Friday, May 30, 2008

John Lennon - Isolation

This is from Lennon's first solo album "Plastic Ono Band" (1970). If you're not familiar with Lennon's solo stuff then you must start with this album. He's ripping his heart out for you and the music. The Beatles are done and heroin is leaving his body. . . Deep stuff here!

Thursday, May 29, 2008

John Lennon and friends- Yer Blues

John Lennon playing a Beatle song with Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, and Mitch Mitchel. This was part of the Rolling Stone's "Rock N' Roll Circus" film. Recorded on December 11, 1968. Good stuff!

You can find the original song on the Beatles WHITE ALBUM (1968).

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Who w/ Eddie Vedder - I'm One

November 2000. Eddie fits right in. . . Good stuff. By the way that's Ringo's son drumming. You can find the original song on the Quadrophenia (1973) double album.

I got a Gibson
Without a case
But I cant get that even tanned look on my
face.


Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Future Lies Ahead

GREAT COMMENCEMENT SPEECH FROM OBAMA. HERE'S AN EXCERPT.

Each of you will have the chance to make your own discovery in the years to come. And I say “chance” because you won’t have to take it. There’s no community service requirement in the real world; no one forcing you to care. You can take your diploma, walk off this stage, and chase only after the big house and the nice suits and all the other things that our money culture says you should buy. You can choose to narrow your concerns and live your life in a way that tries to keep your story separate from America’s.

But I hope you don’t. Not because you have an obligation to those who are less fortunate, though you do have that obligation. Not because you have a debt to all those who helped you get here, though you do have that debt.

It’s because you have an obligation to yourself. Because our individual salvation depends on collective salvation. Because thinking only about yourself, fulfilling your immediate wants and needs, betrays a poverty of ambition. Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential and discover the role you’ll play in writing the next great chapter in America’s story.


-Barack Obama at Wesleyan (Commencement speech)

Monday, May 26, 2008

America at peace with being at war.

May 26, 2008

The Wars We Choose to Ignore
By DAVID CARR

NYTIMES.COM

Even as we celebrate generations of American soldiers past, the women and men who are making that sacrifice today in Iraq and Afghanistan receive less attention every day. There’s plenty of blame to go around: battle fatigue at home, failing media resolve and a government intent on controlling information from the battlefield.


Buckley and Chomsky discussing this 39 years ago! Good stuff.

Almost Famous deleted scene - Stairway to Heaven

I worry that the next generation of music fans will never experience something like this. I see young kids everywhere isolated in their little world of ipods. That's not what attracted me to music. It's sharing the music with friends and family that makes listening to music worth every single minute! That is why I created this blog. Anyway, here's a perfect example of how fun it can be sharing music with friends and family. It got me fired up!

Cameron Crowe deleted this scene for the obvious reason of time. But this is classic! It made my day :). Give yourself 10 minutes! You won't regret it!

In this scene William is trying to convince his mom that rock music has a more deeper meaning than just sex and drugs.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Eddie Vedder - No More

For Fidel Cuellar.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Profiling California's War Dead

Profiling California's War Dead

A Times analysis provides a portrait of the state's military personnel who died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Some were immigrants, most were young, but many were also parents.

By Hector Becerra
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

May 23, 2008

Nearly 500 Californians have lost their lives in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. At least 58 were immigrants; more than 160 were parents and left behind more than 300 children. One descended from two presidents; another was a Guatemalan street orphan taken in by a U.S. family as a teenager. One high school lost six of its graduates.

The findings come from a detailed analysis by The Times. A database of California's war dead will be available Sunday at latimes.com.

At age 7, Victor H. Toledo-Pulido was smuggled from Mexico through rugged mountains into California. He and another soldier were killed in May 2007 when a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle southeast of Baghdad.

"They judge us, and they say we just come to take their jobs and positions, but we also make sacrifices. Victor worked since he was little, in the fields and in restaurants," his mother, Maria Gaspar, said after the 22-year-old was killed. "He was Mexican, but he thought like an American. And he gave his life for this country."

