Maria nailed this one : in my near psychotic, celebratory glee that Spoon and the Brooklyn Cyclones would be playing within mere yards of each other on July 16, I neglected to notice that this year’s Village Voice Siren Festival is sponsored by the U.S. Army.

You know, the Be All You Can Be Army. Or as Eric Bogosian put it, “The New Action Army”.

Not content with focusing their recruiting efforts on college campuses, shopping malls and arena football games, the G.I. Jerkoffs are clearly targeting the underground rock cognescenti. Which, I think, is a pretty dubious way to spend the military’s budget. I mean, I love the idea that Dungen are getting money that might’ve otherwise been spent on a bomb, but do we really want Joe Gaer to be our last line of defense When The Heavy Shit Goes Down?

(Sgt. Bilko, very perturbed that The Haunted Pussy Band aren’t on the bill)

I’m sorry, but I’m not down with that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell bullshit. I’m writing letters to my congressman, senator and Donald Rumsfeld today, urging them to direct the Army’s marketing dough towards potential recruits that might actually make decent killing machines / cannon fodder. Where’s the sponsorship love for the Def Leppard/Bryan Adams tour?