"Radiation Vibe" (and 70s schlock medley) - Fountains of Wayne
I saw the full band on Monday (not just Chris and Adam) play an acoustic show (with bass and drums though) and they were quite fabulous. The 70s medley that evening featured, among other things, note for note performances of Steve' Miller's "Swingtown," Yes's "Roundabout," Kansas's "Dust in the Wind,"and Peter Frampton's "Do You Feel Like I Do" -- it was pure hideousness, expertly delivered, from the days of my middle teens.
- Last night's recall election effort in Wisconsin fell short of giving Democrats control of the Wisconisn Senate, which was disappointing. But like kos, on reflection, I think it was a victory. These kind of special elections, with lower voter turnouts, are not easy for Democrats to win. And to pick up two seats in reddish districts in a fight explicitly over collective bargaining rights has got to strike some fear in Republican hearts.
- I ran into one of my colleagues this morning and the very first words he uttered to me were "I canceled the Post two weeks ago, I guess it's time to do the same for the Times." He was referring to today's ultra hideous efforts by Thomas Friedman and Maureen Dowd, both of which read like bad self-parodies -- Friedman doing his centrist stroke fantasy schtick and Dowd playing out her daddy issues in a most pathetic fashion in a piece entitled "Withholder in Chief." Dowd complains of Obama's inability to "spontaneously assuage Americans’ fears" and castigates him for failing to "buck up the country on one of its worst days in history." Jesus, get a shrink. Last Friday was one of the worst in the nation's history?!! Clearly Dowd is not burdened by excess knowledge of American history. Or anything else. One wonders, is this really the best that our national paper of record can do? If so, then perhaps the speedy demise of newspapers is to be wished.
- And lastly, is Claire McCaskill kidding? I used to think her a pretty savvy pol, but when questioned on the possiblity of a jobs bill, she preemptively agrees that Congress will not spend money to create jobs, but rather will "look at patent reform, trade agreements and regulations that are getting in the way of business growth" as a response to unemployment. Isn't this a transparently silly notion? Does anyone think that patent reform or trade agreements are going to produce employment in any meaningful numbers? I understand that we will not be getting WPA style legislation through this Congress, but to simply concede the point and adopt Republican-style talking points on the issue seems a bizarre choice for someone who is likely to be facing a difficult fight in a marginal state in 2012.
What else is going on?