Top Ranking Albums of January 2014

Top Ranking Albums of January 2014

Kabaka PyramidLead the Way [Bebble Rock Music 2013]

Wayne Marhsall Tru Colors [Ghetto Youths International 2014]

Broken Bells After the Disco [Columbia 2014]

Roseanne CashThe River & The Thread [Blue Note 2014]

Damien Jurado Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Sun [Sectretly Canadian 2014]

Lee Perry & The UpsettersRoaring Lion [Pressure Sounds 2013]

Tanya StephensGuilty [Sanctum Entertainment 2013]

MoodymannMoodyman [KDJ Records 2014]

Bruce SpringsteenHigh Hopes [Columbia 2014]

Various Artists Penthouse 25 The Journey Continues [VP Records 2014]

David Crosby Croz [Blue Castle Records 2014]

Various ArtistsLove and Dancehall Riddim [Razz N Biggy Music 2014]

Top Ranking Albums of January 2014

Top Ranking Albums of 2012

Top Ranking Albums of 2012

Busy SignalReggae Music Again [VP Records 2012]

RebelutionPeace of Mind [Controlled Substance Sound Labs 2012]

The Beach BoysThat’s Why God Made Radio [Capitol Records 2012]

SOJAStrength to Survive [ATO Records 2012]

Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball [Columbia 2012]

Slightly StoopidTop of the World [Stoopid Records 2012]

Jimmy CliffRebirth [Sunpower 2012]

Willie NelsonHeroes [Legacy Recordings 2012]

Various ArtistsReggae Gold 2012 [VP Records 2012]

Neil Young – Psychadelic Pill [Reprise Records 2012]

Bob DylanTempest [Columbia 2012]

Top Ranking Albums of 2012

Top Ranking Albums of March 2012

Busy SignalReggae Music Again [VP Records 2012]

Bruce SpringsteenWrecking Ball [Columbia 2012]


SizzlaIn Gambia [VP Records 2012]


Lyle LovettRelease Me [Lost Highway 2012]

Damian MarleyAffairs of the Heart [Tuff Gong 2012]

Dr. JohnLocked Down [Nonesuch 2012]

SizzlaThe Chant [VP Records 2012]


BassnectarVavoom [Amorphous Music 2012]

RuskoSongs [Mad Decent 2012]

B.B. KingLive at Royal Albert Hall 2011 [Shout! Factory 2012]

KonshensMental Maintenance [VP Records 2012]

