THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Clash – “I’ m So Bored With The USA”

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Clash – “I’ m So Bored With The USA” .

“I’m So Bored with the U.S.A.”, like “Washington Bullets” after it, takes the United States to task for its support of violent tyrannical activities around the world, as well as then-recent US politics (e.g. Watergate). Talking about “yankee soldiers” getting addicted to “skag” during Vietnam with no help back home and “yankee dollar talk” giving orders to “dictators of the world” is a hell of a way to shake an American teen out of his or her stupor.

Combine that with the buzz-saw guitars that jump-start and permeate throughout the song, and you’ve got the recipe for something no one in the US had ever heard before. Had the NSA been pulling punches as they do now, I’m sure The Clash would’ve been high on a narc hit list.

The Only Lyric That Matters: “Never mind the stars and stripes/ Let’s print the Watergate Tapes/ I’ll salute the New Wave/ And I hope nobody escapes”.

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UNDER THE RADAR: M83 shares video for “Do It, Try It”

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UNDER THE RADAR: M83 shares video for “Do It, Try It”.

It’s been over a year since M83 released its seventh studio album, Junk. Today, however, the Anthony Gonzalez-led outfit has returned with a new video for the track “Do It, Try It”.

In the video, created by David Wilson, a young boy draws his way out of his family’s depressing meal at a fast food restaurant. Watch above.

The video premiered earlier this month at Sundance NEXT FEST, which was held at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.

Gonzalez recently penned original music for a new Cirque du Soleil production called VOLTA.

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UNDER THE RADAR: Females rule in Grizzly Bear’s video for “Mourning Sound”

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UNDER THE RADAR: Females rule in Grizzly Bear’s video for “Mourning Sound”.

Grizzly Bear’s new video for “Mourning Sound” is, according to a press release, “a playful, pastel-drenched commentary on women’s liberation.” Directed by Beatrice Pegard and starring Clemence Poesy (Harry Potter, In Bruges), the clip features a group of sternly defiant women dancing their way through a luxurious mansion. There’s the take-no-shit bride, the race car driver-slash-mother, and the literally bright scientist. You even get some drumming on man butts and rainbow nipple beams, so perhaps the video should be labeled slightly NSFW. Take a look up above.

“Mourning Sound” is the lead single off Painted Ruins, Grizzly Bear’s first new album since 2012’s Shields. Due out August 18th, the band will support the release with a full fall tour.

.CoS

ETCHED IN ACID: TV NEWS REPORTS FROM SUMMER OF LOVE-ERA SF SHOW HOW GROSS THE HIPPIES COULD BE

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ETCHED IN ACID: TV NEWS REPORTS FROM SUMMER OF LOVE-ERA SF SHOW HOW GROSS THE HIPPIES COULD BE.

The Bay Area’s CBS affiliate, KPIX, aired special reports on the hippie phenomenon in 1967: “The Maze: Haight/Ashbury,” a tour of the burgeoning neighborhood led by Beat poet Michael McClure, and “The Maze: Etched in Acid,” a skeptical look at LSD enthusiasts. The music of the New Salvation Army Banned plays under both. (The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Wildflower were profiled in “The Maze: Liverpool, U.S.A.,” an episode that has yet to turn up on the intertubes.)