Great news! The Mountain Goats have a new album “Transcendental Youth,” official release date October 2. You can preview pretty much the whole album right here. While I struggle to pick out a favorite, here’s one of the singles, “Cry for Judas”:
Veteran musician Randy Newman has just released the new satirical song “I’m Dreaming (of a White President)” that has your diarist, frankly, baffled beyond belief.
It’s terrible. Newman sets out to mock a certain kind of nostalgic white American chauvinism and then rabbittrails off into an explanation for what happened to all the would-have-been African Einsteins. They were eaten by lions!
Seriously, watch as much of this video as you can stomach and then scroll down for more comment:
To play you out for the week, here is Bob Dylan’s very funny and very true new music video for the song “Duquesne Whistle” (pronounced “dew cane” whistle). Because of a few of the lyrics (“I can hear a sweet voice gently calling / Must be the mother of our Lord”), I assume it’s meant to point us to Pittsburgh’s Duquesne University, a Catholic school. But it’s Bob Dylan, so I could be wrong about that.