The Top 40 Albums of May 2010!!!

Distant Relatives

May 2010 has been a fruitful month for music. Reggae, country, jazz, and rock music have been well represented. The Junior Gong aka Damian Marleydropped his long anticipated album Distant Relatives with rap legend Nas. The album features reggae, sick African beats, hip-hop, and spot on guest appearances by k’naan and Lil Wayne.

On the country side, Texan outlaw Willie Nelson strikes again with Country Music and Merle Haggard makes one of his best records in recent memory with the album I Am What I Am (Amazon Exclusive Version). And the Preservation Hall Jazz Band made an amazing album An Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program (Deluxe Version) with guests like Louis Armstrong, Andrew BirdSteve Earleand Jim James aka Yim Yames from My Morning Jacket. And on the rock scene, new albums from Cornershop, LCD Soundsystem, and Broken Social Scene add balance to a nice month in music.

From Latin rappers Cypress Hill to African drummer Tony Allen (part of Fela Kuti‘s legendary band) to Texan musicians Court Yard Hounds(part of the Dixie Chicks) this months selection is diverse and full of wonderful sounds. Here are the Top 40 albums of May…

The Best of May 2010

  1. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & NasDistant Relatives [Universal 2010]
  2. Merle Haggard I Am What I Am [Vanguard Records 2010]
  3. Willie Nelson Country Music [Rounder 2010]
  4. Various ArtistsAn Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program [Preservation Hall Recording 2010]
  5. Toots & the MaytalsFlip and Twist [D and F Music 2010]
  6. Jakob Dylan Women And Country [Columbia 2010]
  7. Tony Allen Secret Agent [Nonesuch Records 2010]
  8. Cornershop Judy Sucks A Lemon For Breakfast [Ample Play Recordings 2010]
  9. Peter Wolf Midnight Souvenirs [Verve 2010]
  10. The PhysicsFuture Talk [The Physics 2007]
  11. Pretty LightsMaking Up A Changing Mind [Pretty Lights Music 2010]
  12. V.V. BrownTravelling Like The Light [Capitol 2010]
  13. Winston JarrettBushwhackers Gangbangers [Bigmore Productions 2010]
  14. Various Artists Something Old, Something New, Volume 5 [Penthouse Records 2010]
  15. Various Artists Big Stage Riddim [Penthouse Records 2010]
  16. Very Be Careful Escape Room [Barbes Records 2010]
  17. Various ArtistsSpecial Request, Volume 3 [Penthouse Records 2010]
  18. Mulatu Astatke Mulatu Steps Ahead [Strut Records 2010]
  19. Dr. DogShame Shame [Anti 2010]
  20. Radar Bros. The Illustrated Garden [Merge Records 2010]
  21. The Apples in Stereo Travellers In Space And Time [Yep Roc Records 2010]
  22. MGMTCongratulations [Sony 2010]
  23. Court Yard Hounds Court Yard Hounds [Columbia 2010]
  24. Caribou Swim [Merge Records 2010]
  25. LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening [Virgin Records 2010]
  26. Broken Social Scene Forgiveness Rock Record [Arts & Crafts Records 2010]
  27. The Kissaway Trail Sleep Mountain [Bella Union 2010]
  28. Passion Pit Manners [Columbia Records 2010]
  29. The Hold Steady Heaven Is Whenever [Vagrant Records 2010]
  30. Various ArtistsJoe Gibbs 12” Disco Showcase Volume 4 [VP Records 2010]
  31. The Dead Weather Sea Of Cowards [Third Man 2010]
  32. Gogol BordelloTrans-Continental Hustle [American Recordings 2010]
  33. Cypress HillRise Up [Priority Records]
  34. Solomon BurkeNothing’s Impossible [E1 Music 2010]
  35. GinjahNever Lost My Way [Digital Release 2010]
  36. Alan Jackson – Freight Train [Arista 2010]
  37. Judgement Day Peacocks / Pink Monsters [Judgement Day 2010]
  38. The RaftersAnimal Feelings [Asthmatic Kitty Records 2010]
  39. Jeff Beck Emotion & Commotion [Atco/Rhino 2010]
  40. SlashSlash [Dik Hayd 2010]
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The Top 40 Albums of May 2010!!!

