When a capella met metal: Saturday Video Roundup

So, I wake up this morning to find that Frank Balsinger has uncovered an a capella take on Rammstein’s “Du Hast.” Because of course somebody would have to do that, and of course Frank would find it. So for SVR today, let’s enjoy some a capella abomination. I guess that would be a bomination, huh?

First, Viva Vox, and if you don’t get why this is so great, by all means click the link above and review the original.

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Saturday Video Roundup: Wherefore art all the protest songs?

And now for something slightly different

Shadowproof posted Let us never ask where the protest music has gone ever again.

Kevin Gosztola, a Firedoglake alumnus, raises a cultural dilemma and proposes his own solution.

There is a recurring story media organizations like to publish. The story typically asks where all the protest music has gone or something like that. Or, the writers ask, who is this generation’s Bob Dylan?

This perspective has seeped into the consciousness of Americans. One thread on Reddit asked:

With all the racial and class tension in the past year or two, I’m really surprised that there hasn’t been much in the way of protest songs. At least not that I’ve heard. My generation had Rage Against the Machine (whose lyrics seem even more relevant today). What artist is carrying their torch today?

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Tournament of Rock – Legends: the Cheap Trick pod

Results: John Lennon is sure to get some serious voter love before the ToR concludes, but it won’t be for his solo efforts. He becomes the second Former Fab to bite the dust, as the Godfathers of Metal handle him and the rest of the pack for an easy victory. The numbers: #12 Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne 52%; John Lennon 28%; New Order 7%; Billy Idol 7%; Bad Company 3%; Rage Against the Machine 3%. Sabbath and Ozzy advance to the Great 48.

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Tournament of Rock – Legends: the Black Sabbath/Ozzy pod

Results: Another upset? No big surprise there. Sonic Youth outpacing Warren Zevon? Didn’t see that coming. In any case, The Kinks establish an early lead and maintain it throughout for a close but comfortable win. The numbers: The Kinks 33%; Sonic Youth 22%; #10 Warren Zevon 19%; James Taylor 14%; The Replacements 8%; Jackson Browne 3%. The Kinks advance to the Great 48.

Our search for the greatest band of all time now turneth toward high country, wherein lies the Red Rocks region and the land of demonic metal seeds. Let this band of hale questers beware the Evil® that is … Sabbath! Continue reading

Saturday Video Roundup: "This is the guilt I'll live with for the rest of my life…monsters aren't born, monsters are created…"

As noted a couple weeks ago, the S&R team hooked up with the crew from Zero Coordinate and Eccentric Production at the DNC in Denver. In addition to their invaluable help in shooting the Lee Camp interview, we also worked together in covering the Returned Soldiers/Rage Against the Machine/Tent State march on the DNC.

Natalie Ashodian and her team have now produced a powerful video from that march, and for those who only read about it (or, as is more likely the case, given how little attention the mainstream press paid to it, never even heard about it in the first place) this coverage is extremely important. Continue reading

BREAKING: Tent State march entering LoDo

UPDATED: new protest image added below.

Pre-march instructions emphasized that protesters should be peaceful throughout the march, which is now about to enter Lower Downtown. It’s not clear whether they have encountered police yet, but if they have all is still civil. Jack sent this shot from Blake and Broadway.

BREAKING: Tent State marching on Pepsi Center

This just in from Jack, who’s on the scene with the Tent State crowd:

Tent State is about to march from the Coliseum down Brighton and Broadway to the DNC. Rage is walking with them. Looks like 4,000 people or more.

This could be fun. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: A group of police in riot gear just offloaded near Blake and Broadway, which is in the anticipated path of the marchers.

TunesDay: Can music violate the Geneva Conventions (or the 8th Amendment)?

Yow. If you missed the story, US PsyOps personnel are using music as a torture tactic on captives in Iraq. How silly, you say? Torture someone with music? Well, check out the playlist.

  1. “Fuck Your God” – Deicide
  2. “Die MF Die” – Dope
  3. “Take Your Best Shot” – Dope
  4. “White America” – Eminem
  5. “Kim” – Eminem
  6. “Barney Theme Song” – Barney Continue reading