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Sound Check's Blog – December 2012 Archive (34)

AFROPUNK Top 10 tracks of 2012

We're wraping up our year with the best songs since 2011! And there were A LOT of dope songs this year! These took the cake as the BEST! Check out our final roundup-- the TOP 10 SONGS OF 2012!  Wishing you and your's a Happy New Year and hope for more good music to come!



Added by Sound Check on December 31, 2012 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK Top 10 Albums of 2012

As the end of the year is upon us, help us reflect of some of the BEST albums of 2012. It was a tough one, but we managed to pick our TOP 10! What'd we miss?

10. Gummy Soul Presents: Bizarre Tribe…

Added by Sound Check on December 31, 2012 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK Top 10 Music Videos of 2012

It was painful and hard, but we did it-- we picked the best videos of 2012 out of ALL the videos. We couldn't add everything, and we're still sad about some, but check out what we think are the best videos from the year and hit us with your…


Added by Sound Check on December 31, 2012 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

London's Madame So makes sincerely bizarre but bizarrely catchy indie pop on “The Sell-by Date EP” #SoundCheck

Jangly indiepop can be a dangerous proposition. There's a fine balance between personal weirdness (we used to call it quirk, but Zoe Deschanel ruined that word forever. Thanks a lot.) and traditional pop songwriting. The wrong balance can leave you sounding twee, phony, or just hopelessly unapproachable to anyone other than jangle purists. But there's little better than when someone nails that balance. Madame So's new EP “Sell-by Date” hits all the right notes. (Even the ones…


Added by Sound Check on December 30, 2012 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

Capital Steeze Tribute mix from Dj Statik Selektah

An awesome tribute from Dj Statik Selektah, to the 19-year old Pro Era up-and-coming rapper Capital Steeze  who took his life this past Christmas eve. Enjoy the mix and RIP Capital Steeze. Our hearts are with his family this holiday season. RIP -AG…


Added by Sound Check on December 28, 2012 at 3:53pm — 2 Comments

Earl Greyhound re-releases their first recordings on vinyl Taste it again for the first time! #SoundCheck

Good news for fans of hard rock/folk/blues band Earl Greyhound! (to the unconverted: I'm worried about you. Are you OK?) It's been two years since Earl Greyhound's 2nd full length Suspicious Package, but the intrepid trio are back. Sort of. They're re-releasing their first recordings from 2003 on vinyl. The 4 song EP Besides Seasides is out today and definitely worth picking…


Added by Sound Check on December 28, 2012 at 11:07am — No Comments

New Track "Werewolves" from Rocky Business

Feel the love in the sultry new track "werewolves" from punk-pop-rockers Rocky Business! Feel the steam and fall in <3…


Added by Sound Check on December 27, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Indie rapper TiDUS skateboards through a blacked out New York in “Delancey” #SoundCheck

It's been almost 2 months since Hurricane Sandy devastated the coastal areas of New York City, and there are still tens of thousands without power, heat, or adequate shelter. Some of the images that have come out of the hurricane are truly surreal, from stretches of Rockaway Park stripped of its trademark beaches to the pictures of a blacked out downtown Manhattan with only the Goldman Sachs building lit up (and if that's not a metaphor, I don't know what is...). Indie rapper…


Added by Sound Check on December 26, 2012 at 6:12am — No Comments

Spoek Mathambo – Black Santa’s Revenge Mix DOWNLOAD

DOPE! Tell Grandma that this is all you need for Christmas. Go ahead and crank up this mix of housey, jamy, and militant jams courtesy of  South African producer/dj/rapper Spoek Mathambo. No gift wrap required!

