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Rock Against Bush Volume 2

Rock bands and fans of all stripes have rocked for everything, from farm aid to peace and love to Tibetan freedom, and even for Toronto's deliverance from the throes of SARS. This time, they're rocking against none other than George W. on punk label Fat Wreck Chords' Rock Against Bush Volume 2 (yes, the "Volume 2" implies that there was an earlier installment, but we at The BEAST are too cheap and lazy to listen to the first one).

Because this is a project meant to galvanize the young and give a musical middle finger to the most destructive administration of our lifetime, it's hard to find anything bad to say about this album. But, being a critic, I'll sure as hell try. The album kicks off with punk staples Green Day, Bad Religion, and it even resurrects the long-defunct Operation Ivy, which is awesome, considering the number of people still wearing their T-shirts. As you can probably imagine, the hooks are driving, the lyrics angry, and the demeanor rebellious-well, for most of the 28 tracks. A few of the songs (especially "Violins" by Yellowcard) evoke images of being trapped on the set of a Simple Plan video. In these instances, rather than pondering how to bring down the Man, you're left wondering what the hell this song has to do with changing the current political climate. It's a bit distracting when you're trying to wallow in your discontent.

Actually, the music on this compilation is almost secondary to the political factoids and commentary in the liner notes. Fat Wreck Chords doesn't pretend to tell the whole story of why you should be pissed off, but it does a nice job of telling you where to find it. If that's not enough, Rock Against Bush comes with a DVD containing a few music videos and comedy pieces, and six political shorts. You heard me--this sucker comes with a DVD and still costs less than the average big-label CD. If you are a cheap bastard like the average Beast reader, that fact alone makes Rock Against Bush worth owning. Miserliness aside, get this CD if you like punk, hate the government, or want to know why you should.
-Chris Meister



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MAYORAL SURVIVOR: A BEAST CONTEST

ATTENTION BEAST READERS! The BEAST needs you to be the next Mayor of our dear city. That's right! We want you, a lowly loyal BEAST reader, to be the next Mayor of the city of Buffalo. WE ARE TOTALLY SERIOUS! We are launching a search for 16 contestants willing to run for the position of Mayor in 2005...more


Dropping Dead Al Uthman

A new and damning World Health Organization report has set off yet another round of condemnation and hand-wringing over the living nightmare that is the Sudanese crisis. But don't worry everyone-we're on the case. Never mind that we've been "on the case" for years, and even Roscoe P. Coltrane from "The Dukes of Hazzard" would have had it figured out by lunchtime..more


Republican Tricks I.M. Simpering

Early reports are inconclusive on whether or not the Republican National Convention was a boon to New York City's economy. None, however, have yet attempted to account for the bonanza in unreported and untaxable income flowing into the city during the week of the GOP soiree. In a quest for hard figures, investigate reporter I.M. Simpering called on his contacts in Manhattan's escort industry. Instead he heard tales of hard living and debauchery, which he has agreed to publish in The Beast... more


Pipeline Paradise Michael Goss

The third anniversary of 9/11 last week brought on a predictable onslaught of recaps and memorials, reminding us all of the tragedy of that day. We've been doing a lot of bombing and invading since then, ostensibly to defend against further attacks. Most of us felt pretty good about invading Afghanistan and removing the Taliban regime, but a lot of people are having second thoughts about Iraq. Our reasoning for the Iraqi invasion has changed as quickly as evidence of WMDs and a Saddam-Osama link has been discredited. What's the connection? But there is a connection between Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as every conflict our nation is involved in today: oil. At every turn, pipelines and proven reserves seem more of a motivation to our foreign policy than Homeland Security...more


Body Count 1001 Stan Goff

These milestones come along, reminding us and the wrath struggles to break free again. The anger is never really absent, just dormant like a sleeping volcano.

Back when the pack of professional liars in Washington DC and their slavish corporate press still had Americans brainwashed that Iraq was a threat to the United States, General Tommy Franks--then the chief military planner of the catastrophe in Iraq--said, "We don't do body counts." more


Play Time is Over Matt Taibbi

...the protests of the last week in New York were more than a silly, off-key exercise in irrelevant chest-puffing. It was a colossal waste of political energy by a group of people with no sense of history, mission or tactics, a group of people so atomized and inured to its own powerlessness that it no longer even considers seeking anything beyond a fleeting helping of that worthless and disgusting media currency known as play...more


Chris Riordan on Chris Riordan

Proving yet again to be the true vangaurd of free journalism, The BEAST offers an insightful look into the life of Chris Riordan as documented by Chris Riordan. Former Editor of The BEAST and current president of Uticans For Change, Riordan was on his way to the Republican National Convention to document the protests on Saturday August 28. Along the way he decided to use his shitty tape recorder to document the reflections of a ruggedly handsome neogonzobongojournalist who dances really well.... more


Buffalo in Briefs

Private Bridge Plan Threatens Local Graft - We stopped holding our breath for a new bridge two years ago, thanks. With the crooked bunch we have running the show on this side of the border it will never happen-it's a bet even Vegas bookies won't take (we checked). The thing's been going around and around for years now, and they still can't figure out what it will look like, where it will go, who's going to build it, etc., etc., wasting millions of dollars on studies, designs, travel, parties, press conferences and miscellaneous perks. So when a private company from Detroit filed plans with the State Department and the Canadian Ministry of The Same Thing to build its own bridge, insiders went apeshit tripping all over each other to bad mouth the idea... more


Kino Korner Michael Gildea

What do you get when you add one of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s drinking buddies from Good Will Hunting, that is-he-acting-or-isn’t-he crazy quality of Tom “if the bitch gets outta line she’s getting a beating” Sizemore, and Mel Gibson’s former barber as a director?

That’s right. A cinematic abortion that lived... more


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