This is sort-of an addendum to the film piece I wrote in Fast Forward the other week. When I wrote that, the state of the Globe was very much up in the air–in fact, I had it on good word that they were about to announce their closure–but fortunately they’ve worked out a way to … Read more
My apologies for the lack of links, as I’m kind of in a rush at the moment, but just so you know, there are free, legal downloads available from plenty of these folks, and the ones from Heems, Rainy Milo and Rhye are all especially worth tracking down. If you have a couple minutes and … Read more
Exciting day on the show today — the first time I’ve had official guests in the studio, and it was New York synth-pop duo Tanlines (who are playing tonight at Commonwealth as part of their one-year anniversary party that’s going all week, and you should go check it out. Calgary’s Gold is opening. It’ll … Read more
Noble goals and death tolls: Honest Abe takes a page out of the Shock Doctrine in Spielberg’s Lincoln
It’s hard to think of a more positive end than the abolition of slavery, and it’s easy to buy into the argument that the practice would have continued for decades at the very least if Lincoln hadn’t been, well, flexible when it came to the democratic process. But delaying the end of the war by even a few days when it was killing, on average, 3,000 Americans every week is essentially allowing a 9/11-level death toll for the sake of politics. Is that justifiable?
Kudos to Kat Dornian, the music director at CJSW. I took a bit of a different approach this week and mostly stuck to albums on the official playlist she compiles for the station (which includes 100s of CDs in pretty much every genre), and almost everything I checked out was amazing.
A Halloween treat — the Addams Family getting down to the Human Beanz’s finest moment. Happy spook day.
I won’t lie — this episode was a whole lot of fun to put together. There’s a wealth of Halloween songs out there, and no excuse for falling back on the same one or two over and over. By far the best find this week was the audio archive at vincentprice.org, which is where … Read more
**Updated, see end of post I try not to post too often on copyright issues, even though it’s something I read about pretty much constantly, but if you want to know why I’m genuinely worried about where ownership culture is taking us, here’s pretty much the best (read: worst) example I’ve seen in a long … Read more
I haven’t listened all the way through the album yet, so this is presented largely without commentary, but the soundtrack to RZA’s new martial arts epic The Man with the Iron Firsts is sounding pretty phenomenal so far, and the whole thing is streaming via Bandcamp (see above). The movie itself looks halfway promising, written, … Read more
A bit more all-over-the-place this week, going from classic blues to garagier modern goodies and a relatively downbeat last 45 minutes to suit the weather. The spotlight this week was on offbeat girl group pop, which is why Dolly Parton makes an appearance and why you might’ve heard the most disturbing single the Crystals ever … Read more