Louis Armstrong grins as he looks into the end of a horn

Satchmo Therapy is prescribed for many ailments, including Bad Vibes Syndrome & Frazzled Soulitis.

Tonight’s music video is a live recording of Louis Armstrong in Berlin, 1965. Assembled from YouTube comments, here is the complete band (thanks Earling Garvie and pohlpiano):

Louis Armstrong – Trumpet, Vocal
Eddie Shu – Clarinet
Tyree Glenn – Trombone
Billy Kyle – Piano
Arvell Shaw – Bass
Danny Barcelona – Drums
Jewel Brown – Vocals

It’s an almost hour-long performance. Enjoy.

Some good news from the Lone Star State: Denton, Texas, a college town north of Ft. Worth, came one step closer to banning fracking within city limits after the city council accepted an activist petition by Frack Free Denton. From WFAA 8 in Dallas:

A public hearing will be held in mid-July. After that, the Council can vote for or against the ordinance. Voters will likely have the final say if the ordinance is rejected by the Council.

‘It’s been a long hard climb for us to get here,’ said Sharon Wilson, one of the main petition organizers.

Last month, organizers submitted a petition with nearly 2,000 signatures. The City Secretary’s office ratified more than 600 of them last week.

‘We’ve actually gotten a lot folks on Twitter and Facebook around the world sending us notes of solidarity,’ said Adam Briggle, one of the petition supporters.

You’ve got solidarity from me, too! Thanks, @KXLBlockade for this link.

Of course, fracking is big business in Texas — I took a surreal drive through the fracking boom town of Three Rivers, Texas after a recent visit to the Rio Grande Valley. It was full of new looking motels, a huge store selling flame retardant clothing, and fracking towers belching flame …

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Kit OConnell

Kit OConnell

Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and Occupy.com.