Tuesday, November 24, 2015


We select the 10 most essential vinyl releases of the last 7 days.

This week hit play on Super Mama Djombo, Guinea-Bissau’s finest roots orchestra, tuck into an 18-track survey of a magnificent ’70s gospel label and rewind the clocks to 1998 for Jack White’s rip-roaring sonic party.

On the new music front, Anglo-Mauritian beat-maker Mo Kolours drops his second LP, stitching rhythms and influences from across the world into one patchwork whole. Meanwhile two of Atlanta’s finest garage bands battle it out on 7″; an early Jam City sci-fi score arrives on 10″; and we refresh the DJ bag with new 12″s by DJ Sprinkles, Sombrero Galaxy and Not Waving.

Scroll down for our definitive across-the-board rundown of the week’s new vinyl releases as selected by The Vinyl Factory’s Chris Summers, Patrick Ryder and James Hammond. 5 singles and 5 LP’s every 7 days that are unmissable additions to any collection.


Simon Fisher Turner/ DJ Sprinkles


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The first side on this 12” is a sublime cut from Simon Fisher Turner’s atmospheric score for John Noel’s 1924 film Epic of Everest, with the flipside being one of those rare instances when a remix of the source material sounds as compelling and vital. Comatonse head honcho DJ Sprinkles, has made his deep house or “Deeperama’ treated cover of Shisapangma a favorite of his recent live sets, so it’s only right that it sees the light of day here alongside the original for a release that is indeed all killer no filler.

Not Waving
Get Serious


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Alessio Natalizia returns as Not Waving for a punchy new 12” on Diagonal. Don’t let the packaging fool you – slipped into a candy-striped paper bag, ‘Get Serious’ has DIY EBM fingerprints all over it, the rattling, paranoiac drums pursued all the way by a predatory synth line of venomous proportions. Exclusively available on 300 slabs of black wax and housed in a screen-printed sleeve, don’t sleep on this.

Sombrero Galaxy
The Edge Of Space / Planetary Dance

(Second Circle)

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Once again the gods of the external hard drive have smiled upon us mere mortals, rescuing these two unreleased tracks from digital abyss and delivering them to us on pristine black wax. Originally recorded in London back in 2012, this follow up to Jonny Nash and Tako Reyenga’s divine ESP Institute debut was missing believed wiped until it resurfaced earlier this year sounding as fresh as ever. Hardware fully armed, the duo deliver a pair of glistening cosmic house bombs alive with exotic melodies, psychedelic synths and laser fuelled bass, making a late charge for the ‘best of the year’ lists.

Black Lips / The Coathangers
Freedom Fries / Watch Your BAck

(Suicide Squeeze)

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This split has been on the cards for a long time and now it’s finally here… and just as good as you would hope it would be. Two of Atlanta’s finest garage bands do battle with both coming out as victors. Black Lips ‘Freedom Fries’ is like Big Star going punk while The Coathangers prove how effective their stripped back sound is with the wonderful ‘Watch Your Back’. Limited half mustard / half wasabi 7″ vinyl.

Jack Latham (Jam City) / Daniel Swan
Lux Laze


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Spearheaded by Phonica’s Alex Egan, new London-based label Utter debuts with an ice-cold score by Jack Latham, turned in shortly after early Jam City Singles. Combative synths cut through cinematic percussion and eviscerated space across five vignettes – a brief but magnetic trip through dystopia. Originally self-released by the director-producer Daniel Swan on VHS and accompanying cassette in 2010, this deluxe reissue arrives on 10” vinyl complete with a poster and film download link.


Super Mama Djombo
Super Mama Djombo

(New Dawn)

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New Dawn records open their account with this gorgeous collection of six previously unreleased tracks from Guinee-Bissau’s most important musical force. Formed in the mid sixties at a Boy Scout camp, the Super Mama Djombo orchestra went on to capture the imagination and hearts of their war torn country throughout the seventies, eventually ending up at a recording studio in Lisbon in 1980. The subsequent session provided the material for a trio of albums in 1980 as well as the six songs on show here. Percussive, energetic and packed to the brim with melody, the sublime sounds on this record transport you to a distant land and another time.

