Friday, February 27, 2009

DBT Week in Review - 2/27/09

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Here's a bit of DBT history.

The first ever 'Cooley's 2 Hours of Power' in D.C.

Internet Archive: Details: Drive-By Truckers Live at 9:30 Club on 2009-02-20

Training Ground:

"It was the second edition of the video game 'Guitar Hero' that inspired Eastep to pick up real musical instruments. The timing that the game demands helped him speed through learning instruments, he said."

_______ - Message Board • View topic - 3 DD on Rock Band!!!:

"Re: 3 DD on Rock Band!!!

Postby rlipps on Tue Feb 24, 2009 10:20 pm

I was looking over some of the Rock Band forums to see reactions to 3 Dimes Down and here are some samples. DBT got lots of mentions on there and almost everything was positive."

Training Ground:
"It was the second edition of the video game 'Guitar Hero' that inspired Eastep to pick up real musical instruments. The timing that the game demands helped him speed through learning instruments, he said."


New Lineup, new record and more things coming.... - lauderdale MySpace Blog:

"So it's 2009 and we've been pretty low key for a few months now.
The band has been rehearsing and recording with what I believe to be our strongest lineup to date. Along with Daniel's addition as second guitarist last year, we've recently added Ben Tanner on keys and Chris James (former Sons of Roswell) on bass. These guys both bring so much to the table and are valuable assets to the band. Lauderdale is a 5-piece band for the first time. I think it's safe to say I speak for everyone involved when I say that the new sound is better than ever. Tracking on the second album started last week and was a very pleasant experience. Because we all have jobs, school and families this will more that likely be a slow moving process. We will hopefully be able to put the record out early this summer. We'll keep you posted for sure. In the meantime, keep an eye on our show schedule, as we are planning on coming to your town this summer. We've added a few dates and will be adding lots more very soon.
and don't forget we've got several live shows available for free download at Thanks Russ, for putting those out there!"

Muscle Shoals Sound

Local music history documentary on tap | | Florence, AL:

"Muscle Shoals - Filmmaker Wallace Sears wants to go back to the beginning and create an accurate account of how the Shoals became a mecca of sorts for recording artists.

Sears, a former executive with Alabama Public Television and owner of In The Family Productions, is in the pre-production stages of a documentary tentatively titled 'Sweet Home Alabama - The Music of Muscle Shoals.'

'We will be concentrating on the '60s and '70s, when things really started and took off,' Sears said.

The full-length film will be geared toward a theatrical release and is being produced through a partnership with the Alabama Music Hall of Fame."

Athens, GA Sound

Pylon Guitarist Randy Bewley, R.I.P. | Pitchfork

Pylon on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads


Thursday, February 26, 2009

Snot out of the Noses of the Student Body

As one who teaches in supposed 'higher education' all I can say is 'amen'.

The issues outlined in this article are the same ones that are making me seriously reconsider my line of work.

The biggest bunch of whiny-ass-titty-babies you've ever dealt with.... especially in the 'for-profit' education 'companies'. Because they are far more a 'company' than they are a 'university'.

Student Expectations Seen as Causing Grade Disputes -

"“Many students come in with the conviction that they’ve worked hard and deserve a higher mark,” Professor Grossman said. “Some assert that they have never gotten a grade as low as this before.”

He attributes those complaints to his students’ sense of entitlement.

“I tell my classes that if they just do what they are supposed to do and meet the standard requirements, that they will earn a C,” he said. “That is the default grade. They see the default grade as an A.”"

"“I think that it stems from their K-12 experiences,” Professor Brower said. “They have become ultra-efficient in test preparation. And this hyper-efficiency has led them to look for a magic formula to get high scores.”

James Hogge, associate dean of the Peabody School of Education at Vanderbilt University, said: “Students often confuse the level of effort with the quality of work. There is a mentality in students that ‘if I work hard, I deserve a high grade.’ “"

S & A really expresses how I feel on the matter:

Scholars and Rogues � An “A” for effort

What a professor did do was launch a study to quantify just how much snot runs out of the noses of the student body. Ellen Greenberger found that two thirds of students surveyed said that explaining to a professor that they were trying hard should count towards a better grade. It will be great fun to see this horde descend upon the workplace in a few years time and tell their bosses that trying hard should be factored into getting a raise.

They’ve been coddled and told that they’re special for their whole lives. Here’s a lesson for the youth out there reading that won’t even cost one credit hour of tuition: you’re not special; you never will be special…at least not any more special than anyone else. A few of you are actually special, but you’re not bitching about how you should get an A for effort because you’re special. It’s a big, mean world out there and you’re going to have to take off the diapers someday. Or maybe you don’t think that you’ll have to take off the diapers, and that’s a more serious issue than whether or not a professor gives you the grade you expect.

And I've been on this side of the debacle too.

The professors, however, don’t get the worst of it. From what i can gather, the administrative offices at universities spend a silly amount of time dealing with this issue. Worse than the students are the parents who call to set things right for their baby and have been known to go so far as threatening legal action when the university isn’t being “fair”. If Mommy is still making phone calls on behalf of baby when baby reaches his twenties, we can safely assume that teachers throughout baby’s academic career have been hearing from mommy about how the family expects their baby to be treated.

"Unaware" my ass.

White House Watermelon Email From California Mayor Dean Grose Inspires Outrage:

"Grose confirmed to the AP that he sent the e-mail to Price and said he didn't mean to offend her. He said he was unaware of the racial stereotype that black people like watermelons."

Prez has been getting a lot of shit done.

NPR: The Obama Tracker:

"President Obama has kicked off his term by making key leadership appointments, carrying out an ambitious economic plan and laying the foundation for foreign and domestic policies. NPR's Obama Tracker charts significant events and developments in the new administration, and actions the president takes as he settles into the job."

I don't know what, I don't know where, but I do know that I want to go there and I want to play.

NSFW. Via Fugere.


Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Pork by any other name.....

How nice was it to have an actual President actually 'speak' last night. Barrack rocks.

