Toronto – It’s February. A month that is known for many things – Valentines, Groundhog day, Super Bowl, read-in week, etc. For a lot of people, one thing towers above all of this – Black History Month. We here at the Panic Manual, much like all our fellow (North) Americans celebrate this monumental event. The brain trust at this site has thought long and hard, and in turn, come up with a playlist of ten songs that we feel fully highlights the word black. Before we get to that, we would just like to share some things about black that you may or may not know:
- black is a color that does not emit or reflect light in any part of the visible spectrum
– covers half an Orca
– html code is #000
– covers half a Panda
– In Japanese culture, is the symbol of nobility, age and experience
– covers half a Zebra
– preferred color of the universe
– covers all of the black bear
Without further hesitation, here is our playlist in celebration of black history month
10. DFA 1979 – Black History Month
The most meta thing possible. Death From Above 1979 are reforming at Coachella after a two week hiatus, most likely when Sebastian Grainger had to do something on the Danforth and Jesse Keeler was reluctant to go east of the DVP.
9. The Black Keys – Howlin For You
Possibly the hottest “black” band out there right now, The Black Keys just announced a massive summer tours in some massive venues. I guess this is a litmus test as to how big this duo actually is.
06-10 Indianapolis, IN – The Lawn at White River State Park
06-11 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
06-27 Vancouver, British Columbia – Deer Lake Park
06-28 Calgary, Alberta – Stampede Corral
06-29 Edmonton, Alberta – Rexall Place
06-30 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – TCU Place
07-02 Winnipeg, Manitoba – MTS Centre
07-03 Minneapolis, MN – Roy Wilkins Auditorium
07-05 Council Bluffs, IA – Stir Cove Amphitheatre
07-07 Toronto, Ontario – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
07-10 Quebec City, Quebec – Festival D’Ete
07-11 Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
07-12 London, Ontario – John Labatt Centre
Here is their new video, starring #6 from BSG
8. Michael Jackson – Black or White
Arguably the most famous performer of all time. Michael Jackson’s epic track Black or White was a song purely about choice. He took the middle ground.
7. David Usher – Black Black Heart
Moist’s former front man like the word “black” so much he used it twice in the naming of his one and only hit single.
6. Black Eyed Peas – Medley
Pop band Black Eyed Peas is the answer to the following trivia questions
- what band look like extras from a tron set?
– what band pioneered holographic technologies on CNN?
– what band sounded worse then The Who at Superbowl?
Yet despite all the controversy around this band, they seem to still be really popular. Go figure.
5. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club –
This band made the bold choice of wearing all black leather on a sunny day in Austin last year for SXSW. I commend them for it.
4. British Sea Power – Blackout
One of my favorite bands, British Sea Power released another stellar album this year with Valhalla Dancehall. However, for this playlist, we take you back to their debut album, the ever so stellar The Decline of British Sea Power. British Sea Power will be in Toronto March 24th. I’m there.
3. Doves – Black and White Town
It’s been almost two years since Doves has released an album. This is just a friendly reminder.
2. Blackalicious – Alphabets Aerobic
This track makes no sense, but it’s still pretty awesome.
1. Arcade Fire – Black Mirror
Since Arcade Fire is winning everything this month, it’s only fitting to put them at the top of a random playlist.
Stay tune for next month, when we celebrate Orange history month