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AFROPUNK's Blog – November 2011 Archive (19)

Tours: Trash Talk, 24-7 Spyz Take Over Europe

One for our Afro-punkz and Afro-punkettez in Europe: hardcore punk band Trash Talk is getting ready to hit the UK, starting tonight in London' Electric Ballrroom! Fans everywhere can also check out their new zine, by clicking here. Ain't that badass?

Not to be left behind, the legendary 24-7 Spyz are embarking on their Strength in Numbers 20th Anniversary…


Added by AFROPUNK on November 30, 2011 at 9:23am — 1 Comment

Poly Styrene Camp Announces New Single / Charity Project For Somali Refugees

Poly Styrene/X-Ray Spex fans, here's some news the camp of the late punk icon (who passed away earlier this year) shared with us: they will release a digital-only single on December 4th, and all proceed will go The UN Refugee Agency's campaign to help Somali refugees. The EP will include this remix. You can pre-order it…


Added by AFROPUNK on November 28, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

New Releases From Rockers Apollo Heights, The Thirst, Room 11, Absence of Light

A few releases from indie AP band for you to check out this weekend: super talented long-time Afro-punk friends Apollo Heights explore funky pop and electro sounds, UK group The Thirst share their new EP (free download!), Room 11 mix funk and rock, Kenyan metal band Absence Of Light reveals new tracks...…


Added by AFROPUNK on November 25, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

"Where Does Occupy Wall Street Go From Here?" (Michael Moore)

Hi guys, we would love to hear what you have to say about the future of the 'Occupy' movement and this proposal from Michael Moore. These ideas can be a starting point for a larger discussion. Let's see people power in action! Below is what Moore had to say:

"Where Does Occupy Wall Street Go From Here? ...a proposal from Michael Moore


This past weekend I participated in a four-hour meeting of Occupy Wall Street activists whose job it is to…


Added by AFROPUNK on November 25, 2011 at 6:33am — 4 Comments

Inside Occupy LA: Weeks 6/7 - National Day of Action, Biased Media Coverage, Bill Maher, Arrests/Bail Outs, Solidarity

Week 6 of the LA 'Occupation' was full of surprises, including visits from Bill Maher, Jesse Jackson, and unfortunately more police brutality. You can read Griff Fuller Jr.'s full report here. During week 7, a major National Day of Action took place, along with more biased media coverage, incidents with the LAPD and…


Added by AFROPUNK on November 23, 2011 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Free Downloads: Tracks From The Upcoming 'Fuck Rockstars' Vol.3 AP Compilation!

We were compiling a 'Fuck Rockstars" Vol.3 compilation around the AP Festival, and due to the cancellation we weren't able to get it out. So we thought we'd let you hear tracks from the album for the next few weeks! Now we'd love you to comment and share and be as supportive as possible. :) We'll reveal the tracks one by one, stay tuned to this page!



Added by AFROPUNK on November 22, 2011 at 5:00pm — 12 Comments

Book: Share Your Thoughts About 'Makeda' by Randall Robinson

Hey guys, we'd love to hear what you think of Randall Robinson's book 'Makeda'. Have you read it yet? If not check it out and share your reviews with us in the comments. Here's some info about the book: "Part coming-of-age story, part spiritual journey, and part love story, Makeda is a universal tale of family, heritage, and the ties that bind. It is about the people who help to shape and mold us, and lead us into the light. Appealing to the deepest sense of who we are, Robinson…


Added by AFROPUNK on November 21, 2011 at 12:45pm — 1 Comment

BMX In Jamaica: Krash Test Dummy Stunt Team

When someone says Jamaica, your mind most likely goes to the things the island country is stereotypically known for: the beaches, the breezes, the BMXers…PAUSE!!! That last part may be new to most of you, but to the Krash Test Dummy Stunt Team, its everyday life on the island. There’s much more to paradise than palm trees and coconuts. We interviewed team leader, A-Wire. Get to know the the guys and feel the irie vibes of Jamaica, AP style! * Shout out to…


Added by AFROPUNK on November 18, 2011 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Stream: Punksters Cerebral Ballzy Record Session For BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe

Need your punk rock fix for the weekend? Cerebral Ballzy got what you need. They recently visited the studios of BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe show and recorded a Live session. Tracks available for streaming below, one is even downloadable. As a bonus, we're including their 'Griptape Vol. 2' free mixtape in case you don't have it yet (hosted by Bart Simpson! :D). This is the new generation of punk rockers you all, don't sleep on it!…


Added by AFROPUNK on November 18, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Sneak Peek: J*DaVeY Unleash Their 'New Designer Drug'

You already know by now that J*DaVeY isn't your average boring cookie cutter R&B band. We listened to their upcoming album 'New Designer Drug', a collection of songs they recorded over the past few years that doesn't follow the usual rules and seamlessly juggles pop, electro, funk and [insert whatever the hell you want here!.. they can't be pigeonholed].

