Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Band - This Wheel's on Fire

Words by Bob Dylan, music by Rick Danko.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Frank Zappa - Trouble Every Day

Zappa wrote this song after the Watts riots in August 1965. Fifty years later it's sad how little has changed.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Krugman Points Out the Truth, Again

Dr K speaks. Maybe if he does it long enough people in power will eventually notice.

So the counterintuitive realities of economic policy at the zero lower bound are likely to remain relevant for a long time to come, which makes it crucial that influential people understand those realities. Unfortunately, too many still don’t; one of the most striking aspects of economic debate in recent years has been the extent to which those whose economic doctrines have failed the reality test refuse to admit error, let alone learn from it. The intellectual leaders of the new majority in Congress still insist that we’re living in an Ayn Rand novel; German officials still insist that the problem is that debtors haven’t suffered enough.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Marin Marais - Sonnerie De Sainte-Geneviève Du Mont De Paris

Nikolaus Harnoncourt, viola de gamba; Alice Harnoncourt, violin; Herbert Tachezi, harpsichord.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sleepy John Estes - President Kennedy

SJE sings and plays guitar on a song he wrote. Ry Cooder on mandolin; the piano player is probably Jim Dickinson.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Dr. John with The Band - Such a Night

Happy birthday to the doctor. Horns arranged by Allen Toussaint, another iconic New Orleans music figure.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

RIP Mike Nichols

A founding figure of the improvisational comedy scene in the fifties, an innovative filmmaker in the sixties and seventies (then a more ordinary filmmaker in later years), lifelong friend of Susan Sontag (they met in college), a nice guy and a helluva talent. Here's an example of some early work with his comedy partner Elaine May.