Make It Good to Me

November 27, 2016

“Make It Good to Me,” written by Gabriel Roth (aka Bosco Mann), performed by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, 2002.

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings website

Sad News:

“Sharon Jones, Soul Singer With Dap-Kings, Dies at 60,” Jon Pareles, New York Times

“Soul singer Sharon Jones, whose work with the Dap Kings sparked a renaissance, has died,” Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times

“Sharon Jones was magnetic on and off stage,” By Hardeep Phull, New York Post

“Sharon Jones: a soul survivor who helped rejuvenate a classic sound,” David Ma, The Guardian

“A Queen Among Kings,” Oliver Wang, NPR

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Gospel Shoes

November 27, 2016

“Gospel Shoes,” written by Andrew Marlin, and performed by him with Emily Frantz as Mandolin Orange.

Mandolin Orange website

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Snooker-Playing Robot

November 27, 2016

Robots won’t just take your job, they’ll beat you at billiards. This ABB robot cheats at snooker, then does a victory dance. Twice.

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Small Business Saturday. Shop Local.

November 26, 2016

Small Business Saturday. Shop Local.

Yesterday, on “Black Friday,” millions of Americans spent billions of dollars with the multi-national corporations that sell imported products in U.S. shopping malls. Some of us resisted this retail feeding frenzy and bought nothing. Today people from both camps will buy local, shopping with neighborhood shops on Small Business Saturday.

$100 spent with local businesses returns $68 to the community vs. $43 spent at big box stores. So think outside the big box and shop local. The Small Business Saturday campaign was started in 2010 by American Express, but your local shopkeepers will really thank you if you pay cash and leave your Amex card at home (shops have to pay Amex swipe fees).

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Down In the Mall

November 25, 2016

“Down In the Mall,” Warren Zevon‘s 1989 paean to consumerism. David Lindley is on the lap steel guitar. Happy Black Friday.

Warren Zevon website
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Big Savings!

November 25, 2016

Big Savings!

The Friday after Thanksgiving or ”Black Friday“ is reserved by global corporations for whipping Americans into a frenzy of over-consumption.  Millions camp out and line up for hours hoping for bargains. Most end up buying things they don’t need at prices they can’t afford.

Save big today. Don’t buy a single thing. If you want to spend something, spend the day with friends and family. Spend time at the library; borrow a book and spend time reading it. Spend time making something. You’re not what you buy. You’re not a “consumer.” You’re a human being.

More:

“Buy Nothing Day,” AdBusters

“Buy Nothing Day,” Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“The scientific explanation of why people kill each other over TVs on Black Friday,” Laurence Ashworth, Reuters

“5 Great Reasons to Celebrate International Buy Nothing Day Instead of Black Friday,” Amy Mendosa, TIME

“Anti-Black Friday Movements Gain Traction With Patagonia Clothing Swap,” Meagan Clark, International Business Times

“A Brief History of Black Friday,” Ethan Trex, Mental Floss

“Annual ‘Buy Nothing Day Winter Coat Exchange’ bucks consumerism,” Michelle R. Smith, AP via Providence Journal

“Great Ways to Spend Black Friday Not at the Mall,” Brad Tuttle,CNN Money

“Fight Black Friday by joining a Buy Nothing group,” Lisa Hyma,Grist

“Websites promote Buy Nothing Day,” Kevin O’Neil, Scranton Times-Tribune

“Buy Nothing Day 2014: Black Friday Anti-Consumerism Backlash Facts and History,” Lydia Smith, International Business Times

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Christmas at the Airport

November 25, 2016

Nick Lowe’s 2013 Christmas song is based on a real travel experience. Nick recorded a strangely-moving solo acoustic version for Fordham University’s WFUV-FM.

Video: Writer/Director Scott Jacobson; Director of Animation: Matthew I. Jenkins; Animation, Composite and Effects: Travis Fowler, Brendan Davis, Joe Coleman. of Bark-Bark.

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Thankful

November 24, 2016

“Thankful,” written by Drew Ramsey, Shannon Sanders, and Jonny Lang, recorded by Mr. Lang with Michael McDonald.

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I Thank You

November 24, 2016

“I Thank You,” written by David Porter and Isaac Hayes, performed by ZZ Top. It was originally recorded by Sam & Dave in 1968. A must for any Thanksgiving playlist.

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Thanksgiving Greetings from William S. Burroughs

November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Greetings from William S. Burroughs
A holiday poem from Williams S. Burroughs: “Thanks for the wild turkey and the passenger pigeons …”

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