The best part was when Richard Shelby scooted up to Obama when Obama was entering the hall. Shelby looked like he was apologizing in that special Republican way for the birth certificate gaffe and Obama graciously accepted the apology. Republicans in general last night upon Obama's entrance looked like a bunch of school girls trying to get in a hand shake.

Once you go Barrack....

Another reason Obama rocks:

"Dear President Obama": The President Reads 10 Letters a Day from the Public, With Policy Ramifications:

"Every day President Barack Obama is handed a special purple folder. The folder contains ten letters, and every day President Obama takes time to read them.

Are they from world leaders? From members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff? Members of the intelligence community?

No, these letters have been culled from the thousands the White House Correspondence Office receives each day from Americans who have taken the time to sit down and write to their president."

Your liberal media... not so liberal.

File this under 'no-shit'.

'Self-censoring' journalists gave visual nod to GOP: study:

"Journalists, so concerned with being accused of having a liberal agenda, will at times overreact by self-censoring themselves, resulting in more favorable coverage of Republicans, a new analysis of television coverage finds.

A book by two Indiana University professors details their study of the three broadcast networks' -- ABC, CBS and NBC -- presidential campaign coverage from 1992 to 2004. According to the analysis, the coverage favored Republican candidates in each election.

'We don't think this is journalists conspiring to favor Republicans. We think they're just so beat up and tired of being accused of a liberal bias that they unknowingly give Republicans the benefit in coverage,' said Maria Elizabeth Grabe, an associate professor at IU, who along with Associate Professor Erik Bucy, wrote Image Bite Politics: News and the Visual Framing of Elections. 'It's self-censorship that journalists might be imposing on themselves.'"


Torture Commission Senate | Salon News:

"'We have this American government, which has an architecture and a shape and a system that drives it and constrains it and that keeps it honest,' he said. 'And what happened is that the Bush administration figured out a lot of ways to tunnel through the walls and sneak over the fences. So now we need to go back and say, 'We have got to plant those walls deeper so you can not tunnel under them.' We've got to spotlight how they did it,' Whitehouse explained. 'The ultimate goal in this is to protect and enhance American democracy.'"


Republicans and Blue Dogs.... workin' on the important stuff.

House Reps Want To Ban Products That Beat Drug Tests:

"Hoping to ride on the tattered coattails of Alex Rodriguez, three members of Congress plan to introduce legislation to ban products intended to help a person beat a drug test. Republican Reps. Jean Schmidt (Ohio), Lee Terry (Nebraska) and Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel (N.Y.) make the argument, in a letter to colleagues, that if Rodriguez couldn't get away with using drugs, then neither should ordinary Americans."

At least be prepared with something?!? Jeez.

"This bill is full of pork. Bacon is literally hanging off the side of it. Pork, pork, pork, PORK!!!"

"Name one piece of pork"


Classic conservative noise. Sound and fury signifying nothing.


Nice site

Found Cameras and Orphan Pictures


Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Lots and lots of articles currently floating along the etherweb regarding the repeal of marijuana prohibition.

I wonder what's the over/under for this to become a reality. 10 years?

Daily Kos: Legalizing Marijuana More Popular Than Republicans Politics Done Right: Americans Growing Kinder to Bud

Could be sooner in California.

The very first month I lived in San Francisco back in '99 I went to see Tom Ammiano debate SF mayoral icon Willie Brown. Ammiano was on the city counsel but previous to that he was a stand-up comic. And he's gay, too. Willie isn't a slouch when it comes to a retort either. That was the most hilarious debate I've ever witnessed.

Tom is currently serving in the state legislature and he introduced this piece of loveliness yesterday. If California really takes the reigns on legalizing marijuana we could see it happen across much of the country much sooner than 10 years.

Calif. lawmaker introduces bill to legalize pot:

"Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, a San Francisco Democrat, introduced a bill Monday that if approved by the California Legislature would put pot on the same legal footing as alcohol. Adults over the age of 21 would be allowed to buy it, and driving under the influence of marijuana would be prohibited.

Under Ammiano's proposal, which has been endorsed by some law enforcement officials, pot would be taxed at a rate of $50 per ounce and bring an estimated $1 billion into state coffers."

Tough times call for the repeal of stupid Sunday blue laws.

Will the Recession Doom the Last Sunday Blue Laws?:

"A handful of state legislatures have declared it's closing time for Sunday alcohol sales restrictions, saying an extra day of sales could give their foundering budgets a much-needed shot of revenue. Those states - Georgia, Connecticut, Texas, Alabama and Minnesota - enjoy overwhelming voter support for an extra day of sales, but face opposition from members of the Christian right, who say that selling on Sunday undermines safety and tears apart families. 'During times of economic stress, our families are under enough pressure,' says Jim Beck, the president of the Georgia Christian Coalition. 'I don't think we need to add even more pressure to those families by passing this law.'"


GOP: ISPs, Wi-Fi Must Keep Logs For Police, Proposed Data Retention Law Covers All Internet Providers, Even Your Home Wi-Fi Access, To Combat Child Porn - CBS News:

"CNET) Republican politicians on Thursday called for a sweeping new federal law that would require all Internet providers and operators of millions of Wi-Fi access points - even hotels, local coffee shops and home users - to keep records about users for two years to aid police investigations.

The legislation, which echoes a measure proposed by one of their Democratic colleagues three years ago, would impose unprecedented data retention requirements on a broad swath of Internet access providers and is certain to draw fire from businesses and privacy advocates."

When is incest not really incest? When you're in Alabama, apparently.

Not blood related. Both of age. Yet, incest.

Two charged with incest - The Times Daily | Florence, AL:

"FLORENCE - An east Florence man and his stepdaughter have been charged with incest after their sexual encounters were reportedly videotaped and photographed, authorities said.

Heather Ann Montanez, 20, 3202 Huntsville Road, Florence, and 43-year-old Kenneth John Trieber, 4702 Huntsville Road, Florence, have been charged with four counts of incest, authorities said.

Incest is a felony in Alabama and can involve people who are not blood relatives. The law states that having sex with a stepchild or stepparent is considered incest."

The kids are all right.

