Top Ranking Songs of 2013

SOJA – She Still Loves Me

SOJA and Collie Buddz – She Still Loves Me (Remix)

Lordes – Royals

Jah Bouks – Angola

Haim – The Wire

Chronixx, Sizzla, Protoje, Kabaka Pyramid with Addis Pablo & The Suns of Dub – Selassie Souljahz

Vampire Weekend – Diane Young

Jah9 – Steamers a Bubble

The Blow – Make It Up

Christopher Ellis, Stephen Marley, and Jah Cure – End of Time

Loretta Lynn – Take Your Gun and Go, John

Busy Signal, The Flexican, FS Green, and Major Lazer – Watch Out For This (Bumaye)

Broken Bells – Holding On For Life

Shaggy, Beres Hammond, Sly and Robbie – Fight This Feeling

The Lone Bellow – You Never Need Nobody

Gentleman – Heart of Rub-A-Dub

Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk – Get Lucky

Chronixx – Good Over Evil

Chronixx, Dre Island, and Kabaka Pyramid with Green Lion Crew – Rasta Road (Rough Road Remix)

The Avett Brothers – Another Is Waiting

Protoje – Black Cinderella

The Courtney John Project – Black Cinderella

James Blake – Retrograde

Stephen Marley, Akon, and Buju Banton – My Conclusion

Foxygen – San Francisco

Natty, Alborosie, & Busy Signal – Changes (Vibes & Pressure Remix)

Vampire Weekend – Hannah Hunt

Luciano – Weapons of War

Low – Plastic Cup

Jah9 – Avacado

Valerie June – Somebody To Love

Chronixx – Smile Jamaica

Neko Case – Magpie to the Morning

Jemere Morgan – Neighborhood Girl

Michael Franti and Spearhead – I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like)

Tanya Stephens and Lone Ranger – If You Knew

Joe Lickshot – Vintage Concert

Vampire Weekend – Step

Luciano – Create Our History (Freedom)

Pusha T – King Push

Wayne Marshall, Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Bounty Killer, Vybz Kartel, I-Octane, and Aidonia – Go Hard

Earl Sweatshirt – Chum

Dre Island – Uptown Downtown

Vybz Kartel, Santigold, Danielle Haim, Yasmin, and Major Lazer – You’re No Good

Gyptian – Wine Slow

Dismemberment Plan – Daddy Was A Real Good Dancer

Freddie McGregor – For Your Love

Luciano and Anthony B – Never Leave The Roots

Pokey LaFarge with Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks – Lovesick Blues

Sizzla – Dem Nuh Business

The Lone Bellow – You Can Be All Kinds Of Emotional

Bob Marley, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and DJ Z-Trip – Punky Reggae Party (Remix)

Paul McCartney – New

Chronixx – Here Comes Trouble

Ashley Monroe – Weed Instead of Roses

The Aggrolites – Complicated Girl

LeeAnn Womack – The Legend of the Rebel Soldier

Alborosie – Woman I Need You

Michael Franti, K’Naan, and Spearhead – Earth From Outer Space

Snoop Lion, Mavado, and Popcaan – Lighters Up

Steve Earle – Invisible

I-Wayne and Rebelution – So High

Neko Case – Night Still Comes 

Alborosie – Who Run the Dance

Eminem and Kendrick Lamar – Love Game

Protoje – Kingston Be Wise

Pusha T and Pharrell Williams – S.N.I.T.C.H.

Capleton, Slightly Stoopid, and Inner Circle – No Cocaine

Ralph Stanley – The Vacant Chair

SOJA and J Boog – Fuck Your System (Remix)

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite – I Ride At Dawn

Eek-A-Mouse and the Expendables – Ganja Smugglin’

Daft Punk – Beyond

Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, and the Wailers – Stir It Up (Remix)

Neko Case – Calling Cards

Gyptian – Non Stop

Sam Amidon – Wildwood Flower

Anthony B – Can’t Stop Loving You

Eminem – Rhyme Or Reason

Snoop Lion and Akon – Tired Of Running

The Lone Bellow – You Don’t Love Me Like You Used To

Jo Mersa – Comfortable

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Let’s Get High

Ezra Koening and Major Lazer – Jessica

Shaggy, Cocoa Tea, and Joe – Like Never Before

Robin Thicke, Pharrell, and T.I. – Blurred Lines

Bob Marley and the Wailers – I Shot the Sheriff (Roni Size Remix)

Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks – Everybody Loves My Baby 

Samantha J – Tight Up Skirt

Michael Franti and Spearhead – 11:59

Busy Signal – Bedroom Bully

Rufus Wainwright, Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks – Jimbo Jambo

Kanye West – Black Skinhead

Snoop Lion and Mr. Vegas – Fruit Juice

Pokey LaFarge – Kingdom Come

Wyclef Jean and Major Lazer – Reach For the Stars

Disclosure – When A Fire Starts To Burn

Sizzla – Good Love

Pusha T – Numbers On The Board

Snoop Lion and Collie Buddz – Smoke the Weed

Panda Bear and Daft Punk – Doin’ It Right

Etana and Busy Signal – Love, Love, Love

Michael Franti and Spearhead – Closer To You

Alborosie – To Whom It May Concern

Cowboy Jack Clement – Beautiful Dreamer

Snoop Lion – La La La

Eminem – Bezerk

Julian Marley and Bugle – Move Dem

Pharrell Williams and Daft Punk – Lose Yourself To Dance

Mavado – Million Dollar Man

Justin Timberlake – Suit and Tie

Bob Marley and the Wailers – Get Up, Stand Up (Thievery Corporation Remix)

Neko Case – Man

Sizzla – Chant Dem Down

Michael Franti and Spearhead – Long Ride Home

John Brown’s Body – The Gold (Dubmatix Double Dutch Remix)

Parquet Courts – Stones and Starving

Macka Diamond – Dye Dye

Jamey Johnson – Rebel Soldier

Vybz Kartel – Business

Neko Case – Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out

Bob Marley and the Wailers – Waiting in Vain (Jim James Remix)

Maxi Priest – Easy To Love

Busy Signal – Same Way

 

Top Ranking Songs of 2013

Top Ranking Albums of May 2011

Rome

Top Ranking Albums of May 2011

  1. Steve Earle – I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive [New West 2011]
  2. Stephen MarleyRevelation Part 1: The Root Of Life [Tuff Gong 2011]
  3. Tune-YardsW H O K I L L [4AD 2011]
  4. The Beastie BoysHot Sauce Committee Part Two [Capitol Records 2011]
  5. Mr. WilliamzLast Night EP [Necessary Mayhem 2011]
  6. Danger Mouse & Daniele LuppiRome [Capitol Records 2011]
  7. Daft Punk –  Tron: Legacy Reconfigured [Walt Disney Records 2011]
  8. Alison Krauss and Union StationPaper Airplane [New Rounder 2011]
  9. Snoop DoggDoggumentary [Priority Records/Capitol Records 2011]
  10. Ziggi RecadoZiggi Recado [VP Records 2011]
  11. Various Artists – Light and Shadow Riddim [The HandKart Market 2011]
  12. MobyLast Night [Mute Catalog 2011]
  13. Various ArtistsRagga Ragga Ragga 2011 [VP Records 2011]
  14. The Chemical BrothersHanna (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Black Lot Music 2011]
  15. AtmosphereThe Family Sign [Rhymesayers 2011]
  16. Frankie PaulMost Wanted [Geensleeves 2011]
  17. Las RakasSoy Raka [2011]
  18. Denja & A Man Called PJ Cool Mon Cool [DenjaSounds 2011]
W H O K I L L
Hot Sauce Committee Part Two [Explicit]


Top Ranking Albums of May 2011

Top Ranking Albums of January 2011

Bushman Sings The Bush Doctor: A Tribute To Peter Tosh

Seven Year Itch

KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories) [+digital booklet]

