Update! Did you miss yesterday’s live broad- & web- ‘cast? You can tune into an archival recording of the interview-special by listening to the January 18th stream by CLICKING HERE (now through the morning of February 1st).
On Friday, February 20th, 2015, “The Freak Power Ticket”’s producer / host Ted Coe sat down with the eclectic frontman Boots Riley of Street Sweeper Social Club and The Coup, the Oakland-based funk / hip-hop group which performed that evening at the UCSB MultiCultural Center Theater.
With roots in anti-racist activism, labor organizing, and the Occupy movement, Riley has brought a compelling lyrical urgency to The Coup’s 20-year+ career. Part one of this interview aired last June 8th, and an edited podcast of that program can be streamed (or downloaded) by CLICKING HERE.
Part two of this conversation will air later this morning on “The Freak Power Ticket” (Monday, January 18th). It focuses on: the influential song “Me and Jesus the Pimp in a ’79 Granada Last Night” and the making of its music video with method-actor Roger Guenveur Smith (Do the Right Thing); Riley’s cinematic background and in-production debut feature, Sorry to Bother You; his political inspirations and history; and the original album cover of the late-2001 LP Party Music, which was set to feature band members Riley and Pam the Funkstress detonating the World Trade Center with musical gear.
Haymarket Books just last summer published the paperback edition of Boots Riley’s book, Tell Homeland Security — We Are the Bomb, a collection of lyrics, writings, commentary, backstories, photos, and more.
Stay tuned for revolutionary ideas and a selection of incendiary music Monday, as “The Freak Power Ticket” airs from 11am-12noon PST!