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


My introduction to TV on the Radio was their 2006 album, "Return to Cookie Mountain."  It's a funny thing taking the plunge into a new band.  The real work is to adjust your ears so that you can hear what they're attempting before you pass judgment on whether or not you like the album.  I [...]

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With last night’s results in, and Barack Obama now president-elect, we all breathe a sigh of relief.  A page turns.  We walk with a bit more pep in our step.  We face the challenges ahead with renewed optimism.  There’s a sense that we’re really in this–whatever this is–together. So, I wanted to share with you [...]

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LISTENING POST: Red Lotus–"Firecracker"


What can I say?  This is the song that made me want to see this band fully plugged in, and I’ve been trying to do so for nearly two years.  Guess I just had to book them for a show in order to make that happen. Pipes?  Chops?  Vibe?  Plenty on all counts.  This is [...]

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LISTENING POST: Chewing Pics–"Chicharon Begao Lives. . ."


This is a promising young trio that conjures a gentle fury.  They mix drum, bass and (sometimes) electronically processed vocals into a captivating sonic stew.  See them next week at the Bold As Love/BRC showcase.   Additional link: Chewing Pics on MySpace

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LISTENING POST: California King–"2012"


(photo credit: Tiana Markova-Gold) California King will open the CMJ showcase at BAMCafe in a couple of weeks.  Mike Mills (guitar), Yohann Potico (bass) and Jerry Williams (drums) form an energetic young trio that mixes indie-rock, soul & R&B, which means they count among their influences artists such as Tom Waits, The Pixies, Funkadelic, [...]

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Listening Post: Imani Uzuri–"Again (Free)"


Imani’s was one of the early shows that I attended soon after I started this blog.  In a lot of ways, she is the epitome of an artist who fiercely walks her own path. Turns out that both of my kids are into the title track from her album, Her Holy Water: A Black Girl’s [...]

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Listening Post: Mama Shamone–"Feel"


It shouldn’t surprise you that Black rock is not just a cultural phenomenon that’s happening here in the States.  There are scenes in Canada (Laina can tell you all about it) and South Africa.  So if it’s happening in those countries, it’s probably happening in, say, London, right?  Right! Meet Mama Shamone, led by Ru [...]

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Listening Post: Throwdown Syndicate — "Pyroclastic"


Funny, but one of the important things you learn as you listen to a lot of music is what kinds of music you gravitate towards.  Me, I tend to like more groove-oriented music and a place a high premium on songwriting and vocal ability.  For stuff on the metal end, I tend to leave that [...]

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Listening Post: Soma Mestizo–"Flipping U Off"


Okay, so Christiane (above), lead singer of Pittsburgh art rockers Soma Mestizo, sent me their album, Telomere, months ago.  But, even after a few listens, I found it challenging and couldn’t really get my arms (or ears) around it.  So I did what any reasonable person would do: I put the album down and moved [...]

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Listening Post: Bazaar Royale–"How Can I Dream?"


Since I just saw him last night, I thought Bazaar would make a good subject of this week’s Listening Post.  Check it out. Additional links: Bazaar Royale Ghetto Metal site  

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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

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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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