Friday, July 31, 2009

Love-In Three Pack

by Hector Diego

Budapest, Hungary

Kumbaya baby, Kumbaya.

Lewis Black Rips Media Coverage of Michael Jackson's Death

by Jay Allbritton
Lewis Black has an allergic reaction to the coverage of the death of Michael Jackson.

Rilo Kiley - It Just Is

by Hector Diego

Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley

A beautiful piece of music.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Beatles LP Countdown - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

by Hector Diego

OK, so Lennon claimed that LSD stands for a picture his son drew of a friend at school named Lucy, who was depicted in the sky, with diamonds.

Maybe Lennon told it straight, or maybe he didn't. But this innovative song is great.

Jerry Seinfeld in 1977

by Jay Allbritton
Maximum Fun has clips of Jerry Seinfeld from his early days in comedy. This one is from 1977:

Just another reminder that comedy is hard and you have to work long and hard to get it right.

Yahoo News Is Killing Society

by Jay Allbritton
Let's see what Yahoo News is reporting right now...
Iranian police use tear gas on protesters at graveside rally
Energy and Commerce Committee moving on health bill
Nigerian security forces kill more than 100 Islamic militants
No. 3 Republican to back Sotomayor for Supreme Court
Obama mishandled comments on race, according to poll
Florida's hydroponic pot: House-grown and super-potent
Prop house sells 'Golden Girls,' 'Austin Powers' memorabilia
Some good stuff there. Not sure about the pot story, the Golden Girls story or even the spin on that Obama story, but news about Iran, health care reform, Nigeria and Sotomayor is solid coverage.

Now, let's see what the lead story is... You know, the lead story--the MOST IMPORTANT THING going on right now according to YAHOO FREAKING NEWS is:
Ju'Not Joyner (Photo by F Micelotta/American Idol 2009/Getty Images for Fox)

Ex-'Idol' says show is rigged

Ju'Not Joyner contends that "Idol" winners are picked by producers, not fans. » Contracts are 'slavetracts'

Thanks YAHOO! You really, really couldn't suck more.

Sanjay Gupta Doesn't Know Jack

by Hector Diego

I wonder if he has ever taken a drink...

Sanjay Gupta might be a fine doctor, but his views on the legalization of marijuana are nonsensical.

"I'm here to tell you, as a doctor, that despite all the talk about the medical benefits of marijuana, smoking the stuff is not going to do your health any good. And if you get high before climbing behind the wheel of a car, you will be putting yourself and those around you in danger."

Well, you could get yourself a vaporizer and that ends the concern about smoke in the lungs. As for getting behind the wheel of a car, don't get behind the wheel of a car! But let's face it--who would you rather share the road with, someone who has been smoking the herb, or someone who has been drinking? If every drinker in America switched to marijuana, traffic fatalities would be dramatically reduced in no time. If you don't see any difference for driving safety between these two drugs, you don't know Jack, or Jacqueline, Shit.

Like Gupta. Here's Gupta's dumb ass article.

U. of Colorado Celebrates Marijuana

by Hector Diego

Just a little innocent fun

Here are some images from the annual 4/20 smokeathon in Colorado. And here is a small article on the use of the term 4/20.

Let me reiterate, The Walrus Speaks never condones (nor condemns) the use of any mind altering substance, legal or illegal. But we do condemn the illegal status of these substances, arguing that our Founding Fathers would be disgusted with this status, and further, that it is counterproductive to the intent, and a marked feature of our hypocritical alcoholic culture.

Until every last mofo who advocates the illegality of a wide array of recreational drugs swears off booze, they have no moral authority pertaining to this issue whatsoever. If you disagree, I challenge you to leave a comment to this post.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Jefferson Airplane - We Can Be Together

by Hector Diego

I just realized, after all these years, that Reagan was actually quoting Jefferson Airplane when he said tear down this wall!

Emerson, Lake, and Palmer - From The Beginning

by Hector Diego

Jenny Lewis--Just Like Zeus

by Jay Allbritton
From a recent secret show.

Jenny Lewis and The Watson Twins--Run Devil Run, The Big Guns

by Jay Allbritton
Letterman gets psyched for this appearance by Jenny and the Watson Twins back in 2006.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Paul McCartney--Band On The Run

by Jay Allbritton
Another from Paul's Letterman appearance.

Paul McCartney--Let Me Roll It

by Jay Allbritton
Another from Paul's Letterman appearance.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Paul McCartney--Coming Up

by Jay Allbritton
Another from Paul's Letterman appearance.

