Alcast #9: “Brother Al Barger Rebukes the Sinful American Voter, 2012″

November 13th, 2012

Alcast #9:  “Brother Al Barger Rebukes the Sinful American Voter, 2012″  11-13-2012  In our near future, I’m seeing terrible plagues, including rivers of blood generated by Obama’s pals in the Muslim Brotherhood, the frogs will still be arrogant even as they abandon France to the Muslims, the dust will turn to lice.  There’ll be swarms of flies, the cattle will die, boils will infect even the pharoh’s magicians on the federal reserve board…

A house on Grand Avenue in Connersville, Indiana - October 2012

A prophetic image of America’s future from Connersville, Indiana – October 2012


Barger Road, October 11, 2012

October 11th, 2012

I just want to take a moment to offer praise to the Maker for this beautiful fall morning.  Here is the view from my balcony on Barger Road:

Barger Road

Albert Barger for Franklin County Indiana School Board 2012

October 1st, 2012

Dear Franklin County, Indiana Friends and Neighbors-

Hello. I’m Albert Barger, and I’m running for Franklin County School Board in District 1, which includes Posey, Laurel, Salt Creek and Metamora townships. I hope to give you a little idea of my background and what I might bring to the school board.

I went to kindergarten in the basement of the Methodist church in Laurel and graduated from Laurel High School in 1981 before eventually getting a BS from Ball State. My most important schooling, though, was when I learned writing and math and reading skills in first grade at Andersonville with Miss Jesse.

First grade was in a little shed building, but they kept it reasonably warm and we had chalkboards, desks and books. We didn’t have any kind of cafeteria, but they managed to keep a cooler with milk to go with our lunches from home. Neither building had indoor plumbing though, so we had an outhouse with a corrugated tin roof. Yet somehow we learned writing and math. Why, none of us kids even had a social worker! How did we do it?

Of course, the secret weapon was Miss Jesse. She was patient and attentive and she loved us. She loved me – and never more than the couple of times she had to whip my young butt. She took the bother and the responsibility of discipline. She passed suddenly in 1969, may God bless and protect her soul.

According to the annual financial report, it appears that the least paid first year teacher with a BS degree now makes about $35K in basic salary, which isn’t half bad for Franklin County – especially with a third of the staff making $60K+. So it’s good to see that our teachers are reasonably compensated.

But we spend something like $24 million in Franklin County on schools, which is near to $10,000 per year per pupil. That’s a lot of danged money. Taxpayers aren’t made out of money. Unlike the federal government, the local school board can’t just print money. It would be illegal and immoral for us to do that.

I say this noting that Franklin County schools are in debt for about $9.6 million. I’d sure like to see what I could find to cut in $24 million towards paying that off. The whole world is drowning in a sea of debt, and it would be good to get at least this little corner out of the red – and quit wasting money on the constant financing of debt. We’d end up having more money to spend on students with the same money coming in if we weren’t continually financing debt.

Thus, Al the Knife would be a hawk looking for what we need to put students in front of teachers in well equipped classrooms – and little else. On the school board, just starting with the biggest vendor budget item, I’ll be wanting to bore down into the $2.9 million a year paid to Anthem Insurance. I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with that, because there are obviously major legitimate insurance requirements. But that’s over $1000 per student. What’s all that for, exactly, and are we getting the best deal we can get? I’d just like a courtesy policy review. Where can we squeeze out a dime towards getting out of debt?

I won’t promise you the moon. It’ll take at least a year to figure out the processes, prerogatives and exact authorities of the school board. But I will be a fresh set of eyes, eager to show stewardship for the school system that taught me the three R’s and brought me Miss Jesse.

We can’t let a school bus carry all the burdens of our society when there are problems at home, but I’ll do my best to ensure that the students get what they need at school, that our Miss Jesses gets taken care of, and that we do this as frugally as possible so that we can live within our means.

Albert Barger October 1, 2012

Alcast #8: “Melvin Wilhelm and David Ison, BFF – Stipps Hill Massacre Anniversary”

September 25th, 2012

Alcast #8:  “Melvin Wilhelm and David Ison, BFF – Stipps Hill Massacre Anniversary”  9-25-2012  A somewhat somber meditation on the Stipps Hill massacre in Franklin County, Indiana one year later.


Alcast #7: “Lonesome Al’s White Christian Narrative of American Exceptionalism”

August 27th, 2012

Alcast #7:  “Lonesome Al’s White Christian Narrative of American Exceptionalism”  8-27-2012  Your flag decal won’t get you into heaven anymore, but it will point the pure of heart at least in the general direction of the golden gate.  Jesus and James Madison would agree with Al on this.


Alcast #6: “Rented Mexicans”

July 30th, 2012

Alcast #6:  “Rented Mexicans”  7-30-2012  In which Lonesome Al unpacks more of his white Christian narrative of American exceptionalism, according to which, if simply breathing while Mexican is against the law, then the law is an ass.  And so is anyone who gets up on their moral high-horse about it.  You should try to treat your Mexicans at least as good as you treat your livestock.  It’s the decent Christian thing to do.


Alcast #5: “A Gift from Homeland Security”

June 15th, 2012

Alcast #5: “A Gift from Homeland Security” 6-15-2012 I gots me here a big fat list of 354 bad words and phrases that officially draw Homeland Security attention when you use them online, and of course I’m just happier than a pig in slop.


