I Want You To Want Me

May 21, 2016

“I Want You To Want Me,” written by Rick Nielsen, performed here by Dwight Yoakam. Mr. Nielsen originally recorded it with his own band, Cheap Trick, in 1977.

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Big Wheel

May 21, 2016

“Big Wheel” by  Saun & Starr, Saundra Williams and Starr Duncan-Lowe, longtime backing singers for Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.

Video directed by Wayne Gordon and edited by Blake Hamilton.

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Here Comes My Baby

May 21, 2016

“Here Comes My Baby,” written by Cat Stevens, performed by The Tremeloes in 1967. There’s an even more raucous live version, quite a contrast to Cat Stevens’ precious original.

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Miss Todd

May 21, 2016

Miss Todd,”  an award-winning stop-motion musical animation about E. Lilian Todd, the first woman in the world to build and design an airplane. Directed by Kristina Yee.

Writers Kristina Yee and Frances Poletti have used stills from the film to produce a children’s book.

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Land of Hope and Exclusion

May 20, 2016

Land of Hope and Exclusion

Banning a whole ethnic group from entering the US is a new thing, right?

Nope. Vox’s Alvin Chang explains:

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Hillary: Hot!

May 19, 2016

Hillary: Hot!

When Beyoncé  sang “got hot sauce in my bag, swag” white people asked black folks “is this a thing?” It is. When Hillary Clinton revealed the bottle of hot sauce in her own handbag, she was accused of pandering for the black vote. She wasn’t. She’s carried hot sauce around for years, and had 100 different brands in the White House when she was First Lady.  What brand is she packin’ these days? Ninja Squirrel Hot Sauce, from Whole Foods.

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Guy Clark, 1941– 2016

May 18, 2016

Guy Clark, 1941-- 2016

Influential Texas-born singer, songwriter, and luthier Guy Clark died in Nashville Tuesday at the age of 74. A wonderful performer, his songs were big hits for others, notably Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Buffett, Lyle Lovett, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, and Rodney Crowell.

More:

“Guy Clark dead at 74,” Peter Cooper, The Tennessean

“Guy Clark, a King of the Texas Troubadours, Is Dead at 74,” Bill Friskics-Warren, New York Times

“Legendary Texas songwriter Guy Clark, 74, dies,” Roberto Villalpando, Austin America-Statesman

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President Hillary Will Release the Files — the X-Files

May 17, 2016

President Hillary Will Release the Files -- the X-Files

“When Jimmy Kimmel asked Hillary Clinton in a late-night TV interview about U.F.O.s, she quickly corrected his terminology.

‘You know, there’s a new name,’ Mrs. Clinton said in the March appearance. ‘It’s unexplained aerial phenomenon,’ she said. ‘U.A.P. That’s the latest nomenclature.’

Known for her grasp of policy, Mrs. Clinton has spoken at length in her presidential campaign on topics as diverse as Alzheimer’s research and military tensions in the South China Sea. But it is her unusual knowledge about extraterrestrials that has struck a small but committed cohort of voters.

Mrs. Clinton has vowed that barring any threats to national security, she would open up government files on the subject, a shift from President Obama, who typically dismisses the topic as a joke. Her position has elated U.F.O. enthusiasts, who have declared Mrs. Clinton the first ‘E.T. candidate.’”

–“Hillary Clinton Gives U.F.O. Buffs Hope She Will Open the X-Files,” Amy Chozick, New York Times

“Hillary Clinton’s UFO investigation plans unlikely to achieve liftoff, experts say,” Adam Gabbatt, The Guardian

“What Hillary Clinton Says About Aliens Is Totally Misguided,” Nadia Drake, National Geographic Phenomena

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North Carolina’s HB2 Is Not Just a ‘Bathroom Bill’

May 16, 2016

North Carolina's HB2 Is Not Just a 'Bathroom Bill'
North Carolina has a new state law protectin’ the buddin’ flowah of Southron Womanhood from having to share public restrooms with transgender women. But the school bathroom hysteria disguises other aspects of the law, which is really a catchall of conservative peeves.

HB2 doesn’t just forbid the Tarheel State’s cities and counties from protecting LGBT rights, it also bars them from adopting minimum wages above the $7.25 level, except for government employees. Must be a lot of cousins on those county payrolls.

The law also limits how people pursue claims of discrimination in state courts, forcing these into the federal court system. Previously, employees wrongfully terminated due to  race, sex, national origin, religion, age, or disability could file tort claims in state court. Now, if your boss fires you just because of your age — too bad.

The anti-LGBT stalking horse is being used by NC business interests to clamp down on employees, by rural politicians to spite their state’s cities, and by Republican candidates as a political wedge issue. North Carolina’s underpaid workers should think about that when they get their next skimpy paychecks, or when they’re wrongfully terminated.

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Hey Girl

May 15, 2016

“Hey Girl,” written by  Gerry Goffin and Carole King, originally recorded by Freddie Scott in 1963.

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