Dick Cheney's bird killing buddy Justice Scalia is on a roll. Not content to pick presidents, and enjoy his lifetime position with free robes, he's also enjoying shooting his mouth off and gesticulating to those that disagree with him, and asking that the diocese not publish photos of him doing so. What a guy...
UPI is running a piece about a moment this weekend when questioned by a Boston Herald reporter about whether he is questioned much about the separation between church and state.
"You know what I say to those people?" Scalia replied, making the obscene gesture and explaining "That's Sicilian."
gesture courtesy wonkette
anyhow, "his honor" is scheduled to hear matters regarding Gunatanamo detainees soon, but apparently already frothed out his opinion on their rights at a talk he gave overseas in March. Newsweek recently, and even that left leaning tower offish wrapping The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that
Challenged by one audience member about whether the Guantanamo detainees don't have protections under the Geneva or human-rights conventions, Mr. Scalia shot back: "If he was captured by my army on a battlefield, that is where he belongs. I had a son on that battlefield and they were shooting at my son and I'm not about to give this man who was captured in a war a full jury trial. I mean it's crazy." Mr. Scalia was apparently referring to his son Matthew, who served with the U.S. Army in Iraq, the magazine notes.
speaking of D.C's astute judges
The DCist website has been running an informal poll that is a Zogbian beltway interwebs version I'd call "American Idle"... name a DC theme song.
Apparently due to the demographically skewed readership of lame elite pasty white collared & khaki'd criminals in their readership, the Magnetic Fields are leading this DCist poll thing...and this song is really sorta whiny & anti the monuments etc. Wha?
Magnetic Fields - Washington DC
Anyone who knows anything about D.C knows that those white Latte City people retire nightly to the safety of Arlington & Chevy Chase as soon as it starts looking like it might get dark and DC officially becomes the Chocolate City.
Parliament done it right back circa 1976, and nobody can truly top it... not even a pedigreed posse covering the tune, such as 2003's "Clinton Administration" ensemble with the almost equally legendary Chess Records keys player Phil Upchurch, and P-Funk/James Brown drummer Clyde Stubbelfield as well as modern compatriots like DJ Logic, Skerik, Robert Walters and members of his 20th Congress...
Parliament - Chocolate City (2003 Re-Grooved excerpt)
from the One Nation Under A Groove, Re-Grooved CD
Perhaps though maybe you'd like to chime in on your own DC fave... then hit the DCist polls interweb vote module and vote.
Nice to see that the NY Times, the supposed " Paper of Record" has caught on to some 3 & 4 year old memos that show the Bush & Blair admin's steam rolling over any possible thoughtful consideration or debate and insisting that war with Iraq is anything but a foregone conclusion. I love the part about heads of state and their staffs casually penciling in March 10th as a good start date, like it's a luncheon appointment.
Just imagine the phone call:
"I just wanna get it going real quick y'know, Karl says I've got something already on the 8th, maybe we can we push it to the 9th..oh, no that's a Sunday and I promised the wife I'd go shopping with her after church. Monday the 10th sounds better , how about you Tony?" says our Pennsylvania Ave resident in his good ol boy drawl...
"well certainly Mr. Bush we would like it to be a convienent invasion as well...the tenth sounds just fine. I'm sure there will be no problems here... toodles" comes the chipper reply from 10 Downing St
The same label that put out the George Clinton Re-Grooved , Magnatude seems to specialize in Jam Band fare, and one of their recent releases is a Rush Tribute. The musicians here include Testament's Alex Skolnick, as well as hair band vocalists Sebastian Bach of Skid Row, Jani Lane of Warrant and Kip Winger amongst others. For a look at the lineup and tune selection hit the Magnatude website...
Rush Tribute - Subdivisions Medley Mix
There never was a decent Husker Tribute disc...
So I don't know where this raw demo-esque track came from , likely an import single B-side, but I always thought that these boys owed a little debt to not only the Buzzcocks, but Grant Hart and crew... here's some blistering proof...
Green Day - Don't Wanna Know If You Are Lonely (Husker Du cover )
Sally Crewe and The Sudden Moves ...
she's an Austin Tx via London England transplant, a Gerard Cosloy fave, and just finished a tour supporting The Wedding Present... so why not prsent a track from her recent "shortly After Take Off" release on 12XU records.
Sally Crewe and The Sudden Moves - Pane of Glass
long my fave Depeche Mode cover, since gosh, high school I suppose,
Nouvelle Vague, have a vexing lil francoise-esque version that is even cuter than the new wave chicks at my old high school
Nouvelle Vague - Just Can't Get Enough
and speaking of school, and old school in particular... J5 wasn't afraid to take us back in time...
here they are doing it in their inimitable old school style...just click it & let Mr 2na & Co. rock the mic...
Jurrassic 5 - Concrete Schoolyard - Funky Precedent edit
I was cruising the local SF dj crewe bfamily website and found this background info and a half hour mega mix with The Roots, To0 Short, Dee Lite and other electro funk faves
The Story of : Party In Your Ear Hole, Part 1
What's the deal with Star Child, Sir Nose, Maggots, Clones, Funkateers, Honkateers, Flash Lights, Casper, Bootzilla, Bop Guns, and all the other characters in the Chocolate Milky Way Galaxy?