Soledad Brothers
Master Supertone

(Cass Brothers)


Very first time on vinyl for this classic selection from the mighty Soledad Brothers. Recorded back in 1998 by none other than Jack White it was only released as a cassette in an edition of 20! Now some 17 years later we all get the chance to hear this rip-roaring sonic party (featuring Mr White on keys) where we get blistering covers of Ike Turner and Hound Dog Taylor among others. Detroit all the way.

Mo Kolours
Texture Like Sun

(One-Handed Music)

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A voracious, intercontinental restlessness sits at the heart of Mo Kolours’ second long-player. While the Anglo-Mauritian beat-maker continues to hone the fine art of stitching and weaving rhythms and influences from across the world into one patchwork whole, there’s a more experimental energy to Texture Like Sun, which takes the concept of loops as its inspiration. Nineteen tracks are layered in a complex play between African, West-Indian rhythms, soul hooks and hip hop swagger that make for a unique and complete listen. One to get lost in, listen out for the dream-like cover of The Stranglers’ ‘Golden Brown’ to bring you back down to Earth.

Harry Pussy

(Superior Viaduct)

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This is one to truly dirty your palette – the 1993 eponymous debut from Bill Orcutt and Adris Hoyos’ confrontational, irreverent and singular take on what a rock and roll band could be. The seemingly shambolic numbers that make up this LP, follow their own structural logic, adhering to Hoyos feral take on drumming and performance, and Bill Orcutts’s singular take on blues guitar. If you’re a fan of Orcutt’s recent purple patch of guitar LPs or just good old-fashioned middle finger rock music you need to hear this.

Various Artists
Christians Catch Hell: Gospel Roots, 1976-79

(Honest Jon’s)

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Teased last week with Camille Doughty’s glorious cover of ‘Elijah Rock’ on 7″, Christians Catch Hell: Gospel Roots 1976-79 lands this week. The first in a new series of gospel-themed retrospectives on Honest Jon’s, this one’s a dazzling survey of the Gospel Roots label – an offshoot of Miami’s T.K. Records. 18 soul-burners plucked from the archive and remastered at Abbey Road, magnificently presented with a 12”-square, sixteen-page booklet of photos, original artwork and proper notes.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Manuel Göttsching to reissue seminal E2-E4 LP

The krautrock pioneer marks the record’s 35th anniversary.

Manuel Göttsching will reissue his seminal E2-E4 via his MG.ART imprint in a variety of formats. The reissue commemorates the record’s 35th anniversary; previously, it was re-released on its 25th and 30th anniversaries.

The CD and 180g vinyl version will come with an eight-page booklet and pictures, and a limited CD/DVD package includes a recording of Göttsching’s 2006 performance ofE2-E4 at Japan’s Metamorphose Open-Air Festival.

MG.ART will release E2-E4 on January 26th, along with reissues of Die Mulde, Live At Mount Fuji and Inventions For Electric Guitar and LPs by Ash Ra Tempel and Ashra.

The Comsat Angels’ Albums Get Deluxe Edition Treatment

The Edsel reissues are available from Friday November 20th - and I found out today that along with the 2 disc CD versions - the 5 albums are also being issued tomorrow on 180 gram heavyweight black vinyl (the original album tracks make up the vinyl versions). 

Links to the CD and vinyl versions on Amazon and HERE.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Mogwai guitarist John Cummings leaves band

Guitarist John Cummings has left Mogwai.

Cummings had been with the band for the best part of two decades, first appearing on their 1997 debut album Mogwai Young Team. A statement on Mogwai’s website explains that Cummings has left to focus on his own musical projects and the band will continue as a four-piece.