Amid the grieving, a rare act of sportsmanship


Now this is some change I can rub one out to.

NSFW... so that means you really, really want to click.

Nude Carnival Queen, Viviane Castro, Bodypaints Obama On Her Leg (NSFW PHOTO)


Thank jeebus for science.


Sony introduces a new product. I've so got to get one of these. (dirty words. NSFW)

Sony Releases New Stupid Piece Of Shit That Doesn't Fucking Work


Monday, February 23, 2009

Yo-Yo Republicans

Richard Shelby is a fucking moron. He is lower than low.

There is a reason the best and brightest flee Alabama like the goddamn plague.

People say that Richard Shelby doesn't fuck goats, but I haven't seen a police report to confirm or deny, so.....

Richard Shelby, Alabama Senator, Questions Obama's Citizenship:

"Another local resident asked Shelby if there was any truth to a rumor that appeared during the presidential campaign concerning Obama's U.S. citizenship, or lack thereof.

'Well his father was Kenyan and they said he was born in Hawaii, but I haven't seen any birth certificate,' Shelby said. 'You have to be born in America to be president.'

According to the Associated Press, state officials in Hawaii checked health department records during the campaign and determined there was no doubt Obama was born in Hawaii."

Obama's birth certificate.


'Don't tell 'em you're bigger than Jesus...'. Unless you actually are.

Poll: Obama over Jesus; McCain crushes Palin:

"President Obama's broad public popularity continues with Americans naming him their number one hero in a new poll.

Obama is brand new to the poll, last conducted in 2001 by Harris Interactive. He vaulted to the No. 1 slot in front of Jesus Christ and Martin Luther King, who were ranked number two and number three respectively."

Hells to the yeah. Super train this entire country. I'd much rather kick back on a high speed train that have to deal with the airport.

Another area in which we are far behind the rest of the world.

Obama plots huge railroad expansion:

"Railroads made Chicago, and now a Chicago-rich White House wants to return the favor: remaking rail with a huge new federal investment in high-speed passenger trains.

The $787.2 billion economic recovery bill — to be signed by President Barack Obama on Tuesday — dedicates $8 billion to high-speed rail, most of which was added in the final closed-door bargaining at the instigation of White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel.

It’s a sum that far surpasses anything before attempted in the United States — and more is coming. Administration officials told Politico that when Obama outlines his 2010 budget next week, it will ask for $1 billion more for high-speed rail in each of the next five years."

I've never understood the concept behind a 'mileage tax'. Why wouldn't you just raise the gas tax. Wouldn't it be the same thing?

Obama nixes plan to tax motorists on mileage


Yeah, yeah, yeah boyz. Hip-hopping into further irrelevance.


RNC Chair Steele: GOP Needs "Hip Hop" Makeover:

"'There was underlying concerns we had become too regionalized and the party needed to reach beyond our comfort' zones, he said, citing defeats in such states as Virginia and North Carolina. 'We need messengers to really capture that region - young, Hispanic, black, a cross section ... We want to convey that the modern-day GOP looks like the conservative party that stands on principles. But we want to apply them to urban-surburban hip-hop settings.'"

My President.

Too funny.


I was pulling for Mickey Rourke last night simply because I wanted to see another acceptance speak like this one. (Dirty words used, so NSFW)


Friday, February 20, 2009

DBT Week in Review - 2/20/09


It is official! DBT is on Rock Band! Blogs - DBT on Rock Band - Official! - Drive-By Truckers MySpace Blog:

“Alt Country 01”
5-pack features a signature mix of alternative country sounds from
bluegrass and rockabilly to honky-tonk rock. The 5-pack includes “People Got A Lotta Nerve” from Neko Case’s soon-to-be released album Middle Cyclone (March 3, 2009), “Can’t Let Go” by Grammy winning singer/songwriter Lucinda Williams from her album Car Wheels On A Gravel Road (1998) and Steve Earl’s “Satellite Radio” from his album Washington Square Serenade (2007). The 5-pack also features “Three Dimes Down” from southern rock band Drive-By Truckers featured on the Brighter Than Creation’s Dark (2008) album and the Old 97’s live recording “Timebomb” from the band’s Alive & Wired (2005) album."

Pics from the 40 Watt shows by PKeener

Drive-By Truckers @ 40 Watt Club


Uncle Frank:


Not sure what this is all about but I know I've walked down the street singing this song before:


JI 400 dropped a new album this week. It is most excellent.

Check out Alabama Ass Whuppin's review of the self title record here:


And The 400 Unit | SONIC BOOMERS:

"Where does soul music go in this century? On the surface, it looks like straight to England, as rhythm & blues did in the ‘60s with the Animals, Rolling Stones and others. But artists like Duffy and Amy Winehouse, as strong as they can be, are more refraction than inspiration. They’re basically working with mirrors. Jason Isbell, on the other hand, is a Southern musician via the Muscle Shoals, Alabama scene, which gives him a pedigree that can’t be bought."

JI 400 - Seven Mile Island - Record release show at the Shoals Theatre:


Muscle Shoals Sound



I'm excited about this. Tolkien made me a reader.

The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun: New Tolkien Book Coming



Umm, douchebag-who-wrote-this, LS is a pretty heady band. Effin' Hack.

New Guitar Hero game misspells "Lynyrd Skynyrd" - Video Game Feature:

"Lynyrd Skynyrd might not be the world's most intellectual rock band, but at least they can spell their own name. Which is more than we can say for whoever designed the cover for the upcoming Guitar Hero: Metallica game."

'This bike is a pipe bomb' band sticker clears Memphis terminal :

"(CNN) -- A bicycle with a sticker advertising a Florida punk-folk band forced the evacuation of a Memphis, Tennessee, airport terminal late Monday afternoon, authorities said.

A pilot alerted airport police when he saw a bike with a sticker that read 'this bike is a pipe bomb' parked near the passenger ramps of Terminal C at Memphis International Airport, according to the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority.

'Terminal C ticketing and baggage claim at the airport were cleared out,' said airport spokesman John Greaud. 'A K-9 unit responded and found no explosive materials at the scene.'

