HEROINE'S JOURNEY :: American Honey movie review

American Honey
American Honey

Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life. - Jack Kerouac

Story makes a movie. It is the essence of believable characters. Rarely does a movie stir up so much emotion, and when it does ... it is a treat. Such is American Honey. 

Star (Sasha Lane) meets free-spirit Jake (Shia Lebouf) at K-Mart and the attraction is instant, Jake asks Star to go with him to Kansas with his group of partying sales crew led .... Star says no and Jake tells her if she changes her mind to meet at a local motel in the morning. After a home life of misery and being abused by her father, she decides to leave at any cost. Thus begins her travels with a rag-tag crew of young adults .... selling, hustling, and stealing.

Star instinctively seeks acceptance from Jake and then like the heroine's journey - battles her owns demons to find a state of rebirth.

American Honey's greatest gift lies in it's introduction and development of characters. It allows us to see and feel what they are going through, in a way that's very unique.


BUT OF COURSE :: Why rappers love Grey Poupon?

Why rappers love Grey Poupon?
Why rappers love Grey Poupon?
It's all about the finer things in life - Vox's Estelle Caswell explores hip hop's ubiquitous use of the phrase Grey Poupon.


SING PRAISE :: Schubert - Ave Maria (Scotty Knows remix)

Schubert - Ave Maria (Scotty Knows remix)
Schubert - Ave Maria (Scotty Knows remix)

A few years back, one of my favorite persons, dope DJ, contributor to the site and musician Scotty aka Ansible-Futurist remixed Ave Maria by Schubert. Now, Scotty is a trained musician on the piano and other instruments. After the breakup of my girlfriend (his cousin) of 9 years, the rest of the family wouldn't speak to me for the longest, only Scotty. I cherish our friendship to this day. I asked him to send me this track from a few years ago and asked if I could post it to Youtube. I hope my video pays homage to what a great and yet simple track - it's all samples from the original ... just in time for the holidays!


EFFIN HELL :: EF - Tomorrow My Friend....

EF - Tomorrow My Friend....
EF - Tomorrow My Friend....

I was grateful enough to catch this one on Atlanta GA Tech college radio tonight. This is definitely one of the most epic songs I've heard in a while. Smoke a J or whatever you need to do, put on your headphones, turn down the lights and press play. Tomorrow My Friend is the opposite of a pop song, it's music made for emotion. Enjoy!


ALL DAY E'RY DAY :: DROELOE x Holly - Allday

DROELOE x Holly - Allday
DROELOE x Holly - Allday

I used to worry about staying relevant in this music game, the older I got. Funny thing is, I don't worry about that anymore. I think I'm more relevant than a lot of people my age and maybe not to some others. Point is - I don't really give a damn because there's enough good stuff out there for everyone to like. For example - Droeloe ... made up of members - Vincent Rooijers and Hein Hamer. Droeloe is creating musical soundscapes that are hard to define but easy to listen to.

No Boats


RELEVANT :: Drive By Truckers - What It Means

Drive By Truckers - What It Means
Drive By Truckers - What It Means

Drive By Truckers might be one of the greatest bands of the last decade. I'd only heard of them by name until my friend Ryan offered me a free ticket to see them recently and I have to say I was expecting the same old - southern rock band. What I didn't expect was the most honest southern rock band ever. The show was incredible, a whole bunch of people and good ole' boys yelling "Fuck Trump" at one point. The band had a "Black lives Matter" poster taped to their organ. It's personal down here. Atlanta is a black city surrounded by republicans so it definitely relevant around here.

Drive By Truckers have always been political, first started in Athens GA, then then recruiting from Muscle Shoals, Alabama almost 20 years ago ... the band has significantly changed over time. Their lasted album "American Band" is a no holds barred political commentary about the state of America. Rated by Paste, Rolling Stone and Rough Trade trade as the top albums of 2016.

"What It Means" is maybe the best musical white objective song to the #blacklivesmatter movement ever. This song is one to be heard on repeat. Why are we killing each other? When will it end?



