Rango Unmuzzled: Episode 60 – Wicked

 

#rangothedog vs #themistress

#rangothedog vs #themistress

Rango Unmuzzled: Episode 60 – Wicked 

Plagus goes behind Rango’s back and brings in The Mistress to co-host the show. Without missing a beat and true to form she starts distracting from the beginning, ultimately brings in the heavy gear, and completely derails the show. Includes at least one spank and the unmistakable sound of thigh-high leather boots on the floor.

HYPE! 
Quick Wicked
Sweet Davis
Budd Zunga and DR. Budd Zunga’s Labratory of Sound
Joe Sabatini‘s Radio Silence
Ben Badenhorst
The Mothership
Johndus Beckman
Steve Gardner
Janey Neal
The Condition
IMG_20140413_122437_014Timothy Bennett-Smith
Jed McConkey & Tony Floyd Kenna
Hetty Bryce-Lane
Alyse Black
Matthew Meadows & Mike Hackbert
Spank
The People Now
Joe Funktastic
Coroner for the Police
MikeWhite Presents
Jack Roberts Harvey Band
Simon James White‘s SjW
68-75
Matthew Meadows / Stuart Epps / John Marter

#audioburger #rangothedog #themistress #indierock #comedy #wicked

originally broadcast LIVE at Audioburger.com 04/13/2014

fandalism:
http://www.fandalism.com/rangothedog/cS6G

soundcloud:

spreaker:

http://www.spreaker.com/user/reputationmedia/episode-60-wicked_1

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Return of The Mistress

Rango the Dog

Rango the Dog

the one where the mistress shows up and messes with my head:

1/2 way into the show she has #rangothedog babbling like an idiot!

(worse than normal)

Rangounmuzzled #59 – Fango Unruzzled

Rango kicks off the show celebrating the release of Ben Badenhorst’s Unicorn Happiness. Along the way: birthday greetings to The Mistress and some high profile indies.

During the second half everything comes apart as The Mistress herself walks into the studio and proceeds to blow up the show, going tit-for-tat against Rango and showing him who’s the boss on the mic.

Featuring the unmuzzled artistry of:

Ben Badenhorst
Hetty Bryce-Lane
Joe Gande
Intisaar Jubran
HYPE!
Windowpane
Kara Johnstad
JC Flow
The People Now
Karn8
Savage Henry
Budd Zunga from DR. Budd Zunga’s Labratory of Sound
Mike Hartman
Mike Hackbert
Alyse Black
Janey Neal
Spank
The Mothership
Klover Jane
and
Matthew Meadows with Stuart Epps & John Marter

Broadcast LIVE at The Audioburger 04/06/2014

#audioburger #rangothedog #themistress #benbad #comedy #unicorns

Fandalism:
http://www.fandalism.com/rangothedog/cSdz

Soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/matthewmeadowsmusic/rango-unmuzzled-59-fango

Spreaker Podcast:
http://www.spreaker.com/user/reputationmedia/episode-59-fango-unruzzled_1

 

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Rango Unmuzzled Episode 58: Return of the Malfeasant

Rango Unmuzzled: Episode 57 – Crimea River

Episode 57 - Crimea River

Episode 57 – Crimea River

Rangounmuzzled #57 – Crimea River

Rango pops one off about revolution in the Ukraine and delivers commentary on three stories of police brutality in the United States circulating in the media this week.

Note the views expressed here are exclusively those of show host #rangothedog. They do not represent the views of Audioburger, the other presenters there, or this week’s unmuzzled artists.

