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Amanda Seales

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Amanda Seales first caught my attention after hearing her latest album, Madame Monochrome. I found her work to be extremely inspiring and not able to let this go by without further research, I found that she is also a DJ, TV and radio host, a poet (spanning back to Russel Simmon’s Def Poetry Jam), and a painter among many other talents.  She is well educated, very well accomplished and after going by Amanda Diva for most of her entertainment career, a name change was in order. There was no doubt that we wanted to interview this renaissance woman to find out what powers so many amazing projects and what Hip-Hop means to her! 

Lady. Bang. Beat.: Your songs are so personal and relatable. Are the stories behind the lyrics stories of/from your life?

Amanda Seales: Yup definitely.  If they’re not directly about me they’re usually about someone around me.  The most relatable stories are real ones and for me it’s really important to make music that people relate to.

LBB: At what point in your life did you decide that music would be one of your career paths?

AS: In 2006.  i tried before but couldn’t rhyme on beat and my singing voice was just ehhhh.  But top of 2006 i did a poetry performance and there was a band there.  In the middle of the poem i realized, “hey i’m on beat!”  Next day I ended up running into the same band and they said they wanted to play for me.  We didn’t work together for long (they were WILDLY unprofessional) but they did link me with a place to record at City College in Harlem and that set me on my course to becoming a full fledged artist.  

LBB: In what ways has your extensive knowledge of African American Studies contributed to your music or life?

AS: It has really helped with my ability to connect with my audience across a number of artistic and expressive mediums.  From music to interviews to visual art etc I think the fact that I know so much about my people and our history has given me an ability to connect to them in an authentic way through my work.  Unfortunately it hasn’t helped me at all in my personal life in terms of finding a good Black man as a partner but we can’t have everything can we!? lol

LBB: If you could define hip-hop in one word?

AS: Boom-bap

LBB: Its obvious that you have a strong passion for comedy and music. How do you feel about the combining the two arts? What do you think of lyricists like Flight of the Concords and The Lonely Island?

AS: I love it! I dabbled with that in a sketch I did about Lady Gaga remixing Tupac records and it was fun.  It’s not something I would make the norm but it’s definitely hilarious when done right!

LBB: Do you think there will ever be a time when more people will be open to hearing rhymes from a women’s perspective?

AS: Honestly no. Lol I know that may seem fatalistic but hip hop is really a man’s game so I don’t see it ever being openly welcoming to the views of women.

LBB: Was there ever a point in your career in media, where you felt that being a woman was difficult?

 AS: Hahaha ALWAYS!  

LBB: Having worked with so many amazing artists, who has been your favorite to work with?

AS: Q-tip and The Roots. Q-tip because he brought something out of me I didn’t know I had.  The Roots because we’ve known each other so long it’s just fun and free.  It came naturally.  That’s my favorite space to make music in.  

LBB: With so many accomplishments under your belt, what is another goal you plan on reaching in your career?

AS: Honestly I don’t feel like I’ve done much.  I have so many goals I’ve yet to reach.  I still need to do a solo art show in NYC. I want my own TV show in the vein of the Chris Rock show.  I want to publish some books. I want to be djaying for big crowds, corporate, and fashion/art events. I mean the list goes on and on!

LBB: Do you ever feel overwhelmed? How do you stay so incredibly focused and organized with so many passions and projects constantly on the way?

AS: I feel overwhelmed all the time.  Just trying to make sure I’m on track and moving in the direction I should be.  Also just trying to balance being creative with being my own pr and often my own manager is hella difficult.  Luckily though I am surrounded by great people and finally have the makings of a team that helps take some of the weight off of my shoulders.  Fact is, and I’ll be the first to tell you, nobody really has it all together or figured out.  No matter what their facebook/twitter may tell you!

LBB: Has it been easy to juggle these things and still manage your personal life?

AS: Personal life?  Lol

LBB: What advice would you give to a young girl interested in pursuing the world of Hip Hop?

AS: It’s bigger than hip hop.  You can root yourself in it but allow yourself to grow up and out of it!

Find more Amanda Seales here or follow her on Twitter.

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Nov 7, 2011


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Gimme Brains-Bratmobile

Bratmobile was a  first-generation “riot grrrl” band. They formed when University of Oregon students Allison Wolfe and Molly Neuman collaborated on an influential feminist zine, Girl Germs. This band was influenced by several musical styles, including elements of pop, surf, and garage rock.Bratmobile gets me soo pumped up, such a great way to start off the week !!

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Nov 7, 2011


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I played with FaceCrimes in Brooklyn for a Permanent Wave show back in late September. They totally had a good time on stage and I think that’s evident in this video posted. I really appreciate their energy and their dedication to fun pop music. It’s still alive! They remind me so much of Stereo Total and yet they still take me back to something from L’Trimm

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Nov 4, 2011

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper

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Meet Aly Spaltro of Lady Lamb the Beekeeper and she’s young, and she’s got this big smouldering voice that makes it sound like she’s already lived a full life. It’s a little jazz, and a little folk.

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Nov 3, 2011

Jesssica Jalbert

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 I Just found out about this wonderful artist via Booooooom. Sounds like: Memoryhouse, Warpaint, Camera Obscura, and the soundtrack to The Virgin Suicides that never was. This description completley intrigued me and the band lives up to it! They have minimalist arrangements and songs that give off a nice ethereal vibe.

Get a digital copy of her record Brother Loyola on bandcamp, or order the 12″ vinyl!

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Nov 3, 2011

Prince Rama

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I find this music so refreshing. When I felt like I was in need of something completely different, psyched out and focused, I found Prince Rama. Brooklyn based band, making some pretty neat waves right now. The sounds are rich, culture soaked, full of lush vocals, and space warped sounds. A must have in my music collection I’ll say. Their latest album is Trust Now, released on Animal Collective’s label Paw Tracks. 

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Nov 2, 2011

Emma Louise

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Emma Louise is a Brisbane based artist who released the single, “Jungle” not so long ago. It debuted at number on the Australian Distribution Charts. The track alone is enough to leave you gasping for air. Her silver vocals are polished over a pulsating pop fever track. Looking forward to more work by Emma Louise and more tracks to this degree and quality. 

Jungle by Emma-Louise

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Nov 1, 2011

Fillintheblanks: Xray Eyeballs

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We areXray Eyeballs 

Our music is best described as…. punk 

We make our best music when… it’s raining 

We could never play a show without… Tom tommin’ around
We just started… practicing at least once a month
We just finished… 2nd album

Our favorite album this year was…. Thee Oh Sees Warm Slime

Our favorite city to play in is….. New Orleans

If we weren’t playing music we would be… making clothes

Our local scene is… big and scattered

If we were teenagers again we would…. cut school

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Oct 31, 2011

Glass Candy: Halloween

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Glass Candy posted a new song, in tribute to Halloween.The song is a little taste from the duo’s forthcoming release, BODY WORK.

Directed by Alberto Rossini

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Oct 31, 2011

Kessler Twins

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Alice and Ellen Kessler are twin sisters from Nerchau Germany. Better known as the Kessler Twins or Kessler Sisters. They became popular in Europe in the 50’s and 60’s for their unique talent. As actresses (appearing in 1963 film “Sodom and Gomorrah” here in the US) and in the same year being on the cover of Life Magazine, they were also known for their singing and dancing techniques and having true appeal. Their work is very much appreciated even today in popular music and media.

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Oct 30, 2011