Puerto Rico debt crisis rap

I’m about a week late on this, but Lin Manuel-Miranda of the Broadway smash Hamilton, whose parents are of Puerto Rican descent, stopped by Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO to give a rap about the Puerto Rico debt crisis.

This man just did for the territory what Eazy-E did for awareness about the feelings of African Americans about the police.

So, this happened last night…

Read entire setlist here

In honor of their 10th sold out show in Philadelphia, Pearl Jam decided on the fly to perform their album Ten in it’s entirety to start off their show last night.

They always seem to bring an extra something special to Pennsylvania shows and this is yet another for which I may be picking up the official bootleg.

And might I add that this apparently fan shot footage is beautiful…

Hallelujah, I love her so

My girlfriend is playing Rotting Pinata by 90s band Sponge while making dinner (it’s her turn) and singing along to the whole damn thing…not just the radio singles, but every song.  I owned this album, but I never knew the words to the album tracks…

I can’t believe I didn’t have this song

First the boring stuff:  I’m working on creating a playlist that will (at least ideally) play for approximately one month during my commute and while I’m at work.  I listen to about 4 days and 12 hours (108 hours of music) during any given month between commute and work hours (I’m gone 10 hours a day, it’s not as bad as it sounds).  Anyway, I’m wanting to put 1800 songs in the playlist and make it the best damn playlist I can.  The other night, I looked up The Beastie Boys on my iTunes and was surprised that I didn’t have this song.

I don’t have the album it came from, Check Your Head, but I do have a few of the tracks from it.  Namely “Jimmy James” and “Pass the Mic”.  Still, for a song that was this ubiquitous on radio and MTV in 1992, I was very surprised I didn’t have this track.  Plus, video just looks cool.

Love for Patton Oswalt

I read this morning that Michelle McNamara, comedian Patton Oswalt’s wife, had died yesterday at the age of 46.  News of death has been hitting me hard lately, especially when those deaths seem so unexpected.

I was just listening to a standup track from Patton Oswalt while at work yesterday.  It was a track about his daughter having nightmares about a cartoon, but finding a werewolf funny.  This isn’t that track, but it was the best one I could find about him and his family.

Much love Patton.  Take all the time you need but I wish you and your 7yo daughter all the best.

So, this happened last night

Several artists paid tribute to Prince last night, the internets practically broke from the outpouring, but this is the one that has meant the most to me so far.

Corey Taylor, lead singer of freaking Slipknot busting out an acoustic guitar and doing an amazing version of “Purple Rain”.

Prince: 1958 – 2016

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today 2 get thru this thing called life.

Reading the other day that Prince had been admitted 2 and released form a hospital 4 complications stemming form a bout of the flu, I figured it was a dehydration issue and nothing more.  Details have not yet been released, but apparently there was something more 2 it.

What I find fascinating about Prince is the fact that he wrote so many songs I learned from other musicians.  I never did like Sinead O’Connor’s version of “Nothing Compares 2 U”, but Prince’s is better.  I remembered “Let’s Go Crazy” and “Little Red Corvette” from my childhood, only 2 later learn they were Prince songs.  “When Doves Cry” was released as a cover on the Romeo & Juliet soundtrack from the 1990s.

My favorite story 2 tell about Prince was how in 2007, only three years after the Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake incident at the Super Bowl, the NFL decided it would be a good idea 2 have rock icon Prince perform at the Halftime show (the man who wrote “Darling Nikki”).  What could go wrong?  After all, he doesn’t have lady parts unsuitable for live television.  His stunt instead was 2 have a giant sheet raised in front of him and have a guitar with a neck that came 2 a point.  The silhouette of which made it look like he was playing with a prodigious phallus.

Way 2 go Prince.  Your rugged individuality and sense of moral correctness will be missed.

 

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Sonics

There were so many copies of this album available on Record Store Day…Very happy to see that.  I was fearing it would be impossible to find, but instead there were probably 40 copies in store.

I haven’t had time to listen to the whole thing yet, but it sounds fantastic, way better than the fan shot footage from last year.

They’re about to embark on their first ever headlining North American tour…only took 50 years…

 

 

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thesonics

 

More Rage is Good to Have

Here’s a few post-Rage Against the Machine tracks, to better understand the significance of the 20th Anniversary of Evil Empire…

This last one was while they were still in their original band, but given the words of Bruce Springsteen recently in protesting the anti-gay laws in North Carolina, I’ve been reminded of this song…”Where there’s a fight ‘gainst the blood and hatred in the air
Look for me Mom I’ll be there
Wherever there’s somebody fightin’ for a place to stand
Or decent job or a helpin’ hand
Wherever somebody’s strugglin’ to be free
Look in their eyes Mom you’ll see me”