Rant of the Day: Down With The Sickness


Yes I went with the amusing cover version. Didn’t see that coming, did yah?

It seems that only in America do people go to work sick, because this country hates the working class and thinks its macho to arrive at your job when you sound on the verge of death. Well that and the lack of sick days to anyone who is not a regular or full time employee, as paying bills has to overcome the rightful urge to stay in bed and watch Netflix while you cough and sneeze every five minutes. I am guilty of showing up at my job despite needing tissues, cough drops and a million bottles of water to even stay upright, and it did result in me being set home one Sunday.

My stance on this issue is that damn your money problems, stay home if you are sick. Especially if your job does give you sick days, so in that case you have no excuse. Going to work and getting everyone else sick is a douche move, and on top of that you won’t be even half as productive. Plus one of these days that asshole who never washes their hands is going to create a new kind of virus that wipes out half the population, and I know they always go to work sick no matter what.

On the other hand, that is the privileged position of someone who can actively afford to take a sick day, which just occurred to me as I almost finished this article and wasted time googling funny sick day pictures online. Boy does this country really suck way too much at times. As for people who call in sick when they are not actually sick, those people are even worse, and yet I think most of America has done this at least once. No further comment on that matter..

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You Want Racists? This Is How You Get Racists


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At this point I don’t think the Orange Idiot pretending to run this country from his golf course is attempting to distract from anything currently, as his so called administration has numerous scandals going on. In fact the obvious to about anyone else racist tweets he sends out on an almost regular basis are a feature of his “Presidency,” not a bug. I want to blame Stephen Miller for all of them yet I don’t think that ghoulish excuse for a human being needs to force Orange Man to unleash his so called thoughts upon the populace. Also forget keeping tabs on him, blocking him on Twitter was the smartest thing I have done all year, even though way too many people I follow insist on responding to his nonsense. Let it go, folks-he wants your attention, doesn’t care how he gets it, and following him and or responding to his childish outbursts only feeds the troll.

Of course I’m not naive enough to think that is a final solution, yet it sounds like a pretty good one: Trump only cares about if you are looking at his nonsense, and he goes crazy when people focus on someone or something else. The only danger in this is that he starts a major war, although that will probably happen sooner rather than later anyways. Remember folks: if the Democrats screw up 2020 it is four more years of racism, temper tantrums, meltdowns and the continuing decline of America. Oh and it’s funny how every time he does bash a city or country he never offers any solutions, because that requires time and effort-two things he has never believed in.

2018 Music Log


Whoa time sure flies. Also any album listed by itself means its from the public library. Although I will probably lean more on YouTube and Barnes & Noble this year, plus Half-Priced Books.

January:

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1. Morrison Hotel, The Doors-9.5 *Barnes & Noble
2. Workin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet, Miles Davis-9.5 *YouTube
3. Relaxin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet, Miles Davis-9.0 *YouTube
4. Cookin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet, Miles Davis-9.5 *YouTube
5. Steamin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet, Miles Davis-9.5 *YouTube
6. Communiqué, Dire Straits-10.0 *Barnes and Noble
7. Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, Courtney Barnett-10.0
8. Sea Change, Beck-8.0

February

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9. Wheels Of Fire, Cream-9.0
10. Lust For Life, Lana Del Rey-9.5
11. Ben Folds Five, Ben Folds Five-9.0 *Half-Priced Books
12. Whatever and Ever Amen, Ben Folds Five-9.5 *Half-Priced Books
13. Ride The Lightning, Metallica-9.5 *Half-Priced Books
14. Colors, Beck-7.0

March:

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15. Before These Crowded Streets, Dave Matthews Band-10.0
16. Time Out of Mind, Bob Dylan-9.5
17. Fitz and the Tantrums, Fitz and the Tantrums-8.0
18. Standing On The Verge of Getting It On, Funkadelic-10.0
19. Foo Fighters, Foo Fighters *Half-Price Books-8.5
20. Humanz, Gorillaz-9.0 *Barnes & Noble

April:

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21. Gish, The Smashing Pumpkins-8.0 *Half-Price Books
22. Batman Motion Picture Soundtrack, Prince-8.0, Half-Price Books
23. Cults, Cults-9.0, Half-Price Books
24. Sacred Hearts Club, Foster The People-8.5 *Half-Price Books
25. I Told You I Was Freaky, Flight of the Concords-9.0 *Half-Price Books
26. Bad Music For Bad People, The Cramps-8.0
27. Days Are Gone, Haim-8.0
28. American Dream, LCD Soundsystem-9.5

May:

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29. Mothership Connection, Parliament-9.0
30. Brats in Battalions, Adolescents-5.5
31. Mature Themes, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti-7.0
32. Waiting on a Song, Dan Auerbach-8.0
33. Since I Left You, The Avalanches-10.0
34. IV, Black Mountain-9.0
35. #1 Record, Big Star-9.5

June:

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36. Bleach, Nirvana-9.0 *Half-Price Books
37. Reckoning, R.E.M.-9.5 *Half-Price Books
38. Long Distance, Ivy-9.0 *Half-Price Books
39. Movement, New Order-9.0, *YouTube
40. The Psychedelic Furs-Greatest Hits, The Psychedelic Furs-9.0, *YouTube
41. Gorillaz, Gorillaz-9.0 *Half-Price Books
42. Electric Warrior, T.Rex-10.0 *Half-Price Books
43. Meat Is Murder, The Smiths-9.0 *Half-Price Books