This year the band celebrated 20 years in action with the Central Belters compilation and a series of anniversary gigs – check out FACT’s photos from the show at London’s Roundhouse. They’re currently recording a new album at their own Castle of Doom Studios in Glasgow.

Read the band’s statement below and hear Cummings sing on ‘Boring Machines Disturbs Sleep’ from 2003’s Happy Songs for Happy People.

“We are sad to announce that John Cummings has decided to leave Mogwai to pursue his own musical projects.

“We will continue as a four piece of Dominic Aitchison, Stuart Braithwaite, Martin Bulloch and Barry Burns and shall be joined on our upcoming live shows by Scott Paterson and Luke Sutherland.

Rough Trade Shops list their Top 100 LPs of 2015

It's that time of year again when folks start publishing their End of Year Best-Of lists. Almost always first out of the gates is UK-based Rough Trade Shops who dropped their 100 Best Albums of 2015 list today. Coming in at #1 was Bjork's devastatingly personal Vulnicura. And here's their Top 20:
1) Bjork - Vulnicura
2) Father John Misty - I Love You Honeybear
3) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit
4) Ezra Furman - Perpetual Motion People
5) Max Richter - From Sleep
6) Wolf Alice - My Love is Cool
7) Kamasi Washington - The Epic
8) Royal Headache - High
9) Romare - Projections
10) Jamie XX - In Colour
11) John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
12) Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell
13) Tame Impala - Currents
14) Nadine Shah - Fast Food
15) Wand - Golem
16) Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
17) Django Django - Born Under Saturn
18) Tobias Jesso Jr - Goon
19) Georgia - S/T
20) Palma Violets - Danger in the Club
You can check out Rough Trade Shops full Top 100 Albums of 2015 list here.

Rumor: GUNS N' ROSES Reunion Won't Be All Original Members

Speculation reached a fever pitch last week that GUNS N' ROSES was close to announcing a reunion tour, but now a report has emerged indicating that the band lineup for the trek may not be exactly what fans had in mind. According to The Pulse Of Radio, the tour will feature founding members Axl Rose on vocals, Slash on lead guitar and Duff McKagan on bass — but that's all for the original roster.

Instead of also seeing original guitarist Izzy Stradlin and drummer Steven Adler — or even "Use Your Illusion"-era drummer Matt Sorum — fans may instead get current guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank Ferrer joining the big three, as well as longtime keyboard player Dizzy Reed.

A report from Dish Nation claimed last week that a reunion tour was "close to being revealed," with the band allegedly headlining several major festivals in Europe and the U.S. before embarking on a worldwide tour to mark its 30th anniversary.

Rumors about a reunion have been heating up ever since the summer, when Slash revealed that he and Rose had repaired their relationship after nearly 20 years of estrangement.

Several members have recently left the current lineup of GUNS N' ROSES, which features Rose as the sole original member. The band has not performed live since last year, but its Twitter account has posted several cryptic messages lately, furthering talk of a reunion.

Other celebrities and musicians with direct or indirect ties to the GUNS camp have also hinted that an announcement is imminent.

A Tribe Called Quest didn't reunite at Santos!

A Tribe Called Quest reissued their 1990 debut People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm for its 25th anniversary last week (it got a 10 on Pitchfork) and they held two celebrations for that over the weekend. First, they reunited on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon like they said they would.

Then the next night was their release party at Santos in Manhattan. It was billed as having DJ sets by Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad with appearances by Phife and Jarobi, which got people wondering if they'd perform together there too, but no such luck. It was packed and looked like a total party though.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

A Tribe Called Quest Reunites On "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon"

Watch A Tribe Called Quest reunite on the Jimmy Fallon stage for the first time in over 15 years and perform "Can I Kick It?"

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of their debut album People's Instinctive Travels And The Paths Of Rhythm, A Tribe Called Quest are re-releasing a mastered, commemorative issue of the album featuring remixes from J. Cole, Pharrell, and Cee-Lo Green, which is now available on Amazon.

