Video: Gary Clark Jr – “This Land” Directed by Savanah Leaf. From This Land, due March 1 on Warner Bros. They say turbulent times create great art, and Gary Clark Jr. has had enough of this shit. Filmed in Clark’s hometown of Austin, Texas, the video is just as striking and powerful as the chorus … Continue reading New Gary Clark Jr video: This Land
Video: Janelle Monáe – “Screwed” (ft. Zoe Kravitz) From Dirty Computer, out now on Bad Boy/Atlantic. I believe it when Janelle Monae says, “I lost my mind to rock and roll.” She’s one of the most exciting things happening in music today. She’ll be headlining Coachella and Glastonbury this summer, which has ruffled some old … Continue reading New Janelle Monae video: Screwed
Video: Marc Ribot – “Bella Ciao (Goodbye Beautiful)” (ft. Tom Waits) Directed by Jem Cohen. From Songs Of Resistance 1942 – 2018, out now on Anti. It’s always news when Tom Waits does anything. Especially when he records a version of an old anti-fascist resistance anthem from the Italian Civil War. One fine morning I … Continue reading New Marc Ribot and Tom Waits video: Bella Ciao
Video: Childish Gambino – “This Is America” Directed by Hiro Murai. Single out now. Protest music doesn’t typically reach the top of the charts. A couple notable exceptions: “War” by Edwin Starr (1970) and “Indian Reservation” by the Raiders (1971). Many songs that you may think of as big hits (“What’s Going On” by Marvin … Continue reading Number One Records: This Is America
Video: Bad Cop / Bad Cop – “Womanarchist” From Warriors, out now on Fat Wreck Chords. Do you feel bummed that there isn’t more protest music being made these days? Well maybe you’re just not looking for it in the right places. Bad Cop/Bad Cop is writing the songs that need to be heard. “I … Continue reading New Bad Cop / Bad Cop video: Womanarchist
I’ve been watching the Ken Burns documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History and I’m astonished by how much I didn’t know about that era of American history. One example: a Gallup Poll from early 1939 revealed that 84-85% of American protestants and Catholics “opposed offering sanctuary to European refugees. So did more than one-quarter of … Continue reading The Ballad Of October 16th is still relevant and controversial
Young Southern gentlemen make gentle protest music.
Stream Neil Young’s new album, Living With War (QT, WM). Update 10/14/2008: Fixed links, removed dead links.