Despite repeated attempts by Japanese politicians and nuclear honchos to unfurl the "Mission Accomplished" banner, the crisis unleashed by the earthquake and tsunami has worsened day by day. Radioactive matter is now leaking into the ocean; fears of meltdown persists.
I remember saying recently that we are in desperate need of some new anti-nuke songs and a movement to go along with them. While those types of songs remain pretty scant, I nonetheless overlooked this brilliant and recent example: Ani DiFranco's "The Atom," off of her 2008 Red Letter Year. Poignant, moving, simple, urgent. Everything a song should be as we're carried inch by inch closer to the brink.