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Happy 30th anniversary to Jimmy Carter and his maligned "crisis of confidence" speech, which some political observers identify as the day Carter lost his bid for reelection. Despite the ignominy attached to Carter's address, it turns out to have been one of the rare moments a sitting president has told the country such a shocking measure of truth about itself. The resulting right-wing shitstorm, which ultimately eviscerated Carter's presidency, spooked progressive politics under the rock it's only now just beginning to creep out from under.
In the three decades since that fateful night Carter sat before the cameras, ostensibly to deliver a speech on energy policy, Carter's flat-lined presidency has been looking better and better. (Of course, even Warren Harding's tenure begins to look rosy when viewed through the prism of the Bush abomination.) Sure it turned out to be a PR disaster, but Carter's address to the nation on July 15, 1979, was a stunning display of soul-searching candor never to be seen again in American presidential politics.
Sitar on My Face
Bill Plummer ~ "Bill Plummer & the Cosmic Brotherhood"
(Blog: Hippy Djkit)
Aye, That's the Rabab
Essa Kassimi ~ "Le Luth Afghan"
(Blog: Sounds of Enlightenment)
[7 more nuggets of truth, after the jump]
Macedonian Trumpet King
Naat Veliov & the Original Kocani Orkestar ~ "Cigance"
(Blog: Na Bula Bula)
Marrakesh Record-Stall Pickup
Cheb Mokhtar el Berkani ~ ???
(Blog: Different Waters)
What, No Ditty About Having Your Foot Near Shot Off?
Howard Vokes ~ "Songs of Tragedy and Disaster"
(Blog: Red Neckerson's Radio Round Up)
Godwin Ironbar & His High-Life Rock Exponent ~ "Godwin Ironbar"
(Blog: With Comb and Razor)
From the album: Okpa Do (mp3)
Jimmy Giuffre Three ~ "River Chant"
(Blog: Far From Ubiquit)
Funky Son from '70s Havana
Grupo Monumental ~ "Grupo Monumental"
(Blog: L'Ostia Latin Jazz)
From the album: Tremendo, Tremendo (mp3)
Pass the Hookah 'Pon the Left Hand Side
Various ~ "Turkish Delights"
(Blog: Twisted Perceptions)
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