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On Talking Heads Albums, In Order

I've put up with a lot of heresy from this place over the years (and I mean A LOT) but More Songs About Buildings and Food at number 6? C'mon son. It can't be out of the top 3. Sorry, it just can't.

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 2:04 pm 2

On How Do You Like Barack Obama Now? A Conversation

@amysee I have a lot of family in the military. When I spoke to them about the repeal of DADT, they told me that the only way it would happen is if you allowed the military to do it their way. I think giving them the space to do it the way they wanted to do it is ultimately going to make it more successful in the long term than what would have been seen as a liberal forcing the military to do something they did not want to do.

The other problem is that if the WH had done it by executive order, it would have been easily reversed by any President further down the line. I think this speaks to something I said upthread about liberals not understanding the concept of political will. Years from now, is anyone going to remember how LONG it took or whether it was done?

Posted on August 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm 2

On How Do You Like Barack Obama Now? A Conversation

@robxerox My vote doesn't matter because I don't live in a swing state. I do donate my money though, and that does make a difference.

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm 0

On How Do You Like Barack Obama Now? A Conversation

@robxerox You sound very naive about the nature of what a politician is. They're all full of shit. The trick is finding the one who who's values most closely align with your own, and who knows where to compromise to accomplish a goal. If that person isn't the President then vote against him. Just please explain to me who you think would do a better job that has any prayer of being elected.

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 5:36 pm 2

On How Do You Like Barack Obama Now? A Conversation

@Astigmatism Seriously. I swear that some liberals (usually those who have never worked in the real world or not lived somewhere in the middle of the country) don't understand the concept of political will. I am impressed we got what we did. It effectively paved the path so that SOMEDAY we will have a public option. If you can't see how that's progress, then I don't know what to tell you. Is it perfect? Nope. Is it much better than it was? By an order of magnitude. I'll finally be able to get shoulder surgery now so I can't play catch with my kid for longer than five minutes without my arm going numb.

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 5:34 pm 1

On How Do You Like Barack Obama Now? A Conversation

@robxerox Your time is much less valuable to me (and the rest of America) than the President's time. If you feel like speaking out against torture is something that needs to be done, then by all means go out and do it. Raise the profile of some cause that you care about. Speak out against racism and torture. When you can raise the public's attention enough to make politicians respond, then we as a country will have decided that the President's time is indeed worth taking on these topics. Until such time it's a waste of time. It's on you to make it worthy of attention.

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 5:30 pm 2

On How Do You Like Barack Obama Now? A Conversation

@robxerox Because the reality is that in order to actually accomplish anything you need to be in office for eight years, and in order to do that you need to win after four, and in order to do that you have to compromise?

When you don't have to govern to win another term (and thus preserve what you've accomplished) you'll see much more risk taking.

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm 0

On How Do You Like Barack Obama Now? A Conversation

@robxerox I'd rather have a President that spends his energy doing things than "speaking out" against practices that he cannot really change. If you're saying you want the U.S. to stop torturing people, then fine but asking him to use the bully pulpit to speak out against things is pointless.

Posted on August 8, 2012 at 5:13 pm 0

On The Resurrection of Auto-Tune

808's and Heartbreak made me do a 180 on Auto-Tune. It made me realize that, just like any other musical tool, when used properly and in just the right amount it can be magnificent. I do wish you had chosen another track from that record to highlight, because if someone is not familiar with the album that song is arguably one of the more inaccessible tracks to introduce people to the concept of the album, and will be discourage others from checking it out in depth.

Also, there is a sample in Bad News (the drums from Nina Simone's See Line Woman) and throughout the album. The sampling is much more subtle than in some of his prior work, but is there nonetheless (brilliant use of Tears for Fears).

Posted on July 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm 0

On Eric B. & Rakim's 'Paid In Full' At 25

@Reginal T. Squirge I agree on your point about production, but not so much on lyricism. What has changed is that rap is now pop music, and the type of rap that gets elevated to popular/mainstream status tends to be that with the simplest lyrics, because they are songs people can remember.

But, there remain songs where rappers are dropping double and triple entendres, thick with literary, historical, and visual art references being made today, with complex styles of diction that make their delivery almost a revelation unto themselves. I think the complexity of the delivery people are using now, plus the variety of subject matters that people now talk about in the information age, rivals the advances in production since Paid in Full.

Posted on July 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm 0