17 February 2006

Theater, Hip-Hop and the Pod

Tonight TGIF and I are hitting the theater. How very cultural. Nothing like David Mamet and a period piece.

Last night, we ended up seeing an sort of spokenword/unplugged performance featuring Geologic from Blue Scholars and Boots Riley of the the Coup. Good stuff, good political message that I've been arguing for a while - namely that all these activist groups you hear about are trying to tackle issues that are too big for the average worker to care about. Yes, the war in Iraq is wrong and needs to stop, but can you expect that a person making minimum wage is going to skip a day of work to march against the war or to march for a cost-of-living allowance in their city? Or for better housing laws in their neighborhood? Or more money for their local school? I think we know the answer to that. If you want to develop new activists and new left-leaning voters, you need to appeal to their situation and not some high-faluting scholarly topic. (Off soapbox now).

Anyway, its a good, cold three-day weekend here in Seattle.
And with that, here is my iPod top 10 of the week.

10 Albacore - Palomar
9 Knockout - Palomar
8 I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone - Sleater-Kinney
7 Heartbeats - Jose Gonzalez
6 Dirt Off Your Shoulder/Bittersweet Symphony - Jay Z vs. the Verve
5 Heartbeats - The Knife
4 Nature Anthem - Grandaddy
3 Rock & Roll Queen - the Subways
2 Soul Meets Body - Death Cab for Cutie
1 This Modern Love - Bloc Party

1 comment:

Jess H said...

guess I never mentioned that my roommate is a personal friend of mamet's... she has a sweater from him - I like to think it is woven with profanity. hehe.