Friday, January 28, 2011

Quote of the Day

"That was another one of those 'WTF' moments, the, when he a, uh, so often repeated 'the Sputnik Moment' that he, uh, would aspire Americans to, uh, celebrate, and, uh, he needs to remember that, uh, what happened back then with the former communist USSR and their victory in that, er, sss, race to space, yeah, they won but they also incurred so much debt at the time that it resulted in the inevitable collapse of the Soviet Union."

-- Sarah Palin on President Obama's State of the Union address

WTF, indeed, 14-year-old.

You know, I'm actually beginning to enjoy watching her try to think -- to say nothing of attempting to outwit serious people with actual brains in their heads rather than squeaky gerbil wheels.

It's entertaining to watch her 15 minutes finally, mercifully enter what seem to be its gruesome death throes.

Listening Post

There's nothing about this that doesn't rule.

Here's the Foo Fighters doing Prince's Darling Nikki at KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas in L.A. a few years back.

Happy Friday, kids.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Quote of the Day

"Dear Ryan Murphy, let it go. See a therapist, get a manicure, buy a new bra. Zip your lip and focus on educating 7yr olds how to say fuck."

-- Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill responding to Glee creator Ryan Murphy's public fit following the band's decision not to license its music for use in the show

Basically, Kings of Leon politely declined Murphy's request for the rights to Use Somebody, saying that they rarely license their stuff to anyone.

Murphy responded by saying, "Fuck you, Kings of Leon," and calling them "assholes" during a magazine interview.

Because the world needs fewer pissy queen clich├ęs.

Listening Post

I have to admit, this is a video I didn't even know existed until I stumbled across it.

Here's Nine Inch Nails -- Deep.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Quote of the Day

"Michele Bachmann is not the national spokesperson for the Republican Party. She is unlikely anytime soon to be chosen to be the spokesperson for her party. But tonight, inexplicably, a national news network decided that they would give Michele Bachmann a job that her own party never did. (It's) a remarkable act of journalistic intervention to elevate, in effect, a group with which they are co-sponsoring a presidential debate... to the level of the major parties in this country. (CNN) decided tonight not to just cover the news about the State of the Union, they decided to make their own."

-- Rachel Maddow on CNN's decision to air Michele Bachmann's rebuttal to last night's State of the Union address

As expected, there was Barack Obama, bringing you America's Sputnik Moment.

And Michele Bachmann -- bringing you America's Stupnik Moment.

Listening Post


A gorgeous Psychedelic Furs classic.

Say no more.

Here's The Ghost in You.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Granting Asylum: Update

You know, Bill Maher's really kind of gone to the dark side during interviews lately, being more bitter and preachy than funny, but he made a great point a little while ago on CNN.

While no one's more excited than me to watch the clown car crash that will almost certainly be Michele Bachmann's rebuttal to the State of the Union address tonight, why the hell is anyone actually carrying the thing? Bachmann certainly has every right to voice the lunatic delusions swirling around inside that tiny hamster cock of a brain of hers, but no one's saying the cable networks or anyone else for that matter have a responsibility to indulge her by broadcasting them to the world. Essentially, the "Tea Party" is nothing but the ultra-nationalist al Aqsa Martyr's Brigade of the Republican party; yes, its leadership and many of its members claim to be above partisanship when it comes to directing their substantial and largely unfocused outrage, but that's really only because they want to see the country move so far to the right that its nose is pressed against the wall and they don't feel like the GOP is doing enough to make that happen. In other words, they're just Republicans who feel like the Republican party isn't being Republican enough. Show me a Democrat who professes to also be a tea bagger and I'll show you somebody in the final stages of syphilitic brain atrophy.

And yet the enabling of Bachmann and the rest of these assholes will mean that the right will be given the opportunity to air its grievances against the president's message not once but twice tonight. And why? Because the cable news channels like trainwrecks as much as we do -- precisely because we like them, because they know we'll be watching.

