Monthly Archives: June 2010

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Don Sak, Surat Thani on the way to Koh Samui

Cheers to Esperanza for the heads up on Lint’s lo-fi performance at Blast Surf and Skate in Playa del Ray, CA. Check “The 11th Hour” (video/mp3) and “Olympia, WA” (video/mp3). Madlib serves up a rare interview in the latest edition of LA Weekly. Check Jeff Weiss’ three-page article here. Psyched about the newest installment of…

Trinity – Shanty Town Determination 1976-78

Trinity - Shanty Town Determination 1976-78

This long unavailable set from Trinity, born Wade Brammer, is one of the most coherent statements ever committed to wax by any Jamaican deejay. Produced by roots master Yabby You, the album made a brief appearance in 1977 before disappearing completely. With Trinity riding some of Yabby’s deepest roots rhythms and all cuts mixed at…

Dorothy Ashby – Afro-Harping

Dorothy Ashby - Afro-Harping

Cue up “Soul Vibrations,” the first track on Dorothy Ashby’s Afro-Harping, and revel: a one-note syncopated bassline over a slamming drumbeat that you’re sure you’ve heard sampled somewhere. Enter the double-tracked theremins, followed by swoopy strings. Next, over the relentless beat, an echo-plexed harp solo by Ashby, during which the strings return with 16-notes; then…

J.Boogie’s Dubtronic Science

J.Boogie's Dubtronic Science

J.Boogie’s sound is a blend of Broken Beat, Downtempo, Soulful House, Chill Out, Dub, Reggae, Disco, Soul, Hip Hop and Deep House. I’ve worn this release, his self-titled debut, out with listen upon listen upon listen. Included are the remixes (but not the instrumentals) taken from the Try Me 12″. Classic vibes. J.Boogie’s Dubtronic Science – Self-Titled;…

The Legendary H. Johnson

H. Johnson

Easily my favorite radio DJ ever and possibly my favorite person in the world, H. Johnson, host of Jazz Classics every Saturday on WABE 90.1, was featured in Access Atlanta this past week. If I lived back in the ATL, I’d definitely attend the “Tribute to H. Johnson” event at Cafe 290 on Monday the…

Only Jesus at Wat Doi Suthep


A case of confusion at Wat Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai. Daily uniform attire for one woman who takes photographs of visitors each day at this temple on top of Doi Suthep. I asked about her vest and she told me she couldn’t read anything on it and didn’t know the meaning of a cross or…

Tenorio Jr. – Embalo

Tenorio Jr. - Embalo

Tenorio Jr. was one of the greatest pianists of his generation. As a composer, he surprised many with the sophistication of his innovative harmonic compositions. As a musician, he moved slowly from accompaniment to being a leader and the driving force behind the vibrant performances of his band. As an arranger, he united the best…

Quantic – Addis to Axum


The Timeless Concert Series wasn’t just a series of stunning performances. All the shows were framed by our favorite DJs. From Madlib to J.Rocc to DJ Nuts and more. Cut Chemist even raised the bar with a one turntable romp! For the Mulatu show, Quantic brought along something very special . In 2004 Quantic, Miles…

All Together Now

Absolutely lovin’ Kobe’s latest Nike commercial. The wicked game of the Black Mamba x Hoops heroes and related characters from old x The Beatles x Andre 3000. Damn. Just damn.

Gerardo Frisina – Introducing Emily Jones

Gerardo Frisina - Introducing Emily Jones

Emily Jones is a vocalist and DJ from Canada and now based in Milan, Italy. Her DJ sets feature upbeat grooves ranging from Jazz to Latin to Bossa Nova to Jazzy Hip-Hop to Organic House. A nice selection is available on her site under “Charts & Mixes“. “If Dreams Come True” b/w “Espontaneo” is her…