Sunday, December 30, 2007

happy new year

from the chemist's shadow.

on the menu tonight:
cut chemist & dj shadow
brainfreeze a side (can you tell i've been feelin this lately?)


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Too congested to talk for longer than 30 seconds. So Happy New Year!!!! Hope this will help you party. approx 30 minute mix.

stay green into the new year.

DJ Shadow - High Noon

Dj Shadow - This Time (I'm Gonna Try It My Way)

Nili Shoka's Gallery opening SF- My Israel

Sunday, December 16, 2007


on the menu tonight:
dj drez feat rocky dawuni
saul williams
ky-mani marley
wax poetic

chill out before the hectic week ahead.

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LOVE IT! it's adam and joe's version of crank that soulja boy

kymani marley - warriors

saul williams - not in our name (the pledge of resistance)

this was cool

finding halloween

stay green.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

down unda

on the menu tonight:
xavier rudd
men at work
unknown =(
paris combo
missy higgins
dominic the donkey

“You can be tops in Australia and be unheard of everywhere else.”
Barry Gibb

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songs are courtesy of rene the aussie. (a special glimpse into the world down under)

video's are courtesy of batman the dark night.

VaDrum - Mario Brothers
possibly the dopest drummer ever

animusic pipe dream

devil went down to jamaica

VaDrum doing the Simpsons theme song {love this guy}

the muppets - danny boy {love it}

stay green.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

constant surprises

On the menu tonight:
tina turner
the roots
the dynamics
little dragon
olu dara & the natchezippi band

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prepping for the storm coming in.

the dynamics - seven nation army
(they do hella covers look them up on youtube)

marc ecko tags air force one

stay green.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

chick habit

on the menu tonight:
redline dmx sean paul
no doubt
yeah yeah yeahs
april march
damian marley

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a hipster delight

april march


damian and stephen marley (all night) ;)

stay green.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

saturday night pairing

So i love these two groups. TV On The Radio and The Noisettes. I don't think it can get better. The voices that appear tonight are awsome. I figured I would pair two songs with beautiful lyrics against two songs that that were beautiful without lyrics {last week}

stay green.

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Judge of a man by his questions rather than by his answers.

stay green.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

trust your struggle

So creative Commons (my uploader) is having a service outage. Quite common they tell me. So I'll have to upload tomorrow. I do apologize for the delay, one day I'll have to learn how to stick it to the man and host my own data. but alas...

"In the United States, the political system is a very marginal affair. There are two parties, so-called, but they're really factions of the same party, the Business Party. Both represent some range of business interests. In fact, they can change their positions 180 degrees, and nobody even notices. In the 1984 election, for example, there was actually an issue, which often there isn't. The issue was Keynesian growth versus fiscal conservatism. The Republicans were the party of Keynesian growth: big spending, deficits, and so on. The Democrats were the party of fiscal conservatism: watch the money supply, worry about the deficits, et cetera. Now, I didn't see a single comment pointing out that the two parties had completely reversed their traditional positions. Traditionally, the Democrats are the party of Keynesian growth, and the Republicans the party of fiscal conservatism. So doesn't it strike you that something must have happened? Well, actually, it makes sense. Both parties are essentially the same party. The only question is how coalitions of investors have shifted around on tactical issues now and then. As they do, the parties shift to opposite positions, within a narrow spectrum."
Noam Chomsky

[When asked if music has a meaning]Definitely, and it's getting more spiritual. Pretty soon I believe people will have to rely on music to get some kind of peace of mind, or satisfaction, or direction, actually. More so than politics, the big ego scene. You know it's an art of words... Meaning nothing. Therefore you will have to get an earthier substance, like music or the arts.
Jimi Hendrix
{Interview with Dick Cavett}

stay green.

i just wanna tell this guy thank you.
-trust your struggle-

Wednesday, November 14, 2007


So i just wanted to drop these two tracks on you tonight. They're as different as China and Japan. Yo Yo Ma and DJ Krush, these two tracks were too long to post in any jam session but I still wanted to share them. I think they're fitting for a hot November night.