ON FIRE :: A Tribe Called Red - The Virus Ft. Saul Williams, Chippewa Travellers

A Tribe Called Red - The Virus Ft. Saul Williams, Chippewa Travellers
A Tribe Called Red - The Virus Ft. Saul Williams, Chippewa Travellers

I knew from their inception, that A Tribe Called Red were going places. They initially started as a DJ outfit blending electronic and tribal drums. The latest album "We Are The Halluci Nation" ramps up the activism and has guest appearances the likes of Yasiin Bey and Saul Williams. The Virus is a perfect backdrop to the reality of what we are seeing in North Dakota and elsewhere, where there have been a gathering of many nations and tribes to protect the sacred.

Play this loud and get angry!



BALKAN POWER :: Smallman - Two Rivers

Smallman - Two Rivers
Smallman - Two Rivers

I was hanging out at the local watering hole last night and ended up meeting this Bulgarian, Ivan, who was in town on business. The topic quickly turned to music and he shared this band - Smallman, with me. Later on, once I got home and was able to properly hear the music - it really resonated with me. The core of their music is mixing the Bulgarian bagpipe into aggressive, slow and deep-sounding guitar and bass lines. Check out more on their Bandcamp page.

No Boats


GOOD THINGS COME :: Daniel Wang - Free Lovin'

Daniel Wang - Free Lovin'
Daniel Wang - Free Lovin'

If you love something, let it go, if it comes back to you it was always meant to be, if not it never was ... remember that quote? Well, it happened to me with this song, as it does with many others. See, I once had a catalog of thousands of digital downloads. This being one of those downloaded when I had an E-Music subscription.

I ended up not just losing one, but two hard drives filled with songs. This was one of those songs I couldn't get out of my head. I have tried to search for it, high and low using lyrics and other ways to no avail. Yesterday, I was going through Facebook memories and came across a mix I did. The download link no longer worked but the playlist was there. As I was going through it today, hoping to recreate the mix - I heard it. OMG! You can't escape from me song!

And that is the reason I blog, to share my passion with you. This is an amazing yet, simple track from Daniel Wang on his Balihu label. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

No Boats


STRANGER TINGS :: Stranger Things Theme Song (C418 REMIX)

Stranger Things Theme Song (C418 REMIX)

The show Stranger Things has popped into popular culture in a big way. If you haven't watched it yet, definitely check it out. One of the things that makes it great is the soundtrack, especially the opening credits. German musician C418 aka Daniel Rosenfeld has produced one of the finest remixes of that theme, I've heard. What do you think?

No Boats


DEAD MAN WALKING :: Swiss Army Man Review

Swiss Army Man

"Manny, if you don't know Jurassic Park, you don't know shit!"

Have you ever had one of those dreams that was incredibly profound and pleasant but impossible to describe in words? That's similar to the first time I watched Swiss Army man. It's easily my favorite movie right now, not just of 2016, but all time.

The movie opens with Hank (Paul Dano) stranded on an island and is about to end it all, by hanging himself. Just at the point of no return, he sees the body of Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washed up on the beach. With some difficulty he manages to escape death and go to examine the body only to discover and lifeless, yet farting corpse. Hank gives up hope and is about to hang himself again when he sees Manny's body travelling through the surf propelled by flatulence. Hank, saw his chance and rode Manny off that tiny island.

The beautiful thing is that it's hard to know if their relationship is all in the mind of Hank, or real. As Manny becomes more conscious, Hank discovers how to use him to their advantage - storing water, chopping wood, a boner compass, shooting objects from his mouth and of course the farting. The plan is to return to civilization, but along the way, a friendship is made and life lessons are learned. Hank learns about sex, love, friendship and family from Manny, as Manny experiences self realization on these things himself.

Swiss Army Man was the first full length movie written and directed by the talented duo of Daniels (Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert). The duo had previously done movie shorts and music videos, including Lil Jon's Turn Down for What.

Go see this movie with a friend or loved one, then spread the word. People will either love or hate it, but at least they will feel it.

No Boats

Swiss Army Man is available on Blu-Ray or DVD


RAH RAH RASS :: Nihilist Cheerleader - Interview w/ Lead Singer Flynne Collins

Nihilist Cheerleader
A few weeks ago, I went out to see some bands with my room mate. The venue was in downtown Atlanta at place called Mammal Gallery. It seemed to be a celebration of jorts or Jortsfest, as they called it. Not knowing what to expect, we walk into a nice spacious venue, bar to the right, vendor booths setup and a high energy punk band on stage. I was drawn near by their raw energy and talent. After listening for a while, I had to find out who this was - I went to ask the door guy who didn't have the lineup, but pointed me toward someone who did.

