NPR First Listen: Dwight Yoakam, ‘Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…’
“Not only is this album a chance for Yoakam to prove that his material does in fact work in a bluegrass context, but he also reinterprets his songs with some of the genre’s most celebrated pickers behind him: guitarist Bryan Sutton, fiddler Stuart Duncan, banjo player Scott Vestal, mandolinist Adam Steffey and bassist Barry Bales.” If the first song is any indication, this is amazing.
NY Times Review: AC/DC, With Axl Rose, Shakes the Garden All Night Long.
“It was well into the homestretch of the concert, but Mr. Young just kept going nonstop for 15 minutes. He played blues riffs and zigzag lead lines and nagging trills and manic tremolo crescendos, racing around and under and up and down the whole stage set to end up on an elevator platform in a shower of confetti. It was a show of stamina and of sheer, cantankerous rock ’n’ roll persistence.” Huzzah, dude.
Open Culture: Mark Twain’s 60 American Comfort Foods He Missed While Abroad.
Underlines the paucity of our modern mass-produced diets. We think we have more variety, more choice. We don’t.
Telegraph.UK: Another car park, another King.
“Archaeologists have discovered what could be King Henry I’s remains languishing beneath a Ministry of Justice car park on the site of Reading prison.” The dead never get to rest, it seems. They just idle.
Riveted: The Re-Dedication of Naay I’waans (the Chief Son-I-Hat Whale House).
Guardian.UK: Scientists reveal most accurate depiction of a dinosaur ever created.
It’s even smiling. I wonder.
ArtDaily: Benjamin Franklin’s sword leads Important American Furniture, Silver, Folk Art sale.
Not an object one would associate with Franklin. Really interesting backstory. Esp. if you’ve read “The Count of Monte Cristo.”
Italian Ways: Zagato’s Fiat-Abarth 1000 “Record Monza”.
Looks more like a bug than ‘The Bug’ [VW].
Atlas Obscura: The World’s Oldest Snowshoe Sat in an Italian Cartographer’s Office for 12 Years.
Guardian.UK: Ship found in Arctic 168 years after doomed Northwest Passage attempt.
Bill Moyers: We, the Plutocrats vs. We, the People.
“So what brought on that spasm of rebellion? They simply couldn’t see beyond their own prerogatives. Fiercely loyal to their families, their clubs, their charities and their congregations — fiercely loyal, that is, to their own kind — they narrowly defined membership in democracy to include only people like themselves.” So many parallels to the privileged classes vs. the third estate in the French Revolution. History repeats.
BBC: MH370 search - New debris in Madagascar includes ‘burnt parts’.
Another opportunity to show us the same old maps again. And to reiterate, it’s worse than trying to find a needle in a haystack.
Guardian.UK: Former EPA head admits she was wrong to tell New Yorkers post-9/11 air was safe.
If you were around in 2001, we bloggers called ‘bullshit’ on this at the time. It defied all logic.
naked cap: Dakota Pipeline Will Proceed As Feds Undertake Smoke and Mirrors Policy Reconsideration.
Woof. Always read the actual case first. This doesn’t look great.
NY Times: A Big Blast in North Korea, and Big Questions on U.S. Policy.
IMHO, sanctions have not worked for decades. This should have been realized and restrategized ages ago.
BBC: Musk - SpaceX fireball probe uncovering ‘complex failure’.
2 fails in 25 launches, as I understand it, makes SpaceX *less* safe than the ill-fated Space Shuttle. Vendors seeking orbit are paying attention. He’s got his work cut out for him.
Dazed: NY photographers pay a touching tribute to Bill Cunningham.
Art Newspaper: Ninth-century mosque destroyed by airstrike in Yemen.
Italian Ways: The Fiat 8V Elaborata Zagato, the American bet.
Love the dint in the roof ... though I’d probably hate it from a driver’s perspective. Another one I’ve not seen before.
BBC: DNA confirms cause of 1665 London’s Great Plague.
Let me guess. Yersinia pestis. Ain’t it always?
Guardian.UK: The game is up - Shakespeare’s language not as original as dictionaries think.
“‘Tis Greek to me, my Lord ...” Seems one can never be absolutely sure of anything anymore. Gravity? Still here.
Italian Ways: Giovanni Patrone’s Italian ocean liners.
Ocean liners are some of my fave vintage posters.
MeFi: The return of beautiful music.
Wish I could re-listen to WMMR from the old ‘70’s days (teen years). They’d play album sides, uninterrupted. Beat the hell out of “Cousin Brucie” on AM.
Salon: Bewildered in “Bloom County”.
“But silliness suddenly seems safe now. Trump’s merely a sparkling symptom of a renewed national ridiculousness. We’re back baby.” Pear pimples for hairy fishnuts had me crying laughing in the aisle at Barnes & Noble in NYC, when I picked up the very first Bloom County book. Bought it on the spot, been a fan ever since.
Virtual Tudors: 3D Mary Rose Models.
Check the Carpenter Skull. Rough life.