This is no longer the most current edition. You'll want to go our MAY 1st EDITION for updated events. Though the FEATURE STORIES and on-demand music in this edition are still new to you if ya haven't read and / or listened to 'em.
Just because we published two massive, information-packed editions already this week, that doesn't mean we get to take the weekend off. There's just too much going on that needs reporting!
So.... here we are, afresh and again (well, the material is fresh, but it's been a week of long hours, so we aren't exactly bright-eyed and bushy-tailed)... But herewith is a new edition with lots of content for this weekend. It's culled, cropped, harvested, collected, scavenged, and (when all else failed, as "plumb tarred" as we are) it's even originally reported and written-up from our own calls and notes. Eventually, voila! a rich and tasty stew with fresh-picked ingredients from hither and yon; all kindsa goodies from all sortsa places; and with a major nod to our friends at the Americana Music Association for their contributions, in partic'lar.
And, oh, by the way... there's bunches you can hear, watch, read, peruse, laugh at, and interactively do, in all of our recent editions.
Today is Saturday, April 25, 2020.
The world continues in quasi-quarantine (except for the maskless Trumpertarians trying to "liberate" the virus).
This poem soooo speaks to our time.
And April is National Poetry Month.
"A little Madness in the Spring"
by Emily Dickinson
A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King,
But God be with the Clown—
Who ponders this tremendous scene—
This whole Experiment of Green—
As if it were his own!
“A little Madness in the Spring...” by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886). Public domain.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY from one born on this date...
"The only thing better than singing is more singing."
~ Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996), America's First Lady of Song.
She was the most popular female jazz singer in the United States for more than half a century. In her lifetime, she won 13 Grammy awards and sold over 40 million albums.
We turn to Garrison Keillor, who wrote this today about her:
It's the birthday of the "First Lady of Song," Ella Fitzgerald, born in Newport News, Virginia in 1917. She loved to sing and dance as a child and when she was 16 she entered a contest at the Apollo Theater. She had a dance routine worked out and walked on stage wearing ragged clothes and men's boots, but she froze up. Later she said, "I got out there and I saw all the people and I just lost my nerve. And the man said, 'well, you're out here, do something!' So I tried to sing." She won the contest and soon became a celebrity across all of New York. She joined Cab Calloway and Duke Ellington as the only performers who could draw audiences at the Apollo from south of 125th Street.
◇ MUSIC NEWS
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◇ ON-DEMAND PERFORMANCES
◇ MUSIC VIDEOS done live
◇ TAKING CARE OF THOSE LOOKING OUT FOR US
◇ CYBER CONCERTS
◇ ONLINE EVENTS THIS WEEKEND
COVID-19 Music Industry Updates
Spotify for Artists has launched its new feature "Artist Fundraising Pick," which enables artists to highlight a fundraising destination on their Spotify profile via Cash App, GoFundMe or PayPal links. Read more
The National Independent Venue Association has written an open letter to Congress asking for "targeted legislative and regulatory assistance" to help this critically important facet of the music community survive during these financially trying times. Read more
Two storied Southern California-based artists have left us, one claimed by COVID-19.
Both these artists are missed, and will continue to be for a long, long time. When gigs resume, we expect we'll do double-takes, certain we saw them in the shadows behind the curtains, tuned, smiling, and waiting their call to take the stage.
Somewhere out there... news from artists
Michaela Anne reports, "I lost my tour, my income and my friend to Coronavirus. I don't know what's next." She penned a powerful piece on her world being turned upside down in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
Jason Isbell says, "I had a bunch of tools and nothing to build. I'm really glad I have something to build now,” opening up about his sobriety journey, firing listeners up with his potent lyrics and, and talking why he intentionally chose the title "Reunions" for his latest record with the 400 Unit. Read more
Lukas Nelson gave us insight into the making of "Naked Garden," including how leaving in bits of conversations during the recordings brings listeners into the studio and what he and his bandmates are planning after the pandemic passes. Read more
Amanda Shires says, “I was thinking about how much of what we do as singers is community-based ... I felt like I needed that ... " sharing how her "I So Lounging" quarantine music series helped her find a sense of togetherness with her fellow touring musicians and husband Jason Isbell, while also raising tens of thousands of dollars for her bandmates and MusicCares' COVID-19 Relief Fund. Read more
(our thanks to the Americana Music Association.)
Sayin' it in a song...
