Solo Music In The Round – Live Dosh

I saw this guy perform years ago and mis-remembered his name, making it impossible to find anything by him.

I have been known to write like this in the studio but never put together a live show to this extent. Good stuff, this guy really builds amazing compositions, cresting and expiring, cresting and expiring.

A Tone Poem Alone…

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…is love medicine. Fug, 19 years ago already? I was but a bratty lad moshing about to the hip-hop beat.

This was one of the few new sounds of it’s day – hated on by many at first, this “rap-rock” was eventually watered down and ultimately exploited for low-denomination profits. Limp Bizkit indeed.

But there were some early rap-rock releases that make classic rock album status in my opinion — Rage Against The Machine’s self-titled debut LP in ’92, 311’s “Music” in ’93, “Jammin In Vicious Environments” by Shootyz Groove in ’94, and of course Urban Dance Squad’s amazing genre starter “Mental Floss For The Globe” in ’89. Continue reading

The Rise of High Definition Audio – Save The Audio!

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If eyes were treated like ears.


Ah finally, I’m not alone on the internet! Someone agrees it’s time to retire the MP3 and bring on high def digital audio.

We keep upping the resolution of our digital lives but seem to have neglected sound for 30+ years now.

Sound is more fundamental to our mental and emotional state than a flickering image. Eyes close, turn away, and can lose focus after a few feet. Created images bring no physical vibrations to our body, and we do not create images for our guttural, natural communication.

There’s a layer of abstraction when creating images as opposed to creating sound. You just did it now (made sound) and you can’t stop doing it. Neither can our machines or mother nature. Don’t forget sound in the pursuit of vision.

Don’t forget quality, even when compromising for convenience.

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The True Story of the Iraq War

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US Vice President Dick Cheney makes a phone call to Prime Minister Spidla of the Czech Republic to inform and to thank for support of Iraq policy, 3/19/2003.

Here’s a behind the scenes account of how, why, and who the US ended up in a huge war with Iraq 10 years ago.

Guess what – no surprises here. This guy is telling the truth almost exactly as I remember it, and myself and similar minded people were telling everyone that would listen how this was going down. Anyone who tried to shout down or otherwise invalidate my opinion, read it and weep. Over a hundred thousand dead. Weep, indeed. Continue reading

No Turning Back With Cody ChesnuTT

Since I don’t really pay attention to anyone’s social media noise I know I miss stuff, but you know, I usually find it in good time.

From last summer, here’s a great peak into the Okayplayer studios with Cody Chesnutt noodling around with a new song.

I am waiting for Pono to come out so I can start buying records again. I feel like I’ve paid for my last mp3 or mp4, I just can’t justify spending money on the poor quality audio files. This new Cody and the new Bowie coming out could be the first ones I buy in High-Res digital.

 

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Just A Touch of Magic – Bernie Worrell & Headtronics

In the summer of 2010 I loaned out this beastly 1980 synth I had at my studio for a few gigs. No one ever wants to borrow my mostly cheap, usually half-broken gear so this alone was noteworthy.

When the best keyboard player in the world is the one to play it, and is probably the only other guy on the planet that can appreciate this particular board, well things came together nicely.

That thing has never sounded better than under Bernie’s fingers, and he seems to have blessed it with a genius residue cuz it sounds much better since!