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Artist Spotlight: John Jennings

We recently got hipped to this cool Blacula art via our friends over at The Museum of Uncut Funk drawn by John Jennings so we decided to fill the rest of the world in on a little bit of his background. John Jennings is an Associate Professor of Visual Studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His research and teaching focus on the analysis, explication and disruption of African American stereotypes in popular visual media. His research is concerned with the topics of representation and authenticity, visual culture, visual literacy, social justice and design pedagogy. He is also an accomplished designer curator, illustrator, cartoonist and award-winning graphic novelist. He is the co-author of the graphic novel The Hole: Consumer Culture, Black Comix: African American Independent Comics and co-curator of Out of Sequence: Underrepresented Voices in American Comics. He is also, co-author of the upcoming graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s classic dark fantasy novel Kindred along with longtime collaborator Damian Duffy. Along with collaborator Stacy Robinson, Jennings has also created an arts collective called Black Kirby which is dedicated to studying black visual culture and also celebrating the legacy of Jack Kirby’s monumental career in American comic book culture.

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Funky Little Boxes (Paul Soul)

We know that we say it all the time but we really are honored that people send us photos of their 45 boxes to be featured on our site and we genuinely get excited every time that we receive an email. With that being said, we have a new submission this week all the way from Saint Petersburg Russia from Paul Soul aka P102. Paul is relatively new to collecting records and still considers himself a amateur in the biz but he loves our posts that he figured he would try his luck at sending photos of his collection. The very unique thing about Paul Soul’s crates is that he made them himself from wood in two colors, brown and vanilla. To add a little bit more he also made the 7” wood adapters too!

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Damn That Brothers Nice

One of our favorite Emcee’s out of the 215th, Phly City aka Philadelphia by way of Chicago is none other than Fat Nice. You know that too cool always down to school brother from The Welcome To Soulville neighborhood, creator of the Soul Sandwich, Brother Sharpness when it’s time to get a fresh cut and fade. Wait, how many jobs does this guy have anyway!? Well Fat Nice has linked up with another of our favorite labels also coming out of the City of Brotherly love, Record Breakin’ Music to release his debut 7” Peace Love Unity and Havin Fun. It’s exactly what we would expect to hear from Nice and of course his selection of producers to remix tracks from his album which dropped last year on cassette tape are on point. He enlisted Lil Dave on the title track and non other that the homie Buscrates on the “My Favorite Things” cut.

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Death Waltz Recording Co. RSD2014

When it comes to releasing and reissuing rare Soundtracks on vinyl, no one does it quite like Death Waltz Recording Co. Everything from the packing and presentation to the sound quality is all top notch so it’s no wonder collectors go crazy over adding new releases to their collections. This Saturday Death Waltz will be releasing four one off pieces for Record Store Day that we’re trying to get our hands on and will surely sell out quick. Here’s a list of what they’ve got going on and they’ve even done a great video to advertise them as well.

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Bixiga 70

As a DJ in the B-Boy / B-Girl community I’ve always taken great pride in playing and presenting not only quality music but also breaking new music that no other DJ on the scene has. Music from artists and labels that didn’t necessarily set out to make music for that scene but have become anthems within the culture just as Jimmy Castor’s “ It’s Just Begun” or Incredible Bongo Bands “Apache”. Artist releasing 45’s such as Osaka Monorail, Budos Band and Funkshone have all become permanent fixtures in Break DJ’s crates after hearing them at jams or on my mix-tapes B-Boy Essentials and of course the Skill Methodz anniversary mix. Another new 7” that I am excited to introduce to not only to the breakin’ scene but also lovers or funky Brazilian grooves is Bixiga 70.

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Rendezvous!

This Friday April 11th, our West Coast family presents another installment of the ever popular RENDEZVOUS! This month they’ll be welcoming SlimeCity to the decks to play an assortment of dark, lovely and groovy selections from his crates that you’re not going to want to miss! Plus, if you’re a RENDEZVOUS! regular then you know they have surprise guests always showing up with a box of records out of the blue. And as an added bonus, they’ll be screening the Month of Macabre’s own mash up of psychedelic imagery (found footage, cult, giallo and erotica film clips, etc) to be projected on our huge Cinerama screen! A selection of giallo and late night erotica films will follow!

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The Soul Surfers Live @ Milo Club BTX

One of our favorite Funk bands that never seems to let us down is Saint Petersburg Russia’s own The Soul Surfers. We’ve covered them and various 7” releases multiple times in the past and always recommend picking them up before they sell out (which often times is the case). In between recording tunes on the boutique Fun City Shingaling label, FNR, Ubiquity, Mr. C, and even with Rickey Calloway, the band still has ample time to play live gigs at home to a crowd that really enjoys that funk!

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Mr. Thing’s ‘Strange Breaks’

One of our favorite DJ’s, record collectors and finder of rare gems that you don’t have in your collection, hands down goes to our fellow digger from across the way, Mr. Thing. If you’re not up on this guy then by all means, press exit now because this screen will self destruct in 5 seconds. Ok great, you’re still with us. Mr. Thing is back with the third installment of the Strange Breaks & Mr. Thing series being released via BBE and features a ton of rarities and samples all dug up and served in true mixtape fashion. In addition to this new release, he will be releasing a very limited 7” single of Amral’s Trinidad Cavaliers “It Sure Is Funky”. How’s that for going the extra mile!? We’re love that even in this digital day and age that we’re living in, DJ’s like Mr. Thing continue to put out physical product like mixtapes and vinyl.

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The Dominatrix Sleeps 45

“The Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight” merges 80’s pop sensibilities with the bubbling freestyle movement that was happening at that time. It’s a simple enough tune except one thing - this song is so good! Largely ignored by MTV due to its risqué content and video (which is laughable by today’s standards) the song did find a home in places like the Funhouse with Jellybean Benitez or on 98.7 Kiss FM during the Latin Rascals Mastermixes. For me it was the roller rinks, not that I could even roller-skate or cared to but at the age 10, there really weren’t many places to go and hang out after school. Two records came out of these after school escapades that I can put my finger on that made a huge impact on me. First and most important is Doug E Fresh’s “The Show”. I was already a huge Hip Hop fan via my brother Elias, who had Run DMC, Whodini and Fat Boys tapes in rotation around the house, but with “The Show” it just sealed the deal for me.

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Men of North Country

We recently caught wind of a band emerging from the Tel Aviv soul scene bringing with them a fresh take on the classic soul sound, but still keeping it traditional and authentic sounding at the same time. Men of North Country or MONC for short started by chance when Soul DJ Yashiv Cohen was overheard singing along to the tunes he was playing at one of his Tel Aviv Soul Club parties. With the encouragement and eventual collaboration of his musician friends, they formed Israel’s finest Soul outfit.

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