and raw and unadorned as can be. But the second album, produced by Ric Ocasek, oddly sounds, in some ways, more bizarre than the first. More conventional-sounding (although nowhere near commercial), Ocasek's production job couches Suicide's desperate worldview in smoothe, schmaltzy, chintzy sonics. It is so weird. In some ways it's more subversive -- halfway between pleasant and unbearable. I still haven't got my head around it but it's fascinating to hear.
The live disc Ghost Riders captures a live performance from 1981 (originally released on cassette-only ROIR) and gets much closer to the vibe of that unsettling debut. I can't imagine how confused the audiences must have been...
By Tim Wise. Click the headline.
The legendary Pink Floyd keyboardist died today.
Rick and his band have made an incalculable impact on modern music (I for one was changed forever by The Wall). Seminal Pink Floyd releases like Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here set a high water mark for what could be achieved in a rock album, paving the way for countless bands (including Radiohead, The Cure, etc).
Click the headline for the story.
After five years in Iraq, we have already killed over 93,000 of that country's civilians.
While the McCain campaign kicks up alotta dust over pigs and lipstick (side note: McCain himself used the "lipstick on a pig" analogy as recently as a few months ago -- in reference to Hillary's health care proposal, no less! -- AND his former press secretary, Torie Clarke, wrote a damn book called Lipstick on a Pig. Get your own copy here: http://www.amazon.com/Lipstick-Pig-Winning-No-Spin-Someone/dp/0743271165/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1221154270&sr=1-1),
Here's what the elaborate smokescreen is supposed to keep you from noticing:
Click the headline for more McCain "straight talk".
By Matthew Schneeberger. Click the headline.
Click the headline for an excellent Paul Krugman piece on the Republicans' uncanny ability to fabricate enmity and resentment toward progressives -- and instill it in the voting public.
McCain and his far-right cronies are getting more cynical, more out of touch and more nutty by the day, are they not?
I thought this was an interesting article. Click the headline.
God bless Jon Stewart.
1. "Palin: Iraq war 'a task that is from God'," Associated Press, September 3, 2008
2. "Palin wasn't 'really focused much' on the Iraq war," ThinkProgress, August 30, 2008
3. "The Sarah Palin Digest," ThinkProgress, September 4, 2008
4. "McCain and Palin differ on issues," Associated Press, September 3, 2008
6. The Sarah Palin Digest," ThinkProgress, September 4, 2008
9. "Mayor Palin: A Rough Record," Time, September 2, 2008
10. The Sarah Palin Digest," ThinkProgress, September 4, 2008
I'm not sure if I'm one of those people who considers American elections to be empty, meaningless charades -- pointless formalities that merely keep a docile public thinking they've got some kind of control over their lives, as the same political players get shuffled around a little bit every four years or so while the richest one percent continue to run the USA from on high.