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BRC Seeks Submissions for 25th Anniversary Compilation

ATTENTION BLACK ROCKERS: We're about to do it again… Next week, we'll start accepting submissions for the Black Rock Coalition's 25th Anniversary release, 'Rock 'n' Roll Reparations, Vol. 2.' So pick out two of your most progressive, genre-bending, world-ain't-ready songs and keep your ear to the ground… Request more info at

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My SXSW interview with Death + a request for donations

Now that we’re past the holidays, many of you have been asking me if I plan to be in Austin again this year for SXSW.  You may recall that I asked for your support in voting for my panel suggestion for the 2010 festival.  Unfortunately, that panel won’t be happening.  But, the festival reached out […]

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Introducing new contributors to

One of the things coming out of the audience survey (thanks to all who’ve completed it so far!) is that many of you want to see for more regional coverage here on  Based on that feedback, I put out a call for contributors and a great group of people responded.  I’m happy to announce […]

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

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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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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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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Knitting Factory to reissue ENTIRE Fela Kuti catalog

Yes, that's 45 albums over the next 18 months. From Pitchfork: The late, legendary Afrobeat bandleader Fela Kuti is a figure so compelling and influential that bands have based entire careers on single strands of his music. But for years, many of his records remain hard to find in America. Not for long, though. Knitting […]

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TVOTR's Kyp Malone goes solo, turns on "Rain Machine"

TV On The Radio's Kyp Malone will release his solo album on September 22nd on Anti- Records. From the Anti- site: Kyp Malone’s much anticipated solo project Rain Machine is set to be released September 22 on Anti-records. The provocative album art, created by Malone himself, is an appropriate indicator of the unique and defiantly […]

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Living Colour's new album drops September 15!

The boys are back in town! From the press release: Living Colour (above l to r: Vernon Reid, Corey Glover, Will Calhoun, Doug Wimbish)  will release their first new studio album in five years entitled The Chair In The Doorway on September 15 via Megaforce Records. Living Colour formed in NYC and still contains the original […]

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Michael Jackson and the collective imagination

Icons pass and we’re left speechless.  Their passing hits home particularly hard when they’re not much older than we are.  Things become existential real quick. Perhaps it is because I came of age in the 80s that I’ll always feel like Michael Jackson was my age.  I was aware of Off the Wall, but it […]

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