Kyle Long 
Member since Aug 24, 2011

Kyle Long was a famous French anarchist and criminal and also the co-founder Cultural Cannibals. Long's ideas concerning individual reclamation were greatly influential in later shaping illegalism. Long served as a member of the fifth infantry battalion in the Franco-Prussian War, where he was wounded by a mortar and contracted smallpox. As a result, he spent 4 of the next 10 years in a hospital. Unable to work, Long turned to theft. On October 25th of 1886, Long broke into the mansion of a Parisian socialite and stole 15,000 francs before accidentally setting the house on fire. He was caught only 2 weeks later after trying to fence the stolen goods, stabbing a policeman named Rossignol several times during his arrest. The policeman survived his wounds. His trial drew crowds of supporters and ended in chaos when Long was dragged from the court crying "Culture by any means necessary!" He was condemned to death, but his sentence was later commuted to hard labor on Devil's Island, French Guiana. In the anarchist paper Révolte, Long famously declared that, "Theft exists only through the exploitation of man by man... when Society refuses you the right to exist, you must take it... the policeman arrested me in the name of the Law, I struck him in the name of Liberty". Long spent the next 14 years in prison, attempting escape over 20 times. In April 1901, he succeeded and fled to Indianapolis, where he founded a series of internationally themed dance parties. Mexican cumbia, Indian Bhangra and Nigerian afrobeat were just a few of the styles Long worked with. Career highlights include Djing for Northern soldiers at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, and being hand picked by Ferdinand II of Aragon to become the official afterparty DJ for the Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Spanish Inquisition. Learn more about Long's exploits at

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    Re: “Omelet Shoppe

    This is no ordinary Omelet Shoppe... half the menu is devoted to standard diner fare, but the other half includes a large selection of veg & non-veg Indian cuisine... AND on top of that the diner houses a full bar! Yes, you can order whiskey with your pancakes & curry!

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    Posted by Kyle Long on 12/06/2011 at 11:40 PM

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    Re: “Yum: Dilla's 'Donuts' turns 10

    @ Paul Dean Daniggelis - Hello sir, I'm an enormous fan of the original Four Freshman (R.I.P. Ken Albers, Ross Barbour, Bob Flanigan, Hal Kratzsch and Don Barbour) and I've been collecting, listening to, and marveling at their musical genius for many years. I stand by my quote here that the FF's music is largely unknown to younger listeners today - which is a great shame. I also stand by my speculation that a lot of younger listeners would find FF's music outdated, or corny on first listen - although I would certainly disagree with any such opinion. My comments were made as a testimony to the breadth of hip-hop producer J Dilla's appreciation for a wide span of music. Dilla's sound incorporated textures from Brazilian bossa nova, Turkish rock, British folk, and jazz vocal harmony from groups like the Four Freshman, and Singers Unlimited.

    I'm happy to see there are folks out there who would take time to passionately defend the Four Freshman's work - but there's no reason to due that at the expense of hip-hop music. Hip-hop music has flourished and grown for 40+ years. Hip-hop is a global cultural movement that has merged with music traditions and social movements across Africa, Asia, Europe, Asia and South America.

    Like jazz hip-hop is an American art-form that has become a seemingly permanent fixture in global music. Like hip-hop, jazz was denigrated as being anti-musical during the first several decades of its existence. Hip-hop producers like Dilla have absorbed the feeling and history of jazz music and woven jazz into the language of hip-hop. Jazz musicians ranging from Miles Davis to Roy Hargrove to Kamasi Washington to Robert Glasper have absorbed the feeling and history of hip-hop music and woven hip-hop into the language of jazz.

    Respectfully speaking, you need to devote further study to both jazz and hip-hop before making the proclamation that hip-hop is not music. I would challenge you to begin that investigation by watching this Miguel Atwood-Ferguson arrangement of Dilla's "Untitled/Fantastic" beat for Slum Village:

    And if you want to hear the "best vocal/instrumental group . . . EVER" - check out Andy & The Bey Sisters.


