Monthly Archives: September 2007

Keb’ Mo’ and Jonathan Coulton

My good friend Megan recently introduced me to the fine musical stylings of Mr. Keb’ Mo’.  I highly recommend.  Here’s one sample from his album Keep It Simple:

Keb’ Mo’ – Let Your Light Shine [mp3]

Recently I went to see Jonathan Coulton at the Birchmere.  My friend Allen and I went to the sold-out show, and we had a blast.  The opening band, Paul + Storm, were really fun and hilarious, though Allen and I both thought it was odd that Paul held a guitar during almost the entire show but never once played a chord. Their set was pretty long, too. It didn’t feel at all like an opening act.

Coulton was awesome.  His set felt a little on the short side for a headliner, but I really liked every single one of his songs.  His version of “Baby Got Back,” which is apparently what made him an internet superstar, was absolutely brilliant.  And I was so glad when he played “First of May” as his final encore. I recently made “Code Monkey” my song on MySpace, even though I only personally aspire to be a code monkey…

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Shock therapy

I heard Naomi Klein speak about this years ago at the Green Festival. She was talking about the way shock had been applied in Iraq in order to impose all kinds of radical economic reforms on the country. Her new book ties together many stories to a much more broader doctrine.

Watch this video. You’ll be… shocked.

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