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Justin Farrar @JustinFarrar Grand Rapids, MI

Freelance writer and playlist builder. Host of Strawberry Flats on @gimmecountry. Loves: #bluegrass, radical politics, metaphysics. All opinions belong to me.

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Joined Twitter 4/30/09


My eyes glaze over when the Russiagaters burst into my feed.Today is the 40th anniversary of Damn the Torpedoes. Putting it on now. My mom, an Elvis teen, watched a lot of MTV… https://t.co/R2XTsqAB8m @spookymachines @TheMagnificast Awesome. Thanks for the rec. I dove into this epic last year: https://t.co/ESdBm4bOYZ. @TheMagnificast @spookymachines That era is fascinating (from the outside looking in, that is). Seems like Jesus Pe… https://t.co/pFKIvXedAYRecently crossed paths with someone else who reps for the #ozarkmountaindaredevils' Lost Cabin Sessions, a collecti… https://t.co/hSUtztddKc @TheMagnificast Great episode. Have you ever dug into the Jesus People/Lonnie Frisbee/hippie xtian zone? @NostalgiaTrap @davidlparsons @nycjrc after being freed from it. I think this is where leftists can falter 'cause i… https://t.co/nbDwjDsqwU @NostalgiaTrap @davidlparsons @nycjrc the former, but I don’t buy it. I think challenging the dominance of the indi… https://t.co/0Y4BvL1yqw @NostalgiaTrap @davidlparsons @nycjrc always personal & never geared towards collective or structural change. Is th… https://t.co/bgE3W1eXzV @NostalgiaTrap @davidlparsons @nycjrc to post-’60s Buddhist businessmen traveling the middle way. This ties into st… https://t.co/H5u03xB3Vg @NostalgiaTrap @davidlparsons @nycjrc succeeds at capitalism yet transcends its evils 'cause they’ve achieved perso… https://t.co/BR47j3pNzG @NostalgiaTrap @davidlparsons @nycjrc A+ episode. Love idea of couching self-actualization in neo-liberalism. This… https://t.co/ipt7AQ6odU
10/19
2019
dream bill/bandmates/vanmates — spread the word/pass it on/see you there 🤠 https://t.co/V1cqcxRq7b
Retweeted by Justin FarrarRemembering Jessie Mae Hemphill, born on this day in 1923 near Senatobia, Mississippi. Here she is playing “Train,… https://t.co/xiZ3iCobs9
Retweeted by Justin Farrar @MarvinsMuseum That one pick of hooded monks is from a coin-operated mechanical simulating torture during the Inqui… https://t.co/cwKPLNt2N0Today, I hit up @MarvinsMuseum, outside Detroit. A far out collection of vintage games & mechanical oddities from c… https://t.co/HDKdisHpGz
10/18
2019
Back in the spring, we had my man @davidlparsons on @WorkingPod to talk about his big new venture w/ @PeterSabatinohttps://t.co/llyPRlMVcm
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10/17
2019
Liberals make a big production of criticizing Tr*mp's mafioso imperialism, yet they themselves are, in fact, imperi… https://t.co/jH9NJvEPUL @rvngintl @betaworldpeace @pitchfork Great cover! Will have to dive in.New @campgreensky record has been in heavy rotation for most of 2019. Each week I obsess over a diff song. This wee… https://t.co/jileAZ7ZAIVery good thread. https://t.co/L53OU2fxR8
10/16
2019
This series is a must-read. https://t.co/XD4kvaYc6f
10/15
2019
There' s a thread in this talk that echoes @rushkoff and a cluster of Expanding Mind episodes (@erik_davis). It has… https://t.co/3yH5KrjJPMThis week's @WFMU show is now archived and streamable, featuring new music and some nice segues (if I do say so mys… https://t.co/7KSdkIev8n
Retweeted by Justin FarrarAnd here's part two of @RevLeftRadio's excellent dive into #rosaluxemburg with @whysimonewhy. https://t.co/hMhAw6PEKp
10/14
2019
Awesome convo w/Kate Evans, author/illustrator of a new graphic biography on the one and only #rosaluxemburg. https://t.co/NDZQoiLOyCI think Dolly is a badass artist and seems very cool. That said, I think Dolly the working-class icon should be mea… https://t.co/FbNN7NLA5N @magicalbody My dad--who is a fuckface--had a tv/living room in a storage unit for a while. @strugglesesh @HorrorVanguard @TheLitCritGuy Fun episode! I think looking at Cronenberg as belonging to the Burroug… https://t.co/poeKr30rnl @dustysexton Totally. Grisman was a student of Frank Wakefield, who helped bridge '50s and '70s bluegrass. Wakefiel… https://t.co/pi4JTqUJe8And that concludes another episode of Bluegrass Reflections. On next week's episode we'll dive into the reasons why… https://t.co/VOUwse2DhZOf course, there's nostalgia in the lyrics. So yeah, there;s tension between a singer looking back & a band speedin… https://t.co/af2S2qn8svThe emergence of the Blue Grass Boys' classic sound (with Flatt/Scruggs) arrives at the same time (mid '40s) as bot… https://t.co/m6zamIV0AdIncidentally, this is why I think it's misleading to draw hard lines between traditional and progressive bluegrass,… https://t.co/Ov51TLD4M2You can see this dance in Monroe. On one hand, he talked of the "ancient tones" in his music, yet he invented a fie… https://t.co/kTOnZgfAhy...I still haven't scratched the surface.' There’s still so much left to learn about Bill Monroe, and David has bee… https://t.co/DinuOzpE2VCool quote from @bstrings1 about @David_Grisman: "I was riding around in a van with David for a week. And the whole… https://t.co/DTwaFWEeUK
