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Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" Played for an Old Former-Captive Elephant

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 23:36

Simply one of the most moving music videos I've ever seen.

Mongkol is a 61-year-old former logging elephant. His captive-held life was spent hauling trees in the Thai forest. His body shape is deformed through hard labor, he lost his right eye and tusk in this brutal logging practice. Mongkol was rescued and brought to Elephants World to spend the rest of his days relaxing peacefully in freedom by the River Kwai. I discovered Mongkol is an extremely gentle, sensitive elephant who enjoys music, especially this slow movement by Beethoven which I play to him occasionally in the day and night.

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Two Minutes of Awesomeness: Tommy Emmanuel, "Son of a Gun"

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 13:58

“Son of A Gun” was written by Tommy Emmanuel and is on his album, Endless Road. Directed & Edited by Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard for Neighborhoods Apart.

[Official Web Site]

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High Energy Snarky Puppy: "What About Me?" [VIDEO]

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 20:47

Snarky Puppy - What About Me
From the live DVD "We Like It Here"


Recorded and filmed live (free of overdubs) from October 7-10 at Kytopia Studios in Utrecht, the Netherlands, for GroundUP Music. For more information and upcoming tour dates, please visit or

Written, arranged, and produced by Michael League.

Michael League - bass
Shaun Martin - keyboards
Bill Laurance - Fender Rhodes
Cory Henry - keyboards
Justin Stanton - trumpet
Mark Lettieri - guitar
Bob Lanzetti - guitar (solo)
Chris McQueen - guitar
Nate Werth - percussion
Larnell Lewis - drums (solo)
Mike Maher - trumpet
Chris Bullock - sax
Bob Reynolds - sax
Jay Jennings - trumpet

Engineered by Eric Hartman, Roy Van Rosendaal, Mike Harrison, & Colin Benders.
Filmed by Andy LaViolette, Brad Holt, Emily Schwarting, Joseph Lafond, and Christi LaViolette.
Mixed by Eric Hartman in Dallas, Texas.
Mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk New York, NY.

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Cool Guitar Video of the Day: Joe Satriani, "Nineteen Eighty"

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 14:11

Watch the official music video for "Nineteen Eighty" by Joe Satriani
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The Great Tommy Emmanuel: "Lewis & Clark" [VIDEO]

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 20:33

This song is from the film "Tommy Emmanuel, CGP Live at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Ballarat, Australia."

[Official Web Site]

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The Bob Cesca Podcast: The Full Babadook

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 00:02

Today's program from our podcasting affiliate, The Bob Cesca Show, powered by Van Cleave Law:

The Full Babadook -- NSFW! TRex David Ferguson and Jody Hamilton are here today; The Nevada Democratic debate; Warren's big night; Bloomberg's implosion; The Office Space Printer; Bernie's medical records, and reforming the presidency; Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months; The inevitable Trump pardon; Trump is the judge and jury for all of his fanboys now; Trump tried to sell a pardon to Julian Assange; Rohrabacher confesses; The demystification of the presidency; With music by Well-Known Strangers, and Alex Wong and Jesse Terry; and more!

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Elizabeth Warren for President

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 22:08

I don't usually do endorsements, but I am tonight.

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And Now, Ze Frank's True Facts About the Mating Dance of the Peacock Spider (Feat. Quinta Brunson)

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 18:29

Mmmmm. Happy Time.
Join the Madness:
Look at This Butt :
Special thanks to Quinta Brunson
Footage by Jurgen Otto, courtesy of Brave Bison
Check out Jurgen's videos. He is the best of the best when it comes to Peacock Spider footage....

I apologize for the mistake in labelling the spiders. The second one is Maratus Pardus. Of course I missed something that obvious in the edit.

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Amazing Animated Video From Kneebody: "The Balloonist"

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 23:39

Animated video for "The Balloonist" from Kneebody's new album 'Anti-Hero', out now!
Download/Stream 'Anti-Hero' -

With a constantly evolving sound that incorporates electronic music, rock and hip-hop, Kneebody has established itself as one of the most forward-looking groups in jazz. Following their groundbreaking 2015 collaboration with IDM innovator Daedelus, the GRAMMY-nominated quintet bring raw energy, churning backbeats, and unrestrained exploration to their latest offering, Anti-Hero.

