After we premiered the first Undesirable People track that garnered a great response, it only made sense to debut another one for you guys. Today we're premiering "Current State" which you'll thoroughly enjoy from the Michigan outfit. Listen to it in the replies and pre-order if you like it.
Producer and all-around good guy Chris Common (former drummer for These Arms Are Snakes; producer/engineer of some of your favorite albums from Pelican, Minus The Bear, and many more) recently fell and cracked his head open. 17 staples and 2 MRIs later and Chris now has medical bills upwards of $7,000. He's created an Indiegogo project to help pay those bills. Check it out and help if you can.
The Sing Me a Story Foundation combines the imaginations of children in hospitals, childrenís homes, vulnerable youth organizations and hospices with the talents of songwriters to create stories and songs that bring joy to all those involved. John Feldmann of Goldfinger stopped by the bus and created an original song from a story and performed it live on The Lennon Bus.
From Lorde to Macklemore, itís a sentiment thatís galling for its popularity: white artists need to stop using the wealth signifiers of rap music to gesture at their self-important ďanti-consumerism.Ē What Allen misses as she washes rims in a kitchen decorated only with bottles of champagne is that itís not anti-consumerism when it only targets one type of consumer.
So with Reflektor, Arcade Fire has employed an old trick. Use seemingly ďexoticĒ cultural elements, regardless of their original context, to grab attention; profit. Itís a model Urban Outfitters, for example, has gotten in trouble for. Many iconic white musicians, from the Beatles to Madonna, from Elvis to Eminem, have done the same, to varying levels of controversy: Most everyone agrees cultural mixing can lead to innovative art, but there are sensitive and insensitive ways to do it, ways that perpetuate inequality and ways that work against it.
Pennywise's first show in their beachside hometown in 20 years is this Friday. If you can't be there you can catch it via their live, multi-camera webcast from Saint Rocke. For just a few bucks ($2.99) fans can tune in and watch online. More information and a video announcement are in the replies.
There are plenty of bands who donít give a shit. There are plenty of bands who are morally ambiguous. There are plenty of bands who whip the crowd into a frenzy and plenty of bands who donít give two fucks if there are any women in the bands they play with. Isnít it awesome that thereís a band out there that ISNíT that? You donít have to love em. But itís so fucking important that they exist, if for no other reason than because theyíre putting the boundary marker waaaaay out there for us all to see, so that when we consider the potential for a political bent in a band, it gets all...