Album Review: “The Night God Slept” by Silent Planet


SP.CoverThe very first song I heard from Silent Planet was “Tiny Hands (Au Revoir) off their EP titled “Lastsleep (1944-1946)” was love at first listen. I thought, “Gee, these guys already sound experienced and professional.” Turns out, they have only released a demo CD and one self-recorded EP. The album that just came out titled “The Night God Slept” is their first album- ever. Silent Planet is a Christian Metalcore band from Los Angeles. Although they are christian, they do not like to have labels on them and during an interview, their guitar player claimed that they do not want to play in churches, “but we want to play for the broken.” The link to the interview is at the bottom. With this new album, Silent Planet has been signed to Solid State Records and already have some recognition. Bands like For Today and August Burns Red are backing up the release of this new album and on eight of the eleven tracks there are featured christian artists. Silent Planet is coming into 2015 hot with no signs of braking.

Let’s break this album down real quick. First off, the lyrics are amazing. All the lyrics are direct quotes, paraphrases, or interpretations by the vocalist of other sources. These sources include philosophical books, historical events, the Bible, and many more other things. Not only that, but the lyrics all flow together around a central main idea while also remaining connected to all listeners. All instruments at one point do show their max amount of talent, but they remain humble when needed. The instruments are not focused on being the heaviest or most technical, but they are very talented and get crazy at times. The keep the song entertaining while also complementing the vocalist. Also, one of the guitar players sings to bring in that “clean” aspect to the Metalcore genre. By the way, it is good singing not like a girly man kind of singing either.

My favorite songs (in order of appearance) are XX (City Grave), Native Blood, Tiny Hands (Au Revoir), and Wasteland. “XX (City Grave) talks about the objectification of women as sexual beings instead of equals to men and how that is wrong. The song explains how we should treat all women as sisters and abolish pornography, regardless of profit being lost or desires that men have. “Native Blood” is about how Native Americans were kicked out their land by people who claimed to be Servants of God. Silent Planet retaliated against the idea of the settlers being servants by explaining what it really is to be a Servant. They then compare the idea of False Servant-hood to most preachers today. “Tiny Hands (Au Revoir)” is a Holocaust survival story about a Jewish woman who escaped a Synagogue being burned by Nazis by jumping out a giant window into a garden. There are also topics such as the Garden of Eden and the existence of both forces of Good and Evil. Finally, the song “Wasteland”. This song is about the rise of Joseph Stalin and his attempt to abolish God completely, making himself the new supreme figurehead that everyone are supposed to worship. The song also looks at the lives of the soldiers under Stalin who were dying unnecessary deaths after losing their faith on the battle field, hence the name “Wasteland”.

I can go on and on, but you should go check it out for yourself. I highly recommend that you check out the album playlist on youtube (which I have provided a link) and read the lyrics while the songs are playing. I promise you will not regret it and your mind will be blown.

Thanks for reading! If you want to hear more music like Silent Planet and other great artists, tune into my show “Shred the Gnar” Tuesdays at 8am on http://www.kssu.com

Much Love, DJGingerbeard

Links:

Playlist= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d9HHQqtguY&list=PLCslpjrb7cYjhht_4wASD6IGoivkLfD-z&index=10

interview= https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi_VYGnuHl8

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30/30 Playlist: Songs That Got Me Through the Semester


Playlist bannerDuring the each semester, or periods in my life in general, there is always music to help me get through it. Certain songs when played will always take me back to the time period in my life where those songs were on repeat. Everyone should have those.

So this past semester, these few songs were released, and it helped me get through Fall 2014 with a little more ease.

Note to readers: I am a very eclectic guy when it comes to my music taste. Despite my dislike for edm and country, expect a variety of styles on this playlist!


 

Dirty Heads: Silence

This song was released on the reggae rock band’s sophomore LP Sound of Change, and it was the one that stuck out to me the most. It has that perfect blend of their rap style with the use of some minor chords and a hard hitting chorus that had me playing this song on repeat. Their rapping has definitely improved since their debut album. The chorus starts off soft, with the a melodic croon, then hits hard, going full band. I was extremely happy when I saw them play this live at Ace of Spades in October. This made the breaks between classes and work much more enjoyable.

But the silence is deafening!


 

The Kooks: Sweet Emotion

This song was from their latest release, Listen, and man, this is definitely a change of pace from their older stuff. I’m not upset about that at all though, because this song is amazing. It was the very last track on the album, which made for a great closer. The album as a whole was pretty good in my opinion, but when this song came up, it made the album waaay better. This song has that effect. It starts off with the catchy guitar riff and the voice. Then throughout the song, more instruments keep coming into the mix and it just gets better. This song made me extremely happy whenever I played it, and helped me get through a lot of tedious work for some of my classes. So soulful, so great.