January 2011

  1. BushmanBushman Sings The Bush Doctor: A Tribute To Peter Tosh [VP Records 2011]
  2. Third WorldPatriots [Third World Music 2011]
  3. Bright EyesThe People’s Key [Saddle Creek 2011]
  4. Iron and Wine Kiss Each Other Clean [Sub Pop 2011]
  5. Hayes CarllKMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories) [Lost Highway 2011]
  6. Apple Gabriel Teach Them Right [Heartbeat Europe 2011]
  7. The DecemberistThe King Is Dead [Capitol 2011]
  8. Soja Everything Changes (Deluxe Single) [SOJA 2011]
  9. Various Artists Songs For Reggae Lovers Vol. 4 [Greensleeves 2011]
  10. Sly & Robbie  and ScantanaThe Best Supporting Acts [Phase One 2010]
  11. Chino From Mawning [VP Records 2011]
  12. Anthony B Rasta Love [Born Fire Music 2011]
  13. Social Distortion Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes [Epitaph 2011]
  14. Etana Free Expressions [VP Records 2011]
  15. Pearl JamLive On Ten Legs [Monkeywrench 2011]
  16. Protoje Seven Year Itch [Don Corleon 2010]
  17. Daft PunkTron: Legacy [Walt Disney 2011]
  18. North Mississippi All-StarsKeys To The Kingdom [Songs of the South 2011]
  19. Gregg Allman Low Country Blues [Rounder 2011]
  20. Ghostface Killah Apollo Kids [Def Jam 2010]
  21. Wanda Jackson The Party Ain’t Over [Third Man Records 2011]
  22. Corinne Bailey RaeThe Love E.P. [Capitol 2011]

Kiss Each Other Clean (Deluxe) [Explicit]

Everything Changes (Deluxe Single)

Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes

Apollo Kids [Explicit]

Top Ranking Albums of January 2011

World of Reggae Music Collection: Reggae Electronica Fusion

Electronica-Reggae Fusion

African Herbsman (King Kooba Remix)

In this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selector explores the fusion of reggae and electronica music. From the hard driving Drum and Bass and Jungle rhythms to the house and dance remixes to the ambient and dubbed out versions, electronica and reggae have fused in interesting and vibrant new ways.

Super Hi-Fi – “Q Street (Subatomic Sound System Remix)”

Gentleman’s Dub Club – “Give It Away”

U-Roy & Love Trio in Dub – “Rock The Rhythm

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Sun is Shining (Yes King Remix)

I-Man & Slightly Stoopid – “What Goes Around”

Horace Andy & Massive Attack – “Man Next Door

U-Brown & Gorillaz Vs. Spacemonkeyz – “Strictly Rubbadub (Slow Country)”

Noiseshaper – “The Only Redeemer”

Thievery Corporation – “The Outernationalist (Rewound)”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Mr. Brown (DJ Spooky Remix)”

Dubmatix – “My Selecta

Rockers Hi-Fi – “Sexy Selecter”

Boozoo Bajou, Joe Dukie & U-Brown – “Take It Slow

Noiseshaper – “Automatic”

Bob Marley & the Wailers – “Duppy Conqueror (Fort Knox Five Remix)”

Black Uhuru & Dub Syndicate – “Higher Than High”

Dub Syndicate – “Higher Than High Dub”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “One Love (Cordovan Remix)

Daweh Congo – “Steppin

Daweh Congo – “Dubstep

Thievery Corporation – “2001 Spliff Odyssey”

Noiseshaper – “Bushmaster”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Rainbow Country (DJ Spooky’s Subliminal Funk Remix)”

Turbulence & Major Lazer – “Anything Goes”

Jamiroquai – “Drifting Along”

Prodigy – “Out of Space”

Bob Marley & the Wailers – “Is This Love (Jason Bentley Remix)”

Slightly Stoopid – “Above The Clouds”

Seeed – “Pressure”

Gorillaz Vs Spacemonkeyz – “Lil’ Dub Defin’ (A1 A1)”

Prezident Brown & Yes King – “Tomorrow is Another Day”

Thievery Corporation – “From Creation”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “African Herbsman (King Kooba Remix)”

Noiseshaper – “The Creator”

Cutty Ranks – “Limb By Limb (Diplo Remix)”

Steel Pulse “KKK in the Jungle”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Jamming (Nickodemus & Zeb Remiix)”

Top Cat, Prince Fatty, & Mungo’s Hi Fi – “Herbalist”

Noiseshaper – “Vice Vanity”

Notch & Thievery Corporation – “Amerimacka

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Soul Shakedown Party (Afrodisiac Sound System Remix)

Big Youth & Dub Syndicate – “Greater David”

Jimmy Riley & R Cola – “A1 Sound”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Get Up Stand Up (Thievery Corporation Remix)

Daddy Scotty & Mungo’s Hi Fi – “Wicked Tings A Gwaan”

Dawn Penn – “No No No (You Don’t Love Me Anymore) (DJ Spooky Remix)

