Musical Accompanyment for Antonin Scalia’s Ongoing Monologue With The America He Thought He Knew (Owned)

I don’t know why, but this song seems, somehow, to be a perfect representation of the contents of Associate Justice Scalia’s withered consciousness today:

I’m not actually sure if John’s going to let me back on the blog after posting that, but what the hell.

Let’s consider this an invitation to come up with the best rage/blame/break-up songs you know.

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147 replies
  1. 1
    YellowJournalism says:

    “It’s my (Republican) party, and I’ll cry if I want to!”

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    Yatsuno says:

    If you’ve never heard Jarron and The Long Road to Love’s song, “I Pray for You”, you don’t know bitter.

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    WereBear says:

    Harry Nilsson:

    Joy, to the world, was a beautiful girl, but to me Joy meant only sorrow…

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    Liz Phair, The Divorce Song.

    Green Day, Pulling Teeth

    ETA: Fuck You by CeeLo Green is more upbeat and life-affirming.

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    John O says:

    How does it FEEL? To be on your own…

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    Baud says:

    The Way We Were

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    Steve M. says:

    I think it would be awesome if Joan Baez duetted with these guys on this song.

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    Baud says:

    The All in the Family theme song — Those were the Days

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    👽 Martin says:

    I’d have to go with Cole’s standby on this one: Stuart

    Now Stuart, if you look at the soil around any large U.S. city with a big
    underground homosexual population – Des Moines, Iowa, perfect example.
    Look at the soil around Des Moines, Stuart. You can’t build on it, you
    can’t grow anything in it. The government says it’s due to poor farming.
    But I know what’s really going on, Stuart. I know it’s the queers.
    They’re in it with the aliens. They’re building landing strips for gay
    Martians. I swear to God.

    That’s about where Scalia’s reasoning is heading in my view.

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    Outsourced to Martin Briley.

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    Chris says:

    I still think this is better: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJxCdh1Ps48

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    Felinious Wench says:

    Bulls on Parade, baby.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Holy fucking shit, that’s actually GOOD.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    “We’re not going to take it”

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    gbear says:

    Needs moar Marshalls.

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    scav says:

    To Keep My Love Alive. esp by Blossom Dearie.

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    Felinious Wench says:

    Although Killing in the Name is also pure Tage as well.

    “Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me!”

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    Baud says:

    Shit. Didn’t fully read the post. Was coming up with generic songs for Scalia.

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    Outsourced to Split Enz.

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    Haydnseek says:

    Easy. Tonio K. H-A-T-R-E-D.

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    Cassidy says:

    Damn I missed a lot today. While you all were celebrating some progressive awesomeness, I was taking the pt test for a fire/ rescue department and smoked it. Today was good.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @scav: Anything by Blossom Dearie is pure gold. Unpack your adjectives dammit!

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    Outsourced to Ceello Green.

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    Ksmiami says:

    Are you reeling in the years….?

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    Haydnseek says:

    @Cassidy: I’m glad to hear it. Sounds like an excellent day! Reward yourself, you deserve it.

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    Scalia’s thoughts, courtesy King Crimson.

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    Botsplainer, fka Todd says:

    Wang Dang Sweet Poontang, by Ted Nugent.

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    Roy G. says:

    Nice juxtaposition with your usual visual content, Levenson. MIT Prof by day, headbanger by night – I love it!

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    Dolly Llama says:

    @Baud: And you could do what you WAAAAH-nted/Girls were girls and men were men/Mister we could use a man like Herbert Hoover again …

    Didn’t need no welfare state/Everybody pulled his weight …

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    John O says:

    @Violet:

    That’s a good one, and has to be a finalist for best Rage Compilation of all time.

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    Outsourced to Paul Robeson.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @Cassidy: WOOT!!! You’d better have a massive beer thirty planned tonight!

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    gogol's wife says:

    OT, but I just turned on my TV and saw Elvis doing a scene with Barbara Stanwyck. It blew my mind. I didn’t know they made a movie together.

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    burnspbesq says:

    There is no breakup song but “The Breakup Song.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8ePSJ44Fiw

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    Outsourced to Duncan Sheik.

