This is an amazing song from a movie called Late Summer Blues (בלוז לחופש הגדול). It translates to something like, “Yosi, my quality child”. In the movie, a young soldier named Yosi gets recruited into the paratroopers unit in the IDF and is killed in a training exercise. His friends sing this song for him at an end-of-school assembly.
This is an interesting song I encountered one day in the army. They were doing a little educational thing about the Six Day War (1967) and they played this song and I was totally captivated by the accordian that gives the song its character. That’s what caught me at first, but then it turned out that the melodies in the song were really interesting also, and I started asking people, “What’s this song? Who’s it by?” And everyone was just like, “It’s the Six Day War song”. Apparently this song – which is actually called “Ammunition Hill” if you translate it – is the song everyone associates with the Six Day War. Indeed, it is about the Six Day War.
The video above is good because you get the full English translation of the lyrics as well as footage from the war or places from the war. Altogether, it gives a very good ‘feel’ of the IDF in a way, especially if you understand Hebrew. Sure, a lot of what we do isn’t very glorious (and the song actually doesn’t really glorify anything…) and it’s rarely every as tuneful, but there’s a vibe that I can relate to now in this song after being in the IDF for a while. I’ll probably relate to it even more by the time I’m done.
It’s practically an advertisement advising you to do drugs.
Princess Century is actually Maya Postepski – a Toronto-based artist who is also in Austra and Trust. So if you guessed that 0n her own she also makes dark, broody, sexy, goth music…you guessed correct. Apparently she was inspired to write the songs off her upcoming album by spending time in the Topanga Mountains and learning about the Manson Family murders that took place in the area.
The world’s greatest chiptune band – and noted Scott Pilgrim video game soundtrackers - Anamanaguchi return (finally!) with another full-length – Endless Fantasy. It drops May 14th. The new single from the album, “Planet”, however, moves the band in a more glo-fi direction, sounding something like the follow-up to Neon Indian‘s Psychic Chasms that we all kind of wanted. Luckily though, the ADHD melodies that made the band so bad-ass in the first place remain. And it’s also not as if they suddenly traded in the 8-bit sounds wholesale – there’s still plenty of them. The Game Boy fetishes will be satisfied.
However, the band has also put out another song from the album (+video) and “Meow” sounds pretty much like their last album Dawn Metropolis except maybe a bit more full-bodied. Also, that video is awesome.
In any case, Anamanaguchi show no sign of slowing down or starting to suck – just a great band getting a little bit more interesting while losing none of what made them awesome in the first place.