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Walled Horizons

Image Credits: Dave Bullock/Wired.com

…Roger Waters…

One of the creators of the best Rock band in history Pink Floyd…, along with David Gilmour, Nick Mason, And the Late Richard Wright and Syd Barrett

Anybody whose anybody that thinks he/she knows music knows at least a couple of albums, and that’s not hard at all with 1973’s Dark Side of the Moon being the third best-selling album of all-time and voted in the top five best albums on almost every Rock site and magazine… You also have 1979’s The Wall which was adapted into the 1982 film by Alan Parker Starring Bob Geldolf, and later in 1990 performed Live in Berlin in front of a staggering sell-out crowd of over 350,000 people, with people from fifty-two countries watching the two-hour event television broadcast.

After Pink Floyd dis-banded in 1985 he continued on leading an amazing career as a solo artist, releasing 3 excellent studio albums (each in its own way), 2 soundtrack albums, one opera (Ça Ira), and playing a number of world tours two of which were released on DVDs (The Wall Live in Berlin, In The Flesh)

I can’t do the man justice writing only a few paragraphs, but there is enough information online, and I’ll give you links and references you can go to learn more about the best songwriter that ever lived… These are my personal opinions and to me there’s no debating the fact that no other artist can ever come close to Roger’s musical and lyrical genius…

What I want to point out in this post is a recent short documentary film Roger was a part of about the humanitarian effects of the separation wall in Palestine… The unjust, unaccepted, and blatant disregard to international laws. A disgusting slap in the face to a people who are now being publicly harassed and stripped away of their most human basic rights and needs… We all know the story, and that’s why we never forget, and we all “try” to “do” something…

My respect goes to all of those people who contributed in making that film, although I know it’s a simple reminder, and it could’ve been much stronger… But for now it’s reassuring to know a film like this can be made… with the help of an international public figure like Roger Waters…

“The reason for walls is always fear, whether the personal walls that we build around ourselves or walls like this that frightened governments build around themselves,” Waters says.

“It fills me with horror, the thought of living in a giant prison,” Waters says as he spray-paints “We don’t need no thought control” on the wall.

The 15 minute film named Walled Horizons is divided into 2 parts on YouTube…

You can watch it here…

More Information:

Official Site

Currently Offline

Wikipedia Page

Informative Page

Imdb

Contains soundtrack details

Fan Page

Another decent source of info

The Wall in Berlin Gallery

A collection of photos

Fan Club

Poorly designed but has LOTS of info and links

Quotes

A collection of quotes

Storm Thorgerson Works

Storm Thorgerson’s Studio was responsible for most of Pink Floyd’s record sleeve designs, that and a lot of their other works are really good, you have to check out this link…

Gerald Scarfe

The man responsible for the visuals included in The Wall album, film, and live performance. Amazing artist, with an impressive body of work

One more video:

This is one of Roger’s most recent songs… Leaving Beirut.

Thank you for reading and watching… If you have any comments go ahead…

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Good Thing they Didn’t Blend In

In 2003 something really cool happened… A good, solid, impressive showcase of arabic rock band potential… They didn’t blend in, and they weren’t welcomed into the mainstream as much as Jad Chouiri, Dana Dandan, and that girl sucking on a lollypop naked in a pool of cereal… Good thing they didn’t blend in huh!

Too bad they didn’t stick out like a sore thumb either, cuz i have no idea where they are and what they’re doing or if they’ll ever release a second album…

A summarized biography out of their website

blend first got together in 1997 under the name “leviathan” when vocalist jad souaid and guitarist miran gurunian met as students at the american university of beirut. in 1999, jad aouad joined on drums and haytham chalhoub on bass. the band performed the standard canon of rock covers from led zeppelin and pink floyd to pearl jam and radiohead, wherever they could

in early 2002, blend performed at strange fruit in beirut. there they were approached by a representative from EMI who had been in the audience

on october 2002, blend signed its contract with EMI becoming the first “anglo” style rock band ever signed to a major international record label in the middle east, where artists are predominantly solo “pop” singers, do not write their own songs or play their own instruments and rarely perform live in front of large audiences

act one, their first album, comprises 11 tracks written by the band. it tackles sociopolitical issues that are equally relevant to the new generation in lebanon, as they are elsewhere in the middle east and in the west (again this is a first. such topics are not generally encountered in middle eastern lyrics)

the album was recorded and produced in lebanon by philip tohme during a period of 8 months in 2003 and mastered by chris blair at abbey road studios, london. the lead off single is naturally “belong” and its music video was produced and directed by amine dora, whose previous works have been awarded at zinebi festival (spain), unimovie festival (italy) and the european film festival (lebanon) with a first prize. the album also includes collaborations with natacha atlas on “communicate” and the lebanese rapper rayess_bek on “belong revisited”

act one was launched in the middle east on saturday december 27, 2003 at 7 p.m.

Not releasing a second album till now might be because they want their sophomore album to exceed all expectations, or maybe it’s just them being lazy… But for what it’s worth, I listned to it again today, after losing it for a couple of years now, and i still love it as much as i did back when it came out, maybe even more..,

I have a few people in mind that have to get out a pen and take notes while watching the next video; The song is really really good, and the video is extremely well-done… And also, after you watch it try to go download the album, every single song on the album rocks, in its own unique way…

Also… People, Comment

The Parlor Mob

My Favourite NEW Band… The parlor mob are bringing balls back to rock…

Just like Axl once thought to himself, “F**k Glam this isn’t music” and he came out and welcomed everybody to the jungle, and it was as if all the men across the street singin’ and dancing to “girls, girls, girls” were actually singing about themselves… All the lace and make-up stopped being “a statement of self assured masculinity”, they were now literally angry, confused, pop artists who used cross dressing as an excuse to make trashy music seem “edgy”… Their music was really good at times, a lot of other bands actually stole the guitar sound motely crue created… But their brand of Rock didn’t compare with G N’ R… Axl & Slash were two of many artists who defined what ROCK really is about, those songs that punch you right in the face with the first riff, that oomph!

Now on to indie rock, I’m not going to speak much about indie, I like a few bands, a few of what seem to be hundreds of bands popping out every other day and getting all the critics attention… I never liked people calling the Genre “Indie Rock” because those boys from “the strokes” can’t be lumped in with all the rockers that graced the stages of history, hell they can’t even drink at the same bar with Axl, And definitly not Slash!

But when a new brand of rockers came out other than the oh so cute indies, I thought, cool: here is a band i can look back after thirty years and say I bought their first album when it came out, and be all proud about it!

True rockers like:  The Black Keys (been there for a while now and the guitartist, vocalist Dand Auerbach released a solo album that Rocks just as much), Black Mountain, Radio Moscow,  The Yelling, and some more… But the one band that if I had to bet, all my money goes on them getting big and hanging around for at least 5 or 6 more real rock the hell outta you albums…

The band i’m talking about is The Parlor Mob… With their album “And You Were A Crow”