Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Coleman Hawkins - Body and Soul

Classic classic classic jazz performance. Recorded in 1939, pointing down a path that the be-boppers would follow and extend.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day

Originally Decoration Day, commemorating the soldiers of the US Civil War.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Small Faces - The Autumn Stone

A beautiful song that's not particularly well known.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Ratko Mladic Caught


Police in Serbia have arrested Ratko Mladic, the Bosnian Serb military leader wanted by the United Nations for war crimes committed during the Bosnian war, including the Srebrenica massacre.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Radiohead - The Tourist

I've actually posted this song before, but that link is broken, and it's been in my head lately, so why not?

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Democracy vs. Capitalism

I find this to be extremely depressing, mostly because it seems to be essentially accurate.

Deng bet that, despite grand talk, what mattered most to western nations was the establishment of economic ties, not as a means to an end, but as an end in themselves. So long as he was willing to open the nation to trade, everything else would fall by the wayside. It was a gamble he won. The stark truth of this can be read in the western reaction to the massacre in Tiananmen Square. By 1989, just a decade after Deng shoved open the doors, the US was already so dependent on trade with China and so committed to the idea that the foundation of freedom was free trade, that the response to the Chinese crackdown was extremely muted. Sanctions against China were limited to military sales. Even a bill to allow Chinese students to remain in the US until China's human rights abuses ended was vetoed by President Bush. The first action of the US government wasn't to withdraw from China, but to work toward "improved relations."

Friday, May 20, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Philip Roth wins Man Booker International Prize

Not to be confused with the regular Man Booker prize awarded for a novel annually, the International prize is awarded every two years to a novelist for a body of work. Congratulations to an author who has been consistently producing work of a very high quality for decades. The Guardian article is here.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Taj Mahal - She Caught the Katy (And Left Me a Mule to Ride)

Happy birthday to Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, born on this date in 1942, and better known as Taj Mahal.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The King's Singers - In dulci jubilo

A melody that is at least six hundred years old, now best known as the Christmas carol "Good Christian Men Rejoice and Sing."

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Ultimate Dog Tease

You've probably already seen it a dozen times, but who cares. H/t RBH.

Blogger Antics

Blogger was out of commission, so no post yesterday. I'll have another new one later today.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

When Legends Gather (h/t T. Sutpen)

Left to right: Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman, and Brian Wilson, in London for Jools Holland's TV show a few days ago.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Cornell Dupree RIP

Cornell Dupree made his living as a top session guitarist, which means that although you may not know his name you've heard his work. He recorded with many famous people (Aretha Franklin and Paul Simon to name only two) in the last forty years or so.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Krugman on "Experts"

I find this article incredibly depressing, because it basically offers no hope. I also think that it's essentially accurate.

The fact is that what we’re experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. The policies that got us into this mess weren’t responses to public demand. They were, with few exceptions, policies championed by small groups of influential people — in many cases, the same people now lecturing the rest of us on the need to get serious. And by trying to shift the blame to the general populace, elites are ducking some much-needed reflection on their own catastrophic mistakes.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Crests - Sixteen Candles

One of my favorite records when I was a kid, in retrospect mostly because of the purity and strength of Johnny Maestro's voice.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011


A lot of people I meet in my neck of the woods don't know what a guitarron is, so to provide a little relevant information on Cinco de Mayo, here is a brief example of what one looks and sounds like.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Spirit - Mr. Skin

Happy birthday to Ed "Cass" Cassidy of Spirit, the drummer with the shaved head, sometimes known as Mr. Skin, quondam stepfather to guitarist Randy California, born on this date in 1923.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The President's Speech - Trailer

Takeoff on The King's Speech, shown at last night's White House Correspondent's Dinner.