Top Ranking Albums of November 2012

Andrew BirdHands of Glory [Mom + Pop 2012]

Clinton FearonHeart and Soul [Phantom 2012]

Ty SegallTwins [Drag City 2012]

Grateful DeadSpring 1990: So Glad You Made It [Grateful Dead 2012]

JD McPhersonSigns & Signifiers [Rounder 2012]

Casket GirlsSleepwalking [graveface records 2012]

SoundgardenKing Animal [Seven Four Entertainment 2012]


Grizzly Bear – Shields [Warp 2012]

Holly HerndonMovement [RVNG 2012]

Alicia KeysGirl on Fire [RCA 2012]

KillersBattle Born [Island Records 2012]

Action Bronson – Rare Chandeliers [Vice 2012]

Top Ranking Albums of November 2012

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2010 – DAY THREE

Sunday at the Austin City Limits Music Festival was the best day of music I have experienced in a long time. We started the day with a brilliant set from Ruby Jane. The fifteen-year-old fiddle virtuoso played originals and well-picked covers, including a beautiful version of the Townes Van Zandtsong “Be Here to Love Me.” I especially like Ruby Jane’s “Feels Like Home.” Ruby Jane has an old time feel, but modern sensibilities. For example she put a new twist on the Django Reinhardt tune “Minor Swing.”  She played several originals like “Beautiful You, Happy Me,” “The Fall,” and “Stick Around” and concluded her set with a rocking “Greasy World.”

During the day, I caught sets from Ted Leo & The Pharmacists and Portugal The Man. I liked these bands, but it was Robert Earl Keenwho made me feel at home in Zilker Park. A standard bearer for the ACL festival, Keen played a nice mix of new tunes and classics. The classics included: “I’m Comin’ Home,” “Gringo Honeymoon,” and “Dreadful Selfish Crime.” Robert Earl Keen served up a chill version of “Feelin’ Good Again,” as well as a fantastic version of the Grateful Dead staple “I Know You Rider.” And of course the set was capped by a jamming version of “The Road Goes on Forever.”

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros brought the festival to life. With the feeling of a revival this band of wonderful musicians commenced to make everyone dance and sing along. They opened with a nice “40 Day Dream.” I am especially a big fan of the song “Home,” which was a big hit with the crowd. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros were a highlight for me. They also played the tunes “Janglin” andCome In Please” from the new album Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. The charismatic Alex Ebert leads the band while Jade Castrinos brings a powerful vocal punch to the mix. In fact, I hope to see more of Jade on future releases.

After the Zeros I headed over for The Flaming Lips. The psychadelic warrior Wayne Cohen puts on a hell of a show, playing the classic tracks “Do You Realize??” andShe Don’t Use Jelly.” Norah Jones also played a sweet set of new and old tunes. I especially like the new tracks “Chasing Pirates” and “It’s Gonna Be” from the new album The Fall. She played a beautiful version of Johnny Cashs “Cry Cry Cry.” The night fell as Jones sung “Come Away With Me,” “Creepin’ In,” and “Sunrise.” And she closed with the Texan anthem “Lonestar.”

The Eagles opened their set with the full on harmonies from “Seven Bridges Road.” As the band sang “there are stars in the Southern skies,” the crowd erupted. From there we went on a wild ride through the Eagles catalog from “How Long” to “Take It To The Limit.” A trumpet solo introduced “Hotel California.” Quite frankly, I have been waiting a lifetime to hear “Hotel California” performed live.

Yet the night continued to get better, especially after achieving that “Peaceful Easy Feeling”  followed by a pleasant stroll through “I Can’t Tell You Why.” It was a solid start with mega-hits like “Witchy Woman” and “Lyin’ Eyes.” After a spacey almost psychadelic “Long Road Out Of Eden” the band transitioned into some past solo material. First the Eagles covered the James Gang hit “Walk Away.” And, “It seems to me” that the Eagles rock! Next they played the Don Henley solo hit from the 1980s “The Boys Of Summer.”

The cover material was followed by the hard-hitting social message laden tune “In The City.” In fact, I had never realized the political overtones in the Eagles material. The choreographed video and light show added emphasis to the social message in the song. “In The City” was followed by the classic track “The Long Run.” My favorite moment came when the band broke into the Joe Walsh tune “Life’s Been Good.” Before Spinal Tap poked fun at the rock star lifestyle, Joe Walsh had done it in this expose of excess and partying. After this, I was curious how the band would finale considering the amazing songs that had already been played.

