I’m glad that I’m not the only person who thought the whole idea of Gore having a mole in the Bush camp to spy on Dubya’s preparation for the debate is so totally absurd that most likely the Bush camp leaked the videotape to the Gore camp themselves in the hope of smearing them. This article points out how weird the situation is, and how the Republican party has layed twisted traps like this before. It still does not mean that the Democrats have not tried to ape the Republican party in order to beat them, and acted in collusion to keep third parties out of the debates.
Might as well write about this album, as actually, i have heard it more than any other in the past month… against my will, of course! It’s John Wesley Harding’s “Confessions of Saint Ace”, and i must hear it perhaps three or four times per day at the very least. When i first heard it, i thought it might be a very bad contemporary Elvis Costello record, but Elvis Costello could not record something this bland, could he? (okay, so he definitely can.) It has all of the fire and inspiration of bands like Cowboy Mouth and Better Than Ezra (hee hee, they were dropped from their label last week!) which translates as “none at all.” the lyrics are clumsy, mistaking cliches about “i love to watch you die” for something shocking, and goign for a grabbag of styles in a lame attempt to pretend towards versatility in songwriting. It’s all paint-by-numbers! There’s even a Beatlesque tune that has a build and fade-out to a return with a piece with mellotron for no good reason. Every time i hear it come on the bookstore’s speakers, i ache with boredom. I beg anyone not to buy this record, and encourage this poor guy to continue his career. He’s probably very swell in person, and drinks expensive beer, and has read a lot of nice books, but as a singer-songwriter, he’s artificial tofu.