Inna Ruminations Stylee has been a long time comin’ since the last one (9 months to be exact and 8 months before that one). Minimal time gets spent on the Web clicking away reading/watching/listening to this, that and the other; however, hereÂ are a variety of things I bookmarked on random occasions since mid-2012.
Dust & Grooves = Awesome! The brainchild of Brooklyn-based Eilon Paz, the site is a photography and interview project documenting vinyl collectors in their most natural and intimate environment: the record room.
Looking forward to the book coming out at the end of the summer and hoping I’ll be able to get my hands on it. Check the site if you never have and make a contribution to their book project if you’d like via Kickstarter!
Eilon Paz, from Dust & Grooves (above), was recently featured in PBS’ Off Book (an excellent series) episode titled “We Love Retro Media: Vinyl, VHS, Tapes & Film“. Good stuff!
Landfill Harmonic is a heartfelt & moving story of how instruments made from recycled trash bring hope to children whose future is otherwise spiritless. Wonderful!
Watched Wattstax recently. Here’s The Crown Prince of Dance, Rufus Thomas, killin’ it back in ’72. Looks like a helluva party!
Check out the “Rap Quotes” street art project by Jay Shells. Brilliant!
Volker Schaner spent 13 years to create Vision of Paradise. It’s billed as “the unique, poetic, humorous and â€œpropheticâ€ adventure with the legendary Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, the one movie that explains it all…” Highly anticipating this one!
“Straight from the Horse’s Mouth” is a series of shorts featured on Groundation’s website from Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace, legendary Jamaican drummer and also member of Rockamovya along with the Groundation crew and others. Excellent content!
Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace presents Straight from the Horse’s Mouth
Speaking of Groundation, I had their live version of “We Free Again” on loop for weeks earlier this year. The percussion laid down is wickedly on point. Powerful!
Listening to the massive sounds of “Give Thanks and Praise” by Yabby U & The Prophets while writing this post. Nice it up!
Never knew that Ernest Ranglin, Monty Alexander, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare joined together for the Jamaican Legends concerts in various spots held throughout last year. Thrilled to see these masters of their instruments together and to serve up some classics. Below are “Surfin'” and “Ram Jam” from Blue Note, Tokyo. Click here to see a full concert at the Pori Jazz Festival in Finland which features Tyrone Downie on the keys. Niceness!
Al Newman aka Al Fingers, who assembled the Greensleeves: First 100 Covers book a few years back, has delivered another book, Clarks in Jamaica,Â which focuses on the popularity of Clarks shoes in Jamaica. Looks interesting! Great to see this 2011 photograph of one of my deejay heroes, Jah Stitch. No Dread Can Dead!
Wanted to show my love and respect to Ossie Hibbert who moved on to a higher place in July 2012. The legendary keyboardist, pianist, arranger, composer and engineer played on countless tunes while with the following groups: The Aggrovators, Joe Gibbs and the Professionals, The Revolutionaries and Soul Syndicate. The cream of the crop in Jamaican music.
Take a listen to one of my favorites attributed directly to him as Ossie Hibbert & The Revolutionaries. The thunderous “War of the Stars” which is a dub version of Gregory Isaacs “Mr. Know It All”. Jah bless!
Been wanting to check out Last Shop Standing for a while now, but can’t seem to hunt it down. Send it my way if you have it!
The Lions dropped another platter recently and I couldn’t have been more thrilled to toss it on the turntable. Jungle Struttin’, recorded in an impromptu session over a few days mind you, was choice from start to finish and has been a favorite for years. This Generation follows suit with more boss vibrations and the notable difference being the inclusion of more vocal cuts. Favorite tracks that I keep dropping the needle on are “Revelations” and “Let’s Go Out Tonight”. Strictly boss sounds in my book!
Darryl Reeves, saxophonist and fellow ATLien, delivered The Dillaquarium Mixtape back in February to honor the late J Dilla. Stream it here or download it here.
Say what? New Lord Quas vibes droppin’ soon via the Yessir Whatever LP which showcases some tunes that were released on rare and out-of-print vinyl as well as others that were previously unreleased and have been mixed and mastered for the first time. Yessir!
Haven’t followed the NBA season in the least bit this year. No TV. Limited highlights. However, DeAndre Jordan’s monstrous jam didn’t slip past my radar. Nasty!
Always been a huge fan of of non-verbal films and time-lapse cinema. LovetheFrame delivers a stunning time-lapse short titled Desolation.
That’s about all I got for now. Hope all is well wherever you are! Guidance and blessings from Lamai, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand.