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January 28, 2006
Chris Dave, amazing drummer

Been wanting to post this for several months but never got around to it. If you ever get the chance to see drummer Chris Dave, do it! I saw him with Meshell Ndegeocello a few months ago and had my face melted by his playing. The most musical, creative, groove-generating, technically accomplished drummer I think I've ever seen. I read later that he's often compared to Tony Williams though his center may be closer to hip-hop than jazz, though there's no reason to pin him down anywhere.

Looks like he's most recently with a group called Jabane Ensemble, playing at the Blue Note Jan 24-5.

January 09, 2006
Dangerous Ideas

Dangerous ideas at Via A&L Daily.

U.S. hovers close to its debt ceiling (again)

Once again it's time to raise the national debt ceiling to avoid a crisis. Truly scary stuff. What's an average U.S. citizen to do? Buy U.S. Savings Bonds? Or buy gold?

"The scary part is that there doesn't seem to be any prospects for getting the deficit under control,'' Rivlin said, adding that in this light, "raising the debt ceiling is a sort of red flag that says, 'You've got a real problem here.' "

But political leaders have become adept at keeping that red flag from attracting too much attention. When Snow wrote Congress before the new year, there were few on Capitol Hill to read his letter or the retort by Rep. James Spratt, D-S.C., the ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee, who blamed the Republican-run White House and Congress for "a 50 percent increase in the statutory debt, all accumulated on the Bush administration's watch."

National debt clock