Solomon Burke

October 11, 2010

Over this past weekend, we received the news that one of soul’s greatest practitioners, the man whose voice has been described as “sweet thunder,” Solomon Burke, had passed away.

Charles Young has a fine remembrance piece in Rolling Stone – Solomon Burke remembered

His discography is substantial, and his influence profound. This one, “Cry to Me,” remains my favorite:

Angels, here comes the choirmaster.



NYT reviews Charles Ferguson’s “Inside Job”

October 8, 2010

This is one of those documentaries that everyone should watch, but I can’t; because I get so damned angry. Not just at what I’m seeing and hearing, but in the knowledge that the arrogant, greedy sons-of-bitches who took the economy over the cliff – bankers, investors, and government officials – walked away scott-free and rich, while milllions of people lost jobs, homes, futures. Of course, they lacked the intergrity or the simple courage to sit down and be interviewed by Ferguson.

May they suffer in Hell.

Inside Job review

Here’s the trailer – Inside Job


As promised, Bernie . . . .

October 3, 2010

Via the good people at Crooks and Liars blog – Go, Bernie


Bigger Than Beckfest; Let’s Hope It Helps

October 2, 2010

General estimate is 175,000 people came to the One Nation Working Together rally on the Mall today. This without months of media (well, Fox) hype and big-bucks backers. Meanwhile, the Tea Party can’t manage a national convention.

Here’s some of the coverage:

NYT – Times on the Rally

WPOST – Post shows up

And HuffPost – Right On

Reuters – Love the \"dogs\" simile

Whether Obama & Co will listen is an open question (I’m not giving odds). Whether this will translate into a counter-wave to the Tea Party zaniness is likewise problematic. It could be argued that the people who came to DC aren’t the people who might sit at home and not vote, and whether their enthusiasm is infectious is hard to say at this point. I have seen polling that shows Dems describing themselves as fired-up at almost 60 percent, up significantly in recent weeks.

31 days `til Nov. 2nd.