Monday, January 18, 2010

In honor of Civil Rights Day

As posted last year, and as relevant now as it's ever been, Dr. King's "Letter From Birmingham Jail."

Friday, January 08, 2010

Sorry, Minitrue doesn't work when you have the internet...

This short article somehow makes hypocrisy and untold atrocities funny. It's a more cathartic sort of laugh, but still.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

List Shock

Rolling Stone's 100 Best Albums of the Decade list intrigues me. I own 14 of the top picks, and I've heard 21 more and agree with most of them, though I'm strangely surprised to see such indie scene favorites as Arcade Fire and Cat Power sharing top billing along with more mainstream, "blah" (and here I editorialize) choices such as Coldplay and U2. This is the magazine that gives 4-star reviews to bands like Linkin Park while still recognizing rollicking, original stuff like TV on the Radio with similarly high scores. How can I reconcile that?

The publication's schizophrenia is reflected in the list of the voters for the feature. "Howlin" Pete Almqvist and Nicholaus Arson from The Hives along with Mary J. Blige, the Senior Vice President of VH1 and four members of Kings of Leon? Yoko Ono, The Black Eyed Peas', Lil Wayne and two members of Fall Out Boy? I can't criticize the list of voters - it's as diverse as music itself - but it certainly reflects Rolling Stone's weird desire to (and possibly ability to) hit every base possible with their commentary. Rolling Stone eats up the sort of by-the-numbers rock U2 has been putting out for the last decade or more in almost the same breath that they praise Bjork. I have trouble wrapping my brain around it, or even interpreting what this means. Certainly I don't have a specific point in mind.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Top 25 Censored Stories for 2010

From, the "Top 25 Censored Stories for 2010," a.k.a. the "Top 25 Reasons To Avoid the Mainstream Media" (not just liberal bias kids!). Read and marvel, time and time again, how is this legal? And why is nobody talking about this?: