DJs For Climate Action: Pledge Campaign

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Calling all DJs, musicians, music fans, and anyone who cares about our future and environment: DJs for Climate Action are calling all supporters to take a pledge to leverage the power of music to amplify our roles in protecting our planet’s future. Check out their pledge video here, which features long time DJ supporters A-Trak, Anna Lunoe, RJD2, Soul Clap, Cosmo Baker, Bag Raiders, Gigamesh, DJ Spooky, Sammy Bananas, and more:

Get Involved Here: djs4ca.com

This campaign, as well as others, benefits climate partners like NRDC.

DJs for Climate Action was started by Fool’s Gold Records DJ, Sammy Bananas. Our coalition of DJs and musicians use their craft and cultural influence to raise awareness and promote action around the global challenge of Climate Change. What started with year-end offset drives to take responsibility for air travel emissions has grown into partnerships with advocacy groups, mobilization of fans and collaboration with socially conscious brands. We remix the climate message to engage and inspire a new generation.

More announcements and events in LA, NYC, and in DC for the upcoming People’s Climate March on 4/29 coming soon!

2016 Album Round Up

I’m finally presenting you with my 2016 Album Round Up, on the last day of January of 2017 of course. I’m blaming the delay on the 2016 hang over effect…

I will refrain from getting too political or emo with a recap of last year (we have enough current drama to deal with already), and will keep this post strictly my album list for now.

However, I will let this image from one of my favorite John Oliver moments sum up 2016:

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Ok, there were definitely some positives to 2016, but let’s just get to the music…

Hope you dig the list and maybe discover something new from the below.

(p.s. no custom playlist this year but if I end up creating one,  I will add it here!)

2016 Albums

  1. Moderat – III
  2. Brambles – Charcoal
  3. Christian Loffler – Mare
  4. Olafur Arnaulds – Island Songs
  5. Anderson Paak – Malibu
  6. Drake – Views
  7. Loscil – Monument Builders
  8. AlunaGeorge – I Remember
  9. Flume – Skin
  10. Rihanna – ANTI

2016 EP’s

  1. Amtrac – Lost in Motion
  2. XYLO – America
  3. Levi Patel – 5/8

Legendary Comeback Album:

A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here…Thank You 4 Your service

Heavy Rotation Albums in 2016, but released in 2015

  1. HNNY – Sunday
  2. Charles Murdoch – Point

Continue to let music help motivate you and get you through your days. Looking forward to the thoughtful art and music that will come out of an unpredictable 2017.

Much Love and Peace,

KS xo

GRAMMYs 2017 Promo Ad: Girls Recite Taylor Swift’s 2016 Acceptance Speech, Delivering Empowering Message to All Females

Heartwarming ey?

Shout out to TBWA who found this “solid ad copy” for the Feb. 12 telecast.

Source: Ad of the Day: Girls Recite Taylor Swift’s 2016 Acceptance Speech in Cute Promo for the Grammys – Adweek

Arcade Fire feat. Mavis Staples – I Give You Power

I have not posted in a long while due to months of travel (some expected, some not). I definitely have found new music that I have yet to share with you, along with my bests of 2016. BUT, with the daunting inauguration approaching tomorrow, I had to share this bold song strategically released today by Arcade Fire and the beloved Mavis Staples. I’ll let the lyrics speak for itself:

I give you power, over me
I give you power, but now I gotta be free
I give you power, but now I say
I give you power, I can take it away
I can take it away
Woo!

I give you power
I give you power
Over me
Over me
I give you power
I give you power
But now I gotta be free
But I gotta be free
I give you power
I give you power
But now I say
But now I say
I give you power
I give you power
I can take it away
I can take it away
I can take it away

Watch me
Take it away
Watch me
I can take it away
Watch me
Take it away
Watch the night

I give you power
I give you power
Over me
Over me
I give you power
I give you power
But now I gotta be free
But I gotta be free
I give you power
I give you power
But now I say
But now I say
I give you power
I give you power
I can take it away
I can take it away
I can take it away

I give you power, over me
I give you power, but I gotta be free (gotta be free)
I give you power, now I say
I can’t watch you take it away
Woo!

I give you power
I give you power
Over me
Over me
I give you power
I give you power
But now I gotta be free
I gotta be free
I give you power
I give you power
But now I say
But now I say
I give you power
I give you power
I can take it away
I can take it away
I can take it away

Well, oooooh, oooh
Oooooh, oooh

I give you power (power)
Where do you think it all comes from? Huh?
Who gives you power? (Power)
Where do you think it all comes from?
I give you power

I can take it all away
I can take it away
Watch me
Take it away
Watch me
Take it away
Watch me now
Take it away
Watch me

Now who’ll be chanting this during Saturday’s Women’s March?

