Friday, October 31, 2008

Los Minstrels Del Diablo tonight!

Our newest spiritual kin, Los Minstrels Del Diablo [a.k.a. Pete Coe and Jason McCombs] are performing their multimedia spectacular spectacular tonight at the Painted Lady in Hamtramck, MI. [Think Emergency Broadcast Network meets early Wax Trax!, filtered through Detroit Techno and tainted by Survival Research Labs and B movies... in skull masks.]

We had been planning our night around this, but just moments ago Dethlab was invited to play some music as well. Expect chaos!

Los Minstrels Del Diablo - The Invassion [live, 2006]

Wish we were in Mexico City.

Sometimes I can be kinda slow. We knew ADULT. was playing a Halloween show in Mexico City tonight, and yesterday our friend Bryan informed me that Douglas McCarthy [you know... Nitzer Ebb...] was DJ'ing there tonight as well. I thought, "Wow, it sure would be cool to be in Mexico City for Halloween!" Seriously, who does Halloween better than Mexico?

It occurred to me only moments ago to check airfares - which are absurdly cheap! Trouble is that the last flight leaves... right... about... now. [Damn!]

We'll be in Ferndale, MI tonight [apparently the depraved Marxist hub of the Midwest] kicking ourselves and handing out candy to grubby little goblins with the following on repeat:

Fixmer/McCarthy - Join in the Chant [live, 2007]

ADULT. - Inside [2008]

Next year: we'll be in Mexico for Halloween.
[Heck, we might be there a lot sooner if the theological oligarchy Palin Mandate wins Tuesday.]

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

We're still finding fake blood and Jell-O brains in strange places form this past weekend's Theatre Bizarre - possibly the most fun we've ever had on and off stage in one night. Check out some great photos from Amy Hubbarth and from Brett Lawrence.

That however, was just the start. Here are two essential Halloween parties coming up fast:

Everything's gone black and blood at Ghostly dot com in anticipation of TONIGHT's Halloween bash in New York City, featuring Audion [live], The Rapture [DJs], Danny Wang and more.

Back in Detroit is the 8th annual Interdimensional Transmissions Samhain party on Saturday night with DJs Mike Servito, Patrick Russell, BMG of Ectomorph, Carlos Souffront and more.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Christopher Hitchens at his feisty finest

From Slate:

In an election that has been fought on an astoundingly low cultural and intellectual level, with both candidates pretending that tax cuts can go like peaches and cream with the staggering new levels of federal deficit, and paltry charges being traded in petty ways, and with Joe the Plumber becoming the emblematic stupidity of the campaign, it didn't seem possible that things could go any lower or get any dumber. But they did last Friday, when, at a speech in Pittsburgh, Gov. Sarah Palin denounced wasteful expenditure on fruit-fly research, adding for good xenophobic and anti-elitist measure that some of this research took place "in Paris, France" and winding up with a folksy "I kid you not."

It was in 1933 that Thomas Hunt Morgan won a Nobel Prize for showing that genes are passed on by way of chromosomes. The experimental creature that he employed in the making of this great discovery was the Drosophila melanogaster, or fruit fly...

Read on: Sarah Palin's War on Science

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Cats Love Eames: the Flickr group


For those who are really into pictures of cats being cats on mid-century modern chairs.

Theatre Bizarre Tonight!

It's once again time for Theatre Bizarre: a Detroit institution on par with automobiles, ginger beer and French city planning. If you've never been, imagine if Survival Research Labs ran the Coney Island Freak Show... or Burning Man without all the hippies and a lot more blood and gasoline. Few things represent the punk rock ethics and DIY ingenuity which defines Detroit so well.

Theatre Bizarre flyer

Dethlab+1 is delighted to performing this year in the new Theatre Bizarre Scaredy Cat Club. Zombie JFK [yours truly,] Jackie O [David Blunk II] and Marilyn Monroe [Ms. Toybreaker] will be playing all new edits and mash-ups from 10:20PM-11:10PM + custom visuals by Detronik.

