100-Proof Blogging by Randle Aubrey

Friday, January 12, 2018

FEATURE YOUR MUSIC ON THE PINK ELEPHANTS PODCAST!

One of the key parts of making a great podcast is finding the right music to pair with the right stories, in order to make something that isn’t just informative, but is also compelling.

We regularly score Pink Elephants with a wide variety of music by independent bands and musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area, and if you’re one of those bands or musicians discovering us for the first time, we’d love to make use of your music, too.

If you’re interested, please e-mail us at 100proofpink@gmail.com with the following:
  • Any musical selections that you wish to share, in either MP3, WAV, or FLAC format, with their proper ID3 tags, or;
  • An applicable download code via which we can obtain your music
  • Links to your band’s Internet/social media presence
Given the large amount of submissions we’ve been receiving, e-mails not containing all of this information will not be considered.

Thank your interest. We look forward to making your music a part of our program!

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PINK ELEPHANTS PODCAST #04: JENNIFER WADSWORTH - REHAB GONE ROGUE

 (PHOTO: Yelp)


Life Choices Treatment Center, a drug rehab clinic in San Jose, California, never did have what you would call a “sterling” reputation. But after the clinic was shut down in 2014, a trove of Department of Health Care Services records surfaced reveal Life Choices to be one of the worst failures of California’s drug rehabilitation network in decades.

Richard Franko. (PHOTO: SV411 Podcast)
In a recent report for San Jose Inside titled “Rehab Gone Rogue,” SJI news editor Jennifer Wadsworth describes what she calls “shocking dysfunction” at Life Choices, a place where authorities investigated hundreds of accusations of “exploitation, sexual harassment, stolen medication and rampant drug use,” while in operation.

For years, Life Choices founder Richard Franko funneled numerous addicts in his recovery program to work as laborers, security, and even as bartenders at a nightclub called the Outcast Bar and Resort in Copperopolis, California, many of them undergoing court-ordered treatment and at risk of violating their parole while doing so. And that’s only the beginning.

I spoke with Jennifer about her report, and how such incredible abuses could be allowed happen in seemingly broad daylight. As a collective failure of numerous agencies across city, county, and state agencies, Life Choices has a great deal to answer for, especially now that Richard Franko and company have been allowed to open a brand new facility less than three years later: Red Road Recovery.

MUSIC:
Screw Jack – Afterthought
Book On VHS – Cheese Beast
Verse – So Hard
Juanita Harris – Autumn Leaves

If you're an independent musician or band and you'd like to have your music featured on the program, drop me an e-mail at 100proofpink@gmail.com.

Pink Elephants is produced by Randle Aubrey with with additional support from Echoplex Media. Subscribe to the show on Stitcher Radio, iTunes, or Google Play by clicking the buttons below.

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

PINK ELEPHANTS PODCAST EPISODE #04: BRUCE STURGELL IS LARGE AND IN CHARGE




On this episode, I talk with my good friend Bruce Sturgell, the country’s preeminent men’s plus-size fashion guru and founder of the website Chubstr.com, who’s new web series “Sized Up” just debuted with a big splash in September 2017.



“Sized Up” features Bruce touring the plus-size fashion scene in cities all across the country, meeting with private designers, fashion boutiques, and even major retailers who feature prominent plus-size collections, many of whom owe Bruce a debt of thanks for much of their success.

MUSIC:
Sweet HayaH – Better
Usurper Vong – The Hunt Is On (Ooh La La)
No Flow – Here To Stay
Doctor Striker – Be A Man, Go The Gym

If you're an independent musician or band and you'd like to have your music featured on the program, drop me an e-mail at 100proofpink@gmail.com.

Pink Elephants is produced by Randle Aubrey with with additional support from Echoplex Media. Subscribe to the show on Stitcher Radio, iTunes, or Google Play by clicking the buttons below.
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https://play.google.com/music/m/Irsbroubukh3njzahxcxzzdjhby?t=Pink_Elephants
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

CORNEL WEST IS A HARD MAN TO LOVE

(PHOTO: Vice)
I have been extremely hesitant to wade into Cornel West’s most recent schoolyard showdown with Ta-Nehisi Coates, but after reading the former’s recent op-ed in The Guardian“Ta-Nehisi Coates Is The Neoliberal Face Of The Black Freedom Struggle” – I would like a word.

Coates never claimed to be anyone's radical; he writes for the Atlantic, America's preeminent liberal magazine, for Chrissake. For West to paint him as one, and some sort of "false one" at that, is misleading at best and incredibly disingenuous at worst. I also don't think Coates' fatalism towards white supremacy is entirely misguided, given the events of the last eighteen months. You only need to read his essay “The First White President” to see that.

Cornel West has picked numerous fights with black intellectuals over the years, and most of them have one thing in common: they're not academics, or if they are, they're not actively practicing academia like he is. I've known a great many teachers and professors over the years, and I can spot "Teacher Voice" a mile away, which is designed to scold and not inform.

Every time he takes to the press, it's always with that former voice, which reduces what are often valid criticisms (believe me, he’s no fool) to mere complaints over who gets to be in the spotlight. West has not been able to get much traction outside of "Democracy Now" and “Black Agenda Radio” for a long time, and I imagine he feels more than a little scorned by that fact. But his envy is plainly felt, and overshadows nearly all else.

But no one – including Cornel West – should be the least bit surprised that in our centrist corporate media environment, his talk of black revolution will never take center stage, and Coates' talk of black introspection will always lead the charge. There’s little doubt that Coates acknowledges this in his own work; You only need to read his essay "My President Was Black" to see that.

Sadly, there’s little room for purity angels or glory hounds in the current debate over the soul of America. Until West acknowledges this, he’ll always be the bridesmaid and never the bride.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

PINK ELEPHANTS PODCAST #03: THE COMPANY TOWNS OF TOMORROW





Here in the Silicon Valley, technology has reigned supreme for about as long as anyone can remember. As we’ve all come to find out over the years, the ways in which Big Data shadows and even influences our online activities can be both eerie and unsettling, blurring the lines between private and public life faster than anyone can easily contemplate.

Now, companies like Facebook and Google are looking to take their operations into the offline world, and they’re starting here at home, swallowing up local real estate at a rapid pace for creating mixed-used housing developments that they plan to lease to their employees. But what does that mean for the residents of Silicon Valley, only a small portion of which have any actual say over the policy implications of building an IT company town?

To find out, I spoke with Julianne Tveten, a freelance tech journalist for Current Affairs and In These Times, and author of a recent essay for The Baffler magazine called “Zucktown, USA,” where she connects Facebook and Google’s real estate ambitions with the company towns of the 19th century.


Julianne is also a frequent guest on This Is Hell, a long-running radio program based out of Chicago. You can find her work with them here.

To learn more about what you can do to have a say in Big Data’s real estate ambitions, visit any of the following websites:


MUSIC:
Tributaries – Sugar Cubism
Kat Robichaud & The Darling Misfits – Definition Of Pretty
Doctor Striker – The Futurist
Landon Wordswell – Guess Who

If you're an independent musician or band and you'd like to have your music featured on the program, drop me an e-mail at 100proofpink@gmail.com.

Pink Elephants is produced by Randle Aubrey with with additional support from Echoplex Media. Subscribe to the show on Stitcher Radio, iTunes, or Google Play by clicking the buttons below.

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https://play.google.com/music/m/Irsbroubukh3njzahxcxzzdjhby?t=Pink_Elephants

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