Friday, October 30, 2009

DBT Week in Review - 10/30/09

Hardly Strictly 2009 - Video 1

Here is my first attempt at editing with the new camera. I suck, apparently. HD compression has got me baffled at the moment.

Audio spikes around 2:28 so be forewarned.

This is Gillian Welch, David Rawlings and Emmylou Harris performing Down to the River to Pray.



Cork Industries Presents:

An Evening with Patterson Hood (of Drive-By Truckers)

November 25, 2009 - Zodiac Theater - Florence, AL

Tickets are available at Pegasus Records, Billy Reid Clothing and online at

$15 Adv/$20 Day of Show. Seating if very very very very limited (you don't have to include all those veries, but there are only 150)

It's going to be very intimate with just Patterson and a guitar.

We'll probably have some of Byron Wilkes artwork on display behind him on the stage as well.

New video from Cracker with Patterson Hood - "Friends" - Americana and roots music - No Depression


Mrs. Swamp providing some sweet video from current shows.

Thoughts go out to dear friend Beth on this one:




Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Jason Isbell Sets Stage for “Cigarettes and Wine” | CMT Blog

Very special Mountain Stage show. - Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit's MySpace Blog |



Dexateens providing all of your spooky Halloween needs.

YouTube - The Dexateens present "Old Bryce" part 1 of 3

YouTube - The Dexateens present "Old Bryce" part 2 of 3

YouTube - The Dexateens present "Old Bryce" part 3 of 3


Will Johnson

Will Johnson with MOF at The Bridge School Benefit



"Put 'em in the Graveyard" - Marah's MySpace Blog |:

"In the past our band never played many new songs before records were 'officially' released. We always felt new albums/new songs were best absorbed as complete thoughts...records had sequence and rhythm, each song made more sense propped up by its fellow jams, and as the final guitars or bagpipes rang out you could feel like you'd been on a kinda rock & roll journey. We still feel that way. But...

Considering it's been such a long time since we shared a song and dance together we wanna put this out there for y'all...something new to enjoy and discuss while we wait for the other shoe to drop. We also promise that your $contribution will not be blown in some smoky pub but will aid us greatly in bringing a lot more 'unreleased' Marah music into the world this year. Think of the mix tape possibilities."

FAME Studios Revamps World Famous Studio - FAME Music Group's MySpace Blog |:
"In 2009 as FAME approaches its 50th Anniversary we still look to the future as we upgrade and reload our facilities and staff for the next 50 years. We have two studios both equipped with Analog and Pro-Tools gear. We are loaded with Most every plug-in imaginable. Neve 8232 console in one room, the other an Amek Angela. Record where Duane Allman, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Little Richard, Etta James and many more recorded.

Lastly, FAME is proud to announce the addition of multi-Grammy award winning engineer Tom Swift to our staff as chief engineer. Tom has worked with the likes of Eric Clapton, Don Henley, AC/DC, Miles Davis, BB King, to name a few. Tom is an expert in the art of recording both Analog and with most any DAW. So if you want to record in one of the best sounding rooms in the world. With one of the top engineers in the world, FAME is for you.

Like to have some of that 'Muscle Shoals Sound' without leaving home? Call us and we will setup an account for your recordings online. Want legendary bassist David Hood, to play on your track? No Problem."



Teenage folk singer Taylor Mitchell killed by coyotes in Canadian park - Times Online:

"A teenage folk singer hailed as a rising star in Canada has been mauled to death by two coyotes while hiking alone in woods during a solo tour. The attack took place as Taylor Mitchell, 19, was walking on a trail in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia."

Taylor Mitchell :: From Taylor's Mom:

I've noticed that the media have often mentioned that Taylor was hiking alone when the coyote attack occurred. I want people to know that Taylor was a seasoned naturalist and well versed in wilderness camping. She loved the woods and had a deep affinity for their beauty and serenity. Tragically it was her time to be taken from us so soon.

We take a calculated risk when spending time in nature's fold-- it's the wildlife's terrain. When the decision had been made to kill the pack of coyotes, I clearly heard Taylor's voice say, 'please don't, this is their space'. She wouldn't have wanted their demise, especially as a result of her own. She was passionate about animals, was an environmentalist, and was also planning to volunteer at the Toronto Wildlife Centre in the coming months."

Taylor Mitchell :: Taylor Mitchell Memorial Fund:

"The Mitchell family has set up a Memorial Fund in Taylor's name. It hasn't yet been decided exactly how the fund will be used but some ideas being discussed include: a yearly scholarship to a songwriting student at Etobicoke Shool for the Arts (Taylor's alma mater); a yearly prize for an outstanding young performer at the Canadian Folk Music Awards; a bursary for a young touring performer; a donation to charity.
Give her music a listen today to honor her and her talent.

Taylor Mitchell on MySpace Music - Free Streaming MP3s, Pictures & Music Downloads:


SFGate: Daily Dish : Death Dive Brought Boozy Creed Star Back To Life:

"A four-story fall from a hotel balcony in 2006 gave Creed star Scott Stapp his life back, according to the rocker himself.

As the third anniversary of his near-death dive comes around next month, the singer is back with the band he quit and insists he's born-again after years of binge drinking, substance abuse and womanizing turned him into a wreck."

I'll let Denis Leary handle by response to the above:

Denis Leary: No Cure for Cancer:

"We live in a country, where John Lennon takes six bullets in the chest, Yoko Ono was standing right next to him and not one fucking bullet! Explain that to me! Explain that to me, God! Explain it to me, God! I want it! God! Jesus! Now we've got twenty-five more years. Yeah, I'm real fucking happy now, God. I'm wearing a huge happy hat, Jesus Christ! I mean Stevie Ray Vaughan is dead, and we can't get Jon Bon Jovi in a helicopter. Come on, folks. 'Get on that helicopter John. Shut the fuck up and get on that helicopter! There's a hair dresser in there. Yeah, go ahead in there, yeah yeah.'

Google Reportedly To Launch Music Search Engine - News Story | Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV News:

"The project, possibly called 'One Box,' will reportedly use the popular sites Lala, iLike and others to stream songs based on user searches. The company has not commented on the possible announcement, and a spokesperson did not return requests for comment at press time.

Sublime - Punk Icons Perform Despite Legal Action Threat - Contactmusic News


Metallica's iPhone App 'Tap Tap Revenge' Rocks Out:

"LOS ANGELES — Headbangers will have a reason to steady their gaze a bit starting Tuesday, when rock band Metallica makes its way onto iPhones with a finger-tapping music app called 'Tap Tap Revenge: Metallica.'

In the game, players tap areas on the screen in time with the music, much like players strum or drum plastic instruments in video games such as 'Rock Band' and 'Guitar Hero,' except on a smaller scale.

The iconic rockers could probably make more money performing one or two shows live, with 10 playable songs on the game, including 'Enter Sandman,' selling for $4.99."

