Great summer album from the Australian duo of Luke Steele from The Sleepy Jackson and Nick Littlemore from Pnau.
Jun 30, 2009
Regina Spektor, Folding Chair
A friend of mine informed me this weekend that Regina Spektor went to my high school. I had no idea. We didn’t produce that many athletes, celebrities or musicians at the Frisch Yeshiva High School in Paramus. Can’t imagine why not :)
Jun 29, 20092 notes
Biggie does Billie Jean.
Pull your g-string down South —- Aaooowww
My friend was playing this track yesterday. Biggie, MJ, oh yeah.
Jun 28, 200916 notes
Michael Jackson, Billie Jean
Forgoing cover friday to celebrate one of the greatest of all time.
Jun 26, 20094 notes
Dinosaur Jr.,See You
Back with their unique sound, Dinosaur Jr. puts out another good one. Lots of great stuff to choose from on their new album Farm.
Jun 25, 20092 notes
Kanye West, Family Business
Rain, rain, rain go away. Let the sun come out and all the children say…
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Discovery, So Insane
More from Discovery. It’s been that kind of day.
Jun 23, 2009
“The qualities that make Twitter seem inane and half-baked are what makes it so powerful, says Jonathan Zittrain, a Harvard law professor who is an expert on the Internet. That is, tweets by their nature seem trivial, with little that is original or menacing. Even Twitter accounts seen as promoting the protest movement in Iran are largely a series of links to photographs hosted on other sites or brief updates on strategy. Each update may not be important. Collectively, however, the tweets can create a personality or environment that reflects the emotions of the moment and helps drive opinion.”—Noam Cohen, Twitter on the Barricades - Six Lessons Learned - NYTimes.com, 6/20/09
It took me a few times around, but this is certainly my favorite track on the album.
If I could open the link Zach sent me I’d know for sure, but I have a feeling this Discovery album will very soon find a permanent home in this summer’s rotation.
Jun 21, 200925 notes
A very interesting contrarian perspective from Zev Chafets on baseball’s drug culture. Although I’ve argued previously that drugs have polluted the game, and I still believe that to be the case, we have nonetheless crossed the chasm and there’s no going back. Nearly every great player of the past decade or so has been linked to performance enhancing drugs. Eliminating an entire era from baseball history is simply not feasible.
The only way to potentially stop this problem is by decriminalizing it. The Player’s Association protecting their labor and the owners getting rich on homeruns certainly aren’t going to police it. We must embrace complete transparency and openness, as personal shame and positive peer pressure are far more powerful forces than random urine tests. If players want to juice, so be it. At least they’ll have to answer to the world for doing so.
I received the following email from a friend yesterday:
Wanted to let you know as much I’ve found twitter useful, this weekend with all that’s gone on in Iran it’s really shined. Still unsure about how you eventually monetize it but clearly an extremely useful and unique value proposition. As much as there is a lot of noise to screen out, Twitter continually pointed to new and interesting data sources that no one else had. The news that flowed out of Twitter was better than the Times, Drudge, CNN, etc.
This is not a unique perspective, of course. As per my post yesterday, Twitter is enabling the type of open, global communication that can start revolutions and topple regimes.
This for tweets coming from within 15 miles of Tehran is all you need to understand the power of the platform. Even Ahmadinejad can’t hide.
The bottoms-up, user-revolution that is the Internet is the best enabler of democracy we have. And as it turns out, Twitter and its community of users may be its most powerful tool.
Jun 15, 20094 notes
#Twitter #Democracy #Iran
M. Ward, Rave On
I literally listened to M. Ward all weekend. Went through Hold Time and Post War at least three times each. It’s the perfect summer chill-out music. Think I’ll take it into Monday…
“Don’t you see the rest of the country looks upon New York like we’re left-wing, communist, Jewish, homosexual pornographers? I think of us that way sometimes and I live here.”—
Woody Allen, Annie Hall, 1977
Whenever Woody releases a new film, my friends and I inevitably bandy about some of his vintage quotes. This is one of my particular favorites.
I was fortunate enough to see Whatever Works at the Tribeca Film Festival premier. While it’s not his best work, it’s vintage Woody – smart, obsessive, neurotic and at times gut-wrenchingly funny. I wouldn’t miss it.
Jun 14, 20092 notes
#Movies #Woody Allen
“First is the diffusion of technology. The Internet, blogs, YouTube and text messaging via cellphones, particularly among the young — 70 percent of Iranians are under 30 — is giving Middle Easterners cheap tools to communicate horizontally, to mobilize politically and to criticize their leaders acerbically, outside of state control. It is also enabling them to monitor vote-rigging by posting observers with cellphone cameras.”—
On this, Friedman is dead on. I’ve long believed that mass distribution of technology, specifically the open broadband Internet, is the key to helping alleviate the geopolitical divisions that so plague us today.
In the Muslim world especially, which is controlled by limiting access to information, the Internet is the antidote.
When people of any race, color or creed have unfettered access to information and communication tools, all is possible. Forgive me while I channel here for a moment, but I’ve often joked that if you give the third-world broadband plus unlimited porn, the walls will quickly come down.
The Internet democratizes access and information, and it does so internally and externally. Case in point: the coverage of Iran’s election. The and the are exposing internal divisions in Iran to the world that would otherwise never see the light of day.
For my money, I’d wire the whole third-world before I ever contemplated bombing any of it.
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Jun 13, 200930 notes
Ray Charles, You Are My Sunshine
From the recently released . And how about a little sunshine? Please?
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Mos Def, Auditorium
Jun 11, 20095 notes
Handsome Furs, I’m Confused
Check out the great Sub Pop! compilation for some Handsome Furs and a bunch of other free music from their strong roster of artists.
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Sonic Youth, What We Know
And they’re back…
Jun 9, 2009
Sonic Youth, 100%
New album drops tomorrow from this legendary band.
Jun 8, 2009
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder cover)
Jun 5, 2009
Bowerbirds, Northern Lights
Just discovered this band. Apparently Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver) is a big fan – that’s all I need to know. Watch out for their new LP this summer. And continuing on today’s theme, another great song title…
Jun 4, 2009
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Young Adult Friction
Coming at you with 2 today, since I let you down yesterday. This debut LP is fantastic…and so is this song. Although I think the name alone warrants serious recognition. Enjoy.
Jun 4, 2009
Al Green, Love And Happiness
After licensing the Al Green catalog from Hi Records, Fat Possum just reissued three of his incredible albums including the incomparable Greatest Hits. On of the sexiest songs and albums of all time.