The Passion Collective

passion collective - A number of individuals working together with a compelling emotion or feeling

The Passion Collective.

col·lec·tive- a collective body; a gathering; a collection of extracts; a number of individuals working or acting together.

pas·sion- any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.

pas·sion col·lec·tive- A number of individuals working or acting together with a powerful or compelling emotion or feeling.

It was a November afternoon that I sat on the front porch of my local cafe and deeply thought about an idea; Nothing out of the ordinary as I did this often and much. I drank lukewarm coffee and discussed with some old acquaintances the idea of a group of young adults putting together a “Rolling-Stone” type magazine/website; To tell you the truth, many talented people laughed and shook off the offer, for that I am deeply saddened because they’re going to miss one hell of a ride. I proceeded to reach out to all different types of people from all different walks of life, many haven’t even met yet. That is the beauty of it. It’s as if I'm placing together the pieces of a puzzle, slowly but surely. Our generation is in need of something refreshing. Our brains will race and our eyes will quickly process what lies before us. What lies before us is The Passion Collective, a collective production founded in New York. It will be fueled by talent, hard-work, and most of all passion. It will only work if YOU contribute your piece of passion to the puzzle. Everyone is passionate about something. I, Zachary Franck have selected a group of unique individuals who all bring something to the table. From poets to journalists, photographers to bloggers, sports enthusiasts to hip-hop heads, I promise you that there is something for everyone. I truly believe in this and I believe in you. This project will stay true to it's name, always.Unlike other websites/magazines,The Passion Collective will actually make you think. As Hunter S. Thompson once said, “Buy the ticket, Take the ride”. Please join The Passion Collective as we all embark on this journey together; Why would you watch the puzzle being built when you can help build it!?

Funkadelic Astronaut: Magrathea [Review]

Funkadelic Astronaut is a jamtronica trio from northern New Jersey. With influences ranging from the Disco Biscuits and the New Deal to various styles of rock and electronic music, they have a smooth style that is easy to listen to. They've been playing more and more shows in the tristate area along with festival slots this summer. They released their debut EP Magrathea this year and it gives listeners a solid view into their style and sound. 

'Cobblestone' and 'Void' remind of The Red Hot Chili Peppers besides the keys that are sprinkled behind the vocals. 'Remind Me' is reminiscent to 90's synth pop in a good way - it's definitely an ear worm and could get caught in people's minds easily. The songs are simple and catchy, accessible to people that aren't necessarily into jam bands. 'What to Do' is more funky and is heavily lead by the keyboard player. The drummer keeps a steady swing as the bass stays in the pocket. The title track 'Magrathea' is a little darker and probably resonates best in a live setting. I can see them stretching it out into the deep waters of improvisation. 

I've yet to see the live but I'm told that their live show is where they shine. They're big into stretching out their compositions with exploratory improvisation. If you haven't seen them live yet, you should definitely give their EP a listen. You can find their upcoming shows on their Facebook and Bandcamp. You'll definitely be hearing from Funkadelic Astronaut soon. 

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