Paul McCartney--Helter Skelter

by Jay Allbritton
Another from Paul's Letterman appearance.

John Lennon - Mother

by Hector Diego

Some say that the need of people for religion is nothing but fear of abandonment. What do you think?

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Paul McCartney--Back in the USSR

by Jay Allbritton
From Macca's return to the Ed Sullivan Theater on The Late Show with David Letterman. This is a song about a place that doesn't exist anymore.

Charlie Daniels Band - Uneasy Rider

by Hector Diego

You think one red state is pretty much like any other red state? Well that's not true at all. The Commie dude in this song knocks a cracker in the teeth and doesn't slow down until he gets to Arkansas. Compared to Mississippi...

A Tale of Two Cartoons

by Jay Allbritton
Comic-con, which has become a massive pop-cultural event, brings news of two beloved cartoons. The Simpsons, which continues to slowly lose relevance, despite continuing to be a well-made product, will continue indefinitely, as series creator Matt Groening assured the crowd in San Diego at the show's hour-long panel discussion that there was "no end in sight." I don't mind a show like this continuing for the sake of continuing, but it's sad that a show that used to be so important is willing to settle for better-than-average and keep cranking out material for the sake of staying on the air.

Meanwhile, Family Guy, a show still very much in its prime is still so edgy that it's own network is unwilling to air one of its episodes. The subject of the episode: abortion. The network in question: Fox. No surprises there. While Fox hasn't officially shitcanned the episode yet, the liklihood is that the episode will just be made availible on DVD.

Paul McCartney Returns to Ed Sullivan Theater, Talks About the Old Days

by Jay Allbritton
45 years after the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, Paul returns to the Ed Sullivan Theater to perform on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Saturday, July 25, 2009


by Hector Diego

Shaky Bill

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Just thought I would offer this to cheer your day...

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin--Glue Girls

by Jay Allbritton
Someone still likes you a lot, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, and that someone is me. Well, me and many, many others. Here's their new video:

Friday, July 24, 2009

Beatles LP Countdown - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band/I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

by Hector Diego

I have a theory about why the children of the 1960s, statistically, claim Sgt. Peppers as the Beatles' greatest album, while their own children, statistically, go for Revolver. Its kind of a poor theory because it only deals with a slim aspect of both albums, but it's all I can come up with.

We saw the development of the Beatles' music along with the development of the music played on the radio from the earliest rock and roll days, culminating in Revolver, which was very innovative. Then Sgt. Peppers came along and was even more innovative, as if the biggest wave you had ever seen had been eclipsed by an even bigger wave. Gen X and beyond did not witness this, so their context for evaluating music is different. Perhaps more objective. That's just one way of looking at it, but there must be others, and I would be interested to hear other theories. In particular I would like to hear the younger generation's case for Revolver.

Anyway, Sgt. Peppers stunned the music world, and needless to say was the first album to have a theme, print the lyrics, fold out, and be recorded on LSD. At least, it was the first to be recognized as such. The melodies and harmonies are great, the lyrics are thoughtful, and it really set new standards.

"I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends", like "Yellow Submarine" is a signature song for Ringo. I'm quite fond of it.

Sit back and let the evening go.

Marc Maron on The Sound of Young America

by Jay Allbritton
Being fired by the schmucks Air America is a badge of honor, and Marc Maron has earned that badge three times over. This man should be a comedy legend, but as with so many true talents, he has yet to catch on.

A few days before AAR let Marc go this time, he was interviewed by Jesse Thorn of the podcast, the Sound of Young America.

The Sound of Young America

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Jenny Lewis--Acid Tongue

by Jay Allbritton
Jenny takes the song "Acid Tongue" into the crowd for a super-intimate, microphone-free performance.

Going Home While Black

by Hector Diego

Dr. Gates

It is possible, as the Cambridge, Massachusetts police claim, that there was no racism in the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Lewis Gates, Jr. Definitely within the realm of possibility. But is it possible that arresting a man for getting upset that he was asked to "step outside" AFTER he already proved that he lived in the house, is not stupid? Now the conservative shock jocks are demanding that President Obama apologize for calling the officer what he was--stupid. At least, his action at the time was stupid.

How is it possible that it is not stupid? This is not within the realm of possibility.

Three From The Elected

by Jay Allbritton

I hate to have to tap a guy on the shoulder and tell him it's time to make a new record, but, uh, Blake, dude, we could really use something new from you right about now.

