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Drop Out – JackLNDN

January 13, 2016

JackLNDN by Nomnomvega

One of my number one rules of the Internet is never read the comments, but somehow I spotted the comments for this song anyways. Seems like people are always looking for an excuse to get angry; in this case, they were indignant that this song samples a chill speech, “a message to young people.” The speech goes on to say that older people might get mad about this message, and then a commenter promptly gets mad about being excluded. Ignoring that whole silliness, this song is magnificent. JackLNDN has built a song that is slow to build, relaxed, yet building toward a powerful whole. Every part of the song is encouraging, positive, and feels like an awakening. On top of that, it was released on my birthday last year, which makes it feel like a wonderful gift. Enjoy it. Appreciate it.

To download this track from the artist, click here.

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Ghost Assassin VIP – Maduk ft. Veela

December 28, 2015

Maduk

Maduk made this song a few years ago and has revisited it a few times since to add to and tweak it a bit. I heard the VIP (variation in production) first, and it’s still my favorite version of this song. Showcasing Veela‘s gorgeous vocals and backed by a quietly urgent DnB drumroll, this song starts out strong and stays strong. In a lot of Drum & Bass tracks you can mostly ignore the lyrics and not lose much of anything, but not in this track. These lyrics are geek poetry. Now I don’t play StarCraft, but these lyrics excite the SciFi geek inside me regardless, of the origins. Just listen and you’ll see what I mean. The lyrics make this song whole and wholly great.

To download this song from the artist, click the download arrow above, or go to SoundCloud to download.

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Music For Mike Brown

August 21, 2014

Michael Brown
This is a music blog. But that doesn’t mean I don’t care about current events. Music was never just entertainment. Music has always tapped into the politics of the day. And there has been some incredible musical offerings in the wake of Mike Brown’s murder. The upheaval in Ferguson has tapped into many deep emotions and has put a spotlight on society. At its center, we must remember this is about an eighteen year old, unarmed, boy, shot many times and killed. The protest in Ferguson is about this. But radiating out from this event is outrage that this situation happens again and again to the black community. Every 28 hours a security officer kills a black man. The protest in Ferguson is about this. The protest has been handled horribly by those in authority. It is an understatement to say that riot police using surplus military gear received from the Department of Defense have escalated tensions between community members and police. Incidents of police brutality multiply every night. The protest in Ferguson is about this. The riot police have teargased reporters, moved reporters into acceptable zones, threatened to kill reporters, arrested reporters, and blocked aerial reporting by turning Ferguson into a no fly zone, calling significant question about transparency and the freedom of the press, not to mention freedom of speech. The protest in Ferguson is about this. The KKK raise money to “reward” the officer who shot Mike Brown, news outlets slander Brown’s character to justify his execution, and people point to cases of looting to discredit the cogent complaints of the protesters. Racism is alive and well, in a society that denies its existence out of a fear of being personally called racist. We are all racist because we were raised in a racist society. Being called racist is not nearly as painful as experiencing racism. This conversation needs to happen.

Music is one place where this conversation happens. Music is not always serious and music is not always positive, but it is a reflection of life and truth. As Shaun King puts it:

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There have been some beautiful, heart breaking, enraged, thoughtful, and intense musical offerings in the days following Mike Brown’s murder. Twitter directed me to many songs, some through articles from the Riverfront Times and St. Louis Public Radio, some from the artists, some from people such as Shaun King tweeting about the situation. I have compiled a few of them here. Please share any others in the comments. I do not have too much to add to these artists’ messages. Let their lyrics share their words, let their music share their emotion. Listen.

Here are Ms. Lauryn Hill‘s words and music. Listen.

An old sketch of Black Rage, done in my living room. Strange, the course of things. Peace for MO.
– MLH
Lyrics: mslaurynhill.com/post/95329923112…lack-rage-sketch

Here are the words and music of Mvstermind in collaboration with Mir, Con and Ciej, who together form the St. Louis based collective MME. Listen.

It has started, play your part, assemble and create change for the better of humanity.
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Cover the Perspectives.
Brutality breeds immorality.
#justiceforMikeBrown #DontShoot.

Here are B.o.B‘s words and music. Listen.

Here are the words and music of St. Louis based artist Hitman Holla. Listen.
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Here are the words and lyricism of St. Louis based artist Prince Ea. Listen.

A poem about Michael Brown.
RIP

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Here are J. Cole‘s words and music. Listen.

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Hello Again

May 21, 2014

I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long. I haven’t really been in a good place. But I’ve tentatively decided to get back into blogging. I can’t promise any sort of consistency; it will depend on my free time, internet, and state of mind. But I hope to start sharing some great music again.

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Jarro ft. The Polish Ambassador – saQi

October 1, 2013

saQi's album art for Quest's End
saQi released his album “Quest’s End” today on the Jumpsuit Record Label. If that sort of rings a bell, that’s because Jumpsuit is the baby of The Polish Ambassador, who has this to say about saQi and the album: “He’s only the 2nd other artist on the label thus far, and will be touring with us this spring. Any fan of the ambassador would dig these enchanting beats and rhythms!” I sure do. “Jarro” starts out sounding like a tune up, or a band practice, all the elements of the song getting rehearsed in the distance at once. At the drop, a bass line guides the way while a plucked string (either guitar or banjo?) line dances about atop the steady drum beat. This builds into an epic and dramatic horn chorus which diminishes to give room for what sounds like a slightly muffled horn solo. Very worth listening to. And saQi gives you many options in listening. You can listen to and download the whole album for free on SoundCloud and for whatever price you choose on BandCamp. Or you can support them by buying the album on iTunes ($9.99) or on Amazon ($8.99). You can also listen to the entire album on Spotify. There are so many ways to enjoy this album that there is no excuse not to. Check it out!

Jarro ft. The Polish Ambassador – saQi / Or from SoundCloud

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Summer Colors

June 21, 2013


Sorry for the brief break in content. I was a spending a lovely week with my girlfriend, who I won’t see for six months. Music will return to our regularly scheduled rhythm soon. But first! You may have noted the exciting new colors the site is sporting. I’ve had this lovely blog logo and header for several years, courtesy of the talented graphic designer Matt Glickson. But I wanted to spruce things up a bit. So I decided to rotate several color palettes seasonally. Matt Glickson saw my vision and made it reality. So for the next few months, enjoy these colors.

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Introducing… Our Facebook Page!

March 7, 2012


Check it out folks, we have now have our very own Facebook Page. If you enjoy the site and participate in the Facebook phenomena, you can click the “Like” button at the top of the right hand corner of the site, just below the “Subscribe” button. Or you can go check out the Facebook Page itself, click like and say hi, share some music, or just bask in the social glow.