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Kenn Starr, The Hidden Cameras, Scienz of Life...

Kenn Starr

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Halftooth Records LLC

Download "U Will" (MP3, 192kbps)

"Guest appearances by Talib Kweli, Supastition, Asheru, Median & more. Production by Khrysis, Illmind, Oddisee, Kev Brown & more. The highly anticipated, critically acclaimed debut solo album from Kenn Starr showcases Starr's extraordinary mic skills, witty charm and down-to-earth personality and features guest appearances by Talib Kweli, Supastition, Asheru, Darien Brockington, Median, Oddisee, Kev Brown & more, as well as outstanding production from Illmind, Khrysis, Oddisee, Kev Brown & more." -- Halftooth Records

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The Hidden Cameras

AwooOutside Music

Download "AWOO" (MP3, 192kbps)

"A loose collective comprised of singer Joel Gibb and more than a dozen members, Toronto's Hidden Cameras blend glistening Afropop guitar work with joyful, anthemic hymns. Their third studio album, AWOO, is their most extraordinary statement yet." -- Evil Evil

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The Blaxploitation Sessions

Scienz of Life

The Blaxploitation SessionsShaman Work

Download "Hood Stock (My People)" (MP3, 192kbps)

"Scienz of Life, the veteran, world-renown underground crew, and Shaman Work Recordings presents The Blaxploitation Sessions; 15 original and exclusive tracks inspired by the timeless era of mid-'70s New York funk/soul, and delivered by hip-hop's favorite young scientists. Playing off the original roots of Blaxploitation, spawned by a burgeoning demand for music and entertainment outside of the mainstream, Scienz of Life's, Lil' Sci and I.D. 4 Windz tap into their bi-costal experience and present a level of musical finesse that's right-on time. Lil' Sci and I.D. Windz continue to perpetuate the scientific genius of the underground crew founded by New York's own Bobbito Garcia, and previously featured everywhere from The Lyricist Lounge to the legendary Fondle'em Records." -- Shaman Work Recordings

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Place To Be - Single

Surreal & The Sound Providers

Place to Be - SingleQuarternote/ABB Records

Download "Just Getting Started (Vocal)" (MP3, 192kbps)

"From the forthcoming Surreal & The Sound Providers LP True Indeed in stores October 17th!" -- Quarternote Records

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Cover down, pray through: Bob Dylan's underrated, misunderstood "gospel years" are meticulously examined in this welcome new installment of his Bootleg series.

"How long can I listen to the lies of prejudice?
How long can I stay drunk on fear out in the wilderness?"
-- Bob Dylan, "When He Returns," 1979

Bob Dylan's career has been full of unpredictable left turns that have left fans confused, enthralled, enraged – sometimes all at once. At the 1965 Newport Folk Festival – accompanied by a pickup band featuring Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper – he performed his first electric set, upsetting his folk base. His 1970 album Self Portrait is full of jazzy crooning and head-scratching covers. In 1978, his self-directed, four-hour film Renaldo and Clara was released, combining concert footage with surreal, often tedious dramatic scenes. Dylan seemed to thrive on testing the patience of his fans.

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Inane Political Discourse, or, Alan Partridge's Parody Politics

Publicity photo of Steve Coogan courtesy of Sky Consumer Comms

That the political class now finds itself relegated to accidental Alan Partridge territory along the with rest of the twits and twats that comprise English popular culture is meaningful, to say the least.

"I evolve, I don't…revolve."
-- Alan Partridge

Alan Partridge began as a gleeful media parody in the early '90s but thanks to Brexit he has evolved into a political one. In print and online, the hopelessly awkward radio DJ from Norwich, England, is used as an emblem for incompetent leadership and code word for inane political discourse.

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The show is called Crazy Ex-Girlfriend largely because it spends time dismantling the structure that finds it easier to write women off as "crazy" than to offer them help or understanding.

In the latest episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the CW networks' highly acclaimed musical drama, the shows protagonist, Rebecca Bunch (Rachel Bloom), is at an all time low. Within the course of five episodes she has been left at the altar, cruelly lashed out at her friends, abandoned a promising new relationship, walked out of her job, had her murky mental health history exposed, slept with her ex boyfriend's ill father, and been forced to retreat to her notoriously prickly mother's (Tovah Feldshuh) uncaring guardianship. It's to the show's credit that none of this feels remotely ridiculous or emotionally manipulative.

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If space is time—and space is literally time in the comics form—the world of the novel is a temporal cage. Manuele Fior pushes at the formal qualities of that cage to tell his story.

Manuele Fior's 5,000 Km Per Second was originally published in 2009 and, after winning the Angouléme and Lucca comics festivals awards in 2010 and 2011, was translated and published in English for the first time in 2016. As suggested by its title, the graphic novel explores the effects of distance across continents and decades. Its love triangle begins when the teenaged Piero and his best friend Nicola ogle Lucia as she moves into an apartment across the street and concludes 20 estranged years later on that same street. The intervening years include multiple heartbreaks and the one second phone delay Lucia in Norway and Piero in Egypt experience as they speak while 5,000 kilometers apart.

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Featuring a shining collaboration with Terry Riley, the Del Sol String Quartet have produced an excellent new music recording during their 25 years as an ensemble.

Dark Queen Mantra, both the composition and the album itself, represent a collaboration between the Del Sol String Quartet and legendary composer Terry Riley. Now in their 25th year, Del Sol have consistently championed modern music through their extensive recordings (11 to date), community and educational outreach efforts, and performances stretching from concert halls and the Library of Congress to San Francisco dance clubs. Riley, a defining figure of minimalist music, has continually infused his compositions with elements of jazz and traditional Indian elements such as raga melodies and rhythms. Featuring two contributions from Riley, as well as one from former Riley collaborator Stefano Scodanibbio, Dark Queen Mantra continues Del Sol's objective of exploring new avenues for the string quartet format.

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