Sunday, August 29, 2010

Waiting For The Miracle

Something stupid came on TV yesterday. Here's the best quote from this witness:
It’s not, of course, that I wish to downplay the most World-Historical Significantest event in the history of doughy insane cable television lunatic hucksters yelping soppy tedious halfwit whiny bullshit to morons. Gosh no. It was as momentously momentous and miraculously marvelous as advertised, I’m sure. But I had other, better things to do, like sort socks and check to see if the paint was drying properly.
Well, OK, not so much a witness, maybe.

Being morbidly curious, we did watch some of it. The gist seemed to be that God is good, Martin Luther King was good but his legacy has been hijacked by people who just talk about racism all the time and aren't even white, we are threatened by some horrific vague threat that threatens us, and while we're full of love and goodwill, you'd better get off America's lawn. Davis was wondering what sort of elaborately staged "miracle" was going to occur, but the only miracle turned out to be the lovely new suit the emperor was wearing, which can only be seen by the people that count. Perhaps the miracle was the way the hate speech was kept on the down-low this time around.

I do remember the anti-war demonstrations of 2003, which drew millions across the country and around the world, but somehow were just not newsworthy enough to rate a place on our teevees, unlike yesterday's Burning Man For Dummies event. Must be that liberal media bias again.

UPDATE: The very thoughtful and valuable Mahablog offers an analysis with a little less snark and a little more wisdom, as usual.

SON OF UPDATE: The inimitable Doghouse Riley volunteers some very badly needed perspective.

Saturday, August 28, 2010


I have recently been hit with a misdemeanor charge for "Failure To Blog" by the authorities. My alibi: Facebook has eaten my brain. Will resume regular posting as the novelty wears off.

Sort of on topic: the Club Mekon mailing list is putting together their second Mekons tribute compilation. (The first, I Have Been To Harehills And Back, included the first release of the Content Providers' take on "Sometimes I Feel Like Fletcher Christian") In a tribute to the aforementioned brain-eating, time-sucking social media website, our ever-waggish UK comrades on the list have given the upcoming compilation the title ARSEBOOK. All potential proceeds will go to Amnesty International, who can always use more support for their good work. The Granite Countertops will contribute a cover of "Hard To Be Human" that will surprise you.

In other Ear Candle news, our former housemate and Content Providers lead guitarist Glenn Stevens visited from Qatar with his wife and two-year-old daughter and by the time they left, we had the seeds of five more new Experimental Bunnies tracks. Some of these should show up on the new album, due by the end of this year. We are busy!

Monday, August 16, 2010

As long as these corporate shenanigans continue to occur, it's better to buy your cheap underwear somewhere else

Civil disobedience through silly show tunes! Now that oversized puppets are becoming played out, there is a new demo frontier to be explored.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Two hot chicks debate the existence of God and the value of secular humanism

This video is 100% guaranteed to pass the Bechdel test.

(Music: "We're Only Lost When We Stop Exploring" by the Experimental Bunnies and "Neroli" by Brian Eno, both playing at the same time.)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Ear Candle Radio's Top 20: July 2010

1. Leonard Cohen - One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong - Songs of Leonard Cohen
2. Kaki King - Kewpie Station - Everybody Loves You
3. The Controllers - Electric Church - Tooth And Nail Comp.
4. Society of Rockets - Try Now Why Not - Future Factory
5. Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - Crystal Illusions - Crystal Illusions
6. Killdozer - The Pig Was Cool - Uncompromising War on Art Under the Dictatorship of the Proletariat
7. Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band - Turkeys - Let's Make Up And Be Friendly
8. X - See How We Are - See How We Are
9. The Soft Machine - Love Makes Sweet Music - Out-Bloody-Rageous - An Anthology: 1967-1973
10. The Who - Dogs - 30 Years Of Maximum R&B
11. CAN - Yoo Doo Right - Monster Movie
12. King Tommy's Velvet Runway - Black Treacle Oil - Dance On The Volcano
13. Ken Nordine - Reaching into In - The Best of Word Jazz, Vol. 1
14. Gil Scott-Heron - ...And Then He Wrote Meditations - Free Will
15. Sandie Shaw - Hand In Glove - Hand in Glove 12"
16. Vivian Stanshall - Strange Tongues - Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead
17. Russell Kirk - Novus - Black & White
18. Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard - Mini-Theme: Moocher From The Future - 'Em Are I
19. Consider The Source - Patterns - Esperanto
20. Arthur Lee - Everybody's Gotta Live - Vindicator