To promote the re-issue, the legendary crew decided to re-unite on stage and make their first tv appearance in over 15 years on Jimmy Fallon Friday night. Backed by the Roots, Q-Tip, Phife, Ali, and Jarobi went ahead and performed their record "Can I Kick It?" for an excited crowd. This is amazing on so many levels.

Watch the performance above.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Peter Gabriel Double LP Reissues Released

The new double LP versions of Peter’s first four solo albums, plus his two German language albums are released in most countries.

All the albums have been Half-Speed Remastered and cut to lacquers at 45RPM, across two heavyweight 180g LPs to deliver maximum dynamic sound range. They come in gatefold sleeves, utilising imagery from the initial first LP pressings, sourced and re-scanned from original artwork.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

RIP "Fast" Eddie Hoh, drummer of the 60's

Eddie Hoh made his name in the music industry in the 1960s as a noted studio session drummer. Born in Forest Park, Illinois on October 16, 1944, Eddie got his start playing on the Los Angeles club circuit in 1964. He eventually joined forces with the Modern Folk Quartet in 1965, a group that included future Monkees producer Chip Douglas and legendary rock/Monkees photographer Henry Diltz. During this period, Eddie participated in the recording of "This Could Be the Night," written by Harry Nilsson and Phil Spector (and produced by Spector).

By 1966, Eddie was drumming on albums for such artists like Donovan, and by the Summer of Love, Eddie was part of the touring group for The Mamas and The Papas, appearing live onstage with the band at the Monterey Pop Festival. He began working with The Monkees as their studio drummer in the summer of 1967 after Micky Dolenz decided he was no longer going to sit behind the kit after recording the group's third LP, Headquarters.

Eddie can be heard on most of The Monkees' fourth album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. (except on "Hard to Believe" which features Kim Capli on drums, and "Cuddly Toy," which features Micky). The album's single, "Pleasant Valley Sunday," is a highlight of Eddie's recorded work with The Monkees, along with being one of the group's most recognized songs.
It's also believed that Micky and Eddie share drumming duties on a Pisces standout, "The Door Into Summer."
Most likely because of his previous friendship with Chip Douglas, Eddie quickly became immersed in the studio with The Monkees, playing on "Daydream Believer," "Goin' Down," "Zor and Zam," the studio take of "Circle Sky," and the extended drum-heavy ending of "Star Collector."
In 1968, Eddie performed on one of the seminal rock albums of the late '60s, Super Session, a collaboration between Al Kooper, Mike Bloomfield, and Stephen Stills. It produced the underground classic, "Season of the Witch," written (and originally recorded by) Donovan. Eddie was the drummer on both versions of the song.
Eddie continued to participate in Monkees recording sessions through 1969, drumming on tracks like "Oklahoma Backroom Dancer," "While I Cry," "Auntie's Municipal Court," and "Writing Wrongs."

And check out this alternate mix of "Tapioca Tundra" where Eddie lives up to his nickname:
After working with various other recording artists throughout the late 1960s, Eddie apparently stopped recording and performing. Chip Douglas, in a 2015 interview with this website, did confirm that Eddie played drums on the 1976 Monkees Christmas single, "Christmas Is My Time of Year." But a 2006 biography in Great Rock Drummers of the Sixties noted that he "reportedly has been out of the music business for some time, down on his luck." A Facebook page dedicated to Eddie was created earlier this year, and members of the Steve Hoffman Music Forums have been discussing his work for quite a while now.

Eddie Hoh passed away on November 7, 2015. He was 71.  (courtesy of www.monkeesconcerts.com)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Jenny Lee at Baby's All Right, November 4th

Warpaint's Jenny Lee Lindberg announced last month that she's releasing her solo album, right on! as jennylee, which is coming out on December 11 via Rough Trade. She accompanied the announcement with a trailer featuring three clips of the videos from her album's tracks, "never," "boom boom," and "he fresh." The video for single "never" is available to watch now. Lindberg co-directed it with Mia Kirby and features some in-studio live performance footage as well as her dancing around at home. The track itself is reminiscent of English '80s new wave, and a bit heavier than Warpaint's sound yet should still appeal to fans.

