Sunday, July 16, 2017

Thursday, July 13, 2017

FallNet Correspondence


God, I Hate The Fall (The Hume)

It never fails... why is the best song (your fave) on a cd/album always the 1st tune to skip/scratch on an album/cd? Bah-Humbug! Jesus, I'm dying a slow death.

{FallNet} God, I Hate The Fall (The Hume)
Hondootedly.wear on replay?

{FallNet} God, I Hate The Fall (The Hume)
Ha! Never seen that word before. Thx for reply :-)


Music Equipment My turntable is a 'Third Man Records' player with no speakers attached, ie, sorta like what your older or younger sister had in the 70s to play the group Bread, Copacabana song by Barry Manilow, or even the 'Shadow Dancing' single by younger brother Andy Gibbs. Ha! Anyways bought the GBV - Abridged Suitcase LP (Captain Kangaroo Wins) about a year ago and was never particularly fond of it but yesterday, on my Birthdate, downloaded the free 22song lp onto my tablet & wow! it's really good! Ok. Bye.

Re: {FallNet} Music Equipment

I got my daughter one of those record players for Xmas either this
past year or the one before, mainly because she's a big Jack White fan
and has actually visited Third Man Studios. I almost immediately
regretted it, though, because it's an ultra-shitty Crosley record
player that will probably do more to wreck records than to play them
so that they sound good. Or even halfway reasonable.

I would say something like "no wonder you like the mp3 version better"
due to the shittyness of these record players, but actually I think
most GBV stuff was probably meant to sound best on the shittiest
equipment available.


Re: Record Equipment

>[Third Man Records ]because it's an ultra-shitty Crosley record player that will probably do more to >wreck records than to play them so that they sound good. Or even halfway >reasonable.
True statement. Only lps that sound good on it are the 'mono' albums of Johnny Cash that I picked up for $1 apiece (scratches & all) @corner thrift store. Oh, and 'Get The Knack!' too. Really.

{FallNet} Re: Record Equipment

that makes sense that old thrift store records would sound okay on it;
I think "Get The Knack" was meant to sound that way also.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Q&A: Bill Flanagan & Bob Dylan

Personal Music Note: Have 5 Compact Discs currently checked out from Free Library of Philadelphia. They are: 1) Bob Dylan - Nashville Skyline & 2) Another Self Portrait (1969-1971), 3) The Jesus & Mary Chain - Automatic, 4) Beck- Guero, & 5) Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive. Both Dylan (aka Robert Zimmerman) releases are very good & Another Self Portrait is surprisingly so. The other three cds are also AA(P) approved by "Allan Smithee" for repeated listens.

Bob Dylan's Secret Archive 

Notebooks containing lyrics from Mr. Dylan's 1975 album “Blood on the Tracks.” Credit Shane Brown for The New York Times

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Random Robert Pollard Thoughts

Am currently listening to "Waved Out" a very good & under-rated lp w/'lots of texture & breadth'. Same goes for the Pollard solo album/guided by voices release "Not In My Airforce", especially the last 6 short acoustic tunes which have been re-released as a 7" bonus as originally intended (when purchasing the 12" vinyl long-player) 

The problem with Robert Pollard releases over the past decade or 2 have been in the recording, ie, all the songs sound flat & monotonous as if the engineer or Pollard are suffering some kind of (tin ear) mental disorder. 

The 'sounds flat recordings period' first began (though some cool, acoustic high notes are strummed/reached) with gbv's song "my thoughts are a gas" on 1997s 'What's Up Matador? - Greatest Hits Vol.1, disc 2." Note: The Fall/MES (Smith, Scanlon, Hanley) tune included is 'Hey Student'. nice surprise there.

So, imo, Pollard's songwriting capabilities *havent* decreased contrary to popular belief. All you have to do is listen to 'live recordings' of most any recent song to realize his songs need some 'texture & air to breathe' for that old magic to be sparked. Btw, think the past 4 or 5 GBV releases are back on track, recording wise.

Also, wish Robert Pollard would release a "2-disc live album" of recent vintage tunes with both 1) full band treatment & 2) solo/acoustic stuff instead of another 'flat release'. Bet you some pocket change that "Crickets: Best of the Fading Captain Series 1999–2007" is really good!

