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  • May The Fourth Be With You

    May The Fourth Be With You

    If there are two things I love in this world it’s Star Wars and Reggae. They so far haven’t come together as much as I would like though. There have been a few bands to attempt covers of any of the outstanding John Williams score music.


  • David Hillyard & His Story of U.S. Ska Part 11

    David Hillyard & His Story of U.S. Ska Part 11

    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.



  • Watch Full Madness Set from Vive Latino 2012

    Watch Full Madness Set from Vive Latino 2012

    Back in 2012 Madness were again taking their madcap romp act on the road and doing one of their biggest shows ever. Vive Latino was one of those stops. It’s the biggest festival in Mexico City and one of the largest in the world with over 100,000 people attending every year and this was no different.


  • Angel City Set to Release New Keith & Tex and Stahl Single

    Angel City Set to Release New Keith & Tex and Stahl Single

    Angel City Records bills itself as “The Sounds of Yesteryear NOW” and has been steadily dropping some sweet vintage style Soul & Reggae nuggets from the likes of Mr. Symarip and Jackie Mendez over the last year.

    They are set to release a new single from the dynamic duo of Keith & Tex backed by a cut from the man of many talents Scott Abels who goes under Stahl for these releases. This is his second one on the label in fact.


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”.