Jenny Lee is currently on tour and will be stopping by NY's Baby's All Right on November 11 with Young Magic. Tickets for that show are still available.

In other Warpaint news, Theresa Wayman is working on a new solo album that will be produced by Dan Carey, who previously produced albums for Bat for Lashes, Hot Chip, Kate Tempest, and more. Wayman is also releasing a 7" with BOSS, her new band comprised of Guro Gikling of All We Are and Sarah Jones of Hot Chip/NZCA Lines , featuring tracks "I'm Down With That" and "Mr. Dan's I'm Dub With That." The single will be released on November 27 via Speedy Wunderground.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

RZA funds chess program for at-risk youth in St. Louis

From “Da Mystery of Chessboxin‘” to that 2012 Liquid Swords special edition chess set bundle, it’s not hard to figure out that RZA has an affinity for knights, rooks and bishops. The Wu-Tang Clan admiral has been playing chess, sometimes quite competitively, for many years, and now he’s found a way to use the check-boarded game as a means of giving back. Earlier this week, RZA made a sizable donation to the Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF), one which allowed it to establish a program that will help teach the game to juvenile hall inmates. The MC is also serving as a board member for the non-profit, which will work to bring “Chess and Life Strategies” to The Lou’s at-risk youth.

Speaking in early October to more than 400 high school students across the St. Louis area–many of whom reside in Ferguson–RZA took time out to play chess with some of the area’s incarcerated youth before making a donation directly to HHCF founder Adisa Banjoko. ““That night RZA handed me a check and asked me to put together a program to help the youth of St. Louis.” Banjoko said in a press release. “I promised him I would make it happen.”

“Y’all are in here for not controlling your energy, yo,” RZA told told those gathered at the juvenile hall. “You are here now for not being analytical about the results of the actions you have taken. I’m the last one to talk in some sense. I’ve been through the same system…Me and my brother got our first gun, when I was 11 or 12…Riding NY city busses looking for what they call, a ’vic.’” Stressing that immersing himself in literature and chess offered a route to self-reflection and better decision-making, the MC expounded on the benefits of practicing the centuries-old strategy game:

“It’s a game of chess in one sense, but in another it’s a study of life. We in the Hip-Hop Chess Federation are striving to bring awareness to American’s, to Black youth, but to the whole of American youth… That chess study, along with martial arts, along with music- is the best way to help develop your mind and body and protect you from pitfalls in life that will surely come at you.”

Oogee Wawa and the age of modern medicine in music...

There have been few bands to mix multiple music genres over the past 20 years successfully. This was a ‘thing’ in the 1970’s after the breakout of The Beatles’ drug explorations of 1967. It is argued today that The Beatles may not have been the most original band, copying and inserting influences into their music to call their own, but The Beatles were the most famous band of their time so they were the ones to show the world new movements in pop rock culture. The 70’s brought on bands like Led Zeppelin or Yes, bands that could actually play blues and jazz to a progressive extent, thus forming the genre: progressive rock. 

By today’s standards, labels are not so important and the younger generation of musicians can play many styles more instinctively. Over the years, we’ve had bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction and Radiohead, bands that fuse different styles with ease commercially. The commercial part is the tricky part. How does one self indulge in whatever they want to do when it’s against the public norm and sell tickets to see it? Few bands try... some succeed, some don’t.

