Top Ranking Albums of October 2013

Paul McCartneyNEW [Hear Music 2013]

Sly & Robbie present ShaggyOut of Many, One Music [Ranch Entertainment 2013]

GyptianSex, Love, and Reggae [VP Records 2013]

ChvrchesThe Bones of What You Believe [Glassnote 2013]

Arcade Fire Reflektor [Arcade Fire 2013]

Deltron 3030 Event II [Bulk Recordings 2013]

M.I.A.Matangi [Interscope 2013]

Tom BrosseauGrass Punks[Crossbill Records 2013]

The BlowThe Blow [Kanine Records 2013]

Blood Orange Chamakay [Domino 2013]

Gipsy KingsSavor Flamenco [Knitting Factory 2013]

Pearl JamLightning Bolt [Republic Records 2013]

LordePure Heroine [Lava Music 2013]

Luscious JacksonMagic Hour [City Song 2013]

Sleigh BellsBitter Rivals [Mom & Pop Music 2013]

The Head and the Heart Let’s Be Still [Sub Pop Records 2013]

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Top Ranking Albums of October 2013

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2010 – DAY TWO

On day two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival we started the day at the Austin Ventures Stage with an electro-pop alternative/indie rock band from Northern Ireland called Two Door Cinema Club. The setlist included a hard-hitting barrage of tracks: “Cigarettes in the Theatre,” “Undercover Martyn,” “Do You Want It All?,” and the solid hit “Something Good Can Work.” The boys from Bangor, Northern Ireland played several tracks like “This Is Life,” “You’re Not Stuboorn,” “What You Know,” and “Eat That Up, It’s Good For You” from their new album Tourist History. And with the closers “Come Back Home” and especially the single “I Can Talk” the young rockers finished strong.

Tourist History

Following Two Door Cinema Club, Andrew Mayer Cohen aka Mayer Hawthorne representing Ann Arbor, Michigan brought the soul of the Motor City to Austin City Limits. The sweet sounding “Maybe So, Maybe No” set the vibe for the afternoon set. Mayer Hawthorne and the County then flipped the script playing the remixed versionGangsta Luv” recorded with the smooth rhyming rapper Snoop Doggy DoggThen he slowed down again for a chill version of “I Wish It Would Rain.”

His neo-soul sound flows in the same manner as the R&B and Soul revivalists: Mark Ronson, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and Amy Winehouse. Not that Hawthorne sounds like these contemporaries but rather he sounds more like the classic crooners of old–Smokey Robinson and the Miracles or Marvin Gaye. The soul session then evolved into a sing along with a spot on cover version of the classic Doobie Brothers trackWhat A Fool Believes.” And, ultimately Mayer Hawthorne returned to his roots with the R&B jam ” Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out.”

I left the Austin Ventures stage for the Broken Bells. My family stayed behind for the Local Natives, which they reported were awesome ,especially since the 15-year old virtuoso fiddle player and singer-songwriter Ruby Jane joined the band for a musical ride. Unfortunately, this is the problem with Austin City Limits: there are too many bands at the same time to really see all the bands that you want to see.

I hated to miss the Local Natives, but the Broken Bells beckoned. Brian Burton aka Danger Mouse and James Mercer of the Oregon Indie Rock band The Shins align to make melodic space rock music like “Vaporize” andOctober.” And, I especially like the tracks “The Ghost Inside” andThe High Road.” Some tracks are more punchy like “The Mall & Misery,” but for the most part Broken Bells songs are spaced-out, well crafted, and textured rock songs. Danger Mouse adds layers of synths and keys atop the haunting vocals of James Mercer.

The Monsters Of Folk are a 2010 version of a folk-rock supergroup. They are our generation’s Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. Combine the breathtaking vocals of  Yim Yames aka Jim James from My Morning Jacket with the rootsy vocals of Conor Oberst and the talents of multi-instrumentalist Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes; then mix in the vocalist and music maker M. Ward, the genius behind groups like She & Him and you’ve got one hell of a supergroup.

