Thursday, April 17, 2014

You’d be surprised how far that gets you...

“For me, I am driven by two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday. And lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Back to his Roots? I added the video at the bottom for reference.

via the NY Post...
Jay Z flaunts massive bling at Nets game
While many eyes were on the divine BeyoncĂ© as she sat with Jay Z courtside at the Nets game at the Barclays Center Tuesday, a few observers were distracted by Jay’s massive gold medallion.

The pendant represents the Five-Percent Nation, also known as the Nation of Gods and Earths, an organization founded in Harlem in 1964 by an ex-member of the Nation of Islam.
Members of the group call themselves Allah’s Five Percenters, who believe they are the fathers and mothers of civilization and can enlighten others.
The movement has been affiliated with hip-hop for years, influencing artists including Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy, Busta Rhymes and Jay.
The teachings have infused hip-hop lyrics and slang.
Jay, as well as Carmelo Anthony, has been spotted wearing the Five Percenter symbol (an eight-point star) as a pendant. When asked last year if the Five Percent Nation meant anything to him, Jay said, “A little bit.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Population Control

If us white people don't start having more babies well, we will simply cease to exist. Hopefully. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Rosie and the Velvet Bullet.... Introduction

We are extremely pleased to announce our new super group Rosie and the Velvet Bullet and the release of their first composition ‘I Won’t Be Around’ coming to you exactly one week from today!

Photo by Steven Rimlinger
 — with Bridget Barkan and DJ Anas Canon.

Cue the orchestral string section, roll the black and white film, drop the 808...countdown 5 4 3 2 1...
Rosie and the Velvet Bullet is not your typical love story, though it has the makings of a perfect modern day version of West Side Story with a bluesy hip hop soundtrack. She's a white chick from Brooklyn and he's a mulatto kid from Oakland. Their union could put an end to the coastal beef and reignite the controversial joyous laughter of Lucy and Desi, breaking boundaries and conformities with a raw musical flavor that is part vintage, part "the future." But this is not your typical love story because it's not a love story. In fact...(or shall we say fiction) they are not a couple, they are not in love but they are completely crazy about each other.
Mr. Velvet rolled up on his Schwinn bicycle and dapper attire, discovering Rosie on the Venice beach hippie strip, playing her 5 string broken down telecaster out of an old shitty amp. She was dressed like a pin-up girl without the pins holding her together. A wild, loose canon of the mouth, saying whatever she felt like and singing like her soul had been choked for centuries and was now unleashing its fire on all who passed her by. Mr. Velvet got burned and offered her a bed and a beat to rest on. Rosie had been living out of a suitcase for the past 3 years, hustling the streets and piecing together her heart with each city and song. As cliche as it sounds, Rosie wanted to be rescued from her solo life on the road and Mr. Velvet came along with his psychic musical insights, knowing exactly what her fire needed to keep a flame. But she was no Julia Roberts or Eliza Dolittle, there was no need for transformation or etiquette training. Mr. Velvet saw the beauty in her feminine beast and Rosie saw the delicacy in his strength.
But like I said, this is not a love story. - Rosie

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Who Comes Out On Top In The Battle Of Accolades vs. The Funk Brothers? | SoulBounce

This just in via the always Classy...

Who Comes Out On Top In The Battle Of Accolades vs. The Funk Brothers? | SoulBounce

With a mission statement that can be summed up as "reimagining Motown for the 21st century," we were somewhat skeptical about the new project from LA-based duoAccolades when it first arrived in our inbox. After all that classic early-Motown sound, lovingly crafted by the unsung heroes of that era, The Funk Brothers, holds a special place in the hearts of soul music fans across the globe and the thought of it being tampered with is a difficult one to accept. However, we think it's safe to say that producer/sound engineer Anas Canon and producer/multi-instrumentalist Joel Van Dijkhave stepped up to the plate. So far they have unleashed three of their interpretations:Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "If This World Were Mine", the Jackson 5's "Mama's Pearl" and the Temptation's "Ball of Confusion," each rearranged with additional and/or alternative instrumentation. The highlight of the set is definitely "If This World Were Mine" (my personal favorite Marvin Gaye duet), with its reformed mellow groove and some killer additional guitar and horn work. You can snag all three tracks for free via the SoundCloud player below, and keep your ears peeled for their version of Stevie Wonder's "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" coming very soon.

Monday, February 17, 2014

My Big Announcement ;)

photo by Langston Hues
What science cannot declare, art can suggest; what art suggests silently, poetry speaks aloud; but what poetry fails to explain in words, music can express. - Hazrat Inayat Khan

Greetings of Universal Peace, Love, Justice, and Mercy...

It is with an incredibly light and joyous heart that i write you this letter…

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is anas canon and for the better part of two decades now I’ve poured my soul’s energy into creating and sharing music that impassions the heart and elevates the mind. This commitment has taken me on a journey around the world several times over and allowed me to connect with countless individuals who share my obsession with melody, rhythm, lyric and thoughtful composition.

In 2001 i opened a record label named Remarkable Current in order to provide a vehicle for releasing music that i would produce, write, and record with musicians i believed in. Artists who had voices that i felt needed to be heard but didn’t have the means of production necessary to share it with the world. I pooled my technical skills (recording, mixing and mastering), my creative skills (producing, writing, and playing) and spent 10 years in service to that project. With a relentless work ethic and some leaning on my peers in the music industry for support, Remarkable Current bore more fruit than i ever could have hoped for. I want to take this moment to formally thank anyone who ever contributed a single drop of sweat to that endeavor. Without the belief, encouragement, and love received from our fans across the globe we could have never made the impact that we did. Thank you, thank you, thank you and may you be rewarded in kind for sharing your energy with us. The time came in 2012 for me as an artist and as an industry professional to begin to move in some other directions so i slowly disassembled the formal business components of Remarkable Current to make room for what is to come…

Decorative Audio. It is the new home for musical projects that i am passionate about. There are no plans to grow it into a mega-multinational media company. Quite the contrary. It’s a humble home for the recordings i’ll be releasing going forward. My focus for this label is to strip away any part of the creative process that feels contrived, scripted, or ‘professional’. Just me and the artists i love to create with making the records our hearts have always wanted to birth. I have never in my career been more excited to share the music i’ve created with my some old and some new friends. Several of the projects are near completion and others in the early development stages. Most all of the releases will be short (3-5 songs) collaborative pieces and without a doubt the most soulful music i’ve ever been a part of creating. Please visit our new and shoot me a lil letter of encouragement. This effort is meant to be as ‘Do it Yourself’ as possible so if any of you out there feel like helping me ‘Do it” don’t hesitate to be a contributor to this humble movement. It is my deep love for humanity that inspires me to give and it is my sincerest prayer that i am able to offer something worthy of you givin’ a listen to.

All my Love,

anas canon 

"Trying to appreciate new music can be like contemplating a new friendship in that it takes time, and sometimes there is nothing you can do to speed it up. At a neural level, we need to be able to find a few landmarks in order to invoke a cognitive schema. If we hear a piece of radically new music enough times, some of that piece will eventually become encoded in our brains and we will develop landmarks.” - Daniel J. Levitin: This Is Your Brain On Music