Inside John Lennon

by Hector Diego

"Jesus is what he would have liked to have been...but, a guitar playing Jesus."

A guy from Northwestern University contacted The Walrus Speaks and requested we play this film about Lennon. Looks good. You can also watch the film here.

Let me know what you think, Beatles people.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Mike Birbiglia Helps His Parents Learn How to Use Their Computer

by Jay Allbritton
Probably not safe for work comedy by one of the voices of NPR's This American Life.

Here's Mike telling the story of his first girlfriend on this American Life.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Los Campesinos Go to Coachella

by Jay Allbritton
At one point in this sloppy, yet lovable, tour vlog Gareth Campesinos makes up a song about Coachella that ends with the words, "Jenny Lewis is waiting there for me." I love it when the bands I listen to incessantly refer to each other. Well, not quite each other. As far as I know JLew has not said word one about the Campesinos, but sooner or later you'd think she'd have to.

"A Line Of Coke And A Hotdog": The Story Of Los Campesinos! at Coachella 2009 from Los Campesinos! on Vimeo.

Colorado Denies Limits To Pot Dispensaries

by Hector Diego

Pain Management of Colorado-Medical
Marijuana Dispensary and Clinic

DENVER – Colorado's state health board has rejected a move to limit medical marijuana suppliers to helping only five patients at a time, allowing dispensaries to continue to thrive in Colorado.

Read the article by Colleen Slevin.

Five people at a time? Would anyone operate a business to serve only five customers? Obviously they were trying to circumvent the law approved by Colorado voters. Yet, I bet the proponents of the law would not be against taking a drink. What's up with that?

Obama Blasts Insurance Companies

by Hector Diego

It's not government's quantity, it's its quality

You hear people saying that they like the health care they get with an insurance company. Don't they mean they like the health care but hate the company? Is there anyone in their right mind that would actually like an insurance company? And as soon as they are denied payments, how long could they not hate it?

As for the recent argument by the Republicans that Obama's proposals would drive private insurance out of business (fine with me), he asks a question that deserves consideration.

" 'Why would it drive private insurance out of business?' he said of the proposed public option. If private insurers "tell us that they're offering a good deal, then why is it that the government, which they say can't run anything, suddenly is going to drive them out of business? That's not logical.' "

Indeed, it is not logical. Read the article.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Beatles LP Countdown - Tomorrow Never Knows

by Hector Diego

"Turn off your mind, relax, and float downstream--it is not dying, it is not dying..." There were no lyrics like that in the music of my father's generation, I can assure you. History revisionists (such as sociologist Robert Bellah) have tried to limit the significance of 1960s culture, but this is nonsense. The 1960s changed everything, and no one was more important to these changes than the Beatles.

"Tomorrow Never Knows" is the last song on Revolver, the Beatles' seventh British album. The consensus of the children of the original Beatles people--Gen X and beyond--gives Revolver pride of place as the best Beatles according to most polls that I have read. But the children of the 1960s give that honor to the next album in our countdown, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. Either way, it is appropriate to consider the lyrics at the end of "Tomorrow Never Knows" in evaluating that time and the Beatles' legacy--

Or play the game,
Existence to the end
Of the beginning
Of the beginning
Of the beginning
Of the beginning
Of the beginning
Of the beginning

South Korea Clones Drug Sniffing Dogs

by Hector Diego

Drug sniffing puppies of South Korea

Now this is a perversion of the already perverse stupid war on drugs. It is developments like this that indicate how important it is to reverse legislation against drugs, because this war is a waste of time, money, and spirit.

I don't mind opposition to drugs on an individual level, and I don't mind persuasive language against drugs on a public level. However, as long as extremely pernicious drugs like alcohol and tobacco are legal, the attempt to stop other drug use is ridiculous. The argument that we don't need to add to the problem by legalizing other drugs is transparently absurd, so I won't review that debate here. And I submit that America's Founding Fathers would endorse the right of adults to use recreational drugs. But let me reiterate, The Walrus Speaks does not endorse the use of any recreational drugs, legal or otherwise.

The fact is that recreational drugs are here to stay, and responsible people should be discussing how to regulate their use instead of banning them. You know the old saw about alcohol Prohibition, which was repealed because it didn't work? Well, what is the difference between that situation and the current stupid war on drugs? Whenever this question is posed to the proponents of the drug war, they fall silent.


Watch the clip on the South Korean drug sniffing dogs.

This is animal abuse.

