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Five Week Streaming Series Goes Behind the Scenes with Mourning [A] BLKstar
Posted on October 1st, 2020

CLEVELAND— Announcing a five episode live music docu-series that illuminates the story of the eight artists, musicians, and writers who formed the music collective Mourning [A] BLKstar. Mourning [A] BLKstar is partnering with a new streaming platform called blk//blur and ORTVI, a global art streaming platform that seeks to interrupt traditional models of distribution by redirecting funds directly to artists and curators for their work. blk//blur will launch with the premiere of the Afro-futurist collective Mourning [A] BLKstar’s latest project, The Mourning [A] BLKstar Residencies, which follows the story of the collective as they prepare their sixth studio album.

Tickets and more information about the live stream can be found at www.blkblur.art

Each 50 minute episode will be released weekly over a five week period on the blk//blur channel of ORTVI, a global art streaming platform designed to fairly compensate artists and curators while connecting them more intimately with their patrons. Episodes may be purchased individually or as a set.

The Mourning [A] BLKstar Residencies follows the successful release of their fifth album The Cycle released May 15 on Don Giovanni.


The Spaceship Preview
November 8, 2020 - November 10, 2020 (midnight EST)

Afro-futurist collective, Mourning [A] BLKstar will host a special preview event in support of the five Northeast Ohio venues their ambitious project, The Mourning [A] BLKstar Residencies, a five episode live music docu-series produced by the collective's Theresa May and RA Washington. The series is an intimate, and insightful look into one of music's most prolific outfits and features over 35 live musical performances spanning the entire catalog, along with unreleased material from the upcoming follow up album to 2020's The Cycle, released May 15 by Don Giovanni. The live performances were filmed on location at five Northeast Ohio venues, including the legacy institutions, Beachland Ballroom and Grog Shop..

Tickets for the preview go on sale October 22nd, and will be a special rate of $35 for all five 50 min episodes. Episode 1 is 90 mins, with a special live set Video//collage of 2018's Rhizome Performance in Washington D.C.

This series is generously sponsored by SPACES’ Urgent Art Fund with funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.


"The Cycle is some sort of dystopian gospel record. The album encompasses jazz and soul, Afrofuturism. It is wild and celebratory, and feels revolutionary in the literal sense. You can get lost in this record for ages."
- Stephen Thompson, NPR All Songs Considered


“Mourning [A] BLKstar’s The Cycle is necessary, secular gospel for the healing of a truly damaged nation” - Bruce Miller, Pop Matters

“ORTVI is thrilled to announce a channel by blk//blur Media presenting a BRAND NEW series with Mourning [A] BLKstar.” - Karin Schneider, co- founder, ORTV

About BLK//Blur
// A Utopia Of Streaming//
blk//blur is a collaborative curatorial platform for the distribution of individual projects, exhibitions, and programs. It allows artists to retain ownership over their artworks while compensating creators through a collective economy. Conceived by artist, writer, and producer, RA Washington, blk//blur highlights time based mediums that question the notion of socially constructed identities within an increasing POV digital landscape. blk//blur seeks to connect curators and content creators with audiences to ignite an actively anti-racist, art forward, genertive, and innovative eco/future—a utopia of streaming.

blk//blur disrupts predominant art world structures codified by public and private institutions over the last few decades. The platform calls for the inclusion of new voices, seeking to broaden and expand upon overrepresented narratives. Curators are invited to pursue works that attend to the visual entanglement of isolation, the blurring of borders, and other multi-media meditations on the creation and consumption of art.

About Mourning [A] BLKstar
Founded in 2016, Mourning [A] BLKstar is a multi-generational, gender and genre non-conforming amalgam of Black Culture dedicated to servicing the stories and songs of the apocalyptic diaspora. The band consists of vocalists James Longs, Kyle Kidd and LaToya Kent, guitarist Peter Saudek, trumpet player Theresa May, drummer Dante Foley, trombonist William Washington and bassist/producer, RA Washington.

About ORTVI
ORTVI is a global art streaming platform that seeks to interrupt traditional models of distribution by redirecting funds directly to artists and curators for their work. This subscription based service ensures that profits are sent directly to the participating artists and curators and allows patrons to be a part of the collective economy. Subscribers actively support creators and foster the creation of new works including: art, sound, performance, dance, choreography, music, storytelling, documentary, narrative, science fiction, and more.