Alcast #4: “Beggars”

June 1st, 2012

Alcast #4: “Beggars” 6-1-2012 Not to put too fine a point on it, do-gooders playing in the middle of traffic are an awful temptation for rightwing nutjobs. Jesus agrees with Al on this – just ask Him.


Alcast #3: “Richard Lugar Eats a Booger Day”

May 15th, 2012

Alcast #3: “Richard Lugar Eats a Booger Day” 5-15-2012 A determinedly childish celebration of the defeat of US Senator Richard Lugar. Mmm, what a delicious schadenfreude sundae!


Occupy Connersville, Indiana!!!

April 30th, 2012

Oh no! Looks like some radicals are going crazy for May Day tomorrow, May 1, 2012.

Oh Lordy, the Occupy radicals has come to Connersville, Indiana! Dads, lock up you daughters! Farmers, lock up your goats!

This is a real official Movement, because they have a page on Facebook and everything. It’s very frightening!

Here’s their manifesto:

We, the 99% of living and therefore entitled downtrodden people need and demand that the wealthy 1% who own and control everything in Connersville, Indiana and The World pay their fair share and supply our wants and needs.

We specifically demand that the legislatures repeal the vicious Laws of Supply and Demand that have for too long oppressed us poor folk from having everything we want. We desperately need an Anti-Dog-Eat-Dog Law.

In the place of these vicious market laws, we specifically demand that a minimum wage of $100 per hour be established as law. Those who cannot find gainful employment either because they lack highly valuable skills or because they lack motivation to suffer the psychic oppression of employment should nonetheless thus get our $4G a week in direct payment from the government. This will of course be paid for by a surcharge on the wealthiest 1%, because they can obviously afford it. Pay up and hold on to your hat, Mr. Moneybags. You can run, but you can’t hide from Justice!

Next we must address the deplorable conditions under which we are forced to stage our protests. We can’t very well Occupy Connersville by sleeping on the courthouse lawn with 20 degree temperatures and an inch of ice. We therefore demand that the government immediately begin delivering the Global Warming that Vice-President Gore has promised for decades now. In the meantime, the city should pay for hotel rooms that we can use to fulfill our First Amendment right to protest the government. It’s our FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT, m’kay? Can we have some respect for the US Constitution here?

Also, we should all get free weed. It’s not fair that we have to pay exorbitant black market prices for marijuana. It’s only against the law because Patty Hearst was trying to keep the Black Panthers from taking over the paper making business. It’s on the internet. Look it up. How many of us living at home could quit our crappy jobs if we didn’t have to pay for simple weed? It should be considered a right, part of our right to food and shelter. We should all have a right to free weed. At a minimum, we should be able to buy weed with food stamps. It’d be more nutritious than a lot of the junk food bought with food stamps now.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we demand that the plutocrat moneybags resurrect Jerry Garcia from the dead so that the un-Dead Jerry can resume his irreplaceable role as spiritual leader of the people – in short, the awesomest guitar player ever. We then need the Grateful Dead to play for our protest, which Jerry would surely be grateful to do for having been rescued from damnation’s cellar. We are not interested in the plutocrat’s protestations about what is and is not “possible”. If they wish to avoid The People’s Wrath, they shouldn’t deny this, The People’s greatest wish. Also, they should bring back Hendrix and Jim Morrison – oh, and Che! That would be awesome.

We’ll come up with more stuff we want later.

Down with America! Destroy capitalism! Rage against the machine! Vote Obama 2012 – or else!


Alcast #2: “Suffer the Children”

April 20th, 2012

Alcast #2: “Suffer the Children” 4-20-2012 A glorious audio rant in which Lonesome Al makes the little children suffer, just like Jesus said, and like a demented Frankensteinian Julia Childs he shares cooking tips for girl soup and the roasting of little boys. Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum!


Alcast #1: “Newt Gingrich for President Manifesto”

April 1st, 2012

I’m mad as hell, but I’ve got little choice but to keep right on taking it, cuz what are you really going to do? Well, if you’re Lonesome Al Barger, you start explaining your mad in glorious mp3 audio for the enlightenment or maybe at least the minor amusement of crazy rightwing nutjobs all over.

Alcast #1: “Newt Gingrich for President Manifesto” 4-1-2012 In this initial Alcast, a self-proclaimed “angry white male” explains why you should support Newt Gingrich for President, cause America deserves President Newt Gingrich

Is Lonesome Al a rightwing psycho, a sheep in wolf’s clothing, an epistemological guerilla, or do they just need to up his meds? You be the judge.


New CD Album Releases, 7-26-2011: Joss Stone, Kelly Rowland

July 26th, 2011

Nothing in the new stuff this week looks of any likely interest to anyone interested in actual music. However, there are a number of groovy looking Verve jazz re-issues. Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins/And John Coltrane certainly sounds interesting.