But sure enough, the Eagles pleased with a hard hitting Don Henley song “Dirty Laundry.” The wonderful sound combined with the impressive video footage created a multimedia extravaganza during this song. Again an interesting political message emerged from the song. The band then returned to The James Gang and their hit “Funk #49.” To close the set the Eagles wrapped up with the pounding drums of “Heartache Tonight” and the rip-roaring guitars of “Life In The Fast Lane.” For an encore, the band brought the audience to its feet with “Take It Easy” and closed with a Texan favorite “Desperado.”

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2010 – DAY THREE

World of Reggae Music Collection: Hippy Music inna Reggae Version

Hippy Music inna Reggae Version

In this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selector explores reggae versions of hippy songs. Jamaicans know good music when they hear it. Whether it is Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, or Donovan, a good tune is a good tune! From the British hippy rock bands Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, the Beatles,The Rolling Stones, and The Who to the American hippy groups like The Hollies, Simon And Garfunkel, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young to the great American jam bands Phish and the Grateful Dead, many of the great reggae stars covered the tunes of the Hippy era. In this collection of songs, hippy music is played inna reggae version by the legendary Burning Spear, Jimmy Cliff, Gregory Isaacs, Black Uhuru, and many more.

Junior Jazz & Easy Star All Stars – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Luciano & Easy Star All-Stars – With A Little Help From My Friends

Luciano, U-Roy, & Easy Star All Stars – With A Little Dub From My Friends Dub

Maxi Priest – Wild World

Chalice & Yellowman – Bouncing Around The Room

Dennis Brown – Black Magic Woman

Gregory Isaacs – Mr. Tambourine Man

Gregory Isaacs – Mr. Tambourine Man Dub

Burning Spear – Estimated Prophet

Jimmy Cliff – Wild World

Rootz Underground – Baba O Riley

The Wailing Souls – For What It’s Worth

Max Romeo – Hotel California

John Holt – My Sweet Lord

Sugar Minott – 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy)

Joseph Israel – Teach Your Children

Pat Kelly – He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother

Chalice – Paint It Black

The Israelites – Come Together

Eek A Mouse – Dyer Maker

Dollar Man, Gary “Nesta” Pine, & the Easy Star All-Stars – Money

Matisyahu – Watching The Wheels

Capleton – Love the One You’re With

Alton Ellis – You Make Me So Very Happy

Toots & the Maytals – Squeezebox

Michael Rose, Mennie More, & Easy Star All-Stars – A Day In The Life

Black Uhuru – Hey Joe

Bob Andy – Waste

Bob Andy – Waste (Dub)

The Wailing Souls – Casey Jones

The Gaylads – Fire and Rain

Beres Hammond – Just Like A Woman

Beres Hammond – Just Like A Woman Dub

Killer Bees & Cyril Neville – Groovin’

Big Mountain – Baby, I Love Your Way

The Gladiators – Time Is On My Side

Sugar Minott & Easy Star All-Stars – When I’m Sixty Four

Maxi Priest – Crazy Love

Rootz Underground – Makisupa Policeman

Rootz Underground – Makisupa Policeman (Dub)

The Wailing Souls – Love Her Madly

Steel Pulse – Franklin’s Tower

Easy Star All-Stars & Frankie Paul – Us And Them

Big Mountain & Utah Green – I Can See for Miles

Luciano – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

Luciano – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door Dub

The Waling Souls – Mountain Song

Max Romeo & the Easy Star All Stars – Fixing A Hole

Joe Higgs – Uncle John’s Band

Ken Boothe – Brown Sugar

Steel Pulse – Farmhouse

The Abyssinians – Blowin’ in the Wind

The Wailing Souls – Tomorrow Never Knows

Satta – Behind Blue Eyes

Gregory Isaacs – Wild Horses

Max Romeo – Sexy Sadie

Garnett Silk – Let It Flow

Cas Haley & Tanya Stephens – Wolfman’s Brother

Cas Haley & Tanya Stephens – Wolfman’s Brother Dub

Chalice – Fire on the Mountain

Matisyahu & the Easy Star All Stars – Within You Without You

Steel Pulse – You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Luciano – Won’t Get Fooled Again

Apple Gabriel – The Times They Are A-Changin’

Apple Gabriel – The Times They Are A-Changin’ Dub

Frankie Paul & Easy Star All Stars – Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

The Mighty Diamonds – Touch of Grey

Toots & the Maytals – Back On The Train

Sugar Black – Jumpin’ Jack Flash

Chalice – Who Are You

The Wailing Souls – Like A Rolling Stone

Ranking Roger & the Easy Star All Stars – Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!

