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The 12-piece Brooklyn-based Afrobeat ensemble Antibalas is finally back with a new album, their first since 2007’s Security. They have been busy in the meantime with several members working on the hit musical FELA!. For this go-around, the band lured back Gabe Roth as producer, who worked with them on their first three albums. Antibalas will release on 7 August and will be accompanied by a world tour. Below you can sample a tune from the upcoming record.
Perhaps the question didn’t need to be asked, but that doesn’t mean the answer isn’t worth a half-hour of your time. In 2011, the Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch (who passed away from cancer on May 4 at age 47) premiered the 30-minute film Fight For Your Right Revisited, which shows what happens in the aftermath of their apartment-demolishing video for that epochal party anthem. In short, the Boys—played by Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, and Elijah Wood —get chewed out by an elderly couple (Stanley Tucci and Susan Sarandon), go on a beer-hurling rampage, and eventually pay the price for their misdeeds.
It’s the video-short equivalent of name-dropping, but still contains much of what was best about the Beasties and Yauch. There’s the hep self-consciousness that plays on a high level of irony without losing its intrinsic humor, and also the culture-blender mashup of cheap gags and period-specific retro-nods which was their signature video-and-music style before the rest of the world caught on.
PopMatters put Jukebox the Ghost on our “Best Hopes to Break Out in 2012” piece. Writer Billy Hepfinger wrote “here’s hoping their next album, rumored to be due out next year, is the one to put them on the map in a big way”. Well that album Safe Travels is no longer a rumor and it will be out next month. Jukebox have offered up two songs as a teaser from the new album via their website.