'This Bike is a Pipe Bomb' is the name of a band based in Pensacola, Florida, and this is not the first time in the band's 12-year history the name has caused a commotion."

Political rapper talks about 'dark side of revolution':

"Felipe Coronel is, all at once, a Peruvian-born student of history, a thickly-accented New Yorker, a child of Harlem, and an incredibly well-read man. Better known by his stage name – Immortal Technique – he writes and performs some of the most politically saturated and emotionally charged music to appear in the work of any American artist since perhaps Bob Dylan, only darker and more raw.

Tech does not create music that is peace-oriented or anti-war. He does not create music about gang violence or the need for racial equality. Instead, he explores the history of all of these issues and shows, rather than tells, his listener why he believes we – humanity, America, African Americans, Latinos, et cetera – are where we are."

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Never Loved a Man - Muscle Shoals Idol?

Is there hope for the world via American Idol?

Wait, before you hit your back button and delete AAW's link from your bookmarks, hear me out.

Somehow my TV found its way to American Idol on Tuesday. As I struggled to change the channel, a little pixie of a girl appears on stage named Alexis Grace.

Then a very familiar organ part starts to play. Is this Spooner I says to myself?

Tis the begining of Never Loved a Man originally sung by Aretha and recorded with The Swampers:

I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Signing with Atlantic Records in 1966, the label's main producer Jerry Wexler got Franklin to record the blues song (written by Ronnie Shannon) in the famed Alabama music studio, FAME Studios, with the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. Franklin later says of her Atlantic tenure that "they just told me to sit on the piano and sing". Within minutes of Franklin's recording, Wexler knew he had a hit.

The song's recording was later marred because of a fight between Franklin's then manager and husband, Ted White, and a Muscle Shoals session musician after the musician was seen flirting with Franklin forcing Wexler to move the recording of more songs with Franklin in their traditional New York home studio where they had some members of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section flown to New York to record the b-side, "Do Right Woman/Do Right Man" and a number of other tracks.

Wexler then issued the record to radio stations, who ate up the song, which rose to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Franklin's first #1 hit on the R&B charts. It was also the title of Franklin's star-making Atlantic Records debut. Franklin would soon become a superstar after the release of this song. The song has since been called a pivotal moment in rock and roll. It ranked #186 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

No way this pixie pulls of this tune.... So I stay tuned.

Well, said pixie nails it IMO. Listen for yourself:

Muscle Shoals American Idol. They should have an entire show with nothing but American Idol.

Simon, call me. I'm ready to consult.


Somebody is a wee bit jealous that they've been replaced as leader of the Republican party.

Nothing better than a Republican cat fight.


Pat Robertson denounces Rush Limbaugh’s comments: He’s ‘not exactly thinking rationally.’


Republicans are running out of their base.

Tis pity.

Michele Bachmann: "We're Running Out Of Rich People In This Country"


'Should avoid having sex' but that's 'not realistic at all'.

She talks like her mama. Actually she makes more sense than her momma.

Palin's teen daughter wishes pregnancy came later:

"Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's 18-year-old daughter, an unwed mother, says teenagers should avoid having sex.

However, Bristol Palin acknowledges that abstinence is 'not realistic at all.'"

That's my girl. Now come to papa.

Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto 'dumped her secret husband after becoming a star':

"The star of Slumdog Millionaire has been hiding a secret husband whom she ditched after the film became a hit, it was claimed today."

Conservative ideology wrapped up in two letters 'Xe'.

Rebranding is all that is needed.

Blackwater to change name to 'Xe':

"RALEIGH, N.C. - Blackwater Worldwide is abandoning its tarnished brand name. Blackwater officials said Friday its family of two dozen business will now operate under the name Xe (zee), pronounced like the letter 'z.'"

It is getting so redundant, but.....

Legalized marijuana solves many, many a problem in this country.

Daily Kos: Marijuana Policy Has Helped to Doom California:

"In October of 2007, the Economist noted that marijuana has rapidly become a homegrown commodity that is far different from the imported-marijuana that many still assume makes up the majority in this country. It is more potent, and thus each plant yields far more cash. If you took just the plants that were confiscated in California in 2006, which likely makes up no more than 5%-10% of the home-grown plants and does not include the ready-for-use tagged and bagged product, there is more value there than in the 2006 yield from the entire Californian wine industry. We are talking about billions upon billions of dollars in tax revenue that is missed by the state of California. This is just California, not the other states rapidly producing marijuana, and not the federal government which suffers as a result of the states' suffering."

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Black People are Cool!

Oh so funny.

Nation's Blacks Creeped Out By All The People Smiling At Them:

"On behalf of black people across this nation, I would like to say to our white brethren, 'Please stop looking at us like that,'' said Brown University psychology professor Dr. Stanley Carsons. 'We're excited Barack is president, too, and we're glad you're happy for us. But giving us the thumbs up for no reason, or saying hello whenever we walk by, is really starting to freak us out.'"

Facebook did an about face on their crappy new terms of service. Good for the people who raised enough hell.

Here's some funny Facebook, though.

Tara Stiles: Help! I'm Addicted to FaceBook!:

"Haven't seen people you went to high school with in ten years or more? With Facebook it's no problem. Since you can view everyone's friend list as soon as you connect with one person, the floodgates open, and you're back in your hometown, for better or worse.

Want to see what people are up to but have no interest in really talking to them? No problem with Facebook. If someone has an open profile you can click around on their page like you are their BFF, seeing all their pictures, friends' comments, and status updates. You can locate exactly where someone is and how they're feeling today in 3 minutes or less."

It is nice to see Alabama articles in San Francisco's newspaper. Better than actually being there.

Sooie! Alabama college students eat BBQ for grades:

"The four spent January visiting some of the South's best barbecue restaurants for course credit from Birmingham-Southern College in a self-designed class that combines heaping mounds of meat with academics, all spread across five states."

....Is a world in which I wish to not exist.

