NFL Will Celebrate Juneteenth As Company Holiday to Help Combat Racial Injustice

When Colin Kaepernick decided to peacefully protest police brutality by taking a knee during the national anthem back in 2016, the NFL decided that he should no longer be a part of professional football. Now, in the wake of protests nationwide following the murder of George Floyd by police officers, Roger Goodell and the NFL are trying to show that they do care about fixing inequality and ending police violence. In a memo that was obtained by the press, the NFL has announced that they are offici...
Tags: News, Football, Sports, NFL, Colin Kaepernick, Austin, United States, Pop Culture, Jazz, Roger Goodell, Goodell, Kaepernick, Juneteenth, Racial Injustice, George Floyd

Viral Petition To Replace Robert E. Lee Statue With GWAR’s Oderus Urungus Gets A Boost From JiZMak Da Gusha

As we continue to tear our nation's monuments to old racists, we're going to need something to replace them with. Instead of Confederate general Robert E. Lee, might the internet suggest ... Oderus Urungus, late frontman of the Richmond metal institution GWAR? … More »
Tags: Music, News, Richmond, Robert E Lee, Gwar, Oderus Urungus, Jizm, Instead of Confederate

Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

This week the music industry's reckoning with entrenched racism resulted in overdue rebrandings of One Little Indian, Whities, Lady Antebellum, and the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album. A good start, though the literally the least we can all do. (Well, in Lady Antebellum's case More »
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“This Is Us” Writer Jas Waters Died As Result of Suicide By Hanging

Entertainment journalist and TV writer Jasmine “Jas” Waters’ cause of death has been revealed. The 39-year-old, who also went by the moniker “JasFly” and wrote for a number of popular TV shows like NBC’s This Is Us and Showtime’s Kidding, died on June 9th as a result of suicide by hanging, the Los Angeles County Coroner confirmed. More via Daily Mail: Waters had contributed to 18 episodes of the hit NBC drama during 2018 and 2019 and stars of the show including Mandy Moore have paid tribute to h...
Tags: TV, Nbc, Reese Witherspoon, Los Angeles, Showtime, Pop Culture, Jazz, RMG, Mel Gibson, Mandy Moore, Metz, Black, Taraji P Henson, Dan Fogelman, Holstein, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Default Universe – “CHASUI” (Album Review)

Default Universe is a rap duo that thrives on carving their own path and experimenting with their sound however they want. “CHASUI” is no different, finding heavy inspiration in the Japanese Ero Guro art movement and Pinkeiga film genre to create a very unique album. To start, the overarching themes of “CHASUI” are sex and horror blended together, but that doesn’t mean it takes the same tone or style as the earlier Slim Shady albums. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. If you aren’t really pay...
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Taylor Swift Speaks Out Against Tennessee’s Confederate Monuments

Taylor Swift, once notoriously silent on politics, has been raising her voice more and more often lately in support of progressive causes. She's been especially vocal in the wake of George Floyd's death and the wave of Black Lives Matter protests sweeping the globe, rebuking Donald Trump for apparently threatening violence … More »
Tags: Music, News, Taylor Swift, Tennessee, Donald Trump, George Floyd

Dead Cross – “Rise Above” (Black Flag Cover)

Dead Cross, the hardcore supergroup that unites Faith No More frontman Mike Patton and Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo with Retox's Justin Pearson and Mike Crain, have shared a cover of Black Flag's "Rise Above." In a statement, Dead Cross write that their rendition was "created in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and staunchly … More »
Tags: Music, Dave Lombardo, Dead Cross, Mike Patton, Justin Pearson, Black Flag, Retox, Mike Crain

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Every week the Stereogum staff chooses the five best new songs of the week (the eligibility period begins and ends Thursdays right before midnight). This week's countdown is below, and you can listen to a playlist of all our 5 Best Songs on Spotify. More »
Tags: Music, The 5 Best Songs Of The Week, Earl Sweatshirt, Leon Bridges, Terrace Martin, Naeem, Earthgang, Spillage Village, Moor Mother, JID, Armand Hammer, Mereba, Fontaines D.C, Fielded, Jurdan Bryant, Hollywood JB

