Saturday, December 19, 2009

Bias

An amazingly biased article on abortion and the health care bill can be found here: http://apnews.myway.com/article/20091219/D9CMCH600.html.

Wow.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Top 5 Albums of the Year

IMO, here are the Top Five Albums of the Year (2009):

5. Kid Cudi: "Man on the Moon"


A great hip-hop album from a rising star. The flow is great with largely mature, thoughtful lyrics. Beats are fun and fresh, while guest appearances don't overwhelm but add just the right spice.

Sample Track:"Make Her Say" ft. Kanye West and Common
For fans of: Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Common, Lady GaGa.


4. Great Northern: "Remind Me Where the Light Is"


The second album from one of my new favorite bands. Great Northern combines female and male vocals for uplifting, wintry-sounding songs that evoke emotional responses. A great soft rock album and excellent follow-up to their superb 2007 debut.

Sample Track:"Story"
For fans of: Snow Patrol and Coldplay.

3. Jay-Z: "The Blueprint 3"



Hova returns with his best album since his "retirement". The Blueprint 3 balances everything, leading to one of the 25 greatest Hip Hop albums of all time. It showcases everything from club favorites to reflections on growing old.


Sample Track: "Empire State of Mind"
For fans of: Rihanna, Kanye West, and Nas.

2. The Very Best: "Warm Heart of Africa"


Every year an artist bursts onto the scene evoking new adoration and appreciation for what music can and should be. Last year, I especially liked Vampire Weekend and MGMT. This year, The Very Best opened up music to me. The combination of excellent production, worldly flavor, and upbeat songs creates unbridled emotion and a general feeling of buoyancy - all while being wholly original. Do yourself a favor and at least sample what this band has to offer.


Sample Track: "Julia"
For fans of: Vampire Weekend, M.I.A., and Amadou & Mariam.

1. Animal Collective - "Merriweather Post Pavilion"


An album that came out 3 weeks into the new year, Merriweather Post Pavilion remains the best of the year. It flows from track to track creating a landscape of images in your mind through the power of beautiful and complex lyrics fused with amazing instrumentation. Animal Collective's follow-up EP - "Fall Be Kind" - follows and the two serve as an example of what music should be in the tradition of a complete album. While nearly impossible to distinguish what the best track is, as the entire piece should be taken in as a whole, "My Girls" and "Lion in a Coma" stand out for me.

Sample Track: "My Girls"
For fans of: Grizzly Bear, Incubus, good music.

Honorable mention:
(in no particular order)
Grizzly Bear - "Veckatimest"
30 Seconds to Mars - "This Is War"
Karen O and the Kids - "Where the Wild Things Are Soundtrack"
Kasabian - "The West Rider Pauper Lunatic Asylum"
Editors - "In This Light on this Evening"
Decemberists - "The Hazards of Love"
Andrew Bird - "Noble Beast"
Wolfmother - "Cosmic Egg"
Eskimo Joe - "Inshalla"
Metric - "Fantasies"

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Conscience Clauses

There's an excellent piece in the newest Rover regarding the importance of conscience clauses for our nation especially as we debate new health care legislation.

Following up is this excellent piece which provides an examination of the current state of such clauses and their practical import in today's health care world.