Saturday, June 30, 2018

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks: "Refute","Solid Silk" & Interview For "Saturday Sessions" On "CBS This Morning" Original Videos: "Harness Your Hopes", "Stairway To Heaven", "Beginning To See The Light", "Summer Babe" (feat Spiral Stairs), and "Surreal Teenager"

Friday, June 29, 2018

Michael Moore's Passionate Plea On Colbert To End Trump's Child Border Crisis PLUS Jon Stewart Speaks To Trump

American filmmaker Michael Moore sat down with Stephen Colbert on CBS' Late Show to discuss the growing humanitarian crisis on the U.S. border due to Trump's "zero tolerance" policy which has cruelly separated migrants and their children at the border.

Many think that the Border Crisis will be Trump's Katrina.

Earlier in the evening, comedian Jon Stewart, former host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, appeared to offer his take on the madness of living in the Trump era:

Gorillaz Talk New Album With NME

The Gorillaz new album The Now Now is out. The premiere British music site, NME, interviews 2D, one the band's anime avatars, who resembles Damon Albarn in many ways.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

"In Anticipation Of Forthcoming Rape And Murder...": Annapolis Shooter's Lawsuits, Twitter Wars, Paranoia, Threats Of Violence, And Support For Trump...

Jarrod Ramos sued the paper in 2012:

Appellate court upholds ruling in favor of Capital-Gazette

Tim Pratt

Appellate court upholds ruling in favor of Capital-Gazette
Maryland's second-highest court last week upheld a ruling in favor of Capital-Gazette Communications, a former reporter and a former publisher accused of defamation.
Jarrod Ramos of Laurel made the defamation claim in Prince George's County Circuit Court in 2012 after a 2011 column by then-Capital staff writer Eric Hartley about Ramos' guilty plea to criminal harassment.
Prince George's Circuit Court Judge Maureen M. Lamasney dismissed Ramos' claim in 2013, saying the article was based on public records and Ramos presented no evidence it was inaccurate.
Ramos, who represented himself, appealed the decision to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, which upheld Lamasney's ruling in an opinion filed Thursday.

"A lawyer would almost certainly have told him not to proceed with this case," the court wrote in the opinion. "It reveals a fundamental failure to understand what defamation law is and, more particularly, what defamation law is not."

Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2011 23:30:36 -0500
From: "Jarrod W. Ramos" <REDACTED>
Reply-To: "Jarrod W. Ramos" <REDACTED>
Subject: Defendant's response

Dear Reader,

If you're here now, you probably just Googled my name.  If this story caught you off guard, there's something you should know.  While I did commit the offense of harassment, the victim's version of events is a gross misrepresentation of what actually occurred.  Mr. Hartley has here further distorted the truth.

Upon reconsideration this afternoon, Judge Jonas D. Legum has overturned my conviction despite continued opposition by the victim.  At hearing she showed her true colors and the court was unpersuaded by her attempted manipulation.  If you know me, ask me.  I certainly did a bad thing, but don't shun me for how it was portrayed by this newspaper.

Mr. Hartley,

This is your written notice the conditions I provided to you are hereby withdrawn.  You have chosen to ignore my letter, but your response was not invisible.  The ground you tried digging was solid, as my integrity.  Say the same to me and you've lied once more.  You can expect my lawsuit in July.  Get your people ready, because I will be.
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2011 14:30:15 -0500
From: "Jarrod W. Ramos" <REDACTED>
Reply-To: "Jarrod W. Ramos" <REDACTED>
Subject: Re: Defendant's response
I notice my comment has been removed by HometownAnnapolis staff.  Would any of you care to offer a rationale?
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2011 20:20:26 -0500
From: "Jarrod W. Ramos" <REDACTED>
Reply-To: "Jarrod W. Ramos" <REDACTED>
Subject: Re: Defendant's response
To: "Jarrod W. Ramos" <REDACTED>
You people have no explanation for the removal of my comment?
Even though it appears you have acted with personal spite, ill will, and a desire to see me come to harm?
Even though it appears to be a conscious effort to conceal or ignore anything contrary to the words of a vengeful source of highly questionable credibility?
Are you guys truly the champions of free speech, accountability, and organizational transparency, or do those things only really matter when they suit your purposes to make people look bad and generate revenue?
Eric Hartley and The Capital have been aware of their exposure for months.  They have been aware of their tortiously inflicted harm, which can and has continued to accrue.  They lied there was "a call for comment left with [my] attorney" then dismissed and ultimately obstructed my answer.  They have known my lawsuit is coming and done nothing to avoid it.  All told, they just don’t care.  I envision, much like 11 years ago, it will take nothing less than a jury to change their attitudes and, hopefully, this time, culture.
Jarrod W. Ramos
November 20, 2011

11/21/11 - This is in case you searched "Jarrod Ramos" in quotes.



