Henry Rollins: When It Comes to Gun Control, the Bad Guys Have Won the Day
Please notice that at no point have I advocated taking anyone's guns away, so save your poorly spelled, rarely signed bullshit letters. I consider any gun that can chamber a round and send a projectile down its barrel at a high rate of speed into my body -- causing me injury or death -- to be an assault weapon. Moreover, I am afraid of anyone in possession of a gun. Police, soldiers, hunters, citizens -- all of them. One of the most insane environments I have ever spent time in is a gun range. There we are, all in a line, armed to the teeth, firing away. Sheer lunacy.
America taught me how to duck.
On the other hand, happiness is a warm tube amp. Music time!
I Have Heard the Future and It's Bright Dept.: Here are three releases slated for 2013. I have spent a lot of time with them and they will be worth checking out.
The Miles Davis Quintet, Live in Europe 1969. The Bootleg Series Vol. 2: You get three CDs and a DVD of one of Miles' most powerful lineups: Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette. They all played together on the Bitches Brew sessions in 1969 and 1970 but not in this exact configuration. What you have here is one lean and mean touring unit and, damn, are they great! You get to hear Bitches Brew tracks right before Miles recorded them a few weeks later. Concerning this lineup, Miles said this to Quincy Troupe in an interview for the book Miles the Autobiography: "I took the band out on the road; Wayne, Dave, Chick and Jack DeJohnette were now my working band. Man, I wish this band had been recorded live because it was really a bad motherfucker."
Indeed. Some of you have perhaps heard some of these recordings on bootlegs -- I was picking them up in Germany years ago -- but these versions sound way better. Hell, it's worth it just to hear DeJohnette work out on "Footprints" from 1967's Miles Smiles album. Thanks to Columbia and the Miles estate for rolling out such a worthwhile release for the fans. Superb. Look for this one at the end of January.