Music update
One Night Lyrics
Cobra Starship
High For This Lyrics
The Weeknd
Can’t Get Enough Lyrics
J. Cole
Shut Up Lyrics
Mike Posner
Crazy Girl Lyrics
Eli Young Band
I Won’t Let You Go Lyrics
James Morrison
More Than I Can Say Lyrics
Hustle Hard Lyrics
Ace Hood
Long Hot Summer Lyrics
Keith Urban
Open Road Lyrics
Chris Brown

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Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new CD album releases:
Vanessa Carlton
Rabbits on the Run
Razor & Tie
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

The Horrors
Indie Rock, Shoegaze, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Kelly Rowland
Here I Am
Universal Motown
Contemporary R&B, Pop

Joss Stone
Surfdog Records
Neo-Soul, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Soul

Back Pages
E One
Contemporary Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Adult Contemporary

Atari Teenage Riot
Is This Hyperreal?
Hardcore Techno, Techno, Gabba, Breakcore, Club/Dance

Albert Ayler
Love Cry/The Last Album
Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Jazz

Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers
Jazz Messengers/A Jazz Message
Hard Bop

Bohren & Der Club of Gore
Instrumental Rock, Avant-Garde Jazz, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental, Alternative Pop/Rock

Gabriel Castagna
Fiesta Criolla: Latin American Orchestral Works
Modern Orchestral Music

Eric Church
Neo-Traditionalist Country, Contemporary Country

Terri Clark
Roots and Wings

Nicholas Collon
Nico Muhly: Seeing Is Believing
Contemporary Orchestral Music

Alice Coltrane
Universal Consciousness / Lord of Lords
Avant-Garde Jazz, Structured Improvisation, Modern Composition, Free Improvisation, World Fusion

Duke Ellington
Meets Coleman Hawkins/And John Coltrane
Mainstream Jazz, Piano Jazz, Modern Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Post-Bop

Falling in Reverse
Drug in Me Is You
Post-Hardcore, Screamo, Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk-Pop

Fever Tree
Live 1969
Psychedelic, Garage Rock

Jim Ford
Harlan County

Curtis Fuller
Soul Trombone/Cabin in the Sky
Trombone Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Hard Bop, Modern Big Band

Coleman Hawkins
Today and Now/Desafinado
Mainstream Jazz, Swing, Straight-Ahead Jazz

Ruining It for Everybody
Century Media/EMI
Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal, Grindcore

Ahmad Jamal
Poinciana Revisited/Freeflight
Piano Jazz, Modern Jazz, Jazz Instrument

Elvin Jones
Illumination!/Dear John C.
Post-Bop, Mainstream Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz

Emma Kirkby
Salzburg Barock
Berlin Classics
Baroque Vocal and Chamber Music

Little Dragon
Ritual Union
Indie Electronic

Nikolai Lugansky
Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 2; Variations on a Theme of Corelli
Piano Classics
Modern Piano Music

Maggini Quartet
Peter Maxwell Davis: Naxos Quartets
Contemporary Chamber Music

The English Riviera
Indie Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock

Ronnie Milsap
Country Again
Bigger Picture Group
Urban Cowboy, Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Neighb’rhood Childr’n
Psychedelic, Psychedelic Pop, Garage Rock

Oscar & the Majestics
No Chance Baby!
Garage Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul, Psychedelic

Augustus Pablo
This Is Augustus Pablo
Roots Reggae, Dub, Dub Poetry, Ambient

Gappy Ranks
Thanks & Praise

The Nothing Special
Fabric 58: The Nothing Special
Club/Dance, Techno

Sonny Rollins
On Impulse!/There Will Never Be Another You
Hard Bop, Post-Bop, Bop, Saxophone Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Mainstream Jazz, World Fusion

Dex Romweber Duo
Is That You in the Blue?
Rock & Roll, Roots Rock, Retro-Rock, Punk Blues, Alternative/Indie Rock, Psychobilly

Pharoah Sanders
Village of the Pharoahs/Wisdom Through Music
Modal Music, Saxophone Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Avant-Garde Jazz, World Fusion, Free Jazz

Shirley Scott
For Members Only/Great Scott!
Hard Bop, Soul Jazz, Orchestral Jazz

Archie Shepp
For Losers/Kwanza
Free Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Saxophone Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Experimental Big Band, Vocal Jazz, Modal Music, Soul Jazz

Welcome to the Good Life

Gabor Szabo
The Sorcerer/More Sorcery
Guitar Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Modern Creative

Jimmie Vaughan
Jimmie Vaughan Plays More Blues, Ballads & Favorites
Shout! Factory
Regional Blues, Modern Electric Texas Blues, Roots Rock, Blues-Rock, Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues, Contemporary Blues

Legendary Weapons
Entertainment One Music
Underground Rap, Alternative Rap, East Coast Rap

New CD Album Releases, 7-19-2011: They Might Be Giants, Ricky Skaggs

July 25th, 2011

They Might Be GiantsThere’s a very good new album out this week from They Might Be Giants. Join Us shows basic skills in hook making and pop tune manufacturing undiminished after 25 years of making albums. This won’t likely make you forget Flood or No! That is to say that there’s no song here with quite the transcendent soul of “Birdhouse in Your Soul” or “Lazyhead and Sleepybones”. But there’s no denying the basic pop songwriting skills of the Johns.