Bob Marley, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and DJ Z-Trip – “Punky Reggae Party (Z-Trip Remix)”

Roots Manuva – “Witness (1 Hope)

Sweetie Irie & Yes King – “Style Come Different”

See-I & Thievery Corporation – “Assault on Babylon”

Bob Marley & the Wailers – “Satisfy My Soul (Beats Antique Remix)”

Marina P & Mungo’s Hi Fi – “Divorce l’italienne”

Thievery Corporation – “Until the Morning (Rewound)”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Rainbow Country (Funkstar Deluxe Remix”

DJ Spooky & Rob Swift – “Creation Rebel”

Willi Williams & Dubmatix – “Re-Action”

Willi Williams & Dubmatix – “Re-Action (Dubmatix meets Nate Wize Remix)

Rockers Hi Fi – “Going Under (Love and Insanity Dub)”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “I Shot the Sheriff (Roni Size Remix)”

See-I & Thievery Corporation – “.38.45 (A Thievery Number)”

Cornell Campbell & Dub Syndicate – “Nothing Comes Easy”

Seeed – “Psychadelic Kingdom”

Collie Buddz – “Come Around (DJ Yoda Remix)”

Sleepy Wonder, Gunjan, & Thievery Corporation – “Warning Shots”

U-Roy & Love Trio in Dub – “Hard Livin'”

Noiseshaper – “Fire Me Roots (Automatic Reel to Reel Edit)”

Horace Andy & Ashley Beedle – “Babylon You Lose”

Notch & Thievery Corporation – “Blasting Through The City”

Barrington Levy – Under Mi Sensi (DJ Spooky Remix)

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Small Axe (Paul & Price Remix)

Alton Ellis & Dubmatix – “Blessings of Compassion”

Bugle, Arama, & Major Lazer – “Playground”

Thievery Corporation – “Radio Retaliation”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Could You Be Loved (RAC Remix)”

Horace Andy & Massive Attack – “Angel

Massive Attack – “Angel (Mad Professor Remix)

Zeroleen – “All Good”

Fat Freddys Drop – “Wild Wind”

Mr. Lex, Santigold, & Major Lazer – “I’ll Make Ya”

Thievery Corporation – “Overstand”

Big Youth & Dub Syndicate – “Emmanuell”

Big Youth & Dub Syndicate – “Emmanuel (Version II)”

Love Trio in Dub and U-Roy – “Flight in Dub (DJ Cil Organic Remix)”

Roots Manuva – “Movements”

Amber Coffman & Major Lazer – “Get Free”

Noiseshaper – “Bushmaster (Kid Kenobi Session Remix)”

Sleepy Wonder & Thievery Corporation – “Sound the Alarm”

U-Roy & Love Trio in Dub – Hard Livin’

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Sun Is Shining (Funkstar Deluxe Remix)”

Mad Proffesor & Lee “Scratch” Perry – “Super Ape Inna Jungle

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Don’t Rock My Boat (Stuhr Remix)

Major Lazer & Ms. Thing – “When You Hear the Bassline”

Noiseshaper – “All Dem A Do”

Seeed – “Next!”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Small Axe (Groove Deluxe Remix)”

Tony Matterhorn – “Dutty Wine (Ape Drums & Diplo Remix)”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “What Goes Around Comes Around (Alex Natale Remix)”

Thievery Corporation – “Truth and Rights”

Roger Robinson & The Bug – “You & Me”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Sugar Sugar (Marcal Remix)”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Sugar Sugar (Gum Vs Flighcrank Remix)”

Major Lazer & The Partysquad – “The Original Don”

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Kaya (Groove Deluxe Remix)

Noiseshaper – “Me Done”

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Soul Rebel (DJ Spooky Remix)

Major Lazer, Leftside, & Supa Hype – “Jump Up”

Dollar Man, Bob Sinclair, & Big Ali – Rock This Party (Everybody Dance Now)

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “African Herbsman (Groove Deluxe Remix)

Noiseshaper – “Wise Up”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Falling In and Out of Love (Alex Natale Remix)”

Sista Pat & Thievery Corporation – “Wires and Watchtowers”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Rock Steady (Remix)”

The Upsetters and Mutabaraka – Dis Poem Burns Babylon

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Keep On Movin’ (Groove Deluxe Remix)”