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    Violet says:

    @Cassidy: Congratulations! That’s awesome. That Fire PT test is hard. You have to be in good shape to pass it.

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    Outsourced to KBC Band.

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    GxB says:

    @Felinious Wench: Shit – ya beat me to it. At the other end of the spectrum but still apropos “Take on me” by those Scandinavian hell raising anarchists Aha.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    Oh Gawd, this is easy – Why’d Ya Do It? by Marianne Faithfull

    P.S. Not suitable for playing out loud at work :)

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    Tom Levenson says:

    @Roy G.: I had help from a friend to find this particular number. But I like it loud and ferrous.

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    Haydnseek says:

    @burnspbesq: Great choice. One of my all-time faves. Don’t know how long you’ve been in SoCal, but Tonio K is an institution, and might be right up your alley.

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    Petorado says:

    Nine Inch Nails- “Head Like A Hole”

    You can’t get any more Scalia then the opening lines, “bow down before the one you serve. You’re going to get what you deserve.”

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    WereBear says:

    @Cassidy: Happy days, dude! Congratulations.

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    Laertes says:

    @Dolly Llama:

    The line you’ve rendered as “You could do what you wanted” always sounded to me like “And you knew where you were then”

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    Botsplainer, fka Todd says:

    So have the Raiders extended an offer to Hernandez yet?

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    dmsilev says:

    I’ll go old-school. I think Scalia is hearing this, with his colleagues as the Devil dragging a morally-depraved America down into Hell.

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    quannlace says:

    “Blossom Dearie”
    ***********

    Blossom Dearie Sings Songs For The Leery.

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    Haydnseek says:

    @quannlace: I love Blossom Dearie. She and Dave Frischberg are a marriage made in heaven.

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    TaMara (BHF) says:

    @Cassidy: Ah, now all that hard training makes sense. Congrats.

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    Howard Beale IV says:

    And for the classically-themed-Hector Berlioz. or Pitor Tchaikovsky

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @dance around in your bones: Love the song. Love the lady.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @Botsplainer, fka Todd: Too soon. He has to be convicted first.

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    JGabriel says:

    How Do You Sleep At Nigh? — John Lennon

    Smile — Lily Allen

    I Believe — Buzzcocks

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Ben Folds Five, Song for the Dumped.

    The Brains, Money Changes Everything

    ETA: Lily Allen, Fuck You.

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    Haydnseek says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: I met her in a club in London when I was 29 years old. We chatted briefly. That was over thirty years ago. I’m still in love with her.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: For someone who started out singing sweet lady folk songs, she got REAL later on. I liked her better in her smokey-ruined voice and truth-telling rage.

    If that song doesn’t personify rage-gasm, I don’t know what does. It just drips anger and betrayal.

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    wmd says:

    Not so much rage, but there’s a bit of break up in this song.

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    Yatsuno says:

    @dance around in your bones: I’m gonna speculate this was released post-Mick.

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    Haydnseek says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Thanks for this. Money Changes Everything isn’t Cyndi Lauper, it’s the Brains. And Raeline was a centerpiece of our set back in my bar band days. The whole album is great.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @dance around in your bones: My favorite of hers is this. It doesn’t fit the thread theme, but It’s wow.

    @Haydnseek: I am envious.

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    ffredpalakon says:

    I’ll go with the classics. “Hand in Hand” by Elvis Costello. “Play With Fire” by the Stones. And, this seems especially apt for Scalia’s attitude today, “Extreme Ways” by Moby.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @ffredpalakon: Unfair to use Costello. It’s too easy.

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    The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    I was going to mention the Ben Folds Five one, but I see it’s been done twice already.

    Talk To Ya Later – The Tubes

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    Brother Machine Gun of Desirable Mindfulness (fka AWS) says:

    I’m going to go with Richard Thompson:
    Why must I plead
    and When the Spell is Broken.

    And a thousand lovesick tunes won’t wash away the wounds from my mind.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    @Cassidy:

    Congratulations; I hope there isn’t a (long) wait list.

    My day was similar; two interviews for jobs yesterday, both resulting in quick offers today.

    The best part will be tendering my resignation, and telling the Christian bullies I work with now to go fuck themselves.

