I love living in the age of the internet. It blows my mind that a band that regularly sells out stadiums around the world can post a little comment on its website about playing a secret show at a music festival in Texas, and that based on that, people buy plane tickets, probably online, to fly there. Then a handful of these folks get to watch Muse play at Stubb’s. MUSE. At STUBB’S. It’s like playing in a shoebox for a band of that stature. And then, somebody makes a tastefully-shot black-and-white mini-film about the whole affair. And finally, what occurred on March 19th is now available for your viewing pleasure (or teeth-gnashing envy, whichever the case may be) on April 5th. Amazing.
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I don’t know about you, but I could stand to increase the amount of Portuguese music in my diet. Lisbon kente cloth enthusiasts Blasfemea sing in English and named all the songs on their new album Galaxia Tropicalia after girls. It’s clear they are not content to settle for the confines of the Iberian shores. Here’s the video for the first single, “Maria”.
Tired of looking at pretty people? Or rather, what movies, television, magazines and most music videos deem “pretty”, until that vacuous definition starts to feed on itself, becoming ever more plastic and generic and surgically enhanced, and we end up with things like Heidi Montag?
Milwaukee’s the New Loud have made a video for their new song, “Heaven”, which is refreshingly replete with real live people. It recalls Godley and Creme’s 1985 video “Cry”, except without the creepy shape-shifting effects. Isn’t it nice to see some crows feet and thin lips once in a while?
The Hold Steady
Heaven Is Whenever
Releasing: 4 May
The Hold Steady have been dropping pre-release tracks from their forthcoming album, Heaven Is Whenever, like they’re going out of style, offering up three new songs as exclusive premieres on various online sites. The album is among the most anticipated of the spring, especially since the band has been trumpeting a change in direction this time around from its thinking man’s bar-rock anthems to something “sonically more diverse”, as guitarist Tad Kubler puts it. Don’t know if any of the three leaked numbers stray too far from the Hold Steady’s consistently winning formula, but we’ll find out soon enough when Heaven Is Whenever comes out in May.
01 The Sweet Part of the City
02 Soft in the Center
03 The Weekenders
04 The Smidge
05 Rock Problems
06 We Can Get Together
07 Hurricane J
08 Barely Breathing
09 Our Whole Lives
10 A Slight Discomfort
Lt. Dan Choi in front of the WHite House,
handcuffed to the gate in his military fatigues,
discharged from being gay.
Wow, other people’s moral judgments just get sicker and sicker. Just goes to show that it never pays to ask a people to deny themselves. Caution, when I watched this clip streaming on CNN.com, it was preceded by a candy bar commercial where a family father ogles over a trio of teen girls in front of his wife who stands next to him struggling with their infant. The sweet confection gave the man time enough to think of an amenable excuse for checking out the prepubertal set of scantily clad young maidens: “I’m looking at potential babysitters,” he finally blurts out after his candy-snack jack. He was gonna exploit them one way or another—or both! In the same warped universe around the same warped time, there was also story about an announcement made over the PA system in a retail shop in Jersey: “Attention Wal-Mart customers, all Black people leave the store now.” So, this should all situate the following clip about a military service woman being granted a marriage license by one state, outed to her government employer by the police, and dropped by the sidelines by our society in the same warped nation-state. Ask. Tell. And See this: