The Mountain Goats/Ned Sublette
Crowns of thorns
The Mountain Goats: Transcendental Youth (Merge)
Thorny to begin with, John Darnielle reached some near-perfect threshold of liminal comprehensibility with Tallahassee 10 years ago, then got thornier again, albeit in liminally comprehensible mode. But here he goes so clear Tom Cruise may propose matrimony. If you want songs that hit as hard as "No Children" and "International Small Arms Traffic Blues," put on your body armor, because most of these hit harder. From "Amy AKA Spent Gladiator"'s unequivocal "stay alive" to the title youth rising heavenward on "air gone black with flies," here is all-embracing existential despair that refuses to get down in the mouth about it, peaking with two sunken-hopes tracks midway through that taken as a diptych constitute the greatest song he's ever written. Matthew E. White's horn charts are the musical development Darnielle has in store for us. But the dealmaker is Jon Wurster's spare, inescapable drumming. A
Ned Sublette: Kiss You Down South (Postmambo)
My favorite tune here was also Thomas Jefferson's‑-the 18th-century hit "Money Musk," which Sublette appropriates the better to ensnare the "great brain of a brave new nation" in his own sweet trap. Listen faithfully and you'll find more, beginning with the geographical-anatomical title lick. But in truth I wish they weren't so subtle, just as I wish the clave aficionado had enlisted a rhythm section instead of recording these 14 songs as if his 1969 nylon-stringed Ramirez classical guitar was Lead Belly's steel, which it isn't‑-
momentum-wise, anyway. That said, phrasing that stops you short he can do, and lyrically he's something else. "Flow" and "Between Piety and Desire," "Gangster Roots" and "The Auctioneer's Nightmare," "Drugs (Fuck All You Motherfuckers)" and "Hey God"‑-these deliver the requisite lyricism, complexity, and rage, respectively. The Jefferson song, entitled "Sally," delivers all three. A MINUS
There is no question in my mind that
Alexander NM has" friends" thumb up-ing his posts-
and thumb down-ing others. No question.
Milo is on the money-ignore. I must listen to Milo.
I can't think of anything comparable on the Democratic side. There are many prominent anti-choice Democrats (e.g., Bob Casey and Harry Reid) and they routinely get support from all across the party. Democratic primary challenges are very rare and rarely successful -- e.g., Joe Lieberman. And the lack of common beliefs and positions makes any sort of "ideological purity test" laughable. Will Rogers used to tell folks that he's not a member of any organized political party -- he's a Democrat. That's a joke, but it's still true today.
The Republicans didn't use to be so rigid and intolerant -- cf. Reagan's so-called 11th commandment. But they are now.
and now, the most "transparent administration" reveals that a week ago (i.e. before the election) Iran shot at US drones.
"Iran fired on an unarmed U.S. drone last week as it was hovering in international airspace, the Pentagon announced Thursday. "
"TEHRAN // Iran has shown US drones it shot down over the Gulf to Russia, a top official with the Revolutionary Guard was quoted as saying yesterday.
"Russian experts requested to see these drones and they looked at both the downed drones and the models made by the guards through reverse engineering," the official IRNA news agency quoted General Hajizadeh as saying.
General Hajizadeh did not elaborate on the number or type of unmanned US aircraft it had shot down, or when or where it had done so."
"Russian Attack Sub Off Our Coast As Sequestration Looms
The fruit of unilateral disarmament, appeasement and promised "flexibility" patrols our East Coast near one of our largest ballistic missile submarine bases. Defense cuts and Russian subs — a double whammy.
'On June 1 or a bit later, we will resume constant patrolling of the world's oceans by strategic nuclear submarines," Russian Navy Commander Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky said in February. Keeping that promise, a Russian Sierra-2 class nuclear attack submarine cruised within 200 miles of our East Coast on the eve of a U.S. presidential election in which defense spending and priorities were a key issue.
This is the first time a Russian Sierra-2 class sub, believed to be based with Russia's Northern Fleet and armed with SSN anti-submarine warfare missiles and torpedoes, has been detected near the U.S. coast, reports Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon.
"As was their primary mission during the Cold War, Russian SSNs nuclear attack submarines would likely be trying to track U.S. nuclear missile submarines deploying from Kings Bay, Ga., and to monitor U.S. naval deployments from Norfolk, Va.," according to Richard Fisher, a military analyst with the International Assessment and Strategy Center. Two guided missile submarines and six nuclear missile submarines are docked at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base."
"We have these ships that go underwater called nuclear submarines...."
Seems that Hussein isn't the only one with increased "flexibility" after his re-election.
I forgot which EW commenter I was talking to but please note: Rep. (or Alderman, I don't recall which office he held at the time) Guitierez did a number of spots in Spanish strongly supporting said candidate, Glen Poshard. So I am aware "Screwy Lui" is capable of good judgement.).
Poshard in fact was criticized by even Liberal Sen. Paul Simon (another decent Democrap, btw. Yes, they do exist) for running on rumors of Ryan's corruption, which turned out to be true, and lost, largely because he didn't pass the ideological purity test for the Democrap party. Odd how the Republicans are criticized for just tolerating the "Pro-Choice" politicians, while the Democraps shut out their pro-life members. Or perhaps typical.
It's all top notch but I think Colbert nails the inherent selfishness and fear of us ex-majoritarians with this punch line: “The white establishment, guys like us, we’re the minority now. And we’re helpless against this tide of non-white people who want ‘stuff’ and ‘things.’ They’re the thing-stuff-wanters. Whereas traditional white people — of any race — we don’t want things. We have things. Okay?”
about the blogger
Starting in 1967, Robert Christgau has covered popular music for The Village Voice, Esquire, Blender, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. He teaches in New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, maintains a comprehensive website at robertchristgau.com, and has published five books based on his journalism. He has written for MSN Music since 2006.