Spoek Mathambo – Black Santa’s Revenge Mix (Mediafire)…


Added by Sound Check on December 25, 2012 at 3:12pm — No Comments

AP Quickie: Major Lazer Album Coming Soon Feat. Santogold & Many More

Is anyone excited about the upcoming Major Lazer album 'Free The Universe'? (release date is February 19 2013). Tracklist features collabs with Santigold and many more. Check the album trailer:


1. You’re No Good (feat. Santigold, Vybz Kartel, Danielle Haim & Yasmin)

2. Jet…


Added by Sound Check on December 24, 2012 at 12:24pm — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK EXCLUSIVE! Stream the dope new single from alt-rock/hip-hop group Echo Sonic. #SoundCheck

Long Island based Echo Sonic have been dropping a stream of singles lately and consistently occupying space in my playlist. Their latest is “My Dear Michelle”, a hooky alt-rock song, and we're proud to hook you up with an exclusive stream.…


Added by Sound Check on December 24, 2012 at 11:39am — No Comments

Happy Birthday to Muthafukin' Samuel L. Jackson- TOP 10 Sam L Quotes of All Time!

In honor of muthafukin Sam L. muthafukin Jackson's birthday, we've rounded up top Top 10 best muthafukin quotes of all muthafukin TIME! Straight from the vault of our man Sam! Can ya dig, it?…

Added by Sound Check on December 21, 2012 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Free Download! CharlieRed's new EP explores religion through the marriage of hip-hop and blues. #SoundCheck

Hip-hop producers have been sampling soul and blues tracks since day 1 so it's actually surprising how rarely blues returns the favor. On Charlie Red's new EP Religion, the duo of producer Cobaine Ivory and singer/songwriter Rocky Evans use the language of hip-hop to create some dirty, soulful blues.…


Added by Sound Check on December 19, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

NEW Album Download: Millsted "An Ocean of Storms

Download the latest album from NY rocker, Millsted "An Ocean of Storms"

Added by Sound Check on December 18, 2012 at 2:42pm — No Comments

AFROPUNK in MIA: Art Basel, A Retrospect

The AFROPUNK ARMY are always doing fly things around the country and world, and Miami was no excpetion! We sent our contributor Faisal to take up the scene of this years Art Basel, the gathering of Arties from around the world to show, party and mingle in MIA. Check out Faisal what the AFROPUNK art kids are doing, and how their presence was…


Added by Sound Check on December 18, 2012 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment


It's another ROCK GODDESS RECAP with our favorite metal maven, Militia! Check out part 2 of her adventures with Soundgarden! EPIC. TIMES.
By: Militia.
Soundgarden's return to the spotlight is triumphant- their first studio album in 16 years, several back to back shows in The Big…

Added by Sound Check on December 17, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Download: EMP!RE's debut EP: angular, jagged, and hard but still hooky as hell #SoundCheck

We've been (im)patiently waiting for EMP!RE's debut EP since getting a taste of 'All The Rage' back in October. The 'Birth' EP dropped this weekend, and lives up to the anticipation. Fans of The Divine Secret will find a lot to like in Joe Green's…


Added by Sound Check on December 17, 2012 at 9:18am — No Comments

MIX OF THE WEEK: Felichen - Mr. Gut Mix

Get your weekend going RIGHT NOW with this bangy, trancy, housey, awesome mix straight out of the community-- Felichen has done it again, and it's sure to get your weekend BUMPIN'…


Added by Sound Check on December 14, 2012 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Lianne La Havas Is Coming Your Way With Her World Tour!

She released one of the really exciting albums of 2012, and now she's coming to get ya. Soulful songstress Lianne La Havas is about to embark on a world tour, with tens of dates in Australia, France, the UK, Ireland, the US, Canada. Click here for the full schedule. - L…


Added by Sound Check on December 14, 2012 at 8:16am — No Comments

Who says real rock is dead? Vintage Trouble gives “real rock n roll” a much needed shot of adrenalin. #SoundCheck

Pretty much since 5 minutes after a bunch of clean-cut Liverpudlians made rock safe for TV in 1963, folks have been periodically declaring “real rock n roll” dead. And while a credible argument could be made that the moment represented the first death of “real rock n roll,” what's really true is that every generation has their rebirth and death of “real rock n roll.” That dangerous but soulful riffy shit that's a little rough around the edges, makes no apologies, and calls back…


Added by Sound Check on December 14, 2012 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

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