Friday, February 29, 2008

Our Election Process is Still Screwed Up

by Jay Allbritton
The basic problems that have plagued the last few national elections remain in play. I received mail that was clearly a caging letter for a previous resident at my non-fortified Florida domicile. The suppression tactics and vote flipping machines still remain in place all over the country. While I think the margins will be so robust for Democrats that vote theft and suppression won't swing the inevitable, the vote could still easily fall within the wide margin for theft. As long as it's possible for one jackass to download a vote-flipping virus that effects the entire election--no conspiracy necessary--then we have no democracy.

And that is possible.

From PC World:

Diebold Election Systems Inc. voting machines are not secure enough to guarantee a trustworthy election, and an attacker with access to a single machine could disrupt or change the outcome of an election using viruses, according to a review of Diebold's source code.

"The software contains serious design flaws that have led directly to specific vulnerabilities that attackers could exploit to affect election outcomes," read the University of California at Berkeley report, commissioned by the California Secretary of State as part of a two-month "top-to-bottom" review of electronic voting systems certified for use in California.

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Here's the trailer for the documentary, UnCounted The Movie.

More than One Percent of Americans in Jail

by Jay Allbritton
Uh... I'm thinking we ought to maybe reform the system. Just a hunch.

From AP:
For the first time in history, more than one in every 100 American adults is in jail or prison, according to a new report tracking the surge in inmate population and urging states to rein in corrections costs with alternative sentencing programs.

The report, released today by the Pew Center on the States, said the 50 states spent more than $49 billion on corrections last year, up from less than $11 billion 20 years earlier. The rate of increase for prison costs was six times greater than for higher education spending, the report said.

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Sometimes you get to hang out for sixty days or so before they throw your ass in. If your a former state senator, that is.

In the case of Don Siegelman, however, it was immediate lock down. "Last summer," Raw Story reported last November, "Siegelman was sentenced to seven years in prison and immediately whisked off to a series of out-of-state jails, not even being allowed to remain free on bond while his appeal was under way."

Even Stormtroopers are getting busted.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Live, Mr. Bojangles

by Hector Diego


Supposedly there actually was a dude named Bojangles, the best damned dancer there ever was. Perhaps Bojangles was a generic name for folk dancers in the earlier part of the 20th century.

There's a line in the song about a dog that up and died, so till now I thought it was a dog song...I thought Bojangles was a dog!

According to my neighbor, I must have had too many of those funny cigarettes.

No. I never had more than my share.

Lassie

by Hector Diego

Peter And Gordon

by Hector Diego


If you like a good dog story, this one's for you.

Peter And Gordon, I Go To Pieces

by Hector Diego


I'm glad the screaming era didn't last that long.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Woody Guthrie, Blowin' Down The Road

by Hector Diego


I ain't a gonna be treated this way.

Pete Seeger And Friends, To Hear Your Banjo Play

by Hector Diego


For those pups that don't know, Alan Lomax was a musicologist dedicated to preserving America's musical heritage. He discovered Leadbelly in an Alabama prison, recorded him and Woody Guthrie and many other folk artists such as Brownie McGhee, and produced this film posted on TWS.

For some reason, it was folk music that became the genre for expressing progressive ideas in the thirties, forties, and fifties, until rock and roll matured and gave us Lennon's "Revolution". It wasn't jazz or Bing Crosby that spoke the truths unappreciated by the Establishment, it was folk.

I understand that this makes sense intuitively, but perhaps the Station Agent might have a comment that will put it into perspective.

Paul McCartney, Uncle Albert/Albert Halsey

by Hector Diego


This is a silly song compared to almost anything written by Lennon in his solo career. What's it about?

I used to think "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" was about nothing, but now I believe it is about doing nothing, and enjoying it--being lazy, cozy, kicking back.

Should we be so preoccupied with political or social meaning that what it simply means to be human gets no status?

I feel McCartney has gotten some bad reviews he doesn't deserve only because he appreciates the mundane. Let's be honest, this song is a masterpiece of melody...no, half a dozen melodies.

Woody Guthrie wrote songs for children, too.

So ha ha.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

You Won't See Me

by Hector Diego


It's classic Paul.

Kimya's Headband

by Jay Allbritton
I hoped to find a clip of Kimya Dawson playing the Independent Spirit Awards, but alas, that is perhaps the one thing that was ever on television not on YouTube. So be it. But I did find this fun clip of Kimya discussing the experience and its affect on her wardrobe. She also met Dustin Hoffman, who likes her work. I knew Rainman was cool!