By participating in ORTVI, patrons and creators are supporting a streaming platform built around fair and sustainable compensation for artists and curators. ORTVI will always be fully transparent about its economic structure and algorithms. Learn more by visiting their website: Ortvi.art.


MOOR MOTHER Announces New LP – Circuit City – A Compelling Expression on Housing Injustice to be Released This Friday, Sept 25 Short Film for Single “Act 1- Working Machine” Out Now
Posted on September 23rd, 2020

“Circuit City considers both the implications of time and of space involved in privatization of public housing, gentrification, displacement, and redevelopment. The residents of Circuit City are integrating the time(s) of redevelopment, privatization, and hyper-gentrification, into the pre-established temporal dynamics of the community, layered over and within the communal historical memory and the shared idea of the future(s) of that community.”
– Rasheedah Phillips

The newest LP from Philadelphia poet, noise musician and activist MOOR MOTHER is titled Circuit City, and it will be released this Friday, September 25th via Don Giovanni Records. Circuit City is the recorded soundtrack of a staged-production of the same name, set in a living room in a futurist corporate-owned apartment complex. Part musical, part choreopoem, part play, the work was composed by Moor Mother (aka Camae Ayewa) to address and eliminate systemic problems associated with the injustice of housing rights, public vs. private ownership, and technology.

Divided into Four Acts, Circuit City is bursting with beauty, frustration, anger and love, conveyed through a frenzy of free jazz. Framed by Ayewa’s bold poetry and bolstered by new Moor Mother music performed live by members of Irreversible Entanglements and the Circuit City Band, Circuit City is an afro-futurist song cycle for our current climate.

An 11-minute short film is out now, as a visual component to the first track on the album “Act 1 – Working Machine.


An essay included in the liner notes Playbill of Circuit City written by Moor Mother collaborator Rasheedah Phillips, describes the inequity of housing availability, illegal evictions, and hyper-gentrification, and how these disproportionately affect women of color, Black people, LGBTQ+ people, and immigrants at an alarming disparity. These themes are central and of paramount importance to the work of Moor Mother, and specifically the material contained in Circuit City. As Phillips states in the essay,
“Single mothers and their children, seniors, Black people, LGBTQ people, immigrants, and people living with disabilities are disproportionately impacted by evictions and lack of access to safe, habitable, and affordable housing. The ACLU, for instance highlights how “women of color bear the burden of eviction,” noting that women of color made up 62% and 70% of the tenants facing in eviction in Chicago and Philadelphia respectively. This loss of housing has a distinct racial impact, where 63% of African-Americans live in project-based housing compared with 44% of the city’s population, and where African-Americans are disproportionately more likely to carry severe housing cost burdens in the city.”


Resources and more information on housing justice, as well as social and legal services related to unjust housing practices, can be found at https://www.nhlp.org/

Circuit City will be released digitally this Friday, September 25 and is available for physical pre-order now, for a December physical street date.


SUPERCRUSH Releases Technicolor-Drenched New Video for "Be Kind To Me"
Posted on September 22nd, 2020

After announcing that their first ever LP SODO Pop will be out October 9th via Don Giovanni Records, and releasing the album's debut single "On The Telephone," Seattle power-trio Supercrush have just released a video for their new single "Be Kind To Me." The video is laden with Technicolor imagery evoking the late 70's and early 80's, including Crush soda, ATARI, and a View-Master through which the entire video is seen in split-screen.

The members of the band are primarily known for their work in the hardcore, punk and metal scenes, but Supercrush was a project formed with the intention of exploring the song-craft of sugary power pop.

In "Be Kind To Me" Supercrush aren’t asking for the world, they’re simply requesting a little kindness. It’s a fun, up-tempo number that deftly combines elements of high energy rock ’n roll with sugary sweet pop earnestness, and perhaps just a touch of sarcasm in the “oh wow’’s. With over the top hooks, a pepped up drum performance that tips it’s hat to Moon the Loon, singable bass lines that walk all over the fretboard, and a snappy chorus replete with hand claps and lovely staccato 12-string guitar accents Supercrush have found the catchiest way possible to implore you to treat them right.