This has perhaps an even higher than average TMBG batting average of memorable songs. I was a little disappointed on the first listening, but the hooks started kicking in on that second listen. That’s generally a sign of an album that will stick with me. Soon I was walking the streets singing “Can’t Keep Johnny Down” and waiting for the reluctant singing raindrop in “Cloissone”. My favorite at this point is “The Lady and the Tiger” for the sake of the horn parts (whether they’re real or keyboard horns). This is one of the catchier songs they’ve ever written, which is saying something. I’m also somewhat haunted by the image of the narrator smothering his older, wiser self with a pillow in “2082.”

Looking forward to…
The Mack Lyrics
Headlines Lyrics
Au Revoir Lyrics
Flowers Lyrics
Wiz Khalifa
Uncle Otis Lyrics
Weed Brownies Lyrics
Wiz Khalifa
Dark Side Lyrics
Kelly Clarkson
Lay You Down Lyrics
Suavemente Lyrics
Down For Whatever Lyrics
Kelly Rowland

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Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new CD album releases:
3 Doors Down
Time of My Life
Post-Grunge, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal

Imelda May
Alternative/Indie Rock, Rockabilly Revival, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Rahsaan Patterson
Artistry Music
Adult Contemporary R&B

They Might Be Giants
Join Us
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Universal Pulse
Rap-Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Heavy Metal, Alternative Pop/Rock

40 Watt Sun
The Inside Room
Metal Blade
Doom Metal, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal

Martha Argerich
Martha Argerich Edition: Concertos
EMI Classics
Romantic & Modern Piano Concertos

Big Talk
Big Talk
New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Alternative/Indie Rock

Brilliant Colors
Again and Again
Noise Pop, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Khatia Buniatishvili
Franz Liszt [Limited Edition]
Sony Classical
19th Century Piano Music

The John Butler Trio
Live at Red Rocks
Jam Bands, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

Terri Lyne Carrington
The Mosaic Project
M-Base, Crossover Jazz, Post-Bop, Modern Creative

Chelsea Grin
My Damnation
Razor & Tie
Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Death Metal

Eleven Seven Music
Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal

Crystal Antlers
Two-Way Mirror
Experimental Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Death Infernal
Metal Blade
Death Metal, Heavy Metal, Scandinavian Metal

DJ Khaled
We the Best Forever
Hardcore Rap, Pop-Rap, Southern Rap

Horse Meat Disco
Horse Meat Disco III
Post-Disco, Club/Dance, Disco

Carol Kleyn
Love Has Made Me Stronger
Drag City
Acid Folk, Folk-Rock, Psychedelic

Gidon Kremer
Peter I. Tchaikovsky, Victor Kissine: Piano Trios
Romantic Chamber Music

Lost Sounds
Blac Static
Fat Possum
Garage Punk, Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Malfunkshun: The Andrew Wood Story
Hip-O Select

Tom Morello/The Nightwatchman
Union Town
New West
Protest Songs, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Political Folk

Theophilus London
Timez Are Weird These Days
Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Alternative Rap

Lawrence Zazzo
Lunarcy: Songs of Madness and the Moon
Renaissance to Modern Songs with Lute

Original Soundtrack
Captain America: The First Avenger
Buena Vista
Original Score, Film Music, Soundtracks

Eternal Tapestry/Sun Araw
Night Gallery
Thrill Jockey
Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Space Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Portugal. The Man
In the Mountain in the Cloud
Neo-Psychedelia, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

REO Speedwagon
Hi Infidelity: 30th Anniversary Edition
Sony Legacy
Album Rock, Arena Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Adult Contemporary, Hard Rock

Rodrigo y Gabriela
Live in France
Finger-Picked Guitar, Instrumental Rock, Western European Traditions, Mexican Traditions, Guitar Virtuoso, Andalus Classical, Contemporary Flamenco, Flamenco

Ricky Skaggs
Country Hits: Bluegrass Style
Skaggs Family
Bluegrass-Gospel, Bluegrass, Traditional Bluegrass, Contemporary Bluegrass

Sole and the Skyrider Band
Hello Cruel World
Fake Four
Left-Field Hip-Hop, Alternative Rap

Strung Out
Top Contenders: The Best of Strung Out
Fat Wreck Chords
Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk-Pop, Punk Revival, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal

The Summer Set
Everything’s Fine
Razor & Tie
Emo-Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Unwritten Law
Blue Room
Skatepunk, Punk/New Wave, Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk-Pop, Post-Grunge, Alternative Pop/Rock

Cedar Walton
The Bouncer
Piano Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Straight-Ahead Jazz

100% Publishing
Big Dada
Garage Rap/Grime, Garage

New CD Album Releases, 7-12-2011: Levon Helm, Blake Shelton,

July 12th, 2011

The bestest looking thing in the pile is a collection of old Levon Helms recordings, Take Me to the River 1978-1982. Among other groovy things, this has his recording of the Al Green classic title song and “Money.”

