Thursday, August 17, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Two Long Videos That Are Worth The Time It Takes To Watch



After waiting two days before finally giving a half-assed condemnation of the horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend, yesterday (Tuesday) Trump reverted back to his original "both sides are to blame" position.

The reversal of his position reveals his true feelings about the matter and falsely implies a moral equivalency between the hate speech and terroristic act of murder by the alt-right with the unfortunate violence of those protesting the hateful rhetoric.  His false equivalency clearly empowers and emboldens the alt-right.  “Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth,” David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, responded on Twitter after the president's remarks.

Keith Olbermann (above), in his usual prosecutorial tone, explicitly lays out the problem here and the failure of leadership in the Trump presidency.

The video below seems like it's from forever ago, but it's actually less than a year old.   The very fact that it seems so dated reflects how much else we've been through as a nation in the past 10 months.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


As noted here several times, since June 25 I've been spending the lion's share of my spare time playing the game Fallout 4.  For a change of pace, last night I downloaded and started playing a new  game, Skyrim, apparently the fifth release in the Elder Scrolls series.

Skyrim is produced by the same creators as Fallout, so the game-play and the user interface are quite similar.  In fact, they're so similar that as I was playing last night, I couldn't help but compare and contrast the two games, generally concluding, "Well, that's just like Fallout, only not as good."  I'm sure that as I get sucked into the story line of Skyrim the comparisons will stop and I'll get hooked.

Or is the hook already set?  I started the download and set-up at around 7:00 p.m. and was playing by 8:30.  After I poked around a little bit and started the story, I looked up at the time to see how I was doing and realized it was already 1:00 a.m.

Damn.  Not fun getting up for work today.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Charlottesville


In my long life, I've managed to live through Presidencies of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and a couple of Bushes, but never have I seen a president fan the flames of racism, sexism, bigotry and intolerance like Donald J. Trump.  

The blood of the tragic events of Charlottesville are on the hands of the President for emboldening and encouraging the alt-rights' actions, from the birtherism and race-baiting of his campaign speeches, to his appointment of alt-right champion Steve Bannon as his Chief Strategist, to his xenophobic and racist policies and proposals on immigration, affirmative action, and voting rights.


The only ray of hope in all of this is the sheer repugnance of the alt-right's recent actions has spurred a new wave of protest and has definitively confirmed that we must rid the nation of the current Administration.  

There were spontaneous marches and protests yesterday across the country, including here in Atlanta, where a group of patriotic protesters marched from downtown to midtown's Piedmont Park, where they spray-painted a statue of a Confederate soldier.  There's also an on-line petition to rename Atlanta's "Confederate Avenue" to something more appropriate, such as "John Lewis Avenue."

Is it too soon to revisit Thor Harris' advice on punching Nazis?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Waxahatchee at Terminal West, Atlanta, August 11, 2017


Well, we did it!  Friday night, we actually stopped toiling at work/playing Fallout 4 long enough to get our fat asses out the door and finally go see to see a live show.  And it was a great one, fortunately, and thus encouraging for us to go out again and do it some more (we've been on a run of very occasional but good shows lately, including Washed Out at Variety Playhouse and Lonnie Holley at Eddie's Attic).

Opening the show was Baltimore-by-way-of-Athens' Outer Spaces. 


As the opening band so often is, Outer Spaces was a totally unknown entity to us, but we really liked the trio (singer/guitarist, drummer, and keys - no bass).  Frontwoman Cara Beth Satalino has a strong and clear-enough band to project over the drums and her own jangling guitar, and I'll be so bold to say that they have next-big-thing potential and with a little more exposure, they might be headliners of their own some day soon.



We saw the mid-bill band, Boston's own Palehound, a couple years open for an equally terrific band, Bully, at The Drunken Unicorn in one of the best shows of that particular year (2015, I think, but it might have been early 2016).


It would be an understatement to say that Ellen Kempner, Palehound's vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter, can do just about anything but seriously, is there anything she can't do?  During their set, her singing ranged from a pretty, indie folk-rock voice to growling blues and fuzzed-out punk, she laid down some stinging electric guitar lines when the song called for it, and she even brought it all down for a couple spare, intimate songs in the middle of Palehound's set (during the 2015 show, she was on stage alone for this part of the set; Friday night, the band just provided minimal accompaniment).  The set opener, Healthier Folk, is a pretty good example of the range of Palehound's sound.


So that was cool, and if that was all there was to the show, we would have gone home happy, but wait, as they say, there's more!  The headliner was Philadelphia-by-way-of-Alabama's Waxahatchee.


Waxahatchee is singer/guitarist Katie Crutchfield (for the umpteenth time, the whole evening consisted of female-fronted bands), and it probably didn't hurt the quality of the harmonies that her backup singer was her twin sister, Allison (who also put out a terrific album of her own earlier this year, and who opened for Waxahatchee when we saw them at Aisle 5 last year).  The band sounded incredibly tight, polished, and well-rehearsed, not hitting an off note or suffering a misdirected moment the entire set.  If one judges the quality of a live set by how similar the band sounds to their studio recordings, one would have been very impressed by Friday night's performance.  This is clearly Waxahatchee's moment, as their latest record, this year's Out In The Storm, is in our opinion their best yet and potential breakthrough recording, and on Friday night, Waxahatchee was clearly in command of the new material. 


So anyway, that was cool.  Three great sets by three great bands, including one new discovery (Outer Spaces), one all-too-rare appearance in Atlanta by one of our favorite New England bands (Palehound), and the witness of an artist hitting the peak of her creative abilities (Waxahatchee). 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Thor For Governor

Percussionist extraordinaire, frontman for Thor & Friends, past member of Shearwater and Swans, occasional drummer for Adam Torres, and all-round nice guy Thor Harris has announced that he's running for Governor of the State of Texas.  His reason, according to his Twitter feed, is " 'cause fuck this."

I don't think he's kidding.  In the past, Harris has been an outspoken advocate for veganism, LGBT rights, and access to abortion and other reproductive health-care services for women.  In a follow-up tweet, Harris challenged incumbent Texas Governor Greg Abbott by asking "Hey Gov Abbott, guess why Texas has the highest maternal mortality rate BY FAR?"



The video below got him banned from Twitter, at least temporarily.


Finally, because we here at Water Dissolves Water believe one's art describes a person better than one's words (it's not what you say, it's what you do), here's a video from a performance last year by Thor & Friends (we saw them a few months later at Eddie's Attic of all places).

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Korea


Remember that we will all eventually die.  Any one of us could leave life right now. Let that determine what we do and say and think.

My wish is that Sun Ra were still here to advise us, console us, and guide us.  We miss him dearly, and right now in this very moment of history, we need for him to sing this song to Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. 

BTW, I'm sure you realize this, but looking at a world map, the only route for missiles to go from Pyongyang to Guam (or vice versa) passes right over Nagasaki and Hiroshima, which just goes to show we don't ever learn anything from our past.