ABC News: A World Without Chocolate?:

"Scientists say that now it is chocolate's sustainability that needs to be monitored. The Ghana-based Nature Conservation Research Center warns that chocolate may become as rare and expensive as caviar within 20 years."

Now, this is how you pitch an airport bitch.

A woman missed her flight at the boarding gate HKIA


Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Green Sports

Finally a little candor from the minority opposition.

RNC Chair Steele on his own party: ‘No reason, none, to trust our words or our actions at this point.’


Because privatization is teh AWESOME!

Pa. judges accused of jailing kids for cash


I'm baffled at what it is going to take to have a serious conversation in this country about legalizing marijuana.

There's not one strike against weed that couldn't also pitch past alcohol.

And the tax revenue could solve some of our current money issues.

And the beat goes on....

Latin American ex-leaders urge legalization of marjiana, end to failed drug war:

"The war against drugs is failing and the U.S. government should break with 'prohibition' policies that have achieved little more than cram its prisons and stoke violence, three former Latin American presidents said on Wednesday.

Former Colombian President Cesar Gaviria said there was no meaningful debate over drugs policy in the United States, despite a broad consensus that current policies had failed."

Sports should go green, allow pot smoking:

"Weed, the Breakfast of Champions."

Beautiful. Check out more pics in the article.

Mt. Rainier puts on a show!


Monday, February 16, 2009

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit's Self Titled Record Review - Due out 2/17/09

Release date: 2/17/09

Often an artist's 2nd album offering is called a 'sophomore' release with the unfortunate 'slump' following as the assumption is that the 2nd edition hardly ever lives up to an artist's 'freshman' debut.

However, with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit's upcoming, self titled record there's nothing 'sophomore' or 'slumpish' about it.

Its very difficult to apply 'sophomore' to valedictorian and DBT road veteran Isbell, a man made for grade skipping. Hell, Isbell is so smart he figured out a way to insert a coda track into the middle of JI400-self titled.

With roots firmly planted in the sticky Alabama red clay of Sirens of the Ditch, JI400-self titled takes on familiar themes and sounds but with variations and branches of freshness that are all at once exciting, informing and audibly, utterly delightful.

I personally title this record Bridges of Lauderdale County due to the excellent musical bridges that inhabit virtually all of the tracks on JI400-self titled.

The albums first cut, "Seven Mile Island, is a North Alabama geographical reference, an Isbell staple, and also serves as an ode to recently passed, harmonica extraordinaire Topper Price. SMI is full of texture and sound with tom-tom beats supplied by Matt Pence of Cento-Matic reflecting the Native Americans who once inhabited this stretch of land on the Tennessee River and the tinkling of keys by Derry deBorja which calls to mind the eddys that swirl around the banks of this damn produced isle.... and hand claps. I mean, come on, who don't like hand claps in a song!

The track 'Sunstroke', one of my favorites on the new album, contains a bridge which tom-tom tumbles the listener into the depths of the Tennessee River as Isbell sings "Tell me you walk on the water, now", almost a messiahistic plea to be saved, before releasing said listener to pop up to the serene, early morning glass surface of a river still asleep, but caught in a lazy dream as Isbell croons "And here it is morning for some folks". Again, the song is sonically complex and one that requires repetitious listening. Listen for the birds on this one. Good stuff.

"Good", an uptempo rocker rushes along as the protagonist in the chorus states 'I can't make myself be good, I wish I could'. A tornado coming after a petrified old tree. Another great bridge on this one that kicks the end of the tune up a notch.

"Cigarettes and Wine" is a long, tall drink of country. Grab a bottle and your sorrows on this one.
"Money and likker and lust, have taken my heart and my trust".

"However Long" is a rocker. Isbell and company take on the douchebags in our society and gives 'em all a lyrical middle finger. Love this tune:

"There's nothing that you can say or do to us to drown out this 'Amen'.
'Cause however long the night, The dawn will break again."

"The Blue" is another favorite. Bonnie Raitt would give her left teat to of written this back in her hey-day. But it wouldn't have been nearly as good without Isbell's vocals and the harmony that goes along with. As with "However Long", "The Blue" takes the bad and twists it on its head to squeeze some ever-living art/poetry out of it. Pence's rim shots in this song harkens to a metronome and a grandfather clock giving the listener the sense that there's all the time in the world and hardly any time left at all. The bridge in this song makes me want to spread my arms to the heavens and sway. And, it has one of the best lines in the entire album:

"Please dance, so I don't have to think...."

"No Choice in the Matter" is Muscle Shoals soul. Period. Muscle Shoals Soul taken out to the woods and distilled into a clear liquid. And there ain't a man or woman alive that won't relate in the nearest and dearest of terms to the story that is told. Actually, another one of my favorites and the bridge is... just goddamn. Good enough to sober up Winehouse... possibly.

"But you can't tell a man a thing. He's pickin' out diamond rings".

Oh baby, have I been there, done that.

"Soldiers Get Strange". This song will be on the iPod of every solider that has been to our country's twin hell holes of wars. A cathartic tune detailing the hell that war brings home in the form of PTSD. Good on Jason for writing this one.

"Streetlights" is a beautiful song. Another favorite. Something Mellencamp (the best of) about this song that I can't put my finger on. Much more complicated musically than Mellencamp, but there's something......

Lastly comes the terrifying 'The Last Song I Will Write'. Terrifying because before a listen to the story told, one may assume that this is a GBCW (Good by cruel world) song by Jason. Terrifying to think that Isbell wouldn't ever write another song. But, that ain't the case. It is only in the song.

Can't say enough about Pences' drums, deBorja's keys, Jimbo's thump, Lollar's guitar and backing vocals (Lollar also created the beautiful artwork for the album. He's a massive all-around talent) and Isbell's vocals that ooze so much soul it'll have you searching for the perfect biscuit to sop it all up with.

Kudos, boys. A stretch of success longer than a seven mile island lies ahead.

Update with promo video produced by Corey Hannah:

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit SHORT promotional video from Corey Hannah on Vimeo.


