This is not a competition but I am winning

"The function of music is to release us from the tyranny of conscious thought" - Sir Thomas Beecham
Yesterday Gawker posted a version of Pharrell’s hit Happy with out the music and I didn’t really agree with their take. They basically said :
'The year's happiest song has been reduced to a lonely nightmare, and the results are fascinating.'
My take is summed up perfectly by the Nietzsche quote above
See the video here

Yesterday Gawker posted a version of Pharrell’s hit Happy with out the music and I didn’t really agree with their take. They basically said :

'The year's happiest song has been reduced to a lonely nightmare, and the results are fascinating.'

My take is summed up perfectly by the Nietzsche quote above

See the video here

(Source: felinatral)

Pharrell Williams - Happy [ Without the Music ]

The Meters

—Cardova

The Meters - Cardova

Best thing written : The current state of NBA ownership

'Here, in all caps: THE BUCKS AND KINGS JUST COMMANDED A COMBINED $1.085 BILLION ON THE OPEN MARKET.

If you pretend the NBA is an exclusive beach on Turks and Caicos, it makes more sense. Let’s say it’s the single best beach in the world, and it can only hold 30 houses. Let’s say some of the houses are bigger and prettier than others, only all of them have the same gorgeous ocean view. And let’s say all 30 owners feel strongly that their investments will keep improving, barring a collapsed stock market or an unforeseen weather catastrophe, of course. Does it really matter if you bought one of the ugliest houses on that beach? Don’t you just want to crack the 30? You can always knock the house down and build a better one … right?

That’s the National Basketball Association in 2014. Who wants to be on the hottest beach? What will you pay? How bad do you want it? Get one of those 30 houses and you can invite your friends down for the weekend, show them around, make them drinks and eventually head out to your deck. And you can look out and watch the sun slowly setting, and you can hear the water splash, and you can hear your friends tell you, “I love the view, it’s spectacular.” Because right now, it is.”

   - Bill Simmons from his article ‘NBA The World’s Most Exclusive Club' published by Grantland on April 17th 2014 | read the whole thing here

Damn it NBA! Figure your shit out! Seattle needs an NBA team back. Make it happen. Too bad that after reading this article I feel like the chances of that happening in the short term are at an all time low.. I miss the NBA, I miss the dunks, the pick and rolls, the behind the back passes, Kevin Calabro going berserk! Seattle deserves an NBA team. We were robbed! All we want is what is to have what was taken from us returned. Is that too much to ask?!? 

Future - Move That Dope feat. Pharrell, Pusha T

   - I can’t stop listening to this track

There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile
He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile
He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse
And they all lived together in a little crooked house

Al Newman - Late summer

   - This is the JAM. The track was composed by Al Newman but is taken from the album Five Plus Four which was released under the Powerhouse moniker. I have heard about half the tracks form the album, I need to hear the rest. If you want to hear more I found a YouTube video with 5 tracks from the album here

SZA - Babylon [ Swish Remix ]

   - Hear the original version here. It is worth checking out just to hear the Kendrick lyric which legit as one would expect. I posted the remix because I liked the cut up beat better. Both are solid though.

Maybe it’s just me, but over all I have been underwhelmed by the music released in 2014 so far. I mean there have been some great LP’s and even a handful of great singles but it seems like a lot of shit has been passing through the filters of major music web publications over the past few months. I just went through the tracks section over at Pitchfork and I had to have skipped the 2nd half of the majority of the tracks posted. I mean a lot of the rock tracks sound like they were lifted from late 90’s and early 2000’s. There is far to many dance pop songs that sound like re-treads of the last five years and a bunch of other tracks that really just went in one ear and out the other. I want to think that this is just a phase I am going through where music doesn’t sound all that good to my ears. This happens ever once and a while and it may be the case, but the more I think about it, it seems to be a trend as of late. Another reason I am staring to think this is that old music still sounds good to my ears… And I don’t just want to hate on Pitchfork. Those guys do a bang up job of posting tons of new music from all over the internet. Say what you will about their biases, they still do expose a lot of bands to a lot of ears. My advise when it comes to them, read the blurb about the albums, if you find it interesting, track the album down and listen to it, then read the review if you want. Just make up your own mind first… sorry that was a tangent. They are not the only ones, it seems like The 405, Stereo Gum, insert music blog here are all about the same. I guess what I am saying is that right now, in my book recent music, as a whole kind of sucks. So fuck it, I think It might be time to start digging into the back catalogs of older bands and sounds. Connect some dots and try to chart a course to new waters where I can unearth some buried treasure like this.

Taylor McFerrin - The Antidote feat. Nai Palm

Listening To : Future - Honest

Finally one of 2013’s [ and due to delays 2014’s ] most anticipated mainstream urban radio releases is available to stream in full. I am stoked. Future has been killing it over the past few years. I used to hate on the dude but that has changed in a big way. He is one of the best doing it right now and his new LP Honest should be a great listen. I would expect that we will be hearing a few tracks from this album quite a bit in the next few months. Good luck getting Move that Dope out of head once you hear it…

Check it out here 

LVRE GANG

—We've Just Begun

Lvre Gang - We’ve Just Begun

Lemon Drops

—I Live in the Springtime

Lemon Drops - I Live in the Springtime

You could have heard a frog piss on cotton. There’s something awful about hearing 50,000 people go silent, like being in the eye of a hurricane.

—John Carlos. Talking about the reaction to the black power salute at the 1968 Olympic games