"Ummmm, looks like it's Nihilist Cheerleader on right now." he said,

Nihilist Cheerleader - was the perfect description of what I was hearing. I reached out to the band later that night on social media and Flynne Collins, the lead vocalist responded back. She agreed to interview with me and we finally got together tonight to talk.

Hello Flynne! Thank you for taking the time to talk to us today.

Of course!

So, can you tell us a little bit of the band's history?

Nihilist Cheerleader started out as a two-piece with and a friend of mine on drums and playing guitar and singing. Then we added in bass and second guitar and switched drummers somewhere in between. I started Nihilist Cheerleader to have a band centered around having fun and creating healthy/engaging live performances in a somewhat dead/uniform punk scene. We all really love each other in Nihilist Cheerleader and our main goal is to have a good time with people!

It's pretty obvious not only that you vibe together, and enjoy having fun. Can you introduce the rest of the band and tell us how you met?

Soooooo... Leora plays bass and is one of my best friends, we have known each other since we were in kindergarden. Our lead guitarist is named Dylan, i met him in high school. He's one of the sweetest guy's in the world! And our Drummer is named Charley. I met Charley while participating in a thing called "Athens Face Off" where groups of 3 musicians around town are put together and given a month to put together a 15 minute set. We are all just kids that grew up in the Athens/ATL area that found our way together.

You're pretty lucky to have found your dream team, especially when touring and you have been touring a lot recently. Can you explain what its like touring in a female-led punk band in the south?

Touring is very sweaty. Otherwise, touring has really suited our band. Most all of the venues and acts we have played with have been so supportive and respectful. We met a lot of bands on tour that we want to bring to Athens. You'd think there might be some haters due to some of our content, but so far that hasn't been a huge issue ( perhaps because often times it's hard to hear what I am singing live ... haha).

Well, that's punk for ya! haha ... So here's a few questions in a row - is the band Nihilist? is the band feminist? Is the band strictly made of former cheerleaders?

We are not Nihilists and we are not cheerleaders. The name started out as something funny.... I mean a Nihilist Cheerleader ... hahaha. But at the same time, now I feel like it really fits with a the state of mind I want to evoke in our music. Nihilism is belief in nothing and cheerleading is belief. I am deeply upset by a lot of things but I want to seek solutions rather than just letting things build up. I love angry punk music, but I want there to be some light in Nihilist cheerleader songs. I hope that makes some sense. Also, the band is not feminist, but I centrainly bring feminist ideas into my lyrics.

That makes total sense. I always felt like Nihilist and Cheerleader were a dichotomy. You get your message in there for those close enough to pay attention. I know you respect Kathleen Hannah as an influence, any other influences ... I could swear, I hear some Kim Gordon influences on "Shark Fin Soup" ... am I crazy?
I'm definitely a Kathleen fan. Also definitely a Kim fan. Although, I wasn't really thinking Sonic Youth when it came to Shark fin soup. I was actually inspired by the GoGo's for that song! But Sonic Youth influences could have definitely slipped into the song without a conscious decision! We are all Sonic Youth fans-- so you're not crazy!!

I would like to think that we all are. They say that all music is subconsciously borrowing from something we've heard. Last question - what's your music guilty pleasure?

Oh god I have a lot, but I've been listening to Ashlee Simpson recently because she was one of my fav musicians in the third grade ... haha. 
I mean her whole lip-sync scandal was messed up but her songs at least have sort of a powerful independent women thing going at least.

Hope Nihilist Cheerleader doesn't start sounding like Ashlee Simpson haha!
I highly doubt that. Well, thanks Flynne for the great interview!
Yeah! Thanks so much! keep me posted and have a good night!


ART OF WAR :: Battles - The Yabba

Battles - The Yabba
Battles have been bringing their experimental sound to the masses since 2002. The current line-up is guitarist/ keyboardist Ian Williams (formerly of Don Caballero and Storm & Stress), guitarist/ bassist Dave Konopka (formerly of Lynx), and drummer John Stanier (formerly of Helmet). They recently played at Bonaroo.

