Monthly Archives: February 2011

Top Rankin’ Hi-Fi – Counting Numbers Version #2

Top Rankin' Hi-Fi - Counting Numbers Version #2

In the followup to Counting Numbers Version #1, this set once again ascends from 1 to 19 while serving up cuts from various sections of the crates. Never thought I’d throw together a mixtape with the likes of The Ducky Boys, Public Enemy, The Mercenaries, RA Scion, Choking Victim, Shel Silverstein, Big Rube, Rancid, and Prince Heron among others on the same reel. Here it is though, so dig the diverse vibes.

Nuff Styles Boomin’ Out the Headphones

Don Sak, Surat Thani and Khanom, Nakhon Sri Thammarat

Here are some tunes I was bumpin’ last weekend while ridin’ on the Seatran ferry from Nathon, Koh Samui to Don Sak, Surat Thani, and on the Panthip bus from Don Sak to Don Sai, Phang Nga. You can find me makin’ this round on the regular and it provides ample time for listening sessions.…



Americans generally like to hear good news. They like to believe that a new president will right old wrongs, that clean energy will replace dirty oil and that fresh thinking will set the economy straight. American pundits tend to restrain their pessimism and hope for the best. But is anyone prepared for the worst? Meet…

Quantic – Tropical Funk Experience

Quantic Presents Tropical Funk Experience

This piece of wax has been hella elusive since its release last year. While nearly all the other “Funk Experience” albums from Nascente have come across my path, this one never did, and, of course, it was the one I wanted the most. Finally, here it is! Enjoy the Cumbia, Salsa, Palenque and other funky…



Incredibly groovy and well-crafted Afro-beat tunes from this nine-piece outfit that hails from Lisbon, Portugal. Afro-beat music may come from Nigeria, but its infectious riddims surely have traveled the globe and found a home among this crew from The Gentle Land. Cacique’97 – Cacique’97; Footmovin’ Records, 2009

The Blue Greens – Introducing…


The Blue Greens is Dave Hillyard’s, tenor saxophonist extraordinaire from The Slackers, side project that focuses on Jazz meets Blues vibes. Not of the smoothed out variety, but more rockin’ and swingin’. The group consists of Rolf Langsjoen on trumpet, Simon Chardiet on guitar and vocals, Arturo Baguer on bass, Danny Fisher on drums and,…

Courtney John – Love Is

White Label Vinyl

Cool crooner Courtney John sets the mood for this day with his 45 from last year titled “Love Is”, a killer version of The Melodians “You Don’t Need Me” riddim. Love is the one thing that is never out of season!

Inna Ruminations Stylee


Following their release to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Groove Merchant Record Store in San Francisco, Ubiquity has just put out this limited-edition record case along with a set of 10 seven inches. Read about the details here and watch below how The Key Printing and Binding in Oakland made them. Adrian Quesada, member…

Ancient Astronauts – Into Bass and Time

Ancient Astronauts - Into Bass and Time

Ancient Astronauts are certified ill in my book and their latest platter only reinforces that thought. My goodness, they destroyed the beats on this one and laced beautiful rhymes and vocals on top to complete an amazing album. Only two listens in and can’t wait to digest this more as it’ll certainly be in the…

Dance Craze

Dance Craze DVD

It was the July 28th, 1979 when The Specials first appeared on the U.K. singles chart. The record was “Gangsters” and it spent 12 weeks on the charts, eventually reaching #6. At the end of August that year, “The Prince” by Madness was released, it spent 11 weeks on the charts and reached #16. The…

Geraldo Pino and the Heartbeats

Geraldo Pino and the Heartbeats - Afro Soco Soul Live

Geraldo Pino (aka Gerald Pine) is one of the hidden heroes of African popular music. A singer, guitarist and bandleader from Sierra Leone, he had a major influence on the burgeoning Soul/Funk/Afro-beat scene in West Africa during the 1960s and 70s. He made a huge impression on the young Fela Kuti who praised him effusively,…

Blundetto – Bad Bad Things

Blundetto - Cumbia Loca Sonido Bestial

Dope debut dish from the French musician known as Blundetto. The set features the likes of Shawn Lee, Tommy Guerrero, the Budos Band’s horn section, Lateef the Truth Speaker, Chico Mann, General Elektriks and Hindi Zahra. Chilled-out Soul, funky Jazz licks, Reggae vibes and simply smokin’ throughout. If you overlooked this one, then you’re in…