Posted by: Meg | 10 April 2007

i am trying to believe

i was trying to resist listening to year zero until my preorder came in the mail but i needed something sufficiently loud to drown out my douche-y neighbor so i succumbed to the temptation offered here. “good soldier” is fucking sexy as hell, and did “vessel” really start with “i let you put it in my mouth”? oh my god – 

surprisingly the suggested focus of year zero isn’t sex but politics. a few songs that even a right-winger could love (if he fuzzes over the words, like i did until i pulled up the lyrics) make way for “capital g,” a completely blatant dressing down of the monkey king himself.

i read in rolling stone that some republican politician worked to ban live earth in d.c. because global warming is a partisan issue and the biggest hoax perpetrated on the american people.

most americans believe that elvis still lives. fuck, there’s a lot of people that believe in the batboy.

seriously though, while i believe that live earth is probably about as committed to seeing ecological threats eradicated as peta is to ending animal cruelty, global warming is not a partisan issue, or a hoax. anyone who believes that it is can come to fresno this summer when we get another bank of 110+ degree weather. and suffer outside like the homeless. but that’s another issue, for another day.

what i’m skirting around, i guess, is my own confused feelings on the idea that “art is resistance.” most of me wishes that we didn’t have the right to free speech. free speech is a vent for public discontent, so that it does not ferment into something truly dangerous. all speech can be co-opted, and made innocuous in ways that violent action can not.

have the many, many popular bands that have done concerts and made speeches and videos and exercised their personal rights to free speech made a difference? the monkey king is still in office, still sending how many innocent people to their deaths, while the band of chimps that carry his litter make people believe that global warming is a hoax and you shouldn’t fight the fact that gasoline is $3.50 a gallon and the u.s. should invade iran and you should give your kids up to the army (although lord knows they won’t) and you should give them people magazine to read instead of harry potter.

hidden in the video for survivalism is a reference to revelations 18:3-4

… “for all the nations have drunk of the wine of her impure passion, the kings of the earth committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from the abundance of her luxury.”  i heard another voice from heaven, saying, “come out of her, my people, that you have no participation in her sins, and that you don’t receive of her plagues.”

my only answer to that is trent’s own words –

oh my god, can it go any faster 
oh my god, i don’t think i can last here 



  1. Nice blog!

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