Everytime you’re near mee!


 

Childish Gambino: All Y’all

Childish Gambino dropped his two part project, Mixtape STN MTN & EP Kuai, this past semester with good reception. While the EP was more on his singing side, the mixtape was full of rap that only Childish Gambino can deliver. He surprisingly rapped over and remixed a lot of old tracks, including Timbaland’s “All Y’all”. What stuck out to me was his verses and flow on this track. Gambino has been changing his style up for awhile now, especially since Because the Internet was more of a concept album. But on this track, it reminded me of his older stuff with his updated skill now. He delivered the funny pop culture punch lines, sped up and slowed down his flow, threw in some minimal singing, and more. The content was also very camp and cul de sac esque. Although it is not self produced, the beat suited him well. All of this made it my favorite out of the mixtape and EP, making it a song I can always go to in high stress situations.

We were born free, that’s my God given


 

Four Year Strong: Go Down in History EP

So this is the only band i’ve bought every album for and that isn’t changing anytime soon. When this was released, I had to go to Dimple and buy the EP. From their last album, it was very refreshing to hear them go more towards their routes, while still growing as a band. This whole EP gave me something to stomp my feet to and hit my chest with my fist towards. I hope you get the imagery because that’s exactly what I wanted to do while listening.. I am extremely bummed I didn’t get to see them when they came to Slim’s SF for their tour. But the five track EP still gave me great hardcore pop punk to listen to, and I was extremely happy with this purchase. I definitely need to mosh to these guys soon.. They need to release an LP and go on tour for that! Great for the skates from the apartment to the school!

I couldn’t find the words to.. So read the writing on the walls!


 

Kendrick Lamar: i

With this release, came the mixed reviews, including from myself.. I am a huge fan of Kendrick Lamar and TDE as a whole, so with this release compared to the others,  came confusion. Why would this hard hitting skilled rapper release this “pop” song?? Especially with the album art and tweets talking about it before it came out. I was kind of disappointed. As were many others, but the thing is, I didn’t get it at first. I couldn’t comprehend this because we as a generation of listeners isn’t use to this anymore. And when we hear it, it automatically gets put under pop or mainstream. But when I watched the music video, I understood it a little more. I knew there was something different, and that it wasn’t the regular mainstream pop song. Then I saw his performance on SNL.. and it blew me away. I instantly got it. He was bringing the soul, funk, and rock and roll back into the black culture and music as a whole. At least that’s what I saw, his performance could of been different; it could’ve been a mainstream puppet running around on stage with endorsement deals all around his outfit, screaming into the mic while running around trying to hype the crowd. But it wasn’t. So I watched interviews, and he basically said what I thought. About bringing the soul back, incorporating it into hip-hop. With such a positive message as well, it is a well done and executed song. I grew on me instantly when I saw the visuals, which is kind of sad to say. But hey, definitely a feel good song that got me through the hectic weeks. *starts doing kendrick dance

I LOVE MYSELF

 

 


 

 

Joey Bada$$: Christ Conscious

With every semester comes a hard hitting hitting rap song that I can bump and listen to while walking around. This is that song for me. Joey Bada$$ is releasing his debut album B4.DA.$$ in January, but for now he’s dropping singles, each of which being hip-hop gold. In my opinion. With the classic boom-bap style with his hard hitting verses and flow, this made a great song to ride around to. Especially since he premiered the song with the video, it made me instantly wanting to walk the streets of Sac and start rapping. lol This guy is younger than me, but his talent with rapping is greater than most now a days. Definitely an album i’m anticipating, but for now, i have the three singles, including this.

Got dragon balls like my name was Vegeta!!


 

So these were the songs. Some of you may not like the choices, but each of these struck a chord within me, making me want to listen to them more. Comment your mini playlist that got you through the semester below, that would be dope!

Each person feels different music and music differently, just saying.

Jerel is a DJ at KSSU So like listen and stuff.

Album Review: ‘Pieces of a Dream’ by Ohmega Watts


Ohmega Watts Pieces of a Dream

Cover art for Ohmega Watts’ Pieces of a Dream

Ohmega Watts’ LP Pieces of a Dream has been a healthy addition to my hip-hop repertoire. I wish I’d heard this a long time ago, but I know why it is only coming into my life now- only recently am I able to appreciate songs like these.