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    Haydnseek says:

    @Brother Machine Gun of Desirable Mindfulness (fka AWS): To use Omnes’s line, it’s too easy. Write down all the songs on butcher paper. Tape to wall. Throw darts while wearing blindfold. You win. This coming from the biggest Thompson fan on earth. If I could play guitar like that, I would do nothing else, but I would die happy.

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    @Omnes Omnibus:

    I love that Lily Allen song, it has been our anthem for the anti-birthers for years.

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    Brother Machine Gun of Desirable Mindfulness (fka AWS) says:

    @Haydnseek: Well, I had to at least represent the Thompson afficionados! And those weren’t even the best versions of either of those songs. He’s much better with them on acoustic.

    And yeah, if I could play like him, I’d be the same.

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    efgoldman says:

    @Botsplainer, fka Todd:

    So have the Raiders extended an offer to Hernandez yet?

    Attleboro is in MA, but its actually a suburb of Providence, which is the very definition of small market TV. So naturally they’ve been flogging this story as badly as they did the Marathon bombing, which led the newscast long after everything was settled. Slow news time of year, we’re going to be seeing this through most of July, probably, even though nothing is likely to happen.

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    Shana says:

    @dance around in your bones: Or on the radio, which a dear friend of mine did in solidarity with me after a nasty breakup, risking the station’s license, although it WAS a college radio station…

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    FlipYrWhig says:

    @Laertes:

    And you knew where you were then

    Or “And you knew who you were then.”

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    Pooh says:

    Creep. (Radiohead not tlc)

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    beltane says:

    I really hate to be OT on such a fine thread, but this picture of Paula Deen’s fans waiting outside of one of her restaurants yesterday made me laugh because I am a liberal meanie http://graphics8.nytimes.com/i.....eLarge.jpg

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    beltane says:

    Scalia’s America has a running loop of the Lawrence Welk show as its soundtrack.

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    Haydnseek says:

    @Brother Machine Gun of Desirable Mindfulness (fka AWS): Speaking of Thompson on acoustic, in 1985 he recorded an LP titled Across A Crowded Room. It was recorded live in a small club in New York City. You probably already know about it, but if not, it’s brilliant. I found a pristine copy at a used record store for 2.00. The girl behind the counter said “wow, a hippie in a window with a guitar. Hope he falls out.” I didn’t say anything, because if you’re going to price albums like this so low, call us whatever you want.

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    MikeJ says:

    @Caliph Garrett: Great song. The Posies do an excellent cover, as you would expect.

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    piratedan says:

    @ffredpalakon: gotta give you props for the EC call out, that song just drips loathing….

    but I’ll go down with this Nick Lowe classic

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2xfxQPYImc – Stick it where the sun don’t shine

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @Cassidy: late to the party (quelle surprise) but way to go, man. I’m not the least bit surprised.

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    Haydnseek says:

    @beltane: I’ll bet everyone of these people absolutely despise the idea of Obamacare, because when I need a life-saving butt-cheek transplant when I’m only 30 years old and don’t have health insurance, the baby cheeses will provide……….

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    ffredpalakon says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Some musicians have a songbook. Costello has an arsenal.

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    piratedan says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: hey, there’s a lot to choose from, love his choice, Might have gone Big Boys, but Hand in Hand is solid.

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    Haydnseek says:

    @efgoldman: No. The Raiders would love to, but they’re still in the process of negotiation a settlement with Santa Anita with regard to Jamarcus Russell’s feed bill. This puts them at a decided financial disadvantage during contract talks.

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    @Haydnseek:

    To use Omnes’s line, it’s too easy. Write down all the songs on butcher paper. Tape to wall. Throw darts while wearing blindfold. You win.

    Ain’t that the truth. Richard Thompson is kind of an English TVZ who’s a (far) better singer and player, but with similar sad songwriting sensibilities.

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    amused says:

    Femmes – Kiss Off

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    Brother Machine Gun of Desirable Mindfulness (fka AWS) says:

    @Haydnseek: What a steal! I was thinking Celtschmertz, of course. There’s an iPad app that has him teaching how to play guitar. A couple of the videos are on YT now. I learned to play Beeswing from it, but I haven’t had the courage to attempt 52 Vincent Black Lightning yet.