FIND THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE - http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-wardead23-2008may23,0,5888990.story

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

"There will be other wars." -John McCain

It's time to get refocused here!

Hillary Is A Sociopath!

THIS IS FROM ANDREW SULLIVAN. MONEY QUOTES!
The Clintons know no respect for rules or propriety or restraint in the pursuit of power. But Clinton's latest speech in Florida should cause even veteran Clinton-hating jaws to drop some more:

How do you respond to a sociopath like this? She agreed that Michigan and Florida should be punished for moving up their primaries. Obama took his name off the ballot in deference to their agreement and the rules of the party. That he should now be punished for playing by the rules and she should be rewarded for skirting them is unconscionable.

I think she has now made it very important that Obama not ask her to be the veep. The way she is losing is so ugly, so feckless, so riddled with narcissism and pathology that this kind of person should never be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Nighwatchman - The Road I Must Travel

As I watched Obama's speech tonight I wondered how historians would view this 100 years from now. You may not care or notice but we are witnessing history!

Argue substance. And then let the people decide.

THIS IS A MUST READ! GOOD STUFF!
YOU CAN FIND FULL ARTICLE HERE - http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/20/opinion/20herbert.html?_r=2&ref=opinion&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

May 20, 2008
NEW YORK TIMES
Op-Ed Columnist

Let’s Be Serious

By BOB HERBERT
The general election is about to unfold and we’ll soon see how smart or how foolish Americans really are. The U.S. may be the richest country on earth, but the economy is tanking, its working families are in trouble, it is bogged down in a multitrillion-dollar war of its own making and the price of gasoline has nitwits siphoning supplies from the cars and trucks of strangers.

Four of every five Americans want the country to move in a different direction, which makes this presidential election, potentially, one of the most pivotal since World War II.

And yet there’s growing evidence that despite the plethora of important issues, the election may yet be undermined by the usual madness — fear-mongering, bogus arguments over who really loves America, race-baiting, gay-baiting (Ohmigod! They’re getting married!) and the wholesale trivialization of matters that are not just important, but extremely complex.

Monday, May 19, 2008

James Baker: Talking to Enemy Is Not Appeasement

From Former Secretary of State James Baker - (under the first Bush of course!)

Are Your Balls Ready?

No woman could truly understand this pain.

An AVA Fave! - Pinback - Good to Sea

AVA LOVES THIS SONG!! SHE MOVES HER HEAD AROUND AND SINGS IN THE "LOW KEY" :). WHICH IS UNUSUAL FOR HER!

I HAVE TO GIVE CREDIT TO JOHNNY Q. DURING EASTER VACATION THE FAMOUS JOHNNY Q. MADE A COMPILATION FOR ME. THIS IS THE ONE SONG THAT STOOD OUT. DON'T MIND THE VIDEO. . . JUST LISTEN TO THE SONG. . . THANKS JOHN.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Uncle Tupelo - New Madrid

BEFORE WILCO AND SON VOLT THERE WAS UNCLE TUPELO. IN THE 90's I OFTEN ASKED CHROMEBOY WHAT MUSIC HE WAS LISTENING TO. HIS REPLY EVERY TIME WAS "UNCLE TUPELO MAN. UNCLE TUPELO." I THOUGHT TO MYSELF, "WHO IN THE HELL IS UNCLE TUPELO." THEN ON A TRIP TO OREGON LAST YEAR CHROMEBOY INSERTED A UNCLE TUPELO DISC CALLED "ANODYNE". SKIPPED TO SONG #6 - "NEW MADRID". THE OPENING BANJO WITH THE DRUM KICK SPARKED SOME CURIOSITY. THEN JEFF TWEEDY'S VOICE EMERGES. THEN JAY FARRAR COMES IN A CREATES A HARMONY THAT ONLY THOSE TWO COULD MAKE (LIKE LENNON AND MCCARTNEY). IT GAVE ME GOOSE BUMPS. ADD THAT TO CHROMEBOY'S ENTHUSIASM AND YOU GOT YOURSELF A FAN.
SO HERE I AM A YEAR LATER THINKING, "UNCLE TUPELO MAN. UNCLE TUPELO." THANKS CHROMEBOY. . . I CAN'T FORGET ATOMICTATA. . . HE'S THE ONE THAT LET ME BURN THE DISCS! AND SCHOOLED ME ON THAT WILCO ROADTRIP TO SANTA BARBARA! THAT WAS THE KICKER!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Evolution of Strawberry Fields Forever

