Sept. 14, 2018 | Colin Marshall -- During his setup, GoGo Penguin's pianist Chris Illingworth asked if he could remove our piano cover to "access the inside" and, after a few rotations of a screwdriver, he soon handed me a long plank of black painted maple, which has no convenient place to rest in the NPR Music office. If you look closely at the piano innards during "Bardo," you can see a strip of black tape stretched over a few strings, opposite Illingworth's bobbing head. It mutes a group of strings, turning them into percussive jabs and dividing the instrument into more explicit rhythmic and melodic sections. What you can't see: GoGo Penguin's audio engineer a few feet to the left of frame, dialing-in reverb effects on the piano, which we heard in the room. These two elements, in tandem with bassist Nick Blacka's precise canvasing and drummer Rob Turner's charged and delicate pulse, have heavily contributed to the sonic identity of this trio - a signal to jazz jukebox listeners that, "Ah yes, that's a GoGo Penguin tune."
GoGo Penguin models closely the leaderless jazz power trio set in motion by forbearers in The Bad Plus, but you can also hear the drippings of electronica groups like Bonobo, and drum-and-bass foundations akin to Roni Size with a bit more acoustic rattle (Turner even fashions his own prepared drum accessories from rope, duct tape, and metal rings, which you can see resting atop his ride cymbal and snare. He tells me he usually has more, but he hasn't made new ones in a while).
But dissecting this music belabors what's certain: this trio has become a reference point of their own for new school instrumentalists, a coveted achievement for any jazz group, though their appeal stretches far outside the jazz ecosystem. In fact, in 2018 alone, the band played some of the world's most notable pop festivals like Bonnaroo and Outside Lands and top-tier international jazz festivals: Montreal and North Sea. This trio found a way to wedge themselves in the middle of the Venn diagram that overlaps musicians and music heads. Among my colleagues at NPR, I witnessed expressions ranging from studious squints to closed-eye meditation, those in the room experiencing GoGo Penguin's tunes like they would a collage: the fine details as valuable as the larger shape.
Set List "Raven" "Bardo" "Window"
Credits Producers: Colin Marshall Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Khun Minn Ohn, CJ Riculan; Production Assistant: Catherine Zhang; Photo: Samantha Clark
WASHINGTON — The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for being unfit.
Mr. Rosenstein was just two weeks into his job. He had begun overseeing the Russia investigation and played a key role in the president’s dismissal of Mr. Comey by writing a memo critical of his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. But Mr. Rosenstein was caught off guard when Mr. Trump cited the memo in the firing, and he began telling people that he feared he had been used.
Mr. Rosenstein made the remarks about secretly recording Mr. Trump and about the 25th Amendment in meetings and conversations with other Justice Department and F.B.I. officials. Several people described the episodes, insisting on anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. The people were briefed either on the events themselves or on memos written by F.B.I. officials, including Andrew G. McCabe, then the acting bureau director, that documented Mr. Rosenstein’s actions and comments.
I have to say I'm a little skeptical of this one. The sources are anonymous, but more than that, there are no sources that claim first-hand knowledge of Rosenstein's remarks -- everything is coming from people who heard about it from other people or saw other people's memos.
I can't help suspecting this is a deliberate leak by the Trump gang to set up Rod Rosenstein to be fired, as a first step to shutting down Robert Mueller's investigation.
From The Standpoint Of Water -- NSFW; Jody Hamilton from the Stephanie Miller Show is here; Brett Kavanaugh is an underpants gnome; Kavanaugh's twisted fraternity; Hirono Smash; Dinesh D'Souza says Christine Ford's drinking discredits her claims; Dean Heller says Ford's claims are a 'little hiccup'; Trumpers doxxing and harassing Ford; What stays at Georgetown Prep; Trump has brain worms; One of the wettest we've seen from the standpoint of water; Trump hasn't read the documents he's declassifying; and so much more.
Mark Judge, the high school drinking buddy of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, is now known to have published an article at the blog of notorious Holocaust denier Chuck C. Johnson (who is NOT ME). Judge's article was an attempt to cast doubt on the woman who was the subject of Rolling Stone's now-retracted article about an alleged gang rape at UVA -- written long before Rolling Stone's retraction.
