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New CD Album Releases, 1-25-2011: Wanda Jackson, Iron and Wine, Gang of Four

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Wanda JacksonAlright, now we’ve got something in the new year worth putting your ears to. At the age of 73, Wanda Jackson is back in more than full effect with The Party Ain’t Over on Jack White’s Third Man Records. She sure don’t sound like some old woman. Indeed, she sounds like a very seasoned young girl. It’s kind of a hard affect to explain. It’s freaky how totally this girl can sell Amy Winehouse’s “You Know That I’m No Good.”

She lays claim to being the first female rock and roll singer and the queen of rockabilly from her original time going back to the 1950s. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.

She of course benefits from the full Jack White treatment. Like with Loretta Lynn, he sees something really vital in this old gal and knows how to bring it out. Look up her performance of “Shakin’ All Over” with a White-led band on Letterman, which will likely knock you right down to your socks. Dig that quick guitar solo that Jack rips out.

She’s doing covers, but there’s covers and then there’s covers. Some of this is the power and nuance of her voice. A lot of it here comes from Jack White’s skills as an orchestrator. It’s not just fancy Jack White guitar playing, but all the little things. Dig the simple trombone on this version of “Busted.” Kind of makes you curious what Jack White could do for himself making an album with this band, unrestricted by the self-imposed two-man-band stricture of the White Stripes.

new billboard hits
Inevitably Lyrics
Beyonce Knowles
Drippin’ Lyrics
Keri Hilson
Su Woo Lyrics
Closer to the Edge Lyrics
30 Seconds to Mars
Can A Drummer Get Some Lyrics
Travis Barker
21st Century Girl Lyrics
Willow Smith
Hit The Lights Lyrics
Jay Sean
The Man Who Can’t Be Moved Lyrics
Scheisse Lyrics
Lady GaGa
Roll Up Lyrics
Wiz Khalifa

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Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new CD album releases:
Cold War Kids
Mine Is Yours
Downtown Records
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Deerhoof vs. Evil
Noise-Rock, Noise Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Synth Pop, Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Iron and Wine
Kiss Each Other Clean
Warner Bros.
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Folk, Indie Rock

Wanda Jackson
The Party Ain’t Over
Third Man Records
Country Gospel, Rockabilly, Traditional Country, Honky Tonk

LCD Soundsystem
London Sessions
Alternative Dance, Indie Electronic, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Club/Dance, Alternative Pop/Rock

Marin Alsop
Michael Daugherty: Route 66
Contemporary Orchestral Music

Apex Manor
The Year of Magical Drinking
Power Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Ben + Vesper
Sounds Familyre
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Charles Bradley
No Time For Dreaming
Contemporary R&B, Soul-Blues, Adult Contemporary R&B

Alexander Briger
Walton, Shostakovich: Cello Concertos
Signum Classics
Modern Music for Cello and Orchestra

Chikita Violenta
Arts & Crafts
Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Cloud Nothings
Cloud Nothings
Carpark Records
Noise-Rock, Lo-Fi, Noise Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Bing Crosby/Rosemary Clooney
Bing & Rosie: The Crosby-Clooney Radio Sessions
Collectors’ Choice Music
Vocal Pop, Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz, Swing, American Popular Song

Bing Crosby
Bing Sings the Sinatra Songbook
Collectors’ Choice Music
Vocal Pop, Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz, American Popular Song

Bing Crosby
A Southern Memoir
Collectors’ Choice Music
Vocal Pop, Traditional Pop, American Popular Song

Spiritual Mental Physical
Drag City
Detroit Rock, Proto-Punk

Delicate Steve
Experimental Rock, Post-Rock, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock

Matthew Friedberger
Thrill Jockey
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Vinicius Cantuaria & Bill Frisell
Lagrimas Mexicanas
Alternative Latin, Sonidero, Cuban Traditions, Brazilian Traditions, Afro-Brazilian, Mexican Traditions, Danzon, Afro-Colombian, Mambo, Samba

Fujiya & Miyagi
Yep Roc
Alternative Dance, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Club/Dance, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic

