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I did one of these diaries several years ago and it got a really good response.  I'm sitting here on a Friday night drinking a beer and thought it might be a good time to do another one.  Plus, I don't recall seeing any Friday night music diaries here on dKos in quite some time.

So what am I listening to tonight?  There's an up and coming band out of England that has been making some waves over the last several weeks.  London Grammar is their name, and they are a trio consisting of Hannah Reid, Dot Major and Dan Rothman.  This is the song that people have been talking about over across the pond (and which I downloaded from Amazon earlier this evening):

Something else that I recently purchased was the new album by Travis called Where You Stand.  Although they've been around for a number of years, this is their first new material since 2008.  This is the title track from their new album.

Finally, here's the new song by Fitz and The Tantrums.  I came across this band a couple of year ago surfing around late night cable.  The earlier work reminded me quite a bit of 80's era Hall and Oates.  This one is definitely more pop than their earlier material.  I still like it though.

For comparison, MoneyGrabber is from their last album.

So what are YOU listening to tonight?

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  •  Bikini Kill Station, Pandora (2+ / 0-)
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    madmsf, Free Jazz at High Noon

    Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about. Mark Twain

    by Deathtongue on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 08:46:04 PM PDT

  •  Well, watching this/listening if it counts ... (4+ / 0-)

    I'll tell you what justice is. Justice is a knee in the gut from the floor on the chin at night sneaky with a knife brought up down on the magazine of a battleship sandbagged underhanded in the dark without a word of warning.

    by BFSkinner on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 08:50:29 PM PDT

  •  fabric (2+ / 0-)
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    madmsf, churchylafemme

    "on a quiet night of a white hot day, whisper the things that will come our way"

    by anodnhajo on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 08:56:51 PM PDT

    •  Just curious. (1+ / 0-)
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      anodnhajo

      I'm listening to this right now, and for me it's something that might be background music to something else I was doing.  Is that your take on it also?

      •  yes (2+ / 0-)
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        madmsf, Free Jazz at High Noon

        I'm just goofing around on the web, and it's playing in the background.

        I think it could work in a variety of settings.

        It's a free mix from fabric so I could see it in that kind of atmosphere, out with friends at a club.

        Wild just did a DJ set at Burning Man.

        I frequently use one of the monthly discs to exercise to.

        "on a quiet night of a white hot day, whisper the things that will come our way"

        by anodnhajo on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 09:37:57 PM PDT

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  •  O Brother Where Art Thou's Wrapping Up on AMC (3+ / 0-)

    First time I ever sat through it; the caricaturing of the Appalachian rednecks is so offputting that despite my love of traditional music, so well represented in the movie, I was never able to make it past Clooney's first slackjawed gape.

    So I mostly kept my eyes off the screen and listened to the trad.

    And in a closely related vein, my own music, Irish and Scots trad. I once played in a pickup jam sessiun next to this piper, Paddy Keenan. Still haven't washed my left ear. The fluter Matt Molloy has played with the Chieftains for many years, and they often send out jam sessiun invitations where they do concerts. Quite a few of my trad mates from over the years have played with them in after concert jams. I had 3 shots but was always in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    The Bothy Band, 1970's, "Farewell to Eireann." Worth some volume cranking.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 08:58:41 PM PDT

  •  Matisyahu and Knaan (3+ / 0-)

    An american jew and a somalian born muslim, two of the best musicians to have ever existed with some of the best lyrics/musical abilities around:

    Proof:


    Knaan has an amazing story:

    Born in Somalia,[3] K'naan spent his childhood in Mogadishu[4] and lived there until the start of the Somali Civil War, which began in 1991. His aunt, Magool, was one of Somalia's most famous singers.[5] K'naan's grandfather, Haji Mohammad, was a poet. K'naan is Muslim,[6] and his name, Keynaan, means "traveller" in the Somali language. He spent the early years of his life listening to the hip-hop records sent to him from America by his father, who had left Somalia earlier. When he was 13, K'naan, his mother, and his three siblings, older brother, Liban, and Sagal left their homeland and joined relatives in New York City,



    "These are established professionals that have a liberal bent, but ultimately most of them if pushed will choose professional preservation over cause, such is the mentality of most business professionals" -BoA/HBGary/CoC

    by LieparDestin on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 08:59:47 PM PDT

    •  WOW this is GREAT (1+ / 0-)
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      LieparDestin

      thanks so much for sharing this, LieparDestin!

      FANTASTIC

      Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
      Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

      by TrueBlueMajority on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 04:46:52 AM PDT

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      •  I cannot suggest enough (0+ / 0-)

        to listen to Matisyahu and really listen to the lyrics, it is simply amazing stuff. There is nobody else out there like him.

        As for KNaan, his early work that combined amaerican hiphop with Somalia poetry is pretty damn epic. THe newer stuff is a little more 'mainstream', but even it is done well if you like that kind of thing. I love the stuff about growing up in Somalia that he does.

        "These are established professionals that have a liberal bent, but ultimately most of them if pushed will choose professional preservation over cause, such is the mentality of most business professionals" -BoA/HBGary/CoC

        by LieparDestin on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 06:45:45 AM PDT

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        •  i went to YouTube (1+ / 0-)
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          LieparDestin

          and found some more stuff by Matisyahu.  You have to listen closely and more than once to get everything he says, but it is worth it.  The acoustic version of One Day is spectacular and I found the electric version on YouTube as well as some other stuff by him.

          As for KNaan, I've been listening to Strugglin and the acoustic version of Take a Minute over and over.   Nicely done, indeed!