APPRECIATE THIS. WRITTEN BY JOHN LENNON

THIS IS THE EARLIEST DEMO OF STRAWBERRY FIELDS. ITS JUST LENNON AND HIS GUITAR. YOU CAN FIND THIS ON THE BEATLES ANTHOLOGY VOL. 2.


THIS WAS PART OF THE SGT. PEPPER RECORDINGS. BUT, IT WAS RELEASED AS A DOUBLE A-SIDE SINGLE ALONG WITH PENNY LANE. IMAGINE IF THOSE TWO SONGS WERE PART OF THE ORIGINAL SGT. PEPPER ALBUM . . . WOW. YOU CAN FIND THIS SONG ON THE MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR ALBUM . . .

Why Have I Seen Pearl Jam 50+ Times?

HERE'S THE ANSWER . . . ENJOY!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Are you blessing or cursing?

YOU DON'T NEED TO BE A NINER FAN TO APPRECIATE THIS! GOOD STUFF! I THINK I'LL BE ON FIRE THIS WEEKEND.. MAKE SURE YOU CHECK BACK . . . :)

THIS IS FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE:
SINGLETARY'S MESSAGE: The 49ers linebackers said one day a year ago that reporters should get a chance to hear linebackers and assistant head coach Mike Singletary speak. He addresses the entire team often and his speeches are memorable. Singletary knows when to pause, when to inflect, when to speak in a hushed tone. He's captivating.

When he addressed the coaches last weekend, he spoke about the influences of his coaches all the way back to Pop Warner. After finally convincing his mother to let me play, he joined the team late, and he received equipment that was too big for him. He said his first assignment was to tackle a kid named, "Cookie." He did everything wrong, and Cookie ran him over, cleating him in the process.

But the coach noticed a willing spirit and Singletary was put at middle linebacker, the position he played for the rest of his football life.

"All my coaches were encouraging," Singletary said, and he said without them he wouldn't have won a Super Bowl, appeared in Pro Bowls or been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He stays in touch with three or four of his former coaches, including Buddy Ryan. He recently flew to Arizona, where Ryan was, and spoke with him for 45 minutes before flying back again. Singletary said it was worth it.

He also said that he was on a plane flight about a decade ago and starting talking to the man next to him. They talked business, family and finally got to football. At that point, the man broke down.

"I hate football," he told Singletary, "Absolutely hate it."

He told Singletary about scars left from the demeaning, know-nothing coaches of his youth. For Singletary, it emphasized how influential a coach can be, particularly in football, and how the game can impact lives.

He ended his talk with these remarks:

"Ask yourselves, 'What are you doing? Are you blessing or cursing? Whatever you're doing, you're writing it down on their hearts. Make them better, build them up and prepare them for their next coach."

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Billy Preston - My Sweet Lord (live - George Harrison Tribute)

BILLY PRESTON. THE OTHER "FIFTH" BEATLE DOING A COVER OF "MY SWEET LORD." IF THIS DOESN'T GIVE YOU CHILLS. . . WELL YOU GET THE POINT. LOOK CLOSELY AT THE KID WHO IS PLAYING THE ACOUSTIC GUITAR (FRONT CENTER). THAT'S GEORGE'S SON. IDENTICAL! YOU ALSO SEE PAUL, RINGO AND ERIC CLAPTON. GOOD STUFF!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Bush A Drag On McCain?

