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So one of my office-mates was new to the United States from China back in the 1990’s. He didn’t know Aretha Franklin from Benjamin Franklin, and there was a trade show in New Orleans and the person he was with says, “Oh, Aretha Franklin is in town at the House of Blues! Let’s go!” And he says “Who?”

It was a night he still remembers, all these years later. “She had such a BIG voice!” he exclaims, hands sweeping wide. “I didn’t know someone could sing so BIG!”

That she did. That she did. Even at the age of 73, in the video above.

Aretha Franklin, R.I.P.

– Badtux the Music Penguin

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Garbage. From 2005’s Bleed Like Me.

This was Shirley Manson’s ruminations on the Afghanistan and Iraq wars…

– Badtux the Music Penguin

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I keep listening to this maybe-album over and over again.

This is Tess Parks and Anton Newcombe. Tess has the laconic delivery of Hope Sandoval down pat, though she’s a little raspier. And Anton Newcombe is, of course, basically Brian Jonestown Massacre nowadays.

Shall I call it Mazzy Jonestown Massacre? Brian Jonestown Star? This penguin has no idea other than that he likes it!

– Badtux the Music Penguin

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She is brilliant

Regina Spektor, “Grand Hotel”, off her brilliant 2016 album Remember Us To Life.

Check out the whole session, including the bit at the end where she talks about life after she arrived in America as a child, and how the whole neighborhood in the Bronx rallied around the family to feed her musical ambitions including taking up a collection to buy a piano for her family and a brilliant classical piano teacher and performer who lived in the neighborhood giving her free lessons because they were so poor they couldn’t afford any, and how lucky she feels to have experienced this in her life when there is so much negativity around. She knows just how lucky she is, unlike the people who were born on 3rd base and thought they hit a triple, like Dim Shrub Son and Dimmer Orange Son.

— Badtux the Music Penguin

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Yeah, I’ve had this here before, but it came up again in my playlist, so you get to listen to it again.

– Badtux the Music Penguin

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No one lives long enough to know any answers

Regina Spektor, “Sellers of Flowers”, off her 2016 album Remember Us To Life. Fucking brilliant. A Russian novel (she’s Russian-born) wrapped up into a song. If I ever met her I’d shake her hand and say I wish I could have written a song like this. Of course, I’ve written songs that are basically William Faulkner novels wrapped up into a song, but nobody will ever confuse them with something as brilliant as this.

– Badtux the Music Penguin

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Where white folk celebrate the kindly Uncle Tom caricature that they’ve made of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was a nice negro (in their caricature version of him, not in real life, where he was righteous and fiery and said tons of things that white people wouldn’t like to be reminded of today).

So fuck that. I’m more sad about the death of Dolores O’Riordan, whose Irish lilt and clear enunciation made for a distinctive and refreshing voice on a radio filled with sloppy slurred drugged-out singers in the early 90’s. She was only 46, and still in fine voice just a few months ago…

Fuck reality. Donald fucking Trump is still alive despite consuming more Big Macs than the entire city of Detroit, and someone who actually contributed beauty to this world dies young? That’s why I know if there is a God, he’s a vicious and vindictive son of a bitch and I want nothing to do with him. Besides, Hell would have better company.

– Badtux the Sad Penguin

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