These are hilarious.

The Most Ridiculous Rap Lyrics Of All Time


I'm down.

And CrazySexyCool was a great album.

SFGate: Daily Dish : TLC star held record boss hostage:

"Watkins has now spoken about the band's past, admitting they once resorted to violence in a bid to claim their fair share of the profits from their hugely successful 1994 album 'CrazySexyCool.'

The singer claims the trio burst into a meeting between Davis and Sean 'Diddy' Combs, throwing the rapper out and threatening the record executive with guns.

She tells talk show host Mo'Nique, 'We held the record company, Clive Davis, hostage with guns. Guns with bullets. Because TLC had generated on 'CrazySexyCool' $75 million and they gave us $50,000 a piece and I was like, 'What the hell!' So, of course Lisa was the ringleader. We had a limo driver, and he was the getaway car."

Awww. Athens, GA.

Swampland:Spotlight On The Classic City: Athens, Georgia:

"Last week was a big week for the Georgia Theatre. They received their official approval to rebuild, and the Theatre released information on how to contribute to rebuilding this venerable music establishment.

Here's a link to the Georgia Theatre's fundraising brochure. Here's a link to the donation page at the Georgia Trust. Look for my recent interview with Theatre owner Wilmont Greene in a day or so."

Some French Chick Rock to finish the day.

Plastiscines - Barcelona


Thursday, October 29, 2009

All Hallows' Eve - Halloween, Y'all

Get your Alabama I-ain't-sceert on with The Dexateens.

Spooky Alabama Goodness:

"Directed by Paul Hanninen
Produced by Elliott McPherson
On Halloween, 2008, the Dexateens traveled out to 'Old Bryce', the abandoned Jemison Mental Hospital on the outskirts of their hometown, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in an attempt to conjure up whatever spirits might still lurk there.

They took their guitars, recording equipment, and a handful of songs.

Things did not go according to plan.
Part 1: In which we learn the history of the hospital, the band arrives at the hospital and performs, and plans go awry."

Part 2: In which a 2nd journey is proposed and carried out, another song is performed, and an unexplained encounter occurs.

Part 3: In which unexplained evidence is examined.

Excellent work, Dexateens!


From one of the scariest places on earth comes on of the most hilarious commercials you'll ever see.

I would not want to be haunted by the Ghost of Robert Lee.

Via JennB.

The making of contains more high hilarity:


Because Republicans are scary. Scary because it's truthy.

Obama's Declaration Of Swine Flu Emergency Prompts Pro-Swine-Flu Republican Response | The Onion - America's Finest News Source:

"WASHINGTON—Claiming that the president was preying on the public's fear of contracting a fatal disease last week when he declared the H1N1 virus a national emergency, Republican leaders announced Wednesday that they were officially endorsing the swine flu. 'Thousands of Americans—hardworking ordinary Americans like you and me—already have H1N1,' Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele said during a press conference. 'Now Obama wants to take that away from us. Ask yourself: Do you want the federal government making these kinds of health care decisions for you and your family?' Other prominent Republicans opposing Obama's declaration of emergency include Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, who urged residents of his state to continue not washing their hands, and radio host Rush Limbaugh, who made a point of dying of the virus during his show on Wednesday"

Oh, South Carolina. What would be do without thee.

Halloween in SC? Viagra, a few dildos, a stripper.... in a cemetery.

Police: Ex-SC lawmaker caught with stripper:
"A former South Carolina legislator has been fired from the state prosecutor's office after authorities say he was discovered in a Columbia cemetery with a stripper."

Happy Halloween!


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Behind the Curtains

Was it 'dead' or was FAUX News (with Conrad and Faucus) trying to kill it?

Don't think for a second that it isn't the latter.

Perfect example of FAUX as a political organ and NOT a 'news' channel.

Even more:

List of Pundits who Declared the P.O. Dead (more added)

And of course, the biggest asshole in the land felt he wasn't getting enough attention.

He should be stripped of his committees, stripped of his seniority, then kicked out of the caucus.

We. Told. You. So.

Lieberman Says He’ll Filibuster Health Care Reform If Public Option Remains


The Republican Party's National Slogan (with extra Rush douchiness)

So we stand by the fabricated quote because we know Obama thinks it anyway.


CIA misled Congress five times since 2001, say Intel Dems -

"The CIA misled Congress at least five times since 2001, according to Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee.

The Democrats said CIA officials had either lied or withheld information from Congress. They also said CIA officials did not fully inform Congress about the use of enhanced interrogation techniques during a September 2002 briefing, which would validate House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) claim that she was lied to about the program."

From May 14, 2009. See how is works? See the men pulling the strings?

Nancy Pelosi: CIA lied; Boehner: Who?: The Swamp:

"House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) held his own news conference afterward, and asserted that he strongly doubts that the CIA lied to anyone in Congress about interrogation tactics on which congressional leaders were fully briefed.

'I think the problem is that the speaker has had way too many stories on this issue,'' Boehner said today. 'She's posed more questions than she has provided answers...

'When you look at the number of briefings that the speaker was in, and other Democrat members of the House and Senate, it's.. pretty clear that they were well aware of what these enhanced interrogation techniques were,'' Boehner said. 'They were well aware that they had been used. And it seems to me that they want to have it both ways. You can't have it both ways.''"

By all truthful estimates, not more than 60-70K. About the same as the recent gay rights march. But that one didn't get covered on FAUX, though.

Another Conservative attempt to rewrite history. They really do suck.

House Republicans Pander To Tea Party Movement With Frivolous Resolution Inflating 9/12 Protest Numbers


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Better Things to Do

I think maybe for the first time in my life time....

Progressive won a battle?!? Check that. Progressive finally decided to fight a battle?!?

Hopefully this snowballs and they won't crawl back into their shell.

But, kudos, progressives, kudos. More, please. And if you could do it on your own without the progressive blogosphere having to whip the crap out of you every time. My arms are tired.

Durbin: Progressives Forced Our Hand On Public Option:

"Democratic leaders were forced to include a national public health insurance option as part of health care reform by progressive Democratic senators who refused to support anything less, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said on Monday."

This is a cluster that best not be repeated with the health bill.

Dems put off the application of the sweeping credit card reform passed earlier this year until the beginning of next year. Plenty of time for CC companies to mightily screw consumers in the mean time.

If reform bills are passed, then they should apply on day one.

Dollars and Sense : Who's the real deadbeat -- you or the credit card company?:

"* Levying extra fees on card holders who pay off their balance every month

Yeah, you read that last one right: next year, Bank of America is going to start charging people who pay off their balance on time. It's no secret that credit card issuers hate people who don't carry a balance -- 'deadbeat' isn't a complimentary term -- but this really adds injury to insult. Given that most Americans can't establish a credit history without credit card activity, it seems like establishing or maintaining a good credit history just got a little more difficult"

Then, you won't have to do this. Glad Dodd is doing it, but this shouldn't even be an issue.

