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Okay, I'm going to speak directly to the "both sides are equally bad" crowd. Although, I do not necessarily agree with your assessment; in normal times, I can at least respect your viewpoint. And, I am not afraid to say that I am not always happy with the decisions, policies, and practices of "my side". However, I think to continue that line of argument under the current situation is disingenuous. I need to say that if you are only making this argument on certain single-issues - then your argument may be accurate but flawed. For people of color, for people with disabilities (and those who care about them), for the LGBTQQIP2SAA community, for people with preexisting health issues, for basically anyone who is not part of the 1% - I can unequivocally say both sides are not equally bad. I have always disliked the two party system. I would love to see few strong third parties to emerge. Unfortunately, it will not be easy because in many ways the two party system seems to be codified both in actual code and in the wiring of most Americans. I'm not saying it can't or won't change, but it will not be easy. In the meantime, I really would love to see people of good conscience of all political stripes to step forward against the dangerous direction the current administration is taking this country.
Despite still being tired from Monday night's late night, I headed out to $2 Tuesday at The 5 Spot. This weekly night - hosted by Derek Hoke with Tim Hibbs spinning tunes - is one of the best hangs in this town of great hangs. $2 cover/$2 Yazoo pints and always great music. Last night saw the $2 Tuesday debut of Jon Latham and his powerhouse band plus Jacob Thomas Jr., host Derek Hoke, and The Royal Hounds. All that and good hangs with good friends. Can't be beat.
If you caught Jon Latham and company last night and were blown away, be sure to head back to The 5 Spot on May 10 when they will have a full set to spread out and rock your socks off. (Part of the E2TG Anniversary residency - all May long).
It's Wild Wednesday on the E2TG Shuffle. All the songs... You know, sometimes Wild Wednesday produces an eclectic mix of music - covering widely diverse eras, genres, and geographic areas. Sometimes - not so much. I will let you decide for yourself which category today's shuffle fits.
"The Weight of Lies" by The Avett Brothers
Hard to believe but The Avett Brothers' breakthrough album Emotionalism will be ten years old in less than a month. I added this song back to my phone for the Topical Thursday playlist, but it popped up on this Wild Wednesday shuffle.
"This Time I Almost Made It" by Barbara Mandrell
According to my tagging thing, this marks the E2TG debut of Barbara Mandrell. So, welcome Ms. Mandrell to the E2TG family. This is the title track to her fourth studio album which was released in 1974. The song was written and the album was produced by the late Billy Sherrill.
"Feel Alive" by Ali Holder
Next up, we have a track from the 2015 album From My Veins Will Fall by Austin, Texas musician/singer/songwriter Ali Holder. We have been featuring Holder's music for much of this blog's history.
"Someday" by Grazzhopper
Next up, we have a nifty song from Tulsa, Oklahoma based Grazzhopper. I came by this track from the 2016 Oklahoma Room at Folk Alliance CD - put out by the fine folks at Horton Records.
"Zaz Turned Blue" by Was (Not Was)
Next up, we have the music of Was (Not Was) and the vocals of the Velvet Fog, Mel Torme. From the 1983 album, "Born to Laugh at Tornadoes.
"Psalm 150 Praise Ye the Lord" by Jessi Colter
The great Jessi Colter revcently released an album of Psalms including this one - a lovely song.
"Corn N Taters" by Ugggy
"Jungle Juice" by Ugggy
Next, two in a row from the awesome Ugggy of E2TG Band of the Year - Valued Customer. The first track is a beat off The Harvest Beet Tape and the second features some rapid fire bars from The Divided Tape.
"3D Print Me" by Hacking the Wave
Some pretty awesome techno/electronica darkwave - mostly instrumental stuff from Japan off the EP Circuit Breakers which came out in 2015. Hacking the Wave are from Japan.
"Smilin' Jim is Down Again" by Black Vincent
And we close with a holdover track from the album Teardrop Deluxe. Black Vincent features some of the same folks who are in The Buddies (Coley Kennedy, Justin Collins, Kim Collins, Scott Collins). The album was recorded in Nashville by the Cosmic Thug folks - Justin Collins and Adam Landry. This was one of my favorite releases from 2015.