Today would have been Townes Van Zandt's 70th birthday, so here are some songs. You will of course have your own favorites, unless you are unfamiliar with the work of Townes van Zandt, in which case, oh boy, a whole new world of discovery is about to open itself to you.
We are twenty years away from what would with any justice be a huge bicentennial celebration of the birth of my favorite Russian composer, Alexander Borodin, but based on current conditions and trendlines, the odds that we will be in a position to do any amount of commemorating come 2033 seem so slim that there are probably pro-ana sites devoted to their thinness on Tumblr right now. I mean, I will almost certainly be dead by then, and your time will be spent in an exhausting slog of fire avoidance and killer machine evasion, so any celebrations on that day will involve your family cheering you on for capturing [...]
"Aberdeen, Washington, the home town of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain – a place he once mocked as 'Twin Peaks without the excitement' – is holding its first annual Kurt Cobain Day on Thursday. Celebrations will include the unveiling of Cement Resurrection, a full-scale statue of Cobain by local artist Randi Hubbard, at the Aberdeen Museum of History. Local band Gebular will play a set expected to contain a number of Nirvana covers. And cupcakes, cookies and light refreshment will be served, according to mayor Bill Simpson."
Twenty-five years ago today a nation still adjusting to the idea that Ronald Reagan was no longer its president saw the release of an album called As Nasty As They Wanna Be by a Miami hip-hop collective named 2 Live Crew. While the band's arrest and subsequent trial for obscenity have justly received the lion's share of historical coverage, it seems fitting on this anniversary that we recognize the important work the band did in raising awareness for and discussion of horniness in American society. It is difficult to comprehend (or remember, if you are of a certain age) just how heavy the proscriptions against the mere mention of [...]