(December 5, 2018): The Majestics – Here Come Da Judge

From the 1968 album of the same name, Here Come Da Judge.  A cover of a tune written by Carl Cisco and Nick Ameno for The Buena Vistas by the Canadian Majestics (not to be confused with their Texas contemporaries). The tune’s title is taken from a 1950s Dewey “Pigmeat” Markham routine, which Flip Wilson used as a line on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In in the late 1960s.

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(November 4, 2018) – Human Rights and Music

Professor Don Anton talks about early Australian labour rights and war protest songs as an example of the synergies between human rights aspirations and their musical support.

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(November 14, 2018): The Awkward Stage – The Morons Are Winning

From the 2006 album, Heaven is Easy For Girls.  All a bit juvenile by this Vancouver band led by Shane Nelken, but I still like the opening lyric of this tune: “There is a war on and all of the morons are winning.” Nelken has played with AC Newmand the New Pornographers. The last release by The Awkward Stage was 2008.

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(November 12, 2018): Albert King – Got To Be Some Changes Made

From the 1990 release, Wednesday Night In San Francisco.  The LP was recorded in June 1968 at Fillmore West when King was 44 years old. In January that year, King had opened for Jimi Hendrix and John Mayall, his first exposure to a mostly young, white audience. These two shows were organized by Bill Graham following the release of his 1967 album, Born Under A Bad Sign, which got regular play on “underground” stations like K-SHE 95.

 

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(Nov. 11, 2018): Bill Carrothers – I Didn’t Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier – Armistice Day

From the 2004 double CD, Armistice 1918.  Obviating the need to remember sacrifice by teaching peace and resisting war is the best homage that can be paid to the fallen. The incessant celebration of war and the military is the greatest disrespect. The physical copy of the album includes a 36 page booklet with period photos, poems, and liner notes by Mr. Carrothers and Thomas Compere-Morel, curator of l’Historial de la Grande Guerre, a museum of the Great War in Peronne (Somme region).

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(November 10, 2018): Johnny Cash – What Is Truth

From the 1970 a-side 7″ single, What Is Truth / Sing A Traveling Song (Columbia ‎– S-45134). A song played at a command performance at the White House that made Nixon squirm (great video of the event in the Netflix “Tricky Dick and The Man In Black” film). Nothing can shame Trump, but wouldn’t it be great if Johnny Cash were alive today to sing about Trump’s pathological lies (and his other egregious moral failures).

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(November 9, 2018): Paul Robeson – Ballad For Americans

All four parts from the 1940 2×10″ 78 rpm discs, Ballad For Americans. For many, like me, born at the tail end of the post WWII baby boom, this collection represented what America was all about.  For those, like me, who view President Trump as a moral and political calamity (and that’s being generous) – see here, Bummed Out About Trump – Robeson knows we will get over his disgraceful Presidency.  Music by Earl Robinson. Words by John Latouch. Nat Shilkret conducting.

 

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