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“Let’s Rock Again”

let me tell you about this movie i just watched. it’s called “let’s rock again”. it’s a documentary following joe strummer and the mescaleros as they tour behind their album, “global a go-go” (fabulous record, by the way).

i dunno. maybe it’s because the clash are one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE BANDS, joe strummer being one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE ARTISTS, but i found this little documentary to be FABULOUS. dick rude (who co-wrote “straight to hell”) compiles concert and behind the scenes footage with interviews and random thoughts from strummer. if you’ve ever watched a tour video before, you’ll pretty much understand what you’re going to see here, but what i felt sets this one apart from the rest is watching the old rocker WORK. it’s not the usual story of excess and wackiness. he mentions, in one of the interviews, that the last album (rock art and the x-ray style) didn’t break even, and he’s afraid that if they don’t do it with this record, that they’ll have to call it quits. you watch as they travel the world trying to make ends meet…

going to radio stations and begging to get the album played and the show promoted:


joe trying to get into a radio station.


calling a station: “i used to be in the clash so… it’s kinda rock music…”

standing outside, handing out fliers to people who aren’t interested…


“when you hustle, you gotta have a hard shell”

etc. etc. etc.

in conclusion, the film will inspire anyone who’s trying to share their music or art with the world. i mean… this guy was in THE CLASH and even HE has to struggle and work hard to convince people to care. well… i guess it could also crush your spirits, depending on your disposition…


R.I.P.

scott

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CANON SONIQUE: a mixtape (11)

continuing the online mixtape.
[(1).(2).(3).(4).(5)]
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song (11):

The Libertines“Up The Bracket”

this is off the album of the same name.
the libertines up the bracket album art

the libertines were a band from 97-2004. they were very popular in england, earning a #1 album on the UK charts. then pete doherty loved drugs too much, so things got fucked up, and they split. here are some bands they are in now: Babyshambles, Dirty Pretty Things, and Yeti. one more thing: Mick Jones of The Clash produced their albums.

some videos:

up the bracket video

up the bracket live

scott

related posts:

1905

today, while slowly driving through rush hour traffic, 1905 came on the old shuffle. this happens every so often, and when it does, it reminds me how much i really like these guys. they are, by far, the most positive punk rock band i’ve ever heard. all their songs ooze with passion, honesty, and sincerity, and you can tell that they are playing music for all the right reasons.

i really don’t know much about 1905, other than they’re from washington d.c., they formed in 2000, released an album in 2003 on exotic fever and “Amor y Lucha”, and that they love freedom.

they are a ‘punk band’, but definitely don’t fit into the standard ‘punk rock’ mold. the album, “Voice”  has more than one instrumental track, more than one acoustic track, and even a spoken word track. don’t worry, though, there’s plenty of screaming, gritty guitars, sloppy performances, and raw energy.

another thing is that there really aren’t any songs that are “just a good song”. it feels like every song truely means something to them, that they are trying their hardest to speak to anyone who is willing to listen. and unlike many musicians that are trying to say something, the sociopolitical lyrics come across more as introspective and candid, rather than preachy or xeroxed. example:

Just because i can’t change everything,
doesn’t mean i can’t change anything.
Dance on the ashes of what was and fall head first in what could be.
Beyond the barricade…is there a world you long to see?
To envision a world without chains but recognize that we,
as individuals, can only chip away at the links.
One at a time, day by day.
To have the ability to wage quiet wars in our everyday lives,
and recognize the subtle victories when they happen….
An opinion changed by something you said.
A lifestyle adjusted by what you suggested.
A brighter path taken with directions you gave.
A world revealed by what you did.
One brick today is one less for tomorrow

i saw these kids play in des moines FOREVER ago. if i remember right, it was at the fallout shelter? ah, the good old days…

oh! and i’m assuming the band name refers to the russian revolution of 1905, but i could be completely wrong. (if anybody knows, please leave a comment.)

i really wish i knew more about these people, because then i could actually write something other than “this band is cool!”, but… i don’t, so… hopefully the music will speak for itself…

