Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Fall 2019: Cool Upcoming Indie Music Releases

Mark Lanegan Band Somebody's Knocking (October 18, Heavenly Recordings)
Bonnie "Prince" Billy I Made A Place (November 15, Drag City)
Kim Gordan No Home Record (October 11, Matador)
Vivian Girls Memory (September 20, Polyvinyl)



Mark Lanegan Band Somebody's Knocking




Bonnie "Prince" Billy I Made A Place (November 15, Drag City).
Single out now: "At The Back Of The Pit"




Kim Gordan No Home Record




Vivian Girls Memory First album since 2011. Well worth a listen...






Daniel Johnston, Rest In Peace



Kurt Cobain, with Flea, wears a Daniel Johnston T-shirt at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards

Phoebe Bridgers and M. Ward cover Daniel Johnston...



Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Cool, New Song by Bonnie "Prince" Billy: "At The Back Of The Pit" (Video)




Bonnie "Prince" Billy is one of America's finest singer/songwriters. He's currently on a creative roll which has included several recent releases, including four volumes of "mixtapes", available at Bandcamp, containing wonderful live recordings, demos, outtakes, covers, rarities, and such.

Billy's got a new album I Made A Place out November 15, 2019 on Drag City.

You can pre-order it here.

 The first single "At The Back Of The Pit" is on Bandcamp now.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Bob Dylan Announces U.S. Tour Dates for Fall 2019


10-11 Irvine, CA - UC Irvine, Bren Events Center
10-12 Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
10-14 Palo Alto, CA - Stanford University Frost Amphitheatre
10-17 Denver, CO - The Mission Ballroom
10-19 Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena
10-20 Kansas City, MO - Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
10-22 St. Louis, MO - Stifel Theatre
10-23 Ames, IA - Iowa State University C.Y. Stephens Auditorium
10-24 Mankato, MN - Mankato Civic Center
10-26 Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
10-27 Bloomington, IN - Indiana University Auditorium
10-29 Normal, IL - Illinois State University Braden Auditorium
10-30 Chicago, IL - Credit Union 1 Arena at UIC
11-01 South Bend, IN - Morris Performing Arts Center
11-02 Muncie, IN - Ball State University Emens Auditorium
11-04 Columbus, OH - Ohio State University Mershon Auditorium
11-05 East Lansing, MI - MSU 
Performing Arts Wharton Center
11-06 Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan Hill Auditorium
11-08 Highland Heights, KY - NKU BB&T Arena
11-09 Akron, OH - U of A EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall
11-10 Moon Township, PA - UPMC Events Center
11-12 Baltimore, MD - UMBC Event Center
11-13 Petersburg, VA - Virginia State University Multi-Purpose Center
11-15 University Park, PA - PSU Eisenhower Auditorium
11-17 Ithaca, NY - Ithaca College Athletics and Events Center
11-19 Lowell, MA - University of Massachussetts Tsongas Arena
11-20 Providence, RI - Providence Performing Arts Center
11-21 Philadelphia, PA - The Met Philadelphia

Thursday, September 5, 2019

September 2019 Indie Music Playlist: What The Cool Kids Are Listening To


BRAND NEW:

Ezra Furman Twelve Nudes
Iggy Pop Free
Pixies Beneath The Eyrie


BLAST FROM THE PAST

Blind Willie Walker (1896 - 1933) "South Carolina Rag"/"Dupree Blues". Walker is said to have influenced the guitar style of Reverend Gary Davis. He only recorded 4 sides (only two of which were released) before dying in his mid-30s.


Ezra Furman



Iggy Pop



Pixies

                                                                     Blind Willie Walker

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Pro-Trump, Homophobic Falun Gong Cult Faces Boycotts Of Their "Epoch Times" & "Shen Yun" Performance Troupe

The Falun Gong is a religious cult (based on qigong and Daoist traditions), whose members have suffered discrimination in China, and who often appear in public in the U.S. and Europe to protest Chinese government policies against them.


Many people who advocate for democracy in China (and places currently dominated by China), such as supporters of the Tibetans and the (Muslim) Uighurs are quite familiar with the Falun Gong. While we may have thought they were unusual, we still supported their right to practice their belief in China without harassment.


Falun Gong founder Li Hongzhi, who now lives in New York, has decided to throw the considerable weight of his movement to support U.S. President Trump (who he apparently sees as essentially a divine agent of change, who will thwart the will of Chinese Communist government, leading to increased power for the Falun Gong movement).

