Someday Soon


There are certain moments, or maybe days, that seem to put things in perspective. More often than not, we're not exactly looking or reaching for that moment, but somehow it grabs a hold and we gather something. If we're lucky, we can make some sense of these often fleeting pinches of time. But usually an explanation is lost in the same way that one loses that dream within a moment of opening one's eyes.

Yesterday morning I hopped on the highway and traveled south about three hours down Highway 1. I hadn't been to Big Sur since January 1 of 2005, but this visit was more for the music than for the beautiful scenery, though I was certain that both would play a part. When I arrived at the Henry Miller Library grounds, I was struck by the beauty of this tiny corner of Big Sur. Lying deep below a surrounding mountain, the library is tiny, but rests on a small grassy area that provided the setting for the music.

The first few acts were ok, but as the sun slid behind the mountain wall, on walked Will Oldham and Emmett Kelly, better known as Bonnie "Prince" Billy. The lawn was packed, but everyone appeared to be comfortably situated as the fog rolled in and Bonnie "Prince" Billy began. A few songs into their full set, I began to realize that this was far from your standard collection of songs. The view around us all was absolutely breathtaking and Billy's music was a compliment to the land that left my throat tightening up. And then came "Strange Form of Life" from 2006's The Letting Go. As the verse drifted off and Kelly gradually strummed that beautiful guitar-part, I was there. For a few seconds, I looked to the trees, the sky, the mountain wall, and then closed my eyes altogether. I was literally inside the moment. And then it was gone. It had meaning, but I'm not sure exactly what. But the remnants sat with me for the rest of the day, and will likely provide a trail to somewhere.

Bonnie "Prince" Billy @ Henry Miller Library, Big Sur (Photos)


Palin with Couric

This is just terrifying. Sarah Palin makes George Bush look like Abe Lincoln. Seriously, John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate should immediately and without question end his chances of winning the White House. It baffles my mind that Barack Obama isn't leading every single state by an average of 75% points.

Seen Live

**I am going to keep this post atop for a few days as I try and add more**

Some of the bands I've seen over the years:

wilco, bruce springsteen, def leppard, the gourds, centro-matic, south san gabriel, the jayhawks, golden smog, trailer trash, slobberbone, jens lekman, tesla, genesis, david byrne, cowboy mouth, junior brown, blue mountain, bottle rockets, marah, god street wine, slint, health & happiness show, son volt, steve earle, ben folds five, cracker, daniel johnston, mia, the emeralds, noodles, fleetwood mac, elliott smith, phish, grateful dead, strangefolk, neil young, m. ward, richard buckner, peter bruntnell, the strokes, guided by voices, the autumn defense, jay bennett & ed burch, dr. dog, the white stripes, whiskeytown, frog holler, waco brothers, pernice brothers, mendoza line, lambchop, black angels, kevin salem, joe henry, world party, my morning jacket, tom petty, jimmy buffett, fleet foxes, cold war kids, eef barzelay, apollo sunshine, september 67, chuck prophet, u2, lullaby for the working class, arcade fire, dios malos, varnaline, frog eyes, vigilantes of love, bobby bare jr, freedy johnston, billy bragg, the shins, drive-by truckers, v-roys, low, willie nelson, thao, vetiver, scud mountain boys, damnations tx, handsome family, matthew sweet, star city, meat puppets, counting crows, 16 horsepower, loose fur, chris mills, georgie james, elton john, interpol, juana molina, big light, ben lee, richard thompson, the format, calexico, built to spill, spoon, richmond fontaine, rem, yo la tengo, old 97s, damien jurado, okkervil river, eels, beck, brakes, modest mouse, lucinda williams, jay farrar, jeff tweedy, glossary, the wrens, dolorean, gillian welch, the flaming lips, solomon burke, the drams, kelly willis, liz pappademas, alejandro escovedo, black crowes, blues traveler, spin doctors, anna fermin's trigger gospel, the flatlanders, the badlees, steve miller band, britt daniel, live, queensryche, tapes n tapes, leona naess, paul k & the weathermen, natalie merchant, john fogerty, fastball, grant lee buffalo, wooden leg, robert randolph, lenny kravitz, blind melon, david poe, jim lauderdale, marshall crenshaw, dog's eye view, the cash brothers, brooklyn browngrass, andrew bird, kevn kinney, steely dan, paul simon, bob dylan, clap your hands say yeah, architecture in helsinki, emmylou harris, the hold steady, tarbox ramblers, tim easton, edwyn collins, vic chestnut, broken social scene, robert becker, the backsliders, hazeldine, robbie fulks, original harmony ridge creek dippers, geraldine fibbers, the possibilities, rhett miller, ian hunter, public enemy, jesus & mary chain, gang of four, vampire weekend, weather underground, disciples of agriculture, bruce robison, continental drifters, cheri knight, earlimart, anders parker, tigarah, grand champeen, sharon jones & the dap-kings, buzzcocks, calla, scud mountain boys, van morrison, sloan, badly drawn boy, two cow garage, two gallants, john mellencamp, guns n roses, the apples in stereo, spiritualized, de la soul, bob seger, the silos, the tares, the hangdogs, warren zevon, steve winwood, buddy miller, hanson, roky erickson, dodos, spin doctors, lucero, richard swift, john vanderslice, naked omaha, sonic youth, cake, travis, bettie serveert, great lake swimmers, neal casal, carpetbaggers, slim dunlap, rolling hayseeds, jon dee graham, buick mackane, danielle howle, men at work, billy joel, the deathray davies, the damnwells, ryan adams, jackson 5, bonnie raitt, parts & labor, nels cline, the stooges, the pretenders, lyle lovett, nic armstrong, mogwai, kiiii, the redwalls, duffy, jeff hanson

