Tag Archives: Profiles


Chewing Pics from Rob Fields on Vimeo.   Spend 10 minutes with Elias Diaz and Naima Mora, as they tackle several subjects, including their band’s "drum and bass rock thing with crazy vocals."  Then, see what they really mean by that on Saturday night at BAMcafe. Additional links: Chewing Pics’ site "Chicharon Begao Lives. . [...]

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VIDEO: Trezure the Empress

TreZure the Empress from Rob Fields on Vimeo.   One of the challenges of capturing video is that you’ve got to deal with it, which takes a minute.  This is a quick hit (less than a minute) from the Primordial Punk event.  In between sets TreZure, an up-and-coming artist from the Bronx, and I starting [...]

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Isaac Hayes, 1942-2008


Wow. Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes both leave us in the same weekend.  Michael Gonzales has an eloquent remembrance of Mr. Hot Buttered Soul.  From the piece: Indeed, my introduction to the musical magic of Isaac Hayes was the hypnotic hi-hat intro and the watery wah-wah guitar of the title track “Theme from Shaft.” A [...]

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Hiram Bullock, 1955-2008


Belated condolences to the family of guitarist Hiram Bullock, who passed away last weekend.  Fellow traveler Audiologo has a post chocked full of info and links on the late and talented artist.

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Artist Interview: Tenderhead's Shena Verrett


Tenderhead’s Shena Verrett from Rob Fields on Vimeo. Ohio in the house! Continuing the video interview series, I had a chance to sit down with Shena Verrett, the creative engine behind the band Tenderhead, who you can catch on Saturday at the URB Alt Fest. In addition to hearing about her influences and creative process, [...]

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Fleetwood Black


. . .is the new group formed by Graph Nobel (top) and Res.  It’s an electroacoustic thang.  Check them out here.  I like both tracks, but am especially feelin’ "Sometimes".

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The Smyrk's Doron Flake


Doron Flake (l) with bandmates Chris Barone, Nick Logan and Ari Sadowitz As many of you know, I’ve been following The Smyrk since I first heard them back in the summer.  Since they have an upcoming CMJ showcase on Saturday (info below), I figured it would be a perfect time to catch up with Doron [...]

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Nona Hendryx on NPR

Thanks to the magic of RSS, I came across an interview Farai Chideya did with Nona today.  Much of the focus is on Nona’s musical Skin Diver, which will be presented on October 1 at Joe’s Pub in NYC.  Though the interview is short, Farai does ask Nona to talk about her experience being a [...]

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The Family Stand: Fighting "Incestuous Creativity"


  L to R: V. Jeffrey Smith, Sandra St. Victor, Peter Lord Tomorrow marks the start of the three-day countdown to the next BoldasLIVE and The Family Stand.  I realize that I’ve been running under the assumption that everyone knows who they are, but it’s just that: An assumption.  So, here’s a little preview of [...]

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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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