Reform starts on Day One.

Dodd introduces bill meant to freeze credit card interest rates immediately - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room


A little too late Mr. Freedom Fries.

CongressDaily - Atonement


President McCain, I'm sure, will be on all of the Sunday blathering head shows to explain why consumer protection is teh suck.

It should be very apparent that with anything the Dems try to attempt, the Repubs will paint it as 'Gov't control'.

It is not like the telecoms don't have a monopoly as is.

McCain introduces bill to block Net neutrality | Raw Story:

"Republican strategy is to paint Net neutrality as government 'control' of Internet

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) introduced a bill in the Senate on Thursday that would effectively allow Internet service providers to slow down or block Internet content or applications of their choosing.

The move came the same day as the federal government decided to move forward on an official Net neutrality policy that would prevent ISPs from making those types of decisions.

The FCC's new rules would prevent ISPs, for example, from blocking or slowing bandwidth-hogging Web traffic such as streaming video or other applications that put a strain on their networks or from charging different rates to users.

McCain's bill, the Internet Freedom Act, would block the Federal Communications Commission from making Net neutrality the law of the land. The rule preventing ISPs from slowing down certain types of content would create 'onerous federal regulation,' McCain argued in a written statement."

Torture porn loving arseholes.

Though, what a great comeback.

Revealed: Like McCain, Bush is ‘Jack Bauer kind of guy’ | Raw Story:

"The actor [said], 'He grabbed me at a baseball game in the US. A big guy came up to me and said, 'Excuse me, the President would like to speak with you.' I went over, and it was George W. Bush, and he said 'Hey Carlos, when are you coming out of that coma? All I can do is watch that show of yours. Are you coming back?' I was like, 'You don't have anything better to do?'"

Because Jesus loves mountain top removal, poison water and polluted air.

That's how J-dog rolls. It is true. Corinthians 7-11.

Sen. Graham: ‘We need to use the coal that God has given us’ :

"Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) has announced that he is willing to support some form of climate change legislation, but only if the current Kerry-Boxer bill is overhauled to look a lot more like a traditional Republican program of energy independence.

'There will be no climate change bill with my vote unless you have offshore oil drilling,' Graham told Fox News on Thursday. 'I won't vote for any climate change bill that doesn't allow a dramatic increase in nuclear power. I'm not going to vote for any climate change bill that doesn't allow us to use our coal deposits.'"

Que Jimmy Hendrix guitar solo.

Inside The Tripper's Brain: Scientists Create 3D Maps Of Brains On Drugs (VIDEO)


Monday, October 26, 2009

Balloon Shrinkage

This is heart breaking. I grew up here.

Such a great, and old golf course. So many vivid memories.

Alas, even if it is bought it looks as if the course will be lost forever.

Sad day.

Florence Golf and Country Club, I hope ye shall remain somehow.

Country club up for sale | | Florence, AL:

"But its golf history is certainly unsurpassed in the Shoals.

According to Ross, the state's second oldest country club has produced around 80 golf scholarships.

And Stewart Cink, the reigning British Open Champion, grew up playing the course. He's donated money to the club in the past and is part of the ownership group.

During better times, the club sported more than 500 members and held one of the most popular invitational golf tournaments in the area."

They really just can't stand having a black prez.

So desperate they'll believe anything:

Fake Obama Thesis Story Goes Viral, Because Of Stupidity:

"Okay, let's get you up to speed on the incredibly true story about how a bunch of right-wingers got taken in by some satiric blog post on Barack Obama's college thesis, written ages ago, and frantically presented it as real.

Months ago, some blogger crafted a fake news story about how Time Magazine's Joe Klein had obtained ten pages of a thesis written by Barack Obama, in which he wrote about how the Constitution was 'inherently flawed.'"

The Obama administration is either genius how they are playing this, or shockingly incompetent/evil.

For the life of me, I can't figure out which, which makes me lean a bit towards the first option.

However, if the final bill does not contain a strong, no trigger, PO on day one, then there is no reform.

Sources: White House Pushing Back Against Senate Public Option Opt Out Compromise | TPMDC:
"Multiple sources tell TPMDC that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is very close to rounding up 60 members in support of a public option with an opt out clause, and are continuing to push skeptical members. But they also say that the White House is pushing back against the idea, in a bid to retain the support of Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME).

'They're skeptical of opt out and are generally deferential to the Snowe strategy that involves the trigger,' said one source close to negotiations between the Senate and the White House. 'they're certainly not calming moderates' concerns on opt out.'

This new development, which casts the White House as an opponent of all but the most watered down form of public option, is likely to yield backlash from progressives, especially those in the House who have been pushing for a more maximal version of reform."

When Democrats Attack.

No with more Awsum!

Rep. Alan Grayson Grills Republican Congressman On Constitutionality Of Anti-ACORN Crusade

Watch Franken slice and dice the nice wingnut lady (updated w/transcript)

Pelosi Calls Out Tenther Reporter: ‘Are You Serious?’:

" “Madam Speaker, where specifically does the Constitution grant Congress the authority to enact an individual health insurance mandate?”

Pelosi: “Are you serious? Are you serious?”

Listen here:

Pelosi is right to be dismissive of the fringe right-wing theory behind this question, which has no basis in the Constitution itself. Article I of the Constitution gives Congress the power “[t]o regulate commerce…among the several states” as well as the authority to “make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution” its power to regulate commerce.-Een ultra-conservative Justice Antonin Scalia acknowledges that these constitutional provisions give Congress sweeping authority to enact laws that regulate “economic activity.”"

All too often I feel exactly the same.

Balloon Juice � Blog Archive � Not for the Weak Stomached:

"This is the stupidest country in the world. Bring on President Palin. We deserve her."


Men who voted for McCain saw testosterone drop: study | Raw Story

: "WASHINGTON — Men who voted for Republican John McCain in last year's US presidential election saw their testosterone levels fall significantly when they learned he had lost to Barack Obama, a study showed Thursday."

You think Compton would be a tough place to live? Sheeeeet, it ain't got nothing on livin' in the NorCal.

I almost spilled a little wine when I read this.

Hot Air Balloon Hits Bicyclist On Napa Road -

The California Highway Patrol was at the scene of an accident involving a bicyclist and a hot air balloon in unincorporated Napa County.

The incident was first reported at about 9:30 a.m. on Henry Road at Dealy Lane west of Napa, near the Napa-Sonoma county line.

CHP Officer John Short said the bicyclist had possibly suffered a shattered ankle and lacerations to the neck, nose and hands. He did not have any other details on the incident."