Featuring the music of:

Quick Wicked
JC Flow
Jack Mustard
Ben Badenhorst
Steve Costello
Coroner for the Police
Johndus Beckman
Jed McConkey
Head
The Mothership

The AudioBurger

The AudioBurger

The Starving Artists
Jonny Smokes
The People Now
Simon James White‘s SjW
HYPE! 
More Starving Artists
Steve Gardner and The Condition
Janey Neal
Barry Digitalskunk Burford‘s Digital Skunk
Stintier & Honig
Joel A Heslop‘s mr spoon
Matthew Meadows / Stuart Epps / John Marter
Tink the Hummingbird
#audioburger #indie #ukraine #policebrutality #policestate

Originally broadcast LIVE at The Audioburger 03/23/2014

Podcasts available here:

Fandalism

http://www.fandalism.com/rangothedog/cQcC

Spreaker

http://www.spreaker.com/user/reputationmedia/episode-57-crimea-river_2

Soundcloud

Rango Unmuzzled: Episode 55 – Highway Robbery

Rango Unmuzzled #55 - Highway Robbery

Rango Unmuzzled #55 – Highway Robbery

Rango Unmuzzled #55: Highway Robbery

Rango gets robbed on the highway and nobody cares.

Featuring the unmuzzled artistry of:

68-75
Chris Dair
Keith Patterson
Starving Artists
Spank
Southern Experience
Quick Wicked
Shallowpoint
The People Now
Karn8
The Mothership
Mike de Velta
Tim Hearn
Jack Roberts Harvey Band
Janey Neal
Wally Montgomery & Barry Burford
Ben Badenhorst
Matthew Meadows / Stuart Epps / John Marter

#audioburger #rangothedog #indierock #americana #comedy #blues #hardrock

#fandalism:
http://www.fandalism.com/rangothedog/cOcp

#soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/matthewmeadowsmusic/rango-unmuzzled-55-highway

#spreaker:
http://www.spreaker.com/user/reputationmedia/episode-55-highway-robbery_1

#whatson:
http://www.audioburger.com/

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#rangothedog

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Rango Unmuzzled #54: Molotov Cocktail

Rango Unmuzzled #54

Rango Unmuzzled #54

If you live in Kenmore, Washington you should be very concerned about how your elected city council is representing you. I attended the last two Kenmore City Council meetings and walked out disgusted.

After two weeks of open comments during which every single speaker that spoke about the water tax was against it, they voted it in 5:1 and didn’t even give us the courtesy of deliberation beyond discussing the fact that it was already on the budget. It demonstrated utter disregard for the consensus of the people against the tax.

I talked about it on my radio show this week and and now countless thousands of people all around the world are now being educated at how democracy operates in our little town.

From this week’s show, transcribed excerpt from Rango Unmuzzled #54: Molotov Cocktail:

we need to talk about democracy.  we need to talk about this because, as i mentioned at the beginning of the show,i’m shocked at the level of apathy that i’ve seen in my immediate world view, which is almost exclusively through social media.

you know, i don’t have a television. i don’t have any interest in watching the regular newcasts that everybody else is using to source their information. but, i have enough access to enough information to basically conclude that we are too complacent. and i was in a position this week where i saw democracy get completely trashed. and it happened here in my own community. i had previously been to the northshore utility district, and complained there about their punitive billing practices. you know, when you are a citizen of the united states, you are living in a country where we feel it’s morally acceptable that people who run out of money should be punished by taking more of their money. and it makes it very, very hard to get out of a hole. it makes it very, very hard to get back on your feet when you’ve stumbled. there are other mechanisms that could be employed when people find themselves in a position where they are unemployed, or underemployed, or have been faced with catastrophic financial circumstances, there should be some mechanism to ensure that something as basic as water continues to be available to that person.

i gave a presentation to the northshore utility district about this very thing, and shortly after that i went across the street where the kenmore city council was debating adding an additional 5% to our water bills for no additional services. it was called a franchise fee. and this was something that northshore utility district did not want imposed upon their customers, because effectively it’s a regressive water tax, and it leaves the taxation inforcement responsibility on the northshore utility district, and they don’t want to be going out there unplugging people’s water. you know, that’s the very last thing that should ever be taken away from somebody. arguably it should never be taken away from somebody…here in seattle, it falls from the sky endlessly…

