Floater (band)

The Current Earworm (Duvet)

Lain Iwakura

And there really isn’t any need to ask why.

And you don’t seem to understand; a shame, you seemed an honest man. And all the fears you hold so dear will turn to whisper in your ear; and you know what they say might hurt you; and you know that it means so much, and you don’t even feel a thing. I am falling. I am fading. I have lost it all. And you don’t seem the lying kind; a shame that I can read your mind. And all the things that I read there, candlelit smile that we both share. And you know I don’t mean to hurt you; and you know that it means so much, and you don’t even feel a thing. I am falling. I am fading. I am drowning; help me to breathe. I am hurting. I have lost it all. Ia m losing; help me to breathe.

Bôa

(more…)

Your Morning Metal (Persecutor)

Floater

At the edge of metal and the new sonic wave came Floater. I dare you to find another band so goddamn cool.

I am of alien intelligence, at least they say so. I could show you anything unless I want to. Many people run away from me; I make them angry. They don’t like the way I shake, I am reminded. Oh, I am reminded. Stop and take a look at where your words are falling. Listen to where your wisdom goes. Oh, you might be disappointed at just how much your victim knows. You better kick in. Oh, I am sickened. Oh, you won’t listen. Little girl has learned a lesson today, she has a value. Get up and change the sheets again; late night with Gallo. Many people run away from her, she makes them angry. They don’t like the way she moves, she is reminding. Oh, she is reminding. Did you wake up today? Did you wake up yesterday? Did you wake up today? And will you wake up tomorrow? It came up from the water, down into the village, now. Followed me to my home, and spoke to me and said: Don’t worry, ’cause this is only meant to be just like a warning to you from me, and I am only meant to be affectionate.

Floater, “Persecutor” (1995)

(more…)

The Mike Huckabee Experience (Sixteen Candles Pilot Episode)

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee waits backstage before speaking during the Freedom Summit Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

There will be plenty of fun stuff to cover, to be certain; Mike Huckabee has a history. For now it is enough to note that the former governor of Arkansas has entered the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

Mike Huckabee had a pretty good record as governor. It’s too bad he can’t run on it. Better known in recent years for saying occasionally outrageous things as a commentator, Huckabee governed Arkansas for more than a decade as a pragmatist, devoting his attention to basics such as roads, schools and health care. On those issues, though, Huckabee generally took positions too liberal to suit a Republican presidential prospect in 2016—posing a conundrum for him as he plunges this week into the 2016 presidential race.

(Greenblatt)

Alan Greenblatt’s report for Politico notwithstanding―and there’s a hell of a flick of the wrist, eh?―msnbc blogger Steve Benen wonders if Mr. Huckabee stands a chance, and suggests, “by most measures, Huckabee remains a factional candidate who will struggle to compete for his party’s nomination”.

Mr. Benen’s analysis notwithstanding―what? couldn’t see that coming?―we might simply consider that the Republican (ahem!) clown car just got a headline absurdist.

Perhaps “notwithstanding” is the wrong word to abuse today. Benen reflects that Mr. Huckabee “enters the race as a credible, second-tier contender, leading much of the large GOP field”, and when we stop to consider that the professional huckster’s more clownish aspects are what lead him to this prestige, reflecting at once upon Greenblatt’s point about the former Arkansas governor’s gubernatorial record and the seemingly obvious juxtaposition of what it takes to achieve such popularity among conservatives. Mike Huckabee has another record, and that will be in its own way representative of the current conservative ethos. And, you know, zeitgeist. Just, well, right, you know, because the word goes in here somewhere. Actually, you know, Benen gives a pretty good thumbnail sketch, but still, this is what it feels like, and this is what it takes.

____________________

Image note: Detail: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee waits backstage before speaking during the Freedom Summit Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Greenblatt, Alan. “Mike Huckabee’s Love Affair With Big Government”. Politico. 4 May 2015.

Benen, Steve. “Does Mike Huckabee stand a chance?” msnbc. 5 May 2015.

An Apology, Overdue

“I don’t know why God made me this way (and I’m so sorry). I don’t know how much more I can take (and I’m so sorry). You know, it’s always my mistake (and I’m so sorry), and I’ll be sorry when I see that you’re gone, gone away, like a god gone astray. Not a word will be spoken of how it broke me when I saw you broken.”

Floater

Detail of 'Bug Martini' by Adam Huber, 25 February 2015.Look, it was this or the Nazi bikini joke.

Really.

I guess I could call it the Indiana Jones joke, but that doesn’t convey the right mental image, especially if we call it the Indiana Jones bikini girl joke.

Fuck it. Blame Adam.

____________________

Huber, Adam. “Sex Sells Substandard Stuff”. Bug Martini. 25 February 2015.

A Ghostbug in the Making

"Well, I guess I'l go die now."  Detail of 'Bug Martini' by Adam Huber, 17 February 2015.Well, I’ll tell you what sucks. What sucks is when you burn your best joke in the comment thread. Never mind. Besides, it only means you’re not putting much thought into it.

Hey, I said never mind, didn’t I?

Anyway, Adam Huber’s latest offering actually brings to mind something else entirely. (more…)