[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2-ZmO13_dI[/youtube] Nothing says good morning on a Saturday like watching the Fania All Star greats perform but since we either can't see them or some artists physically can't perform this might be the next best thing. This was on 1974 in the Statu Hai stadium at Kinsasha, Zaire, it was also filmed and released as “Fania All Stars Live in Africa.” Amazing times for music.
Last Friday I got a special invite from the homie Josh Craig to check out a live studio performance of his band The Josh Craig Experience, it was a much-needed listen and could only wish there were more of these performances going around. After finding the studio and thinking if people get murdered (it was dark as hell) by those nearby woods, I took a sit in the dimly lit space and awaited the sounds. After a while the small group of invitees was gathered round the band with drinks n' smokes which made the atmosphere very chill, the band started playing (fantastic) and every one vibed out. The WorxLife homies were there in full effect as well, it was nice to see the local support all around. On to the sounds... man these guys played great. The horns blared, guitars awesome strang and Josh did his thing, it was great and must say the energy he brings to the band is excellent. It was a mix of Jazz, Hip-Hop and funk, how could they go wrong?! Well they didn't. The solos were clap n' yell worthy and drums were on point, it was as if the band had been together for many many years... it felt that comfortable and good. It was short lived due to me having to step out once it started really poppin off, but every single minute of the music was a welcomed neighbor to my ears.
[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/40103724[/vimeo] French artist Ariane Moffatt and her live performance of 'Too Late' off the album "MA", it has a dope tropical bass vibe to it and highly infectious. I can have this beat on a loop and be a-ok with it... gotta check this album out now.
This last Wednesday I witnessed something that I've been wanting to hear/see for YEARS, I finally saw Portishead wow. Even while on the ride to NYC I kept repeating to myself "Holy shit, I'm actually going to see them," I couldn't believe it myself for a while haha. Everything began with Thought Forms opening up for them which sounded good but not great, it sounded like they were a mix of (not my words "A poor mans") psychedelic Smashing Pumpkins with chant like sounds full of oddities. Besides the annoying ass hipster wanna-be's next to us complaining about "What's the point of opening bands, cause they always suck," I heard all of their set and it was promising but still felt like their sound needed some sort of push to set it higher. I'm going to check out their Bandcamp page and hear what else they got, it was interesting to say the least and sort of mesmerizing in a cult-ish kinda way. Unfortunately I couldn't get my cam in there and didn't request a press pass (total fail), but I did have two people taking pics for me by the stage and will be posting those as well. Also depending on the quality of the intro song video we recorded, it might be posted along with the images but I have to take a look at everything first. NOW... all I can say is that I might be able to die happy now since I saw Portishead live, it was full of chill filled sounds and captivating visuals the while time. Their setlist ran their discography time gamut and it all melted in beautifully along with Gibbons gloomy broken hearted yet strong voice. It was amazing to see it all play out live and once ended I already wanted to see them again, their music is normally deemed "boring" or depressing" by some folks but they fail to see the lyrics and sounds that come out. It was truly a fantastic experience and I loved every minute of it even without my camera at hand, I will try to get those pics edited and done soon for you all.
We had a wonderful time listening to great music, Portishead was freaking amazing and hope to see them again soon... then again they took a decade to make 'Third' but I still love them anyways haha. Oh yeah... I MIGHT have audio... MIGHT.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwQibtiA67s&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]What are you watching? Well I honestly don't quiet fully get it yet but I do know it's fantastically (real word... I promise) bizarre awesomeness. With the catchy opening sounding like a kids toy being circuit-bent, it then explodes into a blaring, clapping and seizure inducing sound fest that leaves you wondering what the fuck is going on and why haven't I got more of this music. Well glad to inform yall I bring you this video that was recorded at this years Electric Picnic so I can slowly introduce you to the sound of Adebisi Shank and the arranged apocalyptic battle scene of their last album "This is the Second Album of a band called Adebisi Shank" and yes that's the real name. Enjoy!