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Screaming Females enlists Sammus and Moor Mother for “End of My Bloodline” remix

Screaming Females | photo by Rachel Barrish for WXPN | Sammus | photo by John Vettese for WXPN | Moor Mother | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Screaming Females | photo by Rachel Barrish for WXPN | Sammus | photo by John Vettese for WXPN | Moor Mother | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

It hasn’t been long since Screaming Females released their new record, All At Once, and it’s been an even shorter time since they tore up Union Transfer in support of it. Still, if you’ve been longing for more Screamales in your life lately, then the band’s latest news should do the trick. Thanks to a collaboration with Philly experimental artist Moor Mother and rapper Sammus — both labelmates on Don Giovanni Records — one of the tracks off All At Once now has a totally different sound. Continue reading →

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Moor Mother and DJ Haram are 700 Bliss

Image via Bandcamp

Philly favs Moor Mother and DJ Haram have teamed up to create the duo 700 Bliss, and recently put out a fresh and powerful five-track EP called Spa 700. DJ Haram’s spacey, innovative beats provide a trance like experience to get the listener prepared to receive Moor Mother’s passionate lyrics and intense delivery. You can pregame to this, mosh to this, start a revolution to this. Right on time for Black History Month and Women’s History Month. Check out the dope EP down below. Continue reading →

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The Skeleton Key: Moor Mother exhibition, Bowerbird series, Two Piece Fest XI, and more new music than you can shake a greased pole at.

Slutever plays Two Piece Fest in 2013 | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com

While the post-Superbowl riot might be the DIY event of the season, there’s a lot more going on this month than just a bunch of greased poles on Broad Street

Hi! Welcome to the second edition of The Skeleton Key, your friendly neighborhood gossip column just fighting the good fight against mediocrity and boredom. While we might (still) be in the middle of winter, warm weather –  and with it, touring season –  is on the horizon. I promise!

There was no better reminder of that than the recent announcement by R5 that Lighting Bolt and Moor Mother would be playing the First Unitarian Church at the end of March. While Lighting Bolt could sell out the Church all on their own, the fact that the good people at R5 are having Moor Mother open makes for a truly amazing and electric night. Which is to say: I really hope you got tickets because it sold out almost immediately. Continue reading →

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Moor Mother and Mental Jewelry storm the city, seething with rage, in the “Streets Dept” video

Moor Mother and Mental Jewelry | still from video

Released last year on Jersey indie label Don Giovanni Records, Crime Waves is a collaboration between two Philadelphia experimental soundscapers, Camae Ayewa and Steve Montenegro, aka Moor Mother and Mental Jewelry. The record explores themes of systematic violence and racism through harsh noise, aggressive beats, and Moor Mother’s powerful poetry. Continue reading →

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Moor Mother collaboration Irreversible Entanglements speaks truth to power

Moor Mother | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Moor Mother | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Irreversible Entanglements isn’t only a supergroup collaboration of some of today’s best contemporary jazz artists, it also provides important commentary through its powerful and compelling narrative. The liberation-oriented free jazz group formed in 2015 and just released their first, self-titled collection of tracks; Irreversible Entanglements is available on Bandcamp. It will become available in LP and CD formats on Dec. 1 from an International Anthem and Don Giovanni partnership. Continue reading →

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Moor Mother previews new record of poetry and soundscape with “This Week”

Moor Mother | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Moor Mother | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

The Motionless Present is a forthcoming collection of poetry set to acerbic soundscapes from local artist and activist Moor Mother. Scheduled for a March release ahead of her appearance at Berlin’s CTM Festival, the album follows last year’s breakthrough Fetish Bones. Previewing her new work, Moor Mother’s Camae Ayewa has shared a collaborative track with NYC producer Geng called “This Week.”

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