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The Freedom Fence

by Free Radicals

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Chosen Ones 00:40
The enlightened, chosen, special ones.... capable of anything... always looking forward and ahead. Look at what our fortunes bring. We could have built most anything. We've locked ourselves inside these walls instead.
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La Frontera 01:47
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El Muro 05:21
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Iron Curtain 01:14
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Ni Una Mas 01:12
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Every Wall 03:59
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Badme 04:00
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FEMA 04:07
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Masihlale 01:04
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Our Streets 01:40

about

On this 23-track album from 2012, Free Radicals warned Obama-era gringos about the danger of anti-immigrant hysteria. Years before Trump’s campaign focused on building walls, the musicians in Free Radicals were looking at the walls from Israel / Palestine to Texas / Mexico, and seeing exploitation and devastation.
With song titles including: “Chosen Ones,” “No State Solution,” “La Frontera,” “Third Ward Not For Sale,” “Build Levees Not Walls,” “El Muro,” “Iron Curtain,” “¡Ni Una Más!,” “Every Wall,” “Anchor Baby Hysteria,” “Badme,” “FEMA,” and “The Border Crossed Me,” the impact of borders, occupation, and gentrification was present throughout the CD. In addition, the CD cover features graffiti of anti-border messages in 11 languages (English, Spanish, German, Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Zulu, Punjabi, Bengali, and Amharic) written by the band’s friends from around the world.
The Houston Press’ 2012 Song of the Year award went to the song ‘Ben Taub Blues,’ which the band dedicates to their many fellow Houston musicians who have been treated and died in Ben Taub Hospital, including Little Joe Washington who died two years after the CD was completed. The Free Radicals’ saxophonists Jason Jackson and Pete Sullivan played with Little Joe often and Little Joe returned the favor by playing and singing on Ben Taub Blues. Also, Folasayo Dele-Ogunrinde who did a spoken word piece in Nigerian Pidgin on the track “No State Solution’ died within a few years of the CD release. Her cry for “One World, No Passports, One Human Race!” resonates more than ever in 2018.

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released June 16, 2012

1 Chosen Ones • 2 No State Solution • 3 La Frontera • 4 Mosaico Zapatista I • 5 Third Ward Not For Sale
6 No Money No Nice • 7 Build Levees Not Walls • 8 El Muro (w/ Krudas) • 9 Iron Curtain • 10 Song for Riley
11 Imperial Sugar • 12 Exit Al Bear, Pursued by a Pig • 13 ¡Ni Una Más! • 14 Every Wall (w/ Niyat, HISD)
15 If There’s Still Hope • 16 Anchor Baby Hysteria • 17 Badme • 18 Ben Taub Blues • 19 FEMA
20 Masihlale • 21 The Border Crossed Me • 22 Mosh Hashanah • 23 Our Streets

Pete Sullivan: bari sax, perc. (20) • Theo Bijarro: bass, vocals (18), organ (2) • Doug Falk: trumpet, bass (13) Jason Jackson: sax, vocals (18), perc. (20) • Nick Cooper: drums, organ (2), clavinet (5), vocals (4, 18)
Chris Howard: percussion • Al Bear: guitar (4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19, 22)

guests: Denis Cisneros: guitar (2, 3, 5, 8, 10, 11, 21, 23) • Doyle Odom: guitar (2, 3, 5, 11, 21, 23), vocals (18)Nick Gonzalez: tuba (6, 7, 15, 17, 19, 22, 23) • Matt Kelly: piano, organ & clavinet (6, 8, 17, 18, 19)
Mark Sound: piano & organ (6, 8, 14, 15) • Subhendu Chakraborty: tablas (3, 5, 6, 8) • Geoffrey Mueller:
musical saw (3, 11, 15) • Harry Sheppard: vibes (8, 23), perc. (16) • Ilya Janos: perc. (16, 20, 23) • Marcos Melchor: sax (5, 7, 23) • Henry Darragh: trombone (7, 14, 15) • Dan Cooper: bass (9, 11), flute (10) • Lynn Bechtold: violin (9, 12) • Julia Olivarez: organ (12, 22) • Pelayo Parlade: piano (1, 4) • Little Joe Washington: guitar (18) • Odaymara Cuesta & Olivia Prendes: rap (8) • Equality, Savvi, D-ology & Khalif: rap (14)
Roberto Rodriguez III: accordion (10) • Michelle Yom: flute (4) • Folasayo Dele-Ogunrinde: vocals (2)
Bob Chadwick: flute (5) • Jamanta Faz: perc. (20) • Nadja Burns: harp (13) • Dan Barrett: cello (9) • Phindisela Mkhatshwa: vocals (20) • Selina Pishori: oboe (13) • Tracy Jacobson: bassoon (13) • Paul Winstanley: bass (14) Andy Seifert: bass (4) • Jeremy Nuncio: keys (14) • Sonia Flores: vocals (4) • Anastasia Traynin: vocals (9) Ronnie Gaitz: bass clarinet (13) • Cherria Rattler: vocals (1) • Al Pagliuso & Charlie Perez: perc. (16)

Producer: Nick Cooper • Songwriters: Jason: 10, 17, 18 • Nick: 1, 8 (music), 15, 18, 19 • Pete: 12, 22
Theo: 21 • Al: 6 • Denis, Doyle & Doug: 3 • From Canciones Zapatistas: 4 • (& the rest are collaborations)
Co-Producers: Brian Baker at Sound Arts on 12 • Zin at Drumusic & Ty Robins
at Wire Road on 14 • Cover Art: John Kitses • Cover Concept: Nick

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Free Radicals Houston, Texas

Five years in the making, Free Radicals' new album, White Power Outage features over 50 musicians from 4 year old kids from Peace Camp Houston chanting their hearts out, to 92 year old Harry Sheppard on the vibraphone. White Power Outage vocalists and musicians represent so many beautiful shades of Black, LatinX, white, Asian, mixed, and indigenous people who make up the culture of Houston, Texas. ... more

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