Saturday, January 31, 2009

"Reporter Goes Ghetto"

Man, this is fricken hilarious! I can't stop laughing. . .

Friday, January 30, 2009

The Beatles - Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues

Buddy Holly tune from the Let It Be sessions (January 1969). February 3rd will mark the 50th anniversary of Buddy Holly's death. . . The day the music died.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Why Bob Dylan? Bono explains. . .

This is from last months Rolling Stone. . .

Bob Dylan did what very, very few singers ever do. He changed popular singing. And we have been living in a world shaped by Dylan's singing ever since. Almost no one sings like Elvis Presley anymore. Hundreds try to sing like Dylan. When Sam Cooke played Dylan for the young Bobby Womack, Womack said he didn't understand it. Cooke explained that from now on, it's not going to be about how pretty the voice is. It's going to be about believing that the voice is telling the truth.

- Bono

Stephne Colbert Interviews Sir Paul McCartney


The Beatles - Sure To Fall (In Love With You)

From the double disc "Live at the BBC." Good stuff!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

"The Presider"


One impression from Obama's interactions with the Republicans and Democrats in Congress: Obama clearly sees the presidency as a different institution than his immediate predecessor. This is a good thing, it seems to me. Bush had imbibed a monarchical sense of the office from his father and his godfather (Cheney). The monarch decided. If you were lucky, you'd get an explanation later, usually dolled up in propaganda. But the president had one accountability moment - the election of 2004 - and the rest of the time he saw the presidency as a form of power that should be used with total boldness and declarative clarity.
At times, Bush's indifference to the system around him bordered on a kind of political autism. And so one of the oddest aspects of Bush's presidency was his tendency to declare things as if merely saying them as president could make them so. The model was clear and dramatically intensified by wartime: the president pronounced; Congress anemically responded; the base rallied. At the start, it felt like magic, but as reality slipped through the fast-eroding firewall of reckless spending and military misadventure, Bush's authority disappeared all the more quickly - because his so-certain predictions were so obviously wrong. The Decider had no response to this. He just had to keep deciding and asserting, to less and less effect, that he was right all along. Hence the excruciating final months. Within a democratic system, we had replicated all the comedy and tragedy of cocooned authoritarianism.
Now look at Obama. What the critics misread in his Inaugural was its classical structure. He was not running any more. He was presiding. His job was not to rally vast crowds, but to set the scene for the broader constitutional tableau to come to life. Hence the obvious shock of some Republican Congressman at debating with a president who seemed interested in actual conversation, aas opposed to pure politics. Last Tuesday, there were none of the bold declarative predictions of the Second Bush Inaugural - and none of the slightly creepy Decider idolatry. Yes, Obama set some very clear directional goals, but the key difference is what came next: a window of invitation. The invitation is to the other co-equal branches of government to play their part; and for the citizenry to play its. This is an understanding of the president as one node in a constitutional order - not a near-dictator outside and superior to other branches of government. It is a return to traditional constitutional order. And it is rooted in a traditional, small-c conservative understanding of the presidency.
If Bush was about the presidency as power, Obama is about the presidency as authority. It's fascinating to watch this deep difference in understanding slowly but unmistakably realize itself in public actions. Somewhere the Founders are smiling. The system is correcting itself after one of the most unbalanced periods in American history. But it took the self-restraint of one man to do it.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Sunday, January 25, 2009

"Two Planes, Two Worlds"


It's funny but even during the mayhem of Inauguration week, the image of that A320 being landed safely on the Hudson kept coming back to me. And when I read that its remains had ended up floating not far from Ground Zero, I couldn't help but marvel at the historical and civilizational symmetry of it all.

Over seven years ago, a group of religious extremists seized control of an aircraft in that same airspace, men who had very little flying experience and a philosophy of maximizing the deaths of innocent civilians on the ground. They did all they could to murder as many as they could in order to secure the maximum reward for themselves in heaven and in worldly renown.

Seven years later, two pilots who have since remained remarkably distant from media attention, were in a similar cockpit in the same crowded area and their over-riding concern was to prevent any civilian casualties at all. That's why they even avoided small airports which might have led to a crash into inhabited neighborhoods. With enormous expertise, gained by rigorous training in a civilized society, they managed to land safely on the river and save everyone both on board and on the ground.

It seems to me that dignity and training and expertise and humaneness are the values of our society at its best. All of them are self-evidently superior to the values of vainglory, amateurism, impulsiveness and cruelty that bedevil our enemies. If these are the grounds on which we fight this war - and they are ours to choose - then we will win. And we will deserve to.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Rilo Kiley - Silver Lining

Ava's lovin it again! Great song.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Mexican Wrestlers

WWE got nothing on these mexicans!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Hank Williams - Lost Highway

Sony / ATV Acuff Rose Music :)

1994 Beatles Reunion

Wow. Just found this on youtube. Can you imagine John Lennon in that room? I'm getting chills thinking about it! Good stuff.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

John Lennon - Old Dirt Road

One of Lennon's hidden gems. . . This was during his "Lost Weekend." There was nothing "lost" in those 15 months. Lennon wrote some pretty damn good songs during that time.

From the "Wall and Bridges" album (1974).

George Harrison on "The Midday Show" (Part 2)

This is from 1988. Pretty interesting interview.

The Sling Shot Man

Hat tip to atomictata. Funny stuff!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Smashing Pumpkins - Soma (live)

Timeless. . .

I, too, am America.

I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.
I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--
I, too, am America.

