The Needle 009: Tinariwen on #afro, Taipei #hiphop, Shakey Graves and more

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For the week of August 2, 2015

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There was finally enough activity in #afro to give it a shoutout this week so that’s exactly what I’m going to do. @newmerator put us on a cool series featuring a group originally from Mali called Tinariwen. They’ve been around since ‘79 but have slowly gained more and more popularity over the years and are still making music, with their latest album, Emmaar, being released early last year. With quite an interesting story, NPR has dubbed them “music’s true rebels” and whether or not this is usually up your alley, it should be something interesting and fresh for your ears.

Tinariwen - Desert session #1: Our friends from Brooklyn

More than the usual amount of music was shared over in #hiphop this past week. The first song being by an artist from Taipei called Aristophanes. Staying with the theme of ‘out of the ordinary’, her song, Left and Right, can probably jump the borders of hip-hop, but as a self-proclaimed rhyme sayer, I think hip-hop heads are happy to have her. S/O to @joaogoncalves for digging up her music after seeing that she’s featured on a track off of Grimes’ new LP.

What else is going on?

 

In Brazil, a popular radio show DJ host, Gleydson Carvalho, was recently shot and killed while on air. Carvalho was known to speak out against political corruptness and ultimately paid the price for broadcasting sentiments shared with hundreds of thousands other citizens, all against governmental wrongdoings. The power of radio is still not to be undermined.


Anybody who’s been tuned into the Apple Music world probably knows that Dr. Dre just released Compton, his first studio album since 2001...which came out in 1999. It seems like this is his last hoorah for a long, yet steadily successful, career in the music industry. The album release (+the N.W.A. movie) spurred a good amount of “Straight Outta…” memes across social networks. Here’s one that’s unfortunately funny:

Don’t sleep on…


Not sure if this guy is old news or not, but if you haven’t heard of Shakey Graves and like music that speaks true to its roots, this might be a good suggestion for you. He hails from the “live music capitol of the world”, Austin, TX and it sure sounds like it. You’ll hear a little bit of blues, a little bit of folk, a little bit of rock’n’roll and a whole lotta passion. Here’s “Built To Roam”:
Shakey Graves - Built to Roam - Audiotree Live
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