Supporting Trump was a huge tactical and moral mistake.

That's why activists are calling for a boycott against The Epoch Times and Shen Yun (the Chinese performance troupe), both owned and controlled by the Falun Gong.

You may have noticed dozens of YouTube ads recently for The Epoch Times, formerly known as a free newspaper of little consequence, now a full-on MAGA Pro-Trump internet-based "news" outlet, promoting even the bizarre QAnon conspiracy. I have taken to blocking the many annoying Epoch Times ads on YouTube. The Epoch Times spent over $1.5 million on these ads. Facebook banned The Epoch Times from advertising on their platform after numerous examples of deceptive practices.

"Li has been open about his beliefs that evolution is fraudulent, that people of different races will be separated in Heaven, and that homosexuality and promiscuity are unnatural. He told Time that aliens were attempting to control humans by making us dependent on modern science..." (New Yorker)




One of Falun Gong's biggest Western outreach is the Shen Yun performance troupe, which tries to mask its links to the cult.

Activists have called for a boycott against the Falun Gong's Epoch Times and Shen Yun to protest their support for Mr. Trump. I support that call 100%.

Related articles:

Trump, QAnon and an impending judgment day: Behind the Facebook-fueled rise of The Epoch Times

Facebook bans ads from The Epoch Times after huge pro-Trump buy

New Yorker: Stepping Into the Uncanny, Unsettling World of Shen Yun

Friday, August 16, 2019

Summer 2019 Indie Music Playlist: What The Cool Kids Are Listening To...



Summer Indie Music Playlist 2019:

Purple Mountains, The Hold Steady, Sleater-Kinney, Oh Sees, King Gizzard, Jesca Hoop, Kaiser Chiefs, Bad Books, Tim Hardin, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Mikal Cronin...



Purple Mountains Purple Mountains The late, great David Berman of The Silver Jews, whose first album featured three future members of Pavement, sadly took his own life last week, but not before releasing this amazing album. A little tough to listen to, under the circumstances, but still an important document. Vital.



The Hold Steady Thrashing Thru The Passion. I'm gonna go ahead and say "return to form" for the boys from the bars in St. Paul & Brooklyn. Lately, they've been trying to be more "adult" and "literate", including some Craig Finn solo albums. They can't sing about popping pills and getting drunk forever (or can they?) but now it sounds as if they're managing to explore other topics without losing their edge or their unique sound and sensibility. Two great guitarists, an awesome singer, and some of the most devoted fans you will ever encounter...




Sleater-Kinney The Center Won't Hold. Their second album since their comeback. Founding member drummer Janet Weiss quit the band in July 2019 just before this album (which she plays on) was released, saying the band was going in a "new direction" and she was leaving.




You can decide if you like the band's "new direction"....




If you need to rock the f*** out, here's two albums of metal-type nonsense to rock your world:


Oh Sees Face Stabber




AND...

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Infest The Rats' Nest









And why not a little political humor?

Bruce W. Nelson "Moscow Mitch" (YouTube):



Jesca Hoop Stonechild. She previously did an album with Sam from Iron & Wine. She's got a great voice and some cool songs.



Kaiser Chiefs Duck. Very popular in the U.K. and well-worth a listen.




Bad Books Bad Books III (feat Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra's Andy Hull & Robert McDowell). A very good album.



Tim Hardin Live At Woodstock. "It could have made his career, but a lukewarm performance cemented Hardin's spot on the list of also-rans..." That's the conventional wisdom, but most of us have never heard the performance until now. It is uneven, but interesting for historical purposes and hints at the greatness that Hardin often approached... Look for his Lost In L.A. release from Record Store Day 2018... I just re-read Patti Smith's memoir Just Kids and it was nice to read that she and Robert Mapplethorpe adored Tim Hardin (and Tim Buckley!)... I had also forgotten how much she talked about life at the Chelsea with the likes of Harry Smith, the folklorist... this paperback version of Just Kids says it has "additional material". It did seem more detailed to me this time around... I liked Patti's follow-up volume, but would love to read more about the beginnings and early successes of The Patti Smith Group at CBGB's, etc.