JEREMIE ALBINO pens an ode to adventurous freedom with "Klondike Man," a bluesy acoustic number topped with a harmonica solo. Listen here
JACKSON BROWNE raises awareness for plastic pollution with "Downhill from Everywhere," a slick roots-rock cut from his upcoming album (due out Oct 9). Listen here
STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES remember those who were lost in a coal mining tragedy on "It's About Blood," another gritty chapter from "Ghosts of West Virginia" (due out May 22). Listen here
NATHANIEL RATELIFF assembles an all-star ensemble for "Willie's Birthday Song," a celebratory salute to WILLIE NELSON's upcoming 87th birthday and the next installment in "The Marigold Singles" project. Listen here
THE DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS' MIKE COOLEY and PATTERSON HOOD are the latest guests on the "Broken Record" podcast, discussing the political tones of their latest record, "The Unraveling," and treating listeners to some stripped-down performances. Listen here
TRE BURT dropped by NPR Music's "World Cafe" to talk about his debut on the late John Prine's Oh Boy Records, "Caught It From the Rye," and to perform highlights like "Real You" and "What Good." Listen here
RECKLESS KELLY are trying to escape heartbreak throughout "Lonesome On My Own," another selection with radiant pedal steel from their upcoming double albums, "American Jackpot" and "American Girls" (both due out May 22). Listen here
JOHN PAUL WHITE teams-up with ROSANNE CASH for "We're All In This Together Now," a stirring benefit single for Music Health Alliance who are continuing to help the music community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen here
(our thanks to the Americana Music Association.)
Good stuff, on-demand...
Listen-in to New Releases, just out, April 18-24
The Guide has kept you informed about how musicians can get help. Now it's time to help others who help ALL OF US.
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Before you make Big Media or Big Pharma into heroes of the COVID crisis
by Larry Wines
Here at The Guide, we have explored with our readers why an ever-diminishing number of news sources erodes trust in the media. Today, just six giant, for-profit corporations control over 90% of the mass-information market, including the news media.
Those who have investigated this new phenomena -- and/or been insiders and gotten out of corporate media as a matter of conscience -- have had a tough time finding an audience for their revelations. Clearly, that's because Big Media enforces its hegemony to protect the profitability of the parent corporation and its interests and investments.
Look to Cenk Uygur, Amy Goodman, Thom Hartmann, the late Ed Schultz, Bill Maher, Chris Hedges, and Professors Richard Wolfe and Noam Chomsky, and socio-political satirist and media critic Lee Camp, who have all (lucidly) written plenty about it -- plenty that doesn't get them on book-tour segments on network morning shows or late shows or cable news.
Meanwhile, Big Oil, the Warconomy, Big Insurance, and Big Pharma buy what amounts to cheap cover in a protection racket of sponsorship of cable and network news. Hundreds of millions spent in advertising may influence viewers to a positive opinion, but that's almost irrelevant. The real benefit is avoiding media scrutiny and investigation.
Currently, Liberty Mutual, while distracting you with excruciatingly annoying "LiMu Emus" is profitably writing insurance policies for all the leaky tar-sands oil pipelines that deliver one of the most devastating generators of climate change. Without insurance, there are no more new pipeline projects to dangerously convey toxic goo through the watersheds of Native American lands -- where people from all over the world were portrayed as nutty malcontents when they joined Indians trying to keep the invasive, leaking pipelines out.
And look at the endless procession of commercials from Big Pharma. It's all ads for drugs nobody can afford, because millions must be recouped after advertising them (but only in the U.S. and New Zealand; EVERY other nation bans ads for prescription drugs). And the drugs themselves are so esoteric that the tiniest fraction of sick people could take them, anyway. What it is really about is avoiding news stories on the toxicity of what they make. And how it kills and debilitates some of those who take the stuff. And how doctors and hospitals are heavily bribed with expensive perqs to prescribe specific, heavily-advertised, high-profit drugs. And how the attendant horrors proliferate out of control. Like those undergone by animals used in testing. And by human populations in India and Pakistan where the stuff is made without inadequate regulations to protect the locals from toxic exposures.
While EVERY expert in epidemiology and vaccines tells anyone who will listen that a COVID-19 vaccine is probably a minimum of 18 months away, nobody is on-air on Big Pharma-sponsored Big Media, asking an existential question: whether the hypothetical vaccine will turn out to be proprietary to one drug maker, and what exorbitant extortion that giddy corporate-profit-taking maker will expect. Because dammit, it will be the next phase, and really the end-game in a life-or-death scenario: those rich enough can live, and those too poor will go untreated, left to the Russian roulette of contagion.