The Washington Post: CNN Defends Airing Bachmann Speech/1.25.11

Bonus Quote of the Day

"How fucking sacred is this person who's never contributed one thing to anyone's life but her own? And not even thinking about her politically or whatever she represents, it's just that she's just a coarse, selfish person who has ferocious protection and it makes no sense to me... By the way, I said something that I think is true, I wrote on Twitter that I said, please find me a picture of Sarah Palin with more than one black person because I couldn't find one. And then she went to Haiti a week later. She threw together a trip to Haiti. So I believe I made that happen. So that's positive."

-- Louis CK on Sarah Palin

Quote of the Day

"The big question now, Matt and Meredith is, 'Where does this relationship go from here?'"

-- NBC News correspondent Jeff Rossen on the Today show following a story about the personal revelation that Oprah has a half-sister, revealed in typical full-on-media-spectacle fashion yesterday on her nationally televised show

The answer: right to the bank -- for both of them.

Listening Post

Brand new Cage the Elephant.

Here's Shake Me Down.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Granting Asylum

You know, what with concentrating on Inara's last few days here and all, I wasn't kidding when I said I haven't been paying much attention to politics.

Which is why I apparently missed this late last week:

The Washington Post: Michele Bachmann To Deliver Her Own State of the Union Rebuttal/1.21.11

I'm not exaggerating in the slightest when I say that this is going to be the greatest fucking thing in the history of everything that has ever existed ever.

There'll be Barack Obama, the President of the United States.

Then an establishment GOP flunky.

Then a circus clown with Down's Syndrome tripping on Felix the Cat acid.

Have your popcorn ready.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Quote of the Day Last Week

"Is it ever right to just wind up and let someone have it with all you've got? That's a question that I think has to be asked. It's certainly possible that we've all become too used to unrestrained rhetoric as a form of entertainment, and people like me live right in the middle of the guilt parabola there. Most all of us are grownups and can handle extreme argument, but clearly some people are not, and obviously I'm not just talking about Jared Loughner. To see that, all you have to do is attend almost any family gathering, where once-loving relationships have been completely lost because of the overheated right-left culture war. If real family relationships are being lost to this kind of political debate, if someone on TV can reach into your living room and break up your family without knowing anything about you or even knowing that you exist, that tells us that this mechanized mass-media rhetoric has been almost unimaginably successful at dehumanizing whole classes of people."

-- Matt Taibbi, posted over at his Rolling Stone blog not long after the Tucson shooting

Yeah, I'm late to the party with everything these days. Good news on the horizon, though, folks -- really good news. I'll be getting into it a little more over the next couple of days; suffice it to say, output here is likely to finally get back to respectable levels by this time next week.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Goodbye and Good Luck

I'll make this quick because it's my last full day with Inara and I'd rather spend my time with her than think about anything involving TV news or politics.

Keith Olbermann is out at MSNBC because he's an uncontrollable, incorrigible, monumental pain in the ass; he typically refuses to be appreciative of or beholden to his bosses or the network's interests in general and somebody at the top finally realized he just wasn't worth all the trouble, particularly not with the Comcast deal now unforgivably rubber-stamped and the most "vampire squid"-like media monolith in history about to become a reality. The Comcast people are cleaning house at NBC as it is; it wouldn't surprise me if they made it clear to Phil Griffin that Olbermann needed to be off campus by nine o'clock Monday morning and that his local draft board would be informed that he was eligible for military service. No, I don't think there was some kind of secretive corporate cabal working against him behind the scenes; I leave that sort of conspiratorial ruminating to the Glenn Greenwalds of the world. It's probably more that he's a thorn in the side of just about everyone and, as I said, from a cost-benefit perspective, his bullshit just wasn't worth it anymore.

