Top Ranking Albums of July 2012

Top Ranking Albums of July 2012

Jimmy CliffRebirth [Sunpower 2012]

RodriguezCold Fact [Light in the Attic Records 2008]

Cutty RanksFull Blast [Philip Music 2012]

Courtney JohnFrom Letters to Words [Jamaica Records 2012]

Snoop LionLa La La [Berhane Sound System 2012]

Damian Marley & SkrillexMake t Bun Dem [Big Beat Records 2012]

Charles BradleyNo Time For Dreaming [Daptone Records 2011]

Lutan FyahTruly [One Drop Productions 2012]

Alejandro EscovedoBig Station [Fantasy Records 2012]

Menny MooreMenny’s Book of Riddims [Troback Sound 2012]

Jay FarrarNew Multitudes [New Rounder 2012]

Easy Star All-StarsBillie Jean EP [Easy Star Records 2012]

NasLife is Good [Def Jam 2012]

 

Top Ranking Albums of July 2012

Top Ranking Albums of 2010

The Top Ranking Albums of 2010
  1. Damian Marley & NasDistant Relatives [Universal Republic Records 2010]
  2. AlborosieEscape From Babylon To The Kingdom Of Zion [Greensleeves 2010]
  3. Jamey Johnson – The Guitar Song [Mercury 2010]
  4. The Gorillaz – Plastic Beach [Virgin 2010]
  5. Spragga Benz – Shotta Culture [Boom Tunes 2010]
  6. Broken Bells – Broken Bells [Sony 2010]
  7. Gyptian – Hold You [VP Records 2010]
  8. Prince Fatty – Supersize [Mr Bongo 2010]
  9. Alejandro Escovedo – Street Songs Of Love [Fantasy 2010]
  10. Romain Virgo – Romain Virgo [VP Records 2010]
  11. Kings Go Forth – The Outsiders Are Back [Luaka Bop 2010]
  12. David Rodigan – FabricLive 54 [Fabric 2010]
  13. Vampire Weekend – Contra [XL 2010]
  14. Various Artists – Dub Like An Antelope – Legends of Reggae Celebrate Phish [Red Hillz Music 2010]
  15. Michael Franti and SpearheadThe Sound Of Sunshine [Boo Boo Wax 2010]
  16. Robert Plant – Band of Joy [New Rounder 2010]
  17. Carolina Chocolate Drops – Genuine Negro Jig [Nonesuch Records 2010]
  18. Merle Haggard – I Am What I Am [Vanguard Records 2010]
  19. Spoon – Transference [Merge Records 2010]
  20. Sleigh Bells – Treats [Mom & Pop Music 2010]
Top Ranking Albums of 2010

