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Decembrists: Why We Fight

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No Youtube but here’s a link to a video for The Decembrists” This Is Why We Fight.

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April 14th, 2011 at 9:42 am

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Arcade Fire was on the teevee the other night.

And also:

Is it jsut me or do Arcade Fire songs all seem to have something to do with not somehow feeling at home in one’s own time and place? What’s the word, alienation? Probly overthinking it. Nice beat. Give it a 35.

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November 16th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

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Arcade Fire and Friends

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Here’s a little bit of recent rock history; Bruce the Boss with Arcade Fire.

First, Keep the Car running

Next, State Trooper from the album Nebraska

How about Arcade Fire and U2 doing Love Will Tear Us Apart? Musta been a pretty big stage.

David Bowie with Arcade Fire dong Five Years from Ziggy Stardust I believe.

That Arcade Fire sure has a lot of friends n’est ce pas?

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November 4th, 2010 at 8:51 pm

The Clash: Death or Glory and Spanish Bombs

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This one’s going out to U.S. Democrats, liberals, progressives and assorted lefties. The next couple of years might be a good time to tell righties:

We gonna fight til you lose
We gonna raise trouble
We gonna raise hell

I’m feeling in a 1930’s mood these days. Remember the Spanish Civil War? The Clash did.

Here are the lyrics:

Spanish songs in Andalucia
the shooting sites in the days of ’39
Oh, please leave, the ventana open
Federico Lorca is dead and gone:
bullet holes in the cemetery walls
the black cars of the Guardia Civil
Spanish bombs on the Costa Rica
I’m flying in a dc-10 tonight

refrain:
Spanish bombs; yo te quiero infinito
Yo te quiero, oh mi corazón
Spanish bombs; yo te quiero infinito
Yo te quiero, oh mi corazón

Spanish weeks in my disco casino
the freedom fighters died upon the hill
They sang the red flag
they wore the black one
but after they died, it was Mockingbird Hill
Back home, the buses went up in flashes
the Irish tomb was drenched in blood
Spanish bombs shatter the hotels
My señorita’s rose was nipped in the bud

refrain

The hillsides ring with “free the people”
or can I hear the echo from the days of ’39
with trenches full of poets
the ragged army, fixing bayonets to fight the other line?
Spanish bombs rock the province
I’m hearing music from another time
Spanish bombs on the Costa Brava
I’m flying in on a dc-10 tonight

Spanish bombs; yo te quiero infinito
Yo te quiero, oh mi corazón
Spanish bombs; yo te quiero infinito
Yo te quiero, oh mi corazón
oh mi corazón
oh mi corazón

Spanish songs in Andalucia:
mandolina, oh mi corazón
Spanish songs in Granada, oh mi corazón

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October 28th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

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White Mystery: Ye Olde Stone

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And now something for the youngsters, as Ed Sullivan would say when introducing the early Stones or Herman’s Hermits.

I was “turned on” or “introduced” to these kids by the guys on Sound Opinions on the CBC, I mean the NPR.
White Mystery is a brother/sister red headed duo, Alex and Francis White, that makes rock and roll music recordings. They are known as a garage band and there is certainly a lo fi quality to the record. Alex does the vocals and plays guitar and that’s Francis on drums.

Do not, repeat, do not confuse White Mystery with the White Stripes. In fact, Alex’s singing sounds a bit like early Grace Slick to me, and her guitar sounds a little like the early Stones. Or am I betraying my boomerness?

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September 22nd, 2010 at 9:57 pm

John Mellencamp: No Better than This

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T Bone Burnett strikes again!

John Mellencamp recently release an album produced by the prolific Bonester (T-B0ne). I think you can recognize the Burnett production style by, among other attributes, an organic, live sound, product or recording live, with the whole band playing, rather than capturing each player’s tracks separately.

The result for Mellencamp, as it was for Kraus and Plant and others, is a musical maturity, a respect for the music’s roots, and a willingness to create within a tradition – in Mellencamp’s case, down to earth country rock. If you’re looking for the right pigeon hole for this album you could argue it fits nicely in alt country, with the Drive By Truckers and Wilco (without Wilco’s extensive experimentation).

OK, I’ll shut up now. Enjoy the music.

Works for me.

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August 29th, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Arcade Fire: The Suburbs

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Remember American Idiot? The song and the album by Green Day that presented a vision of post modern USA in decline and decay?

Well, Arcade Fire has stepped onto that visionary turf. The latest album from AF is not just a collection of songs, but a look at North American culture at war with itself. The title (The Suburbs, remember?) is a clue to how this Montreal band diagnoses our continent’s spiritual illness.

I don’t know if The Suburbs is a candidate for Broadway musical or rock opera, but it maintains a musical and lyrical integrity throughout. So far, I can’t get enough of it. Enjoy the title track.

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August 21st, 2010 at 12:20 am

Kraus and Plant; Killing the Blues

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Although it’s been out for three years now I have just acquired Raising Sand, a delicious collaboration between Alison Kraus and Robert Plant. This is maybe the most widely heard track from the album.

It is a song that is hard not to live.

The rest of the tracks take the same velvety approach, but don’t let the languorous pace or the sonic smoothness fool you. Both Plant and Kraus bring a quiet intensity to the record and they both display plenty of vocal and instrumental chops throughout.

It’s a buy it all the way from me, Greg.

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August 9th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

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Wilco: Hummingbird

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Here are Jeff and the boys sounding a lot like post Rubber Soul Beatles. I don’t know who did the animation, but it works with the music I do believe.

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July 26th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

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K’naan: Wavin’ Flag

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Been soooo busy chasin ultra bucks lately, no time for fresh posts for you, dear reader.

To make up for my absence how about a nice little musical tid bit from K’naan.

This song makes me cry. But from hope, not sorrow.

Here’s the full production studio version.

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July 15th, 2010 at 10:14 pm

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