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Thursday, September 17, 2009

"Hiatus / Sabbatical / Pause / Intermission / Breather"

...and so it was written, and so it shall be.

I was not fully paying attention, due to several distractions in my life, but on April 2nd of this year, one of my favorite groups of all time has announced that, after 19 years, they are taking time off indefinitely.

I first heard Stereolab while working in a record store on Bleeker Street called Zapp Records (which is now a new age store of some sort). They are one of the few bands I know of that could literally record each member pissing in a bucket, and I would buy it. I have seen them live nearly every year since 1994, beginning with their free Central Park Summer Stage performance, and their latest album at the time: Mars Audiac Quintet. Since then, I was hooked.

They are impressive. They are fun. They are challenging. They can be funky. They can be abstract. And they are ALWAYS moving. Smart, political, uplifting, daring, progressive.

I really love "The Groop". Dots and Loops was the first album I ever played for my daughter (she was 2 months old at the time). That is the only album, to this day, that I write, edit, and/or draw to; it's my go-to creative inspiration.

It's kind of sad to know that they won't be releasing any new work any time soon, if at all. But I'll tell you...everything they have out now is enough to keep ANYONE going for the rest of their lives. I've had 15 years with their music, and none of their work has gotten old or stale to me.

So to Lætitia and Tim, thank you for the outstanding work.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"Come together"...with your credit card, and spend some of that money!!

Well, it's finally here. I haven't bought it yet, but I will very soon (as soon as my recently re-employed bottom gets $60 of spendable cash...).

Someone just showed me this commercial advertising the game. Pretty impressive-- reminds me of the technology used to build that McCain/Obama dance-off from last year.

I actually work with someone, whose girlfriend knows the guy that conceived this spot. I say "Good work to you, sir!"

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Well, if the PRESIDENT says so....

I am already sick of hearing about another moronic outburst by that stupid-ass Kanye West. But I think that President Obama's take is the best-- for no other reason, other than hearing him call Kanye a "jack-ass". Awesome. Now, Mr. President, if we can get some of that snarky venom pointed at those GOP "ass-holes"...

Classless in Bed Stuy, and Beyond

Ah, Bedford Stuyvesant...I hardly knew ye. Well, I knew ye enough. I moved to Bed Stuy 2 years ago, right before it became proclaimed the new "hot spot" for New York's hipster population. I had a 2 bedroom on a quiet street in an up-and-coming neighborhood. Gentrification has been working its way through Brooklyn for several years, and the area I live in is at the very beginnings of the changes. Unfortunately, in the last several months, as the economy did Bed Stuy. The crime rate, which had stabilized over the last year or so, has shot back up. Trash on the streets, gun shots at night...more and more unemployed in the area, and a disturbingly high percentage of convicted sex offenders. Not good, especially since I have a daughter that visits me every other week.

Now, after 2 years, I am moving away (with my special lady) to a place which is nicer and more peaceful. I was feeling a bit nostalgic for my time in "the Stuy", until this happened, at 6:49pm on the 10th of September:

Classless trash. Apparently, the screaming lunatic's man is seeing someone else, and is holed up in his mom's house, as his mom is trying to calm the situation. Now, aside from the things that are wrong with this punk-assed man (really, letting your mom resolve these issues...?), I'm not defending the cheating or the lying or whatever else he's guilty of...but this woman. The screaming nut....I mean, is ANY OF THAT really necessary? You're going to disrupt everyone else because of your problems?

Everyone is pissed these days. Joe Wilson, Serena Williams, Kanye West, "teabaggers/birthers/deathers"...a lot of people are talking about the lack of civility in our society today. In my experience, the more uneducated you are, the less civil you will be. Whether it's intellectual or emotional, there is a fundamental section of the brain that these people seem to be deprived of. That small little nugget called "reason"-- that self-imposed censor that taps you on the shoulder and gives you a little pep-talk, right before you're about to do or say somethings stupid. Sure, we all have slips sometimes...but what's going on these days are more than just slips, or momentary lapses.

Well, for me, moving out of Bed Stuy tackles an immediate problem. But what do we do about the rest of the country? I wish I had a good answer to that, or something witty or clever to offer. But I don't. I mean sure, you can blame the economy, or the government, or whatever bullshit excuses that get bandied about... We are a nation of spoiled brats with passive-aggressive disorder. Personally, I think people just need to grown the hell up.