sharing music i appreciate as well as information, links, and videos related to social issues, politics, news…listen & learn.

May 27, 2011 – Gil Scott-Heron has passed on …prolific speaker, empowering poet, activist, educator, and music man

May 14, 2011- Murs & 9th Wonder, I Used to Love Her (Again)


October 24, 2010 – I checked out this band last night – all the way from New Zealand:

Electric Wire Hustle

August 21, 2010

New Podcast- bicicleta

On July 18th, 2010 – a beautiful young man and love of my friend’s life, died during a motorcycle accident.  I am documenting this event because Chakaras Johnson’s spirit is free and although he will be missed, pure love never dies. To love and wholeness. This song is for Niki & Chakaras (Chak).

July 17, 2010 – really enjoy Heaven Hell and By My Side by the group, Coulon who are my friends as well as talented musicians

June 15, 2010 11 Things that Inexplicably Continue to Exist

June 13, 2010

Just for Today…

Just for today, do not worry.
Just for today, do not anger.
Honor your parents, teachers, and elders.
Earn your living honestly.
Show gratitude to every living being.

~Dr. Mikao Usui

April 20, 2010 – We Could Be Friends by Freelance Whales

April 2, 2010 – When You Love Somebody by the Fruit Bats

February 22, 2010 – CNN’s Four Favorite iPhone Apps

4 iPhone Apps worth checking out ..

I am most excited about the ATM Hunter – Find the closest Mastercard ATMs around the world using your GPS. Pretty nice b/c I try not to use other ATMs not affiliated with my bank — the fees add up !

February 10, 2010 – Blizzard in NYC!

My brother, Grey Reverend, has posted new songs from an EP. My favorite is Nightingale, Sunday Soldiers, oh listen to them all (please):

January 6, 2009 – Happy New Year! My latest Podcast!

November 29, 2009 – My 1st Podcast is LIVE!!!

November 12, 2009 – I adore the YES MEN!!! Check out their older film, The Yes Men on Netflix Play Instantly,

or their latest film, The Yes Men Fix the World.

November 7, 2009 – Now for some listening…my amazing BROTHER, Larry aka Grey Reverend – He’s playing music in London now and I miss him.

October 28, 2009 – What exactly is in a FLU SHOT … check it out.

and in the words of Dr. Ben Kim:

If you’re still undecided, please take some time to research the ingredients in the H1N1 vaccine or flu shot that’s being offered in your area. Get the list of ingredients and google each one. Be sure that you understand the purpose and effects of each ingredient.

October 8, 2009Life is Better (i like the style of this video)

October 1, 2009- Oldest Human Skeleton Discovered

The big news in the journal Science tomorrow is the discovery of the oldest human skeleton–a small-brained, 110-pound female of the species Ardipithecus ramidus, nicknamed “Ardi.” She lived in what is now Ethiopia 4.4 million years ago, which makes her over a million years older than the famous “Lucy” fossil, found in the same region thirty-five years ago. [Read entire article]

September 28, 2009 – Swine Flu Vaccination Push in 1976 (2 parts)

Swine Flu Vaccination Push in 2009 – What you need to know?

September 25, 2009 – The Power of Nightmares

also, check out Daylight Robbery from Iraq War (another BBC documentary)

September 22, 2009 – PSA – Protect Insurance Company Execs by Will Ferrell and Team

September 9, 2009

Remember the time before Obama was elected. You read the newspapers more, volunteered a little, wrote a letter or two, donated some, and talked incessantly with friends and family about CHANGE. Well, the fight is far from being over. We need universal health care people! If we cannot manage our health, nothing else will matter. I have personally experienced health care in other industrialized countries, France and Australian, and it was far superior and much less expensive than any similar treatment I had received in my own country. To me, this is sad. Now go to this link below, take 15 minutes to review (edit) and add your name to of the sample letter then send it to your local representative and/or legislators. We can have full health care coverage if we put aside a little time and energy – it is as simple as this, really. There is power in numbers !

Who is my local representative you ask? (you will need your zip code+4 digitclick here if you don’t have your +4 number)


September 4, 2009

Little Dragon released their 2nd album (Machine Dreams) a few days ago. I am totally digging it! I also got to see them LIVE last year (and this summer actually). super incredible. Their self-titled first album is groovy too.