Top 100 Ranking Singles of 2010

The Top Ranking Singles of 2010
  1. Damian Marley, Nas, and Dennis BrownLand Of Promise
  2. Alborosie & Dennis BrownCan’t Stand It
  3. Cee LoFuck You
  4. GyptianHold You
  5. Jamey Johnson – Set ‘Em Up Joe
  6. Busy SignalSweet Love (Night Shift)
  7. Chuckle Berry, Sly & RobbieGood Life
  8. Courtney JohnLove Is
  9. Ryan BinghamThe Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)
  10. Carolina Chocolate DropsHit ‘Em Up Style
  11. AlborosieNo Cocaine
  12. Gappy RanksPut The Stereo On
  13. Erykah Badu Window Seat
  14. Romain VirgoMi Caan Sleep
  15. Busy SignalOne More Night
  16. Damian Marley & NasAs We Enter
  17. Spragga Benz – Shotta Culture
  18. AlborosieMama She Don’t Like You
  19. Prince Fatty & HorsemenInsane In The Brain
  20. Johnny Cash Ain’t No Grave
  21. Broken Bells The High Road
  22. Lloyd Brown Cold Blooded
  23. Michael Franti & SpearheadThe Sound Of Sunshine
  24. Spragga Benz, Shabba Ranks, Kardinal Offishal, & Swizz Beatz Red Dot Special (Rhatata)
  25. Willie Nelson, Leon Rausch, and Asleep at the WheelTruck Driver’s Blues
  26. Ed RobinsonOur Heroes
  27. Spragga Benz & Nas – This Is The Way
  28. AlborosieBlue Movie Boo
  29. Damian Marley, Nas, & Lil WayneMy Generation
  30. GorillazOn Melancholy Hill
  31. Yim Yames & the Preservation Hall Jazz BandLouisiana Fairytale
  32. Sean Paul Turn Me On
  33. Kings Go Forth – One Day
  34. Gappy RanksButterflies
  35. Merle Haggard I’ve Seen It Go Away
  36. Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know
  37. Lil Jon, Damian Marley, & Stephen MarleyOn De Grind
  38. Prince Fatty & Winston FrancisDry Your Tears
  39. Vampire WeekendHoliday
  40. Lee “Scratch” Perry & George ClintonScary Politicians
  41. Junior Kelly Too Late
  42. Damian Marley, Nas, & K’NaanTribes At War
  43. Jamey Johnson – Lonely At The Top
  44. Rootz UndergroundMakisupa Policeman
  45. Gorillaz, De La Soul, and Gruff Rhys – Superfast Jellyfish
  46. John Legend, Common, Melanie Fiona, & the RootsWake Up Everybody
  47. Kanye WestRunaway
  48. Spragga BenzDread Don’t Go Down
  49. Robert Plant Angel Dance
  50. Gappy RanksHeaven In Her Eyes
  51. Alejandro Escovedo – Anchor
  52. Damian Marley & NasPatience
  53. JonsiGo do
  54. Major Lazer, Collie Buddz, & Linda OrtegaGood Enuff
  55. Vampire WeekendHorchata
  56. Vybz Kartel & Popcaan Clarks
  57. Cypress HillBang Bang
  58. Kanye West Monster
  59. Overproof SoundsystemKing Step
  60. Cas Haley & Tanya Stephens Wolfman’s Brother
  61. Lil’ Wayne Gonorrhea
  62. Alborosie & Steel PulseSteppin Out
  63. Michael Franti, Lady Saw, and Spearhead Shake It
  64. Ray Benson, Jason Roberts, Leon Rausch, and Asleep at the WheelIt’s a Good Day
  65. I-Octane Puff It
  66. Lil Jon & Ying Yang TwinsRide Da D
  67. Romain Virgo Alton’s Medley
  68. Willie Nelson & Mishka Homegrown
  69. Damian Marley & NasNah Mean
  70. Tony AllenSecret Agent
  71. AssassinHand Inna Di Air
  72. Gorillaz, Mod Def, and Bobby Womack Stylo
  73. Prince Fatty & Horseman Shimmy Shimmy Ya
  74. Spragga Benz, Queen Ifrica, Stephen Marley, & Jah Cure – More Life
  75. Surfer BloodFloating Vibes
  76. Lil Jon, Ice Cube, & Elephant ManKillas
  77. Justin Townes EarleHarlem River Blues
  78. Damian Marley & NasCount Your Blessings
  79. SpoonWritten In Reverse
  80. Chalice & YellowmanBouncing Around The Room
  81. Broken BelllsThe Ghost Inside
  82. Alborosie & Horace Andy Money
  83. Cypress Hill, Pitbull, & Marc AnthonyArmada Latina
  84. Prince Fatty and Little Roy Christopher Colombus
  85. Vampire WeekendDiplomat’s Son
  86. MGMTCongratulations
  87. Gorillaz, Snoop Dogg, & Hypnotic Brass EnsembleWelcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach
  88. Kanye WestAll Of The Lights
  89. Two Door Cinema ClubSomething Good Can Work
  90. Carolina Chocolate DropsYour Baby Ain’t Sweet Like Mine
  91. Elizabeth Cook – El Camino
  92. Broken BellsVaporize
  93. NnekaHeartbeat
  94. The Rolling StonesPlundered My Soul
  95. Kanye WestPower
Top 100 Ranking Singles of 2010