(It makes perfect sense that Chuck C. Johnson would want to publish this sort of piece, because he's long been obsessed with smearing and doxing rape victims.)
Mark Judge himself is now accused of taking part in the alleged sexual assault by Kavanaugh of Christine Blasey Ford, who is now a professor at the University of Palo Alto. According to the Washington Post:
Ford said she was able to escape when Kavanaugh’s friend and classmate at Georgetown Preparatory School, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them, sending all three tumbling.
Today I was given a tip about a cache of tweets between Mark Judge and Chuck C. Johnson that contain some very interesting comments in light of these accusations, and illustrate the connections between the neo-fascist far right and people like Judge who maintained a "journalist" facade by writing for outlets like the Daily Caller.
These tweets come from Chuck C. Johnson's long deleted Twitter archive; a few days ago Johnson abruptly shut down both his Facebook page and his GotNews website, with no explanation. But his personal website is still online and one of the sections is a copy of all his tweets, going back to 2009. (Don't be surprised if this disappears too, after I publish this article.)
So here are the tweets in question, starting with Chuck reaching out to Judge when he hears about Judge's piece attacking the Rolling Stone article. (They're in text form because Johnson's Twitter account was permanently suspended, of course. And Mark Judge has now also deleted his entire Twitter account.)
There's no smoking gun related to the current controversy here, but it shines a bright light on the kind of people in Brett Kavanaugh's inner circle and the toxic "men's rights" culture they were steeped in, and shows why the GOP doesn't want Judge to testify.
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I’m very proud to present the video for 'Nina Cried Power', directed by Jon Hozier-Byrne and Patrick Ryan.
This song was intended as a thank you note to the spirit and legacy of protest; to the artists who imbued their work with the vigour of dissent, and a reflection on the importance of that tradition in the context of the rights, and lives, we enjoy today. My hope for this video is much the same.
Ireland has undergone a socio-cultural sea change, the results of which will benefit generations to come. We are witness to a new Ireland waking to the consciousness of itself; a kinder, more inclusive nation. This video is an attempt to acknowledge just a handful of those who have fought for this new Ireland, and whose work continues to inspire me.
Thank you to Christina Noble, for showing the limitlessness of human kindness, and its ability to achieve the seemingly impossible.
Thank you to Bernadette McAliskey and Eamon McCann, who fought for the bitterly-resisted equal right to vote, and who bore witness to atrocity and would not be silenced.
Thank you to Joe Caslin, who literally coated Dublin city itself with reflections on our capacity for compassion as a people.
Thank you to Saoirse Long, whose honesty revealed not only our own failures as a people, but laid bare the true face of what barred the way of progress for women’s reproductive rights.
Thank you to Panti Bliss, who remains a leading voice advocating for inclusion, and a standard-bearer for the new Ireland we are watching unfold.
Thank you to Victoria Chimera for fighting tirelessly for equal opportunities in education.
Thank you to Anna Cosgrave, who provided real leadership to my generation, and brought new widespread visibility to the issue of reproductive rights.
Thank you to Simone George for her indelible spirit, and for fighting injustice in its many forms.
Thank you to Grace Dyas whose decisions in work and life give to us an example of bravery and conscience.
Thank you to Sinéad Burke for pushing tirelessly for inclusivity in her industry and beyond.
Thank you to Maria Walsh for using her platform to promote gender equality, and the right for everyone to love who they love.
Thank you to Colm O’Gorman, for his unwavering dedication to human rights and his fearless speaking of truth to power.
Thank you to Ellie Kisyombe for reminding us of the meaning of home.
Thank you to Stephen Rea for the work he does both for UNICEF, and for Ireland itself.
Thank you to Sam Blanckensee for their important work on gender recognition legislation.
Thank you to Florence Adebambo and Aaron Edo for reminding us of the bright future that awaits those who have joined us from afar, and how that future needs to be fought for.
Thank you to Blessings Moyo and Lucky Khambule for reminding us how much further we have to go, and how we must strive to do better.
Thank you to Mavis Staples, for giving to the world a timeless example of how worthwhile the raising of one’s voice is, in song and in protest.
