Zack de la Rocha Tom Morello Tim Commerford

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Zack de la Rocha - ENFJ 2w3. I’ve also seen him typed as INFP on different sites, but there does seem to be something particularly Fe-Ni about him when it comes to his concerns with the world and the future. A lot of ENFJs are activists and deeply involved committed to helping their neighborhoods or the cultures they come from. This can be seen in all of the work Zack has done for people in the Chiapas region of Mexico, himself having ancestry from that region.

Tom Morello: ISTP  5w4 with strong 9 traits as well. Tom’s type has been debated quite a bit on a few sites I visit. Some think he is INTP too, which others suggest ISTJ. I think either INTP or ISTP fits best, but he’s a little too concrete in his speech in interviews to be particularly intuitive. For now I’m just going to stick with ISTP.

Tom Commerford: ESFP. Not really sure about the enneagram; maybe 7w6. He’s the most spontaneous member of the group (as evidenced by that now-infamous VMA statue climbing incident) and seems to be someone with an outgoing, kind of bubbly personality.

Brad Wilk: ISFJ 9w1. He hits me as being the quiet backbone of the band, someone who’s compassionate but also very committed to doing his job, which is to beat the hell out of the drums while everyone else hops around on stage. ISFJ seems to be the most common of guardian types in hard rock and heavy metal, oddly enough.

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I painted a welcome message to Hillary Clinton and the aerial news media on my South Philadelphia roof, just blocks from where the Democratic National Convention kicks off today, in the inimitable words uttered 16 years ago by a fearless and furious voice that is sorely missed in these dark times. 


Lesser evilism has brought us to this point where we are faced with two very lethal options that fundamentally represent the same interests, and it isn’t ours. And WikiLeaks confirmed on Saturday what we already knew about the DNC colluding with the Clinton campaign to secure her nomination well before any votes were cast. It has become abundantly clear that elections are not much more than political theater while our hopes and fears are being packaged and turned into a commodity that is sold right back to us. 


We must stop settling and find some alternative, any alternative, to this god forsaken slow death march. Otherwise in 4 years we will once again fall victim to political amnesia, like clockwork, and we’ll repeat this same old tired dance. And make no mistake, the extremism of one candidate shall not render the alternate candidates beyond reproach. Taking two bags of garbage out at the same time is not an impossibility.


“Elections are just a quiet, peaceful dance, for the things they will never let us have.”

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Evil Empire Turns 20
I spent some time with Zach De La Rocha once. This was pretty recently, and in a strictly non-work capacity. We've got a mutual friend, and we happened to be in the same place at the same time. It took a minute to even register the reality that I was sitting there talking to a guy I'd idolized decades ago. There are famous people who will always carry themselves like famous people, long after their fame fades. That's not De La Rocha. He's warm and generous — quiet, but in a friendly way. Once he warms up, he tells some truly mind-boggling stories. When he talked about his past, it was with a sort of shaken disbelief — as if his run as the world's most important rock star was a traumatic period that he was still trying to wrap his head around. He seemed like he doesn't get out that much. I really liked him, and I got the sense that I'd like him just the same if he was just some random guy I'd met at a party, if he'd worked at a bank or a gas station. He was emphatically not the person

Evil Empire turns 20 tomorrow (April 16) and I’ve listened to it straight through every day for the past several months as a way to reflect on it. I’ve been thinking about what this album means to me and whether I could write something that wasn’t totally banal. This article nails it. I generally tend to rank the tracks on EE higher than anything else in their catalogue because of the lyrical abstraction, which this author grasps. Structurally, the songs on EE have similar repetitive patterns as s/t, but it’s not clear to me yet if it’s any different than the average song. However, whereas s/t was heavy on the easy to grasp slogans, EE is thematically deeper and darker and as this author notes, the lines require some time to fully deconstruct. In my humble estimation, EE’s function was to build a bridge between voices of growing mass discontent in the US w/the struggle of indigenous farmers in Southern Mexico trying to retain their lands. If nothing else EE is the soundtrack to the construction of that bridge. EE was a make or break moment for them in the spotlight. Despite the heavy focus on the second track, I think the overlooked aspects of the record only underscore their growth and mission.

Say what you will about their approach and whether they were a “failed experiment”. All I can definitively say is that this band opened some doors for me that I may have never found otherwise–not just politically and socially, but I’d go as far to say emotionally and consciously. I am indebted and have committed myself to paying it forward. To say Rage was a failed experiment is to imply I, and anyone else who “woke up” because of this band, has failed. And I wholeheartedly reject that claim.

I still remember being 10 years old and borrowing this CD from a neighbor in 1996. The course of my life was created that day.