Satta – Gumbo

Freddie McGregor – Eyes of the World

Toots & the Maytals – Start Me Up

Billy Mystic – A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall

Billy Mystic – A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall Dub

The Mighty Diamonds – The Kids are Alright

Tessanne Chin – Free

The Wailing Souls – Love The One You’re With

Michael Rose – Wharf Rat

Kirsty Rock & Easy Star All Stars – She’s Leaving Home

Earl “Chinna” Smith & M – Slave to the Traffic Light

Rhytmation – Bargain

Toots & the Maytals – Maggie’s Farm

Toots & the Maytals – Maggie’s Farm Dub

Rula Brown – Everyday People

Steel Pulse & Easy Star All Stars – Good Morning Good Morning

Easy Star All-Stars – Sgt. Pepper’s (Reprise)

Wayne Armond – Let My Love Open the Door

Rootz Underground – Boogie on Reggae Woman

Marcia Griffiths – Don’t Let Me Down

Toots & the Maytals – Catfish John

Gregory Isaacs – My Generation/Magic Bus

Wayne Armond – Bug

Lasana Bandele – Cassidy

Tessane Chin – Reign O’er Me

Glen Ricks – Honky Tonk Women

Rita Marley & the Soulettes – Let It Be

Wayne Armond – Eminence Front

Andrew Francis – Under My Thumb

The Mighty Diamonds & the Easy Star All Stars – Getting Better

Hugh J. – Waiting on a Friend

Keeling Beckford – Cecilia

Michael Rose – Wharf Rat

Jacob Miller – I Shall Be Released

NEED

T.T. Ross – Imagine

The ParagonsBlack Birds Singing

Ernie SmithYou Won’t See Me

Joe the Boss – Hey Jude

John HoltEverybody’s Talking

Ernest Ranglin Everybody’s Talkin’

Chosen Few – Hang on Sloopy

Dawn PennHere Comes The Sun

Barry Briggs Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)

Desmond Dekker Blackbird

Nicky Thomas Lola

The Beatles, Ras Pidow, & the Bombist – Because

Funky Brown African People (Indian Reservation)

Byron Lee & the Dragonaires Live And Let Die

Bob Andy & Marcia GriffithsIt Ain’t Me Babe

Susan Cadogan Something

John Holt Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

The MaytalsGive Peace A Chance

The Heptones – On-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Denzel Dennis People Got to Be Free

Jackie RobinsonIn My Life

The Pioneer All-StarsIn My Life (Dub)

Del Davis A World Without Love

Lloyd Charmers – California Dreamin’

Tarrus RileyKing Of Pain

Dobby DobsonCarry That Weight

Horace Andy Invisible Sun

Lee “Scratch” Perry Invisible Dub

BushmanOne Tin Soldier

World of Reggae Music Collection: Hippy Music inna Reggae Version

World of Reggae Music Collection–Rock/Reggae Fusion

Rock/Reggae Fusion

In this edition of the World Of Reggae Music Collection the selector explores the fusion of rock n’ roll and reggae music.

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Roots Rock Reggae

Blondie – Tide Is High

Sublime – Pawn Shop

The Police – Roxanne

Finley Quay – Even After All

Led Zeppelin – D’Yer Maker

Rebelution – Fade Away

Eric Clapton – I Shot The Sheriff

Slightly Stoopid – Don’t Care

The Grateful Dead – Fire On The Mountain

Daweh CongoDaybreak

311Rub A Dub

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals With My Own Two Hands

The Police – Message In A Bottle

Sublime – Badfish

Chuck Berry – Havana Moon

SOJA – Everything Changes

Rockamovya – Collin’ I

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Slogans

Slightly StoopidWiseman

SOJA – Used To Matter

John Popper & Rebelution – Closer I Get

Rebelution – Closer I Get Dub

The Clash – The Guns Of Brixton

Sublime – 54-46 That’s My Number/Ball and Chain

Jack Johnson – The Horizon Has Been Defeated

The Kinks – Apeman

The Dirty Heads – Stand Tall

Collie Buddz & Rebelution – Had To Be The One

Barrington Levy & Long Beach Dub All Stars – Under Mi Sensi

Eek-A-Mouse & The Expendables – Ganja Smugglin’

Grateful Dead – Estimated Prophet

Finley Quay – Sun Is Shining

Rebelution – Outta Control

Slightly Stoopid – 2am

311 – My Stoney Baby

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Waiting In Vain (Jim James Remix)

The Police – Can’t Stand Losing You

Sublime – Boss D.J.