Thank you to you all for your work, for joining us on set and allowing us to play you the song for the first time. You are all truly inspirational figures, and this video is for you.
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Toad -- NSFW; Charles Johnson from LittleGreenFootballs.com is here for the vacationing Buzz Burbank; Sexy Liberal DC this Saturday; Stormy Daniels described Trump's penis; Yeti hair; Mushrooms and Mario Kart; Ronan Farrow has the Apprentice tapes; Chuck C Johnson's links to Brett Kavanaugh; Rape allegations against Kavanaugh; The Dems are pushing back; Trump declassifies a series of documents regarding Russia; Ben Shapiro linked to Manafort's Yanukovych propaganda; Mitch McConnell is a troll; and so much more.
Facing the real prospect that their long-sought fifth anti-abortion Supreme Court justice might go unseated, and President Trump’s growing legal exposure, the Republican Party is charging into election season with a two-fronted disinformation campaign, in a desperate effort to salvage conservative control not just of the Court, but of Congress and the White House as well.
Specifically, they are maximizing confusion about whether Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a 15 year old girl when he and she were both high school students, and about the legitimacy of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. And they are advancing both goals with naked abuses of power.
As Matt Gertz points out, the right wing idiots circulating this smear -- and Gateway Pundit dirtbag Jim Hoft was joined by Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham because they attack in packs -- are using reviews for a different Christine Ford.
As I write this, Hoft has not retracted or corrected this false story. "Fake news," if you will.
This is no mistake; these despicable people do this every single time when they need to attack one of their perceived enemies. This is pure, deliberate malice. They know that even if they're forced to correct a false story, the right wing base has already taken it and run with it.
Jim Hoft is already facing twolawsuits for exactly this kind of defamation, but that clearly isn't stopping him.
UPDATE at 9/17/18 12:44:27 pm by Charles Johnson
Hoft has now removed all mentions of student reviews, changed the post's title to "Kavanaugh Accuser Is Unhinged Liberal Professor in California (Updated)," and added this "update" at the very bottom of the post, many hours after it was published.
UPDATE — An earlier post referenced Ford as an unpopular professor but we have since learned this was a different educator with the same name.
Notice that Hoft's headline still describes Prof. Ford as an "unhinged liberal" with no evidence whatsoever.
Or will we witness -- yet again -- an amoral, power-hungry Republican Party ramming through his confirmation anyway?
Speaking publicly for the first time, Ford said that one summer in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh and a friend — both “stumbling drunk,” Ford alleges — corralled her into a bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County.
While his friend watched, she said, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth.
“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” said Ford, now a 51-year-old research psychologist in northern California. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”
Ford said she was able to escape when Kavanaugh’s friend and classmate at Georgetown Preparatory School, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them, sending all three tumbling. She said she ran from the room, briefly locked herself in a bathroom and then fled the house.
This was an incredibly brave step for Professor Ford to take, because she undoubtedly knew what kind of harassment and threats will now be coming her way from the army of deranged Trump cultists.
Oh... and by the way, Kavanaugh's friend Mark Judge has written at least one piece attacking a rape victim for Holocaust denier Chuck C. Johnson's blog, too.
"Fanm" Bokanté + Metropole Orkest (Conducted by Jules Buckley) What Heat (Real World Records 2018)
Bokanté's second single "Fanm" from their sophomore album "What Heat", available worldwide Sept 28th and Oct 5th in the US and France on Real World Records.
