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2 Jan


by Vinyl Factory Yeah yeah, we audio snobs sniff "That's not a REAL turntable!" but it's a start. At least they didn't bring back the vinyl-shredding stackable, right?                     The Jensen all-in-one turntable is king on Following the news that HMV were selling up to a turntable a minute in the run up to Christmas, Amazon have released news that their best selling home audio product this Christmas was a turntable. More popular than both a Yamaha Wi-Fi Network AV Receiver with AirPlay and the SONOS PLAY:1, a two-room music...
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25 Oct

If you don't know, now you know: Brother Israel's Record Shop in Bed-Stuy

I can't remember when I happened upon Brother Israel's Record Shop. It has to be at least 15 years now. It's hard to miss the miniature suit of armor holding a hand-painted "RECORDS" sign above a basement door painted bright yellow; a speaker at its feet blasts jazz or soul or blues. If you want to be transformed back to Bed Stuy circa 1975, this is the place--Black Love incense beckons you down the basement steps. If you're also a chess buff, Brother Israel Ben Yahuda is always...
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24 Mar

Lithofayne Pridgon: Jimi Hendrix’s original ‘foxy lady’

Sam Cooke, Sly Stone and Little Willie fought for her attention. Jimi Hendrix loved her so much he wrote songs about her. In a rare interview Lithofayne Pridgon tells Chris Campion the unvarnished story of Harlem’s wildest music scene – and how she came to be Hendrix’s greatest muse by Chris Champion The Observer‘They were bold and daring, yet endearing at the same time, and they allowed me to just be who I was’: Lithofayne Pridgon reflects on the famous men in...
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22 Feb

La Mama presents Prophetika: An Oratorio @ La Mama 3/20 – 4/5/2015

March 20, 2015 - April 05, 2015 Fri & Sat at 10pm, Sun at 6pm The Club Award-winning stage director Charlotte Brathwaite joins forces with eclectic composer/pianist Courtney Bryan and celebrated installation artist Abigail DeVille in a sonically stimulating, visually spectacular experience. Part theatrical event, part visual art installation, part ritual ceremony, Prophetika: An Oratorio proposes a mythical cosmology of colliding reflections on freedom and a view of the current state of our world. Inspired by Harriet Tubman’s journey from enslavement to liberation; the cosmic philosophies...
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21 Feb

Be sure to catch Kehinde Wiley's 'A New Republic' at the Brooklyn Museum 2/20–5/24, 2015

I went to the Member preview courtesy of my French horn-playing baby bro Deryck, who participated in a great funky opera performance by The Harlem Chamber Players. His work is just stunning. The Brooklyn Museum: "The works presented in Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic raise questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation by portraying contemporary African American men and women using the conventions of traditional European portraiture. The exhibition includes an overview of the artist’s prolific fourteen-year career and features sixty paintings and sculptures. Wiley's signature portraits of everyday...
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14 Feb

SAVE THE DATE: MoMA presents a retrospective of composer, musician, and singer Björk: March 7-June 7, 2015

Bjork. Courtesy of Sacks and Co. Almost slept on this! Also, here's a great review of Björk's new record, Vulnicura by Anne Powers, NPR/The Record From MoMA: "The Museum of Modern Art presents a retrospective of the multifaceted work of composer, musician, and singer Björk. The exhibition draws from more than 20 years of the artist’s daring and innovative projects and her eight full-length albums to chronicle her career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, and costumes. In the Museum lobby, instruments used on Biophilia(2011)—a...
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13 Feb

SAVE THE DATE: Hassan Hajjaj presents "My Rock Stars Experimental" at the Newark Museum, opening 02/25/2015

Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars February 25, 2015 - August 9, 2015 Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars presents a video installation by Moroccan-born, UK-based artist Hassan Hajjaj, along with a related series of photographs, in a salon installation designed expressly for the exhibition. The video, My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume I (2012), recently acquired by the Newark Museum, pays tribute to individuals who—though they may not all be famous—have inspired the artist personally.  The video features nine separately filmed performances by an international group of...
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10 Feb


This is a brilliant piece written by one of my many prolific and famously unknown friends, Jennifer Jazz. She really captures the spirit of the time. *** People are always coming and going to Felice’s. There are writers Luc Sante and Darryl Pinckney and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch. Felice Rosser is the Woman-in-the-scarf in Jim’s short film Permanent Vacation and obviously the inspiration behind the character Bargatta in Darryl Pinckney’s novel High Cotton. There’s the photographer Nan Goldin, friends or friends of friends from Paris and London...
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9 Feb

