MAN IS THE BASTARD / MUMIA ABU-JAMAL
CD - $0.00 iTunes emusic 2014 Warehouse find- Very few copies left! Author, journalist, activist, political prisoner and subject
of the HBO documentary "Mumia Abu-Jamal: A Case Of Reasonable Doubt?" in his own powerful words. Music side is provided by SoCal's hardcore experimentalists Man Is The Bastard. Unstoppable combination that'll blow your mind!
"Spoken-word albums tend to be novelties, usually heard once or twice and then filed away until you need something to spice up that mix tape you're making for your friend. But one advantage of releasing them is that they can bring political information to people who wouldn't seek it our otherwise. Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label, no stranger to spoken word, has just released discs from two different prominent leftists: Death Row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal and Earth First!er Judi Bari. Abu-Jamal has been a cause celebre for liberals of all shades, and listening to this disc, it's easy to hear why. Abu-Jamal's voice is powerful and eloquent, serving him well as he levels reasoned critiques against and inherently racist society. One surprising omission on this disc (originally recorded for National Public Radio) is coverage of the details of his case. The material he does cover has all been said before, but not with this much innate charisma backing it.
The four Man Is The Bastard tracks are heavy, angry, and blunt, and should provide a good incentive to get hardcore kids to buy the album."
"The spoken word side of this LP is amazing. Mumia is a terrific, eloquent speaker who peels back the curtain and allows you to see what life on death row and in the streets of black (poor) America is like. There are also pieces by Jello Biafra, Allen Ginsberg, Assata Shakur, and Bob Dole (yes, the Bob Dole who ran for President in 1996). I think the Dole crap would have been more effective if it was run without the artsy dubs and sound bites and just let his prejudice and support of state murder, censorship and white supremacy speak for itself.
- Vox Magazine
"This CD is a split record. The first 12 tracks are spoken word by Mumia Abu-Jamal (as well as some by Assata Shakur, Jello Biafra, Allen Ginsberg and Bob Dole) and the last 4 tracks are music by Man Is The Bastard. Mumia Abu-Jamal is a radical activist/journalist/author/collumnist/spoken word artist who has been on death row since 1982. On this record he rants about, among other things, police brutality, racism, the civil rights movement and death row itself. The perhaps most intriguing and moving track of the CD is the first one, where Mumia describes the feeling of living on death row, as well as pointing out fundamentally unfair aspects of the legal system in the US. His voice is dedicated, determined and sincere, and is pleasant to listen to.
Man Is The Bastard is an obscure act, even by hardcore standards. Their heavy, slow hardcore (or more specifically: power violence) is fueled by two bass guitars, multiple growling/screaming vocalists and pummeling drums. The production is raw and unpolished and the feedback factor is relatively high. Extreme music, basically. Still, the link between them and Mumia is far from absurd. Both are on a mission of radical change. When reading their lyrics you discover that the spirit is the same as that of Mumia, and hopefully this will shine true and become audible in their music, even to those who normally would find it unlistenable.
Man Is The Bastard is a band with a truly unique sound (something which is far from common these days). Their three songs (the first one is an intro) create a very powerful atmosphere. The heavy bass riffing can only be described as both catchy to original. The growling vocals effectively drive the message in.
The cover inlay booklet of the CD is thick and very informative, the artwork is cool, so there's nothing missing with the packaging. The playing time of the CD is by far long enough, so in this respect it is a very "complete" record."