Seriously – Sara Bareilles and Leslie Odom, Jr.

This American Life asked Sara Bareilles to imagine what President Obama might be thinking about this election and Donald Trump. She wrote this song, which Leslie Odom Jr. sings.

Source: This American Life

Last Light – Zero 7 ft. Jose Gonzalez

There have been many tracks that I haven’t had a chance to post that I still need to share with you all. However with the recent election, I have been dedicating my rare free time to taking action against what I think is wrong and doing more of what I think is right. I will continue to do this, with the exception on some quiet nights when I might have some time to escape and share some music that has moved me, new and old.

Had to share this March 2015 Zero 7 track “Last Light” featuring Jose Gonzalez as I felt it was fitting and comforting for the times we’re currently in.

(and as I write this, I hope by now you’ve all given the latest A Tribe Called Quest album We Got It From Here, Thank You 4 Your Service a listen. Too momentous of a comeback to not mention. I know it deserves its own post, but hey, I’m here.now. Sending much love to you all, all over the world xx)

Tunnels and corridors
Sound of joy breathing
Bridges to nowhere
Sound of love leaving

Last light, first fall
To be born, to die alone

Earthquakes, hurricanes
White doves flying

Old fears, new hope
To know what matters most
I’ll keep you safe and sound
Keep you safe and sound
Keep you safe and sound
Safe and sound
Keep you safe and sound
Safe and sound

UNSATISFYING (Video) by PARALLEL STUDIO

an ode to those unsatisfying, annoying, frustrating moments in life….set to New Zealand Symphony & Andrew Schenck’s Strings Quartet, Op. 11: Adagio for Strings. Enjoy, and feel the angst….

Bounce Back by Big Sean

[Just got back from celebrating Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico City….and tonight I bounce back….]

….
Wake up every morning, by the night, I count stacks
Knew that ass was real when I hit, it bounce back



D town LAX, every week I bounce back
If you a real one, then you know how to bounce back

The Cinematic Orchestra – ‘To Believe feat. Moses Sumney’ (Ninja Tune)

Oh my. One of my all-time favorites, The Cinematic Orchestra just released a new single from their upcoming album ft. the LA artist Moses Sumney called “To Believe”. Enjoy the sad yet uplifting & beautiful solemnity below:

From Ninja Tune:

Original Cinematic Orchestra main-man Jason Swinscoe has now been joined on production duties by longtime friend and collaborator Dom Smith, and the result of this partnership is some of the most poised, ravishing music of this band’s stellar career.

In celebration of this new single and previewing forthcoming material from next years studio album the band embark on a Europe wide tour (Dates below).

The Cinematic Orchestra were formed by Jason Swinscoe in 1999 and have become one of the most respected British acts of the last 17 years. Possessed of an emotional gravitas that transcends genre, they have sold out the Royal Albert Hall (twice) as well as the Sydney Opera House, and played countless international festivals the world over. Their famous track, “To Build A Home”, has been streamed well in excess of 60 million times and “Arrival of the Birds” closed out the end credits of the Oscar winning Stephen Hawking biopic, “Theory Of Everything”.

TOUR DATES
30 Oct – Rockhal, Luxembourg – LU
31 Oct – Les Docks, Lausanne – CH
1 Nov – Jazznojazz, Zurich – CH
3 Nov – The Sage, Gateshead – UK with Submotion Orchestra
4 Nov – O2 Academy, Glasgow – UK with Kathryn Joseph
5 Nov – Apollo, Manchester – UK with Submotion Orchestra & Mr Scruff
7 Nov – Colston Hall, Bristol – UK with Jameszoo
8 Nov – Rock City, Nottingham – UK with Submotion Orchestra
9 Nov – The Institute, Birmingham – UK with Submotion Orchestra
10 Nov – Eventim Apollo, London w/ Moses Sumney – UK with Thundercat & Gilles Peterson
11 Nov – Eventim Apollo, London w/ Moses Sumney – UK with Thundercat & Rival Consoles w/ Moses Sumney in band
12 Nov – Über Jazz Festival, Hamburg – DE
13 Nov – Schouwburg, Rotterdam – NL with Joep Beving
14 Nov –  AB, Brussels – BE   with Lefto

Tickets: cinematicorchestra.com

The Cinematic Orchestra social links:
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Moby & The Void Pacific Choir – “Are You Lost In The World Like Me?” (Official Video)

Moby teamed up with animator Steve Cutts to illustrate how our tech-dependent world is too addicted to smartphones and reality is skewed by what is seen through the screen.

I deeply concur with this video’s message.