• Celebrate two years of on June 23

    22 juin 2008, 14h34m

    Tomorrow, June 23, is the two-year anniversary of the launch of

    To celebrate, I have decided to re-post all 24 (2 years, 24 months, 24 hours, etc...) of the mixtapes I have made for the site, one each hour, starting at 12:01 AM tomorrow.

    Bookmark this URL and start checking in at 12:01 ET Monday, June 23...

  • Posted on Craig's List NY

    2 juin 2008, 18h01m

  • Jimmy McGriff: April 3, 1936 -- May 24, 2008

    28 mai 2008, 15h58m

  • Burning Dervish Vol 24

    26 mai 2008, 14h43m

  • Barry Brown

    21 mai 2008, 14h47m

    I have seen this bio used unattributed on a few different websites as well as in Barry's wikipedia entry, so here goes:

    "Barry Brown was one of a number of singers to find success in the 1970's under producer Bunny Lee. One of the most successful artists of the early dancehall era, Brown worked with some of Jamaica's top producers of the time, including Linval Thompson, Winston 'Niney The Observer' Holness, Sugar Minott and Coxsone Dodd, as well as releasing self-produced material. After releasing eleven albums between 1979 and 1984, Brown's releases became more sporadic, although his work continued to feature prominently on sound systems such as those of Jah Shaka. In the 1990's, Brown's health deteriorated, suffering with asthma and substance abuse problems and he died in May 2004 at Sone Waves Recording Studio in Kingston, Jamaica, after falling and hitting his head."

    I've got a dozen or so of Barry's tracks in my library, primarily from 12" rips (some on the Greensleeves label, some unknown...).

    Dig some of those as downloads here.
    Barry Brown
  • The Good Old Grateful Dead Blog

    17 mai 2008, 0h26m

    OK, maybe this one is not fair to promote since it is another blog I maintain but what the hell, I make the rules around here...

    I actually started this new blog because I wanted to play around with some new features in blogger (the platform I use for my blogs), experiment with some search engine stuff and just have a site I could monkey around with. I wasn't sure I would keep it going but after two months and 100+ posts I guess we know how that is shaking out...

    I usually create all of the posts for an entire week in one late-night session and then set them to publish on different days. Maybe a couple of times throughout the week, when there is something timely going on, will I create posts in real-time...

    Please visit The Good Old Grateful Dead Blog...Thanks.
  • The Heptones

    16 mai 2008, 21h19m

    I assure you its a coincidence...two old-school Jamaican vocal group posts in two days...The Heptones don't shine as brightly for me as John Holt, the subject of a previous post, but there are some great jams to be dug out nonetheless...

    In the rocksteady era and early-mid reggae period The Heptones were most closely aligned with Coxsone Dodd and Studio One. By the mid/late 70s they were securely in the Scratch camp. In between they worked with Joe Gibbs, Danny Holloway and others.

    They didn't make the Rasta transition as well as John Holt did and by the late 70s were pretty outmoded though the carried on in different incarnations while ultimately reuniting the original members in the mid-90s.

    Get the free downloads at
  • Who Can Make The Dance Ram - YELLOWMAN CAN!

    9 mai 2008, 15h30m

    This som' bitch always gave me the creeps...between his ugly mug (guess which one he is here) and (usually) filthy lyrics, I've never known what to make of him...but catchy as hell, right?

    Trash talk aside, he's a pretty amazing cat. Dig.

    This is a great jam from his 1983 record's version is from the Greensleeves 12", GRED 119 (B-side, the A-side was Zungguzungguguzungguzeng)...Produced by Henry 'Junjo' Lawes...backed by Roots Radics...Recorded and mixed at Channel One...Engineer: Soldgie...riff is "three blind mice"...can't go wrong...

    Yellowman - Who Can Make the Dance Ram - Greensleeves 12" GRED 119
  • Dub Boom

    2 mai 2008, 17h29m

    Dub Boom is the B-side track to Fattie Boom Boom, Greensleeves 12" GRED 065 from 1981...Produced by Ranking Dread, mixed by Scientist at King Tubby's, backed by Sly & Robbie...dig that...

    Side A was a big hit for Ranking...especially great if you appreciate songs about the dirty bits...let's go with the B-side dub today, though:

    Dub Boom by Ranking Dread from Greensleeves 12" GRED 065
  • Shape of Broad Minds

    30 avr. 2008, 21h01m

    From MySpace: "In 2006, all-round hip hop maestro Jneiro Jarel set off on a pan-American voyage to assemble a team of rappers and producers who shared his aim... to create a unique hip hop record unbothered by trend, time and location. In 2007 Shape of Broad Minds is a force to be reckoned with.

    Bringing together Dr Who Dat? (producer of the Beat Journey album), multi-instrumentalist and rapper jAWWAAD from Houston, Panama Black from Atlanta, Rocque Wun from NYC and of course JJ himself.

    Their debut record, The Blue Experience features none other than rap super-villain MF DOOM and is available as MP3 Download / 12" Vinyl and Ltd edition CD! Following this is SBM's debut album <i>Craft of the Lost Art</i> featuring MF DOOM, Deborah Jordan, Stacey Epps (Madvillain), Count Bass D and John Robinson."

    There's a great review on boomkat:

    "...'Craft of the Lost Art' shows that you can be future facing while keeping the very essence of hip hop intact. While the band's vision of the future may have been pillaged from Buck Rogers (all theramins and wonky synthesizers) they have managed to come up with a sound which sums up exactly where hip hop should be headed. This is fun music, first and foremost, but it's smart too - there are references that go far beyond the simple jazz samples and clipped beats of so much of the genre...the band's core five members of frontman Jneiro Jarel, multi-instrumentalist Jawwaad, Roque Wun, rapper Panama Black and super producer Dr. Who Dat have influences spanning from classic rap to new wave and free jazz, something that's evident in almost every cut on the album. It sounds at times like you're listening to a mixtape of your favourite hip hop acapellas layered over some truly unusual psychedelic instrumentals, there's not a beat on here that doesn't sound totally fresh and every single flow is delivered with confidence and skill...Stunning from beginning to end...Essential Purchase!"

    Heavy, right?

    Download 6 tracks from Craft of the Lost Art by Shape of Broad Minds