Watched the Daniel Ellsberg documentary and The Life and Times of Harvey Milk documentary in the last few days and I have to wonder, when will America ever riot again? The last riots we could think of were Battle of Seattle and when those people ripped out the seats of that stadium when Guns N Roses didn't play. I am thinking more rioting by those who are not already predisposed to rioting; i.e. not anarchists, just regular outraged people furious enough to set a cop car aflame. And not just an unruly protest, though what do people protest about anymore, really, other than, periodically, the war/s?
Meanwhile, people, friends, readers--please tell me what is good? Being the fulltime keeper of a newborn, you need to be briefed, because there are certain things that just get lost in the shuffle, like the entire outside world. It's not so bad at all.
I did a blind jukebox with Sea n' Cake bro Sam Prekop and it was pretty fun stuff. I stumped him a few times, including on one of his own songs. His new record is some out business, drones and synths and space and no singing--nothing to it that ties into the rest of his work. Maybe you will like it? I do.
New news in Gossip Wolf this week: Geoff Farina has moved to Chicago, Gemstones goes from being the cities next hip hop promise to being a messenger of Christ, the scoop on the drummer from Sybris' foot surgery and remembering Natalie Cox.
Everynight this week, we've been streaming Chanteurs.org via the iTunes radio, which caught my eye with it's "French songs since 1890 of the dead artists" tagline. It's all the pitch perfect Franco-cuteness you want (vintage Joe Dassin, or Les Trois Menestrals doing "Davy Crockett" en francais) and all the INSANATORY 80'S SCHMATLZ THAT SOUNDS LIKE DIRE STRAIGHTS COVERING NEIL DIAMOND WITH A MUPPET SEXY WHISPERING AND TONS OF MIDI SAX IN THE BRIDGE. Thats the magic of French pop--40 years of being sexy and fun and fun and making you feel sophisticated for listening and then like, a solid two decades of Hell's piano bar. You get both speeds and it's pretty great. It makes dinners feel fancy.
My 09 book tour sisters, who are sisters themselves, Ghost Bees are touring down to Mexico and back (going to Day of the Dead) and need some help on some dates going to an from their native Nova Scotia--can you swing something? They could play acoustic at your Halloween week party!
New York: 10/23
New Orleans: 10/28
Bloomington IN: 11/8 or 9
Chicago: 11/9 or 10
House shows or legit shows for the twin sister angel voice black metal folk witch band? ghostbees at gmail dot com
The first videos on his youtube channel are from five yrs ago, testing circuit bent Pikachus, making 5 of them play happy hardcore breaks... and now, he's worked up to this: a noise orchestra of little pikachus, performed in his pikachu costume. INSPIRING!
HE OUTWHAMCITIED WHAM CITY!
Watched this Alice Neel doc on the insta-netflix yesterday. About her impact, macro and micro, her as single mom, her finally getting her due when she was in her 70s and eighties and her as a feminist. YOU SHOULD WATCH IT. Its like the verso of Beaches of Agnes.
The first time I saw Functional Blackouts it was when I was reporting on a womens mudwrestling fundraiser; the guitarist leaned over the side of the stage and barfed beer and schwarma directly into my bag. Tsunami was wrong, Punk doesn't mean cuddle, punk means DRUNKEN MEATBARF.
The funny thing about life with a baby is the amount of reading I am getting done. Hours of nursing/rocking a half asleep infant a day means I am finishing the entire New Yorker within two days of it's arrival, am re-reading Air Guitar, sometimes aloud.
MNDR IN FULL EFFECT!
Amanda Warner, no longer a secret pop diva and producer. Still semi secretly a noisenik, feminist and Minnesotan jazz nerdlet. So proud.
"This is why I never read my comment threads at Rolling Stone and MSN. You want me to notice what you say, spend 44 cents. Snail-mail my gastropod. Still, the aggressive stupidity of these two comments exemplifies why I have a hard time getting misty-eyed about the inherent democracy of the online world. We know there are people with these prejudices reading us. We also know we're making sense in clear and grammatical English, so fuck them." Amen, Christgau, amen.
I'm not positive we're making sense, but Hit it or Quit it Podcast is now up in the iTunes, courtesy of our new public radio step-parent WBEZ, so you can have it delivered into your computer hole whenever we make new ones. I suggest you subscribe. You can download all the old shows and listen to them away from the computer. You can also rate it with stars. I gave it five.
After two weeks off, I am back doing Gossip Wolf again. The funny thing is I didn't actually stop working. Being American and freelance, there is not really such a thing as maternity leave; "maternity leave" means I just type slowly with one hand while nursing the baby. It works out fine, I am lucky I can do both and to have work that pays me. This depressing chart of how maternity leave works in Europe/the rest of the world shows that America is the only country where maternity leave is conditional and unpaid. And a ruling today in MA says women taking more than 2 months off can be fired. I think some people are right when they say that this is one of feminism's failings, that women were so focused on equality and not being anyone's special exception, no real focus on maternal rights--which was a focus of the European feminist platform. American feminism fucked up on that one.
We have a family now. It's the best.
My review of the new Kelis record on All Things Considered yesterday. That's primetime NPR, bitches!