That's Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Lying Photo Ops" from last night. Also yesterday, at Third, we did "Roundtable" and it quickly turned into a musical thing:
Jim: Elaine's happy. We've got music playing in the background and Graham Nash's "Military Madness" just came on.
Elaine: I am happy. I love the album Songs for Beginners.
Ty: Kat, thoughts on when you'll do your next review?
Kat: I thought I'd do one of the two I have planned this month and then I realized we had Labor Day coming up. So what I'm thinking now is that I'll do two reviews over Labor Day weekend. With one to go up Labor Day. What I'd like us to do here, I'm thinking of Songs for Beginners because it's playing and because I think it's a great album, is to do a list article where we pick the three best albums of each year.
Jim: That groan was Cedric.
Cedric: It sounds like fun but it would be a ton of work and a lot of hurt feelings. Three? We'd never be able to agree.
Kat: You may be right.
Jim: Okay, well what about this, quickly, everyone pick an album they feel would be a real treasure for a reader to discover. There were groans. Okay, just suggest an album you listened to this week.
Kat: I'll go with Graham Nash's Song for Beginners just because I was noting that. I hope that's okay with Elaine.
Elaine: Sure. I'll go with Aimee Mann's The Forgotten Arm.
Ruth: Joanna Newsom's Have One On Me.
Marcia: India.Arie's Testimony Vol. 2, Love & Politics is what I'm listening to the most these days.
Stan: BAMBAM's The Strong Survive.
Rebecca: I'll go with Carly Simon's The Bedroom Tapes because that's what I've been in the mood for lately.
Isaiah: Band of Horses' Infinite Arms.
Trina: Joni Mitchell's Greenpeace concert, Amchitka.
Mike: Beach House's Teen Dream.
Ann: Sade's Soldier of Love.
Cedric: Toni Braxton's Pulse.
Wally: Gorillaz' Plastic Beach.
Ty: Xiu Xiu's Dear God, I Hate Myself.
Jess: Melanie's Crazy Love.
Dona: Elaine and Rebecca's posts last week had me digging out some Cher and I think I listened most to If I Could Turn Back Time: Greatest Hits.
Betty: I'll go old school. Aretha Franklin's Sparkle. I really enjoy her high notes on that one.
Ava: Mumford & Sons' Sigh No More.
C.I.: Wavve's King of the Beach.
Jim: And Biffy Clyro's Only Revolutions will be my pick. That's going to please a lot of people who keep e-mailing asking for music lists. And that's also going to be it for this roundtable.
And swiping from Jim's opening statement to give everyone above a link, "Participating are The Third Estate Sunday Review's Dona, Ty, Jess, Ava, and me, Jim; Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude; Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man; C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review; Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills); Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix; Mike of Mikey Likes It!; Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz); Ruth of Ruth's Report; Trina of Trina's Kitchen; Wally of The Daily Jot; Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ; Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends; Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub."
I was really surprised by just how diverse it was. Some of us like Dona, Betty and me went with something older. Some of us went with some newer, well known stuff and some of us went with stuff I didn't even know. I love Wavve. Use that link in the excerpt above and you'll go to their MySpace page and have the chance to listen to several songs. I just love the songs they have up there.
And, as noted in the excerpt, I plan to do two reviews over the Labor Day weekend. Probably not before then. Although I was thinking through a third one today. A third one?
One of the two reviews is going to be an artist still around today. But I'm focusing on the 60s work in my review. I'd like to do a review focusing on the 70s work as well. I want to see this artist in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. So I'm thinking about going through the career in a series of reviews.
Meanwhile Politico calls it "Bad Behavior" and I don't agree. Senator Carl Levin was speaking in Michigan and two students -- male and female -- had their turn. The male student called out the war mongering of the US Congress (continued war mongering) and the female "pie-ed" Carl Levin. That's hurling a pie. Sometimes it's just pie crust with whipped cream. From the article, this is the male student, Ahlam Mohsen:
“Carl Levin is one of the most respected senators in Congress,” Mohsen said. “People tend to blame the war on Republicans, but we wanted to target Levin today to send a message that liberals and Democrats are just as implicated in the violence as the Republicans.”
So Carl thinks they did something bad and don't understand the freedom of speech. I disagree and Carl Levin is one of my favorite senators. He's probably tied with Russ Feingold. (On the Republican side, Richard Burr always tickles me.) There are many people I would pie but Carl wouldn't be on my list.
But I don't think the students were 'wrong' to go with Carl. That's the senator they had before them. They went with it. No one got harmed or killed or maimed. It was just a pie-ing. The a bit more of a smack to it than a previous campus trend (streaking).
I wish Carl had laughed it off. I wish he'd said something like, "If you baked that for me, I wish you'd saved me a slice." Or maybe something like, "It was too sweet to eat anyway."
I know it's not pleasant to have anything thrown at you but I do think we're getting all "911!" on some protests.
I say good for the kids. (And I still love Carl Levin.)
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"