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Song of the Day: “What’s That You Got?”

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Call it arrogance, hubris, or a holier-than-thou attitude—there are some traits that just don’t make a great impression. Antoine “Fats” Domino was well aware of that when he released “What’s That You Got?” in 1965. The hefty New Orleans native is known for his funkiness as much as for his physical stature.

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This Week in Posivibes: Gloria Ann Taylor

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Ubiquity’s Love Is a Hurtin’ Thing reissue collects some incredible soulful, experimental R&B from Gloria Ann Taylor’s early years, rare tracks that were released during her time with the small label Selector Sound. Taylor owned the label with her brother Leonard and her husband and producer Walter Wisenhunt, who was a “promoter of sorts” with close ties to James Brown. 

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Antony Hegarty Laments Climate Change

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In the wake of this week’s forum on climate change in Paris, Antony Hegarty has released a song lamenting the destruction already wreaked, and the destruction to come, from our complicity in the mounting environmental disaster. Recorded under the name ANOHNI, “4 Degrees” highlights a predicted change in global temperature by the year 2100.

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Wanted/Needed/Loved #5: Sonny Smith’s Skate Zine

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Creatives for Climate Change

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We posted earlier about Björk working to prevent a pipeline in Iceland, and she is continuing to lobby this point while working to raise support of climate change activism across the board.

Today, world leaders are meeting in Paris to discuss how to address climate change, and many creative icons have signed a petition speaking for the “creative community” and its desire to spearhead dramatic and inspiring change.

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This Week In Posivibes: Killer Mike at FSU

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While it isn’t unusual to find Killer Mike speaking about race and politics (see his past lecture at MIT on Pitchfork), Render appeared at Florida State University last week to lecture again on racism and civil rights. “Step out of your comfort zone and engage another human being as a fair and honest equal,” he said, “and based on that engagement, help that individual grow.”

Considering that racism protests have overwhelmed campuses nationwide, we’re hoping Render’s words affect change and generate positive insight.

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Get to Know Benjamin Clementine

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Who is Benjamin Clementine? It’s a fair question to ask, considering this relatively unfamiliar artist was recently awarded the Mercury Prize (the UK’s parallel to the Grammy’s “Album of the Year”) for his album At Least For Now. The London artist, chosen over names like Aphex Twin and Florence + the Machine, dedicated his award to the victims of the Paris terror attacks.

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Missy’s Back

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In the wake of the overwhelmingly positive response to her release of “WTF (Where They From),” which marked the artist’s first significant release since 2005, Missy Elliot spoke to iD about taking time out and returning to the craft:

I never stopped recording, but I went through a period where… the one thing that a lot of people don’t know is that for as long as I’ve been as artist, I’ve been a writer and a producer.

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Holiday Specials from Murray and Carey

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The season of holiday specials is upon us, and Stereogum reported on two that cover just about the entirety of what a person could want from a festive made-for-TV movie. Bill Murray is enlisting an all-star cast for his version of the Christmas flick, A Very Murray Christmas, including the French band Phoenix, with whom Murray is collaborating on a holiday 7”.

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Song of the Day: “Olivia”

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To mark the anniversary of a late, great hip hop icon whose very name inspires controversy, XXL Magazine asked former members of the legendary rap group Wu-Tang to remember their friend, Russell Tyrone Jones, known otherwise as Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Lyricist Raekwon recalled the following anecdote:

My memories go back to us being in his house in Harlem.

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Twenty-five Years for A Tribe Called Quest

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To celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of their debut with the LP People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, A Tribe Called Quest appeared on The Tonight Show with The Roots as their backing band. Watch the video and see some amazing backstage shots from the night via okayplayer.

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This Week in Posivibes: The Female Rock Memoir

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In a piece on the explosion of female-written music memoir, Guardian writer Jude Rogers explores what it means for there to be a redress of the idea of rock being historically told through the lens of the male figure. Beginning with Slits guitarist Viv Albertine’s book Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys, the article traces the female-written rock memoir up through to the recent books by Kim Gordon, Carrie Brownstein, and Grace Jones.

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Remembering Those Lost at Le Bataclan

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In the wake of the tragedy that occurred in Paris this weekend, the identities of victims from the shooting at the Le Bataclan venue, where the Eagles of Death Metal were playing, have begun to surface. Read more about the issue via Pitchfork, as well as tributes to the deceased, including Les Inrocks reporter Guillaume B.

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Help Bjork Save Iceland’s Headlands

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In conjunction with the Heart of Iceland organization, Bjork is calling for an eleven-day global protest against international efforts to build power lines that would facilitate a plan to transport energy from Iceland’s volcanos to England. Read more about the issue via Consequence of Sound and watch a video of the artist explaining her position after the jump.

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This Week in Posivibes: Will Ivy

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Will Ivy’s first solo 7” came out on Pretty Penny this weekend, with a release show at LA’s HM157. Most recently of Dream Boys, Ivy has played in a number of great SF groups, including Girls and Hunx and His Punx.

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Ben Carson Wants the Rap Vote

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Ben Carson has engaged the logic of the 90s in his latest attempt to drum up support: when in doubt of how to reach your audience, write an awkward hip hop song about it! Stereogum has conjectured that the use of Aspiring Mogul as the segment’s rapper seems to suggest Carson (or his people) actually want listeners to believe they could be hearing the candidate rapping in the spot, which is potentially hilarious.

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