If you’ve read my album reviews earlier on Hologram Kizzie’s ‘Hug Life’ and A.S.H.E.S the Chosen’s ‘ID, Ego, Superego’ you can see that I like in my hip-hop trancy beats or some electronic production, loud and driven lyrics, and a fast and upbeat tempo. I have been drawn for some time now to flashy rap music, but Watts’ newest project has caught my ear for every other reason. [Read more…]

DJ Mappquest Interviews Zion I (Again) – January 30th, 2014


So last week I got to see Zion I perform in Sacramento at Assembly.  This comes a year and four months removed from their last visit through, on the ShadowBoxing tour.  After the show I met up with Zumbi and Amplive to ask them a few questions.  NOTE: This is not a verbatim of what they said.  You can listen to the attached copy to hear exactly what was said.  This was slightly edited for it to “make sense”.  The audio is not edited, but it is there in case you want to listen to it.

zumbi-at-assemblyJosh Alvarez Mapp: So how do you feel the reception for ShadowBoxing was?
Zumbi: I think it was good man.  It opened us up to a different fan base.  Took us deeper into the EDM scene a bit.  I think honestly it turned off some hip hop cats because they don’t necessarily mess with that so they left it alone, but it opened us up to EDM which is what happens when you try different stuff, it’s back and forth – it is what it is. [Read more…]

Childish Gambino Changes Things Up with “Because the Internet”


“Because the Internet” album cover

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Childish Gambino (a.k.a Donald Glover) recently released his newest project Because The Internet. Unlike any regular project, Gambino released his 2nd studio album along side a screenplay that can be accessed through becausetheinter.net. On this website, he creates an interactive reading experience. While reading along, you can watch clips and listen to his new songs that corresponds to the part you’re reading. Everything about this album is internet-esque, or an ode to today’s internet age, referencing to things such as the popular website worldstarhiphop.com, internet slang such as “troll”, mentions, etc. Also the way it was highly promoted through Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Tumblr, and other internet avenues adds to the feel for this new project.

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Heirs To The North


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Released this Halloween, “Heirs To The North” is a compilation album produced by Las Vegas rapper T.R@bb.

H*T*T*N is a mashup of various up and coming rappers from Las Vegas bringing the very finest of hip hop to their listeners.

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Album Review – Fat Tony’s “Smart Ass Black Boy”


Have you heard of Fat Tony before?  Chances are no.  Houston-native Anthony Obi, also known as Fat Tony, has been rapping quite a bit in a short amount of time.  It started in 2010 with RABDARGAB.  But the more critically acclaimed album of his was when he teamed up with Tom Cruz  (not to be confused with Tom Cruise).  And soon, Smart Ass Black Boy will drop on June 11th, 2013.  So Fat Tony has eluded me these few years, but his new album is definitely worth a good listen.  I am always skeptical with hip hop and rap since I find it easier to find artists who are “trying to hard.” [Read more…]

Rage Against the Machine: XX Box Set


Hard to believe its been twenty years since the now world famous hard rocking Rage Against the Machine formed. Yes, the Southern Cali group formed in 1991 and have been raging against the machine ever since. Band members Tim Commerford, Zack de la Rocha, Tom Morello and Brad Wilk have rocking crowds, dropping knowledge and oh yes making ass kicking music since the early 90s. Last week for those Rage fans who didn’t know or maybe forgot, Legendary Records released the XX: the box set of the bands first landmark album.

 

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College Radio Day is October 2nd 2012


 

Celebrate College Radio Day by listening to KSSU!

http://kssu.com/

DJ Aerrow Shapiro has a few surprises in store for you.  DJ Aerrow Shapiro’s Hour of Power is at 5pm (PDT)

Support free format radio! Thanks for celebrating with us!

More information and a list of participating stations (in your state, country, or region) is available on the official College Radio Day website

http://www.collegeradioday.com

 

The interview with Dime (Zae Martinez) from the group the Classiks


The interview with Dime (Zae Martinez) from the group the Classiks was not only inspirational but extremely heartfelt. The interview opened up with one of the original songs that got me in tuned with the group of “how bad do you want it”. Continuing into the interview I was able to get deep and personal with the artist in finding out his motivations and aspirations to continue in the very challenging and competitive music world. He several times, over and over, said it was due to his family and friends that his motivation to continue with his work prevailed. He said  he began as a teenager between 13 and 14 years writing and rapping, and at the age of 21 he paired up with his best friend/brother Big Daddy Real/Sammy. [Read more…]