While the internet erupted in full-on shitstorm mode over casting actress Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone in the upcoming Nina, genre-bending icon Meshell Ndegeocello was busy staking a less disputable claim to the venerable singer/songwriter's legacy. On her latest record Pour Une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone, Meshell Ndegeocello covers songs either written by Nina Simone or famously interpreted by her. But rather than try to recreate Simone's sound (because…Continue
Added by Sound Check on November 30, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments
It's been a big month at AFROPUNK. We've discussed punks in Africa to ratchet gold-toothed rappers. And in case you missed it, we've rounded up ALL of the music we've posted this past month. Get caught up on these AFROPUNK jams as we say goodbye to November and WHATUP to December (which is another month of music waiting to be gobbled up!)…Continue
Added by Sound Check on November 30, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments
Ever go to a show and just get a... type of feeling. Yumii of the experimental rock/punk group The Breathing Light gives you his take on how sometimes traveling and performing as a punk band of black kids can get well, pretty fucking weird.
By: Yumii, Contributor
As the old model for the music industry continues to die an undignified death, all eyes are on crowdsourcing as the “new model.” While successes like Amanda Palmer's million-dollar-kickstarter will never be the norm (and really shouldn't be if were going to be honest about sustainability here...), Corey Glover's latest solo record 'The Pledge is a perfect example of why we should be optimistic about a future of crowdsource funded records.
Added by Sound Check on November 28, 2012 at 10:43am — No Comments
What do you think of the controversy around Willow Smith's style? Her mother Jada Pinkett Smith says: "The question why I would LET Willow cut her hair. First the LET must be challenged. This is a world where women,girls are constantly reminded that they don't belong to themselves; that their bodies are not their own, nor their power or self determination. I made a promise to endow my little girl with the power to always know that her body, spirit and her mind are HER domain.…Continue
Over the past few years the DIY scene in Nairobi has exploded into one of the most vibrant on the continent. While there remains no “Nairobi sound.” the diversity of the bands in the scene ranges from indie pop to the most brutal of metal. Mortal Soul is definitely the most brutal metal Kenya has to offer right now.…
Born and bred in rural Tennessee, singer-songwriter Valerie June makes the kind of roots music that might as well come with a mason jar of moonshine. It's a laid-back easy folk-blues laced with a hint of soul courtesy of producer Dan Auerbach (of the Black Keys), among others. Her latest single is the smokey “Workin' Woman Blues”, produced by Peter Sabak in Budapest, Hungary. (we featured the video a while ago, but she just made the track available for download)…Continue
OH JOY! Rage Against the Machine is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut album, and they've got a tasty new track for us--I'd say that's cause for celebration. On November 27th, the boys will release Rage Against the Machine - XX, a 20th anniversary deluxe box set containing early concert footage from 1991 to 1994, the band's original demo tape for the album and footage of their June 2010 show in Finsbury Park, England. A perfect holiday gift for the…Continue
Need a soulful mix for your Thanksgiving gathering? One that will please everyone from your smallest cousins to grandma? We've got you-- Crank up the November Mix: LOVE BABY brought to you by Ian Bakerwoman of Phony Ppl. It's got a little bit of everything to keep you cool and kicking it right before the itis takes over. Happy Thanksgiving!…Continue
Added by Sound Check on November 22, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments
After writing the book on hardcore on their first 3 records (while moonlighting as a tight reggae band on those same records), Bad Brains expanded their sound to include elements of thrash, funk, metal, and even a bit of hip-hop. Meanwhile their reggae tracks gradually switched from being breaks from face-pummeling hardcore to being the main attraction. By the time 2007's Build a Nation came out, the band's faster songs sounded more like an obligation than a passion. Where Build…Continue
Added by Sound Check on November 21, 2012 at 10:48am — No Comments
For 35 years (with a few notable breaks...) HR has served as the lead signer of the groundbreaking hardcore band Bad Brains. Patient zero for the Afropunk movement, Bad Brains' classic run from 1977-1985 produced 3 of the best hardcore records, period. The band's latest, Into the Future comes out November 20th.
Leading up to the interview, I admit I was more than a little nervous. Beyond being simply a legend and the singer for one of my favorite bands of all time, HR has a…
It's hard not to admire the gall of someone who can call their self-produced debut record The Headphone Masterpiece. But Cody ChesnuTT's debut wasn't just a genre-defying burst of DIY soul, it lived up to it's audacious title. Recorded on just a 4-track cassette, The Headphone Masterpiece was a lovingly handmade and charmingly self-indulgent double CD. Cody Chesnutt flirted with fame when he reworked “The Seed” into “The Seed 2.0” with The Roots, but has…Continue
It's #THROWBACKTHURSDAY and we're going on a full ode to the director/musician/rad-dude Don Letts! He's friends with all your favorite musicians (seen above chillin with Bob Marley) and from his films, music videos and bands Letts lets his genius shine through!
One of Don Letts many claims to fame is his directoral and musical affiliation with The Clash,…
It's here! Heems, Greedhead CEO and 1/3 of Das Racist releases his 2nd solo project today, a follow up to the ridiculously dope Nehru Jackets. Wild Water Kingdom is causing quite the #slash (that's the worst joke ever) and we're all about it. It's a departure from what we've come to expect of the Hima, and that's juuuust fine. Mike Finito, you…Continue
Added by Sound Check on November 14, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments
Holy Smokes. You have the Nor-Cal synth magician Ricky Reed of Wallpaper being remixed by his pal (and our fave) Gordon Voidwell. Add a little George Clinton to the mix (yes, the real George Clinton) and you've got a sexy electro-pop dance jam, that'll have you swinging your hair, kicking your heels and shaking that thang instantly. It took us…Continue
Added by Sound Check on November 14, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments
With gas determined to hover around $4/gal (or if you're in New York or New Jersey post-Sandy, $infinity/gal...), it makes sense that bike culture is getting mainstreamed in a big way right now. Enter UK indie rapper Mikill Pane with his new EP Dirty Rider.
The title track is an ode to fixed gear bikes.…Continue
If you like Baltimore Club and Ballroom infusion, have we got the track from you. It's the new release from Abdu Ali "Queen Banjee". It's the first release from the forthcoming INVICTOS EP, and it has us a little sweaty. The EP will feature other sweat-worthy tracks from Schwarz, DJ Lemz, and JLamar. Give a listen, dance a little and let us know…Continue
Added by Sound Check on November 13, 2012 at 12:37pm — No Comments
The latest Mixtape from NYC rapper Mykki Blanco brings the fire. The hot, firey flame we've come to expect from the hip-hop diva alter-ego Michael David Quattlebaum Jr.! It's clubby, trill, wavvy and every bit as dope as we hoped for. Stream it here and DOWNLOAD for the…Continue
Added by Sound Check on November 12, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments
In the days before my family had the internet (beyond the periodic 30 day free trial of AOL, of course), I spent many an afternoon obsessively tracking down and collecting the home recordings of Lou Barlow from Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh. I had nothing but rumor and recommendation from older friends about what recordings even existed, but I would trek from record store to record store hoping to stumble upon some basement gem by Folk Implosion or Sentridoh. I still never found the…Continue
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For her latest record Spectrum, German artist/activist Noah Sow (aka Noiseaux) has ditched the guitar-based alt rock of her debut and gone full on electroclash. It's a surprising left turn from an artist who makes a point of making surprising left turns whenever possible. Calling the new sound Elektro Loop Afro Chanson, Noiseaux makes it clear that she's as punk as ever with explosive tracks like “I Have a Loaded Voice” and “Nodemocracy.”…Continue