Archive for June, 2011

Herman Cain vs the Muslim Fifth Column and Their Useful Idiots

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

New CD Album Releases, 6-7-2011: The Book of Mormon soundtrack is AWESOME!!!

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

This week marks the release of the very likely best album of the year (give or take Paul Simon), the soundtrack to Trey Parker and Matt Stones Broadway smash hit The Book of Mormon. It won 9 Tony awards, including Best Musical. This is SO worth spending your money on. With due respect to their previous work, this is many times more musically ambitious than anything they’ve done before. Nearly every single song is a new Broadway classic. READ MY EXTENDED REVIEW Parker and Stone RULE!!!

Here’s the complee list of this week’s major new CD album releases:
Arctic Monkeys
Suck It and See
Post-Hardcore, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Adelitas Way
Home School Valedictorian
Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal

All Time Low
Dirty Work
Emo-Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Jill Andrews
Thirty Tigers
Indie Folk, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock

Leif Ove Andsnes
Schumann: Complete Works for Piano Trio
EMI Classics
19th Century Piano Music

The Appleseed Cast
Middle States
Graveface Records
Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Black Moth Super Rainbow
Dandelion Gum [Deluxe Reissue]
Graveface Records
Indie Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock

Nels Cline/Tim Berne/Jim Black
The Veil
Cryptogramophone Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Jazz, Modern Creative, Jazz Instrument

Original Broadway Cast
The Book of Mormon
Show Tunes, Cast Recordings

Carolina Chocolate Drops
Regional Blues, Neo-Traditionalist Country, Piedmont Blues, Contemporary Country, Neo-Traditional Folk, String Bands, Country Blues, Modern Acoustic Blues

Various Artists
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue: Live!
Alligator Records
Soul-Blues, Contemporary Blues, Blues-Rock

Chick Corea
The Definitive Chick Corea on Stretch and Concord
Modern Jazz, Fusion

Chick Corea/Stanley Clarke/Lenny White
Concord Jazz Fusion, Jazz-Rock, Piano Jazz, Modern Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Modern Creative

Andrea Corr
A.C. Records
Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Crash Ensemble
Gra Agus Bas
Contemporary Vocal Music

In the Name of
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Sparky D
This Is Sparky D’s World
M.I.L. Multimedia

Depeche Mode
Remixes 2: 81-11 [1-CD]
Warner Bros.
Alternative Dance, Alternative Pop/Rock, Synth Pop

Chris Difford
Cashmere If You Can
Sony Music Distribution

Joe Ely
Satisfied at Last
Rackem Records
Americana, Outlaw Country, Country-Rock, Progressive Country

Nelson Freire
Liszt: Harmonies du Soir
19th Century Chamber Music

In Light
Glass Note
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Michael Grimm
I’ve Got Dreams
Free Roll Records
Blue-Eyed Soul, Soul

Herman Düne
Strange Moosic
City Slang
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Philippe Herreweghe
Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C “The Great”
PentaTone Classics
19th Century Orchestral Music

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
Finding the Keys: The Best of Jools Holland

Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers
Bride of the Noisemakers
429 Records
Contemporary Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Soft Rock

Hospital Ships
Lonely Twin
Graveface Records
Indie Pop, Lo-Fi, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Iron Maiden
From Fear to Eternity: The Best of 1990-2010
New Wave of British Heavy Metal, British Metal, Heavy Metal

Joe Jackson Trio
Live Music: Europe 2010
Razor & Tie
Contemporary Pop/Rock

Garland Jeffreys
The King of In Between
Rock & Roll

George Jones
Great Country Hits of the ’60s

Album Rock, Arena Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock

Mark Kosower
Ginastera: Cello Concertos
Modern Music for Cello and Orchestra

The Ladybug Transistor
Clutching Stems
Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Sondre Lerche
Sondre Lerche
Indie Pop, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Dog Man Star
Neo-Glam, Alternative/Indie Rock, Britpop, Alternative Pop/Rock

Branford Marsalis/Joey Calderazzo
Songs of Mirth and Melancholy
Marsalis Music
Modern Jazz, Modern Creative

Dean Martin
Cool Then, Cool Now

Peter Murphy
Goth Rock, Dance-Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Dustin O’Halloran
Fat Cat Records
Piano/New Age, Solo Instrumental, Neo-Classical

Brian Olive
Two of Everything
Alive Records
Garage Punk, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Absolute II
Garage Punk, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Post-Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Randy Travis
Anniversary Celebration
New Traditionalist, Contemporary Country, Neo-Traditionalist Country, Traditional Country, Country Gospel, Gospel

The Postelles
The Postelles
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Power Pop

The Rhythmagic Orchestra
The Rhythmagic Orchestra
Tru Thoughts

The Rosebuds
Loud Planes Fly Low
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Diane Schuur
The Gathering
Contemporary Jazz, Vocal Pop

Seasick Steve
You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks
Neo-Traditional Folk, Folk-Blues, Modern Acoustic Blues, Neo-Traditional, Country Blues

Frank Sinatra
Ring-a-Ding Ding!
Vocal Jazz, Traditional Pop

Craig Taborn
Avenging Angel
Piano Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Improvisation, Avant-Garde Jazz, Modern Free

Tech N9ne
All 6′s and 7′s
Strange Music
Hardcore Rap, Underground Rap, Alternative Rap, Gangsta Rap

Tedeschi Trucks Band
Sony Legacy
Modern Blues, Retro-Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, American Trad Rock, Guitar Virtuoso, Roots Rock, Blues-Rock

Frank Turner
England Keep My Bones
Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Tom Vek
Leisure Seizure
Indie Electronic, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Wooden Birds
Two Matchsticks
Barsuk Records
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Pop, Indie Folk

Naomi Campbell vs “Racist” Cadbury ad

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Naomi Campbell had her itty bitty diva feelings hurt by an ad for Cadbury chocolate bars. “Move over, Naomi. There’s a new diva in town.”

