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Tom Morello

Tom Morello

Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine and the Nightwatchman, joins up with Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds, producer The Bloody Beetroots, and artist/activist Shea Diamond for the protest song Stand Up.

Proceeds will benefit the NAACP, Know Your Rights Camp, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute.

Stand Up

Tom Morello

Tom Morello, guitarist extraordinaire, founding member of Rage Against the Machine and acoustic balladeer, has a new solo album.

The Atlas Underground is his 4th but the 1st released under his own name.

The song Every Step That I Take features Portugal. The Man and Whethan.

Every Step That I Take (Feat. Portugal. The Man & Whethan)

We Are The 99%

More timely than ever, to celebrate the 1-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street Tom Morello (The Nightwatchman, Rage Against the Machine), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), and Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) have released the song “We Are The 99%”.

According to Tom: “We Are The 99%” is a song inspired by the global Occupy movement. I wanted to capture the excitement and energy of people fighting for change and make sure the song was free to anyone who wants it. Brothers in arms Tim McIlrath and Serj Tankian lent their amazing talents to the song and we incorporated chants from the original Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park as well. It’s my hope that songs like this will provide a rocking soundtrack for those who have a vision of a more just planet and strengthen their resolve to fight on.”

The song is free on the Axis of Justice website, an organization formed by Tom and Serj in 2002 whose purpose is to bring together musicians, music fans, and grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice.

Tom Morello

Tom Morello is the Nightwatchman.

The Nightwatchman has been the former Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave guitarist’s acoustic alter-ego. But his forthcoming album World Wide Rebel Songs is full-on electric.

Politically impassioned, a powerful voice against injustice and a champion of the oppressed, he’s got our back.

“It Begins Tonight” is our first listen.

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Dear New Orleans

No city in the country should have such bad luck as New Orleans. First Katrina and then the oil spill. Even though both can be traced to human incompetence and greed, tragedies such as these tend to be compartmentalized if not downright forgotten as they cease to be headline news. New Orleans five years later has still just barely recovered from the hurricane and the recent devastation to the wetlands and to the Gulf from oil and dispersants will be felt for years. Thankfully there are artists, such as Spike Lee (his documentaries When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts and “If God is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise”) and numerous musicians who will not let us place New Orleans in the scrapheap of forgotten historical disasters. The album Dear New Orleans has just been released (produced by Air Traffic Control, a nonprofit organization that works with Future of Music Coalition for social change and artist activism) to benefit the region’s unique musical heritage and to protect and restore the environment. With 31 New Orleans-inspired tracks from a very diverse range of musicians from Mike Mills and Wayne Kramer to My Morning Jacket and OK Go, from Jill Sobule and Tom Morello to Steve Earle and Laura Veirs, these artists express their gratitude to the city and make certain that we will never forget. From that album here is song “NOLA” performed by Mirah featuring Thao Nguyen and a poem from 2nd Chief David Montana entitled “The Change of Heart Man”.

Mirah featuring Thao Nguyen-“NOLA”
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2nd Chief David Montana-“The Change of Heart Man”
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Cypress Hill

Thankfully Cypress Hill and Tom Morello have not been deluded.  They know that we live in a  right wing country.  George Bush and his cronies did not lose.  They merely took a vacation.  While bankrupting the country thru greed and wars (and in the course enriching themselves), they fooled us into believing that there was a glimmer of hope for equality and change.  But they merely took a break to shift the blame back to the left.  Their ability to establish misinformation as truth is uncanny.  The only way to effect real change in this country is in the streets.  As we learned from the Howard Zinn in The People’s History of the United States, whether it was the labor movement, civil rights, the Vietnam war, gay rights or women’s equality, real change happens when people take control of the institutions which begins when people rise up.


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Cypress Hill – Rise Up (featuring Tom Morello)

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