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February 2, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Allen Ginsberg

Beat poet Allen Ginsberg‘s The Fall of America: Poems of These States 1965-1971 gets the musical interpretation treatment in honor of it’s 50th anniversary, and his words remain as powerful, poignant and funny as ever. Some of the tracks feature different artists speaking Ginsberg’s words, and a few even craft them into more traditional song structures, but for us the tracks where it’s audio of the man himself reading his works over new musical compositions is where it’s at. Ginsberg wasn’t just a game changing poet (Howl, anyone?), he was also a great orator, one whose natural rhythm is in the DNA of the words he wrote. The album is a benefit for HeadCount.org and features Yo La Tengo, Shintaro Sakamoto, Angelique Kidjo, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo, Handsome Family, Devendra Banhart, Andrew Bird and many more. The digital version of the album drops this Friday with a CD and vinyl release slated for June. You can pre-order your preferred version here.

February 2, 2021

The B-Side: Channel 3

SoCal 80’s punk band Channel 3 got a bit of a revival a few years ago when “Strength in Numbers” was used in Stranger Things 2, and now their old label Posh Boy is hoping to catch the cultural zeitgeist again with a digital push of the song, listing it as “The WSB Anthem.” WSB standing for Wall Street Bets, the Reddit forum which recently shorted the short sellers with their GameStop stocks push. Is there anything more punk than stock manipulation? What kind of portfolio would Joe Strummer recommend? Who can say? All we know is this song rips, has always ripped and shall continue to rip, no matter what way it gets repackaged.

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