Kimya also wrote about her ISA experience on her Live Journal.


Kimya talks about her Independent Spirit Award experience from Zackwolk on Vimeo.

She also played some songs. Here's "Being Cool".

Kimya Dawson - Being Cool Live @ Amoeba Records in Hollywood, CA from Zackwolk on Vimeo.

And "I Like Giants"

Kimya Dawson - I like Giants LIVE Ameoba Hollywood In-Store from optimisto on Vimeo.

Turkey to Issue Review of the Hadith

by Jay Allbritton
Am I nuts, or does this have the potential to radically transform Islam--perhaps even creating a schism as great as the Sunni/Shi'ite divide?

From The BBC:
Turkey is preparing to publish a document that represents a revolutionary reinterpretation of Islam - and a controversial and radical modernisation of the religion.

The country's powerful Department of Religious Affairs has commissioned a team of theologians at Ankara University to carry out a fundamental revision of the Hadith, the second most sacred text in Islam after the Koran.

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Here's the wikipedia entry for Hadith.

Teresa at Making Light has more.

William F. Buckley, Jr Dies At 82

by Hector Diego


Buckley was an intellectual political and fiscal conservative who sincerely and very ably supported the legalization of marijuana. He was loved by many who disagreed with his conservative views.

Most of the leading conservatives of our time have not impressed me, but Buckley would catch my attention when he was on television.

The White Album, Part Eight

by Hector Diego

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Miwa Matreyek, Digitopia

by Hector Diego


Click here for Matreyek's award winning video of whatever it is.

Good stuff.

Pew Research Finds Massive Change in America's Religious Makeup

by Jay Allbritton
NPR sums up the findings of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life (h/t Hector Diego):
Americans are comfortable with change. They not only change jobs and swap hometowns, but, according to a new report, they also try out different faiths.

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life surveyed tens of thousands of Americans and found that more than 40 percent will switch from the faith of their upbringing.

Steve Inskeep discusses the report's findings with Luis Lugo, director of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

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Some of the more interesting findings of the study were that 44 percent of Americans have switched religious affiliations, 16 percent of adults characterize themselves as unaffiliated and Protestants have dropped from two-thirds of the population in the seventies to about 50 percent now.

Penny Lane

by Hector Diego


With Penny Lane the Beatles became enshrined as the-musical-group-for-the-whole-family.

The Wholesome Beatles, LSD and all.

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Act Naturally

by Hector Diego


A fine vocal by Ringo.

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American Artist,Virginia Wynette Pugh (1942--1998)

by Hector Diego


Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man" is one of the largest selling singles by a woman in the entire recording industry---any genre---since it began. "In 2003, Stand by Your Man was rated number one on CMT's 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music." Number one out of all of them redneck songs. That's quite an accomplishment.

"Derided by the feminist movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s, Wynette in later years defended the song as not a call for women to place themselves second to men, but rather a suggestion that women attempt to overlook their husbands' shortcomings and faults if they truly love them. The song remained contentious into the early 1990s, when soon-to-be First Lady Hillary Clinton told CBS' 60 Minutes during an interview that she "wasn't some little woman 'standing by my man' like Tammy Wynette." Wynette (who reportedly responded 'How dare that bitch say that about me!') demanded and later received an apology from Clinton."

Wynette supported Bill Clinton's bid for the Presidency. If she were alive today, would she be for Obama?

Tim McGraw, "Back When" A Hoe Was A Hoe

by Hector Diego


I'm not much into modern country, but once in awhile one comes along that I find amusing. I have the same relation with punk...I can't take it seriously...in a country bar or at a punk show I would be seriously in danger of getting thrashed for my irreverence.

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Beatles/Rolling Stones Megamix

by Hector Diego


You would think that since the Beatles and the Stones were fairly close friends, the internet would have many images of them together. Such is not the case--this picture of Lennon and family with the Stones' Brian Jones and Mick Taylor (I think) and The Who's Roger Daltrey is all I could find. Strange, that.

This is mostly the Stones. Give it a listen.


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Zombies! Organize! Perform The Zombie Manifesto

by Hector Diego


Last night I did something that is very, very rare for me--I went to a club with my wife. Zombies! Organize! put on a very fine show, mixing techno, rap, goth, political consciousness, modern feminism, and sexually suggestive lyrics. Something for everyone.