Rango the Dog

Rango the Dog

so i went to this kenmore city council meeting two weeks ago, and i was one of a handful of citizens that spoke out vehemently against this water tax. and there was no dancing around, there was no dodging around the topic. everybody called it a water tax. but the city council didn’t see it that way. and when i went back to the city council two weeks later, again, every single person that was present spoke out against the water tax. so this is at a public forum, where the city council gives everybody the opportunity to just show up and state their views. so after hearing two weeks of testimony where every single citizen spoke out against this water tax, the city council then went into a phase of quasi-deliberation, at which point they didn’t deliberate at all. the only thing they talked about was the fact that this 5% allocation was already on the books. they had already budgeted for it. so the only topic of discussion was the fact that it was a hassle, and that from their standpoint the northshore utility district didn’t have to send the tax to the rate payers, they should find another way to absorb it. but i just think that was completely specious. because everybody in the audience spoke out against the tax. and they made some very good points. and you know what? none of that was discussed by the city council. they voted 5:1 to go forward with the new water tax. so the people in kenmore, you’re going to have an additional 5% on your water bill, and you guys have got your own city council to thank for it.

man, this is absolutely unbelievable. this is the united states of america. you know we were the cradle of democracy, and we have completely fallen down. we’ve become complacent. we’ve developed a callous disregard for people that have to go without. and we’ve institutionalized this to think that it’s ok. kenmore city council, that is not how democracy works.

Rango’s calling out the fomenting unrest in the Ukraine, contrasting it against the complacency in the US. Drawing the battle lines: 3 hours of hard & progressive rock, pop & hop mixed in with rarified guitar pyrotechnics. Featuring the unmuzzled artistry of:

Quick Wicked
Jonny Smokes
Ben Badenhorst
Vallejo
Katsumi Yoshihara
Steve Costello
Simon James White/ SjW
Ariel Eshcar
The Mothership
68-75
Fatbwoi
Joe Funktastic
Joel A Heslop’s mr spoon
Barry Burford’s Digital Skunk
Chris Dair
Jack Mustard
JC Flow
Joe Gande
Windowpane
Stinktier & Honig
parker BOMBSHELL

Broadcast LIVE at The Audioburger 03/02/2014

Fandalism:
http://www.fandalism.com/rangothedog/cNdI

Spreaker:
http://www.spreaker.com/user/reputationmedia/episode-54-molotov-cocktail_1

Soundcloud
https://soundcloud.com/matthewmeadowsmusic/rango-unmuzzled-episode-54

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Rango Unmuzzled #53 – Midlife Crisis

whiteout with #rangothedog

whiteout with #rangothedog

Rango cancelled his show and went off to the mountain in search of fun only to get turned back. Firing back at an otherwise fatally boring day with the unmuzzled artistry of:

Shade Law
Suzanne Sledge and 68-75
Don Sinyo
Savage Henry
Budd Zunga
Simon James White
Mike Hartman
Alyse Black
Matthew Meadows and Mike Hackbert
Spank
The Mothership
Quick Wicked

Broadcast LIVE at the audioburger 02/23/2014

^^^ but this is the revisionist history version.

#audioburger #rangothedog #midlife #crisis #indierock

http://www.fandalism.com/rangothedog/cMkn

Rango Unmuzzled #52 – House of Cards

“Franchise Fee” vs “Regressive Water Tax”

Rango the Dog

Rango the Dog

Yesterday I presented a slide show about punitive billing practices over delinquent accounts to the good folks at the Northshore Utility District (NUD).  Shortly after I finished one of the commissioners informed me of an imminent Kenmore City Council meeting where the council was proposing a 5% “franchise fee” to update the franchise agreement with NUD that they already have.

My immediate thought: update it for what? Nothing has changed.  If it’s already a franchise, and that’s going to continue to be the case, then what’s the 5% for?  The city is just helping themselves to a 5% tax increase on non-trivial water bills, punishing the folks that are hurting the worst and causing some of them to lose access to water.  It’s a regressive tax by another name.  From the city council website:

The City of Kenmore does not currently own and operate water and sewer utilities and instead grants a franchise allowing Northshore Utility District (NUD) to provide water and sewer utilities to Kenmore residents and businesses. The City’s current franchise agreement with NUD was adopted in 2003 and needs to be updated to clarify responsibilities among entities and reflect changes in state law.