Gang of Four
Yep Roc
Post-Punk, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Karina Gauvin
Fete galante
Atma Classique
Modern and Contemporary Vocal Music

The Get Up Kids
There Are Rules
Quality Hill Records
Punk/New Wave, Alternative/Indie Rock, Hardcore Punk, Alternative Pop/Rock

I Was a King
Old Friends
Sounds Familyre
Indie Rock, Shoegaze, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Lia Ices
Grown Unknown
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Amos Lee
Mission Bell
Blue Note
Neo-Soul, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Soul, Adult Contemporary

The Loves
Love You
Fortuna Pop
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Carolina Chocolate Drops/Luminescent Orchestrii
Carolina Chocolate Drops/Luminescent Orchestrii
Romanian, Balkan, South/Eastern European Traditions, Progressive Folk, Gypsy, String Bands, Folk Jazz, New Acoustic, Old-Timey

Phil Manley
Life Coach
Thrill Jockey
Alternative/Indie Rock

Keiko Matsui
The Road…
Smooth Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Contemporary Instrumental, Neo-Classical

James Vincent McMorrow
Early in the Morning
Burning Rope Records
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Folk-Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock

Not Yet
Drag City
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

The World Is Yours
British Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal

My Disco
Little Joy
Temporary Residence
New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Experimental Rock, Post-Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Joe Nichols
Greatest Hits
Universal Music
New Traditionalist, Contemporary Country, Neo-Traditionalist Country, Nashville Sound/Countrypolitan

Carpe Diem
Baroque Vocal and Chamber Music

Parley of Instruments
Musical London c. 1700: From Purcell to Handel
Baroque Vocal and Chamber Music

The Radio Dept.
Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010
Noise Pop, Dream Pop, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Corinne Bailey Rae
The Love EP
Adult Contemporary R&B, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

The Rat Pack
The Very Best of the Rat Pack [Rhino 2010]
Sinatra Audio
Vocal Jazz, Traditional Pop, Vocal Pop, Cast Recordings, Swing, Show Tunes, American Popular Song

Say Hi
Um, Uh Oh
Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Indie Rock

Sic Alps
Napa Asylum
Drag City
Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Sonny Smith
100 Records, Vol. 2: I Miss the Jams
Turn Up
Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Thank You
Golden Worry
Thrill Jockey
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Sidi Toure & Friends
Sahel Folk
Thrill Jockey
Malian Music, West African, African Traditions, African Folk

The Vagrants
I Can’t Make a Friend 1965-1968
Light in the Attic Records
Garage Rock, Psychedelic

John Vanderslice/the Magik Magik Orchestra
White Wilderness
Dead Oceans Records
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Rock, Chamber Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

Various Artists
Grammy 2011 Nominees
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary R&B, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Wisin & Yandel
Los Vaqueros: El Regreso
Universal Music Latino
Reggaeton, Latin Dance, Pop-Rap, Pop

A Haunted Person’s Guide to the Witches
Alive Records
Alternative/Indie Rock, Garage Rock Revival, Neo-Psychedelia, Alternative Pop/Rock

Willie Wright
Telling the Truth
Soul, Singer/Songwriter, Progressive Folk, Folk Jazz

Young Prisms
Friends for Now
Kanine Records
Noise Pop, Shoegaze, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Neo-Psychedelia

Palin, Limbaugh and Steyn – The Axis of Evil

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Listen up all you sheeple who believe everything the vast right wing media machine tell you, cause I’m here to give you a little enlightenment about Sarah Palin’s real death panel – the Rush Limbaugh audience. I’m here on behalf of the reality based community to share some of our special knowledge that few have figured out and fewer have had the courage to believe regarding culpability for Loughner and the recent Tucson shooting spree. If you’d open your eyes, you can see that in plain fact Sarah Palin orchestrated this massacre on purpose.

A lot of good people naturally suspect her influence, but none of them seem to be willing to step up to the plate and declare the truth. But perhaps Rep Clyburn, Paul Krugman, Chris Matthews and others truly don’t get it. They recognize that Sarah Palin obviously represents naked, wicked hatred and rightly condemn her for creating this horrific climate of hate that engulfs the nation. But a climate didn’t shoot those people. What, a cloud picked up a gun and shot the place up? Lightning bolts started targeting civilians? That’s just crazy talk.