Friday, February 13, 2009

DBT Week in Review - 2/13/09

Check out some Daniel P. pictures:

February 2009:

"Don Chambers, William Tonks, David Barbe, Patterson Hood, Brad Morgan, Dave Marr, John Neff, Clay Leverett, Jon Mills @ Farm 255, Athens 2 5 09

Playing the Robert Osborne's 2009 Classic Film Festival Benefit"

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

A sort of homecoming | | The Times Daily | Florence, AL:

"The band recorded at FAME for one week in July and one week in August. Jimmy Nutt's NuttHouse Recording Studio in Sheffield was utilized for some overdub work, and some additional vocal tracks were completed at co-producer Matt Pence's Echo Lab in Denton, Texas.

'Matt played all the drums,' Isbell said. 'I've been wanting to work with him for a long time. He's an old friend and he's extremely talented.'"


Auto-Tune: Why Pop Music Sounds Perfect - TIME

If you haven't been listening to pop radio in the past few months, you've missed the rise of two seemingly opposing trends. In a medium in which mediocre singing has never been a bar to entry, a lot of pop vocals suddenly sound great. Better than great: note- and pitch-perfect, as if there's been an unspoken tightening of standards at record labels or an evolutionary leap in the development of vocal cords. At the other extreme are a few hip-hop singers who also hit their notes but with a precision so exaggerated that on first listen, their songs sound comically artificial, like a chorus of '50s robots singing Motown.

The force behind both trends is an ingenious plug-in called Auto-Tune, a downloadable studio trick that can take a vocal and instantly nudge it onto the proper note or move it to the correct pitch. It's like Photoshop for the human voice. Auto-Tune doesn't make it possible for just anyone to sing like a pro, but used as its creator intended, it can transform a wavering performance into something technically flawless. "Right now, if you listen to pop, everything is in perfect pitch, perfect time and perfect tune," says producer Rick Rubin. "That's how ubiquitous Auto-Tune is." (Download TIME's Auto-Tune Podcast from iTunes)


Live Nation, Ticketmaster deal gathers critics | Deals | Mergers & Acquisitions | Reuters:

"'It sounds awfully strange when you call up Ticketmaster at 10:02 and you're told all the tickets are sold out but TicketsNow has tickets. And TicketsNow of course sells them at a much higher price. And TicketsNow is owned by Ticketmaster,' said Schumer."

"Live Nation is the world's dominant promoter -- its acts sold 39.3 million tickets last year compared to 13.8 million for No. 2 promoter AEG Live, according to trade publication Pollstar. Live Nation has only recently begun selling tickets."

"Why are they doing this other than trying to take over a potential competitor?" he said. "Ray Charles could see what's wrong with this."

White Stripes to reunite for Conan's last N.Y. show - HAL - Hollywood's Aggregated Links on

"NBC has announced that the White Stripes will return to 'Late Night' for a special Conan O'Brien/New York send-off. Jack White and Meg White, who haven't played together since 2007, have appeared on Conan numerous times in the past, including a week-long stint in 2003, followed by a double-show performance during the 'Icky Thump' era."

Springsteen: Hard To Be A Saint In The Rock 'N' Roll City - The Blender Burner

How Wyclef Got Turned on to Springsteen's Survival Music


Estelle Bennett, member of The Ronettes, dies:

"NEW YORK – Estelle Bennett, one of the Ronettes, the singing trio whose 1963 hit 'Be My Baby' epitomized the famed 'wall of sound' technique of its producer, Phil Spector, has died at her home in Englewood, N.J. She was 67."

Blossom Dearie dies at 82; jazz and cabaret singer - Los Angeles Times:

"In the 1970s, she lent her voice to the children's educational program 'Schoolhouse Rock!' on songs, including 'Mother Necessity,' 'Figure Eight' and 'Unpack Your Adjectives.'"

UPDATE 1-Muzak files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy | Markets | Markets News | Reuters:

"Feb 10 (Reuters) - Music and entertainment company Muzak Holdings LLC, which is known for providing background music in stores and hotels, said on Tuesday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to restructure its debt."

Favorite Guitar Solos -- Scathing Reviews, Bitchy People:

"Anyway, a couple of years later, I opted to get the other 3 CDs from Slobberbone, and discovered the song, “Josephine” off their third album. I also found out this is a Mulehead cover. You can get it on iTunes. I have to thank the good people on the Drive-By Truckers’ Yahoo Group for getting me into these guys. The song is about a guy who is kind of a loser; because he tells everyone he loves Josephine. Everyone except Josephine. He can’t get the courage up to talk to her. His love and frustration is all over the guitar solo. In the words of Jenn Bryant, who manages the Drive-By Truckers website (and also the Slobberbone one), “The guitar solo in Josephine almost made me pass out.” Indeed."

N.J. Disc Jockey To Part With Jenny's Number:

"WEEHAWKEN, N.J. — After five years fielding thousands of calls to one of rock 'n' roll's most celebrated phone numbers, disc jockey Spencer Potter is hanging up on Jenny.

Her seven digits are familiar to anyone who paid attention to pop music in the early 1980s: 867-5309, immortalized by the band Tommy Tutone."

Thursday, February 12, 2009

TV Eyeball

Bust 'em up, Schumer.

Live Nation, Ticketmaster deal gathers critics - Reuters:

"Live Nation is the world's dominant promoter -- its acts sold 39.3 million tickets last year compared to 13.8 million for No. 2 promoter AEG Live, according to trade publication Pollstar. Live Nation has only recently begun selling tickets."

"Why are they doing this other than trying to take over a potential competitor?" he said. "Ray Charles could see what's wrong with this."

Republican zombie lie.

Think Progress � Rep. Steve Austria: FDR caused the Great Depression.

In recent days, conservatives have been trying to block the economic recovery package by arguing that government spending will wreck the American economy. As an example, they point to FDR and the Great Depression. Earlier this month, for instance, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) inaccurately argued that the New Deal “exacerbated the Great Depression.” In a new interview with the Columbus Dispatch, Rep. Steve Austria (R-OH) joined in:

When (President Franklin) Roosevelt did this, he put our country into a Great Depression,” Austria said. “He tried to borrow and spend, he tried to use the Keynesian approach, and our country ended up in a Great Depression. That’s just history.”

