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#MusicMonday: 13 of Your Favorite Indie Music Artists (And 2 of Mine!)

I recently asked my Facebook friends who their favorite indie music artists were and the following includes most of the artists mentioned plus the two I threw in (Brig Feltus and Tunde Olaniran…both have funky new releases).

The ones I didn’t add did not have enough information about their music at the links provided. You can find out who they are by clicking that “Facebook friends” link above.

Many genres and styles are covered in this list so please enjoy and pass it on!

15 INDIE MUSIC ARTISTS YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO NOW!

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SUPPORT INDEPENDENT MUSIC

  1. Brig Feltus
  2. Tunde Olaniran
  3. Lorenzo Ferguson
  4. Charm Taylor
  5. Nitty Scott MC
  6. Qu Da Queen
  7. The Microphone Misfitz
  8. Durand Bernarr
  9. Wendel Patrick
  10. The Reminders
  11. Non Sense
  12. Lydia René
  13. Cleve Jones
  14. Darryl Beaton
  15. Esham Smith

 

Who is your favorite indie music artist?

Post in the comments!

Xscape

Don’t Support Michael Jackson’s Xscape? You Don’t Get What He Stood For!

And, quite frankly you’re missing out. There are more than a few bangin’ tracks on the CD and it’s much much better than the “Michael” project that was released a few years back. I am actually pleasantly surprised that I am so into this project. I didn’t expect to like it so much.

My favorites are Loving You, Blue Gangsta and Love Never Felt So Good (the version without Justin Timberlake).

3 common reasons why some fans are not supporting the Xscape project:

  • Michael would not want his incomplete songs released. – How do you know? Have you talked to his ghost?
  • The estate is making money off of him. – Of course they are. They are also working their asses off for him too! Big deal! There’s nothing we can do about who’s getting paid. It’s not YOUR money, so why do you care so much? If you think you’re doing Michael a favor by damning any of his current and future projects; you’re mistaken. You’re adding to the negativity.
  • The family didn’t approve this project. – Ummm, did the family ever have any say in Michael’s solo projects? I don’t think so! Why would this project be any different?

In my opinion, the most important thing is that the Michael Jackson legacy stays alive much like that of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe. Most of his fans are happily enjoying this “new” music. When Michael died a part of me died. Hearing new music is making me smile and that is something that I don’t do often enough. I feel happy! Michael lifts my spirits!

I was going to write what I’m sure would have been a long drawn out blog about what I think about the fan division on this project, but there always seems to be someone better at expressing my opinion. Besides, I don’t have the energy to waste.

Please read the statement below from a Michael Jackson fan that runs a Facebook group called All Mike Everything and then feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section.

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Click to buy Xscape on Amazon.com.

My Loves, I want to thank each and every one of you first and foremost for being as wonderful as you have been this past year and a half! Your love, support, input, and kindness is what has kept me going and I genuinely appreciate every kind comment, contribution to this page through art and shares, and beautiful compliment you have shared!

I have, however, decided to stop posting new things for an indefinite period of time. There are several reasons for this decision, but the one I feel I must be honest and open about is the fact that for me personally, there has just been too much in-fighting within the MJ fan base.

We all have different lives, different opinions, different levels of devotion, and different ways of enjoying Michael, and I find it very ironic that some of the fans of a man who was so totally AGAINST being pigeon-holed and boxed into one way of thinking and creating would be so determined to do just that to his memory.

The reason Michael Jackson became what he has become to so many different people is because he was a genius at FLUIDITY…. He could adjust himself to just about any situation. He was a person who could understand where others were coming from… even if he didn’t come from that place himself.

We are who we are. Everyone’s opinion of who MJ was, what he did, and how he did it was formed based on who we already were when we first discovered him. If you are a middle-aged white woman from the Midwest, your interpretation of MJ is bound to be completely different from a 16-year-old Black boy from Harlem, New York’s.

There will be some things you can agree on, but other things the two of you can’t understand. Neither one is wrong… they are just different. A more spiritually-minded fan may have an entirely different interpretation of what Michael was than a person who is not very spiritually-centered, but loves dance.

The same goes for this current issue of whether buying his new music is “right” or “wrong”. Depending on how your mind works, what you have been through, and your view of the world in general is, you can go either way on this subject. Whatever you decide doesn’t make you any less of a fan than the next person.

If you love and respect Michael, and if he and his music has made ANY type of impact on your life, you ARE a fan. There is no bad or good fan. There is no “fan type” that is above any other.

If you love him because you think he was the most gorgeous man ever, you are just as entitled to the label as a person who thinks he was a living, breathing saint. He displayed as much sensuality as he did goodness and both of those attributes were part of the same man.

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We tend to want to break him up into the pieces that fit our agendas, fit our understanding of things, and fit what we are trying to say. Then we want to just toss the rest of who he was away if it doesn’t serve our purposes, or fit our pretty picture. Much like religious people do with Jesus and other faith-based figures.

