All of us here at Mining the Audio Motherlode want to extend a firm handshake (followed by quick Purell shpritz) to new Democratic senator Arlen Specter. With Specter deserting the sinking GOP, visions of gaining a filibuster-proof supermajority in the senate have us all aflutter. Nevertheless, thoughts of invoking cloture also brings up bitter reminders of the senate's inability over the course of decades to defeat Southern racist filibustering of nearly 200 anti-lynching bills.
How ironic is it, then, that on the same day and at the same U.S. Capitol building were Specter switched parties, a bust of crusading abolitionist Sojourner Truth was unveiled (by First Lady Michelle Obama)—making her the first African American woman so honored. An even richer irony took place four years ago, when the senate voted to officially apologize for failing to act on the lynching scourge. That resolution was introduced by two white Southern senators, one of whom, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, invoked Billie Holiday's performance of "Strange Fruit" on the floor of the senate.
Speaking of thrilling music, here are this week's downloads:
Sioux Rockers from New Mexico (No Relation to Siouxsie)
Lincoln Street Exit ~ "Drive It!"
Hysterical Covers from Mexico (and Brazil and Cuba and Peru)
Various ~ "Easy Melodías"
From the album: Médico Brujo (mp3) by Manuel "Loco" Valdés
Rare Self-Released Soul Outta Cleveland
Lou Ragland ~ "...Is the Conveyor"
(Blog: Diggin the Crates)
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[7 more gavel-smashers, after the jump]
He's Backed by Hank's Drifting Cowboys
Tibby Edwards ~ "Tibby Edwards"
(Blog: Uncle Gil's Rockin' Archives)
Lovely French Folkies Sing (Mostly) in English
Folkdove ~ "Folkdove"
(Blog: Mutant Sounds)
From the album: Reverdie (mp3)
Roiling Organ-Driven Danceables
Hank Marr ~ "Greasy Spoon"
(Blog: Be Bop Wino)
Japan's Answer to Black Sabbath?
Blues Creation ~ "Blues Creation"
(Blog: Savage Saints)
From the album: Double Crossing Time (mp3)
Outtakes from the "Nashville Skyline" Sessions (and more)
Bob Dylan/Johnny Cash ~ "Nashville 1969"
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Fats Waller, Coleman Hawkins, Don Redman, Benny Carter & James P. Johnson were all in the Band!
McKinney's Cotton Pickers ~ Tons of RealAudio Song Downloads
(Blog: Red Hot Jazz)
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