Sunday, November 30, 2014

Bill Doggett - Night Train

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The Firesign Theatre - Zeno's Evil

Peter Bergman was born on this date seventy-five years ago. Here he's the driver.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Benny Goodman Trio - Body and Soul

With Teddy Wilson on piano and Gene Krupa on drums as the other two members of the trio. Recorded in 1935.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanks for the Memory

Thankfulness often comes mixed with sorrow. Bob Hope and Shirley Ross perform the original version of this song in The Big Broadcast of 1938.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

RIP John Doar

Pierce on an unsung hero.

Quite simply, there was no braver American amid the tumult of the 1960's and the 1970's than John Doar. Arguably, there were very few greater Americans during that same time. He made the law a shield, and then he made the law a sword, and he stood in against the most dangerous beasts in this country's heart and beat them all. He never wrote a book. He did not become the star he could have become. (Almost everyone else involved in Watergate did, god knows.) And, last Tuesday, he died, at the age of 92. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Art Pepper - You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To

One of the great alto saxophonists, recorded in 1957 with Miles Davis's rhythm section at the time (Red Garland, piano; Paul Chambers, bass; Philly Joe Jones, drums).

Monday, November 10, 2014

What is Reality?

Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo shows what happens when an ideologically driven news site moves too fast.

H/t PK @ NYT.

As noted a bit earlier, on Saturday Breitbart published an exclusive pointing out that President Obama's Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch was part of the team that defended President Clinton during the Whitewater investigation - not a bad little scooplet. Only it wasn't the same Loretta Lynch, which kind of takes the punch out of the story.

Breitbart then issued a 'correction'. But like I said, it's a correction for the ages.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Guy Clark - My Favorite Picture of You

Happy birthday to Guy Clark. Here's a song about his late wife Susanna, a successful songwriter in her own right.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Car Talk Guys on Arthur

RIP Tom Magliozzi, whose reach into the culture, along with his brother Ray, proved surprisingly deep.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Los Días de los Muertos

Los Días de los Muertos were celebrated over the weekend in Mexico. This year the event held a different significance for me. Here's a decent explanation of the phenomenon.