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Clinton, Sanders, and the politics of affiliation

Let It Burn – The Orwells The following two statements both seem true to me: 1) The success of Bernie Sanders as a presidential candidate means that if Hillary Clinton becomes president, she will be more likely to pursue a … Continue reading

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50 songs for 50 states: Maine

Going To Maine – The Mountain Goats Oh Maine, you are a beautiful state, but holy cow are there not any good songs about you. My default for this project, when a specific state is extremely weak, is to fall … Continue reading

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Rubio won Iowa

Yes, yes, I know. He actually finished third.  And I get why it frustrates people to call the guy who finished third the winner. But it’s only frustrating if you insist on ignoring what the contest is actually about. First things … Continue reading

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If the mountain won’t come to Sanders…

Details of the War – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! Seth Ackerman has a blistering piece in Jacobin, which goes on the warpath against Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias at Vox regarding their recent comments on Bernie Sanders. Ackerman’s thesis: the Vox folks are marshalling … Continue reading

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I’m up and doing circles

Are You Ten Years Ago – Tegan and Sara This almost went past without me noticing, but today is the 10 year anniversary of my very first post here (my top albums of 2005 list). It’s genuinely crazy to think … Continue reading

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Enough with this ‘natural born citizen’ nonsense

Let’s Be Natural – The Rutles The arguments about this ‘natural born citizen’ stuff are really getting ridiculous. We all had a good laugh about it, but the joke has really run it’s course. And yet all too many people keep … Continue reading

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Top 30 albums of 2015

30. Eternal Summers – Gold and Stone Dream pop with a punk spirit and a lot of sharp edges – a genre that seemed to explode in 2015. There will be a few more artists later on the list who … Continue reading

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I can see a better time, when all our dreams come true

Fairytale Of New York – The Pogues A prayer hurled into the night. The end of all things, and a promise that a new world might yet be built. All that is lost, all that is still possible. On this Christmas … Continue reading

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Top 50 songs of 2015

50 songs hardly seems enough for such a great year in music, but I’ve edited myself down a bit to try and offer only the cream of the crop. As always, only one song per artist (else a certain Canadian … Continue reading

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50 songs for 50 states: Louisiana

Go to the Mardi Gras – Professor Longhair Going into this project, Louisiana was one of the single most daunting states. How could I pick just one song from this great state, that is home to such a cornucopia of … Continue reading

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