Declare Your Independence – Support Independent Releases!

What’s the best way to celebrate the Independence Day?  Support some of these great new independent releases:

Atari Teenage Riot – Is This Hyperreal? (Dim Sum)

Alec Empire, Nic Endo and new member CX KiDTRONiK are back with an explosive 12 song cycle that explores themes such as government/corporate attempts to takeover the internet, human trafficking, wikileaks, libertarianism and, of course, anarchy via hacker activism.  There’s more hardcore than digital on this collection with guitars way up front and the baselines almost pounding the listener into submission.  This will be the soundtrack to the cyber revolution.  If you haven’t seen ATR live, please do.  It’s one of the most electrifying live shows out there now.  Is This Hyperreal? is the perfect compliment.

Mutha Wit – men and women (la revenge de uncle baldy)

Mutha Wit is the brainchild of URB ALT founder Boston Fielder, and men and women best showcases what that movement is about.  It fuses Hendrix-like guitars, free jazz horns, vintage soul vocals, and even a touch of psychedelia to take you on a 4o minute trip through all of those worlds.  In short, this album crashes whatever musical walls anyone will try and put up to describe the band.   ‘Wasted’, ‘Who Needs Time’, ‘Waiting For…’, ‘When Its Time To Go, George Smith’ are just some of the highlights.  If you want to find out more about men and women or about URB ALT, go to  A strong album.

Harriet Tubman – Ascension (Sunnyside)

Harriet Tubman spent her life pursuing freedom for her people.  Ascension was the name of the John Coltrane album that is considered a watershed moment in the free jazz movement.  In 1998, bassist Melvin Gibbs, guitarist Brandon Ross, and drummer J.T. Lewis formed the band Harriet Tubman as a means to express complete and total musical freedom.  For their 3rd CD, the lineup expands to a ‘Double Trio’ lineup to include Ron Miles on trumpet and DJ’s Logic and Singe on turntables.  The results displays a group that has absorbed the ideas of their influences (Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Miles, Sun Ra) added their own extraordinary talents to that and has taken the music to the next level.  Ascension is the next evolution in the multi-consciousness movement.

Produkt – Revolt.  Conquer. Consume.  

The latest project from former Swear On Your Life guitarist Sean ‘Satyr’ Tracy is not for the faint of heart or for those looking for happy pop music.  This is what you put on when you want to go a dark place in your head or when you’re about to go out do some really bad things with some really bad people (and that’s a compliment).   Relentless industrial metal that stands right alongside Nine Inch Nails, Ministry and Marilyn Manson’s darkest work.  This is truly the soundtrack to the horror movie that plays in the blackest part of the soul.  The better news is that Produkt is about to do some live shows at the end of July into August in and around the NY area so considered yourself warned!  Physical copies of the album are sold out but you still get it digitally through  Killer stuff.

Please support these dynamic and outstanding releases.

Enjoy your 4th of July, but also remember that the struggle continues.



About earldouglas

Author of the book, 'Black Rock Volume 1', which is available now at and as an e-book on Barnes & and Executive Director of the Black Rock Coalition New York Chapter. Photographer, music fan, Yankee fan, supporter of the arts!
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