Bonnie "Prince" Billy BPB Mixtapes, Vol. I - IV. Bonnie "Prince" Billy's team has been releasing "Mixtapes" on Bandcamp, consisting of live takes and rarities. The four mixtapes are a must for any fan of Billy. It's all in anticipation of a new album When We Are Inhuman, out August 30th...

Mikal Cronin "Show Me". Mikal Cronin, known equally for his work with Ty Segall and his own excellent solo material, returns with his fourth solo album Seeker, due out October 25th.... A single, "Show Me", is available with a pre-order on Bandcamp now:

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Free Acoustic Blues Concert in The East Bay, Saturday, August 10, 2019 (2 pm)



Jason Bell (guitar, vocals) and Michael Donnelly (vocals)

Fingerpicking Country Blues, Folk, Gospel, and Ragtime. 

Songs by Blind Blake, Reverend Gary Davis, and more...

Saturday, August 10, 2019, 2 pm, Free Show.

Down Home Music Store (formerly Arhoolie Records), 10341 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, CA.

There are two videos of us performing on the Arhoolie website.

You can listen to a radio performance of us (streaming online for the next two weeks) here from Larry Kelp's "Sing Out" show on KPFA last Wednesday, August 7, 2019.


Sunday, July 28, 2019

Jack White & The Raconteurs Perform Two Songs On "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (Video)



Jack White, Brendan Benson, and their band The Raconteurs perform "Somedays (I Don't Feel Like Trying)" and "Don't Bother Me" from their new album Help Us Stranger on "Jimmy Kimmel Live".

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Cool, New Pixies Song: "On Graveyard Hill" (Video)




.... Almost sounds like an outtake from the original Pixies!

I'm a HUGE fan of the original Pixies and was super-excited when they got back together, but have been less excited about their new stuff with Paz (who I previously liked a lot from Zwan and elsewhere).

This new song is pretty good; however... A return to form? It seems so. It does remind me a lot of the classic Pixies.

They've got a new album Beneath The Eyrie coming out September 13, 2019 on BMG and if this song is any indication of their "new" sound, it's going to be an album people will like a lot, including me.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Wilco Has A Cool, New Song "Love Is Everywhere (Beware)" Out Now; New Album In October....



Wilco announced they are releasing a new album Ode To Joy on October 4, 2019.

"Love Is Everywhere (Beware)", the first single from that album, is out now.

Friday, July 12, 2019

What The Cool Kids Are Listening To: Indie Rock Playlist July 2019



The Black Keys Let's Rock. Solid release from the now veteran retro-blues-rockers.

Bonnie "Prince" Billy Now On Bandcamp, cool outtakes and stuff on BPB Mixtape Vol. 1, and, coming in August, a new album, When We Are Inhuman. Check out a new version of "Beast For Thee" from the new album.

Bruce Springsteen Western Stars. Surprisingly good album from The Boss, with strings.




Iggy Pop Zombie Birdhouse. Lost 1982 classic newly reissued. Well-worth a listen. Contributions from members of Blondie



Kyle Craft Showboat Honey. Very good new album.




Snail Mail Habit. Not bad.

 


Various Artists Echo In The Canyon. The well-received Documentary Film, an examination of L.A.'s Laurel Canyon music scene back in the day as well as its on-going legacy, has a great accompanying Soundtrack feat. Jakob Dylan, Beck, Cat Power, Jade Castrinos, Josh Homme, Fiona Apple, Norah Jones, Regina Spektor, Eric Clapton, and Neil Young doing the songs of The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Love, The Beach Boys, The Monkees, The Association, and The Mamas & The Papas.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Cool, New Songs: Jack White & The Raconteurs Perform "Help Me Stranger" & "Bored And Razed" Live On Colbert





The Raconteurs, featuring Jack White & Brendan Benson on guitars and vocals, have a new album out now (their third) Help Us Stranger. They performed new songs from the album this past week on the Thursday and Friday episodes of Colbert: "Help Me Stranger" (aired Thursday) and "Bored And Razed" (aired Friday).

We had previously heard these two songs from the new album:

Two Cool, New Songs by Jack White with The Raconteurs: "Sunday Driver" & "Now That You're Gone" (Videos)


And there's these as well....


Plus live videos from 2014 of Jack White solo by Michael Donnelly for ThisSmallPlanet.com:


Thursday, June 13, 2019

What The Cool Kids Are Listening To: Indie Rock Playlist June 2019



Albert Hammond, Jr. "More To Life" The Strokes' guitarist continues his stellar solo career. Check it out.

