Linky Goodness – 8/19/2009

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Why Kind of Blue is so great
Kind of Blue was released 50 years ago this week. Slate analyzes what made this record so great.

I’m not a jazz geek, but I have a few of these records in rotation. If you haven’t already, you should check out:

Miles Davis: Kind of Blue, Sketches of Spain, Bitches Brew, In a Silent Way, Dark Magus

John Coltrane: A Love Supreme, Blue Train, Giant Steps

Thelonious Monk: Solo Monk

Charles Mingus: The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady

If you like vocals, then you should absolutely check out these two records, two of my all-time favorites

Billie Holiday: Songs for Distingue Lovers

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

Flipping through Amazon to find all these links, I was delighted to have the yellow bar saying things like “You Purchased this item on February 8, 1999.” Shows how long Amazon has been around.

Barney Frank’s Town Hall
Barney Frank seemed to have a lot of fun at his town hall to discuss healthcare reform. This is a ridiculously slanted account of the night, but there’s some truth buried in there. Here’s a more nuanced coverage from CNN. Here’s the Barney Frank video

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