Occupy This Album Review: Disk 2

Occupy This Album Disk 2 begins with the premier vocal track by Michael Moore, “The Times They Are A-Changin”. I am very taken with his singing voice, he has nice tonality. I especially like that they interspersed part of his bullhorn speech from Zucotti Park into the mix.

Occupy This Album Disc 2:

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22. Ace Reporter – “The World Is on Fire”

This band rocked. Their collective energy grabbed my attention as they poured their hearts out on stage.

23. The Middle Eight – “Latter Days”

24. Chroma – “Turn The Lights On”

Chroma was impressive. Articulate with lots of positive energy.

25. Ani DiFranco – “Which Side Are You On?” *

26. Tao Rodriguez-Seeger – “Well May The World Go”

27. Thievery Corporation – “Unified Tribes” *

28. Thee Oh Sees – “Robber Barons”

29. Mike Rimbaud – “Saving Up to Go Bankrupt”

30. Nanci Griffith – “Hell No (I’m Not Alright)” *

Nanci Griffith was fervent in her support for Occupy. She extended her performances at City Winery by hanging out to support and contribute to Occupy. Loved her devotion to the cause.

31. Joseph Arthur – “We Stand as One” *

32. Girls Against Boys – “Cash Machine”

33. Junkyard Empire – “Rebellion Politik”

34. Anti-Flag – “Nothing Recedes Like Progress”

35. Fear Nuttin Band – “Rebel”

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36. Jill Sobule with John Doe – “Under the Bridge” 3

7. Stephan Said – “Take a Stand”

38. UNKLE – “The Answer”

39. Tom Morello(The Nightwatchman) – “World Wide Rebel Songs”

Tom Morello continues to grow large in my heart as an artist, a man of conviction to the cause. He has been such an ally to the Occupy movement. His track enters your heart and you can’t help but feel motivated and involved.

40. Third Eye Blind – “If There Ever Was a Time” *

*previously unreleased

Occupy This Album Review: Disk 1

I have watched with pride and admiration the evolution of the Occupy This Album projectI got on-board early as a  supporter of Jason Samel’s, Music For Occupy vision. I have written on this blog about the need for a musical outlet for Occupy. Occupy This Album is finally here and you owe it to yourself to plug into the sounds, spirit and activism of the Occupy movement. The avarice and greed of the 1% is imperiling the 99%.

 Which Side Are You On?

Occupy This Album is four discs with 99 tracks by 99 artists for the benefit of the 99%!

I am breaking this monumental recording into four separate reviews to do justice to the musicians united in common cause. My wife and I attended the Occupy This Album launch party at the City Winery in NYC on May 8th. We got to see many of the artists who have contributed to this album. I’ll point them out as this review unfolds over the next four days.

Occupy This Album, Disc 1

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1. Something’s Got to Give, Matt Pless

Matt Pless opened the record launch party on May 8th and his energy was infectious. It is also his art that illustrates the Occupy This Album cover. He is a modern-day Bob Dylan if you want my opinion. Great first song to kick it all off.

2. Come On, Come On, Come On, Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne has long been an advocate of human rights causes. He contributes an unreleased track with an infectious chorus.

3. Occupation Freedom, George Martinez & The Global Block Collective

We loved seeing George Martinez and the Global Block Collective perform “Occupation Freedom” on stage May 8th. They have a vivacious move your body, engage your mind track going on.

4. People Have The Power (Live In Marseille), Patti Smith

I feel very strongly that Patti Smith’s song of protest, “People Have The Power” should be the theme song for the Occupy movement. This live rendition has an electricity and passion that ignites your sentiment, as you pump your fist in the air at the 1% who are controlling everything.

5. Love Anthem (Only Love), My Pet Dragon

My Pet Dragon performed at the record launch party. They had a legion of fans in attendance and we got caught up in their excitement.

6. The Panic is On, Loudon Wainwright III

The true folkie makes a classic contribution to the Occupy cause.

7. Occulture, Cosmonaut

8. Save Us, Paper Cranes (feat. Rain Phoenix)

9. Smile (Get Up and Sing), Jay Samel

The musician behind Music For Occupy lends his voice to the fray, I am favorably impressed with Jay Samel’s vocal and guitar playing abilities.

