Kathy Kiely – Author Thomas Frank Talks Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and His New Book, “Listen Liberal”

Link to an interview of Thomas Frank by Kathy Kiely:

“Author Thomas Frank Talks Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and His New Book, ‘Listen Liberal'”

Bonus links: “Thomas Frank on How Democrats Went From Being the ‘Party of the People’ to the Party of Rich Elites” and “How the Democrats Left the Door Wide Open for Donald Trump”

Ryan Adams – 1989

1989

Ryan Adams1989 Pax Am PAX-AM 057 (2015)


Ryan Adams covers Taylor Swift‘s entire album 1989.  The basic sound here is the increasingly slick 1970s rock flavored alt country that Adams has favored on recent studio albums.  That is fine, unto itself.  But if there was anything to like about Swift’s original album it certainly wasn’t the douchebag narcissism and malevolent mythologizing that sustained its songwriting.  So Adams keeps that part and jettisons the rest.  It kind of would have been more interesting if Adams had written new lyrics and sung them over the same music as Swift’s album.  But Adams tends not to have good ideas like that.

Sole – Live From Rome

Live From Rome

SoleLive From Rome anticon. ABR 0048 CD (2005)


Righteous indignation.

This is a much more overtly political album than Sole’s previous — and probably best — album Selling Live Water.  It isn’t nearly as successful.  Though there are good intentions everywhere on this disc, the music/beats aren’t always compelling.  I saw Sole live touring on this album, and he had a live band with him.  Frankly, many of the songs sounded better with the live band (the title “Live From Rome” alludes to the fall of the Roman Empire as a parallel to or hope for the fall of the American Empire; this is not a live recording).  The thundering “Dumb This Down” is probably the best here, but “Cheap Entertainment” is sort of subtly infectious.  Almost everything here is decent, but newcomers should start elsewhere.