Bad Books III - Side project of Manchester Orchestra & Kevin Devine. Good stuff.



Bob Dylan Rolling Thunder Revue (14-Disc Box Set and documentary by Martin Scorsese on Netflix) feat Mick Ronson on guitar, Allen Ginsberg, Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn, Steven Soles, et al. Amazing, but probably best loved by serious Dylan fans only.



Calexico & Iron & Wine Years To Burn. Nice collaboration from two Americana stalwarts.



Elton John: Get ready to see the Elton biopic by listening to some of the great songs from his first five albums such as: "Madman Across The Water" (alt version feat Mick Ronson), "Levon", "Tiny Dancer", "Country Comfort", and "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters".


Filthy Friends Emerald Valley. Filthy Friends is Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker's other band, with R.E.M.'s Peter Buck. Corin is great here, but speaking of Sleater-Kinney, they have a new single, "Hurry On Home", from a new forthcoming album produced by St. Vincent...



UPDATE: They just dropped a second song from the new Sleater-Kinney album "The Future Is Here" 




Prince Originals. Prince's demos of songs he wrote for artists such as The Bangles and Sinead O'Connor

Richard Hawley Further

Rory Gallagher Blues (3-CD Deluxe). Nice retrospective of the Irish bluesman, includes many live cuts include Rory's successful collaboration with Muddy Waters

Sebadoh Act Surprised

Silversun Pickups Widow's Weeds

Strand of Oaks Eraserland

Titus Andronicus An Obelisk

The Yardbirds Live at The BBC Revisited



Thursday, May 2, 2019

Cool, New Song: "Lake House" by Bad Books feat. Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra (Video)



Bad Books features Andy Hull & Robert McDowell of Manchester Orchestra, along with folkie Kevin Devine. Their new album Bad Books III is out June 14th on Loma Vista.

Friday, April 26, 2019

May 1st Is International Workers Day: Indie Rock Playlist 2019


Band of Skulls Love Is All You Love

Better Oblivion Community Center (feat Conor Oberst & Phoebe Bridgers) "Little
Trouble/Sleepwalker"

Bob Dylan Blood On The Tracks (New York Test Pressing). We thought we had heard it all but now there's this - a New York test pressing that was released, then redrawn and redone with new amateur musicians from Minnesota (the standard version we know and have long loved). Interesting for hard-core Dylan fans.

Bonnie "Prince" Billy "Without Work You Have Nothing"/"Afraid Ain't Me"

Broken Social Scene Let's Try The After Vol. 2

Cage The Elephant Social Cues. Matt and the gang really going for a pop hit here.



Craig Finn  I Need A New War - The Hold Steady's lead singer strong new solo album

Fontaines D.C. Dogrel

Foxygen Seeing Other People

Guided By Voices Warp And Woof

Jeff Buckley In Transition



American Radio Broadcast: Really enjoying listening to the American Radio Broadcast archives of 1970's-80's-era concerts that were broadcast on the radio at the time, including gems from the likes of Jackson Browne, Husker Du, Leonard Cohen, and Pete Seeger with Joni Mitchell.

Jeff Tweedy Warmer - Nice companion album to last year's Warm

King Gizzard Fishing For Fishies. - Cool psychedelic sounds from Down Under...

Mavis Staples We Get By - After very successful two albums with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Mavis offers Ben Harper a chance to write, produce, and perform with her, which he does admirably.

Melissa Etheridge The Medicine Show - Surprisingly strong album from the veteran rocker

Modest Mouse "I'm Still Here". - Cool single from the forthcoming album we look forward to.

The Mountain Goats In League With Dragons - (nice Game of Thrones tie-in, at least timing-wise...)

Norah Jones Begin Again

Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres - Great new album from The Libertines/Babyshambles 40-year-old boy genius

T Bone Burnett The Invisible Light: Acoustic Space - Weird but cool spacey trance music from the Americana expert... came out of his work on HBO's True Detective...

Tom Morello "Can't Stop The Bleeding" (feat Gary Clark Jr. & Gramatik)

Tune-Yards Sorry To Bother You (Original Motion Picture Score & Additional Music). - The first Sorry album was great and this has some cool stuff on it too. Great movie!