Listen to "Fanm" and pre-order "What Heat" here: http://smarturl.it/RW221
Filmed, edited, directed by: Stella K
Bokanté: Malika Tirolien - vocals Roosevelt Collier - pedal/lap steel guitar, vocals Chris McQueen - acoustic guitar, vocals Bob Lanzetti - acoustic guitar, vocals Jamey Haddad - percussion Keita Ogawa - percussion André Ferrari - percussion Weedie Braimah - djembe, vocals Michael League - acoustic guitar bass, daf, oud, vocals
Fanm Lyrics: (English)
Women who raise their children (We want to hear you tonight) Women who fight Who work for theirs (We celebrate you tonight) Married women Single women Fast women Powerful women Women who get up even when they’ve been beaten down (We celebrate our strength)
Are we ready to take it higher Are we ready to change the game Are we ready to take it higher Hit them hard with what we’ve got
Short women Tall women (We want to see you in the front) Women of the night Women with a cold head (Take your place, don't be afraid, go get it) Women of the sun Women hot like fire Women who make it rain Women who struggle Women who fight to change the world Raise your hands and scream
Are we ready to fly high (Yes, we are ready) Stick together to be stronger (Yes, we are ready) To try another way (Yes, we are ready) To go farther (To go higher)
Leave all our fears behind (Yes, we are ready) Use what we have in our hearts (Yes, we are ready) Are we ready to go forward (Yes, we are ready) Together we can go along way (And go higher)
Are we ready to cultivate love (Yes, we are ready) Feed the spirits of our children with it (Yes, we are ready) Break all the chains seeking to strangle us (Yes, we are ready) And finally be free (To go higher)
(Creole) Pli fo Pli wo
Fanm ka lévé timoun a yo (Nou vlé tan zot o swè la) Fanm ka goumé, ka travay an lo (Sé fet a zot o swè la) Fanm ki mayé Fanm ki tou sel Fanm ka trasé Fanm ki diesel Fanm ki doubout mem lè yo pran kou An nou sélébré fos an nou
Es nou paré pou nou pé chiré vibe la Pou nou pé chanjé game la Es nou paré pou nou pé chiré vibe la Met sa wo a si yo
Fanm ki pitit Fanm ki golet (Nou vlé vwè zo pran douvan) Fanm a lannuit Fanm ki ni tet fwet Pran plas a zot pa pè bay adan) Fanm an ba soley Fanm a chalè Fanm ki ni fey Fanm ki razè Fanm ka lité Pou mond la chanjé (Lévé lanmen é kryé) Es nou paré pou nou pé chiré vibe la Pou nou pé chanjé game la Es nou paré pou nou pé chiré vibe la Met sa wo a si yo
Es nou paré volé wo (Oui nou paré) Kimbé nou pou nou pli fo (Oui nou paré) Esèyé on dot chimen (Oui nou paré) Pou nou pé alé pli lwen (Pou alé pli wo)
Kité tout pè deyè (Oui nou paré) Sèvi èvè sa nou ni an kè (Oui nou paré) Es nou paré pou nou vansé (Oui nou paré) Sé ensanm nou ka travèsé (Pou nou pli fo)
Es nou paré kiltivé lanmou (Oui nou paré) Nouri lespri a timoun an nou (Oui nou paré) Brisé tout chen ka tranglé (Oui nou paré) Pou nou pé libéré (Pou alé pli wo)
Jill Sobule - I Don't Wanna Wake Up (Official video)
Written with Robin Eaton From “Nostalgia Kills” Pinko Records https://smarurl.it/NostalgiaKills
Video by Atypical Beings.
Description: This song was written after a shitty breakup. I was also still morning the loss of my mom who had passed six months before. I was recommended a therapist who proscribed some antidepressants that had bad side effects. I was nonplussed. Around that time, I kept reading the benefits of psychedelics and micro-dosing. This was not from my stoner or hippie friends, but from serious periodicals and the New York Times. If the Times said I could do it, then that was good enough for me. I had done mushrooms a few times in my youth and always had a good time. By the way, the first time I did mushrooms was in 8th grade to go see Alice Cooper’s “Billion Dollar Baby”. Good choice.
I started writing these stream-of-consciousness type lyrics as I was starting to come down from my trip. Before, it would have been difficult to figure out where I had placed my notebooks and pens.
It was a biblical experience, not meaning anything extraordinary or spiritual happened, but rather I thought about, for some reason, Old (and New) Testament stories and themes: loss, mortality, my lack of faith, and yes the promise of starting over.
