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Saturday, April 22, 2006

TV on the Radio Destroys Baton Rouge

(If you don't care at all about my TV on the Radio experience, that's okay because this is actually a commentary on race)
Last night Crystal and I ventured out to the Spanish Moon to check out NYC-based rock and roll band TV on the Radio (who are mentioned in my best of 2005 write-up under the should-have-been listed in 2004 section). TV on the Radio is hard to describe. I believe I have previously referred to them as Neo-Crooning Electro-Soul. That was a stupid thing to say.
The show was super good-times, and I don't want to ruin the memory by trying to describe it (if you want to hear what this band sounds like (and I highly recommend that you check them out) click here). I did notice something strange, though--
Before hundreds of thousands of Katrina-displaced persons (the majority African-American) moved into Baton Rouge, the city was already about 60 % African American. Four out of the five members of TV on the Radio are black. The Spanish Moon is in a black neighborhood.
Three out of about two-hundred audience members were black.
What's up with that?
I have been trying to figure it out. If I had to classify TV on the Radio in an extremely general way, I would say they are a Rock band. Do the majority of African-Americans not like rock music (even though they invented it)? Even if the musicians are black? Do the majority of African-Americans in Baton Rouge not have the resources to know about TV on the Radio? Is the Spanish Moon a "white" hang-out, despite its location? I don't know. It just seems like food for thought (Or mind-wasting thought. I can't tell).
I think I will ask someone who can tell me.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Haha, I Suck

So I have no rants to post. I did respond to all of the comments in the previous post, though.
I still need to read Paul's dream post and Slacker's Dating Odyssey post.
I don't have any thing to really rant on, but I do have a fear to share.
Does anyone else think that we are going to go to war with Iran? I think my job requires me to keep mum on political issues, but some of the rhetoric coming out of the White House is really freaking me out and reminding me of pre-Iraq 2.0. There are several reasons I would really not want to see a war with Iran.
1. My girlfriend was born in America, but is 100% Iranian, and has family there. I love her. War is stupid.
2. Pointless? I heard about this crazy thing called Diplomacy one time, and also this crazy thing called patience. A combination of these two could be wonderful. It would be nice for the current crop of up-and-coming Americans (i.e. children) to see that this can actually exist in the world today instead of stupid penis-size contests.
3. A draft. I was very scared of this pre-Iraq 2.0. We didn't need a draft then, but let's face it--the army is like a piece of iron spread so wide as to appear as cellophane. If we are going to invade ANOTHER country, there will probably be a draft, and that blows.
4. Don't we have unfinished business? Afghanistan? Iraq? Shouldn't we finish things there first? Shouldn't we have straightened things up in Afghanistan before invading Iraq? Who the hell are we, anyway?
5. War is stupid. I know I have said this already, but seriously.
Okay, that's it, I'm tired.
Oh yeah, I got a new computer. YES!!!

Monday, April 17, 2006

I am very, very bad

I'm sorry! I have been completely absent from the blogging world for more than three weeks with no warning or explanation.
Well, here is why:
I have a girlfriend now. Her name is Crystal, and she is awesome. For the last three weeks, I have been mentally unable to get myself to blog. I just haven't had the ability to do it.
But even she (who, BTW, was a close friend of mine long before she became my GF. I feel like I need more Internet shorthand between these ( ). How about ZOMG, I am so hungry!) is getting on me to make my return, so here it is. I also really need to catch up on everyone else's blogs, too--I have been a bad blogging friend!
Well, I won't post a long rant about anything now because I want to read everyone else's stuff first, but I have really been thinking about this Muslim cartoon controversy, as well as how much both political parties have been pissing me off lately--which means I will probably blog about neither of those things!
Well, blog to you later, maybe tonight.