Friday, October 23, 2009

DBT Week in Review - 10/23/09

Patterson Hood/DBT

"Patterson Hood and Friends - 'In the Air Tonight'

Performed by Patterson Hood, Jay Gonzalez, Shonna Tucker, Brad Morgan & John Neff

Recorded at Smith's Olde Bar (5/1/09) for 500 Songs For Kids which supports the Songs For Kids Foundation, Songs for Kids brings musicians to children's hospitals.

Please consider making a donation today!"


Patterson Hood: Driving Solo : NPR

THAT EVENING SUN is an amazing film that Patterson contributed original music for.

The film, THAT EVENING SUN has been winning film festivals the world over. It was written and directed by Scott Teems, stars Hal Holbrook (Academy Award nominee for Into ...The Wild) and is co-produced and co-starring Ray McKinnon and Walton Goggins (The Accountant, Crystal, Randy and the Mob). It has won about 8 festivals so far and is about to receive some wider release.

Patterson wrote and performed a brand new song called 'Depression Era' especially for it. He also performs a version of Jimmie Rodgers Blue Yodel #3 (I Hate To See That Evening Sun Go Down) which inspired the title. The film is based on a short story by William Gay."


Jason Isbell

Jason and the 400 Unit will be back on the road soon. I'll be seeing them in the beautiful Great American Music Hall. Looking forward to the show.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Shows


Jason recently performed for the first time on Muscle Shoals to Music Row.

The acoustic version of 'Try' is amazing.

Muscle Shoals to Music Row Live!


Thanks to Elliot McPherson from the Dexateens for turning me on to Vulture Whale from Birmingham, AL.

Vulture Whale | Birmingham, Alabama


Our girl Maddy is writing for her college's paper.

Check out some of her excellent work!

Vita Ordinario



Beth D (Lurleen) interviews CCR! Nice job, Beth!!

Jackson Free Press: Jackson, Mississippi - Music - Bad Moon Rises … Again:

"Creedence Clearwater Revisited formed in 1995. Tell me about that process.
A very good friend of mine, a great guitar player in Los Angeles, turned me on to Steve Gunner, who is our multi-instrumentalist, and then the guy that used to work for a company that I'd had a bass string endorsement with turned me on to his buddy John Tristao. I guess we'd auditioned five or six guys by the time we got around to John, and when we got to him, we just knew that he was the guy who we thought we could put the whole thing together with because he could really sing, and he could sing these songs especially well. There was no weakness. He could own them."

Hell yeah!

Music Stars Demand Records On Bush Administration's Use Of Music For Torture:

'We have spent the past 30 years supporting causes related to peace and justice,' read a statement from REM, 'to now learn that some of our friends' music may have been used as part of the torture tactics without their consent or knowledge, is horrific. It's anti-American, period.'

Added the hip-hop band The Roots: 'When we found out that music was being used as part of the torture going on at Guantanamo, shackling and beating people -- we were angry. Just as we wouldn't be caught dead allowing Dick Cheney to use our music for his campaigns, you can be damn sure, we wouldn't allow him to use it to torture other human beings. Congress needs to shut Guantanamo down.'"


The Superficial - Lil Wayne gets year in prison for gun charges:

"You know, just once I'd like to see a rapper get busted for something original besides the stereotypical gun charges. I understand it's part of their record contract to do time, but would it hurt to spice things up a bit? Maybe ride a tiger to Starbucks. Or, shit, fire white babies out of a cannon, I don't care. Just show me some zazz!"

Rock ain't rock without the fuck ups.

SFGate: Daily Dish : Wolfmother Star Slams Industry Drug Plans:

"Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale has criticized music industry bosses over plans to withhold pay from artists who are addicted to drugs - insisting the scheme will never work.

A coalition of record label chiefs, led by Marc Marot, former head of Island Records, want to place a legal clause in artists' contracts denying them wages if they are unable to perform due to substance abuse or self harm."

Surgery Left Phil Collins Unable To Play The Drums:

"HAMBURG — Phil Collins is drumming no more, for now.

The former singer and drummer for Genesis told a German newspaper that since he had surgery in April to repair a dislocated vertebra in his neck, he doesn't have feeling in his fingers and isn't able to pick up his sticks."

They were still together?

A-ha announces break up |

"A-ha is oh-ver. According to the BBC, the 25-year-old Norwegian pop group, famous for “Take On Me,” is splitting up just months after scoring a top ten album on the UK charts. The reason for the break up: The trio are quoted as saying they wanted to pursue “other meaningful aspects of life, be it humanitarian work, politics, or whatever else.”"

Enter the weekend with some James McMurtry:


Thursday, October 22, 2009

BSG OMG T&A - Frack Yeah!

Very powerful. He's a bit difficult to understand at times, so you can use the link below where a transcript can be read along with the video:

A WWII Veteran On Gay Marriage


Grayson nails it. Bipartisanship is for suckers. Compromise creates shitty bills. The American public overwhelmingly elected Democrats to implement their ideas. Those ideas shouldn't have to be tainted by any type of 'compromise'.

Daily Kos: Grayson: "Bipartisanship is a Weapon of Mass Distraction to keep us from doing what we need to do":

"Grayson: 'I think that the Democrats have been fooled now for months, by this, this fantasy of bipartisanship. Bipartisanship is a concept that's become a Weapon of Mass Distraction to keep us from actually doing what we need to do, to give people in this country universal health care, to give them affordable health care, and to give them comprehensive health care, because a lot of people find they get all the health care they need as long as they don't need any. And that has to end, that's not what America is entitled to, and that's not the kind of America most people want to see, but instead we get bogged down in these nuscances. I don't remember hearing a lot about bipartisanship when we were talking about tax cuts to the rich.'"

I'm damn near certain that if I played a game of 'got your nose' with Reid, he'd really fucking believe that I had his nose. Then he'd whine that he couldn't do anything until he had his nose back.

Reid has got to go.

Reid tells colleagues AMA led him astray, as 'doc fix' nears collapse -


When I'm broken down and I can't stand
Will you be strong enough to be my man?

Lie to me
I promise I'll believe


If anything happens, I'll become one militant liberal. Enough will be enough.

Secret Service under strain as leaders face more threats - The Boston Globe:

"WASHINGTON - The unprecedented number of death threats against President Obama, a rise in racist hate groups, and a new wave of antigovernment fervor threaten to overwhelm the US Secret Service, according to government officials and reports, raising new questions about the 144-year-old agency’s overall mission."

Death penalty is stupid.

Study: Ending death penalty could save states millions | Raw Story:
"WASHINGTON — Even when executions are not carried out, the death penalty costs US states hundreds of millions of dollars a year, depleting budgets in the midst of economic crisis, a study released Tuesday found.

'It is doubtful in today's economic climate that any legislature would introduce the death penalty if faced with the reality that each execution would cost taxpayers 25 million dollars, or that the state might spend more than 100 million dollars over several years and produce few or no executions,' argued Richard Dieter, director of the Death Penalty Information Center and the report's author.

