Saturday, August 25, 2018

Knock, Knock, Knockin'...

By all accounts things are looking grim for John McCain.

A remotely-diplomatic person would probably skip writing a post like this, anticipating his passing. McCain will be celebrated as an American hero, benefiting from America's short-term memory span. He will be contrasted with Donald "I like people who weren't captured"/"Ouch, my bone spurs!" Trump: a 6" height difference, a career of service vs. self-serving, the diva move of the ACA repeal vote.

A little over 8 years ago I blogged about the primary challenge McCain was facing against a Tea Party challenger, goading him into more conservative positions. I thought it was irresponsible or narcissistic or short-sighted (or some combination) of him to run for re-election at 74, rather than for him to retire and transition the seat so Arizona doesn't suffer any lapse in representation.

And while he survived that entire term, actuarially speaking that sentiment was double in 2016.

So before you start the candlelight vigil, please read or reread "John McCain, Make-Believe Maverick" from Rolling Stone, October 2008. You'll understand why I felt like I needed to post this.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Song of the Day: "What Kind of World"

Dude from Thompson Twins has released his first solo album, and his first album of new material in 22 years (with his band Babble). I was taken with this, from an album review of Science Fiction, by David Medsker (as I hadn't quite picked up the similarities between "Lies" and "Low Rider"):
All of Bailey’s songwriting weapons are on display here, from the casual theft of a ‘70s California staple, a la the Twins song “Lies” lifting the bass line to “Low Rider” (in this song’s case, the victim is Santana’s “Oye Como Va”) to the Alannah Currie-esque backing vocals in the second line of the chorus, to that gargantuan wordless hook in the third line of the chorus. “Whoa whoa-oooo-whooooooooa!” That is vintage, none-more-Bailey right there.
Holy shit, Medsker's spot on there.

Song: "What Kind of World"
Artist: Tom Bailey

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Song of Day: "Apollo"

E's been pushing this track on me (I think) for a few days now.

So here we are... I've played right into his hands.

Song: "Apollo"
Artist: St. Paul and the Broken Bones

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Song of the Day: "Made For Now"

It seems like just yesterday when Clark and I went to see Janet Jackson in concert.

Actual date: August 30, 2011.

At the very least we went to Pickathon (August 2012, 104 degrees), and Frightened Rabbit in Eugene (October 2012). The Decemberists' "farewell" concert at Edgefield may have also been after Janet.

Hell, the only concert I can think of before Janet that Clark and I went to (here in Portland) was Indigo Girls in 2009.

Time flies.

Song: "Made For Now"
Artist: Janet Jackson