The show opened with the harmonizing vocalists singing “hold out your hands” and “Say Please.”  Although festival organizers should have put this top notch band on a bigger stage, they still managed to put together a wonderful set, including songs from the album Monsters Of Folk. The set included: “The Right Place,”Man Named Truth,” “Ahead of the Curve,”Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.),” “Slow Down Jo,” “The Sandman, The Brakeman And Me,” and “Baby Boomer.”

But the band also played songs from other projects including the Bright Eyes tunes “Soul Singer in a Session Band,” ‘Hit the Switch,” “At the Bottom of Everything,” and “Another Travelin’ Song.” They also played a wonderful version of the M. Ward song “Vincent O’Brien” and the My Morning Jacket tracks “Golden” alongside a fantastic take on “Smokin from Shootin.” Although the guys covered material from other projects they stayed true to their collaborative material playing Monsters of Folk originals like “Whole Lotta Losin’,” “Temazcal,” and “Map Of The World.” And they closed with the haunting “His Master’s Voice.”

Matt & Kim provided a nice interlude between Monsters of Folk and M.I.A. I liked how the duo interlaced their indie dance rock with dance tracks. At one point, I heard a rip-roaring dancehall cut from Diplo’s Major Lazer album Gunz Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do called “Pon De Floor.” Plus there was a nice cover of the Biz Markie favorite “Just A Friend.” Essentially Matt & Kim threw a party on their stage playing their own stuff like “Daylight” alongside other great samples and beats.

Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam aka M.I.A. is a performing artists. For this show, we got up close and danced our assess off. From the slamming “Galang” to the hardcore “World Town” M.I.A. brought anarchy to ACL. I heard lots of complaints about M.I.A. from people near the back, but up front the sounds and sights elicited a punk electronica atmosphere. Of course she played the megahitPaper Planes.”  And she concluded with the noisy “Born Free” from her new loud album Maya. Also, we caught the end of a solid Muse show. Luckily, the science fiction rockers played “Starlight.”

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2010 – DAY TWO

The Best of Albums of August 2010

Lazers Never Die [Explicit]

The Best of August 2010

  1. Busy SignalD.O.B. [VP Records 2010]
  2. John Prine In Person & On Stage [Oh Boy 2010]
  3. Pokey LaFarge and the South City ThreeRiverboat Soul [Free Dirt Records 2010]
  4. Major LazerLazers Never Die [Explicit] [Mad Decent 2010]
  5. Gappy Ranks Put The Stereo On [Greensleeves 2010]
  6. The Black Crowes Croweology [Silver Arrow 2010]
  7. Dennis Brown Reggae Sensation! [Delta 2010]
  8. Asleep at the Wheel & Leon Rausch It’s A Good Day [Bismeaux Records 2010]
  9. Die Antwoord5 – EP [Explicit] [Cherrytree/Interscope 2010]
  10. Lee “Scratch” Perry Sipple Out Deh: Best Of The Black Ark [Trojan 2010]
  11. Peter Case Wig! [Yep Roc 2010]
  12. April Smith & The Great Picture Show Songs For A Sinking Ship [Little Roscoe 2010]
  13. Los Lobos Tin Can Trust [Shout! Factory 2010]
  14. Inna De Yard All Stars Live in France [Makasound 2010]
  15. Various Artists Stand & Give Praise: Roots Reggae [Trojan 2010]
  16. The Sadies Darker Circles [Yep Roc 2010]
  17. Gov’t Mule By a Thread [Evil Teen 2010]
  18. Red Horse Red Horse [Red House 2010]
  19. Midnite Momentum [Fifth Son Records 2010]
  20. Various Artists – Neccesary Mayhem Presents Sess Retro & Electro Agony Riddim [Necessary Mayhem 2010]
  21. Pinteop Perkins & Willie “Big Eyes” Smith Joined at the Hip [Telarc Records 2010]
  22. Dangermuffin Moonscapes [Dangermuffin 2010]
  23. John Hartford Stringband Memories of John [Red Clay 2010]
  24. Jackie Greene Till the Light Comes [429 Records 2010]
  25. John Mellencamp No Better Than This [Rounder 2010]
  26. Irie Maffia What’s My Name?! [Shiftin Gears 2010]
  27. Various Artists Melody Life: Trojan Sisters [Trojan 2010]
  28. Sting Symphonicities [Deutsche Grammaphon 2010]
  29. Cornadoor Without Restrictions [SoundQuake 2010]
  30. Tim O’Brien – Chicken and Egg [Howdy Sky 2010]
  31. Markscheider Kunst Utopia [Eastblok 2010]
  32. Wavves King of the Beach [Fat Possum Records 2010]
  33. Maikal X Genesis [Rock N’ Vibes 2010]
  34. Ariel Pink’s Haunted GraffitiBefore Today [4AD 2010]
  35. Turbulence The Journey [Sajay Production 2010]