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stay green.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

a child with the blues

on the menu tonight:
wyclef jean
crown city rockers & zion i
betty davis
erykah badu & terence blanchard

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staying green.
SO watch this

ghots of cite soleil (full movie - scroll down)

Wyclef - 24 heures a vivre (with Muzion)

the welfare poets - sak pase

and just because it was so weird...

curious alice

love it.
stay green.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

i'm missing talib for this

{but alas talib means student and this is like music school}

on the menu tonight:
chuck d
pharoahe monch
stephen marley & ___ ___ ;)

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i missed hip hop. it was time to do some soul searching.

pharoahe monch - body baby

stephen marley - mind control (live)

beyond beats and rhymes (hip hop doc)


The Patriot Act

stay green.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

nuthin like old vinyl

on the menu tonight:
tex williams
the beatles
johnny cash
toots & the maytals
the coasters

nothing tastes like old vinyl.

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tex williams - every night

johnny cash - folsom prison blues (OG gangster music)

toots & the maytals - 54-46 was my number

tarantino - death proof (down in mexico)

also stay up on your conspiracy videos
zeigeist (2007):
Cheney's Law:

until next week.
stay green.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

get yourself high

on the menu tonight:
bill withers
ben harper & the innocent criminals
the chemical brothers & k-os
immortal technique

trying to bring truth to the night.

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bill withers & fatboy slim

ben harper - excuse me mr

the chemical brothers & k-os - get yourself high {i've played it before but LOVE it}

stay green.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

the mastermind... doin my thing

on the menu tonight
del the funky homosapien
mandeep sethi
jern eye
zion i

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good times. good times.

del {naw but for real man... SKIP}

a random mandeep sighting

jern {he misses oakland}

(1/2) a bizzare ride in the pharcyde lastnight during the distortion 2 static interview

stay green.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

pluck that!

on the menu tonight:

YES it's random but i had to do it. it's ALL about the guitar.A bit of a history lesson on the greatest instrument ever.

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According to Farabi, the oud was invented by Lamech, the sixth grandson of Adam. The legend tells that the grieving Lamech hung the body of his dead son from a tree. The first oud was inspired by the shape of his son's bleached skeleton.
The words "lute" and "oud" are both derived from Arabic العود (al-ʿūd, literally "the wood").[citation needed] Gianfranco Lotti suggests that the "wood" appellation originally carried derogatory connotations, because of proscriptions of all instrumental music in early Islam.[citation needed]

The prefix al- (meaning "the") in al-ʿūd was discarded by the Turks who then transformed the word ʿūd (consisting of the Arabic letters ʿayn-wāw-dāl) into ud because the sound represented by the Arabic letter ʿayn is not present in the Turkish language.

The oud was most likely introduced to Western Europe by the Arabs who established the Umayyad Caliphate of Al-Andalus on the Iberian Peninsula beginning in the year 711 AD. Oud-like instruments such as the Ancient Greek Pandoura and the Roman Pandura likely made their way to the Iberian Peninsula much earlier than the oud. However, it was the royal houses of Al-Andalus that cultivated the environment which raised the level of oud playing to greater heights and boosted the popularity of the instrument. The most famous oud player of Al-Andalus was Zyriab. He established the first music conservatory in Spain, enhanced playing technique and added a fifth course to the instrument. The European version of this instrument came to be known as the lute - luth in French, laute in German, liuto in Italian, luit in Dutch, (all beginning with the letter "L") and alaud in Spanish. The word "luthier" meaning stringed instrument maker is also derived from the French luth. Unlike the oud the Europen lute utilized frets (usually tied gut).