The Best Albums of July 2010

Street Songs Of Love

July Music

  1. Alejandro EscovedoStreet Songs Of Love [Fantasy 2010]
  2. GyptianHold You [VP Records 2010]
  3. Various ArtistsReggae Gold 2010 [VP Records 2010]
  4. Ernie SmithThe Best of Ernie Smith – Original Masters [VP Records 2010]
  5. Mike StensonThe Jukebox In Your Heart [STAG 2010]
  6. M.I.A.Maya [N.E.E.T./Interscope 2010]
  7. Sleigh BellsTreats [Mom & Pop Music 2010]
  8. Gary P. NunnTaking Texas To The Country [Guacamole/Campfire Records 2010]
  9. Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot…The Son Of Chico Dusty [Def Jam 2010]
  10. Jah Mason Keep Ya Head Up [Rastar Records 2010]
  11. The RootsHow I Got Over [Explicit][Def Jam 2010]
  12. Clinton Fearon Mi Deh Yah [Makasound 2010]
  13. Scissor Sisters Night Work [Downton 2010]
  14. EminemRecovery [Aftermath 2010]
  15. Various ArtistsThe Definitive Collection of Federal Records, 1964-1982 [VP Records 2010]
  16. LucianoUnited States of Africa [VP Records 2010]
  17. Lincoln DurhamEP [Lincoln Durham 2010]
  18. Various Artists Bobo Revolution 2 [Greensleeves 2010]
  19. Jimmy Vaughan Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites [Shout Factory 2010]
  20. Various ArtistsFoundation Dub [Trojan 2010]
  21. Walt Wilkins & the MystiquerosAgave [Blue Boot Records 2010]

The Best of Ernie Smith - Original Masters

Jimmie Vaughan-Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites

Trojan Dub-Foundation Dub

The Best Albums of July 2010

Graham Wilkinson & the Underground Township make music for all the “Ragamuffin” Kids

Nature lovin,’ tree-huggin, hippy musician and artist Graham Wilkinson put together a fascinating group of Austin-based musicians to accompany his original and inspirational songs on the new album Yearbook. Graham Wilkinson and the Underground Township make beautiful music for mountain drives and nature hikes, but also for boisterous bars across North America. The music is original. Some might claim it is a kaleidoscope of roots music, folk, rock, Americana, jazz, and reggae, but really Graham Wilkinson and the Underground Township melt away genres and make new and exciting music.

underground township photo

On Yearbook Graham Wilkinson writes beautiful ballads like “Star Blue” and blues tunes like “The Corner Store” underscoring his brilliance at song writing. Drummer Matt Morris, bassist Wayne Dalchau, guitarist P.J. Herrington, and Chris Stringer on keys make up the backbone of the Underground Township on this particular album with Graham playing a range of instruments from harmonica and guitars to percussion. The Township is joined by a revolving cast of musicians from the Austin scene including Hayes Carll, Alejandro Escovedo, Ray Hilner, Meg Kemp, Mista Swift, Margaret Whitt-Harn, Joe Fallhaeber, Trisha Keefer, Mark Levine, Nick Warrechuk, Mark Wilson, Kyle Clayton, Will Duppy, Leila Henley, Heidi Johnson, Danny Malone, David Moss, Hector Munoz, Ron Weisberg, Dawnerin Wilkinson, Sarah Lu Wilkinson, and even legendary Texan musician Lloyd Maines.

The track “Ragamuffin” sticks out as a particular favorite of mine. I’ve always liked this song, but when it came up on my iPod (in a random shuffle mode) while cruising through the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming it seemed to be the perfect song at the perfect time. Hayes Carll and Graham Wilkinson share vocals on the song with Lloyd Maines playing a beautiful steel guitar. The gliding pace of the song helped me to glide smoothly over the meadows and mountain lakes.

