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My bad… forgot I was supposed to also being writing about music

Tortoise are an awesome band. I honestly don’t know much about them besides what there music sounds like. As far as independent instrumental rock bands from the last 20 years go, they are the among the best, if not the best. Most of their songs are free-jazz jams based off one groove or melody, but it is definitely not simple music, and they aren’t afraid of getting all ambient and synthy on you, as if Brian Eno just happened to drop by for a minute. One friend of mine describes them as a faster and more jazz-influenced/less classical-influenced version of Mogwai.

Their albums TNT and Standards are what most hipster fanboys point to as their greatest, but I think they are one of those rare bands where you can jump into their catalogue anywhere and be not only rewarded, but also get an excellent impression of what the band is all about. There more recent stuff seems to rock a little harder. They also have done a lot of session work for indie bands and singers, or at least I think so… at the very least I know for sure that they did an album with Bonnie “Prince” Billy, so definitely check that out if you are into that type of stuff.

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The Proper Care and Treatment of Batshit Crazy Republicans

Matt Tiabbi’s recent profile of Michele Bachman in The Rolling Stone┬áhas got me thinking: Is it counterproductive to circulate these kind of ideas within the liberal memeosphere? Bachman, Palin, Santorum, et. al. aren’t going to be winning any votes from The Rolling Stone’s audience anytime soon. Bachman and her base probably love the negative publicity, especially from one of the favorite magazine of the gay socialist treehuggers who are conspiring to turn our country into a muslim caliphate.┬áThe Bachman base has a chip on its shoulder. It is paranoid, perhaps RIGHTly so (you see what I did there?); it thinks that people who live within 50 miles of saltwater are plotting to turn America into a country where people have the right to marry who they want to, and where poor people can get world class medical service, and where hard working immigrants can escape the tyranny of their homelands.

Assuming she doesn’t get the nomination (which I pray to Allah, Al Gore, and Dan Savage that she does not… because even though it would [hopefully?] be an easy win for Obama, I think it would be a very bad thing for American Politics), she is being empowered by this article and pretty much any other attention she is getting/will get, be that attention negative or positive. Her base is bigotry and ignorance. These people have been on the wrong side of history every time. They have an underdog mentality, and Taibbi poking fun at there queen is not only giving their “movement” an existential colonic, it is also legitimizing her as a contender. In a dystopian future coming to an election year near you, the news cycle will be dominated by “Bachman: she’s so crazy” stories (in much the same way that Palin was treated in 2008) that are going to further distract us from the real public discourses we should be having about the economy, the environment, and the future of America as the Benevolent Imperialist.