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Patti Smith joined the Sicilian singer-songwriter Carmen Consoli to perform Consoli’s “Mio Zio”(My Uncle) in Turin, Italy. The song, from Consoli’s latest album, Elettra, is a first-person narrative of a young woman who, at her uncle’s funeral, recalls the sexual abuse he inflicted on her when she was a child. Consoli’s narrator remembers how her uncle called the abuse blind man’s bluff and riding a carousel. Patti picks up on Carmen’s imagery and riffs on it brilliantly. She knows what Italy’s known for years and the rest of the world is finding out—Carmen Consoli is one of the most distinctive artists on the international scene.
While some might find this skit offensive, saying that it is making light of the BP oil spill disaster, I would argue that is hardly the point. Instead, this focuses on generic vs. brand name dish detergent, (No, there really isn’t a brand named Daybreak) and trying to explain something to a cheapskate fish.
The morning crew of Chicago’s WGN news station dubbed over old footage of the ‘60s kids’ show Diver Dan in order to create this, probably inspired by Dawn commercials that mention the detergent’s use in oil spill clean-up. The voices are all done by local comedian Mike Toomey.
Unfortunately, one of the fish says, “What the hell?” at one point, so this probably isn’t suitable for kids. Other than that, the only real issue here is whether or not the owners of the original Diver Dan could sue them for copyright infringement, but that seems hardly likely.
I don’t have the slightest idea what would make a local news station team up with a professional comedian in order to create this, but let’s hope they keep it coming.
Swedish avant-pop star Robyn has released an interesting video concept for “Don’t F*cking Tell Me What to Do”, the latest tune off of her Body Talk, Pt. 1 EP. The song features a pissed-off Robyn describing a long list of things that are “killing me”, and to tie in with that theme her video—which is built around a trippy, retro-screensaver-style 3D animation—displays an endless list of Twitter messages from fans explaining what is also “killing” them. Use the #killingme tag to get your tweet added to the constantly updating video, thus joining the person who claims “this German guy who looks like Sean Connery is killing me!”
Crystal Castles have released an official video for “Celestica”, from their PopMatters-approved release Crystal Castles. The video is comprised mostly of shots of singer Alice Glass wondering through a graveyard and idling in the grass while looking coldly stunning. So, it’s not exactly a video for those who like big expensive special effects, then. Whatever your budgetary preference, it can be agreed that the song itself is a perfectly chilly antidote for this steamy summer season.