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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Citibank customers get to download Christmas In The Heart early ...9:19 pm


The cliché-ridden story is from al-Reuters: (… continue reading …)


Monday, September 28, 2009

Santa sighting confirmed ...3:59 pm


Last Thursday you read it here first: A video has been shot for Must Be Santa from Bob Dylan’s forthcoming album Christmas In The Heart. It will feature Dylan himself and the finished product may also include, among other things, a fight scene. More details were reported yesterday on a messageboard and are elegantly excerpted by Fred Bals at Dreamtime: ’50s Polka In a Decrepit Mansion, Russians, And a Fight Where Someone Gets Thrown Through A Window.

The thirty-second clip we’ve heard of Must Be Santa sounds riotous, and so it is apt that the description of the video shoot is, well, a riot. (… continue reading …)


Sunday, September 27, 2009

Hallelujah: A song goes home ...9:31 am


Leonard Cohen defied those who demanded he boycott Israel on his recent concert tour, instead finishing that tour with a show in Tel-Aviv last Thursday, just before Yom Kippur. From the Washington Post: (… continue reading …)


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Obama’s stealthy two-step on Iran ...11:12 am


Ralph Peters has a good one today in the NY Post:

Did it surprise a single Post reader that Iran’s been hiding a big nuclear weapons development facility? It stunned our president when he learned about it months ago. Then he kept it secret from you.

Obama didn’t want you to know how much progress Iran had made. It’s an embarrassment.

And it raises the pressure on the White House to act — something this president’s squirming to avoid. But the Iranians have now realized we know, so they tipped it themselves.


Thursday, September 24, 2009

Standing up at the United Nations ...10:22 pm


Today there was a rally near the U.N. in New York City, with the theme of “Stand for Freedom in Iran.” RWB contributed to increasing the turnout (which seemed very strong to me) by the precise amount of one person and a fourteen-pound mixed terrier. In addition to (… continue reading …)


It Must Be Santa (and there must be a video) ...9:10 pm


I have it on authority that I respect that there will indeed be a video for Must Be Santa, from Bob Dylan’s forthcoming album Christmas In The Heart. Bob Dylan will actually be in it (unlike the videos done for his tunes in recent years, where his involvement has apparently been minimal or non-existent). As regards content: it will likely contain a fight scene. (Is all I’m saying.) (… continue reading …)


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Music critics ...10:00 pm


Courtesy of Ben Lansing.


Monday, September 21, 2009

More mail ...10:36 am


Thanks to Jon T. for sharing his reaction to Christmas In The Heart: (… continue reading …)


Sunday, September 20, 2009

And more musings on Christmas In The Heart ...10:41 am


Oddly, the preview clips of Christmas In The Heart that were on Amazon UK have been removed. Naturally they had already been copied and someone has posted them on YouTube. It’s hard to imagine how having the clips out there can do anything but stimulate interest in the album that’s going to be released just over three weeks from now, but maybe they were intended to be unveiled with another big press release. (… continue reading …)


Saturday, September 19, 2009

Happy Rosh Hashanah ...9:46 am


Best wishes to all celebrating the Jewish new year. I sure hope that there will be more to cheer about in 5770 than there was in 5769. At a minimum, it has to feel good to finally leave the ‘sixties behind.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

Barack Obama’s abandonment of missile defense system ...9:18 pm


U.S. Representative Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) (Dylan fan and former Q&A subject) said this today on President Obama’s decision to scrap the long-planned missile defense system involving Poland and the Czech Republic: (… continue reading …)


Rest in peace ...1:29 pm


Mary Travers, of Peter, Paul and Mary, has passed on at the age of 72.


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