It's been sold out for more than a week, but if you're one of the lucky few with a ticket, please come by and see us. We have some extra special theatrical elements just for tonight.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Let's feel bad together.

We had been anxiously sitting on this one to let Adam and Nicola announce it on there is a brand new ADULT. EP out NOW on Ersatz Audio and exclusively through Beatport - Let's Feel Bad Together. It's equally dancefloor friendly and anxiety inspiring... rather, "dancefloor anxiety inspiring"?

Here is ADULT.'s brand spanking new video:

ADULT. - "Inside" Music Video from Danny Kim on Vimeo.

Also, our dear friend Gregory De Rocher a.k.a. Lowfish has a brand new LP out on Noise Factory Records. Frozen and Broken is featured on the front page of Beatport right now.

We've been sitting on this for months and still owe our readers a review. Here's the gist: Frozen and Broken is certainly the darkest and most complex Lowfish record to date. Considering it took Lowfish over three years to produce the brilliant Burn The Lights Out, Frozen and Broken came as a surprise a few months later. This is Lowfish's "punishing analog electro and catchy melodic electronica" at it's finest, but with a level of broody introspection and emotional urgency we have not seen before. Powerful stuff.

Preview Frozen and Broken right here.

It feels like a Casiotone kind of week.

Wonderful cover, and I love the little distortion jam at the end:

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - Streets of Philadelphia [live, 2008]

We've posted this one before, but it's such a great clip for such a great song - plus you can really see how busy Owen is with all his little boxes:

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - Young Shields [live, 2007]

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

*contains dancing cat

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - White Corolla [2007/video by Julia Pott, 2008]

See more work by illustrator and animator Julia Pott.

+ CFTPA has a new EP out (15 songs in 22 minutes!) Town Topic is the soundtrack to the indie film Stay the Same Never Change. The EP features a combination of new material and re-works of older songs, similar in concept to one of my other fave soundtracks, Einstürzende Neubauten's score for Berlin Babylon.

Monday, October 20, 2008


More music for Monday morning - a new DJ mix from MOTOR: clicky

Second best track of the year

The first is Traffickers by The Reflecting Skin. I have a long post in the works about The Reflecting Skin and Ricardo Tobar, but until I finish it, enjoy this: Fairmont - I Need Medicine (Ricardo Tobar remix)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Dogs of Lust

[I'm clearly on a The The kick tonight.]

The The - Dogs of Lust [1992]
[Again, YouTube embedding disabled for no good reason.]

Is it just me, or does Matt Johnson look strikingly like our very own Grant Aaron here?

I Saw The Light

The The - I Saw The Light [1995]

This is one of my favorite music videos of all time. For whatever reason, the YouTube author has disabled embedding - which is is about the most annoying thing ever. Why?? Stupid.

Anyway... I love this video to death. I never noticed the guy in the latex zipper mask before though. [Maybe that didn't make it through the MTV/Christian Coalition filter?] Either way, Matt Johnson looks freaking awesome in cowboy boots combat boots and a cowboy hat 900 feet above Manhattan!

If Johnson is the fabulous queen I think(?) he is, he could have talked guitarist Eric Schermerhorn into playing a stylish black on black Fender Jag instead that obnoxious red Flying V. How gauche.

Also, I had speculated before that parts of this video were shot on a sound stage. Watching it again and considering the miniscule budget allotted to a band like The The, I'm pretty sure Matt was out there in NYC skyscraper winds - which makes it that much more awesome.

Detroit, welcome back the 'Ambient Pimp'

Name anyone in techno with a better collection of titles than Sebastian Meissner, who, as Klimek, has produced odd, soaringly beautiful pieces with names like 'For Michael Gira and Vladimir Ivanovich', 'Standing on the Beach (Gun in My Hands mix)', 'Let the Snakes Crinkle Their Heads to Death' and 'Ruined in a Day (Buenos Aires)'. We dare you.