Brian McKnight has a new album Just Me. It has a CD of new songs, and a bonus live album. That part sounds more interesting to me from what I’ve heard, including some gospel piano playing and talk about his early musical learning. Plus, he sounds pretty good singing Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love.”

new tunes
Favorite Song Lyrics
Colbie Caillat
Otis Lyrics
Kanye West And Jay-Z
Make You A Believer Lyrics
Starving Lyrics
Guardian Angel Lyrics
Faith Lyrics
Taking Back Sunday
The Greatest Thing Lyrics
Dare To Dream Lyrics
Racks Lyrics
Lil’ Wayne
Body 2 Body Lyrics
Ace Hood

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Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new CD album releases:
Colbie Caillat
All of You
Universal Republic
Contemporary Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Nikki Jean
Pennies in a Jar
Contemporary Pop/Rock, Neo-Soul, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Blake Shelton
Red River Blue
Warner Bros.
Neo-Traditionalist Country, Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Washed Out
Within and Without
Sub Pop
Indie Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock

Alkaline Trio
Punk Revival, Emo, Punk-Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Army Navy
The Last Place
The Fever Zone
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Tony Bennett
The Best of the Improv Recordings
Vocal Jazz, Traditional Pop, Contemporary Jazz Vocals

David Bromberg
Use Me
Red House Records
Contemporary Folk

Cali Swag District
The Kickback
Capitol Pop-Rap, West Coast Rap

Karine Deshayes
Fauré: La bonne chanson, Op. 61; Quatuor avec piano, Op. 15
Zig Zag Territoires
Modern Vocal and Chamber Music

Joyce DiDonato
Handel: Ariodante
Virgin Classics
Baroque Opera

Thomas Dybdahl
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Fair to Midland
Arrows & Anchors
Season of Mist
Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal

Ingrid Fliter
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 8, 17, 23
EMI Classics
19th Century Piano Music

Eleanor Friedberger
Last Summer
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Get Scared
Best Kind of Mess
Universal Motown
Punk-Pop, Punk Revival, Post-Hardcore, Punk/New Wave, Alternative/Indie Rock

Alice Gold
Seven Rainbows
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock

Alexandre Desplat
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 2
Original Score, Film Music, Soundtracks

Levon Helm
Take Me to the River 1978-1982
Roots Rock, Country-Rock, Rock & Roll

If Not Now, When?
Alternative/Indie Rock, Heavy Metal, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal, Funk Metal, Rap-Metal

Stephen Jerzak
Miles and Miles
Universal Republic
Emo-Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock

Carlos Kalmar
The Pulitzer Project
Cedille Records
Modern Choral and Orchestral Music

Mark Kirschenmann
This Bionic Trumpet
Block M Records
Contemporary Music for Trumpet & Electronics

Brian McKnight
Just Me
Entertainment One Music
Adult Contemporary R&B

Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?
Speed Metal, Heavy Metal, Progressive Metal

Odd Future
Underground Rap, Alternative Rap, Hardcore Rap

Chitose Okashiro
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 “Pathétique” (Piano Transcription)
Pro Piano
19th Century Orchestral Music Transcribed for Piano

Augustus Pablo
Message Music: Digital Productions 1986-1994
Pressure Sounds
Dub, Roots Reggae

Lifes Rich Pageant
Capitol American
Underground, College Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Jangle Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Real Tuesday Weld
The Last Werewolf
Six Degrees Records
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Britpop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Electronica

Ashton Shepherd
Where Country Grows
Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Sons and Daughters
Mirror Mirror
Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Theory of a Deadman
The Truth Is…
Roadrunner Records

George Thorogood & the Destroyers
2120 South Michigan Ave.
EMI Catalogue
Blues-Rock, Boogie Rock, Slide Guitar Blues, Rock & Roll, Album Rock

Various Artists
The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2011
Smooth Reggae, Contemporary Reggae, Lovers Rock

We the Kings
Sunshine State of Mind
Emo-Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

William Elliott Whitmore
Field Songs
Epitaph Neo-Traditional Folk, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Americana, Alternative/Indie Rock, Folk-Blues, Alternative Pop/Rock

Fly from Here
Album Rock, Prog-Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock

Chris Young
Neo-Traditionalist Country, Contemporary Country

Dubstep, Experimental

Herman Cain vs the Muslim Fifth Column and Their Useful Idiots

June 29th, 2011

Herman Cain, running for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, is skeptical and suspicious of the loyalty of Muslims to our country and our constitutional system of governance. Imagine that. In March of 2011, Cain told a reporter that as president he would not appoint a Muslim as a cabinet officer or federal judge.

Naturally, Cain’s “bigotry” was treated to gasps of disdain and contempt from the Islamist organization CAIR and their useful idiots in the left wing blogs and the mainstream press. Think Progress grilled him on this point about whether he would appoint Muslims, and he said

No, I will not, and here’s why. There is this creeping attempt, there is this attempt to gradually ease Sharia law and the Muslim faith into our government. It does not belong in our government. This is what happened in Europe. And little by little, to try and be politically correct, they made this little change, they made this little change. And now they’ve got a social problem that they don’t know what to do with hardly.

I was asked, ‘What is the role of Islam in America?’ I thought it was an odd question. I said, ‘The role of Islam in America is for those that believe in Islam to practice it and leave us alone. Just like Christianity. We have a First Amendment. And I get upset when the Muslims in this country – some of them – try to force their Sharia law onto the rest of us.

This is absolutely not religious bigotry on the part of Herman Cain against someone’s personal beliefs, but a question of loyalty to the US constitution and laws. As truth is an absolute defense in American law against charges of libel or slander, so should it be against charges of bigotry or prejudice. In fact, Muslims across the world have been a Fifth Column attempting to force recognition of Sharia law anywhere and everywhere possible.