Thievery Corporation – “Stargazer”

Ricky Ranking & The Bug – “Judgement”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Bend Down Low (Groove Deluxe Remix)”

NEED

Bob Marley & the Wailers – “Put It On (Groove Corporation Remix)”

Big Youth – “Waterhouse Rock (Groove Corporation Remix )

Yabby You – “The Conquering Lion (Groove Corporation Remix)”

Gregory Isaacs – “Night Nurse (Kruder & Dorfmeister Session)”

Anthony Red Rose – “Hotter Junglematical Style (Drum & Bass)

Barrington Levy, Rebel MC, & Supercat – Tribal Base

Debaser – A! Sound

Jungle Royale & Future Troubles – Can’t Smoke Weed In Peace

Sizzla – Rain Showers (Bronx Dogs Dub Mix)

International ObserverThe International Pts 1&2

Genaside II & Eek A Mouse – Just As Rough

Junkyard ProductionsSister Let him Go

Mad Professor – Drum and Bass in the Asylum

Dubmatix – Sensi

Ragga Twins, Auquasky, & Master Blaster – Dem No No We

Barrington LevyHere I Come Drum ‘N’ Bass

Horace Andy & Massive AttackOne Love

Rebel MC aka Congo NattyStreet Tough (Club Mix)

Roots ManuvaAgain & Again

Re: Jazz – Torch of Freedom (Frost & Wagner Horn Rub Version)

Dawn Penn & Bounty KillerYou Don’t Love Me (No No No) [Reel II Reel Junglist Mix]

Wicked Beat Sound System – Be Humble

Mad Professor, Chuck D, & The Fire This Time – At Least the American Indians Know Exactly How They’ve Been Fucked Around

Congo Natty & Top Cat – Herbsman 2

Top Cat Friend With Weed

Top CatA Friend In Need (Panik and M-Rode Mix)

Barrington Levy & Beenie Man – Under Mi Sensi (Jungle Spliff) (X-Project Remix)

Tester – Top Shotta

The Magic Fly –Wicked Devil

Horace Andy & Ron Tom – Money, Money

Demolition Man & Debaser – 4 The Children

Chaka Demus & Pliers – Gal Wine Junglist Grind

Beenie Man & Chuckleyberry – Murder

Kulcha Ites & Dubmatix – Burn Out the Rich

Rockers Hi-Fi – Push Push (Re-Rub)

Congo Natty aka Rebel MC – Just Keep Rocking

Paulie Walnuts & Desmond Dekker – Israelites

Fat Freddy’s DropFlashback

Congo Natty aka Rebel MC – The Junglist

Ten Pound Sound – Bust Outta Dis

Debaser – Armagideon Time

The Magic Fly & Ricky RankingTwo Planets

Ragga TwinsJuggling

Top Cat & Boozoo Bajou Killer

International ObserverWelcome

Flowdan & the Bug – Warning

Scoop – Dub Addict

DiploDiplo Rhythm

Poison Chang – Press the Tiger

DubmatixJump & Twist

See I – The King

Bounty KillerNew Blood Spilt (Drum & Bass)

Howie Smart & DubmatixHeavy Living

Overproof SoundsystemWatch What You Put Inna

Ragga TwinsRagga Trip

Dillinger – Cocaine in my Brain (Groove Corporation Remix)

Ricky Ranking – Keep Them Skanking

Treason & Dubmatix – Praise Jah

South Rakkas Crew, Kid Foreigner, & Bigga Boss – Hotter Than Them

Ragga TwinsIllegal Gunshot

Ninjaman, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man, & Ninja Ford – Bad Boy Lick A New Shot

General Levy & M BeatIncredible

Mikke Metal – Frico

Belleruche – Drum at Dusk

Martin Campbell and Hi Tech Roots Dynamics – Jah Soon Come

Fat Freddy’s DropPull the Catch

Overproof Soundsystem – The Model

Capleton – Prophet Rides Again (Jungle Remix)

Daft Punk & the Bombist – Harder, Better, Stronger, Faster (Sponji Riddim)

South Rakkas CrewMad Again (Club Edit)

Ahser Senator – One Bible

LucianoWhat We Got To Do (GCorp Remix)

Michael RoseThrow Some Stone (Disciples Remix)

Radio Retaliation

World of Reggae Music Collection: Reggae Electronica Fusion

Friday at Austin City Limits Music Festival 2009!!!

