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”

Top Ranking Songs of 2014

TOP 20 ALBUMS OF JUNE 2009 – BEST OF 2009 SUMMER MUSIC

Top 20 Albums of June 2009

  1. Bob Marley and the Wailers B Is For Bob [Tuff Gong/Def Jam/Island Records 2009]
  2. Various Artists Dark Was The Night (Red Hot Compilation) [The Red Hot Organization/4AD 2009]
  3. N.A.S.A. – The Spirit Of Apollo [Anti/Epitaph 2009]
  4. AlborosieEscape From Babylon [Greensleeves 2009]
  5. Dave Matthews BandBig Whiskey And The GrooGrux King [Bama Rags 2009]
  6. The ItalsLet Dem Talk [Ital Records 2009]
  7. Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley BandOuter South [Merge 2009]
  8. DJ JS-1 No Sellout [Ground Original 2009]
  9. The Dub MachinistWorldwide Dub [Control Tower France 2009]
  10. Various Artists Reggae Gold 2009 [VP Records 2009]
  11. Ini Kamoze 5150 Rule [Hottis 2009]
  12. Amadou & MariamWelcome to Mali [Nonesuch 2009]
  13. Los Granadian del Espacio Exterior Donde Ningun Hombre Ha Llegado Jamas [Liquidator Spain 2009]
  14. Method Man & RedmanBlackout! 2 [Explicit] [Island/Def Jam 2009]
  15. Regina SpektorFar [Sire 2009]
  16. Black Eyed PeasThe E.N.D. (The Energy Never Dies) [Interscope 2009]
  17. 311Uplifter [RCA/Jive 2009]
  18. The Dirty ProjectorsBitte Orca[Domino Recording 2009]
  19. Natural BlackGuardian Angel [Zion Roots Music 2009]
  20. Sonic Youth The Eternal [Matador 2009]
  21. Paul WallFast Life [Explicit] [Asylum/WB 2009]

“Life is one big road with lots of signs,” Bob sings “So when your riding through the ruts don’t you complicate your mind.” On this album we see why Bob Marley and the Wailers ruled the world of reggae music, especially with roots reggae tracks like “Wake Up And Live – Pt. 1.”  On the new album B Is For Bob executive producer Ziggy Marley reworked some of the Bob Marley classics giving them a kid friendly edge. The album pulsates with positive vibrations. A stripped down acoustic version of “Three Little Birds” leads off the album followed by a classic acoustic version of “Redemption Song.” These two songs make for fun summer road trip  sing-a-longs. I found the version of “Satisfy My Soul” to be very sensual and in my opinion this song could be one of the best lovers’ rock tracks ever cut. A bongo almost-dancehall infused “Jamming” and new takes on “Small Axe,” “Bend Down Low” and “Stir It Up” fill out this nice addition to the Bob Marley discography. “Could You Be Loved” and “One Love / People Get Ready” also fit perfect with the kid album theme. “High Tide Or Low Tide” excellently caps off the work.

Finding their way to the top of the Jam-Tex music charts this June are a cadre of Indie-rockers and rappers. The benefit album and compilation Dark Was The Night (Red Hot Compilation) and the N.A.S.A. hip-hop project The Spirit Of Apollo. Dark Was The Night (Red Hot Compilation) includes indie rockers collaborating to make wonderful music and really this album needs to be listened to in its entirety for the best effect. The Dirty Projectors team up with David Byrne on “Knotty Pine,” while Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings provide some soulful “Inspiration Information.” The Decemberists perform “Sleepless,” while Feist and Ben Gibbard team up on “Train Song.” Iron & Wine, Andrew Bird, My Morning Jacket, and Arcade Fire all appear on the album.

On N.A.S.A.’s The Spirit Of Apollo George Clinton and Chali 2na Fish rock “There’s A Party (Feat. George Clinton & Chali 2na)” and dancheall wonder Sizzla joins Lovefoxxx, and the nasty female rapper Amanda Blank on the track “A Volta (Feat. Sizzla, Amanda Blank & Lovefoxxx).” My favorite duo on any of these indie compilations appears on the N.A.S.A. album when Tom Waits and Kool Keith collaborate on “Spacious Thoughts (Feat. Tom Waits & Kool Keith)”. M.I.A., Santogold, Nick Zinner, and Spank Rock drive the electro-rap jam “Whachadoin? (Feat. Spank Rock, M.I.A., Santogold & Nick Zinner)“. The N.A.S.A. album certainly contains the most interesting lineup of artists, including David Byrne, Gift of Gab, Chuck D, DJ Z-Trip, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, KRS-One, Seu Jorge, Ras Congo, and Scarface on tracks like  “Money (Feat. David Byrne, Chuck D, Ras Congo, Seu Jorge & Z-Trip),” “The People Tree (Feat. David Byrne, Chali 2na, Gift Of Gab & Z-Trip),” “Hip Hop (Feat. KRS-One, Fatlip & Slim Kid Tre),” “Strange Enough (Feat. Karen O, Ol’ Dirty Bastard & Fatlip),” and “The Mayor (Feat. The Cool Kids, Ghostface Killah, Scarface & DJ AM).”

Alborosie, Ini Kamoze, the Itals, and Reggae Gold 2009 provide this year’s sweltering summer reggae soundtrack. On the new Dave Matthews Band album Big Whiskey And The GrooGrux King the track “Funny The Way It Is” proves the band is still putting out quality music. DJ JS-1 gathers some talented indie rappers on No Sellout, for example, Aesop Rock and C Ray Wallz rock the mics on “Karma Killerz.”

TOP 20 ALBUMS OF JUNE 2009 – BEST OF 2009 SUMMER MUSIC