Oogee Wawa come from Long Island, New York, a place where everyone’s trying to ‘make it’ at what they want to do. Long Island has reggae bands, funk bands, jazz, rock, hip hop, blues, folk and any other kind of approach you can think of. Oogee Wawa (sounds like a Frank Zappa album title, no?) are mixing all of this into their trademark sound and drawing huge crowds to boot. They are exceptional musicians with ambitious hearts in a growing music scene where everyone’s competing for attention and the better gig. But they seem more focused on having a great time and making feel good tracks more than fame and fortune. Nevertheless, the grab bag of fame and fortune seem to be heading their way. This is how most great bands move ahead, by doing what they do and not trying to copy someone else for superficial purposes. 

When listening to their songs, I feel uplifted, like everything’s gonna work out and there’s no reason to stress about things. I get this feeling when I listen to Bob Marley. It works like an herbal supplement for depression. Their music is more than catchy pop tunes with a funky beat. It has a flow to get you through the day and each song has a simple clear message for the listener like “Go Your Way” and “Feelin Alive Today”. This was the essence of reggae pioneers- The Wailers. Poetry for the every man and grooves that put a smile on your face.

Not only have Oogee Wawa tapped into something the majority of New Yorkers seem to like, they are hard working players, performing every week and pumping out new material faster than anyone else as far as I can see. They won first place at the Indie Music Fest in Las Vegas, NV and racked up an impressive amount of shows, over 100 in a year, making them incredibly prolific to say the least. They headlined Long Island’s premiere venue The Paramount and continue to draw big crowds wherever they play. 

I love the fact that they combine such eccentric tastes from Eminem to The Beach Boys over beats Lee “Scratch” Perry would flip over. No one else is doing something so fresh and new, it gives a music journalist like myself a rush to the head when I listen. The band has also shared the stage with their predecessors like Slightly Stoopid and Sublime, but I gotta say, I think Oogee Wawa are better! Their jams are even more alive and thousands of people are reacting that way. It’s a party on stage and you’re all invited!

You can experience the Oogee Wawa sensation for yourself by checking their website for tour dates at a venue near you.

Remember what Bob Marley said: “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” There’s nothing truer in life and Oogee Wawa epitomize the talent to do so.

Monday, November 2, 2015

A Tribe Called Quest reissuing their debut; all four members set to appear at NYC release party

A Tribe Called Quest's influential debut People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm turned 25 this year, and in honor of that anniversary they're reissuing it on November 13. It's fully remastered and also includes remixes by Cee-Lo, Pharrell and J. Cole. Cee-Lo takes on "Footprints" and Pharrell takes on "Bonita Applebum," both of which you can listen to below. The J. Cole remix ("Can I Kick It?") isn't out yet.

Tribe will celebrate the reissue with a release party in NYC on November 14 at Santos Party House. The party will have DJ sets from Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and appearances by Phife and Jarobi are promised. That means the whole group (who said they're done playing together) is set to be in the house. Tickets are on sale now.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

'Is Quentin Tarantino the new Bill Cosby?' The Media Mob and the new court of law.

Famed director Quentin Tarantino is once again, in the middle of a media witch hunt over his controversial stance in a recent protest against police brutality. He is no amateur to backlash and boycotts as he was boycotted by African American leaders for “Django Unchained” and Jewish leaders for “Inglourious Basterds”. His films prevailed with astounding success regardless and he never apologized for anything he’s blathered about before. Who knows what else this guy has said or done to piss others off in the past? But his latest drama involves a police boycott against his newest movie: “The Hateful 8”.

First off, let’s settle some facts. This was not a ‘kill cops’ or ‘all cops are murderers’ protest. It was held for specific families of slain victims of police brutality. He was booked in advance to speak and unfortunately for him, an innocent cop was murdered days before. He spoke about that briefly before the boycott, stating that the families were flown out to tell their stories and that the cop who was killed “was a tragedy, too”. But the media isn’t pushing that quote, nor are they exactly quoting anything he said within context. They’re stating he called all cops murderers, a bit of an exaggeration and totally out of context with the protest. Another fact to mention, is 100 or more celebrities have participated in police brutality marches without being boycotted, Spike Lee and Talib Kweli to name a couple. 

