All the cool kids listen to remixes, so why shouldn’t you?
Admittedly, Amplive’s remixes of Radiohead's (brilliant, ok, I admit it … but you don't have to twist my arm. That's not a reluctant compliment, that's an “I wait years to like a record as much as I like this one”) In Rainbows have been out and freely available for ages (since December, at least), but I’ve always been one to give something a good several months in the iPod before passing judgment.
My usual remix turnoffs apply to the collection at large - stuttered vocals, use of samples that undermines original melodies, “rapping” - but this track, his version of (what in my opinion is kind of one of the original’s weaker tracks) “15 Step,” employs an alternate vocal melody (in fact, an alternate vocal approach, courtesy of Bay Area soulster Coldany Holiday, who is new to me), while lifting the changes and certain rhythmic elements that bring the original to mind in non-obvious, intriguing, and dare I say it, entertaining ways.
Old dog, new trick, at least every once in a while.
""She was not glued. She was not tied. She was just physically stuck by her body. It is hard to imagine. … I still have a hard time imagining it myself," Ness County Sheriff Bryan Whipple said in a telephone interview, adding that it appeared her body fat had grown attached to the seat."
David Z enlivened the story with this scenario. Needs no further elaboration.
"Hi, police? Yeah. I think there’s something wrong with my girlfriend… "She’s been on the toilet for two years now. "You know, at 2 weeks, I thought it was kinda cute. At 6 months, I thought it was sweet. A year ago, I would’ve said she’s just quirky. Hell, 4 months ago, I thought maybe she was writing a novel. "But, y’know, it’s been two years. So yeah. I think there’s something wrong with her.”
“And during the course of that sermon, I was introduced to someone named Jesus Christ. I learned that my sins could be redeemed and that if I placed my trust in Christ, He could set me on the path to eternal life.”—
No, NOT Mike Huckabee. That would be too easy. Not even Hillary Clinton, whose husband’s history of trying to God-ify the White House is lengthy and well documented. No, this little nugget came from none other than Barack Obama.
Jacques Berlinerbrau, of Georgetown’s Foreign Service school, makes some interesting points about how liberal secularists - myself included - seem to set a double standard with our candidates. Religious orthodoxy is scorned by secularists when it comes from the usual suspects (Evangelicals, Republicans, Catholics), but is at best, brushed off or even conveniently ignored when it comes from “one of ours.”
Seeing a quote like this doesn’t make me dislike Obama - he, like every last man, woman, and child in this country is entitled to his faith, his opinion, and his right to speak it aloud. It does, however, make me further dislike that this country seems unable to accept a political candidate that doesn’t take his or her turn pounding the Bible.
Will we ever get over ourselves long enough to elect a legitimate secularist, an agnostic, or - heaven forfend - a bona fide atheist? Somehow I doubt it. Despite the lip service public servants, both liberals and conservatives alike, pay to obeisance to the constitution and the First Amendment’s prohibition against the establishment of a state religion, it remains unacceptable for politicians to be anything other than “people of faith” (preferably Christian). Or at least, “people who use their position as candidates to broadcast at least the appearance of piety.” Disappointing? Yes. Change my vote? No.