REM--Orange Crush

by Jay Allbritton
This is REM performing "Orange Crush" in Germany, 2003 (h/t AmericaBLOG).

Saturday, July 18, 2009


by Hector Diego

If you are interested in politics and you like drama, do see Frost/Nixon. I just finished watching it and I must say it is one of the best films I have seen in this century. I'm not knowledgeable about Ron Howard's directing career, but he hit it out of the park with Frost/Nixon. The film, though, transcends politics, as it focuses on symbolic issues that none of us transcend.

For some strange reason I wept copiously while watching Nixon's funeral. It just came over me. I never liked Nixon, in fact I loathed him and I still do. But John Lennon wisely put it this way--

"I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.
See how they run like pigs from a gun, see how they fly.
I'm crying."

We are all Richard Nixon.

More On Cronkite

by Hector Diego

I must continue posting on the passing of Walter Cronkite, for the man meant as much to me as a public figure as any President. This man bridged one of the most profound generation gaps in history with his grandfatherly manner. A man who would settle for a Bic pen to stir his coffee is a man you could trust.

Read the article.

Here's another succinct article.

The Thermals--I Can't Let Go

by Jay Allbritton
Here's the band of the hour playing one of the songs of the year off one of the albums of the century at one hell of a radio station, KEXP 90.3 FM in Seattle.

Marc Maron and Lewis Black in San Francisco

by Jay Allbritton
Because justice is arbitrary and because no matter who runs Air America, they are destined to be clueless, Marc Maron and Sam Seder's brilliant web TV show on Air America.Com called Breakroom Live has been canceled after less than a year on the web. This angers me deeply. Once again, Air America is dead to me.

As a parting gift BRL posted a recent one hour appearance Maron did in San Francisco along side the great Lewis Black.

Part 1:

Part 2:

PJ Harvey - Dear Darkness

by Hector Diego

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Politics of Bad Faith

by Jay Allbritton
Politicians and people involved with politics operating in bad faith is nothing new, in fact it's as old as the hills. But it seems like these stories are coming with more frequency and the villains in these stories seem less subtle than ever.

Here are just two of the stories from today's news reading:

TPM: Meet the Press moderator David Gregory among others whore themselves out for access to disgraced South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford.

Politico: South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, on a conference call with "tea party" participants said, "If we’re able to stop Obama on this it will be his Waterloo. It will break him," he said. Thanks Senator DeMint. You know who else it will break? Me. Me and 40-50 million other Americans.

Pat Buchanan and Rachel Maddow Bring the Sotomayor Debate to its Essence

by Jay Allbritton
There's an odd chemistry between Rachel Maddow and Pat Buchanan. It reminds me a bit of the chemistry that existed between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker or Obi Wan Kenobi. In those films those characters were locked in battles to the death and yet, they seemed to enjoy seeing each other and regretted that their duty was to kill off their adversary.

Maddow and Buchanan have that thing happening. This is the kind of existential debate that strikes at the core of who these people are that you rarely see on TV. Pat Buchanan's racist ideology is drawn more inexorably into the light of day here than I've seen it in quite sometime. Then Rachel sends him to the realm of departed Sith lords with a furious rhetorical barrage that threatens to pull her soul to the dark side.

Well, something like that.

Walter L. Cronkite, 1916 - 2009

by Hector Diego

And that's the way it was.

The journalist for whom I have the highest respect died today at the age of 92.

"A former wire service reporter and war correspondent, he valued accuracy, objectivity and understated compassion. He expressed liberal views in more recent writings but said he had always aimed to be fair and professional in his judgments on the air."

He was liberal but mainstream, mainstream but liberal. God bless his soul.

God I remember this broadcast.

Glenn Beck At His Best

by Hector Diego

When Rush Limberger talks about the great cigars he smokes or Michael Savage talks about his dog or his hangovers, I am not interested at all. That's not why I listen to them. But when they start yelling, that's when the fun begins. Check out Glenn Beck going berserk. That is, if you like that kind of thing.

Elliott Smith--Son of Sam

by Jay Allbritton
The line, "Something's happening, don't speak too soon. I told the boss off and made my move," makes me want to quit my job and jump on a passing train with nothing more than one of those hobo stick-bags. One of these days...

