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Environmental music

15 May

A Few day ago I blogged about films with an environmental meaning. So it makes perfect sense to delve into the world of music.

the small choice here concerns songs that I like and are

A) Not done by hippies, who get over a clear message – but have this hidden sense of being on drugs and believe love to be the only answer (I’m afraid this includes John Lennon – sorry)

B) Not part of the world music genre. Its all good having some Peruvian music with in a film, TV etc when you are showing how a family or community cope in Peru. But not many of us would gladly listen to it unless we were hippies.

Manic Street Preachers – ‘If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next’
So its really about the Spanish Civil War, being a quote upon a poster to recruit idealistic volunteers.

Isn’t that what most of us climate orientated youth are? Plus we are thinking of our future and the future our kids live in – therefore it fits perfectly.

Jamiroquai – ‘When You Gonna Learn?’

Within Jamiroquai’s Greatest hits CD pamphlet it stated that they were ahead of their time singing about fish stocks and its true – I don’t even think you can get away with it in 2010

Joni Mitchell – ‘Big Yellow Taxi’

Parking lots, tree museum, the use of synthetic pesticide. She covers it all and makes you realise you don’t know what your got until its gone.

Marvin Gaye – ‘Mercy Mercy Me’

If you don’t actual listen to the lyrics, you might think he is trying to swoon you into bed – that might be possible, but what he is really is stating is that we F*** the world.

Jack Johnson – ‘The 3 R’s’

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. made for the film Curious George. but it is very simple and very catchy.

The Kinks – ‘Apeman’

To me this song is about one of those posh people who believe they save the world just by being a vegetarian. But one day it hits them, that they are just the same as everyone else and should really do more about it – stand up and fight.

Bad Religion – ‘Kyoto Now’

A song that should get credit as its all about the Kyoto Protocol of 1997 & a USA ‘Kyoto Now’ student led movement to cut down CO2

Pixies – ‘Monkey Gone To Heaven’

This particular monkey is ‘killed by ten million pounds of sludge from New York and New Jersey’ simple connection really

Michael Jackson – ‘Earth Song’

WOW its the King of Pop saving the children of the world by written a song that sold millions of copies worldwide and had a video costing $3.5 million.
Being the King he could of made a video from REAL LIFE torment and destruction, instead of having pre-planned trees falling down on cue. Then gave the money to charities.

Though I guess that wouldn’t look as cool.

You can find all these songs on YouTube, Last Fm, MySpace, Spotify

 

Mecury Music Prize 2010

21 Jul

So the nominations are in for the 2010 Mercury Music Prize. Now we could start bickering about who should have been on the list ‘cough Delphic cough’ but it is the lucky 12 on the list we have to listen to and debate.
No standout tracks, as it is about the whole album

The XX – XX
The Favourite horse to back
Time to listen= morning
Mood= waking up, docile
Sounds like= Fever Ray, The Whitest Boy Alive, Massive Attack

Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can
A person who is younger, folksy and more talented then you
Time to listen= 10am
Mood= curling into a blanket, drinking coco mood
Sounds like = Nick Drake, Bright Eyes, Cat Power

Corinne Bailey Rae – The Sea
Ally Mcbeal’s soundtrack to when she likes a guy but isn’t sure if he likes her.
Time to listen= midday
Mood= relationship worries
Sounds like= Norah Jones, Macy Gray, John Legend

Paul Weller – Wake Up The Nation
The MOD king is back
Time to listen= early afternoon
Mood= waking up, toe tapping
Sounds like= Elvis Costello, Graham Coxon, Stereophonics

Mumford And Sons – Sigh No More
Filling in that gap within the UK folk market
Time to listen= afternoon
Mood= feeling on the edge of great
Sounds like= Regina Spektor, Fleetwood Mac, Paolo Nutini

Villages – Becoming A Jackal
State this band if you want to seem heartfelt and acoustic
Time to listen= 3pm
Mood= kinda annoyed, sleepy
Sounds like= Turin Brakes, Simon & Garfunkel, Fleet Foxes

Biffy Clyro – Only Revolutions
A band that fan base is teenage girls and spotty blokes
Time to listen= straight after school
Mood= when the world sucks, your parents won’t listen, the acne is annoying
Sounds like= Incubus, My Chemical Romance, 30 Seconds To Mars

