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Treasure Island, 2013.
After people were gunned down in Seattle neighborhoods, The Seattle Times asked Geo/Prometheus Brown, a member of the Blue Scholars hip-hop act, to write a guest column. So he wrote a rap and posted the lyrics (w/ video) in the online Sunday edition (June 10th). People asked for a studio version so he quickly recorded the verses over a Sabzi beat from last year. “May Day” is available for download here. [Via Angry Asian Man]
San Francisco’s Pier 39, with the Bay Bridge in the background.
I was reminded of this song (CD here):
I wouldn’t say I’m a super emotional personal person. I’m not good with using words to describe how I feel or what I’m thinking–pictures and music often do a better job.
Been reading a lot. And because I can’t read to music that has lyrics, here’s what I’ve been listening to:
Any other suggestions?
R.E.M. posted on their website that they have broken up:
“To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening.” R.E.M.
My music of choice has always been hip hop and r&b. That’s the stuff I grew up with but I can’t really stand any of the junk on the radio these days. I really do appreciate artists whose work focuses on topics that matter. Check out Bono and K’naan’s interview on CNN:
And I never knew the following videos were out there until I came upon director Nabil Elderkin. His videos feature many of my favorite musical artists like K’naan. Great songs with great visuals. If you’ve sat in my car, you’ve probably heard these songs.
Here’s the song from the 2010 Fifa World Cup:
So I’ve been playing with Spotify, the new music service that will let you stream all you want from a library of 15 million songs for free (for the next six months, after which it will be capped at a limited number of hours TBD). But to add features, like listening to music on the go, you have to pay a monthly fee. What’s cool is that you can integrate your own tracks with their library, share your playlists, and even collaborate on playlists with your friends.
Grab your free invite here. It usually takes an hour or two for them to send it over. If that doesn’t work, leave a comment and I’ll try to get one to you–I have a few of my own.
Anyone try turntable.fm yet? You can chat and DJ for each other in a room. I’ve been on and it seems pretty interesting. I believe it’s still in beta right now and open only to those who have Facebook friends who are already on. So all my facebook friends can log on now. Let me know if you want to DJ for/share your music with me. :)
For the next 24 hours on the Google homepage will be celebrating the birthday of musician and inventor Les Paul. You’ll find an interactive, playable logo inspired by the guitar developed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee that made the sound of rock and roll possible.
From the Google blog: “As well as his guitar work, Les Paul experimented in his garage with innovative recording techniques like multitracking and tape delay. In keeping with this spirit of tinkering, those of you in the U.S. can click the black “compose” button to record your own 30-second track. Just strum the strings or trigger notes with the letters or numbers on your keyboards. Clicking the button again will display a link to share the songs you’ve made.”
Click the doodle itself, and it takes you to sites featuring Les Paul. Unfortunately, looks like the recording and sharing aspect appears limited to US Googlers.
I personally love it because my dad plays a Les Paul guitar. Check out the doodle here.
Update Jun 26: the Les Paul doodle now has a permanent home.
Not sure why one of my former students sent this to me. She said she thought of me when she saw it. So random.