....and probably a few more.....

Album of Week 37


Okkervil River : The Stand Ins
Jagjaguwar, 2008

Treasure Island - Sunday

I didn't make it out Saturday, but given Sunday's experience, this festival has taken a major dip in its sophomore year. Not only was the lineup quite weak, but the small touches that made last year so wonderful were absent. Last year's VIP purchase brought you to a backstage area that included pool tables, a long and cozy bar, buckets of fruit and various games. In this year's VIP area you had a bar. Last year's concession stands were chock-full-of vegetarian and locally grown foods. This year my only option was a wrap filled with lettuce and tomatoes.

But there was one major highlight and that was Austin's Okkervil River. I've been a fan of Okkervil for some years, but their latest two records, The Stege Names and The Stand Ins (released last week), have placed this band among the most important acts making music today. And today's set in the middle of a Sunday on a small island in San Francisco, was one of the most inspired sets of music I've seen this year. And just when I thought the magic was over, following their set, I found myself standing next to Okkervil's lead singer Will Shelf at the bar. And just like that moment in 1995 when I found myself alongside Wilco's Jeff Tweedy on the outskirts of Boston, I had to seize the moment. Because regardless of age or circumstance, there's something about music that can turn some of us into starry-eyed kids.

Lost Coastlines - Okkervil River

Wilco Joins Neil Young For Bridge School


Too bad the rest of the lineup is terrible:

Bridge School Benefit
Shoreline Ampitheatre
Mountain View, CA
Oct 25/26

Neil Young
Pegi Young
Cat Power
Death Cab for Cutie
Jack Johnson
ZZ Top (Sat only)
Norah Jones
Jack Johnson (Sun only)
Josh Groban (seriously!?!?!?) (Sun only)


-Why is Paste Magazine so absolutely terrible now?
-The 21 bus to the 30 and vice versa has become a combination of bo and ass.
-Why do people say a band is "killing it" or is "sick"? Good lord.
-Does anyone in San Francisco cover their mouth when yawning? Answer: Not many.
-Do you *really* need to be on your damn cell phone at ALL times?
-And now you're texting while driving?!!?
-I mean, c'mon, John McCain? Really, America? REALLY?!?!?!
-I never thought I'd say this, but Springsteen needs to bid farewell to the E Street tours.
-Why do people in San Francisco walk so close to strangers on the street?
-Radiohead are not a great band. Actually, they're kind of a yawn.
-Will a good movie ever be made again?
-Why are there virtually no good bars in this city?
-Does Murakami still write good books, because the last few have been clunkers?
-For Doc Hup, can we get one for the Cubs?

