Mndsgn’s (pronounced mind design) new album ‘Yawn Zen’ has come at an appropriate time in my life. Caught between the material world of success and achievement and the spiritual world of living a life of purpose and meaning, I find myself in an odd place currently. In times like these I always seem to resort to Eastern philosophy for comfort.
It’s been close to six years since Copeland (Aaron Marsh, Johnathan Bucklew, Stephen Laurenson, Bryan Laurenson) have put out a new studio album and nearly five years since they officially announced the band would be going on a hiatus.
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia and pieced together from the remains of the original Woe Is Me lineup, Issues is taking the Rock N’ Roll world by storm. After dropping their debut 6 track EP, “Black Diamonds” in November of 2013, fans everywhere were left anxiously waiting for a full length album. The band delivered in a big way with what I believe is possibly the best album of 2014 by releasing their self-titled album in February.
Welcome back to Pulse Check! Every two weeks, we give you the lowdown on some of our favorite upcoming events in the Boise music scene and beyond. This time around, we’re bringing you upcoming shows from Tomten, Saintseneca, and an art exhibit titled Hyperdontia. Enjoy your Pulse Check, and be sure to check out Turning Politricks every Sunday from 3 – 5pm. For more info on the shows we’ve announced here, have a gander at their Facebook event pages.
This is our first podcast EVER. So don’t listen–it’s the worst!
That being said, in this podcast we talk about PB&J Sundays, and the city’s decision to “relocate” the houseless. We then turn to talking about international affairs, specifically Obama’s speech about going to war with ISIS.
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Since there are so many great singles being released around this time of year, whether they be promoting artists’ upcoming albums or just an exclusive track recorded on a whim, I thought I’d do something a little different and offer up 10 singles currently spinning on our station:
1. Julian Casablancas and The Voidz – “Where No Eagles Fly” (side project of The Strokes’ frontman)
2. Aphex Twin – “minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]” (Richard D. James makes his return to the electronic world)
3. Prong – “Remove, Separate Self” (old-school thrash with a modern edge, 7″ single features weird ambient mix of same song by Matt Heafy of Trivium!)
4. Run the Jewels – “Blockbuster Night, Part 1″ (record drops in October, most anticipated hip-hop record of the year)
5. Mastodon featuring Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers – “Atlanta” (epic metal collab, part of Adult Swim’s Summer 2014 Singles Program, free download on website)
6. Philip Selway – “It Will End in Tears” (Radiohead drummer releases second solo album in three weeks)
7. Obituary – “Visions in My Head” (premier death metal band teases upcoming October record, October decidedly great month for music)
8. Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me” (one of the most anticipated electronic releases this year, this track is the reason why, and Kendrick kills it like always)
9. In This Moment – “Sick Like Me” (after the disappointing Blood, ITM dials up the heavy with this new hard-rockin’ tune)
10. Slipknot – “The Negative One” (after an extended hiatus, classic nu-metallers return with a sound just as heavy as you’d expect)
For a couple months now I’ve had the honor of volunteering with some friends and fellow humanitarian-hearted students. We get together at Winco once a week for Peanut Butter and Jelly Sundays, or PB&J Sundays. After buying necessary supplies, we hit Rhodes Skatepark where we make sandwiches for and socialize with the homeless who congregate there.
This operation was the brainchild of one infamous sociologist Nicholas Bower, PhD. Being a devout Jangle, Dr. Bower has a special place in his bleeding liberal heart for unprivileged persons. “The food isn’t even the main point. It’s all about the interaction. Letting them know we care and don’t think we’re any better than they are.” –N. Bower.
Hitherto the Rhodes park bridge has provided shelter from rain and snow to the homeless. But due to recent decisions made on the part of our local government all of this might soon be coming to an end. Although Jangles are not classist and do not consider themselves superior to the homeless community, the local businesses beg to differ. Due to increasing complaints from the area’s local business folk, the police are implementing a plan to begin enforcing laws against overnight sleeping in the area.
Beyond the business aspect, there are often fights in this area that the police have had to respond to regularly. Drug and alcohol dependency and abuse are a major concern. The Idaho Statesman article insinuates that many of the homeless are choosing to remain on the street rather than go into a shelter because they don’t want to stop abusing various illicit substances.
It is estimated that there are approximately 750 homeless in Boise today. 50-80 of them frequent the Rhodes Skatepark bridge. The popularity of this location for the homeless has increased exponentially from a year ago when there were very few homeless staying overnight. The leniency on the part of the police and the generosity of the locals are two contributing factors for the growth.
As obvious as the problem is, the solution remains elusive.