          I even sent an email to a friend telling her about both of them with links to the videos you posted.

          so this is a real find.  thanks again LD

          Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
          Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

          by TrueBlueMajority on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 01:20:31 PM PDT

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          •  look for the Matisyahu Live @ Stubbs (1+ / 0-)
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            TrueBlueMajority

            full concert video, it is a lot clearer when it comes to the lyrics and such. Id also recommend listening to all the accoustic stuff. Its such a change seeing him with the short hair and beardless now, but he has an excellent post he wrote about it. Wiki should have the rundown

            KNaan's 'Smile' is probably my favorite song of his.

            If youre ever bored I am a big fan of 'little known' artists that are unique in their style and personal story so feel free to shoot me a message asking for something new :)

            "These are established professionals that have a liberal bent, but ultimately most of them if pushed will choose professional preservation over cause, such is the mentality of most business professionals" -BoA/HBGary/CoC

            by LieparDestin on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 01:26:44 PM PDT

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            •  i saw that! but I did not have time to watch it (1+ / 0-)
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              LieparDestin

              this morning.  i have it marked in my "watch later" folder so that when I am working on my computer some night soon I can listen to it then.

              as for smile... I did stumble across that one!

              never let them see you down.
              smile while you bleeding!

              Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
              Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

              by TrueBlueMajority on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 01:41:47 PM PDT

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            •  just a couple: (0+ / 0-)

              Citizen Cope, Buck 65 (especially his work with Symphony Nova Scotia) I consider him a modern Johnny Cash. 'Roses and Bluejays' and 'Shiela' are epic.

              "These are established professionals that have a liberal bent, but ultimately most of them if pushed will choose professional preservation over cause, such is the mentality of most business professionals" -BoA/HBGary/CoC

              by LieparDestin on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 01:47:49 PM PDT

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  •  Under Currents Radio and Donna the Buffalo (2+ / 0-)
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    madmsf, churchylafemme

    I'm visiting the Great State of Jefferson so I've got Greg McVicars' program Under Currents on via WiFi (UnderCurrentsRadio.com). If I wasn't deep in the Deschutes River canyon, I'd have it over the air via Jefferson Public Radio. This guy puts together the best of music of any programmer I know. Stuff from all around the world mixed in with the best American music of severl different decades and genres.

    Plus, just before that I was listening to Donna the Buffalo, a Canadian group that I heard for the first time at the Red Ants Pants Music Festival in White Sulphur Springs, Montana earlier this summer. (Headliners Robert Earl Keen, Todd Snyder and Merle Haggard--to give you an idea of the kind of music I travel for. Though that doesn't begin to tell the full tale of what I listen to).

    •  OK so I had to google that. (1+ / 0-)
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      churchylafemme

      So you're in N. CA?

      •  Actually, in part of Oregon (0+ / 0-)

        I believe that the idea for the Great State of Jefferson included some of Oregon. The funny thing is that the "Jeffersonians" were an almost radically progressive lot. I think that in modern times, The People's Republic of Ashland would insist on inclusion. Probably compete for capital city.

        Today Jefferson Public Radio operates more repeater transmitters and covers more actual terrain than any other public radio station. And there are really two of them. One is the Rhythm and News station that programs newer music. The other is a Classical music broadcaster. File this under fun factoids.

  •  Phil Gould (of Level 42) (1+ / 0-)
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    madmsf

  •  Lady Antebellm live at Disneyland... (2+ / 0-)

    It's about 30 minutes long and is interesting because of the small stage and the fact that I can hear Dave Haywood's acoustic guitar in the mix...

    "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile..." - Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

    by Jack K on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 09:34:15 PM PDT

    •  I have to be honest. (3+ / 0-)

      I've not a fan of country music.  I think there's a psychological thing I have against it.  It may go back many years ago when I worked in the receiving department at Sears in Woodfield Mall (Schaumburg, IL) and I was stuck unloading semi-trailers full of merchandise and I was forced to listen to nothing but country 40 hrs a week.  Frankly, it drove me insane.

      But thanks for contributing!!

  •  CBC Radio Podcasts (3+ / 0-)

    Power and Politics
    As it Happens
    Q the Podcast
    World At Six

    I listen to these daily -- because, well ... American news / infotainment SUCK! and I really would like to know what the hell is going on in the world and I sure as hell ain't gonna find out with local US provide clap trap!

    and just north of the border, I can actually get some decent quality journalism / news / current affairs along with a whole lot more

    CBC Radio Podcasts

    "I want to keep them alive long enough that I can win them to Christ," - Rick Warren, Professional Greed Driven Scumbag

    by josephk on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 09:46:35 PM PDT

  •  I'm listening to frogs and crickets singing (2+ / 0-)
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    churchylafemme, madmsf

    They have a pulsating rolling cadence which sets the pace for my meditation.

    Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is now 400ppm. That is "Climate Cluster Chaos". (hat tip to JeffW for CCC)

    by Zinman on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 11:43:27 PM PDT

  •  I'm not very cultured! (2+ / 0-)
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    TrueBlueMajority, madmsf

    Before we point fingers at President Obama, we ought to point them at ourselves.

    by Sucker Politics on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 04:11:13 AM PDT

  •  i can't stop listening to what I call (1+ / 0-)
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    madmsf

    "mindless repetitive robot music".

    this one especially is the kind of earworm that is oddly relaxing because the repetition drives other obsessive thoughts out of my mind!

    Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
    Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights for support in dealing with grief.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 04:45:48 AM PDT

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