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Cool, New Song by Mavis Staples: "Anytime" (Audio); Forthcoming Album with Ben Harper




After two excellent albums with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, legendary Mavis Staples of The Staple Singers has a new album coming out in May, written and produced by guitar wizzard Ben Harper.

It's called We Get By and we look forward to it greatly!

From 1975, "I'll Take You There":


Thursday, April 11, 2019

Cool, New Songs by Stephen Malkmus & Bonnie "Prince" Billy Speculate on America in 2024 for NYT Magazine T Culture Issue



The New York Times Magazine asked four musicians, including Stephen Malkmus (who contributed the wild "Airplane Air") & Bonnie "Prince" Billy (whose "Where My Heart's Scared To Be" is a delight) to write songs about life in America in 2024 for their new T Culture issue. 

You can listen to the songs HERE...

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Marvin Gaye Is Back! On A U.S. Postage Stamp And With A GREAT "New" Lost Album From 1972 We've Never Heard Before: "You're The Man"; The Follow-Up To "What's Going On"


The official U.S. Postal Service Marvin Gaye stamp is now available.

So nice to have Marvin around again!

Also loving his "new" lost album from 1972, You're The Man; the intended follow-up to What's Going On that no one's heard until now. Pitchfork gave it a 7.8 (out of 10). It's a fantastic addition to the canon. 





Cool, New Song by Titus Andronicus: "(I Blame) Society" (Video)



Love this band! Their new video reminded me of this classic...


Strong Wind Dried My Tears: 21st Century Women Who Rock (Indie Music Playlist)


So many notable female artists of late, both solo and in collaboration with others, creating some of the most powerful timely music we've ever heard. Here's just a few:

Billie Eilish When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?




Phoebe Bridgers Stranger In The Alps solo debut, collaborations: boygenius (with Julien Baker & Lucy Dacus) and Better Oblivion Community Center (with Conor Oberst)



Filthy Friends (feat Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney). Emerald Valley is a solid second album from this collaboration between Corin & R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck. By the way, there's a new Sleater-Kinney album produced by St. Vincent forthcoming)

Jenny Lewis On The Line

The C.I.A. (feat Denee Segall on vocals with husband Ty Segall & Emmett Kelly, both on bass)

Karen O & Danger Mouse Lux Prima

Stella Donnelly Beware Of Dogs

Ex Hex (feat Mary Timony) It's Real

Y La Bamba Mujeres

Susanna Garden Of Earthly Delights

Sharon Van Etten Remind Me Tomorrow

Marianne Faithful Negative Capability

Courtney Barnett Tell Me How You Really Feel (LP), "Everybody Here Hates You" (single)

PJ Harvey All About Eve (Original Music for the Film)

Priests The Seduction of Kansas


Sara Bareilles Amidst The Chaos

Mavis Staples If All I Was Was Black is the second album from the singing civil rights legend which is essentially a collaboration with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy who produces, writes, plays guitar, and even sings a little. The notion of a middle-aged white dude putting words in a Black woman's mouth (especially on a personal song such as "If All I Was Was Black") requires a great deal of sensitivity and the possibilities were high for a total embarrassment. To his credit, Tweedy pulls it off, not stepping on any toes, allowing Mavis the space she needs. Mavis seems to be enjoyable a revival of sorts recently and no one deserves it more. Worth checking out is Mavis' powerful cameo on Hozier's  "Nina Cried Power"



Hall of Fame: Fanny, Aretha Franklin, Patti Smith, Aimee Mann, Memphis Minnie, Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Odetta, Laura Nyro, Barbara Dane



Friday, March 29, 2019

Cool, New Modest Mouse: "Poison The Well"


Cool, New Indie Playlist April 2019: "New" Marvin Gaye, Son Volt on Reality Winner, Arthur Brown Goes Viral


Cool, New Music for April 2019


Alex Van Pelt Tum Tum




Andrew Bird My Finest Work Yet




Better Oblivion Community Center (feat Conor Oberst & Phoebe Bridgers) "Little Trouble" (single)



Calexico & Iron & Wine "Father Mountain" (single)

The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown "Fire" (1968 hit goes viral in wake of New Zealand attack)

The Doors Transmission Impossible (3 CD collection of concert, radio, and TV performances.

The Drums Brutalism

Finn Andrews One Piece At A Time

Jenny Lewis On The Line feat "Red Bull & Hennessy"



Marvin Gaye "You're The Man" lost follow-up to 1971's What's Going On finally sees the light of day... and it's fantastic!



