We’ll be playing live on Boston area radio show “On the Town” this Wednesday around 10:30pm. The live set will be followed by an interview. The show airs on Tufts University radio station 91.5, and the live stream can be listened to at www.wmfo.org. The recording of the show will be available for download for one week after airing.
“The 2010 midterm elections were a mandate for the new GOP sorta-but-not-really majority in Washington. The American voter has clearly demanded:
1. Social Security reform that guarantees my current level of benefits, alters someone else’s, and cuts everyone’s Social Security taxes to boot.
2. A world-class national infrastructure that can be built and maintained without tax dollars.
3. A balanced budget that doesn’t sacrifice any of the government programs – especially the sacred military-industrial complex and the various old age benefits – that we like.
4. Clean air without pollution controls, clean water with a neutered and underfunded EPA, and businesses that do socially responsible things without any regulation whatsoever.
5. Consumer goods at Made in China prices that create high-paying jobs in America.
6. Giant trucks and SUVs that drive like Formula One race cars, look cool, fit into small parking spaces, cost under $18,000, and get the fuel economy of a Toyota Prius.
7. Complete freedom and complete security at the same time.
8. An America that acts like a swaggering, sociopathic asshole on the global stage yet is beloved by all the nations of the world.
9. Wars against every enemy, real or imagined, all of the time, with no U.S. casualties and no effect on the budget.
10. Incredibly rich and rewarding professional lives while supporting our employers’ right to do whatever they want to us without recourse.
11. A vibrant, consumption-based U.S. economy with good jobs for anyone willing to look for one resulting from free trade policies that encourage money and capital flows to cheap labor markets.
12. A highly educated workforce produced by a school system that requires no tax dollars to achieve excellence, students who have no interest in learning, and a virulently anti-intellectual society.
13. Closed borders and an endless supply of cheap labor to keep prices low.
14. To buy whatever we want irrespective of what we can afford while maintaining the drumbeat of personal responsibility.
15. Health care that is cheap, superior, and readily available to me without the danger of the same being enjoyed by anyone I deem undeserving.
It couldn’t be any clearer: we want a government that will resolve every problem we currently face with solutions that require no effort, no sacrifices, and no money. And I have no doubt that we have elected a group of people brave enough to promise exactly that.”
1. Seven Swans 2. Too Much 3. Age of Adz 4. Heirloom 5. I Walked 6. Futile Devices 7. Vesuvius 8. Now That I’m Older 9. Get Real Get Right 10. Enchanting Ghost 11. Impossible Soul 12. Chicago —————— 13. Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois 14. Casimir Pulaski Day 15. John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
I am so proud of my brother for this for so many reasons (which I will now write about in a rambly proud sister kind of way…)
First because it is an awesome song! I can definitely hear a lot of your inspirations in the music (a lot of Weezer & some pixies) and I LOVE the guitar part at the end! You know that I’ve always liked everything you’ve written (even the ones that you hate) but this is really really great & I’ve listened to it 3 times already.
Next for learning to record music & being brave enough to do it! I’ve learned in the past year how complicated this process is & how many variables you need to take into account & what a crazy science it really is. Plus it is a really cool skill to have, so I think it’s really awesome that you’re learning!
But mostly I am really proud of my brother for overcoming his anxiety about recording a piece of his music & sharing it with the world. Because that is a really trully scary & intimidating thing to do. Something that I’m not sure that I’ll ever be able to do. When I tried to record a demo last summer it helped to hear from you that you felt the same way about it.
I’m so glad that you wrote this/ recorded this/ posted this!
(I know I’m switching between the you/he because I’m half writing to my brother to say "good job!" and half writing to my friends to say “look at how cool my brother is!”)
Anyways, proud sister ramble over… LISTEN TO MY BROTHER’S DEMO!
This is the first thing I’ve ever recorded by myself.
Nervous disclaimers: This is just a demo It needs drums/bass Some sloppy guitar parts need fixing, especially towards the end Some clipping happens in the vox I know nothing about mixing. So I didn’t I hate my voice
Also, the lyrics exist completely just so that there are lyrics. I love Ithaca, have been completely happy almost every day, and I did hand out candy to trickers treaters, leaving the lights on. I do stay up until 6 am though.
Again, just a demo. Oh gosh. This is nerve-wracking.