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  • New Deal’s Gone Bad Heartbreak & Shadows On The Way

    New Deal’s Gone Bad Heartbreak & Shadows On The Way

    DGB Heartbreak & ShadowsIt’s been 6 years since Deal’s Gone Bad released “The Ramblers”, and we’ve spent a good long chunk of that time on the road bringing this album to your doorstep with countless tours and festival performances. Folks, it’s been a blast and it’s time to do it all again!

  • Dennis Alcapone To Make Stop in Chicago June 14

    Dennis Alcapone To Make Stop in Chicago June 14

    Jamaican Oldies ProductionsJUMP UP RECORDS continues its 20th Anniversary celebration in 2014 curating JAMAICAN OLDIES PRODUCTIONS, a partnership with MAYNE STAGE that brings vintage Jamaican ska and reggae vocalists to Chicago. We are very proud to announce our very first “deejay” show featuring the original Kingston hitmaker DENNIS ALCAPONE, performing for the first time ever in Chicago!

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.


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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.

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  • 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”.