Top Ranking Songs of 2014

Sturgill Simpson – “Turtles All The Way Down”
Stephen Marley, Capleton, and Sizzla – “Rock Stone”
The Temples – “Shelter Song”
Protoje & Chronixx – “Who Knows”
Hurrary for the Riff Raff – “The Body Electric”
Rebelution – “Fade Away”
Bleached – “For The Feel”
Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, & Spragga Benz – “Bongo Nyah”
Sturgill Simpson – “Life of Sin”
SOJA & Collie Buddz – “She Stills Love Me”
Robert Plant – “Little Maggie”
Pressure, Tarrus Riley, and Damian Marley – “Mental Disturbance”
Willie Nelson – “Crazy Like Me”
Damian Marley – “Is It Worth It (Gunman World)”
Conor Oberst – “Zigzagging Toward The Light”
Dre Island – “Live Forever”
Sturgill Simpson – “Long White Line”
Gentleman – “Superior (Unplugged)”
Blitzen Trapper – “To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)”
Clay – “Shadow After Dark”
Frazey Ford – “September Fields (Acoustic)”
Busy Signal – “Money Flow”
Meghan Trainor – “All About That Bass”
Jah Sun – “Roots, Rock, Reggae”
Sylvan Esso – “Coffee”
Kabaka Pyramid – “Never Gonna Be A Slave”
Zack De La Rocha & Run The Jewels – “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)”
Collie Buddz & Rebelution – “Had To Be The One”
Beck – “Morning”
Josey Wales – “Ready Fi Josey”
Roseanne Cash – “The Long Way Home”
Tarrus Riley & Dean Frazer – “Cry No More”
Willie Nelson & Jamey Johnson – “The Git Go”
Sean Paul & Iggy Azelea – “Wickedest Style”
Belle & Sebastian – “The Party Line”
Ali Campbell – “Cyber Bully Boys”
The Black Keys – “Fever”
Kymani Marley – “Get High”
Charli XCX – “Boom Clap”
Anthony B & Dubmatix – “Detonator”
Sturgill Simpson – “The Promise”
Chronixx – “Capture Land”
Chet Faker – “1998”
Papa Michigan & Yami Bolo – “People Rise”
Wayne Marshall – “On The Corner”
TV on the Radio – “Happy Idiot”
Stick Figure & Collie Buddz – “Smokin’ Love”
The Grouch & Eligh with Kyle of Slightly Stoopid – “People of the Sun”
Delly Ranx – “Sweet Reggae”
Old Crow Medicine Show – “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer”
Richie Spice – “Reggae Music”
Sturgill Simpson – “Voices”
Tarrus Riley, Big Youth, & Mr. Cheeks – “Five Days”
Dr. John – “Let ‘Em In”
Busy Signal – “Nah Follow Dem”
Gentleman’s Dub Club – “Give It Away”
J. Mascis – “Every Morning”
Tanya Stephens – “Wine Up On Mi”
Old Crow Medicine Show 
– “Sweet Amarillo”
Sean Paul & Konshens
– “Want Dem All”
Spoon
– “Inside Out”
Popcaan
– “Everything Nice”
Magic!
– “Rude”
Prince Fatty, Top Cat, & Mungo’s Hi-Fi
– “Herbalist”
Mary J. Blige
– “Whole Damn Year”
Chronixx
– “Rastaman Wheel Out”
Busy Signal
– “Greetings”
Alvvays
– “Archie, Marry Me”
Young J.R
– “General”
Mac Demarco
– “Passing Out Pieces”
Papa Michigan & Yami Bolo
– “People Rise”
Sturgill Simpson – “Just Let Go”
Wayne Marhsall – “The Boom Draw”
First Aid Kid – “My Silver Linings”
Exco Levi – “Reggae Calling”
Latasha Lee – “Watch Me Now”
Sean Paul & Major Lazer – “Come On To Me”
Spoon – “I Just Don’ Understand”
Lutan Fyah – “Play It (Drums Them Beating)”
Willie Nelson – “I Thought I Left You”
Bugle – “Anointed”
Sturgill Simpson – “It Ain’t All Flowers”
Notis & Iba Mahr – “Diamond Sox”
Perry Farrell – “Got To Get You In My Life”
Kabaka Pyramid – “World Wide Love”
Willie Nelson – “I’ve Got A Lot of Traveling To Do”
Spring Wata – “Hold Firm”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
I-Wayne & Kabaka Pyramid – “Versatile”
St. Vincent – “Digital Witness”
Ali Campbell – “Silhouette”
Sturgill Simpson – “Panbowl”
Pressure – “Virgin Islands Nice”
Benjamin Booker – “Slow Coming”
Richie Spice & Jah Sun – “Can’t Live Good”
Steve Miller – “Junior’s Farm”
Tarrus Riley & Whippa Demus – “Special Occasion”
Willie Nelson & Billy Joe Shaver – “Hard To Be An Outlaw”
