Tom Tom Club

 

What are words worth? What are words worth? Words

Words in papers, words in books – Words on TV, words for crooks – Words of comfort, words of peace – Words to make the fighting cease – Words to tell you what to do – Words are working hard for you – Eat your words but don’t go hungry – Words have always nearly hung me

What are words worth? What are words worth? Words

Words of nuance, words of skill – And words of romance are a thrill – Words are stupid, words are fun – Words can put you on the run – mots press?X, mots sens?X, mots qui disent la vâÝit?mots maudits, mots mentis,mots qui manquent le fruit d’esprit

What are words worth? What are words worth? – words

Its a rap race, with a fast pace – Concrete words, abstract words – Crazy words and lying words – Hazy words and dying words – Words of faith and tell me straight – Rare words and swear words – Good words and bad words

What are words worth? What are words worth? – words

Words can make you pay and pay – Four-letter words I cannot say – Panty, toilet, dirty devil – Words are trouble, words are subtle – Words of anger, words of hate – Words over here, words out there – In the air and everywhere – Words of wisdom, words of strife – Words that write the book I like – Words won’t find no right solution – To the planet earth’s pollution – Say the right word, make a million – Words are like a certain person – Who can’t say what they mean – Don’t mean what they say – With a rap rap here and a rap rap there-Here a rap, there a rap – Everywhere a rap rap

Rap it up for the common good – Let us enlist the neighbourhood – It’s okay, I’ve overstood – This is a wordy rappinghood, okay, bye.

What are words worth? What are words worth? – words
What are words worth? What are words worth? – words

He’ll stop … Don’t stop … Stop.

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The Hope Six Demolition Project

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My birthday came early this year with the April release of PJ Harvey’s 11th album The Hope Six Demolition Project. Once again, Polly Jean removes the frills, glam and make-up and gets down in the dirt to tackle some fairly squalid subject matter. Harvey strikes uneasy chords combining avant-garde jazz saxophone wales with her signature guitar and drums on songs like Ministry of Defense and The Wheel. She also creates moving spiritual chants on songs like Chain of Keys and River Anacostia.  Hope Six is raw, hard hitting filled with stark bitting lyrical imagery. It takes you to the abject poverty and destruction of the middle east, through the ruins of Kosovo and Afghanistan and then drops you right down Near the Memorials To Vietnam and Lincoln in the heart of our own decaying capital – Washington DC. This album is not just good, it is serious good, heavy stuff delivered with PJ Harvey style and tenacity.

“Wade in the water, God’s gonna trouble the water…”

If you prefer your alternative pop sweet and sugar coated, this is not for you. The Hope Six Demolition Project goes down like a stiff drink and it is by far my favorite album of 2016. It’s volatile cloth is cut very much in the same vein as Lou Reed’s New York. It will move you and open your eyes no matter how rose colored your glasses may be. Stream it for yourself and see. Enjoy!

 

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Into The Labyrinth

 

A rare cool August morning. The last day of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Channeling MEB on this Sunday morning’s run as he goes for the gold in the marathon. Into The Labyrinth is the perfect musical accompaniment. To finish is to win. I urge you to hear it all the way through. Enjoy the stream!

You may also like Spiritchaser by DCD.

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Strict Joy

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The highly anticipated follow up to the Oscar winning soundtrack The Swell Season, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova deliver another powerfully haunting set in Strict Joy, which chronicles the struggle and distress of their highly creative and collaborative, “Once upon a time”, relationship.

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Spiritchaser

 

In 1990 my friends Dan and Trace dragged me to the Chicago Theater to see a Dead Can Dance show. It was their first North America Tour, and I had never heard of the band so I didn’t quite know what to expect. Given the name, I was thinking it was probably some sort of goth act like the Cure or Joy Division. It turned out to be nothing I expected, or had ever experienced before.

Today’s Runner Spirtchaser is a gorgeous blend of rhythmic percussion and ethereal vocals. Lisa Gerrard’s voice is that of a nightingale, rich and melodic, both powerful and vulnerable at the same time. It is not of this world. Brendan Perry is brilliant. His guitar and voice never overstated, rather delicately tied with Gerrard creating a beautiful harmonic lattice that flowers with mystique throughout. I love to run to this record. It powers my legs and kindles my body and soul.

Happy birthday to me, and to you.

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