Minneapolis City Council Unanimously Votes to Replace Police Dept. With Community-Led Public Safety System

The Minneapolis City Council on Friday (Jun. 12) unanimously passed a resolution to pursue a community-led public safety system to replace the police department following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the city’s police. The move comes days after a veto-proof majority of the council voted to disband the police department after the country erupted in protest over the killing of Floyd, a black man who died when a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. “The murde...
Tags: News, Minneapolis, Jazz, Breaking News, Star Tribune, Floyd, Jacob Frey, Minneapolis City Council, Minneapolis Police Department, Chauvin, George Floyd, Derek Chauvin, Minneapolis City Council Unanimously Votes

Trail Mix 2020 – Vol. VI

Brand new tunes from Agents of Good Roots, Pat McGee Band, The Infamous Stringdusters & G Love, Hayley Sabella, and many more on the new edition of Trail Mix! The post Trail Mix 2020 – Vol. VI appeared first on Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine.
Tags: Music, Sport, Cycling, Trail Mix, Hayley Sabella, Pat McGee

Bettye LaVette – “Strange Fruit” (Billie Holiday Cover)

On her forthcoming album Blackbirds, 74-year-old soul singer Bettye LaVette covers songs recorded by the legendary Black female artists that came before her: Dinah Washington, Nina Simone, Nancy Wilson, Della Reese, Ruth Brown. And now she's shared her rendition of "Strange Fruit," the powerful anti-lynching anthem popularized by Billie Holiday. More »
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Hear Enchanting Mixes of Japanese Pop, Jazz, Funk, Disco, Soul, and R&B from the 70s and 80s

Franz Kafka’s unfinished first novel, published by his literary executor Max Brod as Amerika, tells the story of a young European exiled in New York City. He has a series of madcap adventures, winds up in Oklahoma as a “technical worker,” and adopts the name “Negro.” Amerika is a novel written by an artist who had never been to America or met an American. His impression of the country came entirely from his reading. And yet, Kafka leaves readers with an authentically vivid, lasting impre...
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Former Young Turks Imprint Whities Changes Name To AD 93

Institutions across the music industry have been changing their racially insensitive names this week in light of the worldwide reckoning sparked by the resurgent Black Lives Matter movement. The record label One Little Indian became One Little Independent. The pop-country band Lady Antebellum is officially going by Lady A, much to … More »
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6 Important Fashion Lessons We Learned from “Fresh Dressed”

Examining the most important fashion movement in American history.
Tags: Music, Movies, College, Hip-hop, 1990s, 1980s, Fashion Tips

#TakeTwoKnees And The Art Of Transforming Familiar Music In Troubled Times

Anthony McGill, New York Philharmonic principal clarinetist, launched a new mini-genre of musical protest on May 28 when he tweeted a video of himself playing “America the Beautiful,” transposed into a minor key, in honor of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and “the struggle for justice and decency.” David Patrick Stearns surveys some #TakeTwoKnees responses and some similar musical repurposings from earlier years — from Leonard Bernstein’s famous Beethoven 9th at the fallen Berlin Wall to Jimi Hen...
Tags: Art, Music, Berlin Wall, America, Jimi Hendrix, Beethoven, Woodstock, Judy Garland, Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic, Anthony McGill, David Patrick Stearns, George Floyd Ahmaud Arbery, 06.11.20

YG Shares “FTP” Video

Shot on location during the Los Angeles protests.
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Listen to "Internet Loving," an earnest and delightful country ditty from the 1990s

In the 1990s, country musician Ray Presnell wrote and recorded this delightful ditty, "Internet Loving." At YouTube, Presnell writes, "Internet Loving was an easy one to write for me. I think most us can relate to the song and has spent a lot of time in the chat rooms." (via r/ObscureMedia)
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Premature Evaluation: Neil Young Homegrown

