opinion page profiling

The Daily Howler's Bob Somerby notes how the New York Times trivialized the De Blasio mayoral primary win. A postmortem by reporters Jodi Kantor and Kate Taylor "focus[ed] on the possible role played by 'gender and sexuality' -- and on nothing else." And then there was columnist Gail Collins. Somerby quotes from the TV ad narrated by De Blasio's 15 year old son, which she responds to:

I want to tell you a little bit about Bill de Blasio. He’s the only Democrat with the guts to really break from the Bloomberg years. The only one who will raise taxes on the rich to fund early childhood and after-school programs. He's got the boldest plan to build affordable housing and he's the only one who will lend a stop-and-frisk era that unfairly targets people of color...

To Gail Collins, says Somerby, "it wasn't about any of that. The ad worked because the family seemed so happy at the end of the ad!"

Collins dwells on the family's ethnic makeup while managing to ignore the substance of the above quote. Possibly voters were paying more attention to the content than she was.

"Jazz Funk Reduction"

"Jazz Funk Reduction" [2.6 MB .mp3]

This is built up mostly from one- and two-note samples played on top of heavily processed drum loops. An experiment in playing a semi-convincing guitar lead using step keys.
The first section took a lot of labor, the second section with piano went fairly quickly, and then it seemed finished. The original title was "Jazz-Nihilism" but that suggested disorder and this is very ordered.