Archive for June, 2008

It’s about time I started promoting local acts through WW and this week’s choice is one of the best bluegrass/folk/pop/jazz acts to come out of Birmingham in many a moon. Act of Congress played last year’s folk fest and are slated to play this year’s festival, which has been renamed the Birmingham Folk Fest, in [...]

This year’s City Stages was one of the best I’ve been to, though it evidently still failed to break even. I limited myself to two performances this year: Old Crow Medicine Show and The Flaming Lips. Though I would’ve liked to have seen more, especially some of the local acts as well as Ben Harper, [...]

Today is Kelo Day

Today marks the third anniversary of the disastrous Kelo decision by the Supreme Court. In that decision, the court ruled that a private land developer in league with a municipal government hellbent on increasing its tax base had the right to seize and destroy people’s homes solely for economic development purposes. The decision made a [...]

The Flaming Lips headlined this past weekend’s City Stages and did not disappoint. I was able to bluff my way backstage after the show and meet Wayne and Kliph, but more on that in a future post. I haven’t heard all that much of the Lips’ catalogue, but what I’ve heard I’ve liked and I [...]

Just another reason why someone should take Hank Erwin’s place in the Senate. Honestly, are there no more pressing problems for the good Senator to deal with? I could fill a book with the ways that most Christians (and I say this as a Christian) do not understand the evolution of culture and are wont [...]

NIMBY in Hoover

This is the unfortunate result of what happens when land use decisions are made by politicians rather than the individuals involved. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not necessarily opposed to all zoning regulations, but it seems that the most serious cases can be effectively resolved through peaceful negotiation and, if not, the law of nuisance, [...]

I was fortunate enough to see Elliott Smith in concert soon after I had moved to DC. I think the show was at the 9:30 Club. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but since I cut my teeth on Figure 8, I figure “In the Lost and Found (Honky Bach)” is one of the best, [...]

North Korea exposed

A couple of months ago, my friend Yun and I watched National Geographic’s undercover investigation into North Korea. Traveling under the guise of a medical team, Lisa Ling and her team documented the bizarre, totalitarian culture that is forcibly maintained in North Korea. It is a heartbreaking look at how some of the world’s poorest [...]

Tank Man

Today marks the 19th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. After months of protests by various groups of Chinese citizens pushing for greater freedom and democratic reforms, the Chinese government violently put an end to the peaceful protests and killed or imprisoned an untold number of protesters. One protester, Tank Man (aka, the Unknown Rebel), [...]

Easily one the best bluegrass/folk acts to emerge in a long time, OCMS is hands-down one of my favorite bands. They’ll be at City Stages weekend after next along with the Flaming Lips, Ben Harper, Shooter Jennings, etc. and local acts Act of Congress, Honeybaked, Jon Black (in an ensemble), etc., which will make this [...]