David Raffin

Adaptations to a Modern Age by Scott Steven Erickson

Adaptations to a Modern Age by Scott Steven Erickson

In the interest of disclosure, I sang in the background on some of the tracks on this album.
It is a fine album filled with many instruments, in motion.
It is unusual, like you. It has a song about bananas, which are filled with potassium, not unlike you.
Also, it has a beat and you can dance to it.
If this has not convinced you, you may listen below:

This Post? Totally Gay. Zebedy Colt’s 1969 album.

Let me tell you a story about Zebedy Colt, a man who lived four lives.

1. A child actor in the 1930s who appeared in major Hollywood productions.
2. A stage actor in Broadway theater.
3. An innovator in gay music, releasing an album in 1969 where he sang gay songs straight. Or straight songs gay. Depending on how you look at it.
4. A 1970s actor and director in mostly straight X-rated cinema.

His record was called “I’ll Sing For You.” It was recorded with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and is really quite good. It can be streamed from this site:  Queer Music Heritage which also has more information.

Mourning devotional for two universes

Every day I am faced with an ethical dilemma.

I never look my mirror self in the eye. One of us is evil. It’s best not to know.

If I find that I am evil I may have to change my evil ways. As you can imagine, I have a lot of time, money, and effort invested in my evil ways and prefer to think of my ways not as evil but as reasonable and balanced, nay, even, if I may be so bold, necessary. Thus I prefer not to know.

If I find I am the evil one I may snap and decide to go all out on the evil front. There would be nothing to contain me. This precludes balance. Will the good me become more good as the evil me becomes more bad? Will this continue until the two universes rupture and split, destroying all? Or will the good version of myself drift inevitably and inextricably toward evil, becoming known as the dreaded lesser evil? Either outcome is one I choose to discourage.

If I am the good one I may have to spend the rest of my life challenging the work of my evil mirror universe self. This is a major time commitment, crossing two universes (that may have separate and disparate understandings of good and evil to boot) that I am not comfortable with at this time; and let’s be honest, I never will be. This may be evidence that I am the evil version of myself, a man who cannot be bothered to know the difference between good and evil– proving that apathy is the greatest evil. But, no, let us* say no more on that front. Yes, I have already forgotten it.

‘Til tomorrow.

(* We, Me & I)

Billy Bragg’s new album “Tooth & Nail”

I have long been a Billy Bragg fan and his recent album is called Tooth & Nail.

Here is a video from SXSW of the song No One Knows Nothing Anymore:

And here is the full concert that was culled from:

Here’s The Beach is Free from his previous album Mr. Love & Justice:

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Diogenes of Sinope, Pulp tales of philosophers

“In a rich man’s house there is no place to spit but his face.”
Diogenes of Sinope AKA Diogenes the cynic

An ancient philosopher best remembered as carrying a lamp in the day while claiming to be looking for an honest man.

He enjoyed mocking  Alexander the Great, sabotaging the lectures of  Socrates, and defacing currency (his father had been a coin minter). He “made it his life’s goal to challenge established customs and values.”

At one point he was captured by pirates and sold into slavery.
His philosophy later morphed, through his students, into  Stoicism.

None of his writing survives.

This has been another exciting episode of “The Philosophers.”

[Read more about it.]

LiLiPUT/Kleenex, Swiss female post-punk band 1978-1983

I just found this band today by listening to the MaximumRock’n’Roll radio show. They were originally called Kleenex before being forced to change their name to LiLiPUT.

Here is a video for the song hitch-hike:

Wikipedia: “LiLiPUT’s exuberant sound combined spirited thrashy post-punk with unconventional vocals and lyrics, both in English and German. Their music featured husky or squealing female vocals, ramshackle drums, scratchy and twanging guitar, thick funky bass, saxophone and occasionally flute, violin, or other instruments. The cut-up surreality of their lyrics and energetic sound put them in a league with bands like The Raincoats (frequent tour partners), Delta 5The SlitsEssential Logic and Bush Tetras. The band’s sound developed throughout their career, due in part to line-up changes; the earlier recordings are more noisy and energetic, while the later songs are more complex and haunting.”

And here is some more:

And here is a digital (2x) album at Amazon:
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