Wavin' Flag

The rain fell as the music filled the park. Mud seethed underfoot and gushed between toes. Among the strong aromas and beautiful sounds, the 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival came alive and offered another memorable year of music. Although environmental factors change from year to year, from stifling heat and dust to drenching rain and mud, the show never stopped. The music continued. And Austin proved itself again as the live music capitol of the world.

I caught Dr. Dog at the Dell Stage for my first show. I found these boys from Philadelphia to be quite harmonic, reminiscent of the psychadelia rock of the Beatles and The Byrds. Songs like “The Breeze” and “The Old Days” displayed that smooth 1960s sound. But my favorite song on the set list was “The Rabbit, The Bat & The Reindeer.”

I had heard of Phoenix, but I had never listened to their music. A friend convinced me to see this alternative rock band from Versaille, France. The comparisons to their French peers Daft Punk and Air interested me. Ultimately I understood the comparisons, finding the sound close to a New Order-like electronica pop. Phoenix pleasantly surprised me with tunes like “Lisztomania,” “Lasso,” “If I Ever Feel Better,” “Fences,” “Girlfriend,” “Run Run Run,” “Too Young,” “Rome,” and “1901.” Many of the songs appear on the new album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.

The best show of the day came from the Somalian born/Canadian based rapper k’naan. Under the Wildflower Tent the slender Somalian rocked the crowd with political prose, heart-felt lyrics, and blistering beats. Appropriate adjectives include humble, inspirational, and talented.  k’naan had a broad appeal, drawing young children and old people, and all those between the young and old. An intimate performance captivated the crowd.

The track “T.I.A. [Explicit]” thundered bass as K’naan introduced the crowd to his unique brand of hip-hop. “T.I.A.” samples Bob Marley’s classic ska tune “Simmer Down,” layers it over heavy beats, and atop raps the brilliant young wordsmith. In Africa, Bob Marley, Lucky Dube, 2pac, and The Notorious B.I.G. reign supreme. k’naan studied these great performers and his sound reflects those influences. Yet the sound is original. The music is gangsta but peaceful, hard but soft, and always chalk full of the contradictions and realities of life.

From Africa the Somalian took us on a trip to “America.” On the album, Mos Def and Chali 2Na join the track with their rhymes on the studio version of “America,”  but solo and live K’naan brought this song to its full potential without the help of these great lyricists. The song “Take A Minute” brought emotion to the tent. The following love ballad “Fatima” lightened the mood. And then the hardcore rap song “ABC’s” (with a Chubb Rock sample) rocked the and rolled with pure energy.

K’naan then sang a song about “Somalia,” which brought tears to the crowd’s eyes. The lyricist played two different versions beginning with an acapella and moving into a full band version. As K’naan says “his real will makes your real look like a rental.” This track talks about the perils of childhood in Somalia and the suffering of the people. K’naan harnesses the pain and realities of the world and turns them into amazing poetry. The rapper followed the tear jerker with “Bang Bang,” a nice jamming pop tune. And he ended his set with the a sing-a-long to “Wavin’ Flag.”

K’naan was the highlight of the evening. But the jams continued with Thievery Corporation. The dub electronica duo and band played on the main stage this year kicking out funky electronica with “.” The crew from Washington, D.C. also played the sitar heavy “Mandala,” displaying their unique acumen at world music.

In a testimony to the diversity of the music at ACL I caught parts of sets from the Texas country group Reckless Kelly and the hard-rocking new super trio Them Crooked Vultures. Them Crooked Vultures features bassist John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, drummer David Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters, and Josh Homme the guitarist and lead singer from Queens Of The Stone AgeKings Of Leon headlined Friday night playing their hits “Sex On Fire,”
”On Call,” and
”Use Somebody.”

The  music continued after the festival at the ACL after shows. I went to a Township Records showcase at the Ghost Room downtown on 4th Street in the Warehouse District. I caught the end of Danny Malone‘s set. This kid has a beautifully haunting voice. My wife described him as a creepy James Taylor. His new album Cuddlebug features the eerie track “Basement.” Graham Wilkinson & the Underground Township played some of my favorite tracks from the new album Yearbook, including “Ragamuffin” and “Let It Go.”

Let It Go

Friday at Austin City Limits Music Festival 2009!!!