WHO WILL WIN IN NOVEMBER? I'VE MADE IT CLEAR TO FRIENDS AND RELATIVES THAT OBAMA HAS THE ADVANTAGE. THE REALITY OF WHITES NOT VOTING FOR A BLACK MAN IS REAL. BUT, HISTORY IS ON THE SIDE OF OBAMA. I THINK MOST CAN AGREE THAT OUR COUNTRY IS AT AN IMPORTANT CROSSROAD. AMERICANS ARE FEELING THE PINCH ($) EVERYDAY. MORE IMPORTANLY IRAQ WILL NOT GO AWAY. AND HISTORY TELLS US THAT THE PARTY IN POWER WILL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE "HARD TIMES." MCCAIN IS IN A BIND. HE NEEDS THE INDEPENDENT VOTER WHO DESPISES THE EIGHT YEARS OF BUSH. BUT, HE DOESN'T WANT TO OFFEND HIS "BASE." HOW HE PULLS THAT OFF WILL BE FUN TO WATCH. WHICH IS WHY I THINK OBAMA WILL WIN. . . HERE'S FURTHER PROOF OF HOW BUSH WILL DRAG MCCAIN'S CAMPAIGN DOWN!

My Morning Jacket - Golden

WHEN I FIRST HEARD THIS SONG I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS DUDE FROM SISTERS, OR. GOOD STUFF CHROMEBOY. DON'T MIND THE VIDEO. JUST LISTEN TO THE SONG. . .

TATA YOU'VE MIGHT HAVE HEARD THIS SONG ALREADY. AROD - YOUR WORLD IS CHANGING EACH DAY YOU VISIT ACUFFROSE. . . :) . . .

Monday, May 12, 2008

Obama on Zionism and Hamas

DO YOU THINK BUSH CAN HAVE THIS KIND OF CONVERSATION?
JEFFREY GOLDBERG Q & A WITH BARACK OBAMA.

JG: You’ve talked about the role of Jews in the development of your thinking
BO: I always joke that my intellectual formation was through Jewish scholars and writers, even though I didn’t know it at the time. Whether it was theologians or Philip Roth who helped shape my sensibility, or some of the more popular writers like Leon Uris. So when I became more politically conscious, my starting point when I think about the Middle East is this enormous emotional attachment and sympathy for Israel, mindful of its history, mindful of the hardship and pain and suffering that the Jewish people have undergone, but also mindful of the incredible opportunity that is presented when people finally return to a land and are able to try to excavate their best traditions and their best selves. And obviously it’s something that has great resonance with the African-American experience.

A MUST READ! HERE'S THE LINK TO THE WHOLE Q & A - http://jeffreygoldberg.theatlantic.com/archives/2008/05/obama_on_zionism_and_hamas.php#more

Eddie Vedder - Society

WELL MIA SLIPPED TO ME THAT SHE "LIKES" THIS SONG. SO, I'M FIRED UP! THIS IS FROM THE "INTO THE WILD" SOUNDTRACK. DIRECTED BY SEAN PENN WHO ASKED EDDIE VEDDER TO WRITE A FEW SONGS FOR THE MOVIE. AFTER HEARING A COUPLE HE ASKED EDDIE TO WRITE MORE. . . THUS, GIVING US AN INCREDIBLE SOUNDTRACK! INCREDIBLE MOVIE. HERE'S A VIDEO SHOWING PICTURES FROM THE MOVIE.

ALSO - I DELETED LENNON'S "WOMAN" VIDEO BECAUSE I DIDN'T REALIZE IT WAS THE "2ND" VIDEO OF "WOMAN." THE FIRST ONE HAS A LOT MORE FOOTAGE OF JOHN LENNON NOT "OH YOKO."

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Pearl Jam - I'm Still Here (RARE)

THIS SONG HAS NEVER BEEN RELEASED. IT WAS GOING TO BE ON THEIR B-SIDE ALBUM "LOST DOGS." I LIKE TO THINK THEY DECIDED TO KEEP THIS A "HIDDEN GEM" FOR THE HARD-CORE FANS. DEFINITELY PEARL JAM AT ITS BEST. IT MIGHT BE A LITTLE TOO ABSTRACT FOR THE "JEREMY" FANS. :)

She said to me, over the phone, she wanted to see other people.
I thought, "Well then, look around, they're everywhere."

