MADONNA’S SUPER COMEBACK BOWL

Listen to story, from today's HERE AND NOW, WBUR-FM Boston. mp3 download Related articles Madonna's Pre-Super Bowl Style (stylelist.com) Madonna will welcome LMFAO to Super Bowl halftime stage (latimesblogs.latimes.com) Madonna! Madonna! Madonna! Madonna!!!! (perezhilton.com) Madonna Drops Cheesy Gift on Super Bowl Staff -- You Wanna Pizza Me?!?! (tmz.com) Madonna - 'Give Me All Your Luvin' teaser (longnightsshortdays.com) … [Read more...]

BEST OF 2011 LIST

          pj harvey: Let England Shake (Vagrant) St. Vincent: Strange Mercy (4AD) Eleventh Dream Day: Riot Now (Thrill Jockey) Nick Lowe: The Old Magic (Yep Roc) Paul Simon: So Beautiful or So What (Hear) Black Keys: El Camino (Nonesuch) Chris Thile and Michael Daves: Sleep With One Eye Open (Nonesuch) Ma, Duncan, Meyer, Thile: Goat Rodeo (Sony) Rob Wassermann, Various: Note of Hope, A Celebration of Woody Guthrie (429) Steve Cropper, Various: Dedicated, a Tribute to the Five Royales … [Read more...]

MORE SNAKE-THE-GRASS ACTING TURNS

Ever since Viola Davis stole Doubt from Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman, there have been several looming instances where character actors ingest whole scripts. When moments like this hit, when it's hard to distinguish acting from writing, the effects can dazzle (even if Clive James dismisses). Tim Pigott-Smith has had one of those British careers lost on most Americans, who know him best from The Jewel in The Crown, the lauded Masterpiece Theatre serial from 1984. (Smith also wrote an obscure yet memorable book, Out of … [Read more...]

BAT CHAIN PULLER: BEEFHEART RISING

Obscurantists, shrug with elation: Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet)'s lost moosterpiece, Bat Chain Puller, will finally come out in early 2012 according to the Wire. Related articles An Official Release for Captain Beefheart's 'Bat Chain Puller' (artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com) Lost Captain Beefheart album Bat Chain Puller finally due out (guardian.co.uk) Long-Shelved Captain Beefheart Album Set for January Release (rollingstone.com) Bat Chain Puller (greylining.com) … [Read more...]

DETEROIRATA XII:1

RADIO RADIO, PLUS LA CHANGE Source: Frugal dad HOW TO IMPOSE YOUR PERSONALITY PARENTHETICALLY “ ‘God does not play dice with the Universe,’ Albert Einstein advised physicist Max Born (Olivia Newton-­John’s grandfather) in 1936.” via ‘Turing’s Cathedral,’ by George Dyson - NYTimes.com AND SLEPT STRAIGHT THROUGH SOCIAL HOUR Conference paper name generator … [Read more...]

ARE WE GONNA MUSH?

Image via WikipediaTimes Book Review Letter, May 1, 2011:...Wallace's novel and essay and McCarthy's review are excellent demonstrations that the issues of will and choice and agency are, in our era of neurobiological investigations, not sterile and abstract. They are descending from the lofty and, yes, sometimes ridiculous heights of philosophy into the real world of human moral, social, jurisprudential and political actions. (See Daniel Wegner's wonderful book "The Illusion of Conscious Will," published a few years ago.) Did you know that if … [Read more...]

DON’T, LOOK PENNEBAKER, REMEMBERS BACK

Greil Marcus interviews D.A. Pennebaker about filming Bob Dylan from New Video Digital on Vimeo.Related articlesUnreleased Bob Dylan Material Coming To Blu-Ray (wncx.radio.com)Why Bob Dylan didn't ring the chimes of freedom over Ai Weiwei (guardian.co.uk)Unsung Heroes: Jim James and Calexico in 'I'm Not There' (thefilmexperience.net) … [Read more...]

WISCONSIN ELECTION FRAUD

Image via WikipediaIt's great to see this work on DailyKos-where all talk of election fraud has long been scored, by founder Markos Moulitsas, as "conspiracy theory," and banned from the main page. (It may still be, in fact, as Cieran's updates are running on the Daily Kos Community Site.)Clearly, we'll be getting more of this from Cieran, so stay tuned there; and we need plenty more from other righteous bloggers, too (and from some eminent reporters with the brain and guts to deal with it, if there are any left out there).MCMWaukesha County … [Read more...]

HATE TO AGREE WITH ROBERT GATES BUT

Image via WikipediaLate last week, at a talk he gave at West Point, Secretary of Defense Gates made the most remarkable statement. After underlining "the strategic rationale for swift-moving expeditionary forces" in the future, he added, "But in my opinion, any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia or into the Middle East or Africa should 'have his head examined,' as General MacArthur so delicately put it." Now, if we were out of Afghanistan - win, lose, or draw - and Gates had been … [Read more...]

MORE TO COME

Image by Miguel Ramirez via Flickrfrom Publisher's Marketplace (12/15/10): Music historian and journalist Tim Riley's JOHN ONO LENNON: THE LIFE AND THE MUSIC, an examination of John Lennon's life and creative legacy, covering everything from the widely misunderstood origins of "Working Class Hero" to Lennon's epic romance with Yoko Ono, sharing insight into the emotional conceptions and musical evolution of the songs that for so many of us have become part of our own personal history, to Gretchen Young at Hyperion, for … [Read more...]