Two things:

First, an addendum regarding Abigail Washburn and the Sparrow Quartet.  If there were an extended musical scene at Jabba’s palace in Firefly, they would be the band: the mix of Chinese and Appalachian influences makes that clear.  But also the moment of musical apotheosis when two banjos, a cello and a fiddle play Eleanor Rigby, really, was just amazing.

Second, I watched a wonderful movie last night, War, Inc. John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Marisa Tomei, Ben Kingsley, Dan Akroyd.  Sort of a spiritual successor to Grosse Pointe Blank, a favorite movie of mine.  It is a sort of near-future corporate dystopian view of war, and a satire of US foreign policy and corporate greed.  Blatantly but excellently done.