Taking a break from whatever it is one does when one is an eccentric multi-millionaire who occasionally yells at teen girls on television, Kanye West explained that President Obama was clearly hamstrung by his lack of connections … like the ones all the Jews have:
"Man, let me tell you something about George Bush and oil money and Obama and no money. People want to say Obama can’t make these moves or he’s not executing. That’s because he ain’t got those connections. Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people. Black people don’t have the same connection as oil people."
If only Obama was Jewish … then he’d be super-popular with all the people who don’t like him!
Unpopular Opinion Alert
I want to go on the record as officially, vociferously opposing this horrific neo-disco trend.
I really like James Mercer as the creative force behind the Shins, and I loved his first Broken Bells collaboration with Brian Burton … but I have zero interest in hearing him channel the Bee Gees in the new Broken Bells album that’s coming out in January.
And I’ve been a very vocal Arcade Fire fan since about 2005 — and the two live shows I saw still rank among the best shows I’ve seen ever — but listening to Win and Regine do a late ’70s/early ’80s dance number on “Reflektor” just makes me sad.
Can’t we all just agree that disco music should be resigned to the dustbin of history and that no one should ever attempt to revive it in any way?
Arcade Fire’s 22-minutes, post-SNL concert, Here Comes the Night, directed by Roman Coppola, w/appearances by James Franco, Bill Hader, Zach Galifianakis, Ben Stiller, Michael Cera, and Aziz Ansari. This is in addition to the songs they rolled out on SNL last night. So excited for Reflektor.
(Source: imageoscillite, via kateoplis)
In honor of John Coltrane’s birthday yesterday:
To mark the occasion we present this rare document from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History: Coltrane’s handwritten outline of his groundbreaking jazz composition A Love Supreme.
Recorded in December of 1964 and released in 1965, A Love Supreme is Coltrane’s personal declaration of his faith in God and his awareness of being on a spiritual path. “No road is an easy one,” writes Coltrane in a prayer at the bottom of his own liner notes for the album, “but they all go back to God.”
HT: Eddie Kohen.
I can’t say this photo makes me enthusiastic about the upcoming Iron And Wine show.
"Come to our show; everyone will be crying in their beards all night."
Noted international relations scholar Madonna has weighed in on the conflict in Syria … so we no longer need to talk about whether or not the U.S. should intervene in an attempt to halt the bloodshed.
In all seriousness, I so desperately wish I could somehow ask Madonna — and the 66,000+ people who liked this little photo she uploaded to Facebook and the dozens of people whose similar photos keep popping up in my Timeline — to defend the line, “For humanity’s sake.”
The idea that staying out of the Syrian conflict is so obviously good “for humanity” is just as monstrously foolish as the idea that shooting missiles at Syrian targets is so obviously right and good. But Madonna and so many thousands of others are absolutely certain that humanity is obviously best served by sitting idly by while so many people are killed.
But, then, I suppose a complete lack of nuance is pretty much what made Madonna famous in the first place …
For the first time ever, I’m going to make a playlist for one of my undergraduate courses; I’m planning to arrive five to ten minutes early for each class meeting and put on some music to lead into the beginning of the class.
it’s a contemporary political theory class, and we’ll talk a bit about music throughout the course so I think it’s a good fit.
Now I need some help coming up with the songs.
The central texts of the course are:
- Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind
- Michel Foucault, The Order of Things
- Jürgen Habermas, Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere
- Robert Nozick, Anarchy, State, and Utopia
- John Rawls, Justice as Fairness
- Richard Rorty, Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity
We’ll also read parts of Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition, Jacques Lacan’s Écrits, and Michael Sandel’s, Democracy’s Discontent.
So … which songs should I play to go along with these texts?
There’s an interesting discussion underway on my Facebook page about the nature of classic rock.
Most obviously, no one wants their favorite bands — ones they’re still actively enjoying — to get classified as classic rock; when that happens, it means that, even though they stand the test of time, they’re officially old. They’re the Rolling Stones, Steve Miller, Tom Petty, or Aerosmith. If you’re driving a rental car or you’re on vacation, you’d definitely linger on the station when they come on … but your kids might grumble about it, especially when you start singing all the words.
I’m trying to face this bravely. I have to remember, after all, that when I started actively listening to music that I liked (and not just what my parents listened to), in the mid-1980s, music from the late 1950s and 1960s (my parents’ music) was clearly classic rock (or, “oldies,” a classification I absolutely hate). I suppose it’s inevitable that my music from the 80s and 90s — the good stuff, mind you, not the dreck — is classified as classic rock today. Some of that stuff is 30 years old now (think of early U2 and R.E.M., for example) and is almost certainly being played on classic rock stations.
Presented without further comment is Slavoj Zizek singing “The Great Pretender,” originally by The Platters.
OK, maybe just one comment:
The repetition of the clip where he’s staring into space and smoothing his mustache, without any words at all, is the key to the whole thing.
HT: Marco Abel.
When Marc Anthony sang “God Bless America” at last night’s MLB All-Star Game, racists were understandably outraged since baseball is America’s national pastime and Anthony is clearly not American.
I mean, just look at the guy!
Anyhow, these two guys win the award for Most Idiotic Tweets I’ve Seen Today. When presented with the fact that Anthony is, in fact, American, they continue to insist that there’s some sort of problem, honestly convinced that it’s impossible for someone to be Latino and American at the same time. After all, he’s clearly not white and doesn’t look like he could possibly be from New York.
Stupid facts. Always trying to get in the way of people’s racism.
Composed by Bernice Johnson Reagon, copyright: Songtalk Publishing Co.
We who believe in freedom cannot rest
We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes
Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons
Is as important as the killing of White men, White mothers’ sons
And that which touches we most is that I had a chance to work with people
Passing on to others that which was passed on to me
To me young people come first, they have the courage where we fail
And if I can shed some light as they carry us through the gale
The older I get the better I know that the secret of my going on
Is when the reins are in the hand of the young who dare to run against the storm
Not needing to clutch for power, not needing the light just to shine on me
I need to be just one in the number as we stand against tyranny
Struggling myself don’t mean a whole lot I come to realize
That teaching others to stand up and fight is the only way my struggle survive
I’m a woman who speaks in a voice and I must be heard
At time I can be quite difficult, I’ll bow to no man’s word
Fans of Journey rejoice!
Opening Soon: ‘South Detroit’ Restaurant In Downtown Windsor
South Detroit will feature “the best of Detroit’s classic dishes with a twist” …
“We hope to create a one stop destination in the heart of downtown,” says Mathias. “We feel it will be a truly unique experience, people that want to experience Detroit will have no need to cross the border!”
HT: Rabbi Jason Miller.