-Eddie Vedder, "I'm Still Here"


Obama a Muslim? Sad Reality of Democracy.

It's Not Just Sad, It's Unavoidable

DOES DEMOCRACY WORK? HERE'S ANDREW SULLIVAN DISCUSSING THE REALITY OF AMERICAN VOTERS AND THEIR PERCEPTION OF OBAMA.

Neil Gillies, an Obama supporter who runs a local environmental nonprofit group, glumly recounted the gibes that his wife, a schoolteacher, hears regularly from her students. “They’re convinced [Obama] is a Muslim, a terrorist, a guy who’s coming to take away their guns,” Gillies said. “It’s just sad.”

THIS IS FROM DANIEL LARISON (ONE OF THE BEST CONSERVATIVE JOURNALIST) RESPONDING SULLIVAN'S COMMENT.

I tend to agree, but I find it sad mostly because of what it says about the deplorable ignorance of vast numbers of voters and the inevitability of such ignorance in a mass democracy. Why we should want to export this kind of government to other parts of the world has never been clear to me, when it isn’t clear that it contributes to either good government or healthy politics in this country. Democracy is identitarian and necessarily so. Democracy is dangerous to liberty for several reasons, but one reason is that it contributes to collectivist attitudes and what Kuehnelt-Leddihn called “nostrism,” one form of which is nationalism.
No one who has been paying attention for more than an hour to this campaign could conclude that Obama is a Muslim, but that’s just the problem: millions and tens of millions of voters haven’t paid and won’t pay that much attention until later this year, and by then these memes will have spread far and wide through chain e-mails and word of mouth, by which time it will be too late and attitudes will have become settled.

"Face of the Day"

FROM ANDREW SULLIVAN: An Iraqi woman attends a consultation with an Iraqi doctor at an improvised medical centre provided by US troops in Yusufiyah, in the so-called 'triangle of death', about 10 miles south of Baghdad.

Picture by Mauricio Lima/AFP/Getty.

Eddie Vedder w/ Neil Finn - Take A Walk

I'M ON FIRE TONIGHT. AROD AND "ACCEPTANCE" THIS SHOULD FIRE YOU UP. AGAIN, YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THIS SONG FROM ITUNES (ALBUM - 7 WORLD'S COLLIDE). GREAT SONG!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Wilco - Muzzle of Bees

AROD, I'M REELING YOU IN SLOWLY. GONZO, OPEN YOUR 80S TWISTED SISTER HEART. YOU MIGHT ACTUALLY ENJOY THIS.

What a 3 Year Old Will Do To A Monster

THIS IS FUNNY!

Daydream Disaster I - Jurassic Fart

YOU CAN THANK PENA FOR THIS ONE. FUNNY STUFF. AVA LOVES IT! CHECK OUT THE OTHER SKITS.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Wilco - Either Way

WILCO IS RIGHT BEHIND PEARL JAM, BEATLES, AND DYLAN. THANKS TO TWO GUYS WHO KNEW THAT TWEEDY’S MUSIC WAS DEFINITELY SOMETHING I NEEDED TO EXPLORE. CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON RELAX AND ENJOY. BY THE WAY THIS SONG IS OFFICIALLY ZAK'S "FIRST FAVORITE SONG." NO JOKE. IT WAS PLAYED AROUND 20 TIMES ON OUR WAY TO CAYUCOS. AND HE CHILLED EVERYTIME! -CUELLAR

Cat Stevens - Father and Son

WATCHING ZAK REACT TO MY "COACHES" VOICE TODAY HIT ME HARD. HE WAS TRYING EVERYTHING TO FIND THAT VOICE AND RIGHT AT THAT MOMENT I REALIZED. . . THAT THIS WAS JUST A GAME.
-CUELLAR

