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  • New Dub Book Remixology is Now Available

    New Dub Book Remixology is Now Available

    Dub is the avant-garde verso of reggae, created by manipulating and reshaping recordings using studio strategies and techniques. While dub was one of the first forms of popular music to turn the idea of song inside out, it is far from being fully explored. Tracing the evolution of dub, Remixology travels from Kingston, Jamaica, across the globe, following dub’s influence on the development of the MC, the birth of sound system culture, and the postwar Jamaican diaspora.



  • Linton Kwesi Johnson Poet Meets Poet Documentary

    Linton Kwesi Johnson Poet Meets Poet Documentary

    Linton Kwesi Johnson is the father of Dub poetry and became only the second living poet and first black poet to have his work published in Penguin`s Modern Classic series. Édouard Glissant has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature for his writings on creolization processes and aesthetics of worldliness and is widely acknowledged one of the most important Caribbean writers of the past half-century. Both poets are major key-figures of this and the last century. So what happens when thsee two old friends meet on a summer day to discuss the matter of things in the world?



  • 2 Tone All-Stars Meet The Pioneers on Starvation

    2 Tone All-Stars Meet The Pioneers on Starvation

    I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at single that most collectors probably pass up all together even though they shouldn’t for various reasons. It’s “Starvation” a double A-sided charity single released in 1985 on Madness’ Zarjazz label. The aim of the single was to raise money for the starving people of Ethiopia.


His Story Of US Ska

  • Dave Hillyard His Story of U.S. Ska

    A little intro. David Hillyard is well known to general readers of this blog. He’s a very long standing OG member of The Slackers, founded his own Rocksteady 7, played on the now classic Hepcat album Out of Nowhere and even before that he was playing in San Diego as a founding member of the Donkey Show. It’s an understatement to say he’s had a long music career let alone one devoted to the likes of Ska. He of course has a distinct and passionate perspective on music in general and pointed thoughts on the state of Ska in the U.S. having toured here for over 20 years.

Interview

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    Laurel Parker (Mobley Street Productions) recently directed a new video for Roy Ellis released on Liquidator Music. I’m a big fan pf Liquidator. They have a management arm that deals with a bunch of Jamaican legends. They of course release some of the best music coming out right now too. Toni is the man in charge of this magical musical bus. Laurel thought it would be fun to get him to answer a few questions about Roy, the label, himself and the state of digital music today. So get on the bus gus and let’s ride!

100 Greatest Rocksteady Tunes

Vinyl Junkie

Hard Copy

  • Remixology: Tracing the Dub Diaspora

    Dub is the avant-garde verso of reggae, created by manipulating and reshaping recordings using studio strategies and techniques. While dub was one of the first forms of popular music to turn the idea of song inside out, it is far from being fully explored. Tracing the evolution of dub, Remixology travels from Kingston, Jamaica, across the globe, following dub’s influence on the development of the MC, the birth of sound system culture, and the postwar Jamaican diaspora.

Reissue Sensation

  • Jeith Hudson Entering the Dragon

    There were two sides to Keith Hudson’s musical career, his producing and his singing. Production wise he was top flight and he enjoyed considerable success from the late sixties well into the 70?s. As a singer he was at best an aquired taste and it’s no great surprise that he recorded only for himself and no other producer employed him for this “talent”.