Fela Kuti: hear his long-lost debut recording from 1960

by The Guardian   'Fela's Special', his debut from from 1960 will be included in the forthcoming compilation 'Highlife on the Move' – but you can hear it premiered here. (You can really hear how Calypso came directly from Nigerian highlife music).  Fela Kuti … With British jazz great Johnny Dankworth in 1962. Photograph: PR Long before he became the king of Afrobeat, and one of the most inspirational figures in African culture, Fela Ransome-Kuti was already a recording musician. His early recordings were in the highlife style,...
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26 Mar

Artists Wanted For Film About Vincent Van Gogh Painted Entirely By Hand

(Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images) SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A unique crew call has been posted for oil painters to work on film about the life of Vincent Van Gogh. Loving Vincent will be the first feature film completely painted by hand. The biopic about the Dutch impressionist painter will be told through some 800 personal letters and 120 of his paintings. Timelapse of Loving Vincent painting process. Directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman told Voice of America the 80-minute feature film will require 57,000 painted...
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23 Mar

THIS…is what you call a tribute

This is so f$#king awesome! Can he kick it? Yes he can. And THAT'S what we call a tribute! Mark Arum from WSB-TV dropped A Tribe Called Quest lyrics in his traffic reports to honor Phife Dawg, who passed away this morning. He's definitely invited to the cookout! // < ![CDATA[ // < ![CDATA[ // < ![CDATA[ // < ![CDATA[ // < ![CDATA[ (function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); = id;  js.src = "//";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); // ]]>         ...
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23 Mar

A Tribe Called Quest’s Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor Passes Away at Age 45.

Shamz Okayplayer Damn, 2016 has already been a year of epic loss in music. We've lost yet another music icon and legend from the Golden Age of hip hop; Malik Taylor, known as Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest. He was battling diabetes and other health challenges. I got to know them all at Hotel Amazon where I first started DJing in the late 80's. Love them. I send heartfelt condolences to his beautiful mother, poet and writer Cheryl Boyce Taylor. The apple doesn't...
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7 Mar

At M.I.T., Science Embraces a New Chaos Theory: Art

Hilarie M. Sheets The NY Times | Arts & Science “Sandcastle No. 3,” drawn on a single grain of sand, part of a Vik Muniz series from 2013.CreditVik Muniz, via Sikkema, Jenkins & Co.  As a graduate student at the respected M.I.T. Media Lab, Marcelo Coelho collaborated with the artist Vik Muniz to help him achieve a poetic and technical feat that teases the imagination: drawing a picture of a castle on a single grain of sand. After two years of failed experiments with various lasers,...
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5 Mar

"Sound & Color" by The Alabama Shakes

I slept hard on this gorgeous, wistful 3:03 minute slip of a song--in fact on this band in general. Sure I'd heard of Brittany Howard, loving how she broke all boxes that defined a rock star, Black music, Black woman. But for some reason they were on my shortlist that I never manifested. I don't watch TV so I didn't see the iPad Pro commercial, but after they won a couple of Grammies it was time I woke the f#$k up. Future People and...
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5 Feb

Where do I begin…yet another chapter of my childhood has died.

I've been trying to figure out how to address my feelings on the passing of Maurice White since he left this earth on February 3rd, 2016. I think I have to go back to 1976, around the time my then 13-year-old brother discovered That's The Way of the World and Spirit. See, my French horn-playing baby bro Deryck was absolutely OBSESSED with EWF. I mean as in carrying-a-boombox-into-the-bathroom-so he-wouldn't-miss-a-single-note-type obsessed. Over and over and over again. Don't get me wrong, I loved them too--but unfortunately hearing...
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21 Jan

You mourned David Bowie, but you mock Glenn Frey. Why?

Last night, walking up 7th Ave around 40th Street I hear the last strains of "Witchy Woman" bouncing off the buildings. I follow the sound and trace it to a lone Asian-looking guy on the corner, wrapped in a blanket, rocking a Tibetan sort of hat and blaring the Eagles out of a big orange monitor. No cup, no begging--just reverence. ‪#‎greatmusicknowsnoboundaries‬ ‪#‎righton‬ Everett True The Guardian Anyone who was defensive over the mass mourning of Bowie but laughed at the death of the Eagles...
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