What a winter we’re having in the Northeast with three major snowstorms and another one last week. At least some new releases along with some holiday gifts (CDs of all things) are keeping all this indoor time interesting. Here’s my picks for a new music listening session whatever the weather may be…
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The religious controversy surrounding the 1979 film Monty Python’s Life of Brian upon its release is well documented and almost as notorious as the film itself. Many religious groups (please see Robert Hewison’s book, Monty Python: The Case Against, for a partial list) protested the film’s depiction of Jesus of Nazareth, and the film’s defenders were quick to point out that Jesus himself is never made light of, but it is instead his followers who bear the brunt of the famous British comedy troupe’s witty social commentary. And perhaps this is where the ire of those protestors was truly raised.
Jesus only appears in one scene in the film, listing the Beatitudes chronicled in the Book of Matthew. The camera pans almost immediately back to the outer reaches of the crowd, who are frustrated with their spot away from the action. The heated “Big Nose” exchange between Michael Palin and Eric Idle is funny enough on its own, but given the background soundtrack of a man of peace attempting to instill love for one’s fellow man in the hearts of those gathered, this petty bickering is raised to monumental satirical heights. Add to that the upper-class couple, portrayed by Terence Bayler and Python mainstay Carol Cleveland, and their gross misinterpretations of the Gospel, and we see how immediately the wisdom of the Sermon on the Mount could have been lost on those present. And then, of course, the whole thing degenerates into violence.
A fistfight at the Sermon on the Mount could be considered offensive on its own, one supposes. But really the most offensive aspect of this all seems to be how plausible it is. Especially to anyone with even a cursory knowledge of human nature.
Maybe we should just go to the stoning.
That pesky Pitchfork website scooped us with this story, but hey, something this cool warrants repeating. Watch below as Joy Division’s performance of “Transmission” on the show Something Else is revamped by Playmobil figurines.
Now, I know everyone’s a critic and all, but my drum teacher always taught me that good drumming comes from the wrists, not the arms. Oh well, I’m not a famous musician—or a Playmobil figurine—so what do I know?
Hot off the heels of their latest release, the Troubles of the Brain EP, the Veils recently dropped the video for “The Stars Came Out Once the Lights Went Out”. Shot in New Zealand, the video plays out like a low-budget, interstellar soap opera. Says Veils leader Finn Andrews, “You know when you have a really lousy day, and you look at the stars, and they’re kind of reassuring and terrifying at the same time, we just thought it was funny to imagine that maybe stars go through the same thing too but in reverse.”
Miami-based Toto Gonzalez, otherwise known as Mr. Pauer, is a world traveller and DJ whose journeys have influenced his global dance sounds. Mr. Pauer is releasing his debut album, Soundtrack, next week and the style of his tunes is something he fittingly labels “Electropical”. The Venezuelan born artist describes his artistic approach: “Living back in Venezuela I grew up listening to Anglo and Spanish rock, my mother used to listen to boleros, my dad to traditional Venezuelan music, my older brothers to American ‘80s pop, and to socialize I had to learn how to dance salsa and merengue. Magically after years, I connected dots unconsciously creating an array of sounds that identify with the culture I grew up with.” It’s a heady stew and today we present the premiere of his new mixtape as an advance teaser for the release of Soundtrack.
01 La Murga de Panama – Willie Colon (Mr. Pauer remix)
02 Rhinestone Eyes – Gorillaz (Mr. Pauer remix)
03 Cumbion Del Sur feat. Itagüi – Mr. Pauer
04 La Cumbia Prohibida – Niña Dioz feat. Li Saumet / El Remolon & Villa Diamante
05 Que Si Que No – Mr. Pauer
06 Abrazame – Los Rakas (Uproot Andy remix)
07 Lullaby – The Cure (Mr. Pauer Remix)
08 Mente De Mente – Mr. Pauer