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LISTENING POST: Earl Greyhound — "S.O.S."


  (l to r) Ricc Sheridan, Matt Whyte, Kamara Thomas Earl Greyhound is one of those bands that gets better the more you hear them.  I've written about them here.  And, lately, I've been listening to their last album, Soft Targets, a lot.  I'm pretty psyched to see them at the BRC show on Sunday [...]

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LISTENING POST: Le Grand Baton–"Toutlè Dépi Dé Jou"

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  Voodoo rock, anyone? I mentioned discovering this band at the first BRC Native Sundays event earlier this month.  Here's a taste of their music, rock by way of the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe's gwo ka. Enjoy! Le Grand Baton–"Toutlè Dépi Dé Jou" by boldaslove Additional link: Le Grand Baton on MySpace

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Amul 9 brings their not-so-strange vibrations from the Atlanta hardcore Had a chance to catch these guys at the last Afropunk Epic/Smash showcase.  They're doing what they call "Kemetic hardcore".  Their lyrics are conscious, political and fiercely pro-black.  Definitely a groove-heavy hardcore band.  In a live setting, they might want to ensure they have a [...]

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LISTENING POST: Melvin Gibbs' Elevated Entity — "Mojuba" (feat. Amayo and John Medeski)


Call yourself a DJ?  This ought to be one of your go-to tracks. This is an exuberant, danceable track from Melvin Gibbs’ focused, yet sonically adventurous album, Ancients Speak. An absolute, straight banger. Buy at Buy at iTunes Music Store

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Listening Post: Free Era–"The Fix"


  This is young band I've seen a couple of times.  One of the things I like about this gig is seeing bands develop.  I'm hopeful that Free Era will be another great development story: They've got a lot of potential and they put a lot of heart into their music.  But there are no [...]

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Listening Post + Weekend preview: Tamar-Kali vs. Jean Grae


Looks like Santos is the place to be on Saturday night. It'll be good to see these two women: The much slept-on MC Jean Grae and the extraordinary vocal talents of singer/songwriter/bandleader Tamar-kali.  "Extraordinary" is not too strong a word here: She can go from a soft and melodic to a furious roar.  Now, when [...]

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Listening Post: Saul Williams–"Raised To Be Lowered"


"Was I raised/to be lowered?" What a great question.  Actually, this is one of my favorite tracks from Saul's 2007 album, "The Inevitable Rise & Liberation of Niggy Tardust".  The album was produced by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, so there's definitely a more industrial vibe.  Anyway, I realized I'd never put this up [...]

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Listening Post: Labelle–"Dear, Rosa"

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I'm excited to see Labelle on Thursday night at the Beacon.  So, I figured it'd be a great idea to share with you some a track from their new album, "Back to Now".  I just really love this song, the group's tribute to Civil Rights pioneer Rosa Parks.

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Listening Post: Death–"Politicians In My Eyes"


From The Fader: In 1975, Death, the trio of Hackney brothers from Detroit, recorded an album. Predating Bad Brains by about half a decade, Death were an all black punk group shredding up north. In the band's lifespan they were able to release one 45, for "Politicians in My Eyes," before breaking up and essentially [...]

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Listening Post: Honeychild Coleman–"Never Goin' Home Again"

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An excellent album kicks off the 2009 year in Black rock. First, an admission: I completely forgot that Carolyn "Honeychild" Coleman sang.  Yep, I forgot she contributed aggressive, guitar-cruncher "Spit At It" on the BRC's 2006 "Rock n Roll Reparations" compilation.  Just didn't connect the name and the person.  Probably because I've most recently seen [...]

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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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