That’s it, I have entered the IDF 3 weeks ago. I will be serving at a special commando unit which I’m not allowed to say which, so you can imagine I will not have time at all to post anything here, although I will try. My journey will be hard, painful, but with a lot of good experiences. I have realised that serving in the IDF is something special, I am not serving because I want to see some action, shoot a gun or experience war, I am serving because I’m defending something. I’m defending democracy, human rights, the right of a person to live, my family, my fellow friends, the newborns, and especially the right of judaism to exist without fear or pain. 2000 years we have been suffering, I’m fighting for the right of any person to live with freedom and liberty, to eliminate racism and antisemitism,. I feel proud to serve such a powerful purpose even though I wish I wouldn’t have too.
For this post I will post an album of a live concert I have attended of a famous Israeli artist who decided to combine Israeli rock with irish music. This represents the multicultural life we live here in Israel. We have Morrocans, Iranians, Iraqis, Yemens, French, Spanish, Argentinians, Germans, Americans, Swedish, Australians, Irish, Ethiopians, and so much more, all serving one big purpose, defend this little country called Israel, that represents so much more than a Jew country, it represents liberty and freedom. This guy sings in Henrew but I’m sure you will like this album, it’s very special, I have cried during the concert.
So goodbye for the meanwhile, boot-camp is waiting me, I’ve got some work to do, hope I will stay strong, but I think I will, music is always there to keep my chin up.
A new year started, I kicked depression in the but, and now I’m ready for a new post.
Asaf Avidan & The Mojos – Poor Boy/ Lucky Man (2009)
I saw many live shows since my last post, including De La Soul in Paris with the beloved Raidjie, Zero 7 in Tel-Aviv, Al Foster again (I really love this guy, will post his live album next time). They were all fabulous, had a great time in all of them, especially De La Soul. But there was one I went to, that left me shocked with a pulse of 180 bps when the show was over, I was so surprised by the excelency of the music! These were Asaf Avidan & The Mojos.
Asaf Avidan is an Israeli singer who grew up in Tel Aviv, wanted to make cartoons for a living but at the end found his passion in music. He started to play his songs in small caffes and slowly slowly gained some reputation. He then recruited his band, The Mojos, which are fantastic! Asaf Avidan sings in English, stating that he prefers singing in English than in Hebrew, just because he likes it more.
He has such a penetrating voice, a truly unique sound. If people had to name a genre for their music, they will probably call it Rock, but don’t be afraid all the Rock haters out there, it’s not the generic Rock you hear everyday, it’s something different. I usually don’t listen to Israeli music because I haven’t grew up on Israeli music, but after hearing Asaf Avidan & The Mojos I think I’ll start paying more attention to the music created in my own country, I’m sure I’ll find some gems in here, be sure of that.
This is their latest album, just released recently. It’s really hard for me to post this one because it’s pretty new, but because I know you it will be difficult for you hear about them in any other way (unless you already know them them) I think I’ll allow myself this time to post it here. Go to their shows (they are starting to perform quite a lot abroad), buy their CDs, they are worth it, really.
I have sadly just realized that one of my favorite artists has passed away on February 9, 2009 from a Prostate surgery complication.
Quote from Wikipedia:
“Born in Havana on February 2, 1933, Orlando “Cachaito” López first got actively involved in music when he was only nine years old. By the age of eleven he was involved with an orchestra with his aunt. His early desire was to play the violin, but his Grandfather Pedro insisted he take up the double bass, as there had been a long tradition of bassists in the López family – legend has it that there are over 30 bassists in its lineage; a trend that they did not want stopped. He started learning the double bass on a cello, quickly moving onto a double bass when he was large enough. His musical career is said to have started when he was twelve, and at the age of 13, Cachaíto composed his first piece, a danzón called Isora Infantil. By the time he was 17 he replaced his uncle as the bassist with Arcana y sus Maravillas, a band that had been around since before Cachaito was born. He made such an impression on the group that he was asked to stay.
In the 1950s, he helped create the descarga style of music that is a mix between jazz-styled improvisation with Afro-Cuban rhythms, and by 1957 he was playing with the hugely popular Havana dance band, Orquesta Riverside. In the 1960s, he became a bassist with the National Symphony, and was also a key member of Irakere, a Cuban experimental band that combined pop, classical, Cuban folk, African and jazz influences.