Sizzla – “Gangsta”
Latasha Lee – “Pledging My Love”
Busy Signal & Chris Martin – “Lock Di Endz”
Michael Franti – “Same As It Ever War (Starts Today)”
Don Carlos & Rebelution – “Roots Reggae Music”
Willie Nelson – “The Wall”
Jahdan Blakkmoore & Kabaka Pyramid – “For the Children”
Benjamin Booker – “Violent Shiver”
Anuhea & SOJA – “Easier”
Phish – “Winterqueen”
Ali Campbell – “History”
Jack White – “High Ball Stepper”
Chronixx – “Like A Whistle”
Willie Nelson – “Yesterday”
Gyptian – “Stuck”
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
Sizzla – “Champion Sound”
Burro Banton – “Bad Like Mi”
Sizzla – “Champion Sound (Spoonbill Remix)”
Brett Dennen – “Wild Child”
No Maddz – “Shotta”
Cham – “Wah Gwaan”
Zara McFarlane – “Police & Thieves”
Million Stylez & DJ Hard2Def – Baddis Ting (Trappin’ Refix)
Moodyman & Andres – “Lyk U Use 2”
Chronixx – “Spirulina”
Phish – “The Line”
Tarrus Riley – “Burning Desire”
Weezer – “Back To The Shack”
Matisyahu & Collie Buddz – “Confidence”
Jah Sun – “Babylon Funeral”
Ezra Koenig & Karen O – “The Moon Song”
Jah Cure – “All of Me”
Micah Shemaiah, Infinite, & Matthias – “Reggae Rockit”
Phish – “Wombat”
Michael Franti & SOJA – “I Believe”
Skrillex – “Ragga Bomb”
Tanya Stephens – “Unapologetic”
Mr. Williamz – “Ganja Palace”
Iggy Azalea & Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Jah Sun – “Rise As One”
Grimes – “Go”
Marina P & Mungo’s Hi Fi – “Divorce A L’Italienne”
The Black Keys – “Gotta Get Away”
Wayne Marhsall, Baby Cham, Ace Hood, & Waka Flocka – “Go Harder”
Trevor Hall – “The Mountain”
Damian Marley & SOJA – “Your Song”
Beck – “Blue Moon”
Jah Sun & Chronixx – “Top Rankin”
Duane Stephenson – “Cool Runnings”
Kendrick Lamar – “i”
Mala Rodriquez & SOJA – “Like It Used To”
Phish – “Wingsuit”
I-Wayne – “Seeking Souls”
Christopher Martin – “Steppin’ Razor”
Brett Dennen – “Outta My Head”
Shaggy – “Work So Hard”
Sturgill Simpson – “Living the Dream”
Pressure and Jah Mason – “My Herbs”
Michael Franti – “Stay Human (Soulshine Remix)”
Collie Buddz – “Nice Up Yourself”
Burro Banton – “Inna Mi League”
Matthew McAnuff – “Be Careful”
Toian – “Kingston Town”
Julian Marley & Junior Reid – “Never Too Ruff”
Etana – “Trigger”
Willie Nelson – “Bring It On”
Maxi Priest – “Easy To Love”
String Cheese Incident – “Colorado Bluebird Sky”
Saba Tooth & Adena Myrie – “Love Is Overdue, Part 2”
D’Angelo & The Vanguard – “Another Life”
Ali Campbell – “Reggae Music”
Phish – “Halfway to the Moon”
Lady Ann & Alborosie – “Informa”
Jo Mersa – “Rock and Swing”
Rick Ross – “Coke Like The 80s”
Nahko & SOJA – “Lucid Dreams”
Beck – “Country Down”
Toian – “Rude Boys”
Willie Nelson – “Wives and Girlfriends”
Jah Mason – “Wings of Wind”
Michael Franti – “Yes I Will (Soulshine Remix)”
Sizzla – “Sweet To My Brain”
Mac Demarco – “Passing Out The Pieces”
Raging Fyah – “Jah Glory”
Sharon Van Etten – “Every Time The Sun Comes Up”
Gappy Ranks – “Selling Stories”
First Aid Kid – “Master Pretender”
Raging Fyah – “Dance With You”
SOJA – “Treading Water”
U2 – “Every Breaking Wave”
Exco Levi – “Herb Man”
Tommy Lee Sparta – “Hero”
Prince – “This Could Be Us”
Ali Campbell – “I Want You”
Sizzla – “Make It Right”
Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Black-Am-I, Biggz General, Jo Mersa, Illestr8 – “The Living Breed”
Bugle – “Anointed”
Brooklyn Jungle Soundsystem – “Kulture (Dubmatix Remix)”
Black-Am-I – “In the Ghetto”
Alkaline – “Gyal Bruk Out”
Mavado & Nicki Minaj – “Give It To Me”
Shuga – “Ride De Riddim”
Sinkane – “How We Be”
Tarrus Riley & U-Roy – “Sail Away”
Willie Nelson – “The Songwriters”
Alborosie & Black Uhuru – “Guess Who’s Coming”
Bruce Springsteen – “Frankie Fell In Love”
Ward 21 – “No Trouble We”
Foo Fighters – “Outside”
J Boog
– “Love Me”

