Sunday, March 22, 2009

Flavor of The Week: Lord Toph

While perusing the world of Youtube I came across a video of interest. Namely because its a black guy doing goth alt. music. *sigh* So I enthusiastically click on the thumbnail and was disappointed. The song isn't the worst part about it-its the terrible unimaginative music video and the cheesiness almost makes it seem like some strange joke/parody of a goth song.

However, I do give him kudos for trying after reading some of comments (like one saying 'wtf. just go rap.' or something similar which pissed me off...clearly we haven't gotten pretty far in contradiction to the Afropunk post). It's clear that the video was low budget and the art director clearly thought he was doing something innovative.

Side note:The shoes the girl is wearing in the vid are really fab though.

Needless to say, I decided to rename this one the sour flavor of the week because it left a bitter taste in my mouth. I think sometimes black folks sort of exaggerated the dark quality of this type of music when they go into it (ex. Wicked Wisdom) but hell, they are paving the way for the rest of us.
Video for 'Mesmerized':

Yay or Nay?I want your opinion. Comment Please.

Not Dead Yet!...In Other News, Afropunk!

I'm sort of back-just in case anyone still visits this blog. I'm writing this on the temporary computer that I have now that I'm supposed to be using only for school work but-obviously I'm not. Yeah, I'm such a rebel.

Afropunk. I'm sure most of you that visit this blog know what that is even if you've never heard of it. To make a long story short its a documentary by James Spooner that sort of catalogues the experience of black people who dig rock music in all its forms and the social issues that still plague the scene today. Why do I suddenly bring this up? Well, I guess I just wanted to post something after so long a hiatus as well as that I wanted to emphasize the importance of the Afropunk movement for awkward kids of all colors around the world. Mind you, I think this film shouldn't only be viewed as just for black kids but for any one who's ever felt they don't belong anywhere and have needed some sort of identity. The joy that is felt in finding a similar interest and common hardship in another human being cannot be paralleled.

For black people into alternative types of music-this movie is a must. It's especially important for us because no other race of people seem to face as much adversity (from both sides) when they like music and go to shows other than the usual: Rap, R&B, Funk, Soul, etc. Just being honest. I'm happy that now it's becoming more of a normal occurrence and that even black people are starting to recognize/accept their own who have gone a separate route. And I'm also happy white people are starting to realize that they aren't the only ones who can go psycho at shows or bang their head to their favorite band. Music is freedom and now that the world is becoming more and more educated in the ways of each other-we can only hope that movements like Afropunk don't have to exist anymore.

(BTW: Super excited to go to an upcoming Opeth show with my boyfriend. Hopefully I can have pics up from it)
(Another BTW: Pic above is of musician Honeychild Coleman who is an Afropunk musician-check her out if you think she looks interesting)