10. This Is What America Looks Like, Tenderflex (DJ Logic & David Maurice) feat. Dynasty Electric, Ayler Young and Jay Rodriguez

Spin it and flip it for Occupy.

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11. Big Little Wolfs, Aeroplane Pageant

12. Agent 99, Alex Emanuel

13. Safety In Numbers, Deborah Harry

A unique track for Deborah Harry that is lilting and poignant.

14. Hey, can I Sleep On Your Futon?, Richard Barone

He performed this track for us at the record release party. He is a very capable and forthright artist.

15. Occupy Wall Street “Here Here Here”, Black Dragon

16. White Gold, Ladytron

17. Greed, Gabriel Aldort

18. Against The Machine, Taj Weekes & Adowa

I loved the reggae sound of Taj Weekes & Adowa. They made a strong contribution to the evening and the album.

19. The Young Idealists, Lloyd Cole

20. A Peaceful Solution, Willie Nelson

It wouldn’t be complete without Willie Nelson adding his voice to the cause.

Occupy This Album – Mystic Bowie

Nevah Kiss & Tell CD

Giving Props to our music friend Mystic Bowie! He is putting his energy and music towards the cause of Occupy. His lively track “Free” from his latest CD, Nevah Kiss & Tell has been re-recorded for Occupy This Album.

Mystic Bowie your activism and voice truly aid the efforts of Occupy. We are very proud of you. Rosemary and I were both born in Norwalk, Ct. Its  great to see our city’s favorite son stepping up for Occupy!

Occupy this Album

Statement of Autonomy

Passed by the General Assembly at Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street is a people’s movement. It is party-less, leaderless, by the people and for the people. It is not a business, a political party, an advertising campaign or a brand.  It is not for sale.

We welcome all, who, in good faith, petition for a redress of grievances through non-violence.  We provide a forum for peaceful assembly of individuals to engage in participatory as opposed to partisan debate and democracy.  We welcome dissent.

Any statement or declaration not released through the General Assembly and made public online at www.nycga.net should be considered independent of Occupy Wall Street.

We wish to clarify that Occupy Wall Street is not and never has been affiliated with any established political party, candidate or organization.  Our only affiliation is with the people.

The people who are working together to create this movement are its sole and mutual caretakers.  If you have chosen to devote resources to building this movement, especially your time and labor, then it is yours.

Any organization is welcome to support us with the knowledge that doing so will mean questioning your own institutional frameworks of work and hierarchy and integrating our principles into your modes of action.

SPEAK WITH US, NOT FOR US.

Occupy Wall Street values collective resources, dignity, integrity and autonomy above money.  We have not made endorsements.  All donations are accepted anonymously and are transparently allocated via consensus by the General Assembly or the Operational Spokes Council.

We acknowledge the existence of professional activists who work to make our world a better place.  If you are representing, or being compensated by an independent source while participating in our process, please disclose your affiliation at the outset.  Those seeking to capitalize on this movement or undermine it by appropriating its message or symbols are not a part of Occupy Wall Street.

We stand in solidarity.  We are Occupy Wall Street.

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Occupy Musicians Joins The Movement!

On Monday November 21, 2011 an important voice, music has been added to the Occupy Wall Street and global Occupy movements.

Their public statement of support.

We, the undersigned musicians and all who will join us, support Occupy Wall Street and the Occupy Movement around the world.

The press release can be found here:

tom morello occupy wall street

The Web site is designed as a petition and has been signed by many musicians. I expect the list to grow extensively and for music to be actively contributed to the Occupy campaigns.

The Occupy Musicians project is a mirror of the very successful work going on at Occupy Writers (http://occupywriters.com/) and Occupy Film Makers (http://www.occupyfilmmakers.com/), with a similar statement. Inspired by, and with help from Ginny Suss and Vanessa Wruble at the website Okay Player, they have launched the website Occupymusicians.com as a public statement of support for the Occupy Wall Street movement, and all Occupy movements.
In addition to the public statement of support, OccupyMusicians will serve as a resource:
• to facilitate performances at Occupy spaces and events
• provide links to media wishing to interview Occupy-supporting musicians
• host testimony and other writings of musicians for why they both are and support the 99 percent
• host embedded media to Occupy-related songs and music videos
• network musicians to Occupy locations and Occupy fund raisers
Twitter at @weoccupymusic
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