[Hal] is a wonderful piece of work, its 11 songs managing that trick, shared by all great albums, of sounding individually distinct yet of a piece, like Revolver or Forever Changes. That’s not too strained a comparison, either: I’ve not heard another album in the past few years whose songs lodge so securely in the memory, one after another, a string of pop pearls that lightens one’s load and lifts one’s spirit.
SATURDAY APRIL 23rd @ CLUB EXIT
147 Greenpoint Ave @ Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Eric Gaffney & Jason Loewenstein (original members of Sebadoh)
Blood on the Wall
get there early, bands have to be over by midnight!
[ BLACK DICE ]
BLACK DICE, with acclaim ranging from such outlets as The New York Times to Frieze magazine, have been creating an international underground stir. Past performances at art spaces such as the Andrew Kreps Gallery and the Swiss Institute, align them with the New York art world. Notorious for their history of aggressive live performances that challenge sound barriers, their music has grown to a state of spatial complexity, creating a sea of electronic bass tones, altered vocals, percussion experimentation and abstract guitar drones. Black Dice has released records on DFA and Troubleman Unlimited records.
This cover is nothing short of hilarious:
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Matt Taibbi sums up Friedman’s new book perfectly in the coinciding article:
“Man flies on planes, observes the wonders of capitalism, says we’re not in Kansas anymore. (He actually says we’re not in Kansas anymore.) That’s the whole plot right there…… Friedman spends the rest of his huge book piling one insane image on top of the other, so that by the endand I’m not joking herewe are meant to understand that the flat world is a giant ice-cream sundae that is more beef than sizzle, in which everyone can fit his hose into his fire hydrant, and in which most but not all of us are covered with a mostly good special sauce.”
We’re glad to see Matt’s “infamous” Pope article hasn’t dulled his edge.
The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee delayed a vote on the nomination of John Bolton as U.N. ambassador after a Republican senator said he was not prepared to vote for him on Tuesday and cast the nomination in doubt.
“I’ve heard enough today that I don’t feel comfortable about voting for Mr. Bolton,” Ohio Sen. George Voinovich said, stunning fellow Republicans who were set to push the contentious nomination through the committee on a party-line vote.
[FROM Congressional Quarterly]
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) does not list right-wing domestic terrorists and terrorist groups on a document that appears to be an internal list of threats to the nation’s security.
According to the list – part of a draft planning document obtained by CQ Homeland Security – between now and 2011 DHS expects to contend primarily with adversaries such as al Qaeda and other foreign entities affiliated with the Islamic Jihad movement, as well as domestic radical Islamist groups.
It also lists left-wing domestic groups, such as the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF), as terrorist threats, but it does not mention anti-government groups, white supremacists and other radical right-wing movements, which have staged numerous terrorist attacks that have killed scores of Americans. Recent attacks on cars, businesses and property in Virginia, Oregon and California have been attributed to ELF.
The Nuge proves once again that his politics are as insanely bad as his music. Worst of all, we’re not gonna be welcome at his annual squirrel cook-off this summer. Sounds like it may be a bloodbath this year anyway.
[From AP] Speaking at the NRA’s annual convention Saturday, Nugent said each NRA member should try to enroll 10 new members over the next year and associate only with other members.
“Let’s next year sit here and say, ‘Holy smokes, the NRA has 40 million members now,'” he said. “No one is allowed at our barbecues unless they are an NRA member. Do that in your life.”
“Remember the Alamo! Shoot ’em!” he screamed to applause. “To show you how radical I am, I want carjackers dead. I want rapists dead. I want burglars dead. I want child molesters dead. I want the bad guys dead. No court case. No parole. No early release. I want ’em dead. Get a gun and when they attack you, shoot ’em.”
Ann Coulter made the cover of this week’s Time magazine. Here’s an except of Time’s jerkoff session:
“On TV or in person, you can trust that Coulter will speak from her heart. The officialdom of punditry, so full of phonies and dullards, would suffer without her humor and fire.”
Truth be told, we’d feel a lot better if this phony dullard would shut the fuck up for once. Here are some examples of her “humor and fire”:
“We should invade their [Middle Eastern] countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren’t punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities; we killed civilians. That’s war. And this is war.”
“I think we ought to nuke North Korea right now just to give the rest of the world a warning”
“Press passes can’t be that hard to come by if the White House allows that old Arab Helen Thomas [who is Lebanese] to sit within yards of the president.”
“God gave us the earth. We have dominion over the plants, the animals, the trees. God said, ‘Earth is yours. Take it. Rape it. It’s yours.”
“When contemplating college liberals, you really regret once again that John Walker is not getting the death penalty.We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed too. Otherwise they will turn out to be outright traitors.”
To a disabled Vietnam vet: “People like you caused us to lose that war.”
“I think there should be a literacy test and a poll tax for people to vote.”
“The presumption of innocence only means you don’t go right to jail.”
“I have to say I’m all for public flogging. One type of criminal that a public humiliation might work particularly well with are the juvenile delinquents, a lot of whom consider it a badge of honor to be sent to juvenile detention. And it might not be such a cool thing in the ‘hood to be flogged publicly.”
“[Anti-war Democrats] know that the American people support defending America, unlike them. Their real feelings are coming out as much as they can right now, which is that they’re desperately dying to provide aid and support to al-Qaeda.”
“Americans understand that Manhattan is the Soviet Union.”
“My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building.”
“Kwanzaa itself is a lunatic blend of schmaltzy ’60s rhetoric, black racism and Marxism. Indeed, the seven ‘principles’of Kwanzaa praise collectivism in every possible arena of life economics, work, personality, even litter removal.”
“Whether they are defending the Soviet Union or bleating for Saddam Hussein, liberals are always against America. They are either traitors or idiots, and on the matter of America’s self-preservation, the difference is irrelevant.”
Feel free to add your favorite Ann Coulter quotes in comments.