I came across "The Yabba" a few days ago and I was blow away by the whole thing. The layering is intense and the audio and video really mesh well together. I could easily see myself playing this in a DJ set. -No Boats


EVERYTHING TO LOSE :: Turf War - Cheers to the Years

Barrel~dEM, Turf War - Cheers to the Years
Turf War - Cheers to the Years
Known for rowdy shows and catchy rock songs, Turf War started in 2008 as a bedroom solo project for lead singer John Robinson and quickly turned into a full band with Brian McGrath filling in on drums and backup vocals, Cecil Moss on Guitar, and Bradley Morris on bass. Later bringing in Ian McDonald. The had a successful album and tour and then John left the group to do solo work. Cheers to the Years is an homage to debauchery and keeping it punk. - No Boats


The Last Artful Dodgr :: RARE TREAT & more

LA born and raised, Humboldt lived and educated, Portland living and making it now, The Last Artful Dodgr has gotten my attention... and deserves yours too.

It's obvious to hear the effects of musical inspirations like Missy, Sufjan Stevens, PrinceQueen Latifah, Carole King. To this Dodgr says, "I just think now’s the time for people like me, queer black women, to get their recognition. I’m trying to go beyond where Missy could go, go beyond where anybody has seen anybody go.”



BRIGHT :: Ultraísta - Party Line (Nathan Fake remixx)

Ultraísta - Party Line (Nathan Fake remixx)
Ultraísta - Party Line (Nathan Fake remixx)
An incredible remix by Border Community's own Nathan Fake. An incredible techno-maven, Nathan has been producing since 2003. This tune is made for driving fast in the city at a high volume.


PTAF :: Boss Ass Bitch

Yeah, I been twerking.
Yeah, I been lurking too.
Looking with envy and admiration at those stages covered in glitter and bare tits and asses and insane feats of flexibility, audacity, comedy and possibility.
And now it's getting about time, time to let go of this who and what I'm supposed to be, that uncomfortable square I been trying to make cute
And get boss

Hit it.




Barrel~dEM Leon Bridges - Coming Home

Leon Bridges - Coming Home

I'm posting today in anticipation of 2 new future contributors Heather aka H-Bomb and Britney aka Minx. Both have very eclectic ... very excellent musical taste. H-Bomb collects old vinyl ... mainly, 50's soul and turned me on to Leon Bridges. This guy can croon with the best of them.


WHO'S THAT PEEKIN' IN MY WINDOW :: Goodie Mob - Cell Therapy

Goodie Mob - Cell Therapy
Goodie Mob - Cell Therapy
In anticipation of the newest Netflix documentary - "The Art of Organized Noize", I want to share one of my favorite songs from the original Organized Noize / Dungeon Family crew - Goodie Mob's "Cell Therapy". The focus with this one is on the lyrics as the melody is simple and not overpowering. The results are perfection.

PRECOGNITION :: Jimi Hendrix, Lightnin' Rod & Buddy Miles - OD

Jimi Hendrix, Lightnin' Rod & Buddy Miles - OD, Barrel~dEM
Jimi Hendrix, Lightnin' Rod & Buddy Miles - OD

 This is the fourth track from the Doriella Du Fontaine EP. I'm really not sure what Jimi's contribution to this track was but he definitely jammed on the other tracks on this EP. Lightin' Rod, a member of The Last Poets, does some amazing spoken word on this track.


FLOAT TANK :: Hammock - Ten Thousand Years Won't Save Your Life

Barrel~dEM, Hammock - Ten Thousand Years Won't Save Your Life
Hammock - Ten Thousand Years Won't Save Your Life
Nashville natives, Hammock started as an homage to Jónsi & Alex, the artistic collaboration between Jón Þór (Jónsi) Birgisson (lead singer and guitarist of Sigur Rós) and Alex Somers (graphic designer and member of the band Parachutes), on the night of their United States premier, which was also their first-ever exhibition outside of Iceland. They've also collaborated with Steve Kilbey of The Church. The influence is not lost.

Hammock members, Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson originally intended not to release their original studio recordings or become a band. I for one - am thankful that it happened.

Ten Thousand Years Won't Save Your Life is a lush ambient track. The kind that makes a beautiful day even better.


SWINGING 30'S :: Orkestra Obsolete - Blue Monday (Retro New Order Cover)

Barrel~dEM Orkestra Obsolete - Blue Monday (Retro New Order Cover)
Orkestra Obsolete - Blue Monday (Retro New Order Cover)

Every once in a while, you come across something that blows your socks off - like a 1930's style cover of New Order's Blue Monday. With only period style instruments, Orkestra Obsolete have managed to make a cover that is true to the original but so, so, so much more.

