Here’s a roaring rendition of the title tune on Superchunk’s 2018 album, a melodic punk yell reflecting our current condition.
Elena Satién recognizes patriarchy in this tune, but be aware of the women in the shadows. Recognize that and the roles they play quietly in a sexist society and there awaits another kind of revolution
And, now, for something completely different… evocative jazz, with no lyrics, by Myra Melford and her ensemble. The album Snowy Egret gives a nod to Eduardo Galeano, author of a trilogy trilogy, Memoria del fuego (Memory of Fire), an expose of colonialism in the Americas. This tune has melancholy all over it.
A sly protest is part of this sparsely arranged 2016 performance by Sóley. Apparently, they’re giving the Icelandic government a red card after revelations of the Panama Papers.
The insistent picking of an electric bass guitar helps drive home the drive behind this song by Parquet Courts.
Before the water gets too high
To float the powers that be
Or is it someone else’s job
Until the rich are refugees?
Steve Mason recorded this combative single in 2012. The Scottish (I think) musician included the song on the curiously titled Monkey Minds in the Devil’s Time. Mason’s tune responds to Britain’s involvement in the war in Iraq. Images and lyrics contribute to the unease in that time.
The clip starts with a World-War II vintage newsreel, then moves to a familier chord sequence before Willie Nelson’s distinctive voice kicks in: “Room for everyone, living in the promiseland.”