Lutes are made almost entirely of wood. The soundboard is a teardrop-shaped thin flat plate of resonant wood (usually spruce). In all lutes the soundboard has a single (sometimes triple) decorated soundhole under the strings, called the rose. The soundhole is not open, but rather covered with a grille in the form of an intertwining vine or a decorative knot, carved directly out of the wood of the soundboard.
Various types of necked chordophones were in use in ancient Egyptian (where they were introduced from Asia in the Middle Kingdom), Hittite, Greek, Roman, Bulgar, Turkic, Chinese, Armenian/Cilician cultures. The Lute developed its familiar forms in Arabia, Persia, Armenia, and Byzantium beginning in the early 7th century. These instruments often had bodies covered with animal skin, as do the modern American banjo, Persian tar, Indian sarod, West African xalam, or Chinese sanxian.

As early as the 6th century the Bulgars brought the short-necked variety of the instrument called Kobuz to the Balkans, and in the 9th century Moors brought Oud to Spain. The long-necked Pandora/Quitra had been common Mediterranean lute previously. The Quitra didn't become extinct however, but continued its evolution, its descendants being Chitarra Italiana, Chitarrone and Colascione, aside from the still surviving Kuitra of Algiers and Morocco.

In about the year 1500 many Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese lutenists adopted vihuela de mano, a viol-shaped instrument tuned like the lute, but both instruments continued in coexistence. This instrument also found its way to parts of Italy that were under Spanish domination (especially Sicily and the papal states under the Borgia pope Alexander VI who brought many Catalan musicians to Italy), where it was known as the viola da mano.

Another important point of transfer of the lute from Muslim to Christian European culture might have been in Sicily, where it was brought either by Byzantine or later by Saracen musicians. There were singer-lutenists at the court in Palermo following the Christian Norman conquest of the island, and the lute is depicted extensively in the ceiling paintings in the Palermo’s royal Cappella Palatina, dedicated by the Norman King Roger II in 1140. By the 14th century, lutes had disseminated throughout Italy. Probably due to the cultural influence of the Hohenstaufen kings and emperor, based in Palermo, the lute had also made significant inroads into the German-speaking lands by the 14th century.

Medieval lutes were 4- or 5-course instruments, plucked using a quill for a plectrum. There were several sizes, and by the end of the Renaissance, seven different sizes (up to the great octave bass) are documented. Song accompaniment was probably the lute's primary function in the Middle Ages, but very little music securely attributable to the lute survives from the era before 1500. Medieval and early-Renaissance song accompaniments were probably mostly improvised, hence the lack of written records.


The sanxian (literally "three strings") is a Chinese lute — a three-stringed fretless plucked musical instrument. It has a long fingerboard, and the body is traditionally made from snakeskin stretched over a rounded rectangular resonator. It is made in several sizes for different purposes and in the late 20th century a four-stringed version was also developed. The Northern sanxian is generally larger, at about 122 centimetres in length, while Southern versions of the instrument are usually about 95 centimetres in length.
Traditionally the instrument is plucked with a thin, hard plectrum made from animal horn but today most players use a plastic plectrum (similar to a guitar pick) or, alternately, their fingernails. This use of fingers to pluck the instrument often shares technique with that of the pipa and is most commonly used in performance of sanxian arrangements of works traditionally written for the pipa. This allows for pipa techniques such as tremolo to be used. Other techniques for sanxian include the use of harmonics and hitting the skin of the instrument with the plectra or fingernail (comparable to the technique of tsugaru-jamisen).

A closely related musical instrument is the Japanese shamisen, which is derived from the sanxian but which generally uses cat or dog skin rather than snakeskin to cover its resonator. Even more closely related is the Okinawan sanshin, which is also covered in snakeskin. Additionally, the sanshin and sanxian share a structurally similar body part consisting of a round-edged square of wood. In the Japanese shamisen, the body (sao) is made of four pieces of wood instead of one. The Vietnamese đàn tam is also very similar to the sanxian.

