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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode With London's Fat White Family

Posted by Amoebite, January 20, 2015 06:52pm | Post a Comment

Fat White Family

Some might say The Fat White Family is British rock & roll's final hurrah. On or off stage the South London rockers give it to you straight. No sugar coating, no beating around the bush, no gimmicks. Just Fat Whiteone hundred percent pure, unadulturated, in your face rock and roll. Their wild stage antics and blunt anti-elitist views excite fans and leave others confused. Unfazed by the lure of fame and the rock star status most indie bands dream of, The Fat White Family only care about staying true to their own beliefs, no matter how unconventional or far left they may come off. From squatting to couch surfing to befriending and shacking up with Sean Lennon, The Fat White Family have come a long way in a short amount of time.

After releasing their debut album, Champagne Holocaust (Fat Possum, 2014) and touring relentlessly, the band was recently named one of NME's "50 New Bands to Watch in 2015" and appeared on the cover with the headline "The Most Dangerous Band in Britain." The group is currently working on their second album in New York, with a little help from co-producer Sean Lennon. How many new bands can say they used John Lennon's gear on their record? Pretty freaking awesome.   

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Top Five State of the Union Songs

Posted by Billyjam, January 20, 2015 02:52pm | Post a Comment
At 9pm Eastern time and 6pm Pacific time today (Jan 20th, 2015) President Barack Obama is scheduled to give his State of the Union (SOTU) speech that can be viewed on various TV stations as well as via the White House website stream. His sixth SOTU address and his first State of the Union address since Republicans took control of Congress,  this evening's address is likely to touch on such topics as the rebounding economy, increased taxing of the wealthy, the latest developments with Cuba, and the recent subject of the push to make community colleges free for students - as well as references to the many specially invited citizen guests in the house.

For more SOTU info visit the White House SOTU website page or check out the video below of the interview Obama on what to expect tonight - "Behind The Scenes: Sit Down with President Obama" that was uploaded yesterday. But ahead of that video are the Top Five "State of the Union" video song list with lyric excerpts from each song to get take on where they're coming from that range from punk to classic rock to folk and dub.



Rise Against "State of the Union (Live)"


#1: Rise Against's "State of the Union" song, which was the opening track off the Chicago hardcore punk outfit's 2004 album Siren Song of the Counter Culture, was - as the intro to the live performance above indicates - a vehemently anti George W Bush and his war song; a fact further proven by such no holds barred song lyrics as: "Reads war torn country still a mess The words, power, death, and distorted truth Are read between the lines of the red, white, and blue Countdown to the very end Equality, an invitation that we wont extend Ready aim, pull the trigger now Its time you firmly secure your place in hell"

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Album Picks: Belle & Sebastian, Sleater-Kinney, Hanni El Khatib, Amen Dunes

Posted by Billy Gil, January 20, 2015 11:27am | Post a Comment

Belle & SebastianGirls in Peacetime Want to Dance

belle sebastian girls in peacetime want to dance lp

In the latter half of their career, Belle & Sebastian have consistently tried to balance the desire to appeal to a wider audience with more outward-facing pop songs alongside the bookish indie pop that netted them a cult of worshipping devotees in the first place. They’ve never done it quite as successfully as they have here on Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance. Opener “Nobody’s Empire,” with its marching beat, glowing synths and gospel choir backup vocals comes off like a statement of purpose: This will be a richly produced pop album (courtesy of Ben H. Allen III, who’s worked both with the indie-pop elite and hip-hop artists), so gear up. The band comes up with one of its most radio-ready singles to date on “The Party Line,” a disco-rock track with typically clever lyrics and a booming synth riff that won’t quit. The best Stevie Jackson-led song in years comes on the bittersweet beatnik funk of “Perfect Couples.” “Play for Today” is synthy and light, with ace guest vocals from Dum Dum Girls’ Dee Dee Penny. And it’s safe to say Belle & Sebastian have the only ABBA-esque synth-pop track that name-checks Sylvia Plath. But Belle & Sebastian want to do more than make us dance. Several tracks hue closer to their ’90s incarnation while still retaining the fuller production present on the album’s more immediate moments. The European folk-flavored “The Everlasting Muse” is rich with mandolin, horns and clap-along breakdowns. The slow-rolling, string-laden “Ever Had a Little Faith” is reminiscent of early B&S highlight “The Boys of Track and Field.” And Sarah Martin gets to sing lead on both the swoony “The Power of Three” and rollicking “The Book of You,” with some ripping guitarwork to boot. So it’s not the introverted Belle & Sebastian of yore. But this edition of Belle & Sebastian manages to help them evolve without losing what made them special. It’s a win-win for fans new and old, on one of Belle & Sebastian’s best albums in years.

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MLK Jr Day Movie List

Posted by Billyjam, January 19, 2015 10:30am | Post a Comment

A good thing to do any day, but particularly appropriate MLK Jr. Day, is to view some Martin Luther King, Jr. and cicil rights related films and documentaries. There are many to recommend, beginning with Selma, which is the Ava DuVernay-directed dramatization of the Selma to Montgomery, Alabama voting rights marches of 1965 that were led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Starring in an incredibly accurate performance of King, British actor David Oyelowo (pictured above) was famously snubbed by the Oscars in their recent 2015 nominations. Selma can be viewed in movie theaters today at no cost for students all over the Bay Area as well in other cities such as New Orleans, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Nashville. The free screenings, which have actually been taking place over the weekend at theaters including 11 in the Bay Area, are thanks to a fundraising drive by a nationwide movement called “Selma for Students.” This fundraising group believes that students (particularly African American) might not otherwise be fully informed about this moment in history captured in Selma and its parallels to the challenges that they face today. Bay Area theaters include Grand Lake Oakland, AMC Bay Street Emeryville, AMC Van Ness San Francisco, Century Hilltop Richmond, and Cinemark Daly City. Students just need to bring some form of ID to the theater in the cities participating in the program.

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Music History Monday: January 19

Posted by Jeff Harris, January 19, 2015 08:48am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: January 19, 1946 - Country music icon Dolly Parton (born Dolly Rebecca Parton in Sevierville, TN). Happy 69th Birthday, Dolly!!
 


Born on this day: January 19, 1949 - Singer and songwriter Robert Palmer (born Robert Allen Palmer in Batley, Yorkshire, UK). Happy Birthday to this brilliant blue-eyed soul/rock vocalist on what would have been his 66th birthday.




On this day in music history: January 19, 1959 - "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" by The Platters hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks. Written by Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach, it is the third and final chart topping single for the pioneering R&B/Pop vocal group fronted by lead singer Tony Williams.The song is originally written in 1933 for the musical Roberta, and is also sung by actress Irene Dunne in the film adaptation of the musical in 1935. The Platters will record their version in Paris in October of 1958. At first, Kern's widow will seek to file an injunction to block the record from being distributed, fearing that the group has turned her late husband's song into a "rock & roll record." One of Kern's colleagues, legendary songwriter Oscar Hammerstein II will intervene, not only convincing Mrs. Kern to drop her suit, but also publicly thanking The Platters and their producer Buck Ram for reviving the song and introducing it to a new generation of fans. Entering the Hot 100 at # 86 November 17, 1958, it will climb to the top of the chart nine weeks later. "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" will be The Platters last major hit, after a public scandal a few months after the song's run on the charts results in the four male members of the group being arrested in Cincinnati, OH on drug and prostitution charges. Though the charges are dropped, the incident will do irreparable damage to their reputation resulting in radio stations dropping their past records from playlists and refusing to play subsequent releases. "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 

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