You can practice your bracing by having someone pound your stomach with a medicine ball. There are many special exercises that boxers use to strengthen their neck muscles. Kickboxers and many other fighting arts use them too. They have mastered the art of spinning their head or body away from your punch to decrease the damage. Easier said than done, of course. For example, I use the orthodox stance , if someone were to throw a left hook to my body, I would turn my body clockwise to let the left hook pass through.
This is just an example, different situations will mean you have to do different things. Get use to take punches from the most basic combos. Every boxer should know by now that a left hook is usually followed by a right cross and vice versa.
If you get hit with one, immediately brace for the other. A jab to the face will not do as much damage as a left hook to the chin. A good idea about blocking is to let your hands block the side punches while you move your head to avoid the straight ones. Taking punches in bunches is an art. Train hard and learn and watch from the pros. Counter punches usually hurt the most.
Learn and watch from the masters. This is again! Great tips, but you mentioned boxers and kickboxers training their neck muscles against whipplashes? Thanks for the compliments! You can see examples of neck training on youtube. You can borrow the same tactics from Thai boxing a. Other exercises require that you lay down on the ground on. Some old school training will require you to bite and lift the handle of a pail filled with water as you do a push-up. A slightly different subject, I was recently knocked out in a fight and am now struggling to throw decent shots for fear of getting KOed again.
My trainer feels it is a defensive problem. I know how to defend and am always working on it but this really feels like a mental thing. Is there anything I could do to work on this or is it simply something I will have to overcome? I am 15 years old and I am a highschool wrestler.
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The Clash— London Calling With your hands on your head or on the trigger of your gun? Funk, Marsha Cusic says, is a class issue. This album stands as the final statement in the genre. So far. Don Byron- Tuskeegee Experiments The famous fraud Ken Burns perpetrated the myth that jazz expired in the early s. The gifted young clarinetist Don Byron is just the latest to shatter this outlandish lie. This album, his first, is an hypnotic brew of funk, hip hop, and hard bop, interwoven with strands of Schumann, yes, that Schumann.
Tuskeegee Experiments stands as one of the most dramatic leaps forward in improvised music since Miles Davis laid the groundwork for hiphop in On the Corner. Otis Taylor- Respect the Dead Here are 25, beginning with what may be the first LP to have had multiple overdubs. Chet Baker: Chet Baker Sings Jackie Gleason: Music for Lovers Only Clifford Brown: Study in Brown , Mahalia Jackson: Newport Frank Sinatra: Only the Lonely Skip James Today!
Leonard Cohen: Songs of Leonard Cohen Jefferson Airplane: Surrealistic Pillow Pink Floyd: A Saucerful of Secrets Moody Blues: Days of Future Passed Van Morrison: Astral Weeks , Cat Stevens: Tea for the Tillerman Carole King: Tapestry Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run Tom Waits, Small Change Deep Purple, Perfect Strangers Dire Straits, Alchemy Live No, but Tauhid is the one I listen to more.
And also very unresearched, off the top of my head. You should do singles though because you will fail to recognize many great pieces of music and artists, especially black artists and women artists, if you cite only albums. Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited. Miles Davis, In a Silent Way.
Otis Redding, Dictionary of Soul. Bruce Springsteen, The River. James Brown Live at the Apollo. Sly and the Family Stone, Stand! The Rolling Stones, Beggars Banquet. Pharaoh Sanders, Tauhid.
Magic Sam, West Side Soul. A, Straight Outta Compton,. Van Morrison, Moondance,. Jackson Browne, The Pretender.
Patty Griffin, Flaming Red. A great cover album, in which 14 artists, including Hank Williams Jr. Moore, you have some nerve. Flaco Jimenez, all kinds of albums from the s and early s, many on local labels, some out-of-print. Way before the Texas Tornadoes. If you can listen to Flaco without dancing, you may be dead. Jimenez is from a family of Texas Mexican accordion players. His early party albums made for his San Antonio audience proved accordions are not just for summer camp and polkas are well-played outside upstate New York.
Bruce Springsteen, The River , Columbia. McClinton still plays country fair gigs, so see him live if you can.
He Did. Incompetent, opportunistic white rockers meet the blues Godhead. There are much better Waters albums, but like an idiot I gave mine away to a vinyl collector.
If you think autoharps are for kindergarten teachers, or if you just need to sit down and have a good cry. This was her second to last album, looking toward death. Naturally, he would get the 1 a. Cooder always ventured out beyond and back, into country, folk, soul, Hawaiian slack key and Caribbean. If you need extra proof that accordions can more than hold their own, Jimenez is on this one, too. John, Gumbo , Atco.
Relatively young Dr. Professor Longhair, Crawfish Fiesta , Alligator. Late Longhair. Party music, in a partly-live party setting. Foundational for Mike Seeger and lots of other good banjo players. For when you want the teenagers to leave you and the house to yourself. Gillian Welch, Revival , Almo Sounds. Welch has a great but completely cultivated Appalachian-sounding voice, and with her partner David Rawlings, writes pretty songs.
But for the real thing check out….. A working-class feminist refresher course in old-time music, Kentucky and West Virginia style. Van Morrison, Back on Top. The Blazers, Puro Blazers. In no particular order, here is my go at my favorite albums since Of course, this list changes almost daily, but what follows is a fairly representative listing of my perennial favorites. This self-titled first album by this lady of the blues is a straightforward blues recording that features songs by Stephen Stills, Sippie Wallace, and Robert Johnson among others.
This three-disc album is a little bit of everything that the Grateful Dead ever did. Apocalypse accompanied by a six-string and an awesome bunch of Nashville musicians.
