Posts Tagged ‘Music’

Something that could get out of hand

July 6, 2010

But I think it’s pretty great in small doses. It’s this genre of youtube video where subtitles are added to Bollywood musical numbers. Here is what I perceive as the best, but I’ll keep my lookout for more: (more…)

Canadian Super Group Plagiarism?

June 13, 2010

The two greatest active Canadian bands (sorry Arcade Fire) have songs that sound awfully alike. The new Broken Social Scene album, which I love way more than any reviewer I’ve noticed, has a song in it called “Meet me in the Basement”. I like the song a lot, but it sounded awfully familiar to me. I was listening to The New Pornographers’ album “Twin Cinema” today, an album I haven’t really given much thought to even though it’s also very good, and the title track has an almost identical hook to the previously mentioned BSS track. The rhythm is the same, the speed is the same, and the key is the same. The result is the same exact notes being played at the same exact time. It’s almost a little too obvious. (more…)

Surprise, Rage Against the Machine won’t do what you tell them

December 21, 2009

So, Rage Against the Machine have the number one song in Britain over Christmas with the 17 year old track “Killing in the Name”. They beat out X-Factor winner, Joe, whom I had pegged as destined for the West End when I last heard him. He also seemed cute and humble. Now, he comes off as naive and arrogant, which makes him obnoxious. To wit, the article says Joe thinks he deserves to be number one for the holidays. He doesn’t seem to understand the point of the campaign to get a 17 year old song to the top.

And about the winner: well, BBC Radio 5 invited them on to discuss the campaign and to play the song. Radio 5, however, objected to the expletive-laden final verse, which is basically “Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me” over and over ad nauseum. I can understand why Radio 5 would ask them to self censor, but did they think about the lyric? If these guys are at all serious about what they’re singing, then you can’t possibly expect them to do what you say, since the objectionable lyric is a declaration saying exactly that.

And, to be fair to Rage, what would they change it to? “Flip you, I won’t do what you tell me (except when it comes to obeying Ofcom)” doesn’t really work. Watch the clip to witness the producer’s response. Basically, she’s upset Rage didn’t do what she told them and so she endorses Joe’s track. Well, flip you, producer, I won’t do what you tell me. I’m buying “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” (which is awesome and also not 17 years old [plus I can play it with my family in the same room without feeling like a surly teenager (unless I were a teenager named Joe from Newcastle who had a sugary track for sale)]).

Here’s Rage disobeying the man after the jump (the producer’s endorsement of Joe is at the 9 minute mark): (more…)

Should I be embarrassed about coming to this so late in the game?

November 19, 2009

For whatever reason, I’ve never really listened to David Bowie until recently. It’s not that I’ve never gotten into his work, it’s that I don’t feel like I ever got the chance. I spent high school listening to the classic rock stations out of Dallas and got a good fill of the Beatles, the Stones, Zeppelin, the Who, Skynyrd, Queen, Cream, etc., but I rarely heard Bowie. (more…)

Eurotrash Boys

November 14, 2009

Do you know about John and Edward? Or as some call them Jedward?

They’re everywhere here and everyone hates them. But they also love them, because they are so horrible. Here’s a picture after the jump: