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Yay!! But does it go to 11?

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Behold Steel Panther

For some background see:

http://bit.ly/bsn8Dl

I first saw Steel Panther a few months back while watching Much Loud… a torture that I submit myself at least two or three times a week.. I like to think of it as tuning into what the kids are listening but then I’m not so sure that Much Loud is such an accurate barometer. My 16 year old nephew doesn’t watch Much Loud and neither do any of his friends.. instead they find obscure technical metal bands online and share them through Crackbook.

In any case I couldn’t believe how bad Steel Panther is.. and it wasn’t until I looked them up on Wikipedia that I realized they are a parody.. Trouble is I don’t see the joke.. Whereas Spinal Tap was clearly a well-timed parody of the excess of the day, Steel Panther is virtually indistinguishable from 80s hair bands.. that’s why I couldn’t believe that such a band was just now making a go at it. They just looked too real. Their wardrobe and makeup and hair is all authentic. Their lyrics push a bit further than the bands they mock but certainly don’t offend me any more than what Nickelback has been spewing of late.

All in all it solidifies my deeply held belief that Rock music as a unifying social force is dead. And no thanks to Rock Band and Guitar Hero either. While some might rejoice that kids are being exposed to “the real deal” I’m afraid what they retain is the Spinal Tappian portrayal of the Rock and Roll lifestyle. The Avatars you get to choose from are nothing but reasonably drawn facsimiles of Kurt Cobain, David Lee Roth, Robert Smith, Longhaired and sleeved metal heads or punks with towering spikes…

Steel Panther might as well claim that they are Rock Band/Guitar Hero Avatars made flesh through some mystical techno-wizardry reminicent of John Hugh’s Weird Science. That there is a market for this crap is utterly depressing..

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The Music Void

If you are at all even the slighest bit curious about where the music industry is heading in the face of ever-expanding bandwidth coupled with social networking than bookmark The Music Void.

I only discovered it today and I’m already a huge fan..

Here are the site’s predictions for 2010 in music…

http://bit.ly/68JNQ9

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I’ve been following the Baseline Scenario for a number of months now. It is by far the best resource for technical and historical information on the why and how of the Financial Crisis. It should be obvious to people that what happens with the U.S. banking system will fundamentally set the course of The Future, for better or for worse. I’m hopeful (not a word I use often) that the arguments put forward by Simon Johnson for breaking up the U.S. financial oligarchy are acted upon by the Obama Administration.

The following links to a post about the dire consequences of allowing the present capture of Washington by the Financial Sector to persist:

http://bit.ly/9Z9BDb

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Here’s a good start.  A video from Baba Brinkman attacking superstition and pseudoscience. Thanks to Potter Gold for passing it on.

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Welcome to the Wyndtunnel

Writing is the hardest thing for me to do.  I have so many ideas in my head but I dread the research that is required to back them up and so I tend to almost never write anything down.  So this blog will be my half-baked impressions of the World.  It will focus on the things that fascinate me which are:  the financial crisis, the nature of the Universe, the deadliness of the future and the horrid, horrid state of the music and film industries…

I’m working on my first actual post but I’m finding it difficult…of course…. I’m hoping that by trying to contribute something on a daily basis that it gets easier… I’m not so sure about that but I’m going to try…

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