Stephanie McKay - Tell It Like It Is

MusicLoad presents Stephanie McKay - Tell It Like It Is

Came across this fantastic track by Stephanie McKay titled Tell It Like It Is. And this song should not be confused by a song of the same title that Aaron Neville first recorded in 1966. McKay's own song is a hard core serious one. It's a burning groove she has going with her soul on fire as she testifies to the harshness of life's realities. It's real. Turn it up, savor the flavor, think and enjoy. GC

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The Police State..... is still at it and it's getting worse

Found this important song on the Facebook page of Mike Finnigan. Mike made a post that read: "I was in Chicago over the past weekend. (he is touring with Bonnie Raitt) It was insane. Not the protestors, the police. It felt like they were expecting an armed seige by some foreign power! Police were everywhere, sirens going off every 30 seconds, police cars racing all over town." That was a preamble to this link Mike posted. One of Mike's friends, guitarist Jack Morris Sherman, posted this song in Mike's thread, which leads us here:

Graham Nash - Chicago (off a Vinyl 45) *song starts at 25 seconds

A Call to Action to Resist and Reject The Police State

Graham Nash released Chicago back in about 1970. It was inspired by both the riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, as well as the trial of the Chicago Seven, where protesters at the convention were charged with intent to incite a riot. Hearing this song this week, it felt as if Nash wrote it last weekend during the Nato Summit, where the reality that we live in a Police State was felt strongly by those who were there to protest the wars led by the U.S. and Nato around the world.

Our liberty and freedom in America, and in and around the path of terror left by the U.S. war machine around the globe, has been slowly chipped away and dismantled. It's not what the founders intended for. Those founders left it in our hands to do something when the government is out of control. Do something we must! We must go beyond the call of duty, for liberty is now so threatened, far past being temporary as many politicians swore it would be after 9/11.

It's up to artists and fans to take the lead. Music can move mountains. Politicians still like to connect with leading artists. Leading and emerging artists should never back down, even in the face of adversity. The world saw what happened to the Dixie Chicks for saying what they believed, and it was a score for The Police State how it temporarily set the group back. Fortunately, the Dixie Chicks did not back down and went on to make a movie about that hard time in their life. We cannot allow artists to be beat down for expressing their views, in my humble opinion. Liberty and freedom is not perfect, in fact it can even be dangerous. But the alternative of tyranny at the hands of the police state is far less perfect to the point of evil dangerousness without end. The U.S. is well known to torture and assassinate. We drop bombs from unmanned planes, making us just as chickenshit as ever. We have adopted a preventative war approach, preemptively striking, invading and occupying countries when they have done nothing to us. This is all going against inherent American values.

Don't be afraid to stand up to The Police State. I am not talking about physical resistance. I am talking about peaceful resistance. Look these fuckers in the eyes and ask them questions? Am I legally required to answer your questions? Have you read The Constitution? Have you read The Bill of Rights? Are you upholding the Constitution or are you a member of The Police State? If or when they grab you, don't talk and don't resist. Don't even fall limp. Simply be prepared. Dress for jail. Use your mind and not your fists, otherwise you will be stooping to their pathetic level.

The best thing we can do right now is to become informed. It's not a conspiracy theory that we are now officially living in a Police State. It's a fact! Learn about it. Write about it. Write songs, write comedy, write letters to Congress and write letters directly to The President and Vice President. Fans should support the artists who are resisting The Police State. We can use music to bring about real needed change to restore liberty. As Graham Nash wrote and sang, "We can change the world".

This Kills!

From the moment I heard the voice, I knew I loved it. GC

tUnE-yArDs - Bizness (Live on KEXP-FM in Seattle Washington)

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Amadou & Mariam - Sabali

First single from the 2008 album from Amadou & Mariam called "Welcome to Mali". These are artists whose group has a prolific body of work. This is just one of many great tracks. Enjoy! Peace Love Groove, GC

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Little Dragon

Out of Sweden.....

Little Dragon - Ritual Union

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The Books

The Books - An Owl With Knees

The Books - Beautiful People

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Toots & The Maytals - Spiritual Healing

Pressure Drop With Eric Clapton (Toots And The Maytals)

Toots & The Maytals with Bonnie Raitt- True Love is Hard to Find

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Song of the morning....

Akiko with Corinne Drewery - Waters of March

Donna Summer's Last Dance - RIP - Love To Love You Baby

Donna Summer passed away today from lung cancer. TMZ reported: "Several sources are telling us Donna believed she contracted it by inhaling toxic particles after the 9/11 attack in New York City."

