During the summer of 2010 Chicago psych punk rockers Rabble Rabble stopped by a barn in upstate New York to record a session with producer Stephen George for Gimme That Sound Productions. The recordings will officially be released on 7-inch and digitally Monday, May 23. In celebration the band is playing a free show at the Empty Bottle in Chicago. Rabble Rabble will be supported by We Are Hex and Distractions. For those who live outside the Chicago limits, you can check out the band’s latest singles, “Why Not” and “Long Hook” bellow.
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It has been an incredibly busy spring semester for yours truly, which means that my PopMatters posting has been much lighter than usual. As of late, my inbox has been filling up with kind reminders from this site’s esteemed editors, nudging me to participate in a variety of summer writing projects. Truly, I have been doing the best that I possibly can to find the appropriate time to write some good stuff for the site.
Then, this morning, May 20, 2011, I realized that my neverending sense of guilt about my lack of writerly participation in the variety of excellent summer PopMatters columns that are planned for publication does not really matter, because the world is ending tomorrow. Therefore, I have decided that the most appropriate Mixed Media entry for what could be the very last Mixed Media entry ever is a clip of Mogwai playing “Mogwai Fear Satan.” I am so glad that I can be with all of you here at the end of all things. To those of you I won’t see in heaven, I will offer you one consolation: at least you’ll have rock ‘n’ roll.
Keep your government hands off my Medicare – and put on a music festival! The Freedom Jamboree will take place 28 September – 2 October in Kansas City, Kansas. The event will feature a slew of acts, from politicos to such musical artists as Chris Ross, Nathan Mann, Jon David Kahn, Najee, J-Shin, Jay Smoove, Toots Sweet, Chris Cassone, Jayquan, the Supremes, Tito Puente, Jr., Lonnie Smith, James De La Raza, Debbie K., Sherry Marquelle, Jeremy Dodge, Wes Hotchkiss, Chuck Day, Jordan Page, Lisa Mei Norton, Joyce Shaffer, and Krista Branch. One musician, Jordan Page, promises a “politically and spiritually based assault on the corruption of government and empire.”Moreover, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann has been invited to the festival. Exactly what sort of song would she sing?
Ingrid Bergman ... The Bell’s of St. Mary’s
Joan Crawford ... Mildred Pierce
Greer Garson ... The Valley of Decision
Jennifer Jones ... Love Letters
Gene Tierney ... Leave Her to Heaven
Joan Bennett … Scarlet Street
Both the concept album and musicals are fodder for write-offs and ridicule, but developments this year have returned some credibility to these forums of expression. Once seen as an indulgence of prog rockers and something only tourists and old people could ever really love, respectively, 2011 has seen PJ Harvey turn the concept album into something very deep with Let England Shake, while South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have revived the musical and made it into something for everyone (excepting the easily offended) to love with The Book of Mormon.
Now, the Indelicates—the UK’s great unsung indie-pop subverters—have taken on both the concept album and the musical with their third album, to be released next week. In true Indelicates fashion, the concept they’ve chose is a heady one; they have made a concept album/musical on David Koresh, he of the 1993 Waco Siege, and have entitled it David Koresh Superstar. And if preview track, “Something’s Goin’ Down in Waco” is anything to go by, it’s going to be a mind-blower. While disembodied voices and unusual subject matter set to a beguiling cabaret rhythm may not be the ingredients for the perfect chart-topper, the Indelicates could just win over a few idiosyncratic hearts with their singular—and pretty catchy—vision.