Saturday, July 28, 2012
For those of you who live under rocks, tonight was the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London. One part that I found interesting was a brief look at the evolution of British music from the 60s to the present. Of course they included The Beatles and the Rolling Stones and David Bowie, but their selection for the punk movement surprised me. I was expecting something by The Clash like London Calling or maybe Anarchy in the UK by the Sex Pistols, or something by The Damned, but they went with A Message to Rudy by The Specials. I find this particularly interesting because The Specials were part of the second wave of ska, also known as the two tone movement which blended danceable ska with punks energy and attitude. They were also very influential in easing racial tension in London in the late seventies. So here it is in it's entirety, A Message to Rudy by The Specials.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
This year marks the 15 year anniversary of the Old 97s album Too Far To Care, and they are doing an amazing tour to celebrate it. Their set will consist of Rhett Miller opening as a solo act, another opening band (Those Darlins, I believe, at least at the show I am going to), Old 97s performing Too Far To Care in it's entirety and then another full set on top of that. I am so freaking excited, especially since I will be going to the second show of the tour and the band will still be energetic and excited about the show, 'cause man, that is an awful lot of playing every night. Here is my favorite song off of Too Far To Care, "Barrier Reef."
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Today's song is by and interesting mix of some of my favorite bands. Homie is made up of Rivers Cuomo and Matt Sharp from Weezer, Greg Brown from Cake, and Yuval Gabay from Soul Coughing. Homie only recorded one song, but they managed to blend the best bits of each band to create an amazing song. Here is "American Girls"