Thursday Nov 06, 2008


I bought PANDORA as an app for my iPhone. You enter a song/group/composer that you like and it presents you with music that matches the style.

I'd like a filter on it such that I could find age appropriate music for my son.

Originally posted on Kool Aid Served Daily
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Thursday Mar 23, 2006

Don't Argue by Cabaret Voltaire

I've been really grooving on Bob Marley and the Wailers (Africa Unite: Singles Collection). I was slow to warm up to it, but the last tracks have been getting a lot of replay of late. On the iPod, when an album/artist is done, it shuts off. I had it hooked up to the laptop to recharge. On iTunes, you go to the next song on the list.

In this case it was Don't Argue by Cabaret Voltaire off of the Eurobeat collection CD I have (great deal, at least 3-4 one hit wonders). I was blown away by the style and presence. At first I thought it was a Marley track I missed or deleted, not because of the style or influence. I'd said more techno/house than anything else, but because of the political message. I've had to go through the entire CD again to see if there were any other unknown gems.

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Friday Mar 17, 2006

The Ramones - We're A Happy Family

So, I wasn't that big of The Ramones fan growing up - just a tad too young and they didn't do MTV very well. I did buy Loud, Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits on a lark for my iPod Nano.

So I'm zoning out to We're A Happy Family:

"We're A Happy Family"

We're a happy family
We're a happy family
We're a happy family
Me mom and daddy

Siting here in Queens
Eating refried beans
We're in all the magazines
Gulpin' down thorazines

We ain't got no friends
Our troubles never end
No Christmas cards to send
Daddy likes men

Daddy's telling lies
Baby's eating flies
Mommy's on pills
Baby's got the chills

I'm friends with the President
I'm friends with the Pope
We're all making a fortune
Selling Daddy's dope

Perhaps it is the ability to stand apart from the times, but the line "Daddy likes men" had to be a bombshell at the time. You still have to be pretty subtle about homosexuality and that must have been considered very socially deviant.

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Sunday Mar 12, 2006

Looking for the Batcave on CD

I had a tape, I have no idea where I got it or if I still have it, called The Batcave. I had never been able to track it down on the web, for some reason the Dark Knight always crept in to the picture. Anyway, yesterday I saw a George Clinton CD with a song Up For The Down Stroke. One of the songs I remembered from The Batcave was Coming Up For The Down Stroke. Sure enough, one google later, and I have a link to Batcave: Young Limbs And Numb Hymns.

Now, I can get some of the songs elsewhere, but I'd rather get a CD for keeps. If anyone finds a source, please let me know.

Originally posted on Kool Aid Served Daily
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Know Your Rights

If you were to ask me before I got my iPod Nano what my favorite songs were by The Clash, I would have said, in no order:

  • This is Radio Clash
  • Rock The Casbah
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go?

I got the Nano while away from the house, I didn't have access to my CDs. So I bought some at Fry's (Remember, all of your best returns are at Fry's!). One of them was The Singles. And now I see that I have a song I like more than the above 3 - Know Your Rights. What I find really interesting is that it really highlights for me the Open Source movement. You have the right to run the OS you want on your computer.

A lot of what The Clash promote is social commentary. Even though I wasn't born in the US, I am a son of middle class America. I'm an Oklahoma liberal, which makes me a California conservative. The first three songs I listed were popular, for good reason. Back when they came out, I couldn't appreciate them for what they were. But I'm not the person I was back then - I'm way more confident, way more independent, way more open minded (not that I was ever very closed minded), and a lot more willing to try different things.

One manifestation of that is that I'm not the die hard rocker I was back then. I happen to remember Disco and the whole "Disco must Die" sentiment. By the way, I still like songs like Funkytown, Play that Funky Music, Brick House, etc. I really appreciate the influence of that music style.

Back to The Clash, I was born in the UK and spent a chunk of my childhood growing up in Europe. I have all these experiences which don't translate into typical American culture. I laugh at jokes on shows like The Young Ones and sometimes can't explain why. But I'm also not your typical European - my father was in the Air Force. I still support a strong military presence.

I recall more of the social unrest in the UK than I do of Vietnam. My uncle died in Vietnam in 1968, but I never met him. Most of my father's brothers served in the Armed Forces. On my mother's side of my family, my cousins, aunts, and uncles, etc, lived in similar circumstances as The Clash. Just account for mostly being a bit more north, i.e., Scotland.

In Scotland, I was always taunted as being American. In America, I was always teased as being Scotish.

When I listen to songs like The Call Up:

It's up to you not to heed the call-up
'N' you must not act the way you were brought up
Who knows the reasons why you have grown up?
Who knows the plans or why they were drawn up?

I can support their view to protest drafts/wars. But I also believe that nations should maintain standing armies. Look at Vietnam, we went in Gung-Ho and ended up not supporting our troops once public opinion went South. Now look at Iraq, we went in Gung-Ho and as backlash to the way the public treated returning Vets back in the Vietnam era, we say, "I don't support Bush, but of course I support our boys."

It is hard to balance liberal and conservative - and trying to explain it is almost as bad. Perhaps it is best to say that I consider and challenge my belief systems. As for our involvement in Iraq, I don't support the reasons we went there, but I do believe that as a society we must be willing to die for our belief system. I understand my uncle didn't want to join the Army, didn't want to go to Vietnam, and probably didn't want to die. But the society survived.

Perhaps I shouldn't mix my idealism with reality. I don't have the fervent support of the military as others I know, but I also don't condemn them as butchers.

I'm neither here to expouse a political view nor to argue that Open Source is your fourth right. No, I think the fourth right is your right to be able to apply music to your life. I laugh at RIAA attempts to control access to music recordings - it isn't the media which is important, it is how the music makes you feel. I've got Queen's Another One Bites The Dust playing and the Disco influence really comes through clear. But, what is really ironic is all of those white middle class teenagers in the late 1970s and early 1980s who denounced Disco, yet every weekend strode onto the football field with that song blaring out on the loudspeakers. The song meant something else to them, they owned it, and probably still do in their memories.

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