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Jamey Johnson, guns. House of Blues cancels show

House of Blues, a Live Nation venue in South Carolina, announced its decision to cancel a Jamey Johnson concert after the singer's team refused to abide by the venue's weapons policy: "As always, the safety and security of our guests is our number one priority. Tonight's artist refused to adhere to our safety and security guidelines and would not enter the building."

We applaud House of Blues and Live Nation for their commitment to a gun sense policy that prioritizes the safety of all guests.
Posted by ghostsinthemachine | Tue Jul 25, 2017, 09:37 PM (7 replies)

This message was brought to you by marijuana

From my funny friend and incredible musician Al Howard. I've posted his stuff here and there. I love the guy.

The other night I was ringing a customer up for his purchase of OK Computer and it turned into a quick conversation on the merits of Radiohead. Before the customer left he offered me hit from his weed pen. I guess that’s what you call it, this is when I start showing my age with statements like “this young man gave me some kind of electronic reefer straw”, but I think you know what I’m talkin bout. I don’t normally get stoned, but I had this strange moment of not wanting to look lame in front of our youthful clientele. I don’t need to read a yelp review that says “one star, great selection, but the employees are fuckin narcs and probably listen to DC Talk”, so I hit digital joint hard and shit, so I could get us a good yelp review. Immediately after, when I started to ring up the next customer and I said “how are you doing today” and a cloud of weed smoke rolled out of my mouth like fog across the golden gate bridge, I thought to myself “WHAT THE FUCK WAS I THINKING???” Then within 7-seconds I was really really high. The last fifteen minutes of work were busy as hell and totally overwhelming, counting change felt like advanced calculus and when a woman needed help finding a Journey cd, I realized I had forgotten how the alphabet worked, why was he looking in the Gs she may well have wondered. When I finally escaped the shift, and careened off the drunken and saturated Friday fray of Newport Avenue to the sanctified vacuum of my car, I turned on a cd, and let the cool summer air mix with sound. The first track was Head Down by Soundgarden. And I couldn’t help but get bleakly introspective. The day before Chester Bennington had committed suicide. I like Linkin Park music about as much as I enjoyed my experience with hemorrhoids last fall, but a fallen musician who isn’t Ted Nugent is a brother of sorts. I thought of Chris Cornell and how all the success in the world couldn’t keep him breathing longer. Kurt Cobain. I thought of Badfinger who lost two members to their own hand. And I thought of my own depression, years past, but that era when I drank everyday and contemplated the benefits of non-existence. The tug of these realities are what keep me from getting stoned and falling down the rabbit hole of shadowy anxieties and nebulous reveries. I thought of my friends who’ve delved into the abyss and those who’ve contemplated it. And I wondered if one simple conversation is what could have saved someone. One moment you took to call someone up and tell them they mattered, that you loved them and that the world needs them and is better with them. I know the warm voice of a friend has been the rope to my drowning. The song stilled played, on repeat, edging me closer to my destination, closer to a tear drop for someone I respected, a stranger I leaned on when I was young and would have fallen without the edifice. I thought of how overwhelming life can be, the 24-hour news cycle, the infinite inundation of social media, the unmapped courses we chart through hell and beauty daily and I wanted to extend to you not so much my grand revelation, but a reminder I needed at the moment. Life is brief, be kind to one another, lift each other up, be love and be present. Tell your friends how important they are as often as you can. This message was brought to you by marijuana.
Posted by ghostsinthemachine | Tue Jul 25, 2017, 02:02 PM (2 replies)

TRump on McCain: POW, not a hero! Return to DC to vote, A Hero!

Everyone is missing this. TRump called him a non hero for getting captured but called him a hero for, ostensibly, voting for TRumps attempt to overturn the ACA.

The chutzpah. The conceit. And McCain? Vote yes and your legacy will be Sarah Palin. Vote no and you take a step, albeit not a big one, to start the ball rolling against TRump.
Posted by ghostsinthemachine | Tue Jul 25, 2017, 11:42 AM (2 replies)

PHISH: Baker's Dozen at Madison Square Garden (13 shows in a row)

First two down. Each night is themed, announcement by a donut giveaway pre show. Tonight's donut is Red Velvet, with cream cheese frosting.