10/13
2019
@SarahLouisemusi If you're looking at the full spectrum, I would endorse Gorguts' Obscura from 1998. It's a classic… https://t.co/tHgULkd5ulplease listen to this if you are a goof who genuinely thinks liberal idpol and revolutionary anti-white supremacism… https://t.co/YxdVW5NDE8
Retweeted by Justin FarrarEarly heads up: amazing folk-blues artist @theCharlieParr is playing Benton Harbor's @LiveryBrew on 11/9. Never mis… https://t.co/jaU3ShZCOsHere's The Seldom Scene shifting into atmospheric mode. So much space, restraint and quiet in this song. Such a gre… https://t.co/djSnwRO4cf
10/12
2019
Lastly, there's @TheMagnificast's look at Bethany Moreton's book To Serve God and Walmart: The Making of Christian… https://t.co/wRpPP2mg94Meanwhile, this excellent series over at @BrasilWire (part 2 of 4 has just been published) pick up some of those th… https://t.co/QTgYRPMzO7New episode of @seasonoftheB features Brazilian scholar/activist #mayracotta, who offers up ways to link the sexism… https://t.co/XXDzy7vw9mDig it when diff media projects synchronize to create new frameworks for looking at history/politics. Example:… https://t.co/qdb4NaAid7 @davidlparsons My guess says that in the coming decades we'll see a shift of people from drought zones to Great Lak… https://t.co/Ghng6Ji93n @theCharlieParr @redhousefolk The older "Don't Send Your Child to War" also fits: "I set up camp one day on the str… https://t.co/hIS0nFd3ua @theCharlieParr @redhousefolk .@theCharlieParr is carrying Great Lakes progressivism / socialism into the future. C… https://t.co/Q9iUBYdH72.@theCharlieParr is forever flying under the radar, so you may not know he has a new album out on @redhousefolk. It… https://t.co/nqlADKWWpyNew records out today you should buy: Wet Tuna - Water Weird https://t.co/9zR3sNrsJ5 Owen Tromans - Between Stone… https://t.co/YIB6WlgT0P
Retweeted by Justin FarrarSome Gene... https://t.co/PIhGc1jMOQEight-minute version of "I Know You Rider" from The Seldom Scene. This jam was a biggie the band during their '70s… https://t.co/pni1jTXKD1 @thetrillbillies The idea of law enforcement & crime intertwined to such a degree that their (perceived) boundaries… https://t.co/RoIgVvEJDi
10/11
2019
Now let's turn back to music for a spell. Here's a great live clip from @domflemons, whom I played on the last epis… https://t.co/NfJmMU5vl1 @CitationsPod One more podcast to highlight in this thread: @MediaRootsNews. They're great at deconstructing what T… https://t.co/RiTz7u6V75There def are folks who can explain these things far better than me. (My anti-imperialism devolves into convulsions… https://t.co/QErzR5clnhBeen upset about this Bush stuff, as well as how mainstream Americans (libs/cons, Dems/Repubs, even progressives) a… https://t.co/K4wVC1gzp8This convo w/longtime labor journalist Steven Greenhouse drives home the point that labor struggles cannot be separ… https://t.co/yDXiWzHIUR @MikeBilbeTaylor It's a piece of media art. https://t.co/TwLsyh2O9QA brilliant piece of political art. Liberals are imperialists. https://t.co/pJo5gG5ZCO
10/10
2019
@davidlparsons @NostalgiaTrap I was going to mention the mission of your podcast, David. I think learning from thos… https://t.co/8Fyan4o4qmRock 'n' roll is church music... https://t.co/GVKK7qNZdt
10/9
2019
@davidlparsons I love Buffalo '66, but I think these are impressive debuts... Night of the Living Dead (Romero) Ba… https://t.co/X9QnCfskFb @HaveYouHeardPod A recent development that @HaveYouHeardPod might like to know about is the formation of Grand Rapi… https://t.co/CncSfo3hZw.@HaveYouHeardPod = invaluable education podcast. Just caught up w/their look at school choice in MI. It's very goo… https://t.co/FM8jWiLSv3 @modernistwitch It makes them sound more like Reiki and craniosacral specialistsFor Grand Rapids people: UAW Local 167 (over in Wyoming) could use baby needs (diapers, formula, lotion) & non-peri… https://t.co/Z9Pl3PfLPe @bstrings1 Here's is a direct line from Bill Monroe to Muleskinner to @bstrings1. This is what I love about his evo… https://t.co/MBaUd0V1ThDig the phrase #acidgrass, but by jumping from Bill Monroe to @bstrings1 reviewer misses the rich lineage on which… https://t.co/hf8HMy9ynE
10/8
2019
Joe Hill's influence is massive... "There Is Power in a Union" https://t.co/IzgAh2NWJF "The Rebel Girl"… https://t.co/NNrXqYB8O3 @tabsout How much longer before the Fernow/Rob Zombie collab?
