Category: Five-Star Fridays/Music

Five Star Fridays: Agitator Playlist

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

We’ll go with “Falling Down,” the Redwalls tribute to the FCC’s obscenity rules. I don’t know about the accompanying drawings. This was the only non-live version I could find on YouTube.

Light posting today because my Wifi has been down most of the day. I happened to be watching the Frontline episode on John O’Neill when the repair guy arrived. (Highly recommend the Frontline episode, by the way.) This led to the repair guy not only fixing my Wifi, but also explaining to me how there’s no possible way a plane could have crashed into the Pentagon on September 11. Apparently, it’s all in the skid marks.


Five Star Fridays: Agitator Playlist: Track 9

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Here’s “Kings,” by Nashville favorites the Cold Stares. Recorded in my living room.

Jerry Leiber, RIP

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Half of early rock ‘n’ roll’s best songwriting duo has died. Here are my three favorite Leiber & Stoller songs, not necessarily by the artists that made them famous.


Five Star Fridays: Bonus Monday Edition

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Pour Me Coffee’s Twitter account reminds me that today is the late John Lee Hooker’s birthday. And that this duet with Van Morrison is one of the great songs-to-brood-to ever made.

Five-Star Fridays: Agitator Playlist, Track 8

Friday, August 19th, 2011

This is probably my favorite protest song. Old Crow Medicine Show’s, “I Hear Them All.”

Five-Star Fridays: Agitator Playlist, Track 7

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Seems appropriate this week: Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddamn.”

Five Star Fridays: Belated Saturday Agitator Playlist Edition

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

Forgot to put this up yesterday. Here’s track six from our Agitator playlist. Cinderella’s “Shelter Me.”

Five Star Fridays: Agitator Playlist, Track 5

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

The Clash, “Guns of Brixton”

Five Star Fridays: Agitator Playlist, Track 5

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Mavis Staples’ “On My Way.” This song popped up on my iPod as I was driving to Monticello for the Cory Maye hearing a couple weeks ago. Seemed pretty appropriate.

Five Star Fridays: Belated Saturday, Agitator Mix Track #4 Edition

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Amos Lee’s “Freedom.”

I mean holy hell. Just read the lyrics. This could probably be the official anthem. And the entire album is really good.

Five Star Fridays: Agitator Mix, Track 3

Friday, July 1st, 2011

“None of Us Are Free,” by Solomon Burke and the Blind Boys of Alabama. I’ve posted this song beforeā€”a couple of times. But it’s especially appropriate today. Soon, I’ll tell you why.

Five-Star Fridays: Agitator Playlist, Track Two

Friday, June 24th, 2011

“The Ballad of Kathryn Johnston,” by Shawn Mullins.

Five-Star Fridays: The Agitator Mix #1

Friday, June 17th, 2011

In summers past, we’ve come up with a theme for Five-Star Friday selections. This year, I think we’ll do an Agitator Playlist. Please note: I am not suggesting that any of these artists are Hayek-reading, Friedman-loving libertarians. Only that the songs themselves echo themes that will be familiar to readers of this site. Actually, some of the songs will be familiar, too. I’ve posted many of them before. Feel free to make your own suggestions in the comments.

We’ll start with the great, guitar-driven Los Lobos tune, “Road to Gila Bend”, a sympathetic look at an illegal immigrant’s harrowing journey across the border.

If you’re interested, I interviewed Los Lobos’ Louie Perez about this song and the album its from for Reason a few years ago. Here’s the original, sans video:

Here’s a cool acoustic version of the same song:

Gil Scott-Heron, RIP

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

The activist, poet, and musician died yesterday. There’s an almost a poetic timing to his death, given the last few days. He was warning us about this stuff back in the 1970s.

For my protection?
Who’s gonna protect me from you?
The likes of you?
The nerve of you?
Your tomato face deadpan
Your dead hands ending another freedom fan

Five-Star Fridays: 2012 Edition

Friday, May 27th, 2011

In honor of the presidential campaign season kicking in to full swing . . .