I'm not saying that all of this isn't a shame, because it certainly is. Olbermann's is an unapologetically progressive voice that shouldn't be silenced. His narcissistic drama queening is surpassed only by his intelligence, wit and sheer balls, and they'll be missed, at least until he finds some other outlet for them (although off the top of my head I can't imagine what that might be). While it's true that he helped to put a machine in place at MSNBC prime time that can probably now function without him, it won't function as well as it would have with him. Love him or hate him, he's a singular personality and despite the fact that he's a self-centered asshole -- as many true talents are -- what he brought to the table shouldn't have been easily dismissed. Or, in Olbermann's case -- after years of tumult and mutual acrimony with the NBC News mothership -- not so easily.

Whatever their differences, NBC and Olbermann should've been willing to compromise for the sake of a mutually beneficial relationship. But as anyone who's ever tried to make it work with a whack-job or a control freak knows, sometimes you just can't.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Listening Post

A Thousand Suns is the album Linkin Park should have recorded as the official follow-up to Meteora; it's more expansive, more ambitious and infinitely better all the way around than 2007's Minutes To Midnight.

And songs like this are why.

Here's Waiting for the End.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Quote of the Day

“As far as I’m concerned, if you make $2 million a week and you don’t have a hooker in your hotel room, you’re creepy and I don’t trust you. And I don’t do drugs at all, so for me it would just be more prostitutes. That’s how they would find me. I would be dead on the floor, flattened by a pile of prostitutes. I’d look like a cat in a hoarder's house.”

-- Jim Norton on Charlie Sheen


Listening Post

Just a few weeks back, I picked New Low from Middle Class Rut as one of the best singles of 2010; I also said that the rest of the album is freaking monstrous -- like being hit in the side of the head with a brick.

Here's another damn good track from it.

This is Busy Bein' Born.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Quote of the Day

"Student masterpieces will be judged by Google staff and three celebrity judges: actress Whoopi Goldberg, ice shaking champ Evan Lysacek, and 'Garfield' creator Jim Davis."

-- From a piece in the Christian Science Monitor today on Google's annual "Doodle 4 Google" competition

Well, kids, I think it's safe to say that the motif they're going for this year is surrealism.

Oh, and I don't know what the hell an "ice shaking" champ is, but I'm pretty sure I'm one.

Picture of the Week

From an official letter written in 1997 by the Vatican and issued to the bishops of Ireland, who at the time had proposed a new policy of reporting abusive priests to law enforcement. The basic translation: the Vatican is insisting that the current policy stay in place -- that the bishops keep cases of sexual abuses to themselves and within the church.

Evil fuckers.

Listening Post

Yesterday it was the 80s, today we're moving up to a song that sounds like it was lifted right out of the 90s shoegaze era.

This is the Depreciation Guild, with Dream About Me.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Quote of the Day

"We learn that the right doesn't even recognize the irony of its claim of being unfairly blamed for the violence of others, when it has spent the last several years doing exactly that to Muslims -- particularly American Muslims. We also learn that the right can simultaneously insist no political party or inclination can be blamed for Tucson -- while it itself blames the Democratic party and the left, for Tucson. We learn that the right does not understand that if you -- if we -- foment a political environment in which politics are to be settled by violence, or the threat of violence, or in a rhetorical tide of violent imagery, it no longer matters what those politics specifically are, or if the hearer even understands your politics or agrees with your politics -- he may hear only the permission to be violent. And ultimately we learn... this template of what the right would do in an actual open-and-shut slam dunk case in which a partisan of the right attempted to kill one of the left. The right would blame that victim, blame him or her for not having brought enough security. Or for not having brought a gun."

-- Keith Olbermann on much of the American right's response in the wake of the Arizona shooting and the call for more responsible political discourse

Listening Post

Can't say this video pushes the high-concept boundaries, but it's strangely fitting given that the song has a kind of 80s club-Less Than Zero feel to it.

Here's Iris -- Closer To Real.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Quote of the Day

"One is a group of exclusively white men who live in a bygone century, have bad teeth and think of blacks as three-fifths of a person... and the other are the founding fathers."

