9/10 … By 1976, Herbie Hancock was a true rock star. He had established himself as a huge talent during his Blue Note career in the 1960s before joined the legendary second Miles Davis Quintet with Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams. That in turn led to Filles de Kilimanjaro, In a Silent Way, and Bitches Brew, and the rock and jazz worlds melded into a delicious fusion cocktail…
For three decades, the film canisters sat undisturbed in a cellar beneath the Swedish National Broadcasting Company. Inside was roll after roll of startlingly fresh and candid 16mm footage shot in the 1960s and 1970s in the United States, all of it focused on the anti-war and Black Power movements. When filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson […]
Hip Hop legend Earl “DMX” Simmons passed away on April the 9th in the suites of a heart attack. The rapper was one of the greatest artists in the world in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, and has had five albums on the Billboard charts number one. He turned 50 years old…
Since 2000, U.S. police have killed between 1,000 and 1,200 people per year, according to Fatal Encounters, an up-to-date archive of police killings. The victims are disproportionately likely to be Black, male and young, according to a study by Frank Edwards at the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, in Newark. In 2019, Edwards and two co-authors […]
9/10 … King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band is rightfully one of the most celebrated of all New Orleans jazz bands. Their recordings from 1923 were groundbreaking. Not only were they the recording debuts of Oliver, Louis Armstrong and clarinetist Johnny Dodds but they are definitive examples of ensemble-oriented classic New Orleans jazz, certainly ranking as the most exciting and advanced jazz recordings up to that point in time…
6/10 … UK movie distributor of mainly 1980’s cult movies. In the beginning it was mainly horror, but they expanded out to having more Martial Art and Action movies, and have given several of Jackie Chan movies the deluxe treatment. I love this label when it comes to their editions, great transfers, nice packaging and good prices…
Yes, they sing in Swedish but that haven’t stopped them from being very well liked in other countries. Their fast 2-bar music with catchy melodies makes them nothing short of amazing. Asta Kask forms a fund for a lot of Swedish punk bands that appeared in the 1980s and 1990s. Among Asta Kask’s own influences […]
Before Jesus arrived and his divine father chilled out, the Old Testament God was, ironically, kind of a hellraiser. He was not a nice guy. He really liked killing people. And he may have actually been insane, if his willingness to randomly murder devout worshippers like Moses was any indication. Here are the 12 craziest, most awful […]
9/10 … The past five years have seen amapiano, South Africa’s electronic music movement born in the townships of the country’s Gauteng province, evolve from an underground sound to a nationwide mainstream staple. Even with its commercial success though, amapiano’s DIY ethos has continued to disrupt music creation and distribution in the country….
Back in 2002, Awesome Tapes from Africa label founder Brian Shimkovitz was studying ethnomusicology when his research sent him to Ghana. “I was collecting a lot of music, and all during this time, it was a cassette-based music economy,” he says. “As a music freak grabbing lots of stuff for research, I was dealing with […]
UK drill is probably the latest of the music genres to make the middle class housewives choke on their morning tea, waving flags, demanding it to be banned. A not such a wild guess is that the home and school association already have bombarded the politicians in London with demands of harder legislations on what […]
When American rock music spread across Europe in the late 1950s, it was integrated with the countries’ own cultural heritage. In the UK, the road to rock’n’roll went via skiffle, fast folk music on the banjo and washboard. In 1956, John Lennon formed a slate group, the Quarrymen, of which Paul McCartney and George Harrison […]
Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (The Man Who Saved the World) is a 1982 Turkish science fantasy martial arts superhero adventure filmdirected by Çetin Inanç, starring actor and martial artist Cüneyt Arkın. The film is popularly known abroad as Turkish Star Wars, due to its notorious unauthorized use of footage, music and sound effects from Star Wars and other science fiction films. The film combines science fiction themes with martial arts fantasy film action, having more in […]
Turkey in the 1960s and 70s was one of the biggest producers of film in the world even though its film industry did not have enough written material to start with. In order to keep up with the demand, screenwriters and directors were copying scripts and remaking movies from all over the world. Name any […]
7/10 … They took his money. They took his family. And now, they’ve taken his hands. But they can never take his revenge! Exploding from the same hallucinogenic netherworld as TURKISH STAR WARS, THE SWORD AND THE CLAW stars Turkish genre legend Cüneyt Arkin in his most iconic role. It’s CONAN THE BARBARIAN meets The Three Stooges meets DOLEMITE with more lo-fi bloodshed, pop-art visuals, and bizarro dubbing than the boundaries of reality can handle.