Classical Guitar

Before the development of the electric guitar and the use of synthetic materials, a guitar was defined as being an instrument having "a long, fretted neck, flat wooden soundboard, ribs, and a flat back, most often with incurved sides".[1] Instruments similar to the guitar have been popular for at least 5,000 years. The guitar appears to be derived from earlier instruments known in ancient India and Central Asia as the Sitara. The oldest known iconographic representation of an instrument displaying all the essential features of a guitar being played is a 3300 year old stone carving of a Hittite bard.[2] The modern word, guitar, was adopted into English from Spanish guitarra, derived from the Latin word cithara, which in turn was derived from the earlier Greek word kithara, which perhaps derives from Persian sihtar[3]. Sihtar itself is related to the Indian instrument, the sitar.
Illustration from a Carolingian Psalter from the 9th century, showing a Guitar-like plucked instrument.
Illustration from a Carolingian Psalter from the 9th century, showing a Guitar-like plucked instrument.

The modern guitar is descended from the Roman cithara brought by the Romans to Hispania around 40 AD, and further adapted and developed with the arrival of the four-string oud, brought by the Moors after their invasion of the Iberian peninsula during the 8th century AD.[4] Elsewhere in Europe, the indigenous six-string Scandinavian lut (lute), had gained in popularity in areas of Viking incursions across the continent. Often depicted in carvings c.800 AD, the Norse hero Gunther (also known as Gunnar), played a lute with his toes as he lay dying in a snake-pit, in the legend of Siegfried.[5] By 1200 AD, the four string "guitar" had evolved into two types: the guitarra morisca (Moorish guitar) which had a rounded back, wide fingerboard and several soundholes, and the guitarra latina (Latin guitar) which resembled the modern guitar with one soundhole and a narrower neck.[6]
The guitar player (c. 1672), by Johannes Vermeer
The guitar player (c. 1672), by Johannes Vermeer

The Spanish vihuela or "viola da mano", a guitar-like instrument of the 16th century, appears to be an aberration in the transition from the renaissance instrument to the modern guitar. It had lute-style tuning and a guitar-like body. Its construction had as much in common with the modern guitar as with its contemporary four-course renaissance guitar. The vihuela enjoyed only a short period of popularity; the last surviving publication of music for the instrument appeared in 1576. It is not clear whether it represented a transitional form or was simply a design that combined features of the Arabic oud and the European lute. In favor of the latter view, the reshaping of the vihuela into a guitar-like form can be seen as a strategy of differentiating the European lute visually from the Moorish oud.

Electric Guitar

An electric guitar is a type of guitar that uses pickups to convert the vibration of its steel-cored strings into electrical current, which is then amplified. The signal that comes from the guitar is often electrically altered to achieve various tonal effects prior to being fed into an amplifier, which produces the final sound which can be either an electrical sound or an acoustic sound. Devices commonly used by guitarists are meant to add distortion, wah, equalization, tremolo, and phase shift, amongst others, in some cases radically changing the sound that is emitted from the amplifier.

Despite its traditional association with rock music, the electric guitar has long been used in many popular styles of music, including almost all genres of rock and roll, country music, jazz, blues, ambient (or "new-age"), and even contemporary classical music. The instrument's distinctive sound and intimate connection with many legendary internationally-famous musicians has made it the signature instrument of late twentieth-century music. Specialized steel guitars are also in use, although they are to be considered a different instrument. This distinction has important consequences on claims of priority in the history of the electric guitar.

hope you love it like i do.
stay green.

Sunday, September 30, 2007


on the menu tonight:
lucy pearl
prima j
erykah badu

sigh****** ladies night

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Monday, September 24, 2007


yeah its late. not even my fault this time

on the menu tonight:
jimi hendrix
ziggy marley
jack johnson
ella fitzgerald
ben harper & the blind boys of alabama

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stay green.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

so international

on themenu tonight:
rob kelly
dj krush & dante smith
mc sweet
ahmed soultan

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so tonight it's all artists from around the world...

