Thursday, June 17th 2010
News: Against Me!
After disconnecting from the news for a week to attack Bonnaroo and run around England drinking the world’s finest gin, I clicked a few news links this evening from my hotel in London to update myself on current events in my homeland, and was disgusted to discover an ever-intensifying clusterfuck of pro-wrestling American politics filling the headlines, worse than ever before. I dug deeper, looking for rays of sunshine, and instead found ever-darkening clouds at every turn.
After a flailing tirade at the mini bar I was left with a feeling of filthiness, utter loathing, an unwilling overseas representative for a band of giddily ignorant rapists and proudly stupid hillbillies cheering idiocy and unchecked free-market ideals in the face of self-devouring greed ripping apart the very concept of the American Dream. Eagerly co-opting the idea to redefine it as a shitkicking celebration of backward corporate interest barely hidden under a translucent film of “patriotism,” they champion open ignorance and shameless fear-mongering coercion into attacking our own best interests as if they were an invading army.
It’s deeply unsettling to leap out of the fishbowl and look at it from the outside these days, no matter what side of this fucking political Wrestlemania you’re on. But rather than continue this rant on a site devoted to music, I’ll translate it into sonic momentum and leave you with two songs – both are dear to me for different reasons, but applicable for the same.
I can only hope these songs, their lyrics and meaning contain some semblance of significance to you, our beloved readers. See you on the other side – I’m off for a 14 hour plane ride.