Friday, May 22, 2015

The Million Year Trip (Vol. 21): I'm Not Trying to Cause a Big Sensation...

These are the songs I played from 2:00pm-4:00pm during my DJ show The Million Year Trip on Sunday, May 17th 2015 on CHIRP Radio [Artist, “Song” (Album)]…

B.B. King, "Call It Stormy Monday" (Blues Summit)
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, "Movin'" (Cold World)
Lucrecia Dalt, "Conversa" (Commotus)
Dengue Fever, "No Sudden Moves" (The Deepest Lake)
[CHICAGO BAND!] Allá, "Heavy" (#feedthedragon Vol. 1)
White Manna, "Dunes I" (Pan)
Interpol, "Say Hello to the Angels" (Turn on the Bright Lights)
Pyramids, "In Perfect Stillness, I've Found Only Sorrow" (A Northern Meadow)
The Who, "My Generation" (My Generation)
Little Richard, "Ready Teddy" (The Specialty Sessions)
Tyondai Braxton, "Bolds" (HIVE1)
[CHICAGO BAND!] ONO, "Spare" (Diegesis)
B.B. King, "Ghetto Woman" (Why I Sing the Blues)
Checkmates Ltd., "Black Pearl" (Love Is All We Have to Give)
The Stepkids, "The Lottery" (Troubador)
[CHICAGO BAND!] Ghastly Menace, "80s" (Songs of Ghastly Menace)
Switchblade Symphony, "Bad Trash" (Serpentine Gallery)
Arctic Monkeys, "Arabella" (AM)
[CHICAGO ARTIST!] Mavis Staples, "Your Good Fortune" (Your Good Fortune)
The Soil and the Sun, "Push Push" (50 Bands and a Cat for Indiana Equality)
Squarepusher, "Exjag Nives" (Damogen Furies)
The Bucketheads, "The Bomb! (These Sounds Fall Into My Mind)" (All in the Mind)
Nosaj Thing, "Don't Mind Me ft. Whoarel" (Fated)
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, "Rattlesnakes" (1985-1989)
Sun Araw, "Lute & Lyre" (Ancient Romans)

I'll be back on the air Sunday May 24th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm with another set of great music...check it out on CHIRP Radio!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

I Hate Politics: Is There Any Difference Between Mitt Romney and Barrack Obama?

A blast from the Past from the days when we were actually seriously considering Mitt Romney for President of the United States:

I can't wait for this election to be over. Neither candidate has covered himself in glory. Obama has been disappointing, and no, the fact that he signaled he would be disappointing before he took office doesn't make that OK. His use of drone attacks in the Middle East is immoral and shameful. His record on government abuse of security power and human rights is arguably worse than Bush's. He's been way too much of a conciliator with the lunatics on the Right and accommodating of the usual monied interests who finance campaigns. If he loses, it will not be because he was too bold with his plans for America, it will be because he wasn't bold enough.

That being said, if Romney wins, two things will happen: 1. the all-time historic gap between rich and poor will get even wider. 2. The US will go to war with someone in the Middle East (pick a country: Syria, Iran, Iraq again). How do I know this? 30 years of watching Republicans govern. On balance, I'll take the flaws and uncertainty over the clear path back to the crapper. The choice is Obama.

A quick word to those who think they are making some kind of statement by not voting: that might make you feel better, but don't think anyone will care that you chose not to participate. It's your right. It's fairly simple to do and doesn't take much time. You don't like the candidates? Then write someone in. Passive-aggressiveness doesn't look good on anyone.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Stick This In Your MP3 Player: "Brothers" by Mux Mool


Old-school hip-hop beats meet buzzy electronics to create a laid-back, groovy listening experience.


(original audio source courtesy of KEXP.org)