    Posted by Kyle Long on 02/12/2016 at 11:17 PM

    Re: “DJ Rasul talks lynching in popular music

    @ Amy Bays: The lyric you referenced from 'Watch the Throne' states "this is something like a holocaust / millions of our people lost." Which can be interpreted as comparing the Black experience in America to the Jewish holocaust in Nazi Germany. While you may not agree with the point being made in that line, I don't find the lyric to be flippant or insensitive in the same way that I do Lil Wayne's verse which creates a crude sexual metaphor out of the brutal murder of a 14 year old boy.

    I appreciate your comment though, and I think Professor Rasul Mowatt indirectly addressed the crux of the problem with the lyric you referenced with this statement from our interview: "you and I are not Jewish. If we go to Auschwitz we have to accept it for what it is. We can't associate it with a plantation house during slavery to make sense of it. No, I need to accept it for what it is. Sometimes it's more comfortable for us to create metaphors than to really deal with the issue."

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    Posted by Kyle Long on 03/13/2015 at 2:53 PM

    Re: “A Cultural Manifesto: Violence in Broad Ripple

    I didn't blame the police. I didn't blame the music. I suggested all parties involved need to reflect on why the neighborhood is attracting trouble and violence.

    The article doesn't attempt to comment on why violence exists, or what drives people to hurt one another. And it seems abundantly obvious to me that the blame for the violence lays solely on the instigator.

    But as someone who has worked in this area for around 5 years, and someone who has visited this neighborhood regularly for well over 20 years - I've closely observed how the neighborhood has changed through the years.

    When the neighborhood was filled with independent entrepreneurs offering more cultural fare - the area was more peaceful. When cash-driven bar owners came in and turned the area into an enormous frat party with cops on every corner - the area became more violent.

    You draw your conclusions, I'll draw mine. But I'm certainly not blaming the police.

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    Posted by Kyle Long on 07/08/2014 at 4:18 PM

    Re: “A Cultural Manifesto: Violence in Broad Ripple

    @B Ripple Local - I never blamed the police. I'm just suggesting that everyone - including bar owners, bar patrons, police, & even homeowners - need to reflect on why & how the neighborhood devolved to this state.

    Like you - I believe when a criminal act is committed it's the sole the fault of the perpetrator. But the community needs to ask why it's attracting criminal behavior, and bar owners need to create more thoughtful programming if they want to attract more thoughtful clientele.

    As it stands I don't visit Broad Ripple unless I'm working there. Part of the reason for that is because I have encountered the misdirected frustration of the police when I've done nothing wrong. And I've heard others echo that concern. I'm not stating that to demonize police - I'm merely saying the police shouldn't target people who are trying to make the neighborhood a more vibrant, friendly, & liveable space.

    And I'm glad you felt these thoughts reflected a sense of idealism. If there's no room for idealism within a conversation on public affairs - then we may as well live under a military dictatorship.

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    Posted by Kyle Long on 07/07/2014 at 4:21 PM

    Re: “Debunking "Black-on-Black crime"

    I'm so grateful to see this in Nuvo. I hope Elle Roberts will become a consistent contributor to the publication. Thanks Nuvo and Elle for a compassionate, thoughtful, and well-reasoned piece.

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    Posted by Kyle Long on 04/24/2014 at 11:20 PM

    Re: “100 Best Hoosier albums ever

    @ Jeff Weiss - Dow Jones were included via the Red Snerts comp and Dancing Cigarettes were on the list too. We did have picks from the '70s Bloomington scene, like the Gizmos and MX-80 - which incidentally included Screaming Gypsy guitarist Bruce Anderson.

    It's worth keeping in mind that lists of this nature - whether they appear in Rolling Stone or Pitchfork - generally reflect the editorial position of the publication. NUVO bills itself as "Indy's alternative voice," which should provide some insight as to why the list steers away from more commercially-oriented, mainstream rock and pop releases.

    Thanks for your comments.

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    Posted by Kyle Long on 04/19/2014 at 2:06 AM

    Re: “100 Best Hoosier albums ever

    @ Dave Johnson - Hey Dave, thanks for sharing your thoughts. I've been collecting and listening to Indiana music for many, many years. I have original LPs of all the groups you mentioned & I'm very familiar with their work. Our list did include several vintage Indiana classic rock LPs like McKay, Anonymous, Zerfas, etc.

    We did include an Owl records release on the list - The Dixon-Rhyne Project.

    Thanks for your comments.

    Posted by Kyle Long on 04/13/2014 at 6:14 PM

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