Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Music Monday: Baraka Som Sistema- Sound of Kaduro

In Africa, Music, Music Monday on August 9, 2010 at 6:18 pm

soooo i heard this song while i was watching a show, of course i cant remember which, on Al Jazeera while i was in Ethiopia. they were doing a profile about a genre of music called kaduro originally from angola but popularized in portugal…or maybe its the other way around. anyway, i thought it was pretty hot and of all the different kaduro bands and songs they featured, this one is the only one i remembered. +it reminds me why i ever liked m.i.a. so many years ago.




J.Period Presents K’naan with Fela Kuti, Bob Marley & Bob Dylan: The Messengers

In Music on August 7, 2010 at 6:44 pm

okay soooooo before i left for Ethiopia about a month and a half ago, i found myself downloading (legally, oooooof course) a whole ton and half of new music. well, new to me. i realized when i got on the plane that i had somehow downloaded three albums from a dewd named j.period. (one of which i profiled here before i left). albums i’d never heard from a cat i’d heard minimally of (tho i must say of the few times his name was mentioned to me, they were always glowing reports). aaaaaaaaaaanyway long story short the first thing i decided to listen to on the plane was his k’naan mixtape after which it was pretty much a wrap. listened to it three times during the flight alone and played almost nothing else during my entire trip. i guarantee you nothing else k’naan has ever created can touch this and j.period, clearly, is muical genius. im itching to download his lauryn hill mixtape…i dont know if im ready…

Click here to download this and other j.period mixtapes (including q.tip, biggie, lauryn hill, nas, the roots and mary j. blidge).



Ghariokwu Lemi Talks Fela Kuti Album Art [FADER]

In Music, Music Monday on August 7, 2010 at 6:21 pm

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“Fela Kuti recorded and released dozens of albums, each with a specifically agitprop cover meant to elicit the same rebellious feelings as the songs between them. Lagos native and friend of Fela, Ghariokwu Lemi, is responsible for each and every one and recently sat down to go through a few of his favorites in commemoration of Knitting Factory Records’ digital reissue of a huge chunk of Fela’s catalog. One Lemi’s favorites, Yellow Fever, is now available in a limited run poster (only 80) that comes with a digital download of the album (Johnny Just Drop is also available). On a side note, we would like Lemi to design the next everything for our everything.”

This Isn’t Goodbye, Just Ta-Ta For Now…

In Artsy Fartsy, Movies, Music on June 11, 2010 at 5:27 pm

as a parting gift til my return from the motherland, i give you what may be my favorite video on all of youtube.

as usual, enjoy.

i know i will.


“In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later, Levitan, director Josh Raskin and illustrators James Braithwaite and Alex Kurina have collaborated to create an animated short film using the original interview recording as the soundtrack. A spellbinding vessel for Lennon’s boundless wit and timeless message, I Met the Walrus was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Animated Short and won the 2009 Emmy for ‘New Approaches’ (making it the first film to win an Emmy on behalf of the internet).”

Playlist for a 15 Hour Flight to Ethiopia: Gnarls Barkley

In Music, Playlist for a 15 Hour Flight to Ethiopia on June 11, 2010 at 5:22 pm

so underrated, they are one of the greatest groups of our time.



Playlist for a 15 Hour Flight to Ethiopia: Stephen Marley feat. Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley

In Music, Playlist for a 15 Hour Flight to Ethiopia on June 11, 2010 at 4:57 pm

love damian, hate the hat. sorry gidds.


Playlist for a 15 Hour Flight to Ethiopia: Fool’s Gold

In Music, Playlist for a 15 Hour Flight to Ethiopia on June 11, 2010 at 4:49 pm

first heard about this group when i saw them play at a small venue on UCR’s campus called the Barn. went to the show on the fly w some friends and until i went to go see wynton marsalis and the jazz at lincoln center orchestra play a year later, theirs had been the best live show i’d seen to date. turns out one of the many talented members is a homie of a homie which landed the group, who has to run from paparazzi in france, at the humble venue in riverside. talk about electrifying. i’ve been looking for their album since i heard them play,and have finally scored it. even tried to get them to come play at Cal but that was a no go. at least i can take them with me wherever i go now! how do i describe fool’s gold? if the whole world came together to play music, it would sound like fool’s gold.



