Sunday, July 31, 2005
Thursday, July 28, 2005
...As good as my word: link.
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Saturday, July 23, 2005
Poole himself was very much a man of the present...a voracious listener, picking up gestures, inflections and sometimes whole tunes not just from jazz and blues but from vaudeville, black gospel, square-dance music [and] ancient English folk.
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Smart conservatives who aren't shills for the Bushies have every reason to be concerned about Roberts. He may very well be a right-to-lifer. His wife is and that is significant in pro-life circles. But if Roberts agrees with his wife, why is he afraid to say it? If asked by Senators, he would readily answer whether he was against child abuse or slavery. Why not mass murder (if you accept that premise about abortion)?
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
So far, the right wing seems fairly happy. That's bad. And we know that the more the left seems outraged, the more the right circles the wagons. But the truth is that the "religious right" is a powderkeg right now, entitled and emboldened but also needy, very demanding and totally whiny. So we should play the devils on their shoulders, saying "Gee, Bush's choice will help his pro-business pals, but what track record does this guy have on the issues that you care so much about? None to speak of! Are you sure this guy will help your cause?"
The more they doubt that Roberts is one of them, the more the political fallout harms Republicans in '06. So let's hear much more repetition of the Roberts quote stating that Roe is "settled law" (yes, it's potentially a misleading quotation...what's your point?). Deepen the fissures in Bush's governing coalition. Then back to bringing down Karl Rove!
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
There are four black guys in Russia and all of them rap in English. With each of them, it's as if Ice T has gone into exile and wearily gone back into the music biz, with a few extra tats and a dull-eyed misunderstanding of the contemporary youth culture.
Monday, July 18, 2005
Thursday, July 14, 2005
This station represents everything that is wrong with commercial radio today. No personality, cliched music and tons of commercials. Jack FM is nothing but a homogonized [sic] and automated juke box that serves as a giant cash cow for corporate radio owners.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Monday, July 11, 2005
Friday, July 08, 2005
The release of Missy's "Get Ur Freak On" in 2001--its stop-start rhythms, the hypnotic string-plucking that dotted the track--was one of those punctuated equlibium events in musical evolution, the pop-music end of the 90s/beginning of the 00s marker. Timbaland also proceeded to release pop singles that doubled as huge, enveloping electronic music sculpture-pieces, for artists like Aaliyah ("We Need a Resolution"), Justin Timberlake and the underrated Bubba Sparxxx.
The string of dynamite Missy/Timbaland collaborations is the highest achievement, though: tracks for megasingles "Get Ur Freak On," "Work It" and "Pass that Dutch" are elaborately weird in structure and contain some of the most avant garde sounds ever played on the radio. "Pass That Dutch" in particular was a little underpraised, I thought; built around three bass notes and a sort of schoolyard click-rhythm, it is brutally minimalist and totally immersive. The LL Cool J and the Brandy records, no disrespect, do not represent Timbaland stretching himself, and his two tracks on the new Missy record are not even album highlights.
So for anyone glum at Tim Mosely's lower profile of late, I offer you free downloads!
"Poppin" -- New mixtape track, hard Southern rap, thickly drawled by Rich Boy and Pit Bull over a mesmerizing Eastern vocal-sample that at times openly competes with the rappers' vocals.
Super-bonus download track: "Pass That Dutch," since I mention it above.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
So is everyone ready with talking points for whatever crazy Supreme Court nominee Bush picks? Let's review:
- The nomination of a candidate so far outside of the judicial mainstream constitutes a truly extraordinary circumstance.
- Democrats will use all available constitutional options to block this nominee. Nothing is off the table.
- The American people have a right to know the truth about Bush's nominee.