The tracks on Yearbook like “La Brisa,” “Let It Go,” and “Boys and Girls” are not only great songs, but they also have been well produced here by Township Records. Township Records, run by bassist Wayne Dalchau, is a great local Austin indie label with talented new artists like Danny Malone, James Levy, and Graham Wilkinson and the Underground Township.

Yearbook is a concept album that takes a look back at the collaborations and music of 2008 in South Austin. The previous release from the band was the self-titled Graham Wilkinson & the Underground Township, which took a different approach to Graham’s songs. On Yearbook the tracks are more filled out. And the good news is, The Underground Township are taking this wonderful music on the road for 2009. The late summer tour is exhaustive. Make sure to catch Graham & the Township playing in a town near you.

Aug 2 2009 6:00P Freds Texas Cafe Ft. Worth, Texas
Aug 5 2009 8:00P The Whitewater Tavern Little Rock, Arkansas
Aug 6 2009 9:00P Tres Hombres Carbondale, Illinois
Aug 7 2009 9:00P Duke’s Hideaway Chicago, Illinois
Aug 8 2009 9:00P Duke’s Hideaway Chicaco, Illinois
Aug 9 2009 8:00P Village Inn Suttons Bay, MI
Aug 10 2009 8:00P Village Inn Suttons Bay, MI
Aug 11 2009 8:00P Village Inn Suttons Bay, MI
Aug 12 2009 9:00P The Happy Dog Cleveland, Ohio
Aug 13 2009 9:00P Hill Country BBQ New York, New York
Aug 14 2009 10:00P Blak Oak Tavern Oneonta, New York
Aug 15 2009 8:00P Fred Fest Oneonta, New York
Aug 19 2009 9:00P Northside Tavern Cincinnati, Ohio
Aug 20 2009 9:00P Boone Saloon Boone, North Carolina
Aug 21 2009 9:00P Tasty World Athens, Georgia
Aug 22 2009 9:00P Westville Pub Asheville, North Carolina
Aug 25 2009 9:00P Lynagh’s Irish Pub Lexington, Kentucky
Aug 26 2009 10:00P The Basement w/ Rufus Huff (Kentucky Headhunters) Nashville, Tennessee
Aug 27 2009 8:00P The Whitewater Tavern Little Rock, Arkansas
Aug 28 2009 8:00P Smoke and Barrel Tavern Fayetteville, Arkansas
Aug 29 2009 8:00P The Parish w/ The Blue Hit & Danny Malone Austin, TX

Graham Wilkinson & the Underground Township make music for all the “Ragamuffin” Kids

The Best of April 2009!!!

The Best of April 2009!!!

1. Graham Wilkinson & the Underground TownshipYearbook [Township Records 2009]
2. K’NaanTroubadour [Octone Records 2009]
3. Buju BantonRasta Got Soul [Gargamel 2009]
4. Bob Dylan Together Through Life [Columbia 2009]
5. CunninlynguistsStrange Journey Volume One [QNS 2009]
6. J.J. Cale Roll On [Rounder 2009]
7. B RealSmoke and Mirrors [Duck Down 2009]
8. Jah CureThe Universal Cure [SoBe 2009]
9. Souls of Mischief Tour Stories [Hieroglyphics Imporium 2009]
10. JahmaliEl Shaddai [Penthouse 2009]
11. Various ArtistsEvolution Dub Volume 1: The Origin of the Species [Greensleeves 2009]
12. Various ArtistsEvolution Dub Volume 2: The Great Leap Forward [Greensleeves 2009]
13. SizzlaGhetto Youthology [Greensleeves 2009]
14. Bitty McLeanMovin On [Taxi 2009]
15. John Brown’s BodyRe-Amplify [Easy Star Records 2009]