What's a consumer? A zombie, of course.

Edward Kennedy Eulogizes Robert F. Kennedy

by Hector Diego


You don't need the background music to appreciate this tear-jerker. If only the Devil would go on vacation at the appropriate times!

Damn that bridge, damn that bridge, damn that bridge...

The American Experience: Robert Kennedy

by Hector Diego


I have posted this little film of Robert F. Kennedy for people who are not Americans, so that they can understand the current passion for Barack Obama. We feel that President John Kennedy, Senator Robert Kennedy, and the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King were stolen from us by the forces of reaction, by the people that want no change in the status quo.

In truth our nation has never recovered from the assassinations of these great men. Obama's candidacy, both image and substance, reminds us of the unspent grief that lies just beneath the surface of America's social and political consciousness.

Obama offers emotional and practical healing. I have no idea whether he can deliver this, but that's what his run for President is all about.



This montage and music of the opening scenes of PBS' The American Experience was what I was looking for when I came across the Kennedy piece.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

L.A. to Save Bukoskwi's Bungalow

by Jay Allbritton
Nice to see that his hometown can show a little love for giant of 20th century literature.

From Reuters:
Poet and author Charles Bukowski is gone but the bungalow where he penned his first novel still stands, as bedraggled as the writer himself, and city leaders say they will save it as a literary landmark in a city better known for its Hollywood glitz.

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I was saddened when I finished reading the novel Women, which I consider Bukowski's best, because after I read it, there were no Bukoski novels left for me to read. The man wrote six mindblowing novels, the first of which, Post Office, was not published until he was 51.

Here's a trailer for a movie about Bukoski called Born into This.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Johnny Cash, God's Gonna Cut You Down

by Hector Diego


I felt like balancing the levity of the previous post with The Man In Black.

Our Savior, Bob Dobbs

by Hector Diego


That's right, folks--the mighty patriarch of the Church of the Subgenius, Bob Dobbs--has come to save you from LACK OF SLACK.

Now, don't tell me that you don't want slack. It is a universal desire, even a need.

Just give me slack, and everything else will follow.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Moody Blues, In Search Of The Lost Chord, Part Five

by Hector Diego


I do not recommend that anyone follow the path of the late Dr. Leary. But he was a genius with profound insights into the nature of human consciousness.

Take him with a truckload of salt if you have to.

Quick, Name One Barack Obama Accomplishment!

by Jay Allbritton
Chris Matthews drank the blood of an Obama supporter in one of the more viral videos this week. On Tuesday, during coverage of the Wisconsin and Hawaii primaries, Matthews asked Obama supporter, Texas State Senator Kirk Watson, to name just one of Obama's legislative accomplishments. Watson had nothing and it was painful to watch.

Steve Benen writes that it didn't have to be that way. Hilzoy has a list of several of Obama's accomplishments.

If you're looking for one shining example (Hilzoy covers this one too) here it is.
Lugar-Obama Nonproliferation Legislation Signed into Law by the President

WASHINGTON – President Bush today signed the Lugar-Obama proliferation and threat reduction initiative into law.

Authored by U.S. Sens. Dick Lugar (R-IN) and Barack Obama (D-IL), the Lugar-Obama initiative expands U.S. cooperation to destroy conventional weapons. It also expands the State Department's ability to detect and interdict weapons and materials of mass destruction.

"The United States should do more to eliminate conventional weapons stockpiles and assist other nations in detecting and interdicting weapons of mass destruction. We believe that these functions are underfunded, fragmented and in need of high-level support," said Lugar, Republican leader of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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On October 1, 2001, Time ran an article that highlighted the prescience of the Nunn-Lugar Act that Lugar-Obama is based on.

Largely ignored in recent years and stripped of critical funding as recently as July, the Nunn-Lugar Act, or "Cooperative Threat Reduction Program" has garnered public attention since the September 11th attacks. Once regarded as peripheral, the Nunn-Lugar now looks not only prescient but absolutely essential.

Co-sponsored by Sam Nunn, former Democratic Senator from Georgia, and Indiana Republican Richard Lugar, the Act was first approved in 1991 in response to the disintegration of the Soviet Union. Designed to limit the threat of suddenly itinerant weaponry, Nunn-Lugar established a fund to pay for the identification, destruction and disposal of nuclear and chemical weapons. The initiative also actively welcomed former Soviet scientists into the American community, hoping to lure prospective bomb-makers and chemical-mixers away from rogue nations.

