Friday, August 21, 2015

Wilco Perform "Misunderstood," "Random Name Generator," "The Joke Explained," "I'm Always in Love," "War on War," "Bull Black Nova," "It's Just That Simple," "Give Back the Key to My Heart," "A Shot in the Arm," "True Love Will Find You In The End," & "We've Been Had"

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Flo Morrissey Performs "Pages Of Gold"


After hearing this song on Sound Opinions from WBEZ Chicago rebroadcast locally on WRUR, I rushed down the road to Record Archive to purchase this twenty-year-old Englishwoman's album Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful, on 180 gram vinyl, of course.

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“The Pill, The Rubber, and Abortion, Oh My!”

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Defund the N.S.A.!

"NSA spying often occurs because the resources are in place, and have to be used for something," writes Philip Giraldi, himself a former spook — Why We Spy on the Japanese.

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Not News

Not national news, at least — Family Members Identify 3 Killed in Mass Shooting on Rochester's Southwest Side.

Why is this local news not national news? Is it because the national media is racist? If so, where is Black Lives Matter™? Or is it because black-on-black mass-violence so commonplace that it's not newsworthy beyond local news, whereas white-on-white mass-violence or indeed any instance of white-on-black violence is so rare that it instantly makes the national news?

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

My Bubba Perform “Gone
,” “Knitting
,” “Going Home” and Bob Dylan’s “You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go”

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Feel the Bern?

"The 58th Presidentiad, to use Walt Whitman’s coinage, is upon us, and among its biggest surprises is the spirited campaign of Bernie Sanders, socialist senator from the Green Mountain State," notes The American Conservative's Bill Kauffman of Batavia, New York down the road (New York State Route 33 to be exact), so "I asked three of my favorite Vermonters for their impressions" — Bernie Sanders—Yes or No?

I feel cold to the Bern. I'm enjoying his surge for purely nostalgic reasons; back in the nineties during my Lexington Coop days I was stupidly stoked that a man who "defiantly called himself a socialist" had been elected to Congress, when I was too young to realize like Mr. Kauffman's "decentralist agrarian Reaganaut" friend, that this means "[u]ltimately all power must be centralized in the national government," and that "for Bernie the Truth is what is required to be true by Marx’s scientific theory of history."

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Calexico Perform "When The Angels Played," "Falling From The Sky," "Miles From The Sea," "Sunken Waltz," "Bullets & Rocks," & "Cumbia De Donde"


A band I have been listening to a lot since buying on vinyl their excellent 2015 Edge of the Sun album, whence come most of the songs performed in this post, named after the town across the border from Mexicali that I was happy to have welcome me back after a two-month land trip south of the border back in the early nineties.

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My Canadian Summer

I'm back from an unplanned hiatus that started with a trip north of the border to the spectacular Algonquin Provincial Park, was followed by another trip north of the border to the Brant Conservation Area and the incredible Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation Champion of Champions Powwow, and will be followed by two more trips north of the border, the first to Brant Conservation Area again and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation Three Fires Homecoming Powwow and Traditional Gathering and the second to the Indian Line Campground and Canada's Wonderland.

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Bob Weir & The National Perform "Help on the Way," "Love Thine Enemy," "Looks Like Rain," "El Paso," "Friend of the Devil," "Cassidy," "Daughters of the SoHo Riots," "My Brother Esau," "Me and My Uncle," "Fake Empire," "Most of the Time," "Brown Eyed Women," "The Other One," "Standing on the Moon," "China Cat Sunflower," "I Know You Rider," "Ripple," "Uncle John's Band," & "Brokedown Palace"


Wow. Deadhead though I briefly once might have been after they transformed my hometown (Grateful Dead Live at Rich Stadium on 1986-07-04), I never gave much thought to this gentleman whom I now revere as a Bodhisattva after watching The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir (2014).


Cool that not only The National but also Sonic Youth pay homage to this great guitarist, about whom Sammy Hagar, of all people, says, "If you don't have an ego, you can be the best Number Two on the planet."

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Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Mushroom House Down the Road


This is at least the third time the Antoni Gaudíesque home has changed hands since I moved here in 2011 — Iconic Mushroom House in Perinton has a buyer.

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Camille Paglia on Hillary Clinton

    Hillary is a mess. And we're going to award the presidency to a woman who's enabled the depredations and exploitation of women by that cornpone husband of hers? The way feminists have spoken makes us blind to Hillary's record of trashing [women]. They were going to try to destroy Monica Lewinsky. It's a scandal! Anyone who believes in sexual harassment guidelines should have seen that the disparity of power between [Bill] Clinton and Monica Lewinsky was one of the most grotesque ever in the history of sex crime. He's a sex criminal! We're going to put that guy back in the White House? Hillary's ridden on his coattails. This is not a woman who has made her own career. The woman failed the bar exam in Washington! The only reason she went to Arkansas and got a job in the Rose Law Firm was because her husband was a politician.
Just one of many insights in this interview — Everything's Awesome and Camille Paglia Is Unhappy!.

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Two Score and Five Years Ago Yesterday

The story told by this "absorbing documentary [that] looks at the stormy career of Pittsburgh Pirates ace Dock Ellis, who threw a no-hitter June 12, 1970, while high on LSD" — No No: A Dockumentary.

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The World's Greatest Novel

Janet Malcolm on the "novel’s special status as a kind of criticism-proof text because of the reader’s feeling that what he is reading is being effortlessly reported rather than laboriously made up" — Dreams and Anna Karenina.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Aoife O'Donovan Performs "Red and White and Blue and Gold" and "Beekeeper"


Off to this lass's neck of the woods, the Hub of the Universe, for the rest of the week.

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Flannery O'Connor on Tenderness

    If other ages felt less, they saw more, even though they saw with the blind, prophetical, unsentimental eye of acceptance, which is to say, of faith. In the absence of this faith now, we govern by tenderness. It is a tenderness which, long cut off from the person of Christ, is wrapped in theory. When tenderness is detached from the source of tenderness, its logical outcome is terror. It ends in forced-labor camps and in the fumes of the gas chamber
The above would have served as a good epigraph to Theodore Dalrymple's latest — On Sentimentality and Compassion.

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Uhtceare

I find myself suffering from the first word on this list almost every morning — 10 Old English Words You Need to Be Using. It helps that there's a word for my affliction, no matter how archaic and rare: "Uhtceare is not a well-known word even by Old English standards, which were pretty damn low. In fact, there is only one recorded instance of it actually being used."

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Memorial Day Read

    Memorial Day is, by federal law, a day of prayer for permanent peace. But is it possible to honestly pray for peace while our country is far and away number one in the world in waging war, military presence, military spending and the sale of weapons around the world?
So begins Bill Quigley's must-read — Praying for Peace While Waging Permanent War?

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