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    Laertes says:

    @FlipYrWhig:

    Could definitely have been “who” instead of “where.” Ms. Stapleton invented a memorable singing voice for Edith, and it favored vigor over clarity.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Haydnseek:

    Tonio K

    I’ll bet Scalia wanted to do the Funky Western Civilization all day today.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @ffredpalakon: @piratedan: Hey, I am down with EC. He is, perhaps, second only to the Clash in my book.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Yatsuno: Oh yeah. some 10 years later (1979) I believe.

    If you haven’t ever listened to her album Broken English, give it a spin. It’s – ah, riveting.

    eta: Oh, I see! You think it’s about Mick! Well, it could be, I don’t know. She’s just pissed as hell at somebody.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Haydnseek:

    Don’t know how long you’ve been in SoCal

    I was in law school at SC when the hot unsigned local bands were X, the Plimsouls, the Blasters, and Los Lobos.

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    Brother Machine Gun of Desirable Mindfulness (fka AWS) says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q):

    Richard Thompson is kind of an English TVZ

    And, fortunately for us, with none of TVZ’s proclivities toward self-destruction.

    He really does seem like a person comfortable in his own skin.

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    Brother Machine Gun of Desirable Mindfulness (fka AWS) says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Did you hear the hilarious interview he did on wait, wait, don’t tell me?

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Brother Machine Gun of Desirable Mindfulness (fka AWS):

    And, fortunately for us, with none of TVZ’s proclivities toward self-destruction.

    I credit Allah.

    @Brother Machine Gun of Desirable Mindfulness (fka AWS): Unfortunately not.

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    Haydnseek says:

    @Brother Machine Gun of Desirable Mindfulness (fka AWS): @Brother Machine Gun of Desirable Mindfulness (fka AWS): Wow. I’m really impressed. Those aren’t easy to play. I have a good friend who can play 52 Vincent, but can’t sing a lick. I can’t play it, but can sing it well enough to get a few high-fives at the bar that will be gone by the time you read this.

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    Cassidy says:

    @A Ghost To Most: Very cool. Congratulations.

    Thank you everyone. I think I have a really good chance to be hired as a full time firefighter with these guys so I’m very excited. And they’re all so damn nice and friendly.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Haydnseek:

    It’s fun taking hipsters in used record stores to the cleaners on stuff they either don’t know or don’t care about. I recently got a mint (unopened) copy of the Rubinstein/Boston Symphony recording of the Beethoven “Emperor” concerto for $1.99.

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    dance around in your bones says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: That’s good.

    I have a soft spot for The Ballad of Lucy Jordan, not just because of Thelma and Louise (I’d heard it before on Broken English but the pairing of that song in that movie was stellar. In fact, I’mma gonna watch it again right now!

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Cassidy: Congrats and break a leg.

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    Brother Machine Gun of Desirable Mindfulness (fka AWS) says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: you should check their website. He discusses his lovely bride, and his child, who interrupts the phone interview.

    @Haydnseek: Oh, I’ve only got it 3/4 of the way figured out. Watching him play it in slow motion is really a treat.

    RT has a vocal range that’s difficult to capture, but Beeswing isn’t too rangy.

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    Brother Machine Gun of Desirable Mindfulness (fka AWS) says:

    @Cassidy: Congrats and best wishes!

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Brother Machine Gun of Desirable Mindfulness (fka AWS):

    Favorite RT story: I went to see him in a club in Hollywood in about 1987, and by sheer random chance ended up standing next to Cesar Rosas from Los Lobos. Watching Cesar’s reaction to the ridiculous stuff RT was doing on guitar was almost as much fun as watching him do it (I was also trying to figure out some of the fingerings). At one point we looked at each other and just shook our heads.

    There are some guitarists who make you crabby because you know that you could practice 16 hours a day for the rest of your life and still not be able to do what they do without breaking a sweat. Tony Rice is that guy for me.