-- Bill Maher on the difference between the invoked-to-death Founding Fathers and the Tea Party

Emcee Hammer

Aw, did widdle Hollywood get its feelings hurt?

Did all those multi-millionaires in the room not feel appropriately genuflected to?

Fuck 'em -- Gervais ruled.

The Telegraph: Did Ricky Gervais Go Too Far at the Golden Globes?/1.17.11

(Update: Loved what Brendon over at What Would Tyler Durden Do had to say about this. His response to the idea that the Hollywood types in the audience were offended that their special night had been somehow sullied: "Fuck you. Your entire life is your special night.")

Listening Post

I figured I'd better put this up before it becomes the massive hit it's pretty much guaranteed to be.

Here's Graffiti6 -- Stare Into the Sun.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Quote of the Day

"Let's get the obvious out of the way: this is his goddamned job. He is the Dean of Students, not the Dean of Not Giving A Damn. People are always all up the public schools system's digestive tract for not taking a more active interest in their students and that's exactly what Mr. Rooney was doing. It doesn't matter if, on a personal level, he's a dick or not -- he is literally paid with your tax money to make sure kids aren't doing exactly what Ferris did. The kid can go to a museum and drive a sports car on the weekend. During the week, he and the other kids are Rooney's responsibility so they can, you know, get an education. And you know what? He was right all along. Ferris was skipping school."

-- Cracked Online

Cracked's lists are generally entertaining (trust me, once you start down the rabbit hole of clicking on one after the other, you can destroy an entire day of planned productivity) but this one is truly inspired: 9 Famous Movie Villains Who Were Right All Along.

The Sun's Gone Dim and the Sky's Turned Black

Oh I am so fucking geeking out over this movie.

Here's the new trailer for Battle: Los Angeles.

Friday, January 14, 2011

In Memoriam

Michael Steele

Chairman of the Republican Party


Endless Source of Entertainment

Tenure: January 30th, 2009 - January 14th, 2011

"You'll always be in our hearts."

The Huffington Post: Michael Steele Defeated as RNC Chairman/1.14.11

Picture of the Week

A billboard for Rush Lumbaugh's radio show in -- wait for it -- Tucson, Arizona.

Sometimes this stuff just writes itself.

Listening Post

This songs holds a special little place in my heart, mostly because I bought the album it's taken from not long after getting out of rehab -- way back in those innocent days just before the September 11th attacks -- and listened to it quite a bit.

In addition to being a terrific song, it features some seriously impressive drum work.

A criminally underrated band, here's Alien Ant Farm -- Attitude.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Quote of the Day

"That's what I believe, in part because that's what a child like Christina Taylor Green believed. Imagine: here was a young girl who was just becoming aware of our democracy; just beginning to understand the obligations of citizenship; just starting to glimpse the fact that someday she too might play a part in shaping her nation's future. She had been elected to her student council; she saw public service as something exciting, something hopeful. She was off to meet her congresswoman, someone she was sure was good and important and might be a role model. She saw all this through the eyes of a child, undimmed by the cynicism or vitriol that we adults all too often just take for granted. I want us to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy to be as good as she imagined it. All of us -- we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children's expectations... I want America to be as good as she imagined it."

-- President Barack Obama

Listening Post

When Massive Attack's Teardrop was released in 1998 -- it was the first single off the spectacular and evocative Mezzanine album -- I never thought it would eventually become as strangely seminal as it has. It's been made famous as the theme from House and has been covered at least twice -- including Jose Gonzalez's mind-blowingly powerful interpretation -- and now one of my favorite new bands has taken a shot at extending its reach.

Above, it's Civil Twilight doing Teardrop live.