D.O.B.

Riverboat Soul

Croweology

Sipple Out Deh: Best Of The Black Ark

The Best of Albums of August 2010

The Best Albums of July 2010

Street Songs Of Love

July Music

  1. Alejandro EscovedoStreet Songs Of Love [Fantasy 2010]
  2. GyptianHold You [VP Records 2010]
  3. Various ArtistsReggae Gold 2010 [VP Records 2010]
  4. Ernie SmithThe Best of Ernie Smith – Original Masters [VP Records 2010]
  5. Mike StensonThe Jukebox In Your Heart [STAG 2010]
  6. M.I.A.Maya [N.E.E.T./Interscope 2010]
  7. Sleigh BellsTreats [Mom & Pop Music 2010]
  8. Gary P. NunnTaking Texas To The Country [Guacamole/Campfire Records 2010]
  9. Big Boi Sir Lucious Left Foot…The Son Of Chico Dusty [Def Jam 2010]
  10. Jah Mason Keep Ya Head Up [Rastar Records 2010]
  11. The RootsHow I Got Over [Explicit][Def Jam 2010]
  12. Clinton Fearon Mi Deh Yah [Makasound 2010]
  13. Scissor Sisters Night Work [Downton 2010]
  14. EminemRecovery [Aftermath 2010]
  15. Various ArtistsThe Definitive Collection of Federal Records, 1964-1982 [VP Records 2010]
  16. LucianoUnited States of Africa [VP Records 2010]
  17. Lincoln DurhamEP [Lincoln Durham 2010]
  18. Various Artists Bobo Revolution 2 [Greensleeves 2010]
  19. Jimmy Vaughan Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites [Shout Factory 2010]
  20. Various ArtistsFoundation Dub [Trojan 2010]
  21. Walt Wilkins & the MystiquerosAgave [Blue Boot Records 2010]

The Best of Ernie Smith - Original Masters

Jimmie Vaughan-Plays Blues, Ballads & Favorites

Trojan Dub-Foundation Dub

The Best Albums of July 2010

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

The World of Reggae Music–Rap-Hip-Hop/Reggae Fusion

Hip-Hop/Reggae Fusion

In this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selector focuses on the fusion of hip hop, rap, and reggae music.

Notorious B.I.G. – B.I.G. Live In Jamaica Intro)

Notorious B.I.G. & Diana King – Respect

Horseman & Prince Fatty – Insane In The Brain

Ini Kamoze – Listen Me Tic

Eazy-E – Nobody Move

Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Nah Mean

Notorious B.I.G. & Bob MarleyHold Ya Head

Heavy D – Sincere

Chali 2na, Damian Marley, & Stephen Marley – Guns Up

Slightly Stoopid – Runnin’ With A Gun

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Food For The Masses

Guerilla Black & Beenie Man  – Compton

Fat Joe, Buju Banton, & Fat Joe – Good Times

Mr. Cheeks, Big Youth, & Tarrus Riley – Five Days

Bob Marley & The Roots – Burnin’ and Lootin’

Beyonce & Sean Paul – Baby Boy

Wayne Marshall, Baby Cham, Ace Hood, & Waka Flocka – Go Harder

KRS-One & Boogie Down Productions – 9Mm Goes Bang

B-Real & Wayne Smith – Under Mi Sleng Teng (DJ Muggs Remix)

Cypress Hill – What’s Your Number?

