Monthly Archives: March 2009

Artist of the week

Your assignment for today: Go here and listen to some Joe Pug. Especially “Hymn #101,” a stunning folk song that ably competes with early Dylan and Springsteen’s “Ghost of Tom Joad” album.
Here’s the chorus. Tell me where I’m wrong:
“I’ve come to be untroubled in my seeking, and I’ve come to see that nothing is for nought. I’ve come to reach out blind, to reach forward and behind, for the more I seek the more I am sought.”

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A good day for journalism

A friend today sent me a link to the Huffington Post story from yesterday about the mega-blog launching a new investigative journalism arm. Most journalists acknowledge the wave of closings at newspapers and magazines is not recession-related fallout, but a major industry shift.

Journalism will look very different in five years, and I worry that the new journalism world will lack serious local reporting and investigative journalism. Maybe the Huffington Post can start proving me wrong on the second count.

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Perspective on the car unions

Quick note on the United Auto Workers and the big government intervention today into the car industry. I’m no expert, and I have concerns about Obama’s plan.

I’m kind of worried about the precedent of a president (pun intended) pushing out a private-sector CEO, and I’m confused about the government defending and keeping on the finance folks who helped crash the global economy. I also worry about a DMV-style operation for dealing with car warranties.

But mostly I want to address the attacks on the United Auto Workers. Obviously, the group is part of the problem and needs to be part of the solution. However, the car companies’ workers have been villified, and I want to throw out a couple of links to check out and ponder.

1. A Detroit Free Press article from 2007 noting that Toyota wages had pulled ahead of U.S. car company wages.

2. A table showing the compensation for the top five executives at GM. By my lousy math, that’s about $38 million for five guys in 2007.

I report. You decide.

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Coach, Mrs. Coach coming back

Coach Taylor and the rest of the Dillonites we know and love are coming back for two more seasons of “Friday Night Lights.” Now if only Videogum signs another two year contract with this guy that writes hilarious episode recaps.

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Snow day playlist

Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes

White Winter Hymnal — Fleet Foxes

Winter — Tori Amos

River — Joni Mitchell

Snowball in Hell — They Might be Giants

Snow Day — Matt Pond PA

Fireplace — Jenny Lewis

Anything by Sun Kil Moon, Bon Iver or Mi and Lau

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Snow update

This is the same scene three hours later. The blue pile of snow is my car.
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Brian Eno and David Byrne rock my world

I know it’s six months old, but I finally got around to the David Byrne and Brian Eno collaboration, “Everything That Happens Will Happen Today.” It’s the bomb, as the kids used to say (or maybe it was only dumb Gen-Xers trying to be funny). How can you go wrong with Mr. Talking Heads and the uber-producer? Well, their first album didn’t do much for me, but this one keeps getting better with every listen. It’s really exciting to hear beautiful, creative and uplifting music from a couple of guys who could easily just be old jaded stars going through the motions. Go here to buy it for less than Itunes, with no DRM restrictions. Plus, more money goes to the artists. I love Apple, too, but they make enough money already.

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