Top Ranking Albums of 2012

Top Ranking Albums of 2012

Busy SignalReggae Music Again [VP Records 2012]

RebelutionPeace of Mind [Controlled Substance Sound Labs 2012]

The Beach BoysThat’s Why God Made Radio [Capitol Records 2012]

SOJAStrength to Survive [ATO Records 2012]

Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball [Columbia 2012]

Slightly StoopidTop of the World [Stoopid Records 2012]

Jimmy CliffRebirth [Sunpower 2012]

Willie NelsonHeroes [Legacy Recordings 2012]

Various ArtistsReggae Gold 2012 [VP Records 2012]

Neil Young – Psychadelic Pill [Reprise Records 2012]

Bob DylanTempest [Columbia 2012]

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Top Ranking Albums of 2012

Top Ranking Albums of October 2012

TOP RANKING ALBUMS OF OCTOBER 2012 

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Jerry DouglasTraveler [eOne Music 2012]

Neil YoungPsychadelic Pill [Reprise Records 2012]

Beres HammondOne Love, One Life [VP Records 2012]

Jimmy LaFaveDepending on the Distance [Music Road Records 2012]

Cocoa TeaIn A Di Red [Roaring Lion Records 2012]

Iris DementSing the Delta [FlariElla Records 2012]


Richie SpiceSoothing Sounds [Tad’s Records 2012]

Dwight Yoakam3 Pears [Via Records 2012]

GyptianSLR – EP [VP Records 2012]

Ry CooderElection Special [Nonesuch Records 2012]

The CoupSorry to Bother You [Anti/Epitaph 2012]

Cody ChesnuttLanding on a Hundred [Vibration Vineyard 2012]

Gary Clark, Jr. – Black and Blu [Warner Brothers 2012]

John HiattMystic Pinball [New West 2012]

Various ArtistsThe Man With the Iron Fists [Soul Temple Entertainment 2012]

The Mountain GoatsTranscendental Youth [Merge Records 2012]

Jamey JohnsonLiving For A Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran [Mercury Nashville 2012]

Solo BantonHigher Levels [Reality Shock Records 2012]

John Brown’s BodyJBB in Dub [Easy Star Records 2012]

General DegreeSnapple Dapple Vol. 1 [Size 8 Records 2012]

Prezident Brown and Axx of JahpostlesI Sound Is From Creation [Tad’s Records 2012]

Top Ranking Albums of October 2012

Top Ranking Albums of October 2010

The Sound Of Sunshine

  1. Bob DylanThe Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 (The Bootleg Series Vol. 9)[Columbia 2010]
  2. Michael Franti and SpearheadThe Sound Of Sunshine [Boo Boo Wax 2010]
  3. Ruby Jane Feels Like Home [2010]
  4. Kings Go Forth The Outsiders Are Back [Luaka Bop 2010]
  5. Elton John and Leon Russell The Union [Mercury 2010]
  6. Jamey JohnsonThe Guitar Song [Mercury 2010]
  7. Alborosie Dub Clash [JDF 2010]
  8. Neil YoungLe Noise [Reprise 2010]
  9. Trey Anastasio Band TAB At The TAB [Rubber Jungle 2010]
  10. Two Door Cinema Club Tourist History [Glassnote 2010]
  11. John Legend and the Roots Wake Up! [Columbia 2010]
  12. Junip Fields [Mute 2010]
  13. Mark Ronson & The Business IntlRecord Collection [Columbia 2010]
  14. Donovan Frankenreiter Glow [Liquid Tambourine Records 2010]
  15. Various Artists – Blow Your Head – Diplo Presents: Dubstep [Mad Decent 2010]
  16. Easy Star All-Stars Dubber Side Of The Moon [Easy Star 2010]
  17. Dub IncorporatedHors Controle [Diverste 2010]
  18. Matt & Kim Sidewalks [Fader 2010]

Dubber Side Of The Moon

Top Ranking Albums of October 2010

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

Sunday at Austin City Limits Music Festival!

Sunday at Austin City Limits Music Festival 2009 ended up being the best day of music that I have ever seen at the event. Pearl Jam and Michael Franti and Spearhead ripped my face off. Clear skies prevailed overhead, but underfoot the trodden earth remained in a state of mud. Indicative of the diversity of the Austin music scene, the day progressed from dance pop to Texas rock to country to hip-hop-jam-band fusion to pure grunge rock.

The day began with the light-hearted dance pop of the Atlanta-based group the The B-52’s. From past punk pop classics like
”Private Idaho” to the new electronic dance hits like 
”Funplex” the The B-52’s covered tunes from all eras of their musical catalog.
The pop ballad “Roam” electrified the crowd, while fun songs like
”Strobe Light,”
”Hot Corner,” and
”Love in the Year 3000″ kept the crowd dancing. The The B-52’s pleased the audience capping the set with their mega-pop-hits
”Love Shack” and
”Rock Lobster.”

From the pop of the 1980s and 199s I transitioned to the alternative and grunge rock sounds of the North Texas-based rock band The Toadies. The sounds of the rock music of the 1990s and 2000s elicits memories about my teenage years. The new album No Deliverance has some chops like the tune “No Deliverance,” but I really like the tunes from the early album Rubberneck, such as “Backslider,” “I Come From The Water,” and
”Tyler.”
 And of course the song that took the cake at ACL was “Possum Kingdom.” The north Texas rockers played a very nice version of this hit song about murder behind a boathouse.