Oh my lord, I think I saw the light It was in the kitchen blinking oh so bright And standing there was an angel making angel dust She said go grab your blanket and you can come with us. I don't wanna wake up, I don't wanna wake up, I don't wanna wake up
Oh my lord, I think I've been redeemed To tell the honest truth always wanted to believe Now, I'm flying, flying through the sky There's snakes down there below me, but they can't jump this high I don't wanna wake up, I don't wanna wake up, I don't wanna wake up
I sang with wise Old Solomon I sang his dirty song I met with Cain and Abel And we all got along I blew that horn with Joshua The wall came tumbling down I wrapped my blanket round me dug that crazy sound I don't wanna wake up, I don't wanna wake up, I don't wanna wake up
Crossed the river Jorden, back down to Silver Lake. When I arise will I be reborn or wake up with a bad headache But for now, I hear the voices Of the ones that I hold dear In my slumber there’s nothing left to fear I don't wanna wake up, I don't wanna wake up, I don't wanna wake up
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Duty Station -- NSFW; Jody Hamilton from the Stephanie Miller Show is here; Woodward chapter describes Trump as stubbornly ignorant; Jesus, I told him a lot; Trump insists 3,000 Americans didn't die in Puerto Rico; Paul Ryan's spineless response; Trump gives himself an A plus for his response to Puerto Rico; Tremendously Big and Tremendously Wet; Americans are too dumb to live; The rehab of George W Bush is over; The frustrating Chris Hayes panel in Michigan; Trump and Manafort and their mutual defense agreement; Manafort negotiating a plea deal; Ken Starr's take; Letter about Kavanaugh turned over to the FBI; and so much more.
(LGF's coverage of Chuck C. Johnson's noxious career is featured prominently.)
A Republican congressman who earlier this year got into trouble for hobnobbing with an accused Holocaust denier held a small fundraiser this summer, and the attendees included, yes, the very same alleged Holocaust denier. Also at the event was another GOP congressman who, too, had previously been criticized for associating with this fellow.
In January, Rep. Matt Gaetz, a conservative Republican firebrand from Florida, invited right-wing troll Charles C. Johnson to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech. Johnson, a notorious social media figure accused of being a white nationalist, had been permanently banned from Twitter for declaring that he wanted to “take out” a leader of Black Lives Matter. And in early 2017, Johnson had come under fire for denying the Holocaust. During an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit’s alt-right section, Johnson had been queried, “what are your thoughts on the Holocaust, WW2, and the JQ in general?” (“JQ” is neo-Nazi shorthand for the Jewish Question.) Johnson replied, “I do not and never have believed the six million figure. I think the Red Cross numbers of 250,000 dead in the camps from typhus are more realistic. I think the Allied bombing of Germany was a ware [sic] crime. I agree…about Auschwitz and the gas chambers not being real.”
Eventually, the controversy over Johnson attending the State of the Union passed. But two months ago, Gaetz and Johnson were together again—this time on a yacht in Newport Beach, California. The occasion was a July 20 fundraiser for Gaetz’s reelection campaign. According to people familiar with the event, Johnson was among the group on the boat. And Rohrabacher was there, too. The event was being held in Rohrabacher’s district, and Rohrabacher spoke on behalf of Gaetz.
Referring to Johnson’s presence at the event, Jason Pitkin, Rohrabacher’s campaign finance director, who attended the fundraiser, tells Mother Jones, “I don’t remember who invited him there.” Asked whether Johnson had come at the invitation of Gaetz, Kip Talley, the chief of staff for Gaetz’s reelection campaign, replied in an email, “It was a private event and you’re welcome to check the FEC reports to see who donated. Thanks for reaching out.”
Johnson declined multiple requests for comment.
My only nit to pick with this article is that we can drop "alleged" from the "Holocaust denier" description, since Johnson (who is NOT ME) made these comments publicly, more than once.
Smarter Moles -- NSFW; Buzz Burbank from Buzz Burbank News and Comment is here; Remembering 911; Trump bragged about having the tallest building; The Fear Convention of 2004; Obama's tough love for young voters; More on the Anonymous officials inside the White House; Bob Woodward's Fear; Gary Cohn and Trump's Debt Ignorance; Pigman John Dowd said Trump is 'disabled'; Trump plans to write his own history; Midterm polling confirms the Blue Wave; Trump tweet almost precipitated another Korean War; and so much more.