Forro in the Dark

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Great new album!! I can’t stop listening to it!

Check it out here!

From the review at EARPLUG:

“Forro is a jumpy, accordion-driven, polka-like style that emerged in the hills of northeastern Brazil, so there’s something appealingly incongruous about revamping the genre into a soundtrack for urban scenesters. The New York six-piece Forro in the Dark, led by singer/percussionist Mauro Refosco, leave the accordion out and opens the sound up a bit (it’s usually played by trios, not sextets). They write good songs, too, which helps. “Que Que Tu Fez” sounds like a wedding dance in progress; opener “Indios dos Norte” jumps up to get down like prime Balkan gypsy music. Guest vocal spots by David Byrne, Bebel Gilberto, and Miho Hatori make sense on an album with such world appeal, but they’re mere icing on the party cake.”

Here’s a sketch Adrian Tomine (artist of the wonderful “Optic Nerve”) did of the band for The New Yorker:


Only Mildly Irritating!

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Holy shit! We made one of my favorite weeklies, The Onion!!


And we’re only “Mildly Irritating”! Hell, we made it across the halfway point, we’re rolling on into “tolerable” country, baby!! Once our children are assimilated and speak the language they will be fully recognized as “Tolerable” citizens, meanwhile MTV’s Engaged & Underage won’t see legitimacy for generations to come.

In being rated as “Mildly Irritating” we join the likes of “Blades of Glory” and “Edy’s American Idol Themed Ice Cream”! YES!!

When I took this gig I really didn’t understood just how big Avril was. I mean, I had heard her name and all, but I don’t watch MTV, I don’t see mainstream films, I don’t even listen to radio stations that play commercials. I’m totally out of the cultural loop, so I simply never imagined all this attention being aimed at our little story. But last time I googled “Avril” and “Manga”, one million seven hundred thousand hits came up. Jesus Christ!!

For the last three weeks I’ve been getting emails from my readers asking me to explain myself. You see, they expect a certain kind of product from me, and this ain’t it. And you know what? I love it. I love that I’m throwing my readers for a loop. I love that the media is shit storming us. I love that me, a guy with no cell phone and no car, a guy who sleeps on his floor in an apartment by the beach and has an excessive masturbation problem, has infiltrated, even on this humble level, the upper echelons of the pop-kingdom by simply writing the best story he could under the great and glamorous benefactor that is Avril Lavigne.

It’s been a funny year, kids. A funny year.

See my original thoughts on the Avril project here.


Thank God for lEDs

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The completely insane zealots of The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) of Topeka, Kansas will be protesting the funeral of Marine Cpl. Jennifer M. Parcell – at 9:15 a.m., Fri., Feb. 16 – at Oak Grove Bapt. Church, 2106 Churchville Rd., Bel Air, Maryland, just as they have at so many other troop funerals. They intend on exposing the grieving family to hate mongering like this…


Click here for a PDF of their flyer, promoting the event. I’ve chosen some choice bits from it and printed them below. See if you can follow their logic…

God Himself Has Now Become America’s Terrorist, Killing and Maiming American Troops in Strange Lands for Fag Sins.


America bombed our church with an IED made by fag students at Washburn Univ. in Topeka. In His
retaliatory wrath, God is killing Americans with Muslim IEDs: “Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and
do my prophets no harm.” 1 Chron. 16:22. “For it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the
Lord.” Rom. 12:19. God Almighty killed Army Cpl. Jennifer Parcell. She died in shame, not honor – for a fag nation cursed by God: “Buried with the burial of an ass.” Jer. 22:19. Then to Hell with her soldier pals.

The thing is, in all the photos of their protests I’ve never see more than 2 people in an image at a time. Not much of a rally. So they’re certainly fringe in appeal and ultimately irrelevant. But the sorrow they bring to these grieving families shows a pathological lack of compassion (never mind their profound disconnect from reality).

Ultimately the real problem with the world today is extremists, be they Muslim, Christian, Leftist, Conservative or other. Extremism is a cancer that blinds reason. And it only takes a few extremists to ignite a situation. The willingness towards hate and violence is a valuable tool for a fringe minority who can never gain legitimacy for their outmoded and threatened memes. And the true danger of their work is that we, on the other side of their wrath, begin to hate them in return (Westboro Baptist Church was, themselves, bombed on August 20, 1995. They now attribute that incident with “bringing down the unmitigated and irreversible wrath of God upon this evil nation, manifesting itself in the daily bloody IED-deaths of American soldiers in Iraq and other places”). Extremism’s greatest asset is its capacity to turn us all into extremists ourselves.

PS: From the research I’ve done it seems like they’re a small group of imbalanced individuals with an unhealthy fixation on homosexuality (suggesting possible latent tendencies in their leadership) who fashion themselves to be at the center of God’s eye. They, as a collective, must’ve been deeply emotionally traumatized when an explosion, aimed at them, hit near their home. Six years later, following the true path of the delusional, they latched on to the 9-11 incident and convinced themselves that God was finally punishing all of America for not hearing their message and for raising a hand against them. The level of self-righteousness and self-absorption is staggering. They actually believe that all post 9-11 events stem from their primary message and how that message is being treated. How unimaginative, one dimensional and essentially abusive their God is. Only a coward would bow down before such a petty fucker.

Cpl. Jennifer M. Parcell, 20, was killed Feb. 7 “while supporting combat operations” in Anbar province, according to a Feb. 8 Defense Department release. She is the fifth female Marine killed in Iraq since 2003 (Photo courtesy Candace Atwood).

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