Pressed on the issue, Cain walked this back maybe about half a step in a conversation with Glenn Beck

BECK: You said you would not appoint a Muslim to anybody in your administration.
CAIN: The exact language was when I was asked, “would you be comfortable with a Muslim in your cabinet?” And I said, “no, I would not be comfortable.” I didn’t say I wouldn’t appoint one because if they can prove to me that they’re putting the Constitution of the United States first then they would be a candidate just like everybody else. My entire career, I’ve hired good people, great people, regardless of their religious orientation.
BECK: So wait a minute. Are you saying that Muslims have to prove their, that there has to be some loyalty proof?
CAIN: Yes, to the Constitution of the United States of America.
BECK: Would you do that to a Catholic or would you do that to a Mormon?
CAIN: Nope, I wouldn’t. Because there is a greater dangerous part of the Muslim faith than there is in these other religions. I know that there are some Muslims who talk about, “but we are a peaceful religion.” And I’m sure that there are some peace-loving Muslims.

It’s only fair that Cain qualified his suspicion of Muslim loyalty a little bit, because not all Muslims wish to establish Sharia as the law of the land. That only applies to Muslims who actually believe in the Koran. Andrew McCarthy breaks down some of this at National Review. The Koran commands Muslims to impose their law on everyone as much as possible, to either kill or at least subjugate non-believers. That’s just fact.

That is as opposed specifically, for example, to Christianity. Despite the asinine wailing of Western liberals and Islamists, no Christian is trying to force people to be Christian. There have been such things in the distant past, but only in direct contradiction of the teachings of Jesus.

Jesus made a big point of being apolitical. He pissed off a good many Jews at the time because they thought he should be leading them in an uprising against the Roman empire. Thus Jesus uttered the famous words explaining that his kingdom was not of this Earth but in heaven. That was the point in saying that you should render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.

Romans 13 says, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: The powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.” That’s foolishness if you took it all the way to the wall, but the intended point seems to be that the Christian religion was designed to be clearly distinguished from government. The basic idea of separation of church and state was carefully baked into the Christian cake 2000 years ago.

Neither Joe Lieberman in the US Senate nor even the government of Israel tries to force people to worship YHWH. Mitt Romney would not support the summary murder of anyone who criticizes Joseph Smith. Heck, the church has accepted Parker and Stone’s highly profane Book of Mormon Broadway play in good humor. Thus no one raises similar suspicions about Jews and Mormons.

But again, there are Muslims and then there are Muslims. Some Muslims are not especially religious, but it’s more of an ethnic cultural marker – as it is among many Jews or Christians or other religions. Some sects of Islam seem fairly peaceable and neighborly. Best I can tell, adherents of the Sufi sects don’t seem to be much interested in jihad. Then again, there’s the Wahhabi Muslim sect. I wouldn’t hire one of them to mow my lawn for fear they’d burn down my house for the greater glory of Allah – and I wouldn’t care how many lying oaths they took to the contrary. You’d be an utter fool to trust one of them in any position of authority in the US government.

So then, let me leave you with a question: Would Herman Cain still be a contemptible religious bigot if he narrowed it down and just said that he would not appoint a Wahhabi Muslim to his administration? Is there any point at which reality will trump religious adherence to your left wing piety?



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New CD Album Releases, 6-28-2011: Christopher Titus, Beyonce, Dolly Parton, Billy Ray Cyrus

June 28th, 2011

Christopher Titus
The likeliest new album this week is a straight stand-up comedy album from Christopher Titus, Neverlution. I usually wouldn’t think of actually buying a straight album of talking. There are a very few here and there worth a listen, but I can’t think of many not made by Richard Pryor that are worth hearing repeatedly. But Christopher Titus is brilliant, and created one of the all time greatest situation comedies. When Chris Titus talks, he’s actually substantially got something to say.

I loves me some Dolly Parton, and she looks really good for 65 years – but this album ain’t sounding like much from what I’ve heard. Saw her performance of “Together You and I” on the Ellen Degeneres show, and this might have been the absolute suckingest song I’ve ever heard her sing.

Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new CD album releases:
Contemporary R&B, Adult Contemporary R&B, Pop, Dance-Pop

Big Sean
Finally Famous
Def Jam
Midwest Rap, Hardcore Rap

Selena Gomez & The Scene
When the Sun Goes Down
Pop, Teen Pop

Dolly Parton
Better Day
Sony Music
Country-Folk, Traditional Country, Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Kentje’sz Beatsz
Planet Mu
Microhouse, Reggaeton, House, Club/Dance, Dubstep, Experimental Techno

Apollo’s Fire
Come to the River
Early American Vocal and Choral Music

Sonny Burns
A Real Cool Cat
Bear Family Records

Com Truise
Galactic Melt
Ghostly International
Indie Electronic

David Cook
This Loud Morning
Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Post-Grunge

Weekend at Burnie’s
Warner Bros.
Southern Rap, Hardcore Rap

Billy Ray Cyrus
I’m American
Walt Disney
Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Keith Emerson Band/Marc Bonilla
Varèse Sarabande
Prog-Rock, Art Rock