The Columbus Dispatch then notes, “Most historians date the beginning of the Great Depression at or shortly after the stock-market crash of 1929; Roosevelt took office in 1933.” As Dean Baker has explained, “Roosevelt’s New Deal Agenda lowered the unemployment rate from 25 percent in 1933 to 10 percent in 1937.” The economy turned bad again when the “Blue Dogs of the Roosevelt era won sway and got Roosevelt to cut spending and raise taxes.”


Way interesting read.

Vicky Ward: Esther Reed: How an Ordinary Girl Faked Her Way Into the Ivy League:

"'If you are looking for motivation for Natalie, her character is very much like Kate in Lost,' says Brushke. James Theriault was left wondering why she felt she needed to be anyone else since in his opinion 'she was quite bright enough to get into Harvard on her own...I can speculate that maybe she wanted to be somebody else.' Jon Campbell believes she is some sort of honey trap."

Driving should be so much more exciting in 10 years. Not only will we have to deal with people driving and talking on their cell phones.... they'll also be watching TV at the same time.


Contact lens TV in 10 years? : Christopher Null : Yahoo! Tech:

"Oh, the bother of having to be near an actual television when you want to watch a program! Researchers say those dark days may soon be behind us: Contact lenses that can beam video programming right into your eyeball may be just 10 years away from reality."

Haven't tried any of these new folks yet, but I bet they can't touch Memphis Minnie's.

MM's serves Sake with their Q.

Bay Area's new-school barbecue gives tradition a kick in the ribs


Sad, but inevitable.

The debauchery had reached a fevered pitch in the past few years.

City Insider : The end to Bay to Breakers as we know it:

"First it was Halloween in the Castro, and now this.

Organizers of the annual Bay to Breakers race, a 12K-run that starts at the Embarcadero and ends at Ocean Beach, have announced that this year there will be a major crackdown on the drunken, costumed revelry that trails the real runners.

For 97 years the race has traversed San Francisco -- most recently trailed by thousands of drunken (and often naked) participants pushing festive keg-toting floats.

It's one of those only-in-San Francisco events that attracts up to 100,000 participants. No longer.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Good Energy for Old Friends

Marsha sat on my thesis committee in grad school. We use to call her movement classes 'therapy' and there were times when I just hated going. Never after the class was over. You were always glad that you went when it was done.

Marsha is one of those rare humans who can put anyone at peace with just a look.

And one of the strongest people I've ever met. As the article mentions, I've seen her lift men well over 200 pounds.

Marsha taught me so much. Many of those things are just now starting to blossom.

This is hard to believe, but if there is anyone anywhere on this earth who can kick this challenge in the ass, it is Marsha.

The most difficult moves yet : : Greensboro, North Carolina:

"'You tell people that Marsha Paludan had a stroke, and you have to tell them twice,' says her daughter, Kari Paludan-Sorey, an opera singer in the Washington area. 'No one believes it. People think my mother is indestructible.'

In a place called WhiteStone, the teacher has become the student. This longtime master of movement strains to re-learn the simplest of motions that she once took for granted."

It is gonna take a long time purging all of these douchebags.

Goddamn Bush.

Bush gave dozens of donors jobs in final days of administration:

"They all work with President George W. Bush and were appointed to lucrative, obscure jobs by him in the closing days of his administration -- jobs that can pay as much as $3,000 an hour."


Really? - The Claim - Never Blow Your Nose When You Have a Cold - Question -
"Blowing your nose to alleviate stuffiness may be second nature, but some people argue it does no good, reversing the flow of mucus into the sinuses and slowing the drainage.

Counterintuitive, perhaps, but research shows it to be true."

I appreciate the sentiment but I wonder how successful a pot organization will be in boycotting a company that makes sweet and salty snacks.

They have a tall order a head of them.

Tough sell.

Pot activist organizations call for Kellogg boycott


And finally, as a response to 'David after Dentist'......

Chad Vader after Dentist


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Got to get a J.O.B.

A little visual perspective on the cluster fuck BushCo left us.

Job Loss Chart: What 3.6 Million Jobs Lost Over 13 Months Looks Like


A great quote from Obama last week.

AMERICAblog News| A great nation deserves the truth:

"We can't embrace the losing formula that says only tax cuts will work for every problem we face; that ignores critical challenges like our addiction to foreign oil, or the soaring cost of health care, or falling schools and crumbling bridges and roads and levees. I don't care whether you're driving a hybrid or an SUV -- if you're headed for a cliff, you've got to change direction. (Applause.) That's what the American people called for in November, and that's what we intend to deliver.(Applause.)"

Looks like the stimulus is near passage, and it ain't perfect due to out of touch Democrats like Ben Nelson, but as Obama said, and I paraphrase "Let's not make 'perfect' the barrier to progress".

Once you go Barrack, baby.....


Would someone please inform the corporate media that the Dems are in control.

This chaps my ass so bad.


GOP Lawmakers Outnumber Dem Lawmakers By Almost 2 To 1 In Cable News Stimulus Debate Again:
"Last week, ThinkProgress released a report showing that, in the debate over the House economic recovery bill on the five cable news networks, Republican members of Congress outnumbered their Democratic counterparts by a ratio of 2 to 1. The analysis tallied interview segments about the stimulus on CNBC, Fox Business, Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC during a three-day period, finding that the networks had hosted Republican lawmakers 51 times and Democratic lawmakers only 26 times."

Surely to make heads explode on all sides. Great move.

Obama appoints gay man to faith-based initiatives office.


As long as we have Wal-Mart and Toby Keith this could never happen again.

Nothing is permanent.

I love the 'rained hell' line. Would be a good band name.

Toxic Gases Caused World's Worst Extinction: Discovery News:

"Feb. 4, 2009 -- An ancient killer is hiding in the remote forests of Siberia. Walled off from western eyes during the Soviet era and forgotten among the endless expanse of wilderness, scientists are starting to uncover the remnants of a supervolcano that rained Hell on Earth 250 million years ago and killed 90 percent of all life."