But this is not techno as you probably know it. Meissner calls his "violently sad-sounding music" and "melodramatic popular song," not exactly kin to typical runaway train Detroit-style 4/4. But Klimek loves the D, played here in 2006 at a Movement Kompakt showcase (with Markus Guentner and Mikkel Metal), spun a crazy, unpredictable DJ set at Paris '68's 'Summer of Love', and spent the rest of his time here roaming the ruins with his camera.

Anticipate Recordings and Kompakt artist Klimek performs at Cranbrook Art Museum, Friday Oct. 24, 8 p.m. The Berlin-based electronic musician will do a live audio set with video elements as part of the Andy Warhol: Grand Slam exhibition. Museum admission is $10, $4 for students.

On Saturday, Oct. 25 Proper | Modulation hosts Klimek at Oslo (1456 Woodward Avenue). Doors are 10 p.m. Admission is free until 11 p.m. and $5 after. Also performing: Aran Daniels v. Metaphaze, Steve Wickham and nospectacle.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Don't you put it in your mouth.

Don't do crack.

This one goes out to Johnny McCain

The Village People - In the Navy [1978]

Hey, he loves ABBA...

Hooray for Mr. Yuk!

No, not this Mr. Yuk, this Mr. Yuk:

[Ms. Toybreaker is digging up all kinds of awesome on teh YouTubes right now for our Theatre Bizarre show. More soon...]

Ohio is Latin for "pure class"

ADULT.'s DECAMPMENT tonight in New York

ADULT.'s 40 minute experimental horror film DECAMPMENT, which debuted at the Detroit Institute of Arts in May, screens tonight at the Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan. The screenings are accompanied by a special live soundtrack performance by Kuperus and Miller. Show times are at 9:00 and 11:00pm and seating is extremely limited.

DECAMPMENT from ADULT. on Vimeo.

Unlike an A-4 Skyhawk, there is no eject button on this thing.

Last night was probably the most entertaining of the three presidential debates - if, like me, you have a sick fascination with watching a man come apart right before your eyes while his younger opponent details policy with almost eerie calm and acts the part of the adult in the room. I think it was David Brooks who paraphrased Napoleon on PBS last night, saying, "You don't interrupt your enemy while he's busy destroying himself." Obama is apparently well aware of that piece of wisdom.

[*Although, like a Skyhawk, it is possible to accidentally drop bombs all over your own deck.]

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Rube Goldberg Subway Hack


Untitled from mudlevel on Vimeo.

[via Wooster Collective]


Left-winger-then-right-winger (and presumed Winger enthusiast) Christopher Hitchens endorses Obama.


A documentary about industrial design?

Ya, you betcha.


William F. Buckley's son Christopher Buckley leaves the National Review. He had this to say about the departure:

"While I regret this development, I am not in mourning, for I no longer have any clear idea what, exactly, the modern conservative movement stands for."

Here's his did going at it with Chomsky in 1969:

What happened?

I dearly miss William F. Buckley debating Noam Chomsky. THAT is what American politics should be like. I loved both those fucking guys to death. You didn't have to agree with either of them, but it was always a valid intellectual argument.

How did undereducated religious extremists like Palin ever get a voice in politics, let alone a potential VP position? Something is seriously fucked up about this country.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Villalobos vs. Tobar deathmatch!

I want to see the guy who ruined Techno for me in a ring with the guy who made Techno relevant again. Both are are named Ricardo and from Chile.
Bring it!

Escape from Berkeley

This looks awesome.