We have a serious concentration of addicts and the mentally ill or otherwise disabled persons living in one location. Police have their hands tied: they have to do something.
The Boise Law Enforcement’s answer is to start enforcing the law which bans overnighting on public property. They’ve stated that this law will only be enforced so long as there is room in the nearby shelters.
But there remains the question that any rational being might be pondering at this point in the discussion, “What is ‘relocating’ the homeless going to accomplish?”
It will start with issuing warnings, and then they will start ticketing offenders. What then? If the homeless don’t appear at their court date they will be held in contempt and warrants will be issued. These will result in many of the homeless being relocated to jail. The rest will find other places to sleep, like the backyards of unsuspecting homeowners, in dumpsters, etc.
This “solution” is obviously no better than the current situation.
“We could just kill them all,” says Dr. Nicholas Bower, in complete seriousness. “You know, everyone over 65, the disabled, the addicts, or just anyone who can’t work; this would include infants and most children, of course. I mean, think about it, they’re all just dragging down us, the amazing bourgeoisie.”
There are other possible solutions being offered. Some local religious guy I passed on my bicycle yesterday outside of a house offered up this nugget of condensed wisdom to nobody in particular, “Maybe the homeless should all get Jesus. Maybe if they’d just follow him, stop living in sin, fix their teeth, and get jobs like the rest of us, just maybe then we wouldn’t have to take care of them anymore.”
One thing is certain, things can’t remain as they are. So what are we to do about it? This is a serious question to which I have no answer.
Let’s talk about it. Call into Turning Politricks this Sunday (University Pulse 3-6pm), comment on our FB, or email us.
I had planned to start this article off by offering an unbiased assessment of the pros & cons of analog recordings vs. digital recordings, but I will save that for another time. Right now, I will offer my insight and experience to those who may already have a record collection or may be thinking of starting one, and would like to get the longest life and best quality out of their investment!
As most semi-politically conscious people know our favorite communist/Kenyan/satanist addressed the nation and the world last Wednesday (9/10/14) regarding the latest manifestation of Islamic radicalism known generally as ISIS (or ISIL). The response has been wide and varying amongst the political spectrum, with Obama being verbally assailed simultaneously for passivity and aggression.
My own response is general uncertainty. The speech did not seem to really elucidate anything of substance. We were told, in a vague sort of way, that the regions afflicted by ISIS would be dealt with in the same way as we have thus far dealt with terrorism in places like Somalia and Yemen. As far as I know, such campaigns have been only marginally successful and often pave the way for further American-caused civilian causalities. That aside, Obama left us with a four-part plan in which he very briefly describes the tactics that will be employed in the fight against ISIS. Firstly, airstrikes, airstrikes, airstrikes. Secondly, Getting troops back on the ground. Thirdly, trying to get international support (this has been hard to come by in the very area of affliction). Finally, Continued humanitarian support for civilians. Obama did not extrapolate much beyond this basic outline. Instead, the rest (and the majority) of the approximately fifteen minute speech was filled with what my colleague, Christopher Big Daddy Bower, referred to as “Patriotic filler”.
Despite the continued uncertainty regarding our current foreign policy in the face ISIS, the political voices that populate Fox News have been hard at work attacking the specter of Obama brought into being, that one fateful day, by the suave Mr.Eastwood and his notorious ‘empty chair’. Texan Senator Ted Cruz (R) was amongst the heroes to speak out against the despot, claiming that Obama’s speech was “fundamentally unserious” to a Fox News correspondent. He then goes on to claim:
“And what we didn’t see tonight was a commander-in-chief focused on U.S. national security interests who stood up and said, “There are radical Islamic terrorist who have declared war on the United States, who are murdering Christians, who had murdered two American journalists and who have promised to take jihad to America, and we will respond with overwhelming air force to take them out.””
Now as unspecific as Obama’s speech was, it’s certainly worth noting that Obama nearly said exactlythat in his speech. Consider the following direct quote from Obama’s speech :
“Our objective is clear: we will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.…we will continue providing humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians who have been displaced by this terrorist organization. This includes Sunni and Shia Muslims who are at grave risk, as well as tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities…”
Comparing the two quotes here I would bet Senator Cruz might have very much enjoyed Obama’s speech had he had the cognitive ability to see past his party’s ‘Ghostbama’. But, alas I find it hard to believe Ghostbama will leave the limelight so long as Fox continues with report the objective truth.
In summary, the latest possible foreign engagement leaves me worried with the not-too-distant (distasteful) memory of the Iraq war in mind. Meanwhile, we can always laugh at the conservative contrarianism that remains constant no matter the situation.