new music playlist for december 2020

January 8, 2021
Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See
Busta Rhymes
Not my favorite Busta Rhymes piece, though I do love that video style he had in this era.
Mentioned in Cracked One Man's Crusade To Officially Name A Island (... After Busta Rhymes?)



Fight The Power: Remix 2020 (feat. Nas, Rapsody, Black Thought, Jahi, YG & Questlove)
Public Enemy
Great update of the Hip Hop classic. Love hearing women's voices on it too.
recommended by Youtube off of “Public Enemy Number Won” from the same album.
Dig It Up
Holes Soundtrack
A little too polished, but the the rap / piano swing works well.
via Cracked Meryl Streep Is Now Apparently A Rapper (err but not in this song)




Crash of Worlds
Rocco DeLuca
Lovely, plaintive song for a cowboy game.
From "Red Dead Redemption 2" which I played through.



Funky Christmas feat. Big Freedia
Too Many Zooz
Great holiday song! Love Freedia's voice, and Too Many Zooz always has a great sound.
Youtube recommendation.
Sump'n Claus - SNL
SNL
The skit isn't all that funny but I love the concept.
Youtube recommendation.
Joe Hill
Paul Robeson
Damn, that voice.
Mentioned in a McSweeny article.



Times Like These
Foo Fighters
There's something stirring in the way he holds "I...."
They were on SNL recently, and they did this song.
Far Away
José González
Another cowboy song.
Sought out more from the Red Dead Redemption 2 soundtrack.



Unshaken
D'Angelo
This is like a set of tracks from "Crash of Worlds" but I think I prefer it... the sound is amazing, and playing it over a crucial lonely death scene was amazing powerful in the video game "Red Dead Redemption 2"
Dixieland
Steve Earle & The Del McCoury Band
Spirited war song, by one of the good guys.
The original song "Dixie" has been popping up for me a few places, like on Veep, mostly with people making fun of racists.



Hands To Myself
Selena Gomez
Kinda sexy! I think Janelle Monáe's PYNK drew from this, maybe?
Credits music for an episode of "Big Mouth"



Under Pressure
Karen O & Willie Nelson
Random spotify.

The Five Crises of the American Regime...

This is a really interesting article. I hope it doesn't ring too many bothsiderism bells for people - I mean there is some of that, but I think there's also some significantly smart analysis going on.

There's some shit I just don't see ("the Democrats, by tacitly encouraging and bailing out foundation-funded NGO staffers with secret identities and superhero-style Antifa outfits during the tolerated anti-Trump riots of Summer 2020" -- whut? and "The Democratic street armies, with their national networks of bail funds that enable the coastal rich to spring left-wing rioters and looters from jail in staged protests across the country" - maybe I was too far from the action thus summer with my activist bands, but I didn't see much of that) but some other stuff rings way too true:

"And the elderly Boomer politicians of our time in both parties have chosen to wield their enhanced power to delegitimize the mere existence of the other party as a threat to the nation that must be humiliated if not annihilated."

And at the very least historically, it absolutely started with Conservatives:

The Republicans started the cycle of escalation in the 1990s. Rejecting the very idea of a bipartisan consensus, Newt Gingrich disseminated a partisan vocabulary to make it appear that Republicans favored the opposite of everything Democrats favored. Gingrich told Republicans to contrast the "conservative opportunity society" with "the liberal welfare state." Semantic warfare was combined with quasi-military organization, as Gingrich and his Republican successors imposed a degree of discipline on the Republican party in Congress that was alien to American traditions. The 1990s Republicans weaponized impeachment against Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. As Senate Majority leader, Mitch McConnell, occupying the same office as the great conciliator Lyndon Johnson, continued Newt Gingrich's tactics of treating the Democrats as enemies to be completely thwarted, not as partners in government.

And again, later the author claims that men do a lot worse job wise, but CNN tells me "According to new data released Friday, employers cut 140,000 jobs in December, signaling that the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is backtracking. Digging deeper into the data also reveals a shocking gender gap: Women accounted for all the job losses, losing 156,000 jobs, while men gained 16,000."