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January 04, 2008

Elsewhere

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* Jimmy Moore comes up with a Presidential nominee I could get behind.

* A blog's gotta have a theme, I guess.

* Philip Weiss has a daring wrestle with that most taboo of thinkers, Kevin MacDonald.

* DVD Spin Doctor lists his top 20 DVDs of 2007.

* Kirsten Mortensen says goodbye to a loved but difficult dog.

* Author Mark Lilla writes that commenters and bloggers have offered sharper responses to his recent book than trad book reviewers have. Who needs critics, eh?

* Reviewing a poetry collection, Prairie Mary gets off some shrewd observations about autobiographical writing, and about relationships between older men and younger women.

* Terrierman runs a gorgeous photo of an almost perfectly preserved baby mammoth.

* Katie Hutchison praises Shaker blue and a modest beach boardwalk. Why does anyone ask for anything more from architecture?

* Shouting Thomas recalls some lousy bands from the '60s. Man, there really were a lot of those around, weren't there?

* Derek Lowe confides that some -- and maybe even many -- scientists just aren't made to be managers.

* MBlowhard Rewind: I maintained back here that, where artchat goes, it's vitally important to distinguish between "modern" and "modernist." Don't let the bastards get away with claiming that modern has to imply modernist!

Best,

Michael

posted by Michael at January 4, 2008




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Thanks for the plug, Michael.

I'm off to play with Saints & Sinners tonight, at the wonderful Skytop Lounge, in the heart of Kingston.

Big Joe, my lead guitar player, will be celebrating his 65th birthday.

Posted by: Shouting Thomas on January 4, 2008 5:50 PM



Hey ST:
Great list, but where is Crazy Horse? I guess they are more 70s than 60s, but god they suck. What was Neil Young thinking?

Steve Sailer has some thoughts here:
http://www.isteve.com/Music_Neil_Young_Shakey.htm

Posted by: Thursday on January 4, 2008 6:52 PM



Thanks for the link, Michael.

I liked your post also, Thomas. Truthfully a lot of the musicianship from 60s era recordings sounds pretty crude when you compare it to what earns commercial attention today. It's the four-minute-mile phenom in some respects: teenagers who form rock & roll bands now meet standards of musicianship that were unimaginable to youngsters 40 years ago, partly because today, they know it's possible.

Posted by: Kirsten on January 4, 2008 9:23 PM






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