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Monthly Archives: June 2008

LA Rumble 2008

I once again missed this year’s LA Rumble, one of the few clashes happening on the west coast. An audio recording of the action is available over at Massive Productions website. Haven’t had time to listen to it yet, but it should be interesting.
By accident I actually ended up at the same venue as where [...]

Roots nerd

June turned into a roots reggae month. I picked up three Blood & Fire classics I didn’t own before and that for some reason suddenly showed up at Ernie B’s: “The Heart of The Congos” on original double vinyl, the Big Youth triple-CD “Natty Universal Dread”, and Yabby U’s “Jesus Dread” in its mighty quadruple-LP [...]

Vinyl Survival Watch

From the LA Times:
“The interest seems to be catching on. Turntable sales are picking up, and the few remaining record pressers say business is booming.”

Mavado for Obama

Just cleared of gun charges, Mavado pulls a Hillary and delivers an endorsement of Obama. Unlike Hillary he does it in the form of a version of “On The Rock”, remade to “We need Barack”. The Heatwave blog links to the mp3. First time I’ve heard references to the US mortgage crisis in a bashment [...]

More Dangerous Dub

It may not have been as inventive as the effect-laden stuff from the seventies, but “Dangerous Dub” is one of the heaviest records I know. Originally released in 1981 it featured Jah Screw productions, with King Tubby and Soldgie engineering, and the Roots Radics hammering out the riddims. All completely stripped down drum and bass [...]