No, Palin is far more insidious than that. Just by what she says openly, she’s got people practically ready to burn down the nation or even worse, such as busting up the public employee unions. Perhaps worst of all, we’ve had to watch the spawn of the devil’s own strumpet nearly win Dancing With The Stars and see the evil matron get her own reality show. Is there any real doubt that someone that wicked would have her opponents killed as part of her slow rolling coup?

It is obvious that, like Goebbels, Sarah Palin has decisively won the first and hardest part: control of the mass media. Be not mistaken, if Sarah Palin tweets that she just let a stinky, it will be front page news, and within mere minutes conservative harlots across the nation will be tooting and tweeting in harmony.

So it’s on to the next step: liquidating her enemies. Any normal, progressive American could be targeted by these remorseless killers of poor innocent mooses. Obviously though she would most highly target Democrat congressmen. You can see that clearly Sarah Palin wants all Democrat congressmen dead by any means necessary.
anti-Sarah Palin poster
But obviously she can’t just come out and say that. She doesn’t yet have quite the power to just brazenly call for the assassination of the opposition. The maps and the targets might be a little clue, but every high school football team in the country is trying to blitz the other team and so on. No, it takes more than that to get even a Dale Gribble Republican to go on a shooting spree.

That’s where Rush Limbaugh comes in. He has skills and power with media far beyond even Joseph Goebbels. Even Goebbels couldn’t get 20 million people a week to voluntarily tune in to listen to him like Limbaugh does year after year, decade after decade. It is easily within Rush Limbaugh’s skill and power to use most of a thousand hours a year of broadcast time to wash and indeed dry clean the brains of his mind numbed robots. Prepare the willing legions for 20+ years for go time.

From there, it’s easy to see how Limbaugh would use some simple, innocuous Go Code like “jiggle me timbers” or “Why don’t you play a game of solitaire?” It could be anything really.

Most likely it’s something to do with golf. Note how Limbaugh has a highly promoted golf mini-series on television. Golf has been long known to respond to an especially wicked white man gene, a quirk of the engineering from the evil genius who engineered white men. [Tiger: Give up the white devil’s game of false consciousness and take up a spiritual sport appropriate for a True Black Man, perhaps basketball or shooting dice.] After years of liminal and subliminal training, Rush most likely has it keyed to the name of his golf show, or more subtly the name of some golf course or tournament. Now they hear Rush Limbaugh say “Augusta Nationals” and his dittoheads hear “Shoot a Democrat Congressman.”

Note how he had the war criminal Mark Steyn “guest hosting” for him over the holidays just before the Tucson shooting. This is where the larger conspiracy of Palin stoking the military-industrial complex reveals itself to the light of day. Mark Steyn narrowly escaped the Noose of Justice in Canada last year after years of writing stuff that makes Muslims attack us. Here in America though, we’re supposed to have freedom of religion. That means that you don’t have any right to oppress people by making fun of their religion or saying things they don’t like.

This isn’t anything deeply subliminal or sophisticated here. Steyn just openly says things that he knows will provoke our poor, oppressed Muslim brethren. He mercilessly mocks the Religion of Peace in print and now on the airwaves worse (ie “better”) than about anyone else going. A week or two of putting Steyn directly on the mainline at the EIB Network with his pointed religious bigotry can only serve to amplify his reach and bring world tensions to a boil.

Isn’t the strategy obvious by now? Constant stoking of the fires of anti-Islamic hatred are brought to the front burner by The Cook, ready to field dress the Muslims like they were no more than so many mooses. Mark Steyn comes in just like Hitler, using his words to make these poor people go on a killing spree. Considering the provocation of the likes of Steyn, these poor people have shown great restraint in not having a major retaliatory attack in the three weeks since his hosting stint over Christmas 2010. But you know there’s only so long you can expect poor people to put up with this disrespect before they have little choice but to restore their honor with a great attack.