Just who is it that seems to think there’s some kind of relationship here that does not exist?  That was your source, Mr. Hartley.  I trust you aren’t “fearful;” I read you tempting another lawsuit—one that will break you, at that. Playing lawyer as you have journalist, once again you were factually self-handicapped.

I’ve been learning law for a different kind of game.  It’s no publicity stunt, nor clinical insanity, nor predatory Internet fantasy, but very dangerous indeed.  If nothing else, you certainly understand this.  What two words introduce your every column?  Pick the hatchet back up.  En garde.
An unsuccessful run for office, a suspended law license, a criminal offense: nothing gives you the right to say as you please without consequence.  Your personal disapproval is not a basis for privilege.  Your influential position does not place you above the law.  You know all of this already, so why must I remind you?  Under your direction, Mr. Marquardt, these offenses are progressively emboldened.  It’s "a sign of the times and unfortunate."  You’re a malicious defamer, grooming another.
The judicial penalty for my misconduct was $500.  What of yours, Marquardt?  What of yours, Hartley?  How long can you prance on others, so high and mightily, your hooves smeared with tar?  How dare you?

Much like a life, what is the price of a name?  Are these even two different questions?  Your counsel just wants to chat?  How dishonorable were your intentions?  Did you dismiss him?  Get serious.  Whatever piece of you Tanko took, that was only a skirmish.  You’re not ready for this war.

So wipe your dirty brows, but before you check your hands—is it blood, or just sweat?—know this: protests of “Chilling Effect!” are no salvation when you set yourselves on fire.

Jarrod W. Ramos
May 3, 2012

Mr. Hartley is better than you!  He even got a law school education, just to save you $5.  With him representing himself, he maneuvered against the government for you.  The point was how the county treats regular people (you).  Never mind The Capital paid him for this, or that they still have to battle for free copy service (free information costs a car trip)... did you know that was his lawsuit?  It was the lawsuit of Only Eric Hartley.  He was the plaintiff himself in his suit he was.  For you.

Mr. Lundskow can do whatever he wants.  He encourages the free flow of ideas except when he doesn't.  Debate and discussion are all good, except when he says so.  What does he base that on?  Basically whatever he wants.  It's tough work being Judge Nick.  He doesn't want you smearing The Capital's name.  They've built a brand on doing whatever they want, like obdurately injuring people's reputations.

Mr. Marquardt views news subjects as targets, and The Capital is his shotgun.  He fills with glee when he strikes down another asshole.  Just ask John Greiber.  Some targets are easy and some targets unclear.  "Shoot it anyway," he says, "I want it dead!"  He hates it when civility and decency get in the way of his fun.  He does it for the victims, even when “She wants to be alone.”  He'd tell you his "personal animosity" has nothing to do with it, though he doesn't even know what that is.  So don't be a killjoy.
That's the life at 2000 Capital Drive, from one generation to the next.  They're so sure their own shit doesn't stink, they feel their sewage bill should be paid by the people of Annapolis.  When their guilty consciences catch up to them, the people pay for that too.  They call themselves an important watchdog, but who watches the watchers?

The authority that permits their power also stands poised to punish its abuse.  Even kings must answer to God, and a modern day Inquisition is at hand.  The potential judgement is no less severe; the carnage differs only in literal terms.  As this search for Truth commences, a crusader they could not kill approaches.


Jarrod W. Ramos

July 15, 2012

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Will Be On "CBS This Morning" On Saturday!

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks tweeted this photo of themselves taping a segment for "Saturday Sessions" on "CBS This Morning", which will air in the U.S. on Saturday morning, June 30, 2018 and be online (and on this blog) shortly afterward.

The band will presumably play some songs from their new album Sparkle Hard.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks are currently touring in support of their new Matador Records release, and will appear in Petaluma, California on July 17, 2018. See you there!

A video shot we shot for a while back of The Jicks doing "Harness Your Hopes", "Stairway To Heaven", and "Beginning To See The Light":

... and Malkmus & The Jicks playing "Summer Babe" with Spiral Stairs...

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

New, Cool Music: June 2018 Playlist

Barry Goldberg In The Groove
Dawes Passwords
Gene Clark Gene Clark Sings For You
Gorillaz The Now Now
Johnny Marr Call The Comet
The Rose Garden A Trip Through The Rose Garden
Simon Love Sincerely, S. Love X


Barry Goldberg In The Groove

Barry Goldberg is scheduled to play with Electric Flag on July 1, 2018 in Santa Cruz, California. His new album is a delight. His past work with Michael Bloomfield and others is superlative and it's an inspiration to see him continuing at his craft, and so well too...