Many many years ago, had the privilege of meeting Donna Summer at A&M Records on La Brea & Sunset in Hollywood for a party. Can't recall who the party was for, but like it was yesterday, I still remember the moments, her warmth, and the exact spot we stood in on a soundstage that was set up for a party.

Love to Love You Baby is definitely one of the sexiest disco songs, ever.
Enjoy! Peace Love Groove, GC

Donna Summer - Love To Love You Baby

Donna Summer - Last Dance

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Lisa Marie Presley

MusicLoad presents Lisa Marie Presley

Lisa Marie Presley's latest video to the song You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet from her latest album titled Storm & Grace. Enjoy!

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JJ Grey & Mofro

Doesn't get any funkier than this... GC

JJ Grey & Mofro - On Fire

JJ Grey & Mofro - Mississippi

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MusicLoad presents music videos by ARCHIVE

A Facebook acquaintance, George Theos of Athens Greece, posted this song to his page and wrote: "magical sense of music and lyrics...Archive!"

Archive - Controlling Crowds

Archive - Again

A nice live concert version of the above song, Again, can be seen here:

Archive - Lights
(Live with Orchestra l'autunno from Poznan, Poland, performing at the Universität der Künste, Berlin Germany)

Archive - Fool (circa 2002)

By the way.... the loop playing on the ARCHIVE website is fantastic.
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If you dig Archive, you will dig BirdPen

Jimmie Rodgers - T For Texas

This song post via Mike Finnigan who is on the road with Bonnie Raitt at present and gigging in Meridian Mississippi. Mike wrote to his Facebook page: "We're in Meridian, Mississippi today, the birthplace of the great Jimmy Rogers (well, there's a plaque here that makes that claim, though hisrtorians identify Pine Springs, Mississippi, just north of Meridian, as his genuine birthplace). Rogers is acknowledged by many as "The Father of Country Music." Also, "The Blue Yodeler," and "The Singing Brakeman." His influence on all forms of Popular American Music, and all its genres was considerable."

Thanks for yet another great post, Mike. Peace Love Groove, GC

Besides being a legendary blues/soul vocalist and Hammond B3 player, Mike Finnigan is a prolific political blogger with a hard core following. When he is not touring with Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, Taj Majal or any one of dozens of great acts, Mike is playing with a tasty blues group known as Phantom Blues Band.

And... by the way, Lynyrd Skynyrd covered this song...

Lynyrd Skynyrd - T For Texas (1976)

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Made You Die - Trayvon Martin Tribute (Rap)

It's a sign of the times. There is a national cry to resist the vigilante police state in America and the shooting of Trayvon Martin was the most recent flash point that is galvanizing many. This is not a feel good tribute song. This is hard core hip hip with some fierce rap featuring Yasiin Bey, Dead Prez, and mikeflo. Think. Be a weapon of mass dissent. Fight The Police State with your mind. Peace Love Groove, GC

"Made You Die" Trayvon Martin Tribute



via Mark Severino, heard about a young group from Hamburg Germany spending time in the United States and is doing concerts on the Venice Beach boardwalk. According to Severino, the group name, denmantau, means "Let's Get High" in a dying German dialect. Enjoy! Peace Love Groove, GC

denmantau - Crystal Clear

denmantau - One Eye For Many Faces (live on Venice Beach Boardwalk)

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Gaby Moreno to perform The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

A longtime MusicLoad favorite artist, Gaby Moreno, will be performing on NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Thursday May 3, 2012. Gaby will be performing alongside Carl Carlton, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Lang, Shawn Mullins, Leland Sklar (one of my favorite bassists), Eric Burdon and others to perform the song "Toast To Freedom" to commemorate 50 years of Amnesty International.

I seriously, have so much respect for Gaby. She is one of those artists who has stuck her guns and been herself, all the way. When people tried to make her something that she was not, she kind of resists without being mean.... keeps a smile on her face while knowing who she is. She just goes her own way, every day. And to watch where she has gone.... it really makes me smile. She is the example of what it means to be a true indie in such a major way.

If you don't catch her on Jay Leno, she is worth chasing down on YouTube. Her songs are authentically her as she lives and plays in the moment and everything she does is magic. Her music has touched and even revived parts of my soul. Wishing that you'll be lucky enough that she and her music will touch yours too.

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 International Recording Artist, Gaby Moreno.
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