But there are wheels within wheels. In the meantime, Rush is back to work preparing to orchestrate the response. Send the signal to kill Democrats. This serves the purpose not just of eliminating the competition and the roadblocks to the ultimate retaliatory massacre of Muslims that She’s envisioning, but of putting the public mood to a perfect boil to obliterate the servants of Allah when the Steyn Plan plays out. Really, Mark Steyn is just like Charles Manson trying to instigate his desired race war with the Helter Skelter plan.

The beauty of her plan is that Palin ends up so far above the fray that she leaves no fingerprints at Tucson. Palin and Limbaugh don’t have to get their hands dirty. They light the fuse and walk away. Neither Limbaugh nor Palin needed to be directly involved. That’s your proof right there: there is NO proof whatsoever that either one of them ever talked to Loughner. That just what you’d expect if they were guilty: a coverup.

The evil genius of the plan is that it isn’t necessary for them to get any particular congressman. Killing any old Democrat congressman would do, and the more the merrier from their perspective. The idea is similar to how Sarah Palin’s role model Osama Bin Laden can sit back in his cave incommunicado while his minions do his murders of their own volition, now that he’s shown them how.

Do not be misled by the obviously ludicrous claims that this Loughner didn’t listen to talk radio or pay attention to politics. It might have been theoretically possible that he didn’t listen to Limbaugh. But how is a sentient human being in America 2011 NOT hearing every intricate detail of the Palin saga? Tell me how you escape that. I’d sincerely like to know. Between the tweeting, facebooking, tv shows, newspaper stories and the secret microwave messages from the sheriff’s office, it’s a wonder anyone can get any sleep, especially people with extensive dental fillings who are out of their meds. Anybody that tells you that they are not hearing Palin’s messages 24/7 is either lying or delusional.

Being the purveyor of important arcane knowledge is very tiring. I just wish that the sheriff would turn down the volume some at night so I can rest.

New CD Album Releases, 1-18-2011: James Blunt, Gregg Allman, Pearl Jam

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

James BluntJames Blunt is the big fish of this week’s new releases, with his third album Some Kind of Trouble. I really WANT to like James Blunt, but there’s just nothing to this album. It’s moderately well crafted pop songwriting, but not especially catchy. I’ve made myself listen to the damned thing at least four times, and I couldn’t tell you a single song title. He’s just got nothing to say.

Back To Bedlam rocked my little world. “No Bravery” still haunts me. I didn’t even get tired of “You’re Beautiful.” But he’s looking like one of those cats who makes a great debut, and shoots their whole wad doing it. But let me just say that this was a great achievement if the guy never writes another decent song.

Then there’s Phish, which have several new live albums this week. So, listen to several more meandering live versions of their bland, mediocre and utterly unmemorable songs – or poke your eardrums out with a sharp stick. Decisions, decisions. Who actually spends money on this crap?

fresh new music
Lean On Me Lyrics
Bill Withers
Born To Be Somebody Lyrics
Justin Bieber
Science And Faith Lyrics
Welcome To The Family Lyrics
Avenged Sevenfold
Save Me Lyrics
Nicki Minaj
Take Your Clothes Off Lyrics
Take Me Away Lyrics
Keyshia Cole
Beautiful People Lyrics
Chris Brown
The Ballad Of Mona Lisa Lyrics
Panic! At the Disco
On The Floor Lyrics
Jennifer Lopez

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Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new CD album releases:
Gregg Allman
Low Country Blues
Rounder Records
Blues-Rock, Southern Rock, Modern Electric Blues

The Decemberists
The King Is Dead
Rough Trade
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Country-Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Jayhawks
Hollywood Town Hall
Universal Distribution
Alternative/Indie Rock, Americana, Alternative Country-Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alt-Country, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Pearl Jam
Live on Ten Legs
Ten Club
Hard Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

White Lies
New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Soul Jazz, World Fusion, Latin Jazz, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Latin Soul

James Blunt
Some Kind of Trouble
Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary, Singer/Songwriter

Native Speaker
Kanine Records
Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock

Mariah Carey
The Essential Mariah Carey
Sony Music
Dance-Pop, Adult Contemporary, Club/Dance, Urban

Benjy Davis Project
Rock Ridge Music
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

Kranky Indie Rock, Shoegaze, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Steven Drozd
The Heart is a Drum Machine
Twinkle Cash
Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock

Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics
Woodsist Indie Pop, Neo-Psychedelia, Lo-Fi, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Electric Wizard
Black Masses
Rise Above Records
Doom Metal, Stoner Metal, Alternative Metal, Sludge Metal, Heavy Metal

Farewell to Freeway
Filthy Habits
Victory Records
Alternative Metal, Screamo, Heavy Metal, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Fergus & Geronimo
Hardly Art Garage Punk, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Damon Fowler
Devil Got His Way
Blind Pig
Blues-Rock, Modern Electric Blues

David Fray
Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 22 & 25
Virgin Classics
Classical Music for Piano and Orchestra

The Jayhawks
Tomorrow the Green Grass [Legacy Edition]
Universal Distribution
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Country-Rock, Alt-Country

Kidz Bop Kids
Kidz Bop 19
Razor & Tie Music
Childen’s Pop, Teen Pop, Sing-Alongs, Contemporary Pop/Rock

Angelika Kirchschlager
Gustav Mahler: Lieder
Post-Romantic Vocal Music

Leopold String Trio
Con Chitarrone
Challenge Classics
Renaissance and Baroque Chamber Music

Daniel Martin Moore
In the Cool of the Day
Sub Pop Contemporary Folk, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Gospel, Gospel

Mount Eerie
Black Wooden
Experimental Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Alternative Pop/Rock

Musica Nova
In Memoriam: Guillaume de Machaut’s Messe Notre Dame
Medieval Choral Music

Oh No Oh My
People Problems
Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Mitsuko Uchida
Schumann: Fantasie; Davidsbündlertänze
Romantic Piano Music

Live Phish: 6/27/10 Merriweather Post Pavillion
Jemp Records
Jam Bands, American Trad Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia

Live Phish: 07.03.2010 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre @ Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA
Jemp Records Jam Bands, American Trad Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia

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Jemp Records
Jam Bands, American Trad Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia

Robert Pollard
Space City Kicks
Guided by Voices
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Moonlight Revival
New West American
Trad Rock, Southern Rock, Roots Rock, Hard Rock, Contemporary Country, Jam Bands

Roomful of Blues
Hook, Line & Sinker
Alligator Records
Modern Electric Blues, Contemporary Blues

Smith Westerns
Dye It Blonde
Fat Possum
Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Lo-Fi

Social Distortion
Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes
Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk Revival, Alternative Pop/Rock

Sofrito Specials
Sofrito (Tropical Discotheque)
Cuban Traditions, African Traditions, Caribbean Traditions, Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Peruvian, Club/Dance, Afro-Colombian

Cape Dory
Fat Possum
Indie Pop, Lo-Fi, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Times of Grace
Roadrunner Records
Progressive Metal, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal

Exquisite Corpse [6Tracks]
Manimal Vinyl
Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Alternative/Indie Rock, Dream Pop, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

White Fence
White Fence Is Growing Faith
Neo-Psychedelia, Lo-Fi, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Robag Wruhme
Kompakt Germany
Experimental Techno, Club/Dance, Techno

Tucson shootings and the Confederacy of Necrophilic Dunces

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Lest I be blamed for the shootings in Tucson last weekend just on general grounds of me being a rightwing nutjob, I must say up front that it is unacceptable to shoot any elected public official. Can’t put a beatdown on any of these weasels, no matter how badly they deserve it. They passed some kind of law like that. You can’t even smack them with a rolled up newspaper – which would seem to me to be a perfectly reasonable response on pretty much a daily basis. Bad doggie! Now to me, at some point such laws seem like a clear violation of our carefully constructed constitutional system of checks and balances. How else are you supposed to keep these bastards from peeing on the carpet? But perhaps I need a refresher course on The Federalist Papers.