Rob Kelly - Ireland

DJ Krush - Japan

MC Sweet - Brazil

Kameko - Japan, France, UK, NY

Ahmed Soultan - Morocco

love it.
stay green.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

...not like I love my guitar

on the menu tonight:
muddy waters
the cure
maroon 5
depeche mode

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oh man she's feelin it tonight! So trust me you'll love this muddy waters track. Instant classic.

muddy waters - hoochie coochie man (yo rap didn't start it ok)

the cure - lullaby

depeche mode - dream on

prince - black sweat

still enlisting in my green army. recruits welcome. no asvab required.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

icing on the cake

on the menu tonight:
FNDMNTL Feat. Mr Lif
Anthony Hamilton

sorry about last week I was watching Stevie Wonder!!!! Now THAT was an awesome sunday night jam session

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RJD2 - The Horror

FNDMTL myspace

Feist - My Moon My Man

Anthony Hamilton - Comn From Where I'm From

stay green. it saves lives.

Monday, August 20, 2007

the girls say

On the menu tonight:
Michael Jackson & Biggie Smalls
Tiggers & ODB
Fatboy Slim
Groove Armada

enjoy ;)

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Ooh Wee - Mark Ronson feat Ghostface, Trife & Nate Dogg

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preise you - fatboy slim

groove armada - superstylin

stay green

Sunday, August 12, 2007

back in the day, yo i wish i was a kid again

On the menu tonight:
Sly & the Family Stone
The Fugees

Gotta love the olden days. This playlist is from 10th grade.

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the fugees - ready or not

xibit - paparazzi

d'angelo - cruisin

stay green.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

bored in class... that makes it ladies night

yup. no words from me. just 6 other random ladies.

on the menu tonight:
amy winehouse
yeah yeah yeahs
lily allen
eva cassidy
ella fitzgerald

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sorry for sunday folks. making it up today. ladies night!

omg. i can't repeat this enough.
sen. eleanor prentiss shaw = sen. hillary rodham clinton
TRUST me on this one.

stay green.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

cuz she's back on time

on the menu tonight:
mr. lif
jedi mind tricks
spoonful - gravity - hibernation - nimrod - k-nice

long live underground hip hop

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mr. lif - live from the plantation

jedi mind tricks/army of the pharaohs - tear it down

murs - bad man (personal favorite)

love ya.
stay green.

***anyone seen my hoodie?

Sunday, July 01, 2007

...genetics is the reason for that ;)

On the menu tonight:
Mos Def
Damien & Ziggy Marley
John Lennon
Macy Gray
The Decemberists

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Just a random night. Here's to midweek holidays.

John Lennon - Ho do you sleep (about the song and original footage)

Macy Gray - Sexual Revolution

OMG this is hilarious

stay green. (it ain't easy)
happy 4th.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

ahhhhh summertime... must be the moon

On the menu tonight:
Arctic Monkeys
!!! (Chk Chk Chk)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Amy Winehouse

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do enjoy...
we're hip hop-less tonight

!!!(Chk Chk Chk) - Must Be The Moon

Jahcoozi - Changing Time
(i think i played this before... but whatever...)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Gold Lion

love ya.
happy summer.
stay green.

Friday, June 22, 2007


So finances suck, internet(s) are off, and I'm going to be doing SNJS every other sunday until this issue is resolved. Damn them. Free internet for all!!!

love ya

Sunday, June 10, 2007

I support LOUD music

On the menu tonight:
Immortal Technique/Mos Def
The Crystal Method/The Doors
Edwyn Collins
Gnarles Barkley

I am FEELIN this one. Been on this playlist all week.
Keepin it it free for you.

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the crystal method - born too slow

Edwyn Collins - girl like you

gnarles barkley - smiley faces (this is awsome)

love ya peoples.
stay green.

Monday, June 04, 2007

her name was Little G

Bay Bridge Peregrine Falcons Get Released

POSTED: 9:28 pm PDT June 1, 2007
UPDATED: 6:02 pm PDT June 3, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO -- Three young peregrine falcons got their first taste of the wild when they were released Saturday along the Santa Cruz coastline.

