Sunday, November 30, 2008

Live simply


Listening to: The Sinking Belle (Black Sheep) by Sunn O))) & Boris



Thanksgiving is over and hopefully everyone had a good one and got to spend time with their family and loved ones and pets and all. Since Barack Obama and Joe Biden's victory I have been able to come down to earth, somewhat. It's still very remarkable to hear the words "President-elect Barack Obama..." spoken on the news or to read it in writing. Amazing. There have been many things in the news recently like the attacks in India, the ever-sinking economy and the massive loss of jobs by many of the nation's hard workers. There has also been talk of possibly letting michael vick back in the NFL to play football. It seems that despite the good news of the recent election, there haven't been many other positives. I've always been one to think more with my heart than logically when it comes to dealing with the welfare of people and animals. When it comes to certain causes, there are many that I am passionate about but a few that I would consider myself to be near-militant about when it comes to my views. These are animal rights (animal fighting, abuse, neglect, etc); stopping domestic violence (spousal and child abuse of all kinds); women's rights (being of the persuasion that I think it's pretty silly that a small group of lawmakers, usually men, think they know what's best for a woman's body); civil rights (basically affording any minority the same rights as anyone else, sexual orientation, race, gender, ethnicity, faith, all of that) and human rights. 
I have always had a very active mind and attached to that is my heart, it's hard to separate one from the other. I am not about to delve into my views on any one of these or all of these topics because I don't want to lose focus in what I am trying to say, which is actually very simple, almost too simple. 
A topic that I have been thinking very hard about recently more and more is humanity. Ignorance really is bliss because when one is ignorant to certain things, it's much more likely that the rose-colored glasses they see the world through will never come off. Simply put, the world is a sad place, a sick one. I am not talking about the earth and the people, beautiful land and wonderful wildlife though, I am talking about how humans have created a dystopia for themselves. It's not a coincidence that I used the word dystopia to describe the world as it is also the name of a band that I listen to. Basically a dystopia is the opposite of a Utopian society. Dystopia is a society that is totalitarian, environmentally degraded and basically all around unpleasant. By no means is this supposed to be a negative tirade on my part, but more of an awakening that I have slowly come to terms with over many years. Dystopia, the band, plays a type of rock n roll that sounds very dirty and is often times referred to as sludge or sludge metal. This band specifically deals with many of the topics that plague our society with the one underlying message being that humans have basically destroyed the world, they've infected it with greed. One of their albums, HUMAN=GARBAGE, puts it quite succinctly. I felt that tangent to be necessary but also meaningful. What I have been thinking about and realizing over time is that it seems that humans are innately more good than bad, however, greed and materialism have played the part of the veritable 'bite into the apple' that has since left a curse on us. This is not to say that it's unnatural or bad for us to want to succeed. It's not wrong at all, it's human nature, but when the intoxication of material items, money and power outweigh the desire to be ethical and treat others the way that they themselves would like to be treated, then there is a problem. I have been looking at the world differently and it's been a long time coming. Lately the one phrase that could be used to sum up my thoughts would have to be 'ulterior motives'. There are plenty of commercials on TV that appeal to your emotions and if you were none the wiser you would probably think "Oh, that's nice of Coca-Cola to wish me a happy holiday season! They really do care about me." Perhaps I have been analyzing everything way too much (doubt it) and perhaps the large companies really do care about me and my well-being (money) but I tend to see beyond things. It's hard for me to justify buying a certain product when I have found out through research that said company tests on animals. One thing that I cannot justify are things like this. When a company treats it's employees poorly, pollutes the environment, supports causes that negatively impact other people and/or animals, all of these things make me ever the more cautious. This extends to other things besides corporations and greed in it's simplest form, it also can and will be attributed to politics. Emotion can work wonders when it is used to further your own ends. This is unethical though, it's underhanded, it's Rove-like behavior. As it is probably already known, I am decidedly left-leaning, but that does not mean that I would completely ignore something underhanded that was done by a left-leaning or democratic politician, for example. 
Basically to cut to the chase I have been trying to live my life while trying to have the least possible negative affect on others, people and animals. The more you know about what actually goes on, the harder it is not to think about those that we impact negatively, even though we may not be doing it directly or even knowingly. This is not to say that people should feel guilty about themselves and be unhappy, it is just to open up eyes and think about the possible affects that certain actions may have on others. Simply put, try to live simply so that others may simply live. Treat others the way you wish to be treated, and believe me, at times it can be hard, but for the most part if you have common sense and a conscience, you should be fine!



Freight of the day

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

History has been made! YES WE DID!


Listening to NPR

Barack Obama is our new president! This is so great and such a happy time. I am so proud and happy for America and I am proud to be part of history! Too much to say right now. Unbelievable!




Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Today is the day

Listening to CNN election coverage, although the band Today Is the Day is good.

Couldn't sleep last night because today is the election! My friend and I got up at about 6 am and went to go vote. It restored my faith in humanity because so many people were already lined up in the rain before 6 am. Incredibly awesome, this is most certainly history! It's about fucking time I say, and I think this voter turnout reflects those sentiments. It's very important that everyone vote, doesn't matter for who, as long as they exercise that civil right, even if you have to wait in line for a little over 2 hours like we did. Now we play the waiting game and watch all the numbers roll in...




wow

Thursday, September 04, 2008

family is important


listening to: Blood Swamp by Sunn O))) & Boris

Pretty interesting stuff here. Basically after the televised political talk was over, some  interesting things were said about McCain's pick for vp. 


