It’s Like a Force Field

Ziggy has always been a positive spiritual force with his music. Upon release of his album Fly Rasta he explained it’s uniqueness and how it’s packed with a full load of past experiences; Fly Rasta is at a good place after five prior albums of wisdom. David Nesta Marley grew the most in love, in spite of todays more visible attraction to hate on planet earth.

I love everyone, I don’t hate no one. Once we can find that love, life becomes easier, love is like a shield, like a barrier against negative energy, if you have too much love it’s like a force field.

His albums Love Is My Religion, Ziggy Marley in ConcertFly RastaZiggy Marley all got Grammy love for Best Reggae Album.

Staying true to your roots without co-opting your inner core to quick selfish fixes, products or signifiers the world never waited for is a life long challenge. I’m always inspired by people who build a force field that fights the negative and empower the future for others.

I remember a spiritual mentor who mentioned that it’s often easier to lean towards the negative than the positive. Living empathy is a positive excercise, to see other people without one’s own default setting – I’m pretty sure that those force fields are in endless supply.

Go!

Q-Tip is back on track, this time he’s on with the Chemical Brothers new release „Go“, the second track on their upcoming album Born in the Echoes via se germanically inspired name Astralwerks. Released in May, the „Go“ video has a Bauhaus/Kraftwerk/Metropolis feel and was directed by Michel Gondry, who also had his signature under the superhero action flik The Green Hornet, yup, with Christoph Waltz and Seth Rogen.

Metropolis on the edge of control. They take our money, but they won’t take our soul. Forget, ain’t gon‘ do it no mo‘. Won’t do what we told and we ain’t gonna fold. We go.

For all the German viewers, thanks to the royalty collectors Gema, who btw need some serious competition, the „Go“ video can’t be found on YouTube, only on the mighty sluggish vevo. Thanks to the Brothers for uploading the Gema friendly version a few days ago. Go, go, go.

 

Vermont is Majestic

Vermont is famous for it’s finest ice cream, the home base of snowboarding, HQ of Burton and it’s „I live in Vermont and I do what I want“ attitude. I was fortunate to have lived in Burlington, Vermont for three years in the late 90s. I boarded early in the mornings and was lucky to be a NCAA ice hockey champion.

Who would have thought that in 2014, Marcus Worgull and Danilo Plessow, would name their duo Vermont and pay hommage to Mount Mansfield in their first ambient release „Majestät“. I can highly recommend a sunrise hike at nearby Camels Hump. The album Vermont is set for release on March 17, courtesy of Kompakt.

Post Rock, Vermont Style

Vetica

I just got back from a trip to Burlington, Vermont where I lived for three years in the late 90s. I’m still amazed at how rich the local music scene is, especially if you look at the relative size of the Green Mountain state’s largest city. Vetica, a young band that can brag about live shows in Brooklyn and Tokyo, recently self-released the album Signal Path, the track “Can’t Feel It” is my pick.

Sean Hood at Vermont’s independent weekly Seven Days notes that they have “a formula for something that no other band in town is doing: writing and recording their very own mid-’90s, post-rock hits.” I still remember the punch line ‘I live in Vermont and I do what I want’, not to mention the trailblazing legislation for the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI): the first state in the United States to implement it and move post-GDP.