Reversing the Numbness

Friday, May 16, 2008

Friday Music

It's Friday. I need music.

What a day already. It's just after 8 a.m. and I'm already all fired up, thanks to miserable weather and terrible report I heard on NPR this morning, where I got to listen to a bunch of ignorant fellow West Virginians make asinine remarks about Barrack Obama, embarrassing themselves and our state in the process. The recent spotlight on our state has revealed some pretty ugly things.

So I think I'm going to try to reverse the day's negative momentum with a live concert by one of the most well-known WV bands ever, Rasta Rafiki. If their infectious brand of positive reggae can't turn me around, I suppose nothing can. Want to check them out? Go here to hear a great recording from '95, and if you only listen to one song, check out "Cousins." There's a little mini-player embedded in the top right, so you don't have to download anything. Just click play.

Which brings us to today's topic: Positivity. It's what the doctor has ordered for this day that started out in the shitter.


Rob Zero said...

Heard this song on Sirius this morning. I always thought of it as a quintessential "American" song, and I find something uplifting about it.

Worst lipsync ever, but here's a happy piece of pop music gold

getto said...


Crusselldrums said...

Nada Surf

And some Arrested Development

The true meaning of positivity!

Fleming said...

Man, I feel ya on the negative WV vibes in the news lately. I had to turn off MSNBC, and that Hardball bastard, the past few nights because the racist bashing was non-stop.

Here's an article I found to maybe turn your negativity into a positive.

And here's a new song I've been listening to lately that gets me fired up, and in a better mood. I think it's the bass drum that does it.

*dalyn said...

hey there... long time no read! ive been in the depths of moving house. hopefully my life will be back together soon! i've been listening to the Spoon album lately and lovin' it... heres a little ditty that goes out to all the idiots you had to listen to on the radio today. hope alls well on your side of the North America! *dalyn
Spoon - The Underdog

The Dalai Mama said...

I heard the same report on NPR this morning. It was sad and disheartening. You know how that type of thing makes me feel. It sickens me, and it embarrasses me. But you know what? I'm tired of all of WV being generalized as being racist. The media only perpetuates that. We do have a problem when 1 out of 5 voters claims that they won't vote for Obama because of his race/perceived religion. I bet there are other states where that number would be equal. I just bet the same questions weren't asked at the exit polls. We're expected to be a bunch of ignorant hillbillies, so that's how they (the media) portray us.


Okay, enough about that. I'm going with some anti-establishment selections today.   




Clash said...

Here’s to some good mojo

SleekPelt said...

rob: Cash -- agreed. This was an excellent way to get things started. The Sunrays -- wow. That is truly some impressively bad lip-syncing, no doubt about it. But I agree it's a very happy song.

geto boy: Okay, now you're messing with me. I thought for sure you'd Conn me into shape.

Erin O'Brien said...

Say what?

SleekPelt said...

crusseldrums: Nada Surf -- this was a very nice surprise on Friday. I've tried these guys out a few times in the past and they just never hooked me, but this is really catchy. I sort of feel like listening to Grandaddy next; Arrested Development always seemed to have a positive vibe going on. I like how smooth they are; Bob -- awesome. I'd like to see if someone each week can topically work in Marley.

fleming: Thanks for the first link, but the second one isn't working. What was it?

dalyn: Hey! I hope everything is going well for you. Spoon -- Great song and I really want to see them live. They used to come through Morgantown, but I missed them.

SleekPelt said...

dm: ZackKRS/Last Emperor -- the link doesn't work anymore, but there are working versions on Youtube. This is great, very intense and lyrically what I would expect from these guys. Public Enemy -- knowing what we know now, how could these two guys have been so close? They just seem like an odd couple; Tom Morello -- or is it Shane MacGowan?

clash: Stills -- he had to have known this was going to be a huge hit. This reminds me that I have CSNY's Deja Vu waiting for a spin.

SleekPelt said...

eob: Was that Bobby Conn in the audience? I cannot do this justice to this offering with a comment -- I'll be doing a post on it next week.

The Dalai Mama said...

Here's a re-link to the de la Rocha/krs-one/Last Emporer track. It's titled CIA (Criminals In Action) if that tells you anything about the song. LOL  Yeah. Chuck D. and Flav? Wonder if they still hang out?