26 March 2010


"Z-90 Skank" - Trinity - Shanty Town Determination [Blood and Fire]
"Coming In From The Cold" - Bob Marley & the Wailers - Uprising [Island]
"Love's Contagious" - Tarrus Riley - Contagious [VP]

"People So Evil" - Busy Signal - MP3
"The Village Of The Underpriviledged" - Gregory Isaacs - Reggae Legends III [Rohit]
"Speak No Evil" - the Uniques - Best of The Uniques 1967-69 [Trojan]
"Ghetto Defendant" - The Clash - Combat Rock [Epic]
"Love The Dread" - Mikey Dread - MP3
"Oromo Dub" - Tommy T - The Prester John Sessions [Easy Star]

"Really and Truly" - Don Carlos - Changes [DCC]
Jim Fox, mixdown
"Roughneck" - Gregory Isaacs - Red Rose For Gregory [RAS]
w/the Mighty Diamonds
"Cool & Collect" - 10FT Ganja Plant - Bush Rock [I-Town]
"Jazzbo's Mercy" - Prince Jazzbo - Mr. Funny [Pressure Sounds]
"Jah Is Mighty" - David Gould - Feast Of The Passover
w/ Leonard Dillon
"Too Late" - Augustus Pablo - The Rough Guide To Reggae [Rough Guide]

"Uptown Top Ranking" - Althea & Donna - Tougher Than Tough: The Story Of Jamaican Music [Mango]
"I'm Still In Love/Three Piece Suit" - Marcia Griffiths/Trinity - Trojan 12" Box Set [Trojan]
"Me And You" - Carlton & the Shoes - When Rhythm Was King [Heartbeat]
"Fixing A Hole" - Max Romeo/Easy Star All Stars - Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band [Easy Star]

"Ramble" - Rico - Countryman [Mango]
"Three O'Clock Roadblock/Rebel Music" - Bob Marley & The Wailers - Countryman

"Bongo Man" - JImmy Cliff - Reggae Greats [Mango]
"ROCKERS" - Bunny Wailers - Roots, Radics, Rockers, Reggae [Shanachie]
"Who The Cap Fit" - Bob Marley & The Wailers - Rastaman Vibrations [Island]
"Peeping Tom" - Toots & The Maytals - King Kong Collection [Mango]
"Happy Land" - Gaylads - Studio One 45
"Money Worries" - Maytones - Their Greatest Hits [Heartbeat]

22 March 2010

Ras Rizla aka "Marcus Mosiah Garvey"

"Rizla" doesn't do online playlists... but his delivery is worth the omission.

Check the podcast for the Kenyan dread.

12 March 2010

Bubbalon By Bass

This week is a trifecta of the advent of Spring, more daylight, and a tie between Formula One recommencing and St. Patrick's Day. It's a time of renewal. Revival.

It's also the anniversary of a sad passing in the central Virginia cosmos. Some years ago, Dave Grant, bass player and sound innovator left too soon, leaving behind a family, legions of musician/colleagues, Fellow DJs and bons vivants of all stripes... but not before exposing all of us to music from all corners of the globe (and especially Jamaican Rocksteady) and hand-molding it into seemingly impossible combinations with Old-Time and traditional east coast instrumentation and vehicles: taking music to a different-but-equal place. That's the responsibility of the creative mind... and that cat had it.

He's the rogue with the double bass at the front fender of the Checker Marathon wagon... a statement all by itself.

