Friday, November 07, 2008

say the dead heart lives here

some songs simply get stuck in yr head perhaps for a reason perhaps for no reason. whatever the reason might be because i watched a few nights ago john hillcoat's film the proposition which stars the magnificent danny huston and guy pearce. this is not a review of the film however i was interested in the movie because hillcoat is directing the film version of cormac mccarthy's novel the road a movie that i am looking forward to seeing but for some reason the release date has been pushed back for next year.

even so, hillcoat's first feature is a very good western set in australia's outback in the late 19th century. very violent with a dream-like pace that counterpoints the sparseness of the characters and the landscape. but even more is the song that's been stuck in my head for a few weeks now. midnight oil was a band that put its politics directly. they also rock, hard. below is i think a transcendent live performance of their song 'the dead heart'. politics in music today is i think rather scarce. but hell politics were scarce in pop music even back in the oils day too.


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