Nunn and Lugar also co-sponsored the 1996 Nunn-Lugar-Domenici Domestic Preparedness Initiative, which builds on the goals of the original Nunn-Lugar Act and also trains civilians to assist disaster workers after an attack by a weapon of mass destruction, including any biological agents. According to press secretary Andy Fisher, Senator Lugar expects the program to be rolled into the larger homeland defense effort headed by former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge. Once again, Nunn and Lugar were ahead of the curve.

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Keith Olbermann's rejoinder to Matthews--he asked Matthews to name one thing Congress has accomplished in the last seven years--is an important point. The era of the unitary Decidership has made it impossible for intentions to be converted into accomplishments. What has any Democratic Senator accomplished with the Bush/GOP roadblock in place? By comparison, Obama appears prolific.

Crossposted at Ice Station Tango.

Rilo Kiley, Breaking Up

by Hector Diego


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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Twist And Shout

by Hector Diego


Never hurts to go back to the early Beatles.

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Florida Evolves...

by Jay Allbritton
...slowly

Yesterday, Florida's Board of Education grew legs and crawled out of the ocean. Then they voted to allow teachers to use the term "scientific theory of evolution" when teaching science.

During the public comment time on the new standards, a man opposed to the move spoke with clarity seldom seen in my home state of Florida.
Now I have in my hand an orange. I was about to eat this orange yesterday, but before I did I sat down and read about this evolution stuff. I learned that this orange is actually my first cousin. I didn't want to eat the orange no more. So now I'm going to give it to you people on the committee, and you can eat it if you want. But if you do decide to eat it, it shows that you don't believe in this evolution either. And we shouldn't be teaching our kids something no one believes.
Fascinating. Here's the video. It's riveting.

Crossposted at Les Enragés.Org.

The White Album, Part Seven

by Hector Diego


Come on, it's such a joy...

Fiona Apple - Tonight You Belong to Me

by Jay Allbritton
Nice old-timey cover of the Gene Clark classic performed with Jon Brion and members of Nickel Creek.

Let's Have The Cleaner Candidate

by Hector Diego

He's "stronger than dirt".

"Both Senator Obama and I would make history," the New York senator said. "But only one of us is ready on day one to be commander in chief, ready to manage our economy, and ready to defeat the Republicans. Only one of us has spent 35 years being a doer, a fighter and a champion for those who need a voice."

Clinton's words are not credible. Let's take her third claim--that she is better equipped to win over John McCain.

This is patently absurd. He's obviously the stronger candidate against the Republicans, and he has something extra that she lacks.

A nice, clean scent, fresh as spring.

Take a whiff.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Castro Steps Down

by Hector Diego

Fidel Castro with Che Guevara

I used to temper my fascination with Castro by the knowledge that his alleged brutality was probably true. As the years passed, I could not avoid the realization that the brutality of America is certainly, not just probably, true.

I now understand that the whole world is a crazy mix of good and bad, Castro and America included. They are generous and cruel, kind and unforgiving, compassionate and ruthless. Deeply flawed, both have tried to do the right thing. They have frequently failed...

It is a shame that America has shunned Castro, mostly on ideological grounds. Cuba and America have much to offer each other.

Anyway, can we hear "Guantanamera" one more time?

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Monday, February 18, 2008

The Humor Of Bill Hicks

by Hector Diego


Find out why God created Republicans.

That's the Problem Right There

by Jay Allbritton
We're, like, dumb and stuff.

From The Washington Post:
The Dumbing of America

By Susan Jacoby

"The mind of this country, taught to aim at low objects, eats upon itself." Ralph Waldo Emerson offered that observation in 1837, but his words echo with painful prescience in today's very different United States. Americans are in serious intellectual trouble -- in danger of losing our hard-won cultural capital to a virulent mixture of anti-intellectualism, anti-rationalism and low expectations.

This is the last subject that any candidate would dare raise on the long and winding road to the White House. It is almost impossible to talk about the manner in which public ignorance contributes to grave national problems without being labeled an "elitist," one of the most powerful pejoratives that can be applied to anyone aspiring to high office. Instead, our politicians repeatedly assure Americans that they are just "folks," a patronizing term that you will search for in vain in important presidential speeches before 1980. (Just imagine: "We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain . . . and that government of the folks, by the folks, for the folks, shall not perish from the earth.") Such exaltations of ordinariness are among the distinguishing traits of anti-intellectualism in any era.

