Category Archives: Music

The #NationHood Mixtape

I just dropped a new project: The #NationHood Mixtape on SoundCloud and RPM.fm…really happy with how this one came out.

With a 90s NWA-style cover and a kick-ass lineup of Indigenous and allied hip-hop artists from around the world who got down with contributing music to make it happen, it’s been amazing to compile, it’s re-ignited my love for hip-hop as a global language for liberation, and it’s been amazing to see the response so far. Respect to everyone who’s supported and been involved.

Download listen share and enjoy: 

#NationHood-Cover

Also, RPM is back online! Support #Revolution2 and the return of Revolutions Per Minute—the only Indigenous music site of its kind.

And for your listening pleasure, here’s the previous mixtape I compiled for the Indigenous Leadership Forum last spring—the #ILF2013 Mixtape. It’s maxed out on SoundCloud downloads, but you can still stream it below:

The Ways: Revitalizing Indigenous Language and Culture Around the Great Lakes

Hoping to do a longer length post on this great project for RPM, but thought I’d put this up to share.

The Ways

TheWays.org is a new site dedicated to educating and sharing stories of Native language and cultural projects in the Central Great Lakes region. They have a beautifully-designed web interface that features excellent graphics, maps, and teaching tools to complement the video stories.

The Ways - Map

Check out their first two pieces: a music video for Ojibway MC Tall Paul‘s track “Prayers in a Song” and a short documentary on family-based Menominee language revitalization.

Tall Paul – “Prayers in a Song”

“Living Language”

Indigenous Music Culture Site RPM.fm to Host Official Launch Party

Revolutions Per Minute has been up and running for just over 3 months now and the response has been fantastic!

We’ve already showcased a brilliantly diverse group of Indigenous musicians and bands from across Turtle Island and all over the world. But this is only the first phase of RPM and we’re working on some amazing new improvements to the site—and looking to build an international community of Indigenous artists and music fans.

We’re finally having the RPM Official Launch Party in Vancouver on October 25, 2011. Should be a great night. And it’s a FREE show!

Here are the event details:

RPM Official Launch Party
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The Media Club
395 Cambie St.
Vancouver BC
Coast Salish Territories
NO COVER!

Hosted by Ostwelve. Live performances by Haida duo Sister Says, Squamish Nation hip-hop artist Discreet Da Chosen 1, and all-female Cree rock band Vancougar.

RSVP on Facebook: RPM.fm – The Official Launch Party

RPM.fm – Revolutions Per Minute: Indigenous Music Culture.

I’ve been hard at work on a new project to promote Indigenous Music Culture and we’re finally getting closer to launch…

The project is called Revolutions Per Minute and you can find us at www.rpm.fm and all over the social web. Get in touch if you’ve got ideas about Indigenous artists and musicians we should feature!

Revolutions Per Minute

Unhappy 50th Birthday, Moz: Heaven Knows You’re Miserable Now

That’s right friends, everyone’s favourite queen of morose yet beautiful pop tunes, Morrissey, turns 50 today.

To celebrate his melancholic glory…

We’ve come to wish him an Unhappy Birthday
‘Cause he’s evil
And he lies
And if he should die
We may feel slightly sad
(But we won’t cry)


Moz is celebrating the half-century anniversary of his beloved, dreary crooning with a sold-out show in his Manchester hometown tonight — but there are plenty of other ‘unhappy’ Moz love-ins scheduled to honour his highness.

To all the Smiths and Morrissey fans, tis a day to wipe away the tears and mascara and sing along with the man Pitchfork has hailed as “one of the most singular figures in Western pop culture from the last 20 years.”

The well-aged, well-coiffed British singer is celebrating the milestone with a concert in his hometown of Manchester. (It sold out in 15 minutes.) The UK Guardian pays tribute to the performer, who “has retained his provocative, spiky quality. ” NME.com offers a photo gallery of Moz through the years. Over at the Times Online, the publication shares news of an intriguing academic study that calls Morrissey a romantic hero and “approvingly ranks him alongside some of the greats of literature: Philip Larkin, John Betjeman and Oscar Wilde.” Hey, I won’t argue with that.

A few Moz-themed events are planned across the country this weekend, including Pittsburgh’s “Unhappy Birthday: Morrissey 50th B-Day Tribute and Dance Party,” which will feature an evening of Smiths and Morrissey covers.