With that in mind, and Earth Day just past, we will invoke one of the Basic Laws of the Environment, put forth by the late Garret Hardin in the 1970s, and this one originally based on an observation by John Muir. It is simply this: "Everything is connected to everything else."
Accordingly, we offer the foregoing analysis and perspective to introduce a scathingly insightful (even "inciteful") piece from FAIR - Fairness and Acuracy in Reporting. It's an important and enlightening read, and it's next.
Depending on where you are on the political spectrum, you almost assuredly ask, "How can ANYBODY believe FOX?!" Or, "How can ANYBODY believe MSNBC?!" The real question should be aimed at ALL of corporate media and the elitist and protectionist agenda that determines what we see.
Corporate Media Deny Their Own Existence, Despite Driving Biden's Primary Victory
The foregoing is republished in full. Click to view the article on FAIR's website
CYBER-LIVE, music and events direct to your glowing screen
Chronologically by day and start time, following...
"JAZZ FESTING IN PLACE," a radio version of this year's cancelled
"New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival."
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With a few fine exceptions... most artists are not giving much notice (hint-hint, swift kick in the ass!) before they suddenly decide to do a cyber show. We have been keeping up the best we can...
"One does what one can." ~ The phrase everybody hears from our editor.
features in the works, and they'll
be along as we get them dressed,
shoes tied, cowlicks combed down,
bowties cranked straight,
and strings tuned.
Find a comfortable spot by the
wood stove -- you'll prob'ly need to
grab the cards for solitaire, since you
can't have somebody over for a round
of checkers. But we'll be along...
directly, from a safe social distance.
Direct from Cyberia.
in this new decade...
"Hee Haw" voice: "THAT's all!"
(good for avoiding the "regular" flu & colds, too)
• Coronavirus lives on inorganic surfaces anywhere from two hours to NINE DAYS; it all seems dependent on temperature, unless it is killed by disinfectant. When tests revealed that, even health care workers were surprised. It brings more emphasis to many of the following points.
• Stop shaking hands. Don't do "fist bumps" because that's still hand-to-hand contact. And don't become a mad elbow-bumper, because of the next point.
• Cough into the inside of your elbow, ANY TIME you cough.
• Make your own hand sanitizer if the stores are out. Formula, from a doctor who makes it with her kids: two parts isopropyl alcohol (drugstore alcohol, at least 70% alcohol), one part aloe vera gel, a dash of any essential oil. Works just ss well as store bought stuff.
• Don't be a transporter. Immediately remove shoes inside your front door and change clothes when you get home. Don't plunk-down on the couch until you shed what you were wearing at work or in the store or on the bus or in the coffee bar. Stop tracking everything from the sidewalk onto your kitchen and bathroom floors and your rug.
• Be mindful of your car. Everything you touch, everywhere, is on your steering wheel. Everywhere you sit is on your car seat. Keep 'em disinfected -- Clorox wipe the wheel, Lysol spray the seats, often.
• Everything you wear goes in the hamper. No multi-day wearings between washings.
• Don't buy-up all tbe masks that medical responders need. Nearly all the masks in the stores are Dust Masks, made to keep carpenters and other tradesmen from inhaling sawdust. Expecting those to protect you from tiny viruses is like trying to filter water with a tennis racket. Plus, wearing masks everywhere is not a good idea -- without training and lots of practice, you'll contaminate the thing and then breathe a stewpot of microorganisms up-close and personal.
~ gas pump handles -- whatever was deposited on them is now on your steering wheel, and marinading on your hands as you snack while driving.
~ airline & train tray tables -- who knows when they were last cleaned and to what extent? When we saw a baby being changed on one... (bring a little plastic box of Clorox wipes when you travel).
~ bring your own food on the airplane -- you're probably doing that, anyway, since they stopped feeding you back when they started charging for carry-on luggage and made you ride with your knees in your armpits. Flight attendants have tested positive -- their hands pour drinks, dispense snacks, and pick-up everybody's garbage.
Read AND SHARE The Guide's complete feature story on the COVID-19 Coronavirus in the edition at: https://acousticamericana.blogspot.com/2020/02/leap-day-weekend-leaping-into.html