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    Haydnseek says:

    @burnspbesq: Thank you, Mr. Burns. I’ll bet we were at a lot of the same shows. Los Lobos played at the wedding reception of one of my closest friends. They set up in front of the detached one-car garage of the bride’s mother in Torrance. Played for two hours, then it was off to play a gig downtown. Great guys. I used to run into David Hidalgo at Lovell’s Records in uptown Whittier. Scalia will have to get in line behind Newt “Mars Needs Women” Gingrich.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @Haydnseek:

    X are playing the OC Fair again this year, opening for the B-52s. I’ll be there. Billy Zoom’s amp-repair and customization shop is about ten minutes from my house, on North Main in Orange.

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    Haydnseek says:

    @burnspbesq: Tony Rice is so good it’s scary, but Leo Kottke is that guy for me. Some might say it’s an easy choice, but once I saw him live in the shitty Long Beach State gym opening for Emmylou Harris in the mid-70’s it was all over. I had the first album on Tacoma, blah blah blah, but seeing him live….he’s also very funny in that flat, low key Minnesota/Garrison Keiller way.

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    muddy says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Speaking of talented women, I saw that you liked Dessa that I recommended to you before, she just had a new album out (or wev the kids say now) yesterday.

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    Brother Machine Gun of Desirable Mindfulness (fka AWS) says:

    @burnspbesq: I got to see Tony Rice at Merlefest a few years back. The bluegrass pickers and the English folkies have a lot in common.

    And as much as I love RT, I would kill to play like Nic Jones on Canadee-I-O. What a tragic waste of talent.

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    Brother Machine Gun of Desirable Mindfulness (fka AWS) says:

    @Haydnseek: Shit, Leo Kottke is also scary good.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    The only thing that would make this day better is if Fat Tony suffered such a fit of apoplexy that both his head and heart exploded.

    Can I add I hope the court case that buries DOMA comes from Colorado (Utah works too)?

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    Haydnseek says:

    @burnspbesq: I used to work in Orange, but it was a long time ago. Our place was fairly close to Anaheim Stadium, not far from th 57 freeway on Batavia Ave. Our little strip-mall industrial hardware outlet was right next door to a shop owned by a guy who restored/repaired guitars. He was in a surf band that played street fairs, etc. You might know him….

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    burnspbesq says:

    I got to see Della Mae a couple of weekends ago, and their guitarist, Courtney Hartman, is another one of those ridiculously talented Berklee kids. She’s got the whole Tony Rice toolkit. There are clips on youtube of a concert that Mark O’Connor played with the students in the American Roots program at Berklee a few years ago (search “Mark O’Connor Berklee”), and she got into it with Julian Lage, Sierra Hull, and Jacob Joliff from Joy Kills Sorrow and more than held her own.

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    Nikolita says:

    – “Hater” by Everclear

    – “Passive” by A Perfect Circle

    – “Veteran” by Ignite

    – “Since You’ve Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson

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    MomSense says:

    You’ve Changed

    It’s a sin
    The dream I built for us has tumbled
    Each promise broken — like my heart

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    Semi OT: POTUS plays drums

    Those were some great unsigned bands during your law school days, burnsie. I only got to see Adrian Belew a couple of times while I was in grad school. Of course my buddy was his guitar player at the time, so there was that.

    When a friend of mine had a stroke, I read him Dave Alvin’s poetry daily. And watched whatever movies I wanted in his room, since he didn’t know. When he came to, he loved the Alvin poems.

    And can we in good conscience talk about great guitar players (and ridiculously talented Berklee kids) without a mention of Dave Rawlings?

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    Brother Machine Gun of Desirable Mindfulness (fka AWS) says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q): No, we cannot.

    Time, the Revelator.

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    burnspbesq says:

    @a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q):

    And can we in good conscience talk about great guitar players (and ridiculously talented Berklee kids) without a mention of Dave Rawlings?

    Nope.

    As long as we’re throwing around names of players with chops to burn, how about a little Frank Vignola?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELXtZmFpvPk

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    PIGL says:

    A last compliment to five upstanding jurists, from Canada.

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    Brother Machine Gun of Desirable Mindfulness (fka AWS) says:

    @burnspbesq: Since we’re talking players, I have to say I’ve always admired Ani’s style.

