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Objects in Mirror: June 5, 2008 Archive

Musicheads and the case of underrated artists

Posted at 8:36 AM on June 5, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

Each week Bill DeVille and the guests cover some of the latest releases, but they also open a discussion question. This week the Musicheads host a roll call: Name a past or present artist who never got the credit they deserved. Some answers:

"My #1 in this category is, The Suburbs. From 1980-1986 or so they were about the Best local band in Minneapolis, maybe just my opinion. They did put on a great live show." - Tim M.

" I gotta go with.... King's X.... one of those bands who were always inspiring others (almost all of the seattle grunge scene were fans) but they never seemed to break out... maybe it was that they were too hard to put in a box.. to smart for metal, to metal for the smart listeners, to pop for metal heads, and to metal for pop fans... but as with all bands of their ilk, they will be remembered and rediscovered over and over and over..." - Eric P.

"[...] Kate Bush, P.J. Harvey and Siouxsie Sioux can really sing yet we give posers like Mariah Carey, Britney and Christina millions. No justice." - Ketut M.

The Suburbs (link goes to Minnewiki) get a lot of love in the discussion, but there are more bands flying under the radar or artists getting attention but no respect. Chime in with your own answer.

What qualifications would your presidential candidate possess?

Posted at 3:56 PM on June 5, 2008 by Julia Schrenkler

This isn't at the top of News Cut, but the comments keep coming in and I'd like to see more. Bob Collins posts the question that must be answered:

"When it comes to picking the person who might well be the next president of the United States, what are the qualifications?"

Collins posits that the question is actually about Minnesota's Gov. Pawlenty, but I've read some really interesting open comments about qualities people would like to see in any president, like this one:

Qualifications for President (I'm not thinking of any one candidate specifically, just the "ideal" candidate):

-the ability to see more than one point of view
-the good sense to listen to advisors and rivals even when you disagree with them
-vision and the habit of thinking long-term
-the ability to inspire, energize, and motivate people
-common sense
-good communication skills
-the ability to work with diverse people
-a record of fact-based (as opposed to opinion- or ideology-based) decision making
-pure strength of character and grit
-and of course, a deep and nuanced understanding of the issues that affect our nation and policies that may help to deal with those issues.

Posted by Susan W-B

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