Saturday, May 06, 2006

Who is Ministry?

My lovely wife and I saw Helio Sequence at Walter's on Washington last night. We've been waiting for this show for months and finally...it happened. Beautiful, wondrous, heart stopping, mind-blowing, just shazam! The club was a little hole-in-the-wall tavern about 200 square feet in the Heights, and we met the band (2 members) afterwards. $10 to get in. We ate at a little trendy Italian food restaurant which was OK, but we did eat at Buca's earlier in the week. The drummer of Helio Sequence played on the last Modest Mouse album/tour, but Helio Sequence just blows away Modest Mouse. The music is totally different. Kind of like layered textural music. Three-dimensional, and the drummer rocks.

We drove by Verizon Wireless Theater last night on the way to Helio Sequence because Ministry was playing last night also. There was the usual dyed-black hair combat-boot wearing chains and zippers crowd. One shirt said Nihilism F*** Bush. As we drove around the venue I wondered if the people who like Ministry and dress the part realize they are flesh-and-blood cliches. Hmmm? I have a theory that these kids are angry with their parents and choose Ministry to rebel, all subconciously of course. Ministry's song Rio Grande Blood sounded just like the last album, they sampled and cut Bush's speeches to make him say stuff like "I am the great white Satan", "I want your money", etc. Then Jello Biafra guest vocals on the song Ass Clown claiming Congress is the real terrorists, and so on. So there is no logical reason to take Ministry seriously. Musically, they've done all they ever will. These poor kids who are so angry connect on an emotional level and the whole black chains and death thing seems contrived and...false. There is no truth in Minstry. These kids are lying to themselves and Ministry just makes money off of them. Ha! The great contradiction, being able to spout Socialism and cursing those supporting their capitalist ways. I'm glad we saw Helio Sequence.
I have to get off of my butt and start writing my songs.

10 Comments:

Blogger Thurbs said...

I guess Ministry is milking it for all it's worth nowadays. However, with Tommy Victor on guitar this tour, I wonder if he brings a little something extra to the table. I know a few YM in my ward who talk about Ministry, but when I ask them about it, they just talk about stuff from the Pslam 69 era. I don't think they understand the early early stuff or whatever Al is cranking out these days.

2:24 PM  
Blogger White Man Retarded said...

What got me into Ministry was Twitch. I like to play Twitch and No W back to back...the transition is weird. I have a theory Al J. was ridiculed for being homosexual and turned really hard to prove himself not. Hmmm? I still like Twitch, and I still like the 'sound' of current Ministry, but the lyrics are just so damn whiny.

5:06 PM  
Blogger Moi said...

One of these days, you'll put some group that I actually know about. One that I don't have to look up on Amazon. ;)

5:27 PM  
Blogger elasticwaistbandlady said...

What would that be carrot jello? Air Supply or Kool and the Gang? Yeah patrick maybe you should give us an entry about Air Supply. They the shiznit!

9:13 AM  
Anonymous Mrs. Henry said...

When I was growing up, my mother loved Air Supply and would watch their concert special on HBO. My mother died almost three years ago. About 1 1/2 years ago, I was really thinking about Air Supply (you know, nostalgia). Patrick came home from his friend's house a few days later with none other than Air Supply's Greatest Hits. I was delighted and we had a good laugh listening to it. Incredibly (almost shamefully) I'll admit I still knew almost all of the lyrics.

5:06 PM  
Blogger White Man Retarded said...

But so, the question remains: were they singing to each other? With their upturned collars, permed mullets, pretty boy blemishless faces? Hmmm? Air Supply is a euphimism.

6:27 PM  
Blogger White Man Retarded said...

Making blogs...out of nothin' at all (out of nothin')

6:27 PM  
Blogger Moi said...

Man, we had the sheet music to "All Out Of Love", and my sister would play it on the piano, and we'd sing it. Makes me laugh now to think about it. We also had an Olivia Newton John songbook, and this missionary I had a crush on loved her. I was so jealous, that I would hide the songbook if I knew they were coming over.
BTW- Nice to meet you Mrs. Henry!

10:37 PM  
Blogger elasticwaistbandlady said...

Mrs. Henry, there's no shame in being lost in love with the smooth musical stylings of Air Supply. Even the nights are better with a dose of their special kind of melodies that will ensure that you will never be all out of love.

See, I can write cheeseball stuff too. I could have been a huge hit in the 70's. I concur with carrot, nice to meet you Mrs. Henry!!! Hope that you become a daily blog contributor around here.

1:04 AM  
Anonymous Jodi said...

What are your 50,000 thoughts a day creating?
Our thoughts create our reality. This is a simple truth known by all people involved on the spiritual path. It is one of the most taught universal principles in the personal development field. Yet it is one of the most misunderstood!
People practice visualisation, affirmations, they use hypnosis, subliminal programming or countless other tools to transform their lives. However they fail to recognise one key area in their lives that hinder these wonderful techniques from being effective.
They sit day after day visualising their perfect scene and yet nothing happens. Why? They have followed all the instructions to the letter! They have chanted and imagined! They have formed a colourful, vibrant scene in their minds and affirmed that this is their reality. Then all of a sudden things get worse! What is going on?
Would you like to know the secret? Would you like to know why these people get no results? Would you like to hear one powerful statement that explains everything?
Yes?
Good. I will tell you why these people get no results or even opposite results to those they are aiming for -simply because of the following truth. Consciously controlled thoughts such as visualisations do not materialise - ALL thoughts materialise!!!
Most people believe that if they visualise for 10 minutes a day their lives will magically transform. This is not the case. You must change your core thinking. You think approx. 50,000 thoughts a day. How many of those thoughts are working against your ten minute visualisation?
You can control the thoughts that enter your mind by changing the way you view the world. You can decide which thoughts you give energy to and which thoughts you discard.
The thoughts that you follow and give energy to become more dominant than the thoughts you discard. Your subconscious mind records these as your dominant picture on the issue at hand. You then move towards this picture because your subconscious mind starts making your outside world reflect the picture that you have stored internally.
Your mind should be on whatever you want. The picture you need to have is a positive vision of you already having achieved your goal. To realise this vision you need to focus and concentrate. Remember thoughts are real, they create your reality.
Let's say you have been visualising a new house. You spend your ten minutes in meditation picturing yourself living in your dream home. You finish your session and get up feeling positive that you will achieve your goal. Then during the day you get a heating bill through the post and exclaim "Oh no look how expensive this is I cannot afford to heat this house". Where is your focus in the present moment? What are you affirming? You are telling your subconscious mind that you cannot deal with what you have. You are affirming that your life is not how you want it to be. If you knew without doubt that within a week you would be moving to your new home would you honestly be worried about a heating bill? Perhaps other doubts creep in like "I should be happy with what I have", or "I will never get this house looking the way I want it" and so on and so on.
These thoughts that are not aligned with your goal. You are not giving complete attention to what you want. Whilst you are dealing with these other lines of thought your attention is not on your goal.
If you are aware of your thoughts you will suddenly realise that you have spent much more energy on counter productive thoughts than on creating a dominant picture of the goal you want.
Point your focus in the direction of you're the life you want. Think about what you want NOT what you don't want. It's that simple.
Your focus determines your reality. Change your focus and you change your life. subliminal messages

1:40 PM  

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