27 Jun 2011, 14:24 by munzli
25 Apr 2011, 01:53 by greykoToday is ANZAC Day. A day of remembrance on the anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli, one of the worst military disasters in Australian military history.
A lot of people ask, why do we celebrate that? The thing is, it's not a celebration. It's a remembrance. We remember and honour those who fought, we remember the tragic loss and hopefully we learn from it so it never happens again.
Sadly it's not always a lesson taken on board by those who start wars.
So I've put together a few songs in honour of the day.
Eric Bogle wrote And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda. A song about an ANZAC at Gallipoli. Personally I prefer The Pogues cover. Sad, beautiful song.
Not everyone volunteered, and these people were labelled cowards, even those rejected by the military. There was no conscription but every able bodied man was expected to go to war, and even boys too young would enlist. …
8 Nov 2008, 23:49 by erlend_alstead(this is a new thing I'm trying, where I write about my connection to my all-time top tracks.)
I got into the Dropkick Murphys after their appearance on the soundtrack to The Departed, and this was one of the songs I stumbled across while browsing their music. I had only once before heard Eric Bogle's song, and I can't remember if it was the original or not. I do remember that the lyrics made an impression on me that first time. While listening to the Dropkick Murphys version I also felt the true weight of it, how the music carries the lyrics to a whole new level. A re-listening of the Eric Bogle version probably would have done the same, but this is what happened instead.
The instrumentation is of little interest, save for the bagpipes. I'm a sucker for bagpipes, at least when they're being used by an Irish-American punk band (this is also apparent in my love for their version of The Fields Of Athenry). The emotional center of this song, however, lies in the lyrics. …
11 Dec 2007, 16:25 by frujo
10 Aug 2007, 04:52 by klimazPeople outside of Australia seldom hear of any but the most popular artists, which makes Australian country & folk artists largely unknown elsewhere. But it should not be a suprise to anybody that Australia has a well developed country and folk scene. I've looked around LAST.FM to find them and I've tagged them as australian. (If you want to hear the whole gamut of Australian rock & pop, go listen to what everybody else has tagged as australian).
Here are the streamable artists that I've found:
Adam Brand, Archie Roach, Catherine Britt, Clare Bowditch, Dianna Corcoran, Eric Bogle, James Blundell, John Williamson, Kasey Chambers, Lee Kernaghan, Melinda Schneider, Michael Carr, Paul Kelly, Sara Storer, Slim Dusty, The Waifs, Troy Cassar-Daley
You may find it interesting to look around the group, Australian Country Music
11 Jun 2007, 05:01 by heathercFor as long as I can remember, I've been hearing people dismiss political music. The most common reason I hear is why should I listen to this person about their political beliefs. In about 4 out of 5 interviews it seems Will Sheff is dismissing the genre. His comment is that he wants to hear someone challenge his beliefs, not support them. It seems people put some kind of double-standard on music that covers social issues and music that covers any other topic. When Will makes me sympathetic to the father in Black or think the girl in Westfall had it coming, then I'll take into consideration that the political songs I listen to tend not to challenge my beliefs. For a long time I've wanted to write a detailed response to these criticisms, but I never seem to get around to it. So for starters I'll list what I appreciate in political songs:
1. provide information
2. make you realize you aren't the only one out there with those beliefs
3. inspire you to action
4. vent (for the songwriter and/or listener)
9 May 2007, 11:45 by CylobYes, it's raining at the minute, but as soon as the weather clears I'll kick open the shed door and get that BBQ out.
As for the music, this is pretty much perfect:
100 GREAT COVER SONGS!
Compiled at MAC.
The Alarm - Keep On Rocking In The Free World (Neil Young)
Audioweb - Bankrobber (The Clash)
Bauhaus - Ziggy Stardust (David Bowie)
The Beach Boys - Do You Wanna Dance? (Bobby Freeman)
The Bees - A Minha Menina (Os Mutantes)
Belle and Sebastian - Whiskey in the Jar (Thin Lizzy)
Bis - Hurt (New Order)
Bobby Darin--Mack the Knife (Kurt Weill, Bretolt Brecht, trans. Marc Blitzstein)
Bloodgasm - Into The Void (Black Sabbath)
The Breeders - Happiness is a Warm Gun (The Beatles)
Calla - Mother Sky (Can)
Cap'n Jazz - Take On Me (a-ha)
Carter USM - Hit (The Sugarcubes)
The Clash - I Fought the Law (The Crickets)
Chris Thile - Heart In A Cage (The Strokes)
Ciccone Youth - Into the Groove (Madonna)
Clicks - Seconds (The Human League)