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    gogol's wife says:

    @beltane:

    When I saw that, I thought, “Somebody has to post this to Balloon Juice.”

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    SmallAxe says:

    Dinosaur Jr. – Out There

    and lacks the rage but

    Grateful Dead – Looks like rain

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    Honus says:

    @John O: That one’s good, but Idiot Wind has more pure rage.

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    Honus says:

    Then there’s Paul Simon’s Red Rubber Ball.
    the first verse says it all. The best revenge is indifference:

    I should have known you’d bid me farewell
    There’s a lesson to be learned from this and I learned it very well
    Now, I know you’re not the only starfish in the sea
    If I never hear your name again, it’s all the same to me

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    SmallAxe says:

    @Honus:

    Great call, how could I forget that one, Idiot Wind has been playing in my head for the past week for some reason.

    You’re and Idiot babe, it’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe.

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    Honus says:

    @Haydnseek: I have a cigarette foil framed in my office that Danny Gatton wrote his name, address and the phone number of his guitar shop on it that he gave me in 1974. Some people ask me what it is, other people look at it and nod.

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    Bobby Thomson says:

    Also, too, Wild World by Yusuf Islam.

    And picking just one from Rumors, I’d have to with The Chain.

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    Honus says:

    @SmallAxe:
    So many great rage-filled lines:

    Someday you’ll be in the ditch, flies buzzing around your eyes
    Blood on your saddle

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    Honus says:

    @Bobby Thomson: I think you mean Go Your Own Way. We’re talking breakup songs here, and even though I’m not fond of that album, “Pack it up, shackin’ up’s all you wanna do” is one of the great rock and roll lines.

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    joel hanes says:

    @FlipYrWhig:

    And you knew who you were then

    That’s how I’ve always parsed it: nostalgia for strong gender roles and local and ethnic ties, seldom publicly transgressed.

    And now the evidence: you are correct!

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    mclaren says:

    Bravo! Hey, I’d go with Slayer’s “Seasons in the Abyss,” but this one works too.

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    joel hanes says:

    @burnspbesq:

    Splendid. Thank you.

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    👽 Martin says:

    @joel hanes:

    That’s how I’ve always parsed it: nostalgia for strong gender roles and local and ethnic ties, seldom publicly transgressed.

    Meh. Just manifestations of power. Look, I’m a straight white male, and it’s pretty fucking clear that straight white males have it good, and why should we put up with anyone coming along and taking our party away?

    There are some transitional issues that sometimes make this non-trivial to do. The ‘husband is responsible for a steady paycheck’ ethic that gets knocked into us somewhere before high school is a real bitch when you have a shit job you don’t want to deal with any more, and it makes you want some kind of payoff for going through it, but that’s on us to work though as that’s changing in various ways. And it doesn’t mean we need to be douchebags while we go through it.

    So, I don’t think it’s nostalgia at all. Sure as fuck women aren’t particularly nostalgic for those traditional roles. Minorities aren’t. Gays aren’t. Seems only the folks at the top of the ladder seems to be suffering from this ‘nostalgia’, like Paula Deen ‘nostalgic’ for the days when a bunch of slaves could feed her. I’ve thought pretty hard about this and none of my black friends have ever expressed a ‘nostalgic’ desire to put on servant attire and cater to a bunch of fat white fucks, except possibly if they could also prepare the food and be immune from prosecution.

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    Citizen_X says:

    On June 27th, I pick the obvious one: X, Fourth of July.

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    munsell10yr says:

    ben folds five “song for the dumped” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxaYgIhjsFs

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    Steve M. says:

    Going to go contrarian here and pick the best (only?) non-acrimonious breakup song ever: “Ain’t Understanding Mellow” by Jerry Butler and Brenda Lee Eager, just because (as they used to say forty years ago) it’s got so much soul.

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    Joe says:

    Of course Dylan is the master. Like a rolling stone, positively 4th street, idiot wind just to name a few.

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    centerfieldj says:

    It’s not Scalia-centric, but it does document bitterness in a particularly delicious way:

    “Thin Line Between Love and Hate”, The Persuaders

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULuHJgCos7A

    With many, many extra points for the vintage Soul Train fashions and choreography.

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