He WAS a Black man who didn’t see race before character, yet he did love and have pride in his ancestry. He WAS a man who had an abiding faith in God and a pure, angelic spirit, yet he got angry and used 4 letter words sometimes… none of these things made the others any less true. We are all multifaceted. I have no problem understanding that MJ was too. I can’t understand why it has become so political to be a fan of a man who just went with the direction his heart and his Creator led him in and just lived.

He did what he believed in without chastising and frowning-upon every single person he met that didn’t happen to subscribe to his beliefs. I see so much of this and I am becoming disillusioned. More than anything, being a fan should bring you joy, and I can’t let these issues stop that for me. I hope you can understand. I don’t know if I’m alone in my thinking, and I am not accusing anyone of anything in particular. This is just my observation.

This issue isn’t the only factor in my decision, Loves. As I said earlier, there are a few. This is the only one that directly involved the MJ Fan-Family, though, and I think it was only fair to share it with you. I have done my very best to be fair, respectful, and kind. I have tried to teach a few things as well as be open to learning. I sincerely hope I have done that for the majority of you. Much L.O.V.E. to every one of you…. until we “Michael” again.

~Admin. “All Mike Everything”

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#MJWeAreOne – Things Michael Jackson Taught Me

#MJWeAreOne

If Michael Jackson were alive today he’d be celebrating his 55th birthday. As a child raised by a single mother, Michael was my obsession, boyfriend and father-figure.

Here are some of the things Michael Jackson taught me as I was growing up!

Love Everyone

Through his words and music Michael Jackson taught me that we are all one, we are equal, and it don’t matter if you’re Black or White.

Take Care of the Earth

Songs like Earth Song and Heal the World hit the point home that we have to take care of our planet.

Wait To Have Sex

Well, he didn’t really teach me not to have sex, but because I was so in love with him as a teenager and no boy could hold a candle to him, I kept my legs closed for a long time!

Thanks Michael – I love and miss you!

Music Spotlight: A Conversation About Gay Pride With Odd Hours

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Tim and Natasha of Odd Hours

Natasha and Tim of Odd Hours are some talented mofos (besides music).

Tim is responsible for the photography of my book, Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down.

Natasha is the director of Tunde Olaniran’s bad ass music video, Cobra; which I have a role in 😉

Their trashy art rock group, Odd Hours, will be performing live Saturday, June 29th during Flint’s Pride In The Park celebration.

I got their take on Gay Pride and Gay Icons.

Check it out…


What does Gay Pride mean to you?

NATASHA: For me, Gay Pride highlights and helps expand equality for everyone and hopefully reinforces the beautiful breakdown of ugly gender stereotypes. I hope that one day all people will realize that our bodies are only here for us to walk around in- they have nothing to do with our minds, hearts, or souls.

TIM: Really, I think it boils down to lending a sense of normalcy to a lifestyle that can be seen as ‘alternative’ to some. I think Gay Pride is the first thing that has to happen on the way to losing that ‘alternative lifestyle’ label, among others.

Name a Gay icon that influences you!

NATASHA: I love how powerful and absolutely terrifying Grace Jones is. Whatever wave she’s floating on is where I want to be when I’m on stage — super focused and strong. She inspires me to push myself past my comfort zone when it comes to fashion and my body.

Who is your gay/lesbian celebrity crush?

NATASHA: I don’t have celeb crushes. I only have crushes on people I can kiss in real life.

TIM: Do you mean they are gay/ lesbian, or a crush I have on a gay or lesbian person? Closest I can think of is Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney and Portlandia. Hilarious, and badass singer/ guitarist, and also adorable.

What’s the oddest thing about Odd Hours as a band?

NATASHA: It’s odd that we can transition so nicely from our organized professional day lives to a dirty, sweaty, sexy mess that we become on stage — but I guess being organized is sexy too.

TIM: This is completely true. I’ve gone directly from reporting on a school board meeting for my job as a reporter with shirt, tie and everything, to throwing my clothes off, and setting up on stage for a show an hour later.

Besides music, how do you express your art and creativity?

NATASHA:  I’m a video artist. Images are just as important in my life as sound. I teach video production and animation and I also co-own a video production company, called Gold House.

TIM: I’m a photographer, writer and I also do documentary work. I did a documentary in Benghazi, Libya. Now I’m working on one from Appalachia, and the Michigan State Police.

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Odd Hours (OH) is a four-piece post-punk rock band based in Detroit. Formed in 2010, OH has played major Detroit festivals and released two EPs, which can be heard on oddhoursmusic.com. The OH line-up has been fleshed out with the addition of Clint Stuart on bass guitar, and Randy Hanley Jr. on drums. Leading the band are Natasha Beste on vocals and keyboard, and Tim Jagielo on guitar.

(The drummer in the video is Hakeem Ouhammou. He filled in for two shows while Hanley began to learn the songs.)