Dawes Passwords

I mostly know Dawes as Americana-leaning friends of Conor Oberst, so the radio-friendly smooth pop on this album is a bit of a surprise, but a pleasant one.

Gene Clark Gene Clark Sings For You

Gene Clark fans had heard a lot about this album, but few had heard it until this month. The album was recorded at a time that Gene's life and career were at a crossroads: He had quit The Byrds and the direction of his solo career was uncertain. Gene's pal Tom Slocum says: "Another important link in Gene Clark's musically eclectic evolutionary catalog... A must for long-time fans and the fresh young ones curious about this artist's contribution to pop, rock, country, and the music's impact upon its community..."

I've already written about this release extensively here:
18 "New" Songs From 1967 By Byrds Co-Founder Gene Clark: The Holy Grail?

Gorillaz The Now Now

The new one from Gorillaz is cool. Not my kind of music at all, in general, but I've got to give anything from Damon Albarn at least a listen or two. Well worth a listen.

Johnny Marr Call The Comet

The Smith's guitarist is, of course, iconic. He does nothing to diminish his splendor here; only adding to his legacy...

The Rose Garden A Trip Through The Rose Garden

They recorded and released this album in the late 60's. Two Gene Clark songs appear on it, and a new expanded version is being released by Ominvore to coincide with the release of Gene Clark Sings For You. I love the hippie vibe of this album and will be forever grateful to the members of The Rose Garden for preserving the Gene Clark demos they had and which very few people had heard before this month's release of Gene Clark Sings For You.

Simon Love Sincerely, S. Love X

British pop rocker Simon Love's new album is clever, catchy, and sure to be a hit (in the UK). 

I loved his "Madman Across The Water" reference to Trump/Nixon. I've been obsessed lately by the Mick Ronson/Elton John colloboration on the song. Although this song became the title track of Elton John's 1971 album "Madman Across the Water," this first version was recorded during the "Tumbleweed Connection" sessions in 1970, featuring fabulous guitar solos by Mick Ronson of David Bowie's Spiders From Mars. But nobody heard this version of the song at the time. It was not released until 1992 when it appeared on the compilation "Rare Masters." Words & Music by Elton John & Bernie Taupin


"Unhinged!" Totally Bonkers Republican Hit Piece Ad Attacks The Left (Meaning Kathy Griffin, Bill Maher, Samantha Bee, Michelle Wolf, Johnny Depp, and Madonna)

Freed From Prison, Meek Mill Gets Political: "Stay Woke!" (feat Miguel) At 2018 BET Awards (Video)

...And who could forget Eminem's Vicious Attack on Trump from October 2017:
Eminem Anti-Trump Freestyle Rap (Stream or Download MP3)

[Intro: Meek Mill]
How I keep from goin' under?
It's like a jungle outside
Sometimes I wonder how I keep from goin' under

[Verse 1: Meek Mill]
We scream, "Black Lives Matter," but we still toting ladders
Watching our own brothers trying to get at us
Dreams get shattered when a scene full of crackers
And they charge you with some shit you ain't do
You like, "what happened?"
We go get lawyers to say shit, we don't know how to talk
They told us to hate each other before we learn how to walk

Mama taught you how to fight, fight, before she taught you how to write, right
And daddy locked down in the cell, can't kiss you night, night
Monsters under the bed every night, feel like it's fright night
Coke fumes in the air, mama holding on that pipe tight
And you catchin' contact, but never mind that
In a world where Black is wrong and white right, it's like a combat
We go to war for our freedom, they say we equal

I used to wanna play like Randall and be an Eagle
I used to play the quarterback, my dog would go receiver
That was 'til the ball got flat by a dope needle on the pavement

It's amazin', this environment we was raised in
On them papers, one mistake and I'm gettin' caged in
You gotta feel me, feel like the system tryna kill me
Got arrested and the charges F1 for popping wheelies, stay woke

[Chorus: Miguel]
It was designed for us to fail
We still prevail through the hell
Yeah, can you believe it? We're still undefeated
Though it was designed for us to lose
We'll still make it through, nothing's impossible
Can you believe it? We're still undefeated

[Verse 2: Meek Mill]
Picture me ten years younger with some tats on my face
Takin' a bunch of Xannys with the strap on my waist
Pointin' it at the camera like mama ain't teach me manners
Tryna see mo' bills like I'm headed to Alabama, no, wait
I can't judge them, I'm just trying to understand them
'Cause I used to pop Percs, pourin' purple in my Fanta
Had me swerving in my Phantom like I'm runnin' from my dreams
I was headed for the slammer, I was plantin' all the seed

