Thursday, March 12, 2015
Wrong! I don't say I was wrong with ease, but in this case, I'm wrong. There's no escaping it. I admit my wrong on the bloody boot-heel of two officers being shot during civic unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.
Initially, I didn't think that Michael Brown was shot because of his race. I really thought, and to some degree still acknowledge, that social-prejudice coupled with good ol' fashioned class struggle were to blame. I thought Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown not because of his race, but because he lived in a poor neighborhood that had a bad reputation. In fact, I thought most of the racially motivated incidents that the media reported were spun wrongly using the race issue.
I thought the cops, despite their race, had a superiority complex that played more into situations than race. In Michael Browns case, I think it was a racially motivated crime after all. Darren Wilson is a murderer.
As I write this today (Thursday, March 12th, 2015) this morning it was reported that the unending unrest in Ferguson led to the shooting of two officers over the night. "They were shot because they were cops..." I overheard from a news report on the TV in the adjacent room. If the two white officers were shot just because they were in a police uniform, as it was suggested, then there is an element of prejudice after all that could be based on race and assumption. Basically, Michael Brown verily well could have been shot just because he was black despite guilt. Darren Wilson is a murderer... And he got away with it because he was a cop!
I'm not saying that social-prejudice/class-struggle is entirely ruled out as factored, but I'm not ruling out the distinct possibility that Michael Brown was killed just because he's was black and in the wrong place, at the wrong time and in the wrong place... Michael Brown was killed because of the element of hate, bias and fear that exist in Ferguson and, sadly, just about everywhere else.
Monday, March 9, 2015
The big secret about being in a band, especially a punk-rock band, is to take those people who say "I'd love to record your band sometime" up on their word. Torpedo the future and its plans, do what you can, when you can. Fuck-it if you don't know how your material will be released, if ever it! Just take baby-steps. Conquer the moment before moving on... As you finish one recording session, start planning the next. Maybe you will have some new songs for that session or maybe take some old songs and re-write them. Keep shit loose and by shit I mean plans... Really, when it comes to the format at which your recordings will be released on, once more, do the best you can. Vinyl records are cool but you gotta do what you can, as best you can as frequently as you can. Punk-rock depends on it!
Cleveland (by way of Kent), Ohios KILL THE HIPPIES (KTH) is the embodiment of that idea. A band that's well known to anyone who reads my bullshit... KTH is the best punk-rock band that has ever existed! I've said that before-- and will definitly do again. KTH has the stomp, swagger and awareness that bands can definitly learn from. So turn it up! Learn loudly.
Upon the release of last years You Will Live With Us Forever LP, and their Bandcamp accessable DL, it got the KTH punk-rock rolling! Let's Start A Band Nobody's In collects three distinctive releases of which include two full-length releases and an out-of-print'cassingle.' Yeah, you heard me, a cassingle! Whereas KTH has an impressive catalog of 7"s and other tracks of which were collected on their double CD titled Eretrospective in 2005, it almost seems with this CD, that KTH have been active when it seems, there was no activity at all proving the point that you just don't know! The sheer volume of material KTH have released, accompanied with their skill, is undeniably an awesome feat of rock and/or roll.
The disc begins with 2006's Public Address with many of the songs may seem familiar due to the aforementioned Erectospective CD, but trust me... Multiple versions of KTH songs have the rareness with me as being just as listenable as previous versions I heard. In fact, I wanna hear more! Let's Start A Band DOSENT subject you to the same songs over and over that would make some feel like they are being subjected to recycled music-- the same old thing-- in a new package, Let's Start A Band hits hard, slapping you in the face and humbling you and your petty definitions of punk-rock.
Continuing on, you will hear two tracks from 2004's Hot Commando Cassingle. Done at a time BEFORE the cassette format found renewed interest, wasn't popular to release a cassette, much less a cassingle, but this cassingle joins the vast number of other KTH limited edition cassettes.
A personal KTH favorite "Jung Tuffs" ushers in 10 more ragers under the title of Nowhere Fast. Imagine a sweet mix of The Vibrators, Adverts and The Lewd. These songs wield daggers made from pure punk cynicism bringing poignant doses of loud, fast, and snotty to the forefront. The time tested vocal switch is a nice progression throughout any KTH release and especially on Let's Start A Band. This CD really shows how far KTH have really came. Recording whole albums and not having the money or interest from others to release them... It's frustrating being in a situation as this... But if anything, Let's Start A Band is a piece of I-Told-Ya-So. it's more befitting now, 10 years late, that these songs get a proper release... a proper chance solidifying the resolves of a modern day punk band.