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Sound Check's Blog – October 2012 Archive (29)

#SoundCheck: The 10 Essential Halloween Tracks

Screamin' Jay Hawkins and the Misfits are great and all, but it turns out people are still writing great Halloween songs. Check out our top 10 below and leave your favorites in the comments!



By Nathan Leigh



The Heavy – Can't Play Dead

British indie-soul band The Heavy conceived of their latest album The Glorious Dead as the score to a film that hadn't…

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Added by Sound Check on October 31, 2012 at 9:27am — 2 Comments

Exclusive Interview (Part 2): Boots Riley Of The Coup Talks Revolution, New Album

Boots Riley is the outspoken frontman for Oakland revolutionary hip-hop group The Coup. Since their 1993 debut, Kill My Landlord, Boots has become known as much for his activism and revolutionary politics as his music. He founded Street Sweeper Social Club with Tom Morello in 2006, and has been an active and outspoken member of Occupy Oakland. The Coup's latest record Sorry To Bother You drops October 30th.

As Afropunk's resident Occupier, I talked to…

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Added by Sound Check on October 29, 2012 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK EXCLUSIVE: New "Day and Night Video" from D*NIK

We've got the EXCLUSIVE on the new video from soul-rock duo D*NIK. If you've been lusty doing a load of laundry, then you may be able to relate.…
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Added by Sound Check on October 26, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Woo! Morcheeba Album Announced + Skye Edwards' Solo Project

Always good to hear from UK trip-hop power trio Morcheeba and lead singer Skye Edwards. So you're in for a double treat: 1) The band has announced that they're cooking up a new record for 2013. They say: "we’re collaborating with some great international artists and it’s set to be one of our most innovative records to date." Sounds like a plan.

2) In the meanwhile, Skye Edwards is set to release her solo album 'Back To Now' on Monday October 29th! Woo! Check the first single…

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Added by Sound Check on October 26, 2012 at 7:02am — No Comments

Riot! Mykki Blanco Joins Death Grips' Tour

Ok this is gonna be a riot: Trans rapper Mykki Blanco has been added to the bill of punk/electro/hip-hop group Death Grips' tour (see dates below). Her debut mixtape 'Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss' drops November 7.

In case you've been living under a rock and don't know Ms. Blanco yet, her peeps tell us: "Mykki Blanco is a NY-based, self-described "acid punk" trans rapper. Taking elements of rave, hip-hop, and riot grrl culture, Michael Quattlebaum has become the…

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Added by Sound Check on October 26, 2012 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Exclusive Interview: Boots Riley Of The Coup Talks Revolution, New Album & Live Shows (Part 1)

Boots Riley is the outspoken frontman for Oakland revolutionary hip-hop group The Coup. Blending hip-hop, soul, and punk rock, The Coup have a sound as radical as their politics. Since their 1993 debut, Kill My Landlord, Boots has become known as much for his activism and revolutionary politics as his music. He founded Street Sweeper Social Club with Tom Morello in 2006, and has been an active and vocal member of Occupy Oakland. The Coup's latest record Sorry To…

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Added by Sound Check on October 26, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

#SoundCheck: Arthur Walwin, Formerly Of Post-hardcore Band This Part Is Us, shows his sensitive side on “For One More Night.”

UK post-hardcore band This Part Is Us played their final show this past spring, but lead singer Arthur Walwin is back with his new solo project. His debut EP For One More Night is decidedly softer, but Walwin brings the same emotional intensity and range to this set. This is post-post-hardcore.…

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Added by Sound Check on October 24, 2012 at 6:16am — No Comments

The Black Keys and RZA team up for "Baddest Man Alive". Hilarious VID with a fish sword

So the RZA's weapon of choice is a fish-slap? The Hilarious new video "Baddest Man Alive" is the title track from the soundtrack for upcoming film Man With The Iron Fists. The video may as well be a film itself with it's outlandish karate-chops, fish-slaps and terrorizing…

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Added by Sound Check on October 23, 2012 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

#SoundCheck: Introducing Empire! New punk rock out of England. Shit yeah!

If you missed The Divine Secret (and why did you? They kick ass...), lead singer Joe Green just unleashed his new project: Empire! (yes, the exclamation point is part of the name. Why not?) The quintet's been hard at work on their debut EP, and just leaked the first track; the appropriately named “All the Rage.”

It's a…

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Added by Sound Check on October 22, 2012 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

P.O.S. Needs a Kidney Transplant, Has To Cancel Tour + Releases New Album & Video

Big big shout out to our bro P.O.S., who has to cancel his tour due to his need for a kidney transplant. Wishing him a speedy recovery. P.O.S. will still appear October 26 at Minneapolis' First Avenue.