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freight of the day (RIVER)

Sarah Palin spoke at the RNC tonite- great stand up comedy!

listening to- Green Plant by Cherry Smash



So Sarah Palin spoke at the RNC earlier tonite. Good stuff I suppose. It will really be difficult for me to actually dignify her and the other speakers though with any legitimacy though because I lean to the left, there's no doubt about it. We've got a real historical thing going on right now. My cousin Ben is really into politics and we've been talking about this upcoming election and what it means for history. Simply put, this is historical either way you cut it. We will have a woman vp or we'll have a black president. Wow. That's pretty exciting! From what I heard and saw of Palin's speech it seems that she is certainly not ready for the office she is vying for. I say this knowing full well that experience doesn't really matter these days, though it really should. What we have today is more of a popularity contest than anything actually political. It's that and mudslinging and muckraking for the politicians and media respectively. It's no real secret that our country is 'kinda dumb', for lack of a better term. That combined with our ever decreasing attention span makes us a powerful yet ignorant nation. We want to see things more than we want to understand them. That's probably one reason Fox News is so popular. There are lots of colorful graphics to mask the un-intelligence and decidedly right-leaning viewpoints camouflaged as fact. If you say it enough then it becomes fact. I didn't watch Fox's take on the RNC for two reasons, one because I wanted to watch actual news coverage of this event and two, because I don't have cable. What I saw more than anything else when Palin spoke was that her main platform seems to stand on two issues, drilling and attacking the Democrats. To be fair, I didn't watch the entire speech, just most of it. These are interesting times no doubt.

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Freight of the day (HEIST)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

sludge from the depths



listening to Isolation by Grief


Recently got my hands on a copy of the Daleth/Blue Shift split album and it's damn good! It's sludge from Florida (it's hard to believe this music came from the Sunshine State!).  The best way to describe Daleth is a"One man instrumental band. All songs originate from recorded drum tracks which are then pieced together in an attempt to create a song." 

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Freight of the Day (GLUE dissed by ARYS)
Both writers are ill, don't understand the dis.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

sludgecast

listening to Death goes to the Winner by Harvey Milk


Finally got the new MacBook Pro. This computer is sweet as hell, its so damn nice, can't say enough about it! New podcast up, or should I say sludgcast. It's 
complete with album art and everything. Still trying to figure out the whole feedburner stuff, not having much luck with it though for some reason so for now the link is here.  Enjoy.






MR.CAFE

Saturday, March 15, 2008

i'm fearful of flying and flying is fearful of me

playing now: Dr. Sun Love - Rock Is A Generic Term (remix)

A couple good mixes right here. The first one is called Rock Is A Generic Term remixed by Dr. Sun Love and you can download it here. Some of the tracks are a bit obscure and not for everyone. (For some reason I'm not sure that the tracklisting is completely accurate as far as the order goes and all. Oh well...)

Here's the tracklisting:

Portsmouth Sinfonia - Also Sprach Zarathustra
McLusky - Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues
The Young Gods - Envoye
The Exploited - Dead Cities
Melt Banana - ?
Napalm Death - You Suffer
Kim Foley - ?
Kim Fowley - Bubblegum
Bob Log III - Boob Scotch
Hasil Adkins - ?
Andre Williams - Bacon Fat
The Sonics - Shot Down
Shellac - Jailbreak
Ten Benson - One Way Ticket
The Buff Medways - Troubled Mind
People Like Us & Jet Black Hair People - One / Lucia Pamela voice excepts
Dokaka - Angel Of Death
Hank Williams - Angel Of Death
? - Angel Of Death
? - Angel Of Death
Apocalyptica - Enter Sandman
Satyricon - I Got Erection (intro)
Turbonegro - I Got Erection
The Kronos Quartet - Purple Haze
Sonovac - Human Fly
Ten Benson - Rock Cottage
The Dillinger Escape Plan - Come To Daddy
Spacemen 3 - Revolution
Minutemen - This Ain’t No Picnic
The Avengers - Paint It Black
The Ukrainians - Anarchy In The UK


The second remix is a Thugs n Hugs Reload Mixtape. Get it here.

tracklisting:

1. Intro Feat. Soulja Boy
2. Soulja Boy – ‘Crank Dat’
3. Benga & Coki – ‘Night’
4. Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz – ‘Throw It Up’
5. DJ Zinc – ‘Flim’ (Skream Remix)
6. Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz – ‘Da Blow’
7. Zomby – ‘Spliff Dub’
8. The Heptones – ‘I Do Love You’
9. Ghislain Poirier – ‘Blazin’ (DJ C Remix)
10. Kid Sister – ‘Switchboard’
11. DJ Deeon – ‘Pump On The Floor’ (Juke Mix)
12. DJ Assault – ‘G-String’
13. DJ Assault – ‘Like That’
14. A Message From Kurtis
15. Nice & Smooth – ‘Sometimes I Rhyme Slow’
16. Brother Reade – ‘About That Rock’ (Instrumental)
17. Jay-Z – ‘Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)’
18. Daz-I-Kue – ‘Move Pt.1′ (Instrumental)
19. The Team – ‘Hyphy Juice’
20. Capleton – ‘Real Hot’ (South Rakkas Crew Remix)
21. Busta Rhymes – ‘Take It Off’
22. This Is London
23. Seiji – ‘Chiggy Time’
24. Ludacris – ‘Grew Up A Screw Up’ (Accapella)
25. Dikulous – ‘U Know What To Doo’
26. Detboi – ‘Wreck The Disco’
27. Orbital – ‘Chime’ (Blend’s Re-edit)
28. Scottie B – ‘Niggaz Fightin’
29. Drums Of Death – ‘Breathe’ (Curses Remix)

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