The franchise agreement addresses costs the City incurs for operating a franchise, including administration costs and impact on City infrastructure. To help recover these costs, a 5% franchise fee is included in the proposed franchise agreement with NUD. It is expected that customers will see a corresponding increase in their water and sewer utility bills.

“if it looks like a rose…” - #rangothedog

Kenmore City Hall

Kenmore City Hall

I went to the meeting, the first time I’ve ever participated in any kind of politics other than dispassionate voting, and was given the opportunity to speak twice, for three minutes each.  During my first presentation I stated my case about the nature of the tax, disputing the language of “franchise fee” as slippery political gamesmanship and pointing out that it had an impact on the people that are hurting the worst but that it did not present any additional services to justify the increase.  I was not alone in my opinions here, and in fact not a single person in the audience spoke favorably about the proposed ordinance (or the city council proper for that matter).

After the public had a round of comments, the city manager and a partner lawyer that helped write the proposal, made the presentation for the new ordinance.  They justified the 5% increase with comparative analysis, pragmatically thorough but logically specious.  They compared the 5% proposed tax to similar taxes in surrounding, upscale communities where the property valuations are much higher and business environments much more favorable.  And they compared the fee to similar taxes imposed for less critical services such as electricity and cell phone service.

After they presented their case the water commissioner that informed me of the meeting was given an opportunity to speak.  She called me out by name and cited some round figures about the customer base of  NUD that raised the interest of the council.  She didn’t have the figures in front of her at the time but I’ve brought them forward here:

27.3% of customers received a late notice (6,609 of 24,175).
5.4%  of customers received termination notices (1,311 of 24,175).
1.4% of customers were shutdown (349 of 24,175).

Kenmore City Council

Kenmore City Council

After the presentation from the city manager and the comments from the water commissioner, the floor was opened again to the public.  I was cited by name again from some of the people in the audience, and when given the opportunity to speak for the second time I did not hesitate.  During my 3 minute allotment I pointed out the logical fallacy of comparing the tax to the franchise fee rates imposed by the wealthy neighboring communities of Kirkland and Woodinville, and the specious logic involved comparing this life-sustaining service to cell phones or even electricity.  I pointed out how for a small number of people, this tax would be the pebble that started the snowball rolling.  Paraphrasing my closing comments here:

“there is a statistically tractable estimate that can be established based on readily available data sets reflecting the number of people that will lose their water service as the result of this franchise tax.  make sure you’re comfortable with that number” – #rangothedog

I’m going back to the NUD offices soon to see about brainstorming on solutions for delinquent billing policies, including deep-diving on the notion of providing a check box on the water bill to contribute $1 to those that are less fortunate as discussed on this week’s radio show.  And I’m going back to city hall in when they council meets again to discuss this matter.   With any luck:

“none shall pass” – gandalf

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Rango Unmuzzled #51: Area 51 – Spillover

 

Rango Unmuzzled - Area 51

Rango Unmuzzled – Area 51

Rangounmuzzled Episode 51: Area 51 – Spillover

#rangothedog brings a sampler of artists from 50 episodes and spotlights some of this season’s world premieres. Celebrating the birthday of Whiskey Tex and one year of shows. Featuring the unmuzzled artistry of:

JC Flow
Janey Neal
Quick Wicked
68-75
Timothy Bennett-Smith‘s CIVILIZED TEARS
Jack Mustard
Head
Budd Zunga
MikeWhite Presents
Jenni French
Joel A Heslop‘s mr spoon
Barry Burford‘s Digital Skunk
Stinktier & Honig
Ben Badenhorst
John Q. Public
Simon James White / SjW
The Starving Artists
The Mothership

(Whiskey Tex gets robbed in the end)

#audioburger #rangothedog #whiskeytex #indierock #area51

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Fandalism:
http://fandalism.com/rangothedog/cKpA

Soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/matthewmeadowsmusic/rango-unmuzzled-51-area-51

Spreaker Podcast
http://www.spreaker.com/user/reputationmedia/episode-51-area-51-spillover_1

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