Behind my music: drums for Good Intentions

By on Jun 24, 2011 in Music

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...

Monday notes on politics: Weiner’s weiner

By on Jun 20, 2011 in Politics

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...

I love Elizabeth Warren and my microwave not exploding

By on Jun 8, 2011 in Politics

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,...