Spiritual Rez Sing Of Love, Life & Marijuana On New Album “Setting In The West”

first_imgSpiritual Rez have released a new album called Setting In The West. The ten-song effort showcases the band’s musical diversity and relatable lyrics while maintaining the quintessential reggae vibes that they’ve come to be known for.Check out the full album stream here, and follow along with our recap of some of the album’s highlights.Setting In The West kicks off with “Sober”, a slow and plodding tune that showcases the mind of a drunk party-goer who meets the girl of his dreams. The lyrics openly wonder whether this love will last in the morning, once both parties have sobered up, showcasing a reflective attitude that permeates through the EP. “Red Room” is an uplifting tune that features typical, stress-free reggae vibes, advising the listener to “do it right you can’t rewind”. Life is short, and “Red Room” acts as the ultimate reminder to live life to the fullest and happiest. A guest verse by Duddy B of the Dirty Heads rounds things out with a spot-on guest appearance on the track.“Together Always” is a more personal love song, with vocalist Toft Willingham lamenting the stress of going on tour and leaving a jealous significant other at home. The song acts as a reassurance to the jealous lover, discussing the trials and tribulations of being in a relationship while on tour. The lyrics express the strong feelings that the protagonist has for his true love, the girl with a “golden heart” who is waiting for him at home. Vocalist HIRIE adds to the track by playing the role of the lonely girlfriend, providing harmonies and reciprocating the dedication that is on display in the song’s earlier verses.“Square Grouper” is a funky song about finding a large quantity of marijuana in the waters of Florida and profiting from this lucky discovery. For the uninitiated, a “Square Grouper” is a bale of Marijuana that has fallen overboard from a smuggling ship or thrown out of a smuggling plane (the term was coined by the US Coast Guard). In the end, the song tells a tale of wishful thinking, with Willingham singing about taking the risk to search for a “square grouper”, and the hope of becoming a rich man by selling the bounty. While the lyrics are playful, the song tells a vivid tale of desire and fantasy.In the end, this album accomplishes exactly what Spiritual Rez has set out to achieve. Setting In The West is a funky album that tells introspective tales about the search for love, peace, success, and tranquility, all while managing to make these topics fun, relatable, and danceable.last_img read more

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James Harden and five other players we could see going after Kobe’s 81

first_imgMORE: Melo not playing like Portland is a pity stopIn terms of volume scoring this year, Harden is in his own class with 38.9-point average through Saturday, but there are other NBA stars who could take a run at 81 on their best nights. SN tried to find the five who are most disposed right now after “The Beard,” based on a combination of average field goal attempts per game, average free throw attempts per game and usage rate prior to Saturday. (And, coincidentally, because they’re among the league leaders in scoring.) Unscientific, yes, but still a useful list.Luka Doncic: 20.2 FGA/G, 9.8 FTA/G, 35.8% usageWe know Doncic isn’t afraid to put it up; his season-high for shot attempts is 30. We know he loves to shoot the 3; his season-high there is 14 attempts. We know he’ll get to the line; he has had games of 19 and 18 free throws. If he gets within range of 81 on a hot night, we know he’ll be ready to keep shooting. And the Mavs are up-and-down enough that hot Doncic nights don’t always mean total blowouts.Trae Young: 20.7 FGA/G, 7.3 FTA/G, 34.4% usageSee Doncic as it relates to shots (30 FGA, 15 3-point attempts, 17 FTA as season-highs). Young watched Harden do his thing up close Saturday, and he was still on the floor in the fourth quarter before leaving with 37. Young has already gone for 49 twice in his career. Giannis Antetokounmpo: 20.6 FGA/G, 11.3 FTA/G, 36.9% usageHow long have we heard that the Greek Freak is unstoppable? If there’s a game in which he’s impossible to guard, then 81 would seem approachable. As with all these players, we’re assuming a high shooting percentage and a ton of minutes in a competitive game, which, we admit, lowers the probability, but maybe Giannis can just dunk his way to it. His 31.2 points per game this season are certainly an indicator of how consistently dominant he has become.Damian Lillard: 19.0 FGA/G, 7.7 FTA/G, 28.3% usageDame is here because he has already dropped 60 this season, against the Nets. He put up 33 shots in that game, too, 16 of them from 3. Volume, volume, volume. But to give you an idea of just how difficult it would be to get to 81, Bryant took 46 shots, making 28 (seven from 3), the night he did it. He was also 18 for 20 from the line in an 18-point Lakers win over the Raptors.  James Harden could have challenged Kobe Bryant’s famous 81-point total Saturday if he was needed for the fourth quarter. Alas, the Rockets star got the final 12 minutes off after dropping 60 on the Hawks in a 158-111 Houston victory.As eye-popping as Harden’s stat line was (16 for 24 from the field, 8 of 14 from 3, 20 for 23 from the line), it got him just three-fifths of the way to Wilt Chamberlain’s NBA record of 100. That’s why the Kobe comps were more realistic. LeBron James: 19.7 FGA/G, 5.8 FTA/G, 31.8% usageJames’ averages trail the others on this list, so this is more a case of believing he could if he wanted to, even at 35. It’s also a case of wanting to see him take a run at Kobe while he’s a Laker. James’ career high is 61, set in 2014 while with the Heat. If there’s a night where Anthony Davis is unavailable and LeBron has to carry the offense and he can get to the rim with regularity . . . well, it’s nice to dream, anyway.The list could be larger, of course (think injured Warriors stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, streak shooters and scorers of the highest order, and even big-time scorers like Kyrie Irving and Bradley Beal), but these five are a good start.last_img read more

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