The University of Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group biologists and a foster peregrine mother have raised the three birds, after all three were rescued from their nests on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge earlier this year.

"Little G," one of the soon to be released falcons, is the female offspring of George and Gracie, a well-known peregrine couple living in San Francisco. "Little G" was rescued from the bridge nest on March 30 when she was still inside an egg but is now at the ripe old age of 42 days. Peregrines typically fly for the first time between 41 and 43 days old, according to a statement from Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

The other two falcons were also rescued from the Bay Bridge as hatchlings about two weeks ago and are not related to "Little G."

George and Gracie moved from the Bay Bridge to the downtown San Francisco PG&E building, where they laid one more egg. That egg was also collected by biologists, and a healthy peregrine emerged on Tuesday.

The peregrines will still have food provided for them at the release site for two months until they can hunt for themselves. The falcons will also carry radio telemetry devices so the predatory research biologists can track them until the device falls off in a few weeks.

San Jose also has a resident family of peregrine falcons. Jose and Clara have a nest on the San Jose city hall tower and their own reality web show at where their three offspring can be seen with almost full adult plumage.

Peregrines are an endangered species in California. The peregrine population declined to zero known nesting pairs east of the Mississippi River, and just two known nesting pairs in California by 1970. Today, there are an estimated 250 peregrine falcon nesting pairs in California, according to a statement from PG&E.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

i'm afraid of americans

on the menu tonight:
david bowie
koko taylor
handsome boy modeling school
jurassic 5


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david bowie - i'm afraid of americans

koko taylor - wang dang doodle
{she's a G, check that gold tooth}

Koko Taylor sometimes called 'KoKo Taylor' (born Cora Walton, 28 September 1935, in Shelby County, Tennessee) is an American blues musician, popularly known as the "Queen of the Blues." She is known primarily for her rough and powerful vocals and traditional blues stylings.

Taylor left Memphis for Chicago, Illinois in 1954 with her husband, truck driver Robert "Pops" Taylor and in the late 1950s began singing in Chicago blues clubs. She was spotted by Willie Dixon in 1962, and this led to wider performances and her first recording contract. In 1965, Taylor was signed by Chess Records, for which her single "Wang Dang Doodle" (written by Dixon, and a hit for Howlin' Wolf five years earlier) became a major hit, reaching number four on the R&B charts in 1966, and selling a million copies. Taylor has recorded many versions of this Dixon-penned song over the past few decades and has added more material, both original and covers, but has never repeated that initial chart success.

jurassic 5 & DJ Format - We Know

stay green

Sunday, May 27, 2007

f*ck the haters

on the menu tonight:
blackstreet & slash
hot chocolate
george michael
nancy sinatra & lee hazelwood
vinnie pauleone

sorry about last week! i need to keep the jam sessions to about 25 minutes or my machine starts fighting back. so when i get more memory i'll end up posting that podcast. in the meantime, enjoy this one!

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blackstreet, ODB, slash, fishbone - fix (video remix)

hot chocolate - everyone's a winner (another UK group!)

george michael - amazing

hope you LOVE it
stay green
fuck the haters.



Sunday, May 13, 2007

hop mom likes hip hop...

on the menu tonight:
Andre Nickatina
Grayskull & Xperience
Oscar Brown Jr.
X-Clan & Damien Marley

so this is what got me through the night...

