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Boomerang Metropolis

by Broadcast Live

A blend of indie rock and hip-hop that is is both accessible and danceable, while remaining heavily influenced by a collective commitment to social justice.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Political Rap
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1. Boomerang Metropolis
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2. Hell Hot
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3. One Metaphor
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4. Felix Reyes
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5. Spoken Vision
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6. A Bronx Tale
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7. Prison Yard
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8. Commonplace
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9. Harry Potter is Black
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10. Pledge of Allegiance
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11. New Orleans
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12. Semiautomatic
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13. Petronarcotic
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14. For the Mother of Our Children
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15. Willie Lynch
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Broadcast Live, a four-piece band born out of the activist community in Albany, New York, is introducing their sophomore album, Boomerang Metropolis, on January 27th, 2009. Their blend of indie rock and hip-hop is both accessible and danceable, while remaining heavily influenced by their collective commitment to social justice, as evident on politically motivated songs such as ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ and the title track, ‘Boomerang Metropolis.’

Broadcast Live, formed five years ago, consists of Gaetano Vaccaro (guitar, bass, drums), Seantel Chamberlain (drums, bass, guitar, vocals), Jory Leanza-Carey (drums, guitar, vocals), and lead singer Victorio Reyes (vocals, conga). Victorio considers himself a poet first and foremost. “Lyrics are very important to me,” he explains, listing influences as varied as Bob Dylan, KRS-One, Bob Marley, Tracy Chapman, and Dead Prez. Gaetano also cites Ani DiFranco as an inspiration, noting that he “learned how to play guitar from listening to her first albums.” Over the course of three major tours (and a recently-completed nationwide trek), Broadcast Live has had the opportunity to open for many influential acts, including Immortal Technique, Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, Spearhead, and Hamell on Trial.

Boomerang Metropolis is Broadcast Live’s second album, following their successful debut Underground, which charted on the CMJ Hip Hop Charts alongside Public Enemy and Ghostface Killa. This sophomore effort was recorded over two years in a homemade studio in upstate New York, and was produced, engineered, recorded, and mixed by Jory himself. “With tracks like ‘Semiautomatic’ and ‘Hell Hot’, I made a deliberate attempt to have a seamless fusion between electronic hip-hop and acoustic instruments,” Jory explains. “When we first started Broadcast Live, I joined with one particular stipulation: I didn't want it to be another college boy funk/jazz group with an emcee up front.” He continues: “When I was younger, my primary music influence was alternative rock. I wanted to take the sonic richness of groups like the Smashing Pumpkins and apply it to a hip-hop format.” All four members have various influences, but when they came together to form Broadcast Live, Seantel says it best: “I fell in love with the passion.”

“The message of our music is more important than anything else,” explains Victorio. “Our music reflects our anger about the many injustices that exist in the world today.” The result is an indie/hip-hop blend, with their political convictions serving as the underlying, cohesive factor. As Gaetano states firmly: “Our commitment to social justice is our number one priority and that can’t be stressed enough.”

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Roger aka 'Raj' Leonard

All The Stars In God & Goddesses' Heaven
The word "lovely" comes to mind. My spirit is eternal and my body in this incarnation is 75 years and moving forward, so I well-know the era of the 1960s, the revolution, the peace, the love--and how the evil ones threw a monkey wrench into the works. I realize this CD came out in 2009 and it's now 2018. I pray you beautiful brothers & sisters are still writing your beautiful lyrics. I write in my semi-retirement and I'll share on of my works with you. Be most well, teach on, and may God & Goddess bless & inspire you. I am Roger aka 'Raj' Leonard and write under the pen=name r raj eL. Here we are...

'They Told The Truth Tellers And They Told Us'

we prayed a tot-prayer and that was every night
we asked Creative Source for release of hellbound souls
we thought Limbo was bullshit
our conversion to their nonsense was requested... read: demanded
they prayed at us openly they struck us!
thereby they would correct the imagined flaw now spotted
numbers of our ages were no longer single
fleeing would bring us no respect of self

~we walked

they implored us to stay with sweet voices
they said they would now be nice
their concern for our departure was expressed
they implied danger of our wrong chosen road
they gave us fear as a farewell gift
they said we could return to truth anytime we chose
they presented us with only one life to do that
they did not know life and eternity are one
illusion further impeded them:
they also did not know they'd called us traitors
their hatred haunted us from The Jordan to The Ganges
I think of it as The Fiery Ace of Sleeves
we let go the indignity of sniveling defense
we saw the trick they ran Unlimited Forgiveness of
The Unlimited One they limited
our gurus replaced them and also disappointed
we felt forbidding of sharing doubts we saw a twinkle in the holy man's eye
we realized we'd been lied to
we saw sweat lodges replaced by guilt churches
we saw mercenaries called missionaries
we saw African carving of mystical beauty replaced by crosses
—inadequate tributes to Jesus Christ
we listened to their high
brave/solemn uttering of The Council of Nicaea
now tweaked by King James
now updated by the devil's own scripture (The Reader's Digest)
leading the deception parade
we saw Buddhist Shrines nestled softly/high in Tibetan mountains
we smiled as we heard Master's Disciples say No! No Westerners!
we wept at Kent State Murder
we raged as yuppies replaced dedication of our youth
we saw happiness advertised in hopes of getting
we saw families frolicking in Disneyland
we saw gameshow contestants leaping at prize-wins
we heard gladiator & gladiatress cries of supporting audience
screaming: “Yes! Yes! Do it!”
we realized love was not gotten by joining
we looked at people eating and laughing in restaurants

we turned our faces away—our neophyte compassion now downslid to unbearable sadness

r raj eL -- 2009
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