Already reconsidering my position on Dean. He’s a very strong advocate of state’s rights, and is so strongly for it that he winds up supporting the Confederate flag on the flags of various Southern states. For a guy from the Northeast likely to be written off as a damn Yankee, he’s finding a consistent path to win the allegiance of those redneck bastards who ride around their truck with a gunrack full of rifles in the back window and a bumpersticker saying “We will not forget!” with a Confederate battle flag next to it. State’s rights are not something i’m particularly crazy about, as too often it’s a loophole for corporations in evading taxes and regulations.
Maybe i’m naive (more than my norm,) but i’m listening to the NPR interview with Howard Dean, and he seems to be my Democratic pick. He does not shy away from saying that the Bush administration is divisive and manipulative, relying on ethnic and regional tensions to keep people at each other’s throats while they push through their repugnant, self-rewarding agendas. He didn’t just say that he disagreed with Bush liek Lieberman yesterday. I could hear the outrage in his voice. Good stuff. He happens to be pro-gun, which most of the time i’m not, but i’m willing to rethink that stance, as i know i’m a reactionary sometimes.
Speaking of being reactionary, Joe Klein did an interview earlier. A caller insisted that the Democratic Party must move to the left, and stop trying to be Republican, but he became irate with that suggestion. Although he had been critical of Lieberman earlier, saying that he lacks the fire that he needs, it became clear that when he kept referring to him as Joe and talking about how laidback Joe is., that Klein is entirely too comfortable with the jackasses who are the DLC. Now that i recall Klein kept insisting that Dean had ideas to bring to the platform, but he’s an outsider and an unknown who doesn’t really have a chance. Aha. If the DLC doesn’t give Dean their stamp of approval, then that’s a major plus.
Klein was also saying the left is reactionary and pessimistic. No, i’m reactionary and pessimistic of course, but those labels are as meaningless these days as “partisan”. What’s optimistic? Givign the rich a lot of tax cuts and hope that they might do something with that money that might stimulate the economy out of looming depression? That’s the kind of optimism that convinces one to sped a whole paycheck on lottery tickets. Moderated pessimism with so many charlatans and crooks around is probably a good thing.
“Moby Octopad”. I haven’t hear this Yo La Tengo song in ages, as i owned it only on vinyl, and every time i’ve downloaded it, it disappears. It’s still a song that has a major groove for me, but those piano breaks are nowhere near as snazzy as they first seemed to me. It still has that classic bass line, but as strung out and sleepy as i feel right now, it’s not luring me into a spacey haze… which is what those piano breaks broke, through shards of brittle ice at me from out of nowhere.
Despite that little burst of disappointment, I Hear the Heart Beating as One is a fave of mine while i don’t give a damn for And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out. No, i don’t know why. There are no special memories or insights connected to either album for me. Both are strangely neutral, never getting any kind of anchor in my emotional universe. I need to find that other album to figure this out…….
Whoops. “Green Arrow”. One of the thing i hate about the city is that i miss the crickets. Although i never had a bunch of baseball loving record collectors serenading me while i lay out on the lawn listening to crickets, this one is evoking a lot of memories, although perhaps it might as well be field recording or some New Age mediatation track, from what i’m getting out of it. Enough of that…. i could feel a creative visualization coming on, and as good as it was feeling, finding one’s center and creating a personal inventory doesn’t seem to be appealing when i need to get back to studying.
Acquired another Microphones album. I must have bruised my brain. This was one of the bands i truly hated, and now it’s becoming my favorite band of the past couple of weeks. Sometimes i think this all stems from self-loathing, as the music that i hated a year ago was hated by my old self, and since i might hate my old self (yet to be proven!) this Me of Now plays at being contrarian and pisses in the face of Me of the Past, trying to subvert every prejudice.
Just cannot get enough of that Justin Timberlake. I noticed yesterday that on the cover of Vibe (i think) that he is wearing a t-shirt for MC5, with a White Panther emblem on it! Yeah, yeah, i know about Shania and her torn Ramones t-shirt, but somehow this is more logical. If he’d only grow his ‘fro back out like Rob Tyner’s, then it would be. Then again, a couple of the guys in the Turtles had those too. Unite the power of urban soul, righteous Detroit motherfuckers, and subversive sunshine pop!
I’m supposed to be getting groceries, then studying. Whoops.