Think most of the recent fans would be shocked re: high quality of songwriting & how much recording techniques have an affect. ok. that's my $0.02. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

addendum to 'Black Lung Disease' post

some of the various reasons MES may be considered a 'visionary':

1. visual aesthetics - MES/Fall lps, eps, 7" covers & sleeves inspired many later generations of punk, indie bands, & zines who all continued the random collage & 'dada experience'

2. aural aesthetics - because of MES/Fall releases, 'low-fi' recordings are now a choice not necessarily a 'financial necessity'

3. MES/Fall fans single-handedly created the interwebs contrary to common wisdom, ie, not Al Gore ;-)

4. Westcoast rap, Southern hip-hop, & the then little known, unheralded cassette releases only subgenre now famous for the slowed down 'cough syrup'/marijuana influenced vocals aka 'leaning' would probably not be possible without MES/Fall

5. Drunk MES semi-inspired the commercial release of Drunk Robert Pollard live monologue recordings collectively known as the 'asshole records' & also somewhat inspired Pollard's infamous quote: "I want to be drunker than Meatloaf & fatter than Elvis."

king of the yanks

strange 'visual' I've noticed in the last few days re: Trump's signature on Presidential Executive Orders. He uses a fat 'felt marker' & not a fountain pen so that his 'john hancock' is actually bolder & thicker than the stiff wisps of hair that rest perched atop his head. why? don't know. ok. that's the latest news this side of the pond. over & out.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Al Franken & Neil Gorsuch

“And what would you have done?” Franken asked. “I’m asking you a question. Please answer the question,” Franken pressed.
“Senator, I don’t know,” the finest legal mind in all of conservative America answered. “I wasn’t in the man’s shoes, but I understand why . . . ”
“You don’t know what you would’ve done,” Franken summed up for him. “OK, I’ll tell you what I would’ve done. I would’ve done exactly what he did. And I think everybody here would’ve done exactly what he did. And I think that’s an easy answer. Frankly, I don’t know why you had difficulty answering that.”
From there, Franken turned to the dissent Gorsuch wrote. As Franken described it, the issue came down to a “plain meaning” rule: “When the plain meaning of a statute is clear on its face, when its meaning is obvious, courts have no business looking beyond the meaning to the statute’s purpose.” That’s what Gorsuch relied on in his ruling.
“But the plain meaning rule has an exception,” Franken continued. “When using the plain meaning rule would create an absurd result, courts should depart from the plain meaning,” he said. “It is absurd to say this company is within its rights to fire him because he made the choice of possibly dying from freezing to death or causing other people to die possibly by driving an unsafe vehicle. That’s absurd.”


How Republicans quietly sabotaged Obamacare long before Trump came into office

Billions that should go to Obamacare are missing, thanks to senators like Marco Rubio

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017

Twitter Quote

"It's an undemocratic party (GOP) that seeks continual rule through gerrymandering, voter suppression, unregulated campaign spending & state force." -- Joe R (@Randazzoj)

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Four by Two org

Hat-Tip: The Dust Congress (Blog)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Rhythmical Lines, B9


Sunday, February 19, 2017 Comments


Allan Smithee • 2 days ago

ok. a recurring problem. via the interwebs: "UPDATE: Posted on their Facebook page today, 2/18/14: Last week MiND TV, and all sub-channels, went off air due to a massive technical problem with our transmitter. We have been working very hard to fix the issue and hope to be back within the week. Please check back for updates. We apologize for the inconvenience."

Addendum: Coincidence? A Russian Naval Vessel also trolling off the East Coast Seaboard & CT while "Alternative News Media" is off-the-air in Philly area. hmm.

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Allan Smithee • 3 days ago

this comment/question is off-topic & open to all for response... I don't have cable so watch over the air tv (aka free) and since Monday NHK, F24, & RT News have all been off-air. Anybody else (non-cable viewers only) been in the black too?

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Allan Smithee • a day ago

think that excerpt is of Philly Broadcaster on Fox News who does segments on consumer affairs & complaints etc.

“I don’t give a shit,” says a man in one clip, standing in front of what looks to be a drainage ditch adjacent to a shopping mall. “I’m cold, and I’m fucking freezing and I hate this.”

