Thursday, July 22, 2010

Shaken From My Slumber By Olberman

It's been months since I've posted anything here, but I'm awake again.

My nap was interrupted by the intentional destruction of a life, a reputation and a career by a right wing blogger named Breitbart, and unintentionally by everyone else who should have known better.

Keith is in best form when he scolds everyone from Breitbart, to Obama. And he's right, we all need to do our best to stand up to those who would destroy others for their own profit.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Billy Bragg vs the bankers


Over in Britain, the general public is as outraged as we are here about bailed-out bankers receiving huge bonuses. RSB (Royal Bank of Scotland) is now owned, in large part, by the government and the taxpayers. Billy Bragg has begun a campaign to stop the payment of bonuses, and he's declared he'll withhold his taxes to prove his point. I think it's called talking with the poet about taxes.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Kate McGarrigle, RIP

Kate McGarrigle, the influential and popular folks singer who sang for years with her sister Anna as the McGarrigle Sisters has died after a long battle with clear-cell carcinoma. McGarrigle was formerly married to Loudon Wainwright III and is the mother of singers Rufus and Martha Wainwright.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

There ain't half been some clever bastards

An Ian Dury biopic. Now only if it can get theatrical release in the US.





Thursday, December 31, 2009

It's a wonderful idea

What a magnificent mash-up. George Bailey meets Arianna Huffington. Bernie Sanders vs. Mr. Potter. Capra unmasks Wall Street.

Move your money.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Caterwaul Favorite Albums 2009

This is the entire list, all 27 of them, with some video augmentation.

Caterwaul Albums 2009


Albums of the Year

Elliott Brood - Mountain Meadows (Six Shooter)


Loudon Wainwright III and Dick Connette- High Wide and Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project (2nd Story Sounds)


Avett Brothers - I and Love and You (Anti)



Buddy and Julie Miller – Written in Chalk (New West)

Gourds – Haymaker (Yep Roc)

Levon Helm – Electric Dirt (Vanguard)



Todd Snider – The Excitement Plan (Yep Roc)

Wilco – Wilco (The Album) (Nonesuch)

Elvis Costello – Secret, Profane & Sugarcane (Hear)


Neko Case - Middle Cyclone (Anti)

Low Anthem – Oh My God, Charlie Darwin (Nonesuch)


Vic Chestnutt – Skitter on Takeoff (Vapor)

Tim Easton – Porcupine (New West)

The Sweetback Sisters – Chicken Ain’t Chicken (Signature Sounds)


Putnam Smith – Goldrush (Itchy Sabot)


Lyle Lovett – Natural Forces (Lost Highway)

Red Stick Ramblers – My Suitcase is Always Packed (Sugar Hill)

Kendal Carson – Allright Dynamite (Train Wreck)


Felice Brothers – Yonder is the Clock (Team Love)

David Greely - Sud du Sud (davidgreely.com)

Dave Rawlings Machine – A Friend of a Friend (Acony)


Chuck Prophet – Let Freedom Ring (Yep Roc)

Caroline Herring – Golden Apples of the Sun (Signature Sounds)


Deer Tick – Born on Flag Day (Partisan)

Linzay Young and Joel Savoy (Valcour)

Vince Bell – One Man’s Music (vincebell.com)
Amy Speace - The Killer in Me (Wildflower)

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Creepy Joe™ Lieberman: the first to exploit fear


Hot off of his outrageous, mercurial performance as the enemy of universal health care, our junior, and I do mean junior, ructious Senator has found new hope in an attempted act of terrorism.

On Sunday, while the White House tried mightily to prevent panic, Creepy Joe™ Lieberman stoked the fires of fear, and beat the drums of war suggesting that we establish a new front in Yemen. Yeah, man.

Lieberman spared no time moving from the limelight as "health spoiler" to the bellicose beast of bombing preemptively. All right, (creepy) Joe, let's make yemenade out of Yemen!

Never was a bigger chickenhawk ever hatched.

And as the head of the Homeland Security committee, might it be presumptuous to suggest that Lieberman had failed in his duties because a Nigerian with an explosive dildo almost brought a jetliner down. If it wasn't for a brave lad from the land of licentiousness, Amsterdam, one would say that the Senate Homeland Security committee might have had some blood on its hands.

But that's okay with Lieberman. A little blood bath, just like too little health care, is a good thing for his benefactors.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Vic Chestnutt, RIP

A heroic story of a man overcoming incredible odds to create an amazing body of music, inside a broken body, ended Christmas Day when Vic Chestnutt committed suicide. His songs are strange, beautiful and haunting. Anyone who ever saw him perform live understands the eerie magnificence of his songs.

It's unfortunate that our vaunted health care system was failing him in a time of great need. A page to help his family pay for medical bills has been set up for donations.