Graham Wilkinson and the Underground Township released a new album on Township Records, Yearbook, this month that brings the best of Texas roots music to the fore. Graham Wilkinson has proven himself not only as a songwriter but also as an arranger. Some of the songs on this album come from earlier albums but here they are arranged in new and lovely ways. On the track “Ragamuffin,” Hayes Carll lends his voice and Lloyd Maines plays his pedal-steel guitar. “Let It Go” stands out as an americana roots jam and “La Briza” casts an easy groovy spell. “Boys and Girls” is a reggafied track that has a ska sound.  On the strings laden “Ghosts,” a previously unreleased track,  Alejandro Esovedo adds his voice to this rock n’ roll piece of art. Graham Wilkinson and the Underground Township and the boys at Township Records, including producer and bassist Wayne Dalchau, have done it again. And this time the album artwork and concept of the Yearbook make it worth getting the hard copy of this album. Get the digital album if need be but the artwork and music make this album a tangible item one needs to hold, see, listen, and appreciate. Like the old days before the digital single this album harkens back to the good old days of the concept album. This album, Yearbook, captures a year of creativity, music, and Austin vibes.

K’Naan the Somalian rapper dropped sweltering rhymes over fat beats on his new album Troubadour. The track “I Come Prepared” with Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley stands out as a powerful song and the track “ABC’s” with Chubb Rock is slamming. Chali 2Na Fish, Mos Def, and Adam Levine also co-star on this album. But K’Naan shines on solo tracks too. The track “T.I.A.,” which stand for “This Is Africa,” samples Bob Marley & the Wailers’ “Simmer Down” with heavy bass drops chopping the old rhythm into a new dancehall beat. The Somalian rapper shows his softer side on ballads like “Wavin’ Flag” and “Take A Minute.” I am looking forward to seeing the live show.

The Best of April 2009!!!

JamTex Top 10 for July 2008

July 2008
1. DubmatixRenegade Rocker [Dubmatrix 2008]
2. Hayes CarllTrouble In Mind [Lost Highway 2008]
3. Various Artists Reggae Gold 2008 [VP Records 2008]
4. Willie NelsonOne Hell of a Ride [Box Set] [Sony 2008]
5. Joe Ely and Joel Guzman – Live Cactus [Rack’em Records 2008]
6. Alejandro Escovedo Real Animal [Back Porch Records 2008]
7. DJ Yoda Fabriclive 39 [Fabric 2008]
8. Ryan Bingham Mescalito [Lost Highway 2007]
9. EtanaThe Strong One [VP Records 2008]
10. Various Artist Ragga Ragga Ragga! 2008 [Greensleeves 2008]

Dubmatix‘s new album Renegade Rockers offers some true gems with classic dancehall don Pinchers and rocksteady veteran Alton Ellis laying down superb tracks with the Canadian dubmaster. Lining up sensational reggae vocalist like Willi Williams, Linval Thompson, and Ranking Joe, Dubmatix has produced dynamite soundscapes to be played loudly in the hot Texas heat.

Hayes Carll‘s “She Left for Jesus” from his new album Trouble in Mind is the best country song of the year if not the decade. Witty, humorous, and delightfully sounding Hayes Carll embodies the best of roots music.

VP’s Reggae Gold 2008 compiled some of the hottest reggae coming out of the Caribbean, including Mavado, Beenie Man, Bugle, Richie Spice, and Collie Buddz. Syren Hall‘s “Sombody Come Get Me” and Tarrus Riley‘s “Ease Off” play like smooth roots reggae. The compilation contains burning dancehall anthems, such as Stephen Marley and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley‘s “The Mission.” YT‘s “Champion Sound” kills the competition, dropping bombs and crazy bass.

For a trek across New Mexico and Arizona and onto the old casinos of downtown Las Vegas, the sounds of Joe Ely and Joel Guzman‘s new album Live Cactus framed a passing desert landscape. And where eventually the desert plain gave way to mad rapids on the swollen Colorado River rampaging down the truly grand canyons of the American Southwest.

JamTex Top 10 for July 2008