Luis Fonsi
Tierra Firme
Universal Music
Latino Latin Pop

Clive Gregson
Universal Contemporary
Singer/Songwriter, British Folk, Contemporary Folk

Handsome Furs
Sound Kapital
Sub Pop
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Jolie Holland & the Grand Chandeliers
Pint of Blood
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Eilen Jewell
Queen of the Minor Key
Signature Sounds
Country-Folk, Roots Rock, Traditional Country

Alicia Keys
Songs in A Minor [Deluxe Edition]
J Records
Neo-Soul, Soul, Contemporary R&B, Urban

Limp Bizkit
Gold Cobra
Rap-Metal, Post-Grunge, Heavy Metal, Rap-Rock, Alternative Metal, Funk Metal

Buddy Guy
Buddy & The Juniors
Regional Blues, Chicago Blues, Acoustic Chicago Blues

Andrea Marcon
Mozart: Overtures
Deutsche Grammophon
Classical Orchestral Music

Teena Marie
First Class Love: Rare Tee
Hip-O Select
Contemporary R&B, Quiet Storm, Soul

Teena Marie
Irons in the Fire [Expanded Edition]
Universal Special Products
Contemporary R&B, Quiet Storm, Disco

Teena Marie
Lady T [Expanded Edition]
Contemporary R&B, Quiet Storm, Disco

John Maus
We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Upset the Rhythm
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter

Gianandrea Noseda
Nino Rota: Symphony No. 3; Divertimento Concertante; Concerto Soirée
Modern Orchestral Music

Quatuor Caliente
Astor Piazzolla, Gustavo Beytelmann: Encuentro
Contemporary Chamber Music

Anthony di Sanza
On the Nature of…
Contemporary Music for Percussion

Dedicated to Chaos
Roadrunner Records
Progressive Metal, Heavy Metal, Prog-Rock, Hard Rock, Album Rock, Arena Rock

Shabazz Palaces
Black Up
Sub Pop
Left-Field Hip-Hop, Alternative Rap

Noise Pop, Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Lo-Fi, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Taking Back Sunday
Taking Back Sunday
Warner Bros.
Alternative/Indie Rock, Screamo, Punk-Pop, Emo-Pop

Christopher Titus
Comedy Central Records
Standup Comedy, Observational Humor, Comedy

Various Artists
Rave on Buddy Holly
Hear Music
Tribute Albums, Contemporary Pop/Rock

Gillian Welch
The Harrow & the Harvest
Americana, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Close Harmony, Bluegrass, Traditional Folk, Traditional Country

Ben Williams
State of Art
Concord Jazz
Straight-Ahead Jazz, Jazz-Rap, Crossover Jazz, Jazz-Funk

Honey badger is my new hero

June 21st, 2011

Dig this YouTube video of a honey badger. This little bastard is a badass. At the climax of this, honey badger tangles asses with a big cobra. Cobra bites him. Honey badger don’t care. Honey badger kills and starts eating cobra. Venom kicks in, and honey badger passes out. Honey badger takes a nap – then wakes up and goes back to eating the cobra. Honey badger takes the rest of the cobra home for later. How does something as small as a badger get bitten by a cobra and live? Honey badger is a badass.

The narration is hysterical as well.

New CD Album Releases, 6-21-2011: Weird Al Yankovic, OK Go

June 21st, 2011

Weird Al Yankovic has his first new album in about five years, Alpocalypse. I’m all in favor of Weird Al, but I don’t really know how much you really need to own a CD for repeated listening. Plus, in this case he is not parodying anything good enough to be even vaguely worth or really even capable of parody. How much do we need a Miley Cyrus parody? He’s doing TWO Lady Gaga songs. There’s just nothing there musically to parody.

Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new CD album releases:
Bon Iver
Bon Iver
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Rock, Indie Folk, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Jill Scott
The Light of the Sun
Warner Bros.
Adult Contemporary R&B, Smooth Soul, Urban, Soul

Simple Plan
Get Your Heart On!
Punk-Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock

“Weird Al” Yankovic
Song Parody, Comedy Rock, Novelty, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Comedy

Dave Alvin
Eleven Eleven
Yep Roc
Alt-Country, Americana, Alternative Country-Rock

Attack! Attack!
The Latest Fashion
Rock Ridge Music
Emo, Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk-Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock

August Burns Red
Tooth & Nail
Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal

Sorry Bamba
Volume One 1970 – 1979
Thrill Jockey

Matthew Shipp/Beans/William Parker/HPrizm
Knives from Heaven
Thirsty Ear Recordings
Avant-Garde Jazz, Underground Rap

FM Belfast
Don’t Want to Sleep
Morr Music
Dance-Pop, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Alternative/Indie Rock, Club/Dance, Alternative Pop/Rock

Greatest Hits: 35 Years of Soul
Adult Contemporary R&B, Contemporary R&B, Quiet Storm

The Black Dahlia Murder
Sony Music
Heavy Metal, Death Metal

Bodies of Water
Twist Again
Secretly Canadian
Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock

Michael Bolton
Gems: The Duets Collection
Sony Legacy
Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Pop/Rock

Burning Hearts
Into the Wilderness
New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Butcher The Bar
For Each a Future Tethered
Morr Music
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Candidate Waltz
Undertow Music Collective
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Country-Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Cliffie Swan
Memories Come True
Drag City
Indie Rock, Indie Pop, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Alternative/Indie Rock, Dream Pop, Neo-Psychedelia, Alternative Pop/Rock