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Late great comedian Bill Hicks was all over this. In this clip he too pinpoints the rise of American anti-intellectualism at about 1980. As an example he recounts what happened when he dared read a book in a Waffle House in Tennessee.

Tegan And Sara Live On Letterman

by Hector Diego


Performing "My Number".

Elliott Smith - King's Crossing

by Jay Allbritton
I never saw this video before. It's a bit disturbing at times, as are the lyrics to the song, but it's great, like every other song this staggering genius gave us.

Elle240 - My Number

by Jay Allbritton
YouTube musician Elle240 absolutely kills on this cover of Tegan and Sara's "My Number".

Hadai Nityananda Das, Nityananda Bhajan

by Hector Diego


Today is the avirbhava, the birthday, of Lord Nityananda.

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Zager And Evans, In The Year 2525

by Hector Diego


Zager and Evans really have their time line screwed up. You will not have to wait thousands of years to choose your kid from a test tube--that has already been accomplished, and the genome project has much more in store...

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The White Album, Part Six

by Hector Diego

Friday, February 15, 2008

Dusty Springfield, Windmills Of Your Mind

by Hector Diego


1968.

Boehner Protests Political Grandstanding With Political Grandstanding

by Jay Allbritton
I posted on this at Political Machine, but now the video's on YouTube. It's quite a stunt for a guy that hammered to pull off.



Crossposted from Ice Station Tango.

Jonatha Brooke - Linger

by Jay Allbritton
Jonatha Brooke is quite a powerful performer. She reminds me a bit of Ani DiFranco, though no one is really like Ani. I meant that as praise for Jonatha Brooke. Anyway, here she is on Letterman doing "Linger".

I Saw Her Standing There

by Hector Diego


One of McCartney's early rock and roll triumphs.

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American Pie

by Hector Diego


It's about American nostalgia.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Grateful Dead, U.S. Blues

by Hector Diego


Lyrics by Robert Hunter.

Red and white, blue suede shoes, I'm Uncle Sam, how do you do?
Gimme five, I'm still alive, ain't no luck, I learned to duck.
Check my pulse, it don't change. Stay seventy-two come shine or rain.
Wave the flag, pop the bag, rock the boat, skin the goat.
Wave that flag, wave it wide and high.
Summertime done, come and gone, my, oh, my.

I'm Uncle Sam, that's who I am; Been hidin' out in a rock and roll band.
Shake the hand that shook the hand of P.T. Barnum and Charlie Chan.
Shine your shoes, light your fuse. Can you use them ol' U.S. Blues?
I'll drink your health, share your wealth, run your life, steal your wife.
Wave that flag, wave it wide and high.
Summertime done, come and gone, my, oh, my.

Back to back chicken shack. Son of a gun, better change your act.
We're all confused, what's to lose?
You can call this song, the United States Blues.
Wave that flag, wave it wide and high.
Summertime done, come and gone, my, oh, my.

Clinton Will Appeal to Superdelegates

by Jay Allbritton
Can you imagine how volcanic the reaction from the Clinton camp would be if Barack Obama were behind and let loose a belligerent, anti-democratic salvo like this?

From The Boston Globe:
Hillary Clinton will take the Democratic nomination even if she does not win the popular vote, but persuades enough superdelegates to vote for her at the convention, her campaign advisers say.

The New York senator, who lost three primaries Tuesday night, now lags slightly behind her rival, Illinois Senator Barack Obama, in the delegate count. She is even further behind in "pledged'' delegates, those assigned by virtue of primaries and caucuses.

But Clinton will not concede the race to Obama if he wins a greater number of pledged delegates by the end of the primary season, and will count on the 796 elected officials and party bigwigs to put her over the top, if necessary, said Clinton's communications director, Howard Wolfson.

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"We are interested in acquiring delegates, period," a Clinton spokesperson said.

As if there's no difference between directly elected representatives and bought and paid for rank and file members of a political party. The coercion going on behind the scenes is intense. Bill Clinton reportedly lost it on Bill Richardson when Richardson didn't endorse Hillary Clinton. "What, isn't two Cabinet posts enough?"

Uh huh. And what do you think they told John Edwards, who is supposedly close to endorsing Clinton?

I'm sure Obama cuts deals and twists arms too, but there's no need for these people to choose our candidate.

