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Gogol Bordello isn’t playing with you (but they’re playing Fugazi for you)

Or maybe they kind of are! ToolboxDC got a video of Gogol Bordello covering Fugazi’s “Blueprint” at the 9:30 Club a couple weeks ago.

It’s kind of fun how Eugene Hütz fakes out the audience into thinking he’s about to start playing “Start Wearing Purple” and then tells the crowd “It’s not that song.” Goes to show how all punk songs use the same three chords. But only in the best way, obviously.

Gogol Bordello- Blueprint. live at 9:30 Club, DC 12-28-14 from brian liu on Vimeo.

Thanks to Bandwidth DC for this story. Bonus: They include a link to Atom and His Package’s majestic cover of “Waiting Room.”

The Menzingers – “Rodent” acoustic

I’ve been listening to this song at least once a day for the past week — not sure why it’s recently taken over my brain again other than the obvious fact that it’s amazing.

Via Property of Zack

Cheers to a rude, reckless and revolutionizing 2015

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A friend of mine posted on Facebook about how in 2014, some good things happened and some bad things happened. Then some really bad things happened. Then some really good things happened. And that’s what happens every year.

I agree. 2014 made me cringe, cry and hurt — sometimes in pain, and a lot of other times in laughter. Hell, the last time I posted on here was over a year ago and was a really tough post. A lot more beautiful people were lost the following year. Other people did surprising and beautiful things.

Two nights ago was the first time in years that I actively wrote down stuff I want to give myself 365 days to do and change. One of them is to bring back rudie tuesdays. I missed a lot of moments that I wished I’d written about in 2014. A lot of pieces of life changed for me that year. I don’t want 2015 to go by without a chance to be another voice on the internet drawing my own conclusions and having opinions at a screen.

So among other things that I hope I stand by, I resolve to muse, rant and link regularly again in 2015. I’m shooting for every Tuesday, but let’s not get carried away — bi-weekly is likely where I’ll start.

And in honor of the new year, here’s something old: I finally listened to Bandwidth’s top DC songs of 2014 today. It make me realize that why am I not listening to more Priests all of the time. Every song I hear of theirs rocks, and I always want more loud distortion-filled music by women who rock. Their vocalist has a gritty, powerful, no-apologies voice and Courtney Love-esque hair. Check out the fourth song on Bandwidth’s list: “Right Wing” by Priests. And then go listen to everything else on their Bandcamp.

Against Me! release ‘True Trans’ acoustic EP for free download

Download 'True Trans'

Via Laura Jane Grace on Facebook:

For a very limited time the new AM! “True Trans” acoustic ep is available to download for free at http://www.againstme.net/

You’ve likely heard live versions of one or both these songs already on YouTube, but download the acoustic two-song EP here.

New Tunes Rudie-Wednesday: Masked Intruder and Jeff Rosenstock

New tunes abound on the internetz today!

Okay, so the Masked Intruder song isn’t new, per se, but the video is. And it rocks. The song rocks for its catchiness and the fact that it’s basically the perfect template for a pop-punk song. This video rocks for its 8-bit grandeur and the fact that I want to play this non-existent game on SNES. Can we make this happen? Anyone? I’ll even settle for a Masked Intruder game on a Super Nintendo emulator.

And then our favorite DIY BTMI! bad boy Jeff Rosenstock has a new tune called “Go On Get” up (and available for download, of course) on Soundcloud. As with most of his songs, this feels like it’s going to take a few listens before it grows on me. Chances are in two weeks, I won’t be able to get it out of my head.

Hat tips to the A.V. Club and Aux for today’s songs. Enjoy!

Also, WordPress informs me that it’s my two-year anniversary on the site. Does this mean it’s time to make New Blog-Year’s Resolutions?

Who needs a bar when your beer is the jukebox?

Beer and music have long been in cahoots, and the folks over at Beck’s are bringing the two back together in the most literal sense. With help from the New Zealand-based agency Shine, they’ve created the Edison Bottle, the world’s first playable bottle of beer.

Now that’s cool.

Via #vinyloftheday

Going: Vans House Parties with Fucked Up, Title Fight and Hop Along

Vans House Parties 6/27

Will be attending. Well, according to the site, will be attending pending “venue capacity, RSVP’ing DOES NOT guarantee entry.”

Due to what I’m guessing was an overwhelming response from crazy Title Fight fans, the page with the link to tickets crashed for a solid 45 minutes starting when tickets were set to go on “free.”

Tickets are still available, so capacity at the door on the day of show could be a mess.

I’ll also be trying to attend Kid Dynamite/Joyce Manor/Red Hare/Swearin’ on August 15.

Get the flyer for all 2013 House Parties here.

Life is music June 11, 2013: Love is a PRISM edition

On this rudieTuesday, I continue a theme of events that can be tagged under “civil-liberties.” (Or lack thereof.)

By now, news of the NSA tracking your emails, credit card transactions, Skype conversations and more is pretty widespread.

Today, the ACLU has announced a lawsuit against the Obama administration over the attack of freedoms. Since the freakishly broad nature of the NSA snooping was revealed, it’s been a huge issue of contention. Lawmakers, the ones within the government who benefit from the information, are generally supporting it. According to a Pew poll, civilians, the ones who are being surveilled, are split. If the poll is accurate, Americans lean towards supporting the NSA, but I question what the reaction would be if they knew for a fact that they were the ones being surveilled. Some say surveillance like this is necessary for national security, and that civilians did not need to know PRISM is happening — a wonderfully cliche position that ignorance is bliss.

Since the start of Obama’s presidency, FBI requests of information gathered by the Patriot Act have risen like crazy. The Act is what allowed the creation of PRISM, the once-top secret federal project that did the snooping into civilians’ private information and conversations.

A man named Edward Snowden will likely soon be placed on trial by America as the leaker of the NSA info, the whistleblower, the traitor. He’s set to be a new Pfc. Bradley Manning (who, by the way, has been detained in some pretty awful conditions.)

So I offer a song this week that makes light of a dark situation. A band of fellows who sing about crime in a way that makes committing ones sound like a punk show. Some Masked Intruder for you all, for the sweet irony of pop-punk licks and sad, sad subject matter that they provide. Also for the fact that I can make a pun off the lyric “love is a prison” in my head by turning it into “love is a PRISM.”

… And the research I did for the article, all the links I found and linked, I’m sure are now in the NSA’s database, too.

Life is music May 28, 2013: World gone crazy edition

It’s another rudieTuesday, which means another day where I equate a news event with a song.

As if the DOJ snooping around at the AP wasn’t bad enough, news broke today that Seattle police withheld records about a May Day memo, knowingly violating public records laws.

These two events are hardly the first moments of government secrecy, but they did come to light awfully close together. How can a government and police force exist for the people when they violate the very laws they’re supposed to be upholding?

We’re living in an state of being where we’re told more and more frequently it shouldn’t matter that we’re losing our civil liberties if we have nothing to hide. Meanwhile, we’re living under a law system that is becoming increasingly more secretive. I see a serious disconnect when people are seen as inherently guilty rather than innocent, while the powers that are supposed to protect justice engage in an ever-expanding blackout.

Try and tell me we’re not living in a world gone crazy. The Slackers know it, and they’re right.

Blogger’s note: I realize I used a Slackers song for the AP story, too. It’s coincidence, but it was so fitting to use one of their songs here, too, that I couldn’t not do it. RudieTuesdays for the win.

Listen to this new Lemuria song because it’s awesome

Listen to this new Lemuria song because it’s awesome

And pre-order their new album. Or just buy a t-shirt. But I mean why would you pass up the opportunity to own some more wonderfully poppy, turn-your-brain-into-flowers-and-puppies-and-goo, catchy-licious Lemuria tunes on vinyl.

And go see them live this summer some places in the U.S. but mostly in the U.K.

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