Foals – Total Life Forever
One of those bands, whose name crops up everywhere.
Time to listen= early evening
Mood= waiting for something to happen
Sounds like= The Maccabees, Two Door Cinema Club, Bombay Bicycle Club

Wild Beasts – Two Dancers
Kate Bush after her sex change
Time to listen = sunset.
mood = feeling upbeat, but don’t want to exert any energy
Sounds like = Elbow, Kate Bush, Grizzly Bear

Dizzee Rascal – Tongue In Cheek
Even those kids that are all about the guitars love a bit of Dizzee
Time to listen= soon to head out at get drunk time
Mood= party
Sounds like= Jay-Z, Kele, Basement Jaxx

I am Kloot – Sky At Night
Home from pub, need some music
Time to listen = after closing time
Mood= tipsy, but meaningful
Sounds like= Stephen Fretwell, Embrace, Richard Ashcroft

Kit Downes Trio – Golden
Welcome to jazz club, Nice.
Time to listen= 4am
Mood= cultural
Sounds like= sorry I don’t know my jazz

So who will win, this very acoustic year?

Well even if Kit Downes Trio had Ron Burgundy on jazz flute, they wouldn’t win.
Dizzee Rascal is way to mainstream and the album isn’t that revolutionary.
Whilst Paul Weller could just get it for old times’ sake.

But the main contenders are The XX, Foals, Laura Marling and Wild Beasts – The rest of the artists are just pure stocking filler.

Though sods law Mumford and Sons will win it.

Who do you think will win?

The next four years with Mr Cameron

16 May

I am currently 23 years of age – thus in four years time I shall be 28 (Eeek!)

why am I stating this? well that is the next time the UK will vote in the general elections (maybe)

So we have a coalition government between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. Now one of these parties I like, the other in my mind can shove it up their caviar spewed asshole.

 

75% of youth would agree with me, hardly anyone between 18-25 is a fan of the Tories. Though the majority of our age group like the Lib-Dems.

Now I’m not here to ramble, to try and make you make change etc.. no I’m here to tell you about the benefits of having a Tory Prime Minister.

Yes you heard correctly – you are going to hear why it is good that we have a Tory government from a person who hates what they stand for.

1) Riots

The Greece riots, have come about due to the financial crisis- apparently riots could appear within the UK for the same reason within the next four years. Who will we blame – the Tories of course. bring in new government.

(Though I sometimes feel rioting will be cool, I’m a Gandhi man by heart and would rather resolve issues via peace protests)

2) Music

Dear old Thatcher and Major – you were both of your time, you did not know what you were doing. sure some look at you 18 years in power with fond memoirs – but most remember it a bit differently & when you look back to this time they is usually a great soundtrack.

This soundtrack consists of musicians, who wanted to get their point across – nearly all musicians are to the left (honestly I cannot think of one musician with right tendencies) So between 1979-1997 we had Joy Division, The Smiths, New Order, Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses, Oasis, Blur and more – all who had songs with political, social, culture references to having a Tory government.

Though the last 13 years of Labour has given us great UK bands that will be remembered forever (umm………hang on……..they must be one………Aritic Monkeys?…maybe…well just they first album) nothing compares to the Tory Days

3) Arts

Tories hate art, especial art made after the fall of the Empire. Trust me. I studied Drama and though I realised that it was a load of BOLLOCKS the one thing that interested me was – how the Tory government of the 80’s pretty much stopped all funding for the arts. Pissing all those art-lover types off and leading to art with a political twist just like music. When labour came along in 1997 funding went back into the arts and BAM National Theatre, Tate Modern sprang out of nowhere and the population realised art was not dead. it was just kept locked up waiting for funding. Question is will this Troy government do the same, thus art going underground then springing back to life like a punch in face – I kinda hope so.

4) Youth

Like I said youth do not really like the Conservatives, they all know the stories left over from the 80’s. Think of it this way though – it is usually youth who get involved in riots, peace protests, music and other arts.  With the Lib Dems being part of the coalition, we also think we have a greater voice within government.

Now is the time for us to turn the table on those baby boomers – if we have a fantastic voice within the media, why not the government? if we are the ones that create the culture of today, why can’t we help the children of today create the culture of tomorrow?

I still have that teenage attitude of thinking the older generation suck- this fuels me to make change. like the little rebel I am.

So open a can, eat some cake and lets celebrate that the Tories are in power as it empowers us youth to get rid of them and have a better future.