Remember when everyone was freaking out Turntable FM? That thing didn’t appeal to me at alllll. But this? It’s like they built it for me. But they’re out of baggage right now! Spew some of your issues and I’ll send some songs and advice.
This is a cool idea and if I wasn’t at work I’d be inputting helllaaaaaaa baggage.
Instead, the left must realize that when progressives achieved success in the past, whether at organizing unions or fighting for equal rights, they seldom bet their future on politicians. They fashioned their own institutions — unions, women’s groups, community and immigrant centers and a witty, anti-authoritarian press — in which they spoke up for themselves and for the interests of wage-earning Americans.
Today, such institutions are either absent or reeling. With unions embattled and on the decline, working people of all races lack a sturdy vehicle to articulate and fight for the vision of a more egalitarian society. Liberal universities, Web sites and non-governmental organizations cater mostly to a professional middle class and are more skillful at promoting social causes like legalizing same-sex marriage and protecting the environment than demanding millions of new jobs that pay a living wage.
A reconnection with ordinary Americans is vital not just to defeating conservatives in 2012 and in elections to come. Without it, the left will remain unable to state clearly and passionately what a better country would look like and what it will take to get there. To paraphrase the labor martyr Joe Hill, the left should stop mourning its recent past and start organizing to change the future.
Aren’t you just happy that SOMEONE is doing SOMETHING?! I honestly never thought I would see people in America getting together to even try something like this. Maybe they don’t know exactly what their goals are, or what they should be. How can they, when our system is so severely flawed on every…
Seriously. I am so sick of people who basically agree that Wall Street has screwed over America but haven’t done one positive thing in response to it nitpicking this protest. What these protestors are doing is a vitally important first step: they’re calling attention to the situation, sparking discussion, and their mere physical presence holds Wall Street accountable for what they’ve done to this country — and especially the younger generations.
For all you complaining about the lack of direction at Occupy Wall St:
Aren’t you just happy that SOMEONE is doing SOMETHING?! I honestly never thought I would see people in America getting together to even try something like this. Maybe they don’t know exactly what their goals are, or what they should be. How can they, when our system is so severely flawed on every level? The important thing is that they are calling attention to these flaws that have somehow escaped discussion over the last few years, despite their obvious affect on the lives of most Americans. I don’t know what’s going to happen with this, but it is the first time since we elected Obama that I have felt like an action Americans are taking could maybe lead to change. I’m actually a little hopeful about it. We’ll see.
jeremypaulgordon:But I was there. I was there when All Your Base dropped to all the script kiddies. I was there before Trololo Man had an iPhone app. I was there when Keyboard Cat was just a Regular Cat.
Sophie:I heard you and your band are selling your treadmills and buying robot masks.
jeremypaulgordon:I heard you and your band have premium Vimeo accounts.
Russ:i was there when buzzfeed tried to call horsemanning the new planking. i said "don't do it that way. you'll never get a single view."
“When a beautiful actress is cast in a movie, executives rack their brains to find some kind of flaw in the character she plays that will still allow her to be palatable. She can’t be overweight or not perfect-looking, because who would pay to see that? A female who is not one hundred per cent perfect-looking in every way? You might as well film a dead squid decaying on a beach somewhere for two hours.”—Amazing New Yorker piece by Mindy Kaling.
“We are watching the beginnings of the defiant self-assertion of a new generation of Americans, a generation who are looking forward to finishing their education with no jobs, no future, but still saddled with enormous and unforgivable debt. Most, I found, were of working-class or otherwise modest backgrounds, kids who did exactly what they were told they should: studied, got into college, and are now not just being punished for it, but humiliated – faced with a life of being treated as deadbeats, moral reprobates.”—
David Graeber at the Guardian, in the best piece I’ve read yet on Occupy Wall Street (via judyxberman)
Really good job on the Mountain Goats mixes. I wanted to offer some recommendations (not that you need them). "Alpha Desperation March". "02-75" from Daytrotter. I also think "Mosquito Repellent", even though the music was written by Kaki King, is a really good example of exactly how arresting JD's lyrics can be. And to think you have two solid mixes and haven't even touched most recent releases!
Thanks! Alpha Desperation March is definitely one of my faves. There was a lot I had to leave off both the mixes. Honestly, I haven’t had a strong connection with any of the albums since Get Lonely. There have been standout tracks on all of them (Sax Rohmer #1, Damn These Vampires, Psalms 40:2, etc) but I really never feel compelled to listen to them. I thought the Extra Lens album was really fantastic, but a lot of those songs were pretty old.
sleepssundays said: Love and respect forever for some of your choices here. What’s yr favourite unreleased MGs jam? I think mine is From TG&Y but You Were Cool is damn close.
Thanks! I am pretty sure my favorite is Shower. I’ve listened to that recording of it from the show I was at SO MANY TIMES. It’s also unbelievably fun to play on guitar/sing. How crazy would it be to be an artist who has so many good songs that they can afford to not release shit like Shower and You Were Cool?!