Playlists: DJ Jamal Dixon gives 2020 the middle finger and enjoys the productive year we all hope to see

And he won’t stop … DJ, producer and Nylon Recordings artist Jamal Dixon is having a busy year. “F**k 2020 and this pandemic” is his personal anthem, I guess. He just dropped a torrid club mix set for the Beats in Space (BIS) radio show, curated a very New York City playlist for the mad-trendy […]

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Celebrate women and listen to ‘Misa Justa’ — a beautiful, 39-minute symphonic poem set to Jazz, Classical and liturgy

A Jazz mass, composed by Eduardo Gutierrez del Barrio; lyrics by Patsy Moore; vocal solos by Dianne Reeves; conducted by William Henry Curry; and performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. After several listens, I remain bewitched by “Misa Justa”, or “Just Mass” — a spiritual harmonic and poetical review of women and their parallel roles […]

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The 1865 is realer than most of your fave Punk bands right now — and they’re performing live tomorrow at Lincoln Center

and The Don’t Tread on We! album remains ‘essential’ … Birthright Punk Rock is never apologetic, nor written for digital real estate. It speaks truth to discomfort. Yes, and to power. It’s the kind of music that can make you lose social media friends, if done right. Which means The 1865’s debut album, Don’t Tread […]

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DJ Illanoiz released the ‘Black and Indigenous Solidarity’ Mix and it’s 10 minutes of no-compromise heat

Hip-Hop remains committed to this work … Captured at Thursday night’s live-streamed Bronx Music Heritage Center event, Chicago-bred DJ Illanoiz hit fans with 10 minutes of A Tribe Called Red, Sa-Roc, Supaman, Yasiin Bey, Black Thought, and a vintage underrated Queen Latifah(!) joint.  The set sends a fist-raised nod to the ancestors — indigenous to […]

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Tobe Nwigwe strongly urges you to “Try Jesus” — but not him

“ʼCause I throw hands.” Houston-based rapper Tobe Nwigwe’s “Try Jesus” video had less than 400,000 Instagram views when mentalunrest reader Vee Cee hipped me to it yesterday. Easy to see why views tripled since then. I think the tense pandemic, economic, and injustice moments we’re living in became the perfect partners for birthing this tune […]

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Eddie Gale, 1941-2020

A definition of ‘That legend hardly anyone talks about.’ We lost trumpeter Eddie Gale, a trusted luminous ray of the Jazz avant garde; Ghetto Music evangelist; warrior among the off-beat legion. His pedigree — which includes collaborations with John Coltrane, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Larry Young, Elvin Jones, and performances with Hip-Hop ensemble The Coup […]

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