Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New Essential: The Thirteenth Juror

An inside look into the grand jury deliberations of the police shooting of Michael Brown.

A startling view of how prosecutors can use the grand jury process to get the outcome they desire.

The book raises more questions than it answers, but each one of those questions are important to a healthy, functioning criminal justice system.

Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy.

It is an essential read for defense attorneys.

Nelda Holder's breakdown of the transcripts and highlighting of mistakes made during the proceedings are helpful to any practitioner.

Best Lunchtime spot in Hobbs.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Top Ten Favorite Albums: # 8: A.R. Kane: 69

A little Cocteau Twins, a little dub, a little shoegaze, and a little California soul.

A perfect sound forever.

So forgotten.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Top Ten Favorite Albums: #9 X: Under The Big Black Sun

So much about a favorite album is about the time and place you are in your life when you hear them.

Yes, I know Blonde on Blonde is superior to Love and Theft, but...

My favorite X songs are not on this album, however it is my favorite album.

A record about a sister's death and the world at its darkest.

Sitting in a trailer in Portales with little air conditioning and less money.  At the table eating cereal.

Reading the lyric sheet.

Studying the artwork.

My loneliness matched up perfectly with the loss blasting from the songs.

Perfect timing.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Top Ten Favorite Albums: #10 Talk Talk: Spirit of Eden

A jazz album in terms of space.

A precursor to Radiohead's later works.


Beautiful emptiness.

Where Pink Floyd had crossed the same musical landscape, Talk Talk's melodies were modernized lush.

Pop ambience.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Top Ten Favorite Films: #1 Raging Bull


Vogelweh, Germany.


Walking back up the hill from basketball practice.


Grey sweatshirt. Shorts.  Converse Dr. J's (red and white).

Long gym bag hung over shoulder.

Stop at the base theatre.  Saw the picture and description and went in.

Popcorn and coke.

Stand for the anthem.

And then my life changed.  Over the course of almost two hours.

Like looking into a mirror.

Went home.


Morning Radio: Jessie


On point.

On the move.

Through the backroads.

The curves and turns.

The little hills and slow long climbs.

The roadkill.

And the quick living.

Mississippi Records is the best label in America.

You should look them up.

Don't know if they have this one, but they should.