Top Ranking Albums of March 2012

The Top 200 Singles of 2009 – THE BEST OF 2009

Top 200 Singles of 2009

Here is a list of the top 200 songs from 2009…

  1. Courtney JohnLucky Man
  2. Estelle & Sean PaulCome Over
  3. Screw Driver & Inner CircleNever Give Up
  4. Daweh CongoStraight Up Conscious
  5. Sean Paul So Fine
  6. Michael Franti and SpearheadSay Hey (I Love You)
  7. Luciano & Easy Star All-StarsWith A Little Help From My Friends
  8. Luciano, U-Roy, & Easy Star All-Stars With A Little Dub From My Friends (Version 2)
  9. Chali 2na, Damian Marley, and Stephen MarleyGuns Up
  10. John Legend & Buju Banton – Can’t Be My Lover
  11. Daweh Congo Ghetto Skyline
  12. Ziggy Marley & Willie NelsonThis Train
  13. YT, Million Stylez, Mr. Williamz, Blackout Ja, Jah Knight, & Iverse – Champion Sound
  14. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the WheelFan It
  15. The Decemberists The Rake’s Song
  16. AlborosieNo Cocaine
  17. M. Ward Stars of Leo
  18. K’Naan & Chubb RockABC’s
  19. Norah JonesIt’s Gonna Be
  20. Elephant ManDance and Sweep
  21. The Avett BrothersI And Love And You
  22. Daweh CongoOne Day
  23. K’Naan & Damian Marley I Come Prepared
  24. Michael Franti & Spearhead Rude Boys Back In Town
  25. LadenTime To Shine
  26. Queen IfricaLioness On The Rise
  27. Brother Ali Fresh Air
  28. WilcoWilco (The Song)
  29. Michael Rose, Menny More, & Easy Star All-StarsA Day In The Life
  30. Kid CudiDay ‘N’ Nite (Nightmare)
  31. Julian Marley Boom Draw
  32. Buju Banton & Third WorldSense Of Purpose
  33. K’Naan – Take A Minute
  34. The XXVCR
  35. SeraniPlaying Games
  36. Major Lazer, Jovi Rockwell, & Mr. VegasCan’t Stop Now
  37. Tarrus RileyHerbs Promotion
  38. Michael Franti & SpearheadSoundsystem
  39. M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel Never Had Nobody Like You
  40. Ziggy Marley & Toots Hibbert Take Me To Jamaica
  41. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the WheelSweet Jennie Lee
  42. Daweh CongoSteppin
  43. Yim YamesMy Sweet Lord
  44. The Avett Brothers – January Wedding
  45. George Strait – El Rey
  46. Bounty KillerCorrupt
  47. Mayer HawthorneMaybe So, Maybe No
  48. Michael Franti & SpearheadA Little Bit Of Riddim
  49. Dave Matthews Band Funny The Way It Is
  50. Jay-Z & Mr. HudsonYoung Forever
  51. Monsters of Folk Say Please
  52. Julian Marley & Damian Marley Violence In The Streets
  53. Tarrus RileyHuman Nature
  54. Spoon – Writing in Reverse
  55. PhoenixLisztomania
  56. Andrew BirdOh No
  57. M WardRave On
  58. Yim YamesAll Things Must Pass
  59. Modest MouseSatellite Skin
  60. Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros Home
  61. Slaid CleavesCry
  62. Phish Backwards Down The Number Line
  63. Graham Wilkinson, Hayes Carll, and Lloyd MainesRagamuffin
  64. The ItalsLet Dem Talk
  65. Sean Kingston Fire Burning
  66. Black Eyed Peas Boom Boom Pow
  67. Black RynoReal Stingers
  68. Romain VirgoAlton’s Medley: Breaking Up / Ain’t That Loving You / My Willow Tree
  69. Jah CureSticky
  70. Pearl Jam – The Fixer
  71. Vybz Kartel Life Sweet
  72. Q-TipEven If It Is So
  73. Black Eyed Peas I Gotta Feeling
  74. CapletonAcres
  75. Miley Cyrus – Party in the USA
  76. Mariah CareyObsessed
  77. Suga Roy, Conrad Crystal, Barrington Levy, & Beenie ManShe Call Mi Phone
  78. Passion PitSleepyhead
  79. The Swell SeasonFeeling The Pull
  80. George Strait Arkansas Dave
  81. ChinoNever Change (From Mawning)
  82. Sean PaulPress It Up
  83. Queen Ifrica Coconut Shell
  84. Lyle Lovett Loretta
  85. Beres Hammond Can’t Say I Never Tried
  86. Chali 2na Comin’ Thru
  87. Grizzly Bear Two Weeks
  88. K’NaanWavin’ Flag
  89. BeirutThe Shrew
  90. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the WheelRight or Wrong
  91. MetricSick Muse
  92. Robert Earl Keen, Jr.Flyin’ Shoes
  93. Regina SpektorEet
  94. Bon Iver Blood Bank
  95. Soja & RebelutionHere I Am
  96. Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band Nikorette
  97. John Fogerty & Bruce SpringsteenWhen Will I Be Loved
  98. Julian Marley & Stephen Marley – Things Ain’t Cool
  99. George StraitLiving For The Night
  100. Frankie Paul & Easy Star All-StarsLucy In The Sky With Diamonds
  101. Graham Wilkinson & the Underground Township Boys and Girls
  102. Major LazerCash Flow