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Grayskull: Seasoned veterans of the rap game and sharing stages with rap luminaries too varied to list entirely, they have spent the last 5 years touring extensively with their Oldominion crew as well as the Def Jux and Rhymesayers camps. The Grayskul live show itself is unique in that it consists of 2 emcees (Reason & Recluse), live bass (Phantom Ghost El Topo) and a DJ. They're no strangers to the recording studio either, with previous solo projects and appearances on Oldominion crew albums. They've apparently impressed their peers in the industry as well, as they have attracted guest appearances from legendary battle emcee Canibus, current indie Hip Hop idol Aesop Rock, Project Blowed heavyweight Abstract Rude and Howard Zinn's favorite rapper, Mr. Lif.
taken from Rhymsayers Ent

Oscar Brown Jr: Oscar Brown, Jr (October 10, 1926–May 29, 2005) was a singer, songwriter, playwright, poet, and civil rights activist. He ran for office in the Illinois state legislature and U.S. Congress, both unsuccessfully. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, he was named for his father who was a successful attorney and real estate broker. His singing debut was on the radio show Secret City at age fifteen. Brown attended Englewood High School in Chicago, the University of Wisconsin, and Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) but did not obtain a degree. He served a stint in the U.S. Army, officially segregated until 1948, where his views on "race relations" were considered "subversive."[citation needed] In his youth, he was even a member of the Communist Party, USA, which ultimately also decided Oscar was "too subversive"; he was suspected to be a Black Nationalist.[citation needed]
from WIki

X-Clan: Known for its Afrocentrism and militant activism (they were members of Blackwatch), X-Clan soon gained fame for the controversy its music aroused, though commercial success was sporadic. Its debut was To the East, Blackwards (1990), followed by Xodus (1992), and a temporary break-up. Both albums peaked at #11 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip Hop Charts in the United States. They also coined the made-up word “vanglorious,” not to be confused with vainglorious, as a way to say Thanks but no thanks to Noah Webster (citation needed).
luvin Wiki

Sunday, May 06, 2007


On the menu tonight:

Mear One speaks on Graff
Betty Davis
DJ Spooky
Roots Manuva
Ramsey Lewis

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SO... you're gonna need some links to go with this meal.
Mear One Website
my personal favorite
White God Almighty

Cannibal Flower Website
Ellsworth Got Beats

and now for some videos...

DJ Spooky - Why can't America have human rights?

DJ Spooky - RE-Birth Of A Nation
(only one minute of it. if you can find the wole thing please send a link my way!)

Ramsey Lewis - Living Just Enough For the City - Live in New Orleans - with Japanese subtitles...

hope you enjoy this hot n funky night

stay green

Sunday, April 29, 2007

soul shakedown

On the menu tonight:
Jurassic 5 & Dave Mathews Band
Cut Chemist
Nightmares on Wax
Bob Marley & The Wailers

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Jurassic 5 & Dave Mathews Band - Work It Out

Nightmares on Wax - Flip Ya Lid

Murs - Risky Business
just needed to play some murs... no particular reason why

stay green peoples

Sunday, April 15, 2007

oh i believe, in mr. grieves

On the menu tonight:
Corinne Baily Rae
Zion I, Akrobatik, DJ Hype
? (a little help...)
TV On The Radio
Mos Def

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Akrobatik interview -

Corrine Baily Rae - Trouble Sleeping

TV On The Radio - Young Liars (Live)

stay green

Sunday, April 08, 2007

a fine night

On the menu tonight:
Macklemore his myspace
Nancy Sinatra
Cut Chemist
Amy Winehouse

it's gonna be a fine night...

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Macklemore - The Bush Song
Thank you Gov! laced me with hella music this week. still sorting...!

Macklemore's style is confessional, intimate, self-conscious; kicking off his LP with his incisive "White Privilege," he clearly isn't pulling any punches, especially toward himself. Even on the more boastful tracks, one can sense his decompression, his willingness, or rather his need to put it all out there, bolstered by the necessary skills to back it up. Although he may scarcely appreciate the comparison, Mack's style evokes Atmosphere's Slug, minus the Rhymesayer's more flagrant emo histrionics. Unlike Sluggo's Midwest meditations, however, Macklemore can be identified as a product of Seattle after one listen to his record.
full article here from The Stranger (Seattle's ONLY Newspaper)

Nancy Sinatra - Boots

Amy Winehouse - Rehab
all i can say is... wow...

a little on amy
Born and raised in North London, Amy Winehouse spent her teenage years balancing school and boyfriends with hours locked in her bedroom, ears glued to classic song chord changes. She grew up on the sweet sounds of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Ray Charles. But her voice was clearly living a secret life, staying out, getting high, breaking down, going to prison and violating parole. At least it sounds that way.