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Editorial: Random Musings plus Financial Pondering

Editorial Cartoon Courtesy Signe Wilkinson/

GDP: What percentage (%) of Gross National Product does the Pentagon/Defense Industries consume of every year’s budget of the United States Government? Is the percentage the highest in the world when considering various factors such as size of fiscal budget, geographic size of nation plus size of populace, and average amount/percentage of taxes a citizen (though NOT Corporations) pays on total gross income, i.e., what is the cost of security borne by every citizen, resident, & person regardless of age.

 Editorial Cartoon Courtesy Mike Peters/

Russian Hacking Scandal
Is it possible the “Russian Fingerprints” found or discovered were a cover for the Israeli Gov.s’ (Agents/State Operatives) release of various DNC Documents & Hillary Clinton Info to WikiLeaks during the final weeks of the 2016 USA Presidential Campaign? Also, the State of Israel is in fact moral supporters & (perhaps even) financial backers of ISIL, i.e., the Jewish Government believes, like the U.S. Government, that turmoil & sectarian war in the Middle East Area Nations is a “good thing.” Yep, Neo-Conservative thinking indeed, Meh. Btw, Neo-Liberal Thinking re: War & Economics isn’t better though slightly different…

Who’s There?
A Neo-Conservative & A Neo-Liberal (*)
What’s the Difference?
The Neo-Liberal Once Had Heart While Neo-Conservatives Never Had Brains

Editorial Cartoon Courtesy Mike Peters

Also, let’s hope the Trump Administration is only One-Term. The American Populace’s Memory is *almost* non-existent. Don’t Americans recall the Financial Failings & War Mongering Disasters of Republican Administrations? It still really amazes me that anybody would still vote GOP.
Note: the last few Republican Administrations (George W. Bush/Dick Cheney & Donald J. Trump/Mike Pence) both lost the popular vote yet won the Electoral College.
Editorial Cartoon Courtesy Tom Tomorrow/

The 700 Club
Was watching The 700 Club recently & didn’t realize Pat Robertson has become even more political active as he ages. During this particular broadcast, P. Robertson discussed “The Clinton Foundation” finances with a wistful look in his eyes as drool dripped from his mouth with envy & jealousy. (Ok, that was a slight exaggeration.)

“I’ve never seen such a fund-raising campaign before. They’ve raised Billions of Dollars. It’s just a ‘Slush Fund’ for Bill & Hillary,” Robertson stated “matter of factly.” Surprisingly, Pat Robertson didn’t bare long teeth or sharp fangs as he said this ;-)
Editorial Cartoon Courtesy Signe Wilkinson
(*) Footnote: Via: - Neo-conservatism is an American political philosophy which advocates an active foreign policy, including liberal use of military intervention, for the purpose of providing for US national security.  It is based on a strict understanding of the nation-state model for international governance and imagines the United States as a nation-state superpower under constant assault from would-be contenders for power who are ideologically, as opposed to merely self-interest, driven.  Support for Israel and advocacy for a militarily dominant and aggressive Israeli government is a big part of neo-conservatism.

Neo-liberalism is a much broader philosophic outlook for governance which advocates a reduced role for the state in economic affairs, particularly in the developing world, combined with competitive markets and liberal trade policies in each country with the rest of the world.  While neo-liberalism supports the use of state institutions for social welfare where needed, it opposes government-protected monopolies and state ownership of productive industries and resources.  It is characterized by conceptualizing even the political world as a kind of market, and terms like the "marketplace of ideas," or "policy market" come from the neo-liberal framework.

While neo-conservative policies are largely confined to the right-wing of the political spectrum, neo-liberalism ranges from the social-democratic parties of the center left in Europe and Latin America to the center right parties such as Christian Democratic parties in Europe, the US Democratic Party, and the Social Christian parties of Latin America.  Socialist parties tend to advocate against neo-liberalism from the left, and far right-wing parties, which now include much of the US Republican party, tends to advocate against neo-liberalism from the right.

Neo-liberalism is often referred to, in other contexts, as the "Washington Consensus," a kind of bi-partisan (for the US) meta-agreement on the principles of liberal governance for engagement with developing world. -- James Kielkopf, Economist, Public Policy Consultant, Farmer
Editorial Cartoon Courtesy Mike Peters/