Rahzel & Sean Paul – Top of the Game

Guru, Barrington Levy, & Jigsy King – One 4 Me

Nas & Spragga Benz – This Is The Way

Slightly Stoopid – Killin’ Me Deep Inside

Cherine Anderson, Michael Franti & Spearhead – Ssay Hey (I Love You)

Seeed – Release

Kriss Kross, Sean Paul, & Super Cat – Jump (Reggae Remix)

T-Pain, Chris Brown, & T.O.K. – Kiss Kiss (Reggae Remix)

Notorious B.I.G. & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Welcome to Jamrock (Rob Dinero Remix)

Spice 1 – East Bay Gangster

Wyclef Jean, Redman, & Beenie Man – Love Me Now (Rockwilder Remix)

The Fugees – No Woman, No Cry

Lauryn Hill & Bob Marley – Turn Your Lights Down Low

Long Beach Dub All-Stars, Chali 2Na Fish, Half Pint, Ives, & Tippa Irie – Life Goes On

Big Pun & Beenie Man – Make Me Sweat

Collie Buddz & Paul Wall – What A Feeling

Chali 2na & Slightly Stoopid – Just Thinking

Supercat – Ghetto Red Hot (Hip-Hop Remix)

Nas, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, & Stephen “Ragamufin” Marley – Road To Zion

Biz Markie & Elephant Man – Let Me See U Bounce

Guru & Bob Marley – Johnny Was

Mims, Cham, & Junior Reid – This Is Why I’m Hot (Blackout Remix)

Black Sheep & Half Pint – Level The Vibes

Guru & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley  – Stand Up (Some Things’ll Never Change)

K-Os – Superstar, Pt. 1

Seeed – Ocean’s

KRS-One & Shabba Ranks – The Jam

Yung Berg & Collie Buddz – Lonely

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Bobby Brown – Beautiful

Slightly Stoopid – Everything You Need

Michael Franti & Steel Pulse – Black Enough

Heavy D & The Boyz – Now That We Found Love

Bun B & Sean Kingston – That’s Gangsta

Q-Tip & Capleton – Original Man

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Pray For Grace

Rakim & Bob Marley – Concrete Jungle

Elephant Man, Wyclef Jean, Assassin, Swizz Beatz, Yung Joc, & Diddy – Five-0 (Remix)

K’Naan & Damian Marley – I Come Prepared

Kid Cudi & Collie Buddz – Day and Nite

Slightly Stoopid – Breakbeat

The Grouch, Eligh , & Slightly Stoopid – People of the Sun

Lil Wayne, Nas, & Damian Marley – My Generation

Chuck D & Bob Marley – Survival

Alicia Keys & Junior Reid – No One (Remix)

Guru & Ini Kamoze – Who Goes There

Lil Jon, Stephen Marley, & Damian Marley – On De Grind

Seeed – Can’t Hold Me

Bob Marley, Mr. Cheeks, & The Lost Boys – Gultiness

Capleton – East Coast to the West Coast

Ini Kamoze – Ballistic Affair

Shabba Ranks – Rough Life

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Comin’ To Gitcha

Supercat, Puff Daddy, & Notorious BIG – Dolly My Baby (Remix)

Guru & Slightly Stoopid – The Otherside

Matisyahu – Smash Lies

Kardinal Offishall – Nina

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Light Up Ya Lighter

Half Pint, Barrington Levy, & Dres of Black Sheep – Level The Vibes

SOJA – Not Done Yet

Snoop Dogg, Stephen “Ragamufin” Marley, & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – The Traffic Jam (Remix)

Busta Rhymes, Flipmode Squad, & Bob Marley – Rastaman Chant

Nas & Damian Marley – As We Enter

Kardinal Offishal & Rihanna – Numba 1 (Tide Is High)

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Listener Supported

Baby Cham – Ghetto Story

Baby Cham & Alicia Keys – Ghetto Story Chapter 2

Baby Cham & Akon – Ghetto Story Chapter 3

Missy Elliott, Vybz Kartel, & M.I.A. – Bad Man

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

Elephant Man, Twista, Young Bloodz, & Kiprich – Jook Gal

Wyclef Jean – Redemption Songs

Foxy Brown, Morgan Heritage, & Spragga Benz – We Set The Pace

M.I.A. – Galang (South Rakkas Remix)

