May 9, 2012
commented on Never Heard of 'Em: Beastie Boys
The Beasties couldn't totally suck because Sabotage was genius. The first record was good as well, but Public Enemy left them in the dust. There had to be some white rappers, and the Beasties were the most acceptable, though only Ad Rock was truly a great rapper. Still, they definitely caught the zeitgeist of the 80s, and then ran away from it promptly, which was both good and bad, because it sapped their early ability to offend and stir the pot.
I admire Mr Yauch's commitment to his causes more than his music, and I'm sure he felt the same. I really really wish they had stuck to playing instruments like they did on Sabotage but it was not to be. Rap/hip hop (the same, sorry) is a form that starts out at a disadvantage, so it takes serious ability and talent to rise above the ubiquitous mediocrity caused by easy entry into the genre. The Beasties had the right look, and the right producers, but I never really bought it as long as they were watering down music presented better by Public Enemy, NWA, EPMD, Rakim and others.
The Beasties did bring the music to a wider audience, though, and their interest was genuine, and their skill (because of Ad Rock) good enough, if not sublime. It was better than Beck's two turntables and a microphone, that's for sure.
Apr 20, 2012
commented on Another One Bites the Dust
If you just moved to Seattle, you might have a hard time understanding why it used to be cool to live here, before the satanic new federal bldg destroyed the summer sunset light that used to hit Broadway around SCCC, and when the Doghouse was a nearly complete 50s diner, complete with piano bar and waitresses with beehive hairdos. They could take tourists there by the busload today if it hadn't been stripped out and turned into the Hurricane, a soulless, ugly drug haven.
Belltown used to be affordable, you could rent rooms in houses across Capitol Hill for under $200. The city that produced the last big rock music of USA is no longer, and it is no longer friendly to artists, which it never was, but at least it was cheaper than LA and NYC. You'll never know what a party the OK Hotel was before they turned it into overpriced art studios and condos. Bumbershoot was once enjoyable. The list goes on.
This city blows, and the mayor is a clown for moneyed interests. Amazon is about to implode traffic in the soon to be unliveable S Lake Union 'neighborhood' by throwing up one million sq ft of office space for what is basically a monopoly destroying every other retailer around, run by a CEO who thinks giving back to the community isn't his concern. Occupy isnt done by a long shot. Developers need private visits from the population.
Viva Argentina for nationalizing their own oil. Americans are still too indoctrinated to raise a hand in their own defense.
Feb 2, 2012
commented on Light Therapy
The event was ok. As an ex-rave VJ, I've seen far better projection work. a couple of the installations were good. The internal beer garden was awesome. The school van was the best touch, although it was the kind of school bus anyone would actually want to own. It was a piece of art because it was cool to begin with.
The space itself is incredible, and artist/band's wet dream. I hope a lot more events happen there, as in this weekend.
Nov 14, 2011
commented on Nick Licata's Occupy Wall Street Resolution Passes Unanimously
The only reason a right-winger comes here to slag Occupy Seattle is he's either paid to do so or he's on a govt-paid pension. The stupidity of the latter is truly mind-boggling and frustrating, but that's part of protest, just like dealing with the morons who showed up at the Town Hall meeting. I've seen a lot of dynamic moral people at Occupy and I am one as well, so let's all focus on the positive. Noone said this would be a cakewalk, but we've already won a lot, and we can win a whole lot more.
And if the right-wing decides it needs to cross the line as it loses the battle, unlike the 60s, this time, the left needs to respond a la Untouchables - the Chicago Way. Enough martyrs, and no, the cops, are not worthy combatants. They're nothing but patsies to be gone around. Any smart person can
brainstorm a good right-wing recipient of karma.
Nov 14, 2011
commented on Occupy Seattle Disrupts Pro-Occupy Wall Street Forum, Drives Away Supporters
I had one of these jerks say I must be a cop at one of the protests. He was wearing a bandanna to cover his face, like anyone really cares who he is. Unfortunately, this is what happens when you open a movement to everyone. There's a reason some people are homeless - because they're antisocial narcissists who can't get along with people. I've seen these people shout from the periphery, poed that they don't get to own the mic the whole time, and then when they speak, it's a bunch of uninformed gobbledy-gook. It's a minority, but a destructive one.
I listened to some douchebag 'comedian' blather on for ten minutes at a rally about how voting wasn't important, and he never voted, blah blah blah. Great strategy. God, the republicans have succeeded in creating an underclass of woefully undeveloped, brutish minds.
The OWS movement is going to have to elect and secure leaders and eventually get some sort of security, that will throw disrupters out, if it's going to operate like a real political movement.
Oct 29, 2011
commented on Songs for the Revolution
Hazy Shade of Criminal - less predictable pick by PE.
Gang of Four congrats.
MC5 - sure, along with Iggy.
Pistols - absolutely. 'The fascist regime that made you a moron' is about the best of all time lyrics.
James Brown and
Woody Guthrie- of course
Cat Power and no Bob Dylan? hmmmm.
Tom Petty - The Last DJ
Neil Young - This Note's For You.