World of Reggae Music Collection–Rock/Reggae Fusion

Rock/Reggae Fusion

In this edition of the World Of Reggae Music Collection the selector explores the fusion of rock n’ roll and reggae music.

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Roots Rock Reggae

Blondie – Tide Is High

Sublime – Pawn Shop

The Police – Roxanne

Finley Quay – Even After All

Led Zeppelin – D’Yer Maker

Rebelution – Fade Away

Eric Clapton – I Shot The Sheriff

Slightly Stoopid – Don’t Care

The Grateful Dead – Fire On The Mountain

Daweh CongoDaybreak

311Rub A Dub

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals With My Own Two Hands

The Police – Message In A Bottle

Sublime – Badfish

Chuck Berry – Havana Moon

SOJA – Everything Changes

Rockamovya – Collin’ I

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Slogans

Slightly StoopidWiseman

SOJA – Used To Matter

John Popper & Rebelution – Closer I Get

Rebelution – Closer I Get Dub

The Clash – The Guns Of Brixton

Sublime – 54-46 That’s My Number/Ball and Chain

Jack Johnson – The Horizon Has Been Defeated

The Kinks – Apeman

The Dirty Heads – Stand Tall

Collie Buddz & Rebelution – Had To Be The One

Barrington Levy & Long Beach Dub All Stars – Under Mi Sensi

Eek-A-Mouse & The Expendables – Ganja Smugglin’

Grateful Dead – Estimated Prophet

Finley Quay – Sun Is Shining

Rebelution – Outta Control

Slightly Stoopid – 2am

311 – My Stoney Baby

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Waiting In Vain (Jim James Remix)

The Police – Can’t Stand Losing You

Sublime – Boss D.J.

Long Beach Dub All Stars – Listen to D.J.’s

SOJA – Tell Me

Gov’t Mule, Toots & the Maytals – Hard To Handle

Gov’t Mule – Hard To Dubya

Slightly Stoopid – Bandelero

Sublime – Garden Grove

Rockamovya – Rock in Place

Citizen Cope – Brother Lee

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Red Beans & Rice

No Doubt & Lady Saw – Underneath It All

MatisyahuChop ’em Down

PepperNo Control

Sublime – Greatest Hits

Grateful Dead – Touch Of Grey

The Clash – (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais)

Michael Franti, Cherine Anderson, & Spearhead – A Little Bit of Riddim

Bad Brains – Roll On

Ezra Koenig & Major Lazer – Jessica

311Paradise

Slightly Stoopid & G. Love – Mellow Mood

The Police Walking On The Moon

The ClashPolice & Thieves

Sublime – Steppin’ Razor

Phish – Makisupa Policeman>Night Nurse>Makisupa Policeman (Live October 26, 2010 Manchester, New Hampshire)

SOJA – Better

Half Pint – My Best Friend’s Girl

Long Beach Dub All-Stars & Barrington Levy – Saw Red

SublimeDon’t Push

Nelly Furtado – Turn Off the Lights (Reggae Remix)

