Hip-hop’s sacred dictum, “keep it real”, is easier to follow if you’re a former crack dealer from Baltimore than an erstwhile journalist and techno fan from Alberta, Canada, but Rollie “Cadence Weapon” Pemberton’s second album owes much of its charm to his confidence to be exactly who he is. Inspired by a summer hanging out in Edmonton, Afterparty Babies examines heartbreak, parties and try-hard hipsters to a frantic soundtrack of unpredictable techno collages that could slot into a DJ set by Basement Jaxx or Justice.
“Then there are the bands that, unfortunately, attract such a hipster fan base (like MGMT, Yeasayer, and Liars) that you want to attend the show wearing a fleece jacket, khaki slacks, hiking boots, and a fanny pack, then push your way to the front and line dance, except that you worry people will think it’s ironic.”—Save Me From Your Followers (via yourmonkeycalled)
“I recall very clearly one night before the war began. I made myself write down the reasons for and against the war and realized that if there were question marks on both sides, the deciding factor for me in the end was that I could never be ashamed of removing someone as evil as Saddam from power. I became enamored of my own morality and this single moral act. And he was a monster, as we discovered. But what I failed to grasp is that war is also a monster, and that unless one weighs all the possibly evil consequences of an abstractly moral act, one hasn’t really engaged in anything much but self-righteousness. I saw war’s unknowable consequences far too glibly.”—Andrew Sullivan, “What I Got Wrong About Iraq" (via kenyatta, askvero)
“And then I say Obama is the first candidate in my voting experience who seems like he means what he says, and says what I feel. Who is of my generation; whom I get, and who inspires me. I’ve read his book, I’ve watched his speeches; I am head over heels, with no compunction. Because I feel myself taking a risk when I say I believe in him, since in my reflexive skepticism I rarely say I believe in anything. If Obama is elected president, of course the game will stay crooked; and instead of speeches we’ll get compromises; and something will fall apart. But for now I prefer the fantasy of what might come to pass, rather than the realpolitik of recent history.”—Rosecrans Baldwin, “Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down”
Go read the whole article, it’s not all politics, the travel game part is really funny.
We can play Reverend Wright’s sermons on every channel, every day and talk about them from now until the election, and make the only question in this campaign whether or not the American people think that I somehow believe or sympathize with his most offensive words. We can pounce on some gaffe by a Hillary supporter as evidence that she’s playing the race card, or we can speculate on whether white men will all flock to John McCain in the general election regardless of his policies. We can do that.
But if we do, I can tell you that in the next election, we’ll be talking about some other distraction. And then another one. And then another one. And nothing will change.
“Off-camera Olbermann, it turns out, is a lot like on-camera Olbermann. The gray pin-striped suit is perfectly crisp. The basso profundo booms. The outsize ego and acid tone ooze from him. It’s unclear whether the mannerisms are real or a bit of an ironic put-on that became Olbermann’s default setting after a time.”—Stephen Rodrick
I think of the last line of this quote whenever I watch an Olbermann “Special Comment”. It’s a perfect description of what bugs me about KO. While I almost always agree with what he is saying, the smarmy self-righteousness is so over the top.
Note: this didn’t violate my commitment to fast from politics in my opinion.
In Canada it’s called Question Period. Sometimes it can seem really childish when they dwell on dumb issues and interrupt by yelling and booing and banging on their desks, but when important questions are asked it’s pretty cool to see a leader defend themselves in that kind of intense environment.
“We are a culture without the will to seriously examine our own problems. We eschew that which is complex, contradictory or confusing. As a culture, we seek simple solutions. We enjoy being provoked and titillated, but resist the rigorous, painstaking examination of issues that might, in the end, bring us to the point of recognizing our problems, which is the essential first step to solving any of them.”—David Simon (via sharingtime, rach)
An analysis by two Danish academics found that the Swedish furniture store Ikea gives its “better” products Swedish and Norwegian names, while “lesser” products are christened with Danish names. An analysis by a blogger on a Germany-based Web forum also reached the same conclusion.
“'Cause I'd like to see you out in the moonlight, I'd like to kiss you way back in the sticks, I'd like to walk you through a field of wildflowers, and I'd like to check you for ticks.”—Brad Paisley - “Ticks”
The Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta is a provincial right-of-centre party in the Canadian province of Alberta. The party has formed the provincial government, without interruption, since 1971 under premiers Peter Lougheed (1971-1985), Don Getty (1985-1992), Ralph Klein (1992-2006) and Ed Stelmach (2006-present).