Allow me to introduce you to The Black Ships, an up-and-coming band based out of Saratoga Springs, New York, who have raised their sails with a sound that is not only retro but fresh and definitely fun. The band features John Gill on guitars, vocals, bass and Shane Sanchez on…
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EVEN THOUGH WE’RE A SMALL SKATE SHOP & ART GALLERY IN THE BRONX WE STILL BELIEVE THAT SOPA IS WRONG AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO PASS. WHILE BIGGER MORE MEANINGFUL SITES SUCH AS GOOGLE AND WIKIPEDIA ARE PROTESTING TODAY TO RAISE AWARENESS OF SOPA WE’RE ALSO HOPING TO BRING ATTENTION TO THE CAUSE…
Este disco es un homenaje a los raices dominicanos y al folklore del pueblo. Aunque el merengue de este disco es un recorrido al estilo tradicional todavia se puede oir claramente la influencia del estilo nuevo de este merengue que fue evolucionado por Kinito. Tambien los vocalistas de fondo hicieron un trabajo fenomenal cantando los coros. Su aporte al disco es muy significativo porque el sabor afrocaribeno a la music es lo que forma parte de los raices al merengue dominicano.
This record is an homage to the Dominican Repubic, its folkloric music, and its people. Although the merengue on this album is of traditional style, you can still clearly hear the influence of this ‘new style’ of merengue that was heavly influenced by afro rhythmic sounds. Also, the background vocalists did a phenomenal job singing chorus. Its contribution to the album is very significant because it highlights Afro-Caribbean infusion with contemporary Latin music. Enjoy!
**History Lesson 101: What Are Palos?
Palos (tree in colloquial Spanish) music, also known as Atabales (from the Arabic tabl), Bambula and Quiyombo. The music is drum based and is played on drums usually made by the player. There are typically three types of drums in Palos music. El Tambor Mayor which is the lead or master drummer who plays the largest and deepest of these drums. The lead drum is many times accompanied by two smaller drums called alcahuetes which interpreted means pimps. these drums are also known as Palo Mayor, El Tambor Mas Pequeño, this is a small drum and El Alcahuete, El Tambor Mediano: El Balsié are the medium sized drums.
These drums are made from trees hollowed out and covered with either goat or cow skins for the head. Some drums have only one opening while others have both ends or the tree trunk open. Each drum is as unique as its creator making its own unique sound.
These drums are played for saints’ festivals or cofradías, for more personal vow type festivals and for the dead known as Palo de Muertos. Each type of festival commands a different type of rhythm. These rhythms are mainly distinguished by the words of the song. Really it is not a song as we know it, but more like a call and response type of improvisational style of song with the lead singer changing spontaneously. The caller refers much to death, dead ancestors and religion.
Drum dance or baile de palos, is a couple dance that symbolizes ritual pursuit. The dance has a balancing step that is alternated with a circular step. First going in one direction then changing to the other direction. It is said during the death ritual dances that the spirit of the dead person will enter an heir and dance.
Pic: GWB circa 1940 by Andreas Feininger - New York In The Forties
"Andreas Feininger observed this intriguing decade with his practiced photographer’s eye alert to every detail. He continually discovered in New York the elements that distinguish it from every other city on earth. No part of the urban landscape escaped his attention: the sweep of the cityscape; the ostentatious swank of the Diamond Horseshoe; the hard realities facing shopper and merchants on the Lower East Side. And he never neglected a basic truth about the city — it stood at the junction of the continent with the ocean. He was keenly aware that the meeting of land and water created the shape of the city in the 40s. It is all there in the juxtaposition of harbor and skyscrapers; the old waterfront edifices trying to hold against the tide of modern structures; the ways New Yorkers conquered the rivers and bays with bridges and ferries; the economic and recreational value of the waterfront." — John von Hartz
Romo (Coco Cabrera’s way of describing alcohol) + WaHI = Sounds of the Heights
…the loud wooing by the men…gotta love my peeps! :)
"Well, it was one of those days, not much to do I was chillin’ downtown, with my old school crew I went into a store, to buy a slice of pizza And bumped into a girl, her name was Mona, what? Mona Lisa (what?) *singing* Mona Lisa, so men made you.. You know what I’m sayin? So I said, “Excuse me, dear my gosh, you look nice! Put away your money I’ll buy that slice!” She said, “Thanks, I’d rather a slice of you I’m just kidding, but that’s awfully nice of you” The compliment showed she had a mind in her And when I smiled (ping!) I almost blinded her She said, “Great Scott! Are you a thief? Seems like you have a mouth full of gold teeth” Ha-ha, hah! Had to find that funny So I said, “No child, I work hard for the money And calling me a thief? Please! Don’t even try it (Right!) Sit down eat your slice of pizza, and be quiet” She almost got cut short, you know, scissors She tried to disrespect who?! The Grand Wizard Me! “Well what’s your name, son?” "MC Ricky D," but not to be so harsh I said to Mona Li-hee “‘I’m.. sorry and I know that’s low class (uh, yeah) Please sit, and tell me a little about your past…’”
2012 Resolution: set realistic goals, bet patient and don’t give up. Slow and steady will win the race. Good luck to all trying to shed those excess pounds in 2012 - and here’s a little motivation to get y’all started! :)
"Come on girls, Tell us where you’re really from Florida, England, Oregon, I’m Polish, I a come from Chile, I come from Sicily, I love it COLOMBIAAA, China, Miami, I’m from Sweden, Phoenix, Jamaica, Korea, I’m from Japan, arigato, Utah; I’m from New York City! Even if your not, we love you ALL!”