For them to bury me, I had my whole family mad at me
Fell deep in love with the game and it married me
Judge said, "I'll give you a chance, just don't embarrass me"
Motivatin' these little niggas is like a charity

Community service even though they knew we was workin'
They did this to me on purpose, 'cause I ain't movin' too perfect
I stay away from them clowns, watch how I move through the circus
'Cause they be weighing you down, even some of them dudes in your circle, stay woke

[Chorus: Miguel]
Though it's designed for us to fail, yeah
We still prevail through the hell, yeah
Can you believe it? We're still undefeated
Though it was designed for us to lose
Nothing, nothing, nothing's impossible, no
Can you believe it? We're still undefeated

[Verse 3: Meek Mill]
How can I pledge allegiance to the flag
When they killin' all our sons, all our dads?
I come from a place, when you kill your own brother you can brag
Like he got bodies, but that's a fad, no, that's a fact

I'm screamin' out at your corner, nigga, that's a trap
Screamin' out at your homie, nigga, that's a rat
Catch a case with him, bet he crack
The odds against you and they double stacked, stay woke
Bought my mom a new crib, that's some gangster shit
Niece and nephews walking around wearing minks and shit

Kept the hood motivated, this the thanks I get?
Try to Ja Rule the kid on some Wanksta shit
But that's impossible 'cause I'm unstoppable

The label can't drop me, nigga, I'm too valuable
You thought I would lose but I won and that bothered you

Still movin' 'round in Philly just like the mobsters do
When I talked to Em and Hov, they said, "I'm proud of you
You stood tall back when everyone doubted you"
My reply is, "I did what I gotta do
And I need that verse 'fore you retire too"

Jumping all the obstacles, I'm way too wavy
Said I would lose boy you way too crazy
Pick and choose either fame or the money, fame will make you crazy
And the money will make them bad bitches say, "Thank you, baby"
You're welcome

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Kinks Reunite!: Dave Davies: "I Never Stopped Being A Kink" & Channel 4 With Ray Davies: The Kinks are officially getting back together!

Davies, 74, told Channel 4 that he had been working in the studio with his brother Dave Davies and band mate Mick Avory, which had led to a resolution between the two warring members. Davies said that the group were "making a new Kinks album."

"The trouble is, the two remaining members – my brother Dave and Mick – never got along very well. But I've made that work in the studio and it's fired me up to make them play harder, and with fire," Davies said, adding that he hoped to "recapture those moments."

Davies received a phone call from Avory during the interview, which he finished by telling the drummer he would "see [him] in the pub later".

Davies said he had been "inspired by the Rolling Stones, who recently completed a European tour to critical acclaim

"I've got all these songs that I wrote for the band when we – not broke up – parted company, and I think it's kind of an appropriate time to do it."

Asked if The Kinks were getting back together, Davies said: "Officially we are... in the pub later on." 

"It won't be well-organised like the Rolling Stones," he elaborated. "You must praise the Rolling Stones for being great at publicity and a great band great at organising their careers and Mick [Jagger] has done an incredible PR job and it’s kind of inspiring to see them doing it."

"But The Kinks will probably be playing the local bar."

The group disbanded after lacklustre releases in the Nineties and creative tensions between the two brothers. Their last public performance was in 1996. 


Today on Twitter, Dave Davies wrote:

"Me and Ray have spoken about the possibility of us working on a new album. Ray has a few songs he wants to finish. I have 3 or 4 songs I’ve written with Ray. We’ve been talking about it for some time now. We haven’t discussed shows or anything else at the moment..."


"I never stopped being a Kink"


Editor's Note from

November 21, 1975: My first rock concert. I am 14 years old. The Kinks at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (my hometown). Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel opening up. The Kinks perform a set of classics as well as the new album Schoolboys in Disgrace.

I went with Ed Feege. Mr. Feege drove us, dropped us off, and picked us up afterwards. I felt like an adult. Someone handed out fliers outside, a cool November night, for another show, which made a joking reference to that show NOT being part of the then current Bob Dylan Rolling Thunder Revue barnstorming the Northeast with Allen Ginsberg, Roger McGuinn, Joan Baez, and more...

5 years later, I was in London, staying with a friend of a friend, who became a dear friend, Mary Chapman. She went to Hornsey College of Art with Ray Davies.

She remembers him this way:

I never got close to him though he was in same art class at Hornsey Arty School.
I was too wrapped up with David.
I remember him being very quiet, observing everything.
He was confident in being apart.
It was a surprise when the Kinks became famous and we saw his depth and uniqueness in his songs.
Still waters!