J. Mascis is my best friend. Sometimes he’ll come over and sit across the table from me and we’ll discuss politics—ok, I will—he’ll just sit there brooding the way he does. Yes, the number five best guitar player of all time according to Spin will retort with a cold ambivalent stare while I unload my woes over a pint. When that’s finished we’ll grab our skateboards and go out—um—thrashing. When that gets old we hop into my convertible and cruise around town, everything captured in slow motion frames from the spinning wheel wells to my belly-aching laughter at something J. must have muttered between frowns. We’re stylized, he and I through the perspectives of everyone looking on and the over-driven guitars reverberating off brick walls of the city.
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This song is probably forever associated with the really stupid 1994 Jim Carrey/Jeff Daniels “comedy” (and I use that term very loosely) Dumb and Dumber since it appears on the soundtrack. But thinking about “Where I Find My Heaven” in context to that film, or even as merely just a one-hit wonder in a field of alterna-‘90s one-hit wonders, is to do it no justice. It’s a brazenly good, sing-a-long-able pop song with hooks so big and powerful, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it wasn’t written by the late Alex Chilton. “Where I Find My Heaven” is a sheer (power) pop masterpiece. What’s more, the proper album that it comes from, the Gigolo Aunts’ Flippin’ Out – released in 1993 in the UK by Fire Records, then rereleased with a slightly different track listing in the US the following year by RCA – is full of songs that are equally as good as “Where I Find My Heaven”.
After something of a silly pre-publicity campaign, where we were sent images of Tom Waits with no information, just a statement that something was coming 7 August, a new video for “Hell Broke Luce” was revealed today. So, it’s not a new album release. In an industry where the release of an album cover or album title, is considered “big” news, we can now add hype-filled campaigns in advance of videos. And here we are falling for it because we love Tom Waits as you likely do and want to share this video with you.
In Tom Waits’ words, “Matt Mahurin has created an apocalyptic war dream to accompany the song ‘Hell Broke Luce’. Kathleen and I envisioned it as an enlightened drill sergeant yelling the hard truths of war to a brand new batch of recruits. The video grew from the gnawing image of a soldier pulling his home, through a battlefield, at the end of a rope. I think you will agree, it’s uplifting and fun.”
Everyone knows sh*t’s fucked up. Social services are being gutted to support the ultimately suicidal greed of the 1%. Conservative extremists are running wild, eroding political discourse to baseless, hysterical meems.
Far too often, pop music is used as a distraction for the 99%, or even as outright propaganda. Certainly, Katy Perry has been promoting the military as much as she promotes her own perfume. Laetitia Sadier don’t play that.
Rather than suck up to the powers that be, to try and be the half-time entertainment at the apocalypse, Sadier uses her star power to shine a light in the darkened corners that the government’s corporate backers would rather stay dark.
Antony and the Johnsons’ new album Cut the World releases tomorrow and we named it a PopMatters Pick today with a 9 rating. Enio Chiola says, “Antony and the Johnsons possess magnificent power in their live performances; they reflect such luminescent beauty to such an unprepared audience. To be witness to their true power is to see them live. If you didn’t know their new album, Cut the World, was a live album from the beginning, you’d never be able to tell. All performances, Antony’s voice, the orchestral arrangements, are all so incredibly perfect you’d be amazed that they didn’t actually spends hours upon hours in the studio perfecting every little note and melody.”
In celebration of the new record, Antony and the Johnsons have released the new video for “Cut the World” today. It stars Willem Dafoe, Carice Van Houten (Game of Thrones, Valkyrie) as well as performance artist Marina Abramović.