Moments & Music

Given the ease of always listening to exactly the music we want to hear, whether it be via our iTunes, iPod, CD or whatever is easily accessible, it's rare that we're hit with true moments of discovery. Sure, we might hear a record for the first time and fall in love, but usually we know the artist and are prepared for what's about to reach our ears.

Tonight, while listening to on random, a song came on that stopped me in my tracks. Fine, I was sitting down, but still. Oh my sweet jesus was I floored. I knew the artist, and I even knew the song, but what in god's name was this version. The song was "Casino Lights" by Richmond Fontaine, a band I loved in the 90s and early 00s, but have sort of abandoned over the past few years. This appeared to be a live version. Suddenly my throat tightened up and I was completely swept over by something that can't be explained. And I needed to find this song. And I needed to hear it again.

A few searches around (errr, the Richmond Fontaine site), and there it was. The band released a live record entitled Live at the Doug Fir Lounge in 2007 on the tiny El Cortez Records, and it's available for sale via Richmond Fontaine's site for a mere ten bucks.

And in a week it should drop in my mailbox.

20 Minutes w Centro-matic / South San Gabriel


Bandwagon's Top Ten Artists


2368 plays

Bruce Springsteen
2363 plays

Josh Ritter
2246 plays

Bob Dylan
1853 plays

Josh Rouse
1684 plays

Okkervil River
1329 plays

Richard Buckner
1265 plays

Bonnie "Prince" Billy
1054 plays

M. Ward
1024 plays

Neil Young
963 plays

Land of Hopes and Dreams


In addition to the lies and deception and John McCain's ties to the most despicable folks in government, let's not forget that John McCain's done everything imaginable to strip away our hope. Oh, I know that he's a politician and his role as republican nominee is to bury his opponent, but as I sit here listening to Bruce Springsteen wail on "This Land Is Your Land" I can't help but want to scream at McCain for doing everything imaginable to strip this country of the hope that Barack Obama has instilled in many of us.

Say what you will about Senator Obama, but there's no question that he's uplifted this country in a time when dreams were so desperately needed. Was John McCain doing his job by ripping down Obama? Sure. But I won't soon forget his disgusting and uninhibited attempts to pry hope from all of us. As hard as he tries, I won't stop dreaming. And regardless of the outcome in November, it was John McCain who did everything imaginable to pry my patriotism away, and it was Barack Obama who made me believe in the country that I call home.

words and music by Woody Guthrie

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California, to the New York Island
From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me

As I was walking a ribbon of highway
I saw above me an endless skyway
I saw below me a golden valley
This land was made for you and me


I've roamed and rambled and I've followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
And all around me a voice was sounding
This land was made for you and me


The sun comes shining as I was strolling
The wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
The fog was lifting a voice come chanting
This land was made for you and me


As I was walkin' - I saw a sign there
And that sign said - no tress passin'
But on the other side .... it didn't say nothin!
Now that side was made for you and me!


In the squares of the city - In the shadow of the steeple
Near the relief office - I see my people
And some are grumblin' and some are wonderin'
If this land's still made for you and me.

Chorus (2x)


That's the price for a floor seat to catch Neil Young & Wilco at MSG.

As Wilco's Jeff Tweedy said on 1993's Anodyne "We've Been Had".

Album of Week 36


Jason Isbell : Sirens of the Ditch
New West, 2007


Shows Past: Bruce Springsteen @ Nassau Coliseum, 12.31.80


As I sit listening to this show, I can't recall the last time that rock n' roll sounded this massive, this inspiring, this raw. Every song elicits not only full-body chills, but evokes dreams, community, hope and everything that sometimes only music can do.

Lately I've felt parts of me tearing apart as I watch in horror as the republican party once again utilizes lies, fear and manipulation to make every effort to continue leading this country into the abyss. All that hope and spirit that the Obama campaign injected into this country is being hacked at by McCain and his big business crooks. Yet this Springsteen show makes me believe. It makes me want everyone else to believe. It makes it all feel possible.

