A good part of the reason I started blogging was because I went to a history conference at a UT branch up between Dallas and Fort Worth and found that, contrary to belief, many well known academic historians have found community history projects to be invaluable because of their focus and details. Photos rated high. Photos with details rate high. Interviews with participants in events rated high. Interviews with older people rated high if you cover their experience and perspective.
- Prairie Weather

“Protest works. Just look at the proof”

Free MP3 sites

Be your own program director. Venture off the beaten path. Live a little.

2dopeboyz: Hip hop. (RSS)

3hive: Sharing the sharing. Free and legal MP3s from over 600 underground and undiscovered artists — new ones added daily. (RSS)

Amazon MP3 Download - Frequency: Weekly. Get the latest on Amazon MP3 music downloads - new releases, freshly ripped hits, and special deals.

Audio Drums - A blog for rare, possibly overlooked, maybe forgotten gems of music with a slight emphasis on electronic and indie genres. (RSS)

Common Folk Music - A blog about music, not just folk music, but all music ranging from indie to alt-country to bluegrass, because music is for the “Common Folk”. (RSS)

Discobelle.net (RSS)

Fiddlefreak Folk Music Blog - Folk, bluegrass, Celtic, and other music of the people. (RSS)

Fingertips Music - Free and legal music. (RSS)

Gorilla Vs Bear (RSS)

Hillydilly: Simply Good Music. (RSS)

I Rock Cleveland: Indie Rock, College Rock, Alt Rock, Modern Rock, Cleveland Rock, and Rock. (RSS)

KEXP Song of the Day: KEXP 90.3 FM - where the music matters (RSS)

Kick Kick Snare (RSS)

Line Of Best Fit - TLOBF.COM | Music Reviews, News, Interviews & Downloads (RSS)

Lipstick Disco - Deep House & Disco music blog fronted by Females (RSS)

Minnesota Public Radio Song of the Day: Music lovers from 89.3 The Current share songs with you each weekday. (RSS)

Muruch (RSS)

Music Like Dirt: Music in all its many forms, mp3’s, live reviews and photography. (RSS)

My Old Kentucky Blog - a music blog that parties with unicorns. (RSS)

Nah Right. (RSS)

ninebullets.net. (RSS)

Rollo & Grady: Los Angeles Music Blog, LA Music Blog (RSS)

Said the Gramophone: a music weblog (RSS)

She Makes Music: She Makes Music focuses on the most exciting and impressive new music created by brilliant and talented female musicians. (RSS)


Sounds Better With Reverb (RSS)

Stereogum: All the MP3s on Stereogum.com (RSS)

their bated breath (RSS)

Women of Hip Hop (RSS)

YouKnowIGotSoul (RSS)

Mourn ya till I join ya

The Wheel’s Still In Spin: Focusing on new music releases and reviews of individual albums as original, fictional short stories (RSS)

A Fifty Cent Lighter & A Whiskey Buzz - This site is just a way for me to have a little fun and share a little music. I’ll highlight some of my favorite artists that I play on the radio and try to expound upon their music in ways I can’t always do on the air. (RSS)

Aminal Sound

Audiofile: Music Blog, Music Articles - Salon.com

Crossfade: The CNET music blog

Direct Current New Music - Adult pop, rock, singer/songwriters, folk, Americana, alt-country, adult alternative, soul, world music, crossover jazz and simply those artists that make us go “hmmm.”(RSS)

GarageBand.com Folk top tracks (RSS)

GarageBand.com Hip Hop top tracks (RSS)

Flawless Hustle: Urban culture blog featuring artist interviews, music reviews, legal music downloads, street art, graffiti and more! (RSS)



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Notes From Underground (2012)

Redeye’s Front Page (2012)

Wisdom of the West (2012)

Zen Comix (2012)

pygalgia (2012)

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The Agonist (2012)

Brilliant At Breakfast (2012)

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This Week In Tyranny

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Our image in the Muslim world would probably improve if we stopped killing so many Muslims.

Last week I quoted Catch-22, and what do you know - the news sent me another real life excerpt this week. What’s next, The Syndicate?

