Friday, August 20, 2010
FAT BEATS ANNOUNCES CLOSING OF NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES RETAIL STORES
I remember years back when they closed the Fat Beats Amsterdam store it was a big mis for hip hop in the Netherlands.
(August 18, 2010 - Brooklyn, NY) After 16 years, Fat Beats has announced the closing of the legendary label's two remaining retail locations in New York and Los Angeles. Fat Beats will celebrate the legacies of the stores, which are scheduled to close in early September (New York: September 4th, Los Angeles: September 18th) by throwing a series of blow-out sales and tribute parties open to the public during their last weeks. Fans can check www.FatBeats.com for updates.
Fat Beats’ longest running and most famed location is at 406 Avenue of the Americas in Manhattan. Since the 1994 opening of Fat Beats' flagship retail location, hip-hop fans have traveled far and wide to visit the iconic store. With locations soon following in Los Angeles (7600 Melrose Ave.), Atlanta, Amsterdam, and Tokyo, the record stores were a place to experience hip-hop culture and its legacy, which became a global phenomenon. “The closing of Fat Beats is just like one of my friends passing away. They promoted vinyl at its highest degree for the culture of good music and that makes it more difficult to say goodbye," says DJ Premier.
The announcement of the closings is a reflection of the woes that have been plaguing the industry for years. Global chain HMV closed their last US location in 2004. Tower Records shuttered in 2006. Last year saw the close of the last Virgin Megastore, and the story is no different in 2010. For Fat Beats, maintaining two stores well into 2010 is a testament to the stores' importance to the music and to fans and consumers continuing to support independent hip-hop.
While news of the stores' closing marks the end of an era, the future is not doom and gloom. Digital sales continue to increase industry-wide; for Fat Beats, currently operating a profitable and growing online retail store, this has provided a boon to business as fans continue to order mp3s, vinyl, and CDs from FatBeats.com. Although digital sales continue to grow, executives at Fat Beats understand the importance of independent retail stores and are planning to re-open a brick and mortar hip-hop lifestyle location sometime in the near future.
The future looks just as bright for Fat Beats Distribution and the label. Fat Beats Distribution, which has been renamed FB Distribution, continues to strike noteworthy distribution deals with independent and major labels worldwide and is now working with different genres of alternative music. Fat Beats Records will continue to release notable albums from their own impressive roster of artists including ILL BILL, TruMaster/KRS-One, Black Milk, Trinity, Sha Stimuli, Q-Unique, and more. Fat Beats owner and President Joe Abajian says, “This is the start of a new era for Fat Beats. We’re adapting to meet the needs of our demographic by revamping and improving our existing systems. While our website, which stocks everything available in our retail stores, continues to do very well, we’re still exploring our options for alternate retail locations in the future. We’re proud of our legacy and will continue to re-invent ourselves. For now, we’ll see you online at FatBeats.com”
Friday, August 6, 2010
Hemp/Marijuana is a Sacrament:
First cause is God
God created everything
Everything is God's Creation
Everything is Holy!
The Bible says God created "Herb Bearing Seed: It shall be for you as food."
Hemp/Marijuana is an "Herb Bearing Seed."
Hemp allows the blind to see (Glaucoma).
Hemp allows the lame to walk (Multiple Sclerosis).
Hemp seeds feed the birds.
Hemp prolongs Life.
(Eating hemp seed with its essential fatty acid composition fortifies the immune
systems of the body.)
Hemp brings Peace to those who are allowed to use it in Peace.
Hemp calms anger and motivates the Spirit.
Hemp is a Blessed Herb.
Hemp has been used since the dawn of time by many cultures and religions. The
people of the Earth need the Blessing of the "Good Herb" now for the "Healing of
Be It Resolved: Any inhalation or digestion of NATURE’S ABSOLUTE MOST HIGH'S SACRAMENT OF
HEMP/MARIJUANA at any time on GEB EARTH IS A SACRAMENTAL CELEBRATION and is protected by the FIRST AMENDMENT OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS (Freedom of Religion) OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION.
Moreover, Government through their ignorance and hypocrisy, have thrown us out of the Legal Temples of Commerce. They want to make GEB’S PEOPLE into criminals. But the Growing, Selling, Distribution of OUR SACRAMENT is not unlawful. This Distribution is necessary (how else can we do it?) and MUST also be protected by the Freedom of Religion included in the Bill of Rights. IT IS GEB’S, not government, who gives us the Good Herb. LOVE GEB... CELEBRATE THE SACRAMENT!
"Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesars' and unto God the things which are Gods'." ~Luke 20:25
"Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil." ~Romans 14:16
Moreover, CANAAN, the land Moses was leading the Hebrew people to after they fled slavery in Egypt, got its name from the same root word as "CANNABIS," indicating that hemp was cultivated and used there.The Three Wise Men who came to witness the birth of Christ were believed to be Zoroastrians, who regarded marijuana/hemp as a special gift of God, as the chief religious sacrament of its priest class, and its most important medicine. Coptic Christians are the oldest and most widespread group of Christians in
North Africa and the Middle East. Their Church of Alexandria dates back to shortly after the ascension of Christ. And, they still use cannabis as a Sacrament.
HEMP IN OTHER RELIGIONS
The Rastafarians (primarily of Jamaica) use "ganja" as a sacrament to communicate with God (Jah.)
In the Hindu religion, primarily of India, the belief is that their god Shiva brought cannabis from the Himalaya Mountains for human enjoyment and enlightenment. In Buddhism (Tibet, India, China), many Buddhist writings, traditions and beliefs indicate that Buddha used and ate nothing but hemp and its seeds for the six years prior to announcing his Enlightenment.
SUNDAY "HIGH MASS"
NOON - SUNDAYS - EARTHWIDE
CELEBRATE YOUR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM GUARANTEED BY THE BILL OF RIGHTS! CELEBRATE THE SACRAMENT OF HEMP/MARIJUANA.
Note: The first "Christian" followers of Jesus Christ had to go into the "catacombs" (caves) in secret and hiding to celebrate their faith. So must we celebrate God's Sacrament of cannabis in secret. Join(t) us in Sacramental Religious Celebration.
Create a ritual. Do a reading. Say a prayer. Be Holy. Amen.
BIBLES PRINTED ON HEMP PAPER
Since Bibles are often family heirlooms and are passed on from generation to generation, they must be printed on long lasting paper. Therefore Bibles are often printed on long-lasting hemp paper.
Definitions from the Dictionary:
Sacrament: "A visible sign of an inward grace. Something regarded as possessing a sacred character or mysterious significance."
Worship: "A reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage or to any object regarded as sacred."
Holy: "Specifically recognized as declared sacred by religious use or authority, consecrated."
Blessed: "Consecrated, sacred, holy, sanctified, worthy of adoration, reverence or worship."
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS:
"And the earth brought forth grass and herb yielding seed after its own kind, and God said that it was good." ~Genesis 1:12
God said "Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of the earth. I have given you every green herb for food: and it was so." And God saw everything that he had made, and beheld it was good."
"...In later times some will speak hypocritical lies, commanding people to abstain from things which God created to be received with thanksgiving, by those who believe and know the truth. For everything God has created is consecrated by the word of God with prayer. If you point these things out to the people, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ... have
nothing to do with godless myths."
"God causes the grass to grow for the cattle and herb for the service of man and wine to make glad the heart and oil to make his face shine."
~Psalm 104: 14-15
"One believeth that he may eat all things. Another... eateth herbs... let us not, therefore judge one another any more: but judge this, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. I know and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean, of itself: But to him that esteemeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink: but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit."
Paul advised: "Do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink."
"The angel of the Lord appeared unto Moses in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush and behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed... and God called to him out of the bush and said, "Moses, Moses," and he said, "here I am."
The Lord said unto me, "I will take my rest in my dwelling place like a clear heat upon herbs and be like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest. Before the harvest, when the bud is perfect and the sour grape is ripening in the flower, he shall cut off the sprigs with the pruning hook and take
away and cut down the branches."
"Not that which goeth into the mouth defiles a man, but that which comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man."
"There shall be showers of blessing... And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land. Then shall they know that I the Lord their God am with them."
"And the leaf thereof for medicine.:
"And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. And on either side of the river, there was the TREE OF LIFE, which bore twelve manner of fruits, and yielding her fruit every month; AND THE LEAVES OF THE TREE WERE FOR THE HEALING OF THE NATIONS."
NOTE: Marijuana/Hemp was used 12 ways during biblical times:
"If a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked."
"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge I will also reject you."
"The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; hath sent me to bring up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and opening of the prison to them that are bound."
"A wise wo/man will hear, and will increase learning: and a wo/man of understanding shall attain wise counsels."