311Nix Hex

Jack Johnson – Wasting Time

SOJA – Be With Me Now

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Jah Work

MatisyahuKing Without A Crown

Slightly StoopidTill It Gets Wet

Wayne Wonder – Hold Me Now

SOJA – Let You Go

311 – 1, 2, 3

Los Lobos – Pawn Shop

Ziggy Marley – Drive

Half Pint, Toko Pasi, & Long Beach Dub All Stars – A Girl Like You

Sublime – Rivers Of Babylon

Roots of Creation & John Brown’s Body Horns – Universal Soldier

Pepper – Freeze

311 – Welcome

Slightly Stoopid – Digital

John Brown’s Body – Garden Tree

Jimmy Cliff – Ruby Soho

Citizen Cope – 107°

The Police – Murder By Numbers

No Doubt & Bounty Killer – Hey Baby

Ween – The Fruit Man

Sublime – 40 Oz. To Freedom

The Aggrolites – Prisoner Song

Slightly Stoopid – Babylon Is Falling

Pepper – Things That You Love

Michael Franti & Gov’t Mule – Unthrow That Spear

Gov’t Mule – Unring That Bell

311 – All Mixed Up

Matisyahu – Message In A Battle

Matisyahu – Message In A Bottle (Dub Version)

Sublime – April 29, 1992

Slightly Stoopid – I Would Do For You

Rebelution – Calling Me Out

SOJA – Summer Breeze

Barrington Levy & Slighly Stoopid – Ur Love

311 – Plain 

The Clash – Revolution Rock

Half Pint & Filibuster – Get Ready

Ken Boothe – Everybody Want o Rule The World

Trey Anastasio, Toots & the Maytals – Sweet and Dandy

Pepper – Love 101

The Wailing Souls – War Down at the Pawnshop

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Rock The Nation

Cipes & People – Free Me

Bad Brains – Natty Dreadlocks ‘Pon the Mountain

The Grateful Dead – Eyes Of The World

Sublime – Right Back

The Clash – Armagideon Time

311 – Stealing Happy Hours

The Police – Invisible Sun

Slightly Stoopid – Still Be You

Pepper – Musical 69

The Black Crowes – Time Will Tell

G. Love – Greatest Hits

Roots of Creation – Woman

Rebelution – Sky Is The Limit

Gov’t Mule – Rebel With A Cause

Jimmy Cliff – Bang

Long Beach Shortbus – California Grace

Rancid & Buju Banton – No More Misty Days

Grateful Dead – Scarlet Begonias

Sublime – Scarlet Begonias

311 – 8:16 A.M. 

Slightly Stoopid – Waiting

Bedouin Soundclash – Until We Burn In The Sun (The Kids Just Want Love Songs)

The Clash – Rudie Can’t Fail

Aswad – Roxanne

The Police – Driven To Tears

Rebelution – Comfort Zone

Rebelution – Comfort Zone Dub

Sublime – Doin’ Time

Eric Clapton, Toots & the Maytals – Pressure Drop

Beenie Man, ARP, & Tony Curtis – Missing You

311 – Love Song

SOJA – Strength To Survivie

Pepper – Bring Me Along

The Clash – Lover’s Rock

The Police – Reggaetta De Blanc

Gov’t Mule – Horseflies

Mishka – Bittersweet

Jimmy Cliff – Rebel Rebel

Slightly Stoopid – Blood of my Blood

311 – Omaha Stylee

Nas & Damian Marley – Strong Will Continue

The Aggrolites – Time To Get Tough

Rebelution – Too Rude

Santana, Sean Paul, Joss Stone – Cry Baby Cry

Wyclef Jean, Serj Tankin, & Sizzla – Riot

Trey Anastasio – Small Axe 

Petra Haden, Stephen Perkins, & Mike Watt – Work That We Do

Long Beach Shortbus – Girl Next Door

SOJA  – Don’t Forget

Matisyahu – I Will Be Light

Slightly Stoopid – Sweet Honey

Rebelution – Day By Day

Gov’t Mule – Unblow Your Horn

Gov’t Mule – Reblow Your Mind

Sublime – Trenchtown Rock

NEED

Super Villains 20 Excuses

Pepper – Bad Idea

Horace Andy & Easy Dub All-Stars Airbag

PepperCan’t Stand Losing You

Sting & Ranking Roger The Bed’s Too Big Without You

Pasafire – Submersible

The Expendables –  Bowl For Two

DispatchThe General

Junior ReidSynchronicity 1

Bad Brains I And I Survive

GroundationLong, Long Ago

IrationFalling

Outlaw NationBabylon Is Falling

Easy Dub All Stars – Karma Police

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub SquadBuffalo

The HoldupHunnies

Aivar17

RebelutionOrdinary Girl

Toots & the MaytalsDe Do Do Do De Da Da Da

Bedouin SoundclashWalls Fall Down

Burning Spear – Jam Cruise

Roots Manuva Again & Again (Arctic Monkeys Remix)

