Monday, September 26, 2011

How could you ever want anything else?

The Angel Corpus Christi and Rich Stim X-tal project rolls on with this extremely trippy video for Happy Americans. Stoked and honored.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

How soon they forget

Their hack journalism helps you get your precious war, and this is the thanks they get?

Remember those wonderful days when a pack of aspiring war criminals pulled out all the stops to try to destroy people like Susan Sontag? On this tenth anniversary of the happiest day ever, they're at it again, except they are no longer mere "aspiring" war criminals and history has proven them dead wrong about everything. And that old liberal media will let them get away with it again in spite of it all if enough people don't push back.

Seriously folks, take some time out to rub their faces in just how out of touch they are. Lives still depend on it.

Meanwhile, Digby states the obvious, brilliantly.


Every time I see the phrase, "CNN/Tea Party Debate", I think the same thing. Thank you, liberal media!

Also worth noting. Like they care.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Inconvenient e-mails of the past

SEPT. 12, 2001
"They love explosions 'cause they never get burned."
X-tal, "Happy Americans"

Dear friends,
Back around 1985, at the height of the Reagan years and as the Hollywood action movie began to reach new heights of pyrotechnical fabulousness, I wrote the song quoted above. At the time, I meant to make a point about how easy it is for Americans to talk casually about bombing one country or another because for generations we have been fortunate enough to have been almost completely spared from the reality of war within our own borders. Now that we are still reeling from yesterday's events, I hope that one thing we take away from this awful experience is the inability to ever again see an explosion anywhere without wondering who was in it, what their lives were like, and who they left behind. If the anonymous delusional fascists who committed these crimes accomplished anything besides damaging the Bill of Rights and the Palestinian cause beyond recognition, I hope they have given us a vivid reminder that war is something more than cool special effects and flashing blips on a video screen.

I expect that the days and weeks ahead will be filled with much talk about how "we must now stand by our President". The biggest fear in my mind now is not of more evil airplane stunts, but of what our current illegitimate Republican junta and their Democratic lap dogs may do in order to convince the public that they are "doing something". At this point, our government has virtually been handed a blank check: our forces can attack any country anywhere and claim they are retaliating. If Bush had ever shown himself to be the least bit trustworthy at any time up to now, this prospect might not be quite so disturbing. I suggest we all keep our bullshit detectors cranked up to 11 at all times. The public's desire for justice and closure could allow us to take way too much for granted. Also, I wonder what sort of "anti-terrorist", "anti-sedition" legislation is even now working its way through Congress. In a time of emergency, we could be asked to support any number of draconian measures in the name of unity and security; don't be surprised if our freedom of speech is seriously curtailed. (Don't worry though, I'm sure that only truly "dangerous" speech will be threatened, i.e. anything that dissents against our leaders' agenda, like...oh...this e-mail I'm writing?) I hope I'm just being paranoid; we'll see how things unfold. My thoughts are with those grieving right now. Go easy on one another; we're all a little edgy this week.

Illegitimati non carborundum,
-J Neo Marvin

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Bein' all that they can be

Angel Corpus Christi and Rich Stim's X-tal covers project marches on. Nice one.

Happy Americans by mxrich

It's actually been quite a long time since I've sung this song. It seemed so tied to the patriotic rah-rah zeitgeist of the Reagan era (with a goodly dose of snark at cheesy 80s rock anthems thrown in) that it doesn't really seem to suit an age of angry birthers and teabaggers. The ignorance lives on, but that giddy euphoria has been replaced by an ocean of butthurt. On the other hand, since the lonesome death of St. Ronnie, there's been no shortage of talking heads invoking those wonderful years when Americans were oh so happy. So the time has never been better for Angel to bring this one back.

(Ironic note: back when this was written, Daniel Ortega was one of America's Top Scapegoats, along with Noriega and Qaddafi---hey, how about that?---who were name-dropped in the song in various alternate versions. When the Sandinistas regained power in Nicaragua recently, Ortega distinguished himself by allying himself with the Catholic Church and the right wing and passing one of the cruelest, most Draconian anti-abortion laws in the hemisphere. While the average American has forgotten his name, I'm just about ready to pick up that water gun myself. I won't say what I'd like to fill it up with.)

UPDATE: No, this song is not the least bit dated. The spirit of all we were making fun of back then is all too alive. Pass the fried, genetically modified chicken!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Ear Candle Radio's Top 20, August 2011

1. Karen Mantler - Arnold's Dead - Farewell
2. Jon Langford & Skull Orchard - Flag of Triumph - Old Devils
3. Alice Cooper - Living - Pretties For You
4. Vivian Girls - The Other Girls - Share the Joy
5. Simon Comber - The Jaws Of Life - Endearance
6. Richard Thompson and Linda Thompson - Night Comes In - Guitar, Vocal
7. Peter Kadyk - Frankenstein - Take Me To The Porch
8. Pavement - Mellow Jazz Docent (Remastered) - Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement
9. Jackie McAuley - Bangerine - Jackie McAuley
10. The Bats - Just Do It - Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox
11. X-tal - Census - Everything Crash
12. Ken Nordine - Faces in the Jazzamatazz - The Best of Word Jazz, Vol. 1
13. The Experimental Bunnies - Do What Now? - Bunnies On Fire
14. The Ruts - In a Rut - The Best of the Ruts
15. Deerhoof - Basket Ball Get Your Groove Back - Offend Maggie
16. The Original Bushwhackers And Bullockies Band - Ned Kelly Was Born In A Ramshackle Hut - The Shearer's Dream
17. Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics - Masengo - Mojo Presents;Africa Rising
18. The Lijadu Sisters - Life's Gone Down Low - The World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia In 1970s Nigeria
19. KXP - Labyrinth - K-X-P
20. The Granite Countertops - Haystack - Crashing Into The Future