Saturday, July 17, 2010

Podcast Episode 3: \m/(><)\m/

The Basshead Jazz Podcast- Episode 3

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The Sword- March of the Lor
Meshuggah- Rational Gaze
Eyehategod- Peace Thru War (Thru Peace and War)
Mastodon- Iron Tusk
Judas Priest- Desert Plains
Lamb of God- Terror and Hubris in the House
Candlemass- Black Dwarf
Slayer- Cult
Dethklok- Bloodlines
Probot- I Am the Warlock
Pantera- By Demons be Driven
System of a Down- Shimmy
High on Fire- Nemisis
Acrassicauda- Garden of Stones

Thanks for listening.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Ghosts of Nevada.....

Podcast Episode 2: Cool Chicks and Heartless Bastards

The Basshead Jazz Podcast- Episode 2

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Sia- Death By Chocolate
Heartless Bastards- The Mountain
Band of Skulls- Hollywood Bowl

Gun Club- Ghost on the Highway
Yoko Ono- Death of Samantha
The Dears- Fear Made the World Go Round
Iggy and the Stooges- Gimme Danger
The Depreciation Guild- Dream About Me
Joey Ramone- Like a Drug I Never Did Before
Teenage Fanclub- Baby Lee
Witchcraft- Leva
The Smiths- This Night Has Opened My Eyes
Idiot Pilot- A Day in the Life of a Poolshark

Thanks for listening.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

When you figure this comic out........ will know the meaning of life.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Random thoughts and brain misfires...............

- Louis C. K.'s new show on FX called "Louie" is already one of the best TV shows I've ever seen in my life, and it's only a few episodes in. The way they piece it together is amazing and hilarious. DVR that shit!

- If there was ever an expert on the look of disappointment on people's faces, it's the guy who stands at the exit door of a wax museum.

- A random amazing sentence from the Louise Erdrich novel I'm reading......."The clouds cover the horizon and within the mass, as the thing opens over us, we see the heart of the storm, the dark side of the anvil shot through with an electric lacery of light." I like her.

- I feel like I should own a cactus. I live in the desert. I feel like when you live in the desert you should have a cactus somewhere in your house, and maybe a southwestern style native-american blanket hanging over your couch. I think I'm gonna go get a cactus.

- Love is amazing. And by "Love" I mean the Aurther Lee 60's rock band. Actual love will ruin your life and murder everything you are inside. Which is usually when you start listening to down-tempo 60's psychedelic rock music like Love.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

3:10 to Nowhere.............

Sleep is the Cousin of Death......

The Most Slept On Movies of the Last 30 Years (according to me)

The Science of Sleep
The Quiet American
The Last Supper
Altered States
House of Games
Punch-Drunk Love
The Fountain
Night on Earth
Bubba Ho-Tep
The Darjeeling Limited
Stairway to Heaven (also called: A Matter of Life and Death)
Last Life in the Universe

Whatever on that list you haven't seen, rush out immediately and find. DIRECT ORDER!!

Monday, July 5, 2010

What is Cool?: A Haiku........

Cool is Rod Serling

Smoking While Telling His Fans

Martians Should Eat Them.

(My artist rendering of what Cool may look like)

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Synthetic shipmates............

Happy 4th of July. Thoughts go out to my boys Jason Stoddard and Joseph Bell spending today somewhere in Afghanistan.

A "friendlier" God?

By far, one of my favorite people living today is Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She is an amazing woman who actually lived through all of the worst third-world fascist theocracy we hear about only through the news, and she came out of it a champion of freedom and human rights. She literally has a fatwa on her head across the Muslim world for saying things what she says in the video above.

She is now an atheist who has officially denounced her former religion of Islam. But even among atheists she is controversial in some ways. Especially in America and Britain where we are not at daily risk of being murdered for our beliefs, or lack thereof, and so we have the luxury of over-exaggeration. We atheists in the west really only have one outlet of flexing our mind grapes [(c) Tracy Jordan].............which of course is fuckin' with our moderate Christian friends. We push their buttons. We get in over-the-top arguments in highly inappropriate places, like work or baby shower parties, where we accuse American christian fundamentalists of being "just as bad" as muslim terrorists. We point to the shooting of abortion doctors, mothers drowning their children, half-retarded presidents who think stem-cells are the devil's Lego blocks. And all that IS obviously out there and worth criticizing.................but isn't it a little offensive to people like Ayaan Hirsi Ali and those who have actually suffered through religious oppression when we equate those fringe aspects of American life that, at the end of the day, are pretty few and far between, to entire regions of the world where beheading, slavery, honor killings, amputation, genetic mutilation, public stoning, martyrdom, rape, domestic violence, and suicide bombings are literally EVERYDAY occurrences and completely sanctioned by whole governments?

Just a little offensive, maybe?

And this is why many atheists in this country have a problem with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, because they don't want to give up that intellectual argument. In her new book Nomad, Ali suggests that not only is Christianity BETTER than Islam in it's practice and it's practitioners, but she goes so far as to say that "enlightened moderate Christians" should be more active in the Muslim regions, spreading their good word and trying to convert people. Why? Because she believes (and I would say rightly so) that while some of us can clearly do without God or religious belief.......................most people in the world cannot. And so her proposition is that for the time being, while we are forced to live with the religious, we might as well promote the "friendlier" religions over the less friendly ones. At one point in the interview I posted above, she makes the point that in a whole region of the world, Islamic fundamentalists have a monopoly on the marketplace of ideas.

On face value, I am one of those atheists who basically disagrees with her. I believe that as time goes on, the world will only continue to become more and more secular. Development and wealth are the solutions. Technology, access to information, comfortable living conditions.............these are what drive young men away from strapping bombs to their chest or killing their sisters to protect family honor, not introducing new gods. Christians aren't better people than Muslims at heart, and god knows (pun intended) that their holy book isn't any less violent or oppressive. If American Christians really believed in a literal translation of their book and truly lived by its word..........I don't think anyone could disagree that we would also have beheadings, slavery, subjugation of women, etc, because all of these things overlap both the Bible and the Quran. In my opinion, Ali's solution is very much like the one we hear every 4 years in political elections when folks try to rationalize their reasoning for not voting for third party candidates who are clearly better.

It's the "lesser evil" argument. And personally, I don't see why we need to settle for any lesser evil. Evolutionary theory is less than 2 centuries old......................of COURSE it's gonna take a while to embed itself and compete with religious superstitions that possibly go back as far as a THOUSANDS of centuries (which if you are decent at math, is a few more than 2). What I'm sayin' what, we're in a rough patch? Atheism is not some flash-in-the-pan trend that needs to be coddled, like Scientology or MGMT's career. It's basic logic. And besides, Islamic fundamentalists can be physically fought. I have a couple ribbons on my military uniform that say I'm supposedly fighting them right now, although that's up for debate. My point is that you can't fight fire with fire, unless you're that little bald kid from Avatar, in which case you'd have bigger things to worry about than Islamic terrorism. Like for instance, firing your agent and picking better scripts.

Anyway, what are your thoughts on all this?

Saturday, July 3, 2010

She smiles and melts all math and logic.......

ON AIR...........

It's okay, you can sit down if you need to, I understand how exciting this must be for everyone. Sandman has a new podcast! And he's, uhh.............he's by himself? WHY NOT!! Is it gonna be any good? WHO CARES!!! Just take the pill and ride the wave, people. We don't have much time.

The Basshead Jazz Podcast- Episode 1

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Lightspeed Champion- I Could Have Done This Myself
Local Natives- Wide Eyes
Queens of the Stone Age- Mexicola
Guided By Voices- Surgical Focus
Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Charlie Daniels- Ghost Riders on the Storm
Ian Brown- Keep What You Got
The Shins- Saint Simon
Cee-lo Green- You Don't Shock Me Anymore
Janelle Monae- Oh, Maker

Thank you for listening, seriously. Leave feedback and tips, large bills only. For all the old Speaker Madness fans, welcome back. To the new fans who have no idea what Speaker Madness was.............welcome to the shit.