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It's December, so in addition to it being holiday time, it's also time for the Boldaslove.us roundup of Best Black rock releases of 2008As was the case last year, this is completely up to you, the readers.  I'm not trying to come up with a ranked list like other publications.  Rather it's an opportunity for you, the members of the Black rock community to shout out artists who were in heavy rotation on your MP3 players or whose shows you just couldn't stay away from, or artists who compelled you to spend way more money on them than you should've.

Some simple rules:

  • A "release" can be a single, a mixtape, an EP or a full-length album, as well as a video.
  • It should have been released between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008.
  • To qualify, the lead creative person in the band MUST be a person of color
  • All styles are valid, but I'm looking for Black rock/Afro-punk/Ghetto Metal/urban alternative/progressive black music releases.  International stuff, even.  I want folks who are defying convention and breaking boundaries musically.

Finally, I'm really happy to link back to the your site.  So give me your list in the following format:

  • Name, where you're located, how you describe yourself, along with a URL you'd like me to link back to.

For example, mine would be Rob Fields, Brooklyn, NY, Black rock evangelist (www.boldaslove.us)

Got it?  Good.  Just waiting to hear from you. . .

UPDATE: You can send me your picks either via email rafields [at] gmail [dot] com or by leaving them in the comments section below.

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