Posts Tagged ‘energy

10
Sep
11

Music Review: Foo Fighters – Wasting Light (2011)

By Karan Patel (Simple Complex Continuity)

Foo Fighters just never ceases to impress. Wasting Light was released earlier in 2011. I heard the album this past week. A little late but totally worth it. It is punk moulded with organized growls, lovable high-pitched vocals, enough aggression, not overdone solos, grunge  (of course), a little of blues and rock n’ roll, commercial but unconventional and at the end of the day, just pure jumpy madness. I missed the Wasting Light pre-release concerts in Los Angeles because I was out of town. There is one coming up next month and I can’t wait to be there and hopefully a lot more. Foo Fighters have a great credibility when it comes to live shows. The energy is kinetic, at least, that is what I have heard from friends, and it has a cult following, which is what I know. I am huge on Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl, the vocalist, rhythm/lead guitarist and chief songwriter for the band wears too many hats and is arguably one of the most talented musicians. What I mean by “too many hats” is all his involvement in so many side projects and pre-Foo Fighters work – Nirvana, Queens Of The Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures and Probot. Wasting Light is everything that I have mentioned. It’s a feeling you get when you kickstart a bike for the very first time.

P.see: Of course, each and every song in the album is great.

Also, since many people don’t know about them, I would like to share:

Taylor Hawkins’ solo project: Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders

A lot of the stuff is on Youtube. I like it a lot !!!

03
Jul
11

Raving And Ranting About Drug Users

To a sobered Bombay, a hung-over Gujarat and a world on drugs

Drugs remain a taboo because we choose to keep it that way. What goes on at jungle raves and beach raves goes on at clubs and house parties too, the difference being that a jungle or beach party would have much higher levels of energy. And raves are the ones that get busted by cops more than any other type of event. But what authorities don’t know is that police raids on such parties can cause more harm than do good. Partygoers running helter-skelter – sober and clean people running because they have a train to catch the next afternoon, others running because they are on drugs. People chucking all their stash and fleeing by leaping over high walls, escaping by hiding in garbage bins for hours, or breaking a leg by jumping from a dangerous height in fear of being caught by cops who claim they want don’t want to harass the drug users and only want information on where the drugs are coming from.

The whole damn world knows where the maal is sold: right under the police’s nose. But legalization is too much to ask for, even if it means that charas and ganja will be bought and sold legally and people will get to smoke unadulterated stuff, and that corruption will decrease because the police will not be able to take hafta from peddlers and bribes from scared youngsters and the Government will make a killing with the revenue generated from sales of recreational drugs.

Look at Gujarat. Supposedly a dry state, but a bazaar for bootleggers, with alcohol in every form being sold at costly rates… and who’s buying? Almost everybody is. Some might say lifting the ban on alcohol in Gujarat may encourage youngsters to drink, but imagine what happens when a young driver gets drunk on his dad’s bottle o’ bootlegged and is stopped by cops. That’s right – not only is driving drunk a crime, but in the land of Gandhi, even drinking is a crime. So, the fellow steps on the gas in panic, the alcohol and adrenalin playing havoc with his mind, and rams the car into something or someone he shouldn’t. That day will come sooner or later, Gujarat. In Bombay, we’ll jail the drunk driver. In Ahmedabad, you’ll have only yourselves to blame.

We’re the ones who criminalize the use of drugs. For some reason, we’re afraid to let others know that we have used drugs to our advantage, that they have helped us greatly and that we would have been far less aware of ourselves and things around us had we not taken those drugs. It’s not necessary to announce to the boss that he would have a great time smoking pot or to inform everyone at a family function that they’re all idiots because they haven’t dropped acid, but to not acknowledge that which has played a positive role in our lives is to disrespect it. Hey, if we can be grateful to a god who won’t rise for a turkey that didn’t come flying from heaven, and if we can praise an invisible god for everything that happens even though it was the butcher who slaughtered the goat, we can surely give credit where it’s overdue, yeah?

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