A nice return to form after a sad album for PJ Harvey. I am really enjoying Let England Shake. Check out the title track:
This is the start of a new as-and-when-I-have-time-to-research feature on some anorak facts and music trivia articles to impress your friends. If you hate it, tell me and I’ll stop doing it!
Traditionally, the UK and US have always been thought of as the founding grounds of the punk scene. Starting with the socially alienated and dissatisfied youth of industrial Britain and the shock-rock-and-heroin movement slowly swelling beneath New York City like a sleeping behemoth, punk gained momentum and has been with us in various forms and permutations ever since. Soon all of the UK’s major cities were smothered in a safety-pinned, mohawked smog.
But even beyond that, the ideology and discontent was still seeping out into the wider world – and now, all but the most dedicated researchers have forgotten a most valued contribution to the story of the genre. The jumble of politics, anarchy and drugs that punk started out as was probably incomprehensible to anyone not already involved. Nobody in Manhatten was sober for long enough to sit down and figure out how to put it out to the masses, and nobody in London had the balls. So who stepped up to the mark?
The French did – in many ways still smarting from the salted wounds of a hefty revolution, and quite ready to remind the gaffers that they could, and would, still be a force for change. ”The real influence of French punk rock lies in the ideas, the style and the ruthless elegance,” says Andrew Hussey, head of French and Comparative Studies at the University of London Institute in Paris. ”They never produced a Clash or a Sex Pistols, but what they did was introduce the real politics in punk.”
The foundations of these politics can be attributed to a group known as the Situationists, led by Parisian Marxist and de facto rebel Guy Debord, and the combination of these politics with the music provided a jumping off point for the 800,000-strong Paris riots in 1968. And just who was in the middle of these riots? None other than a young Malcolm McLaren, wandering wide-eyed from Situationist poster to Situationist poster and soaking it all up. Links and tie-ins to the French movement are everywhere – Tony Wilson named his infamous Hacienda club in Manchester after a Situationist text, Jamie Reid learned detournement and created the seminal artwork for the Sex Pistols’ God Save The Queen and Patti Smith became obsessed with Jean Genet, the “superior bum of art”. Punk now had everything it needed to go global: it had angst, it had music, and now it had a direction.
Asphalt Jungle, Les Civils, Bijou, Metal Urbain, Kas Product, Guilty Razors.
Let’s foil the suspense…Every now and then the staff misses an album and two reviewers (user or staff) must battle it out. Word for word…A write off settles who gets published as the editorial review… the loser posts their review lower on the page as a user review. It’s been a while since we’ve done one…so enjoy…
By now you all know the love/hate relationship that Jackie has with technology. He loves the googles and interwebs for the interpersonal connections it enables him to make. It is with this profound love for all things current that Jackie has decided to take advantage some new technologies to give his audience what it has been craving: A Jackie Webcast.
This Saturday, February 19th, from 6 to 7 p.m. est please join Jackie online for “Fireside With Jackie: A Rare Solo Acoustic Performance“
Damn, I’m getting out of touch. Found out today about the new Radiohead album, The King Of Limbs that is available today digitally from their website. Here is a cool video and great track off the album called Lotus Flower.
Mixing a good strain of Hip Hop, Rap and old school tweaked beats…
Welcome once again to the Music Emissions Podcast of the Week: Episode #76. The new voice emerging from the podcast pipes this week is Brandon Thompson. Brandon has been with the staff a little over two years. His taste is impeccably aggressive and he is quite possibly the next M.E. writer to make a name for himself.
- Song #1: Busting out with some new school beats, here’s the The Prodigy with the title track from their 2009 release Invaders Must Die.
- Song #2: Taking a trip back in time, here is the massively underrated 1998 self-titled debut of System of a Down and my favorite track “Spiders”
- Song #3: Nothing more reminiscent than going all the way back to the birth of Surf Punk. No one song captured the raw energy better than “Bloodstains” and Agent Orange was the band to make it happen. Off of the 1981 album Living In Darkness.
- Song #4: In order to make a lasting impression in the music business, you have to be something special. Iron Maiden left that impression over 30 years ago, and from what is arguably the most controversial album of all time, “Run To The Hills” is a time honored classic from 1982′s The Number of the Beast.
- Song #5: One of the most overlooked bands of the 90′s, Helmet never let a quest for mainstream success get in the way of making damn good music. 1992 saw the release of Meantime, and the song that brought them into the spotlight “Unsung”.
This new video from Toronto based Rural Alberta Advantage has some small screen charm going for it. It’s from their forthcoming album, Departing, out in March on Saddle Creek. Check it out!
Welcome to another edition of Music Emissions Podcast of the Week…This week we focus on new music on the horizon…
A co-worker passed me this infographic this morning courtesy of the site Information Is Beautiful. Its a few months old but still relevant. Due to all the privacy acts and such popping up protecting music artists from being robbed of their music with BitTorrents and other Peer to peer sharing, the site thought it would be interesting to see how much an artist actually makes from being sold and played online. The amazing thing is sites like Spotify and Last.FM where people can stream unlimited music online hardly pay the artist anything! It’s given me a new respect for the iTunes model and a huge nod to CDBaby for helping artists actually make some money.
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