'Surely there are more pressing needs deserving funding,' he wrote, noting that execution was rated among the least effective crime deterrents."

One of the starkest images I've seen regarding how badly we are trashing the place.

Daily Kos: The albatross around all our necks


Frack yes! Thank you Gods of Kobol.

NSFW, kinda.

The Superficial - Tricia Helfer & Grace Park do Maxim


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Iconic Atlantis

You can definitely kill some time with this website.

Iconic Photos



ThinkGeek :: Design geeky pumpkin template, win Tauntaun Sleeping Bag


Always good to double-check your settings.

Facebook privacy: a guide - Ars Technica



What to Expect When You're Expected by David Javerbaum, G.E.D. - Trade Paperback - Random House:

"• “My mother just took a sip of white wine. Am I going to end up looking like some Chernobyl baby now?”

Yes, Francis, sea levels do rise.

Lost Greek city that may have inspired Atlantis myth gives up secrets | Science | The Guardian:

"'There is now no doubt that this is the oldest submerged town in the world,' said Dr Jon Henderson, associate professor of underwater archaeology at the University of Nottingham. 'It has remains dating from 2800 to 1200 BC, long before the glory days of classical Greece. There are older sunken sites in the world but none can be considered to be planned towns such as this, which is why it is unique.'""

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Really Friendly Skies

Yep, there's an asshole for that:


If Republicans came up with 'Grab a Mop' you'd see it plastered everywhere. Such a great political slogan to slap your opponents with.

Of course the Dems came up with it and you haven't heard it uttered since Obama said it.

Great stuff. Too bad they aren't willing to use it.

Obama To Critics: Don't Tell Me I'm Holding The Mop The Wrong Way:

"On Thursday night at a DNC fundraising dinner in San Francisco, President Obama took a new analogy in addressing his critics. 'Another way of putting it is when, you know, I'm busy and [Speaker] Nancy [Pelosi]'s busy with our mop cleaning up somebody else's mess -- we don't want somebody sitting back saying, you're not holding the mop the right way.' Obama paused for applause. 'Why don't you grab a mop, why don't you help clean up.'

Obama continued riffing -- 'You're not mopping fast enough. That's a socialist mop' -- but sobered up quickly. 'Grab a mop -- let's get to work.'"

The United States of America. Where the best ideas are always dismissed before even being considered.

Our news media sucks.

It's All In The Framing: NY Times Admits Shutting Out Single Payer Coverage | Crooks and Liars:

"Ever wonder why the single most sensible, economical and democratic way to provide health care to every person in the US was never really mentioned in the rhetoric whirlwind of public options, opt-outs, co-ops, triggers and free market embracing?

Part of the reason why is that the media refused to mention it:

The media analysis group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) issued an action alert September 22 titled 'NYT Slams Single-Payer' that described lopsided reporting in a New York Times article about 'Medicare for all,' a form of a single-payer health care system. FAIR noted that the article, titled 'Medicare for All? ‘Crazy,’ ‘Socialized’ and Unlikely', laid out a list of arguments against single-payer while failing to include any balancing responses from the option's supporters."

It is an ugly, ugly world in which they live.

Democracy Corps � The Very Separate World of Conservative Republicans


Softball campaign promise kept.

I think I may need to go for a little doctors visit soon.

AP Newsbreak: New medical marijuana policy issued:

"WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration will not seek to arrest medical marijuana users and suppliers as long as they conform to state laws, under new policy guidelines to be sent to federal prosecutors Monday.

Two Justice Department officials described the new policy to The Associated Press, saying prosecutors will be told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state laws.

Reeaalllly, now. Did not know this, but damn good to know.

Revealed: Two California airports allow passengers to fly with pot:

"A little noticed policy at two California airports allows properly qualified passengers to fly the friendly skies carrying up to a half pound of marijuana, news agencies revealed Friday.

'The policy [at Oakland International Airport] is spelled out in a three-page document quietly enacted last year by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office,' Mercury News reported. 'It states that if deputies determine someone is a qualified patient or primary caregiver as defined by California law and has eight ounces or less of the drug, he or she can keep it and board the plane.'"

Just a matter of time.

How's about we really start pushing hemp growth to aid our farmers, too.

But, I guess once the hard stuff is legal, no road blocks will remain to growing the industrial stuff.

Gallup poll finds record support for legalizing marijuana:

"New data from U.S. polling firm Gallup shows nearly half of Americans -- a record number -- are in support of legalizing and taxing marijuana for recreational use by adults."


21 Awful Tattoos and What They Say About You | Sloshspot Blog


Monday, October 19, 2009

Wild Kingdom

AAW Animal edition.


Heating Plant BURNS BUNNIES To Warm Swedes



Meghan McCain Twitpic: Blogger Threatens To Quit Twitter Over Tank Top Pic Drama (SEE PHOTO HERE)



9 Weirdest-Looking Animals You Didn't Know Existed (PHOTOS)



Daily Kos: Harry Reid abdicates his leadership role:

"Republican filibuster? Democrats have 60 votes. There is no Republican filibuster, just a Democratic one. The problem is Reid's inability to keep his caucus together. His office can't even be honest about Reid's leadership failures. Fucking liars.

I'll take a Chuck Schumer-run Senate with 57 Democrats (bye bye Reid, Lieberman, and Lincoln) than a Harry Reid-run one with 75 Democrats."


(Classis racist denial-nondenial: I'm not racists, I just don't think races should mix. Piles of black friends, woot!)

Interracial couple denied marriage license in La.:

"NEW ORLEANS – A Louisiana justice of the peace said he refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple out of concern for any children the couple might have. Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace in Tangipahoa Parish, says it is his experience that most interracial marriages do not last long.

'I'm not a racist. I just don't believe in mixing the races that way,' Bardwell told the Associated Press on Thursday. 'I have piles and piles of black friends. They come to my home, I marry them, they use my bathroom. I treat them just like everyone else.'"


Why Fox News Is Un-American | Newsweek Newsweek Voices - Jacob Weisberg |

"Any news organization that took its responsibilities seriously would take pains to cover presidential criticism fairly. It would regard doing so as itself a test of integrity. At Fox, by contrast, complaints of unfairness prompt only hoots of derision and demands for 'evidence' that, when presented, is brushed off and ignored.

There is no need to get bogged down in this phony debate, which itself constitutes an abuse of the fair-mindedness of the rest of the media. One glance at Fox's Web site or five minutes' random viewing of the channel at any hour of the day demonstrates its all-pervasive slant. The lefty documentary Outfoxed spent a lot of time mustering evidence that Fox managers order reporters to take the Republican side. But after 13 years under Roger Ailes, Fox employees skew news right as instinctively as fish swim."

Great American Cooter Brown.


