Thursday, August 27, 2015

Corner of Wilson and Sheridan Streets, Chicago (1923)

Corner of Wilson and Sheridan Streets, Chicago (1923) (Library of Congress)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Million Year Trip (Vol. 27): It Happened So Naturally, I Didn't Know It Was Love

These are the songs I played from 2:00pm-4:00pm during my DJ show The Million Year Trip on Sunday, July 12th 2015 on CHIRP Radio [Artist, “Song” (Album)]…

Gold Panda, "Burnt-Out Car in a Forest" (Trust EP)
John Maus, "Keep Pushing On" (We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves)
DAT Politics, "3" (Tracto Flirt)
Rufus and Chaka Khan, "Ain't Nobody" (Stompin' at the Savoy – Live)
Aaron Neville, "Tell It Like It Is"
[CHICAGO ARTIST!] Avery R. Young, "Preach" (A Race Rekidd)
[CHICAGO BAND!] Flesh Panthers, "Teethe" (NGC 2632)
Flesh World, "Just to Tear Me Down" (The Animals in My Life)
High on Fire, "The Falconist" (Luminiferous)
Kyle Woods, "Window" (Mornings EP)
Sink Tapes, "City-Bred Swine" (In the Rug)
Aurelio, "Tio Sam" (Laru Beya)
Janka Nabay & The Bubu Gang, "Kill Me With Bongo" (En Yay Sah)
Dizzy Gillespie and His Orchestra, "Things to Come" (BeBop Spoken Here: Disorder at the Border)
Excepter, "Sunburned Kids" (Familiar)
Eurythmics, "The Walk" (Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This))
Royal Jesters, "Private Number" (Royal Jesters: English Oldies)
[CHICAGO BAND!] The Shifties, "Universe" (Western Automatic)
[CHICAGO BAND!] The Ponys, "Pop Culture" (Maybe Chicago)
The Rationals, "Leavin' Here" ('60s Garage Nuggets)
Pins, "Young Girls" (Wild Nights)
Nozinja, "Baby Do U Feel Me" (Nozinja Lodge)
No Joy, "Everything New" (More Faithful)
Ray Price, "Crazy Arms"
Lightning Bolt, "No Rest for the Obsessed" (Hypermagic Mountain)
Earth, "Rooks Across the Gates" (Primitive and Deadly)

I'll be back on the air Sunday July 19th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm with another set of great music...check it out on CHIRP Radio!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

I Hate Politics: A Message to Those Who Love The Confederate Battle Flag

I've been thinking a lot about the Confederate battle flag, as it finally comes down from the South Carolina State House. It's been flying there so long I took it as a given it would never come down, but there it goes. It took a horrendous massacre of innocent people by a racist jackass to do it, but it's done.

For those who still want to display the flag on their private property (which they have every right to do) and those who argued against removing it from government property in this, 21st Century America, I say this:

1. That flag you love so much and give so much deference to is a symbol of White Power against everything that is not White. It is a symbol of hatred, ignorance, slavery, rape, murder, backwardness, treason, incivility, closed-mindedness, and spiritual poverty. Your display of that flag says much more about YOU than it does society or the world you live in (imagined or otherwise).

2. That flag is no more appropriate a symbol for rebellion and heritage than a swastika is a symbol of loyalty and national pride. We've been telling you that for years, but now there's enough "darkies" and friends in positions of power to do something about it.

3. I don't give a shit if your grandpappy’s grandpappy fought valiantly under that flag. If he did, he should have been lined up against a wall and shot along with all the other Dixieland traitors, as was the custom at the time. Your relatives got off easy and were given a great courtesy by the people who defeated you. Be thankful for that.

4. There's plenty of room on this train to the future called America, but you need to pick a side. Move forward with the rest of us or get left behind. Its the year Two Thousand Fucking Fifteen. You're wrong, everyone else is right. It's that simple.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Marxist Movie Reviews 07: The Atomic Cafe

Welcome to Marxist Movie Reviews, a series that attempts to look at modern and classic films from the perspective of what they say about society and social conflict. This point of view has historically been left to the academic world. However, this kind of analysis can provide anyone who enjoys movies with insights into the messages they deliver.

The Basic Plot: This a collection of 1950s and 1960s films, public service messages, instructional videos and other visual media (presented without narration) dealing with the worldwide proliferation of nuclear weapons during the Cold War

The Best Part(s): All of it

While it was far from funny at the time, Americans' concern with nuclear war with the Soviet Union led to the creation of a lot of interesting and often amusing films dealing with the subject. Here in the 21st century the population is so used to having nuclear warheads around it seems bizarre for such strange actions and reactions to danger be taking place, but the sentiments aren't that much different than how Americans felt immediately after the World Trade Center terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 2001. Fear, paranoia, and barely contained panic expresses itself the same way, with carefully detailed instructions and cartoons provided to help make things a little more bearable. This documentary is an invaluable look into a past era that, on close inspection, is not entirely different from our own.

My Rating: 10/10 ("Loved It")