parodies by nacrowe
i was listening the today to long-time noted tech journalist KARA SWISHER's interview with biographer WALTER ISAACSON about ELON MUSK, the subject of an upcoming, as yet untitled book. for those who dont know, ISAACSON trades in narratives about INNOVATIVE SCIENTISTS, POLITICIANS, PHILOSOPHERS and ENTREPRENEURS who left their mark on society; everyone from BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, LEONARDO DA VINCI, HENRY KISSINGER and ALBERT EINSTEIN to JENNIFER DOUDNA (pioneer of GENE EDITING and CRISPR) and STEVE JOBS. his work leans towards HAGIOGRAPHY and his arguably UNCRITICAL approach spares things like the CHARACTER FLAWS and PROBLEMATIC viewpoints of his subjects in order to shed light on the achievements that differentiate them from their peers.
SWISHER admittedly takes ISAACSON to task for glossing over the TROUBLING aspects of MUSK's NARCISSISTIC personality and SOLIPSISTIC worldview, such as his wanton CRUELTY on TWITTER, punching down on less POWERFUL people with repeated VILE HOMOPHOBIC, MISOGYNISTIC, TRANSPHOBIC, XENOPHOBIC and RACIST garbage. he's beyond a troll. he's an ASSHOLE of TRUMPIAN proportions and ISAACSON is SYCOPHANTIC towards him because he has a space ship and manufactures electric cars. it got me thinking about how as a society we treat this class of ENTREPRENEUR differently, going back to HENRY FORD, HOWARD HUGHES and THOMAS EDISON. that in a sense we are all COMPLICIT in this whitewashing of history and that over time MUSK will be no different. a century from now his net positives for humanity related to TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT in SPACE EXPLORATION and BATTERY STORAGE CAPACITY will supposedly outweigh the copious MISANTHROPIC BILE he continually spews upon the most VULNERABLE populations on TWITTER. according to APOLOGISTS and ENABLERS like ISAACSON.
when issues like this are raised i always think about my own COMPLICITY in the matter. being a participant in a CAPITALIST SOCIETY, by definition i am benefiting on the EXPLOITED LABOR of some NAMELESSS, FACELESS person in a faraway land. unlike most AMERICANS, ive seen this dynamic at play up close in SOUTHEAST ASIA, LATIN AMERICA, EASTERN EUROPE and WEST AFRICA during my time overseas. its the underbelly of CAPITALISM nobody wishes to acknowledge.
in a way the same goes for music and film. there are countless ASSHOLES in each industry that have done some terribly MONSTROUS things and we are all COMPLICIT, knowingly or unknowingly, in their cultural ascension by admiring and taking to heart their creative work. the second DEER GOD RADIO episode was about this very COMPLICATED dilemma of attempting to compartmentalize the artist from the art. i dont think we differentiate such, but we do and in the long arc of history the films of WOODY ALLEN and ROMAN POLANSKI and the music of R KELLY, MICHAEL JACKSON and CHUCK BERRY will undoubtedly outlive us all.
i am in SWISHER's corner but ISAACSON sadly might be on to something. and thats TRAGIC and UNFORTUNATE. i just try to think past and ignore DEGENERATE MISANTRHOPES like MUSK who ironically have MARTYR COMPLEXES and EPIC DELUSIONS regarding personal crusades and corporate missions to save humanity. just leave me out of it!
embedded below is the second DEER GOD RADIO episode on nonprofit internet radio station MAKERPARKRADIO.NYC, which originally aired this week five years ago in march 2018. the playlist includes some unquestionably SENSATIONAL music created and performed by some truly UNSAVORY and AWFUL human beings. enjoy!
this veritable shitlist of musicians does not include THE CRAMPS.
viva POISON IVY y LUX INTERIOR para siempre!
SPOTLIGHT | MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE
photos & stubs courtesy of kurionoir
high school was about two things: SLAYER and MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE.
they first came on my radar after a classmate in KUWAIT had seen them opening for SOULFLY in the late 90s somewhere stateside, which would've been in support of their TIGHT (UPPITY CRACKER 1999) record. shortly after devouring that record my sophmore year of high school, i was in GREECE on vacation and got their follow-up FRANKENSTEIN GIRLS WILL SEEM STRANGELY SEXY (UPPITY CRACKER 2000) and that was it. my brother and i were hooked.
for several years they were our GRATEFUL DEAD (of sorts) in that we basically saw ever NYC/PHILLY show over 4 year period. i've seen them live at least 20 times.
its hard to explain their appeal. lyrically they were constantly throwing in tv/film/video game references and were beyond profane yet entirely inclusive of all genders identities / races / sexual preferences. they were equal opportunity offenders in that sense that if you didn't get their humor, then you were the target of it. musically they were all over the map incorporating punk/metal/jungle/hip hop/nintendo in a unique concoction that sounded like nothing else at the time or since.
their enigmatic circus-leader of a frontman JIMMY URINE was interactive and funny as shit, usually commenting on the audience or any label exec in the audience they were attempting to alienate. famously at an LA show when they were being courted by major labels they changed the lyrics of "i hate jimmy page" to "i hate fred durst" as he was in the audience fulfilling his A&R duties for INTERSCOPE.
in recent years the band has moved on, several of the members marrying and raising young children, but my hope is that they will come back in a big way. how could they not?