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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Matisyahu news


Matisyahu will be signing autographs at the Virgin Tent at Coachella this Sunday, April 30 from 3-3:30pm. Be sure and stop on by! Time is subject to change.

Check out Matisyahu's video player and watch "Youth," "King Without A Crown," and "King Without A Crown" (Live At Stubb's)" right here.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Matisyahu - concerts on video (part 5)

Matisyahu - concerts on video (part 5)

If you have never been to a Matisyahu concert before this post is for you.
Here are a few videos of Matisyahu concerts. This will give you a little taste of how it is like.



Monday, April 24, 2006

The meaning of "Dispatch The Troops"

Many of my imaginary friends (sure, I have a lot of imaginary friends, but only two good ones) have asked me to order the songs in Youth by quality, like to rank them. I said that some songs are better than others but it's very hard to rank them. So instead of listing them by order I will share with you my thoughts about the better songs in Youth.

One song I think has no chance of getting in the charts, but I really like is "Dispatch The Troops". Why? The main reason is the lyrics. You must read the lyrics while listening to the song. I think "Dispatch The Troops" will touch many people's hearts once they read the lyrics. Now you need to go and read "Dispatch The Troops" lyrics and go back to read the rest of this post once you are done.

"My gem is held captive in the dungeon
Don'’t come back till you end the mission
If it takes a long time
Don't lose the vision
If you'’re stuck
Check the blueprint
Look within

Now, you can read these lines and think of what ever you like, let me tell you what I think these lines are about.

My gem is held captive in the dungeon - my gem is my soul, my soul is locked and needs to break free. You need to break free and free your soul, no matter how hard it gets - Don'’t come back till you end the mission. Even If it takes a long time
Don't lose the vision

If you'’re stuck, Check the blueprint - what is the blueprint? the blueprint of your soul. G-d that made you also gave you a user manual, a blueprint of your soul. the blueprint is the holy Torah.

If you'’re stuck (Check the blueprint)
Look within
... look within your soul, there you could find the answer.

Now, you can read the lyrics in that context and see if it makes sense. what do you think? Am I right? Or am I way off?
Can someone ask Matisyahu and let me know?

oh yeah, the rhythm is good too....

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Matisyahu - Youth - Late Night In Zion - lyrics

Matisyahu - Youth - Late Night In Zion - lyrics

We're the Reflection, of Imperfection.
We come from the infinite place of limitation.
Rejoice in these days, make a correction,
We're the completion.

Lights Out, down for the count, can't get up.
Meanwhile the enemy screams the boy is stuck,
And the legs of the king are dangling in a rut.
Falling pieces, lost sparks, hearts cut.

We're not alone in this madness, if we're here then so are you.
Deepest caverns underground,
We've been searching for the truth.
Scrape my knees on the hurdles, face down in a puddles

The only one who'll get us out of this mess,
The one who put us here.
I've got a spear driven through my ear.
Can't you hear the sound, crystal clear,
Pistols smashing chandeliers,
Long for brooks of water like the dear. (makes more sense as deer may be a typo)

A man is just a man, filled with faults and weakness.
4 AM, Jerusalem, all alone and speechless.
Nightime nobody's home, Roam streets of darkness.
I feel I'm just a man, flesh and bones homeless.

Planting Seeds, they won't sink in.
I'm dried up like the desert earth, how could these seeds give birth?
Water me down, liquefy, i will not be cursed.
From one into a billion disperse.

Wisdom reigns like water, from heaven to below.
Crush my earth, seeds grow, garden starts to grow.
You know you've got to rise, although you like to flow,
You can't keep staring out the window.

Earth, Water, Wind, Fire, we stay low while getting higher.
Spark igniter, fighting tired,
Stay wired, enlighten loads.
Stay alive, weep, wail, chant, cry, Let out a sigh.
Energized, give out my last dime, life shouldn't pass me by.

Rise to the occasion,
Keep these hearts all blazing,
build you're life of a river of wax,
Melt into space,
We've been here since the beginning,
Not going away.

Matisyahu - Jerusalem - lyrics

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Matisyahu - concerts on video (part 4)

Matisyahu - concerts on video (part 4)

If you have never been to a Matisyahu concert before this post is for you.
Here are a few videos of Matisyahu concerts. This will give you a little taste of how it is like.




Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Matisyahu dominates festival circuit in 2006!


Following closely on the success of his new studio album Youth, Matisyahu has lined up a series of major festival performances this summer, joining A-list talent at each stop along the way.

Coachella kicks things off on April 30, when Matisyahu performs as part of a bill that also includes Madonna, Depeche Mode, Tool, Paul Oakenfold, and others.

From there he makes his return to the Sasquatch Music Festival where he'll join Beck and Nine Inch Nails in George, WA on May 28, then visits Cleveland for the CMJ/Rock Hall Music Fest on June 15 -- The Fray and Alejandro Escovedo also perform.

On June 18 he graces the stage at Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN. Bonnaroo is something of a homecoming for Matisyahu -- he was one of the breakout acts at the festival last year, and even shared the stage for two songs with his musical hero Trey Anastasio. This year he'll be joining the main stage lineup which also includes Tom Petty, Radiohead, and Elvis Costello.

Things wrap up on August 6 with his first ever appearance at Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL, on a bill that also features the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Common, and Kanye West.

Youth recently made its bow at the #4 spot on the Billboard top 200 on March 7, and is fast on its way to joining Live at Stubb's in gold status.

Matisyahu Summer 2006 Festival Dates
04/30/06 - Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival - Indio, CA
05/28/06 - Sasquatch Music Festival - George, WA
06/15/06 - CMJ/Rock Hall Music Fest - Cleveland, OH
06/18/06 - Bonnaroo Music Festival - Manchester, TN
08/06/06 - Lollapalooza '06 - Chicago, IL


Tickets are available at StubHub.com

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Matisyahu - Ringtones

Matisyahu - Ringtones

matisyahu ringtonesWant to make your own Matisyahu ringtones?
Check out this cool software, you can use it to make as many ringtones as you like:

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Saturday, April 15, 2006

An exclusive interview with the Hassidic reggae superstar

Matisyahu's Passover

An exclusive interview with the Hassidic reggae superstar

Music superstar Matisyahu will celebrate the Passover seders (April 12-13) at one of the USA’s 85 Chabad-Lubavitch college campus centers.

Rabbi and Mrs. Simcha and Tzirel Levenberg, program directors of the Chabad House at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will welcome Matisyahu, his wife Tahli and their baby Laivy to their Chabad House this coming Wednesday. Levenberg described the Jewish student body at Amherst as "absolutely thrilled that Matis is coming to the seder at Chabad House. The entire campus is buzzing with excitement."

We caught up with Matisyahu yesterday, and probed him for his thoughts about Passover and for the reason behind his Passover choice.

Chabad.org: What can you tell us about your Passover seder?

Matisyahu: My earliest memories of a Passover seder involve my grandfather, who was a tall athletic man, a basketball player. We got a great kick out of "stealing" his afikoman. The fact that we were actually able to outsmart him and find the matzah he hid was a real thrill. And, to top it off, he was generous with his prizes...!

Today, on one level, Passover is a pretty difficult holiday for me. I mean, beyond the neurosis of having to clean the house like crazy, you then sit at the seder and practically stuff matzah down your throat until the point of explosion (laughs). I mean, it's not particularly easy...

Chabad.org: So is that all? Clean till you drop and stuff yourself silly?

Matisyahu: Well, no. By no means. Passover is all about breaking out of our constraints, attaining personal freedom. Each of us is enslaved inwardly in some way or another and Passover helps us break out of our personal slavery and become free. Doing things that are beyond our comfort zone, pushing our limits for the sake of a higher purpose, a higher calling, actually liberates us.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe once pointed out that Howard Hughes was actually the most shackled, the most enslaved person. The more he amassed in the material world, the more lonely and paranoid he became. He died pitifully.

True freedom is a state of being. Accepting a Higher Being is actually liberating.

Chabad.org: How, in your opinion, does one attain personal freedom?

Matisyahu: Well, for me, introspection and meditation is integral. Chassidic philosophy places high value on both and offers amazing mind and heart methodologies for each. Lots of prayer and Chasidic meditation really helps me focus.

Chabad.org: And how do you remain conscious of this freedom?

