Stop With The Distractions

Today’s New York Times Op-Ed piece was a good one (free registration required). David Brooks shines a spotlight on the fact that we are getting so caught up in the drama of the candidates, fighting like little children for that coveted space in The White House, that we are forgetting about the issues. Yeah, it’s early in the presidential race, but can someone tell me what all of these candidates stand for or where they stand on the issues that matter to you? Was anyone else totally disgusted as they watched ten candidates attack one another’s character instead of talking about the issues that matter? It seems to me, and I think Mr. Brooks would agree, that we get what we ask for and while we sit around on our collective apathetic asses all we’ll get is the drama.

And while I’m on a bit of a political rant, I’ll say this: we need to finish what we started in Iraq. I was as opposed to going into Iraq as anyone, but if we pull out now, we’ll be doing far more harm than good. Who’s to say that we won’t benefit in establishing democracy in Iraq? Don’t misunderstand me. I don’t like the fact that there are kids over there dying for our country. I don’t like war and I don’t support our reasons for being there, but we’re there and facts are facts. I don’t have a good exit strategy and neither do the people who are running this country. My only suggestion is to read. Read about both sides and take it upon yourself to find out about what’s going on. Stop waiting for CNN to serve you the answers. Take a few minutes out of your day to learn a little something and then think for yourself.

Ferris Timeline = Fucked

I’ve seen “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” more than any other film, though “Almost Famous” is a close second. Sometimes when I read things on the Infosuperway I get disturbed. And it’s not things like kittens in a bottle that disturb me, but rather the amount of idle time that people spend figuring out that there is problem with the timeline in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Oh sure, it’s an interesting read, but…oh, never mind. [via Kottke]

Thankful For Urinals

A female co-worker announced this morning that there was “poo” on the women’s restroom toilet seat, located on the third floor. These are the types of conversations I hold precious. It’s not that I’m into poo or anything, but I do find poo funny. It should also be noted for the record that farting and burping are also endless sources of amusement. Yes, poo is gross when it’s on a toilet seat. It belongs in the toilet. You will not get an argument from be about that. There was laughter, and it wasn’t just from me. So then the co-worker proceeded to announce that she was making the trek to the first floor so she could sit on a clean seat, or at least place a cover on the seat without worrying about poo. A damn good idea.

Moments later there was another announcement that the 1st floor women’s restroom also had poo on the seat. I was dumfounded. How is it that two people missed the really big hole? I didn’t quite understand, but I was comfortable taking her word for it. She was trustworthy.

“It’s just not fair to the pee-ers!” she said.

I can’t say I disagree. It was at that particular moment that I was thankful I didn’t have to sit on a seat when I urinated. It was something I had been taking for granted for years. No more. From this day forth I will appreciate the urinal. Just thought I would share.

All I Do Is Mix (Or So It Seems)

I just noticed the last two entries were mixes (neither of which are available anymore) and I haven’t actually written anything in a while. I guess reminiscing about my college days was something, but I haven’t commented much about anything going on in the world. I do pay attention, but that’s a lot of work in and of itself. I’ll give you some quickies:

  1. I think the California recall is stupid. Assunig the recall happens, we’re still broke and I still am living three doors down from an active oil refinery in the middle of Los Angeles.
  2. I’m keeping my eye on Retired Gen. Wesley Clark as a very viable candidate worthy of some volunteer time. I like what he has to say and I will do anything I possibly can to insure Bush doesn’t get a second term.
  3. The RIAA just sucks. I could go on and on about how inappropriate and unethical their tactics are, but we’ll just leave it at that.

Maybe if I get some more time I’ll expound on some things, but for now the quickies will just have to do. I did just update the calendar and list of stuff I’m listening to sections. Oh, and I have no idea why my bandwidth went through the roof after I put up a bunch of old songs. I guess people like the old stuff a lot or something.

Mixing You Back To School

At the suggestion of a friend, I decided to make a Back-To-School mix for this month, which of course has nothing to do with me. I left school five years after I started, having completed enough hours to be a sophomore. How does that work, you ask? All I really wanted to do was college radio and start my own label. KJHK was one of the top college stations, the first radio station of any kind to transmit a contunuous live signal over the Internet and was to be the place where the seeds of my dreams started sprouting a bit.

I started college in 1993, which was a damn good time to be involved with college radio. It was right at the beginnning of the signing [record contracts] frenzy for which Nirvana was largely responsible. Indie rock was starting to break and some of the more talented folks to which people are still listening today started seeing their careers take flight in the early nineties (read Elliott Smith, Beck, Wilco, Mercury Rev, Urge Overkill, Guided By Voices, etc).

Now, you may not believe this, but Spin Magazine actually caled Lawrence, Kansas the next Seattle. The local music scene, including Kansas City, was thriving with bands like Paw, Stick, Kill Creek, Butterglory, Vitreous Humor, Shiner, Season To Risk, Tenderloin and tons of others. Ed Rose was just starting his engineering/producing career and was doing it all at Red House Recording Studio (now Black Lodge Studio, co-owned by The Get Up Kids) and William S. Burroughs was reason enough to have Sonic Youth stop by for a visit.

Needless to say Lawrence was a good place to start a record label, or so I thought. Barber’s Itch Records was born and would live for just shy of five years. During that time I worked at KJHK doing everything from production to hosting Plow The Fields (a three-hour local music show), worked as an assistant engineer at Red House Recording Studio, hung out with Burroughs a few times and saw some of the best live shows of my life at The Bottleneck and Liberty Hall. I could probably write a book about those five years, but that’s for a later date.

To those going back to school (and those not), here’s a mix of stuff I was listening to and feeling inspired by. I left out a lot of the obvious stuff, but there were a few I had to leave (no, Nirvana isn’t on here). I’ll be back next month with more new music.

NOTE: Due to bandwidth constraints (that didn’t take long) I am unable to continue offering the files this month.

01 Supersuckers . Creepy Jackalope Eye
from the album La Mano Cornuda

02 The Figgs . Slow Down
from the album Lo-Fi At Society High

03 Drive Like Jehu . Golden Brown
from the album Yank Crime

04 Girls Against Boys . Cruise Your New Baby Fly Self
from the album Cruise Yourself

05 Jennyanykind . Windchimes
from the album Etc…

06 Heatmiser . Temper
from the album Cop And Speeder

07 Superchunk . Driveway To Driveway
from the album Foolish

08 Archers Of Loaf . Plumb Line
from the album Icky Mettle

09 Seam . Hey Latasha
from the album Are You Driving Me Crazy?

10 The Dambuilders . Slo-Mo Kikaida
from the album Encendedor

11 Shudder To Think . Red House
from the album Hit Liquor

12 Dinosuar Jr. Feel The Pain
from the album Without A Sound

13 Buffalo Tom . Tangerine
from the album Sleepy Eyed

14 Kill Creek . Fruit Pie
from the album St. Valentine’s Garage

15 Vitreous Humor . Squares Of Squares
from the album The Vitreous Humor Self-Titled EP

16 Urge Overkill . Positive Bleeding
from the album Saturation

17 Swell . Kinda Stoned
from the album 41

18 The Afghan Whigs . Debonair
from the album Gentlemen

19 Mike Watt . Chinese Firedrill
from the album Ball-Hog Or Tugboat?

20 Poster Children . He’s My Star
from the album Junior Citizen

21 Sebadoh . Ocean
from the album Harmacy