Also, read Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? by Larry Flynt. The last sentence reads:
For now, remember: The corporations do not control our government; they are our government.

August 25, 2009 – something view and listen to.


August 24, 2009 – Did you know about this caravan being organized by Mad As Hell Doctors?

On September 8, 2009 a group of dedicated Oregon physicians will take the message of Universal Health Care “on the road” in a wrapped and branded Motor Home headed for Washington D.C. Our cross-country mission: to stop in big cities and whistle stops alike, conducting pre-booked, local and national media appearances for a curious press. Every move we make along the way will be recorded on camera and then edited and uploaded to the internet that same day. This will allow our Mad As Hell Doctors Tour to leverage the edited video segments on social networking web sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, MySpace, et al. In this way, our effort becomes an unprecedented hybrid of reality television and political activism that offers people the opportunity to follow us, in real time, as our story unfolds. The message will be unmistakable: caravan with us to Washington and help make a public demonstration of support for Single Payer Health Care that will be heard around the world.
Thousands of cars pulling into the nation’s capital for a protest on the White House lawn. The sidewalks are filled with supporters carrying signs in support of the Mad As Hell Doctors who have captured the imagination and the ignited the passion of their fellow citizens. We wave and honk at the camera crews, as do the endless line of cars behind us, as we wend our way toward the White House. On every antenna, on the backside of every car, and flapping like flags from sidewalk supporters, is the symbol of this new movement: the White Ribbon.

…a response to this article in the Huffington Post:


August 19, 2009 – a little lengthy for internet standards but be patient, it is worth the watch. being an idealist and having lived abroad, i am all for health care reform…as long as it is the real deal — not a play on words.


August 17, 2009
On August 28th, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the southern coast of the United States with devastating effect. It was reported that more then 1,800 people lost there lives, and more then $81 billion dollars in damages occurred. As a result, efforts to assist those effected by Hurricane Katrina still continue. A friend who recently visited New Orleans said that there is still lots of work to be done so if you are not working at this time, perhaps you can pay New Orleans a visit and lend a helping hand.

The video below is not my attempt to downplay the enormous tragedy but to say that when you are feeling frustrated with Obama’s lack of representation, just remember from whence we have come.


August 14, 2009 – Making Sense of the Healthcare Debate (w/ Dr. Marcia Angell)
I am growing more and more confused about what the government and Pres Obama are calling, Health Care Reform. This article answered some of my questions:


August 10, 2009 – copied from Huffington Post – what do you know?

Smart President does not equal Smart Country by Bill Maher

New Rule: Just because a country elects a smart president doesn’t make it a smart country. A few weeks ago I was asked by Wolf Blitzer if I thought Sarah Palin could get elected president, and I said I hope not, but I wouldn’t put anything past this stupid country. It was amazing – in the minute or so between my calling America stupid and the end of the Cialis commercial, CNN was flooded with furious emails and the twits hit the fan. And you could tell that these people were really mad because they wrote entirely in CAPITAL LETTERS!!! It’s how they get the blood circulating when the Cialis wears off. Worst of all, Bill O’Reilly refuted my contention that this is a stupid country by calling me a pinhead, which A) proves my point, and B) is really funny coming from a doody-face like him.

Now, the hate mail all seemed to have a running theme: that I may live in a stupid country, but they lived in the greatest country on earth, and that perhaps I should move to another country, like Somalia. Well, the joke’s on them because I happen to have a summer home in Somalia… and no I can’t show you an original copy of my birth certificate because Woody Harrelson spilled bong water on it.

And before I go about demonstrating how, sadly, easy it is to prove the dumbness dragging down our country, let me just say that ignorance has life and death consequences. On the eve of the Iraq War, 69% of Americans thought Saddam Hussein was personally involved in 9/11. Four years later, 34% still did. Or take the health care debate we’re presently having: members of Congress have recessed now so they can go home and “listen to their constituents.” An urge they should resist because their constituents don’t know anything. At a recent town-hall meeting in South Carolina, a man stood up and told his Congressman to “keep your government hands off my Medicare,” which is kind of like driving cross country to protest highways.

