Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Are you stickin' 'round to see what happens?

So, I'm still on a political kick. What can I say, I'm gearing up for a night of Dance Party Politics thats a month distant (Ted Leo & Radio 4 at the Downtown in Farmingdale, Long Island. It's close to where I work at least, if not where I live.)

So. Today, the best political ska band out there today, and one thats been around for ages. Namely, the Slackers.

Seems they aren't too happy with Mssr. Bush, and have decided to record not just a song but a whole EP devoted to the takedown of an International War Criminal. Incidentally, thats the title of the EP.

The Slackers - International War Criminal - This is classic Slackers. Upbeat, even as it screams despair, full of rhythym and bounce and energy. They've been touring the shit out of this one, and with good reason. It's a great song.

The Slackers - Keep it Simple But the message is far more effective here. A simple song about trust, honesty, life and death. It works on levels both political and personal. A song with a message that doesn't use it as a blunt instrument. Whoda thunkit?

[Buy the War Criminal EP at!]

But the Slackers could never match the likes of the International Noise Conspiracy for Polemic.

The (International) Noise Conspiracy - Communist Moon - the Noise Conspiracy (led by Denis Lyczen, formerly of Refused) Are not concerned with the day to day of politics per se. They are far more interested in revolution. They've signed to American Records recently, and their newest album, Armed Love from which this track is taken, was produced by Rick Rubin. The result is a much stronger pop sheen over the Noise Conspiracy's mod revival style, socialist love songs. It works here, as Denis howls "Let's all share our dreams under a communist moon..." The proletariat never sounded so sexy.
[Buy A New Morning, Changing Weather at!]

SUPERSPECIALBONUS MP3! Adam Sandler - Secret - For those sick of the politicking going on here, a little bonus. I make no endorsement of the quality of this track, I merely offer it as a curiosity. So. Adam Sandler has a new album. This is the single. It is an Electronic/Dance track. I cannot tell you the subject matter as, as the title lays out, it is a secret. However, I can say that the line "I'm wearing my pants extra low tonight" is worth a chuckle and deserves to be sampled somewhere or something.


At 6/23/2004 07:54:00 AM, Blogger yet another indie disco said...

hey keith.
great to see that noise conspiracy are getting a bit more popular in the us of a , too.
seen them once again some weeks ago and they are really an amazing live band!

another thing: i really like your blog. keep up the struggle! you can visit mine at but i think it's going to be a hard one cause it's completely in german...

At 6/23/2004 02:19:00 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Keith-- do you have Vic's new solo album? I haven't heard it, but I recognize a couple of the titles from his work with the Skandalous all stars...

great post today. I had no idea the boys had a new EP.

--robot mark.

At 6/23/2004 04:07:00 PM, Blogger Keith said...

Waldar - I don't know if More Poular is the phrase I'd use. They got picked up by a major, and recorded what is possibly the worst album of their career - though not without it's hilights.

A lot of people do NOT seem to be liking it.

And RoboMark - No! i'd no Idea vic had a new solo album! Title/link?

At 6/23/2004 05:09:00 PM, Blogger yet another indie disco said...

well, that's kind of strange. over here, loads of people that listened to the album yet and that i talked to are of the opinion, that this one's the best album they ever recorded.

one could discuss wether they lost their original sound or if they just managed to make big improvents on theirselves.

as a fact, one can say, that it sounds different. but the general problem about music is the point of view.

like you were writing: the proletariat never sounded that sexy and the general impression i got was, that noise conspiracy recorded a whole album full of great blues-fueled love songs.

i'd say, the new 'hives'-record is going to dissapoint a bigger number of people: at least i'm thinking like this about the album.

but as i said earlier: it depends on ones point of view...

At 6/23/2004 07:38:00 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Vic's solo is called "Alive at the Lady Bug House". You can get it at Amazon for 13.98 I think. Oh, and Amazon has a deal where you can buy the Slackers EP and the Vic solo joint for $25.

This solo thing has what looks to be 2 of the better tracks from the Skandalous Allstars "Age of Insects" (I see a pattern in the titles here)-- "Parking Lot" and "American Psychopath." If you don't have that album, you should totally pick it up. It's one of the best all-around ska albums from that era. Melody for miles.

At 6/23/2004 08:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Int'l Noise Conspiracy were much sexier back when they had values.

I have a hard time taking anyone's political statements seriously when they refuse to walk it like they talk it.

Hyprocrisy is the new black,


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