Last night was strawberry and the band opened with this

The band is finding ways to still be creative, 25 years since the beginning. Most bands would be in the casinos, playing the Fair, but Phish has managed to keep things fresh, this run illustrating that, forcing them to play new music and finding new ways around the music.

There is a lot of talk about them going all 13 shows without repeating a song as well. That would be amazing if possible, but would mean they have to play songs long shelved (already happened) and lots of covers (see above).

My hats off to em. I love em, seen the band a 100 times or so and cannot wait for my next. Along with a couple of others (damn few others) they are the best band touring.

They also stream every show at www.livephish.com
Posted by ghostsinthemachine | Sun Jul 23, 2017, 08:05 PM (14 replies)

Paul Ryan Just May Lose His Congressional Seat,

Opponent’s Campaign Ad Has Gone Viral
Posted on July 18, 2017

I hate to stereotype, but let’s be honest, Randy Bryce looks like a Trump-supporting, blue-collar, “make American great again” kind of guy.

Here’s the thing, though. He’s not. Not even close. In fact, Bryce is running for congress. His opponent? Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

While I think that alone should be enough to immediately get him elected, he’s still got an uphill battle for election:

Posted by ghostsinthemachine | Thu Jul 20, 2017, 07:27 PM (33 replies)

Net Neutrality: today is A Day of ACTION!

Internet giants launch 'day of action' on net neutrality

By STEVEN OVERLY 07/11/2017 05:58 PM EDT Updated 07/11/2017 06:23 PM EDT

The biggest U.S. internet companies aim to marshal their millions of users Wednesday in the fight to preserve net-neutrality rules — a summon-the-masses strategy that successfully killed Hollywood-backed anti-piracy legislation five years ago but which may carry less power in today's GOP-dominated Washington.

Google, Facebook, Amazon and Snapchat, along with an array of other websites and apps taking part in the “day of action,” believe a firehose of internet users can convince President Donald Trump's Federal Communications Commission to abandon its plan to gut the rules. The tactic mirrors the web "blackout" deployed in early 2012 to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act, which lawmakers dropped after receiving a flood of phone calls and emails.

Posted by ghostsinthemachine | Wed Jul 12, 2017, 11:36 AM (5 replies)

"Land of the Free" (Happy 4th, everyone!)

Great tune by eventual ukulele superstar, Emily Yates.

Be sure to check out her "Don't be a dick" video too.
Posted by ghostsinthemachine | Tue Jul 4, 2017, 07:00 PM (1 replies)

You're right, this song should be our National Anthem

Grateful Dead
U.S. Blues
Lyrics By: Robert Hunter
Music By: Jerry Garcia

Red and white,
blue suede shoes
I'm Uncle Sam,
how do you do
Gimme five, still alive
Ain't no luck, I learned to duck
Check my pulse, it don't change
Stay seventy two, come shine or rain
Wave the flag, cop a bag
Rock the boat, skin the goat

Wave that flag, wave it wide and high
Summertime done come and gone, my oh my
I'm Uncle Sam, that's who I am
Been hiding out, in a rock and roll band!

Shake the hand that shook the hand
Of P. T. Barnum and Charlie Chan!
Shine your shoes, light your fuse
Can you use them old U.S. Blues
I'll drink your health, share your wealth
Run your life, steal your wife
Back to back, chicken shack
Son of a gun, better change your act
We're all confused, what's to lose
You can call this song the United States Blues
Posted by ghostsinthemachine | Mon Jul 3, 2017, 11:33 PM (8 replies)

You are all missing out!

Live streaming of the High Sierra Music festival on Kvmr.org, the web station of my communities radio station. Been great so far. Achilles Wheel right now. Greyboy All Stars earlier. Trey Anastasio later. Rage it up.
Posted by ghostsinthemachine | Sat Jul 1, 2017, 08:09 PM (2 replies)
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