Top Ranking Albums of March 2012

Busy SignalReggae Music Again [VP Records 2012]

Bruce SpringsteenWrecking Ball [Columbia 2012]


SizzlaIn Gambia [VP Records 2012]


Lyle LovettRelease Me [Lost Highway 2012]

Damian MarleyAffairs of the Heart [Tuff Gong 2012]

Dr. JohnLocked Down [Nonesuch 2012]

SizzlaThe Chant [VP Records 2012]


BassnectarVavoom [Amorphous Music 2012]

RuskoSongs [Mad Decent 2012]

B.B. KingLive at Royal Albert Hall 2011 [Shout! Factory 2012]

KonshensMental Maintenance [VP Records 2012]

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Top Ranking Albums of March 2012

Top Ranking Albums of 2011

1. Stephen Marley – Revelation Part 1: The Root of Life [Tuff Gong 2011]

2. Alborosie – 2 Times Revolution [Greensleeves 2011]

3. The Decemberists – The King Is Dead [Capital Records 2011]

4. Various ArtistsReggae’s Gone Country [VP Records 2011]

5. Bright EyesThe People’s Key [Saddle Creek 2011]

6. Paul SimonSo Beautiful or So What [Hear Music 2011]

7. Hayes CarllKMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories) [Lost Highway 2011]

8. Pokey LaFarge & The South City ThreeMiddle of Everywhere [Free Dirt Records 2011]

9. Gillian WelchThe Harrow & The Harvest [Acony Records 2011]

10. Richie SpiceBook of Job [VP Records 2011]

Top Ranking Albums of 2011

Top Ranking Albums of May 2011

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Top Ranking Albums of May 2011

  1. Steve Earle – I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive [New West 2011]
  2. Stephen MarleyRevelation Part 1: The Root Of Life [Tuff Gong 2011]
  3. Tune-YardsW H O K I L L [4AD 2011]
  4. The Beastie BoysHot Sauce Committee Part Two [Capitol Records 2011]
  5. Mr. WilliamzLast Night EP [Necessary Mayhem 2011]
  6. Danger Mouse & Daniele LuppiRome [Capitol Records 2011]
  7. Daft Punk –  Tron: Legacy Reconfigured [Walt Disney Records 2011]
  8. Alison Krauss and Union StationPaper Airplane [New Rounder 2011]
  9. Snoop DoggDoggumentary [Priority Records/Capitol Records 2011]
  10. Ziggi RecadoZiggi Recado [VP Records 2011]
  11. Various Artists – Light and Shadow Riddim [The HandKart Market 2011]
  12. MobyLast Night [Mute Catalog 2011]
  13. Various ArtistsRagga Ragga Ragga 2011 [VP Records 2011]
  14. The Chemical BrothersHanna (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) [Black Lot Music 2011]
  15. AtmosphereThe Family Sign [Rhymesayers 2011]
  16. Frankie PaulMost Wanted [Geensleeves 2011]
  17. Las RakasSoy Raka [2011]
  18. Denja & A Man Called PJ Cool Mon Cool [DenjaSounds 2011]
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Hot Sauce Committee Part Two [Explicit]


Top Ranking Albums of May 2011

World of Reggae Music Collection–Marley Family and Friends

Roots, Rock, Reggae

MARLEY FAMILY & FRIENDS

In this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selector focuses on the music of Robert Nesta Marley and his family. Bob Marley’s mother Cedella Booker Marley, wife Rita Marley, grandson Judah Marley, and his sons Julian “JuJu” Marley, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen “Ragamuffin” Marley, Ziggy Marley, and Kymani Marley all make great reggae music. Members of the Wailers, including Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and Aston “Family Man” Barrett and the I-Threes, including Rita, Judy Mowatt, and Marcia Griffiths all made records and beautiful tunes

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Stir It Up

Bob Marley & The Wailers – One Love (People Get Ready)