For the ones who had a notion, a notion deep inside, that it ain't no sin to be glad you're alive
Bruce Springsteen's "Badlands"

Bruce Springsteen
Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
December 31, 1980

Prove It All Night
Spirit In The Night
Darkness On The Edge Of Town
Independence Day
Who'll Stop The Rain
This Land Is Your Land
The Promised Land
Out In The Street
Racing In The Street
The River
Thunder Road
Cadillac Ranch
Sherry Darling
Hungry Heart
Merry Christmas Baby
Candy's Room
Because The Night
4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
Fade Away
The Price You Pay
Wreck On The Highway
Two Hearts
You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
Held Up Without A Gun
In The Midnight Hour
Auld Lang Syne
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Born To Run
Devil With A Blue Dress
Good Golly Miss Molly
C.C. Rider
Jenny Take A Ride
I Hear A Train / Devil With A Blue Dress (Reprise)
Twist And Shout
Raise Your Hand

Absolutely Baffling - Sarah Palin

If Governor Palin finds herself governing this country, this will likely be the greatest electoral mistake this country has ever made.

Neil Young "Powderfinger" 8.23.08


Forget Charlie Gibson


The Jayhawks Reunite in Spain: 9.6.08


Gary Louris, Mark Olson, Tim O'Reagan, Karen Grotberg and Marc Perlman onstage together for first time in many years. Let's hope that the solo jaunts are put on hold for a bit and the band announces a full US tour.

The Jayhawks : Azkena Victoria, Spain 9.6.08
I´d Run Away
Over My Shoulder
Real Light
Two Angels
Take Me With You
Martin´s Song
Waiting For The Sun
Two Hearts
Settle Down Like Rain
Sister Cry
See Him On The Street
Nothing Left To Borrow
Pray For Me
Bad Time
Miss Williams´Guitar

Absentee "Schmotime" (2006)

Man do I love this record.

Hey Tramp - Absentee

Barack & Bill


The Highway Is Alive Tonight


The Stand Ins - Out Today


Why does this word carry such a negative connotation? And why does the word conservative not? Well, it really comes down to marketing, and it would be impossible to argue that the right hasn't destroyed the dems on this front. Since when do caring for the poor, a reasonable minimum wage, health care, civil rights and so forth equate to elitism and against the people? It's really almost laughable how the republicans have buried the left on this front, especially when it is SO apparent that it's the democratic party that represents the core values and desires of the American people.

Until the left overtake this ludicrous battle and dominate the PR battle (ie, truth) on this front, they shouldn't expect to win the White House. The New York Times' Bob Herbert spoke of this in today's New York Times. And instead of just giving you the damn link, given its importance, I'm copying the text here.

Hold Your Heads Up
by Bob Herbert

Ignorance must really be bliss. How else, over so many years, could the G.O.P. get away with ridiculing all things liberal?

Troglodytes on the right are no respecters of reality. They say the most absurd things and hardly anyone calls them on it. Evolution? Don’t you believe it. Global warming? A figment of the liberal imagination.

Liberals have been so cowed by the pummeling they’ve taken from the right that they’ve tried to shed their own identity, calling themselves everything but liberal and hoping to pass conservative muster by presenting themselves as hyper-religious and lifelong lovers of rifles, handguns, whatever.

So there was Hillary Clinton, of all people, sponsoring legislation to ban flag-burning; and Barack Obama, who once opposed the death penalty, morphing into someone who not only supports it, but supports it in cases that don’t even involve a homicide.

Anyway, the Republicans were back at it last week at their convention. Mitt Romney wasn’t content to insist that he personally knows that “liberals don’t have a clue.” He complained loudly that the federal government right now is too liberal.

“We need change, all right,” he said. “Change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington.”

Why liberals don’t stand up to this garbage, I don’t know. Without the extraordinary contribution of liberals — from the mightiest presidents to the most unheralded protesters and organizers — the United States would be a much, much worse place than it is today.

There would be absolutely no chance that a Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton or Sarah Palin could make a credible run for the highest offices in the land. Conservatives would never have allowed it.

Civil rights? Women’s rights? Liberals went to the mat for them time and again against ugly, vicious and sometimes murderous opposition. They should be forever proud.

The liberals who didn’t have a clue gave us Social Security and unemployment insurance, both of which were contained in the original Social Security Act. Most conservatives despised the very idea of this assistance to struggling Americans. Republicans hated Social Security, but most were afraid to give full throat to their opposition in public at the height of the Depression.

“In the procedural motions that preceded final passage,” wrote historian Jean Edward Smith in his biography, “FDR,” “House Republicans voted almost unanimously against Social Security. But when the final up-or-down vote came on April 19 [1935], fewer than half were prepared to go on record against.”

Liberals who didn’t have a clue gave us Medicare and Medicaid. Quick, how many of you (or your loved ones) are benefiting mightily from these programs, even as we speak. The idea that Republicans are proud of Ronald Reagan, who saw Medicare as “the advance wave of socialism,” while Democrats are ashamed of Lyndon Johnson, whose legislative genius made this wonderful, life-saving concept real, is insane.

When Johnson signed the Medicare bill into law in the presence of Harry Truman in 1965, he said: “No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine.”

Reagan, on the other hand, according to Johnson biographer Robert Dallek, “predicted that Medicare would compel Americans to spend their ‘sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was like in America when men were free.’ ”


Without the many great and noble deeds of liberals over the past six or seven decades, America would hardly be recognizable to today’s young people. Liberals (including liberal Republicans, who have since been mostly drummed out of the party) ended legalized racial segregation and gender discrimination.

Humiliation imposed by custom and enforced by government had been the order of the day for blacks and women before men and women of good will and liberal persuasion stepped up their long (and not yet ended) campaign to change things. Liberals gave this country Head Start and legal services and the food stamp program. They fought for cleaner air (there was a time when you could barely see Los Angeles) and cleaner water (there were rivers in America that actually caught fire).

Liberals. Your food is safer because of them, and so are your children’s clothing and toys. Your workplace is safer. Your ability (or that of your children or grandchildren) to go to college is manifestly easier.

It would take volumes to adequately cover the enhancements to the quality of American lives and the greatness of American society that have been wrought by people whose politics were unabashedly liberal. It is a track record that deserves to be celebrated, not ridiculed or scorned.

Self-hatred is a terrible thing. Just ask that arch-conservative Clarence Thomas.

Liberals need to get over it.

I Gotta Get Away From This Day-To-Day Runnin' Around


The Essential Neil Young
After the Gold Rush
Down by the River
Ambulance Blues
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Tonight's the Night
I Am a Child
Lookin' For a Love
The Needle and the Damage Done
Cortez the Killer
Revolution Blues
Cowgirl in the Sand
It's a Dream
Mellow My Mind

McCain 54% Obama 44%

These numbers are correct. According to the latest USA Today/Gallup Poll conducted Friday through Sunday, and the first poll to reveal the impact of the RNC, John McCain has not only erased Obama's lead, but he's taken a substantial lead.

What's caused such a huge shift? I can attribute this 15+ swing to one thing: The public's reaction to Sarah Palin being vetted not by John McCain, but by the American media. When this virtual unknown was named as McCain's running mate, the media scrambled to find out anything about her, and given that a large part of the reporting was negative, this set the perfect stage for the comeback at the RNC. In the days following the announcement of Palin as his running mate, and the onslaught of criticism that followed, I was certain that this would ultimately play to the Republican's benefit. This was American Idol of campaign moments. Americans love a comeback story, and this is exactly what Sarah Palin represented. What were her qualifications? Eh, who cares. What does she stand for? Oh, what does it matter, she's got cool glasses!

My anger at the prospect of a McCain/Palin executive office seems to be subsiding of late. In the end, there's very little that I can do about this. I live in a country that elected George W. Bush, not once but twice. Why in the world should I expect that we'll elect an articulate, curious, altruistic and charismatic black man over a lying, hawkish, wealthy, white panderer. Fine, that's a bit of a biased take, but I can't for a second agree with an individual who can honestly claim that John McCain is better suited for the presidency right now than Barack Obama. It's not even close. But I am but one of about 110 million Americans likely to vote. And in the end, if the United States elects McCain, my passion for national politics will likely end, and I can move to causes that I can actually impact. Oh, I will continue to vote democratic for the long haul, but my obsession with the need for us to elect a democratic president will drift. When Al Gore opted to concentrate on the climate crisis in favor of chasing the presidency again, I didn't fully understand. I now do.