And, below, it's the hypnotically gorgeous video for the original Massive Attack version -- featuring, of course, the Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser on vocals, who wrote the lyrics to the song as a tribute to Jeff Buckley.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Quote of the Day: Unreliable Sources Edition

"When I conducted the telephone interview for my Nov. 27 article on California Rep. Darrell Issa, my unambiguous understanding was that I was speaking with Rep. Issa. I subsequently learned that I was speaking to his chief spokesman, Kurt Bardella. None of the views ascribed to Issa are inaccurate, but the attribution throughout the story should have been to his spokesman, not to the congressman. We have since corrected the article. The earlier version also mentioned Darrell Issa’s 'tendency to refer to himself in the third person.' In fact, that usage was appropriate because the interview was with his spokesman."

-- Howard Kurtz, formerly of the Washington Post and currently of the Daily Beast and CNN's Reliable Sources

Jesus, I wonder why nobody takes political journalism seriously anymore.

Darrell Issa's "tendency to refer to himself in the third person" -- just hilarious.

You know, in Howie's defense, he was actually trying to get a date with the guy working out next to Darrell Issa.

"Darrell's gonna get you, Howie! Darrell holds grudges!"

You Can't Keep a Good Ham Down

In case you were wondering...

The Daily Beast: Rick Sanchez Opens Up in First Interview Since Being Fired by CNN/1.12.11


DXM: I, Sanchez/9.5.10

Quote of the Day

"Palin's post-shooting message was about Palin, not about Giffords. It was defensive, not inspiring. And it was petty at a moment when Palin had been handed perhaps her last clear chance to show herself presidentially magnanimous."

-- David Frum

So, yeah, as expected Palin decided the forgo the usual news conference method of getting her message out there in favor of the one-sided conversation to be had by releasing a Vimeo video on her Facebook page like she's 16. (Don't want any of those pesky questions getting in the way of the point you're trying to make.)

I get that I'm picking on Palin when we really should be concentrating on the victims in this tragedy, but dear God is she low-hanging fruit -- not to mention the fact that she so perfectly sums up just how fucked we are by those who seem willing to be enthralled by the nexus of politics and celebrity.

By the way, watch the video if you feel like it -- there's no way I'm posting that thing here -- and marvel at Palin's hilariously clumsy, melodramatic and entirely ill-advised accusation that her critics are engaging in a "blood libel" against her, when Gabrielle Giffords happens to be Jewish. Just -- it never fails to stun me; there aren't words for what a buffoon this woman is.

Fair Imbalance

In case you haven't been paying close attention during all the back and forth over the current state of our political discourse, the absurd "both sides" meme has returned with a vengeance over the past couple of days. The claim, of course -- generally heard from the side accused correctly of trafficking most in irresponsible and inflammatory rhetoric -- is that, well, both sides are guilty of trafficking in irresponsible and inflammatory rhetoric. It's bullshit -- but you hear it a lot.

Well, now there's this from CBS News, which conducted a poll to try to pin down just who's behind all the anger:

"The poll also shows that while three in four Americans say violence against the government is never justified, 16 percent say it can be justified -- the same percentage that said as much in April. Twenty-eight percent of Republicans said such violence can be justified, compared with 11 percent of Democrats and independents."

Anybody surprised? Anybody?

First of all, at this point, after what we now know about Jared Loughner, I'm not saying that he was some right-wing stooge who took the words of Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin to heart and acted on them. He's much more your garden variety whack-job whose ideology is, predictably, all over the place. But there remains the possibility that the overall climate of unfocused rage in Arizona may have fed his psychosis -- and the discussion about how far things have gone in this country when it comes to politically based outrage is one worth having, regardless.

What the above poll clearly shows, though, is that, no, both sides of the political spectrum aren't dispensing the same brand of dangerous invective; they don't subscribe to the same consistently stoked anti-government paranoia or, let's face it, possess the same fetishistic view of militarism -- that worship of gun culture or innate horseshit frontier mentality that still, in 2011, believes that it might only be a matter of time before they have to pull a John Wayne and grab their rifle to defend what's theirs, en masse. I'm damn well not saying that everyone on the right is like this, only that most who are like this are on the right; it's part of their ideological DNA.

