Friday, August 31, 2012

Drunk And Armed - Don't Work For Free!

Drunk And Armed - Don't Work For Free!

For Labor Day Weekend, Drunk And Armed presents the 6th track of The Politician E.P. BHO has been a bit busy, so the rest of the cast of characters had to step up.  This song is also the musical debut of Geerzerboy.

This interlude is something that will never be played at a Democrat or Republican rally.  It's a statement against working for free (obviously) but it has a bit less (to say the least) hyperbole.  It is also illustrates the difference between being paid and not, therefore it can be considered an installment of the "On Music" series.

(Pause player at right)

Wave File
320 kbps MP3
Ogg Vorbis

Written by SRL
BHO – Intro
Music – SRL
Cacophony: Geezerboy, Mr. B. Ligerent, SRL

Don't Work for free
You may call my music sloppy
You may say I sing off Key
But I ain't working for free
And no one's paying me
Not Me
No one's paying me
Not Me
It's what you get for free
I ain't working for free
No One's paying me
You get what you get
You'll get nothing from me
Think you're so bourgeois
Think you're middle class?
One paycheck gone
You're out on your ass
Don't Work for free

You're not free
If you're working for free
I'm not free
If you're working for free
What's wrong with you?
Why’re you working for free?

Repelling to the bottom
Still ends in the bottom of the sea

You're making someone else rich
Yeah that's what you are: bitch

Don't work for free
Not me

Help a friend
Donate your time to charity
Or some worthy cause
Or something you believe
But don't work for free
Not me

Donating ain't working
Don't work for free

Working for free
You're making someone rich
And it ain't you
Don't do it

Social workers
Government workers
Probably you

Adjunct faculty
Got a PHD
You make less money
Than in the fast food industry

No Class solidarity
Manipulate you
Make you feel guilty
Cut your pay for a polity

Paid for 40—work for 60

Was it really worth it?
To go into debt/To have no life
Just to be living paycheck-to-paycheck?
You ain't shit
You could have gotten a trade
Intern once
Don't do twice
Don't work for fee
Repelling to the bottom
Still ends in the bottom of the sea
Don't Work for free

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Warning from Drunk And Armed

Conservative rallies need to stop using Drunk And Armed right now, bitches!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Pussy Riot Gets 2 Years

Pussy Riot received a 2 year sentence yesterday:
The stiff punishment was handed down by a Moscow judge, Marina Syrova, who described the women as posing a danger to society and said they had committed “grave crimes” including “the insult and humiliation of the Christian faith and inciting religious hatred.”
 As word of the sentences spread, a crowd of protesters outside the courthouse howled angrily, and then seemed to fall into a stunned silence. Sporadic protests and violent arrests continued throughout the evening.
While the courtroom emptied, the three women were left in their glass enclosure, nicknamed the aquarium, and photographers were allowed to take pictures. As she was finally led away, the most outspoken of the three, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, said, “We are happy because we brought the revolution closer!” A police officer snapped back, “Well done.”
It only goes to show that very little really every changes.  One can only hope the revolution is closer.

Hear Pussy Riot Here.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Thursday, August 09, 2012

On Music #2: Hate Music

Hate music was not originally the topic for the second installment of the popular (not really) series. However, it is topical, so I suppose the time is right.  Apparently the asshole who shot up the Sikh temple  had been a member of a neo-nazi* hardcore band at one point.  As related by Gawker, In Defense of Neo-Nazi Music:
In the past few days, in the wake of the Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin, the national media has once again begun to blame a crime on art. On Sunday, police discovered that Wade Page, the skinhead who stormed into the Oak Creek temple that afternoon and killed six people before killing himself, was once in a white-power band called End Apathy.
Which, of course, leads to blaming violent white power music for the shooting.  It does not seem to occur that such music, which represents art to a bunch of losers (it's still art), does not cause anything. Cause is confused with effect.  
People like Futrell and Simi try to avoid sounding like the neo-Tipper Gores that they are by not condemning the neo-Nazi music itself and instead saying that it's the culture around the music that's dangerous. It's the "spaces of hate" they're after, they say, not the art. But then they expose their anti-free speech leanings by finger-wagging and threatening that we shouldn't be surprised if another white-power maniac kills people thanks to this hateful music scene. That—and I'm so glad I work at Gawker now so I can say this—is a total crock of shit.
It's an expression.  (In this case, for Nazis, hate music is an expression: "We are angry dickheads and want you to know it.")  For others hate music targets a wide range of targets.  Hate music can be directed at anything.  Aggressive music does not make one aggressive (physically--if you hate the sound and are therefore driven that is something else).   One likes aggressive music because one is aggressive.  This obviously means some who may be inclines to mass murders will find aggressive "hate music" appealing.  Listening to G.G. Allin does not make me want be G.G. Allin (which is really more extreme than any Nazi every could.  (As if a Nazi could approach his manliness, but I digress.)   If aggressive music allows one to act out aggression it may even prove an outlet.  It's hard to prove how many mass murders, assassinations, civil unrest etc. did not occur because aggression was directed toward artistic expression.  If one does not like white power music, censorship is not the answer: it would merely drive the music underground and thus give it street cred.  Rather, ignore it.  Censoring this type of hate music music is just the beginning to censoring any music that is even potentially agitating.  

Because Nazis are reviled, they make an easy target.  Hell, if you want to go beat someone up and get away with it, Nazis are the target of choice.  (It doesn't make one better than Nazis to attack them on sight.)  Even so, beating them is one thing, but taking away their right to expressions is something else again.  The next target may be you.

* Note: All skinheads are not Nazis.  Skinheads are a veritable violent multi-(sub)cultural rainbow.