  103. Zee AviBitter Heart
  104. Etana & Alborosie Blessings
  105. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel I’m Sittin’ on Top of the World
  106. Jay Z & Alicia KeysEmpire State Of Mind
  107. Danny MaloneBasement
  108. Black Eyed PeasRock That Body
  109. George StraitEasy As You Go
  110. Jay-ZD.O.A. [Death Of Auto-Tune]
  111. Suga Roy, Conrad Crystal, & Gyptian – Jah Jah See Dem
  112. Danny BarnesPizza Box
  113. Major LazerBruk Out
  114. Robert Earl Keen, Jr.The Rose Hotel
  115. Soja, Tamika, & GentlemanI Tried
  116. Casual Sax Baby I’m Black (From The Waist Down)
  117. Courtney JohnI Want To Get Next To You
  118. Major LazerPon De Floor
  119. Rhett MillerI Need To Know Where I Stand
  120. The Low Anthem Charlie Darwin
  121. Beres Hammond See You Again
  122. Micachu & the ShapesGolden Phone
  123. Queen IfricaKeep It To Yourself
  124. Bob DylanBeyond Here Lies Nothin’
  125. Son Volt Dynamite
  126. N.A.S.A., Spank Rock, M.I.A., Santogold, & Nick Zinner Whachadoin?
  127. Elephant ManNuh Linga
  128. Levon Helm Tennessee Jed
  129. EminemCrack A Bottle
  130. Ziggy Marley, Jack Johnson, & Paula Fuga Cry, Cry, Cry
  131. Jay Farrar & Benjamin GibbardCalifornia Zephyr
  132. Boycott BluesGot Beef? (Food Coma)
  133. Snoop DoggI Wanna Rock
  134. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel Won’t You Ride in My Little Red Wagon
  135. N.A.S.A., Kool Keith, & Tom WaitsSpacious Thoughts
  136. Max Romeo & Easy Star All-Stars – Fixing A Hole
  137. The LemonheadsWaiting Around To Die
  138. Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band Air Mattress
  139. Neil YoungJohnny Magic
  140. Ziggy Marley, Rita Marley, & Cedella MarleyI Love You Too
  141. Queen Ifrica Daddy
  142. Cunninglynguists – Never Come Down
  143. MavadoSo Blessed
  144. Mos Def & Talib KweliHistory
  145. B-Real & Damian MarleyFire
  146. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the WheelCorrine Corrina
  147. Anthony B & Horace AndyEnter The Kingdom of Zion
  148. John LegendCan’t Be My Lover (Curtis Lynch Remix)
  149. Bruce SpringsteenOutlaw Pete
  150. SizzlaBlack Man In The White House
  151. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the WheelBring It on Down to My House
  152. Wasp – Unfair Officer
  153. Sugar Minott & Easy Star All-StarsWhen I’m Sixty-Four
  154. Bitty McLeanFall In Love (Rub A Dub Mix)
  155. Taken By Trees – To Lose Someone
  156. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the WheelHesitation Blues
  157. U-Roy, Bunny Rugs, & Easy Star All-StarsLovely Rita
  158. Daweh CongoDaybreak
  159. Coconut RecordsAny Fun
  160. SeraniWhen It’s Cold Outside
  161. TelekinesisCoast Of Carolina
  162. MavadoOn The Rock
  163. Bill Callahan – Jim Cain
  164. Kirsty Rock & Easy Star All-StarsShe’s Leaving Home
  165. Noah and the WhaleBlue Skies
  166. Daweh CongoJoy Brings Pain
  167. FanfarioI’m A Pilot
  168. MavadoMoney Changer
  169. The Dry SpellsBlack Is The Color
  170. David Guetta & AkonSexy Bitch
  171. Animal Collective My Girls
  172. Taken By TreesMy Boys
  173. Tribal SeedsThe Garden
  174. Norah JonesChasing Pirates
  175. Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard These Roads Don’t Move
  176. MatisyahuStruggla
  177. Black Eyed PeasMeet Me Halfway
  178. Buju BantonRastafari
  179. JuvenileGotta Get It
  180. GroundationBeating Heart
  181. 10 Ft Ganja Plant 10 Ft. Ganja Plant and Weed
  182. MishkaStay By My Side
  183. Raekwon & Lyfe Jennings Catalina
  184. Bebel GilbertoChica Chica Boom Chic
  185. PitbullI Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)
  186. Phoenix1901
  187. Bramma – Da Body Deh
  188. Kid Cudi Make Her Say
  189. Mayer HawthorneJust Ain’t Gonna Work Out
  190. Flo RidaRight Round
  191. Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, Method Man, & Ghostface KillahHouse Of Flying Daggers
  192. MatisyahuSmash Lies
  193. Timbaland & Justin TimberlakeCarry Out
  194. ChezidekBorder Line
  195. Bebel GilbertoSun Is Shining
  196. Gregory IsaacsFools Fall In Love
  197. Oba SimbaThe Herb
  198. Robert GlasperButterfly
  199. B.B. SeatonLife Goes On
  200. Johnny Clarke with Soothsayers meet Red Earth CollectiveBad Boys
  201. Sean Paul & Keri HilsonHold My Hand [I’ll Be There]
The Top 200 Singles of 2009 – THE BEST OF 2009

