As delicious as a french roast, Nina Sky’s sugar-sweet elixer of background vocals deliver a track one worth at least four games of beach volleyball. I usually don’t really jam on ska music, but this is a excellent exception – the balance of a half beat melody gives an otherwise identity crisis sounding song some serious Pacifico credibility. Keep your ears open around the 2:50 mark when Ricky Blaze delivers an Akon-esque “Girl, I wanna party with you.” Sigh. That sentence makes me so happy. Pretty original album artwork, must have taken it off of the Situation’s wall photos.
This song gave me something I often forget about as I listened to it for the first, second, and third time this week. It reminded me of the unique and magical quality music can have from time to time, when you have those days where life flows in and out of you as freely as the wind blows. I feel this song differently than most. It feels like it just pours into me in a way that exits just as easily. I forget about how sometimes it’s not all about holding onto those feelings of climbing mountains and windsurfing across 20 foot waves, rather it is all about the flow, the ability to let it all in and let it all out. I get that from this song, and I am really amped about that.
I remember the first time I heard this song in high school and it blew my mind. Such incredible musicianship to put together an amorphous verse/chorus combination like this, apexing with a power chord “strap me in, tie me down, i’m learnin’ to fly” refrain that absolutely rocks live. My last few moe concerts have rendered me sore for two days after getting caught up in the incessant dancing that tends to happen when a band is known for rocking hard, long jams, and raw power. It’s not for everyone, but for those of you who have seen moe, you know what I mean. A must have for your next “i’m pissed and driving west” mix.
1987 cops fighting drugs glory scene with the head kingpin taking a bath in 100 dollar bills while, unknowingly, the head bad boy cop is on his way, hot off a new lead, showered in nothing more than saturated dramatic irony.
1. m.o.e. – New York City
A catchy kickoff to a hurricane-heavy weekend. Moe explodes a ballad about the wonders of the Big Apple, from the culture of Gershwin to the blackouts of 5th Avenue. Personally, I feel like this does a horrible job at capturing the essence of NYC. It sounds more like a Philadelphia. Or maybe a (ahem) Chicago. When I think NYC, I think America. And when I think America, I smile.
2. Rusted Root – Martyr
The organic beats of Rusted Root are always hit or miss for me, but I have been jamming on this one. How long should I play the martyr? What a question. I suppose the logical answer would be until you die, as that’s what all martyrs do. Short term I suppose you could take a few bucks and be a mercenary. I suppose.
3. Usher – Love in this Club
Best lyrics in history. I crush this jam at least twice a day, with a 10x multiplier on the weekends. Absolutely legendary opening.
4. RJD2 – Ghostwriter
Classic electronic lounge beats. I often hear this song being played in skateboard shops and places where people wear lots of black clothing. I feel like a lot of people hear this song start up and say “ohh this song is sick!” but then change the track after 30 seconds. I mean, it’s PRETTY good. Sort of. I guess.
5. Jay-Z – Public Service Announcement
Allow me to re-introduce myself. This 60+ second slam-tastic hip hop triumph illustrates everything that Jay-Z brought to the evolution of the industry. I have watched entire parties go from cocktailing to full-on body thrusting when this PSA kicks in. Boom.
1. m.o.e. – Okayalright
A few moe. shows ago, I turned to my buddy Spar and said, “If they play Okayalright I will lose it.” They opened with it. I lost it.
2. Paul Simon – Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard (live)
A live version of a song that feels so good it might be against the law. Yeah, it’s against the law.
3. Van Morrison – Cleaning Windows
A lesser known Van song that is sure to bring the sun out on a cloudy day. Or maybe brush the dust away from dirty windows. Maybe.
4. The Lost Trailers – Red Sun
The Lost Trailers make a comeback from 2005 with this Coloradical rock ballad.
5. Mazzy Star – Fade Into You
Mazzy Star keeps it real with a hot 90’s slow-fi lounger.