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AFROPUNK's Blog – December 2010 Archive (40)

If You Don't Know, Now You Know: Storage 24

Damn, these motherfuckers rock pretty hard... Where had they been hiding all this time? Anyway, everybody, meet Storage 24, a bad-ass rock band from Jackson, Mississippi. They already have a record out, and their 'No Surrender' video is a good introduction to their work (watch it below). Never mind the weird-ass name (they say the band was named after the storage unit it rehearsed in... great! :-P). If you… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on December 31, 2010 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: M.I.A.'s ViCKI LEEKX Mixtape Will Rub Some The Wrong Way

ViCKI LEEKX... Sounds like WikiLeaks, uh? You bet! M.I.A. just released a mixtape today, and as always, controversy and irony are on the menu. The music is a fan pleaser, way more "accessible" than her album /\/\ /\ Y /\. Still experimental and quirky though, don't worry. :) Featuring productions by Danjahands, Munchi, M.I.A., Diplo, Blaqstarr and more. Download it for free below and let us know what you think!

- Lou C-D

Tracklisting: (click on image to…

Added by AFROPUNK on December 31, 2010 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Lenny Kravitz On Teena Marie: “She Gave Me A Bedroom And Fed Me”

Musician Lenny Kravitz just revealed that he shared a deeper connection than most with the late Teena Marie. Taking to his Twitter account after being informed of the tragic news, Lenny sent out a very personal video in dedication to the singer.


“Good morning, I’m in Paris and I just woke to the tragic news that my sister [and] long time friend, Teena Marie, passed away yesterday. I…

Added by AFROPUNK on December 31, 2010 at 10:35am — 2 Comments

Beef Aside, Thomas dishes post The Mars Volta

I wanted the beef on his split with The Mars Volta, but he wouldn't dish out. At the age of 27, Thomas Pridgen, is far classier than most musicians I've encountered over the last year, even with his split with the Grammy Award winning band, The Mars Volta, back in 2009.  For the last year, Thomas has been tediously working on his new music venture, The… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on December 31, 2010 at 10:24am — 4 Comments

Shingo's Top 20 Albums of 2010

Another year has ended, and chances are your NYE bash was banging with your favorite jams of 2010. Before we bring in 2011, I want to reflect on some of my favorites from 2010. This was a big year in music and this was a tough list to put together, but I finally did it. These are just my personal favorites, so hit me up in the comments with your top picks of the year!


Wishing you and yours a…


Added by AFROPUNK on December 31, 2010 at 12:30am — 5 Comments

Fair Warning: Ninjasonik Dropping New Mix CD Jan. 12th 2011

If you were at this year's Afro-punk Festival, you've probably seen Brooklyn Hip-hop/Punk group Ninjasonik at work. With a motto like "Be what you want, when you want, how you want!", they're the kind of people with fuck with. The guys are dropping their next mix CD 'When Anxiety Attacks' on January 12th. No words yet on whether or not they'll bless our ears with delicate subtle gems like their previous hits… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on December 29, 2010 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

The oOohh Baby Gimme Mores Change Direction for XMas

Call it a definite post stocking stuffer...or fifth day of Kwanzaa gift, but what a treat it was to see the release of Canadian duo, The oOohh Baby Gimmie Mores, mixtape come out this week.  We haven't heard from the guys, Denzil and Cola in a while, since releasing their first album, Interchorus, back in 2008, when they also booked the Afro-punk 2009 summer festival.  The new… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on December 29, 2010 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Beautiful Black Women 2.0- Who's Measuring Your Beauty?

Beauty is one of those misnomers like the chicken and the egg.  What came first?  Were we born with our idea of beauty in our head and then shaped our lifestyle around who or what we find beautiful OR is it that we are born with no concept of beauty and those around us shape and form our ideas for us?  And if that's the case, in a society that has been dominated by white men, do other races ideals of beauty stand a chance of being considered beautiful in our subconscious…


Added by AFROPUNK on December 29, 2010 at 1:29pm — 5 Comments

Janelle puts face with sponsor

Whether you fully comprehend Janelle Monae's android themed musical compositions or not, there is no denying that 2010 was her breakout year on a mainstream level.  Before this year, Janelle has been known as the underground artist signed to Diddy's Bad Boy Records, dazzled with the pompadour, perfectly tailored suits, strongly believing in time travel and androids, and for avoiding live television appearances. This year, the 25-year-old Janelle broke out and…


Added by AFROPUNK on December 27, 2010 at 4:30pm — 9 Comments

VIDEO: 'Dead Christmas Trees' Look So Sad to Screaming Headless Torsos

If the headline of this article made any sense to you, then you know about experimental rock & funk band Screaming Headless Torsos, comprised of respected musicians such as guitarist David Fiuczynski, percussionist Daniel Sadownick, new soulful vocalist Freedom Bremner (+ bad-ass guests Gene Lake on drums and and Fima Ephron on the bass). The guys are back with a new tongue-in-cheek holiday single and video, 'Dead Christmas Trees', lamenting the fate of conifers right after… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on December 27, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

