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I've been busier than hell the last couple of days, but I just wanted to tell you about two things:

1. The Mighty Wind soundtrack is on Rhapsody and holy shit, it rules. I have to say, I think the Folksmen kick ass. Even if they are fictional. I just can't get over how well everyone from that movie can sing. Damn. Those are some complicated harmonies. Oh... the best part of it is a track that's not in the film at all - the Folksment covering "Start Me Up". Awesome. Especially the end.

2. Saw Jello Biafra speak at the Showbox last night and damn. That man is angry. He's the only one I've ever seen who is more liberal than mom. It was like listening to vespaden, except for one big difference. Where, after an hour or so, me and vespaden will usually go, yeah... fuck it... shit's fucked up, and then drink a beer, Jello went on for FIVE HOURS. That's right, dudes. Five hours of Jello calling out everyone from G.W. Bush to Herbert Hoover. I think the only one he didn't touch was Kennedy. He made some good points, but it really sort of bummed me out to think about exactly how dismal the political situation is and what it would take for things to change. And he really got me thinking again about how easily John Kerry rolled over and he said what I've been thinking but never talked about, because I didn't want to sound overtly wacko - maybe things went exactly as planned. Maybe, despite what we knew going in to it, our loss was a little too easy. Maybe the myth of the single Republicrat party is more true than we think. Maybe Kerry wasn't being too soft during the debates and maybe he didn't concede too early. Maybe he did those things exactly as planned. Maybe he and Senator Edwards and Senator Gore weren't turning a deaf ear to the black members of Congress who wanted to present proof of voter fraud back in 2000 and needed just one of them to agree to hear them. Scary.

Well, sorry for the spookfest, but 46 year old punk rockers will do that to you.

By the way, there's no need to point out that I'm probably the only person in the world who spent five hours last night listening to an ex Dead Kennedy and then woke up and listened to an hour of fake folk music from a mockumentary. I already realized it.

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molotrash
Dec. 9th, 2004 12:45 pm (UTC)
Man, I am fucking scared to think what this world is going to turn out like for my daughter.

Fucking Bush.
beatnikside
Dec. 9th, 2004 01:56 pm (UTC)
There are times I wish Jello had actually been elected mayor of SF. Most times, actually. If he'd become mayor, and Frank Zappa had lived to become governor of California, the world would be a far more interesting and probably better place.
vespa59
Dec. 9th, 2004 02:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah... I don't know. He has some great idea, but some of them are kind of out there. He talked about some of the stuff he wanted to push as mayor. One of the ideas was that all police officers would have be elected every four years. They'd have to be members of the community so everyone would know them and would vote them out if they beat people up and stuff. Another one was that on your tax forms, there would be little boxes where you'd say what percentage of your taxes you wanted to go towards what. So you could give a high percentage to education and a low percentage to defense, or whatever. These sound great on paper, but they have a critical flaw, which is that they trust the majority of people to do the right thing - clearly not the wisest way to go.
beatnikside
Dec. 9th, 2004 02:38 pm (UTC)
Personally, I always liked his idea of allowing squatters in public buildings left vacant for tax purposes. Also like his refreshingly non-punk take on hemp ... but you're right, he is kinda way fucking out there.
vespa59
Dec. 9th, 2004 02:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah... I do like the squatter's rights position. He talked about a place where they played in Vienna. It was a huge factory/warehouse complex that had been abandoned and a whole bunch of squatters had moved in. After a few years, they'd fixed it up and made it very liveable, with apartments and a little market, and music venue, and art space and stuff. At some point, the city came in and instead of evicting them, gave them the money to bring it all up to code and turned ownership over to them. That's pretty cool. Jello says that they're starting to sort of move this way in NYC, where they'll turn buildings over to the squatters for a very small ownership loan of some sort. That pretty much rules.
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