E Go Betta

January 6, 2018

“E Go Betta,” written and performed by Dele Sosimi, 2015.

Dele Sosimi (keyboards, vocals), Thomas Allan (flugelhorn, trumpet), Phil Dawson (guitar), Femi Elias or Suman Joshi (bass), Kunle Olofinjana (vocals, drums), Tamar Osborne (baritone sax), Marco Piccioni (guitar), Maurizio Ravalico (percussion), Eric Rohner (tenor sax), Justin Thurgur (trombone.

Dele Sosimi website

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Why Can’t We Live Together

January 6, 2018

“Why Can’t We Live Together,” written and performed by Timmy Thomas, 1973. A Lowery organ with an onboard rhythm machine, recorded in glorious mono. Timeless.

More:

“The Genius of Henry Stone and Timmy Thomas’ ‘Why Can’t We Live Together,'”Jacob Katel, Miami New Times

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Beautiful

January 6, 2018

“Beautiful,” written and performed by Carole King. This is her demo recording of the song. The commercial recording was first released in 1971.

Carole King website

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Library of Congress Stops Archiving Twitter

January 5, 2018

Library of Congress Stops Archiving Twitter

Way back in 2010, the Library of Congress announced its plan to archive all public messages on Twitter (on Twitter, of course), starting with the very first tweet, the Twitter equivalent of the Gutenberg Bible.

That was then. On December 26, 2017 the Library pulled the plug on Twitter. While preserving a text archive of all tweets from the first 12 years of Twitter (2006-2017), the LoC will be more selective from here on out.

More:

“The Library of Congress Quits Twitter,” Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker

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Bachmann Eyes Senate Run

January 4, 2018

Bachmann Eyes Senate Run

Former Swiss citizen and ex-Congresscreature Michele Bachmann has her crazy eyes on the Wisconsin senate seat recently vacated by Al Franken. Mrs. Bachmann previously represented the 6th District of Minnesota, the Planet Mars, the Tea Party Caucus, and the voice of the Lord, and considered running for president in 2016. Her 2012 presidential bid triggered FEC and Congressional Ethics inquiries.

More:

“Michele Bachmann tells televangelist she might run for Al Franken’s Senate seat,” Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post

“Former congresswoman Michele Bachmann eyes Senate run for Al Franken’s seat,” Jessica Estepa, USA Today

Related:

“Return To Bachmann-ia: Here’s What Michele Bachmann Has Been Up To,” Matt Shuham, TPM DC

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Oliver Sacks on Ripe Bananas

January 3, 2018

“I’m very interested in how people adapt to extremes”
– Oliver Sacks on July 28, 1996

Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks, interviewed by Henry Tischler for WGBH-FM in Boston. Animated by Patrick Smith for Blank on Blank (PBS Digital).

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Northbound

January 2, 2018

“Northbound,” from Turbin Film. Four skateboarders on the frozen sand of the Norwegian coast.

Director: Jørn Nyseth Ranum. Cinematography: Lukasz Zamaro. Music: Erlend Elvesveen.

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This Is the New Year

January 1, 2018

‘This Is the New Year,” written by Ian Axel and performed by him with Chad King as A Great Big World. in 2012. Video director: Leiv Parton.

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Happy New Year

January 1, 2018

“Happy New Year,” from ABBA in 1980. written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus.

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After New Years Eve

January 1, 2018

“After New Years Eve,” written by James “Shep” Sheppard and William Henry Miller and recorded by The Heartbeats. James Sheppard sings the lead vocal.

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