The year is 2020 A.D....
The City Berkeley is now a maximum security statist dystopia...
Cars are illegal...
Petroleum is a controlled substance...
Now, geeks and gearheads unite to...
Escape from Berkeley (by any non-petroleum means necessary)

“Escape from Berkeley” is a road rally of alternatively powered vehicles from Berkeley, California to Las Vegas, Nevada. Part engineering problem, part artistic opportunity, the rally challenges contestants to start their “engines” on something other than petroleum based fuel, and by any means necessary, cause their “vehicles” show up in Las Vegas three days later- using only fuels/power/motive force scavenged “for free” along the route.

All types of vehicles are welcome. All schemes for non-petroleum based transport are encouraged. In short, everything is permitted– just as long as your “fuel” is from a non-petroleum based source, your acquisition of “it” does not require money, and you start the race with no more than 10kwh of “it” on board.

The full field of power generation and conversion is open for your pleasurable scavenging and creative hacking– biomass gasifiers, WVO, steam, on board fermentation stills, fast starch anaerobic digesters, solar, pneumatic, creek side hydro and lots of batteries, tesla free energy vortexes, cold fusion, humans, hamsters, etc etc etc.

Want to test out your 40% efficiency triple junction PV cell covered Prius? Or maybe see if your steam cracking anaerobic digester hydrogen producer can keep up with the intake of your fuel cell Honda Civic prototype? We welcome you to join us- and risk getting beat by a young punk on a rat bike, running on granulated McDonald’s napkins and hair spray.

DARPA had a Grand Challenge. . . the rednecks a Cannonball Run. . . and the hippies a bunch of WVO buses broken down on the side of the road. Now, NASA scientists and junkyard fabricators go head-to-head in a no holds barred battle of engineering prowess and creative excess. Hanging somewhat in the balance, are bragging rights for saving the world. That, and a grand prize of $5,000.

Photos and video at Laughing Squid

Monday, October 13, 2008

DETHLAB Radio Caroline: Minimal Wave

Dethlab Radio Caroline blog header

This past Saturday Ms. Toybreaker and I took part in the Gregory Green art installation Radio Caroline by guest hosting a pirate radio program. We will be posting segments from the broadcast here over the next several weeks.

The first segment to be uploaded is an an interview with East Village Radio and Minimal Wave founder Veronica Vasicka.

Minimal Wave: Veronica Vasicka

Ckick here to listen to this segment.

supporting track list:
1. Das Kabinette - The Cabinet
2. Oppenheimer Analysis - Devil's Dancers
3. Absolute Body Control - Automatic
4. Martin Dupont - Just Because
5. Medio Mutante - Insetable
6. 2VM - Unscathed
7. Futurisk - Meteoright

Thanks again to Ben H. for inviting us to take part in this program!

rant, rant, rant...

Just so our readers know, I scrutinize Obama because he's our best bet and I want him to be a better candidate. My personal conflict has always been between voting for moderate change [Obama] who can actually win, or voting for someone who represents the real change we need [which is a write-in, because I don't like any of the third party candidates.] Voting for McCain has never been a serious consideration.

Politics are not linear left to right. It's three dimensional. I don't nesecarily want a more leftist candidate. Ideally, I want the smartest, more radical candidate possible, who will look at the big picture and not be concerned with appealing to the lowest common denominator. Clinton was dead freaking center, and that was a big part of why she was a terrible choice. Clintonian centrist politics are over. I would have voted for her in 2004, but not now. We're beyond that. My biggest sticking point with Obama has been his centrist position since the end of the primaries. He has defused all criticism of vagueness with very solid and detailed policies I quite like. I still don't feel he's committed though. He always leaves a back door open to change his mind which makes me very uncomfortable.

My ideal candidate is unrealistic, because anyone willing to tell the truth [like Dennis Kucinich or any candidate I've supported in the past - like Wes Clark, Jesse Jackson and Bill Bradley] are labeled as nuts. The thing about all those guys is they don't act like politicians, and maybe that's why I trust them... and why they never had a chance in this system where anyone with a pulse has a right to determine the future of the country.