Republicans and conservatives have been in a panic, frantically fending off the blood libels accusing basically all conservatives as complicit in the ugly mass murder in Tucson last weekend. It may be that they really do have to do so. Any reasonable person can see how Sarah Palin might be feeling just a tad bit defensive at this point.

As a little aside, this makes a good example of different roles in rhetoric and debate. My brother likes to disparage Ann Coulter by comparing her to George Will. She’s a radical bomb thrower hollering “treason,” tossing red meat to the right wing wolves, as opposed to the careful historical erudition of George Will. Well maybe that holds some truck. One might reasonably argue that she is not always entirely fair minded. Yeah, I’d probably look to George Will first for careful historical analysis of a Supreme Court ruling. We certainly need that, but politics is often more a playground fight than a display of erudition. There are somewhat different skill sets involved. You can see the point vividly by reading ANN COULTER and GEORGE WILL‘s responses. Which one is a sharper and more effective response?

On the other hand, I suspect that the left’s wickedness will backfire on them here with little need of a defense because their charges are so patently 100% fabricated beyond even a decent pretense. Bill Clinton blamed Rush Limbaugh for Timothy McVeigh, which was bogus. No sign whatsoever that McVeigh was any Dittohead, nor that Limbaugh would ever even rhetorically countenance such violence – but McVeigh was, however, at least some kind of right winger making what he understood to be a political statement. So there was at least the vaguest association of being able to smear Rush by calling them both “right wing.” But this Loughner in Tucson didn’t vote, and didn’t give a rat’s patoot about politics. He didn’t even vote last year. The accurate charges that the left wing is committing grotesque blood libel seem more like to stick than anything they are saying against any right winger.

anti-Sarah Palin poster
Consider this poster that has shown up in San Francisco this week. “enrage them with fear until they feel justified in their violence” Perhaps I give my fellow citizens too much credit, but do you think that a normal not-enraged person would be more likely to see this image and think Palin evil, or that the poster maker is obviously a wicked and dishonest schmuck? You’d think that this kind of attempt to demagogically enrage people with fear of Sarah Palin would elicit some sympathy for her.

That’s particularly true when you consider the ridiculously low mental candle power of the offending schmucks, starting with the instantly infamous remarks of Rep James Clyburn (D-SC) on the Ed Schultz radio show.

Maybe we can’t put a direct link between this young man and what some of the rhetoric may have been. But right next door, when you see a senatorial campaign taking place and someone saying if we can’t get what we want at the ballot box maybe we can seek ‘Second Amendment remedies’ what does that mean? I think we really ought to take stock of what’s going on.

All of this stuff about delegitimizing the president of the United States, that is uncalled for. And all of the stuff taking place in the chamber the other day when the Constitution was being read, all of that stuff is uncalled for. The hanging over the banisters that some members did last year egging on the demonstrators out there, that stuff is uncalled for. We ought to conduct ourselves in public office in the way we teach our children to conduct themselves when they go out into the public. I don’t believe that any one of these members have been teaching their children inside their homes to act the way many of them have acted.

That “no direct link” business has been used by pretty many leftwingers and their journalistic comrades to blame conservatives for Tucson while pretending they’re not. That’s just such a clever way of lying, implying that you’re being responsible and reasonable in asserting ANY kind of a damned link when there just absolutely is NONE. NONE WHATSO-FRICKIN-EVER.

I heard this Clyburn bit being re-played on Limbaugh’s show, where he was understandably less than impressed – but I do have to take perhaps a small point of difference with the Great Maha Rushi. Limbaugh (among others) seized on the most comedically specious bit of the Clyburn comments. So you’re saying that reading the US Constitution on the floor of Congress would cause someone to go shoot a congressman? That’s ridiculous!

Hold on a second there Rush. I could well imagine how actually reading the US Constitution could make someone want to shoot a congressman. Wait, THIS is what they’re supposed to be doing? Honey, bring me the shotgun!

Let me say again, and I can’t emphasize this enough: You CANNOT shoot any elected public official, nor others in general. Even very mild sideways joking about such an idea makes you a big JERK, m’kay. Oh wait, that’d be me.