Can’t Change Everything:

Voice:

Throw:

A Conversation:

 

AND… i stumbled across these live performance videos tonight:

 

AND…

here’s an interview with Jess (vocalist) and Brian (bassist)

and the unofficial 1905 myspace page

 

AND…

nick (guitarist) has also put out a solo acoustic album under the moniker “Songs Of August”…
sorry, all i could find were:
some bits and pieces of songs
and
a last.fm page

scott

europe trip: chapter 4 (punks ‘r’ us)

4.06.08

342 gmt

so today we did better. we got up at 2pm. baby steps.

our main goal today: get vegan hotdogs. goal #2: buy a hat.

natalie knew of an AAMMAAZZIINNGG vegan hotdog stand out in jolly ol’ camden. she just couldn’t stop talking about it, so i got hungry. the bonus was that camden has a lot of little stupid shops and markets along the street, so it was very likely i would find a hat to keep my beautiful locks out of my eyes.

let me tell you about camden…

“Camden Town is an inner-city district located 2.3 miles (3.7 km) north of Charing Cross, and is famous for its crowded market and as a centre for alternative lifestyles. The area is popular with students, including those from overseas. It is also an area with a large congregation of people following alternative subcultures, most notably goth, punk and emo.”

if i was scott from 10 years ago, i would’ve been IMPRESSED with all the punk shops, as well as all the punk rockers. but… being the jaded asshole that i am, i was just annoyed by most of it. i told natalie i was allowed to be annoyed because i’d lived through both a punk AND rockabilly fashion phase, so i have the goddamn RIGHT!!

there’s just somethin about 20-somethin’ punk rockers all decked out in their punkest punk clothes that makes me cringe. i still love certain aspects of punk rock fashion, don’t get me wrong. and i still love punk rock. but… these punks that are just a horrible xerox of something that was only SOMEWHAT unique 30 years ago just annoy me. i think part of it is they’re pretending to be individuals, but dressing in a uniform, part of it is that they’re rebelling against society and the status quo in a way that really has no positive effect on anything, and really isn’t even shocking or all that rebellious in this day and age, but i think the main reason i get pissed off looking at these assholes, is because they’re taking something wonderful and meaningful on so many levels and by not understanding what ‘punk’ was, is, and always should be, they’re perpetrating the stereotype that the opponents of punk rock created. they’re proving to the world that those who were against punks from the very start were right, and that punk rock, or any alternative lifestyle for that matter, is something to be looked down upon and kept away from.

and don’t get me started on rockabilly dudes… one step away from living a life always dressed in your rennaissance fair outfit. or your anime convention cosplay costume.

soooo…

goal number 1.) get vegan hot dog; eat it.

FAILED!!!!

this particular food stand had closed down and there was some worthless everyday garbage in its place. natalie asked them what happened to the old stand, and they didn’t think it was a good question.

we got some sweet vegan burgers across the way. they were very good, so don’t worry.

goal number 2.) get scott a hat. any hat. a hat that looks decent.

FAILED!!!!

if natalie remembers correctly, we tried on 1000 hats and none of them worked out. :(

then it rained.

we went to the supermarket nearby to escape the cold and wetness. while there, we bought some tight noodles and veggies to make stir fry. and at home we made stir fry.

racheli, dom, nico, and us two ate it. it was very good, if i DO say so myself. then we ate some cookies and nico and racheli sang shaggy and backstreet boys songs for everyone. from what i understand, this is a typical weekend here at 370a hornsey.

blah blah blah

OH!!! natalie and i watched the undersea episode of ‘planet earth’, and let me tell you… THE BEST!!! i may do some screen captures at a later date and post ’em up.

this is a canal perpendicular with camden street. it was pretty.

this hat wasn’t so bad, in retrospect.

that lady behind me could find a better one, though…

dr. pepper ZERO. after an extensive taste test, we decided they must have forgetten at least 10 of the 23 original flavors.

we’re good at doing anything

cool

“…butt naked on the bathroom floor…”

since the hats didn’t pan out…

since the hats didn’t pan out…

scott