Unfortunately, BBC embedded video is not allowed outside the U.K., so please enjoy the video on the BBC site.


NEOSTALGIA :: Yuna - Come As You Are (Nirvana Cover)

Barrel~dEM; Yuna - Come As You Are (Nirvana Cover)
Yuna - Come As You Are (Nirvana Cover) 

With possibly one of the best covers I've heard, I present Yuna performing Niravna's Come As You Are. She's an amazing artist. I can't wait to delve more into her discography.

ILLUMINAT :: Raury - Forbidden Knowledge (Audio) ft. Big K.R.I.T.

DISCOVER :: Raury - Forbidden Knowledge (Audio) ft. Big K.R.I.T.
ILLUMINAT :: Raury - Forbidden Knowledge (Audio) ft. Big K.R.I.T.

Incredible track from Stone Mountain, Georgia native Raury. True gold from the Conscious Science and Hip Hop - Conscious Hip Hop. This is the kind of music you hear on Atlanta College Radio. The Message on WRAS 88.5 Georgia Tech radio, DJ Cam on the gear.


MONDAY'S TRIPLE ESPRESSO :: Sharu - Euphoric Monday Mix

Sharu - Euphoric Monday Mix
Sharu - Euphoric Monday Mix

Ahead of the curve for most of you in the America's, I bring you Sharu, Euphoric Monday mix. Actually laid down a few months back. It really should start Monday. Shoutouts to Serious Stuff for bringing such beautiful tunes.


BUMP N TIME :: Blair Norf - Klymera

Blair Norf - Klymera; Barrel~DEM
Blair Norf
Hailing from Vegas, I don't know much about Blair Norf. I know that he's produced tracks for some pretty prolific producers but feels comfortable in the underground scene. God bless' em. These tracks are tops.

Check out more at https://soundcloud.com/blairnorf


REAL HIP-HOP :: The Legend Interview

Legend; Barrel~dEM
As a recent transplant to Atlanta, I've been really eager to hear some local music. One night, I was out with my room mate and literally got finished saying that I couldn't wait to get my first Atlanta mixtape, when we were approached by someone on the street."Do you like hip hop? Don't worry, I'm not trying to sell you anything ... I just want to give you my mixtape." - he said. We took them and went our way. It was a CD in a cardboard sleeve ... very professionally done. I couldn't wait to hear it.

The first time I played Legend - Somewhere, I was floored by how good it was. I went to the website to find out more. I sent in a request to do an interview and received an email from Legend's manager - TeCori, the man that had actually gave me the CD. They agreed to do the interview and decided to meet up somewhere to do it. I picked a coffee shop thinking it would be quiet enough. Unfortunately, I was wrong, so what was supposed to be a video interview, turn into the transcript below:

Today, we are here at a coffee shop in Inman Park / East Atlanta talking to Legend. How's it going?

How's it going?

So we are here today because a few weeks back I was given your "mixtape" on the street, and it's been in my car repeatedly on playback. So I wanted to share that with our readers and get a short interview with you. Thanks for taking the time to come out tonight.

No problem.

Now, you're originally from St. Louis, aren't you?


What brought you to Atlanta?

A change in life.

I feel you. I just recently moved here myself and I can tell that there's some real good hip-hop going on in Atlanta. It's a great place to get a career going. So you created the mixtape here, yes?

Yeah, I produced it here in my home studio in my apartment.

What part of Atlanta do you live?


Let's talk about the mixtape - "Somewhere", for a little bit. To me the quality and production on the whole thing was excellent, and I noticed that you had different producers for each track. How was that to work with different producers?

I got beats off sites like Soundclick and Youtube. There's only one song on there that's from a face to face interaction with a producer. But, shout out to all the producers on there. I appreciate it.

I got you. The flow is excellent as well. It starts off and then peaks at track 6 - "Somebody or Nobody", my favorite on the thing ... and it steadily comes down from there. On track 1, you are talking to someone on the phone and getting their advice about getting in this game. Their comments were to put your DNA on this, to put your mark on this - to make it your own thing. Can you tell us who this was?

An older dude I know named Marvin, who's like an uncle/mentor to me. He taught me a lot about hip-hop and its essence. We have a lot of conversations about music and just life in general. He's a funny guy and jokes a lot, but still intelligent at the same time, as you can tell from the intro.

