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Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman

World Wide Rebel Songs

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August 30, 2011

Earlier this year, Tom Morello's Nightwatchman released Union Town, an EP inspired by last winter's protests against Scott Walker, Wisconsin's right-wing governor. Walker is now polling lower than genital warts, but Morello's still swinging: "Save the hammer for the Man," he advises on his newest, which includes Rage-style agit-metal and a folk rocker where Iraq soldiers take out their commanders. But Guthrie-esque romanticism bumps up against uncertainty: On "God Help Us All," he sings, "We're wanderin' with no future and no hope," well aware there are harder winters to come.

Listen to "Black Spartacus Heart Attack Machine":

Frostbite and Freedom: Tom Morello on the Battle of Madison
Photos: Tom Morello Rocks Wisconsin Protesters

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