Monday, August 30, 2010

Bloggae blog, ey?

Thanks to Ian Collins for reinvigorating my reggae motivation.

Anthony B- World a Reggae Music

Richie Spice- Youths Dem Cold


Anthony B- Trigger Happy Cowboy

Capleton- Acres -- Thanks to Ian Collins, who has fantastic taste in reggae.

Classic Jimmy Cliff- Harder They Come

Buju Banton- Hills and Valleys

HA - and this is absurd

And another random Bonnie Raitt that's great.

And a Reggae Lesson for the Day:
There is so much to know about Reggae-- it's a wealth of information but luckily the world is our oyster in terms of the musical options available to us. For those of you who want to learn a little more about it: Reggae has several sub-genres, here are some of them:

1. Skinhead reggae

Skinhead reggae originated in the late 1960s, when several reggae artists started targeting their lyrics and music to skinheads. Its difference from rocksteady would be that it has a slightly faster beat which is done by the drummer making use of the hi-hat, lower mixing of the bass, heavy organ lines and the electronic double rhythm guitar stroke. Some skinhead reggae artists would include Toots & the Maytals, John Holt, and The Pioneers and Symarip.

2. Roots reggae

Roots reggae is a spiritual subgenre of reggae, with lyrics that are mainly about praising Jah or the God of Rastafarianism. Some of the other lyrical themes of roots reggae would include poverty as well as resistance to government oppression. Most of the songs of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh are under this subgenre.

3. Dub

This subgenre of reggae involves an extensive remixing of recorded material. It is also distinguished by the emphasis on the drum and the bass line. Two of the early proponents of dub music would be Mikey Dread and Augustus Pablo.

4. Lovers Rock

With lyrics that are often about love, lovers rock is a subgenre of reggae that originated back in the mid-1970s in South London. In many ways, it is similar to rhythm and blues.

5. Dancehall

This genre was developed back 1980 and has a style which is characterized by a DJ singing and rapping over raw and fast rhythms.

6. Reggaeton

Reggaeton is a combination of reggae and dancehall music, which gained popularity among young Latinos during the early 1990s.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Cooking Music

Time to dance around the kitchen and make vegetable pot pie and savory ham and cheese cake off Jacqueline's blog. (Check out Kitchen Pulse!). Love Sundays.


Friday, August 27, 2010

If you've got beef, eat a pork chop.


As we try to fight our borderline denial about this summer coming to a close, we might as well have some good tunes to jog our memories so we can reminisce about the nights we felt alive and the recall the nights we can't quite recall.

Featured artist of the day, Rodrigo y Gabriela. I saw them live last night and as Jas pointedly said, "it was a sock knocker." Just two people with acoustic guitars had the entire boston Opera house on their feet, clapping, drinking, and yodling mexican-style.

They started out in Mexico but somehow gained the most popularity in Ireland, where they they essentially took off and now continue to knock the socks off of people everywhere as they tour the world.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

A lot mo rich and a whole lot smarter

LOTS of new music.

Featured artist of the day: Emancipator aka Doug Appling

A lot of us have begun to drink the emancipator cool-aid and therefore, I decided, it was due time to do a little research on this artist. What I found is undoubtedly unique. With his organic new sound flow and silky beat weaving, Doug Appling, has the tendency to put those of us who get swallowed up by certain songs, into a musical trance. At the age of only 19 he released his self-made album Soon It Will Be Cold Enough, which immediately got picked up by well-known and highly esteemed Japanese producer, Nujabes. Not only did the record sell 5,000 copies in the first month, but Appling also landed a Puma label and had one of his songs featured in the Beijing Olympics. On Emancipators new album, "Safe in the Steep Cliffs"-- "Dense layers of choirs, horns, American folk instruments such as the banjo and mandolin, violin and some distinct Asian influences make for a playful yet refined album built out of intricate tracks listeners can enjoy on as many levels as they want."

Emancipator-Safe in the Steep Cliffs


Some Emancipator/Nujabes Mashups
My Adidas

Nujabes with Funky DL - Don't Even Try It

Nujabes/2Pac Do For Love

just Nujabes (so talented)

Nujabes ft. Cise Starr & Akin - Feather

Jay-Z Beyonce Nujabes Mashup

And other fun stuff:



Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Rhythm Flavor That You'll Savor

(image is of Wax Tailor)

Chiddy Bang- Breakfast

F*** You

Tm Juke And The Jack Baker Trio feat. Alice Russell - Spread It On

Bitter:Sweet- Dirty Laundry

Rainy Day Appropriate:
Emancipator- Maps

Wax Tailor- Fireflies

Sax Sample:
Black Cloud - DJ Format

Hip Hop
Deltron 3030

Wale- My Sweetie

Monday, August 23, 2010

It's Just a Box of Rain

Looks like this should be a glorious season for music.

Avia- Why Should I Cry
Here's the original.

But I love the video for this one... my new goal is to find some of those eggs theyre eating and have a kegs and eggs some morning soooonnn...

Jethro Tull- Beggars Farm
British rock group, Jethro Tull, began in 1967 with Ian Anderson on the flute. They have sold more than 60 million albums, not to mention that their lifespan has lasted over 5 decades at this point. Pretty impressive.

Jay-Z vs Sleigh Bells

The Original Sleigh Bells, which is also fantastic

Jel- Sweet Cream In It
A pretty cool instrumental sample

Bonnie Raitt - I Feel The Same

Friday, August 20, 2010

90s Throwback to Resume

How about a 90s throwback to resume the blogging? Alex... this one is for you at your request. Such as classic. Couldn't find it on Youtube haha ... it's too old. Hope it works!

Dog's Eye View- Umbrella

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Couple week break... tons of new music though enjoy

I'm going to go check out Peru for a couple of weeks. Here's a bunch of new music. Enjoy!

Hip Hop

Ski Beatz- Taxi


Folk Rock

The Felice Brothers


This is amazing and I haven't been able to stop listening to it all day

White Rabbits- Percussion Gun


I love the comment under this one: "sounds like a great relationship"

This might classify as Roots Rock... not sure tho


Keller Williams... extreeemmeelly talented. Whistle? wow.

Monday, August 2, 2010

peace in your mind at least

Here are some very peaceful songs I've been listening to tonight. Candles lit, glass of wine. It's just as important to know how to work hard as it is to know how to relax.


Moby-Shot in the Back of the Head