But I can’t help myself. Perhaps I speak as someone with no stake, not being a politician looking for votes or anything, but I can’t abide this cheap piety. It’s a damned shame that some schmuck looking for attention killed a bunch of people. There’s not much funny about murdering a nine year old girl. But the shenanigans of the likes of Clyburn are nothing to do with those murder victims, and everything to do with them being grasping political schmucks. I will feel free to unload on him and Chris Matthews with both barrels. [That's a metaphor Chris. I don't actually own a shotgun.] You people do not get to be this asinine and think you can forbid your badly deserved ridicule out of respect to the dead that you are taking necrophilic advantage of for cheap political exploitation.

What’s wrong with you people?

New CD Album Releases, 1-11-2011: Edie Brickell

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Still pretty slow in the new albums this second week of the year. The only thing that really looks like it would be vaguely interesting is a new Edie Brickell record, which might would be worth a spin. Other than that, could I interest you in a Fockers soundtrack?

Looking forward to…
I Get Lonely Too Lyrics
Mr. Right Now Lyrics
El Lay Lyrics
Snoop Dogg
The Transporter Lyrics
Rick Ross
The Best Thing About Me Lyrics
Ricky Martin
Nightmare Lyrics
Cold As Ice Lyrics
Limit To Your Love Lyrics
James Blake
I’m The King Lyrics
Animal Lyrics
Lady GaGa

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Here’s the complete list of this week’s new CD album releases:
British Sea Power
Valhalla Dancehall
Rough Trade
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Showroom of Compassion
Upbeat Records
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Tapes ‘n Tapes
Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Red Barked Tree
Pink Flag
Experimental Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Mahmoud Ahmed & Imperial Bodyguard Band
Ethiopiques, Vol. 26 (1972-1974)
Buda African Traditions, East African, Worldbeat, World Fusion

The Beets
Stay Home
Captured Tracks
Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Birds of Avalon
Birds of Avalon
Bladen County
Garage Rock Revival, Neo-Psychedelia, Alternative/Indie Rock

Edie Brickell
Edie Brickell
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Pop/Rock

Broken Records
Let Me Come Home
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Cage The Elephant
Thank You Happy Birthday
Red Ink Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Imaginary Friends
New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Alternative/Indie Rock, Club/Dance, Alternative Pop/Rock, Dance-Pop

T-Model Ford and GravelRoad
Regional Blues, Modern Delta Blues, Electric Delta Blues, Juke Joint Blues, Contemporary Blues, Urban Blues, Blues-Rock, Electric Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Delta Blues

Longest Year
Hammock Music
Dream Pop, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Thomas Hampson
Mahler: Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Deutsche Grammophon
Modern Vocal Music

Lang Lang
Gran Turismo 5: The Official Soundtrack
Sony Classical
Game Soundtrack

Louis C.K.
Comedy Central
Standup Comedy, Comedy, Observational Humor

By The Hedge
Captured Tracks
Shoegaze, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Best of N.E.R.D.
Virgin Catalogue
Rap-Rock, Alternative Rap, Alternative Pop/Rock

Original Soundtrack
Little Fockers
Varese Sarabande

Original Television Soundtrack
Season 4: Music From The Showtime Series: Californication
Arrival/Scion Alternative/Indie Rock, American Trad Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Southern Rock, Soundtracks

Fabric 55

Steel Magnolia
Steel Magnolia
Big Machine
Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Surf City
Noise Pop, New Zealand Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Abigail Washburn
City of Refuge
Foreign Children
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Americana, Contemporary Folk, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Bluegrass

The White Wires
Garage Punk, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

New CD Album Releases, 1-4-2010: Not a damned thing worth bothering with

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

I’m seeing not a single thing in the new releases for this first week of 2011.

