Quote of the Day

“It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.”

– John Philpot Curran
Speech upon the Right of Election
for Lord Mayor of Dublin, 1790

Quote of the Day

“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but ‘to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER’ and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.”

– Thomas Paine
The Crisis

Top 10 Bands of 2012 (So Far)

Here are my Top 10 Bands for the first six months of 2012, according to the play count feature of Last.fm. Yes, I’m obsessive about play counts: I go through each list of iPod scrobbles to make sure all the played songs are submitted… and I even recreate non-scrobbled playlists. Note the play counts in parenthesis.

1) Marsheaux (570)
2) Saint Etienne (234)
3) Ambra Red (149)
4) Beach House (101)
5) The Raveonettes (81)
6) Katy Perry (79)
7) Blouse (62)
8) Freezepop (58)
9) Roxy Music (56)
10) Ladyhawke (51)

Top 10 Tunes

Here’s my top 10 song chart for the week ending July 1, courtesy of the home office in London:

1) Ambra Red – “Beauty 606”
2) Marsheaux – “Empire State Human”
3) Parralox – “I Fell In Love With A Drum Machine”
4) The Raveonettes – “Night Comes Out”
5) Stars – “The Theory of Relativity”
6) Foretaste – “Do What You Can”
7) Foretaste – “The End of Days”
8) Saint Etienne – “Heading For The Fair”
9) Garbage – “I Think I’m Paranoid”
10) The Dandy Warhols – “Bohemian Like You”

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