And it's adopted as a cynical sales pitch by people like Sarah Palin, who plays the entirely fictional role of Caribou Barbie on her reality TV show -- hunting "wild game" while a make-up tent and craft services spread sits directly off-camera.

Or Glenn Beck, who strikes a Jack Bauer-esque pose -- complete with handgun -- on his website, despite the fact that if he were ever really put in a live-fire situation, he'd almost certainly cower in a corner and cry like a four-year-old.

(h/t Kevin)

Listening Post

I've said it more than once but it bears repeating over and over again: If you don't own this album -- or really everything Ken Andrews has been even slightly associated with -- you need to.

Here's Year of the Rabbit's Last Defense.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Enough Is Enough

I realize this will sound a tad hypocritical given all my whining about the need to tone down the violent rhetoric, but, let's face it, there have to be one or two things in this world we can all agree on.

So with that in mind, can somebody please just finally beat the fucking shit out of Fred Phelps and the psychos in the Westboro Baptist Church?


The Village Voice: Westboro Baptist Church To Picket Funeral of Tucson Shooting Victims, Including 9-Year-Old Christina Green/1.11.11

(By the way, it pains me to no end to put a picture of this little girl up next to my own rage and the mere mention of Fred Phelps's name, but I wanted to make the point crystal clear.)

Listening Post

Bad Books = Kevin Devine + Manchester Orchestra = Win

Here's You Wouldn't Have To Ask.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Listening Post

For the last two decades, this has been one of my favorite pieces of music -- a song that's just indescribably beautiful and moving.

These days, it means more than ever.

Here's Tori Amos -- Winter.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Quote of the Day

"When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous. And, unfortunately, Arizona I think has become sort of the capital. We have become the Mecca for prejudice and bigotry... It's not unusual for all public officials to get threats constantly, myself included. And that's the sad thing of what's going on in America. Pretty soon, we're not going to be able to find reasonable, decent people who are willing to subject themselves to serve in public office... Let me just say one thing, because people tend to poo-poo this business about all the vitriol that we hear inflaming the American public by people who make a living off of doing that. That may be free speech. But it's not without consequences."

-- Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik

The momentous nature of this comment, coming as it did from a public official, simply can't be overstated. If by some miracle the unconscionable attempted assassination of Gabby Giffords -- as well as the murder of, among others, Judge John Roll, Congressional Aide Gabe Zimmerman and 9-year-old Christina Green, who was born, ironically, on September 11th, 2001 -- becomes a turning point in our national discourse, then Sheriff Dupnik's call against arms may very well stand as the Cronkite-saying-we-can't-win moment of this repugnant era.

It may seem like such a pedestrian observation to those who've closely followed the increase in irresponsibly incendiary rhetoric within our national politics, but make no mistake: what Sheriff Dupnik said took unbelievable balls. The man is a hero and he's owed a huge debt of gratitude for taking those who even indirectly incite violence to task. And no matter how much they deny, misdirect and obfuscate -- they know who they are.

Saturday, January 08, 2011

That Is the Sound of Inevitability

While we're still in the early stages of fact-gathering following the attempted assassination of Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona -- and I really don't like to jump to conclusions -- I can't deny the terrible feeling I immediately got when I heard about this.

It was heightened when I read this quote in the piece about the shooting currently running in the New York Times:

"During the fall campaign, Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice-presidential candidate, posted a controversial map on her Facebook page depicting spots where Democrats were running for re-election; those Democrats were noted by crosshairs symbols like those seen through the scope of a gun. Ms. Giffords was among those on Ms. Palin’s map."

So, yeah, anybody wanna put any bets down?

(Update: I likely won't be sitting here adding little tidbits as they come in all night -- there's the Huffington Post and Twitter for that -- but one thing is really worth reminding people in all of this: A federal judge and a nine-year-old girl are among the dead. Just unbelievable.)

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Quote of the Day

"Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it."