There’s not a corner of Neil Young’s long career that hasn’t had a bright light shone on it. The subject of several books (two of which he wrote himself), numerous concert films, and documentaries, Young has also launched a reissues campaign nearly as aggressive as Bob Dylan’s, with at least one archival release each year. More »
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Bewusster shoppen: Diese Schwarzen Designer*innen solltest du kennen

Die Modeindustrie blickt auf eine lange Geschichte der Ausbeutung Schwarzer Kreativer zurück – und leider handelt es sich hier um ein Problem, das auch in der Gegenwart besteht. Zwar gibt es mittlerweile auch sehr erfolgreiche und bekannte Schwarze Designer*innen, wie beispielsweise Rihanna mit ihrem Label “Fenty“, doch es gibt immer noch einiges zu tun in Sachen Gleichberechtigung und Sichtbarkeit.Und du kannst einen kleinen Teil dazu beitragen. Wie? Indem du bewusster shoppst. Falls du es dir ...
Tags: Fashion, Music, UK, Rihanna, Berlin, Amsterdam, Mccartney, Ghana, Saks Fifth Avenue, Corona, Wie, Bonner, Zukunft, Dann, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Fenty

Blues Singer Lady A Condemns Lady Antebellum’s Name Change

Yesterday, the Nashville country trio Lady Antebellum announced that they would be changing their name to "Lady A" due to the term antebellum's inescapable association with slavery and racism. The only problem? There's already an artist called Lady A, a 61-year-old Black woman who has been performing as a blues singer … More »
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Pop Smoke – “Make It Rain” (Feat. Rowdy Rebel)

Back in February, the 20-year-old Brooklyn drill phenom Pop Smoke was murdered in Los Angeles. A few days before his death, I wrote that Pop could be New York's next great rap hope. Even after his death, it's happening. Pop Smoke's music is still growing in popularity; the writer Alphonse Pierre … More »
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Young Ejecta – “Call My Name”

Young Ejecta, the duo of singer Leanne Macomber and producer Joel Ford, are returning later this month with the new album Ride Lonesome, inspired in part by Ford's move to Los Angeles and Macomber's Texan background. They shared pulsing lead single "Crayon Cactus" last month, and now they're following it up with the twinkling synthpop … More »
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, Ford, Macomber, Young Ejecta, Leanne Macomber, Joel Ford

Maren Morris – “Just For Now” & “Takes Two”

Pop-country star Maren Morris has had a hell of a run since releasing GIRL about 15 months ago. Her album alongside Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires, and Natalie Hemby as the Highwomen was widely acclaimed. Meanwhile "The Bones," one of many fine songs on GIRL, enjoyed a slow-burn rise, crossing … More »
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A rare, new interview with Bob Dylan

Since the pandemic began, Bob Dylan has released his first two songs in almost a decade, "Murder Most Foul" (above), a beautiful ballad about the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the stunning "I Contain Multitudes" (below). In a very rare interview in today's New York Times, Dylan talks to Douglas Brinkley about his new music, the curious references to both Indiana Jones and Anne Frank in his latest song, and, of course, sheltering-in-place. From the New York Times: Why didn’t mor...
Tags: Video, Music, News, Rock, Bob Dylan, New York Times, John F Kennedy, Richard, Pacific Ocean, Indiana Jones, Anne Frank, Van Morrison, Dylan, Douglas Brinkley, New York Times Dylan

Day 81 of Lockdown

Day 81. Not lockdown per se but seclusion for sure.  Yet another day where minutes blurred into hours and that made the day flow past by like crazy. I started at 9 AM and before I got the time it was 4 PM. And then I blinked next, it was 8 PM and here I am, trying to make sense of what and how and why.  These days the highlight of my day is this couple of times when I make myself some coffee. I mean I don't really make coffee per se - I just boil water in an electric kettle and pour it ov...
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