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Freddie Gray, the drug war, and the decline of “real policing.”
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It's like the perfect storm of the drug war, a Milgrom experiment and a mayor who wants to be governor. What a disaster. How many police departments do you suppose have a similar culture? 
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So far, I have not grown bored and tired of updating the KISS-OFF. Follow along if you like.
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Life is pain Buttercup. 
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You know that Hozier "Take Me To Church" pseudo-gospel blues song that is inescapable on the radio? That song is the Joel Osteen/Zig Ziglar megachurch "prosperity gospel" false idol. This Algiers shit here? This Algeirs shit right here is the true fucking religion. Alabama Shakes and St. Paul & The Broken Bones stand in for John The Baptist to this Algeirs shit's Jesus. The real deal, bull whipping the money changers in the temple, true fucking religion. Get on this train early, kids. The bandwagon will be fast developing and huge.
Algiers are a Georgia gospel-spook trio who wield a double-edged sword of religion and politics to slice through the pasty, vapid mess of pop culture in America right now. In the video for "Blood" -- only their second song ever -- frontman Franklin James Fisher sits, barely restrained as he belts out the song's dirge-like condemnations. Interspersed with Fisher's coiled form are countless flashes of international violence and protest against raci...
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You never want to make history by making the worst call in the history of American sports, Pete. 
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First time I've ever seen a coach throw away a Super Bowl trophy. Never liked Pete Carroll, but I feel bad for his players.
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Returning to music you might have missed; this is from Home, Like Noplace Is There, released in February of 2014. I sometimes wonder to myself how long I will go into soft middle age until this sort of sort-of-jangle-pop, somewhat power-punk, call-and-response boy girl heartbreak sound gets tedious and worn. Hasn't happened yet. And hell, I know a lot of old hippies still listen to Dylan. At least I'm still spinning up new artists doing this same old trick, right?

Rock music is only possible in the blur of falling in love, or the sear of her walking away.
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But this song isn't about love, it's about a friend of the singer's who committed suicide. While some lines are applicable to a relationship, a lot of them aren't. 
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I disagree. I saw it as it happened. It appears he was taunting the police and provoking them to arrest him (or worse). He wasn't "disappeared," he was taken to jail. Assuming he wasn't hurt, I would say the cops acted professionally and showed restraint. Fifty years ago he probably would have been shot. 
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I made a thing. I may actually even keep up with it for a few weeks before something bright and shiny distracts me...
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Love the spreadsheet, though after a couple weeks I imagine that a lot of things will start lookin shiny :-)
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Things to do when Alabama Shakes releases a new single off of a forth coming April release album: put together a playlist of the Shakes, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Benjamin Booker, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, and Jim White. BECOME A SOUTHERN BLUES/SOUL/AMERICANA GOD!!!
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More stuff that I missed the first time through. Some cleanly produced throwback to the original punk aesthetic from Epitaph, which you don't hear that much from them these days.
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I haven't done ordinal lists in a while. It's so hard deciding what the "better" record was, Mastadon or Alvvays or Sturgill Simpson. But I took a slice at my 2014 lists and here's what I got for a top 25:

25 - Every Time I Die - From Parts Unknown
24 - Fucked Up - Glass Boys
23 - Mastodon - Once More 'Round the Sun
22 - James - La petite mort
21 - Shakey Graves - And The War Came
20 - Alvvays - Divisionary
19 - Hotelier - Home, Like Noplace Is There
18 - Code Orange Kids - I Am King
17 - Chumped - Teenaged Retirement
16 - Cerebral Ballzy - Jaded & Faded
15 - Bob Mould - Beauty & Ruin
14 - The Rural Alberta Advantage - Mended With Gold
13 - Warpaint - Warpaint
12 - Amy Ray - Goodnight Tender
11 - Weatherbox - Flies In All Directions
10 - Against Me! - Transgender Dysphoria Blues
9 - Old 97's - Most Messed Up
8 - Manchester Orchestra - cope/hope
7 - The Menzingers - Rented World
6 - JPNSGRLS - Circulation
5 - Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds In Country Music
4 - Lydia Loveless - Somewhere Else
3 - Benjamin Booker - Benjamin Booker
2 - Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again
1 - Cloud Nothings - Here and Nowhere Else
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Justin Townes Earle has a new one out. "Absent Fathers" was released last week.
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