She might sound like a 40’s jazz singer, but she’s using smart hip hop beats and lyrics for today’s listener. Her style is not for the candlelit basement. It’s out there living in the real world of Gucci bags, Diesel underwear, high heels, breast implants, weed after school, cheating airhead honeys and runaway crushes. So instead of singing songs like ‘Dancing Cheek’ To Cheek, we get ‘Fuck Me Pumps’, and are all the better for it. Forget about torch themes from yesteryear this talented young femme fatale is going to tell you like it is at any cost.

Her father’s tutelage, enabled her to pick up some serious exposure to the classics like Sarah Vaughn and Dinah Washington. From Ella to Dinah, she felt her way forward through the old greats. She conjurs up the eloquence and technical aspects of Ella Fitzgerald while delivering cutting edge, sometimes crass, lyrics reminicent of my girl Nina Simone.

The irony in her music is what makes her album so cool. In the album ‘Frank‘, Amy is able to deliver “technically faultless” jazz vocals, and then she knocks the shit out of a bluesy soul track. The paradox has to be heard to be believed!!! While Amy was studying the jazz icons of her father’s childhood, soul music was going through a metamophasis of its own. Suddenly Hip Hop leaked into her headphones. Amy was digging Mos Def for his positive message, and by extension making room for Talib Kweli, The Roots, Nas and Erykah Badu. It is not hard to believe that eventually concise socially conscious lyrics, jazz enunciation and feisty attitude were coming together to form Amy’s own thing. You can see it in the raw on ‘Frank’.
full article

happy easter to all.
hope the giant bunny brought lots of money.
stay green.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Rock on wit yo Black self!

On the menu tonight:
The Noisettes
Ben Harper
TV on the Radio

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Black rocker night! I've been waiting for this one. FIRST, let's let go of the taboo of Black rockers. Nobody is trying to be White when they rock out, they just like being rockers. Besides we invented rock music. So think on that...
No need for me to play JIMI, you've heard him lots from me, so I figured I'd feature some artists you may not have heard yet.

First someone put together a list Decrees Black Rocker List it's active so feel free to leave a comment or missed artist.

Also, I LOVE mohwaks, bet you wouldn't guess that. So I was thinking about the two terms we have in the Black rocker community, Bro-hawks and Fro-hawks. What's the difference you ask? I'll show you;

A Bro-hawk, the person still has a full head of hair and it is somehow maneuvered into a mohawk. Either faux-hawked (pushed up into a mohawk and massive gel) braided or rubber banded.


MG the Visionary

Fro-hawks are when the head is shaved on the sides and the mohawk part is just natural afro growing out. The Fro-hawk was invented by Mr T. No joke.

thank you Geech for bringing sexy back...

Nature Boy Jim Kelly and son

Lyende's Lady frohawk

Sly Stone

Thank you Mr T. from the bottom of my heart. You made this officially cool. I seriously, pity the fool...

yours truly
young rocker Venus.
Love that faux-hawk!

been a rocker long before i had a set of warm-ups and adidas... gotta love the 80's.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Black & White

On the menu tonight:
Black Moon
Talib Kweli
Cut Chemist
Bob Dylan


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Sunday Night Jam Sessions

Black Moon - How any MC's

Talib Kweli - Listen

Cut Chemist feat Hymnal - What's the Altitude (one of my FAVORITES!)

cheers to that.
stay green.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Not Like Me (Venus that is)

On The Menu Tonight:
Mica Paris & Guru
Cat Power
Jimi Hendrix
Eva Cassidy
****Bonus Track!

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Sunday Night Jam Sessions

Mica Paris - Summertime

Spoon - I turn my camera on

Remembering Jimi

love the music
get the message

stay green