-- Attributed to Mark Twain

No one's sure if he really said this, but it certainly sounds like something he would've said. Regardless, it's wonderfully pertinent given the current and ridiculous attempt by one publishing company to sanitize Twain's classic, Huckleberry Finn, by removing the word "nigger" from the name of the character "Nigger Jim" on the grounds that today's more refined audiences may find it offensive.

On the other hand, wouldn't it be great if they announced that they were in fact changing the name, but only to "Nigger Dave"?

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Listening Post

A really great little homemade video for a really great song.

Here's the Shins -- Sea Legs.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Listening Post

While my laptop is still, in technical terms, "fucked" I'll try to pop up little tidbits here and there. Sorry about all the issues (the computer's as opposed to mine, which you should be used to by now).

Anyway, here's the new one from Duran Duran -- incidentally their best single in around two decades.

This is the Mark Ronson-produced All You Need Is Now.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Going Viral

Nothing like starting the new year off with lousy news -- to say nothing of excuses as to why content around here has slowed to a near-drip -- but my laptop is currently suffering from one hell of a virus. We're talking the Ebola of computer viruses; the damn thing is all but unusable. I'm going to have to work from a separate computer that I don't always have access to while mine is being fixed, so the basic gist is that over the next 48 hours or so things are really gonna suck as far as DXM is concerned. I promised that the situation would improve a little at the beginning of the year -- and yes, I'm still dealing with work, side projects, a killer daily commute and of course the wonderfulness that is Inara -- but it looks like it'll be a couple of days before I can start making good on that.

For the record, I can't tell you how much I want to get back to writing a hell of a lot more than I've been.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Listening Post: The 25 Best Singles of 2010 (#1)

1. Cee-Lo Green -- Fuck You

There's no way it could have been anything else. No other song in 2010 -- or really any year in recent memory -- was this audacious, this clever, this hysterically brilliant and instantly iconic as Cee-Lo's funky and fun verbal thrashing of a villainous, gold-digging ex and her new man. The best part about the song? Sure it aims for a go-for-the-jugular kind of catharsis, but Cee-Lo brings such a sense of playful giddiness to the notion of not holding back that it almost seems to sanitize the song's potential offensiveness; despite its title and lyrics -- which self-proclaimed cultural watchdog and insufferable dingbat Brent Bozell decried as obscene almost immediately -- there's something oddly sweet about this musical rant. It's both exhilarating and liberating. And it's far and away the best song of the year.

Listening Post: The 25 Best Singles of 2010: 2. Foster the People -- Pumped Up Kicks, 3. A Silent Film -- You Will Leave a Mark, 4. Mumford & Sons -- Little Lion Man

Listening Post: The 25 Best Singles of 2010: 5. The Black Keys -- Tighten Up, 6. Vampire Weekend -- Giving Up the Gun, 7. Gorillaz -- Stylo

Listening Post: The 25 Best Singles of 2010: 8. Arcade Fire -- Ready To Start, 9. The Heavy -- How You Like Me Now, 10. Tame Impala -- Lucidity

Listening Post: The 25 Best Singles of 2010: 11. Ben Folds & Nick Hornby -- From Above, 12. Kanye West (Featuring Bon Iver and Gil Scott-Heron) -- Lost in the World, 13. M.I.A. -- Born Free

Listening Post: The 25 Best Singles of 2010: 14. Sia -- My Love, 15. Middle Class Rut -- New Low, 16. The xx -- Islands

Listening Post: The 25 Best Singles of 2010: 17. John Legend and the Roots -- I Can't Write Left-Handed, 18. Blonde Redhead -- Not Getting There, 19. The National -- Bloodbuzz Ohio

Listening Post: The 25 Best Singles of 2010: 20. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti -- Round and Round, 21. P!nk -- Raise Your Glass, 22. Drive-By Truckers -- This Fucking Job

Listening Post: The 25 Best Singles of 2010: 23. Best Coast -- Boyfriend, 24. Anberlin -- Impossible, 25. Fences -- Girls with Accents