Monthly Archives: October 2011

A few bands worth listening to(pt. 3):

Gogol Bordello

1. Gogol Bordello – These gypsy punk rockers fuse together Eastern European music with a modern punk twist.  They’re known for their exciting live performances and tour relentlessly.  Led by lead singer Eugene Hutz, his Ukrainian quirkiness helps to separate the band from most music out there today.

2. Miami Horror – Contrary to their name, Miami Horror hails from Australia.  They have an electronic sound that’s classified as disco-house and can be compared to bands like Chromeo, but better.

3. Yeasayer – I don’t think I’ve done one of these without at least one Brooklyn based band.  Yeasayer is a mix of middle-eastern sounds with electronic synth along with poppy soulful harmonies.

That’s it for this installment of a few bands worth listening to.  I hope you’ve come across something that piques your interest and feel free to recommend any bands to me for future installments.

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25 Bob Marley songs better than Legend

The Honorable Robert Nesta Marley

Now, there are two types of Bob Marley fans out there.  There’s the kind who pop on Bob Marley’s Legend in the summertime and rock out while drinking some Red Stripes by the beach, and there are those of us who celebrate his entire catalogue.  Now, there are some good songs on Legend, Exodus and Redemption Song for example, but for the most part, its pop-reggae that lacks the political message that his life and music represented.  For the most part Legend is what you’ll hear at frat parties and bars that also play Dave Matthews Band and Jimmy Buffett.  So without further ado, here are 25 Bob Marley songs better than the Legend album(in no particular order:

1. Kaya

2. Sun Is Shining

3. Mr. Brown

4. Concrete Jungle

5. Soul Rebel

6. Slave Driver

7. Kinky Reggae

8. No More Trouble

9. Rasta Man Chant

10. Duppy Conqueror

11. Burnin’ and Lootin’

12. Them Belly Full

13. Natty Dread

14. Positive Vibration

15. Rebel Music

16. Crazy Baldhead

17. Natural Mystic

18. Punky Reggae Party

19. Lively Up Yourself

20. War / No More Trouble

21. Soul Shakedown Party

22. Rat Race

23. Mellow Mood

24. Bend Down Low

25. Trenchtown Rock

The songs I added videos for are what I consider the best of the best, whereas the songs I emboldened are personal favorites of mine that don’t get enough appreciation.

Bonus:

for this weeks bonus, I will add Bob’s acoustic medley.  It does include some songs from Legend, but it also has some deep cuts that are often underappreciated:

Synchronicity III

“In Shamanic Cultures, synchronicities are recognizes as signs that you are on the right path” Daniel Pinchbeck

Synchronicities happen all the time to everyone.  Unfortunately, the untrained mind refers to them as coincidences.  The word coincidence is a cop-out expression used to keep people from further examining the true meaning of what is really happening.

Sychronicities can be perplex and they can be completely simple.  Have you ever gotten into your car and the first song you hear on the radio speaks directly to you and the current situation you are in?  Have you ever thought of someone and randomly out of the blue that person calls you seconds later?  These are just simple examples of synchronicity.

Of course, most people just write them off as coincidences and think nothing of it, but if you truly recognize the synchronicity of the situation, you will realize that they happen more and more often in more and more complex ways.

Society as a whole wants you to believe that these are solely coincidental, but, the fact remains, these complex synchronicities occur to people who are on the path to enlightenment.  When you recognize that there are no such thing as coincidences, your mind starts to open up to the interconnectivity to the universe.

Every “coincidence” happens for a reason and that reason is to show you that there is more to life that seven billion separate people living on a day-to-day basis.  Synchronicity is only a step, but when recognized it opens up a world around you that you were never able to see with your naked eye.  The ability to change your view on the world as opposed to sticking to what you had predetermined at childhood and puberty is true enlightenment and recognizing synchronicity is a major step on the path to true enlightenment.