January 13th, 2004


random music consumer observations

1. Al Green's new album: The voice is still there, the productions and arrangements are great, but the songs have yet to grab me the way some of his old stuff does. I was always a fan mostly of the super-bare arrangements like "Love And Happiness." I'd advise if you don't have the originals on vinyl or CD to grab the box set "Love and Happiness

2. Syd Barrett -- Pink Floyd stopped being relevant to me once Syd left. I'd never really heard much of his solo stuff, because it was always spottily available anyplace I happened to be. Thanks to Le Interwebbe I grabbed a bunch of tracks off his 2 albums. It's lovely, off-kilter and ; all my listening to ambient music makes it easier to enjoy meandering, incomplete stuff like this more.

3. You can spend $500 on a 40 gig ipod, or you can get something like what I got for Christmas: A good MP3 CD player, which is $60. The iPod shows you track and album names, and plays games, yadda yadda. The Panasonic costs way less when you break it. It also has enough antishock memory in it that jogging with it is practical. And it has an AM/FM radio. THANKS SEAN & JORDANA.

Yes we got my kids both iPods for Xmas and yes they love them and carry them with them at all times. They're nice, they're well designed, reliable, etc. It still irks me to give Steve Jobs any money. He's a smarmy twat, and Apple since he came back has been more about his ego than advancing the state of the art in any useful way.

Paul O'Neill

In the good ol 'This Country is Run by a Bunch of Dishonest Assholes' Department.

1. Paul O'Neill's assertion that deposing Saddam Hussein was a goal well before 9/11? I thought everyone knew that. CNN acts like this is some big revelation. Do they ever do any research on their stories, or, say, visit Project for a New American Century's website?

2. The current Secretary of the Treasury's 'investigation' into the documents O'Neill gave Suskind to help him research his book? Basically a smear -- according to O'Neill, all the documents he gave to Suskind came from the Treasury Department's general council. Expect exactly nothing to come of this investigation. The only justification for the investigation is that CBS showed a cover sheet for a document on post-Saddam Iraq that is marked 'Secret.' What the hell does that mean? Presumably O'Neill, Suskind, and CBS all have lawyers that vet what they do.

3. They don't try and refute anything O'Neill says, they just try and make it look like sour grapes from a disgruntled employee. But this guy is a Republican who has served in 4 administrations, not some nutcase like, say, Dennis Kucinich. O'Neill, in describing why he assisted Suskind and went public with his critique of Bush had the best comment -- "what can they do to me? I'm old, and I'm rich."