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Monday, October 22, 2012

Stream the Coup's Incendiary New Album, Sorry to Bother You, Right Now

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 1:53 PM

click to enlarge The Coup performing at Treasure Island - CHRISTOPHER VICTORIO
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  • The Coup performing at Treasure Island

After a fiery new video for first single "the Guillotine" and that thumping set at last week's Treasure Island festival, we're pretty excited for the new album from Oakland rap-funk outfit The Coup. Sorry to Bother You isn't out until Oct. 30, but you can stream the whole thing now over at the A.V. Club.

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Sorry to Bother You is the Coup's first album since 2006's Pick a Bigger Weapon, and its political themes would seem especially timely: Not only will it see release days before a nail-biting presidential election, but frontman Boots Riley is enjoying a new notoriety after 2011, what might be termed the Year of Occupy. Riley became a sort of de facto spokesman for the Oakland camp, performing there as well as helping to organize disruptive activities like the Port of Oakland shutdown. His affiliation with Bay Area radicalism even earned him prominent place in a (frowning) New York Times Magazine piece on the phenomenon earlier this year.

So it'll be interesting how the Coup comes through now. And with song titles like "Your Parents' Cocaine," "You Are Not a Riot," and "My Murder, My Love," we're betting it'll be incendiary at least. Check out the album over at the A.V. Club, and watch the video for "the Guillotine" below.

-- @iPORT


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