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joshuatxuk last won the day on January 20 2021

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  • Birthday 01/27/1986

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  1. ordered, belated appreciation for putting this lovely tribute together and committing it to tape
  2. I love that he was a lewd comedian's comedian but for me he was also America's goofy dad in the late 80s / early 90s
  3. that yorke/four collab is the only one I get stuck in my head since *Rival Dealer*
  4. @trying to be less rude @zero - I don't consider it a "coup" as I don't want to conflate that with the actual technical and historical term. Ironically the conservative and establishment elements of the Pentagon and Federal government in general were key to preventing Trump from attempting one. This was very much an attack and attempt a violent revolution / overthrow. It's a miracle of timing, key decisions but admirable staffers, legislators and certain cops that prevented Democrat legislators from being outright apprehended or killed. The absolutely frightening aspect of all of this is a sizeable minority of people in this country have either downplayed the event or applauded it outright. One of the two major parties and their supporters in the public, media, and government office are complicit to it being encouraged. Bear in mind this storming occurred without the mob being organized and armed with guns. While there is evidence of collusion and insider tip offs the extent of support from key figures in elected office, LE, and the military could have easily been far greater. Summer of 2020 and Jan. 6th, 2021 are sort of a slow-burn version of 9/11 in terms of sea change and confused yet alarming preview of things to come.
  5. I get the impression too Burial isn't comfortable with making ambient with looped riffs and melodies but rather playing around with fleeting and brief samples and segments. It's the transition and out of the blue stabs of different sounds and vocals in these tracks that make them interesting. It's sort of like that strange space when you are falling asleep and you can almost see and hear your own thoughts fall into place haphazardly.
  6. Speaking of I swear I heard that sampled, specifically the bits where KLF sampled the pedal steel guitar from Fleetwood Mac. As seen on reddit a user noticed that "Shadow Paradise" has a harmonium sample from Jeff Buckley's "Lover, You Should've Come Over' I enjoyed my first listen and even though I've previously been lukewarm about this ambient suite pieces I found this one engrossing in a subtle way. I had no idea it was 44 minutes long until I looked, it felt like I listened to something closer to 20 minutes (I'm also at work so maybe there's a perception issue there) Burial is making music concrete now and I find that encouraging and inspiring, even if it's not going to be my favorite era of his. It's still wildly unique compared to most artists and I applaud him and Kode9 for not conceding to any pressure to return to more percussive and straight ahead tracks.
  7. which one? there's Volor Flex but also Ghostek and Nocow
  8. She's a big exception to the usual "good ones die first" trend with celebrities, I know a lot of people were dreading this day. I can't imagine the existential loneliness of being that old.
  9. she seems tame in comparison, like I dunno the starter level pokemon of these batshit insane right-wing reps currently in office
  10. no idea what the rep is of these plugins but they are free right now https://bluelab-plugs.com/plugins/
  11. Same here, y'all increasingly bring me up to speed with the best in electronic music every year. My old ass is more and more reliant on what I hear on the local public radio station, spotify recs, and skimming r/indieheads. That is if I'm not just re-listening to old favorites.
