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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Tribe Called Red: Pow Wow Step

Posted by on Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Look, one of the great things about the holidays is getting to go back home and freak out the squares you call your family. The time is near when the cuteness of Wham! and Mariah’s Christmas caroling will go from warm and cuddly cute to scratch-it-til-it-bleeds annoying. What better way to interrupt the awkward bombardment of insults your mother, stepbrother, and drunkle call “conversation” than to start a "Pow-Wow-Step" Dance Party right 'neath that rotting pine bough your ignorant in-laws cut down in its prime, dragged inside their poorly decorated (oddly smelling) house, and stood up as a symbol of gluttony and consumerism for you to suffer under?

You (yes, you!) can be the hero of the late-night, black-ice, DUI checkpoint dodging, post-dry-turkey booze run with the bounty of mixtapes DJs Bear Witness, Frame, NDN, and Shub have up on Soundcloud for your listening enjoyment. Completely tune out grandma with deafening moombahton horns, make the deafening yell of your sister's demon-spawn children completely disappear under shit-yourself standing drum and bass frequencies; and since these guys sample brilliantly from Jim Jarmusch films to Caetano Veloso tropicalia, and even Dipset (oh, what?), you’ll finally have something to talk about with that hot second cousin you’ve been ogling at every family function since puberty.

Let’s celebrate something worth celebrating here: The re-appropriation of culture and identity, the witty commentary on hundreds of years of racism, the evolution of dubstep into something worth listening to, and the chance to truly annoy the fuck out of your family with the help of this all Native American, Ottowan DJ crew. Get to their website and download their debut self-titled melting pot of moombahton, dub, house, hiphop, and traditional Pow Wow music before you get on that plane!

Warning: This does not mean headdresses are ok to wear (not even if you’re one of the 9 out of 10 white people who claim to be Cherokee in every conversation about ethnicity).

 

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