Eve & Wyclef JeanYour Love

Mikey Dread & Seal Lips Like Sugar

ElanSlave To Love

Jason Mraz I Melt With You

Nicole KeaBreakfast In Bed

Dryden MitchellFriday, I’m In Love

Joe JacksonFools In Love

World of Reggae Music Collection–Rock/Reggae Fusion

Phish 3D

Phish image

I got to see the Phish 3D movie this last Friday night in Dallas, Texas. The film captured the 2009 Halloween sets from the Live 8 Festival in Indio, California. This movie is not a documentary. When the film starts the music begins. It is simply Phish doing what they do best, making music. Trey Anastasio shreds his guitar, twisting the strings and producing electrifying wails. Page McConnell tickles the ivory, textures the jams, and takes off on his own solos. Mike Gordon, the soloing bassist, drops deep thudding bass lines while the drummer John Fishman wears a polka-dotted dress behind a drum set pounding out tight rhythms. All four musicians sing. Blending funk, bluegrass, rock, reggae, and jazz, Phish defies genres fusing all into a bag of joy.

This was my first 3D concert experience. And it was better than expected. The beach balls, glow sticks, and balloons fluttered through the crowd and seemingly throughout the movie theatre. It was like being at a live concert, but with better views. In fact, it might be better than an actual concert in terms of visibility. because you get to see so many different perspectives. Perhaps the live music concert is better because you get to experience the music in the moment, in the heat of the spontaneous jam sessions, and among the Phishhead culture, but in the movie theatre Trey leaps off the screen as I sit sipping a beer and eating nachos.

As the film begins Phish goes into one of their old school jams “AC/DC Bag.” Then the band plays a track from the new album Joy entitled “Stealing Time From The Faulty Plan.” Next, I really liked the rockin’ version of “Undermind.” The light show was spectacular at this festival. Smoke floated by in 3D with lights piercing and slicing through the smoke into the movie theatre. As the song “Tweezer” started the lights turned a cold blue and Fishman donned a toboggan. We stepped inside a freezer and ceased her with a tweezer! From out of the freezer we emerged into the “Maze,” building and building until we eventually exploded out into space. Then we returned to earth with “Mike’s Song,” which rounded out a very strong night-time set.

The film then briefly shows some daytime scenes of the festival grounds, including the large piece of art known as the Squirming Coil. From there it cuts to the band taking to the stage with acoustic instruments. They embark on an acoustic jam that starts with “Back On The Train” from 2000’s release Farmhouse. From there the boys dig back into their catalog for a sweet version of “Strange Design.” Then Phish picks up the pace on “The Curtain With.” A trippy “Sleep Again” is followed by a sensational climaxing “Wilson.” The set concludes with “Train Song” from 1996’s release Billy Breathes.

In the third and final set Phish 3D explores a staple in the Phish phenomena, covering an album in its entirety. In this case Phish covers the legendary Rolling Stones album Exile on Main Street. Unfortunately there is not enough time for the film to cover the entire album or “musical costume”  in a short movie, but we do get to see some of the highlights. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings join the band for this wonderful set of music. First we see Phish playing “Loving Cup,” which must be one of their favorites. I actually saw Phish play this song in the 1990s at Southpark Meadows in Austin, Texas. The Exile on Main Street set also includes rollicking soulful versions of “Happy,” “Shine A Light,” and “Soul Survivor.” The film winds down with a fired up version of “Suzy Greenberg” anchored by the horns and electric voices of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. Phish’s big screen adventure concludes with the crowd pleasing “Tweezer Reprise.”

Phish 3D