Crossposted at Ice Station Tango.

The Band - Tears of Rage

by Jay Allbritton
From Woodstock.

Inspired by this great post by fellow Unruly mob member SadButTrue at Les Enragés.Org. SbT and many other American citizens cried tears of rage at some time or other over the sad, sorry state of our civil liberties under Bush. In this case, it's over the Senates capitulation on immunity for the telecoms. They break the law and spy on us, and our Senate lets them do it. I'm not looking to persecute the phone companies, but, if the House gives in the way the Senate did, we'll never know exactly what the lunatics in our government really did.

Louis Armstrong, What A Wonderful World

by Hector Diego


Happy Valentine Day, people.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Things We Said Today

by Hector Diego


This looks like a photo of a Beatles card. I couldn't get into baseball cards, but I had a stack of Beatles cards a mile high.

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The Traveling Wilburys, Not Alone Anymore

by Hector Diego


The Traveling Wilburys was a supergroup consisting of George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan.

Dylan And Lennon

by Hector Diego


It's an apples and oranges type of comparison.

Beatles, Tell Me What You See

by Hector Diego


A most unusual melody.

Jefferson Airplane, Pretty As You Feel

by Hector Diego

All In The Family - Sammy Davis Jr

by Hector Diego


America's social and political consciousness merged with comedy in this show. There hasn't been anything like it before or since.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

New Last FM Playlist

by Jay Allbritton
Last FM has changed their service quite a bit over the last couple of months. The site has some potential and appears to be getting better all the time. Here's a playlist I just cooked up.







US Military Wants To Develop Homosexual Bomb

by Hector Diego


I don't have a date for this video. Are they still working on the Gay Bomb? Thanks to Polythene Pam for sending this one to The Walrus Speaks.

That's www.thewalrusspeaks.blogspot.com on your cyber radio dial.

Pointer Sisters, Neutron Dance

by Hector Diego


The Station Agent's post of Godspeed! You Black Emperor inspired me to haul out the Pointer Sister's "Neutron Dance." Here's the extended version.

1984.

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Ashokan Farewell

by Hector Diego



"Ashokan Farewell" was composed by Jay Ungar in 1982, and was later featured in Ken Burns' documentary miniseries, The Civil War. The performers of this version are unknown, like the sea of graves of unknown soldiers.

Here we have an opportunity to see what inspired the piece--Ungar's sadness at having to leave the Ashokan Reservoir area in the Catskill mountains of New York, above.

Those of you familiar with world history will recall that Ashoka was the legendary humane emperor of ancient India, who turned his mind to peace after waging a terrible war. What would Lincoln have done if he had not been assassinated at the conclusion of the war that truly made the US a nation?

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New Vid, Gil Scot Heron's The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

by Hector Diego


This dude hit the target way back when, and he still does.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Eleanor Rigby

by Hector Diego


This record won over even the Beatles' most determined critics. But it's just Paul, Martin, and some session people.

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Paul Anka, Put Your Head On My Shoulder

by Hector Diego


Anka was a teenage heartthrob in his time, a great admirer of the Beatles--who didn't return this admiration. Early in their careers they could appreciate the music of Sinatra or Crosby, but not in someone as close to their age as Anka or Dion.

It's likely that as time went on, they got over that.

1959.

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Bobby Darin, Dream Lover

by Hector Diego


Old Bobby Darin somehow spanned the Frank Sinatra-Elvis eras. How he pulled that off is a fairly interesting story, which we won't go into here.

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The Chordettes, Mr. Sandman

by Hector Diego


1954.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Jenny Lewis - "You are What You Love"

by Jay Allbritton
UPDATE: Jenny Lewis is working on a new solo record. Lots of great guests mentioned including Chris Robinson and Elvis Costello.

This is from the Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins tour the year before last.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Music Of Nepal

by Hector Diego

George Harrison, Marwa Blues

by Hector Diego


A beautiful, soothing instrumental.

Rilo Kiley, The Frug

by Hector Diego


Thanks to Krazy Jesus for this one.

George Harrison, Looking For My Life

by Hector Diego


When I first heard Harrison's posthumously released Brainwashed album, I thought it was good, but lagged way behind his magnum opus from 1970, All Things Must Pass.

But after listening to Brainwashed a few times, I have concluded that it is really great, almost as great as All Things Must Pass. And when it comes to great themes, George surpasses John and Paul.

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