Friday Music

OK, here we go again:

The Foo Fighters have a new album coming in April, produced by Butch Vig (who was the producer of Nirvana’s Nevermind). The first single from the album has been popping up on music blogs all over the web. Sounds pretty damned good: Foo Fighters – “Rope.”

Been listening to Hooverphonic’s last album with original vocalist Geike Arnaert, 2008’s President of the LSD Golf Club. A bit more straightforward than their usual trip-hoppy sound, but still plays through my head as soundtrack pieces from imaginary Bond movies. Hooverphonic – “50 Watt.” Has anyone heard the new stuff with the new vocalist? Post in comments.

Ah, the 90s. Back then, we didn’t care what a “Hobo Humpin’ Slobo Babe” was. Nobody knew. Didn’t matter. The song was odd, and slammin’. That’s all we needed. Whale – “Hobo Humpin’ Slobo Babe.”

As per usual, the underground/alternative hip-hop scene — the *true* hip-hop scene — continues to produce material that leaves the corporate bitches-and-bling crap in the dust. Here’s a brilliant bit of work en EspaƱol from French-born Chilean MC Ana Tijoux. Love the mix on this. Anna Tijoux – “1977.”

Watched Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome on cable last weekend. I can still recite that movie from memory (I saw it something like 7 times when it was released), and I am still struck at just how good the soundtrack is. “We Don’t Need Another Hero”, with its children’s choir, was the big single — but I really prefer this somewhat darker track from the opening titles: Tina Turner – “One of the Living.”

Lastly, in solidarity with the union protesters in Wisconsin, I post the following: Billy Bragg – “There Is Power In A Union.” Hang in there, folks.

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