Posts Tagged ‘bad religion’

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Threesome: City of Angels

January 30, 2009

gursky_los_angeles[image: Los Angeles by Andreas Gursky, C-print, 1999. From the exhibition “Global Cities” at the Tate Modern, UK]

I’ve been on a roadtrip in the Central Coast of California all this week, and it’s beautiful, but I think I am temperamentally more suited to grey Seattle, icy Cambridge, or even foggy San Francisco. This became particularly apparent to me as I took a look through my music collection for this trio of songs. No sunshine, no surfing, no California dream in sight.

MP3: Youth Group – The Destruction of Laurel Canyon [buy]

MP3: Elliott Smith – Angeles [buy]

MP3: Bad Religion – Los Angeles is Burning [buy]

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Upcoming: Anarchy Evolution

December 29, 2008


[embedded YouTube video; if you can’t watch it, click here]

Bad Religion frontman and UCLA biology professor Greg Graffin is working on a book, Anarchy Evolution, that’s scheduled for release on Harper Books in 2010. It’s supposed to be about naturalism and atheism as well as (one presumes) anarchy and evolution. Graffin (looking extremely professorial in the video) describes it as a personal narrative about ‘how to be a more interesting atheist than has been [cough] advertised by popular books of the last three years, by calling yourself a naturalist instead.’ [my links, of course]

No Amazon pre-order link yet – stay tuned.

MP3: Bad Religion – Sorrow [amazon]

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Pre-election playlist

November 1, 2008

Like most progressives in the US, I’m rapidly oscillating between giddy optimism and fear. Naturally, I had to find a set of songs that reflects this. For best effect, set your iTunes playlist to ‘shuffle.’

Hope:

MP3: The National – Mr November (National/Obama t-shirt, more National)

MP3: Bad Religion – You Are (the Government) (more Bad Religion, Overeducated musicians)

MP3: Billy Bragg – Waiting for the Great Leap Forward (more Billy Bragg, Concert notes)

MP3: Ted Leo – Keep on Pushing (Curtis Mayfield cover) (more Ted Leo, on z=z)

Despair:

MP3: Bishop Allen – The Bullet and Big D (more Bishop Allen, Listen local)

MP3: Jarvis Cocker – Running the World (NSFW) (more Jarvis Cocker, on z=z)

MP3: The Awkward Stage – The Morons are Winning (more The Awkward Stage)

MP3: The Weakerthans – Pamphleteer (more Weakerthans, on z=z)

And what I really need:

MP3: The Ramones – I Wanna Be Sedated (more Ramones)