FREE DOWNLOAD: '6 Hours' By Kenyan Metal Band Last Year's Tragedy

What better way to celebrate the holidays than a free download from a Kenyan metal band, huh? Yeah, we can't find one either. Remember when we told you that the rock scene was vibrant in Nairobi? One of the band's we introduced you to back then was Last Year's Tragedy. They released a new track, '6 Hours' (an 'ode to the broken-hearted') and decided to offer it as a free download… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on December 24, 2010 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

Our top picks of Afro-punk tours, 2010

Tours.  It's that fucking burning sensation you get inside when you see that your favorite band is coming to your city to play tracks that you've been obsessing about for who knows how long.  And when that band tours to your city, true fans crawl to the front of the crowd, just to be in front of the stage to see their musical idols, to be among all of those other fans who know the music just as well.  The feeling is intoxicating and so worth the wait, counting down the days… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on December 22, 2010 at 4:50pm — 3 Comments

LISTEN: Rocki Evans Needs You Here, Under His Skin

By the time Rocki Evans gets to the chorus of his new track 'Woman', you can feel him under your skin. His raw voice and lyrics give you that kick in the butt you needed for this end of year. No need for loud instruments on this one, the stripped production leaves room for the emotional vocals. Rocki tells us: "this is sort of a warm-up record to prepare the public for my upcoming project entitled 'Simply Twisted'... which will be out mid january/top of february." He also says that… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on December 22, 2010 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

100 Shows For Haiti: Put Your DIY Skills To Work To Show Support!

A year after the devastating earthquake we've all heard about, Haiti is still struggling to get back on track. Conflicts, homelessness, poor sanitary conditions, are part of many Haitians daily lives. '100 Shows For Haiti' urges promoters around the world to put together events, any kind of events, to help raise funds for relief. The money collected will be distributed to two organizations on the ground: One Hundred For… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on December 22, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Fuck Santa Christmas Party Photo Recap

Last Thursday night we decided to get in the holiday spirit and hosted a Fuck Santa holiday party at Webster Hall.  We hooked up with Brooklyn band, California Kings to release their new album, La Belle Epoque.  Earl Greyhound performed after, with some dj sets from electro beat dj, Dances With White Girls aka…


Added by AFROPUNK on December 20, 2010 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Candy & Glitter Rule In Raye 6's "Universal Lover' Vid

Singer/entrepreneur/spandex lover/calendar girl/cake baker Raye 6 is back with a candy galore in her 'Universal Lover' video. Catchy hook, 80's Prince-y beat and vocal stylings, sugary edible clothes make for a pretty entertaining 3-minute extravaganza. Watch the result below! The single is also available on iTunes.

- Lou…

Added by AFROPUNK on December 20, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Afro-punk's best News of 2010!

Lots has happened this year in black alternative culture, and we've enjoyed bringing you the latest news and events around the globe for things that stumbled on our radar.  We've collected our top 15 news events of 2010 and wanted to share.  Check back in 2011 for more news, updates, and happenings on…


Added by AFROPUNK on December 20, 2010 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

The Objex Unleash Kissing Frenzy In 'R.S.V.P.' Video

The aptly named Felony Melony is not to be messed with OK? In her band The Objex' new video 'R.S.V.P', she turns into a kissing bandit, smooching everyone in sight. The band tells us that the video was put together and shot in just 4 hours (they had to improvise something after unforeseen events forced them to postpone the video shoot they had planned that day for another song). How do yo like it? The song will… Continue

Added by AFROPUNK on December 20, 2010 at 4:30pm — 9 Comments

Building A Giant Machine with The 54- Exclusive Interview

Named after the all Black regiment who fought in the civil war, The 54 is a new band from Atlanta with a unique heavy rock sound. The band is getting ready for a busy near year in 2011 with their debut disc coming out and a tour of the US to follow. I caught up with bassist Mercury Jackson and he let me know what kind of “giant machine” the 54 hope to build.…


Added by AFROPUNK on December 20, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Buzzing: Sydnee-Jane Ruffling Some Feathers In Houston & Beyond

From her underdog anthem 'Ready To Go' to her stint at the 2010 SXSW Festival, Sydnee-Jane and her backing vocalists the Jane-ettes are causing a stir in the Houston music scene and beyond. Fierce looks, check. Funky electro jams, check. But don't get it twisted honey, she also occasionally delivers heartfelt down-tempo songs, like "Your Love", featured on the soundtrack of indie movie 'After School…


Added by AFROPUNK on December 17, 2010 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

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