Matisyahu: I continue to study Torah daily, with particular emphasis on Chasidic discourses. Especially before holidays. It helps make the rituals and practices more real and integrated into what I am experiencing in the here and now. Both my wife, Tahli, and I try to learn as much as possible. It keeps us grounded and focused on what is important.

Chabad.org: How does this impact your music?

Matisyahu: All of my songs are influenced and inspired by the teachings that inspire me. I want my music to have meaning, to be able to touch people and make them think. Chasidism teaches that music is "the quill of the soul." Music taps into a very deep place and speaks to us in a way that regular words can't. Breaking out of slavery is definitely a theme in my music:
You're a slave to yourself and you don't even know…if your cup's already full then it is bound to overflow.

I think this is a concept many people don't recognize. We think of slavery as someone else enslaving us, but in truth, we are often the ones enslaving ourselves. We are so busy being influenced by money, by society, by external pressures, that our true identity and abilities can be hidden."This is the humble man's bread!"

It is this slavery that keeps people caught up in "Egypt," in the false safety net of their lives, in their external distractions, and it keeps people from going into the wilderness of their souls, from delving deeply into themselves.

It is only when we realize what we have within, that we can act from the inside out instead of the outside in.
Chabad.org: Speaking about matzah and music. We were originally scheduled to talk on Friday but you got busy at Sony. What happened there?

Matisyahu: I was finishing morning prayers and saw a group of guys getting ready to distribute matzahs in Manhattan, and I kind of got nostalgic. It reminded me of when I was learning in yeshiva a couple of years ago and would go to hand out matzahs or menorahs or whatever was relevant to that holiday.

So on a whim I bought a bunch of boxes and headed to Sony headquarters in the city to share the experience of the hand-baked matzah with some friends.

Some of them were deeply touched, others had already left for the weekend. I left the matzah with others at Sony to pass on.

This is actually a perfect symbol for what we're talking about.
While bread is filled with air, representing ego, Matzah is flat, representing humility. You know, so much of the music industry is about inflating the ego to the point where it becomes an idol. Where you become an idol.

The message I am trying to convey is to chop down that ego, to chop down the machine that controls so many, and to bring a message of humility and holiness to the world. I want to help others recognize their potential within and their ability to break out of their boundaries, their constraints.

I brought the matzahs, the flat, egoless bread to Sony -- and Sony is distributing it for me.

I left a note for each person I missed saying, "This is the humble man's bread!"

Chabad.org: Okay, so the seder night comes around and while the matzah expands your intestines your mind is focused on liberation and humility. This can be done anywhere, can it not?

Matisyahu: Well, yes, technically it can. But it's important to have the right environment. If for whatever reason the environment is not available to you, you have to go create it. But one can hardly discount environment.

Chabad.org: And your choice of environment this year?

Matisyahu: We are going to join Rabbi Simcha and Tzirel Levenberg, and 150-200 of their student guests, at the campus Chabad House in Amherst.They are such awesome, fun, down-to-earth and kind-hearted people, not to mention, two of our closest friends.

Chabad.org: But why not something more plush like a hotel or something? Surely some other friends would like to come along...I am trying to bring a message of humility and holiness to the world.

Matisyahu: Celebrating holidays at a Chabad House was a big part of my own spiritual growth. For a few years I was the one at the table coming for inspiration and a deeper understanding of my heritage. I often repeat how Rabbi Korn at NYU was integral to my growth as a Jew.

For this holiday Tahli and I felt that it would be really nice to go back into the Chabad on Campus environment and share our own experiences with the students and learn from their own struggles and their own search.

Chabad.org: What do you expect to share with a roomful of students?

Matisyahu: First of all, I already share a very close affinity to the students in that room.
It wasn't long ago that I was in college, and just searching for meaning, searching for something real. I wasn't into following the mainstream and going with the flow; I knew I had to find something that was real, that had meaning, that had relevance.
I think the college years are a time when so many students are trying to liberate themselves from their environment, from the "machine" that surrounds them. They know something is off but they don't always know where to go or what they are even looking for.
That’s why I appreciate the Chabad Houses on campus so much. Whenever I visit a campus Chabad House I find a place where students can come and ask questions, get answers, and see a different way to look at life.