Long Beach Dub All Stars – Listen to D.J.’s

SOJA – Tell Me

Gov’t Mule, Toots & the Maytals – Hard To Handle

Gov’t Mule – Hard To Dubya

Slightly Stoopid – Bandelero

Sublime – Garden Grove

Rockamovya – Rock in Place

Citizen Cope – Brother Lee

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Red Beans & Rice

No Doubt & Lady Saw – Underneath It All

MatisyahuChop ’em Down

PepperNo Control

Sublime – Greatest Hits

Grateful Dead – Touch Of Grey

The Clash – (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais)

Michael Franti, Cherine Anderson, & Spearhead – A Little Bit of Riddim

Bad Brains – Roll On

Ezra Koenig & Major Lazer – Jessica

311Paradise

Slightly Stoopid & G. Love – Mellow Mood

The Police Walking On The Moon

The ClashPolice & Thieves

Sublime – Steppin’ Razor

Phish – Makisupa Policeman>Night Nurse>Makisupa Policeman (Live October 26, 2010 Manchester, New Hampshire)

SOJA – Better

Half Pint – My Best Friend’s Girl

Long Beach Dub All-Stars & Barrington Levy – Saw Red

SublimeDon’t Push

Nelly Furtado – Turn Off the Lights (Reggae Remix)

311Nix Hex

Jack Johnson – Wasting Time

SOJA – Be With Me Now

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Jah Work

MatisyahuKing Without A Crown

Slightly StoopidTill It Gets Wet

Wayne Wonder – Hold Me Now

SOJA – Let You Go

311 – 1, 2, 3

Los Lobos – Pawn Shop

Ziggy Marley – Drive

Half Pint, Toko Pasi, & Long Beach Dub All Stars – A Girl Like You

Sublime – Rivers Of Babylon

Roots of Creation & John Brown’s Body Horns – Universal Soldier

Pepper – Freeze

311 – Welcome

Slightly Stoopid – Digital

John Brown’s Body – Garden Tree

Jimmy Cliff – Ruby Soho

Citizen Cope – 107°

The Police – Murder By Numbers

No Doubt & Bounty Killer – Hey Baby

Ween – The Fruit Man

Sublime – 40 Oz. To Freedom

The Aggrolites – Prisoner Song

Slightly Stoopid – Babylon Is Falling

Pepper – Things That You Love

Michael Franti & Gov’t Mule – Unthrow That Spear

Gov’t Mule – Unring That Bell

311 – All Mixed Up

Matisyahu – Message In A Battle

Matisyahu – Message In A Bottle (Dub Version)

Sublime – April 29, 1992

Slightly Stoopid – I Would Do For You

Rebelution – Calling Me Out

SOJA – Summer Breeze

Barrington Levy & Slighly Stoopid – Ur Love

311 – Plain 

The Clash – Revolution Rock

Half Pint & Filibuster – Get Ready

Ken Boothe – Everybody Want o Rule The World

Trey Anastasio, Toots & the Maytals – Sweet and Dandy

Pepper – Love 101

The Wailing Souls – War Down at the Pawnshop

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Rock The Nation

Cipes & People – Free Me

Bad Brains – Natty Dreadlocks ‘Pon the Mountain

The Grateful Dead – Eyes Of The World

Sublime – Right Back

The Clash – Armagideon Time

311 – Stealing Happy Hours

The Police – Invisible Sun

Slightly Stoopid – Still Be You

Pepper – Musical 69

The Black Crowes – Time Will Tell

G. Love – Greatest Hits

Roots of Creation – Woman

Rebelution – Sky Is The Limit

Gov’t Mule – Rebel With A Cause

Jimmy Cliff – Bang

Long Beach Shortbus – California Grace

Rancid & Buju Banton – No More Misty Days

Grateful Dead – Scarlet Begonias

Sublime – Scarlet Begonias

311 – 8:16 A.M. 

