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A common criticism thrown around American politics is that decidedly unsavory things happen “inside the beltway.”  While this unfairly maligns the innocent people who are actually from DC or those parts of Maryland and Virginia encircled by I-495, there is a lot of truth to it.  What a lot of people don’t know is that it’s not just a Federal affliction; DC city politics is much, much more unsavory – Marion Barry, everyone’s looking right at you.  To make a long story short, the current mayoral primary campaign is pretty farcical, which has yielded some real gems.  However, the race is now taking a turn around the dance floor thanks to the new theme song of current incumbent Adrian Fenty (D) called “Five for Fenty” that has associations with buying marijuana and is performed by a rapper called Stinky Dink.  Listen to the song and see the scoop here.

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Hey Playtonics,

It’s been quite a week for concerts! Check out my review of Tuesday night’s The National concert at The Bowery Presents The House List:

http://houselist.bowerypresents.com/the-national-celebrates-brooklyn/

Photos courtesy of Greg Aiello | www.ga-photos.com

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Hey Playtonics,

Check out my review of Monday night’s Flaming Lips concert at The Bowery Presents The House List:

http://houselist.bowerypresents.com/the-flaming-lips-light-up-summerstage/

Photo courtesy of Gregg Greenwood | www.gregggreenwood.com

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Via DemocracyNow!:

“The rock band Rage Against the Machine has announced plans to hold a benefit concert on Friday in Los Angeles to raise money for organizations challenging the Arizona’s new anti-immigrant law. Band member Tom Morello has helped lead the “SoundStrike” artist boycott of Arizona.

Tom Morello: “We’re here today to support the international boycott of Arizona in the wake of the passage of SB1070. We’re here to use our music to unite people of all colors and economic strata in a single voice of solidarity to say ‘no’ to legalized racial profiling. And we are here to rock this mother to the ground.””

You can see Playtonic’s discussion of this issue in an earlier article from April: Musicians Debate Political Dissent. In addition to political visibility, this concert will be notable as the first Rage show in the U.S. in two years and its first in LA in a decade.

Musicians Debate Methods Of Political Dissent

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This is fantastic news!  Fugazi is a one of the more influential bands to come out of the perpetually once-and-future D.C. music scene, which was driven by the mighty Dischord Records during the 1990s.  They play dynamically, had great charisma, and were surrounded by a committed and vibrant scene that emphasized a DIY ethic.  DC being what it is, they were fairly political, but not in a geo-political way.   I have no doubt that this will be a great resource for Fugazi fans, as well as for those learning about them for the first time.

Check out these tasty crumbs.  More videos below the jump.

The above video was filmed in Lafayette Park, Washington, DC, in 1991.  The White House is directly behind the stage.

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Playtonics,

Exciting news: Looks like there’s a new Deerhunter album out on September 28, 2010 entitled Halcyon Digest.  Judging by the title we’re in for a range of calm, peaceful, tranquil, rich, wealthy, prosperous, happy, joyful, and carefree music.  Lucky for us.

You can find more, including information about a poster-placing contest that may get you a first listen to some of there material, here: http://halcyondigest.com/

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Summer: a time for relaxing and getting away from it all.  But there is a blog to be written and the seasonal tilt of the Earth’s axis shouldn’t be an impediment to the examination of the intersection of philosophy and music.  At least JL has an excuse (go all in, I’ve got a feeling about this one), I’m still ensconced in the same cubicle where I dwelt, troll-like, throughout the snowy winter.  So without further delay, a juicy item from the pen of David Brooks.

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