Chabad.org: And where did your Chabad House experience take you?

Matisyahu: You know, I was always searching. I always felt intuitively that everything we were experiencing in this physical world had to have a deeper counterpart, emotionally, spiritually, and so on. Chabad House introduced me to Torah in general and especially, for me, to Chasidic philosophy. When I started learning everything finally clicked. Finally there was validation that this world was not random, that everything connected in a seamless manner, even though it does not always appear that way.

At Amherst's Campus Chabad House I'll try to share some of what I learned, some of what this Festival of Liberation means to me.

Another great thing is that Tali will be teaching the students as well. At many of the places we've been, especially on campus, Tali does some teaching. There are just so many issues and stereotypes that people have about Judaism, particularly regarding a woman's role within Judaism, and when Tali is able to speak to people and address their concerns, it is incredible to watch how people open up and want to learn.

Chabad.org: So in some ways it sounds like your Passover experience will be a mixture of similar events or things.

Matisyahu: Yes, that's definitely a great way to sum it up.
The choice to go to the Chabad House for seders was a no-brainer, as it is actually a convergence of interests and passions.

There is the search of the youth, the sincerity of the student's quest, which is deeply a part of me, to which I can totally relate and very much want to help.
And there is the message of Pesach which is all about breaking out of our constraints and being liberated.

And it is all taking place at a Chabad House where these ideals are learned and lived 24 hours a day.

What more could we possibly ask for?

Chabad.org: Well, it sounds like you're pretty clear about your priorities.

Matisyahu: You know, just last night I had an experience that put everything into perspective for me. We can get so caught up in our own lives that we lose sight of the bigger picture. Last night I was asked to visit an 18 year old kid who is suffering in the hospital from a terrible disease. It was his "last wish" for me to visit him, though I pray to dance at his wedding one day. When I got there, the first thing he asked me was to tell him a story about the Rebbe. This kid is Jewish, but he's not from a Lubavitch family or anything, but that was the first thing he wanted from me. It was so powerful. Because it was really the Rebbe's teachings that transformed my life.

So I told him some stories and realized that it was the anniversary of the Rebbe's birthday that night. And I felt good, really good, feeling that I was making the Rebbe happy. I so wish I had known him and met him, but here I was doing exactly what he lived for, what I think he'd wanted me to be doing, being there and speaking to that boy.

In that sense what happened was really liberating. Like a taste of Passover before Passover.

You know, when you focus on another there is just no room for yourself, for your own ego. He may have thought I was doing him a favor by coming, but he was really the one doing me the favor.

Chabad.org: Any parting words?

Matisyahu: Just want to wish everyone a great Passover. May we all find personal and universal freedom! Peace.

(taken from chabad.org, thanks to springsteenfan)

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Matisyahu - concerts on video (part 3)

Matisyahu - concerts on video (part 3)

If you have never been to a Matisyahu concert before this post is for you.
Here are a few videos of Matisyahu concerts. This will give you a little taste of how it is like.




Happy Passover

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Matisyahu - Live At Stubbs - Beat Box - lyrics

Matisyahu - Live At Stubbs - Beat Box - lyrics

Austin how you all feeling.
Like this, Like this.
It’s the music that grows all the illusion and fears.
It’s the music that makes the confusion become clear.
It’s the music that I live, for 18 years.
It’s the music I give my blood, sweat, and tears.
Not to mention some lifer,
Did I mention I like her?
Then the rest of the cipher man it’s not hard to decipher.
Music gets people high per,
Music made me a riper.
Music made me a fighter.
Yo man, pass me the lighter.
It’s the fire that ignites us shinning right into the sky.
Look me right in the eye.
Hey yo kid, you want to fly.
The why-o, the n-ya, from N.Y. to egg white.
You cannot deny so why even try.
My mother sang songs to kids in consentration.
His mother sang songs inside the coffee plantation.
Her mother sang songs whike we were robbin the nation.\now I sing songs for much more then an occupation.
I am the music.
We are the music.
I am the music.
You are the music
Austin is the music.
Texas is the music.
We are the mu-sic.
Yo I take two steps forward.
Taking one step back.
Every time I think I am on track, my life is faced the black.
Now I pick the slack and attack faster then a rapper on crack.
Feel my knack and just spit.
I bet there’s more triplets cuz rap has hit vicious.
My style is more delicious the eggnog.
You wish this kid would vanish, so’s his family,
And my spirit needs fitness, that why I flip this.
Yo so I held back the life and blown and feeling.
Alright surprising people cuz I drowned last night.
Here I am one more time,
My rhyme are at your shine.
I’m ripping over ribbons life swimming through time.
Sit back in unwined,
Let your brain unravel.
Slip sliding away like travelin on wet gravel,
Ain’t no need to battle if knee P ya

Matisyahu(poster by azcop)

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Matisyahu - concerts on video (part 2)

Matisyahu - concerts on video (part 2)

If you have never been to a Matisyahu concert before this post is for you.
Here are a few videos of Matisyahu concerts. This will give you a little taste of how it is like.




Let me tell you, I love Matisyahu's songs, but you can realy enjoy his songs once you read the lyrics. I listen to "Youth" while reading the lyrics. I don't want to sound too emotional, but some of the songs realy touched my heart. some of the songs talk about a sad and empty past, but, hoping for a happy and fulfilling future.

So go and read the lyrics, I'll be posting more lyrics in the future.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Matisyahu - Youth - Dispatch the Troops - lyrics

Matisyahu - Youth - Dispatch the Troops - lyrics

Daughter of Zion once precious princess
Left hers father house
To walk streets that never rest
Maybe they’ll hear me in metropolis
So I’m sending an SOS
Fighting with her “ta”
She wants out of this mess
And those big city lights
Might brighten up the darkness
You know that I’m tired and you know that I’m stressed
You can’t stop me and you can’t stop this
You could call the police try to make an arrest
Today is the day that I repossess
Leaving on the first bus that I can get
Now its rings around eyes sopping wet from rain droplets
Window shopping for some solace
No address and penniless
That’s the price you pay for running away from the stress
Feeling the pain like dance by the DJ
Reminds me of a time when things were ok
Frightened by her own shadow
Now she wants to go home
Many names for one G-d
Trotting on, through the façade
You were all my children
Got a dig for that feeling
Love will break through concealment
Strip away the serpent’s skin
We came to win
Dispatch the troops
Send the captain
My gem is held captive in the dungeon
Don’t come back till you end the mission
If it takes a long time
Don’t lose the vision
If you’re stuck
Check the blueprint
Look within
Got to find the rhythm
Won’t you please return child
Where you been
She says I can’t come home because he won’t let me in
And besides we don’t need no more friction
Uses to look so nice, how’d you get so thin?
With a heart like ice, it’s a heart of sin
Skin white like a ghost with a pale complexion
Pray to g-d for the dead we need resurrection
Don’t you know wherever you go thick and thin
You are still my children
Since you’ve been gone my soul’s been hearting
Wondering through this world
We are just boys and girls
Many names for one G-d
Trotting on, through the facade


Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Matisyahu - concerts on video (part 1)

Matisyahu - concerts on video (part 1)

If you have never been to a Matisyahu concert before this post is for you.
Here are a few videos of Matisyahu concerts. This will give you a little taste of how it is like. This is part one of 5.



Monday, April 03, 2006

Matisyahu - Youth - What I'm Fighting For - lyrics

Matisyahu - Youth - What I'm Fighting For - lyrics

What I'm fighting for
Is worth far more than silver and goldmatisyahu
What I'm fighting for
Is a chance to unite the past
With the brothers coming home at last
Fighting together for light

Sons & Daughters of Abraham
Lay down to a higher command
Don't be tricked by the axl man
God's wisdom revealed in a holy plan
A chance to unite the past
With the brothers coming home at last
Fighting together for light

To Zion we roam & we're not all alone
Unite and you will find

What I'm fighting for
Is worth far more than silver and go-gold
What I'm fighting for
Is a chance to unite the past
With the brothers coming home at last
Fighting together for light

To Zion we roam & we're not all alone
Unite & you will find
What I'm fighting for

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Matisyahu - CBS Report

Matisyahu CBS Report

Check out this excellent CBS Report about Matisyahu with never seen before photos of Matisyahu.

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