P.Funk sure had a way of coming up with characters and little phrases that kept snowballing as more albums were made. Eventually, a complete self-referential P.Funk mythology was born, where the forces of funk, fun, intelligence and sex would battle the forces of boredom, the status quo, oppression, stupidity, frigidity and falsehoods.
The seeds were sewn on Chocolate City. The DJ character on the title tune inspired Lollypop Man (alias the Long Haired Sucker), who was the DJ on "P.Funk". George has said that since the radio wouldn't play his tunes, he might as well invent his own radio station (W-E-F-U-N-K) and DJ. Mothership Connection brought us Starchild, a divine being who came down from the Mothership to bring Funk to earthlings. It was revealed on The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein that Starchild was the agent of Dr. Funkenstein, mastermind of outer space funk. The secrets of funk were laid in the pyramids, because humanity wasn't ready for it...until now. Dr. Funkenstein is creating Clones known as the Children of Productions who will go out and make sure everything is on the One. Dr. Funkenstein can fix all of man's ills, because the bigger the headache, the bigger the pill; and he's the big pill.
Starchild would not be unopposed, however. On Funkentelechy Vs The Placebo Syndrome, Starchild's arch-enemy Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk is unleashed. Inspired by the Pinocchio Theory of Bootsy's Rubber Band ("If you fake the funk, your nose will grow"), Sir Nose is driven to stop the funk. He's too cool to dance; he represents the Placebo Syndrome, which causes people to stop thinking and stop dancing. He wants to put your mind to sleep and extend the reach of the Zone of Zero Funkativity. Starchild is ready for him, having been given the Bop Gun by Dr. Funkenstein. He is ready to strive for Funkentelechy for all. This literally means "the actualization of funk rather than its potential"; in other words, that everyone has the funk in them, they just have to realize it and reach for it. Using the Flash Light on the Bop Gun, Starchild zaps the Nose and makes him dance. He finds the Funk and goes crazy, and everyone dances away into the night.
But it can't last long. Sir Nose returns with an ally, Rumpofsteelskin. This time the battle rages underwater, on Motor Booty Affair. The unfunky Nose is too cool to swim or dance, but with the help of Mr. Wiggles and the denizens of Atlantis (where you can swim underwater and not get wet), they make Nose dance the Aqua Boogie. Sir Nose tries again on Gloryhallastoopid, but he's undone by the Big Bang Theory: Funk set the whole universe in motion. He pops up one last time on Trombipulation, tracing his ancestors (Cro-Nasal Sapiens) back to the pyramids and understands his own funky heritage. His offspring, Sir Nose, Jr, promises to be funky forevermore.
Funkadelic had much less of a story, but there was a lot of interconnected- ness. It all starts with Maggot Brain, which describes a state of mind that transcends all the bullshit of the world. You either rise above it all or drown with the rest of the maggots on this earth. One Nation Under A Groove describes the ideal country, Funkadelia, ruled by funk. It's a nation on the move which can't be stopped and can't be labeled. We are all Funkateers. Its army is called together by Uncle Jam himself, and the mission is to rescue dance music from the blahs.
Then there's Bootsy. His laid-back character was born on "Be My Beach", sort of a funny Jimi Hendrix. On Stretchin' Out, Bootsy becomes Casper the Friendly Ghost (or is it the Holy Ghost?), coming out of his sheet to say a friendly "boo!". He's ready to educate the little ones at his PsychoticBumpSchool. On Player of the Year, he transforms into Bootzilla, a rhinestone rock star of a doll designed by Funk-A-Tech, Inc. He can sing and dance and play for you, unlike Barbie dolls. Bootsy was regarded as a lighter side of the funk, with sillier lyrics talking to his Geepies. His musical style was far more disciplined than Funkadelic, however, with tighter rhythms and arrangements.
BABY DADDY intro (feat. Thirsty - The Roots / Thats Just my Baby Daddy - T-Bird / Clit Control - Miss Thang)
Shake That Big Onion - Detroit Grand Pubahs
Windowlicker (Acid Edit) - Aphex Twin
I Need A Freak - Electrocute
I Need A Freak - Too Short
16th - Pametex
Bout Ready To Jack - Osborne
Kisses - Audion
Nympho - Bitch Ass Darius
Shake My Ass - DJ King Tut & Mega Man
Work It Out - Magic Mike
Groove Is In The Heart - Dee-Lite
Bout Ready To Jak (Shake Remix) - Osborne
Countdown - DJ King Tut & Mega Man
Chemical Warfare - Godfather
Buford Highway - Brian Prince
Trip To The Moon - DBX
Japanese Animation - Japanese Telecom
Outro (feat Clit Control - Miss Thing)
For an excellent, in-depth mix within the cosmological stylee of post modern porn & P.Funk,
check out B-Family's B Dizzle & the
Party In Your Earhole MP3 mix
and in the interest of continuing in a retro contemporary mode I present the electro-nit-picky housin' like a gay real estate agent re-edit of Prince's Black Sweat single, which I shoulda included in last week's mega Prince-centric post... but I didn't find until just now... uh, so scream like a white lady & deal with it...
Prince - Black Sweat (Atom's Ripe Pit Mix)