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These Days: Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Ivanka Trump Enters The Administration: She joins her callow husband Jared Kushner and as unpaid advisor to the nepotistic and incestuous President in being the acceptable face of the government. However, to give Trump the benefit of the doubt, Ivanka is kinda hot.

POTUS: I have to dole out my outrage, there are varying degrees of horror at his actions. For instance, the giving up on science? How does he plan to find new ways to kill people without science?  It is horrifying but is the gutting of the EPA much worse? Decisions, decisions…

Science: What makes a country great? It surely isn’t simply the ability to make the rich richer while killing anyone who gets in its way. There has to be more to civilization than that: Egypt was one of the greatest civilizations of all time and they are remembered for inventing math and building the pyramids: wonders of the world. If the Native Americans had spent more time on science and less on ritual, they’d have had an answer to the European destruction of their country.

De Blasio Solves Unemployment: The Mayor has a plan whereby newly released inmates from City prisons are guaranteed a job with the first eight weeks of their salary paid for by the city. Bill believes it will help end recidivism and I guess it might though really will $10.50 tempt a drug dealer? I wouldn’t mind to see some numbers to back it up. Meanwhile, if you haven’t had a job in five years please break the law, go to jail for a month, come out and have a job waiting for you.

Concerts: The Charlie Wilson “In It To Win It” tour reached Barclay center and while all three acts –Johnny Gill and Fantasia, were impressive, I have never had a Bible stuck up my nostril so often this side of a CCM concert. It doesn’t bother me as such except… Fantasia needs a prescription to Xanax right now,  she was bagging her hand on the stage and sobbing. Christ has issue a restraining order… Grade: B

More Concerts: I got this off Brooklynvegan: “Tickets to LCD Soundsystem‘s five Brooklyn Steel shows just went on sale at noon and AEG’s AXS ticket site pretty much instantly crashed as you can see from the error message above. (it’s back up now.) If you were queued before noon, you may have gotten to ticket page, though if you got tickets beyond that…well, did you manage to score tickets? People are finding plenty of tickets on reseller sites like StubHub and are angry about it, but Brooklyn Steel on Twitter said they’re trying to thwart scalpers on the five sold-out shows.”

More More Music: Glastonbury 2017: Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, The xx, The National, Phoenix, Lorde, Solange, Run the Jewels, Alt-J, Future Islands, Laura Marling, Justice, Anderson .Paak, Haim, Father John Misty, The Flaming Lips, Metronomy, Sleaford Mods, Goldfrapp, Kate Tempest, Thundercat, The Avalanches, Sampha, Ride, Little Dragon, Wild Beasts, Angel Olsen, Warpaint, The Lemon Twigs, Ani DiFranco, Shaggy, Chic, Barry Gibb, The Jacksons, Toots and the Maytals, British Sea Power, Mark Lanegan, The Moonlandingz, Wiley, Dizzee Rascal, Stormzy, Girl Ray, Martha Wainwright, Kris Kristofferson, Radiohead.

New Music: NPR’s ben on a roll lately, not just Aimee Mann and Bob Dylan but the new Yo Y o Ma and Rodney Crowell, it really is a pleasure to be able to take an early spon. Some Grades? Aimee: B+, Bob: B+, Yo Yo: B, Rodney: B-

More New Music: In the last two years I’ve heard albums by Thomas Cohen lamenting the death of his wife Peaches Geldof, Mount Eerie’s album about the death of his wife, and now former Giant Drag singer Annie Hardy writing about the death of her 17 day year old son followed ten months by the death of her partner. All three are excellent albums and very very sad. Specifically, Hardy has a large sound that whirls through your brain like a toxic nightmare. A very strong album: A-

Old Music: I’ve been listening to John Adams in anticipation of Friday’s concert and Craig Finn in anticipation of Tuesday’s concert. Things have progressed and gotten stranger.

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