09 October 2009

Watching The Wheels

I'm still pissed about the arrogant resistance to health care in the US.

Hmmm... "pissed". That isn't the word I want to use... right, England?

It's easy to "resist" when you're a politico, having your strings pulled by medical/corporate/insurance interests... who wring money from the sick and powerless and call them "campaign contributions". To keep their influence. To feed their egos. To keep their puppets in office.

While people die, because of it.

It's a small act, in the scheme of things, but it's time to embarrass the Blue Dog Democrats, bound, like their Republican counterparts, to deny basic, affordable health care to Americans. If nothing else, sick people will get what they need. And for those who oppose, the after life will be a very lonely place. Idiots.

Oh, and today was John Lennon's birthday. One can scarcely imagine what his opinion of present conditions might be... but those who call themselves fans might have some idea.

The Message Is In The Music.

"Listen to DJS" - Long Beach Dub Allstars - Wonders Of The World [Dreamworks]
"Nice Time" - Lynn Taitt & the Jets - Hold Me Tight [Trojan]

"Thank You Lord" - Bob Marley & the Wailers - Songs Of Freedom [Island]
"Come To Me" - The Black Seeds - Solid Ground [Easy Star]
"Walk And Talk" - Tony Tuff - Say Something [Minor 7/Flat 5]
"Better Must Come" - Delroy Wilson - The Outernational Sound [ESR]

"Tougher Than Tough" - Derrick Morgan - Rocksteady: The Roots Of Reggae [Moll-Selekta]
"No, No, No (You Don'tLove Me)" - Dawn Penn - Rocksteady: The Roots Of Reggae [Moll-Selekta]
"Live It Up" - The Natives - Trojan Rock Steady Box
"The Upsetter" - Lee Perry - Trojan Rock Steady Box
"He Who Laughs Last Laughs Best"
- the Clarendonians - Best Of [Studio One]

"Upsetter Version" - Lynn Taitt & the Jets

"Why So Much Wickedness" - Tarrus Riley - Contagious [VP]
"Golan to Galilee" - Groundation - Here I Come [Groundation]
"My Day" - Bushman - Most Wanted [Greensleeves]
"Bulletproof" - the Black Seeds - Solid Ground [Easy Star]
"Watching The Wheels" - Matisyahu - Instant Karma/Save Darfur
"Cool & Collect" - Ten Foot Ganja Plant - Bush Rock [ROIR]

"Bongo Red" - the Gladiators - Full Time [NIghthawk]
"What A System" - Clinton Fearon & the Boogie Brown Band - What A System [Kool You Foot]
"One More River To Cross" - Clinton Fearon & the Boogie Brown Band - Me An Mi Guitar [Kool You Foot]
"You Never Know" - Corey Harris - Zion Crossroads
"Jubilee" - Zema - Jubilee
...with the Gladiators Band

"Talking Love" - John Holt - Hold Me Tight [Melchizedek Music]
"Feeling Fine" - Don Drummond - Greatist Hits [Jet Set]
"Stream Of Life" - Lynn Taitt/Roland Alphonso - Hold Me Tight

Richmond Folk Festival

Throughout this weekend (Oct 9-11th), the City of Richmond is hosting its yearly free festival at Brown's Island, with virtually something for everyone... particularly lovers of Roots Reggae.

Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band will be performing thrice over Saturday and Sunday: Clinton Fearon being one of the founding members of the foundation reggae band, Albert Griffiths and the Gladiators. With many quality solo recordings to his credit, there is no lack of upful sound possible from he Boogie Brown Band.

In addition, there are also scheduled performances by Corey Harris & Phil Wiggins/Swamp Dogg/Jorge Negron's Master Bomba Ensemble/Trouble Funk/Jerry Douglas Band/Paul Williams & Victory Trio/Masters of Slide Guitar... and too many more to mention.

Check out the festival schedule for times and stages (there are many).

We'll be playing lots of Clinton Fearon, today on "Reggae Vibrations".

02 October 2009

Rocksteady: The Roots Of Reggae

Harvest Time

The scotch bonnet peppers. The Healing Of The Nation. The next crop of Representatives.
It's Harvest Time.

"S-90 Skank"
- Big Youth - Ride Like Lightning [Trojan]

"Z-90" - Trinity - Shanty Town Determination [Blood and Fire]

"Harvest Time" - Don Carlos - Deeply Concerned [RAS]
"Golan To Galilee" - Groundation - Here I Am [Groundation]
"Dreamland" - Bunny Wailer - Blackheartman [Mango]

"Bedward The Flying Preacher" - Prince Far I - Sound Of The Beat [the Beat]
A response to all of the web hits for this song. Hey, you can make requests here, too.
"Kill The Police Bill" - Ranking Ann - 12" [Rough Justice]
"Give Me Power" - The Stingers - This Is Reggae Music [Trojan]
"Sunshine Showdown" - the Upsetters - Trojan Suedehead Box

"Pressure Drop" - Toots & the Maytals - Mango Greats
"Pressure Drop" - the Clash - Black Market Clash 10" [Epic]
"I And I Survive" - Bad Brains - 12" [Bad Brains/Important Records]
"Peace Be Unto Thee" - Bad Brains - Build A Nation [Oscilloscope]
"Machete Strike" - 10 ft Ganja Plant - Bushrock [ROIR]

"Living The Life Of A Gun" - Tarrus Riley - Contagious [VP]
"Soon Come" - 10 ft Ganja Plant - Bushrock
"Call The Hearse" - Bushman - Most Wanted [Greensleeves]
"Glass House" - Peter Tosh - Mama Africa [EMI]
This is for all of our politicians of questionable morals... the first to cry out about other's failings.
Hypocrisy and Politics: inseparable.

"Time Come" - Groundation - Here I Am
"Feast Of The Passover" - the Congos - Heart Of The Congos [Blood and Fire]
"Jah Is Mighty" - David Gould/Temple Rockers - Feast Of The Passover [David Gould]
"Garden Of Love" - Don Drummond - Greatest Hits [Jet Set Records]
"Feeling Fine" - Don Drummond

"Freedom Street" - Ken Boothe - Rocksteady: The Roots Of Reggae [Moll-Selekta]
"Say You" - Colourbox - Colourbox [4AD]
"Dreadneck" - Ras Alan & The Lions - A Letter From Appalachia [Red Pepper]