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What’s Poppin: Thursday, August 27th, 2020

The DNC Convention: Yeah, yeah…. I’m late. But how can something so monumental be so boring?

The RNC Convention: Unwatchable, Trump is a monster. All politicians are sewer rats and the RNC is worse.

Listen To What The Man Said: I am working my way through Paul Du Noyer’s “Conversations With McCartney” -which shows how obsessed I am about Macca, and also rock writers. It is a good book, though how good? I am still at the start so…

TV Shows: Ted Lasso, Star Trek: Lower Deck, John Oliver. That’s about it for new shows, but old shows: Maverick, The Rockford Files, Bewitched, Yes Minister… Binge ahoy.

The Charts: In a world where being the top star doesn’t mean what it used to mean and ubiquity is a state of mind, even the biggest and best don’t have the time to imprint themselves on your brain…

Then And Now: Then: Every pay period I’d go to my local record store and pick up maybe ten CDs and listen to em in heavy rotation. Now: Maybe forty album albums on streaming services…

On Repeat: Does anybody put albums on repeat anymore? Even an album I love, like folklore, I don’t listen to too much, I tend to give it a spin and move on with my life: there isn’t enough time, it is as simple as that. If I listen to Taylor on repeat, I don’t get to Lil Uzi Vert…

Likfe A Muthafucker Heartbreaker – During my second vacation to the States, the summer of 1978, I caught on to CBGBs, and became friendly with Walter Lure, Johnny Thunders And The Heartbreakers guitarist. He introduced me to amyl nitrate as well as being a chick magnet so I could pick up the fringe girls. I remained a fan (though I never met him again) and was sorry to hear of his death last week from cancer at the age of 71. He was a great punk rock performer as well, part of a legendary time in New York City.

JTE: the thing about celebrity deaths is you get the pain but not the scar. However, there are times when the pain goes quite deep: Marvin Gaye, John Lennon, Joe Strummer,  and now Justin Townes Earle. It is, in McCartney’s words about Lennon, a drag. A real, real drag… He died from an OD and I wrote about it here

Jerry Falwell Jr: lessee, his wife had an affair with the pool boy while Jerry watched. That’s it? For fuck’s sake this country is uptight. Maybe they hate his hypocrisy

More hypocrisy: The Washington Post calling the Republican Convention out for claiming that Biden’s election would lead to anarchy after the Dems spent four days claiming Trump’s re-election will lead to fascism.

Lionel Mesa: To leave Barcelona if any one can afford him…

The Press: With the exception of our own Alyson Camus, there has been a constant wrongness with the reporting on alt folkie Elliott Smith’s death. If the press can get it that wrong, what else can they get wrong? If a simple enough job for investigative reporting is a disaster, how are they doing on everything else? I was writing about hanging with Billy Idol decades ago when a fight broke out and how the tabs got the story all wrong, that and there made me wary of the press, and today is just more of the same. If they wanna get Elliott Smith completely wrong, well, that is one thing. But if they are gonna get it so wrong, what else is wrong? As for the LAPD…

NBA: In the wake of the police shooting of  the police shooting of a Black man in Kenosha, Wis “Milwaukee Bucks players’ responding to the shooting of Jacob Blake by refusing to come out of their locker room on Wednesday afternoon for a playoff game against the Orlando Magic. Two more N.B.A. playoff games scheduled for Wednesday night were quickly postponed, inspiring players in other leagues to follow the Bucks’ lead and causing numerous professional basketball, baseball and soccer games to be called off because athletes would not participate.” This has spread throughout the league and professional sports, including the WNBA and soccer. And popular music writes about its green lamborghini.

The Stones And The Killers: The War On Drugs did a pretty good remix of “Scarlet” and tomorrow we have The Killers doing the same thing. Will it be as good? Not a chance…

Death: Riley Gale, the lead singer of Texas hardcore band Power Trip has died at the age of 34. A great band, the hardcore community is devastated. I don’t follow hardcore that carefully, sometimes I check it out, bands like Lamb Of God and Fucked Up are on my radar but many others aren’t. After listening to the band yesterday, mea culpa. I missed a great one. Here is a video of the band I took off Brooklynvegan, RIP Riley Gale and here is a video I took off Brooklynvegan:

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