"God I love baseball!! It’s as American as sucking a big ol dick."
Lacy M. Johnson, The Other Side: a memoir
On a positive note, Swingin’ Utters have a new album out on November 10th. It’s nice to see a band that has been around since 1987 who aren’t simply going through the motions, coasting by on the goodwill built by previous albums.
While the band didn’t release any new music between 2003’s Dead Flowers, Bottles, Bluegrass, and Bones and 2011’s Here, Under Protest*, since getting back into full swing, they’ve already released 2013’s Poorly Formed and now Fistful of Hollow. Along with that, another of Johnny Bonnel’s bands, Druglords of the Avenue, managed to record and release New Drugs in 2013. It’s truly inspiring to see a band being this prolific so far into their career.
*Though the band did release a live album in 2004 and Johnny and Darius’ side-project Filthy Thieving Bastards released My Pappy Was a Pistol in 2005 and I’m a Son of a Gun in 2007.
My idea of rich is that you can buy every book you ever want without looking at the price and you’re never around assholes. That’s the two things to really fight for in life.
John Waters (via juliavickerman)
So, once upon a time I was selling a poster on eBay that I’d done for some bands that were favorites of mine in high school. And then both of the guys from those bands said some really ugly, irredeemable shit while the auction was up. And so I took the auction down, because I found the idea that someone would display the poster I’d made proudly on their wall made me unhappy. And, when I took the auction down, a few people wrote to me asking why, as they’d been following the auction or had bid on it, etc etc. And so I made a very brief statement why I took it down. I didn’t “@-reply” or tag anyone involved, I didn’t call for a boycott, I didn’t throw down any gauntlets. Just let people know what happened in as calm and magnanimous a way as I could think of.
And then one of my high school heroes called me a “creep” and an “insufferable twat” and referred to my poster as “asinine”. The asinine thing really seems like more of a vocabulary show-off than anything, as the word doesn’t really apply in any way to, you know, creating art to promote that dude’s band? But I’ll give him a pass since it’s basically the least stupid thing he’s said online in the past two days.
Anyhow. Just kinda felt like sharing that. I don’t really have a point here and I’m kinda too weirded out to really be, like, angry or anything. But you don’t not share that, right?
Fun side-story: One of those retweets and two of those favorites on Ben’s post came from that guy from last October who sent me straight-up one of the creepiest and stalkery-est series of emails I’ve gotten ever and his girlfriend. Haven’t heard from either of them in nearly a year until now. Huh.
For quite a while I figured Ben Weasel being immature and sarcastic to anyone who criticized him was a defense mechanism and I guess I still assume it is, but the cracks are starting to show and the amount of effort he makes to respond to every single critic on the internet are clear indicators that it isn’t a very successful defense mechanism.
There’s nothing quite as pathetic as a 50-year-old man spending his time trolling his detractors online.
This isn’t a story about how girls are evil or how love is bad; this is a story about how I learned something and I’m not saying this thing is true or not, I’m just saying it’s what I learned. I told you something. It was just for you and you told everybody. So I learned to cut out the middle man, make it all for everybody, always. Everybody can’t turn around and tell everybody; everybody already knows, I told them. But this means there isn’t a place in my life for you or someone like you. Is it sad? Sure. But it’s a sadness I chose. I wish I could say this was a story about how I got on the bus a boy and got off a man: more cynical, hardened, and mature and shit. But that’s not true. The truth is I got on the bus a boy and I never got off the bus. I still haven’t…
Childish Gambino, “That Power”
Talib Kweli gets to say what Don Lemon continuously cut him off from saying on CNN.
Anonymous said: Would I be wrong in assuming that your end game for white people is to have no sense of dignity or pride, and to put themselves last before every other race? For people to say whatever they want about them, and for them to not be able to even defend themselves? If so, isn't that vastly hypocritical, and also perpetuating a racial divide between white people and every other race? Do you at least have any concept of giving incentive for the oppressors not to oppress?
Jesus christ, this exact kind of shit is why this site isn’t a dialogue with racists. It’s a classic right-wing trick (creationists do this all the time), wherein they start with their first incorrect premise, continue talking as if their first lie wasn’t something completely fucking ludicrous, and then act like you need to engage their entire blowhard “argument.”
So, nice try, asshole, sort of, but unfortunately, if you’re fucking stupid enough to believe that asking racists to stop murdering unarmed black people on the street, and then using all the levers of power in the city, county and state to cover it up the crime and silence dissent (for instance) is equivalent to “people to say whatever they want about them”, you’re just too much of a racist piece of shit to deal with.
PS. “Do you at least have any concept of giving incentive for the oppressors not to oppress?” - waaaaaaaaaaaaaaah, why won’t someone reward me for not being a racist piece of human garbage. waaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
PPS. Seriously, fuck you for being racist, and fuck you for bringing this weak-ass tactic, stupid.
WE ARE SO SO EXCITED TO FINALLY SHARE THIS WITH ALL OF YOU!!! Stereogum is streaming our first single “Hot 97 Summer Jam” off of our new record! Please give it a listen. Share it with all of your internet friends. Provide us with constructive criticisms. And we promise we’ll try harder next time.
I will wait for the upcoming EP and full length all summer. Har-dee-har-har.
If we could all learn to fight those demons, yeah, and I’ve got regrets, but still there’s something about you that says it’s not too late for me.
From Ferguson to Gaza, We Charge Genocide
A Message of Solidarity
Those standing up against police brutality and state repression in Ferguson, Missouri are leading one of the most important human right struggles of our time.
In the context of the history of Sundown Towns in that region, which…
Anonymous said: So a cop, a racist, and a murderer walk into a bar. And that's just the first guy.
I get this joke.