I implore you to read this speech. Even if you want to stop when he mentions Marxism, don’t - there are a lot of good points made herein, and I promise you a guy who has been working in television for 25 years is not actually a Bolshevik. The smart money is that he himself is probably incorporated. Just read it. Thanks.
The great Andy Paley - he of the Andy Paley Orchestra, which does music for the Thrilling Adventure Hour - generously gave me a copy of the new collection “The Paley Brothers - The Complete Recordings.” And it’s delicious. Here’s Boomerang. The whole record is this good, and the legendary Seymour Stein wrote the liner notes. What. Are you waiting for?
Here’s a track off Bad Religion’s Christmas album. As a punk bassist and former Episcopal Choirboy I say … sure, fine, it’s for a good cause.
What’s interesting is how graceful the transition to Christmas Carols is for the band. They’ve always been kind of folk-core - old fashioned melodies that resolve themselves and wouldn’t sound out of place in a Pete Seeger song. I interviewed Greg Graffin in college and he talked about working out the bands harmony parts on a keyboard, so as to find interesting contrasts and keys, and that’s not something you hear everyday in punk rock.
And also, that charity is above reproach. I know survivors of abuse, but I don’t know anyone who had such a sacred trust violated. I can’t even imagine the hurt and loss, but it soothes me to know that places like SNAP exist.
Some fine American put The Day My Kid Went Punk up on Youtube in its entirety. This was the last gasp of the ABC Afterschool Special. And there’s a reason. It’s terrible, of course, but its less judgmental punxploitation than, say, Class of 1984 or that fucking awful CHiPs episode. Hat tip to Jane Wiedlin for tipping me off to its newfound online presence. SIGGY SIGGY SPUTNIK!!!
I’ve been gushing about the Heathers Musical that just finished its 3 week run to sold out houses here in LA. There’s no footage online, but here’s a beautiful 11 o’clock number sung by Martha Dumptruck called Kindergarten Boyfriend, from a performance at Joe’s Pub in NYC last year. Whatever happens to the musical, this song is destined to be a cabaret standard for a while. Does anyone know who this singer is?
One issue that keeps coming up in government shutdown talks is the idea of the GOP retreating to the “Vitter amendment” as a more moderate proposal than these efforts to defund Obamacare. To understand the merits of this proposal, you have to understand the merits of the Vitter amendment, which…
Worth reading this whole piece - when I first heard of this amendment, it seemed reasonable - hold Congress to the same standard etc., - except Congress is, like a lot of America, already covered through their employers. Us. And obviously it wouldn’t affect the actual senators and reps as much as it would their staffs. Vitter (who, by the way, is worth a comprehensive googling) is adding more political theater onto an already dense repertory season.