July:

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44. Stankonia, OutKast-9.0
45. Sailing On The Seas Of Cheese, Primus-8.0
46. The Idiot, Iggy Pop-8.0
47. Villains, Queens of the Stone Age-9.0
48. Leave Home, The Ramones-9.5
49. Rio, Duran Duran-9.5 *Barnes & Noble
50. Underneath the Rainbow, The Black Lips-8.0
51. Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses), The Grateful Dead-8.0
52. Private Eyes, Hall & Oates-9.0
53. Rickie Lee Jones, Rickie Lee Jones-8.5
54. Lonesome Dreams, Lord Huron-9.0
55. Melodrama, Lorde-9.0 *Barnes & Noble

August:

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56. Axomoxoa, The Grateful Dead-8.5
57. Rocket To Russia, The Ramones-9.0
58. Old World Romance, Sea Wolf-7.5
59. Hot Thoughts, Spoon-8.0
60. A Greater Understanding, The War On Drugs-8.5

September:

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61. We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, Foxygen-8.0
62. The Score, Fugees-9.0
63. Wake of the Flood, The Greatful Dead-10.0
64. Grand National, John Butler Trio-8.0
65. In A Silent Way, Miles Davis-10.0 *YouTube
66. Flowers, The Rolling Stones-8.0

October:

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67. Fables of the Reconstruction, R.E.M.-9.0 *Half-Price Books
68. America’s Greatest Hits, America-9.0 *Half-Price Books
69. Relationship of Command, At The Drive In-8.0 *Half-Price Books
70. Duran Duran, Duran Duran-9.5 *Half-Price Books
71. Reach The Beach, The Fixx-8.5 *Half-Price Books

November:

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72. From The Mars Hotel, The Greatful Dead-9.5
73. New York Dolls, New York Dolls-8.0
74. Wide Awake!, Parquet Courts-9.0
75. Full Moon Fever, Tom Petty-8.0
76. Around the World in a Day, Prince and the Revolution-8.5
77. Fun House, The Stooges-9.0
78. Aftermath, The Rolling Stones-10.0
79. St. Vincent, St. Vincent-8.0
80. Sublime, Sublime-8.5

December:

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81. Piano Man, Billy Joel-9.0
82. Hummingbird, Local Natives-6.0
83. Into The Great Wide Open, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers-8.5
84. Against The Wind, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band-9.0
85. My Generation, The Who-9.0
86. A Night At The Opera, Queen-10.0 *YouTube
87. 154, Wire-9.5 *YouTube
88. Eat a Peach, The Allman Brothers-9.0
89. Baby Driver OST, Various-9.5
90. Night Drive, Chromatics-9.0 *YouTube
91. The Smiths, The Smiths-8.5 *YouTube
92. Strangeways, Here We Come, The Smiths-9.5 *YouTube

It’s Hammer Time Presents: The Adominable Snowman (1957, Val Guest)


Despite staring Peter Cushing, The Abominable Snowman is one of Hammer Studios’ lesser films, one that would have benefited from the touch of a better director. While Val Guest attempts to set up the film’s atmosphere and make it creepy or at least entertaining, the movie stalls midway through and lacks quality pacing and style. Oh and the Yetis are merely hinted at and never shown, which is puzzling for a movie with “Abominable Snowman” in the title. Which is really disappointing, because Hammer Studios has always been known for wicked cool special effects and creatures that at their best look terrifying and unique. I understand that Guest was going for a psychological supernatural effect yet since the film never really goes anywhere it doesn’t work.

Still this movie isn’t a complete waste, as I liked Forrest Tucker and Cushing’s interactions with each other, presenting gruff harsh individualistic Americanism versus quiet, refined British ideals. Once we actually get to see one of the Snowman its a cool sight, which once again makes me wonder why the film waits so long to present the titular creatures. That would be the equivalent of making a Godzilla movie that only has Godzilla pop up near the end of the movie. Despite being a mixed bag I found this movie watchable at times, and I liked the ending I guess. I almost wonder if this film is a prime candidate for a remake, but there have been plenty of killer Yeti movies over the years so probably not.

All My Lies Are Always Wishes


Kind of fitting for today….

The cash machine is blue and green
For a bundle of twenties and a small service fee
I could spend three dollars and sixty-three cents
On Diet Coca-Cola and unlit cigarettes
I wonder why we listen to poets when nobody gives a fuck
How hot and sorrowful, the machine begs for luck

All my lies are always wishes
I know I would die if I could come back new

We want a good life with a nose for things
the fresh wind and bright sky to endure my suffering
I’m a hole without a key if I break my tongue
Oh, speaking of tomorrow, how will it ever come?

All my lies are always wishes
I know I would die if I could come back new

I’m down on my hands and knees
every time I hear a doorbell ring
I shake like a toothache
every time I hear myself sing

All my lies are only wishes
I know I would die if I could come back new

I would like to salute
the ashes of American flags
And all the fallen leaves
filling up shopping bags

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