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“Lights On” is the debut single from NYC producer Strange Majik. After attending several of the freestyle hip-hop soul parties called The Lesson in NYC, Majik tapped the raw talents of Bronx rap powerhouse Phase One and Brooklyn soul/jazz vocalist Melanie Charles to join him. Recorded at Flow NY in March 2014.

From the upcoming album “Lights On” coming summer 2014.

 

 
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Another inspired night at The Lesson. photo: Stange Majik

 

One night last month I was leaving the studio after working on a mix of Sheryl Crow and I stumbled onto a goldmine. On my way home I saw an unlikely multi-cultural crowd hanging outside of Arlene’s Grocery. It struck me so I walked in. What I found was one of the most engaging musical experiences I have come across in a while.

I step in the door, the place is jammed packed. My first thought – its a hip hop party….not my usual hang…. but I wait and listen. The MC is talking about love and positive energy and elevating your soul. Whaaaaat???? I’m intrigued. Then the drummer and bass player hit this insane groove….I’m hooked. The vibes at this thing are incredible. The crowd is jammed in like sardines but smiling and in no way annoyed I’m shuffling through their personal space. Not the usual lower east side music or crowd. I had been to so many well rehearsed hipster drenched indie rock shows in the last few weeks, I’m blown away at how much more visceral this is than anything I had heard from the cool kids. These guys are free-styling and making up the jams along the way. My first thought is I gotta play this band on my Amazing Radio show, but there were no recordings. It’s a live thing.

The stars of The Lesson are a band called Gentei Kaijo. It’s made up of Lenny The Ox Reece on drums, Phaseone as the main MC, David Cutler on bass, Jordan Peters on guitar, Christian Almiron and Nick Semrad on keys, as well as Kennedy and Melanie Charles on vocals. There is a revolving cadre of players every night including MCs, guitar players, horn sections and singers. The vibe will elevate your soul and the musical talent will blow your mind. It is so refreshing to hear MCs come up and freestyle about the important things in life rather than the typical self-aggrandizing hype of most rappers laden in bling. Phaseone sets the tone of the night like a workingman’s bearded sage. His evolved sense of self lays out rhyme with a philosophy like an urban self help guru. Check the ego at the door, stay in the moment and feel the love coming down. I could go on for days about the mad talent onstage, the killer grooves, and the amazing vocalists but let me just say this is not to be missed.

Apparently this party has been going on for some time and on March 25 they are celebrating a 2 year anniversary with special guests Talib Kweli, Res and more. Come join me and the talented cats of the Lesson at Le Poisson Rouge. Here is the poster for the event. Click on it and you can grab a ticket. See you Tuesday.

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The Lesson 2 Year Anniversay Party

 

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I became a vegan about 3 years ago and have never looked back. Its truly amazing how the body responds to habit. I mean we all know we are creatures of habit but I never thought my appetite was too! Once I got off meat and dairy and went about 2 weeks I literally had no craving for either. Once in a while I would think I would love a burger or cheese and then once I tried a bite I was turned off. Once your taste buds make the change your mind does too. Its pretty wild.

My inspiration like this couple above was the movie Forks Over Knives. Check out the link and if you haven’t seen the movie give it a go. I hope you will find it as compelling as this couple did. Let’s get off the meds and eat right. It will do wonders for the planet as well.

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What exactly is the motivation of the opposition in Ukraine? I am not an expert but I have gleaned some very interesting information from this video, particularly in the US role in the regime change. This raises many questions and concerns with me about why the US would back the leader of Svoboda, a political group well documented with neo-nazi leanings. Take a look and see what you think.

 

Are we headed for the end? A polar shit? A new ice age?? A climate change induce methane infused global suffocation and virtual extinction of the population??

When I was a freshman at Franklin Pierce College way back in the day, I was concerned about our country’s waste, flagrant disrespect for our natural resources, and the declining interest of a progressively more and more apathetic consumer culture. I wrote a paper comparing the social, behavioral and economic trends of the US to Rome before the fall. Of course I can’t say that I saved a copy but I wish I had. Today I just found this article posted in The Guardian from NASA research that basically confirms my concerns from years ago:

By investigating the human-nature dynamics of these past cases of collapse, the project identifies the most salient interrelated factors which explain civilisational decline, and which may help determine the risk of collapse today: namely, Population, Climate, Water, Agriculture, and Energy.

These factors can lead to collapse when they converge to generate two crucial social features: “the stretching of resources due to the strain placed on the ecological carrying capacity”; and “the economic stratification of society into Elites [rich] and Masses (or “Commoners”) [poor]” These social phenomena have played “a central role in the character or in the process of the collapse,” in all such cases over “the last five thousand years.”

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The Mind Unleashed

This article reminds me of the opening scene of Richard Linklater’s “Slacker” where the Linklater pontificates on alternate realities with the cab driver. If you have done any investigation on the quantum theories of wave/particle behavior you will love this piece. Did you know that when a wave or a particle senses it is being observed it will change? Duuuuuuuuuuuuude……. Dig in to this one.

And here’s the Slacker clip….but read the article too!!!

 

Dig into this one. Luke Rathborne is a young NYC songwriter who’s recent album is produced by Albert Hammond Jr. This session aired on Jan 14, 2014 on Strange Majik’s 212 on Amazing Radio and features Darren Will on bass and Jamie Alegre on manual fingerstylin’ Oberheim DMX. Recorded and mixed by Majik.

 

Thanks so much to Altering Perspectives for posting this comprehensive list of edifying, inspiring, mind-bending documentaries.  We’ve been digging into them piece by piece over the last few weeks and the results are simply amazing. Science, consciousness, health, food, everything you need to get a little bit closer to the higher ground. Take a look, tune in and free your mind!

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Are we are all connected?? If you don’t believe it, you just might after you watch this documentary. From the primordial big bang to the ubiquitous selfie our journey continues, yet the simplest essence most have forgotten or taken for granted. This documentary sums up the interconnectedness of us all. Watch all four segments. “One consciousness, one source….you are the U in universe.”

“Inner Worlds was created by Canadian film maker, musician and meditation teacher Daniel Schmidt. The film could be described as the external reflection of his own adventures in meditation. Daniel came to meditative insights, he realized that these same insights were discovered over and over in spiritual traditions around the world and that all traditions share a common mystical underpinning. He realized that it is this core experience that connects us not only to the mysterious source of all creation, but to each other as well.” – Inner Worlds Outer Worlds

 

If you are a fan of Zeitgeist the movie and know a bit about the concepts behind it, you will really enjoy these shorts by the Zeitgeist director Peter Joseph. In plain speak and a good sense of humor, he tackles some powerful issues  like democracy, economics, Consumption Vanity Disorder, The War On Nature, and more in this ongoing series called Culture In Decline. Here is part 1 which define democracy or the illusion of democracy we have in America today.