In case anyone's interested. I recently came across the original Absolution files that Freddy Alva send me way back when i first started Blogged and Quartered. These sound top notch, much better than what i had on the blog like 10 years ago, back when i didn't know any better and would rip WAVs into 190kbps mp3s, and clean files that didn't really need it and fucking up the sound in the process. Anyway, here are the original files. The EP, the 2 comp tracks and the 88 demo. I split the WAV files into 2 parts because it was too big for Sendspace. Both the mp3 and WAV folders have the high res covers included. Enjoy!
Absolution anthology WAVS part 1
Absolution anthology WAVS part 2
A political rant.
I'll talk to family and friends endlessly about movies, books and music, but never about politics. Ever. And especially on any form of social media. But i see the US being divided and it disturbs me. So fuck it, i'll express my opinions on all this here. Sorry in advance if anyone is offended by my views.
I could never understand why so many people would follow a tyrant like Trump. It confused me for so long. Until recently. I watched part of an old Trump rally where he announced to the crowd that he was "building a wall in Colorado". And the crowd, a sea a red hats, did they look confused? No. They cheered. Then i kinda understood what we're dealing with. I'm not throwing a dumb-blanket over all Trump supporters, just trying to understand the die hard fanatics who would fall on his sword no matter what he did.
I'm an Independent so for me i'd feel the same way about this if was a Democrat or a Republican. Sides shouldn't matter when it comes to crimes like this, but here we are. I feel like the Democrats closing arguments could be in part taken from the Matthew McConaughey movie "A Time To Kill", where McConaughey plays a lawyer defending a black man who's young daughter was raped in the South. The closing argument could be something like this,
"To my Republican friends on the other side, i'd like you all to close your eyes and envision a larger than life Republican President. Can you see him? Imagine him asking a foreign country to investigate his political rival. Imagine him admitting to it on the White House lawn in front of the world, and then suggesting China should do the same. Imagine his own Director of the OMB, also in front of the world, admitting exactly why the aid was held and saying they "do stuff like that all the time" and to "get over it". Imagine this same President firing off a hundred nasty tweets a day between golfing and holding rallies where he incoherently rambles on about toilets, windmills and conspiracy theories. A man who attacks people who have bled for this country, teens with autism, and suggesting the longest-serving member of Congress in history is in hell, while his grieving widow is preparing to spend her first holiday without the person she loved the most. Can you see him standing there? Imagine this person actually ripping off a Children's Cancer Foundation to finance his campaign. Imagine this person ripping immigrants who have lived and worked here for years from their homes. Imagine this guy telling the world he'd love nothing more than to show his "perfect" tax returns, then running to the Supreme Court to hide them. Imagine this person blocking everyone involved in his crimes from testifying or providing documents to show his innocence, then claiming he had "no due process". Can you still see him? Imagine this person writing a 6 page letter to House Speaker that looks like it was written by a 5th grade inpatient at a mental ward. Imagine this man abandoning our allies, who fought alongside us, and then telling them, on TV, to go "play in the sand". And all this is just the tip of the iceberg. Keep your eyes closed. Can you see him there, smiling? Now, imagine he's a Democrat. The defense rests your Honor."
Of course in that movie the lawyer was trying to appeal to an all white jury in the South, and the last line was "now imagine she's white" after detailing the little black child's fight for survival after being raped and partly hung. That film had a happy ending though (kinda). Unfortunately this isn't a movie. PS - vote this coming year.