Say No to Torture Week begins today. I learned this from Jeff Kaye, who also writes: “This nation has not gotten the full truth about this country’s torture program, past, present, and plans for the future. As the commentators latch onto the upcoming election with ever-greater avidity, it appears certain that these issues will get shoved even farther onto the back burner. “

Avedon Carol:

An awful lot of people who call themselves “conservatives” or “moderate Republicans” out in the real world probably just want to get back to that 1950s idyll where things were mostly fine for most whites who finished highschool (and even most who hadn’t) and they could be comfortable being patronizing at best and utterly ignorant at worst about funny-colored people. Their leaders have to lie to them about the need to sacrifice Social Security because they know perfectly well that these people like Social Security. These rank-and-file Republicans may not recognize Social Security and Medicaid as “government programs”, let alone liberal programs, but they are willing to believe the lies because they’ve been taught to hate the hippies and the (academic and media) elites and lump them together. And that’s easy to do, since the representatives of “liberal” thought they see on their TVs are utterly callous and contemptible people who talk a lot of right-wing crap. They just don’t realize that liberals are actually disgusted by those creeps on TV, too, and for exactly the same reasons: because they make it clear that they don’t give a damn what happens to normal people who are just trying to earn an honest crust and take care of their families.
Avedon Fucking Carol.

Barry Friedman and Dahlia Lithwick on our radical, activist Supreme Court.

Looks like Boumediene will get its first test. Stay tuned.

Adam Serwer is writing, better than I can, about everything I’m thinking before I can post on it. I may just stop blogging and redirect all my traffic to him.

Leftover links. Andrew Sullivan:

I wish either of us had all the information the government has to resolve this question beyond a reasonable doubt - but am realistic enough to know that in wartime in these matters, some trust in a duly elected president of the United States at war and some secrecy in war operations is something we just have to live with.
Barry Eisler:
Guantanamo is, of course, just one instance, and the history of successive governmental lying is so long and consistent I always find it baffling when someone reflexively treats government claims as a sufficiently trustworthy basis for imprisonment and execution.
More Eisler:
We’ve all had the experience of knowing someone who we realize over time has a tendency to fib. When we make that discovery, immediately thereafter we begin to discount that person’s unverified claims. This is just a common-sense, automatic, adult reaction to experience in the world. And yet, when it comes to the government, no matter how many times we’re subjected to much worse than mere fibbing — whether it’s Guantanamo, or WMDs, or the scapegoating and persecution of Steven Hatfill as the anthrax killer, or the Pat Tillman coverup, to name only a few of the more recent instances of government lies — some people will continue to trust governmental assertions as though the government has an unblemished record of truth-telling.
Eisler doesn’t post at the rapid pace of a blogger, but when he does it’s usually terrific.

Scott Horton:
The Justice Department’s brief is filled with slithering evasions and half-truths about what the administration previously said and did.I have no doubt that the Obama Administration will prevail in this litigation. The court handling the case is likely to employ one of several judicial escape pods. It will find that al-Awlaki senior cannot represent the interests of his son, for instance, or it will determine that the issue presented is essentially a political question in which federal courts shouldn’t meddle. Indeed, any federal court would feel awkward reviewing the executive’s decision to designate targets in a war. But these findings would be acts of judicial cowardice. The executive should be forced to explain itself.

Oh those repressive Chinamen:

While I didn’t experience censorship as it’s shown in the movies-the black sharpie, the page torn from the record-I did experience a casual tyranny strong enough to keep my name off this piece.
Americans are so fortunate to live in a country where the biggest outlets do not uncritically pass along government propaganda for fear of losing favor or access.

bmaz is not optimistic about Elizabeth Warren’s prospects as a reformer. We’ll see. It may be a ceremonial post. If so, and she’s willing to walk away from it and go public with her dissatisfaction, she could still do a lot of good. It’s all speculation for the moment though.

So we all hate the shiftless unemployed, and are repulsed by the wave of laziness that has washed over the country and turned so many people into bloodsucking parasites. If it wasn’t for all that goddamn unemployment insurance they might just accept the fact that the well paying jobs they lost are gone forever, and would instead resign themselves to flipping burgers. Sell all that extraneous crap you accumulated, dump your house at a fire sale price and move into an apartment. The living standards enjoyed in the decades after World War II were a complete fantasy, they are gone forever, and the only course left is to voluntarily exit the middle class and join the ranks of the working poor. That’s the new America, baby, and the sooner you suck it up, bite the bullet and get with the program the sooner you’ll stop feeling so agitated.

For a dissenting view, Andy Kroll quotes the plaintive appeal of someone in the vise of economic contraction: “Why should you have to give up your home?”

Janet Tavakoli tells it like it is. Take me, Janet!

ECONNED EXCERPT from pp. 24-5:

Dani Rodrik, a development economist and economics professor at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, who is pro-trade, has nevertheless repeatedly taken on fellow trade economists for overstating their case…The great unwashed masses cannot participate in these discussions. Were an autodidact to uncover the same type of flaws that Rodrik discussed, his opinion would be rejected due to his lack of credentials. A big chunk of policy development and vetting is in the hands of a mandarin class that often is uninterested in and unresponsive to the concerns of the public at large.
“Mandarin class” is wonderfully descriptive.

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