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Meet our newest black rocker: Lil Wayne

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The singing's terrible and the guitar-playing ain't great, but we should still applaud Lil Wayne's rock effort. So Weezy is wading into the rock waters.  Pretty wild, huh?  The best selling rapper of 2008 is switching genres.  At least for the moment. A day or so ago, i asked people on Twitter and Facebook what [...]

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TV On The Radio on SNL tomorrow!

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That's right, TVOTR is the musical guest. Bradley Cooper hosts.  Check you local listings for time and channel.

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The 21st Century starts now

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Gotta love this for so many reasons.

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MTV: Afro-punk "explodes into a multi-genre movement"

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Congrats are in order to Afro-punk's James Spooner, Matthew Morgan, Kaos Blac, Rape Whistle and all the bands that were shouted out in the MTV.com article that broke yesterday. Some tidbits: The fundamental contradiction of black kids feeling left out of rock — which from its very beginning was based on black music — has [...]

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Rolling Stone, SPIN agree: "Dear Science" is 2008's #1 album

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Additional link: LISTENING POST: TV on the Radio–"Love Dog"

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Janelle Monae's holiday Gap ad

Janelle puts her spin on “Winter Wonderland” in this video with Napoleon Dynamite himself, Jon Heder. Hat tip to Yellow Rebel, who thinks this video is so gully. This is “Jingle Bells” featuring the entire Gap holiday cast: Janelle, Trey Songz, Flo Rida, Sandra Bernhard, The Dixie Chicks and a bunch of others.  Nice work, [...]

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Beyonce, Etta, and rock's generation gap

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Beyonce Knowles, who plays Etta James in the upcoming movie "Cadillac Records", was profiled in Sunday’s New York Times.  Here are some thought-provoking excerpts: As she learned the history of Chess Records — which added amplification and urban sophistication to the Delta blues on recordings by giants like Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, and helped to [...]

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An oral history of Black rock

Spin Magazine provides an interesting look back on artists who helped spearhead the Black rock movement in the mid- to late-80s, Vernon Reid and Corey Glover (Living Colour), Rick Skatore (24-7 Spyz), Angelo Moore (Fishbone) and Chuck Mosely (Faith No More). For the full article, you’re going to have to buy the magazine.

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Weekend Preview: Dragons of Zynth @ Siren Festival–July 19

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Dragons of Zynth opens tomorrow’s  8th Annual Village Voice Siren Festival.  They also get some well-deserved ink in the Voice.  Check out some of what Rob Harvilla had to say about them: . . .their blunt, almost free-jazz assaults on conventional songwriting convulse with moments of ethereal beauty and bursts of pulverizing thrash, which they [...]

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BRC 2.0: Slavetotheism.com

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’08 is shaping up to be a good year.  The Black Rock Coalition (BRC) recently launched a  new site with the goal of providing a black countercultural POV on just about everything.  Organization co-founder Greg Tate is leading the charge from and editorial standpoint.  As you would then expect, music journalism is the core and [...]

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Fear Of A Black President

Some excerpts from Ta-Nehisi Coates’s tour de force on Obama, race and the limits of integration.

GOOD READ: Hate Crimes Always Have A Logic: On The Oak Creek Gurudwara Shootings

A perspective on the Oak Creek, WI shootings from a member of the Sikh community

GOOD READ: Erykah Badu to Wayne Coyne: “Kiss my glittery ass!”

In case you missed it, Ms. Badu’s choice words to Mr. Coyne

GOOD READ: Jeff Chang On The Legacy of Chuck Brown

A worthwhile read on the go-go legend

GOOD READS: #TrayvonMartin Around The Web

So much conversation–and now maybe some justice–for this young man.

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