Yes, they had the balls to sample French legend…


Added by AFROPUNK on November 16, 2011 at 12:03pm — 7 Comments

On Tour: Fishbone, Death Grips (!)

These are shows you don't wanna miss when they hit your town, boyz and girlz! Grounbreaking bands Fishbone and Death Grips are on tour. No, not together (wouldn't that be fierce, though?). Apocalyptic rebels Death Grips are doing a mini West Coast tour with AP member B.L.A.C.K.I.E., while Fishbone is still on their mission to bring twisted ska-funk-rock hotness to the world, one city at a time. Check out their tour dates below! - L C-D…


Added by AFROPUNK on November 14, 2011 at 1:25pm — 1 Comment

PREVIEW: Gym Class Heroes' Full Album 'The Papercut Chronicles II'

Scrumptious sing-along bliss, or too bubblegum for ya? Time to stream the latest LP from Travie McCoy and his Gym Class Heroes partners in crime, 'The Papercut Chronicles II' (to be released tomorrow November 15th). Blending pop, hip-hop and rock influences, the production is heavy, the hooks are catchy. How do you like this?

Three singles have been released so far: "Stereo Hearts" featuring Adam Levine of Maroon 5, "Life Goes On" featuring Oh Land and "Ass Back Home",…


Added by AFROPUNK on November 14, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

Free Downloads: NJ Street Klan, Sabatta, Kwamie Liv, Lisa Michelle

Today's free downloads will rock your socks off baby, starting with NJ Street Klan's new mixtape 'Kool Kidz Of Kolor'. The collective is causing a commotion in the hip-hop/punk department, and this release is no exception (see more of them in our CMJ video recap).

Next up: UK funk/rock band Sabatta is…


Added by AFROPUNK on November 11, 2011 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Inside Occupy LA: Week 5 - Bank Transfer!, Oakland Solidarity, Demonstrations and... Weed

November 2 was a National Day of Action for Occupy Oakland and the Occupy Movement. Occupiers across the nation held marches and actions in solidarity with our brothers and sisters up north and their general strike. A picture circulated around Facebook and Twitter of what looks to be thousands of people out in the streets surrounded around a Chase bank in Oakland. One little picture displayed such a powerful message. I wasn’t present, but later that night LA Occupiers marched to…


Added by AFROPUNK on November 11, 2011 at 7:46am — 2 Comments

Free Download: Creature Of Rebelmatic Drops Solo EP

You might know him as the MC/vocalist from hip-hop/punk/funk band Rebelmatic. Creature just dropped his solo EP 'Chester Himes', produced by Prefuse 73 (TV On The Radio, Ghostface Killah, Mos Def). Conscious hard-hitting rhymes and innovative production are on the menu. The good news is that you can download here it for free! (click on cover below)

Click on cover to download:…


Added by AFROPUNK on November 9, 2011 at 6:16am — 2 Comments

Saul Williams' 'Volcanic Sunlight' Ready To Dazzle The US On 11.11.11

Don't be confused, this is indeed the album that came out in Europe a little while ago. The US release date for Saul Williams' 4th studio album 'Volcanic Sunlight' is this Friday, 11.11.11. Willams states: "Some listen to music to reinforce a mood, an idea of a time/place, to embody a mind-state, a lightness, to sharpen or dull an edge. I make music to jump off of that edge and explore. (...) Don't believe the hype- the outside world, that many of us have been taught to fear, is… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on November 7, 2011 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Inside Occupy LA: Week 4 - Obama, Living Together, Tom Morello and... Bad Apples

Around 4am early Sunday morning, myself and a couple other occupiers talked amongst ourselves about how we can improve the condition of our site and make it more welcoming. We were fed up with being kept up all night and people putting their own superficial selfish wants over the dire universal needs of the other activists. We organized a community meeting for 3pm on Monday. I went home later that morning and returned to the site after I was done with my classes for the day.… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on November 4, 2011 at 3:11pm — 4 Comments

Trailer: Black Girl In Suburbia

"Black Girl In Suburbia is a feature documentary that looks into the experiences of black girls growing up in predominately white communities. This is a different look into suburbia from the perspective of women of color (...) exploring through professional and personal interviews the conflict and issues black girls have relating to both white and black communities. Black Girl In Suburbia intends to spark an open dialogue about race, identity, and perspective among all people." To… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on November 2, 2011 at 2:02pm — 5 Comments

Afro-punk: Bringing Punk Rock Back

About This Video: Fasten your seat belts, Afro-punk is about to take you on a wild ride at this year's CMJ Festival in New York. The "DEATH to HIPHOP" show featured punk pioneers Death, badass newcomers Cerebral Ballzy, hip-hop/rock/electro misfits Ninjasonik and hip-hop crew Jersey Klan + DJ Stack-Aly.

Watch video and feel free to share it:…


Added by AFROPUNK on November 1, 2011 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

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