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Bonemagic's Blackened Synthwave Provides an Emotional Outlet

“Poverty stricken and drug-ridden.”

That’s noise practitioner Matt Hex, reflecting on his hometown of Stilwell, Oklahoma. Situated in the northeast region of the state, just eight miles west of the Arkansas border, Stilwell (current population around 4,000, Hex himself included) rose to fame as a minor agricultural hub in the years following World War II; in 1949, the Kansas legislature even designated Stilwell the “Strawberry Capital of the World.” These days, it suffers the worst economic conditions in the state of Oklahoma, with 32.7% of residents living below the poverty line, and a median household income of $24,452 (versus the state average median household income of $45,339), according to a… 875 more words

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A Guide to Spoken Word on Bandcamp

In May 2018, The Last Poets celebrated their 50th year with a new LP, Understand What Black Is. Back in the late ’60s, the group used politically charged raps and militant rhythms to raise black consciousness and spread awareness throughout Harlem, Manhattan. 1,708 more words

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Album of the Day: Little Dragon, “Lover Chanting EP”

Swedish electronic group Little Dragon takes a low-key approach on the follow-up to 2017’s Season High. For one thing, the Lover Chanting EP features just three new songs, plus an edited version of the title track that runs two minutes shorter. 270 more words

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Dirge: Indian Sludge-Metal Crew Evoke Aztec Gods To Vent Modern Outrage

Since at least Iron Maiden’s 1982 classic “Run to the Hills,” metal has had an ongoing lyrical preoccupation with the indigenous peoples of the Americas and their exploitation by colonizing forces. 881 more words

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This Week’s Essential Releases: Sudanese Jazz, Baroque Trance, Hip-Hop and More

Welcome to Seven Essential Releases, our weekly roundup of the best music on Bandcamp. Each week, we’ll recommend six new albums that were released between last Friday and this Friday, plus pick an older LP from the stacks that you may have missed. 1,739 more words

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Album of the Day: Cosmic Analog Ensemble, “Une Vie Cent Détours”

Which Cosmic Analog Ensemble album is your favorite? You’d be forgiven for needing a few minutes to decide. The Lebanese producer Charif Megarbane has released over 70 records in the past half decade… 237 more words

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How a Lost Charles Mingus Recording Finally Saw the Light of Day

Several years ago, Amir Abdullah—better known as DJ Amir, half of the Brooklyn DJ/crate-digger duo Kon & Amir—was in Detroit researching the city’s short-lived but legendary Strata Records label. 1,032 more words

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