this ain't no banana republic
Before you take off for a long weekend of iced tea, barbecue & paying tribute to our fallen troops, stop on by Howard Dean's Democracy For America and sign their petition to make sure that November's elections are on the level. The controversy over electronic voting machines is downright scary, so do a little somethng to help out those that are trying to make the system verifiable. Be a patriot, my lovelies.
For more info: Verified Voting, Black Box Voting, Electronic Frontier Foundation
I stumbled onto Austin TX's drone-pop heros the American Analog Set a couple years back based upon a recommendations list by Noah from Sam Champion. I picked up 2001's Know By Heart cold, and thank god I did. It's a great bedtime disc, it's a relaxing driving disc, and it's a heartbreakingly earnest disc. "Million Young" is probably the most rocking track on the album (or last year's follow-up Promise of Love, for that matter), and it's the track I used to put on mixes last year. It makes me smile.
bonus MP3 American Analog Set - "Hard To Find" from Promise of Love
I had to "seek" out this track by Las Vegas' The Killers since it wasn't on the copy of the upcoming Hot Fuss I managed to get a hold of, but only on the sold out Mr. Brightside EP (as far as I can tell). If blog buzz is any indication, these indie rockers may just blow up this summer, so be on the lookout. "Who Let You Go" is bouncy, confident & bold - you have to respect a song that makes "sha-la-la-la" sound so athemic. I also love the following lyric:
So tell me that's fantastic
And promise me you'll always say
I find it so romantic
When you look into my beautiful eyes
And lose control
And with that folks, have a festive weekend.