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Because We Can: Ocean vs Building

March 3rd, 2009 · Comments Off

Interesting question about who would wiln versus who would lose? Does the architect and level of bureaucratic supersion matter?

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Because We Can: PIL–Public Image

February 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment

One of the post-punk classics from John Lydon and PIL: “Two sides to every story. Somebody Had to stop it. I’m not the same as when I began.”

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Because We Can: David Bowie & Robert Smith–Quicksand

February 26th, 2009 · Comments Off

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Because We Can: Iggy Pop–The Passenger, 1977

February 25th, 2009 · Comments Off

Recorded at the Manchester Apollo in October 1977. Does Iggy looked blissfully f’d up or is it just us seeing something that’s not there?

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Because We Can: Sisters of Mercy–Dominion

February 24th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Who knew the Sisters ever had a budget to do shit produced on location like this? Maybe that’s why Andrew Eldritch can’t get along with record companies. “Dominion – Some say prayers/Some say prayers/Now I say mine.”

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Because We Can: Atmosphere

February 23rd, 2009 · Comments Off

I consider this one of the saddest songs ever written and it sums up a lot, even if I don’t love this particular video treatment of it. Then, again, Ian had already been dead eight years. Life is very fragile. And, blogging, when you come right down to it blogging–not blogging journalistically–but inflicting the Cancer […]

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Because We Can: Magazine–The Light Pours Out of Me

February 20th, 2009 · Comments Off

The long forgotten, yet important, post-punk band Magazine with ex-Buzzcock Howard Devoto letting the light pour out of him. “Time flies. Time crawls. Like an insect. Up and down the walls.”

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Because We Can: Buzzcocks (w/Howard Devoto)–Breakdown

February 19th, 2009 · Comments Off

Here’s some jen-you-whine old school punk. The Buzzcocks with Howard Devoto before he split to form Magazine performing Breakdown in 19fucking76. All of which only serves to remind us to price space at Green-Wood Cemetery.

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Because We Can: Ofra Haza–Love Song

February 18th, 2009 · Comments Off

This is the late, great Ofra Haza, the Israeli singer who died of complications related to HIV/AIDS on February 23, 2000 at the age of 43. This song is dedicated in the same spirit of, well, you know…love…as the subway shot.

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Because We Can: Roxy Music–Remake/Remodel w/Brian Eno

February 17th, 2009 · 1 Comment

This is a fucking classic we tripped across and had never seen. Check out Brian Eno with the glam look and hair. This is the stuff from which all else of any value evolved through the 70s, punk included. Sorry if some of the people watching this weren’t even born when this performance was recorded.

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Because We Can: Pixies–Monkey Gone to Heaven (1989)

February 16th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Check it out.

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Because We Can: Brian Eno & Nitin Sawhney–Prophesy

February 15th, 2009 · Comments Off

From a Benefit Concert for the Stop The War Coalition (StWC) was filmed & recorded at The Astoria in London on November 27th, 2005. Cool stuff.

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Because We Can: Arcade Fire–No Cars Go

February 13th, 2009 · Comments Off

The song speaks for itself. As a long deceased firend of ours, who took his own life, once said of a different songwriter’s soaring song, “He saw God when he wrote this song.” Same here.

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Because We Can: New Order–Ceremony Live in NYC 1981

February 12th, 2009 · 1 Comment

This is New Order performing Ceremony at the Ukranian National Home in the East Village on Nov. 19, 1981 on their first tour after Ian Curtis killed himself on May 16, 1980. It is poignant watching Bernard Sumner sing this song (you can almost see the trepidation on his face as he takes the mike) […]

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Because We Can: Wire–Map Ref 43 degrees N 110 degrees W

February 11th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Check out Colin Newman, Bruce Gilbert, Graham Lewis and Robert Gotobed, aka Wire–one of the most important bands in rock history–performing one of our favorite Wire songs on TV in 1979. Oh, yes.

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Because We Can: The Cure–A Forest (1980)

February 10th, 2009 · Comments Off

Make it through the first few seconds of this vide and you’ll see the vid of The Forest from 1980. Most copies can’t be embedded. And, yes, that dude playing guitar and singing “The girl was never there/It’s always the same/I’m running towards nothing/Again and again and again” is really Robert Smith. Holy shit. He […]

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Because We Can: Cranes–Jewel

February 9th, 2009 · Comments Off

Nothing like a little goth to start the day.

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Because We Can: Lost Pilots–Strange Little Girl

February 8th, 2009 · 1 Comment

We’ve known some. The band itself is from Bern, Switzerland. How they know about Gowanus and Park Slope, we don’t know.

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Because We Can: Eno, Bono & Pavarotti–Miss Sarajevo

February 7th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Remember the murderous siege of Sarajevo and how the West did nothing to stop it? We do. You can crack all the joke you want about Bono, but seeing him, Brian Eno and the late Luciano Pavarotti singing “Miss Sarajevo” gives us chills.

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Because We Can: The Feelies–Wire’s Outdoor Miner

February 6th, 2009 · Comments Off

The Feelies perform Wire’s classic Outdoor Miner at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 20 of last year, a show to which we had tickets but, uh, couldn’t attend due to circumstances beyond our control.

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Because We Can: Bush Tetras–Too Many Creeps

February 5th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Ah, the old New york. In the New Sanitized One, we can still think of one or two creeps, though.

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Because We Can: Sisters of Mercy–Knocking on Heaven’s Door

February 4th, 2009 · 3 Comments

We have nothing to add other than knock, knock, knock.

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Because We Can: Bauhaus–Crowds

February 2nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Dedicated to an undisclosed person at an undisclosed location. Do listen until the middle where Peter Murphy starts singing about “You fickle shit/You would spit on me/You would make me spit.” This is NOT dedicated to Joe Sitt. Sorry.

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