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  • Moondust Records Special Offer FREE Single With Every Order

    Moondust Records Special Offer FREE Single With Every Order

    I’m running a special offer right now for Moondust Records (the label I run) through the next week. Every order of any of the 10 releases will get a FREE Irie Beats (or if you order Irie Beats then an Impalers or Soulsteppers) single! That’s right. Two for the price of one! Just order any of the releases (or multiple ones) and I’ll send you an additional record FREE!



  • Rougher Yet Jamaican Hit Parade Samples are Killer!

    Rougher Yet Jamaican Hit Parade Samples are Killer!

    There are some sites you visit just a few times and others that you just can’t live without. Rougher Yet is one of those site. I’ve already extolled the virtues of this site in a previous post. The site hosts sound samples of some of the top Reggae labels readers of this site will surely love including Amalgamated, Blue Cat, Doctor Bird, Pressure Beat, Treasure Isle and Wail N Soul M.


  • Video Hijack: Max Romeo “Me Want Man”

    Video Hijack: Max Romeo “Me Want Man”

    Max Romeo was one of those artists that had hits throughout the decades in many different styles. He recorded some wicked early Reggae and of course had massive hits in the Roots reggae era as well. Here he is with a recording from 1969. The lyrics tell the story of a girl talking to her mama and papa about simply wanting a man. Or is it so simple?


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”.