Rage Against the Republicans

Well, ok, really it should read Rage Against the Police. In fact, I’m not sure why RATM always get pegged as being so political when in my opinion many of their songs/on-stage rantings/diatribes actually eviscerate the meaning behind the enforcement of law as opposed to the meaning behind the enforcement of government. So it seems only apropos that they would show up at the end of a pre-planned music festival taking place outside the Republican National Convention, and then bitch about not being let on stage to play. I mean, if you show up late to a music festival, do they usually let you play?

At any rate, here they are (flanked by a bodyguard? – how democratic does that seem?) squawking about peaceful protesting and trying to incite the riot police patrolling the RNC to turn their guns on the “people inside.” Oh- and Zack raps the first verse of “Bulls on Parade” (did he forget the second?) while Tom beatboxes his way out of being the once amazing guitarist I used to remember him as.

Seriously though, you have to admit, this is almost as funny/painful as watching the RNC itself.

And it’s not only that, but watching this acapella version of these RATM songs really just proves how phenomenal of a band they are when they actually play their instruments. Otherwise, it just boils down to angry gangsta rap. And I can get the gist of that from just putting on one of my old Ice Cube records.

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Who Is More Anti-Establishment?

You may recall earlier this week when I went on a rant about the excitement of knowing there was new material from (none other) than Zack De La Rocha dropping this month in the form of a debut EP for his new band One Day As A Lion. You may also recall my dismay that I could not find a preview of the album.

Well, four days till it’s release and Anti- Records have updated ODAAL’s page with one new track; the first one on the album: “Wild International.” You can preview it for yourself here.

They also have some so-so desktop wallpapers and a “store” set up which currently sells nothing, but is taking emails for those of us who are dying to get the release on 180 gram vinyl. Soon, they say. Soon. Plus, if you pre-order the vinyl you get the album as a download for “free!”

What I don’t get is, for a band that one would think would be so anti-establishment, why can’t they at least follow in the footsteps of a marketing genius – someone like Trent Reznor (another artist with a new album dropping this month) and offer the damn songs for real free, with the option to have the true fans buy later? Hmm.

One Day As A Lion

Brilliant news I heard a few days ago was of this Zack De La Rocha / Jon Theodore mash up in the form of a 5-track EP dropping later this month.

Not so brilliant news I heard a few days ago was that none of the tracks have been made available yet and I have to wait!

Want more info? Here’s the press release:

“One Day As A Lion is both a warning delivered and a promise kept.”

“A defiant affirmation of the possibilities that exist in the space between kick and snare. It’s a sonic reflection of the visceral tension between a picturesque fabricated cultural landscape, and the brutal socioeconomic realities it attempts to mask. One Day As A Lion is a recorded interaction between Zack de la Rocha and Jon Theodore from Los Angeles, California.”

“The name taken from the infamous 1970 black and white, captured by legendary Chicano photographer George Rodriguez featuring a center framed tag on a white wall in an unspecified section of Boyle Heights. It reads: ‘It’s better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand years as a lamb.’ This record is a stripped down attempt to realize this sentiment in sound.”