Friday, October 16, 2009

DBT Week in Review - 10/16/09

Damn laptop committed harakiri this morning. Luckily, a trip to Best Buy produced a bad ass 300 dolla replacement. Last one. Whew! $300. Yes, I am laughing the laugh of a man who feels like he just stole something.




Heavy and Hanging on Criminal Minds


DBT Lore.

Ford razes long-empty die cast site | | The Times Daily | Florence, AL:

"The area's unemployment rate exploded to near 20 percent when Ford ceased operation. That was followed by the discovery of contaminants in the groundwater near the plant and several lawsuits from workers and nearby residents who claimed the operation led to them contracting cancer or devalued their property. The environmental concerns were largely linked to the cleaning solvent Ford used in its manufacturing process."

Jason Isbell

"Jason Isbell Muscle Shoals to Music Row, October 15th at 8pm at The Marriott Conference Center. Tune into KIX 96 FM or to listen live!
Muscle Shoals to Musc Row Live!

Shoals musicians guide new generation of artists | | The Times Daily | Florence, AL:
Jason Isbell still remembers the advice Barry Billings gave him nearly 15 years ago when he was a kid hoping to break into the Shoals music scene."


Lake Fever Sessions - The Dexateens


Road-trip mix-tape | Music | The A.V. Club:

"But if I must avoid both repeating myself and getting overtly personal, I’d say you want to have a copy of “Take Me To The Speedway” from the Dexateens’ Red Dust Rising album. Here’s where you’re going to want to trigger this one: Assuming you’re taking the most direct route from Seattle to Nashville, you’ll find yourself at some point on the I-24, passing through Kentucky. You’ll also find yourself a mite peckish, and you’ll stop somewhere—maybe a grocery store, maybe a truck stop or a gas station—to get some quick focus via a Coke and some jerky. Walk back to your car. Feel that little frisson on your skin and at the base of your brain that tells you that you’re really in the South now, and that means you’re in another country. Get in the car, give your navigator a little wink, and put on “Take Me To The Speedway.” Then you’ll know."


They Might Be Giants' "Flood": Track by Track Guide to the Geek-Chic Breakthrough : Rolling Stone

Instead of Retiring, Carly Simon Is Suing Her Label -

The Most Annoying Songs Of All Time: Pick The Worst! (VIDEO)


Vote for Steve!

Vote Trash for Green Jobs Czar!:
"Please cast your vote for Steve Trash for Green Jobs Czarof the United States!"

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Science Friction

Got that? Your religion is predetermined but you choose to be gay.


Conservatives love to torture people and logic.

Religion is not a choice but being gay is, GOP leader’s spokesman says:

"You were born a Christian, not born gay. Religion is not a choice."

Should have been more angry and less colorful.... and WAY too literal on the tea bagging.

Stewart calls out Fox News for ignoring gay rights march :

"Fox didn't even send a camera crew.

'You didn't even send your own camera crew?' Stewart exhorted. 'You have a Washington bureau. Tell them to go the window and point the camera down. Gay people aren't vampires. They show up on camera.'"

And while we are at it.... In news of 'no-shit':

Eric Boehlert: Memo To The Media: Fox News Is Now the Opposition Party:

"Fox News has changed the rules. Now the press needs to change the way it covers Fox News.

Rupert Murdoch's cable cabal is now, first and foremost, a political entity. Fox News has transformed itself into the opposition party to the Obama White House, which, of course, is unprecedented for a media company in modern day America. That partisan embrace means the news media have to expand beyond typing up Fox News-ratings-are-up and the White-House-is-angry stories, and it needs to start treating the cable channel for what it is: a partisan animal."

Pretty freakin' cool, but as any good science fiction geek knows, the future can not change the past. Whatever has happened, has happened and can not be changed.

Essay - The Collider, the Particle and a Theory About Fate -

"No, I’m talking about the notion that the troubled collider is being sabotaged by its own future. A pair of otherwise distinguished physicists have suggested that the hypothesized Higgs boson, which physicists hope to produce with the collider, might be so abhorrent to nature that its creation would ripple backward through time and stop the collider before it could make one, like a time traveler who goes back in time to kill his grandfather."

We are not the coolest kids on the block anymore. Why, oh, why can't we be out in front on new energy.

Hive Electricity: The Coming Energy Revolution - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

  • Carmaker Volkswagen, together with ecologically friendly energy utility Lichtblick, wants to install 100,000 mini power plants directly in consumers' homes. Demand for the system has been strong from day one.

  • Car parts maker Bosch acquired solar cell manufacturer Ersol in 2008 and, rumors suggest, is currently working to design a solar-powered car.


RIP, Lou. I wonder if he'll be buried with the rubber bands.

Captain Lou Albano, legendary WWF-era wrestling manager and Cyndi Lauper video star, dies at 76


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Splainin' to Do

Love this guy.

Daily Kos: Alan Grayson Launches:


Free speech, y'all.

It must be hell to work for Secret Service these days.

Federal authorities investigating anti-Obama Nazi message on Massachusetts golf course.


At least they are spreading some of their hate to some of their own.

WTF is wrong with these people.

Lindsey Graham Faces Tea Party Fury: "Traitor," "Democrat In Drag," "Half-A-Sissy" (VIDEO):

"Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) faced an eruption of rage from Tea Party activists at a town hall meeting Tuesday for his decision to work with Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) on climate change and clean energy legislation."

Lying liars.

New RNC Website Claims Jackie Robinson As “GOP Hero” — But He Was Indy Who Condemned GOP’s Racial Tactics | The Plum Line:

"What’s more, Robinson was appalled by what the Republican party had become in 1964, when Barry Goldwater won the nomination over Rockefeller. In his autobiography he described his reaction to the that year’s GOP convention as follows::

That convention was one of the most unforgettable and frightening experiences of my life. The hatred I saw was unique to me because it was hatred directed against a white man. It embodied a revulsion for all he stood for, including his enlightened attitude towards black people.

A new breed of Republicans had taken over the GOP. As I watched this steamroller operation in San Francisco, I had a better understanding of how it must have felt to be a Jew in Hitler’s Germany."

I may bitch and moan about inaction and policy, but it still thrills me that we have a baller in the WH.

Support Our Hoops: President Obama Hits The BBall Court | TPM Photo Galleries:

"Bill Clinton had his saxophone. JFK was an avid sailor. FDR collected stamps. These days, President Barack Obama has made basketball the First Hobby. From pick-up games with White House staffers to appearances at Washington Wizards games, the President has found plenty of ways to partake in his favorite pastime, in between that whole 'leading the free world' thing. Even his Cabinet is mostly made up of former players, something that caused President Obama to joke that he's put together 'the best basketball-playing Cabinet in American history.' Here, the President tries to block a shot while playing with Reggie Love at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York on September 23, during the UN General Assembly."

Lot's of good folks down there.... more need to write letters to the editor.

