Tuesday, December 13, 2005

"Stanley Tookie Williams:"'I Want the World to Remember Me for My "Redemptive Transition'"

This is excerpted from Democracy Now! where there are transcripts of the broadcast featured today on the execution yesterday of Stanley Tookie Williams.

"Stanley Tookie Williams is dead. He was executed at 12:35 am PT by lethal injection at San Quentin State Prison. He was 51 years old. A co-founder of one of the country's most notorious street gangs, the Crips, Williams spent 24 years on death row after being convicted of four murders. During this period he became a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, children's author and a vocal advocate against gang violence. He maintained his innocence up until his death. Williams' fate was sealed Monday afternoon when California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger rejected a final appeal for clemency. We play excerpts of a press conference where witnesses describe the execution and we hear reactions from his attorney, the NAACP and the Rev. Jesse Jackson." -- Amy Goodman, Democracy Now

Here's a transcript of interview with Angela Davis. and of Tookie, in his own words in one of the last interviews conducted a few hours before by
WBAI's Wake Up Call producer, Kat Aaron.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

KFAI Dig Up the Roots show available till Tuesday

Hey! I recently substituted on Dig Up the Roots, and played a bunch of old-timey and old country tunes, murder ballads and cat songs, I played the essentials to any show of mine (Dickel Bros., Foghorn Stringband both from Portland, Townes Van Zandt and Hank, Sr.) as well as songs off new CD's by Charlie Parr, and The Front Porch Swingin' Liquor Pigs. I also played a fave band from Viroqua, WI Worn Out Shoes, (who I'm hosting at the Viking in January!) alongside inspiration R. L. Burnside, ol' Mississippi legendary bluesman, recently passed on. Go to KFAI Archivesand scroll down to Dig up the Roots and play "Previous Show."

Here's a setlist:
Dig Up the Roots Set List
November 22, 2005

Cyn Collins, substitute for Greg Carr

Lost Girl/Foghorn Stringband/Weiser Sunrise/Nettwerk
Wagon Wheel/Old Crow Medicine Show/O.C.M.S./Nettwerk

Willow Garden/Rayna Gellert and Susie Gehring/Starch and Iron/Rounder
Little Margaret/The Knitters/The Modern Sounds of. . . /Zoe Records
Sugarbaby/Uncle Earl/She Waits for Night/Rounder

*King Earl/Charlie Parr/King Earl/
*Cheap Wine/Charlie Parr/Rooster/
*Public Record Rag/Charlie Parr/Rooster/

*Samson & Delilah/Front Porch Swingin’ Liquor Pigs/Last Album
Cry Cry Cry/Johnny Cash/The Essential Johnny Cash/Columbia

My Bucket’s Got a Hole in It/Hank Williams/Alone With His Guitar/Mercury Nashville
Weary Blues From Waitin’/The Wilders/Lissenup!/Rural Grit Records
Ramblin’ Boy/Dickel Bros./Vol. 2
Shortnin’ Bread/Foghorn Stringband/Weiser Sunrise/Nettwerk

*Farewell Whiskey/Tim Foss/Cat Came Back/
Cuckoo/The Doc Watson Family/Smithsonian Folkways

*Stewball/Spider John Koerner/Stargeezer/Red House Records
Boll Weevil/Leadbelly/
Skinny Woman/R. L. Burnside/Mississippi Hill Country Blues/Fat Possum
*Aunt Caroline Dyer Blues/Worn Out Shoes/Worn Out Shoes

Who Do You Love?/Townes Van Zandt/Rear View Mirror Vol 2/Varese Sarabande
When God Made Me/Neil Young/Prairie Wind/Reprise -- Wea
Deep Red Bells/Neko Case/Blacklisted/Bloodshot Records
*Silly Putty/Mike Nicolai/God Fatigue in the Post Atom Age/

*Hoedown/House of Mercy Band/Blessings and Curses/House of Mercy
*The Intoxicated Rat/Front Porch Swinging Liquor Pigs/Last Album

Old Time Backstep Cindy/Tommy Jarrell/ Vol 2. Rainbow Sign/County Records
Old Bunch of Keys/ Uncle Earl/She Waits for Night/Rounder
Old Man Below/The Doc Watson Family/Smithsonian Folkways
*Dead Cat on the Line/Charlie Parr/Rooster/
Black Cat in a Briar Patch/Melvin Wine/Cold Frosty Morning/Roane Records

* Local Music