Tuesday, September 30, 2014

10 Hours of Infinite Fractal and Falling Shepard's Tone

Why not? Although the periodic crash sound that repeats kind of messes with it a little.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Krugman on the Most Unequal

Just read it.

Does the invisibility of the very rich matter? Politically, it matters a lot. Pundits sometimes wonder why American voters don’t care more about inequality; part of the answer is that they don’t realize how extreme it is. And defenders of the superrich take advantage of that ignorance. When the Heritage Foundation tells us that the top 10 percent of filers are cruelly burdened, because they pay 68 percent of income taxes, it’s hoping that you won’t notice that word “income” — other taxes, such as the payroll tax, are far less progressive. But it’s also hoping you don’t know that the top 10 percent receive almost half of all income and own 75 percent of the nation’s wealth, which makes their burden seem a lot less disproportionate.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Johnny Cash & Joe Strummer - Redemption Song

Hard to believe they've both been gone over ten years.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Steve Miller Band - My Dark Hour

A curiosity from 1968. The pre-hyperfame Steve Miller was recording in London when Paul McCartney dropped by. This performance is apparently Miller on guitars and vocals with McCartney playing bass and drums. Miller later recycled the guitar lick for "Fly Like an Eagle."

Friday, September 26, 2014

David Bromberg - Lower Left Hand Corner of the Night

Taken from an LP, so it's a little scratchy and includes a bit of the previous track.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Blow-Up - Antonioni (Yardbirds Scene)

David Hemmings is looking for Vanessa Redgrave but finds only Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. Jeff Beck destroys his guitar. David Hemmings takes part of it, then throws it away. All very cryptic.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Charles Mingus Sextet Featuring Eric Dolphy - Fables of Faubus

By 1964 this piece inspired by Arkansas governor Orval Faubus's reaction to the desegregation of Little Rock schools was several years old. But the civil rights struggle continued, and so did the Mingus band's evolving take on the song. Recorded live at Cornell University, this version stretches out for a half hour.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Joni Mitchell - Refuge of the Roads

The great bassist Jaco Pastorius died on this date in 1987. Here is one of my favorite performances of his, from Joni Mitchell's album Hejira.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Doc Watson - Windy and Warm

I heard that John D. Loudermilk wrote this for Chet Atkins, but Doc takes it even one step further than Chet did.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Joel Dodge on Republican Resistance to Medicaid Expansion Georgia Logothetis

Good stuff. H/t Georgia Logothetis @ DailyKos.

Republican incumbents who resisted ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion — including Wisconsin's Scott Walker, Pennsylvania's Tom Corbett, and Kansas' Sam Brownback — are in much tighter races than those who accepted it. "Republican governors who bucked their party's stance and accepted the policy are faring better with voters — in these races, an average of 8.5 percentage points better," Wang discovered.

Monday, September 8, 2014

George Harrison - I'd Have You Anytime

Bob Dylan wrote some lyrics without music. He gave them to George Harrison who wrote music for them and then recorded the result.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Atta Isaacs - How'd You Do

You probably have to play guitar at least a little to appreciate just how good this guy is. Otherwise it just sounds like pretty and pleasant music.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Brute Force - The King Of Fuh

A true novelty record. George Harrison loved the song, added strings, and released it on Apple in 1969. Everyone in the music industry said that it could not be played in public, so only 3000 copies were pressed and distributed. Thirty or so years later it received an official release.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Randy Newman - Texas Girl at the Funeral of Her Father

I actually posted this same song on this same date five years ago, and for the same reasons. Five years is a long time, so it's fair game. This is one of the saddest songs I know.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Shostakovich - Jazz Suite No. 2: VI. Waltz 2

Dmitry Yablonsky conducts the Russian State Symphony Orchestra in a piece that Stanley Kubrick used in his final film, Eyes Wide Shut

Monday, September 1, 2014

Wyoming Considers Medicaid Expansion

Obamacare continue to gain ground. Dylan Scott at Talking Points Memo explains why even a deep red state like Wyoming is discussing accepting Medicaid expansion.

There is now a growing body of evidence about how refusing to expand Medicaid hurts hospitals financially. Fitch Ratings cited missing Medicaid money in recent credit rating downgrades for some hospitals in non-expansion states. Meanwhile, hospitals in expansion states have reported drops in uninsured patients and the corresponding increase in paying customers, a sure benefit to their bottom line.

Hospitals were among the key stakeholders that helped to get Obamacare passed in the first place. But they've been hung out to dry in states that declined to expand Medicaid. Some hospital associations in major states have said that they're basically giving up for the time being until the political winds change. But others in states like Wyoming are pressing on and perhaps setting a template for how to push expansion through in these tougher political environments.