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Public Enemy, Rush, Heart, Donna Summer to be inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

In a victory for those interested in the teachings of Malcolm X and Ayn Rand (or not!), the new crop of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees includes both hip-hop fire starters Public Enemy and Canadian prog merchants Rush.

The rest of this year’s newcomers include Heart, Donna Summer, Randy Newman, and Albert King, as well as Lou Adler and Quincy Jones in the nonperformers category. The induction ceremony will take place at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre on April 18, 2013, and will undoubtedly feature Flavor Flav embarrassing himself and an extremely long version of “Tom Sawyer.”

It’s hard to argue with any of those inductees, as they all had a great deal of influence over the course of long careers. However, it’s interesting to note the nominees who were left out in the cold: READ FULL STORY

N.W.A, Rush, Donna Summer among new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees

Rush fans, your long-standing tradition of writing angry letters to music magazines may finally be coming to an end.

The Canadian prog icons are among the 15 nominees for the 2013 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They join Donna Summer, Public Enemy, Procol Harum, N.W.A, Randy Newman, the Meters, Kraftwerk, Albert King, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Marvelettes, Heart, Chic, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Deep Purple on the ballot. The names have been sent out to the mysterious cabal who votes for this thing, and the new class will be inducted at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre on April 18, 2013. For the first time ever, there will also be a fan ballot, which will allow those aforementioned Rush fans to shout about conspiracy theories in case their boys don’t make it in.

All told, that’s a pretty unusual collection of names, as there doesn’t seem to be any one artist who stands out as a slam dunk. Sure, plenty of those names made some great music, but there’s not an obvious legend among them around whom the ceremony can be built. For example, last year’s ballot included Guns N’ Roses and Beastie Boys, two canonical acts who were pretty clear inclusions.

This year’s batch will be an interesting referendum on how the voters feel about two groups who are deeply under-represented within the walls of the Hall of Fame: rappers and women. READ FULL STORY

Snap Judgement: Public Enemy just released an awesome new album today

Happy Hip-Hop Week, everybody!

As you surely know by now, Monday unexpectedly brought us Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange, and yesterday dropped Azealia Banks’ Fantasea mixtape on our unsuspecting heads. And now to end the work week, none other than Public Enemy has sneaked out their new album Most of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear on No Stamp on iTunes today.

Much like Green Day’s strategy with the imminent Uno!-Dos!-Tre! trilogy, the influential rap group’s new LP is meant to be paired with the upcoming September release The Evil Empire of Everything; according to a press release, Public Enemy frontman Chuck D considers the two albums to be “twins, not identical but fraternal.”

Obviously, we can’t speak for The Evil Empire of Everything, but we can say this: Most of My Heroes… is pretty damn great. READ FULL STORY

'Give Peace a Chance'? 'Fight the Power'? 'American Idiot'? What's the best protest song of all-time?

If there’s one thing rock stars like more than driving expensive cars into swimming pools while on angel dust, it’s writing tunes about how gosh darned unfair society can be. The history of the latter tendency is exhaustively tracked in British music writer Dorian Lynskey’s new tome, 33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holliday to Green Day, which is out this week.


Sasquatch 2010: MGMT, Vampire Weekend, and My Morning Jacket join Pavement

With festival season heading into full swing, Sasquatch—the indie music madness that takes place at the Gorge in George, Washington over Memorial Day weekend each year—announced the line-up for its festivities this year. According to, MGMT, Vampire Weekend (at left), and My Morning Jacket are the biggest acts to join the line-up, which includes the previously announced headliner,Pavement. The acts were announced at a show held at the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle last night.

Also signed on: Broken Social Scene, the National, the Hold Steady, Band of Horses, the xx, Dirty Projectors, Passion Pit, Miike Snow, Ween, Public Enemy, Tegan & Sara, LCD Soundsystem, and Massive Attack.

Who’s missing, Music Mixers? Will you be gearing up for Sasquatch 2010? If you could choose one late-add (or several!), who would it be?

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Tracy Morgan on Public Enemy, 'Werewolf Bar Mitzvah,' and why his toes make him a good leader of men

You have to be careful how you phrase questions to comedian Tracy Morgan. For example, ask him what he is listening to at the moment and the 30 Rock star responds thus: “Right now, I’m laying in my bed, talking to you! What do you mean, ‘What am I listening to now? You woke me up!” Perhaps such literalness is a result of Morgan having recently authored his autobiography, I Am the New Black, in which Morgan recalls, amongst other things, being raised by his father, a musician and former heroin addict.. “My father was in bands all his life, so I grew up around that,” he says. “He was always the leader of the band and that’s where I get my leadership qualities. You know your big toe on your foot? And then there’s the one next to it? That toe is bigger than my big toe. That means I’m a leader.”

So what does Morgan listen to? “Growing up in the ghetto, there’s a radio in every room in the house,” he says. “You grow up with Motown and all that. You learn how to dance in the ghetto when you’re two years old. I listen to a lot of old school r&b classics, because it’s soothing. A lot of the music today is generated, sounds computerized, people aren’t playing instruments. I love hip-hop, where there was a message. It wasn’t just about cars and half-naked women and all that. It was about consciousness. It was PE! It was De La Soul!”

In honor of Mr Morgan’s good taste we’ve embedded the video for Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” below. And in honor of general hilarity, you’ll also find the clip from 30 Rock of his character Tracy Jordan’s novelty hit single “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah.” Hey, Tracy, what do you remember about doing that? “I remember putting some werewolf teeth in my mouth and saying, ‘Werewolf bar mitzvah.'” Alright!

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Public Enemy raises $50,000 from fans to fund next album: Believe the hype!

Pre-emptive fundraising is all the rage in the music world lately, with many indie artists using websites like Kickstarter and Sellaband to hit their fans up for money to help pay for upcoming projects. Public Enemy became one of the biggest acts yet to get in on this trend earlier this month, signing with Sellaband in search of $250,000, $25 at a time. Fans are promised copies of the album and various other swag in return for their contributions. Apparently the scheme is working: Great Britain’s NME reports that the rap revolutionaries have already raked in $50,000.

I’m impressed by how much cash PE has been able to raise in such a short period of time. Now I’m curious to see whether they’ll hit that $250,000 mark, and how long it will take them. Seems like this could be a cool new option for artists who, for whatever, reason, can’t or won’t get financial backing for their music from a corporate label. So what do you say: Would you pay $25 to help Public Enemy make its next record? Who else do you think would be smart to try this approach?

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