Global Garage #164: Black Lives Matter (6/7/2020)

In which the gang dedicates the show to those who lost their lives because of state-sanctioned violence, colonialism, and white supremacy.

In the grand scheme of everything, this episode is a small gesture that amounts to nothing more than a microcosm of the work that has been done and remains to be done to dismantle these systems of oppression. We hope that you’ll take away from this episode some comfort, some anger, some hope, some questions, and maybe a new favorite band/musician. The work doesn’t stop here.

Rock’n’roll was built by Black and Indigenous voices, stolen by white people, and spread around the world (colonized, if you will). Listening to Nuggets & Pebbles compilations spotlighting that early rock’n’roll era will reveal a sound that is, while performed by bands from around the world, very analogous. As decades passed, different scenes adapted the co-opted music of cultural colonization, evolved it, used it as a form of expression and rebellion. This musical movement, built by Black & Indigenous voices, is why we’re able to feature so much rock and rock-tangential music on Global Garage from all around the world.

While we have not been silent on the issues of fascism, white supremacy, and capitalism (and the familial relationship of all three) during the life of this show, we can be MUCH louder and turn that shit up to 11. We also know that while we are white dudes who work to build playlists showcasing diverse backgrounds and experiences, we can certainly do a much better job. While we are committed to actively learning, listening, and working to be anti-racist, work that will continue through the rest of our lives, we also acknowledge that we will never truly understand what it is like to be without white privilege and therefore we can only take you, our listeners, so far. To that end, if you are a BIPOC interested in putting together a playlist and co-hosting a future episode(s), please reach out. We are happy to step to the side and amplify your voice and the music you love.

Fellow white people. Please don’t just listen to this show and move on. Our work is far from over and it’s on all of us to use our white privilege to dismantle white supremacy. We cannot let our fellow BIPOC folx fight this alone. We need to be the solution. We’ve included lists of resources for donation, education, and entertainment (because it’s important to listen to music, read novels, and watch films made by BIPOC) as well as links to other lists of resources that have already been compiled.

Together we can work together to build bridges across borders (both physical and metaphorical) through music and community. Fuck white supremacy. Fuck fascists. Fuck colonialism. Rock’n’roll is dead. Long live rock’n’roll!

Listen to the Show

Playlist below the sources section

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Funds, Organizations, & Media

By no means a comprehensive list, hopefully this serves as a place to start.

Bail Funds

North Carolina:
Emancipate NC
NC Bail Fund
Take Action NC

Minnesota Freedom Fund
The Bail Project


Reclaim the Block
Equal Justice Initiative
The Marshall Project
Black Women’s Blueprint
Campaign Zero
Durham Beyond Policing

Sources to Read

Recommendations from the Season of the Bitch podcast:
Racecraft by Barbara and Karen Fields
A History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Beyond Survival edited by Ejeris Dixon & Leah Lakshmi
The End of Policing by Alex Vitale
Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis
From #blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
The Possessive Investment In Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics by George Lipsitz

Global Garage Novel Recommendations:

The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Sources to Watch

Black-directed genre films available for streaming

Sources to Listen

We sourced a decent amount of tracks for this playlist from AfroPunk.

Sources for more sources

Pitchfork’s list of resources in the fight against police brutality and systemic racism

She Shreds’ compilation of anti-racism resources

Global Garage Show Playlist: 6/7/2020

Band – Album (Label) – Location – Year
Angela Davis Statement
Angela Davis – Angela Davis Speaks (Folkway Records) – United States [Alabama] – 1971
Call the Cops
The Muslims – Gentrifried Chicken – United States [North Carolina] – 2020
After Images
Moor Mother – Analog Fluids of Sonic Black Holes (Don Giovanni Records) – United States [Pennsylvania] – 2019
We Live Here
Bob Vylan – We Live Here (Venn Records) – United Kingdom – 2020
I Can’t Find My Black Lipstick
Pleasure Venom – S/T – United States [Texas] – 2018
American Police
Haram – When You Have Won, You Have Lost (Toxic State Records) – United States [New York] – 2019
Cross Fire
Upchuck – S/T – United States [Georgia] – 2020
My Life Matters
Blacker Face – Distinctive Juju (Sooper Records) – United States [Illinois] – 2019
Children of the World
King Khan – Children of the World (Merge Records) – Canada – 2016
Alla Wakbarr
Ofo & The Black Company – World Psychedelic Classics 3: Love’s a Real Thing (Luaka Bop) – Nigeria – 2007
Too Punk Shakur
Obnox – Boogalou Reed (12XU) – United States [Ohio] – 2015
White Man
Skinny Girl Diet – Ideal Woman (Fiasco Recordings) – United Kingdom – 2018
International News
National Wake – Walk in Africa 1979-81 (Light in the Attic) – South Africa – 2013
Angela & Huey
Las Panteras Negras – Angela & Huey – Argentina – 2020
A Change Is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke Cover)
The Gits – Enter: The Conquering Chicken (Broken Rekids) – United States [Ohio] – 2013
The Guillotine
The Coup – Sorry To Bother You (Anti) – United States [California] – 2012
ameriKKKa, try no pork.
Pink Siifu – NEGRO (Field-Left) – United States [Alabama] – 2020
Who Will Survive America
Amiri Baraka – It’s Nation Time – African Visionary Music (Black Forum, Motown) – United States [New Jersey] – 1972
I Can’t Breathe
Pussy Riot – I Can’t Breathe – Russian Federation – 2015
Things Ain’t Changed
L.A. Salami – Things Ain’t Changed Single (Sunday Best Recordings) – United Kingdom – 2020
The Key Of Black (They Want Us Dead)
The Black Tones – Cobain & Cornbread (Reptar Records) – United States [Washington] – 2019
Subliminal Fascism
Fishbone – Truth and Soul (Sony Music Entertainment) – United States [California] – 1988
Walk Like a Panther
Algiers – The Underside of Power (Matador) – United States [Georgia] – 2017
Stranger Fruit
Zeal & Ardor – Stranger Fruit (Mvka, Radicalis Music GmbH) – Switzerland – 2019
The Island
The Skints – Swimming Lessons (Easy Star Records) – United kingdom – 2019
Don’t Shoot
Steel Pulse – Mass Manipulation (Rootfire Coopertive, Wiseman Doctrine) – United Kingdom – 2019
I’m a Suspect
Lonnie Holley – MITH (Jagjaguwar) – United States [Alabama] – 2018
Libation for Mr. Brown: Bid Em In…
Matana Roberts – Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens de Couleur Libres – United States [Illinois] – 2011
Freight train
Elizabeth Cotten – Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings) – United States [North Carolina] – 1989
A Change Is Gonna Come
Sam Cooke – Ain’t That Good News (ABKCO Music & Records) – United States [Mississippi] – 1964

Rock from Around The World


Ryan first discovered his love of radio at WSOE FM, where he spent all 4 years of college as a DJ, 2 as program director, and 1 as general manager. While his musical tastes are fairly broad, he has a big nerdy spot in his heart for prog rock.