I honestly don't think our current definition of democracy is a good idea. We should work on that at home before we force it on Iraq and the rest of world. As a first step, there should be a test at polling stations. Not a pass or fail, but an awareness test. I propose that when people show up to vote that they answer a number of questions about the candidate's positions on key issues and are shown the results. Citizens should be allowed to vote no matter what, but they should be made aware right before they vote of the true policies of the candidates they're about to vote for. We are so influenced by advertisements and tainted media that few Americans have even a basic understanding of the issues. Being faced with unbiased facts right before pulling the lever is not a bad idea or undemocratic.

Personally, I like Barack Obama and want everything symbolic that comes with Barack Obama becoming president. Is he the best candidate for America? No. But he's way better than the alternative. My issue is that we don't have an alternative - which we can blame squarely on the system in place.

Nixon campaign HQ in 1972

Dan Rather goes inside the Nixon re-election headquarters. This is fascinating if for no other reasons than the rad computers and what a handsome young lad Carl Rove once was! [A steady diet of evil is apparently not good for one's looks. I'm coining the term "Palpatine effect" right now.]

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Self-dipping chicken nuggets, swimming fish sticks and squirming sausages

Banksy goes animatronic with his Village Pet Store And Charcoal Grill installation in New York.

“New Yorkers don’t care about art, they care about pets. So I’m exhibiting them instead. I wanted to make art that questioned our relationship with animals and the ethics and sustainability of factory farming, but it ended up as chicken nuggets singing. I took all the money I made exploiting an animal in my last show and used it to fund a new show about the exploitation of animals. If its art and you can see it from the street, I guess it could still be considered street art."

Friday, October 10, 2008

Honing the Message

I'm not quite arrogant and crazy enough to run for president myself, but just enough to offer some advice... for what it's worth. [Please keep in mind that I'm on a lot of cold medicine right now.]

As previously mentioned, Obama came close to hitting the right points in Tuesday's debate, but managed to fumble it almost every time. Below are three key interrelated policy points I think he can use to drive this election home, if he so chooses.

1. Trickle Up Economics
Obama said two weeks ago, "Instead of prosperity tricking down, the pain has trickled up. We need to change direction. Now." He needs to coin, take ownership of and follow through with "trickle up economics." Support start-ups rather than keeping bloated 20th century multinationals on life support. If you are going to help the corporate dinosaurs, the recently approved loan to the auto industry to develop alternative fuel vehicles is a good direction - but force them to use that money to innovate efficient manufacturing processes and develop products which will be relevant to the global market more than a couple years out. Most importantly, understand that the future of the US economy is garages, workshops and nomadic offices, not board rooms.

2. The Energy Crisis Opportunity
Obama has made the case that the US could seize the international need for sustainable energy as a growth industry to lead in. He needs to make a stronger and more concise case though. Frame the current energy crisis as a wake up call for a radical shift in direction and an opportunity for leadership. This ties in with both the first and third point. Innovation should be our #1 export, and what better way than energy? If you want to defuse Russia, this is a no-brainer.

3. National Integrity Strategy
Again, he's spoken around this a lot, but has to make it concise. When asked what the Obama Doctrine was by Brokaw, he should have nailed this! Instead... gosh, I can't even remember what he said. I think I dozed off during his answer. This is what I had to say about it in July. In basic terms: be good world citizens and restore the United States as an example to aspire to. What better way to improve national security than to take away the reasons people hate us?

Overall, don't try to fix what's broken. Change the paradigms.

Dethlab hosts Radio Caroline this Saturday

Radio Caroline

I've been quite sick most of the week [odd - the symptoms started right after Tuesday night's lame presidential debate...] Anyway, I hope to have most of my voice and hearing back by tomorrow morning, because Ms. Toybreaker and I will be hosting Radio Caroline from 11AM to 5PM this Saturday, October 11th. If you're in the Cultural District/Midtown Detroit area, tune in to 104.9 FM.

