Listening List Part 2
On heavy rotation in my CD player, computer, MP3 player:
1. Blue Scholars – Both the self-titled album and the Long March album. Very progressive, socially-oriented, anti-imperialist for sure, hip-hop with mass line! -First learned about this Seattle-based rap group from some Fil-Ams who visited the Philippines in 2005. Never got to really listen to them having very low hip-hop IQ (the only hip-hop act I took seriously was Dead Prez, and only because they were progressive/revolutionary). I recently got to revisit the Blue Scholars sound especially with the ongoing Stop the Killings campaign in the US (they’re gonna do a US tour to raise awareness on the political killings in the Philippines). Anyone into music as a form of protest should listen to the Scholars. Thanks to Bayan USA (Rach, Berna, Jo, and Joaqs) for bringing the group to our attention.
2. Lilly Allen – British singer with a charming voice, unique sound and cute videos. Easy listening. Definitely a welcome break from all that bossa nova going around.
3. The Killers “Sam’s Town” album – Oh they are very good. A friend thinks the singer sounds like Bono in some tracks. I say he sounds like Meatloaf, but with more edge. The 80’s sound is back. Check out Bones and This River is Wild.
4. Razorlight – Irish band with a very interesting sound. They have a 70’s feel to their music. They did entertaining covers of the Pogues’ Fairytale of New York and Outkast’s Hey Ya. Corinne Bailey Rae covered their song Golden Touch.
5. Plus 44 – formerly Blink 182. I only enjoyed two of their tracks; When Your Heart Stops Beating and Make You Smile which they recorded with Carol Heller.
Currently exploring and appreciating:
1. Native Guns – Fil-Am rap group based in San Francisco. Revolutionary no doubt. Members are activists working on community issues as well as solidarity with the struggle in the home front.
2. Talib Kweli – another progressive hip-hop act, also known in the Philippines for a video he did with Mary J. Blige for the song “I Try”. Lyrically and musically sharp. A friend started me off on the “Just to Get By” and that was enough to get me interested.