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NEWS: Doug Pinnick forms group w/ Jimi Hazel, Spyz + Fishbone members

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King’s X recently wrapped up their 2009 tour with an October 1st show in London, Ontario. While the band is taking some well deserved time off, Doug Pinnick (above) is already working on his next recording project. Over the next several months, Doug will be writing and recording as part of a new ‘supergroup’ called [...]

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Recap: Indiana University’s black rock conference


(l to r) Reebee Garofalo, Tamar-Kali, Moe Mitchell, Linda Tillery, Dr. Portia Maultsby, Greg Tate Frankly, it’s easy to think that wherever you are is the center of the Universe.  In my case, that would be Brooklyn and New York City.  But, in fact, there’s a lot going on—particularly in the world of black rock [...]

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Cipher, led by Moe Mitchell (r) I had the pleasure of hanging out with Cipher's Moe Mitchell a few weeks ago at the Black Rock Conference at Indiana University.  He's good people and definitely about the DIY. You may recall that he recently completed a "Listening Tour" as part of the pre-release efforts for next [...]

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NEWS: Massive Attack's "Heligoland" drops February 9


From CMJ New Music Report: Massive Attack will release its fifth album, Heligoland, on February 9 via Virgin. The new record will be the duo’s first studio full-length since 2003′s 100th Window, and the British trip-hop progenitors roped in quite a guest list of collaborators. TV On The Radio‘s Tunde Adebimpe, Blur‘s Damon Albarn and [...]

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UPCOMING SHOW: Superheroes + Rockstars–Friday, 11/27

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Yet a third option for a Friday night in BK. Poets as rockstars.  Not a bad concept.  And I see that Dalmar James will be on geetar. Check it out at Public Assembly. Additional link: Tai Allen

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UPCOMING SHOW: Game Rebellion + The Real Live Show–Friday, 11/27


Another option in NYC this Friday.  I've never seen The Real Live Show before, but they sound like they are strong performers.  They'd have to be in order to share bill with Game Rebellion. Littlefield622 DeGraw betweet 3rd/4th Avenues$10 at the door Additional links: The Real Live Show Game Rebellion

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UPCOMING SHOW: URB Alt's Jimi Hendrix Tribute w/ Leila Adu–Friday, 11/27

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I'd mentioned this event last week, but you can always expect Boston to do some great artwork that's worth sharing. UPDATE: You can buy tickets in advance through SmartTix. readers can use the promo code "MUTHA" and you'll get $5 off the ticket price.  Boston tells me you can use the promo code at [...]

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NEWS: Sade's "Soldier of Love" slated for February 2010


That's February 8, 2010, to be exact.  Wow, will it have been 10 years since Lovers Rock?  Hard to believe, but the wait will soon be over. As I've said to people, Sade could release a blank tape, and I'd buy that bad boy. Additional links: The official Sade Web site

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LISTENING POST: Ghost Gamblers–"Stranded in San Antone"

While we await the next Earl Greyhound album, here's a taste of bassist Kamara Thomas' country-rock project, Ghost Gamblers.  For those of you with a soft spot for Americana and southern rock, this should do just fine.  The song tells a great story, has propulsive energy, a hummable hook, and features Kamara on lead vox.  [...]

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TOMORROW: Michael Jackson's Video Art @ Lincoln Center


Already got my tickets for this event, which takes place tomorrow.  Here's the description via the Film At Lincoln Center site: Armond White joins us on stage for a one-of-a-kind tribute to the King of Pop. White will also be signing his new book Keep Moving: The Michael Jackson Chronicles. Michael Jackson’s pioneering work in [...]

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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.

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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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