Shakira for FIFA

In Music, World News on June 11, 2010 at 4:34 pm

What happened to K’naan’s Wavin Flag as the Official Fifa World Cup 2010 song? Whatever, i love shakira too. sidenote: gotta love the background dancer wearing the print dress with the chanel C’s.



Playlist for a 15 Hour Flight to Ethiopia: Asher Roth

In Music, Playlist for a 15 Hour Flight to Ethiopia on June 11, 2010 at 4:19 pm

just got his mixtape.  must say,  he is quite “impressive” .as is the video.



Playlist for a 15 Hour Flight to Ethiopia: Erykah Badu

In Music, Playlist for a 15 Hour Flight to Ethiopia on June 11, 2010 at 3:37 pm

late though i may be, i have recently discovered the absolute genius that is erykah badu. i chanced upon a bunch of her albums that i’d had and never really listened to before. timing. she’s been speaking directly to me, telepathically through her music. jealous? well don’t be, open your ears and you’ll hear a whole lot more than you thought could be relayed in a single song, at least by today’s standards.


and enjoy.


Playlist for a 15 Hour Flight to Ethiopia: Sia

In Music, Playlist for a 15 Hour Flight to Ethiopia on June 11, 2010 at 3:00 pm

first learned about Sia in the 10th grade from a little friend named Mia and a little thing called a Mia Mix. i learn a lot from those mixes and from that mia. anyway, a couple of years Sia resurfaced with some more, less emo, goodness. the song on the mix was called “Breathe Me” but unfortunately i couldn’t post the official video for it nor for “buttons.” i did however find a link for “Soon We’ll Be Found” so i give you that and my encouragement to check out the officiall(y awesome) videos for “buttons” and “breathe me” asap.



Playlist for a 15 Hour Flight to Ethiopia: Coldplay

In Music, Playlist for a 15 Hour Flight to Ethiopia on June 11, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Coldplay is one of my favorite groups and the Strawberry Swing video is absolutely one of my favorite music videos of all time. Because I’m so bad at it, attention to detail is one of the things i appreciate most about artists and this video is full of it.



Playlist for a 15 Hour Flight to Ethiopia: Kanye West

In Music, Playlist for a 15 Hour Flight to Ethiopia on June 10, 2010 at 1:00 pm

now. understand, i have been a kanye fan since day one. and when he came out w 808’s and heartbreak and everyone was off him, i was still true blue. ive been an avid reader of his blog since he started it and when he changed it’s site location recently, along w the general content (from an all-forms-of-art-and-beautiful-wonderful-creative-things blog to what now seems like a nothing-but-hypsersexualized-photographs-of-white-women blog) well my faith cracked slightly. BUT, as if reading me and only me, before i could consider joining the naysayers kanye releases the new tracks from his upcoming album and BOY AM I STOKED. as he shared on his blog, EVERYONE’s stoked for what their hailing the return of kanye. demolition time. only sad thing about my approaching departure to the motherland- i probably wont hear all the new hot fire he releases until im back. sour.



Bill Plympton is the King of Animation.

In Artsy Fartsy, History, Music on June 10, 2010 at 12:44 pm

took an animation class my senior year in highschool and the first, and last, thing we did that semester was watch a plympton anthology. the mans like animation 101. below is a clip from his anthology, two of his commercials and the heard ’em say video he did for kanye west. like ive said time and time again, kanye is an artist in every sense of the term. the man knows his stuff. so its no surprise he knew to get plympton. anyone who’s ever taken a drawing class knows how incredibly talented, and dedicated, this man MUST be.



Playlist for a 15 Hour Flight to Ethiopia: TV on the Radio

In Music, Playlist for a 15 Hour Flight to Ethiopia on June 10, 2010 at 12:26 pm

saw them on one of the many late night talk shows a couple of years ago. cool kids. any america’s next top model fans should see a familiar face in the first video. and anyone who’s seen Rachel Getting Married should recognize the lead singer as the groom. random, this i know.