Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) continued this week to be in denial for his role in the 2013 government shutdown even after ABC’s Jonathan Karl told him, in an interview that aired on Sunday, that this claims to the contrary were unbelievable.
When it came to the government shutdown over President Barack Obama’s health care reform law — that even House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) blamed on tea party-backed Republicans — Cruz insisted that his hands were clean.
“You have had a couple of months to think about this whole government shutdown strategy,” Karl said. “Now that it’s over in hindsight, are you prepared to say that it was a mistake, it wasn’t the right tactic?”
“I think it was absolutely a mistake for President Obama and Harry Reid to force a government shutdown,” replied a defiant Cruz.
“No, I mean, but come on,” Karl shot back. “I mean we’re a couple months away from this, the only reason why this happened is because you insisted, Republicans insisted that Obamacare be defunded as a condition of funding the government. If you didn’t — if you took away that insistence, there would be no shutdown. I mean, really.”
I think tonight went:
Obscured By Clouds -> When You’re In
Lucifer Sam -> Arnold Layne chant ->Run Like Hell with slow dance jam.
Lowell Thompson came up to sing and play Arnold Layne
Marco Benevento came on for Speak To Me->Breathe->On The Run->Interstellar Overdrive, in the middle of which Matthew Bryan Hagen and Marco were going off and made me wonder what they might be able to collaborate on, then let it flow into Time. Things settled as they approached Gig. I was really close to the stage and suddenly there was a woman low on the stage who began to sing. As she nailed Gig she rose, and it was Grace Potter. She sang Gig will all of her heart and it was great. The band wrapped it up, and that was the end of set 1.
I correctly guessed that set 2 would begin with Money. I though Kat would sing it, but it was all Bob Wagner. Kat and Luc came up for Us and Them, the core 5, OK 6 with Marco, played a killer Any Color, then Kat came back for Brain Damage/Eclipse. My notes get fuzzy, but I think Matt crooned San Tropez then they brought up another singer, who’s name I missed, for Childhood’s End. Somewhere in there Kat sang Have A Cigar. Kelly Ravin came up to sing and play Yong Lust, then Kat returned, with Benny, for Wish You Were Here. They let it flow into Fearless, as usual. They followed with Pigs On A Wing (part 1) into Dogs., then wrapped the set with a killer Comfortably Numb.
They came back for Shine On You Crazy Diamond (the first 5 parts), then followed with Echoes to finish the night. It was another excessively late night of blisteringly magnificent music and I can’t thank all that were involved anywhere nearly enough.
I had a great night of seeing, hearing and experiencing music at The Monkey House tonight. I got to hang out with my cousins Jessica and Caleb Pearson for a bunch of the show, got two dedications from the stage (was one of those really a job offer Black Rabbit?), got to meet Ariel Bolles, got to chat with Aya Inoue, said the stupidest thing ever to Daniel Bolles (Just kidding, he may have heard stupider things in his life, but maybe not), got a ride home from one of my favorite musicians (thanks again Phil Yates) and just, generally, rocked the night away (yes that is a Michael Schenker flying V reference).
I got to chat with a few other great musicians like Eric Segalstad, Michael Clifford, and Linda Bassick (or at least say hi).
I got out of work at 6, ate a bit of dinner, waited, donned the black, and took the nice slushy walk to the Monkey House. The air was just warm enough to melt the ice on the trees, so I got a mini shower on the walk in.
I walked in, chatted with the cousins, and after a bit, the show began. Nick from Osange Orange opened solo with an electric guitar. He sang passionately and the songs had a bit of movement to them. The third and forth really rocked, and you could almost hear the full band. He played one more then wrapped it up.
Eastern Mountain Time followed with some countryish, bluesish, alt rockish music that ran in a few directions, slowly and steadily. It was a bit of a challenge to follow the songs, but the effort was well paid off for those who dared. The set was kind of subtle and kind of fantastic.
Next up, Phil Yates and the Affiliates kicked things into an indie rock high gear. The songs were danceable and the tepid audience slowly moved towards the new stage in the back. They played a bunch of fun songs like Ninja’s VS Zombies and the one that goes Burn, Burn, Burn. They started the set with Phil breaking a sting in the first song. During the break he asked if anyone had an extra guitar. Chris Farnsworth lent him his, and Phil played most of the set with a low slung guitar. It was pretty cool.
Chris and the rest of Dino Bravo VT followed with a blisteringly loud set of rock and roll. They exposed the perversity of Chuck Berry, played a song about the radio, and ended the set with a, personal favorite, song about the ocean. Chris’ guitar work was subtly transfixing and the whole set was a joy.
Wolvings followed with a heavy set of loud indie rock. They had tons of energy and seemed to have a great time playing their fast melodic music. They dedicated Teeth to the Vermont dental plans, and just played as hard as you want a great rock band to play.
Paper Castles followed with a searingly mellow set. Padraic Reagan sang and played with a gentle furious passion. The keyboard player and drummer were right in tune with the off kilter songs. Rest In Pieces spoke to me a bit more tonight than it did when I played the album, Vague Era, all the way through the other day. I may have to listen to that again.
The volume got cranked back up to 12 when Black Rabbit took the stage. They opened with a double shot of Tibbar Tibbar into Mark My Words. They played a couple of great songs that I did not know, one introduced as the Cold. They invited me to work at their corporation at the introduction to Black Cat (wow, that would be a great song for a Halloween show). They played more loud fast garage rock songs, maybe called Carnage and El Gande. Marc Scarano‘s flying V guitar sounded great on Neutrin (and the rest of the songs). They tossed in a cover of Teenagers From Mars, and refused to leave the stage (there’s the door if you want it) to rip through Chinese Rock.
I was in a blissful form of heaven, and contemplating the walk home, when Phil offered a ride. All in all, it was a pretty lovely night.
OK, sleep soon, work tomorrow, then Dark Side Of The Mountain, again!
Sorry, I totally slacked about writing this up. But….
You know it’s a good night of music when late in the second set the band says they have three long songs left. They say this is the shortest one, and play Comfortably Numb. They leave the stage, come back and play Pigs On A Wing (part1) and let it flow into Dogs, then follow with Echoes. I love Dark Side Of The Mountain!!!!!!
Lucifer Sam (w/Arnold Layne chant)
Another Brick Pt 2
Matthew Bryan Hagen crooning San Tropez
Childhood’s End? (with wicked jam)
Arnold Layne (W/ Lowell Thompson)
Wish You Were Here->Fearless->Us And Them->Fearless with Lowell and sax player (Jake Whitesell)
Young Lust with Kelly Ravin
Have A Cigar with Kelly (epic Jam)
end of set 1
Obscured By Clouds->When You’re In
Run Like Hell
One Of These Days
Speak To Me->Breathe->On The Run->Time->Breathe (Reprise)->Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
Shine On You Crazy Diamond
end of set
Pigs On A Wing (Part 1)->Dogs
I finally got myself out the door to see some original live local music. I worked until 6:30, quickly stopped at home, and took a beeline for the Radio Bean. Milton Busker was on, when I walked in the door, and sang a very strong song with his acoustic guitar. After a song or two, I found a steady groove and was able to deeply listen. His voice is great, whether he is whispering or belting it out. His guitar playing is enchantingly nimble and his sense or where to take the songs is pretty special. The full house was chatty but applauded sincerely after each song. He had the best singer/songwriter line ever when he said “this is a song call the Inquisitor. Sing along if you know the words. You won’t know the words.” After the ominous setup, the song was an early Beatles poppy thing, with some challenging rhythms. It’s the second time I’ve seen him, and it’s striking me that I really need to get to know his music. I’ll work on it soon.