GOD'S ANNOINTING OIL
In 1980, linguists at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel confirmed that "cannabis" is mentioned in the Bible by the name "KANNOBOSM" in a list of measured ingredients for God's Holy Annointing Oil.
In Exodus 30:23, God instructed Moses to make a mixture royal: with measured ingredients of myrrh, cassia, olive oil, and kannobosm to be smeared on sacramental objects and on the bodies and heads of the priests and congregation. God instructs: "THIS ANNOINTING OIL IS TO BE USED IN MY SERVICE FOR ALL TIME TO COME."
(In the original Hebrew the word "kannah" appears but was mistranslated in the King James Bible as "calamus" and in some Bibles as "cane.")
The First Amendment of the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the American People their Freedom of Religion. It has two major provisions:
1. There shall be no establishment of religion.
2. Government shall not prohibit the freedom to practice religion.Unfortunately, each time a religious freedom case concerning marijuana has come before the U.S. Supreme Court, the use of marijuana has wrongly been declared illegal.
The 1993 "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" passed by Congress essentially returns to the Native American Church the right to use Peyote in religious ceremonies. In the 1993 Hialeah, Florida decision the Supreme Court ruled that it was legal and constitutional for a religious group to sacrifice chickens and other animals in a home in a residential neighborhood. The court said that "government must be very circumspect about imposing its views on religion."
Now if you can religiously kill chickens in your living room, and Native Americans can use Peyote, and Episcopalians, Jews and Roman Catholics can drink wine in their churches/temples then it is absolutely acceptable for hemp to be used as a Religious Sacrament.
Article 18 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that:
"Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and
CONGRESS DECLARES BIBLE "THE WORD OF GOD"
PUBLIC LAW 97-280 OCT. 4, 1982
Public Law 97-280
96 STAT. 1211
Authorizing and requesting the President to proclaim 1983 as The "Year of the Bible"
Whereas the Bible, the Word of God, has made a unique contribution in shaping the United States as a distinctive and blessed nation and people;
Whereas deeply held religious convictions springing from the Holy Scriptures led to the early settlement of our Nation;
Whereas Biblical teachings inspired concepts of civil government that are contained in our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States;
Whereas many of our great national leaders-among them Presidents Washington, Jackson, Lincoln, and Wilson-paid tribute to the surpassing influence of the Bible in our country's development, as in the words of President Jackson that the Bible is "the rock on which our Republic rests";
Whereas the history of our Nation clearly illustrates the value of voluntarily applying the teachings of the Scriptures in the lives of individuals, families, and societies;
Whereas this Nation now faces great challenges that will test this Nation as it has never been tested before; and
Whereas that renewing our knowledge of and faith in God through Holy Scripture can strengthen us as a nation and a people: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the President is authorized and requested to designate 1983 as a national "Year of the Bible" in recognition of both the formative influence the Bible has been for our Nation, and our national need to study and apply the teachings of the Holy Scriptures.
Approved October 4, 1982
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
A fascinating recording of Sun Ra and his Arkestra in an early incarnation, 1958′s JAZZ IN SILHOUETTE features Ra’s complex, adventurous compositions in traditional bop and swing contexts. The opening “Enlightenment” has edgy piano accompaniment from Ra, and a Cuban rhythm outro, but its breezy melody is reminiscent of Duke Ellington circa his Okeh period. “Blues at Midnight” is an up-tempo bop number with outstanding solos from all members of the Arkestra. Complex themes (“Saturn”) and fractured blues (“Horoscope”) show qualities integral to the style Ra would develop in the following years. In particular, the drawn-out ensemble explorations of “Ancient Aiethopia”–which are infused with tribal percussion, flute, and chant-like themes–serve as a blueprint for the artist’s signature sound. This album is an excellent, accessible introduction to the music of Sun Ra, ideal for those who may be intimidated by Ra’s more challenging later work.
04. Ancient Aiethopia
05. Hours After
08. Blues At Midnight
One of the two quartet sessions that Ornette cut for Blue Note in the late 60s – and tight mature work like the New York Is Now sides, recorded in the company of Dewey Redman and the Coltrane rhythm section of Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones, which offers a contrasting perspective to most of the preceding Coleman groups. Ornette plays alto and trumpet, as he was doing around that time, and Redman’s playing is amongst his finest on record. Four tunes: the title track, “Airborne”, “Check Out Time”, and “Open To The Public”.
02. Check Out Time
03. Check Out Time (Alternate Version)
04. Open To The Public
05. Love Call
06. Love Call (Alternate Version)
07. Just For You