Beatles LP Countdown - Got To Get You Into My Life

by Hector Diego


Conservatives Try To Sell Endorsement For $2,000,000

by Hector Diego

The ACU will help too, for a consideration

The Tories are always claiming that they are all about the nation's welfare, not wealth. Then why are they trying to sell their endorsement for two big ones? "The American Conservative Union asked FedEx for a check for $2 million to $3 million in return for the group’s endorsement in a bitter legislative dispute, then flipped and sided with UPS after FedEx refused to pay." So is being a fiscal conservative all about money, or not? The American Conservative Union cannot deny it, now can they? I would have more respect for these people if they were honest, but they are not. So I have no respect for them at all.

Read the article.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

10,000 Maniacs--Stockton Gala Days

by Jay Allbritton
Something warm and nostalgic about this song. Even the intro to this performance by a much younger David Letterman makes me think about the old days.

More California Marijuana News

by Hector Diego

By now almost everyone knows that California could legalize marijuana within the near future. The Walrus Speaks applauds that, and the Station Agent and I would like to see the same thing happen in every state. It is not a question of if, only a question of when.

I cannot agree with the following statement from California's State Board of Equalization. "Marijuana use would likely increase by about 30 percent once the law took effect because legalization would lead to falling prices." Does the board think that the current price-or the price at any time-has anything to do with people trying marijuana? And, isn't it more logical that although some people will grow it, most will trust their local dispensary and pay the price? After all, there is Mike's Hard Lemonade. Now this is a stupid product, for why don't people just make some lemonade and put liquor in it? But Mike has been selling his intoxicating beverage for some time now, and growing marijuana is a bit more sophisticated than making lemonade.

Nevertheless, we are making clear progress in California. There hasn't been much mention of having smoke bars as in Amsterdam, but that would offer another form of taxation that would go a long way to solving some of the state's financial problems. Read the article.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Jonathan King - Everyone's Gone To The Moon

by Hector Diego

Chad And Jeremy - A Summer Song

by Hector Diego

Peter And Gordon - I Go To Pieces

by Hector Diego


America - Sister Golden Hair

by Hector Diego

Ringo Starr - Photograph

by Hector Diego

Electric Light Orchestra - Telephone Line

by Hector Diego

Nine Inch Nails--Something I Can Never Have

by Jay Allbritton
Come the end of summer, it will be the end of Nine Inch Nails. Stereogum has the last dates before the one-man band goes on extended hiatus. Seems like everyone is on hiatus these days... In that post Stereogum also highlights some good advice that Trent has for up and coming musicians. Sadly, I never got to see Nine Inch Nails. Guess that's the band that got away. I do remember singing a creepy NIN tune called "Something I can Never Have" to a girl I fancied in high school. She had never heard anything like NIN and it emphatically doomed any microscopic chances I had with her.

Still, what a great song:

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tegan and Sara--Living Room

by Jay Allbritton
One of the coolest songs of the century, and the banjo part doesn't hurt a bit.

Stupid Drug Laws Cause Torture And Death

by Hector Diego

Politicians are partially responsible for this

The DEA claims that people who use illegal drugs contribute to DEA agents being killed in the line of duty, but have they ever considered that their "duty" is stupid? If illegal drug users have blood on their hands, what do politicians who make the stupid drug laws have on theirs--ketchup?

It is only because of the illegality of drugs that the black market for them exists. It is because of the illegality of something that adults--whether it is stupid for them to take drugs or not--have a right to do, according to the Declaration of Independence...something about "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness". Why should the government decide what particular pursuit of happiness is stupid or not, especially when the laws to restrict the pursuit are even more stupid?

Twelve men in Mexico were recently tortured before being executed by a drug cartel. The people that tortured and killed these men will face a harsh karmic reaction, but the perpetrators of the stupid laws will also have to face some karmic reaction.

Or, they could just legalize these stupid drugs and repent for their stupid decision to keep them illegal. There sure is a lot of stupidity when it comes to drugs...

Read the article.

Woody Guthrie - Worried Man's Blues

by Hector Diego

Arlo Guthrie - Precious Friends

by Hector Diego

A truly fine entertainer.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited

by Hector Diego

The Thermals - Here's Your Future

by Hector Diego

The Blow--Parentheses

by Jay Allbritton
As a former long time grocery store employee, any song with the lyrics, "Something in the Deli aisle makes you cry/I'll put my arms around you and I'll walk you outside/past the sliding doors/why would I mind?" is just all right with me.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Beatles LP Countdown - I Want To Tell You

by Hector Diego

Written by George Harrison.

