Nina Simone, always a good choice. I’m not sure how, but last night was the first time I really listened to this song, and it’s fantastic. The line where she sings (wails, belts, punches) out ‘Tell’ me that I’m old now / Since I lose my man / Since I lose my man’ is just shudderingly wonderful.
I’m not always a Billy Bragg fan. I like a lot of his music in moments, but I really have to be in the mood. However I am a big fan of his recreations of Woody Guthrie work, and this is another welcome addition to that catalogue.
Artist: Billy Bragg
Song: I Ain’t Got No Home In This World Anymore
Album/venue: Bing Lounge (which seems odd given the Microsoft tie-in, but maybe that’s just me)
I’ve been going through a The National/Smog/Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy kick lately. I first came to this song via Johnny Cash’s cover but - out of sorts for most of Cash’s covers - I’m leaning towards the original artist, and his unique ‘revisit’. The video is hilariously great, but it also shows both sides of the coin. If you strip away the music and the amusing dance manoeuvres, the lyrics are very much two sides of one sentiment. When Will Oldham plays this stripped down, it’s more akin to the Cash cover. Soulful and sorrowful.
A Timely Anniversary: On This Day In 1971, The New York Times Begins Publishing The “Pentagon Papers”
It had never happened before in the long history of the Republic. The Nixon Administration moved last week to stop of America’s most influential newspapers from publishing excerpts from a top-secret history of U.S. involvement in the war in Vietnam. The parts of the study that saw print suggested that Lyndon Johnson and his war counselors had covertly planned to escalate the war long in advance and had deceived both Congress and the public about their intentions.