Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Florida primary vote 2016: Switching parties?

Okay, here's a voting anecdote from the 2016 primary election.

This year's vote includes the goofy populists Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. Trump claims to have appeal to Democrats. Sanders claims to have appeal to Republicans.

I've heard talk about Democrats voting Republican to help set up a Trump vs. Democrat national election final that favors the Democrat. I'm not aware of any solid evidence supporting this type of charge. But my anecdote may relate.



Part One

Upon arriving at my precinct, I saw a woman coming out of the precinct complaining that "someone" changed her party. She appeared irate, and I inferred that the the change in registration affected her ability to vote for her favored candidate.

An election worker asked the woman to what party she had been switched. For the sake of my own curiosity I wish she had answered the question, but she did not.

Part Two

Upon getting in line to have my photo ID and signature matched, I overheard a woman ahead of me in line request a change in her party registration. To me it sounded like the election worker described a way the woman could change her party and vote in the primary. But according to this article the deadline for changing parties was Feb. 16, 2016.

It's certainly possible that I received the wrong impression about what the woman was told about changing her party. I would not allege any impropriety based on my impression of what I heard.

Conclusion

What does it all mean?

Maybe nothing. While I don't recall ever hearing anything at the polling station about changing party affiliations, perhaps I was keyed to pay more attention to the issue because of the reports I have heard. Or maybe changing parties was discussed in my presence in the past and I just don't remember it.



Saturday, January 30, 2016

Lindsey Cohen: "Unhappy Ending"

I'm eager to post a new video from Miranda Lee Richards' new album, but meanwhile here's a song I like from Lindsey Cohen.



I don't quite get the video. I have nothing against girls dancing around or lying in a heap on the floor. I just don't see how it relates to this particular song.

Sometimes I think video directors are simply determined to make sure they hire some dancers.

Cool song, though.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Rival Sons: "Pressure and Time"

I haven't been listening to the Rival Sons long enough to have a favorite song yet. I heard they opened for Deep Purple on a European tour and so checked out the group.

Wow.

It's like Led Zeppelin with a dash of White Stripes. The sound is classic rock with constant nods to the blues, with many of the songs clocking in near a White Stripish 3 minutes or so. The singer can really wail and demonstrates impressive versatility. The band is excellent, and the guitarist knows how to lay down a riff.



Yeah, you'll probably think of Zeppelin when you listen, but on top of that you'll be going "This is a great song!" "What a riff!" "Man, that guy can really sing!"

Check it out.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Music: Flying Colors' "Bombs Away"

When Steve Morse isn't playing guitar for Deep Purple he works on other stuff. Lately that other stuff is mostly the supergroup Flying Colors, featuring Mike Portnoy (Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), Neal Morse (ex-Spock's Beard), Casey McPherson (Alpha Rev) and Dave LaRue (Steve Morse Band, Dave LaRue Band).

Flying Colors is releasing its second live Blu-Ray/DVD/CD recording this month, equaling its number of studio recordings.  Here's a video of the song "Bombs Away." It wasn't one of my favorites from the studio album but it translates beautifully to the stage.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Nifty Music: "Rainbow Quartz" by the Grip Weeds

Hippies!

This video from the Grip Weeds reminds me a little of that old video gag where Stephen Colbert plays the veteran interviewing people in Berkeley about the local Army recruiting office.

But it's a great song, magnificently channeling late 60s early 70s rock vibe. The Beatles with a slightly harder Who edge.

Sure, the video is a live show with imperfect syncing. Enjoy the song.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Nifty Music: Jessica Long and the New Kind




Usually when I post musical content I make sure it's a video. A quality video.

This one is audio with a still picture. Why? Because it's a good song with no "official"-looking quality video to match. There's a good song by the same group on YouTube, but I find the video irritating. For those who find that hard to imagine or just don't care about it while at the same time wanting to hear another tune by Jessica Long & the New Kind, have at it.

Jessica Long & the New Kind are in strong rotation right now with The Maybe Somedays and Black Honey. Still waiting on a high-quality video for the latter, though this fan video might account for my next post.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Whitehorse: "Downtown"

I've been a bit slow getting on board with Whitehorse, a Canadian songwriting duo structurally in line with the Weepies. Listened to a few tracks from a past album. Didn't quite pull the trigger on any downloads. But the latest album I like better. One track from the new Whitehorse album has me hooked. It's got a Raveonettes vibe but with a dash of the White Stripes.



Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Maybe Somedays: "All At Once"

I stumbled over this group on Emusic a few weeks ago. They're now in heavy rotation. The Maybe Somedays occupy roughly the same rock-pop niche as Toad the Wet Sprocket. But with a slightly harder edge.

Enjoy:

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Points North: "Ignition"

Instrumental guitar-driven music by Points North:



Saturday, April 04, 2015

Kandia: "Scars"

There's some music I listen to that's popular. But not much.

Here's a group from Portugal called Kandia.

Heavy modern music, female vocalist. Professional video. Enjoy.