Sun Ra Arkestra Does NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert

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On Halloween the Sun Ra Arkestra stopped by NPR Music and performed some classic tunes on the “Tiny Desk Concert” series, and it had to be one of the most spaced-out performances to grace that room yet. Be sure to check out 91-year-old alto saxophonist Marshall Allen, who has been a member of the Arkestra since the 1950’s. Sun Ra, who would have turned 100 this year, would have been mighty proud.

Set List:

“Along Came Ra”/”Zoom”
“Queer Notions”
“Angels And Demons At Play”
“Interplanetary Music”

 

Fold – “Oil-Powered Machine / Detroit Red”

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The fine folks who are Fold have a new single coming out December 1st that pays tribute to both Malcom X and the activist Mike Ruppert.  It’s a double A-side release that will be available as a hand numbered, limited edition 7” and digital download.  In the meantime you can listen to it below, and remember, you really don’t want to mess with these guys because they mean business.

Watch BJ The Chicago Kid Live In Concert

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Now you can check out BJ The Chicago Kid’s live set at NPR Music’s showcase during this year’s CMJ, since they’ve been cool enough to post it as part of their Front Row series. Make sure to stick around till the end, where he and his band cover D’Angelo’s “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” and just slay it. Excellent.

Set List:

“Sex x Money x Sneakers”
“Free”
“Good Luv’n”
“Soul Of A Woman”
“Studio” (ScHoolboy Q)
“Untitled (How Does It Feel)” (D’Angelo)

Personnel:

BJ The Chicago Kid – Vocals
Richard “Scooter” Sledge – Drums
Jairus “J. Mo” Mozee – Guitar
Eric “El” Ingram – Bass

Video: Kendrick Lamar’s New Track “i” Keeps It Positive While Sampling Some Super Funky Isley Brothers

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Kendrick Lamar has released the official video for his newest track “i” off of his someday to be released follow up to Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City and the song is a funkified, positive tune that surely leaves us wanting more from the young phenom. The sample is the classic Isley Brothers track “Who’s That Lady” which was used in the classic Beastie Boys song “Year And A Day” off the even more classic Paul’s Boutique. Love it when a youngster puts out a track that reaches back to hip-hop’s roots and isn’t just chasing the hot new sound to grab the attention of the masses.  Well done Kendrick.

Things Have Changed: Ice Cube Shows Up On “Sesame Street”

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As a far as I’m concerned Ice Cube has earned the right to do whatever he damn well pleases, but even this one caught me by surprise. You could even say I was astounded.

Run The Jewels 2

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Many of you may have already grabbed this, but if you missed it Run The Jewels 2 is now out and available as a free download. The new full-length from the magical pairing of El-P and Killer Mike lives up to it’s much-hyped predecessor in every way. So, what you waiting for? Grab it now at the group’s site here.

Mix Master Mike – “Voltron (stand by)”

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We haven’t heard much from Mix Master Mike lately, but have no fear turntablism fans, his latest track “Voltron (stand by)” surely proves that the man hasn’t lost a thing on the wheels of steel. The new single from the Serial Wax Killer is available as a free download so you can rock your next party right.

Video: Robert Glasper Experiment – “I Stand Alone (feat Common & Patrick Stump)”

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Here is the latest video from Robert Glasper and crew off his Black Radio 2 album, this one for the Common and Patrick Stump collaboration “I Stand Alone.” The great tune now has a great video that includes cameos (thanks to an invitation from the fine folks over at Okayplayer) from fans and musicians talking about how and why they do, indeed, stand alone. A few notable names who show up include Dave Chappelle, Ma Dukes, Trombone Shorty, Thundercat, Dianne Reeves, Gregory Porter, Christian Scott and Just Blaze. Watch the video below and, if you haven’t yet, grab a copy of Black Radio 2 over at iTunes today. You won’t be disappointed.