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Cash Money Records Ignorantly Signs Paris Hilton

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Paris drinking a 40….really!?

Apparently Little Wayne and the rest of the folks over at Cash Money Records didn’t know that Paris Hilton doesn’t like Black people because she just got signed to the hip hop label.

I think it’s more like they don’t give a damn…which is even sadder. I swear the music industry ain’t shit!

I mean, look at her in the above photo mocking Black folks by drinking a 40 ounce. It’s probably apple juice!

Her rich, spoiled, bigoted ass is using Black folks to make new music and even more money. I just don’t get it! Hip hop is allowing itself to be played like a beat machine.

This won’t be the first album for Paris, she had a hit back in 2006 with “Stars Are Blind”. It had a reggae feel to it and despite myself I actually liked the groove of it. Her new music will have a House sound; I hate House music. You can watch the video below and listen to her mediocre vocals. I’m not sure, but I think the first 30 seconds features new music. *Rolls eyes, grimaces, shakes head, and sighs*

LAWD HELP US!!!

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The Jacksons Unity Tour 2012: A Review

Tito, Jackie, Marlon, and Jermaine at The FOX Theatre in Detroit. The only image I was able to take from my seat. Does the iPod have a focus feature I don’t know about?

I have loved Michael Jackson all my life, minus a couple of years after birth, so by default I love the rest of The Jacksons. There was no way I was missing this concert and I’m glad I didn’t because I had a ball! The anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death is today and attending this concert so close to the anniversary of his death felt good.

Tito, Jackie, Jermaine, and Marlon performed many Jackson 5 and Jacksons songs, but they also performed some of Michael’s jams like, “Wanna Be Startin’ Something“, Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough“, “Rock With You”, “I Can’t Let Her Get Away”, and Jermaine sang “Gone Too Soon” as a montage of Michael images appeared on screen.

Jermaine also performed a medley of solo hits that included, “Dynamite” and “Do What You Do”. The brothers performed songs I love like, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Show You The Way To Go“, “Lovely One” and opened the show with “Can You Feel It”.

I wish they would have performed “Body”, “Torture” and “Nothing That Compares To You”, but I know they sacrificed performing their own music to celebrate Michael.

One downside was the sound. The brothers could not be heard clearly or at all during most of the songs. At one point Jermaine asked if his mic could be turned up. There were also some other sound issues, but it didn’t affect the show overall.

I was also sitting near a situation that almost turned into a fight because a man and his date would not sit down during a moment in the show when everyone else on the main floor had sat down. How ridiculous would a fight at a Jacksons concert have been?

Very!

Family Tradition: Me and my daughter attended The Jacksons concert.

As usual, I had a good time with a few other concert goers and The Jacksons ’84 Victory Tour concert t-shirt that I wore once belonged to my mother and it was a huge conversation piece.

I always love the atmosphere when I am around other people that love Michael and the rest of The Jacksons. I don’t know what it is, but it makes me feel good and reminds me why I have remained a fan throughout my life.

I do have one complaint; where’s RANDY??? One concert goer said Randy was working at Little Ceasars and another said he was in jail. I know damn well that neither of those goofy ass statements are true, but why is he not on this tour?

Oh well, this video is for you Randy. Marlon, where the hell were YOU?

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Black Music Month Spotlight: Black Alley

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Soul Garage Band, Black Alley (members: Kacey- Lead Singer; Animal – Drummer; Josh – Bass; Eric – Lead Guitar; Hope – Keys; Mack – Keys; Beedy – Percussion)

Why is celebrating Black music important to you?

(Kacey) Celebrating black music is important because it allows for a period of reflection.  Seeing the changes and the growth of music is phenomenal.  Black music is so diverse and yet so relatable. The expression and emotion of black music is so powerful.

(Beedy) Black music is beautiful, so cool and so inspiring to me.  Black Music made me the musician I am today.

What do you think of the current state of the music industry?

(Kacey) I think that artists who have a true love and passion for their craft have a certain transparency about them.  There is some music that has infiltrated the industry that will soon be forgotten.  But true music and the love for the art will live forever.  There are so many talented musicians and artists around the world, I think soon, they will put on Main Street again.

What is your favorite song currently?

(Eric) Wiz Khalifa – The Code

What do you love almost as much as music?

(Josh) The only thing I can say I love as much as music is being a father! My baby girl Janaya Mone’ is my world! She changed my life for the better and she’s helping me to understand what a father truly is.

Who influences you most?

(Hope) Musically I’m influenced the most by Herbie Hancock and Peterson.

A world without music is…?

(Eric) George Orwell’s 1984

(Mack) A world with out music would be less creative; everything would be serious and dry.  Without music there wouldn’t be any dancing, instruments, or even singing. With out music we lose everything that is associated it. Bottom line,  the world would be a boring place.

Websites and social media links:

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