Sunday, January 30, 2022

On the spotify boycott

On the spotify boycott 

I love music so much I 
could literally walk up to any number
of my favorite artists 
just open my billfold wide & say
please take my money 

I don’t believe you
that protesting one streaming platform
is the moral outrage issue of the week
when we have people getting 
shot down in the street

there are so many vast 
contradictions & cascading 
immoralities in the 
production & consumption
matrix of our world 

so unless you are going full
blown drop-out organic 
anti-tech left-wing amish
don’t give me so much dish 

about the ethics of these choices
in the mass consumer world 
where we are not all riding
bicycles or farming with horses

I just don’t believe you
that it has come down to this
so hear me out with these
words I am about to piss 

Of course I imagine you are
also outraged at the banning of Maus
us too we hate bigotry & book 
banning up in this house

But are we not giving the
Bro Joegan
the same kind of protest bump
more wind at the back of his fans
who could care less about your 
switching to Amazon or Apple Music plans 

I understand that we each have 
the hill that we go to die on
but this one isn’t mine 
if it is yours that is fine

But before we depart let me 
unload a little more about 
what is 
on my heart:

I only know about this trending
because of this one social media platform
on which way too much time
we are all collectively spending

You do not have to be a scholar
of the career of King Zark Muckerturd
& this brain sucking Facepalm to know
the irony that is not my joy or balm 

Or the laptops or ipads or phones
on which these viral messages are cloned 
Let me just talk about phones to
bring my message home

Phones are an environmental disaster
because building every phone requires 
the polluting extraction of 
precious substances like 
gold cobalt or lithium 

When cell phones are improperly recycled 
or end up in landfills remember they 
contain harmful toxins including lead 
mercury arsenic cadmium chlorine & bromine
which can leak into the groundwater or 
impact soil water supply vegetation 
animals & humans 

not to mention the inherent horrible of
the planes or trucks that were
needed to bring them to your 
mobile provider or your home 
now as to paying artists 

if you can afford it 
I do hope you do more than stream
that is the performer’s dream 
so have you paid your tithe 
so in guilt we don’t writhe

you should see the real problem 
that I have storing all the
t-shirts posters or other merch
not to mention the albums
on CD or vinyl or cassette 

thank you for coming to my poem
where I feel compelled to vent & vet
since it is payday i must go to the record store
put my money where my mouth is you bet

I guess this is sort of like the time
some gas guzzling good ol boys
said all environmentalism is wrong
just because of Al Gore’s private jet 

there is a collective songbook 
of independent artists out there who
are not the great Joni or Neil did
you ask them how they feel?

if I discover one of them on 
one of the big platforms then I 
can head over to Bandcamp where
the real values of my performative 
consumer love gets adorned 

Saturday, January 29, 2022

As Long As The Grass Shall Grow (TOTR 407)


Sweet Honey In The Rock - Sylvie
J.S. Ondara - God Bless America
My Politic - Hope In America
Adeem the Artist - Fervent for the Hunger
The Layabouts - Too Late
Tom Robinson Band - Blue Murder
Bruce Cockburn - To Raise A Morning Star
Leo Kretzner - Hard To Give When You’re Being Taken
Deede Palazzola - The Bread Song 
Fred Small - You Can Get Used 
Rocky Frisco - Good For Business
David Abraham, Bob Corritore, & John Jacobs Danner - No Nukes News
Hal Rankin - As Long As The Grass  Shall Grow
Frank Thomas & Jay Whitecorn - S0ng of the Great Spirit
Buffy Saint Marie - Now That The Buffalo’s Gone
The Holy Modal Rounders - The IWW Song
Joe Glazer - 50,000 Lumberjacks
Utah Phillips - Pig Hollow
Utah Phillips - Yuba City
Joe Glazer - We Live In The Company Houses
Joe Glazer - We Are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder
Joe Glazer - We Are Building A Strong Union
Peggy Seeger - Draglines
Peggy Seeger - Voices From The Mountains
Guy Carawan - Paradise
The Collection - Birds
Casey Neill & The Norway Rats - Everyone Wants To Be Found
Eddie Vedder - Hard Sun

--listen to the audio archive here:

Saturday, January 15, 2022

We The People (TOTR 406)


  • for MLK’s 93rd birthday

  • another all-vinyl edition

Kim Weston - Lift Every Voice & Sing

Martin Luther King Jr. - Police Brutality Will Backfire

Freedom Songs: Selma, Alabama - Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round/FREEDOM! FREEDOM! FREEDOM!/Oh Wallace (A Documentary Recording by Carl Benkert; Folkways Records 5594)

Pete Seeger - Keep Your Eyes On The Prize 

(Record Live at Carnegie Hall on June 8, 1963)

Martin Luther King Jr. - The Great March To Freedom (Detroit, Michigan, June 23, 1963, Side 2, Gordy- A Division of  Motown 906)

The Impressions with Curtis Mayfield - People Get Ready

Mahalia Jackson - Joshua Fit The Battle of Jericho (Newport Jazz Festival 1958)

Martin Luther King Jr. - Remaining Awake Through A Great Revolution (Keynote Address Delivered to the AME Church Convention, Cincinnati, May 8, 1964, Excello Records/Nashboro Records 8009)

Pete Seeger - We Shall Overcome

(Record Live at Carnegie Hall on June 8, 1963)

The Staples Singers - We The People

Martin Luther King Jr. -  Who is the Least of These and I Believe I’ve Got to Go Back to the Valley