Latest songs
Enemy Lyrics
Teach You To Fly Lyrics
Wiz Khalifa
Edge Of Glory Lyrics
Lady GaGa
It Hurts Lyrics
Lady GaGa
I’m On You Lyrics
This Dream Is Too Good Lyrics
Justin Bieber
My Body Lyrics
Young The Giant
Who Are You Lyrics
I Am The Champion Lyrics
Hurt You Again Lyrics

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Here are the listings for this week’s new album releases:
Original Soundtrack
The Illusionist
Stage & Screen

Various Artists
Circus Days: Pop Psych Obscurities 1966-1972
Past & Present

Various Artists
Now Dance Arabia 2010
EMI Arabia

Various Artists
The Internalization of Mässy

Eliot Grasso
Up Against the Flatirons

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald
Icon: Love Songs

Ella Fitzgerald
Twelve Nights in Hollywood, Vols. 3-4

A Me Piace Cosi’
Universal Italy

Special Edition
Universal Italy

Emmett Gill
Mountain Groves/Ace and Deuce

Fabio Concato
Fabio Concato, Vol. 2
Universal Italy

Fabri Fibra
Fabri Fibra
Universal Italy

Fabri Fibra
Universal Italy

Falling Sun

Flied Egg
Good Bye

Four Quarters
Pocket Full of Change
Crystal Ball

The Revolt of Emily Young

Francesco Renga
Un Giorno Bellissimo
Universal Italy

Frank Sinatra
Thirty Six All Time Greatest
Easy Listening

Gary Hoey
Get a Grip

Park the Van

George W. Carroll
Life Is Good

Gift of Gab
4th Dimension Rocketships Going Up
Quannum Projects

To Help Somebody

Hikaru Utada
Single Collection, Vol. 2

Imogen Heap

Jake Shimabukuro
Peace, Love, Ukulele

Jerry Clower

Jethro Tull
36 All-Time Greatest Hits

Jim Croce
All Time Classics

Joyce Manor
Joyce Manor

No Parano
Polydor Import

Kein Hass Da
Hirntrafo: Bad Brains Transformation
Groove Attack

La Locomotora Negra
‘Round Christmas
Fresh Sound

Lateef & the Chief
Maroons: Ambush
Quannum Projects

Le Chile
Out of the West

Lee Ann Womack

Louisiana Red
Sweet Blood Call
Fat Possum

Luis Bonilla
Planet Arts

Mae West
Wild Christmas/Fabulous Mae
Easy Listening

Marko Ciciliani
Jeanne of the Dark

Fino a Qui Tutto Bene
Universal Italy

Mel Torme
Broadway Right Now
Stage & Screen

Melchior Alias
Melchior Alias…

Non Conosco: Nessun Patirzio!
Universal Italy

Universal Italy

Nat King Cole
Thirty Six All Time Greatest
Easy Listening

Nina Zilli
Sempre Lontano [Bonus DVD]
Universal Italy

Patsy Touhey
Piping of Patsy

Redondo Beat
Meet Redondo Beat

Reverend John Wilkins
You Can’t Hurry God
Big Legal Mess

La Cuenta
EMI France


Sean Potts
Number, Vol. 6

Seventh Heaven
Seventh Heaven

Sheryl Crow
Icon 2

Sheryl Crow

Sir Jonathan Burton
In the Zone: Southern Soul Style, Vol. 1
Aviara Music

Solid Gold Revue
Love’s Traffic: Solid Gold Revue

Speed, Glue & Shinki

Steve Lambert
Planet Arts

Sud Sound System
Universal Italy


Tammi Terrell
Icon: Love Songs

Terell Stafford
Bridging the Gap
Planet Arts

The Lost Children of Babylon
Zeitgeist: Spirit of the Age

The S.O.S. Band

The Windupdeads
Army of Invisible Men

Tommy Kearney
Master Pipers, Vol. 2

Tyler Ramsey
A Long Dream About Swimming Across the Sea
Fat Possum

Umberto Balsamo
Universal Music Collection
Universal Italy

Valerie Smith
Here’s a Little Song
Bell Buckle

Vanessa Carlton

Vanilla Sky
Universal Italy

Willie Mitchell
It’s Dance Time
Fat Possum

Wilson Pickett
Thirty Six All Time Greatest Timeless

Wolves and the Radio
Wolves and the Radio

Universal Italy