The Miami-based Raul Malo brought American roots music and the wonderful power of multiculturalism to ACL. Western Swing, Jazz, Country, and Latin rhythms collide in Raul Malo‘s music. If Frank Sinatra, Bob Wills, and Freddie Fender had a baby, then it might look and sound a lot like Raul Malo. The former Mavericks front man opened with
”Every Little Thing About You” and played
the beautiful track “Lucky One.” The song
”Dance The Night Away” had people of all ages dancing in the mud. And finally
”It Only Hurts Me When I Cry” displayed the crooning ability of Raul Malo’s marvelous voice.

Michael Franti & Spearhead brought the house down. The set list included several songs from the new album All Rebel Rockers, which in my opinion is one of the best albums of 2009. New songs like “Say Hey (I Love You)” and
”A Little Bit Of Riddim” have been reggaefied and funkdafied and make for amazing live music. Franti pulled songs from earlier albums too like the fun song
”Hello Bonjour,” but the new tracks like
the “Rude Boys Back In Town” rocked the house.

The bass got louder with “Everybody Ona Move” and then Franti rocked us from the
”East to the West” before having us
”Yell Fire!.”
Michael Franti showed his sensitive side with two different heart-felt version of “Hey World (Don’t Give Up Version).” Then Spearhead set the stage on fire with the powerful message tune “Everyone Deserves Music” and the soul power ballad
”I Got Love For You.” The band concluded with their popular new dancehall track
”Say Hey (I Love You),” which little kids and old people alike sang together at the top of their lungs. People danced, sang, and cried. It was kind of like a spiritual revival. Michael Franti and Spearhead are a must see live music act. Their musical power cannot be understated.

After being awed by Spearhead I turned around to see Pearl Jam open their set with the 1990s power ballad “Why Go” from the legendary album Ten. We raced to the front of the main stage as the spectacular day of live music continued. The Pearl Jam set list included many well-known songs like “Corduroy” and my favorite tune “Elderly Woman Behind The Counter in a Small Town.”
From newer tracks like “World Wide Suicide” to old-school favorites like
”Even Flow,” Pearl Jam wailed and rocked and kicked out the jams. I had heard a lot of hype about Pearl Jam and it seems to all be true. These guys a true blood rock and rollers.

The set continued with sing-a-longs to “Daughter” and rip-roaring guitars over the
”State Of Love And Trust.” The new single “The Fixer” from the album Backspacer sounded as fresh as the older tunes, driving hard guitars over quality vocals and lyrics. Pearl Jam’s music making and song writing have stayed crisp and hard hitting. 
”Go” and then
”Red Mosquito” featuring special guest  Ben Harper on pedal steel kept the crowd in a constant state of awe. 
The hard rockin’ continued with “Do The Evolution” and The Who cover with
”The Real Me.”

Pearl Jam‘s grand finale killed. “Alive” brought the crowd to a fevered pitch when Eddie Vedder invited a very special guest to the stage. Perry Farrell came to the stage in front of an astounded crowd for a rip-roaring cover of Jane’s AddictionMountain Song.” The kings of alternative rock aligned for an energetic cover a classic grunge-era tune. The boys from Seattle capped the night with an amazing version of Neil Young‘s “Rockin’ in the Free World.”



Sunday at Austin City Limits Music Festival!

Top 15 Albums for May 2009!!!

May 2009

  1. Neil Young – Fork In The Road [Reprise 2009]
  2. Ziggy MarleyFamily Time [Tuff Gong 2009]
  3. Julian MarleyAwake [Tuff Gong 2009]
  4. Steve Earle Townes [New West 2009]
  5. Queen IfricaMontego Bay [VP Records 2009]
  6. The Decemberists The Hazards of Love [Capitol 2009]  
  7. Vybz Kartel Most Wanted [Greensleeves 2009]
  8. BushmanMost Wanted [Greensleeves 2009]
  9. Los Fabulosos Cadillacs La Luz del Ritmo [Nacional 2009]
  10. GomezA New Tide [Ato Records 2009]
  11. YTBorn Inna Babylon [Sativa 2009]
  12. Booker TPotato Hole [Anti 2009]
  13. Steve Winwood and Eric ClaptonLive from Madison Square Garden [Reprise 2009]
  14. UGKUGK 4 Life [Zomba 2009]
  15. The Flatlanders Hills & Valleys (Dig) [New West 2009]

Neil Young’s Fork In The Road pays tribute to cars and praises the new advancements in green car technology. It seems Young was so inspired by Wichita mechanic Jonathan Goodwin’s work on Young’s Lincoln that he wrote some wonderful songs about it. Goodwin converted Young’s 1959 Lincoln Continental adding battery power, biodiesel, and old jet engines in a fashion that increased gas mileage to 100 mpg and at the same time doubled the horsepower from 300 to 600. This album is timely, deep, and insightful. Neil Young continues as a cutting edge songwriter.

Ziggy Marley’s Family Time brings together some great artists making fun reggae sounds for the entire family. Jack Johnson, Willie Nelson, Toots Hibbert, and others lend their voices to the great tracks. Willie Nelson and Ziggy Marley rework the spiritual “This Train (feat. Willie Nelson)” while Ziggy and Toots Hibbert sing “Take Me To Jamaica (feat. Toots Hibbert).”

The Marley Brothers have been prolific and Julian “JuJu” Marley’s new album Awake displays the excellent quality reggae being produced by Bob’s progeny. “Violence In The Streets” with brother Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley packs a political message inside a driving riddim. “Boom Draw” celebrates the “healing of the nation” that grew on King Solomon’s grave. The tracks “Things Ain’t Cool,” “Awake,” and “On The Floor” rock and “A Little Too Late” with brother Stephen “Ragamuffin” Marley is pure melodic funky reggae.

Queen Ifrica’s Montego Bays caprtures the best of female roots reggae from Jamaica. “Keep It To Yourself” is a lesson in good vibes and “Daddy” is an interesting raw social commentary.

Top 15 Albums for May 2009!!!