"Rock & Groove" - Bunny Wailer - Rock & Groove [Solomonic]
"Only" - Leroy Smart - Private Message [RAS]
"Stranger In Love" - Yabby You - Deliver Me From My Enemies [Blood and Fire]
"Undying Love" - Ernest Wilson - When Rhythm Was King [Heartbeat]
"Move Up/Only A Smile" - Lynn Taitt & The Jets - MP3

"Tribulation" - Jah Lewis - All Gone Astray [Shanachie]
"Everone Could Lose" - Groundation - Here I Am [Groundation]
"Strong Will" - Midnite - For All [Sacred Sounds]
Youssoupha Sidibe, vocals
"Nou La" - Boukman Eksperyans - Voudou Adjae [Mango]
"Blood A Go Run Down King Street" - Yabby You - Deliver Me From My Enemies [Blood and Fire]
"As Salaam Alaikum" - Monsoon - MP3
"Pain In My Belly" - Toots & the Maytals - MP3
"Jazzbo's Mercy" - Prince Jazzbo - Mr. Funny [Pressure Sounds]
"Eastern Standard Time" - Don Drummond - Ska's The Limit (Island Record 40th Anniv. Vol 1) [Island]

"Irish Irie" - Dennis Bovell/Rico Rodriguez - Peeni Walli [Shanachie]
"Grapevine Twist" - Dave Grant/Trishka - Bubbalon By Bass [Darlene Crawford]
"The Clip" - Kingstonians - Sufferer [ATTACK!]
"Hold Me Tight" - Johnny Nash/Lynn Taitt - Hold Me Tight [Trojan]
"Hold Me Tight" - Tim O'Brien/Dave Grant - Bubbalon By Bass [Darlene Crawford]
w/ the Late Johnny Gilmore
"Ramble" - Rico Rodriguez - Countryman Soundtrack [Mango]

"If I Follow My Heart" - Dennis Brown - Foul Play [A&M]
"Crying Over You" - Ken Boothe - Trojans Originals Box [Trojan]
"Go Tell Him" - Hugh Godfrey - Studio One [45]
"Sin & Shame" - Prince Jazzbo - Mr. Funny [Pressure Sounds]
"Got To Be A Soldier" - 10FT Ganja Plant - Bush Rock [I-Town]

"The Call" - Tommy T - The Prester John Sessions [Easy Star]
"Rockaman Dub" - LKJ/Bovell - Peeni Walli [Shanachie]

09 March 2010

DJ Dave

(While I was off exhibiting my artwork in a Fredericksburg, VA., gallery, DJ Dave forwards the Roots and Culture).

"Get Ready to Ride the Lion to Zion" - Culture - 2 7's Clash
"Sound and Pressure" - Hopeton Lewis - Take it Easy
"Ali Baba" - John Holt - Tighten Up, Vol 2
"Baby Why" - The Cables - Best of Studio One
"All Gone" - Trinity - Well Charged
"Death in the Arena" - Soul Vendors - Downbeat the Ruler

"I'll Go Through" - Israel Vibrations - Sounds and Pressure Vol 2
"Roots Train Number One" - Junior Murvin
"Mr. Funny" - Prince Jazzbo - Mr. Funny
"Freedom Street" - Ken Boothe
"Thriller" - Don D Junior
"Johnny was a Baker" - Dr. Alimantado - Best Dressed Chicken in Town
"Tripe Girl" - The Heptones - Sweet Talking

  • "Sufferer's Heights" - Junior Dread
    "Love Comes and Goes" - The Abyssinians - Life Goes in Circles
    "Love Comes and Goes Version" - Bongo Herman - Life Goes in Circles
    "Sound Education" - I Roy - Don't Check me with no Lightweight Stuff!
    "Shepherd Rod" - The Upsetter

    "Marcus Children Suffer" - Burning Spear - Social Living
    "Downpressor Man" - Peter Tosh
    "Who Have Eyes to See" - Prince Fari and Mike Brooks
    "The Right Way" - Prince Fari and the Arabs
    "Throw Me Corn" - Larry Marshall
    "Fisherman" - The Congos - Heart of the Congos
    "Pirate Days" - Culture - 2 7's Clash
    "Slipping Into Darkness" - Carl Bradney - Darker than Blue
    "Keep Cool Babylon" - Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus - Nyahbinghi
    "Liquidator" - Harry J All-stars

    "The Enemies" - Pinchers - 2 Bad Riddims [1996]
    "Clean Race" - Scotty
    "Brand New Second Hand" - Peter Tosh - Legalize It
    "Tribal War" - John Holt
    "I Man Time" - I Roy