Category Archives: Music

And now for something completely different. . .


This times is a stunning performance by students from Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, Florida, captured during the school’s 2011 Talent Show.

From fernandiish via the always delightful Metafilter:

THE OFFICIAL Hot Scots drum line – 2011 – Talent Show at LHHS

Program notes:

Nigel, Dylan, Matt , Elias and Jordan (who are NOT Scottish) WIN the Talent Show at Lake Howell High School with this performance they actually put together this week! You can tell they are having fun! 🙂 (BTW – the kilts are props only and are worn as they chose to wear them for the TALENT show AND they are not Scottish but American)

And now for something completely different. . .


Pussy Riot does the Pussygrabber.

Need we say more?:

Pussy Riot — Make America Great Again


Program note:

#PussyGrabsBack #NastyWoman (!) Because YOU decide elections and if we get together, we could blow this shit up, take action and reverse this erosion of rights. Because fuck it.

Quote of the day: Quitting the choir over Trump


The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is perhaps the church’s best-known institution and, in many ways its most effective ambassador.

The 360-member assembly has been featured in the inaugurations of every Republic President since Nixon.

But one member has quit the choir over its participation in the upcoming inauguration of Donald Trump, and Jan Chamberlain has posted an eloquent letter of resignation on her Facebook page.

Here are some excerpts:

Since “the announcement”, I have spent several sleepless nights and days in turmoil and agony. I have reflected carefully on both sides of the issue, prayed a lot, talked with family and friends, and searched my soul.

I’ve tried to tell myself that by not going to the inauguration, that I would be able to stay in Choir for all the other good reasons.

I have highly valued the mission of the Choir to be good-will ambassadors for Christ, to share beautiful music and to give hope, inspiration, and comfort to others.

I’ve tried to tell myself that it will be alright and that I can continue in good conscience before God and man.

But it’s no use. I simply cannot continue with the recent turn of events. I could never look myself in the mirror again with self respect.

I love you all, and I know the goodness of your hearts, and your desire to go out there and show that we are politically neutral and share good will. That is the image Choir wishes to present and the message they desperately want to send.

I also know, looking from the outside in, it will appear that Choir is endorsing tyranny and fascism by singing for this man.

>snip<

I know that I too feel betrayed.

Tyranny is now on our doorstep; it has been sneaking its way into our lives through stealth. Now it will burst into our homes through storm.

>snip<

History is repeating itself; the same tactics are being used by Hitler (identify a problem, finding a scapegoat target to blame, and stirring up people with a combination of fanaticism, false promises, and fear, and gathering the funding). I plead with everyone to go back and read the books we all know on these topics and review the films produced to help us learn from these gargantuan crimes so that we will not allow them to be repeated. Evil people prosper when good people stand by and do nothing.

We must continue our love and support for the refugees and the oppressed by fighting against these great evils.

snip<

I only know I could never “throw roses to Hitler.” And I certainly could never sing for him.

And now for something completely different. . .


There’s a month left before New Year’s, but the past 11 months have already been too much for Canadian comedian/singers Flo & Joan [sisters Nicola and Rosie Dempsey] to compose a [NSFW] maledictory valedictory for 2016, a year that’s already earned its placed in the Gregorian Calendar Hall of Shame.

From Flo & Joan:

The 2016 Song

Program note:

Flo & Joan’s 2016 song

DISCLAIMER: We got our facts wrong and it wasn’t a bombing in Nice. We’re sorry for any offence this may have caused.

H/T to Metafilter.

Mr. Fish: This Party Enables Fascists


From Clowncrack, his blog of incisive iconomania, an image about those who did more than any others to ensure the election of the despicable:

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The image is an ironic homage to perhaps the most famous image of America’s preeminent balladeer, Woody Guthrie:

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Guthrie was the poet laureate of the American worker and farmer, writing songs about the labor movement, the plight of the working class, and need to protest inequities wherever they are found.

No post about Guthrie is complete without his most famous song, a ballad which, in any reasonable world, would replace our bellicose, unsingable  national national anthem:

Woody Guthrie: This Land Is Your Land

People are growing unhappy with the boob tube


In part, because they have to spend a growing amount of their time simply skimming through the onscreen channel guides to find a program that grabs their attention, and at the current rate, they’ll be spending more than a year of their lives doing just that.

From the Hollywood Reporter:

There’s more TV available and consumers are paying more for the privilege, but 44 percent of viewers in the U.S. complain that there is nothing worth watching, according to a massive study released Thursday.

The average person spends 23 minutes per day trying to find something good to watch on broadcast TV and will dedicate 1.3 years of their lives changing channels and studying their on-screen guides, according to Ericsson ConsumerLab’s TV and Media 2016.

Ericsson surveyed 30,000 people in 24 countries and says its study represents the TV habits of more than 1 billion people worldwide.

The 44 percent of Americans who say they have trouble finding worthy shows to watch represents a big uptick over last year, when 36 percent had a similar complaint.

However, more people are watching online streaming services, and they’re watching them on the phone, iPads and other mobile devices, the study reports, with mobile views up 86 percent since 2010, while views on the tube have dropped by 14 percent.

We leave the last word to The Boss, singing about something that’s even truer today than when he recorded the song in 1992:

Bruce Springsteen — 57 Channels [And Nothin’ On]

It’s a red letter day for American pop culture icons


Dy;lsn wins the Big One

Three stories from BBC News, starting with the big one:

US singer Bob Dylan has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, becoming the first songwriter to win the prestigious award.

The 75-year-old rock legend received the prize “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.

The balladeer, artist and actor is the first American to win since novelist Toni Morrison in 1993.

His songs include Blowin’ in the Wind and The Times They are A-Changin’.

Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, said Dylan had been chosen because he was “a great poet in the English speaking tradition”.

And what’s a Dylan piece without a song?:

Bob Dylan The Times They Are A Changin’ 1964

Wonder Woman lassos a United Nations honor

Yep, this time the nod goes to a comic book character and comes with corporate sponsorship.

From BBC News:

The United Nations (UN) is to name comic book character Wonder Woman as its new Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Woman and Girls.

The UN said the character will be formally sworn in at a ceremony on 21 October at its New York headquarters. DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson will accept the role for her company’s comic book, TV and film character.

The event will also launch the UN’s campaign for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

It is being sponsored by Warner Bros and DC Entertainment who are supporting the UN and Unicef’s year-long campaign.

The United nations honor comes just two weeks after the fictional character came out of her equally fictional closet.

From BBC News again:

DC Comic writer Greg Rucka says Wonder Woman “must be queer” and has had relationships with other women.

In an interview with Comicosity he defined queer as “involving, although not necessarily exclusively, romantic and/or sexual interest toward persons of the same gender”.

In the comic books, Wonder Woman is known as Diana, a warrior princess of the Amazons.