Saturday, January 31, 2015

Chuck Willis - What Am I Living For

An early-rock-and-roll-era classic.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Chushingura: The Truth / 忠魂義烈 実録忠臣蔵 (1928)

I've seen the four-hour film made (I believe) in the sixties, but not this one. The tale of the forty-seven ronin fascinates many people, including me.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Luigi Nono - Dell'Azzurro Silenzio, Inquietum

Some twentieth-century classical music I had not heard before.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Goon Show - Curse Of Frankenstein

As far as I can find out, this is the last episode ever of the original run of the Goon Show, broadcast on this date in 1958. Enjoy.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Frank Sinatra - Nevertheless

On this date in 1895 was born Harry Ruby, who with his partner Bert Kalmar wrote a number of standards, including this one.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Peter, Paul & Mary - Old Coat

A song I've always loved, and about as sad a one as you'll ever hear.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Jay & The Americans - Sunday and Me

Neil Diamond's first success as a songwriter. His own success performing his own songs was still in the future. Complete with studio chatter at the start.

Friday, January 23, 2015

A Kingdom in the Middle of Petro-Politics

Interesting piece by Josh Marshall on the Saudi ruling family.

Every Saudi head of state who has governed this pivotal, brittle and profoundly influential petro-state during the years of its ascendency since 1953 has been the son of a man born only a decade after the US Civil War....This fact is more than a novelty. As Saudi Arabia became a bigger and bigger force in world affairs this succession principle cast a mortal pall over the regime.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

House Squabble

A proposed bill in the House of Representatives that would have banned abortions after twenty weeks was pulled due to Republican infighting. Some sort of wave has crested, it seems. TPM explains.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Beatles - And Your Bird Can Sing

From the US cartoon series that the lads were not really all that crazy about, but what the hell.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

Krugman on the Swiss

Sometimes the truth is the most depressing (pun intended) thing.

What you need to understand is that all the usual rules of economic policy changed when financial crisis struck in 2008; we entered a looking-glass world, and we still haven’t emerged. In many cases, economic virtues became vices: Willingness to save became a drag on investment, fiscal probity a route to stagnation. And in the case of the Swiss, having a reputation for safe banks and sound money became a major liability.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Fortunes - You've Got Your Troubles

My favorite part is the vocal counter-melody that comes in at about 2:30.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Traffic - Medicated Goo

This is the live version from 1971's Welcome to the Canteen. Dave Mason was back in the fold for a brief spell.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Dr. John - Cold, Cold, Cold

Not the Little Feat song, but of course Dr. John is even more NOLA-ish.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Nino Tempo & April Stevens - Deep Purple

Happy birthday to Mr. Tempo, mostly a professional sax player but here a singer.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Little Jimmy Dickens - May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose

The number of performers in country music who actually knew Hank Williams is now very small and getting smaller. RIP Little Jimmy Dickens.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Krugman on Inequality, Again

Professor K finds more evidence from another source. The point, however, remains pretty much the same: if you're not rich, you're screwed.

Incomes have grown slowly, if at all, for people around the 20th percentile of the world income distribution. Who are these people? Basically, the advanced-country working classes. And although [the] data only go up through 2008, we can be sure that this group has done even worse since then, wracked by the effects of high unemployment, stagnating wages, and austerity policies.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

John McLaughlin - After The Rain

For some reason this is the piece of music I wanted to hear to start off the new year. Hope it works for you as well.