Friday, May 31, 2013

Krugman on the War on the Poor, Part LXXVIII

Not an economic issue but a human one. Krugman explains what the usual suspects are up to.

And why must food stamps be cut? We can’t afford it, say politicians like Representative Stephen Fincher, a Republican of Tennessee, who backed his position with biblical quotations — and who also, it turns out, has personally received millions in farm subsidies over the years.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Chet Baker & Paul Desmond - Autumn Leaves

From the mid-1970s. With Hubert Laws, Bob James, Ron Carter, and Steve Gadd.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Krazy Kat Bugologist (1916)

George Herriman's Krazy Kat was a phenomenon of the popular culture of the first part of the twentieth century. The comic strip spun off a few animated shorts, which apparently never really caught on, but they survive as fascinating artifacts of the era. This cartoon is so old that many of what we think of as the normal conventions of cartoons are absent: the plot is nonexistent, the pacing is slow, the drawings are sometimes rough and the backgrounds short on detail. So it's as such an artifact that it's best appreciated. The music is a recent addition, and adds a great deal of emphasis to the action.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Paul McCartney - Singalong Junk

Just one more Macca song, demonstrating how the melodies seemed to flow out of him. This tune is performed twice on his first solo album, once with words ("Junk") and once without ("Singalong Junk").

Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Beatles - Eleanor Rigby

How about one more Paul song. Compare this to yesterday's to see how much range he has as a songwriter.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Paul McCartney - Live and Let Die

Sometimes you just have to surrender to the inevitable. From the Sandy relief concert 12.12.12.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

RIP Ray Manzarek

The stretched visuals I guess can be seen as indicative of an altered state, but really it's just about the music.


Monday, May 20, 2013

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Cream - As You Said

Jack Bruce on acoustic guitars, cellos, and vocals, Ginger Baker on high-hat. The Leslie on the vocals in selected spots is a nice touch.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Lefty Frizzell - I Love You A Thousand Ways

True classic country music. This is a truncated version of the song from a movie, probably either Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar or The Road to Nashville (thanks, IMDB!).

Friday, May 10, 2013

Donovan - The Fat Angel

I remember hearing this song on an eight-track tape player installed in a 1957 Chevy.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Talking Heads - The Overload

Yesterday's post was the long slow song that closed Talking Heads' third album; this is the long slow song that closed their fourth album.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Krugman on the Continuing Crisis, Part 2349

Professor Krugman speaks.

The funny thing is that right now these same hard-line conservatives declare that we must not run deficits in times of economic crisis. Why? Because, they say, politicians won’t do the right thing and pay down the debt in good times. And who are these irresponsible politicians they’re talking about? Why, themselves.

To me, it sounds like a fiscal version of the classic definition of chutzpah — namely, killing your parents, then demanding sympathy because you’re an orphan.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Ben Harper with Natalie Maines - Mother

This cover of the Pink Floyd song (from The Wall) is a live version from last year, but it will also be the title song from Natalie Maines's upcoming solo album.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Friday, May 3, 2013

George Jones - She Thinks I Still Care

Just one more from George Jones. This was always one of my favorites of his.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Frank Sinatra - I Wish I Were In Love Again

Lorenz Hart was born on this date in 1895. He's considered by many people to be the finest lyricist of the Great American Song era, with Cole Porter as his only serious rival. Here's a great example of his work, with lyrics helpfully provided.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Willie Nelson - Who'll Buy My Memories

Yesterday was Willie's eightieth birthday, so we must mark the occasion. "Who'll Buy My Memories" is from his album The I.R.S. Tapes - Who'll Buy My Memories, released in 1992 to help pay off his large tax debt, and one of the zillions of albums he's put out in the last fifty years. Enjoy.