Mikal Cronin "Undertow" (single)

Modest Mouse "Poison The Well" (single)

Renny Conti The Horse (EP)

Sad Planets "Yesterday Girls" (single) The Black Keys' drummer Patrick Carney hooks up with John Petkovic for this cool, new project. The Black Keys have a new single out, "Lo/Hi", their first in 5 years; part of a new forthcoming album.



Son Volt Union feat "Reality Winner". Americana icon Jay Farrar (many of his old Uncle Tupelo bandmates went on to form Wilco) returns to form with a partisan political album "ripped from the headlines" yet speaking to the same deeper truths as Woody Guthrie and Joe Hill (a Farrar "collaborator" on "Rebel Girl" here - Farrar put new music to lyrics written by the activist who was murdered by The State in 1915).



Spiral Stairs We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized. The *other* guitar genius from Pavement releases an eclectic new blend of sounds. A good solid album from Scott Kannberg AKA Spiral Stairs




Ty Segall Deforming Lobes (live) Produced by the legendary Steve Albini, the songs were recorded at three live shows in L.A. in January 2018 (feat Mikal Cronin on bass). It's monstrously awesome.



Various Artists A Celebration of The Songs of Scott Hutchison (Frightened Rabbit) feat Craig Finn, Julien Baker, Kevin Devine, Ben Gibbard & Aaron Dessner. Free download

The Yardbirds Live And Rare




Special Mention: Straight Outta Thailand: RAP AGAINST DICTATORSHIP - ประเทศกูมี  #RapAgainstDictatorship #ประเทศกูมี (Subtitles) As seen on Hasan Minhaj's Patriot Act, the video that is rocking the hell out of Thailand at the moment, with an amazing 60,000,000 views!



Cool, New Song "Reality Winner" by Son Volt Supports Whistleblower & Political Prisoner (Audio)


Those that seek the truth will find the answers...




Son Volt, fronted by Jay Farrar (Uncle Tupelo) has a new album coming out. It features the song "Reality Winner", calling for the release of Reality Winner, the whistleblower and political prisoner pictured above. #FreeRealityWinner

Paste Magazine: Power to the People: Son Volt's Jay Farrar Gets Back to His Roots

“It started with her name, which stands out,” Farrar says. “She leaked information for all the right reasons and is doing hard time right now. I hope the song brings awareness to her plight.” from St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Son Volt addresses political climate and more on new album 'Union'




You can learn more about Reality Winner at StandWithReality.org:
Today is Reality's 664th Day behind bars.

Who is Reality Leigh Winner?

Reality Leigh Winner is a 25-year-old veteran who has dedicated her career to serving the United States. Prior to becoming a federal contractor, she served in the Air Force for 6 years, including as a language analyst — Winner speaks Pashto, Farsi, and Dari.
She was honored with the Air Force Commendation Medal, for members who have “distinguished themselves by meritorious achievement and service.” The award noted that she “provided over 1,900 hours of enemy intelligence exploitation and assisted in geolocating 120 enemy combatants.”
She has no criminal history. Her stepfather described her as “a patriot.” Her mother Billie Winner-Davis said, “She loves children. She loves animals … She’s not a threat to anyone.”
Outside of her work, she is a yoga instructor and dedicated social justice advocate who speaks out in defense of racial justice and human rights on social media.

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[Verse 1]

Six years in the Air Force
Made it to E-4 Rank
With the Ninety-Fourth Intelligence Squadron
Awarded a medal of commendation

On this election interference
The intel report was plain and laid bare
For this job with the NSA
The intel was there, just couldn't look away

What have you done, Reality Winner?
Reality Winner, what have you done?
What have you done, Reality Winner?
Reality Winner, what have you done?


This jail is a stone-cold answer
The biggest mistake of a Texas lifetime
In this ballad of the commander-in-chief
Is there any mercy for this standing belief?

Felt like gaslighting, not something to just accept
Proud to serve, just not this President
Those that seek the truth will find the answers
Those that seek the truth will find the answers


What have you done, Reality Winner?
Reality Winner, what have you done?
What have you done, Reality Winner?
Reality Winner, what have you done?


What have you done, Reality Winner?
Reality Winner, what have you done?
What have you done? What have you done?
What have you done? What have you done?



                                                                    Jay Farrar