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Top Ranking Songs of 2014

BONNAROO MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL 2009

This year’s Bonnaroo Music Festival offered a fine mix of music from bluegrass to reggae to indie rock and jam bands to afro-pop and electronica music. The reggae musicians included Midnite, the Itals, and the Wailing Souls. I unfortunately missed Midnite on Thursday but I got to see amazing sets from the Itals and Wailing Souls. The Itals played roots reggae including songs like “In a Dis Ya Time.” And they played new cuts from the upcoming album Let Them Talk. The Wailing Souls played Saturday and dropped roots reggae classics like “Shark Attack ” alongside reggae covers of the Doors song “Love Her Madly” and the Grateful Dead classic “Casey Jones.” The Wailing Souls also played “War Down at the Pawn Shop” a track written by Sublime headman Bradley Nowell.

Phish played two shows. The first show on Friday night rocked with originals like “You Enjoy Myself” “Wolfman’s Brother,” “Wading In The Velvet Sea,” and “Chalk Dust Torture” and a cover of AC/DC‘s “Highway to Hell.” For an encore Phish covered the Beatles‘ “A Day in the Life.” The second show on Sunday night included a guest appearance by the Boss–Bruce Springsteen. The Boss and Phish played a brilliant extended version of “Mustang Sally.” Trey Anastasio and the Boss traded and then dueled guitar solos. It was an amazing show with a jammed out version of “Glory Days.”

Bruce Springsteen played his three hour show on Saturday Night with the amazing E-Street Band, which included Max Weinberg on drums. “Outlaw Pete,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Born to Run,” “Dancing in the Dark,” and “Devils & Dust” among other favorites kept the crowd on its feet. The Boss is quite a performer and storyteller.

The Beastie Boys played an amazing and energetic set with favorites like “So What’Cha Want [Explicit],” “Sabotage,” “Shake Your Rump,” “Paul Revere,” and “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” on the set list alongside punk rock favorites “Gratitude [Explicit],” “Tough Guy,” “Egg Raid On Mojo [Explicit],” and “Heart Attack Man.” Instrumental Jams like “Sabrosa” laced the Hip Hop and Punk Rock tracks. The Beastie’s DJ Mixmaster Mike is more than a DJ. The man is an exquisite turntablist and musician. MCA, Mike D, and AD Rock still have it going on after all these years. Also rapper NAS performed with the Beastie Boys on a track coming soon on the new Beastie album.

Rodrigo y Gabriela, Santagold, Girl Talk, Brett Dennen, Amadou & Mariom, Booker T with the Drive-By Truckers, Gov’t Mule, Merle Haggard, the Decemberists, and Snoop Dogg all played notable sets. I caught Booker T and the DBTs (Drive By Truckers) playing “Green Onions” and Merle Haggard covering Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Jackson.” The Hag played his own hits too, singing “Mama Tried,” “Working Man Blues,” “That’s The Way Love Goes,” and “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink.”

Immediately after seeing Merle Haggard’s set I trucked to the main “What Stage” to see Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound. Snoop strolled through hits “Gin And Juice,” “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?,” “Ain’t No Fun.” The LBC rappers paid tribute to 2pac with “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted.” Snoop can still move the crowd. He even transitioned into Jamaican patois at one point sounding pretty good as a potential dancehall artist. Snoop needs to do a reggae album.  Merle Haggard and Snoop opening for Phish Sunday night seemed a perfect way to end this diverse mix of music.



BONNAROO MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL 2009

The Best of January 2009

January 2009

  1. Grimy Styles – Rewind [Rude Element Records 2008]
  2. Terry Linen – A Better Man [Tad’s 2009]
  3. Ryan Adams & the Cardinals – Cardinology [Lost Highway 2008]
  4. Elephant Man – Energy God [VP Records 2009]
  5. Various Artists – Notorious (Original Soundtrack) [Atlantic 2009]
  6. Andrew Bird – Noble Beast [Fat Possum Records 2008]
  7. Brett Dennen – Hope for the Hopeless [Dualtone 2008]
  8. Federal Moguls – High Risk Investment Planning [Sunset Records]
  9. Estelle – Shine [Atlantic 2008]
  10. John Legend – Evolver [Columbia 2008]

The Best of January 2009