  12. I don't disagree with your logic or concerns but unfortunately gun buybacks and regulation just doesn't work because the people who it's intended to de-arm and regulate 100% refuse to participate. When they go in the U.S. it's literally a shitshow of people cashing in on crap they inherited or would not be able to sell for as much on the used marker. It's not akin to the buybacks in Australia that worked and I think part of that is because there's a massive, massive difference in the state of both countries systematically. I tout the consideration of people who are gun wary to arm up anyway as a pragmatic worst case scenario recommendation not some absurd "starting an arms war with the far right nutters will help" - it's more of a plea that things are looking so dire and dangerous for maligned and vulnerable communities that the last thing they need to do is make it harder for them to acquire means of adequate self-defense. Gun free zones and heavy anti-gun regulation generally works and is considered reasonable in liberal leaning (if not outright liberal/progressive) cities and states. They are bubbles essentially for many there and it's hard to justify gun ownership especially as crime is far lower than it was in the 70s and 80s. But even NY and CA have very, very far-right pockets. In liberal states in the PNW it's def one extreme or the other. Gun control in America has been historically racist, classist, and indirectly directly oriented toward de-arming people rich powerful and historically white Americans wish to oppress and control. If civil unrest escalates to the point of civil war / government failure the people in the most danger are going to be the ones in rural areas or even suburbs where they will be surrounded by gun owning extremists with local allies in the forms of corrupt sheriffs and cops. Owning a gun would very easily be necessary for them to defend homes and properties and/or escape to safer areas. MLK notably carried a gun until he explicitly decided personally he would be a pacifist, and felt that would be more powerful for his cause. It was a personal decision, not an outright position he believed in as many of his peers attested to gun ownership as a precaution and historical asset in the decades before. I would point to the fact that countries with far less gun violence don't just have fewer guns and stricter laws but far, far more stable governments and robust healthcare, public services, public infrastructure, higher standard of living, etc. Those metrics the U.S. is often so behind or woefully lacking go hand in hand with the incidence of gun violence here - not just mass shootings but suicides and financial stress induced robberies and murders. Those things being improved in this country would mitigate it greatly, it's essentially really. The irony of the US gun control issue is people would not need guns if they had a safe and providing society in place. That won't happen until we can get and keep progressives in office. The call for aggressive gun control is understandable but it's putting the cart before the horse and to be very specific it very well might cost more Dem efforts to flip seats in the next election. There are a lot of otherwise apolitical or even liberal people who get sucked into the GOP vote via guns. Abortion is the other, but honestly that one just maintains religious right votes. To truly go after guns in a substantive manner would prompt the kind of civil war right-wingers dream about. Dems could very well score better with working class voters if they lay off gun control for the next few cycles. Bernie Sanders literally did not touch it for decades in order to safely ensure his reelections there. It's a seemingly contradictory and tough pill to swallow but I feel like it's a necessary one.
  13. It's incredible how much the mythos of the Wild West permeates when the reality of history is far different. This can be said of right-wing gun culture's deluded, childish yet very dangerous world views and rhetoric. Some of the first municipalities to ban guns were Wild West settlements. Wyatt Erp literally enforced a law that all citizens turn in deadly weapons when entering the town, the opposite of "open carry." https://chipschweiger.medium.com/history-of-the-american-west-the-reality-of-guns-and-the-wild-west-151af6e0a055 Marx's views on gun ownership are more blunt than the 2A. https://www.factcheck.org/2019/09/marx-engels-quote-falsely-attributed-to-reagan/ Obviously vanguard communist party states (USSR, CCP, Vietnam, Cuba, etc) don't have U.S. style firearm rights and distribution but they all have a well-established marksmanship culture coupled with conscription. China has steered away from it but to this day Vietnamese students learn how to field strip and operate AKs. Reagan spearheaded gun control in the 1970s explicitly to de-arm Black Panthers. Both major gun control laws after the NFA in the 1930s and NRA endorsed regulations in the 1960s were under Reagan and Bush in 1986 and 1989. In fact Clinton's Assault Weapons ban was a bi-partisan follow up. The irony of the gun debate in the US is a lot of gun control was implemented before mass shootings became increasingly deadly and frequent. The problem is the US keeps defunding and undermining public health and resources and what little gun control it has implemented has done very little, especially for white males who are the main demographic of both mass shooter and right-wing militia gun and ammo hoarding. This also falls very much on urban vs. rural lines which is exploited by the GOP a lot unfairly, but something I think many don't consider is guns used to be a household fixture as a tool and basic self-defense option, especially pre-war and pre-suburbs America. It was more universal aspect of American life before the increasingly divided ID politics of the last 50-100 years made them so understandably controversial.
  14. More positive reminder, a citizen who shot a cops in self-defense was acquitted by a jury not that long ago. It was a harrowing experience that cops tried to cover up but justice prevailed in that case. https://kstp.com/news/saint-paul-man-who-shot-at-minneapolis-police-in-self-defense-acquitted-of-all-charges-by-jury/6224974/
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