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Every time I see Rick Perry’s grinning idiot face, I hear the Dukes of Hazzard theme song in my head. I know it sounds silly, but he doesn’t even seem quite human to me. He’s more a cartoonish monster built from the spare parts of characters from that show.

He’s got the dumb-fuck huckleberry charm of Bo and Luke Duke, Cooter’s magnificent lack of sophistication, the bloated power of Boss Hogg, and Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane’s limited understanding of the law. The only Hazzard County character he’s nothing like is Daisy, which is unfortunate, because Daisy Duke is a third-wave feminist icon who could rock the shit out of some cut-off jeans.

Rick is very much the opposite of a feminist icon. Hell, if the contemporary American patriarchy could be condensed down into one thick skulled white dude, you couldn’t ask for a more perfect specimen than Texas Governor Rick Perry. The man makes George W. Bush seem urbane by comparison, and that’s fucking scary when you consider how much executive power he tosses around as a pro-death penalty/anti-abortion evangelical shit-kicker.

Yep, Rick is an obvious villain. A bumbling one, but still very dangerous. He’s a neanderthal with media training, and he’s got just enough political savvy to do some serious damage to the reproductive rights of millions of Texas women.

Ugh. I hate being reminded that he exists, but the ugly truth is that he’s not going anywhere anytime soon. He’s probably gonna run for governor again, and he’s almost definitely gonna run for president.

Come to think of it, maybe he should have a small place in history. If Hillary Clinton is gonna win the presidency in 2016, there’s no one else I’d rather see her destroy on election day than Republican nominee Rick Perry.

Mmm, yeah. That would be fucking awesome.

Coketalk for President 2022? (I’m assuming Hillary will be good for two terms.)

  • Track Name

    Everlasting Friend

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    Blue October

Everlasting Friend - Blue October

-Mistakes become our medicine. Delay the mournful words of complicated overcast. I might crumble, I might take a fall again (still missing you). A heartbeat skip, relationship; a teardrop drip below my lip, beside the airport gate. A real-life script of how our hands would hold and not let go. But we wave respect goodbye. I just want to know that you’ll be coming home.

I try to not do this sort of thing, but damn it, it’s my blog. I broke up with my boyfriend last night. Although it was my decision, and a necessary one, it still fucking hurts. We were in love for at least six months, and we still love each other, and I think that makes it harder. It’ll be better in the long run; we are far too different from each other to make it last, and at least we’re both young and don’t have kids, but it still feels like someone has reached inside of me and ripped out a part of me somewhere deep. (and, of course that someone is me, so I have no good excuse for feeling this way.)

So, I’ve been listening to the album Foiled by Blue October, and this song really sums up what’s left of my relationship. I can’t think of any band that this one is like. This is an original from my point of view. I discovered them by accident, and I’m glad I did. I couldn’t stand emo/indie breakup songs right now, and Blue October’s prevailing sense of optimism is what I need to hear. I’m going to listen to them and remember that I will come out of this breakup stronger, and although my new-found freedom is raw and bitter now, time will season it and give it a flavor I can swallow.

Into the Ocean

-I’m just a normal boy, who sank when I fell overboard.

X Amount of Words

-Still you try to control it; I only want to breath. Give me recipes for happy with the chemicals gone, drinking freedom from a bottle to the tune of belong. Your memory that punches me has broken a bone.

Drilled a Wire Through My Cheek

I’ve always heard this song as a testament to the difficulty of dealing with someone who is having an emotional breakdown. When listening to this song I imagine it is sung to the part of me that curls into a ball and weeps. It makes me empathize with the person who would have to deal with me, and it makes me feel stronger.

18th Floor Balcony

This is the tender spring after a harsh winter. This is pure new love that will wilt in the heat of summer, but will always come again. (exempting a nuclear winter, which, following the analogy, would be suicide.) I do know that I’ll feel this way again, and that keeps me going.

As a note about the band, part of what appeals to me is their use of non-specific lyrics. Their songs are ambiguous, so I can put my own meaning over them, anyone can, and interpret each song based on what the listener needs to hear at that moment. For me, that is the mark of a true artist.

"You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, fuck it, I don’t care what you think. I’m trying to do the right thing."


— Republican New York State Senator Roy McDonald comes out for gay marriage, tells opponents he’s tired of Republican-Democrat politics. “They can take the job and shove it.

Sir, I will be donating to your next campaign.

  • Track Name

    Twilight Galaxy

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Thinking sorrow is perfection
I’d wallow ‘til you told me
There’s no glitter in the gutter
There’s no twilight galaxy

help I’m alive

satellite mind

collect call

sick muse

These are just a few of my favorites, the whole album is great. you can download it here, or you can use this link to turn the individual songs into .mp3 files. Alternatively, you can buy the album here, or support the artist in another way here.

This band is not quite like anything I’ve heard before. It reminds me a little bit of Franz Ferdinand, just a tiny bit of Bjork (the songs of hers I like anyway), and little bit of a Death Cab For Cutie / Mumford & Sons cross. Basically an Indie Pop band with a few slow songs thrown in for comfort.

Best times to listen to this album: walking, riding a bus (people watching is the best when you’re listening to catchy music), unwinding in the evening.

I know that’s a lot of links, but they’re all set to open in a new window, so it’ll be a journey through music you can enjoy.


  • Track Name

    Up Up Up

  • Album

    In Light

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GIVERS - “Up Up Up

First off, let me just mention how difficult it was picking out which GIVERS track to post. I went with “Up Up Up” because I think it’s a great representation of everything this band has to offer. Upbeat, melodic indie rock with hints of their native Zydeco and Cajun music throughout. GIVERS are from Lafayette, LA and I really admire the fact that they take a sound that’s so synonymous with Louisiana and infuse it to create really fun and homegrown indie pop. 

GIVERS has a Dirty Projectors + Vampire Weekend + Animal Collective vibe. Head on over to my blog to listen to another one of their songs and download this track for free over at Pitchfork.

Their debut album In Light is out June 7th on Glassnote. I know I’ll be playing it all summer long. 

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