As the smells of turkey and pumpkin pie fill the streets, the anticipation mounts as we all wait for the arrival of family members, friends, good meals and some much needed rest. It is only appropriate that with Thanksgiving comes the release of Raashan Ahmad’s newest music video ‘Give Thanks’. True to form, Raashan serves up a healthy helping of feel good hip-hop with this newest video. In the video, Ahmad pays tribute to some historical heroes as he flows in front of a montage of images of Martin Luther King, Ghandi, Mother Teresa, Fredrick Douglass, Malcolm X and many more. With his down to earth vibe and poetic lyrics, Raashan reminds us to not only be thankful for the good times that make us smile, but also for the hardest of times that make us stronger. Raashan wraps up themes of family, friendship and faith in beats and rhymes and we can all be thankful for. Check out this music video if one of the things that you are thankful for is conscious hip-hop music, I know I am! So, while you are indulging in that last slice of pie this weekend, don’t forget to give thanks and check out Raashan’s new video.
Let us know what you think, leave a comment.
Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on November 24, 2008 @ 2:25 PM
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Hey Hey Hey! I hope all of you were in attendance on October 18th and able to enjoy the amazing dual release party for two of Om Records’ most anticipated albums, Mushroom Jazz 6 and J-Boogie’s Dubtronic Science Soul Vibrations. From 10pm on the walls of Mighty were shakin’ to the live sounds of downtempo hip-hop, soulful jazz and funky Latin beats. J-Boogie and his Dubtronic Science band threw down featuring debut tracks from their new album Soul Vibrations and Mark Farina tore up the turntables proving why his Mushroom Jazz series is Om’s most highly demanded series in 15 years. The sexy vibe at the party was complimented by pink and purple lotus flowers raining down Mighty’s vintage brick walls, along with images of newly released music videos from both albums. All 1,000 guests in attendance were dressed to impress and thoroughly enjoying the drinks, the vibe, and especially the music until the early hours of Sunday morning. This party definitely graces the top of the Om party charts and I hope you all had a great time. If you didn’t make it out, there’s always more to come, and you can check out the pics of what you missed on our site by clicking the above banner.
Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on November 20, 2008 @ 9:32 AM
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While here at Om there is no shortage of love going around, there are certain Om fans that go above and beyond to display their love and appreciation for the production of good music. These fans know that the love for quality music that drives Om records is an everlasting type of love. So, they have decided to show their appreciation in an everlasting way, and what is more everlasting than something permanent? And what is more permanent than a tattoo!!?? Check out these pictures of a couple of our most hard core fans, Kaspars Dabra representing Latvia, and Jordan aka ‘The Southerner’ as they show their appreciation and love with Om lotus flower tattoos!
If there are more of you out there like our truest die hard fans in these photos, who have decided to prove your everlasting love for Om records in INK, we would love to show you some appreciation back. In the spirit of dedication, if you send us a picture of your Om lotus tattoo, I (Dfish the lovely Om intern) will get your name tattooed on me!! Okay, okay, I’m just playin!! But, if you send us a picture of your Om lotus tattoo, we will send you some free Om gear! So go ahead and email in your pics for some FREE stuff!!
To see more ink, visit: /galleries/46
Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on November 17, 2008 @ 4:08 PM
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It is truly an exciting time to be alive. Two days ago, the world changed for the better in so many ways as Barack Obama accepted the responsibility and the role of the President Elect of the United States of America. While for many it seems that Obama was created to take on this role, there were many, many months of hard work and preparation in order for this amazing historical event to take place. For 22 months, Obama took his message of Hope and Change across the country, and Scout Tufankjian, a photo journalist from Brooklyn New York was along for this remarkable journey documenting each state, city, town, and individual that the Obama campaign touched. This incredible work can be seen on Scout’s website http://www.scouttufankjian.com/main.php and will soon be gracing bookshelves all across the world with Yes We Can the book. Through her intimate and thoughtful photographs, Scout illustrates how the Barack Obama campaign for President has brought new life and meaning to the concepts of change, hope, unity, and equality. Historic and transformative times such as today are few and far between, and the photographs taken by Scout Tufankjian help us to understand the meaningfulness of this time and to hold onto it forever. So, take a look and enjoy.
Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on November 14, 2008 @ 11:31 AM
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Hey all – good times in LA this week for Mark. Tonight he will be live on Jason Bentley’s show on KCRW. Tune in at 8 PM to check it out. You can stream the show online here www.kcrw.com
Saturday he will be throwing down at Avalon. Should be a crazy show, King Britt is set to play as well. For advance tickets and show details click here.
Want something different to do on Sunday? Head down to Amoeba Records in Hollywood at 3 PM. Mark will be throwing down an exclusive Mushroom Jazz live in-store DJ set + meet & greet. Buy the CD and get a free poster. For more info visit www.amoeba.com
Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on November 13, 2008 @ 9:42 AM
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West Coast hip-hop music of the 1990s had a kickback vibe that transported listeners directly into the backyards of their favorite MCs. With their new album “Fun DMC,” People Under the Stairs take you back to a time before hip-hop made you think of commercials for Doritos, iPods, and reality TV. As an old school hip-hop fan, any reminder of that laid back Sunday afternoon hip-hop is welcome in my book, and this album is definitely worth listening to. The track ‘The Ultimate 144’ showcases the lyrical backbends of People Under The Stairs, and hits you with a bit of that old school feel. People Under the Stairs’ dedication to the old school shines through again in the track ‘Anotha (BBQ)’ which has already secured a solid place in my kick back summer time play list. The influences of 90s hip-hop are strong in this album, and serve as a welcome reminder of the hip-hop classics. As you find yourself drowning in chopped and screwed hooks and product placement in the current world of hip-hop music, People Under the Stairs throws out a musical life raft with their “Fun DMC” album. Whether you are throwing a funky house party or a backyard barbeque, “Fun DMC” will give you that break that you need, and carry you to another time in music, a time where there are no distractions between artist and listener, a time referred to by many as “back in the day.”