This YouTube is called David after the Dentist.

It could be called JPW during his Dead Head faze.

We've all been there.

"I have two fingers". Classic.

"Why is this happening to me". If I only had a dollar.


Monday, February 09, 2009

Hot Koala

A simple question and answer for Senate Democrats:

Is George W. Bush President?


So I guess my grandfathers never had 'real' jobs at TVA. Wonder how those folks at NASA feed their kids since their jobs aren't 'real'.

Tom Steele and the Republican party: Babbling incoherent shite till the cows come home.

RNC chair: Only real jobs are those business creates:

"However, newly-elected Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele believes that government-funded jobs don't count as real employment because 'a job is something that a business owner creates.'"

Simple man.

A kiss is NOT just a 'kiss', apparently.

Kissing feels so pleasurable due to hormone surge, find scientists - Telegraph:

"Couples who share a passionate kiss this Valentine's Day will enjoy sensations of relaxation and excitement because of a complex series of chemical processes, as well as their love for their partners.

The study showed that women need more than just a kiss to experience the same chemical high as men - with additional features such as a romantic atmosphere of dimmed lights and mood music also required."

Of course they smoke weed. Eating a box of Krispy Kream-san is called 'training' for these athletes. : The Associated Press:

"TOKYO (AP) -- Sumo wrestlers with pot bellies, yes. Sumo wrestlers with pot? Now that's harder to grapple with.

In the past six months, four wrestlers have been kicked out of the ancient sport for allegedly smoking marijuana, creating the biggest drugs-in-sports scandal that Japan has ever seen.

Although three of the wrestlers who have been expelled from the sport were from Russia, the arrest last week of a 25-year-old Japanese athlete who goes by the ring name of Wakakirin for possession of marijuana has raised concern that use of the drug may be more widespread than originally thought."

In related and hopefully positive news:

White House: DEA Raids in Medical Marijuana States Will Stop


Our Aussie brothers and sisters and dealing with some very bad fires.

Aussie animals aren't having an easy go of it either:

Heatwave too much for koala to bear:

"Images circulating via email reveal a family sheltering in their home in Maude, between Melbourne and Geelong, when a koala walked onto their back porch and into the laundry.

Assuming it was distressed by the heat, the girl in the photos filled a bucket with water and — after a prod and a quick drink — the marsupial climbed in for a refreshing dip."

Friday, February 06, 2009

DBT Week in Review - 2/6/09

DBT! Blogs - DBT on Rock Band! - Drive-By Truckers MySpace Blog:

"3 DIMES DOWN will be included as part of the ROCK BAND alt-country pack which will also feature songs from Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Neko Case and the Old 97’s. In stores Tuesday, February 24th."

DBT on ACL 2/7/09 but check your local listings.

Also, on the PBS website a new interview with the band has been posted:

Austin City Limits - Drive-By Truckers followed by Ryan Bingham


"Warped Sister" [Stream] | Pitchfork:

"For Potato Hole, his first solo album in a really, really long time, Stax house organist and MGs frontman Booker T. Jones recruited the Drive-By Truckers and Neil Young as his backing band. Wisely, they don't shoot for the in-the-pocket grooves of the MGs: Very few groups, instrumental or otherwise, have ever sounded so preternaturally tight. Instead, on 'Warped Sister', the scratchy guitars churn steadily while the rhythm section chug away reliably. Trucker drummer Brad Morgan is crucial here: His beat is unflappable, and his cowbell guides the song through its false ending and out the other side. Despite the high-profile support players, Booker T. clearly takes the lead, opening with gigantic chords before coaxing out a surprisingly catchy melody from his organ. He gets so much texture and nuance out of his instrument that it sounds like it's actually forming words."

DBT fan living in Thailand sporting his DBT T-shirt and eating spiders.

Forwarding Addresses: Cricket Canap�s and Arachnid Amuse-Bouches


President's Penis is Missing


Late for Church


Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, 'Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit' (Lightning Rod) | Spin Magazine Online



Not good.

Ticketmaster, Live Nation may merge - Entertainment News, Music News, Media - Variety

This monopoly needs to be broken.

Lawmaker: Investigate Springsteen ticket sales -

"Pascrell wrote a letter yesterday to the Federal Trade Commission and the antitrust division of the Justice Department asking them to 'investigate the relationship between Ticketmaster and TicketsNow to ensure that the procedure for purchasing tickets remains fair to the average consumer.'

'There is a significant potential for abuse when one company is able to monopolize the primary market for a product and also directly manipulate and profit from the secondary market,' he wrote. 'The speed with which tickets were made available on Ticketmaster's official resale site raises questions about whether TicketsNow brokers were given preferential treatment.'"

Ya think?

Bruce Springstreen: Wal-Mart Deal "A Mistake":

"NEW YORK — The Boss is owning up to a mistake. In an interview with Sunday's New York Times, Bruce Springsteen says he shouldn't have made a deal with Wal-Mart. This month, the store started exclusively selling a Springsteen greatest hits CD."

Buffalo Springfield drummer Dewey Martin dies - Yahoo! News:

"LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Dewey Martin, drummer for the groundbreaking but notoriously feuding and short-lived rock pioneers Buffalo Springfield, was found dead February 1 in Van Nuys, Calif. He was 68."


"Duff McKagan of Guns N' Roses fame celebrates his 45th birthday today with a new job - a national financial columnist on a mean mission."

Eminem: The fall and rise of a superstar - News, People - The Independent


SF Gate: Jimi Hendrix, shown as an infant, spent his boyhood in Sa... (Authentic Hendrix, LLC) Multimedia (image)


Brain Itch Songs - GetBack:

"Go easy on yourself. You're not to blame. There's a name for the affliction, and it's called 'brain itch.' And the type of song that causes the brain itch? That's an 'earworm.' Dr James Kellaris of the University of Cincinnati has studied the phenomenon (for real). It seems the combination of repetitive words and unchanging melody makes for the perfect earworm. We're helpless against its power."

And just because I'm geeking on the movie and sound track: