MP3: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - "Conscience Killer"
“Conscience Killer” is the first single off BRMC’s new album, “Beat The Devil’s Tattoo”, due March 9.
El “Woah-oh-ohhh-oh” del principio que crea ese pegajoso ritmo tribal que se transforma en una muy garage, distorsionada, oscura y adictiva canción punk, muy buen coro y la descarga semi-trash del final :O (I just jizzed in my pants)… Mucha actitud, I love those guys.
Just came across this amazing, beautifully written feature/interview with Gil Scott-Heron from The Guardian tonight. Penned by Sean O’Hagan of High Llamas, who always did have a way with words:
Gil Scott-Heron’s creative trajectory has, in many ways, run counter to that of the traditional troubled artist insofar as he fell into hard drug use at a time in his life when most of his peers had either sorted out their addictions or succumbed to them. What we can say for certain is that sometime in the mid-to-late 80s, the man the critics were by then calling “the godfather of rap” and “the black Bob Dylan” developed a cocaine habit that, if his ex-partner, Monique de Latour, is to believed, spiralled out of control into full-blown addiction to crack.
By then, like Sly Stone before him, Scott-Heron had a reputation for showing up hours late for concerts or not showing up at all. It seemed scarcely believable that the lithe, loose-limbed performer who sang “The Bottle” – about the alcoholics he observed queuing at a local liquor store every morning – and “Angel Dust” – about the mind-destroying drug of the same name that brought down the great James Brown – had fallen so low.
“I’ve had bad times in my life when I’d rather be somewhere else doing something else, for sure,” he tells me when I ask about his troubles. “But you get to my age, that shit happens. You get in trouble; you maybe lose some folks – a parent or a friend. Maybe your marriage breaks up, you lose your wife, lose touch with your kid. But what life does not have those things in it?”
Highly recommended reading. Check the whole thing here.
The Big Apple continues to inspire vastly divergent songs. In the rap world alone, the metropolis has been the subject of triumphant rallying cries, grim street assessments, and rowdy vignettes. Leave it to the ever-prescient Gil Scott-Heron to brush yet another line of color to the city’s canvas. The Chicago-born, NYC-based artist is primarily known for his acclaimed series of proto-rap and spoken-word records during the 1970s. But Scott-Heron’s recent life outside of music has seen him living with HIV and doing time in prison for drug-related offenses, and those experiences inform “New York is Killing Me”.
The track comes from his first new album in 16 years, I’m New Here, and it depicts a stark and cold New York far removed from post-9/11 renewal. Scott-Heron echoes these personal calamities with an impressionistic and tuneful ear. His grizzled, torn-down-by-time baritone immediately demands attention, and XL Records founder Richard Russell’s sparse production magnifies the song’s junkyard beat with vocal detritus, handclaps, and electronic fuzz. It feels bluesy and caked in earth, but also surprisingly modern. Many artists make comebacks, but here Gil Scott-Heron makes it sound more like a rebirth.
Friday, February 5, 2010.
8 out of 10.
Best New Music.
Happy Birthday. Take your mother’s hand as she leads you to the table of your friends. You are about to eat musical cake and ice cream and see colors that you’ll dream about in future nights’ sleeps. They are pink and lime green and they are glowing electric and you will soon be happily floating in a pleasure-filled pit of rock and roll.
<3 Lovely Song. Esperando el album Debut de esta banda de Vermont, USA.
Happy Birthday - Happy Birthday Released: 2010-03-16 (CD), 2010-03-16 (LP). Sub Pop Records