Explanations please | | The Times Daily | Florence, AL:

"Can someone please tell me why some folks don't mind spending taxpayer money when it comes to subsidizing private companies, farms or contracting out Government work to private companies, but have a meltdown if the Government (that's us taxpayers) wants to 'compete?'

Can someone explain why a public option for insurance freaks the Republicans out, but dismantling the Glass-Steagall Act and opening up a world of options for their wealthy cohorts on Wall Street to rip the fabric right out of middle class America didn't?

Finally, can anyone explain why the debt we leave our children matters more than how they will pay that debt? We accept longer hours, less pay and hope and pray we can hang on to our company health care plan. What kind of option is that for their future?

Support health care reform.

Pat Roemer



Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Net Neutrality

If M and H posted everyday, I just might keep a hard link at the top of each of my posts.

They are that good.

Margaret and Helen:

"Dick Cheney has had four heat attacks. He underwent four-vessel coronary artery bypass grafting in 1988, coronary artery stenting in November 1994, and urgent coronary balloon angioplasty in December 1994. He has been treated for popliteal artery aneurysms, deep-vein thrombosis, atrial fibrillation, and most recently back problems. I wonder what his out-of-pocket expenses were. I wonder if he even cares?

Universal Healthcare in the wealthiest country on earth should have been a no brainer. And speaking of a no brainer…"

'Cause one post just isn't enough.

Michele Bachmann’s wheel is still spinning, but the hamster is dead. � Margaret and Helen:

"Margaret, I know it has been a few years since we last made the trip across the pond, but I was wondering if anyone is still alive in Europe? I watched a little bit of Fox News this weekend and I’m afraid everyone in Europe might have died from lack of access to healthcare. What a shame. They had such delicious food and beautiful art."

Telecoms are coming out swinging on Net Neutrality. Our job is to keep the heat on our Congress people.

Net Cemetery | The New Republic:

"This kind of discrimination threatens one of the most distinctive features of the Internet: the fact that there is no easy way to discriminate among different kinds of content, just as the electrical grid doesn’t ask whether your TV set is made by Sony or Panasonic. But, in recent years, that distinctive feature has been threatened. We now live in a world where the technology for watching what people do with their data packets is sophisticated enough to give a company like Comcast the ability to decide which packets can be shuffled into slower or faster traffic lanes, depending on what its business model dictates. And, in addition to having the technical ability to discriminate, Internet providers now have the legal authority to do so. In the 2005 Brand X decision, the Supreme Court ruled that cable broadband providers were not a 'telecommunications service' but an 'information service,' and, therefore, were freer to keep competitors off the network."

Nothing to see here, folks.

Dawn Teo: "Kill Obama" Painted On Phoenix-Area Campaign Signs


Good Democrat. Good boy!

Rep. Skelton To Rep. Akin: "Stick It Up Your Ass":

"WASHINGTON — Show me some civility, Republicans cried Friday after a Missouri congressman speaking on the House floor was caught on microphone apparently cussing out a fellow Missourian.

Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton, D-Mo., had just finished addressing his Republican colleague Todd Akin Thursday.

Skelton then turned to the side and muttered 'stick it up your ass.'"

Violent encounter. Check. Regrettable sex. Check.

Study urges parents to give kids booze allowance | Raw Story:

"LONDON — Parents should give their teenage children a weekly alcohol allowance at home, to help them avoid falling into the country's notorious binge-drinking culture, a study recommended Friday.

It said banning teenagers from drinking alcohol risked pushing them to buy cheap booze on the street and get into more trouble.

Health authorities have long sought to promote a more 'continental' European attitude to drinking, as opposed to the heavy boozing which brings chaos to many town centres on weekend nights.

The result of the drinking culture was reflected in the new study's findings: some 30 percent of teenagers surveyed said they have experienced violence while drunk, and 12.5 percent reported having had sexual encounters they regretted."

A website for liars. Aren't there about a billion of these in existence? Tell The World Where, How You Had Sex (PHOTOS)


Monday, October 12, 2009

Nobel Terror

What a terrible thing to happen to the President and the U.S. Just awful.

This might be worse than 9/11.

Sorry... been watching too much conservative commentary lately.

Fucking 'peace'. Peace is for pussies.

President Barack Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize:

"'He got the prize because he has been able to change the international climate,' Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland said. 'Some people say, and I understand it, isn't it premature? Too early? Well, I'd say then that it could be too late to respond three years from now. It is now that we have the opportunity to respond — all of us.'"

One wonders how this played with Rush's base in lower America.... but I think we know the answer to that one.

Hypocrisy knows no bounds.

Limbaugh on Obama’s Nobel: ‘We all agree with the Taliban’ :

"Republicans and right-winger have been working overtime to find ways to use Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize as ammunition against him. None, however, has gone quite as far as radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, who proclaimed on Friday that 'we all agree with the Taliban.'"

Never fear, though. The Dems have a Hammer now.

Send out The Hammer (not one of those fake ass, indicted, Congress quitting, dance show quitting, Owned by China Texas hammers).

Grayson: GOP wishes there were Nobel prize for ‘fear, hatred, racism’ | Raw Story:

"'They understand that if Barack Obama were somehow able to cure hunger in the world, the Republicans would blame him for overpopulation,' Grayson continued. 'They understand that if Barack Obama were to somehow bring about world peace, they would blame him for destroying the defense industry. In fact they understand that if Barack Obama had a BLT for lunch tomorrow, they would try to ban bacon.'"

Even the DNC gets in on the act.

Is it to early to hope that the Dems have learned how to play this game?

DNC: Steele And GOP Have Thrown In Their Lot With The Terrorists By Criticizing Obama’s Nobel | The Plum Line

The Republican Party has thrown in its lot with the terrorists — the Taliban and Hamas this morning — in criticizing the President for receiving the Nobel Peace prize. Republicans cheered when America failed to land the Olympics and now they are criticizing the President of the United States for receiving the Nobel Peace prize — an award he did not seek but that is nonetheless an honor in which every American can take great pride — unless of course you are the Republican Party. The 2009 version of the Republican Party has no boundaries, has no shame and has proved that they will put politics above patriotism at every turn. It’s no wonder only 20 percent of Americans admit to being Republicans anymore – it’s an embarrassing label to claim.

Why do they hate America so?



Jealous, much?


First sentence, first paragraph:

"In reference to the health care the president wants for us, I do not want his program."

Last sentence, last paragraph:

"And God knows what their plan is."

She doesn't want what she doesn't know and she'll make up any 'fact' to prove that she doesn't want what she doesn't even have a clue about. But somebody brown is offering it, therefore it must be scary as fuck.

Classic Conservatism.

They want to take it away | | The Times Daily | Florence, AL:
"In reference to the health care the president wants for us, I do not want his program. He wants to destroy the Medicare supplemental policies we can purchase now. I am satisfied with what these companies furnish.

If you have Blue Cross and Blue Shield or any other supplement he wants that taken away. He wants to destroy the insurance companies.

He is cutting Medicare now. He wants the money we purchase insurance with so he can be in control of you and me. If you pay attention to what is going on, his plan is to take charge of one-sixth of the economy (which is health care).

Social Security is in trouble, so is Medicare. Please do not let him in charge of health care.

If they would give us the same coverage the Congress and the Senate have or the same care the president and his family have I would not object. Instead they want to take away what we have now. And God knows what their plan is.

Dorothy Treadwell


Might Alan have a word with you, Dorothy?


And Christians everywhere stick fingers in ear holes and begin a loud chorus of 'I can't hear you'.

Italian group claims to debunk Shroud of Turin


Bogus #2 ranking. You don't get anymore political engaged than San Francisco. Now way, no how.

City Insider : You'll never believe why we're only the 2nd smartest city in America

We scored points, naturally, for being "a world-class technology hub" and the wealth of college and graduate degrees among our populace. But the analysis continues, "The Bay Area only fell short of No. 1 because of a relatively low score in political engagement, undercutting the reputation of this notorious activist hotspot."

Awesome it is.

"Awesome" photo a hit for Westminster birder - The Denver Post


Friday, October 09, 2009

DBT Week in Review - 10/9/09

I'm swamped, y'all!

Not much DBT content this week, but next week I'll have a special Hardly Strictly post with video from Booker and DBT's set along with some other amazing stuff from other artists.

First time out with a new video camera, so lots to clean up. My rookieness will be apparent, but some good stuff to be seen. Mo' later.

Here are a couple of pics.

On stage (no shit. I could have picked up an instrument and played along) with Billy Joe Shaver.

And here's backstage at the main stage. This is quickly become on of the all time favorite pictures I've ever taken. I've got a big ass version on my MAC desktop and I find something new in the pic everyday.

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings are on stage.


Do have a bit of DBT for you.

Isn't this just a kick ass piece of art?

I'll let the artist explain. She posted this on DBT's Facebook page.

Lee Anne Vavra - Hi! I wanted to show you my "Sweet Annette" painting I just finished. I have the words to the song in the background and a dedication to DBT on the back. xo
Excellent, excellent work, Lee Anne!


OK, since you asked nice and all.....

Here's a fan YouTube from Hardly Strictly.



NBA Playa Paul Shirley's got great taste in music, but he's off about Dexateen's studio work. That shit is the bomb.

Rain, lawn chairs test my limits at Austin - ESPN

I rush into the grounds with visions of greatness in my head. Chris has been raving about a band he helps manage, The Dexateens, for months. I've listened to two of their albums, but left each encounter with their recorded work thoroughly underwhelmed.

Lee Bains leans into the mike and says, "We're the Dexateens, and we're from Alabama." Thirty seconds later, I can tell that the Dexateens are what the kids call the real deal. I decide that the band needs to hire a new recording engineer because whatever it is that they are doing onstage has not yet been translated to an album. Aping the Drive-By Truckers' legendary Three-Axe Attack (which I've always wanted to write -- it means there are three guitars), the 'teens form a wall of dirty Southern rock sound that is complemented by the harmonizing of Bains, John Smith and Elliott McPherson. I like the band's sound. I like their happy, dancing bassist. I like that most of the group is driving to New Orleans for a show that night. And I really like that they have to be back in Alabama by tomorrow morning, because one of their members has to play in church.


Rock Candy: Last night: The Dexateens

Thursday night, beneath the banner of the Arkansas state flag on the back wall of White Water’s stage sat Brian Gosdin, drummer for the Dexateens, BAMA emblazoned across his T-shirt, attending his houndstooth-adorned drum kit, just in case there was any confusion about where these boys hail from.

Typically, the Tuscaloosa country-rockers’ lineup has featured three guitarists, but last night, founding member John Smith was nowhere to be found. Pre-set, front man Lee Bains III admitted that Smith had abruptly split from the band not days ago, this just before their first showing at the Austin City Limits music festival. It was clear Smith’s exit had rocked them, but luckily for us, as musicians are wont to do, the Dexateens managed to unload all that anxiety into their show

Will Johnson

Jason Molina and Will Johnson

Jason Molina and Will Johnson Collaborate on New LP, Plot European Tour

Call this the Phantoms of Folk. Call this two lone wolves running together for one dark blissout of a night. Two of the finest indie-folk songwriters of the last decade come together under the Texas sky to quietly lay to tape 14 crushing, haunting tunes, leaving space enough in each to match their surroundings. In this collaboration between Jason Molina and Will Johnson, each seem to hold the other’s talents to fire and elevate both performance and creativity. In the friendly sharing of ideas, Molina and Johnson become two poet’s poets in a workshop, aimed to craft a singular, searing elegy.

Will Johnson describes this alignment of two red stars: “For ten days we wrote, co-wrote, workshopped, complimented, scrutinized, drank, invited friends to come play music, smoked, made lots of notes and drawings, drank a little more and shot the BB gun off the back porch when we just needed some time and space. In the throes of all this, our record was made in the late February sun.”


twentycyclestotheground.mp3 (audio/mpeg Object)



WUTK radio show and more.. - Lauderdale's MySpace Blog |:
"WUTK radio show and more..
This friday we will be at Barley's Taproom in Knoxville, Tn. opening for the Dirty Guv'nahs. They are a great band with a great following in the Knoxville area. We are very excited to have the opportunity of being exposed to their fanbase.

For those of you in Knoxville that can't make the show we will be promoting it with an interview and live performance that afternoon around 4 p.m. (eastern time) on 88.7 WUTK.

For those of you outside of the area the radio show can be streamed live at
Assuming that most of you listening will be from our neck of the woods, that will be the central time zone, so you'll want to tune in around 3 p.m.

We will be perfoming several songs from our upcoming album that has yet to be released. This might be the only chance to hear a good quality recording of these songs for quite some time so check it out.


Muscle Shoals Sound

Can't remember if I posted this previously and too lazy to look at the last couple of WIRs, so...

By popular demand | | The Times Daily | Florence, AL:
"Donnie Fritts only had two conditions that had to be met before he agreed to perform a series of shows in Japan.

Because of his health, he needed a break between shows and he insisted he be joined by the The Decoys, the local rhythm-and-blues band that frequently serves as his backup band.

A Japanese concert promoter Fritts has known for more than 35 years agreed, and now Fritts and The Decoys will be taking Muscle Shoals R&B and funk to audiences in five Japanese cities beginning Saturday.

'I called him and told him what I had in mind,' Fritts said. 'I'd love to do some shows in Japan, but I had to bring The Decoys. I don't want to play with anyone else. I know these guys, we play well together and they know my songs.'"

Last, but certianly not least..... Peter Grumbine.

I'll have more on this guy next week. He's alright for a South Carolinian... If yer into that type of thing.