27 March 2009

when one door is closed, another is opened

Goldfinger is off, this week... leaving the slot to the inestimable talents of DJ Ras Rizla.

a victim of the US recession, i am amongst the unemployed, after 26 years at the same printing company. print may be dead, but the music goes on.

here is last weeks broadcast, submitted for your approval.

the beat goes on.

20 March 2009

To the Pirates of Finance

i just finished reading John Steinbeck's The Grapes Of Wrath, two days ago.

desolate. diseased. dissolute. that described America's castoffs.
Caucasians sacrificing Caucasians. lower-class ethnic cleansing.

courtesy of The Banking System.
History Repeats Itself. the crows come home to roost.

"Listen To DJs" - Long Beach Dub All Stars - Wonders Of The World [Skunk]

"Them Belly Full" - Bob Marley & the Wailers - Natty Dread [Island]
"This City" - Perfect - Born Dead With Life [IrieVibrations]
"Have Mercy Mister Percy" - The Termites - Six The Hard Way [Heartbeat]
"Ghetto Defendant" - The Clash - Combat Rock [Epic]
...with Allen Ginsberg

"Offshore Banking Business" - The Members - MP3
"Reflection Of Don D" - John "Dizzy" Moore - Trojan Instrumental Box Set

"Jolly Joseph" - Jacob Miller - MIxed Up Moods [Top Ranking Intl.]
"Lion's Paw" - Tarrus Riley - Parables [VP]
"Don't Forget" - Etana - The Strong One [VP]
"Start All Over" - Clinton Fearon - Love I Can Feel
"Tribal War" - George Nooks - MP3
"The Earth Dies Screaming" - UB40 - The UB40 File [Virgin]

"Ball Of Confusion" - A Darker Shade Of Black - Trojan Motor City Reggae Box [Trojan]
"People So Evil" - Busy Signal [VP]
"The Plane Land" - Richie Spice - Gideon Boot [VP]
"Words Of Divine" - Sizzla - MP3 [VP]
"Version Dread" - Sound Dimension - Version Dread [Heartbeat]

"Let Me Down Easy" - Derrick Harriott - MP3
"Compliment To Studio One" - Michigan & Smiley - When Rhythm Was King [Heartbeat]
"How Long Do I Have To Wait" - Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
...Victor "Ticklah" Axelrod Remix

"Mad Mad" - Alton Ellis - When Rhythm Was King [Heartbeat]
"Reincarnate" - Ras Tesfa McDonald - MP3

"Queen Majesty" - Dennis Brown - Another Day In Paradise [Trojan]
"Chalice In the Palace" - U Roy - Original DJ [Caroline]
"Good To Be There" - Chalice - Up Til Now [RAS]

13 March 2009

enter the Master Mixer, 13 March

after a prolonged absence, it's the "Master Mixer's" shot at today's session of "Reggae Vibrations".
it seems like everybody's got to hustle and shuffle to keep their personal acts together... myself included.

thanks to the inefficiencies of college radio (and our announcers), last week's recording was unwittingly sabotaged by sloppy board practices, resulting in lots of "blank" spots in the broadcast. but, on this snowy Virginia "day off", i'll be piecing it back together... because this is one show even I'd like to hear, again.

Not Only was the influence of Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions crucial in the foundation of the music of the early Wailers (and others), but the rootsy covers by Jamaica's finest attest to the power and mastery of the originals. that give-and-take is even more interesting when you find that Mr. Mayfield produced an early ska compilation, back in the 60s, entitled The Real Jamaica Ska (epic/Legacy, EK-52724).

That circle was unbroken.

stay tuned.

06 March 2009

People Get Ready

"Mojo Rock Steady" - Prince Francis - Mojo Rock Steady [Heartbeat]
"Poor & Simple"
- Luciano - Conscious Ragga V. 1 [Greensleeves

"Stab You Back"
- Judah Eskender - The Builder [Tan Yah]

"Lion Paw"
- Tarrus Riley - Parables [VP]

"Street Life"
- Richie Spice - Gideon Boot [VP]

"Eastern Standard Time"
- Don Drummond - MP3

"Soul Sister"
- Allen Toussaint - MP3

"Put It On"
- Bob Marley & the Wailers - Soul Revolution I & II [Trojan]

"Mr. Brown"
- Bob Marley & the Wailers - African Herbsman [Trojan]

- Bob Marley & the Wailers - Soul Revolution I & II [Trojan]

a Tribute to Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions:

"Keep On Moving" - Bunny Wailer - People Get Ready: A Tribute To Curtis Mayfield [Shanachie]
"It's Alright"
- Derrick Morgan - I Am The Ruler [Trojan]

"Choice Of Colors"
- the Heptones - Sea Of Love [Heartbeat]

"I'm So Proud"
- Joe White - Trojan Explosion [MOJO]

"I Do Love You"
- Jackie Edwards - Solid Gold From The Vault [Trojan]

"Minstrel And Queen"
- Pat Kelly - Vintage Series [VP]

"Gypsy Woman"
- the Uniques - Best of... '67-69 [Trojan]

"One Love/People Get Ready"
- Bob Marley & the - Songs Of Freedom [Island]

"Tighten Up"
- the Untouchables - Trojan Explosion [MOJO]

- Drumbago & the Dynamics - Trojan Explosion [MOJO]

"Can't Enter Zion With Your Big Checkbook"
- Niney & the Observers - Head Shot [Heartbeat]
"Vanity" - John Browns Body - All Time [I-Town]
- Sugar Minott - Tougher Than Tough [Island]

"Mad Mad"
- Alton Ellis - When Rhythm Was King [Heartbeat]

"Tribal War"
- George Nooks - MP3

"Mission In Progress"
- Morgan Heritage - Mission In Progress [VP]

"Keep Your Culture"
- Corey Harris - Zion Crossroads [Telarc]

"Tables Gonna Turn"
- the Clarendonians - Mojo Rock Steady [Heartbeat]