- Langston Hughes

The Mountain Top

His final speech the day before he was murdered.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Top 10 Incredible Early Firsts In Photography

This is really cool. Check it out here: Top 10 Incredible Early Firsts In Photography

Here's the first motion picutre (1888)

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Frat Boy Ships Out


Jan 15th 2009
From The Economist print edition

Few people will mourn the departure of the 43rd president

HE LEAVES the White House as one of the least popular and most divisive presidents in American history. At home, his approval rating has been stuck in the 20s for months; abroad, George Bush has presided over the most catastrophic collapse in America’s reputation since the second world war. The American economy is in deep recession, brought on by a crisis that forced Mr Bush to preside over huge and unpopular bail-outs.

America is embroiled in two wars, one of which Mr Bush launched against the tide of world opinion. The Bush family name, once among the most illustrious in American political life, is now so tainted that Jeb, George’s younger brother, recently decided not to run for the Senate from Florida. A Bush relative describes family gatherings as “funeral wakes”.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Avett Brothers - Murder in the City

I'm lovin these guys! Great song! Check it out.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Pearl Jam - Black, We Belong Together, Its Ok (live)

Pittsburgh, 2006. Not much to say here. Enjoy.

A Neutral Fan Quote of the Day


Pato on January 12, 2009 2:14 PM said:

Have you dodger fans seen your starting pitching rotation lately? Even with Manny, it won't be a walk in the park for this division without Penny and Lowe. No big acquisitions for the dodgers this offseason means they got worse. If you let the Giants come up and steal Manny away then you might as well start looking towards 2010.

As for the Giants, Sabean is mentally retarded so he should get some kind of break when it comes to signing free agents. The league should intervene whenever Sabean is caught looking at another past their prime veteran. Lets not sign Pat Burrell for 8 million and lets take that cash and go after a real difference maker like renteria... If they sign Manny though Giants will run away with the division.

A Dodgers Fan Quote of the Day

Tonyeastlos on January 12, 2009 12:19 PM said:
Not happy with the lack of progress in securing Manny. If I didn't hate the Giants soooooooooo much I would wish they would sign him just to rub it in the McCourts faces....I swear this small-market mentality of the dodgers is KILLIN' ME!!!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Bill Moyers on the Violence in the Middle East

Here's Bill Moyers doing his job as a journalist. Please watch.

Paul McCartney on Desert Island Discs, January 1982


Desert Island Discs is a long-running BBC Radio 4 programme. It was first broadcast on 29 January 1942 and is said by the Guinness Book of Records to be the longest-running music programme in the history of radio. [1] Guests are invited to imagine themselves castaways on a desert island, and to choose eight pieces of music to take with them; discussion of their choices permits a review of their life. They must also specify which one of these pieces they regard most highly. Aside from music, they are permitted one book, excluding the Bible or other religious work and the complete works of Shakespeare, which are already present on the island to force more original choices. They also choose one luxury which must be inanimate and of no survival value, though large supplies of champagne seem to be allowed.[2] The names and selections of some of the more recent guests are listed separately.

Paul McCartney on "Today Show" 1982

You have to love YOUTUBE! Enjoy.




Saturday, January 10, 2009

Back to Work

This is what I'll be doing Sunday night and Monday morning!

Facercise from Future Schlock on Vimeo.

Tom Petty & The Heartbbreakers - Southern Accents (live)

Great song! Great version!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The Beatles - Love of the Loved

This is an unreleased 1962 recording of "Love of the Loved" from their failed audition at Decca. It never made their "Anthology" series but its definitely a good Beatle song. Enjoy.

They did give away this recoridng to Cilla Black (Check it out).

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Bob Dylan - I'm Not There

Good stuff here. Sonic Youth does a pretty good cover of this song. But you can't beat the original.

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Behind "The Waiting"

This is from their documentary. Enjoy this Arod!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Tom Petty's Running Down a Dream DOCUMENTARY

Ok. Second Netflix review. Tom Petty's RUNNIN DOWN A DREAM is the real deal. Rent it! Own it! See it!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Flight of the Conchords - Mutha'uckas

This is for you Denise!

Joan Baez Sings While Dylan Types

This is from Don't Look Back (1965) documentary of Dylan touring England. Here's Joan Baez singing "Percy's Song" while Dylan types. This is probably one of the best parts of the documentary. Check it out.

John Lennon - One Day At a Time (Anthology Version)

This is from Lennon's anthology box set. It's rare to hear his voice isolated in any of his recordings (especially Beatles). Lennon was not a fan of his voice so he always overdubbed it in the studio. The anthology set has plenty of recordings of Lennon without overdubs. Here's one of my favorites!


A wounded Palestinian boy is helped as he arrives at a hospital on January 4, 2009 in Gaza City, Gaza. Medics and witnesses have reported that Israeli shells killed at least 12 Palestinian civilians and wounded 40 others when they exploded in Gaza City's main shopping area. By Abid Katib/Getty.

Wilco - Another Man's Done Gone

This is from "Man In The Sand Billy Bragg & Wilco" DVD. This song is from "Mermaid Avenue" (Lyrics by Woody Guthrie). Good song!

FOX News - "Magic Negro"

Read the bottom. . . This is just the beginning.


Thursday, January 1, 2009

"Money As Debt" - DOCUMENTARY

One of the most enlightening documentaries I've seen that'll open your eyes to the harsh reality of how money is created and why we are slaves to the big bankers. This is worth you time (45 minutes). You will understand something that most people don't. I've posted all five parts of the documentary. Let me know what you think.

All of the perplexities, confusion, and distress in America arises, not from the defects of the Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation.”

-John Adams, Founding Father of the American Constitution.

“I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated Governments in the civilized world, no longer a Government by free opinion, no longer a Government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a Government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.”

- Woodrow Wilson