Our Film Picks for the 55th Annual New York Film Festival

...fourth feature film directed by Alain Gomis, a French director of Guinea-Bissauan and Senegalese descent. His previous film Tey (Aujoud’hui), a dream-like and also lyrically mysterious drama starring the musician/actor Saul Williams, Aïssa Maïga ( Bamako ), and Anisia Uzeyman, was also a journey of the soul, so there’s little mistaking the power that Gomis’ new film can possess.     THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR   Directed by Nancy...
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Best of 2007: Otto Fischer, Spitshine, Tay Zonday, Little Dragon, Shrine for the Black Madonna, Wicked Wisdom + so many more!

...Dragons of Zynth, "Coronation Thieves"Apollo Heights, "White Music for Black People"Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, "100 Days, 100 Nights"Noisettes, "What’s the Time, Mr. Wolf?"Saul Williams, "The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust" Toure, NYC/Author, music critic and personable personality Santogold EP Mike Machado, Brooklyn, NY/drums & vox, D-Xtreme 24-7 Spyz ...
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Alternative, compared to what?

...st looking for artists who are defying convention by doing more than just being a little different. And it would've been easy to fill this category with Black artists who really challenged conventions in 2008. Santogold. Saul Williams. Most importantly, where is TV On The Radio, whose album “Dear Science” was just named Album of the Year by both Rolling Stone and SPIN magazines? Ultimately, it's problematic to put traditional artists...
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Best of 2008: Subtle, J*Davey, Q-Tip, Black Kids, Swear On Your Life, The Mars Volta + still more!

...ng Strange Earl Douglas, Executive Director, Black Rock Coalition: TV On The Radio – Dear ScienceSantogold – SantogoldTom Morello – The Fabled CityKing's X – XVGnarls Barkley – The Odd CoupleSaul Williams – The Inevitable Rise and Liberation Of Niggy TardustSwear On Your Life – Burn Your CrossesThe Mars Volta – The Bedlam In GoliathThe Dirtbombs – We Have Your Surrounded Samuel Fernandez,...
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Upcoming: 2009 Afro-punk Festival

...and skating to be had.  So get out and enjoy. From what I understand, Living Colour is no longer part of the lineup.  But the bands that are playing are pretty amazing: Pure Hell (the first all-Black punk band); Saul Williams; Game Rebellion; Earl Greyhound, Tamar-kali; Apollo Heights; Janelle Monae; Chewing Pics; and a bunch more! More detailed info is available on the AP Festival page. Some other bands performing: The Objex The...
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Best of 2008: Tricky, Kameron Korvet, Ben Kenney, Stew, M.I.A + many more!

...60; J*Davey, Your Mama’s Back – (MySpace exclusive) 18)   Various artists, The Best of Chess Records 19)   The BellRays, Hard, Sweet And Sticky 20)   Santogold, Santogold 21)   Saul Williams, The Invevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust 22) Kenna, Make Sure They See My Face 23) Ben Kenney, Distance and Comfort, 26, Meduro (that’s right, three joints in one year—brother puts in work) Rozz...
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Best of 2007: Reese, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Common, Soma Mestizo, Brig Feltus, Krystle Warren, + still more!

...Soma Mestizo, TelomereImani Coppola, The Black And White Album Blood Sugar, Crack Smack Sugar Shit PopBrig Feltus, Love and Light, vol. 1 SEEED, Music Monks CX Kidtronik, Crooklyn, NY/artist producer Yo Majesty, Yo EP (2006)Saul Williams, The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!CX Kidtronik, Krak Attack (2006) Darrell McNeill, Brooklyn/Director of Operations, Black Rock Coalition Kenna, Make Sure They See My FaceMeshell Ndegeocello,...

REVIEW: Bad Rabbits — “American Love”

...re also grown up enough to know that they’ve got to live with any consequences thereof. Every album needs a strong opener, that music equivalent of “Call me Ishmael.” Watch The Throne had “No Church In The Wild.” Saul Williams’ Volcanic Sunlight had “Look To The Sun”. American Love opens with “We Can Roll” and you’re immediately struck with the band’s tightness and power. The song’s vibe almost makes it a rock joint. “Can’t Fool Me”...
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Can Black Rock Save Black Culture?

...g out of what was readily available.  But we have to begin to ask, “At what cost?”  The question is: How would hip hop have been different if we’d never lost those music programs in the 80s?  The words of poet Saul Williams are appropriate here: The current standard is the equivalent /of an adolescent restricted to the diet of an infant./The rapidly changing body would acquire dysfunctional and deformativesymptoms and could not...
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Lil Wayne's "Rebirth", black rock, and modern music

...ngly, I tend to think the release would've been far better received even if the content weren't so well put together had there been elements of the movement that Weezy haphazardly stumbled into. There's no nod to Saul Williams here for a duet. Niggy Tardust and Weezy on a track together is a phenomenal idea. How about a reworking of a TV On The Radio track in a manner consistent with some of the remixes The XX has done this year for...