Dead Alive

We chat with Phil Lesh, listen to a new kind of protest song and take a trip into the shadows of the Old School

What I really like about this tune is that unlike something by, say, Country Joe & the Fish, something didactic and humorless, "Abu Ghraib" does nothing more than put the music in a particular context, namely the war. "Abu Ghraib" doesn't hit us over the head, but merely asks us to ponder its thumps and beeps within the framework of these atrocities; it's not trying to fix our attention on politics, but it's not allowing us to dismiss them either.

Phil Lesh: acid yes, coke no
Phil Lesh: acid yes, coke no
Our Music Forensics Lab took one look at 
Art for a Dark Experiment's shorts-and-fishnets 
combo, pale shirtless chest and black gloves and 
came to a quick decision: Art for a Dark Experiment is 
clearly an early white rapper. Yup. We're certain on 
this one.
Our Music Forensics Lab took one look at Art for a Dark Experiment's shorts-and-fishnets combo, pale shirtless chest and black gloves and came to a quick decision: Art for a Dark Experiment is clearly an early white rapper. Yup. We're certain on this one.

Details

Tuesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. The event is free.
Left Bank Books (399 North Euclid Avenue)

Monteith's song is off his latest full-length, New World Observer, another apt title. He's been quoted as saying, "I don't know how any artist in any discipline who has been reading the paper or watching the news over the last year could not have countless atrocities penetrate their work." Me neither, and "Abu Ghraib" does a commendable job of letting the sadder parts of the world seep in without letting them weigh the song down entirely. -- Garrett Kamps

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