10/7
2019
@FPERecs That messed me up, too.Jason runs the excellent Black Dirt Studio in Westtown, New York. It's a proudly DIY enterprise. He's exploring dif… https://t.co/3MJVqnpLcrSarah Ogan Gunning's "I Hate the Company Bosses" in its original incarnation as "I Hate the Capitalist System":… https://t.co/TuSdkjVDh2 @ryleywalker Not an area of expertise for me. I love Scott Tuma. Then again, he blurs lines with so many instrument… https://t.co/SStMK6j3X4 @mayamiller Little did we know the dude scaring the hell out of us was probably bombed. https://t.co/073anDK3S3 @mayamiller Our generation needs to start support groups for anybody who saw this thing. @MatthewRegula That's hilarious. Yeah, blue turban guy was scary. I recall him entering a control room, sitting dow… https://t.co/s3s5G8Hnhm @MatthewRegula I recall one part where Welles says something like "man shall turn into maneater." That scared me shitless.This hilarious Tweet (dude is so funny) got me thinking about the scariest things I saw on TV in the '80s. One of t… https://t.co/Q8no8bAizWThis early Cream footage also is aces: https://t.co/FSPwkwGI4x RIP #gingerbakerRIP #gingerbaker. Here's some great footage of Air Force live: https://t.co/Ol2lwqH89o
10/6
2019
Independent media... https://t.co/vpXkW6XBQH“Because of the distortions it creates in housing markets” Yes that’s very bad! The market has decided that a 37 s… https://t.co/8TMLXzf8qm
Retweeted by Justin FarrarRiver = far and away my wife's biggest teen idol crush when she was in high school. https://t.co/8GZIl7v4hx @magicalbody Their dance singles are great. These got a lot of play at noise-rock shows in the early '00s (at least… https://t.co/wLZoCjoRznI used to be noncommittal about the funky, jammy end of #progressivebluegrass /#newgrass, but no longer: my love fo… https://t.co/ZnEqQSm7lC @davidlparsons When you leave the Northeast the butchering of Italian names turns ugly. @jasonpwoodbury @aquadrunkard @erik_davis Diving in now! Erik is a wonderful conversationalist..@aquadrunkard talking with @erik_davis. https://t.co/iRxMjXH3AZ @avantghettonyc A new artist for me, so thank you!.@avantghettonyc is spot on with this recommendation. https://t.co/7Pc4Xb0v4M
10/5
2019
@AbdulElSayed @MichiganRadio @ProgressMich More coverage on the state board's attempt to "strip Licensed Profession… https://t.co/ksntNbuDo2 @AbdulElSayed @MichiganRadio @ProgressMich I should put a personal touch on this and say my therapist is a LPC. He'… https://t.co/HUoIFm4heJ @AbdulElSayed @MichiganRadio Here's the @MichiganRadio piece: https://t.co/TZRkx6VQuO. Maybe @ProgressMich would like to cover this, too?My wife passed along info from LARA hearing. LPCs showed up from across MI. Packed out meeting & spilled outside. T… https://t.co/X4bsdlZET9 @nycjrc @davidlparsons @NostalgiaTrap Excited for this. Do you guys know about the connection between Groundhog Day… https://t.co/1gEg9oH5AjSplurged on gatefold of @bstrings1's new 2 x LP on @RounderRecords. Touches of psych while embracing what I dig abo… https://t.co/RuXzNN8j7fNew piece from @maximillian_alv, whose dedication to documenting the voices of the working class is so vital. https://t.co/0u2CzgOmteSolidarity with all the LPCs descending on Lansing today, attempting to prevent the Michigan Department of Licensin… https://t.co/48rXHC9H8f
10/4
2019

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