Zogby Music and Politics Poll

A recent poll compares the music tastes of so-called conservative and liberals. The results are…well, just look down.

Liberals enjoy a broad range of music, while conservatives dislike most music genres.

Out of 15 musical genres, conservatives were more likely than the rest of the respondents to listen to only two of them: country and gospel. What genre are they least likely to listen to, compared to the rest of the respondents? Not punk or hip-hop, as you might expect, but world music. World music is also the music genre where we see the greatest difference between conservatives and liberals.

Conservatives are the least likely group to listen to jazz (34% vs. 44% vs. 53%) and reggae (8% vs. 20% vs. 26%).

Over 90% of conservatives said they never enjoy reggae, electronic music or Latin music. Over 95% said they never enjoy world music and punk music.

Liberals, on the other hand, are more likely than other respondents to enjoy almost every music genre, including world, punk, Latin, hip-hop and rap, blues, reggae, electronica, R&B and soul, jazz, folk and traditional music. Rock was the most popular genre among liberals (67%).

Although all political types claimed they enjoy classical music, moderates were the least enamored with it (55.5% listen to it compared to almost 62% of the rest of respondents). Moderates also showed their distaste for folk & traditional music (72.5% said they don’t listen to it, compared to 62.4% of the rest of the respondents), and they joined conservatives in their distaste for world music (90% said they don’t listen to it, compared to 71% of liberals.)

Moderates’ favorite music is rock (58%). Conservatives’ favorite music is classical (60%) followed by country (56%) and rock (55%).

Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

The Stumps – The Black Wood
The Stumps come from a long lineage of Velvet Underground admirers, out of New Zealand. It’s hard to see anything close to the Velvets in their sound, whether it be Cale-era insanity or the formalist rock and pop of the Doug Yule era, so perhaps the influence is just a jumping off point. The Stumps will also most likely be compared to Acid Mother’s Temple and Les Rallizes de Nudes as well, because there’s a ragged psychedelia to these tunes, and that might be a little closer to the mark. The Black Wood is a an all instrumental affair, and its array of sounds belie the fact that the band is a fairly traditional lineup of guitar, bass and drums. It wouldn’t be at all surprising if these untitled tracks were totally improvised, and that the album might have been culled from hours of tapes, with the best parts edited cleverly together. It’s a good cross between traditional rock instrumentation and barbed, bad trip inducement.

Necromondo – Necromondo
Necromondo make grim, nasty and droning electronics that often border on noise and are lined with very bleak and atmospheric 80’s horror synth type tones making this a prime soundtrack for a zombie apocalypse in your head.

Marqido – Democritus III
The Japanese noisemusician Marqido should ring familiar to the readers of this webzine as I reviewed his project 10, which he runs with South-Korean Itta.

Mike Browning’s Inner Workings – Trancemissions
Somehow I wasn’t expecting much from this album. Strange since Mike Browning’s resume features absolute faves like Nocturnus and Morbid Angel and other good stuff in the form of Acheron and Incubus. An album of synthesizer music by this drummer somehow seemed to announce sci-fi cheese.

Andy Ortmann – Octagonist
Audio deviate and sonic nightmare maker Andy Ortmann returns with his first new solo release in a while and it finds him doing a first a Musique Concrete/ Noise release in 7.1 surround sound and DVD audio only.

Ryoji Ikeda – 1000 fragments
1000 fragments is Ryoji Ikeda’s first solo album original released on his own label in 1995, here it’s giving a well deserved reissue on raster noton. Many albums are called classic or important but 1000 fragments rightly deservers this label, it’s a highly varied forward thinking and undated sounding electronic album, which is really a must have item for any respecting fan of electronica’s wide and varied sonic church.

Marshall Allen’s 84th Birthday Party

From Weirdomusic.com:

Come and celebrate Marshall Allen’s 84th arrival day anniversary on Planet Earth on Sunday, May 25, 2008 when The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen lands at Sullivan Hall, 214 Sullivan Street, New York, NY. The Arkestra will celebrate with Marshall doing two long sets starting at 9:00 p.m. with doors opening at 8:00 p.m. Complimentary cake from the Birmingham Bakery and moon pies from the Chattanooga Bakery will be served.

Tickets for this event are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets are available through TicketWeb at 866-468-7619 or through the Sullivan Hall website:


No advance tickets are sold at Sullivan Hall itself.

For more information on The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen, please visit:


Marc Ribot’s New Album Reviewed

Ribot’s latest effort garners a review.

Party Intellectuals is the debut recording from Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, a post-everything band combining the energies of two masters of downtown New York City mayhem: guitarist/vocalist Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, John Zorn, Robert Plant, T-Bone Burnett, Marianne Faithful, Lounge Lizards, Elvis Costello) and bassist Shahzad Ismaily (Laurie Anderson, Will Oldham, Jolie Holland, Secret Chiefs 3), with West Coast indie/experimental genius drummer Ches Smith (Xiu Xiu, Secret Chiefs 3, Trevor Dunn’s Trio Convulsant). Ribot is a widely recognized original on the guitar, with influence across multiple genres of music, including rock, jazz, punk, Latin, soul, 80s No-Wave, avant-garde and noise. Ceramic Dog draws all of this, along with Ismaily and Smith’s indie / electronica experimentation, into the power-packed Party Intellectuals.