Top Ranking Albums of June 2013

Jimmy CliffThe KCRW Sessions [Universal 2013]

SizzlaThe Messiah [VP Records 2013]

Bob Marley & the WailersLegend Remixed [Tuff Gong 2013]

Various ArtistsLove for Levon [Time 2013]

Various ArtistsLet Us In Americana [Reviver Records 2013]

Steve EarleThe Low Highway [New West 2013]

Sean NelsonMake Good Choices [Really Records 2013]

Slaid CleavesStill Fighting the War [Music Road Records 2013]

Bob SchneiderBurden of Proof [Kirtland Records 2013]

Dale Watson & His TroopersEl Rancho Azul [Red House Records 2013]

Shiny Ribs Gulf Coast Museum [Nine Mile Records 2013]

Patty GriffinAmerican Kid [New West Records 2013]

Billy BraggTooth and Nail [Essential Music 2013]

John FogertyWrote A Song For Everyone [Vanguard 2013]

Warren Hood BandWarren Hood Band [Red Parlor Records 2013]

The Carper FamilyOld-Fashioned Gal [The Carper Family 2013]

Mavis Staples One True Vine [Anti/Epitaph 2013]

Booker TSound the Alarm [Stax 2013]

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Top Ranking Albums of June 2013

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

Top 10 Albums of 2009

Top 10 Albums of 2009

Here are the selector’s top 10 favorite albums for 2009…

  1. Daweh Congo Ghetto Skyline [MK-Zwo Records 2009] 
  2. Willie Neslon & Asleep at the WheelWillie And The Wheel [Bismeaux Records 2009]
  3. Easy Star All Stars Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band [Easy Star Records 2009]
  4. Michael Franti and Spearhead All Rebel Rockers [Anti 2009]
  5. The Avett Brothers – I And Love And You [American Recordings 2009]
  6. Julian MarleyAwake [Tuff Gong Records 2009]
  7. K’NaanTroubadour [A&M/Octone Records 2009]
  8. Courtney JohnMade In Jamaica [Jamaica Music/FiWi Records 2009]
  9. Chali 2naFish Outta Water [Decon 2009]
  10. Major Lazer Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do [Downtown Records 2009]
Top 10 Albums of 2009

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!!!