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 Amazon.com!]
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 Amazon.com!]
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.