The lyrics to Armageddon are the lyrics on this album. Listening to this album is like smoking really good hashish. It relaxes the most high-strung person. This man can play the Hammond organ.
The sounds here are funky and cry for hot sultry weather, a cold beer and greasy food for accompaniment. Bruce and his band right before they went nationwide.
The stories on this album are about New York City and its Jersey neighbors. Besides, what other rock album can you hear a tuba to end one side and an autoharp to end the other? This one is too good. Sly Stone and his East Bay crew bring their infectious sound to the world of racism and the power of the people. Yes, this is a greatest hits collection, but, hey, the second CD in this box kicks out the funk. Nirvana-Nevermind-Kurt Cobain was just a punker that knew how to write.
His infectious hooks and cryptic lyrics were just what the doctor ordered in the early s. After seeing the band live at clubs and dorm parties in Olympia, WA. It sounds different, but it still kicks. This album would be on this list even if it only included the title song.
This is when The Clash begin to incorporate ska and reggae beats into their music. Marley and his Wailers are able to put down on vinyl the energy, music and emotion of their live show and they do it all in forty-five minutes.
His fingerpicking completes the effect. Oops, another greatest hits collection. Back when Mick and the boys threw their lot in with the revolution. John Duffey was at least six feet tall and pounds. He held the mandolin up near his chest and picked it in a style that respectfully went beyond Bill Monroe. This band hails from the DC area and I spent some of my best times in that area listening to them at the Birchmere or some festival somewhere in the mountains nearby.
This CD of old acetates is Hank the Father in the raw. Just like he must have sounded back in the early days. Pure country guitar licks and that voice that rips out your heart and lays it next to his on the table by the six-pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon. I will always remember the first time I heard this album. I knew the occupants from hanging out in College Park, MD. They let me in and I listened to the entire album twice before they kicked me out.
The Beach Boys— Pet Sounds Gram Parsons— Grievous Angel Graham Parker— Squeezing Out Sparks The Clash— The Clash Neil Young— Live Rust X— Los Angeles Bruce Springsteen— Nebraska John Mellencamp— Scarecrow The Rainmakers— Rainmakers Alan Maas is the editor of Socialist Worker and an excellent writer on music.
Also totally infectious and unforgettable. Miles Davis comes into the studio with the sketchiest outlines for five songs, and the band—John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers and Jimmy Cobb—pretty much records them without rehearsal in one take. So how could every last phrase be packed with beauty and meaning? The songs on this album convey more in a few verses than a lot of books.
Should be assigned listening in all modern American history classes, in place of those wretched textbooks. Debs said that as long as there was a criminal element, he was of it, and Johnny Cash played San Quentin. And Rocked. Euphoric, irresistible, uplifting, hopeful…what else? Stevie Wonder could have kept churning out the Motown-style pop hits, but he added another dimension, musically and lyrically, on albums like Innervisions with songs about the consequences of the s dream deferred.
Ordinary lives and dreams, set to soaring music and intoxicated, word-crazy poetry. A relentlessly political and angry manifesto from one of the less well-known giants of reggae and rival to Marley. Razor-edged blasts at overblown rock pretension and cultural reaction—not to mention racist bigotry, corporate greed, government repression and everything else rotten in the state of capitalism.
Art-school Marxists expound on surplus value, alienation and historical materialism—with a stuttering, shrieking, transcendent guitar and jerky punk-funk beat to highlight the main points. This album of blues or blues-derived tunes from one of the great tenor saxophonists in jazz is a duo with pianist Horace Parlan, with all but one song set at an achingly slow tempo, the better to pack its punch. Sure, a great voice, but the songwriting sets this album apart from your Sheryl Crows, Norah Joneses, etc.
Months spent in the studio to produce these intensely crafted pop songs, which turn out to be about arms control, the rise of the National Front, racial tolerance and, uh, building preservation and Greek mythology…as well as snowmen. A sprawling encyclopedia of modern popular music and an appropriately apocalyptic soundtrack for the Reagan era, served up by a regular force of nature.
Passionate, unrepentant, laser-sharp politics, with a ferocious sound behind every line. Alright, so maybe this tidal wave washed over the high water mark. This mostly acoustic album is as quiet as they get, but it grips like a vise. An excellent excuse to claim Woody Guthrie for the second half of the 20th century, and with a double album to boot. Plus…a few latter-day candidates for squeezing onto the list with a smidgen more hindsight:.
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Has any album ever had the impact this one had? One of the last great live bands to consistently put rock instrumentals of the charts. Simple but irresistible. Songs written from conscientious exile in Canada during the Vietnam War.
Bob Dylan — Slow Train Coming. I first heard this album in Florence, Italy, sitting in a bathtub. Etta James — At Last. Mary Black — Babes in the Wood. Perhaps the most intelligent singer, doing songs worthy of her attention. I played this CD ten times through before I even paid attention. Black never oversings. The power held in reserve is brought out only when the song requires it. Great also understated guitar by produced Declan Synott, and piano player Pat Crowley is one of my favorites.
The Byrds — Turn Turn Turn. Thelonious Monk — Thelonious Monk Trio. Dave Brubeck Quartet, Time Changes. Modern Jazz Quartet, Django. John Lewis. Connie Kay. Milt Jackson. Percy Heath. The group that made civilization seem actually attainable now and then.
Eric Dolphy, Out There.Punched Vinyl: Pros & Cons. First the upside. Tractor-fed vinyl cutters provide outstanding tracking. They keep the vinyl perfectly straight by virtue of the sprockets through the perforations. The downside is that, you always have to load a new roll of vinyl. And it has to match the fixed size of the plotter.