“I am shocked. It’s upsetting to be described as chocolate, not just for me, but for all black women and black people,” she said, according to the Independent. “I do not find any humor in this. It is insulting and hurtful.”

While Ms. Campbell and her opportunistic backers have their panties all up in a bunch about this horrible defamation of being compared to a chocolate bar, I presume they will be working to get repentance and atonement from the wicked racist George Clinton for the infamous song “Chocolate City.”

How many kinds of dishonest and despicable is Naomi Campbell? Being compared to chocolate has pretty much always been regarded as a NICE thing to say about a black person, particularly a black woman. Chocolate is good. It’s the tastiest thing ever. It’s completely arbitrary to decide to be offended by it.

Plus, she wasn’t being compared on the basis of her being like chocolate. The point and the joke was that the chocolate was a fancy thing that demanded pampering and special consideration. It’s not that she’s chocolate, but that the chocolate is a diva.

She has more than earned the term diva. Indeed that term is WAY too generous for her. Naomi Campbell goes way past being stuck up. She has historically been known to be a violent bully. She’ll assault the help if she can’t find her favorite jeans or whatever such nonsense happens to irritate her. Intimidating a candy maker because she didn’t like being even ever-so-gently teased is par for the course for her – and an insult to people who have experienced actual racism.

Some chocolate lovers league should protest against chocolate being slandered by comparison to this worthless witch.

Al Barger’s Crusade for Moorish Dignity

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

For some years now, I’ve had something of a continuing grievance with people hating on seemingly almost every form of appearance of black people in any film before approximately Sidney Poitier. They’re all racist, or racially problematic, stereotypical, blah, blah, blah. [By the way, what exactly is the difference between a stereotype (bad) vs an archetype(good)?]

Shut up already, damn! Seems like there’s no winning. My beef with early Hollywood would be mostly that there were so few black folks. So I’m inclined to be grateful and cherish what there was that was any good. Whereas there are folk who seem to as much as actually make a living at throwing poo on the work of black actors and singers and any white folks who had the temerity to make films with them.

You COULD reasonably be offended by a lot of things. I can appreciate how just the stage name Stepin Fetchit would set progressive teeth on edge. Being a racially insensitive hillbilly, I can watch such a thing with impunity. Still, I get the point.

But then there’s bunches and bunches of looking to take everything in the worst way possible. Some folks badly WANT to be offended. They get off on feelings of righteous victimization or whatever. They CHOOSE to be offended or, worse, decide that their feelings are hurt over pretty much anything or nothing. I’m just saying that you’ve really got to REACH to get racism out of Harpo Marx swinging with the black folk At the Circus

If you really want bad depictions of black folk to bitch about, there’s MUCH worse stuff now. I utterly fail to see how you can reasonably be offended by Amos and Andy or the dreaded Stepin Fetchit, but think that these nasty Negro rap minstrel shows are somehow acceptable. James Baskett playing the part of kindly ex-slave Uncle Remus telling Br’er Rabbit stories in Song of the South is so horribly degrading that Disney won’t even make the movie available in the US. But Dre carrying on about bitches and hos and popping caps in niggers asses is groovy.

Looks to me like this would be exponentially more degrading and offensive than the worst early Hollywood depictions of blacks. OK, so Stepin Fetchit is not particularly an uplifting portrayal of black folk – if you took it that this was supposed to be what blacks are really like. But then as a white man, I would be offended by the portrayal of white men as fat and stupid as represented by, say, Laurel and Hardy. But both of these are just goofy light humor. The gangsterism of NWA and a thousand other thug rappers is truly depraved – and represented without the distance of fiction.

So I’m herewith declaring my own one man Crusade for Moorish Dignity in defense of black folk in early cinema, supposedly “racist” or not – and opposing cheap bogus claims of racism in general.

“Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.” Titus 1:5

John Edwards – World Class Schmuck and Thought Criminal

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

John Edwards was indicted today in a federal court for multiple campaign law violation felonies that could theoretically result in 30 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines. A couple of wealthy backers gave him nearly a million dollars to support his mistress and out of wedlock child. The premise of the criminal indictments is that all of this should have been treated as campaign donations, reported and regulated as such.

I hate John Edwards more than almost anyone else in recent American political life. He’s a nasty and narcisstic piece of work. As a trial attorney, he’s a great symbol for the abuses of tort law that are a considerable part of our health care problem in America. He’s a two-bit lying demagogue of the first order.

Nonetheless, I have to say that this indictment looks pretty bogus. This money was not used for campaign ads or consultants or anything clearly and undeniably to do with his 2008 campaign for president. The indictment completely depends on what he was thinking when he took and spent the money – which makes it basically that he’s being indicted for a thought crime. If he was taking that money from his friends to spend on his mistress in order to protect his viability as a candidate for POTUS, then he’s a felon who should go to prison. But if it was for other reasons, then the law simply doesn’t apply.

Edwards could just as easily say – and no doubt will in court – that he was doing this to spare his late wife, who was dying of cancer at the time, from public humiliation and so forth. I wouldn’t really believe that, but there’s no reasonable way that you could say for sure what’s in a man’s mind. Even a rabid rightwing nutjob like me could never convict him on this, being sure beyond a reasonable doubt as to his motives. It’s one thing as a couch pundit to say you don’t believe him. It’s another thing to be a jurist deciding a man’s fate.

John Edwards is a world class schmuck, deserving of any ridicule you can conjure up. But that in itself is not a felony.