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Video: Talib Kweli “Distractions”

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UPDATED WITH VIDEO: “Distractions” is produced by Oh No. The video was directed by Darryl Phillips, of ICU Media.
Obviously this video was filmed at  Occupy Wall Street.

Distractions is Talib Kweli’s first leak off his upcoming Prisoner of Consciousness album. If you remember Kweli did an accepella version of this song at Occupy Wall Street a few months ago.


Bill Fox reveals new album details in interview

Bill Fox at the Treehouse, July 2010

Bill Fox — he of Cleveland’s The Mice, subject of Joe Hagan’s 2007 legend-establishing piece in The Believer and an Overlooked in Ohio alum — hasn’t released any new music since his two decade-old solo albums, Transit Byzantium and Shelter from the Smoke (the latter of which was reissued on vinyl in 2009 by Robert Griffin‘s Scat Records.) Nor has Fox granted an interview in years.

So I didn’t expect much more than a polite decline when I contacted Fox about his upcoming Columbus show on Saturday (details below). To my surprise, he emailed responses to some questions and revealed a new album coming in January:

As far as new material is concerned, there will indeed be an album released in January. The record is titled One Thought Revealed and will appear on Jar Note Records, a label which is being created by [friend and manager] Tim Rossiter. The CD was recorded autumn 2009 into last year with a couple of tracks written right around that time, a couple others around the millennium’s turn and several more 2006/2007, to the best of my recollect.

Read the full interview over at The Other Paper, where Fox also talks about Nada Surf’s cover of “Electrocution” and his song “Men Who are Guilty of Crimes,” which soundtracks a recent Occupy Wall Street video by ex-Clevelander Michael Nigro.

Bill Fox will play Cafe Bourbon St. (2216 Summit St.) Saturday (11/5) alongside acoustic sets from Jim McKeivier and Marcy Mays (Scrawl). Doors at 9 p.m. Cover: $6.

Unreleased Bill Fox song soundtracks Occupy Wall Street

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Last year, at a rare in-store performance at Lost Weekend Records, Cleveland’s Bill Fox played a tune called “Men Who are Guilty of Crimes.” I don’t know when he wrote it, but it felt particularly timely last summer, given that the cleanup of the BP oil spill was ongoing and the song implored Congress to “put the blame on BP.”

Ex-Clevelander Michael Nigro realized the song’s 2011 potential as the anthem for the Occupy Wall Street movement and tracked down a recording of the unreleased tune to soundtrack an OWS video montage called “Faces, Signs and Sentiments at Occupy Wall Street.” Check it out, above. (HT: I Rock Cleveland.)

Bill Fox was slated to play the Megacity Music Marathon last month at Woodlands Tavern but couldn’t make it. Fortunately, he’s coming back to town Nov. 5 for a show at Cafe Bourbon St., along with two acoustic sets from Jim McKeivier and Marcy Mays (doors at 9pm, $6).

“Men Who Are Guilty of Crimes” lyrics: Continue reading

Video:Talib Kweli Live Accapella at #OccupyWallStreet

Pitchfork points out that the Village Voice pointed out that Talib Kweli showed up last night(Thursday) to perform Distractions for Occupy Wall Street Protestors.

This comes on the heels of Talib Kweli and Mos Def are Blackstar performing a new song “Fix-Up” on the Colbert Report Wednesday.

Video: Jeff Mangum live acoustic at #OccupyWallStreet

The revered, ex-reclusive Neutral Milk Hotel front man surprised Occupy Wall Street protesters in NYC last night by showing up with an acoustic guitar and playing an 8-song set heavy on In the Aeroplane Over the Sea songs. Full set:

1 “Themselves” (Minutemen cover)
2 “Holland, 1945″
3 “Ghost”
4 “Song Against Sex”
5 “Two-Headed Boy Part 2″
6 “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea”
7 “The King of Carrot Flowers Part 1″
8 “Oh Comely”