I love the fact that he says - when you take something from hip-hop, you have to give it back ...

Of course.

I definitely believe that. Let's talk about some of the other tracks. I notice there are a lot of tracks that seem personal to you ... relationships, your family, your mother and trying to be successful for your kids. I definitely respect that. What's next for you ... are you going to get out there and do shows?

Yes, to do shows and keep putting music out there, the same way you got it. Really just touching the people.

Social media is a great way to do it too.

Yeah, definitely.

Getting out and doing shows if a valid way to do it. Now, the video for "Somebody or Nobody" - I love that you use the sample from American Gangster. Was that what inspired you to make the song?

Yeah, I think I was watching the movie one day and later on found that beat on YouTube. Things just kind of flowed from there.

There's a line in there, I can't remember the exact words ... but something like "from one cent, like Mr. Lincoln, I'm never changing." That one stuck with me. Is that your seminal track off this in terms of promotion?

I feel like it's the most attention grabbing out of all of the songs. It's like the peak of the tape, but I wouldn't necessarily say it's my favorite.

Well, what is your favorite track?

Probably "Play This For My Mama", if I had to pick one.

So, let me ask about that one. From what I gathered on the track, you weren't raised by your mother.


And she's not in your life?

Not really.

Well, that's a nice dedication to her. Some of the other tracks talk about police brutality ... and that's topical because there's been a turning point of late in the eyes of white people and a lot are waking up. It speaks to me that you say in that track, I'm just trying to live my life - don't shoot me. Did you have a personal experience that inspired that?

Well, most of the people that grew up in the inner city and impoverished areas have experiences with police, and learn how to deal with cops. When I was making that song it just came real natural and I pretty much did it in one take.

Now, you're from St. Louis of course and Ferguson was right there.

I'm originally from Ferguson.

Oh, you are from Ferguson?

Yeah, yeah ... my family is still there.

Were you living there when the marches happened?

No, I was here already.

Well, that was definitely a turning point, with the Black Lives Matter group and other good things coming out of there today. Can you tell about the production?

I mixed and recorded everything myself. The beats were pretty much already mixed when I bought them, I just mixed all of the vocals and got them to mesh well together. It's all software based.

Well, you definitely fooled me, because it sounds studio quality. How have you utilized social media?

I haven't really utilized social media, in terms of myself speaking out. I let the music speak for itself. I like for people to hear it and know me for the music. Just use that to connect to people. But, I do understand the importance of social media and plan on utilizing it more.

I think that's a true sign of a great artist. Well, music is art and passion, and it's great when it can speak for you. Do you have any artists that have influenced you?

Kanye is a big influence. I really like Starlito ... Future. A lot of R & B, new and old.

I noticed you don't use the vocal effects all over. You use them, but sparingly.

Yeah, I had an engineer who told me to leave my vocals as natural as possible, to give the listener more of a raw feel and experience. But I'm not against vocal manipulation. Sometimes, it can bring a different feel to a song that's necessary.

Now, I'm showing my age here … I don't know how old you are, but in terms of production, it reminds me of the album "The Main Ingredient" by Pete Rock and CL Smooth. Are you familiar with those guys?

No, but I know the name. I'm only 23.

Yeah, this was early 90's. Anything else, you would like to say?

I'm really appreciative and thankful for you listening to the music and taking the time out to interview me. I just want everybody out there to check out the music and let me know what they think through social media and when they see me.

Thanks for the interview.

Definitely, thank you!

NO SCRUBS :: Shleepytime - Real Tasty!

Shleepytime - Real Tasty!; Barrel~dEM
Shleepytime - Real Tasty!

Lush Crank (yes, it's a genre) producer Devin Mills aka Shleepytime combines sexy funk, bouncy vibes and No Scrubs in Real Tasty! ... the end result might just have you skipping dessert. Check out Shleepytime's Facebook page for more information.


