Music news:

  • VH1.com: Grammy Award Wrap-up — big news is O Brother Where Art Thou wins 6 awards, most of any album!!!
  • NY Times: Big Winners at the Grammys: Alicia Keys, U2 and ‘O Brother’
      . . . again and again, the winner’s circle was dominated by bluegrass and roots music. What does this mean?

      In the press room backstage, musicians shared their answers. “I think it means good music,” said Earl Scruggs, the 78-year-old banjo player whose latest version of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” won for best country instrumental. (His only other Grammy was in 1968 for this same song.) Jerry Douglas of Alison Krauss and Union Station (which won two Grammys, apart from the “O Brother” soundtrack) said that he believed the events of Sept. 11 caused Americans to search for the roots of their culture and yearn for earlier times.

      Emmylou Harris, who sings on the “O Brother” soundtrack, said backstage that she was surprised that the album was even nominated. “To win it,” she said of the album of the year award, “something’s going on but I don’t know what it is.”

      Ralph Stanley won his first Grammy ever by beating younger stars like Tim McGraw and fellow legends like Johnny Cash in best male country vocal performance (for “O Death.”). Still glowing from the award, Mr. Stanley said that, as a result of the awards, this type of music “is going to take over for a while and do great, and replace some of the music that they’ve had for the past couple of years. . .



Oh my word… you have to read this poem by Ani DiFranco. It is a response to the Sepember 11th attacks. It is one of the most profound statements I have heard on what has happened. There are a few lines I disagree with, but as a whole I think she is right on the money.

Here are a few notable quotes…

    and i’ll tell you what, while we’re at it

    you can keep the pentagon

    keep the propaganda

    keep each and every tv

    that’s been trying to convince me

    to participate in some prep school punk’s plan to perpetuate


    perpetuate retribution

    even as the blue toxic smoke of our lesson in retribution is

    still hanging

    in the air

    and there’s ash on our shoes

    and there’s ash in our hair

    and there’s a fine silt on every mantle

    from hell’s kitchen to brooklyn

    and the streets are full of stories

    sudden twists and near misses

    and soon every open bar is crammed to the rafters

    with tales of narrowly averted disasters

    and the whiskey is flowin

    like never before

    as all over the country, folks just shake their heads

    and pour

    cuz take away our playstations and we are a third world nation

    under the thumb of some blue blood royal son

    who bought the oval office and that phony election

    and i’ll tell you what, while we’re at it

    let me state unequivocally

    he is not president of me

    cuz i am a poem heeding hyper-distillation

    i’ve got no room for a lie so verbose

    i’m looking out over my whole human family

    and i’m raising my glass in a toast

    here’s to our last drink of fossil fuels

    let us vow to get off of this sauce

    shoo away the swarms of commuter planes

    and find that train ticket we lost

    cause once upon a time the line followed the river

    and peeked into all the backyards

    where laundry was waving

    and graffiti was teasing us

    from brick walls and bridges

    we were rolling over ridges

    through valleys

    under stars

    i dream of touring like duke ellington in my own railroad car


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  • Here’s a bit of news I found from the fascist thugs at the Drug Enforcement Administration… Did you know that your tax dollars are being used to promote a right political organization?

    Yep, it’s true. I found out by taking a look at the DEA’s website and found this speech to the “Conservative Political Action Committee” by DEA Administrator Asa Hutchinson. Now I won’t say that the Hutctchinson doesn’t have the right to push his drug prohibition message on his own time. That’s free speech. However, the DEA is tax payer funded. To use my government’s (and yours) web servers to not only promote this speech but also the “Conservative Political Action Committee” is wrong.

    If you want to support this PAC, great… send them a contribution. But don’t use my tax dollars to fund your cause!


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  • Boycott-Riaa.com: US Appeals Court Reinstates Digital Recording Suit

    Here is the synopsis courtesy of AJY of AJY.net: District Court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel ruled that the five major record labels must prove they own thousands of music copyrights as well as prove those copyrights were not used to monopolize and stifle the distribution of digital music. ” Definitely a twist in this ongoing saga.


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  • Well the American press is reporting on Bush’s amazing remarks in China, but they are downplaying their significance. Here is one example from The NY Times

Quotable Quote

    US President George W Bush has ended his visit to China with an appeal for greater religious and political freedom.

    In a speech to university students broadcast live across China, he said America had proved that freedom did not bring chaos, and religious faith provided a moral core for a nation.

    He said religious believers made good citizens, and dissent did not mean revolution.

Quotation taken from: BBC


Website update

I’ve decided to take the plunge tonight into internet radio. I’ve done some stuff in the past with www.radio1austin.com but it has been a long time since I did that.

Anyway, my program is pretty weak right now (it takes forever to get your mp3’s re-ripped to the right bitrate and uploaded) but over time hopefully it will be a decent representation of the kind of music I dig.

Anyway, if you want to check out the very-beta version of it: click here.



Tonight has been such a nutty night for blogging. I actually have a few hours to kill in my favoritist of all favorite hobbies! Woohoo!

Ok, here’s the real deal… First, The Galaxy is online. (the Arts & Entertainment magazine of Southwest Texas State University, the college I was at before moving back to Oklahoma.) Not much is up on the site yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing what it might amount to.

Second . . . shoot I forgot what I was about to say…