Ben Wendel (sax), Shane Endsley (trumpet), Kaveh Rastegar (bass), Adam Benjamin (keyboards), Nate Wood (drums)

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2020 Democratic Presidential Debate, Las Vegas, Thread 1

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 21:03

In their infinite wisdom, NBC News has decided not to provide a live embeddable stream for this debate. Going for those advertising dollars.

So here's what we used to call an "open thread" to discuss, as you watch on whatever device has been authorized for the political machinery to use.

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Brilliant Video From Anna Meredith: "Taken"

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 19:23

Taken is from Anna Meredith’s debut album Varmints. Get it & this track as an instant download below:
Limited Edition LP:

Directed by Ewan Jones Morris / Shot, with thanks, at Somerset House /

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The Bob Cesca Podcast: What the Eff Is This All About

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 10:05

Today's program from our podcasting affiliate, The Bob Cesca Show, powered by Goldstein and Bashner:

What The Eff Is This All About -- NSFW! Buzz Burbank from Buzz Burbank News and Comment is here; Trump to pardon Bernie Kerik, Michael Milken and Rod Blagojevich; The Democratic primary shovel fighting continues; John Bolton teases major revelations in his book; Trump didn't destroy 100 percent of ISIS; The Roger Stone trial; More charges to come against Lev Parnas and other henchmen; Liberals who are circulating pro-Trump propaganda; With music by Soul Crackers and Yardsale; and more!

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Another Master Finger-Picker: Hwajong Kim, "The Dance of a Marionette"

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 22:56

This is my new video of my second digital single album
'The Dance Of A Marionette'

I expressed a doll tied to a thread, dancing to the music.
It seems to move happily as people control, but on the contrary, It wants to escape from the strings that control Itself and be free.
But at the end of the music, it finally fails.
I played it imagining a doll's heart, seemingly unable to recognize its facial expression, possibly forced to dance in front of the audience, all the time.

Guitar : Gopherwood G510
Pickup : Fishman Rare Earth Blend
Mic : AKG C12VR, Schopes MK41(pair)

You Tube Channel


- hwajong_k

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In Which Donald Trump Goes on a Pardoning Spree

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 14:31

Our impeached president went on quite a pardoning spree today, commuting sentences and pardoning some really bad people, including Bernard Kerik (convicted of accepting large bribes), ex-San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. (convicted in a gambling fraud scandal), Michael Milken (convicted of a number of securities frauds), and last but not least, disgraced former governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevitch -- convicted of attempting to sell the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama, and also of attempting to extort a campaign contribution by withholding state funds from Chicago's Children's Memorial Hospital.

That's right, Donald Trump commuted the sentence of someone who threatened to harm sick children.

And today Trump told reporters that he doesn't really know Rod Blagojevitch (even though Blagojevitch was a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice), but he was moved to pardon him after seeing his wife on... you guessed it, Fox News.


Make no mistake -- today was Donald Trump's middle finger to the justice system of the United States. We apparently have a king now.

UPDATE at 2/18/20 11:38:35 am by Charles Johnson

Here's the full extent of Trump's FU to the justice system.

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An Amazing Set From Baby Rose: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 22:01

Watch Baby Rose play "Sold Out", "Ragrets", "Over", "Mortal" and "All To Myself" at the Tiny Desk.

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Feb. 10, 2020 | Rodney Carmichael -- "This is what real love sounds like."

From any other new artist, a Tiny Desk declaration like that might sound a tad bit presumptuous if not altogether premature. But when the voice behind those words is as seasoned and vintage as Baby Rose's, everything it utters reverberates like the gospel truth. The D.C. native — who came of age in Fayetteville, N.C. before coming into her own as an artist in Atlanta — returned to her birthplace, backed by a big band including strings, to perform songs from her 2019 LP To Myself.

