Tuesday, June 8, 2010
J.Viewz - This City Means No Love (Audio)
I can't believe it's been only a week since May 31st. It feels more like a month. Or a year. I still check out Jerusalem Post frequently and then skim over to BBC or CNN to see how they're portraying the same story. It's quite addictive because the talkbacks are quite interesting to read, especially on the international sites. From thoughtful to stupid, from fact-filled to meaningless slogans, I've never seen a debate so polarized. It seems that there's no in-between. Over here it's not like everybody has the same thoughts. There are left-wingers and right-wingers, and there are people who oppose to the IDF's actions. However everybody, and I mean everybody, seems to agree that the media is misleading the world and it feels like everybody hates us. Of course, that's not entirely true and the pro-Israel demonstrations and facebook groups are proof. But it still seems that the majority is against us and that those who usually have a neutral opinion-non-jews and non-Arabs are against us. Saturday evening was supposed to be an amazing night for music lovers, especially alternative music-lovers. The Klaxons were to warm up a Placebo concert followed by a party by the Gorillaz Sound System. On Friday afternoon, I found out that the Klaxons and G.S.S cancelled their performances. What's most pathetic is that they didn't even mention why. I think one of them even mentioned "technical problems" which is pretty lame. They could have at least expressed their opinions like Elvis Costello. Or maybe they don't really have an opinion and are run by coward money-worried managers. Instead of them we got the successful Israeli group J.Viewz who's base is in New York and just happened to be on an Israeli tour and the super-successful Israeli singer Portis who joked that he happened to be on a jog in the Park. Placebo gave a great performance, they simply gave us much needed love and comforted us that not everybody hates us. Brian's best line was when he began the concert by stating "We're Placebo and we had the courage to come here. And I fucking hate flying." Immediately winning the crowd over. It seemed like the current events were on everyone's minds especially during songs like Breathe Underwater and Trigger Happy with lyrics like "So we're living in a culture made with death and fear/Doesn't seem the human race will make it through the year." It all reached a climax when he sang the last few lines "Put your hands in the air, and wave them like you give a fuck." At this point, we were completely won over. I was kind of hoping that I'd be able to forget about everything for a few hours and just enjoy a good concert, but this was so much better. The next morning we were all disappointed to discover that the Pixies, the real money bringers to the two-day festival, cancelled their gig saying that "it was beyond their control". Which makes one wonder if they were being threatened and exactly how much pressure was put on them not to perform here. I was so happy to find out that the Editors who were supposed to warm up the Pixies are coming anyways and will be giving a full concert. Personally I love them so much more than the Pixies and am thrilled that I'll get to see them live. Oh, and J.Viewz are an amazing band.