I’m the bad guy for saying it’s a stupid country, yet polls show that a majority of Americans cannot name a single branch of government, or explain what the Bill of Rights is. 24% could not name the country America fought in the Revolutionary War. More than two-thirds of Americans don’t know what’s in Roe v. Wade. Two-thirds don’t know what the Food and Drug Administration does. Some of this stuff you should be able to pick up simply by being alive. You know, like the way the Slumdog kid knew about cricket.

Not here. Nearly half of Americans don’t know that states have two senators and more than half can’t name their congressman. And among Republican governors, only 30% got their wife’s name right on the first try.

Sarah Palin says she would never apologize for America. Even though a Gallup poll says 18% of Americans think the sun revolves around the earth. No, they’re not stupid. They’re interplanetary mavericks. A third of Republicans believe Obama is not a citizen, and a third of Democrats believe that George Bush had prior knowledge of the 9/11 attacks, which is an absurd sentence because it contains the words “Bush” and “knowledge.”

People bitch and moan about taxes and spending, but they have no idea what their government spends money on. The average voter thinks foreign aid consumes 24% of our federal budget. It’s actually less than 1%. And don’t even ask about cabinet members: seven in ten think Napolitano is a kind of three-flavored ice cream. And last election, a full one-third of voters forgot why they were in the booth, handed out their pants, and asked, “Do you have these in a relaxed-fit?”

And I haven’t even brought up America’s religious beliefs. But here’s one fun fact you can take away: did you know only about half of Americans are aware that Judaism is an older religion than Christianity? That’s right, half of America looks at books called the Old Testament and the New Testament and cannot figure out which one came first.

And these are the idiots we want to weigh in on the minutia of health care policy? Please, this country is like a college chick after two Long Island Iced Teas: we can be talked into anything, like wars, and we can be talked out of anything, like health care. We should forget town halls, and replace them with study halls. There’s a lot of populist anger directed towards Washington, but you know who concerned citizens should be most angry at? Their fellow citizens. “Inside the beltway” thinking may be wrong, but at least it’s thinking, which is more than you can say for what’s going on outside the beltway.

And if you want to call me an elitist for this, I say thank you. Yes, I want decisions made by an elite group of people who know what they’re talking about. That means Obama budget director Peter Orszag, not Sarah Palin.

Which is the way our founding fathers wanted it. James Madison wrote that “pure democracy” doesn’t work because “there is nothing to check… an obnoxious individual.” Then, in the margins, he doodled a picture of Joe the Plumber.

Until we admit there are things we don’t know, we can’t even start asking the questions to find out. Until we admit that America can make a mistake, we can’t stop the next one. A smart guy named Chesterton once said: “My country, right or wrong is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying… It is like saying ‘My mother, drunk or sober.'” To which most Americans would respond: “Are you calling my mother a drunk?”

Bill Maher is the host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” and will be joined on the show tonight by Arianna Huffington. “Real Time” airs fridays on HBO at 10:00PM Eastern Time.


how did we make the transition from being a nation of manufacturers to a nation of CONSUMERS…watch Century of the Self by Adam Curtis (4 Parts total):


interview with John Perkins – economichitman


finally found the name of the dude who does the “scrub your pussy” song. it is Black Style – but they say it like this: Black-y Style-y. he performed yesterday at Carnaval 2009.


today (fev 18, 09) , a song came on the radio by a group called, cidade negra. don’t know the name of the song but i think they are worth checking out !


alex ´s sugestão musica:

1. zeca baleiro
2. luis melodia
3. maria bethania
4. ivete sangano
5. caetano veloso
6. govzagvinha
7. seu jorge
8. jorge ben jor
9. roberto carlos
10. elba ramalho

i own half of this music and look forward to hearing the other half…and did you know that maria bethania and caetano veloso were sister and brother?


i am listening to gang gang dance – and Forro in the Dark –

i am totally digging the duo called MGMT – – especially the songs, The Youth and Electric Feel. today, i am on LastFM – this morning i searched for Jorge Ben since my brother recently reminded me of his genius, and as you know, I AM GOING TO BRAZIL in 10 days!

another Brazilian great – Jorge Ben – .


this morning i listened to MGMT’s Weekend Wars and The Youth four times. i am digging them totally. i am intrigued yet again by the group Land of Talk…more to come about this Montreal indie-rock trio. check it.


Until it’s Time for You to Go – Roberta Flack – listen here

a beautiful song by a beautiful songtress

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