"I was once like you are now, and I know that its not easy,
To be calm when youve found something going on.
But take your time, think a lot,
Why, think of everything you've got.
For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not."
-CAT STEVENS "FATHER AND SON"


Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Quote of the Night

FROM ANDREW SULLIVAN:
Here's what now seems obvious: African-American voters killed the Clinton candidacy. It is a fitting end to the Clintons' campaign and an almost Shakespearean coda to their career. The Clintons were exposed in their long-running exploitation and reliance on minority votes. No group was more loyal to them than African-Americans; and in the end, like everyone else, African-Americans realized that the Clintons are frauds, disloyal to the core, cynical to their finger-tips, and finally, finally, returned the favor.

Post-War Suicides May Exceed Combat Deaths, U.S. Says

Post-War Suicides May Exceed Combat Deaths, U.S. Says (Update1)
By Avram Goldstein
May 5 (Bloomberg) -- The number of suicides among veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may exceed the combat death toll because of inadequate mental health care, the U.S. government's top psychiatric researcher said.
Community mental health centers, hobbled by financial limits, haven't provided enough scientifically sound care, especially in rural areas, said Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He briefed reporters today at the American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting in Washington.
Insel echoed a Rand Corporation study published last month that found about 20 percent of returning U.S. soldiers have post- traumatic stress disorder or depression, and only half of them receive treatment. About 1.6 million U.S. troops have fought in the two wars since October 2001, the report said. About 4,560 soldiers had died in the conflicts as of today, the Defense Department reported on its Web site.

FIND THE REST OF ARTICLE HERE - http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601124&sid=a2_71Klo2vig&refer=home

Monday, May 5, 2008

Quote For The Day

Quote For The Day
05 May 2008 11:16 am
"Jesus was not some Nazarene carpenter who was picked at random. He was selected and tortured in a manner that was designed to destroy the community carrying His message...Torture is generally used to attack and suppress civil society. This is why it is aimed at the monks in Burma, the political leaders of Zimbabwe, the playwrights of Czechoslovakia, the journalists of Russia, the students of Chile, or the union leaders of Uruguay. In this use, torture is a strategy to maintain the corrupt against the civic minded, the empowered over the disenfranchised, and the best fed in lands where most are poor and hungry. Torture is government by intimidation, horror, fear and division. It is antithetical to those who would create societies to flourish by loving kindness, justice, and inclusion," - Steven Miles.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Almost Famous - Tiny Dancer

GREAT SCENE OF A GREAT MOVIE - ALMOST FAMOUS.

The Empire Strikes Barack

This has been viewed over half a million times in 2 days. There's not much for me to add. You know how I feel about this. Enjoy. -Cuellar

Bill Moyer - An Essay On Rev. Wright

"BEWARE THE TERRIBLE SIMPLIFIERS"

The All-White Elephant in the Room

May 4, 2008
Op-Ed Columnist
The All-White Elephant in the Room
By FRANK RICH

BORED by those endless replays of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright? If so, go directly to YouTube, search for “John Hagee Roman Church Hitler,” and be recharged by a fresh jolt of clerical jive.
What you’ll find is a white televangelist, the Rev. John Hagee, lecturing in front of an enormous diorama. Wielding a pointer, he pokes at the image of a woman with Pamela Anderson-sized breasts, her hand raising a golden chalice. The woman is “the Great Whore,” Mr. Hagee explains, and she is drinking “the blood of the Jewish people.” That’s because the Great Whore represents “the Roman Church,” which, in his view, has thirsted for Jewish blood throughout history, from the Crusades to the Holocaust.

FIND THE REST ARTICLE HERE http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/04/opinion/04rich.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&ref=opinion&pagewanted=print&oref=slogin

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Kaibo Zonshinzu anatomy scrolls (1819)

THE JAPANESE (1819) DISMEMBERED THE BODIES OF CRIMINALS TO UNDERSTAND THE HUMAN BODY.


MORE PAINTINGS HERE - - http://www.pinktentacle.com/2008/04/kaibo-zonshinzu-anatomy-scrolls-1819/