An anonymous Broken Social Scene fan recently sent this video to the band which he/she made for their song Meet Me In The Basement. In a recent interview with Pitchfork.com, BSS front man Keven Drew offered this assessment on the state of society in 2010 - "It's getting worse. Every day. It's actually coming to a head and it's going to be very, very, very, very, very bad. Thus the need for all the distractions".
The fan in question seems to agree and the video is a frantic mashup of footage from riots at this year's G20 in Toronto with the 'distractions' of pop culture that Drew alludes to.
Even if you don't buy into all that, it's still a pretty awesome video.
For those about Dublin tomorrow night (Tues 20th July), grab yourself a ticket to Cut Copy in Tripod. These guys are by far one of the most talented bands of the last decade and will be showcasing songs from their unreleased, third studio album. Below you can download 'Out There On The Ice', which a personal favourite from 2008's In Ghost Colours and 'Sands Of Time', which wasn't finished in time to make that album - hopefully it's a sneak preview of more to come. See you there!
The Roots are a band I have taken for granted in the past, happy to cherry pick a few obvious tracks from their hefty back catalogue but their new album 'How I Got Over' is probably the first that I have really listened to in its entirety. Thankfully they're on top form here and give a masterclass in funk, soul and hip-hop with real depth.
Notable contributions come from Joanna Newsom and John Legend but the real highpoint is the title track. The Roots know their way around a catchy hook or two by now and the organ and drum arrangement give it the uplifting feel of an old Curtis Mayfield song.
I heard my Dad playing this nice little number the other day. It's one of those songs that you just warm to immediately and has a real summer festival sound to it. As for the band, I don't know too much about Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros other that there's ten of them. Get ready to whistle along...