Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
With all of the hype surrounding the upcoming presidential election I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and write something. Well, seeing as this is a music blog and not really for my own personal agenda maybe I should let the music speak for me. Because quite frankly I can not speak much better then these guys right here.
If I Was President(live) - Wyclef Jean
Democracy In Kind - State Radio
Closer to the Sun - Slightly Stoopid
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
For this enstallment of humpday covers I will let you guys look at the newest member of my cover collection, The Easy Star Allstars. If you like reggae and you like pink floyd you are in luck. Today I will give you a sample of Dub Side of the Moon. This album recreates Dark Side of the Moon but with a reggae twist. The Album has included instructions on how to synchronize the album with the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. The album has sold over 85,000 copies thus far and Easy Star All-Stars have been regularly touring in support of the album.
If you like these fellas check out some of that Dread Zeppelin...Mon'
Easy Star All Stars-Eclipse
Easy Star All Stars-Time
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Soil and Pimp Sessions
This is jazz. This is not jazz. In Japan they call this stuff club-jazz, meaning it’s music for the club scene. It’s a jazz combo with a hype man out front instead of a vocalist. Acoustic instruments with a hard, hard electronic sound. Did I say hard? Diamond hard.
Either you’ll dig it or hate it. They don’t fade off into the background. My reference is hard, hard bop (think Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers when Lee Morgan was in the band) except these guys are more horn led (after all who could do Art Blakey on drums?). But hard bop is just the foundation of the sound. The other part is this almost manic, hyper kinectic veneer, sort of like playing a Dizzy Gillespie LP at double time.
I don’t know how they make the sound, but it’s no accident. They work at it. Have honed it to an artform. I’ve seen videos. Imagine a guy walking around with a megaphone, shouting out encouragement as a saxophonist does his best to blow the keys off his horn. (The sax player reminds me of a Eric Dolphy approach with a junior league Albert Ayler sound.) These are computer children playing acoustic instruments. They sound like they drink acid for breakfast and eat healthy for dinner. There is something brilliantly not-quite-right about these guys.
(I don’t know how they came up with the off the wall name. One legend is that the band was originally called “Soil and Hemp Sessions” but Singapore wouldn’t let them in with for a tour with that name so they choose “Soil and Pimp Sessions.” Go figure.)
The band is Shacho - "agitator"/president, Tabu Zombie - trumpet, Motoharu - sax, Josei - keyboards, Akita Goldman - double bass and Midorin – drums. Regardless of what you call them or the style of music they play, it’s really clear that this is an original development. Check them out and come to your own conclusion.
We Want More! -Soil and Pimp Sessions
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In his home country of South Africa, singer/songwriter Vusi Mahlasela is fondly known as "The Voice". Apart from his remarkable songwriting talent, Mahlasela is in fact blessed with one of the most remarkable voices in contemporary popular music.Vusi Mahlasela grew up listening to people singing in his grandmother's shebeen (an informal pub in South African townships) and taught himself playing the guitar. As a teenager, he started writing his own songs with lyrics of social significance. In 1981, he joined the poetry group Ancestors of Africa, who were on the watchlist of the Apartheid regime. His joining of the Congress of South African Writers in 1988 marks a new quality in his artistical maturing process. His first international performance in London (1990) made him more popular overseas than back home. Consequently, his debut album When You Come Back (1992), a tribute to the political exiles of South Africa, catapulted him to instant fame in Europe and North America. Nowadays, it is considered a South African classic.
When You Come Back (live at Live 8) - Vusi Mahlasela
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Sunday, January 6, 2008
Underground hip-hop duo Jedi Mind Tricks started out in the streets of Philadelphia in early 1996. Since then Jedi Mind Tricks has gathered a massive following especially with the introduction of spectacular The Psycho-social, Chemical, Biological, And Electro-magnetic Manipulation Of Human Consiousness. Now after selling over 250,000 albums in the USA and 300,000 albums Worldwide (all of which were released independently) the group is coming out with a new CD that will be sure to grab some attention. Army of the Pharaohs Ritual of Battle is only ten dollars but I hear it is well worth the buy. In the mean time, I will present you with some of my favorite JMT tracks.
