Interviews

Blerds of a Feather – Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance Engages Community

In June, Ghettoblaster Magazine talked to Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance’s founder, Aiesha Little.  MBSFA is an online (and IRL) community aimed at supporting the efforts of African-American speculative fiction creators (writers, comic illustrators, musicians, authors and filmmakers) of all genres. Recently, MBSFA hosted their 2nd Annual Black Comix Day as a way to showcase homegrown visual artists from the Greater Cincinnati … Continue reading Blerds of a Feather – Midwest Black Speculative Fiction Alliance Engages Community

Sadistik Talks About His Salo Sessions

No Photos, Please. That’s the idea I get from this photo of Cody Foster here, better known as Sadistik, the rapper that originally hails from the northwest.  It seems apropos because what I get from the Seattle rapper isn’t the sense of narcissism but an idea that he wants to let the music he’s making speak for itself. He has quietly … Continue reading Sadistik Talks About His Salo Sessions

Storytellers; An interview with Joshua Powell & The Great Train Robbery

Indianapolis, Indiana, folk collective Joshua Powell & The Great Train Robbery recently delivered Alyosha, a psychedelically-tinged, avant-folk record based on a character from Russian novelist Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov. The literature obsessed band and are set to perform the songs during a January run that brings them to Dayton twice in a month. Ghettoblaster recently caught up with Powell to … Continue reading Storytellers; An interview with Joshua Powell & The Great Train Robbery

Black Bottom Lighters, Smoke ‘em if you got em…

Black Bottom Lighters, Smoke ‘em if you got em…. Club Red, Phoenix, AZ – Find like-minded musicians to play shows with. Check. Play locally and OFTEN. Check. Record music. Check. Release music on your own, selling at shows. Check. Tour. Check. Build a strong following. Check. Over 19,000 fans just can’t be wrong. Since the group’s inception back in 2010 … Continue reading Black Bottom Lighters, Smoke ‘em if you got em…

HAIL MARY MALLON – IT’S PRONOUNCED, “BEAST-IARY.”

HAIL MARY MALLON – IT’S PRONOUNCED, “BEAST-IARY.” Phoenix, AZ – Rolling through town were Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic, who both record as the unit Hail Mary Mallon. Following their careers throughout the better part of 12 years I’ve seen the change, the growth in both artists. Rob Sonic early in his musical life Sonic Sum, the group he fronted … Continue reading HAIL MARY MALLON – IT’S PRONOUNCED, “BEAST-IARY.”

DOOMTREE: ALL HANDS ON DECK

Phoenix, AZ – Earlier this year the collective of rappers known as Doomtree released the group’s latest opus All Hands. Now on its 2015 tour in support of the album, the troupe passed through Mesa hitting Club Red for a show stopping performance. After their sound check and before hitting the stage, we caught up with P.O.S., Sims, and Cecil … Continue reading DOOMTREE: ALL HANDS ON DECK

From The Horse’s Mouth: David Jacober of Dope Body

A few weeks back I received a video link for a band out of Baltimore named Dope Body. The video for the first single “Repo Man”, off of their new album Lifer, gave me chills. Not the kind of chills you get when you’re cold or in a sticky predicament, but the type of chills you get when you feel … Continue reading From The Horse’s Mouth: David Jacober of Dope Body

Undead Labs’ Sanya Weathers

Sanya Weathers, Director of Community at Undead Labs, spoke with Ghettoblaster for the gaming feature in our last issue. As is often the case, the interview had to be edited down because of space restrictions. However, Sanya and I had such a great conversation covering so many interesting aspects of her interactions with the State of Decay community that I … Continue reading Undead Labs’ Sanya Weathers

Feature: Preservation

I’m just a passenger in this thing called hip hop. Every now and then I’ll come across something new that’s coming from way-way back. I remember first hearing about Preservation (aka Jun) through the group Sonic Sum from the late 90’s. He’s a renaissance man and I could relate to that being from the same era. Time would pass and after … Continue reading Feature: Preservation

Feature: Poni Silver of The Ettes

Nowadays you may come across of a lot of female rock drummers, but you might find it rare to come across a Dominican female rock drummer. What’s the difference? Well, on the surface not much, culturally you might find a divide from generation to generation so for a Dominican girl from Queens (who grew up listening to hip-hop) playing drums … Continue reading Feature: Poni Silver of The Ettes