Thursday, March 26, 2015

Censorious Country

Once again, censorship of music is rearing its ugly head. It's been going on for some time now, but this latest example managed to make the news, for once. Country music radio has seemingly always pandered the lowest common denominator in listeners and here we have a case of them having to cave in to the wishes of a vocal few where the band Little Big Town's latest song, Girl Crush, is concerned.
   Those of use who listen to country music have seen this going on for years, now. Radio stations blank out a word, or repeat a phrase on a recording (as with the Zac Brown Band's "Toes") or just flat out refuse to play award winning music because they are pandering to a few vocal listeners who threaten them with leaving. Let 'em leave, I say. Every DJ out there should be required by management to tell these fools to not let the door hit them in the ass on the way out. The demographics of country music listeners has changed dramatically over the years. No longer should stations be playing to the whims of 60 and 70 year old listeners, (unless you have a country oldies station or segment specifically geared towards the geezer crowd). Many of today's listeners are much younger, well below 40, and the artists are gearing their music music to a much younger demo. Just look at the likes of Eric Church, Luke Bryan and the other young artists.
   Here in Central Indiana you would be hard pressed to find a station that has played Kacey Musgraves' "Follow Your Arrow" or her new song "Biscuits". Requests for the songs go unheeded and commentary about their refusal to play goes unanswered. Even the largest stations, like WFMS, NASH FM and the others, play the censorship game, much to the detriment of the artists and the listening fans. It's a sad day when the listening public is fed only "approved" music. We are left with the Top 40, pop inspired, insipid music that has no real country soul to it. There was a time when country liked it's music with a bit of edge. But now they'd rather not offend the bigoted few out there. What a sad commentary on the state of country music.

It's no o wonder so many people are moving from terrestrial radio to satellite and streaming. The radio stations are going out of their way to alienate fans with their idiotic censorship of music. If they wish to survive in the coming years they really need to up their games and embrace freedom to listen. In the meantime here at UnCivil Defence we'll play what we like.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Musical History

It doesn't happen very often that bands get back together. Especially, when death has stolen a member from you and everyone else seems to be angry with each other. Thankfully, time does heal wounds, as evidenced by this video of Roger Waters getting back together with David Gilmore at a recent concert to perform "Comfortably Numb". For one moment the old Pink Floyd magic was rekindled and history was made. Wish I could have been there in person, but London is quite too far for me. Fortunately, technology exists to let fans make high quality videos and share them with the world. To the poster of this video...a hearty "Well, done!".

Monday, November 22, 2010

One More Reason

As if we needed one more  reason to despise the "United Nations", here comes their latest atrocity. They've decided that it's just fine for governments to murder their citizens for the "crime" of being gay or lesbian.
The United Nations has removed a plea for lesbians, gays and bisexuals not to be executed in a narrow vote.

But now sexual orientation has been taken out of the list. The amendment was supported by Benin in Africa on behalf of the African Group in the UN General Assembly. It passed on a narrow vote of 79 for, 70 against , 17 abstentions and 26 absent.

Some of those voting to remove sexual orientation were countries where gays are known to be or thought to be executed or summarily killed including Iran, Nigeria, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Iraq.

The UK, US, Australia, New Zealand and many European countries voted in favour of gays.
We didn't really need further proof that the UN was being overrun by savages and those who hate anything outside of their collectives, but we got it anyway. The time is long past when we should have torn that edifice to collectivism down and salted the earth it stood upon, as an example to everyone around the world. Sadly, the UN has decided to sign death warrants for thousands of people around the world. The inmates are running the asylum in New York. It's time we sent these slavers back to their own countries.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

No Winners In This Go Around

There will be no winners this go around of the election machine. Especially for folks like me, whose ballot would look blank for the most part. It's highly doubtful that any of the folks I would choose to represent me will win their election bids. Some republicrat will likely win and take that victory as a mandate to do as they will to us for another cycle, as opposed to what it actually is. Just a loss by democrats. My prognostication in this arena says we'll see little substantive change, no matter who "wins" or who is retained. Government's going to continue its cancerous growth if the republicrats take the House and/or Senate. Spending may be cut by a $100 billion or so, but that's literally a drop in the bucket with spending in the multiple trillions of dollars.
The wars will continue apace and more people will die, more enemies will be made and more wealth will be squandered.

If there are any "winners" this time around, it will likely be those who didn't vote. They are likely to be in a majority, as usual. Maybe they know something that everyone else doesn't, huh? Even hamsters eventually tire of running in the wheel and slink off to do something better. Maybe we need a cycle where we all just take a time out and no-one votes for anyone, so we can show them how we really feel about them.