SOME STUFFS: Doomsquad heading on tour, share new video

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Toronto band Doomsquad are currently on tour with Fucked Up but is that in itself fucked up? Not at all, my friends. The band have a new EP called Pageantry Suite (Hand Drawn Dracula/Bella Union) and they’ve made a video for the song “Two-Way Mirror”, which may about what someone else can see or maybe what you wish to see and/or feel.

The group are about to hit the road this Saturday so check out the dates, see if it corresponds with your locale and perhaps you already heard of these guys and already bought tickets. If not, consider heading to the show in your local areas.

June 13… Brooklyn, NY (Northside Festival @ Rough Trade) ~
June 17… Toronto, ON (NXNE Lee’s Palace) %
June 20… Toronto, ON (NXNE The Garrison)
June 26… New York, NY (The Wick) *
June 27… Jersey City, NJ (Monty Hall) *
June 28… Philadelphia, PA (International House Philadelphia) *
June 29… Washington, DC (Howard Theater) *
July 1… Savannah, GA (Southern Pine Company) *
July 2… Atlanta, GA (Eyedrum Gallery) *
July 3… Birmingham, AL (Saturn) *
July 5… Nashville, TN (Third Man) *
July 6… Chicago, IL (The Garfield Park Conservatory) *
August 1… Meaford, ON (Electric Eclectics Festival)
August 13… Meaford, ON (Electric Eclectics Festival)
August 13… Sudbury, ON (Up Fest)
August 18… Brantford, ON (Snoozzze Fest)

* = w/ Fucked Up
~ = w/ PINS
% = w/ Zola Jesus


SOME STUFFS: “Finding Fela” documentary nominated for NAACP Image Award

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If you had a chance to see the Finding Fela documentary this year, there is some good news. Well, two bits of good news. First, the Alex Gibney documentary has been nominated by the NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Documentary (Theatrical). The film, produced in association with Knitting Factory Entertainment, Okayplayer and OkayAfrica, will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray on January 13th. Less than a month after that, the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards will be shown live on TVone, so you’ll be able to find out if it takes a top honor. The film will be competing with other documentaries such as Keep On Keepin’ On, I Am Ali, Documented and Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers And The Emergence Of A People.


VIDEO: Owiny Sigoma Band’s “Sunken Wrecks (Live at Village Underground Video)”

The Owiny Sigoma Band will be going to Europe in November for what is being called the Sunken Wrecks Tour, a round of five performances including a performance at the World Music Festival in Oslo, Norway. They are touring in support of their current album, Power Punch (Brownswood Recordings), and you can have a hint of their vibrancy with this live performance of “Sunken Wrecks”.

November 1… Oslo, Norway (World Music Festival)
November 6… Bristol, England (Colstan Hall)
November 7… London, England (London Illuminations, Jazz Cafe)
November 9… Paris, France (Point Ephemere)
November 10… Brussels, Belgium (Bozar)

VIDEO: Baba Maraire’s “Is She?”

Upon receiving the press release for this video, I pressed play and loved the kalimba at the beginning. Loved the beautiful scenery, very much found the woman in it to be very attractive. Then the singing begins and it has Autotune. How do you damage a song and video that has a natural vibe with Autotune? I like the video and instrumental, but do not like the vocals, but don’t let that turn you away from this, as you may find this to be of interest. Have a listen, and let me know what you think. If the vocals were not damaged with Autotune, I think it would be great.

SOME STUFFS: Live Fela Kuti recording from 1986 to be released

The first time I became aware of Fela Anikulapo Kuti was in one of the first issues in the first year of Spin magazine. It was discussed in a way which suggested that this was the man to listen to, and as a fan of long songs, the idea that this guy could do a song 10, 20, or more than 30 minutes on a regular basis was unheard of, at least outside of the genres I regularly listened to. Even back then, it was close to impossible to find his music. If I wanted to get his music, I either had to make a special order, which would either take one to two weeks to receive a record, only to perhaps get a response that it was OOP (out of print). Or I had to go out of town to find those records, and as someone who moved from Honolulu to a small town in the Pacific Northwest, what was a normal task to my favorite record store meant I had to deal with a mom who didn’t like to take long drives. I was a hungry music fan. Eventually, I found a store that had his CD’s, not his properly released albums but a CD that had three or four of his songs, but I bought it. Loved it, had to have more. Eventually, I bought a lot more and understood what everyone was talking about.

These days, it’s much easier to find the music of Kuti, to the point where he now has a Broadway play to his name. You can go to iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, Spotify, or wherever and hear him. Despite how much his music has been explored and reissued in the last 15 years, there’s a new album featuring a recording that most people have not been aware of.

The album is called Live In Detroit, 1986, to be released by Knitting Factory Records. The live show is from the first U.S. tour by Fela Kuti & Egypt 80, after earlier attempts to travel to North America had failed for him due to legal/governmental hassles. Before he performed at the Fox Theater, Kuti was aware that the venue was where Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder made their presence known in the 1960’s, but commanded it and the crowd in his own way, to where some felt his performance had the same vibe and importance as Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Frank Sinatra and James Brown. Keep in mind that at the time, Kuti’s music was primarily known among deep fans of African music and college crowds who were always in tune with what they would prefer to hear that was not on mainstream radio. The image of the bad boy political rebel was a part of Kuti’s appeal, but when mixed in with music that was political, tribal, social, spiritual, and sexual, you couldn’t help but fall in love with emotions you didn’t know could feel that way. Songs on the album will include “Just Like That”, “Confusion Break Bones”, “Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense”, and
“Beasts Of No Nation”.

There are fans who will battle between Kuti’s work with Afrika 70 and Egypt 80, while others feel it’s all part of a big umbrella of sound that Kuti managed to share with the world before he died.

Live In Detroit, 1986 will be released on May 8th.