Monday, October 8th, 2012

When Animal Collective’s Deakin went to Mali to make an album and to end slavery

I’m not in the music business. I am, however, in the bullshit business. So my ears prick up when I hear some guy’s launched a Kickstarter project to go to Mali and make music and instead wound up helping to end slavery. Damn. That Kickstarter must be strong stuff! So what’s the deal? 2009, Kickstarter

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

‘Like Africa, Africa’

A bit late on this but recently unveiled their latest series, Selector, in which they offer a rapper two different beats, one of which the rapper picks as a backing track for a freestyle....

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Pitchfork: New Music from West Africa

Pitchfork has a great piece–complete with some musical samples–by writer Dave Henshaw–on musical developments in Ghana (no one plays high life anymore), Cote d’Ivoire (“Ivoirian rhythms are so twitchy that crunk would have come like a tranquilizer...