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"Hunt & Gather" by Grey Sky Appeal from loroto on Vimeo.
warms my winter soul when anything that's worthwhile in rap catches
some buzz in its sail. So I'm ecstatic that the Allston-spawned Grey
Sky Appeal is getting wet and sloppy love from hip-hop fans and
hipster dweebs everywhere, and that they're taking extra steps to
match their sound with avant-garde videos.
noon start time there are hardly more than 100 folks milling around
Duarte Square, an obscure triangular slice of real estate on the
northwest corner of Canal Street and Sixth Avenue in Manhattan. It's
a certifiable Occupy event, complete with street theater, balloon
metaphors, and an impromptu curbside teach-in on the evolution of the
American police state.
my favorite sources for both information and entertainment have
blessed us this week with multimedia assaults concerning the Occupy
movement at large. One is the activist gang at Strange Famous
Records, which assembled the progressive rap dream team of Sage
Francis, B. Dolan, Toki Wright, Jasiri X, and Buddy Peace for an
important public service announcement: “Film The Police.
After more hours than I care to count I finally went to warm up in a
press crash spot at around four in the morning. When I got back to Dewey
Square fifteen minutes later, a female member of the media team had
been assaulted by a never-seen-before stranger in a dark suit. It was an
extraordinarily strange occurrence by all accounts.
it's rather fitting that Dewey Square looks like a trampled
battlefield today, with just a few dozen tents left among the planks,
cardboard, packed boxes, and rubble. While the park-wide clean-up and
vacate effort kicked off with a bang yesterday – allowing most
Occupy Boston campers and working groups to safely store valuables –
by this afternoon it had slowed to a crawl.
mob scene at Occupy Boston tonight. A peaceful mob scene. The terrain
is mostly muddy, with remnants of more than two months of revolution
scattered over Dewey Square. The signs are packed up. So are most of
the larger working group tents, including the enduring food
operation, which now consists of just a table with some meager
are clearing tools out of the logistics and media hubs, unplugging
chords and carting off their operations. The canopy of blue and green
tarps atop Dewey Square is being dismantled, revealing bright tents
that haven't seen sunlight in months. A bucket of butternut squash
gets loaded into a van.
As just reported by David S. Bernstein: "Suffolk
Superior Court Judge Frances McIntyre ruled against Occupy Boston this
afternoon, declining to issue an injunction and lifting the temporary
restraining order that has barred the City of Boston from evicting the
campers from Dewey Square." We dug through the 25-page ruling, and identified some eyebrow-raisers.
All Photos By Aaron Spagnolo . . . More Pics Here
up early last Friday in Chicago, where I was covering that city's
Occupiers and their push to move into a rented space. It was an
exciting week, as the night before there'd been a heated general
assembly, as well as news that Mayor Rahm Emanuel had possibly
cancelled an event because of threats that students affiliated with the movement might protest.
If there's one thing I learned about the nation-trotting Occupy troll
Paul Carnes (a/k/a Paul Fetch) in profiling him last month, it's that
he's relentless. There's no limit to his schemes, and he seemingly
has no shame (we'll get there in a second, but Carnes is now suing
four individuals aligned with the movement for reasons you'd never