Local chill-pop artist Diaspoura (a.k.a. Anjali Naik) drops a “pointed” single today that she wrote the day after Donald Trump was elected to be president. “Nobody could really do anything that day but think about the election,” she recalls.
The track “GTF” (‘get the fuck’), evolved from there with additional contributions from experimental artist, emcee, and producer Contour, who did the beat and helped write the music for the song. The goal was to ready the single for release on Inauguration Day — "to help you brave the storm," Diaspoura announced on Facebook.
“It was mostly my feelings evoked after the election just about the state of the nation and my own personal fears with being a queer woman of color in the South and my misplaced trust in people around me — and just like feeling angry about it,” she says. “So it’s very charged, and it’s an explicit song.”
For now, you can find the single on Bandcamp, but the distribution company for online streaming services Naik tried to release the single through rejected it for its cover, which is a collage work featuring Donald Trump, created by the artist herself. “I do a lot of collage art, and you’re supposed to take media and turn it to other things,” she says. But, according to the distribution company, the image of the President Elect was too distinguishable. “They said I needed to get Donald Trump’s permission.”
Naik will create new cover art for the track soon and resubmit, but you can see the original work and listen to/download “GTF” now on diaspoura.bandcamp.com.
BACE (Business, Art, Culture, Entertainment) League of Charleston launched in 2014 as a way to help Holy City residents become more engaged and informed in the civic process. The mission to develop projects that better connect local culture with local politics is still underway, and founders/organizers Elliott Smith, McKenzie Eddy, and Parker Hastings plan to further that effort with their next project: BACEcast, a podcast.
“The first BACEcast will contain interviews with the movers and shakers who are guiding Charleston into the future and discuss the policies being put into place to shape that future,” Hastings says.
Launching early next year, BACEcast will hold a fundraiser at the Recovery Room on Tues. Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., which will include a cash bar (PBR, shots) out front, with all profits going to the nonprofit.
There will also be a silent auction, along with a raffle, and an opp to sit on Santa’s lap and receive a present (if you're lucky).
The fundraiser starts at 6 p.m. DJ sets from the Black Olive and Jeff ET kick off at 9:45 p.m.
For more info on BACE, go to bacechs.org. You can RSVP and get further updates on the event here.
Hey, good job, Chucktown. You either came to Saturday's Standing Rock benefit at the Pour House and emptied your pockets or you donated your time, talents, and goods to be auctioned up for the cause. Either way, over $4,500 was collected at the door alone. That's not counting the raffle, auction, merch, Brooklyn Brewery brews that brought the grand total to over $7,000.
We told you last week that Charleston's Ary Fun would be making the purchase of and hand-delivering 400 tepee poles to Standing Rock, and as of three days ago, that deal is done. That's enough to build 20 tepees. And since each tepee can sleep up to 10 people, that means that Charleston just bought winter housing for about 200 people at Standing Rock.
That's a whole lotta love. On behalf of the organizers, thanks, y'all.
Monday night's CPMA celebration at the Pour House was our best one yet thanks to nearly every winning act (and then some) taking to the stage for six-and-a-half hours of inspired performances.
From the deck shows with Travelin' Kine and Dallas Baker & Friends to the main stage performances — Charlton Singleton & Friends, She Returns From War (feat. members of Brave Baby, including Producer of the Year Wolfgang Zimmerman), Little Stranger, Ben Fagan & the Holy City Hooligans, Jump Castle Riot, SUSTO, Stop Light Observations, Godwin Falcon, and Dangermuffin — we bore witness to the rich, diverse, and talented scene we are fortunate enough to enjoy in the Holy City.
The night closed with a superjam — and to describe it as such now seems like an understatement. Organized by Dead 27s drummer Daniel Crider, the blowout consisted of local-artist combos the city has not seen before, including a performance combining members of Stop Light Observations, Dangermuffin, Ben Fagan & the Holy City Hooligans, Dead 27s, and Human Resources and another with members of Ben Fagan & the Holy City Hooligans, Jump Castle Riot, Little Stranger, and Dangermuffin teaming up with a series of emcees — Little Stranger's Kevin Shields, Damn Skippy, Alex Middleton, Matty Slonim, and Parker G — for an unforgettable freestyling feast.
In the final performance, the Band's "The Weight (Take a Load Off Annie)" got a stellar, everything-but-the-kitchen sink treatment from members of Stop Light Observations, Travelin' Kine, Little Stranger, Dallas Baker & Friends, and the Dead 27s.
We appreciate all the love, y'all. We hope you enjoy these shots and videos from the night, courtesy of local photographer Jerry Mindel.
Charleston quintet Ranky Tanky celebrates the Gullah music of America’s Southeastern sea islands, and they plan to take those centuries-old sounds to the world via audio recordings, video, live performance, and educational outreach. And they need a little help from you to do it.
The band — Quiana Parler, Kevin Hamilton, Charlton Singleton, Quentin Baxter, and Clay Ross — recently launched a Kickstarter page to help them accomplish their mission. They're only a little over a grand shy of their goal, and the campaign ends on Wed. Nov. 16.
The campaign page says that those who wish to donate will “be a part of reviving and sustaining a true heartland of American music. Your support will help us release a full-length album, commission artwork, and designs, attend booking conferences and showcases, and tour internationally.”
Ranky Tanky’s tour has already begun, with the band hitting Asheville’s LEAF festival last month and the Midwest Theater in Scottsbluff, Nebraska last night. The tour continues to South Dakota tomorrow, to Connecticut, New York, and Washington state in January, and concludes at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in May.
The Kickstarter page also explains that "Gullah is a storied culture prevailing on the Sea Islands of South Carolina’s Lowcountry. The Gullah people have sustained their treasured West African traditions and ways of life for generations, and their cultural impact on American music is undeniable."
Go here to learn more and help Ranky Tanky make their Gullah sounds go global.