PLANT PROPHET :: The Transcendental Object At The End Of Time (Terence McKenna Movie)

The same chemicals released before death are the ones found in psychedelic plants. For example DMT. or dimethyltryptamine is found not only in the body, but also in these plants found at this link - http://www.neurosoup.com/dmt/dmt-plants/. Recently passed, Terrence Mckenna has often been called the modern shaman for our generation, for he not only studied psychedelics personally, but also researched the history. This movie/documentary/project/amalgamation by Peter Bergmann covers his life and teachings, music included by, one of my favorites, We Plants are Happy Plants. Watch and enjoy!

onelove ... oneearth,
No Boats


CARL'S CRIB :: Holy Family - Airy Jane's Flying Carpet

Holy Family - Airy Jane's Flying Carpet
Holy Family - Airy Jane's Flying Carpet
So, I'm catching up on Shameless (the US version). Which, by the way, is a pretty exceptional show. I mean, you could've had me at William H. Macy. But, as some shows seem to drag on, and this one goes there too, it will then change completely ... and then there's hope again; even if Carl is selling handguns to buy the house back. So, this weeks episode closed out with the instrumental from a song, by a band called Holy Family. Guess, where they are from? Chicago, Brooklyn ... Austin? No, fuckin' Sweden man. I swear, there must be something in the water over there. Anyway, enjoy "Airy Jane's Flying Carpet"!

No Boats


DISCO DELITE :: The Evolution of Disco

The Evolution of Disco
The Evolution of Disco
I was talking to my hair stylist today about music and the topic quickly turned to disco. We both agreed that it still had a huge place in our hearts after all these years - or in his words "the kind of music that makes the lights sparkle!" I told him I would make him a mix with some of my favorite old and new disco tracks. I decided to do it here, so I could also explain some of the history and why these tracks mean so much to me. 

To understand disco, you really have to understand that disco was a product of the underground. More importantly, it helped to shine a light on many social issues concerning minorities, including people of color, women and most importantly - the gay community. It challenged the straight white male patriarchy and quickly gained some enemies. 

Disco combined the elements of funk, soul, pop and salsa. With its four on the floor beat, it was the anti-thesis of rock music. It could also be mixed easily creating DJ culture and a vibe that didn't have to be interrupted.

Some say that what we call disco, was original started in NYC, at a regular private party called The Loft - thrown by DJ David Mancuso. One of the songs seminal to those parties was "Soul Makossa" by Manu Dibango, which David found in a West Indian music store. The artist, originally from Cameroon had his track re-released as a US single in 1973 where it reached #35 in the charts.

Disco also reached popularity in Europe. Anita Meyer reached #1 in the Dutch charts in 1981. It's a great example of how strong female "diva" voices came to dominate disco. I love this track. It just screams passion.

Cloud One's "Disco Juice" is another favorite. It premiered in 1976 and like many disco tracks has been remixed into various house tracks.

As disco grew in popularity, it became regionalized. For example, there was the Philadelphia sound. Also remixes of songs from pop to movie soundtracks to classical became popular. Walter Murphy's 1976 remix of Beethoven's Fifth was incredibly popular and well done, I should add.

I want to skip ahead next to 2010 and a song that almost didn't happen - Midnight Magic's - "Beam Me Up". Observe the differences and similarities between disco from the 70's and today's music. Hailing from Brooklyn, Midnite Magic are on James Murphy's DFA Records label. James, of course, got his start from incorporating disco into his sets during his infamous Manhattan parties.

Boston's J Paul Getto is also highly influenced by the disco sound. This can be heard in another of my favorite tracks - "Space Disco" from 2011.

Let's get real now. There are probably no other two people that influenced disco more than the two that collaborated on this next disco gem - "I Feel Love". Donna Summer on vocals and Giorgio Moroder on track. Remember, I said how big disco was getting in Europe. Well, Giorgio might have done more than anyone to move that along. This one reached #6 in 1977, which is really an accomplishment considering it really it such a minimal song.

Moroder continues to work to this day. His contribution to disco and eventually electronic music can not be understated. Daft Punk recently brought him in to work on their latest album - as he was such a big influence to them. It's really amazing how the sounds and layout of Moroder's "The Chase" is to "I Feel Loved".

I don't know a lot about this next track. It's fairly recent and does a great job of combining the old and new elements of disco.

We've now come full circle. Why do I say that? Well because this last track combines a hip hop artist with a Nu-disco track. Disco's popularity eventually waned in the 80's, but not it's influence as hip hop DJ's took the skills that they had learned from disco DJ's to cut between records; as well as even sample disco. Would Sugar Hill's "Rapper's Delight" be as big as it was had it not sampled Chic's "Good Times". It's hard to say.

You can listen to the above tracks together in a Youtube playlist here.

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