Jay-Z & Mavado – On the Rock

Daara J – Hip Hop Civilization

Lady Saw, Michael Franti & Spearhead – Shake It

Rahzel, Shaggy, & Toots & the Maytals – Bam Bam

Eve, Stephen Marley, & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – No, No, No

The Fugees – Fu Gee La [Sly & Robbie Remix]

Collie Buddz & Krayzie Bone – Defend Your Own

Ini Kamoze – Hotter This Year (Hot Steppa Remix)

DMX, Mr. Vegas, & Sean Paul – The Boom

Missy Elliott & Lady Saw – Mr. DJ

Handsome Boy Modeling School, Barrington Levy, Del tha Funkyhomosapien, & Alex Kapranos – The World’s Gone Mad

Slightly Stoopid – Somebody

Ernest Ranglin, Michael Franti & Spearhead – I Got Plenty O’ Nothin’

ASAP Ferg, Busta Rhymes, Migos, & Shabba Ranks – Shabba

Ini Kamoze – Hole In Ya Head

Heavy D & The Boys – Mood For Love

Chali 2na & Beenie Man – International

Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul, & Spliff Star – Make It Clap (Remix)

B-Real & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Fire

Foxy Brown & Mavado – We’re On Fire

Slightly Stoopid – Officer

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Hello Bonjour

Queen Latifah & Serani – If He Wanna

Wyclef Jean – Jaspora

Foxy Brown & Lady Saw – The Quan

Foxy Brown & Lady Saw – The Quan (Hip Hop Mix)

Kardinal Offishall & Akon – Dangerous

South Park Mexican – Pass Da Killaz

Wyclef Jean & Sizzla  – Welcome To The East

Yung Berg, Collie Buddz, & Eve – Victory Lap

Lil Jon, Ice Cube, The Game, & Elephant Man – Killas

Foxy Brown & Demarco – She Wanna Rude Bwoy

Shawnna & Kardinal Offiishal – Block Reincarnated (Remix)

Michael Franti & Spearhead – Hey World (Remote Control Version)

Seeed – Goldmine

Flo Rida & Sean Kingston – Roll

Rihanna & T.I. – Live Your Life

Juelz Santana, D.E.Y., & Sean Kingston – There’s Nothin

Michael Franti & Spearhead – All I Want Is You

NEED

Doug E. Fresh – Freaks

Bob Marley & the Wailers – African Herbsman (Cypress Hill Remix)

Ini Kamoze & GuruInsert A (Mental Relaxation)/Medicine (Medley)

Usher & the Bombist – Love In This Club (Marvel Riddim)

Kardinal Offishall, Akon, & Sean Paul Dangerous (Remix)

E-40, B-Legit, & Rankin Scroo Bust Yo Shit

Junior Reid & Bun B If It Was Up To Me

Snoop Dogg, B-Real, & the Bombist – Vato (Lightaz Up Riddim)

Barrington Levy, Lil Wayne, Busta Rhymes, Kardinal OffishallNo War

Mary J. Blige & the Bombist – Family Affair

Wu-Tang Clan & Junior Reid – One Blood Under W

T-Pain, Akon, & the Bombist – The Bartender (Soprano Riddim)

Wyclef Jean, Lil Wayne, Akon, & the Bombist – Sweetest Girl (Soprano Riddim)

The Fugees – Fu Gee La Rock (Guantanamo Camp Remix)

Chris Brown, TI, T-Pain, & the Bombist – I’m A Flirt (Dis Ya Time Riddim)

E-40 & Rankin ScrooAct A Ass

Junior Reid & Lil Wayne Rappapompom

Elephant Man, Busta Rhymes, & Shaggy The Way We Roll

The Fugees & Stephen Marley No Woman, No Cry (Remix)

Alicia KeysNo One (Curtis Lynch Reggae Remix)

The World of Reggae Music–Rap-Hip-Hop/Reggae Fusion

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