Rapper-activist Big Piph (Epiphany Morrow) hosts a listening party in anticipation of his upcoming album "I Am Not Them: The Legacy Project" (to be released June 17) at Stickyz on Wednesday, June 15, at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
In the meantime, here's a new video for "Big Boi," directed by Kenneth Bell, which Piph says is about "the facades that crumble and the party crasher named Karma."
Big Piph releases a new album today, "I Am Not Them: The Legacy Project," to be followed by a companion app that will serve as forum for creative discourse about topics related to the album's content. /more/
More great stuff from Fayetteville label Let's Talk Figures. This is from an excellent new EP by production duo TAPE.SET, a.k.a. Hutch Landfair and Andrew McClain. It's the ideal soundtrack for a bike ride on the International Space Station, or for dying on the beach. /more/
I'm honestly not the best w/ playlists. I tend to to start building them, stop, claim I'm gonna round them out to perfection, and then never do. As a result, I stay playing the same 5 songs over and over when it's questionable if they are even the best fit. /more/
Globetrotting Little Rock rapper-activist Big Piph has announced the release of a new, five-part, autobiographical documentary series focusing on his music and his education and relief efforts abroad and locally, through his organization Global Kids Arkansas. The series will premiere tomorrow and was directed by Arkansas Times Visionary Kenneth Bell. /more/
Here's the latest from Little Rock's Rodney CoLe, who you should really be listening to, another track from his upcoming tape, "CIGARELOTIVE," which he says to expect early next year. He has an infectious voice, and he's a bright, sensitive writer: "I heard memory lane was just a mile long / I dial on my friends but all I ever get is dial tones." /more/
By the far the best band in Arkansas named after a scene in "Back to the Future," Marvin Berry is a brand new project featuring Little Rock music scene stalwarts Andy Warr, Will Boyd, Chris Michaels and Dave Hoffpauir. /more/
Here's the latest from Big Piph and Arkansas Bo (lately of FaceMob), "Dem Shawts," more or less in the classic tradition of 69 Boyz's "Daisy Dukes." Also check out Piph's latest tape, "The Calm," if you haven't already. /more/
Little Rock's Big Piph has had a more interesting year than any of us, and he's here to rub it in with his new video, "I Am Not Them," which finds him rapping, lecturing and globe-hopping around at least a handful of African countries. Feel like I expanded my horizons just by watching this thing. Also that little kid break-dancing around 2:07 is a revelation, a moment not likely to be topped in a local video this year. /more/
The podcast Design Matters, published by Design Observer, is celebrating its 10th year and they are revisiting some of their best episodes from the last decade. I just finished this week's replay of the interview with the Scottish born illustrator Marion Deuchars. At the end of the wonderful interview, her two young sons are invited into the studio near where they pitch in some of their own thoughts on art and, in particular, drawing in the art books their mother created for children and adults.
by Will Stephenson, Bryan Moats, Kaya Herron and Lindsey Millar
World wide weird duo Rural War Room (Donavan Suitt & Byron Werner) is celebrating 10 years of broadcasting and production here in Little Rock and abroad. RWR Radio on KABF 88.3 FM (10 p.m. Tuesdays or anytime on their website), features the duo alternating records in an effort to surprise one another.
BRASHER: Hello Arkansans, this is the first piece from us, Brasher and Rowe and we are some dudes who work in downtown Little Rock and we eat lunch and just talk about all the exciting things around here.
Hog fans just can't quit blaming the refs for the NCAA men's basketball tournament loss to North Carolina. Now the Arkansas Senate has gotten in on the act, with this resolution introduced by Democratic Sen. Keith Ingram and getting bipartisan co-sponsorship from that brutish and short sandlot roundball player, Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson.
IndieWire breaks news long whispered downtown — a more ambitious successor to the Little Rock Film Festival is in the works, with backing from writer/director Jeff Nichols, a Little Rock native. His "Loving" has won wide acclaim recently.