Boshra al Saadi was born in Syria and now works her musical magic in New York, mashing up genres like indie pop, hip-hop, and Afro rock in perfect multicultural fashion. She has recently released a mix-tape, Summer of Saadi, which you can sample below via Soundcloud and today we have the pleasure of premiering her new tune, “Bad Seeds”.
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Then look no further than the Geto Boys’ 1991 classic “Mind Playing Tricks on Me”. Though primarily a song about inner-city paranoia and depression, the song’s most famous moment occurs when Bushwick Bill lays down a Halloween tale that puts most campfire urban legends to shame.
While “robbin’ little kids for bags” on his neighborhood block, Bill and the Boys get stalked by a monstrous, seven-foot cop. Soon enough, the monster cop catches up to them and a brawl ensues. They triple-team him, bringing him down to the sidewalk, with Bill continuing to bash his head into the concrete long after the squabble’s been settled.
Things aren’t entirely what they seem however, and the story’s conclusion perfectly reflects the kind of warped psychological state someone might develope from suffering through the nightmarish environment that is the ghetto. Halloween becomes a metaphor for Bushwick Bill’s everyday life, an existence filled with ghoulish realities usually reserved for only one day on the calendar.
On 23 November, Time Life is releasing the complete series box set for ‘70s TV classic The Six Million Dollar Man. I confess to following this show religiously as a kid along with the Bionic Woman and one of the highlights of my very early childhood was meeting Richard Anderson (Oscar Goldman) in Denver at a children’s hospital. The set includes 40 DVDs covering the show’s five seasons along with 30 hours of bonus features. It’s treasure trove for ‘70s TV geeks as it also includes the three pilot TV movies and the three reunion shows. Today, we present the premiere of the DVD trailer along with an extra clip to whet your appetite. Yep, I want this one for Christmas.
With Election Day coming, some people bemoan the fact that all candidates are too much alike. Whether one is a liberal Democrat with socialist leanings or Tea Party Republican with libertarian tendencies, chances who you vote for will be somewhat sane. That wasn’t always the case—at least in England, where voters had a real choice. Look at this footage of campaigner Screaming Lord Sutch, who paraded his lunacy as a weapon. While many people preach the importance of diversity, where is the true voice of neurodiversity? It lives in the past, but should be remembered and honored. All hail the bipolar, manic depressives, autistic, voice hearing, multiple personalities that have always brought the human race forward. We need crazy, as the sane world we live in promises to normalize us to death.
Banned Books Week may be over, but book banning is still an issue all over the world. Here’s an excerpt of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak, the novel behind #speakloudly and the Missouri school board controversy. (Read more about book banning, Speak, and what Anderson would say to the Missouri school board in our Banned Books Week interview.)
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