Recorded at various studios in Seattle by Supercrush bass player Phil Jones (who also plays guitar and engineers Shook Ones, and has engineered albums for Self Defense Family and Ceremony) and long time collaborator Jackson Long (BOAT, Death Cab For Cutie, Wilco), the sessions then travelled cross country to Massachusetts to be mixed by Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, The Pixies) before returning home to be mastered by Ed Brooks (REM, The Posies, Juliana Hatfield). The sonic results demonstrate the type of attention to detail that comes only from countless years of combined experience and devotion to the craft of making great records.


What began as an occasional recording project designed to allow Mark Palm to indulge his pop sensibility through a series of two-song singles, Supercrush developed into a fully functioning band with countless live shows and many tours under its belt. Although best known for playing in a long lineage of hardcore, punk, and metal groups, Palm began exploring softer sounds in the late aughts as one of the primary songwriters of San Francisco shoegazers Modern Charms before adopting the Supercrush moniker as a vehicle for his pursuit of powerpop pre-eminence.

Pre-order and Pre-save SODO Pop


Teenage Halloween Release New Single "SWEAT" Debut LP Out Friday
Posted on September 15th, 2020

New Jersey Power-pop queer-punk band Teenage Halloween have released the third and final single for their upcoming Don Giovanni self-titled debut LP, titled "Sweat."

The band previously released singles "Holes", and "Stationary" which Paste Magazine called "... an explosive pop-punk anthem." The song ended up on several Best Songs Of July lists, including BrooklynVegan, Paste Magazine, and The Alternative.

“Sweat” is sort of a coming to terms song about loving someone so much that you don’t want them to live in a world filled with hate and oppressive forces and navigates how to help the people you love through their daily struggles. It’s also a song about taking the world on each day with full force


Predominantly a queer-identifying band, the songs on the album reflect that experience holistically with lyrics that grapple with vulnerability, community, extreme existentialism, mental illness, and gender euphoria. The album maintains constant energy, and that energy also celebrates the bravery of being a queer band. Further, the songs speak in narratives, making sure people are held accountable for their actions and in the same vein, given the opportunity to communicate that self-reflection.

The self-titled debut album Teenage Halloween was recorded by Evan Bernard in Big Mama’s Recording Studio and will be released this Friday by Don Giovanni Records.

Pre order / pre-save: http://dongiovanni.co/teenagehalloween



Teenage Halloween Release New Single "HOLES" Debut LP Out Sept. 18
Posted on August 25th, 2020

Power-pop queer-punk band Teenage Halloween have released the second single for their upcoming Don Giovanni self-titled debut LP, titled "Holes."

Last month the band released lead single "Stationary" which Paste Magazine called "... an explosive pop-punk anthem." The song ended up on several Best Songs Of July lists, including BrooklynVegan, Paste Magazine, and The Alternative.

“Holes” is a punk staple fastened with energetic dance-like melodies that carries the narrative of a closeted queer person growing up in familiar spaces. They’re constantly reminded of the need to suppress certain parts of themselves in order to survive. It’s about falling deep into personal hardships, trying diligently to justify and validate them to come out stronger but recognizing a reality where it’s safer not to do so.

Predominantly a queer-identifying band, the songs on the album reflect that experience holistically with lyrics that grapple with vulnerability, community, extreme existentialism, mental illness, and gender euphoria. The album maintains constant energy, and that energy also celebrates the bravery of being a queer band. Further, the songs speak in narratives, making sure people are held accountable for their actions and in the same vein, given the opportunity to communicate that self-reflection.

The self-titled debut album Teenage Halloween was recorded by Evan Bernard in Big Mama’s Recording Studio and will be released by Don Giovanni Records on September 18, 2020.


Along with the single, Big Spoon Little Spoon Naturals, a soap maker based in Asbury Park NJ, has created a limited edition pumpkin pie Teenage Halloween soap, handmade of all natural and vegan ingredients. Each purchase of the soap comes with a digital download of ‘Holes.’



Weakened Friends - Quitter out November 19th!
Posted on September 21st, 2021

Bad Bad Hats - Walkman out September 17th!
Posted on July 13th, 2021

Anna Fox Rochinski - Cherry Out March 26
Posted on January 26th, 2021