"When you go home at night and find your home is broken into, you call 911," says Marty, chairman of the Senate Health, Housing and Family Security Committee. "The police dispatcher does not ask you, 'Do you have police insurance? Does your policy cover home burglaries?' We've addressed that problem and we ought to see health care in the same way."
Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
When I saw that Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn had covered "I am the Cosmos's" by Chris Bell, I was instantly apprehensive. My worries were founded when I listened to their clunky take on the classic song from the one time Big Star member. The original is above and the butchered cover version is below.
Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn- I am the Cosmos (myspace)
I'm a little late on this one, but here is the link for the Where the Wild Things Roam myspace with Karon O and the kids new song. "The Kids" are a backing band featuring a who's who of indie musicians. Both the soundtrack and the movie should be amazing. The original trailer, with Arcade Fire doing an acoustic take on "Wake Up," is above.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Got this great video in my email today and thought I would share it with all of you. WHG favorites Beach House and fellow Baltimore residents Celebration ended their set from a few weeks ago with a great cover of "Billie Jean" in honor of MJ.
The news of Ted Kennedy's death was very sad yesterday and caused me to spend a lot of time watching videos and reading up on his history (I have always been more of a Bobby Kennedy fan, but now I realize I was probably wrong after seeing Ted's accomplishments laid out clearly). If you are only familiar with the surface level stuff about Kennedy, look at the list of accomplishments below that he was responsible for and you will realize how important he was not only to the progressive community, but to everyone in the Unite States. It is funny when people rip on him for being too liberal. Which of the acts below would the Republicans who want to rip on him repeal first? Letting minorities vote? Allowing women a fair chance to play organized sports? Making sure Americans with disabilities are treated fairly? Give me a break. The video above is a speech the 75 year old senator made chiding the Republicans for not allowing a vote to raise the minimum raise. A man who had more money than most of us could ever wish for getting visibly upset at his colleges on behalf of working American people. That is why he was so beloved and respected and why he will be missed so very much.
*Civil Rights Act of 1964
*Immigration Act of 1965
*1970: He submits a bill in Congress that would create a national health insurance system that would cover every American. He is also at the forefront of getting the voting age dropped from 21 to 18 years.
*Title IX Amendment of the Education Amendments
*Heads a successful movement to deregulate the airline industry and increase competition between the major carriers.
*Americans with Disabilities Act
*Works to increase minimum wage and to provide workers with greater insurance coverage when changing jobs
As he said in his most famous speech at the 1980 Democratic convention:
“For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”
Things are looking up for new band Music Go Music, who sound like a new age ABBA. Above is a video courtesy of Gorillavsbear and below is an MP3 the band sent out for preview. I just got a copy of their debut album and haven't decided which side of the fence I fall on yet. I am sure they are going to be big, but I also wouldn't be surprised if there is a pretty strong backlash. Buckle up folks, the Music Go Music stand-off is about to take off. Pick a side.
Music Go Music- Warm in the Shadows
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Frankly, I don't really care either, but it gets me excited for the hockey season, which starts in less than a month and a half.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Lo Fi kingpin Kurt Vile will be hitting up the Twin Cities on 10/14 to play a show at the 7th Street Entry. Vile will be touring behind his highly anticipated (at least for me) LP Childish Prodigy, which is coming out September 22nd on Matador. His recordings from last year, centering around the hazy gems Constant Hitmaker and God is Saying This to You?, showed great potential and made Childish Prodigy one of my more anticipated records of the fall.
We just got done watching Season 1 of Eastbound and Down and it was awesome. If you haven't seen it and you don't get offended easily, this is a great show. The video above is a greatest hits from the season and is totally NSFW but well worth your time.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Idle Hands + Communist Daughter + Two Harbors- 501 Club 9PM
Ada Jane (CD Release)-400 Bar
Root City Band- 7th Street Entry 9PM
Red Pens- Sauce 9PM
Estate + Ghost in the Water- 331 Club 9PM Free
Rock the Bells (w/Reflection Eternal + Pete Rock)- First Ave
Red Stag Block Party- 4-10PM FREE
Featuring Mark Mallman, Heirospecs, Romantica, Black Blondie, Chooglin and more..
First Communion Afterparty + Telepathos- Big V's
MC/VL + Slapping Purses + Whitesands/Badlands- 501 Club
The Mighty Mofos + 757s + Skinny Jim (CD-Release) + Grande Machine- Uptown Bar
Right from the beginning the color coded system was a joke and a demeaning way to scare people. I would say from 2000-2008 we were at a red level of being fed bullshit.
(H/T= Think Progress)
Thursday, August 20, 2009
The president of the United States, in a top-secret phone call to a major
European ally, asked for French troops to join American soldiers in attacking
Iraq as a mission from God. Now out of office, Chirac recounts that the American
leader appealed to their “common faith” (Christianity) and told him: “Gog and
Magog are at work in the Middle East…. The biblical prophecies are being
fulfilled…. This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict
to erase his people’s enemies before a New Age begins.”
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Kern is now pushing a “Oklahoma Citizen’s Proclamation for Morality” that blames America’s “economic woes” on “abortion, pornography, same sex marriage, sex trafficking, divorce, illegitimate births, child abuse ,and many other forms of debauchery”
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Here is a promo video for the EP release show for local hip hop artist Junkyard Empire. Opening the show are WHG favorites Guante and will also feature what should be a fascinating speech from journalist Dahr Jamail who will be reporting on his views from Iraq "beyond the green zone."
Should be a really great night. It all goes down September 4th at the Cedar Cultural Center.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Here is a video for the song "Albatross Albatross Albatross" by the Mt St. Helens Vietnam Band. The group will be opening for Japandroids along with Gospel Gossip in what should be an insanely good show on September 13th at the Turf Club.
Here is a great story about the "mom" who went to a town hall meeting. She said she was just a normal mom from the district, but a little reporting found out later that she not only didn't live in the district but she was a former Republican party official. For some more craziness, check out the nut-jobs in the video above. These people are dictating the conversation right now about health care in the most powerful country in the world.