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  • The Reggae Imposter Strikes Back; Win A Copy!

    The Reggae Imposter Strikes Back; Win A Copy!

    Esco Chris is a long time friend and musician who never stops making new music which is great for everyone. He’s one of those artists that just keeps working on his craft to create new musical journey’s. Back in 2012 he dropped an album of organ driven early reggae sounds called Reggae Imposter (which you can still download here) and now he’s back with another set of tunes in that same style.


  • Western Standard Time Live in June

    Western Standard Time Live in June

    Commemorating 50 years of SKA music and 25 years of west coast SKA! Western Standard Time backs up Hepcat singers Gregory W Lee and Alex Désert, ska legend Chris Murray, Ocean 11’s Persephone Laird and Malik Moore of the Lions in an all-star tribute to the legends. Along with Junor Francis as Master of Ceremony the night is one not to be missed! They have also announce there will be some secret artists dropping in too.



  • David Hillyard & His Story of U.S. Ska Part 12

    David Hillyard & His Story of U.S. Ska Part 12

    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.


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!

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  • 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”.