Studio debuts as stunning as To Myself don't come out every day, year or decade, for that matter. But to truly appreciate what Rose achieves on last year's release, you have to see her perform those songs live. In an era when the over-reliance on Autotune has nearly everybody in radio R&B land sounding like automatons, her unadulterated voice is almost otherworldly. It's confounding how a vocal tone so weathered and wise emerges from her so effortlessly. At 25, she mixes the bluesy melisma of Nina Simone and the deep register of Sarah Vaughan — two of her influences — with songwriting as devastating as her delivery.

"I would not be able to write with such emotion about these things without my fair share of regrets," she says, introducing her song "Ragrets." That kind of life experience seeps through in a performance plush with warmth and empathy. Dedicating the last song to herself — and "to anyone here that's ever wanted to call or text somebody that you know you should not call or text" — Rose introduced "All To Myself" by congratulating those of us who've refrained from squandering our emotions on the undeserved.

Funny enough, the last voice heard in Baby Rose's Tiny Desk belongs not to her but to her father, who arrived midway through her set before squeezing his way up to the front. "That's my daughter!" he shouts over the applause as Rose laughs and claps for him. The love was well-deserved.

"Sold Out"
"All To Myself"

Baby Rose: vocals; Craig Shephard: bass; Timothy Maxey: piano; John Scherer: guitar; Tauseef Anam: drums; Jasmine Charles: viola; Yuli: violin; Noah Johnson: cello; Erika JaNaé: vocals

Producers: Rodney Carmichael, Bobby Carter, Morgan Noelle Smith, Jack Corbett; Creative director: Bob Boilen; Audio engineers: Josh Rogosin, Alex Drewenskus; Editor: Maia Stern; Videographers: Jack Corbett, Maia Stern, Bronson Arcuri, Melany Rochester; Production Assistant: Shanti Hands; Executive producer: Lauren Onkey; VP, programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Kisha Ravi/NPR

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John Oliver Returns, and Immediately Tackles Medicare for All [VIDEO]

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 13:55

As presidential candidates continue to discuss Medicare for All, John Oliver explores how much it might cost, what it will change, and who it will help.

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A Music Video Like No Other: Anna Meredith, "Paramour"

Sun, 02/16/2020 - 20:36

I literally couldn't tear my eyes away from this video until it finished. Amazing piece of work on every level. And there are a lot of levels.

Anna Meredith announces her eagerly anticipated second studio album, FIBS, due for release on 25 October via Moshi Moshi:

The album is heralded by the release of ‘Paramour’, its first single and spectacular accompanying single-take video, featuring 1200 pieces of LEGO track, and a song that forbids you from turning away - its sweeps, jerks and wrong turns pinning your ears to the speakers whilst heading for warp speed at a blistering 176 BPM before rounding the journey out with an (utterly unexpected) tuba-led half-time rock-out.

See her live around the UK in February 2020 - tickets on-sale on now at
3rd - LEEDS, Belgrave Music Hall
4th - MANCHESTER, Gorilla
5th - LONDON, EartH
6th - BRISTOL, Trinity
8th - GLASGOW, Art School
9th - COVENTRY, Arts Centre
10th - BRIGHTON, Old Market

Directed by Ewan Jones Morris
Lego Master Builder, Gary Davis
Produced by Rachel McWhinney
Additional props by Chloe Lamford
Graded by Conner Coolbear at Electric Theatre Collective

Thanks to Somerset House Studios and the Somerset House Trust.

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More Than 1,000 Department of Justice Alumni Release Statement Calling for AG Barr to Resign

Sun, 02/16/2020 - 14:10

Here's another historically bad moment to add to the ever-increasing tally of the Trump crime administration, as more than a thousand former employees of the Department of Justice sign an absolutely scathing and unprecedented statement calling on Attorney General William Barr to resign for intervening in the sentencing of convicted Trump crony Roger Stone.

In this nation, we are all equal before the law. A person should not be given special treatment in a criminal prosecution because they are a close political ally of the President. Governments that use the enormous power of law enforcement to punish their enemies and reward their allies are not constitutional republics; they are autocracies.