He was also a member of the Buena Vista Social Club (appearing in Wim Wenders’ documentary “Buena Vista Social Club”). After a career spanning some 60 years, Cachaito was still touring and recording (including playing bass as part of a Cuban touring group also featuring Guajiro Mirabal, Aguajé Ramos and Manuel Galbán), and many considered him to be one of the finest bassists in Cuba.
López died in a Cuban hospital on February 9, 2009, of complications from prostate surgery. He was 76. ”
Orlando made me love music again in a whole other way. I first discovered him through a post by Urbanology after posting myself the Buena Vista Social Club album which he appears in. Since then I couldn’t stop listening to him, everytime I put the album it’s always like the first time I listened to it. Orlando wasn’t a closed mind musician, he was a revoloutionary. He was able to modernize Cuban music in a very special way. You can tell all the sounds in each song were well thought out. He is one of the most talented musician I have stumbled on. He said in the Buena Vista Social Club documentary that he was able to predict the next note in a melody before it was played. I believe him.
His album “Cahachito” is sadly he’s only album released to date, Released by World Circuit Records. The album consists of the Funk legend Pee Wee Ellis, the well known Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer, the father of French Hip-Hop DJ Dee Nasty and many more! So now you can understand when I say that Cachaito was able to revoloutionize Cuban music with open minded music.
Do yourself a favor and listen to this album and even buy it, it’s one of those albums that are worth every penny in your pocket. My only regret is that I haven’t had the chance to see him live, oh well, in the next life maybe uh?
I’m ripping a lot of CDs right now so get ready for some posts this week with a lot of music.
Yeah, the real vacation has started. You will find me right now in Hong-Kong staying at my dad’s place, enjoying myself before my recruitment to the army. Sadly I’ve been given by the army only combatant options so you will find me in the next 3 years in the front line in this damn war with just everyone who wants to join in (which could be Iran very soon). But no worries, I delayed the recruitment to minimum October so I have time to clear my mind and get myself ready mentally for the service.
When It Falls – Zero 7 (2004)
Music helps a lot through that journey in Hong-Kong (it’s quite an intresting place to be honest), which is packed with adventures (and it’s only the first week i’m here). My album pick of the week is When It Falls by Zero 7. Yea I know it’s not their most recognized work out of the 3 albums they have released but it is their best in my opinion. It’s mostly Chill-out music, but not the boring kind, it will make you head tilt forward and backwards some times. The sounds put in this album are quite special, different from their 2 other albums (which are not bad, just different). Try listening to this album while drinking a cold beer with a cigar, you will think you’re in paradise (I have the luxury of having all of that along with the Hong-Kong skyline which is amazing). Very Recommended!
BTW many critics find this album quite medicore, don’t believe their bullshit, it’s AWESOME!
The Complete Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington Sessions – Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington (1961)
Damn….I’ve been out for a long time I see. I was terribly busy with work, but now it’s over and the real vacation starts until my recruitment to the army, so in the meanwhile I’ll be posting some more awesome music for your souls.
Today’s album will be Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington. This one is very simillar to the previous Jazz Duo I posted but with the touch of Louis Armstrong it sounds a bit more happier and soulful. This is album will replenish you’re souls every morning, as it did to me every day before going to work for 9 hours in the hear of an Israelian summer (believe me it’s hot!!) and did it’s job just fine.
Look, I’ll sum it out quickly for you guys, there’s Louis and Duke in one album, ‘nough said. Go and download it right now and enjoy some quality music from two of the best Jazz musicians ever known to humanity, and even if you can, go and but the album, will make you only good.
Progressions – Arts The Beatdoctor (2008)
You rmember my post a while back about Arts The Beatdoctor? Well he apparently released a new EP by the name of Progressions. This EP includes some beats of his and a remix of a song called Dreams by another dutch duo called Pax & Pry (You can download their albums at http://www.paxandpry.com/). This EP is really well done, Arts delivers us some more quality music, highly recommended.
I reuploaded his first album Transitions in Mediafire so you can all get another look at one of the best producers out there, and I’m not exaggerating.