Tarantino is under fire, not only by cops around the country, but by head studio exec Harvey Weinstein who stands to make/lose a ton of money depending on how this plays out. Weinstein is furious with him and demands an apology to the public. Tarantino has remained silent since and has not even shown his face publicly on gotcha sites like TMZ or to accept an award for best ensemble at the Hollywood Film awards last Sunday. 

His estranged father, who left him before the age of 3, only to stalk him down to some coffee shop Tarantino is known to go to in California, tried to reconcile after the mega success of Pulp Fiction. (Shadey, huh?) Tarantino has said to have told him to fuck off forever and refuses to let him back in his life, and why would he? Any one with dignity would take that as a slap in the face and a false reconciliation due to his overwhelming success artistically and financially. Well, his douche bag father- Tony Tarantino finally found a reason to attack his son, stepping out to the media to condemn him about his words and actions angering cops nationwide. (what a douchebag!)

Even with Tarantino’s history for backing away from any sort of apology in the past, he’s in a somewhat critical situation with the police. And we don’t even know if he hates all cops and I’m willing to bet he doesn’t. (You can protest against police brutality and not hate all cops.. Jeez) But the police force is thin skinned as ever these days and they’re not gonna take it! I suspect a lot of this has to do with the media spreading lies and painting around the actual facts of the scenario, and I also happen to think most cops probably love his movies and feel betrayed! 

Let’s not forget, whenever someone participates in a protest, people are going to take sides. The facts get thrown out the window and minds are made up in a matter of seconds. We live in a soundbite nation full of short tempered, short attention span people. No one takes the time to think or find out the truth about anything anymore.

Some questions arise- Why is Tarantino the only celebrity to get boycotted for having an opinion about police injustice we see in the news everyday, all day? Was he the only white celebrity to take part in this kind of protest? Is that the reason!? Why do the cops not even bother with Spike Lee or anyone else involved in this? (by the way www.riseupoctober.org is the website)

Let’s skip ahead to some possible solutions. What can or should Tarantino do now? He stands to lose a lot of money and academy awards over this but certainly doesn’t have to apologize and knows he will still do well at the box office. This guy is a genius, legendary filmmaker who hasn’t had a bomb in his whole career. My guess, is he will pop out closer to the film’s release and talk about his side of this in a public interview, hopefully clarifying some things and ending this boycott. But once the finger’s pointed by so many, can he even stop that now? Comedian Bill Cosby chose to keep silent in the press about his denial of rape accusations, thinking it would blow over eventually, but that has not worked out well for him at all! Knowing Tarantino to be a loud mouth overly passionate speaker, it would be unlike him to go into hiding during the film’s release.

This is a messed up situation started by a knee jerk reaction by the police force. For all we know, Tarantino has a lot more to say about cops than he has, or he is trying to pick the best path to defend himself when he does speak out about this. We shall see...  But I’ll be very disappointed if he apologizes for something he believes in, however bad the timing was to an innocent cop being murdered and it may also diminish how fans feel about him if he does offer a complete apology. Would it even be sincere, or would it be to appease the wrath of the Weinstein Hollywood militia? 

This is another example of a media witch hunt (started by Fox News by the way) where it feels it can deem someone guilty above a court of law. Public opinion has risen above and trending social media sites have taken the place of the courts in this day and age. I don’t think any of this was on Tarantino’s mind at the time of the event and now he is the newest victim of strength in numbers accountability.

I’d like to see Tarantino move on and take his chances with whatever happens like he’s done in the past. I’d respect that. But I have a gut feeling emperor Weinstein could be influential enough to push him out of reclusiveness into the spotlight to discuss what’s happening. And I also believe Tarantino is so intelligent, he can use his wits to maneuver this to be in his favor and even better, bridging a better relationship among the police and African Americans that feel they are constantly victimized.

Come out, come out wherever you are Quentin. Don’t go down the road Bill Cosby has chosen. We all see how that played out.