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AFROPUNK's Blog – June 2012 Archive (13)

Oh Shit! The Noisettes' New Album Is Coming Soon - Artwork + Behind-The-Scenes Footage

We'd like to hear news like that every freaking day: UK rock/pop duo Noisettes' album 'Contact' will be released August 27th, preceded by first single 'Winner' on August 13th. In the meanwhile, here's the artwork for the LP + behind-the-scenes footage of the upcoming 'Winner' video (+ in case you missed it a snippet from the song). xo

- L C-D…


Added by AFROPUNK on June 29, 2012 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Battle of the Bands - Win A Spot To Perform At Afropunk Fest 2012

Here is your chance to perform at AFROPUNK FEST 2012!!!


For 10 years, AFROPUNK has built a community & festival with new bands. We want to give the bands…

Added by AFROPUNK on June 26, 2012 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Discount Offer To See Fela! Musical, Back On Broadway July 9-August 4

Badass musical 'Fela!' is back on Broadway for a limited time. Have you seen it? Scroll down for a discount offer from the production:…


Added by AFROPUNK on June 26, 2012 at 8:09am — No Comments

Community: Volunteers & Interns Needed for Afropunk Fest 2012!

This year's Afropunk Festival will be off the hook, you know that, right? CALLING all AFROPUNKS! We are in need of volunteers and interns in the NYC area for this summer. Please contact us at if you are interested. …


Added by AFROPUNK on June 25, 2012 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Odd Future's Frank Ocean's Upcoming Album 'Channel Orange' Features Andre 3000, Earl Sweatshirt

AP Quickie! Frank Ocean revealed the artwork and tracklist for is upcoming album 'Channel Orange' (due out July 17th). Among the guests: Andre 3000, Odd Future colleague Earl Sweatshirt and... John Mayer. Check it out below, and in case you missed it, grab a free download of (nearly 10-minute long) first single 'Pyramids', which surfaced earlier this month.

'Pyramids' by Frank Ocean (Free Download)…


Added by AFROPUNK on June 25, 2012 at 7:32am — 2 Comments

AP Quickie: New Skunk Anansie Album Coming September 17 On Their Own Label!

'Black Traffic'. That's the title of classic UK rock band Skunk Anansie's upcoming album, to be released on September 17 (the first to be released through their own label, in partnership with 100% Records). Lead singer Skin says it better: "We've wanted to be in charge of our own destiny for many years. The doom and gloom merchants may whine about the music industry, but we've seen it as a positive chance to re-invent how we work and take more control over our art form. (...)…


Added by AFROPUNK on June 13, 2012 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Lauryn Hill Says She Didn't Pay Taxes In Order To Remain Free From "A media protected military industrial complex"

As you may know, Lauryn Hill was charged with tax evasion and could even face prison time. The artist released a statement explaining that she didn't pay taxes in order to remain free from "a media protected military industrial complex". She tackles many topics (see full statement below), let us know what you guys think.

Lauryn Hill's statement:

“For the past several years, I have remained what others would consider underground. I did this in order to build a community…


Added by AFROPUNK on June 12, 2012 at 12:43pm — 28 Comments

Banging Line-up + Skate & BMX At The 2012 Afropunk Festival

Time for the BIG announcement. Fasten your seat belts, this year's Afropunk Festival line-up is banging! Erykah Badu & the Cannabinoids, Janelle Monae, Gym Class Heroes, Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely, Straight Line Stitch, Das Racist, Skindred, Toro Y Moi, Reggie Watts, Spank Rock, Ninjasonik, The Memorials, Bad Rabbits, Gordon Voidwell, Cerebral Ballzy, Phony Ppl, Body Language & more to be announced. In a word: get your @ss to Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn August 25th…


Added by AFROPUNK on June 8, 2012 at 9:00am — 25 Comments

AP Quickie: New Reggie Watts Show Premieres Tonight On IFC + Van Halen Cover

You already know we love comedian/musician Reggie Watts (so much that he's on this year's Afro-punk Festival line-up!). Reggie's got a new show called 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' premiering tonight at 10 p.m. EDT on IFC. IFC says: "In each episode, Scott Aukerman engages his guests with unfiltered and improvisational lines of questioning, punctuated by banter and beats provided by bandleader, one-man musical mastermind Reggie Watts, to reinvent the traditional celebrity…


Added by AFROPUNK on June 8, 2012 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Wishing A Speedy Recovery To The London Souls' Tash Neal

AP Fam, let's wish a speedy recovery to Tash Neal of The London Souls. The following statement was released yesterday:

"As many of you know Tash Neal was a victim of a hit and run taxi cab accident last week on Bleecker and Broadway in New York City. The cab he was in was struck by a BMW that was drag racing down Broadway. According to his doctor when he arrived at the hospital he was unresponsive…


Added by AFROPUNK on June 8, 2012 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

New Release: The Memorials' Sophomore Album 'Delirium' Is Out!

Ever heard of soulful hard rock? Well get with the program 'cause that's the kind of music The Memorials manage to make. Founded by drummer Thomas Pridgen (formerly of The Mars Volta), the group showcases their musicianship and creativity in their new album 'Delirium'. Click here to buy the record (preview a…


Added by AFROPUNK on June 6, 2012 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

(Comedian?) Grace Jones Hula Hoops & Says "Happy Birthday" at Elizabeth II Jubilee

All the fuss seems to be about Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee... Whateva, the best part was Grace Jones performing her timeless banger 'Slave To The Rhythm'. She showed up eccentric as ever, hula-hooped throughout the song, and best of all, didn't seem to know why she was there: she wished the Queen a "happy birthday" at the end (watch video below). The Queen's birthday is April 21, isn't it? Love ya Grace...

In other news, The Guardian reports that "long-term…


Added by AFROPUNK on June 6, 2012 at 8:00am — 7 Comments

Explosive Mix: Hardcore Punk Band Trash Talk Signed To Odd Future Records

The troublemakers of hardcore punk band Trash Talk are now signed to Odd Future Records. Look for their new album '119' coming this fall. The Odd Future press release (ahem) speaks for itself: "So them muthafu***** ova at Odd Future records done signed a fu***** group of crackas and ni**** in a hardcore punk band called Trash Talk. I mean it makes sense since Odd Future fans…


Added by AFROPUNK on June 4, 2012 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

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