But we don’t give in

Today’s protest anthem and Saturday open thread comes from the other side of the world, courtesy of Midnight Oil.   [Read more…]

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Adios mis amigos Jesus y Maria

Today’s protest anthem and Saturday open thread comes courtesy of the Highwaymen, covering Woody Guthrie: The plane wreck at Los Gatos occurred in 1948. It would be nice if the song didn’t feel like it was written yesterday. [Read more…]

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‘Whole world is wonderin’ what’s wrong with the United States’

Here’s your Saturday protest anthem and open thread, courtesy of the Staple Singers: (And here’s a nice 2017 rendition from Rhiannon Giddens.) [Read more…]

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‘It sounds like a whisper’

Here’s Tracy Chapman with your Saturday protest anthem and open thread.   [Read more…]

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Holy Moses let us live in peace (an Elton John playlist for Donald Trump)

“Tiny Dancer” is a lovely song, but it’s ill-suited for political rallies — particularly for authoritarian, make-America-white-again, xenophobic, brimming-with-violence Donald Trump rallies, where the song has become an inexplicable staple of Trump’s weird liturgy. Here we consider 15 alternative Elton John songs that might be better suited for use at a Trump rally. [Read more…]

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Electric word, life, it means forever

Live TV, prime time, national stage. “Baby I’m a ….” He swats the mic stand over almost contemptuously, catches it with his foot and flips it back up so that it arches perfectly back into his waiting hand. “… Star.” Whoa. [Read more…]

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Saturday music open thread

Gladys Knight’s version of “You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” seems like an excellent candidate for rechristening as a Jesus Is My Boyfriend song. Capitalize the word “You” throughout and I think we’re looking at a can’t-miss Christian radio hit. [Read more…]

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Ashes to ashes

“The son of a waitress and a nightclub owner, David Jones became David Bowie, who became Ziggy Stardust, who became Aladdin Sane, who became the Thin White Duke. All of them were fictitious. All of them became iconic. …” [Read more…]

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