Showcase: Barbara McNair

“I Feel a Song Coming On” – Barbara McNair
The Danny Kaye Show


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LTE: District Elections

Dear Editor,

Municipal district elections are coming to Asheville. This voting method separates the city into six geographical areas for electing six city council members. Candidates must reside in their separate districts and be elected by voters from that district. The mayor will still be elected by all of the city. District elections are all about regional representation, increased democracy, and decentralization in city politics.

A law requiring this election method for Asheville was passed by the state legislature in June. Senate Bill 285 mandates that the city change its charter by November 1st to provide for election districts starting with the 2019 elections.

On Tuesday, July 25, Asheville City Council voted to place a referendum on the ballot that purports to allow the voters of Asheville to decide the matter. This is a ruse. You are being lied to. This issue has already been decided by law and a vote against it would only be used to manufacture evidence for a court challenge in a desperate play to maintain the status quo by a few. Senate Bill 285 is clear and in no way allows the results of a local referendum to take precedent over legislation passed by the General Assembly.


Asheville Districts Map

Asheville District Elections Timeline 2019

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Showcase: Jane Birkin

Je t’aime… moi non plus

The Secret World of Serge Gainsbourg
Vanity Fair (2007)

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Showcase: Linda Cohen

linda cohen5BIO
Linda Cohen was a Philadelphia-based guitarist, who made three albums of instrumental music for classical guitar, augmented with various electronic instruments and effects. Sadly, she passed away recently, but was well-known in Philadelphia both as a musician and a guitar instructor. (Her obituary can be seen here.) Other members of the Philadelphia music scene help out on all her recordings: notably, Craig Anderton and Michal Kac of legendary psych group Mandrake Memorial, as well Charles Cohen, a modular synth player who is well-known to anyone familiar with the Philly underground scene of the past few decades. Leda was followed by Lake of Light (1973) and Angel Alley (1982); of the three, Leda seems to be the most sparse, with the warm nylon-string guitar of most tracks being subtly augmented by bass or synth sounds which remain in the background. Like of Light is available at this Soundcloud page. Although the arrangements of Lake of Light are sometimes more engaging, I think the songs of Leda are stronger, ultimately making it a more enjoyable album. Calm, reflective, psychedelic, and slightly melancholic music, reminiscent of Führs & Fröhling.


Leda (1971)
A1: Arroyo
A2: Promenade
A3: Leda
A4: Madman Samba
A5: Wisteria
A6: Valentine Suite
B1: Fantasia Inca
B2: The Dust
B3: Two Themes
B4: Untitled
B5: The Old Castle
B6: Sixth Sense

Lake of Light (1973)
A1: Growing Back
A2: Sunshower
A3: Nouveau Riche
A4: In Just Spring
A5: Lake Of Light
A6: Zambra
B1: Clap
B2: Monongahela
B3: Half Piece
B4: River of Eggs
B5: Horizon Jane
B6: Concerto

Angel Alley (1989)
A1: Tommy Troller
A2: Midday Moon
A3: Pink Flamenco
A4: Angel Alley
A5: Guitar Suite #2
B1: The Minstrel Boy (Refried)
B2: Dark Rain
B3: Meridian
B4: Still The Bell
B5: Liaison
B6: The Susannah Variations

Kac & Cohen at The Tin Angel in Philadelphia 2007

Linda Cohen – Remembered – 1947-2009 (with Michael Kac)

linda cohen michal kac

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The Most Fucked Up Place On Earth

Take Me To Pitcairn Island

Trouble In Paradise: The Pitcairn Story

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McGrady on the Regional Water System

Interview on WCQS

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Game Plan 2017

Can anyone spot the fatal flaws in this Democrat strategy?

Game Plan 2017

Our Shot – Episode 1: The 2017 Opportunity
Facebook Townhall Video
Hosted by Rep. Graig Meyer

NC Democrat Party Pipeline Project
The Pipeline Project is the North Carolina Democratic Party’s new program to recruit, train, and support candidates running for local office in the 2017 Special Election.

Court Order
It is ORDERED that: 1. The General Assembly of the State of North Carolina is given the opportunity to draw new House and Senate district plans for North Carolina House Districts 5, 7, 12, 21, 24, 29, 31, 32, 33, 38, 42, 43, 48, 57, 58, 60, 99, 102, and 107; and Senate Districts 4, 5, 14, 20, 21, 28, 32, 38, and 40, through and until 5 p.m. on March 15, 2017.

NC Legislators Serving In the 28 Districts



(1) The 28 districts to be redrawn are all Democrat districts, except one. If they are redrawn in any way similar to existing districts, only the Democrat incumbents will have to run for re-election. Are the Democrats recruiting candidates to challenge their own incumbents?

(2) It is the Republicans that will have the task of drawing new maps for 27 Democrat districts and 1 Republican district. The Republican majority is not going to draw themselves out of power. If anything, Republicans will draw new maps that will result in picking up seats.

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