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Don’t Rock The Boat

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Rainbow Country

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Sun Is Shining

Bunny Wailer & the Wailers – Dreamland

Peter Tosh & The Wailers – You Can’t Blame The Youth

Peter Tosh & the Wailers – Brand New Second Hand

Peter Tosh & the Wailers – Maga Dog

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Bad Card

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Them Belly Full

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Crazy Baldheads

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Survival

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Mr. Marley

Damian Jr. Gong” Marley – Me Name Jr. Gong

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Stephen Marley – Hey Girl 

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Stephen Marley – All Night

Stephen Marley – Freedom Time

Stephen Marley & Ben Harper – Inna Di Red

Stephen Marley & Mos Def – Hey Baby

Stephen Marley, Julian Marley, Mr. Cheeks, & Spragga Benz – Iron Bars

Julian Marley & Stephen Marley – A Little Too Late

Julian Marley – Awake

Julian Marley, Stephen Marley & Dead Prez – Dem Crazy

Stephen Marley – Now I Know

Ziggy Marley, Stephen Marley, & The Melody Makers – One Good Spliff

Rita Marley, Stephen Marley, & Tony Rebel – Generation Bob

Rita Marley & Stephen Marley – Who Colt The Game

Rita Marley, Ziggy Marley, & Stephen Marley – One Draw

Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – Conscious Party

Ziggy Marley – True To Myself (KGSR Broadcast Volume 11, Disc 2)

Ziggy Marley & Judah Marley – Family Time (Live)

Daniel Bambaata Marley – Treat You Right

Jo Mersa – Comfortable

Stephen Marley – Rebel in Disguise

Stephen Marley, Kymani Marley, Julian Marley, Damian Marley, & Spragga Benz – Master Blaster (Jammin’)

Kymani Marley – Warriors

Kymani Marley – One Time

Kymani Marley – Dear Dad

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Mellow Mood

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Burnin’ and Lootin’

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Concrete Jungle

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Who The Cap Fit

Bob Marley & the Wailers – No Woman, No Cry

Judy Mowatt – Many Are Called

Marcia Griffiths & Busy Signal – Automatic

Rita Marley – Who Feels It Knows It

The I-Threes – Waiting In Vain

Bob Marley, The I-Threes, & The Wailers – Exodus (Live Babylon By Bus Tour)

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Small Axe

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Soul Shakedown Party

Bunny WailerDance Rock

Bunny Wailer – Fighting Against Conviction

Peter Tosh – African

Peter Tosh – Til Your Well Runs Dry

Bob Marley & the Wailers – Trenchtown Rock

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Coming In From The Cold

Joe Higgs & the Wailers – Steppin’ Razor

Earl “Wire” Lindo – Mystic Mood

Glen Adams & the Boys – Talk Of The Town

Lee “Scratch” Perry & Bob Marley – Shocks of Mighty

Bob Marley & The Upsetters – Natural Mystic

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Want More

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Africa Unite

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Thank You Lord

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – One Cup of Coffee

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – And You Be Loved

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen Marley, & Black Thought – Pimpa’s Paradise

Damain “Jr. Gong: Marley & Stephen Marley – Kingston 12

Stephen Marley, Michael Franti & Spearhead – Rebel Music (3 O’Clock Roadblock)

Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers – African Herbsman

Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers – Rainbow Country

Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers – High Tide or Low Tide

Kymani Marley & Alborosie – Burnin’ & Lootin’

Kymani Marley – Who The Cap Fit

Julian Marley – Harder Days

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Nice Time

U-Roy, Bob Marley & The Wailers – Nice Time

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Screw Face

Augustus Pablo, Bob Marley & The Wailers – Screw Face Pablo [Dub]

Marcia Griffiths – Put A Little Love In Your Heart

Marcia Griffiths & Spragga Benz – No Way No How

Marcia Griffiths – No, No, No

Marcia Griffiths & Cutty Ranks – Half Idiot

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Put It On

Bob Marley & The Wailers – One Drop

Bob Marley & The Wailers – One Dub

Bob Marley & The Wailers – So Much Things To Say

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Stand Up Jamrock (Ashley Beedle Remix)

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Catch A Fire

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – The Master Has Come Back

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen Marley, Capleton, & Drag On – It Was Written

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – There For You

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Punky Reggae Party

Bob Marley & The Wailers – No More Trouble

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Running Away

Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers – What’s True

Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers – Won’t Let You Down

Ziggy Marley – Take Me To Jamaica

Ziggy Marley – I Love You Too

Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers – Beautiful Day

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Bend Down Low (Version 2009)

Bob Marley & The Wailers – High Tide or Low Tide (Version 2009)

Kymani Marley – Breakdown

Kymani Marley & Alborosie – Natural Mystic

Kymani Marley – Emperor

Bob Marley & The Wailers – So Jah Seh

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Misty Morning

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Stephen Marley – For The Babies

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen Marley, & Yami Bolo – Still Searchin’

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen Marley, & Third World – 96 Degrees

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen Marley, & Nas – Leaders

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Stephen Marley – Strike Hard