In addition to exploring a range of independent electronic music, we'll be broadcasting recent discussions with acclaimed futurist and author Bruce Sterling, marketing guru Rob Walker and pirate radio and indie label founder Veronica Vasicka. We will also be talking with some special in-studio guests, including David of God Club, Dark Cube of Detroit Techno Militia and Adjust of LOW RES.

The main theme of Saturday's program is DIY culture. The social, political and especially business models of the 20th century are literally collapsing before our eyes. Forward thinking artists and entrepreneurs are defining a new glocal* economy and innovating creative and aggressive re-use of existing infrastructures. This is a topic near and dear to our hearts, and we cherish the opportunity to present it in the context of an art installation cum pirate radio broadcast. For those out of signal reach, we will be archiving the entire program and podcasting it in segments in the coming weeks.

If you happen to know our secret location [we're not supposed to talk about it apparently,] please stop by and visit. We might even put you on the air!


*not a typo.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

New Diller Scofidio + Renfro website launched

The jury's still out about the navigation, but the work is breathtaking:

DS+R site
DS+R Julliard
DS+R Clyfford Still Museum

Read about the site redesign on Pentagram's blog, via Archinect.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Poesie Noire

Poesie Noire - Tragedy [1988]


Last night's debate made me like both of those wankers even less. Can we just vote now? Because this next month will simply be attrition of caring. Fascism doesn't sound so bad compared to this dog and pony show to reach the lowest common denominator.

"Stay tuned folks, it's American Idol... With Nukes! (And a third of your income.)"

I truly hoped it would be different this year, but deep down, both these guys suck.

For once, I don't want to vote for the candidate that "sucks less." (I'm still glad Hillary isn't in the running. It's a small but appreciated consolation to not have to see that self-entitled boomer smugness - not to mention that cackle - on TV every day.) I'm still rooting for Obama, but he failed to represent my principles at almost every turn last night. He came close, then flaked out again and again. I thought I was watching a dumbfounded, babbling John Kerry debating a hybrid of Sarah Palin and an advanced alstheimers Reagan trapped in an angry munchkin's body.

I know he's not running, but I'm voting for Jello Biafra.

Here's Biafra going off about Bob Lutz's main competition for biggest living douchebag in America, Joe Lieberman, back in 2000.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008


Blogged with Flock

Ricardo Tobar - With You

One of our favorite artists this year, Ricardo Tobar has a lush new 12" out. Check out massive goodness below:

The future of techno kind of sounds like My Bloody Valentine on analog synths. (What a relief from the dripping faucet torture of the last few years!)

Moar Morr

The venerable Morr Music has been releasing a steady flow of top shelf indie electronic and dreamy pop music since 1999. They've also put out some wonderfully inventive animated music videos - as seen here:

Lali Puna - Miconomic [2004]

Populous - Breathes The Best [2006]

Electric President - Insomnia [2006]

Monday, October 06, 2008

American Memory

American Memory by William Morrison screen grab

American Memory is a new film/multimedia project by artist [and Skinny Puppy collaborator] William Morrison, scored by Morrison and Justin Bennett.

American Memory by William Morrison screen grab

American Memory by William Morrison screen grab

"The American Memory Proejct is a broadcast from the future. A digital archive of a long dead country uneartherd in a distant era and broadcast back to our time. A short wave transmission bounced off the fabric of eros, washed up on the shores of the twenty first century. It is both abstract melencoly verse and a dire warning. A container filled with ghosts speaking stories so far removed from their origins that they defy context. Or perhaps, invite it anew."

American memory will be screened and performed during the OhGr tour this fall, followed by a high def. DVD in spring 2009. View the trailer here and see tour dates here.

American Memory by William Morrison screen grab

Saturday, October 04, 2008


...this kid haz them.

A Number of Names - Sharevari [1982]

Friday, October 03, 2008

Pam, my studio manager this morning: "Maverick? I used to drive one. It was a piece of shit."