Belaire--Through the Wire

by Jay Allbritton
This Austin four piece is currently recording their next album. This Kanye West cover is a bit of an orphan, Belaire is not a rap band, but they kill on this one. Their overall sound is quite good in it's own right, you can check out their myspace page here.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

California Judge Supports Legal Marijuana

by Hector Diego

He says end the drug war

California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano's efforts to legalize marijuana in his state has an ally in conservative Orange County Superior Court Judge James P. Gray, who is concerned that the present policy is bankrupting an already ailing system that is in serious need of reform.

Read the article.

What if There Was an Environmental Catastrophe and No One Cared

by Jay Allbritton
That's the state of affairs in Tennessee. CNN reports:

Georgia Representative Paul Broun Says Giving Americans Health Care Will Kill Them

by Jay Allbritton
Not too long ago this cat was telling us that global warming is a hoax. The phrase enemies foreign and domestic comes to mind.

Sinead O' Connor--Nothing Compares 2 U

by Jay Allbritton
One of the most powerful vocal performances ever is Sinead O' Connor's breathtaking version of Prince's cast off tune "Nothing Compares 2 U." But that song was so overplayed when it was a hit that it's kinda like Alannah Myles' "Black Velvet"--a great performance, but I don't need to ever hear it again.

But this live version makes the song listenable again.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Put it in Your Pod--The Bugle

by Jay Allbritton
The Daily Show's John Oliver is one of the most consistently funny correspondents left on that show, after bigger jobs took away Jon Stewart's early stable of geniuses Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Ed Helms and Rob Corddry. Actually the Daily Show is still quite deep, but I felt like singling out Oliver because he's co-host of the podcast--The Bugle--I wish to hype. It's very funny. You can get the feed here. And here's a clip that's on youtube, but the show's funnier than this clip might indicate. It's all very British. The latest episode can by heard or downloaded here.

Bob Dylan - It's A Hard Rain A Gonna Fall

by Hector Diego

"In the sleeve notes on the Freewheelin' album, Nat Hentoff would quote Dylan as saying that he wrote "A Hard Rain" in response to the Cuban Missile Crisis: "Every line in it is actually the start of a whole new song. But when I wrote it, I thought I wouldn't have enough time alive to write all those songs so I put all I could into this one.' In fact, Dylan had written the song more than a month before the crisis broke. However, the song has remained relevant through the years as it has a broader sweep; the dense imagery suggests injustice, suffering, pollution and warfare."


Bob Dylan - You're No Good

by Hector Diego

"You're No Good" is from Bob Dylan's 1962 album Bob Dylan, featuring mostly traditional and cover songs. But he was about to blow the lid off the folk music world as he began to develop into one of the most influential song writers of the 20th century.

Legalize Marijuana In California?

by Hector Diego

Take the poll to legalize marijuana in California in the Merced Sun-Star.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

The Thermals - Returning To The Fold

by Hector Diego

Many thanks to the Station Agent for introducing me to the Thermals. There is a lot of good stuff there.

St. Vincent--Dig a Pony

by Jay Allbritton
The blog Muzzle of Bees has an MP3 of St. Vincent covering the Beatles' "Dig a Pony".

St. Vincent also did the song at an in-store appearance back in October of 2007.

The Thermals - Now We Can See

by Hector Diego

From Portland, Oregon.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Beatles LP Countdown - Doctor Robert

by Hector Diego

Doctor Robert is about a London physician who dispensed all sorts of recreational pharmaceuticals to rock stars. Lennon simply changed the good Doctor's name for the song.

I don't give a damn about this kind of pharmaceutical recreation. Never did.

Clarence Thomas Recieves TWS Crappo Award

by Hector Diego

Critically acclaimed Emerge Magazine
went out of business several years ago,
but see The Best of Emerge Magazine

The Walrus Speaks
has handed out four Crappo Awards. The award was born when my kids started calling crappy people crappos. While I do not go so far as to call the recipients of the award crappy, their actions certainly are. That's why Justice Clarence Thomas so richly deserves the TWS Crappo award.

Get this-it is truly outrageous. Justice Thomas wrote the only dissenting opinion when the Court ruled that schools do not have the right to strip search minors. And what were they looking for? Ibuprofen! They strip search a 13 year old girl in their hysterical opposition to drugs, but alcohol is legal!

With people like Thomas on the Supreme Court, our country is in trouble indeed. As conservative as some of the other judges are, they make Thomas look like a real jerk.

Did I say jerk? Read the article.


Antique walrus print courtesy of FineRarePrints.Com