Tag Archives: Gil Scott-Heron

Midnight in a Perfect World: Jon Spencer

NYC’s Jon Spencer is a veteran of the alternative music world, best-known as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, in addition to playing a key role in Pussy Galore and Boss Hog. Hot on the heels of his killer new album, Freedom Tower: No Wave Dance Party, Spencer’s MidnightRead more…

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Video Roundup: World AIDS Day 2014

Today is World AIDS Day, an annual event dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control. WorldRead more…

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Black History Month Spotlight: Gil Scott-Heron

For Black History Month, KEXP is giving a spotlight to some of the most outstanding African American artists in modern music history. Gerrit Feenstra, contributor to the KEXP blog, chose jazz musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron. There are few artists as prolific as Gil Scott-Heron. As a novelist, a social activist, and a jazz musician,Read more…

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KEXP Documentaries: Poets and Music – Gil Scott-Heron

The first time I really listened to Gil Scott-Heron was late at night while tuned in to DJ Riz on KEXP.  Riz played “Work for Peace.”  The lyrics articulated things I felt, but didn’t know how to say.  With all the intelligence oozing from this song, there was also a warmth, a sameness to theRead more…

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Out This Week 2/8

This week features a gold mine of amazing new releases hailing from legendary musicians to up-and-coming, best new artists of the year contenders. Brooklyn band Yeasayer released their second album, Odd Blood, the followup to their breakthrough debut, All Hour Cymbals. While the hallucinatory pop maestros still remain within the mish mash realm of Eastern-flavoredRead more…

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Album Review: Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here

Forty years ago, Gil Scott-Heron planted a seed of lyrical revolution. Today, he’s back to reap and sow his radical insights with I’m New Here (out tomorrow!), his first album in almost 16 years. One of the most significant American poets of the past century, the 60-year-old high priest of proto-rap is as outspoken andRead more…

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Monday News Mash-Up

On this day to remember a great man who spoke out against injustice and for the necessity of fairness and civil liberty, it’s hard to think of a more fitting opportunity to introduce a new video by another outspoken voice of the black community, Gil Scott-Heron. Now at 60, the poet and songwriter is asRead more…

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