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A selection of this week's politically-relevant entertainment news...

Snoop Lion Defaces Defenceless Barack Obama With New Snoopify App http://bit.ly/12ff9gy

Unmanned Drones To Deliver Delicious Beverage Relief To Punters At Music Festival http://bit.ly/12fcLGz

As I Lay Dying Singer Arrested Under Suspicion Of Hiring Hitman To Kill Wife http://bit.ly/10ocsaz

Rapper Lauryn Hill Sentenced To 3 Months Jail For Unpaid Taxes http://bit.ly/13eJQEY

Singer Charli XCX Says Sexism Makes Collaborations Tough http://bit.ly/18qGIrC

Lately it seems that we can’t get away from the hard, simple fact that art requires labour — both in the actual creation and in the conditions that make it possible.

Where there’s labour there’s normally a lot of hard work and sacrifice. And where there’s hard work and sacrifice, there’s normally some bastard at the top looking to squeeze as much as they can out of those of us who actually work.

Much as some of us would love to act like art exists in a separate realm from all of this, it doesn’t.

Deep Thought EP
Caper
April 5, 2013
www.caper.net.au

Rapper Caper slams the Native Title Act as a "white bible" on his latest release.

The Narungga emcee, who has worked as a Native Title field officer in South Australia for the past 10 years, raps on his track "The Writing's On The Wall":

A lot of misconceptions about us owning land
We don’t own any, man
I work for Native Title
The government is a rival
Assholes with a white bible

The Campaign
Kings Konekted
Class A Records
April 19, 2013
www.classarecords.com

Kings Konekted have just released some of the choicest cuts in Australian hip-hop - and they were inspired by some of the whackest cuts in Australian politics.

The Brisbane b-boys' new EP The Campaign paints a pretty gritty picture of life under cost-cutting Queensland Premier Campbell Newman.

A selection of this week's politically-relevant celebrity news...

Rebel Diaz Arts Collective finds new home http://bit.ly/11ztAet

Cuban video game recreates revolutionary history http://gu.com/p/3enpq/tw

Pussy Riot member denied early release from prison: http://gu.com/p/3fedq/tf

Hear the new Neon Neon concept album about Italian publisher and leftwing activist Giangiacomo Feltrinelli. http://gu.com/p/3fak2/tw

Rapper Danny Brown Gets Oral Sex On Stage, Continues Rapping http://bit.ly/ZUUbEF

A selection of this week's celebrity news...

Talib Kweli: Rapper says of Boston bombing, 'violence begets violence'. http://bit.ly/11fowMJ

Lauryn Hill To Record New Music To Pay Tax Bill? http://bit.ly/15Ip82z

Yoko Ono To Unveil Not-For-Profit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus http://bit.ly/ZD71Hz

Flavor Flav Court Hearing Postponed For Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction http://bit.ly/15zP5lh

Rolf Harris Named As Man Arrested In British Sex Abuse Case http://bit.ly/ZvYl5M

A selection of this week's celebrity news...

Fall Out Boy To Donate Ticket Sales To Boston Bombing Victims http://bit.ly/13cfSQj

Angela Betzien talks about her play on how communities are hit by mining http://bit.ly/ZoW4cp

Musicians Send Their Love To Boston In Wake Of Marathon Bombing http://bit.ly/Yr22Gv

BBC Refuses To Play 'Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead' In Countdown http://bit.ly/115BCdN

Justin Bieber Hopes Anne Frank Would Have Been A "Belieber" http://bit.ly/10VUoFu

The Bryte Side Of Life
Bryte
Too Solid / MGM
April 5, 2013
www.brytemc.com

Bryte's new album, The Bryte Side Of Life, may urge his listeners to think positive, but it's not all sweetness and light. The Aboriginal rapper has lost none of the political bite that snarled from his award-winning first album, Full Stop, four years ago.

The Perth-based performing poet kicks off his latest long-player with "World On Strike", a rallying call for global industrial action.

A selection of the past week's celebrity news...

Because space for Cultural Dissent articles in the print version of Green Left is limited, this round-up is intended to point to things happening culturally in which Green Left readers might also be interested. It may also give activists a window on popular culture and help engagement with the wider public. However, it may be that Green Left readers do not agree. Please leave comments, here and on social media.

Silence The World
Adept
March 22, 2013
Panic & Action Records
www.adeptofficial.com

Swedish post-hardcore band Adept put plenty of politics into their punk, but never forget how to party, wherever they are in the world. Green Left’s Mat Ward spoke to vocalist Robert Ljung about their new album, the melodic metalcore masterpiece Silence The World.

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