That's correct, you weren't imagining it or over-reacting. If these people tell you the US is sleepwalking into an autocracy you should probably believe them.

They have no illusions about whether Barr will actually resign.

Mr. Barr’s actions in doing the President’s personal bidding unfortunately speak louder than his words. Those actions, and the damage they have done to the Department of Justice’s reputation for integrity and the rule of law, require Mr. Barr to resign. But because we have little expectation he will do so, it falls to the Department’s career officials to take appropriate action to uphold their oaths of office and defend nonpartisan, apolitical justice.

The statement concludes by calling on current DOJ employees to stand up, report abuses of power, and refuse to carry out illegal or unethical orders.

For these reasons, we support and commend the four career prosecutors who upheld their oaths and stood up for the Department’s independence by withdrawing from the Stone case and/or resigning from the Department. Our simple message to them is that we — and millions of other Americans — stand with them. And we call on every DOJ employee to follow their heroic example and be prepared to report future abuses to the Inspector General, the Office of Professional Responsibility, and Congress; to refuse to carry out directives that are inconsistent with their oaths of office; to withdraw from cases that involve such directives or other misconduct; and, if necessary, to resign and report publicly — in a manner consistent with professional ethics — to the American people the reasons for their resignation. We likewise call on the other branches of government to protect from retaliation those employees who uphold their oaths in the face of unlawful directives. The rule of law and the survival of our Republic demand nothing less.

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And Now, a Few Words in Defense of Our Country, by Randy Newman

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 20:55

Randy Newman performs the song "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country," from his 2008 album Harps and Angels.

When the song was first released as a single in 2007, its lyrics published as an op-ed in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times called it a “three-decades-on bookend to Political Science ... so funny it hurt," and Rolling Stone named it #2 on its list of the year's best singles.

A Few Words in Defense of Our Country

I’d like to say a few words
In defense of our country
Whose people aren’t bad nor are they mean
Now the leaders we have
While they’re the worst that we’ve had
Are hardly the worst this poor world has seen

Let’s turn history’s pages, shall we?

Take the Caesars for example
Why within the first few of them
They were sleeping with their sister
Stashing little boys in swimming pools
And burning down the City
And one of ‘em, one of ‘em
Appointed his own horse Consul of the Empire
That’s like vice president or something
That’s not a very good example, is it?
But wait, here’s one, the Spanish Inquisition
They put people in a terrible position
I don’t even like to think about it
Well, sometimes I like to think about it

Just a few words in defense of our country
Whose time at the top
Could be coming to an end
Now we don’t want their love
And respect at this point is pretty much out of the question
But in times like these
We sure could use a friend

Hitler. Stalin.
Men who need no introduction
King Leopold of Belgium. That’s right.
Everyone thinks he’s so great
Well he owned The Congo
He tore it up too
He took the diamonds, he took the gold
He took the silver
Know what he left them with?

A President once said,
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”
Now it seems like we’re supposed to be afraid
It’s patriotic in fact and color coded
And what are we supposed to be afraid of?
Why, of being afraid
That’s what terror means, doesn’t it?
That’s what it used to mean

[To the first eight bars of “Columbia The Gem Of The Ocean”]

You know it pisses me off a little
That this Supreme Court is gonna outlive me
A couple of young Italian fellas and a brother on the Court now too
But I defy you, anywhere in the world
To find me two Italians as tightass as the two Italians we got
And as for the brother
Well, Pluto’s not a planet anymore either

The end of an empire is messy at best
And this empire is ending
Like all the rest
Like the Spanish Armada adrift on the sea
We’re adrift in the land of the brave
And the home of the free

Goodbye. Goodbye. Goodbye.

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A Stellar Acoustic Guitar Trio: Antoine Dufour Ft. Van Larkins & Trevor Gordon Hall - Hiding Place for the Moon [VIDEO]

Sat, 02/15/2020 - 15:15

24-bit Studio masters, CDs, LPs, Mp3s, & Guitar Tab format at

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Trevor Gordon Hall

Van Larkins

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