His album 'We Don't Even Live Here' is available in stores today, and below are the videos released so far, including a brand-new one called 'Get Down'. Let's support this talented guy! …

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Added by Sound Check on October 22, 2012 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

The Knife said to be bringing on Shannon Funchess of Light Asylum on for upcoming release

The Swedish bro-sis duo The Knife is long overdue for their next album since sis has ventured out solo on the project you may be familiar as Fever Ray. BUT THE KNIFE IS BACK, and they're stepping it up a notch by bringing on electro-goth front woman Shannon Funchess of Light…

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Added by Sound Check on October 19, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

#SoundCheck Pegasus Warning is the new dopeness. Check out the single “Nothing2Show”

It's easy to undervalue awesomeness in music (also known as dopeness, but not to be confused with hotness, which has more to do with how famous someone is about to become). It's easy to tally up all the ingredients of what makes a band worth paying attention to: clever lyrics, athletic guitarist, trigger happy drummer, interesting sound etc... But somehow just sheer awesomeness—that barely perceptible and completely non-objective quality that makes your jaw drop a little, your…

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Added by Sound Check on October 19, 2012 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Boots Riley's Band The Coup Kicks Off Tour (US & Europe) + New Video

Funky as ever! Boots Riley's The Coup just released their new video and are kicking off their tour today, hitting Europe and North America. Dates are below + more US dates to be announced.

The Coup's new "aggressive but danceable punk-funk" album Sorry To Bother You is coming out October 30th, stay tuned for an exclusive AP interview with Boots Riley in the very near future.

In the meanwhile, here's their brand-new video 'The Guillotine'.…

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Added by Sound Check on October 16, 2012 at 10:16am — No Comments

Get lost in Cold Specks' “doom soul.” Check out 'I Predict a Graceful Expulsion' #SoundCheck

Calling her music “Doom Soul,” Canadian singer/songwriter Al Spx just released her debut album as Cold Specks. I Predict a Graceful Expulsion is a haunting blend of folk, gospel, goth, and soul all anchored by Al Spx's incomparable voice. With the sadness and wisdom of someone well beyond her 23 years, Cold Specks makes the kind of music you can get lost in for days.…

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Added by Sound Check on October 15, 2012 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK EXCLUSIVE: W Kamau Bell Has a Chat with Tom Morello (and more exclusive vids from Totally Bias)

We've got the EXCLUSIVE on never-before-seen interviews from our favorite comedian/political-hawk/liberal/totally biased bud W Kamau Bell's show on FX "Totally Biased with W Kamau Bell". It's a hilarious take on…

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Added by Sound Check on October 12, 2012 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Download Pearl and The Beard's Dreamy new hit "40K"

 

We are totally love this new track from Pearl and the Beard, the Brooklyn based dream-folk band heading out with Ani DiFranco this month. Their new single "40K" premiers today on Paste Magazine, which is a folky, silky lovely little jam, kicking our friday off…

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Added by Sound Check on October 12, 2012 at 1:18pm — 1 Comment

Trash Talk's 119 cements their place as one of the great hardcore bands of this generation #SoundCheck

When Odd Future signed hardcore punk band Trash Talk to be the first non-Odd Future artist on the label, it all made sense, sort of. What could be more punk rock for a hip-hop group with punk rock tendencies than signing an uncompromising hardcore band to their Sony-distributed label? But where Odd Future excels in pushing buttons and expanding hip-hop, Trash Talk are content to dig in and be the most hardcore hardcore band out there. They don't reinvent the wheel on the new…

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Added by Sound Check on October 12, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

BRIT N THAT: Resurrection- Interview with Kimberly Anne

Alright Darlings Afro Punk-ers, its about that time again. I was all set this week to tell you another story about my adventures. Deadline closing in and ting. Last minute I was sent the EP of Kimberly Anne a South London Resident. She began her journey at The…

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Added by Sound Check on October 11, 2012 at 4:07pm — No Comments

AP Quickie: Cover Art & Tracklisting Of Toro Y Moi's Upcoming Album

Quickie quickie: Toro Y Moi aka Chazwick Bundick revealed the cover art and tracklisting for his upcoming album 'Anything In Return' (see below). He told Interview Magazine: "People will be like, ‘What is he doing?' " [laughs] "I'm just trying to make sincere pop music that's not all processed and bubblegum. Underground isn't always relevant; I want to see what's popular, then put my own spin on…

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Added by Sound Check on October 10, 2012 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Esperanza Spalding Tells A story Of Love (Concert Review)

Sometimes a story is only as good as the storyteller, and in early October Esperanza Spalding told a story of love, hope, and life during her second visit to the city of Indianapolis. Spalding performed at the Old National Theatre with her 10-piece Radio Music Society Band. Spalding introduced each member of the band throughout the 2 hour long show as they each brought their own unique flavor to songs like “Black Gold” which backup singer Chris Turner sang out during the…

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Added by Sound Check on October 10, 2012 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

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