Rock the Decemberists

Friday night we went to see the Decemberists at the Metro. The opening bands were kinda boring (the Long Winters’ last song did rock) but, no matter, since we were there solely for Colin Meloy and his crew. This was the second time I have seen them – caught them at the Schubas April 1 as well.
The concert was amazing. These are some serious musicians who know how to use discordant harmonies, melodic transformations and 19th century vocabulary to construct one hell of a rock song. The best thing about this Portland quartet is the way their lyrics interact with their music. The highlight of the night, for me, was the extended version of Chimbley Sweep with Rachel Blumberg doing some amazing vocal tricks.
Anyways, highly recommend you give this original (i call it grad-rock) American band a listen and catch them live if they come to your neck of the woods.

Bush Mash

How come there has not been a great flowering of protest rock against Bush? We have books enough to kill a redwood or two. Most of the blogosphere. Some folks in the print media. But there hasn’t really been any GOOD anti-war, anti-Bush record [please, no one call Mecha Streisand]. People tried to trouble the demure Thom Yorke for naming their record Hail to the Theif but that ain’t no protest record (great as it is). Then, was the case of Dixie Chicks but that had zip to do with music. So, where are the protest rockers? No one has even mashed 1984 with The Candidate. And Rock Against Bush is not cutting it folks. I don’t look to Sum 41 for ANYTHING while Billy Bragg has been whoring around a bit too much lately. Beastie Boys’ In a World Gone Mad is terrible. What about stuff to match All Along the Watchtower, or What’s Going On? or Ohio ?

If rappers of the present are the folkies of the 60s and 70s then, I would look to them. And, looks like Public Enemy has answered the call as well [thanks John].
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Magnum Magnus Partei Heute Nacht

Heads up for those in Chicago: The up-and-coming soon-to-be-big-in-Europe (hey, it worked for BackStreet Boys) Chicago band magnus will be having their record release party tonight. I intend to go and anyone wanting to join in on the fun would be highly welcome.
Their sound is a combination of liverpool, chicago and norman, oklahoma.
they are good. read a blurb about them here (scroll down). come see them here.
In other news, I have a grant application due today so probably no post until the glorious weekend.