Rabbits Full of Magic

12 July 2010

 

"Time Is Money" with Grown Ups


Since I'm griping about money like Larry David in here, I thought of this band we started that made fun of what it is to be a 'grown up'.

Download this free trio of songs -- starting with "Time Is Money" -- of the Grown-Ups, with husband & wife duo Jack & Julie Hines (F.A.F., Black Lips, K-Holes, Alphabets, Wet Dreams, Georgiana Starlington) and Adam & Pedro (Super Madrigal Bros., Kiwis, Tabitha , infinite ATL bands) bringin the 2kXX dirty south garage rock:

We Are Grown Ups and This Is What Grown Ups Do (EP)

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Die Slaughterhaus Ambient Tape #1









In the spring and summer of 2003 when the Kiwis were joining the Black Lips and the Lids on the first Die Slaughterhaus releases, I went around with a tape recorder and captured practices, jam sessions, ambient talking, the DSH yell, the start of a boxing tournament, and other miscellaneous noises. For some reason I kept switching the tape on and off, so it's more music concrete-abstract than anything narrative. It starts in the Alphabets house (home of the Alphabets, Wet Dreams, early Deerhunter shows, etc) and the rest is at the 2nd Die Slaughterhaus, which was right down the street. This is all culled from one day. Gives you an idea of how much music was going on back then...

DSH Ambient Tape - Alphabets House Jam
DSH Ambient Tape - Slaughterhaus 2
DSH Ambient Tape - Phonepunk & Misc
DSH Ambient Tape - Spooks Rehearsal
DSH Ambient Tape - DSH 2 Backyard

Visit my flickr page for my archive of Atlanta 2KXX Musical Artifacts. Photographs from the original Die Slaughterhaus, ancient flyers from pre-Black Lips days, Deerhunter setlists from some of the few shows I played with them, gig posters from the Super Madrigal Brothers 2002 tour with Momus, etc. etc.

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(Can't Wait To Be) On the Dole Again

Two years ago, right before shit publicly hit the fiscal fan in the USA, I was let go unceremoniously from a job I had worked dutifully for two and a half years without any warning or advanced notice. I spent the next 6 months trying to procure work and after going from one temp/contract position to the next, was able to secure a contract position with a government client that paid well and was an ideal place for me to excel with my professional background in computers, cataloging, and data entry. Then I was let go without notice for lack of work.

I signed up for the first time in my life for unemployment insurance and have been on it ever since, until a few weeks ago. Because of the way they figure out your take home claim - and due to my need to sign up immediately after being let go - my UI claim did not take into account the 3 month period where I worked full-time for the contract position, instead computing my weekly amount from the months where I had little-to-no work at all. Fortunately I was able to receive extensions like many Americans during this recession, but because of the political climate and congress's move further rightward towards 'fiscal responsibility' (exceptions made for military/industrial/financial markets of course) I have been without UI and will be without luck in that area unless an extension bill is passed.

The Georgia Dept of Labor (DOL) office is full of great, helpful people but they could not help me out, even with a new program called Georgia Work$. This morning I attended an orientation session on this program, which sounds promising. People receiving UI can look at a list of positions offered in various fields and after getting a referral from the DOL, can train for up to 6 weeks, ideally switching to a paid position after that time. During the training period you receive a stipend from the DOL; employers don't have to pay for training, GW trainees get first-hand experience and nearly immediate placement, and everyone is nice and happy. Looking at the list of potential employers today I saw a number of graphic design, web development, and other positions in my field of expertise.

The only catch is since I don't have UI, I can't qualify for this program. Actually, if you are not receiving UI you can still enter a training position, just don't expect to get paid at all. Without qualifying for UI, you can still do a GW position for four weeks of free labor. But if you ask me, that seems like a waste of time that could be spent looking for an actual paying job. Which is what I'll be doing instead.

At the orientation they struck a nice balance between being sympathetic and proactive. But they illustrated why the political climate was not particularly sympathetic to our cause. The big example why the extension might not go through was that recently it was discovered that $ 7.1 billion in UI funds have been misdirected, that essentially that much money has been swiped from the taxpayer and given to people that have jobs but aren't reporting wages, people who have scammed the system, etc. This is used to support the conservative meme that poor people are lazy cheaters, an idea popular among the rich congresspeople that make a living off whoring themselves out to private lobbies on the public dollar.

It's important to remember that over 200 times that amount has been similarly swindled from the US taxpayer to the financial industry in the past two years alone, that 5 times that amount is being given to the oil & coal industry that is destroying our planet and giving us cancers this year alone, and that 140 times that has been used since 2001 to finance multiple undeclared wars based on false pretenses on behalf of the American taxpayer as well.

It's important to remember these things.

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