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 +3Posted on Sep 11th | re: Damien Rice - “My Favourite Faded Fantasy" (6 comments)

Wow, blast from the past. I wasn’t sure when we’d hear from Damien again, but I didn’t think his name would be in the lights on Stereogum.

That said, digging the track. I think The Blower’s Daughter was on every Mix CD I made for a girl in my late high school/early college years.

I haven’t read the full article yet, but he brings up a good point that highlights the gray area between Patriotism and Nationalism, and how the Freedom Tower now almost stands as a symbol for what will be considered a very dark decade in American history (I guess, depending on which textbook you’ll be reading). This is a gray area consisting of America reacting to direct adversity and banding together as a country, and using that adversity to propagate fear and as an excuse to push our ‘values’ on others via the protection of American interests overseas.

I sometimes fantasize that American isolationism is still an option. To stop investing time, energy, and money into foreign affairs and to redirect those efforts internally to tackle the issues that tear this nation apart. I’d rather see oil at $200 per barrel, but have sensible, level-headed, productive conversations that lead to appropriate gun or energy policies. What about figuring a way to educate America, so when they graduate they aren’t $60k in debt? Or on a more fundamental education note, to drive down unwanted teen pregnancy. It’s all about allocation of energy. We can solve these problems, we just have our mind on too many other things.

 +3Posted on Sep 9th | re: Album Of The Week: Hiss Golden Messenger Lateness Of Dancers (32 comments)

It’s pretty solid. Definite standout is “Rainbow,” which may honestly end up being one of my top 10 tracks this year.

It still impresses me at the quality of the material Robert Plant still puts out. Not many of his contemporaries do that, with the exception of maybe Paul Simon, and once in a while Neil.

Not sure about what they will say about the Beatles. I think they just want to play some of George’s groovy tunes, man.

I’ve been enjoying the shit out of Brill Bruisers.

Also, Neko’s pants are amazing.

 +1Posted on Sep 4th | re: D.C. Diner Names Burger After Noted Vegan Ian MacKaye (12 comments)

Steamed Taters from Mars?

 +3Posted on Sep 2nd | re: Flight Of The Conchords Are Returning To HBO (10 comments)

As long as they include Rhys Darby and Arj Barker I will be happy.

Even if not, I’ll probably still be happy.

 +1Posted on Aug 27th | re: Album Of The Week: Ty Segall Manipulator (49 comments)

I still think Manipulator is my AOTW, but am still really loving Brill Bruisers.

I haven’t given Cymbals Eat Guitars or Merchandise a chance yet, but its tough to give due justice to four new albums in one week.

 +4Posted on Aug 26th | re: Album Of The Week: Ty Segall Manipulator (49 comments)

Agreed. Those Dan Bejar tracks are really doing it for me.

 +16Posted on Aug 25th | re: Idiots Are Confusing Isis The Band With ISIS The Terrorists (20 comments)

I think “Idiots are confusing…” should be the start of most news headlines.