It’s St. Paddy’s Day at the White House. Nancy Pelosi introduces the musicians. Speaker Pelosi says she agrees with the Wall Street Journal in its high assessment of the duo, the one time she agrees with the paper’s assessment of anything. President Barack Obama watches with interest, while the rest of the crowd seems oblivious to the great music performed as the guests munch of cookies and chat. But the musical duo seems genuinely inspired to be there. They play fast and loud and clear. You don’t have to be Irish or from Chicago to enjoy the show!
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Recently, Canadian band Blurred Vision covered (or, re-released) Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall” in order to protest the brutal, autocratic and clerical regime in Iran; the indie group released a video and changed a key lyric to “Hey Ayatollah, leave those kids alone.”
From Blurred Vision’s Facebook page: “The video and single was released in support of the youth in Iran and their fight for freedom against the oppressive regime of the Islamic Republic.” Roger Waters supported the curious move alongside the overall endeavor. Does Gilmour approve?
Could this video spur the much-needed Iranian revolution against the clerical bullies? Would Roger Waters consider playing this song on his current tour?
Toronto’s hard-hitting, scuzz fuzz, psych band, Quest for Fire, are releasing their eagerly awaited sophomore album August 31st and we’ve got the premiere today of “Set Out Alone”, the ideal encapsulation of their sound. Quest for Fire emerged from the remains of two previous bands, the Deadly Snakes and Cursed, and released their self-titled debut last year. Vocalist and guitarist Chad Ross describes the musical vision for Lights from Paradise as “a heavy meeting of all the music we love. It’s filled with wide open spaces of dreamy hard rock, quiet sweet moments, and pounding psych straight from the Canadian heart.” That last bit describes “Set Out Alone” to a tee. Release details and track list are after the jump.
This episode features the LXD series debut of Glee dance ringer Harry Shum Jr. Shum plays Elliot Hoo, who pulls out a hollow wall to discover a pair of sneakers which pull him out of bed and compel him to dance.
Elliot is at first just a witness to his shoe-directed moves but gives in and becomes one with the movement, participating willingly then gaining control of the movements.
In true superhero fashion, Elliot wears glasses in the beginning and takes them off as he gains control and confidence in his new-found role as a super-dancer, ala Clark Kent (who removes his glasses when changing into his Superman persona).
This is a pure dance showcase episode, and a one of the best of the season. Shum is a tremendously engaging and skilled dancer, and it’s good to have him on-board the LXD, both for the ratings he’ll draw from Glee fans and his talented pop-and-lock style.
If you miss Stereolab and Mr. Bungle—and I think we all do—then you owe it to yourself to give a listen to “Disco Dog”, from Belgian threesome Joy as a Toy. The specters of those progressive pop geniuses loom over all three-and-a-half glorious minutes, from the angular start-stop rhythms, to the brassy freak-outs in the middle, to the vibraphones throughout which sound straight off Stereolab’s Emperor Tomato Ketchup.
“Disco Dog” is the first track off the band’s debut album Valparaiso, out right now on Cheap Satanism Records. Stream the whole album for free here.
P.S. What the hell is a “disco dog” anyway? The lyrics—alternately sung and barked, naturally—don’t shed much light on this mystery. Neither does a Google search, even if it does reveal the term as an inexplicably popular brand name.