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Behind my music: drums for Good Intentions

Posted by on Jun 24, 2011

I recorded an acoustic, guitar-only version of this song back in 2005 or 2006. It was time to record the rocked out version. Let’s start with the drums. Ask any of the drummers who have tried to play this song. It’s tricky — the chorus has an abrupt, total rhythm change. That’s what I get for playing to my own rhythm. (Ha!) Verse: Chorus: Here is the tricky part. It doesn’t sound so awesome with just the drums, but when it’s all together, I think it’s gonna sound...

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Monday notes on politics: Weiner’s weiner

Posted by on Jun 20, 2011

As his almost-constituent, I may have followed the Anthony Weiner scandal a bit more closely than most. After refusing to resign, then having Democrats throw him under the buss, and going into “therapy,” he officially resigned on Thursday. I’m fucking pissed about it. First of all, sexting with adults on twitter, while inappropriate is not illegal … like, say, sleeping with prostitutes (ahem, Elliot Sptizer) or getting a blow job from your intern and then lying about it under oath (ahem, Bill Clinton). I’m not even going to get into the Republican sex scandals, but suffice to say that for a political party that purports “family values,” they sure have a lot of politicians fucking hookers and soliciting gay sex in bathrooms. Second of all, what the fuck is wrong with Democrats? I don’t care if you don’t particularly like Weiner, you don’t throw someone in your party under the bus like that when they did nothing illegal or anything that affects their ability govern. What kind of idiots are you? Oh wait … the kind that wins an election on getting out of Iraq, health care reform, and the economy and then takes 3 years to pass a minute amount of legislation. Thirdly, Weiner is an idiot. Not only for sending pics of his penis on twitter (um, hello, at least use a throw-away email account), but also for resigning. Suck it up, ride it out, and keep going. If you’re constituents don’t like you, they’ll vote you out at the next election. End. Of. Story. Basically, what I’m saying, Weiner, is … don’t be such a weiner. Hardy har har! Happy Monday...

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I love Elizabeth Warren and my microwave not exploding

Posted by on Jun 8, 2011

It’s not just Michael Moore who has a huge crush on Elizabeth Warren. It’s me too. I first heard Elizabeth Warren in the documentary Maxed Out, which will simultaneously blow your mind and make you cry. Those are qualities I dig in a documentary. After the economy exploded, she was made the chair of TARP. Later she was appointed a Special Advisor to the President and the Secretary of the Presidency. As Ari Berman from The Nation says in his recent article, “Warren is a major celebrity in Washington, an Oklahoma-born Harvard law professor who’s done more than anyone since Ralph Nader to put consumer protection on the national agenda.” Her baby, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is currently under attack in Congress. The idea for the CFPB came out of an article Warren wrote in Democracy, which has the tag line “If it’s good enough for microwaves, it’s good enough for mortgages.” She begins with this analogy: It is impossible to buy a toaster that has a one-in-five chance of bursting into flames and burning down your house. But it is possible to refinance an existing home with a mortgage that has the same one-in-five chance of putting the family out on the street–and the mortgage won’t even carry a disclosure of that fact to the homeowner. Similarly, it’s impossible to change the price on a toaster once it has been purchased. But long after the papers have been signed, it is possible to triple the price of the credit used to finance the purchase of that appliance, even if the customer meets all the credit terms, in full and on time. Why are consumers safe when they purchase tangible consumer products with cash, but when they sign up for routine financial products like mortgages and credit cards they are left at the mercy of their creditors? The Nation has a great podcast about her and how the Republicans are trying to block her baby, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: It looks like you don’t have Adobe Flash Player installed. Get it now. Original Page Learn more about this amazing populist, Harvard professor from Oklahoma: Wikipedia The Bank Lobby Steps Up Its Attack on Elizabeth Warren Unsafe at any Rate articles in The Nation articles in...

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