Saturday at Austin City Limits Festival 2009

Eek-A-Mouse image

Saturday at Austin City Limits the rain came down and drenched Zilker Park. Festival goers went undeterred as the puddles turned into seas of mud. The first band I saw was Mute Math, who played a mean version of 
”Spotlight.” MUTE MATH mashes electronica and hard rock. These New Orleans musicians are excellent entertainers putting on quite the show. Lead singer and keyboardist Paul Meany literally did flips while playing his keys. Also MUTE MATH has a wonderful collection of interesting instruments from space-age synthesizers to wild effects pedal boards. Following Mute Math, I caught part of Canadian singer-songwriter Sam Roberts‘s set under the tent. I heard someone describe Sam Roberts as the Canadian Bruce Springsteen and certainly the comparison seemed apt.

The rain really started to fall as Citizen Cope took the main stage. Despite the rain Citizen Cope served up some spectacular music. His laid back flip-flop rock lightened the mood with   “Back Together“
  and
  “107°.”   And a mean version of the protest song “Bullet And A Target”  brought energy to the wet crowd.
 Clarence Greenwood aka Citizen Cope capped the set with the ballad  “Sideways.”

Next Jamaican reggae superstar Eek-A-Mouse filled the Wildflower tent with reggae lovers and good vibes.  This unique singjay performed his smash hit  “Ganja Smuggling”  to a most appreciative audience. Interesting enough the Mouse also performed a cover of Dolly Parton‘s classic country song
 “Jolene.”  It was amazing. The Mouse soaked up the Texas outlaw sound dropping gun-slinging rhymes and rawhide whips.
 Eek-A-Mouse is quite the entertainer demanding crowd participation and ensuring sweet reggae grooves. With the crowd shouting “Irie” the Mouse dropped the reggae classic  “Wa-Do-Dem” and closed with  “Sensi Party.”

Mos Def performed on the AMD stage playing a red hot version of 
”Casa Bey”  from the new album The Ecstatic. The Brooklyn rapper also covered one of Bobby Brown‘s love songs “Roni.”  The smooth voice and bass heavy beats of this young rhyme sayer leaves fans bobbing their heads.

Mos Def image

Devotchka turned out to be the highlight of the evening. In fact, I consider Devotchka to be the nicest surprise at the festival this year. I knew certain bands would kick ass. But I wasn’t even planning on seeing Devotchka until some of my friends talked me into seeing them. The Denver-based band of gypsies rocked and rollicked. One amazing performing burlesque artist glided above stage on a giant red curtain. Devotchka includes multi-instrumentalists Nick Urata (vocals, guitar, trumpet), Tom Hagerman (violin, accordion), Jeanie Schroder (sousaphone, bass), and percussionist Shawn King. I highly recommend seeing this band. You will not be let down. Their music is beautiful and fun. One of my friends said she liked to listen to this band when she cleaned. I can see why. It doesn’t matter if your are cleaning or standing in the mud Devotchka deserves a listen.

Devotchka image

The Dave Matthews Band headlined Saturday night. The group played my favorite song off the new album Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King entitled  “Funny The Way It Is.” Also from the new album the boys kicked out “Shake Me Like A Monkey” and “Spaceman.”  The Dave Matthews Band played some classic tracks, including “Jimi Thing” and
 “Cornbread.”
 And after a brilliant cover version of the Talking Heads song “Burning Down The House,” launched into the crowd pleasers
 “So Much To Say,”  
”Ants Marching,” and  “Two Step.”

Saturday at Austin City Limits Festival 2009

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

TOP 15 for MARCH 2009!!!

March 2009

  1. Buddy Holly Memorial Collection [Geffen 2009]
  2. Various ArtistsPenthouse Showcase Volume 2 [VP Records 2009]
  3. Queen IfricaRoad to Mobay [VP Records 2009]
  4. Various ArtistsGold Mine Riddim [Gargamel 2009]
  5. Various ArtistsRagga Ragga Ragga 2009 [Greenseeves 2009]
  6. Randy TravisI Told You So: The Ultimate Hits of Randy Travis [Warner Brothers 2009]
  7. Anthony B Rise Up [Greensleeves 2009]
  8. Various ArtistsRiddim Driven: Beauty and the Beast [VP Records 2009]
  9. Various Artists Riddim Driven: Rocksteady [VP Records 2009]
  10. Black CrowesWar Paint Live [Eagle Records 2009]
  11. Willie NelsonNaked Willie [Sony 2009]
  12. Leonard CohenLive in London [Sony 2009]
  13. Bruce SpringsteenWorking on a Dream [Columbia 2009]
  14. Various ArtistsCadillac Records (Original Soundtrack) [Sony 2008]
  15. Various Artists Penthouse Showcase Volume 3: Automatic Riddim [VP Records 2009]

Buddy Holly, the real king of Texas rock n’ roll music, lived a short and prolific life. He was the Biggie Smalls of Lubbock. But instead of a blaze of gunfire, Holly went down in a plane crash. This new collection of recordings bring the raw Buddy Holly to the music world. The skinny and nerdy Texan redefined rock and roll music and influenced the British rockers who invaded America in the 1960s. The Beatles were recycled Crickets. It is very easy to be proud of this lanky Texan genius.

Penthouse Showcase Volume 2 is an important contribution to roots reggae music. Bushman pays tribute to Peter Tosh with sizzlin’ covers of “African” and “You Can’t Blame the Youth.” Sweet reggae tracks include Romain Virgo’s “Mi Caan Sleep”  and Queen Ifrica’s humorous “Below the Waist.” Beres Hammond also lends his voice to some of the tracks adding another layer of sweetness.

The Gold Mine Riddim 2009 includes tracks by Gyptian and Buju Banton. The Riddim hot! The 2009 Ragga Ragga Ragga installment offers the killer tracks Bounty Killer’s “Corrupt,” Laden’s “Time to Shine,” and Vybz Kartel’s “Life Sweet.”

TOP 15 for MARCH 2009!!!