Bobby Conn
Rise Up!
Fire Records
Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Dayton Family
Charges of Indictment
Psychopathic Records
Midwest Rap, Underground Rap

Father’s Children
Who’s Gonna Save the World
Psychedelic Soul, Funk, Soul

Liam Finn
Yep Roc
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Whatever’s on Your Mind
Alternative Pop/Rock, British Trad Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

Rhymesayers Entertainment
Alternative Rap

I Set My Friends on Fire
Astral Rejection
Alternative Metal, Screamo, Experimental Rock, Heavy Metal, Alternative/Indie Rock

New Brigade
What’s Your Rupture?
Indie Rock, Hardcore Punk, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock

In Flames
Sounds Of A Playground Fading
Scandinavian Metal, Progressive Metal, Death Metal, Heavy Metal

Jagged Edge
The Remedy
Slip ‘N’ Slide
Contemporary R&B, Adult Contemporary R&B

The Japanese Popstars
Controlling Your Allegiance
Club/Dance, Neo-Electro, House

John Paul Keith
The Man That Time Forgot
Fat Possum
Alternative/Indie Rock, American Trad Rock, Alt-Country

Sorry for Party Rocking
Pop, Club/Dance, Dance-Pop, Party Rap, Comedy Rap

Jim Lauderdale
Reason and Rhyme
Contemporary Bluegrass, Progressive Country, Americana, Alt-Country, Contemporary Country

Black Velvet
Happy Happy Birthday
Indie Folk, Alternative Folk, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Justin Moore
Outlaws Like Me
Valory Contemporary Country

Nucular Aminals
Nucular Aminals
Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock

Planet Pit
Latin Rap, Pop-Rap

Great Civilizations
Dangerbird Records
Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Alternative Pop/Rock

Symphony X
Nuclear Blast
Neo-Classical Metal, Power Metal, Progressive Metal, Heavy Metal

Peter Tosh
Equal Rights [Legacy Edition]
Sony Music
Political Reggae, Roots Reggae

Peter Tosh
Legalize It [Legacy Edition]
Sony Music
Political Reggae, Roots Reggae

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Fat Possum
Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Indie Pop

Original Game Soundtrack
L.A. Noire//Remixed

The Verve Pipe
A Family Album
Lmno Pop
Childen’s Pop

Viva Voce
The Future Will Destroy You
Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Warriors of Ice
Sonic Unyon
Progressive Metal, Heavy Metal, Speed Metal, Punk Metal

White Hills
Thrill Jockey
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Gerald Wilson Orchestra
Mack Avenue
Post-Bop, Progressive Jazz, Third Stream

New CD Album Releases, 6-14-2011: Neil Young, Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark

June 14th, 2011

Not much happening this week. There’s another no doubt half-assed Neil Young album. (Someone please let me know if he’s bothered to write any actual tunes here.) Other than that, there’s a cast recording from the Broadway Spiderman play.

Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new CD album releases:
Junior Boys
It’s All True
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

The 3-D’s
Early Recordings 1989-90
Flying Nun (New Zealand)
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

John Adams
John Adams: Son of Chamber Symphony; String Quartet
Contemporary Chamber Music

Daniel Barenboim
Tchaikovsky & Schoenberg
19th Century and Modern Orchestral Music

Black Country Communion
J&R Adventures

Black Veil Brides
Set the World on Fire
Universal Republic
Screamo, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Alternative/Indie Rock

David Thomas Broughton

Marc Broussard
Marc Broussard
Atlantic Contemporary
Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary

Michael Giacchino
Cars 2 [Original Soundtrack]
Walt Disney
Contemporary Country, Film Music, Soundtracks

Ronald Corp
Ronald Corp: The Ice Mountain
Contemporary Choral Music

Jackie Evancho
Dream with Me
Sony Music Distribution
Pop Idol, Vocal Pop, Pop, Classical Crossover, Adult Contemporary

Julian Gorus
Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage
19th Century Piano Music

Henry Jackman
X-Men: First Class [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Sony Music

New Order/Joy Division
Total: From Joy Division to New Order
Wea UK
Alternative Dance, Post-Punk, Alternative Pop/Rock

Norm MacDonald
Me Doing Stand-Up
Comedy Central Records
Standup Comedy, Comedy

Barry Manilow
15 Minutes
Stiletto Entertainment

Paul McCartney
Album Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, AM Pop

Paul McCartney
McCartney II [Deluxe Edition]
Contemporary Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Album Rock

Mercury Rev
Deserter’s Songs: Instrumental
Excelsior Melodies
Noise Pop, Dream Pop, Neo-Psychedelia, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Pat Metheny
What’s It All About
Folk Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Guitar Jazz

Bart Roose
Hans Neusidler: Ein newgeordent künstlich Lautenbuch
Lute Music

Various Artists
Soul Jazz Records Presents Invasion of the Killer Mysteron Sounds in 3-D (Dancehall Dig
Soul Jazz

Various Artists
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
Cast Recordings

Neil Young & the International Harvesters
A Treasure
Contemporary Pop/Rock, Country-Rock