December 31, 2006

Another grim milestone for the U.S. military in Iraq. Bush will surely not be raving about this piece of news. Instead he will continue to tell the American people that more troops are needed in Iraq and that the war is still winnable.

Whatever “winning” even means.

It’s more tragic news for the families of American soldiers and the worst way imaginable of bringing in the new year.

It’s even more tragic for the people of Iraq who are the biggest victims and who will continue to suffer even more as the criminal war and occupation of their country continues with no end in sight.

The U.S. death toll in Iraq reaches 3,000


My Favorite Music of 2006

December 31, 2006

There was alot of great music made in 2006. New artists with fantastic albums appeared on the scene and not so new artists made wonderful music too.

Like every year there are great albums I was not able to listen to and enjoy, for a variety of reasons. I hope to catch up with them soon.

On to the music. Starting with the new Dylan album. It’s another masterpiece, the third one in a row, as he is fully immersed in yet another creative stage of his extraordinary career. Dylan reaches another artistic peak. As its been said many times before.

Cat Power is the best music discovery i’ve made in a long time, while not a new artist, I have not been able to stop playing her latest album. The voice is ravaged and world weary, singing some haunting country blues and other songs full of soul. It would be the best album of the year in any other year.

Los Lobos made, IMO, their best album ever. They take on the plight of immigrants in America and tell their stories with a beautiful mix of the blues, folk, rock and latin rhythms.

The Raconteurs are the best rock band with the best rock album this year.

Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys keep moving forward as artists and reached new career highs with their albums this year. Same goes for John Legend.

Michael Franti and his band made a musically and politically ferocious album. Old rock veteran Neil Young tells it like it is about the war in Iraq and George Bush, saying things that few artists today, young or old, would have the courage to say.

Corrine Bailey Rae is a great new British singer who is not easy to categorize, her album flows easily in and out of jazz, r&b and soul grooves and her beautiful voice does the rest.

It was a good year.

My favorite albums of 2006:

1. Bob Dylan – Modern Times

2. Cat Power – The Greatest

3. Los Lobos – The Town and The City

4. The Raconteurs – Broken Boy Soldiers

5. Mary J. Blige – The Breakthrough

6. Michael Franti & Spearhead – Yellfire!

7. Alicia Keys – Unplugged

8. Corinne Bailey Rae – Corinne Bailey Rae

9. Neil Young – Living with War

10. John Legend – Once Again

Saddam/Uncle Sam – Thanks for the memories

December 30, 2006

A special relationship has come to an end. It was swell while it lasted.

all the fond memories

The most outrageous right-wing comments of 2006

December 30, 2006

Always an entertaining read. The absolute best of the best. It really is very difficult to pick a favorite.

A feast for the mindless.

Most outrageous comments of 2006

How extreme were conservative commentators in their remarks this year? How about calls to nuke the Middle East and an allegation that a “gay … mafia” used the congressional page program as its own “personal preserve.”

Right-wing rhetoric documented by Media Matters for America included the nonsensical (including Rush Limbaugh’s claim that America’s “obesity crisis” is caused by, among other things, our failure to “teach [the poor] how to butcher a — slaughter a cow to get the butter, we gave them the butter”), the offensive (such as right-wing pundit Debbie Schlussel’s question about “Barack Hussein Obama”: is he “a man we want as President when we are fighting the war of our lives against Islam? Where will his loyalties be?”), and the simply bizarre (such as William A. Donohue’s claim that some Hollywood stars would “sodomize their own mother in a movie”).

Since there were so many outrageous statements, we included a list of honorable mentions along with the top 11, which, if not for Ann Coulter, we might have limited to 10.

the complete list and article

Village Voice Best Jazz Albums of 2006

December 29, 2006

The Top 10

1. Ornette Coleman – Sound Grammar

2. Andrew Hill – Time Lines

3. Sonny Rollins – Sonny, Please

4. Nels Cline – New Monastery

5. Muhal Richard Abrams–George Lewis–Roscoe Mitchell

6. Paul Motian – Garden of Eden

7. Keith Jarrett – The Carnegie Hall Concert

8. Ben Riley’s Monk Legacy Septet – Memories of T

9. Bennie Maupin – Penumbra

10. Joe Lovano – Streams of Expression

the rest of their list

Cartoon of the Day

December 28, 2006

NY Post Best Albums of 2006

December 28, 2006

1. The Raconteurs – Broken Boy Soldiers

2. Nelly Furtado – Loose

3. Johnny Cash – American V: A Hundred Highways

4. Pearl Jam – Pearl Jam

5. Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not

6. Bob Dylan – Modern Times

7. Christina Aguilera – Back to Basics

8. Diddy – Press Play

9. Bruce Springsteen – We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions

10. My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade

comments on their picks