Five Things I Saw & Heard This Week: Wednesday 3rd October

Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, Rolling Stone Magazine
“Paul Ryan claims that he likes Rage’s sound but not the lyrics. Well, I don’t care for Paul Ryan’s sound or his lyrics… Basically, the only thing he’s not raging against is the privileged elite he’s grovelling in front of for campaign contributions. You see, the super-rich must rationalize having more than they could ever spend, while millions of children in the US go to bed hungry every night.” Excellent Raging against The Republican Machine in a magazine that veers worryingly between Tiger Beat-style fawning over popstrels and top-notch political reportage and comment. Read Matt Taibbi on Mitt Romney. Read it and weep.

Rolling Stone Gathers Some Grapes

Excuse my French, but HFL is this? Very lame, I think…

Homeland Trailers, Channel 4
The first one is filled to the brim with all the creeping paranoia of the series, as an childrens’ choir sings the Star Spangled Banner, before clattering drumming (military? Middle Eastern?) drowns it out in a series of shots of the characters all at different places, screaming… The second, using Johnny Cash and Rick Rubin’s God’s Gonna Cut You Down is even better, and is mostly about Claire Danes’ eyes… “Go tell that long-tongue liar/Go and tell that midnight ride/Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter/Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut ’em down/Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut ’em down.” Of course, the only question is: Whose God?

More Duquesne On This Blog, Oh!
In Paris to see Leonard Cohen (there’ll be a Five Things extra later in the week, folks!) I found this keyring in Vanves’ antiques market. Is there a pun on de Cane [sugar] here?

Hound Dog Taylor Poster, aupassage Restaurant

I’ve been listening to Hound Dog Taylor lately and who should I find on the walls of an artfully lo-fi restaurant but the man himself, complete with great quote: “He couldn’t play shit, but he sure made it sound good!” I should point out that these were his own words, prefaced with “When I die, they’ll say…”

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