Carl Sagan's last interview with Charlie Rose, 1996: Science and Religion

Carl and Charlie part 2

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Doyle's VP Debate Recap [You've been warned.]

Joe Biden has fast become my favorite personality in this whole election. Palin didn't fall on her face - mission accomplished, I suppose - because she successfully stuck to the script and refused to answer the questions. [Smartest thing she could have done.] Biden was also well coached and uncharacteristically restrained... for the most part. He did exactly what he needed to do by being concise and surgical in his responses, offering extremely specific examples which defused every one of Palin's talking points.

Biden was the wise and accomplished liberal statesman he is - somehow still full of more fervency and passion for his beliefs than most freshmen after all these years in the Senate. I'm now convinced Joe Biden is a Jedi. He's Obi-Wan to Obama's C-3PO.

The two times Biden did show us his personal side were the most notable points of the debate: first, having difficulty holding back tears while talking about the deaths of his wife and daughter, and later calling Palin out for her repeated [I counted six] uses of the word "maverick". I didn't see either of those coming. Palin's complete lack of response to Biden's personal story of loss was the low point of the night - in a way that made me feel sick to my stomach.

Palin treated the debate as a scripted stump speech, broken up by questions irrelevant to what she wanted to talk about. It's dumbfounding that pundits are even arguing over who won. It's absurd to think that someone like Sarah Palin should ever have the privilege to share a stage with someone like Joe Biden, who's worked harder for women's issues and civil rights than almost any lawmaker in American history. As my fiance would say [and I'm paraphrasing a third wave feminist who could kick my ass in 4" heels,] "does she enjoy lower expectations simply because she has a twat? Unacceptable! She should be held to the exact same standards as any man. Any other standard is insulting to women everywhere."

I felt like it was just getting good in the last ten minutes - when both had run out of campaign rhetoric and were forced to get real. All in all, this was the most interesting debate I can recall. Can we suspend the next two presidential debates and have two more VP debates? McCain and Obama are so insufferably BORING. The bigger question is, is it too late to switch the tickets around?

Young Joe Biden

I recently came across this news clip of Senator Biden being sworn in on Janurary 5, 1973 at thirty years of age. The circumstances and timing of the ceremony make it moving, if not difficult to watch.

Maybe there's a second chance after all....

“What is this war doing to us? Of course it is costing us money, but that is the smallest price we pay. The cost in our young men…The cost is on our world position – in neutral and allies alike, every day more baffled and estranged from a policy they can not understand. There is a failing of generosity and compassion. There is an unwillingness to sacrifice. We can not continue to deny and postpone the demands of our own people while spending billions in the name of freedom for others. We have an ally in name only. We support a government without supporters. Without the effort of American arms, that government would not last a day.” - Robert F. Kennedy, 1968

And one from another blue eyed soul brother, Tim Russert:

Yknow what sucks the most? Let's break it down for a second and see what would have happened had he not been assassinated and lived up to his campaign promises:

- Would have ended Vietnam war years earlier, saving thousands of US lives and countless others
- Kent State massacre wouldn't have happened
- The same goes for Watergate, which would have significantly reduced the amount of cynicism Americans felt towards politics in the 70s
- There would have been a greater emphasis on the poverty of Americans and not just in the inner cities, but in the most impoverished areas of the Appalachian territories.

I’m not saying that everything would reflect some sort of Utopia, and no doubt it’s easy to reflect with rose-colored glasses some sort of romanticism. But, damn…

Stark Raving Rad!

Although I have never been able to find the artist for this, it looks like the same guy. This is a sort of bumper they would play on MTV's old AMP show.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Explosive, We Haz It

Bissonnette sent me this today. Amazingly, neither of us had ever seen the video for this classic:

Future Sound Of London - We Have Explosive [1997]

Express your feelings

The must have accessory for fall. And even better, a portion of all proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood in Sarah Palin's name.