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From a distance, it's funny to watch developments and think about stuff like, who is going to actually step up and run alongside trump as a VP? Aside from "drunk incoherent aunt at barbeque" Sarah Palin I guess. That'd be funny.
But really, my more serious view has been that there is definitely a level of unrest we haven't seen in several generations. I'm not talking about the '60s either but the '30s. I'm American, so I've been following Trump's rise, but for example, here in the UK the "Leave the EU" campaign is winning polls based on literally zero positive offerings. What they are campaigning on is "excessive" immigration in this 92+% native-born white country, xenophobia against Turks and Ukranians joining the EU (because it was so bad when Poles, Romanians and whoever else already came, sigh), taking back the ability of the UK government to abolish the Human Rights Act, and other totally odious, dim, narrow-minded nationalism that hasn't taken hold in the western world since the 1930s. Austria nearly elected basically a '30s style fascist a couple weeks ago in an election almost too close to call, Greece has a rising Nazi party (not even Neo-Nazi), Hungary's third largest party is an irredentist ultranationalist racist party, France is coming close to a X vs. National Front runoff next election...
While it all manifests slightly differently in the US, I feel it must come from the same root causes. Trump offers national pride to people who have nothing else to be proud of. Much like other hard-right movements (men's rights advocates, white supremacists, etc.) I think it's people whose sole source of self-worth now derives from clinging to irrational superiority through racism, sexism, or in Trump's case, mostly nationalism (with some of everything else in there too), because every other more concrete source of self-worth has been taken from them: economic self-determination, social mobility, community support and involvement, stability, health.
So, ironically, capitalism and neoliberalism has won so soundly in these countries that they've actually progressed backwards in time and destabilized again. If I was a hard core fan of capitalism, I'd be looking for ways to moderate it, reduce inequality, etc. very quickly because it is going to eat itself with this shit. That's why you see the IMF putting out research saying "jesus, we really screwed up with this austerity stuff, it's actually made things worse just like the leftists said it would". They see they've misbehaved so freely that they've created the conditions for another rise of fascism, nationalism, maybe even world wars.
So while Trump is a clown we can all hope will lose - and will, if enough people turn out to vote - maybe next week the UK is going to vote to leave the EU and destabilize the fuck out of that situation, maybe hard-right governments are going to be elected in quite a few European countries, including parties who want to invade neighboring countries because of lingering ethnic reasons... maybe next time a version of Trump who isn't a total clown will run and win. There's a lot to fight for and not just sit back and watch now, at any rate.
With Clyde, among the obvious Funky Drummer sample-inspiring-a-whole-genre stuff, and the killer recordings of Cold Sweat, Mother Popcorn etc., the thing that sticks out for me (as a shitty drummer who obsessed since age 12 over him, Bernard Purdie, etc.) was the 90s released live CD of James Brown live in Dallas 1968, "Say It Live And Loud".
They play what seems like 130-160bpm for the whole goddamn concert. There's an unbelievable version of "There Was A Time" on this that will make you drop a enchirito out of your crackass, in the words of ap. The ghost notes on that still give me wrist pain and I don't even come close. Every non-ballad is played so furiously and with so much snare grace-note depth it damn near presages 90s jungle/dnb records. Put that concert on and listen to "I Got The Feeling". I am not a James Brown completist but I haven't heard anything like that before or since. That is an overheating band and some unbelievable drumming driving it all.
In particular "There Was A Time" on that concert has driven my own feeble attempts at drumming way more than Funky Drummer or any of the famous Stubblefield recordings. The man is a personal hero for me and an enemy of my left wrist.
The current situation is obviously proving him right about everything and Trump and Biden and every critic wrong, and I agree that people should still vote for him over anybody else, but what I really want people to remember is this: FDR was not elected as a social democrat who campaigned on mass nationalizations and expansion of federal programs to benefit the people. He did those things because he was scared of the grass roots. General strikes. Communists gaining power. The energy that went into the Sanders candidacy has to transcend it, get people into local and state offices, gain power wherever they can. Scare them until they give you what you want, and if the barriers are too systemic for that to happen, TAKE what you want. Wildcat strikes are already happening across the country due to the pandemic, rent strikes, and so on. The power is in unions, mutual aid and solidarity with everyone currently being fucked by the stuff happening DOR's post.
Hell yeah, I preach the gospel of forums when I can, it's really not been replaced by social media. It's kind of a relic of the internet when people thought it'd be this independent, anarchic utopian thing instead of consolidating into 5 Websites For All Your Needs, and the interaction is different in this format (and better if you ask me)
Thes' mix tribute on twitch last night, playing the records that made up PUTS' music, was pretty touching. Had a who's-who of strutters past, DJs and musicians paying tribute in the chat too. He was giving Mike a real public send-off, saying he'd probably never listen to those records again because of what they represent. 1200+ people getting emotional with Thes was pretty amazing. He didn't have to do something public for fans to grieve to but he did. I think that's really cool.
Amadeus was one of my mom's favorite movies of all time - she'd quote the "too many notes" line as a phrase to mean not liking something that you couldn't find anything logical to criticize about it. That is an all timer.
Has anybody seen the Chadwick Boseman James Brown biopic? Or the insane sounding Don Cheadle Miles Davis movie?
If we're doing "mailbox" finds...
A few recent 45s from We Jazz records in Finland and a mixtape from Funk Night in Detroit - they threw in a test pressing of some new shit I've never heard of, it's good! Not on discogs yet. I guess they noticed I've bought from them before a few times.
And the Whitefield Brothers is nice to have on 45 as it's a song my band actually did live when I was in one.
Risking it all with a Mouzon track!