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May 25, 2010

Against Me!’s New Video Confuses Us

We are conflicted.  Against Me!‘s newest video seems to almost be an apology for the song it’s a video for.  The song “I Was a Teenage Anarchist” is a declaration of growth and reflection, a realization that the simplistic politics of the anarcho-punk scene are unsustainable.  It continues to uphold one of the things we like best about the band, Tom Gabel’s honest lyrics about how his world and world view are changing as the band becomes more successful and as he becomes older.  Whereas so many punk lyricists pander to this idea of what “punk” is from a 15 year old’s viewpoint, even after they themselves are 40 year olds with kids of their own,  Gabel never did that.

The video “I Was a Teenage Anarchist” however seems to back up the anarcho-punk viewpoint that every cop is a nightstick happy masochist who will beat you unmercifully and that all authority is corrupt and to be not trusted.  There is also an undeniable “violence as voyeuristic joy” element to the video.  The slow motion beating combined with what appears to be a smile on Gabel’s face at the end of the video.   This also concerns/confounds us.

We don’t know how to feel about it all.  Watch the video below and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

Against Me! are currently on a world tour.  Check their dates here.

May 25, 2010

If You Play With Fire, You’re Gonna Get Drunk – Murder by Death European Tour Blog Part 1.

~~Murder by Death are an American rock and roll band.  They are on a European headlining tour in support of their latest album “Good Morning, Magpie” – available on Vagrant Records or from their website.  They are graciously documenting their adventures for Postcard Elba.~~

Hey, Dagger here. This is the first of what will hopefully be a weekly blog about our European tour over the next month. Only three days/two shows in and there’s already tons to talk about. We’ve already run the gamut from rad to ridiculous, and there’s still four more weeks to go. Here’s how it’s shaped up so far:

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May 25, 2010

Album Review – Sticky and the Bees: The Self-Help Songbook Volume 1

The Self-Help Songbook Volume 1

Sticky and the Bees, the musical persona of Andy Goheen, pulls off an amazing feat on The Self-Help Songbook Volume 1. Somehow he has figured out a way to sing songs of heartbreak, doubt and uncertainty with a swagger that makes them sound not like calls for help, but rather a call to arms.  Maybe it’s his baritone voice, less The National and more Hayden meets Charlie Pride, that lifts this collection of songs out of the pile of sensitive singer-songwriters  – or maybe it’s how that voice works within the framework of these simple and elegantly unpretentious songs.  Either way, the Self-Help Songbook Volume 1 is a refreshing take on the genre, and Sticky and the Bees are a group to watch.

May 25, 2010

Celebrating Indiana’s Diversity – New video from Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Ok, so the video for Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band’s song “Clap Hands” isn’t exactly new per se, but the album it’s from – The Wages – comes out today (May 25th, 2o1o) and we weren’t a blog yet when the video came out, so we’re going to show it some love anyway.  Get inspired to dance and…well, clap hands….by watching it below.

The Wages available everywhere on Side One Dummy records starting May 25th.  The Big Damn Band available just about everywhere this summer.  Full tour dates (and there are a lot of them) here.

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