Jedi Mind Tricks-Heavy Metal Kings
Jedi Mind Tricks-The Winds Of War
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Saturday, January 5, 2008
Today I thought I would enlighten you on a comedian who put out a record that is interesting... to say the least. While this is still what would typically be considered a comedy record, there are a number of tracks upon which Cosby provides a straight vocal delivery without any tongue-in-cheek goofiness. Among them, "Sunny" and "Ursalena" are perhaps the most touching, while others, like the ever-so-slightly retitled "Hold on I'm a Comin'" and "(I'm A) Roadrunner," vary only slightly from their respective originals. On the other hand, his covers of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band, "Funky Broadway" (here titled "Funky North Philadelphia"), and the title track (itself a thinly disguised cover of "Purple Haze") are downright silly and seem to downplay the earnestness with which one could potentially approach the other material. There are a number of contradictory forces at work here to be sure. Unless one is willing to look beyond the surface and into the music itself, it's easy to get lost in the comedy aspects of the record and miss some of its hidden gems. Both the title track and "Funky North Philadelphia" were released as singles in 1968.
Bill Cosby - Funky North Philadelphia
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Friday, January 4, 2008
Soul Position is a supergroup that uses Rjd2's skillful and complex beats combined with Blueprints lyrical masterpieces. Spawning from Columbus, Ohio, the group continues to impress audiences after producing two full featured albums: 8 Million Stories and Things Go Better with RJ and Al. Never before have I heard a sound like Soul Positions and I am anxiously awaiting their next album. One may ask, "Why would Rjd2 and Blueprint create Soul Position?" Well I think Soul Position can answer that question...
"Soul Position, on a mission to move crowds with ease, Dj's Mc's rethink your obligation to create"
Soul Position - Inhale
Soul Position - No Gimmicks
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Thursday, January 3, 2008
There are many stories about Barrett's bizarre behaviour. According to Roger Waters, Barrett came into what was to be their last practice session with a new song he had dubbed "Have You Got It Yet?". The song seemed simple enough when he first presented it to his band-mates, but it soon became impossibly difficult to learn: while they were practicing it, Barrett kept changing the arrangement. He would then play it again, with the arbitrary changes, and sing "Have you got it yet?". After more than an hour of trying to "get it", they realized they never would and that they were simply bearing the brunt of Barrett's idiosyncratic sense of humour.
Before Barrett was expelled from the band he wrote two songs that were never officially released. These two songs were "Scream Thy Last Scream" and "Vegetable Man". In March 1968 it was officially announced that he was no longer a member of Pink Floyd.After the Pink Floyd years Barrett started his solo career.
He produced two albums and lived in seclusion for the rest of his life.
Syd Barrett died in 2006.
Pink Floyd-Vegetable Man
Pink Floyd-Scream Thy Last Scream
Syd Barrett-If Its In You
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Wednesday, January 2, 2008
First off, we have some Modest Mouse.
We are all familiar with Float On, but in this bluegrass version you may find a new love for a song that has been around for quite awhile.
Float On - Bluegrass Tribute
Second, we have some Shins.
The Shins have been one of my favorite bands for some time. This Bluegrass tribute is really cool to listen to and I hope you enjoy it.
Kissing the Lipless - Bluegrass Tribute
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Tuesday, January 1, 2008
State Radio is Chad's band. I absolutely love his stuff, mostly because his lyrics have a story or meaning behind them that makes you think. Criticism of the war, issues in sudan, and even tales of the homeless are just some of the songs that you will encounter as you listen.
Of the forty-seven songs Chad has penned for State Radio, one can expect to hear any of forty-one (the number performed since Mike "Mad Dog" Najarian took over the drum kit) at a live show. In addition to these, Dispatch's "Time Served" has become a State Radio staple, and "Just Like Larry," more recently along with a cover of Rage Against the Machine's "Bullet in the Head," is often appended to "First One Shot." The Hermit Thrush (Urmston's pre-Dispatch band) song "Sister" has also been played once. Some State Radio songs were written during the Dispatch era: verses from "Once and Future King" were included in the Dispatch improv song "Cut It Ya Match It," a song consisting entirely of random verses from songs Chad had written or was writing at the time. ("Cut It Ya Match It" also included a verse from "Revolutionaries", one of Chad's pre-Dispatch songs that has recently become a State Radio staple) "Riddle in Londontown" made its first appearance at Dispatch's farewell concerts in July 2004, then entitled simply "Riddle."State Radio is known for their outstanding stage presence, and encourage frequent audience participation. Another exciting aspect of live shows is that the band, instead of waiting to perfect songs before playing them live, starts playing new cuts soon after Chad comes up with them, and then improves them on the road. As such, the "Wicker Plane" played live back in 2002 is very different from the song's most recent renditions. And in recent news the song "Keepsake" was used in the final episode of season 3 of TV series "Weeds".
I have seen State Radio five times live and each time the experience is amazing. His new album will be out in stores in February, however, you can get the new CD at State Radio concerts. Please check out State Radio's website at www.stateradio.com
State Radio - Gunship Politico
State Radio - Democracy in Kind
State Radio - Wicker Plane
*some of this material was used from ccbsayit.com*