Albums of Weeks 32-35


Juana Molina : Son
Domino, 2006

Centro-matic : Distance and Clime
Idol, 2001

The Drams : Jubilee Dive
New West, 2006

Neil Young : Live at Massey Hall, 1971
Reprise, 2007

Ten Books


Man in the Dark by Paul Auster, Fiction, 2008: 7.5

Personal Days by Ed Park, Fiction, 2008: 6.5

Oh, Those Confused Republicans


In Two Months

As we creep closer and closer to 11/4, it seems that my stomach tightens more and more as each day passes. Tonight I went to see a band that I'd waited years to see in San Francisco, yet I was distracted more than half of the show. As hard as I tried, I couldn't push this election out of my mind, even for 90 minutes. I kept checking my phone to see the reactions to Sarah Palin's speech. And almost all seemed positive. And my stomach tightened a bit more.

I have said this time and again, and I honestly feel that there's little argument on this point: If the American public, as a whole, were even moderately educated on the positions of democrats and republicans, I can't imagine that the democrats would have much trouble winning every election over the next century. But the American public has been duped. The right has used wedge issues such as religion, abortion, capital punishment and immigration to literally freeze the country. People never ask this, but do George Bush, John McCain, Mitt Romney, etc. really think strongly about the "right to life" or the church? Sorry folks, but the answer is no. They have used these issues to solidify their bases and that's it. They are big business chumps who thirst for power and align themselves with the Enron, ExxonMobil and Fox's of the country to strengthen their power and in return, repay those debts to the elite in this country. That is it. Republican agenda. End of story.

Do I think that democratic party is awash in altruism? Well, no. But I certainly think that they are the party of curiosity, intelligence, fairness and opportunity. They champion the causes of 95% of those who call this country home, causes such as fair health care, a reasonable minimum wage, a better education for ALL children, a managed and tempered foreign policy, and so on.

After eight years of the most disastrous administration in United States history, I simply can not fathom electing John McCain to the presidency, especially when we've been delivered one of the greatest potential leaders in this country's long history. The republicans will continue to label Barack Obama a celebrity, a dream, a phony, an elitist, a Muslim, and whatever else they think will catch on, but the truth is, he IS something out of the ordinary. His ability to put this country back in my heart is something I didn't think possible so soon after the Bush era. His ability to bring people together is remarkable. His ability to cause this entire planet to look on in awe is almost beyond comprehension.

Lately, I have felt like my passion for public policy could come to a halt on 11/4. If we make the unforgiveable mistake of electing McCain, I will witness a deflated nation at a standstill. We will see the rest of the world not only scoff at us, but lose any remaining respect that we still garner. On the flipside, if Barack Obama is elected president, I simply can not imagine the joy. I can not imagine what we can do for this country both at home and abroad. And I can't imagine what pride I will feel for the place that I've called home for almost 35 years.

We need to get this one right. For ourselves, for our children, for our neighbors, for our future and for 95% of this country, whose causes will finally be paid heed.

More Stand Ins Covers


Sarah Palin at the RNC

There's no question that the republicans have gathered the greatest living nutjob speechwriters to put together Governor Palin's speech. Knowing this, one can only expect a speech that energizes the right like no other. The dems need to be aware of this likely outcome and handle it with care.

I am skipping this utter garbage to go see South San Gabriel and Centro-matic, otherwise known as the show of the century.

Sarah Palin = Harriet Miers


Barring the greatest speech ever delivered before this country, my guess is that Sarah Palin steps down within a week following the RNC. Of course, she'll say that she's doing so to "focus on her family and that she can no longer put the strain on her family, blah, blah, crap, blah." McCain and Co. will pin it all on her, despite the fact that it was their lack of research that led to this utter debacle. If she does get kicked to the curb, I bet Johnny Boy goes with creepy Lieberman.

Beck Covering Daniel Johnston

After witnessing the show of the year last night, Beck at the Independent, I've spent most of this lazy day off listening to Modern Guilt and The Information, the two Beck records that I've never given enough time.

After making it through the two, I searched the iTunes folder for more obscure Beck tracks. The first song I found was Beck's beautiful cover of Daniel Johnston's "True Love Will Find You In the End".

True Love Will Find You in the End - Daniel Johnston

Wilco & Fleet Foxes "I Shall Be Released"