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Corner Stone

Culture – Psalm Of Bob Marley

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Wake Up and Live, Part 1

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Guiltiness

Stephen Marley – Fed Up

Stephen Marley & Erykah Badu – In Love With You

Stephen Marley – False Friends

Stephen Marley – You’re Gonna Leave

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Caution

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Chant Down Babylon

Jo Mersa – Rock and Swing

Jo Mersa – Bad So

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Jo Mersa, Black-Am-I, Biggz General, illestr8 – The Living Breed

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Wayne Marshall, Tarrus Riley, & T.O.K. – In Dependence

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – Love and Inity  

Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen Marley, & Inner Circle – Smoke Gets In My Eyes

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Rebel’s Hop

Bob Marley & The Wailers – The Heathen

Julian Marley – Arm Your Soul

Julian Marley & Junior Reid – Never Too Ruff

Julian Marley, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, & The Mighty Underdogs – So Sad

Julian Marley – Stay With Me

Julian Marley – On The Floor

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Fussing & Fighting

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Freedom Time

Peter Tosh & the Wailers – Arise Blackman

Peter Tosh & the Wailers – Them A Fi Get A Beaten

Peter Tosh & The Wailers – Downpressor Man

Peter Tosh & The Wailers – Can’t You See

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Back Out

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Feel Alright

Judy Mowatt – I Shall Sing

Judy Mowatt – Mellow Mood

The I-Threes – Redemption Songs

Rita Marley – Rainbow Island

Rita Marley & The Soulettes – (You’re) My Desire

Rita Marley, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, & the SoulettesDoctor Dick

Rita Marley & Ernie Smith – Put Your Hand in the Hand

Rita Marley – Bus Dem Shut

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Craven Choke Puppy

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Craven A [Dub Plate Mix]

Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers – Wrong Right Wrong

Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers – Brotherly Sisterly Love

Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers – Born To Be Lively

Ziggy Marley – ABC

Ziggy Marley – Family Time

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Stir It Up [Version 2009]

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Who Feels It Knows It

Bunny Wailer & The Wailers – Dreamland (Version 2)

Bunny Wailer & Dave Barker – What A Confusion

Bob Marley & The Wailers – This Train

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Talkin’ Blues

Cedella Marley – Rock It Baby

Cedella Booker Marley & Cedella Marley – Sweet Guava Jelly

Cedella Booker Marley & Taj Mahal – The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Stand Alone