Slightly Stoopid – Waiting

Bedouin Soundclash – Until We Burn In The Sun (The Kids Just Want Love Songs)

The Clash – Rudie Can’t Fail

Aswad – Roxanne

The Police – Driven To Tears

Rebelution – Comfort Zone

Rebelution – Comfort Zone Dub

Sublime – Doin’ Time

Eric Clapton, Toots & the Maytals – Pressure Drop

Beenie Man, ARP, & Tony Curtis – Missing You

311 – Love Song

SOJA – Strength To Survivie

Pepper – Bring Me Along

The Clash – Lover’s Rock

The Police – Reggaetta De Blanc

Gov’t Mule – Horseflies

Mishka – Bittersweet

Jimmy Cliff – Rebel Rebel

Slightly Stoopid – Blood of my Blood

311 – Omaha Stylee

Nas & Damian Marley – Strong Will Continue

The Aggrolites – Time To Get Tough

Rebelution – Too Rude

Santana, Sean Paul, Joss Stone – Cry Baby Cry

Wyclef Jean, Serj Tankin, & Sizzla – Riot

Trey Anastasio – Small Axe 

Petra Haden, Stephen Perkins, & Mike Watt – Work That We Do

Long Beach Shortbus – Girl Next Door

SOJA  – Don’t Forget

Matisyahu – I Will Be Light

Slightly Stoopid – Sweet Honey

Rebelution – Day By Day

Gov’t Mule – Unblow Your Horn

Gov’t Mule – Reblow Your Mind

Sublime – Trenchtown Rock

NEED

Super Villains 20 Excuses

Pepper – Bad Idea

Horace Andy & Easy Dub All-Stars Airbag

PepperCan’t Stand Losing You

Sting & Ranking Roger The Bed’s Too Big Without You

Pasafire – Submersible

The Expendables –  Bowl For Two

DispatchThe General

Junior ReidSynchronicity 1

Bad Brains I And I Survive

GroundationLong, Long Ago

IrationFalling

Outlaw NationBabylon Is Falling

Easy Dub All Stars – Karma Police

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub SquadBuffalo

The HoldupHunnies

Aivar17

RebelutionOrdinary Girl

Toots & the MaytalsDe Do Do Do De Da Da Da

Bedouin SoundclashWalls Fall Down

Burning Spear – Jam Cruise

Roots Manuva Again & Again (Arctic Monkeys Remix)

Eve & Wyclef JeanYour Love

Mikey Dread & Seal Lips Like Sugar

ElanSlave To Love

Jason Mraz I Melt With You

Nicole KeaBreakfast In Bed

Dryden MitchellFriday, I’m In Love

Joe JacksonFools In Love

World of Reggae Music Collection–Rock/Reggae Fusion

Keller Williams and That 1 Guy play Granada Theatre in Dallas, Texas

That 1 Guy and his magic pipe stole the show at the Granada Theatre this Friday night in Dallas. Mike Silverman aka That 1 Guy is a classically trained double bass player from the San Francisco Conservatory. He has developed a new instrument–the magic pipe. A seven foot tall collection of steel plumbing pipes and joints, orchestral bass, and electronics, the magic pipe makes some crazy and amazing sounds. You must see Silverman’s creation in order to fully grasp the genius of this new instrument. Crazy tunes like “Weasel Potpie” grip the audience and make them dance. Furthermore when he added a wobbling handsaw to play “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” minds were blown.

Like Keller Williams, That 1 Guy is a one-man band. Keller joined That 1 Guy at the end of the set for a rip-rollicking futuristic jam. Keller Williams plays bass, guitars, and a drum machine infusing funk, reggae, and psychadelia into his looping sounds. He also dubs his music live on stage. Williams picks brilliant cover tunes making them original compositions. Williams reggaefied Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode.” And Nirvana’s “All Apologies,” the Grateful Dead’s “Brown Eyed Women,” and Phish’s “Birds of a Feather” all made the setlist. Keller mixed in originals too, playing crowd favorites like “cadillac,” “Breathe,” “Freeker By The Speaker,” “Apparition,” and “Best Feeling.”

Keller Williams and That 1 Guy play Granada Theatre in Dallas, Texas

Wake the Dead on K-MUD

On the way up Highway 101 from Humboldt County to the Redwoods I tuned into K-MUD, a local Humboldt station and heard a wonderful band–Wake the Dead. It is always nice to hear something new and refreshing and this particular radio station and band hit the spot. The Northern California celtic jam band celebrates the Grateful Dead interpreting the Dead’s catalog in new and exciting ways. I really got into Wake the Dead, finding their tunes a pleasant accompaniment to the scenic vistas of Humboldt County. I found the album Wake the Dead: A Celtic Celebration of the Songs of the Grateful Dead to be a fair example of some of the tunes I heard on K-MUD.

Wake the Dead on K-MUD

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