What do you think of the new album? Leave a comment.
Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on November 12, 2008 @ 9:30 AM
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I couldn’t be more juiced to announce that Raashan Ahmad’s new video for his track ‘Peace’ has finally dropped and is ready and waiting to be consumed by the hip-hop loving public. Throughout his new album, “The Push,” Raashan echoes the themes and sounds of the roots of hip-hop music, intertwining social and political trials and tribulations with personal struggles and discovery. The ‘Peace’ video’s vintage vibe runs smoothly together with Raashan Ahmad’s thoughtful lyrics and classic beats. With the world in a current state of panic, Raashan is preaching peace on an individual and a global level. Combining the creative forces of director Eric A. Leppo and the passion behind Raashan’s lyrics leads to the creation of this dope video. When describing the collaboration process Leppo has said, "We realized we were both independently trying to get some similar messages across so it made a lot sense to combine forces through this project. To do justice to the topic of peace in our war- filled times, I could see from the start this would need to be a dense four minutes of animation visually and ideologically. After listening to the song and talking with Raashan about it, I came to see the song as an appeal for peace to the world, and at the same time as also a huge thought provoker, doing everything from prodding us to think about why someone might say “Peace!” instead of “bye,” to making us consider the general concepts of peace and conflict in and among different countries, classes, religions, time periods, races, species and beliefs." There is no doubt that the song and video do the message of ‘Peace’ mad justice!
With the economy down the tubes, I’m sure that many of you (like myself) are desperate for some exciting activities to partake in at the end of your stressful work week that wont break your bank or max out your credit card. Well, if you check out the Podcast section on the Om site, we have added another Podcast for our fly ass LoveFest afterparty for your listening pleasures. This one’s for all you fist pumping, rump shaking electronic music lovers. Mike Monday, the man who brought you last week’s iTune’s video of the week from his newest album ‘Songs Without Words’ shut it down at the LoveFest afterparty with a techno electronic mash up that will get your heart pumpin’ and your blood flowing for a solid 40 minute jam sesh. Mike Monday’s set brought down the house at the Mezz after Love Fest, and now we are bringing the party to you. So hop on over to the Podcast section of the Om site, lace up your adidas, and get to steppin’.
Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on November 10, 2008 @ 11:35 AM
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Recorded in London, Mumbai & Chennai, Bombay Dub Orchestra’s sophomore release once again combines chilled electronica with the cinematic lushness of a full Indian orchestra. 3 Cities also features contributions from many of India’s finest soloists and vocalists who help to bring the group’s uniquely dubbed, South Asian sound to new levels of beauty.
Step inside the sound of 3 Cities, Bombay Dub Orchestra’s sophomore release, and experience the crossroads where Mumbai, Chennai, and London musically meet. Since the release of their self-titled debut, the name Bombay Dub Orchestra (consisting of composer/producers Garry Hughes and Andrew T. Mackay) has built quite a reputation. From main-stage performances at the UK’s Big Chill Festival and Djing across the globe, scoring feature films to remixing such world-renowned artists as Bob Marley, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and Bebel Gilberto, fans and critics have been eagerly awaiting their next album. For 3 Cities, both Hughes and Mackay traveled to Mumbai and Chennai to record with the cities’ premier musicians and vocalists before returning to London to mix the album. 3 Cities is where their cinematic soundscapes meet Indian Classical and electronica featuring a huge cast of over 75 musicians.
If you have been walking around in a fog over the past two weeks, kicking yourself for not coming to the Om Records’ Love’s a Trip – Love Fest after party, you can cease the self inflicted suffering immediately, because you are about to get something like a second chance. There is hope after all!! The entire set from the Love Fest after party spun by musical chameleon, producer and DJ King Britt has been uploaded onto our podcast section for your listening and dancing pleasure. While it would be impossible to fully recreate the amped vibe of the Love’s a Trip party, this pod cast should do the trick to get your body rocking and your booty shaking.
King Britt brought his eclectic musical knowledge to the turntables on the main floor of the party for this upbeat set. The set begins with a sound that I’m sure many of us would be happy to wake up to every morning and go to bed to every night, and that is sound clips of our future president Barack Obama’s vision for change!! These Obama shout outs are supported in the set by some masterful remixes of some of my favorite hip-hop jams (both old and new) including MIA’s ‘Paper Planes,’ Kanye West’s ‘Work Out Plan,’ and Petey Pablo’s ‘Freak a Leak.’ The set wouldn’t truly be a Love Fest after party set, however, without spinning into a serious bass thumping electronic dance music break down. So, lace up your black and gold adidas, turn the lights down, and proceed to the land of musical enjoyment
Posted by: Gunnar Hissam on October 28, 2008 @ 1:25 AM
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