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Soul Captives

Carl Dawkins & the Wailers – Picture On The Wall

Joe Higgs – Don’t Mind Me

Joe Higgs – You Hurt My Soul

Aston “Family Man” Barrett – Sly Mongoose

Aston “Family Man” Barrett & King Tubby – Ten Thousand Tons of Dollar Bills

Aston “Family Man” BarrettDeep River

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Soul Almighty

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Time Will Tell

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Smile Jamaica

NEED

Ziggy Marley – Love Is My Religion

Junior Marvin – Life Without You

Judy Mowatt – Concrete Jungle

Marcia Griffiths – Fire Burning

Kymani Marley & Ms. Dynamite – Seed Will Grow

The Melody Makers – Sugar Pie

Everton Blender – Bob Marley

World of Reggae Music Collection–Marley Family and Friends

Top Albums of November 2009

This month’s music selection varies from twangy country to roots reggae to experimental jazz-hip-hop and dub. Robert Glasper‘s Double Booked is chalk-full of creativity and musicianship.  Glasper, a pianist originally from Houston, Texas has performed with Erykah BaduThe Roots, Maxwell, and Mos Def. On this new album Glasper mixes hip-hop, jazz, and experimental music into a beautiful soundscape.
Conrad Crystal and Suga Roy have put together a fine album with help from some of reggae’s icons. The legendary Toots & The Maytals joins the duo on “God Bless You.” The singjay Gyptian performs “Jah Jah See Dem”  in tribute to Joseph Hill and Culture. The dancehall jam “She Call Mi Phone” features “king of the dancehall” Beenie Man and the amazing vocalist Barrington Levy. Deejays U Roy, Dillinger, and Big Youth join the fray while Reggae superstars Lee “Scratch” Perry, Max Romeo, Eek-A-Mouse, Marcia Griffiths, Dennis Brown, The Congos, and Inner Circle all lend their vocals. Even the amazing danechall duo Chaka Demus & Pliers makes an appearance on “Girl You Rock My World.”
The Stephen Marleyalbum Mind Control originally dropped more than a year ago. Now a newer acoustic version of the disc has been released called Mind Control Acoustic. The smooth beautiful track “Chase Dem” features Capleton layering rhymes through the original tune. Brothers Damian Marley and Julian Marley appear on the record as does rude boy Spragga Benz.
  1. Robert GlasperDouble Booked [Blue Note 2009]
  2. Conrad Crystal & Suga RoySuga Roy, Conrad Crystal and the Great Reggae Icons [Fire Ball 2009]
  3. Stephen MarleyMind Control Acoustic [Tuff Gong 2009]
  4. Danny BarnesPizza Box [ATO Records 2009]
  5. Corb LundLosin’ Lately Gambler [New West 2009]
  6. Beres HammondSomething Old, Something New [Penthouse Records 2009]
  7. Morgan HeritageThe Journey Thus Far [VP Records 2009]
  8. DrakeSo Far Gone [Young Money/Cash Money 2009]
  9. B.B. SeatonReady For The World [Soul Beat/Roots International 2009]
  10. Various Artist Joyful Noise [I Grade Records 2009]
  11. Geoff Maldaur & the Texas Shieks – Texas Sheiks [Tradition & Moderne 2009]
  12. James Hand – Shadow on the Ground [Rounder 2009]
  13. Jack Johnson En Concert [Brushfire Records 2009]
  14. SeraniNo Games [Phase One 2009]
  15. The Soothsayers Meet Red Earth Collective One More Reason [Red Earth Music 2009]
  16. Del Tha Funkyhomosapien & Tame OneParallel Uni-Verses [Gold Dust 2009]
  17. Mike Zito Pearl River [Eclecto Groove Records 2009]
  18. Nitty Gritty Dirt BandSpeed Of Life [Sugar Hill 2009]
  19. Various Artists Riddim Driven: Clearance [VP 2009]
  20. LorenzoMovin’ Ahead [Irie Ites 2009]
Top Albums of November 2009

Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae

I was lucky enough to be in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to see the opening of the film Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae by Swiss director Stascha Bader. What a wonderful film. Just amazing. The film narrated by Stranger Cole captures rocktsteady legends reuniting to cut an album of legendary hits and perform a reunion concert. The impressive lineup included Stranger Cole, U-Roy, Hopeton LewisSly Dunbar, Ernest Ranglin, Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths, Rita Marley, Dawn Penn, Ken Boothe, Derrick Morgan, Leroy Sibbles, the Tamlins, Gladstone Anderson, Hux Brown, Bongo Herman, and Scully Simms. Moss “Mossman” Raxlen, the Montreal based reggae producer recorded the reunion session at Tuff Gong Studios in Kingston, Jamaica.

The king of the toasters U-Roy performs “Stop that Train.” This version is amazing and steeped in deep meaning. For historical context one must know about the trains in Jamaica and the boom and bust of economic development in newly independent Jamaica (Jamaica won independence from the United Kingdom in 1963). The film does a brilliant job of contextualizing the songs. We know exactly where U-Roy is coming from when he toasts over this classic tune. After the bust the trains stopped, the jobs ran out, the rude boys started to roam the streets, and many Jamaicans sought jobs overseas. When U-Roy toasts over “Stop That Train” he talks about the trains stopping and the people leaving. There is so much soul and history and culture wrapped into one song.

The vocal-group trio the Tamlins are in tip top form and the band leader/guitarist Ernest Ranglin has still got the goods. The drummer Sly Dunbar forms the backbone of the band as he has for decades and the rest of the legendary studio musicians perform magnificently recapturing the fire of the past.

There are some real gems in this film. Hopeton Lewis lays down the rocksteady anthem “Take It Easy” and later sings an excellent rocksteady version of “Rivers of Babylon.” Dawn Penn records her bread and butter track “You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)” and she talks about the endurance and popularity of the song. Derrick Morgan’s “Tougher Than Tough,” Ken Boothe’s Freedom Street,” Leroy Sibbles’s “Equal Rights,” and Judy Mowatt’s “Silent River Runs Deep” all appear, as well as a great rendition of Desmond Dekker’s classic “007 (Shanty Town)” by Ken Boothe. Marcia Griffiths performs “The Tide Is High” and reminiscences with Judy Mowatt about their time with the producer Coxsone Dodd, the legendary vocal group the I-Threes and with Bob Marley and the Wailers. A guest appearance by Rita Marley follows the widow through Trenchtown where she elaborates on the conditions of the ghetto and recalls her time with Bob in the yard.

I don’t want to give too much away about the film, but it will make you smile, laugh, and tap your toes. For people interested in music and culture, I highly recommend seeing this film. The album will release on the heels of the movie. The Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae album, which releases in August 2009, promises to be a big hit too. Many critics are comparing it to the Buena Vista Social Club, but I think it will be even bigger than Ry Cooder’s classic documentary about Cuban jazzmasters. Rocksteady will be an instant classic!

Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae

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