Flotsam and Jetsam

John Hartford String Band 2/9/77. Featuring Sam Bush, John Cowan, & Curtis Burch

This is my JAM!

Spiderbags playing their new album in its entirety at their 8/8/14 Pinhook CD release party in Durham, NC. Thanks to Dan Schram for the recording.

Here it is again because it’s so damn good. Ryan Adams “My Wrecking Ball” from the new self-titled solo album.

Another reason I love this video is the edit. Incredible job on working with the slow paced song and nice use of splitscreen.

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Bryan Sutton | Cricket on the Hearth

From his recent solo release, Into My Own on Sugar Hill. 
Featuring Samson Grisman on bass, Noam Pikelny on banjo, Luke Bulla on fiddle, and Casey Campbell on mandolin. 

Be looking for Bryan Sutton on tour with Hot Rize. 

Bryan Sutton y’all

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I love Ricky Gervais’ laugh , OMG. 

Seriously lol’d.

"My Wrecking Ball" Ryan Adams at the Tonight Show.

"Me & Julio Down By the School Yard" Paul Simon with Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers.

The militarization of America’s police forces

It says a lot about the state of the media today that some of the best analysis of the militarization of America comes from a Deadspin blog post on the Michael Brown shooting:

Part of the reason we’re seeing so many black men killed is that police officers are now best understood less as members of communities, dedicated to keeping peace within them, than as domestic soldiers. The drug war has long functioned as a full-employment act for arms dealers looking to sell every town and village in the country on the need for military-grade hardware, and 9/11 made things vastly worse, with local police departments throughout America grabbing for cash to better defend against any and all terrorist threats. War had reached our shores, we were told, and police officers needed weaponry to fight it.

Officers have tanks now. They have drones. They have automatic rifles, and planes, and helicopters, and they go through military-style bootcamp training. It’s a constant complaint from what remains of this country’s civil liberties caucus. Just this last June, the ACLU issued a report on how police departments now possess arsenals in need of a use. Few paid attention, as usually happens.

The worst part of outfitting our police officers as soldiers has been psychological. Give a man access to drones, tanks, and body armor, and he’ll reasonably think that his job isn’t simply to maintain peace, but to eradicate danger. Instead of protecting and serving, police are searching and destroying.

If officers are soldiers, it follows that the neighborhoods they patrol are battlefields. And if they’re working battlefields, it follows that the population is the enemy. And because of correlations, rooted in historical injustice, between crime and income and income and race, the enemy population will consist largely of people of color, and especially of black men. Throughout the country, police officers are capturing, imprisoning, and killing black males at a ridiculous clip, waging a very literal war on people like Michael Brown.

Full article here: "America Is Not For Black People"

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Jimmy Martin

Ocean of Diamonds

I love Jimmy Martin songs

Have you had your cup of coffee yet?

No?

OK, take a shot of this, that will do the trick ;)