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184: “I Wanna Feel It” by ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra)

Our powers are strongest when are craniums are in contact.Crank up the speakers, homecheese.  Animal Liberation Orchestra want to commune with you, dude.

No, they’re not affiliated with PETA. They simply want to liberate the animal inside you.

So here’s a slow-rock, acoustic ballad to release your inner beast.  Grrr.

Enjoy. Before I pounce.

Song: I Wanna Feel It
Artist: ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra)
Album: Man of the World
Label: Brushfire Records
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183: “Fakin’ The Funk” by Main Source

The dude in orange is probably going to get hit in the balls.This one’s from the soundtrack to the movie White Men Can’t Jump, entitled White Men Can’t Rap (1992). It’s “Fakin’ the Funk” by the band Main Source.

From back in the day when Cypress Hill was on top of the hill. I reminisce about those days and it seems like things were less insane in the membrane, going insane. I got no brain.

Happy Friday, funksters. Enjoy.

Song: Fakin’ The Funk
Artist: Main Source
Album: White Men Can’t Rap
Label: Capitol
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182: “Circuitous Circuits” by Evan Weiss

E-Dawg in the hizzie!!Evan Weiss is a young new composer and trumpeter, raised in the Pacific Northwest and now living in North Texas. His debut release, Math or Magic, came out just a few weeks ago.  I’ll call it “jazz chamber music.” It’s a large ensemble performing highly original compositions with Evan in front on the horn.

Evan Weiss on his philosophy of music: “The most powerful compositions stretch far beyond the abilities of the individual player. It is not the composer’s job to create the music, but rather to enable the members of his ensemble to perform. This distinction is especially prevalent in jazz because the composer of a given piece is often also a performer and an improviser. In improvised music, the writer must relinquish control to his fellow players for a piece to reach its full potential. That element of risk is the primary reason that I am a musician.”
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And that element of risk is also the same reason why some people create multi-billion dollar businesses. Why some people jump out of airplanes. And why some people poop where they’re not supposed to. Go figure.

Enjoy my favorite track, “Circuitous Circuits” from Evan Weiss’ Math or Magic (March 2011).

Song: Circuitous Circuits
Artist: Evan Weiss
Album: Math or Magic
Label: Evan Weiss
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181: “Movement Music” by DJ Revolution Presents Malcom & Martin

Some white hip-hop guys could easily be confused with skinheads. Ironic?Yeah, these guys had to bring it, naming themselves “Malcolm & Martin” and then trying to bring some enlightenment to a dark world…

I’ve been recursively bobbing my head to this album, Life Doesn’t Frighten Me (February 2011), by Malcolm & Martin.  I got muscles now like I have burritos taped onto my neck.

This trio created a catchy, well-produced album that’s got a message every once in a while without getting preachy or dorky (at least according to this dork).  The track below, “Movement Music,” has a wicked hook and lyrics with swagger.  The emcees are Styliztik Jones and KB iMean.  DJ Revolution lays the backdrop for these two to shine.  Here’s a bio from their website.

Other standouts from the album are “Sista Big Butt (feat. Mike Anthony)” and “Thank God.”

Stop reading and getcha some.  Enjoy.

Song: Movement Music
Artist: DJ Revolution Presents Malcolm & Martin
Album: Life Doesn’t Frighten Me
Label: Soulspazm Records, Inc.
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180: “Biko” by Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel doesn't quite get what it means to mime.Ladies and gentlemen… Peter Gabriel!!!  And in the other corner of the ring… Apartheid!!!

LOOK! IT’S PETER GABRIEL! FROM THE TOP ROPE! PETER! GABRIEL! TAKES! DOWN! APARTHEID!!!!

Well, maybe it was more than Petey G, and the man he sings about, Stephen Biko, who beat back Apartheid.  But they were part of the same force that drove a handful of my friends in high school in the early 90’s to wear the green, yellow and red colors of African solidarity on the Member’s Only jackets covering their lily white asses, in Clarksville, TN. And it made sense to all of us.

Because we’re all people, dude.

Top to bottom, it is a beautiful thing, this crazy world we live in.

Enjoy it.

Song: Biko
Artist: Peter Gabriel
Album: Shaking The Tree 16 Golden Greats Remastered
Label: Real World Records Ltd
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179: “Brooklyn” by The Youngblood Brass Band

Get sideways, people. You're too straight.Youngblood Brass Band was founded by a couple of Oregon high school students.  Drums and tuba (sousaphone).

They’re as New Orleans as a Hurricane™ but they’re as hip hop as a really good breakdancing white dude.

On the song “Brooklyn,” listen to the soul of the band, sousaphonist Nat McIntosh, make all sorts of crazy percussive sounds with his sousaphone and even scream through it in the middle of his solo. (The sousaphone is different from the tuba in an obfuscated, metaphysical sense.) The performance was taped during McIntosh’s last tour with the band, which is continuing to perform without him.

If you’re looking for something with a little more of that New Orleans flare, check out another butt-motion-bringer off the same album, Live. Places. (2005), “Tough Daddy.”

Scream through your tuba, and enjoy.

Song: Brooklyn
Artist: Youngblood Brass Band
Album: Live. Places.
Label: Layered Music
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178: “Lonely Woman” by Charlie Haden and Paul Motian, featuring Geri Allen

Wouldn't wanna meet THESE three in a dark alley.Legendary drummer Paul Motian‘s constant sizzle keeps “Lonely Woman” moving, while bassist Charlie Haden and pianist Geri Allen move around in the space he creates.  It’s an Ornette Coleman cover, with a ribbon on top.

I first heard Motian’s name in relation to the Bill Evans Trio.  He’s also done great stuff with guitarist Bill Frisell.  He even played with Thelonious Monk for a little while.  Be certain to check out Paul Motian’s other promiscuous percussive relationships if you dig this one.

Listen and enjoy.

Song: Londely Woman
Artist: Charlie Haden and Paul Motian featuring Geri Allen
Album: Etudes
Label: Soul Note
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