18 February 2011


Simply AWESOME support for today's program!
And, I don't use the word "awesome" unless I mean it.

Considering the power was gone for an hour-and-a-half before the show, we had some catching up to do.

Our listener/supporters are the Best.

- Jazz Jamaica - Skaravan
"Forward March" - Derrick Morgan - I Am The Ruler
"Easy Snappin'" - Theo Beckford - Tougher Than Tough
"Don De Lion" - Don Drummond - Ska All Mighty
"Sahara" - Laurel Aitken - The Blue Beat Years
"Judge Not" - Bob Marley - Songs Of Freefom
"Beardsmen Ska" - the Skatalites - Studio One Ska
"In the Mood for Ska" - Lord Tanamo - Trojan Ska Box
"Musical Communion" - Baba Brooks - Musical Communion
"Really Now" - the Dreamletts - Trojan Ska Box vol 2
"Ska in Vienna Woods" - the Skatalites - Ska Authentic
"Ska-Ra-Cha" - TheSkatalites - 45 [Randy's]
"Second Fiddle" - Tommy McCook
"One Eyed Giant" - Baba Brooks - The Trojan Story
"One-Eyed Giant" - Skavoovie & the Epitones - Fat Footin' [MOON]
"Rico Rodriguez" - Rico Farewell - Rough GuideTo Saks
"I Had A Dream" - Lord Tanamo - 45 [King Edward]
"Soon You'll Be Gone" - Blues Busters - Behold, How Sweet It Is [Rhino]
"Feelin' Fine" - Don Drummond - Greatert Trombone Player [Jet Set]
"Ska All Over The World" - Jimmy Cliff - TheReal Jamaica [Sony]
"Train to Skaville" - the Ethiopians - Trojan Ska Box vol 2
"How Many Times (Do You Remember)" - Bob Marley and the Wailers - Ska Bonanza - the Studio One Ska
"Breeze of the West" - Raymond Harper and Drumbago's Orchestra - Trojan Ska Rarities
"Third Man Theme" - Granville Williams Orchestra
"Teenage Ska" - Baba Brooks
"Phoenix City" - Roland Alphonso [MP3]
"Rudy A Message To You" - Dandy Livingstone - Trojan Story
"Pain In My Belly" - Toots & the Maytals - 45 [Studio One]
"Freedom Sound" - Tommy McCook - TributeTo Tommy [Heartbeat]
"El Pussy Cat Ska" - Roland Alphonso [MP3]

15 February 2011

Start Practicing Your Steps...

...because you'll have two hours to perfect them, on Friday 18th, at 2PM (eastern USA, or archived for when it's convenient).

Where else will you hear this?

Donate to WTJU... DJ-sourced non-commercial radio. We'll keep it coming.

Ignore the out-of-sync announcer dude. This is too much fun:

14 February 2011

2011 Rock Marathon Fund-Raiser: SKA-Ra-Van!

Freeform, non-commercial radio is fast becoming a thing of the past... last summer, the volunteers at WTJU fought back against devastating changes to the station.
Even this past week, Conservative forces made their most recent push to de-fund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting... one of WTJU's main sources of operating capital. That means we rely upon You--the ones who love and crave new, innovative, un-homogenized, in-depth music broadcasting--to show your support with your contributions to your favorite music. That's how we know what you want to hear.

If you listen on our "traditional" 91.1FM signal, dial us up at (434) 924-3959.

If you listen, globally, you can show your support at the wtju.net website... and stream any and all of this remarkable music for two weeks.

And, thank you for all of your support and enthusiasm, throughout the year.

But one link in a chain of phenomenal programming to begin tomorrow morning (Monday, February 14th) to support non-commercial radio (and the cast of suspects that makes it thrive and survive), the "Reggae Vibrations" slot opens up two hours of the first wave of the sound of Jamaican independence, Ska.

Stirring up elements of jazz and native mento styles, Clement "Coxsone" Dodd, Prince Buster, Duke Reid (and future Prime Minister Edward Seaga?!) helped to forge a new music that filled the dancefloors for generations... and gave rise to rocksteady and reggae.

Individually and collectively, the Founding Fathers of Ska, the Skatalites and their rivals pound out the Sound of New Jamaica, presented by your hosts Goldfinger the Selector and DJ Hummingbird Feeder. Pledge Early... and Often, to the powerhouse of Community radio, WTJU/Charlottesville.

11 February 2011

The Clash's Pal Simonon on "Reggae Britannia"/Rocksteady, Roots of Reggae

From my reading, it was Paul Simonon who brought the bedrock of reggae to the sound of the Clash.
I want to hear him tell it. February 11th at 9 p.m., GMT., BBC4.

This may be the way to see it.

Also, "Rocksteady, Roots of Reggae" on Sunday, 13th.

04 February 2011

Bob's Birthday...

...featuring the syndicated 60-minute production, "Bob Marley & the Wailers-Live Forever".
Narrated by Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers, WXRT's Eclectic Company), interviews with Rita, Damien and Rohan Marley, Marcia Griffiths, author Vivien Goldman and Doug Gebhart.

The final performance, Pittsburgh (PAs) Stanley Theater, Sept. 1980.
Gravely ill... and still testifying with a commanding performance, with a band at its one-drop creative peak, and celestial harmonies from the I Three.
Without question, this was a band made to be heard live. This is the next, best thing.

Streaming for two weeks at WTJU's Tape Vault.

"Bob" - Macka B - Hold On To Your Culture [RAS]
"One Dub" - the Wailers - Songs Of Freedom [Island/Tuff Gong]
"Soul Rebel" - U-Roy - Natty Rebel Roots [Caroline]
"Psalm Of Bob Marley" - Culture - Good Things [RAS]
"Hawks Theme" - Aston "Familyman" Barrett - Macka Dub [RAS]

"Bob Marley-Live Forever" - (syndicated program)
"African Zulu" - Lloyd Charmers & the Hippy Boys - Psychedelic Reggae [Trojan]
"Bob Marley-Live Forever II" - (Syndicated Program)

"Confidential" - Lloyd Charmers & the Hippy Boys - Psychedelic Reggae [Trojan]
"Bob Marley-Live Forever III" - (syndicated program)

"Many Are Called" - I Three - 12" vinyl [Shanachie]
"Burial" - Bunny Wailer - ...Sings The Wailers [Mango]
"Smile Jamaica" - Bob Marley & the Wailers - 45 [Tuff Gong]
"Jah Army" - Stephen Marley - CD single [Ghetto Youths]
"Jah Live" - Bob Marley & the Wailers - Songs Of Freedom [Tuff Gong]