Monday, August 30, 2010

Other ways we can restore America’s honor

Stop dressing like 16 year-old boys.

Put on some pants—especially when we fly.

Eat food that’s in roughly the same form it was when it was grown.

Lose weight.

Keep in mind that for much of its existence the t-shirt was considered an undergarment.

Stop wearing the American flag as clothing.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Let's go sailing

Apparently the blog-o-sphere has been lighting up about this little duo recently but long story short they're a couple from Denver who saved up some cash and then spent 8 months sailing off the eastern seaboard and writing songs. So far it's just a collection of a few tunes and only an EP has been released but to me it just sounds like this time of year. Sunny, warm and mixed with girl group sweetness.

The EP is called Baltimore and is on iTunes but this little song called South Carolina isn't on it. Yet, anyway.

Tennis - South Carolina from woodsman man on Vimeo.

Summer's almost over so enjoy it!

Thursday, August 12, 2010


This is so good.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Arcade Fire - Wake Up (Unstaged) - Night 2

That I was in that room for two nights in a row of this seems almost unfair. That we were able to walk there seems criminally so.

Texas forever, Win. Texas forever.

While "Wake up" of course closed both nights, this was the second to last tune and one that's quietly become a favorite of mine. They lock into a pretty good groove (especially at the end when Win gets on the piano) and there's a nice moment where Win goes over and kisses Regine on the cheek around the 2:05 mark. Good stuff. This is "Sprawl II (mountains beyond mountains)."

And 'cause two videos isn't enough, here's a little gem of them playing on a cramped stage in Toronto back in 2003.

ARCADE FIRE Live 2003 from Bennett on Vimeo.

You can't say they do it with any less abandon!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

How we roll

The great president Andrew Sheppard once said:

“America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight. It's gonna say "You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can't just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the "land of the free".”

While I certainly wouldn't call myself a big Bloomberg fan (keep the Bush tax cuts, Bloomie?) I’ve always given him credit for being ideologically pretty even-keeled. The speech he gave yesterday I think demonstrates that pretty well (even though it would have been waaaay better if Michael Douglas had delivered it).

Palin and Beck and the tea partiers can go on railing about some abstract notion of “losing their freedom” or their “liberty being taken away” or how “Obama is destroying the constitution." But here in New York City, we actually know what those words mean.

Freedom of religion either means freedom of religion or it doesn’t. Liberty either means behaving according to one's own free will or it doesn't. Either you’ve got the balls to say “what applies to me applies to you too” or you don’t. "Freedom" and "liberty" and "constitution" can't just be words you say. I'm looking at you, mama grizzly.

Something tells me the people making all the stink about this wouldn't so much as bat an eye if someone built a church near the Murrah building site in Oklahoma City.