Pete Seeger with Bernice Reagon, James Collier, and Rev. Fred Kirkpatrick - Everybody’s Got A Right To Live / Cities Are Burning

Marion Williams - Standing Here Wondering Which Way To Go

Martin Luther King Jr. - Dr. King’s Entrance Into The Civil Rights Movement aka Kitchen Table Prayer/When Jesus Called A Man A Fool

U2- Pride (in the name of love)

U2 - MLK Listen to the audio archive here:

Saturday, January 8, 2022

Beggin' the Blues (TOTR 405)


Rev. Crenshaw And The Congregation Of New Brown's Chapel, Memphis– Living Hymn And Prayer

Fred McDowell– Death Comes A-Creepin' In My Room

Congregation Of New Brown's Chapel, Memphis –Church-House Moan

Bessie Jones–Beggin' The Blues

Clyde Maxwell & Group - You Got To Cross That River Jordan 

Laethe Eller - Way Up In The New Bright World 

Boyd & Ruth May Rivers - Soon One Morning 

Wiregrass Sacred Harp Singers - Give Me Just A Little More Time

Memphis Jug Band — Memphis Shakedown

Bradley Kincaid — Dog and Gun

Carter Family — Black Jack David 

Blue Sky Boys — Down on the Banks of the Ohio
Joe Williams & Washboard Blues Singers — Baby, Please Don't Go

Robert Johnson — Last Fair Deal Gone Down

Bukka White — Parchman Farm Blues

Heavenly Gospel Singers — Mean Old World 

Leadbelly — Where Did You Sleep Last Night

Woody Guthrie — Hard, Ain’t It Hard

Woody Guthrie — Worried Man Blues 

Alan Lomax & the Dupree Family — Travelin Man (on a Monday)

The Weavers — Wake Up, Darling Corey

The Weavers — Follow The Drinking Gourd

John Berryman — Winter Landscape

Nathan Salsburg — O You Who Sleep + Psalm 96

Tre Burt — Undead God of War

Andrew Bird & Jimbo Mathus — Sweet Oblivion

The Avett Brothers — Jordan Am A Hard Road To Travel

Langhorne Slim — Something Higher

Erin Rae — Mississippi Queen

Cat Mother— Redwood Blues

Allison Russell, Rhiannon Giddens, Amethyst Kiah, Leyla McCalla — You’re Not Alone

The William Singers - Don’t Give Up

listen to the audio archive:

Monday, January 3, 2022

Mighty Soul - Lists & a Playlist for my Best of 2021

Someday the world might come and blow your house down                                                                        First a tornado then a plague                                                                                                                          Let us use our hands to help and hold
Let us pour love into the Mighty Soul
-"Mighty Soul" by Langhorne Slim from my favorite album of the year - Strawberry Mansion
[Listen to the whole album:

The “ten records from 2021 not on everyone else’s top ten list” list

Langhorne Slim - Strawberry Mansion
Jimbo Mathus & Andrew Bird - These 13
Matt Sweeney & Bonnie Prince Billy - Superwolves
Ceschi - This Guitar Was Stolen Along With Years Of Our Lives
Nathan Salsburg - Psalms
Pony Bradshaw - Calico Jim
Danny Kroha - Detroit Blues
Chris Pierce - American Silence
Frank Waln - In the Key of Lakota
Son Volt - Electro Melodier

My usual subjects list

My Morning Jacket - My Morning Jacket
Strand of Oaks - In Heaven
The Killers - Pressure Machine
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - The Future
Billy Bragg - The Million Things That Never Happened
Manchester Orchestra - The Million Masks Of God
The Black Keys - Delta Kream
Coldplay - Music Of The Spheres
Lord Huron - Long Lost
Hiss Golden Messenger - Quietly Blowing It

Some great folk & blues albums

Brandi Carlile - In These Silent Days
Amythyst Kiah - Wary + Strange
Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi - They're Calling Me Home 
The Felice Brothers - From Dreams to Dust
Todd Snider - First Agnostic Church of Hope and Wonder
James McMurtry - The Horses and the Hounds
Tré Burt - You, Yeah, You
Watchhouse - Watchhouse
Valerie June - The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers
Allison Russell - Outside Child
Hayes Carll - You Get It All
Sierra Ferrell - Long Time Coming
Robert Finley - Sharecropper's Son

Collaborations & covers list

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit - Georgia Blue
Shovels & Rope - Busted Jukebox Volume 3
Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine - A Beginner's Mind
Big Red Machine - How Long Do You Think It's Gonna Last?
Various Artists - Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine, Vol. 2
Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, & Jon Randall - The Marfa Tapes
Various Artists - Highway Butterfly: The Songs of Neal Casal
Tom Morello - The Atlas Underground Fire

punks, jams, new discoveries

Steve Gunn - Other You
Painted Shrines & Woods - Heaven and Holy
Satsang - All. Right. Now.
Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real- A Few Stars Apart
Dr Sure's Unusual Practice - Remember The Future? Vol 2 & 1
The Bridge City Sinners - Unholy Hymns
Devon Gilfillian - Black Hole Rainbow 
Howlin’ Rain - Dharma Wheel 
Fred again.. - Actual Life 2 (February 2 - October 15 2021)  
girl in red - if i could make it go quiet
Gov’t Mule - Heavy Load Blues

An 80-song, 5-hour playlist with many of my favorites from the year: