Category: Not That, Not This

Up and Running Again!

What’s up world? After being in hibernation for six months, my brother cleaned all the malfunctioning parts of my site to get me up and running again! Sweet!

Only thing is that RapidShare finally gave me the boot after 7 years, so most links don’t work. Drop me a line if you see something you want!

Well, keep me bookmarked and I’ll fine tune this site to get it going again with ill vibes for all!

Guidance!

Woo Hoo

Now Playing on the Hi-Fi

Captain Planet’s Mystery Trip Vol.1 is burnin’ up the hi-fi right now. With obscure sounds ripped from vinyl, then sliced, diced, chopped and skewed with a hefty injection of original production, programming and homegrown field recordings from his travels around the world, this 45-minute multi-generational sonic journey touches on sounds from Senegal, Jamaica, Ghana, Puerto Rico, Peru, Brazil, Italy, Korea, Guadeloupe, and Zimbabwe.

Captain Planet - Mystery Trip Vol.1

Now Playing on the Hi-Fi

“Why do Jah people refuse to give Jah praise?

All they do is continue in their stubborn ways.

Just cheating, backbiting and all dem sinful tings.

Using Jah righteous name to achieve their own glory and fame.

……why don’t you check Jah righteous plan?”

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“…No matter what games they play
We’ve got something they could never take away
We’ve got something they could never take away
It’s the fire, it’s the fire, fire
That’s burning down everything
Feel that fire, feel the fire, the fire, the fire…”

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Crate Diggers

Back in December 2012, I dropped a post about Fuse’s Crate Diggers series. Check it here. In the time since, they’ve featured additional diggers and I thought I’d shed some light on it as I’m addicted to watching these.Those featured since include DJ Nu-Mark, DJ Babu, House Shoes, Adrian Younge, DJ Rhettmatic, Diamond D, Kid Capri, Hank III, Egon and a very special extended edition featuring J Dilla’s collection as presented by those who were closest to him.

Just like most others out there watching these, I’m still waiting for a few key favorites in the digging scene to be featured. Guess I’ll just have to see if they get featured or not!

Crate Diggers Episodes on Fuse’s YouTube Channel

I Am The Gorgon – Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee and the Roots of Reggae

Just watched the trailer for I Am The Gorgon – Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee and the Roots of Reggae, a feature length documentary film to be released in late 2013, and my jaw dropped! Highly anticipating this one!

The film was directed by Diggory Kenrick and animated by James Stirzaker. Narration is provided by Dennis Alcapone and the film includes interviews with U Roy, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Sly and Robbie, Johnny Clarke, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Horace Andy, Cornell Campbell, Linval Thompson, Niney The Observer, Dillinger, Tappa Zukie, Prince Jazzbo, Derrick Morgan, King Jammy, Scientist and many many more…!

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Inna Ruminations Stylee

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, here 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!

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Landfill Harmonic is a heartfelt & moving story of how instruments made from recycled trash bring hope to children whose future is otherwise spiritless. Wonderful!

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Watched Wattstax recently. Here’s The Crown Prince of Dance, Rufus Thomas, killin’ it back in ’72. Looks like a helluva party!

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Check out the “Rap Quotes” street art project by Jay Shells. Brilliant!

Signs

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Volker Schaner spent 13 years to create Vision of Paradise. It’s billed as “the unique, poetic, humorous and “prophetic” adventure with the legendary Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, the one movie that explains it all…” Highly anticipating this one!

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“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

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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!

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Listening to the massive sounds of “Give Thanks and Praise” by Yabby U & The Prophets while writing this post. Nice it up!

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Give Thanks and Praise

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!

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Al Newman aka Al Fingers, who assembled the Greensleeves: First 100 Covers book a few years back, has delivered another book, Clarks in Jamaica, 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!

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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!

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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!

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Last Shop Standing

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!

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The Lions - This Generation

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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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Bling47 Break: Dilla Edition

Been hooked on listening to people talk about records since watching the Crate Diggers videos. Waajeed of Platinum Pied Pipers (PPP) and Bling47 is the man behind these creations that feature various people associated with the great J Dilla chat it up about their favorite breaks chopped and served up by the master himself. Nearly every one of these videos will have you shakin’ your head and sayin’ damn as you find out the records that Dilla sampled from (all over the genre map) and, moreover, how amazing his ear was for music to pick up on such minimal sections of a song and then flip it into something that was straight bangin’. There’s a whole slew of videos, but here’s five to showcase. Definitely visit Bling47 to peep ‘em all!

Bling47 Breaks: Dilla Edition

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John Peel’s Record Collection

Guess this was launched back in May, but I happened to just come across it this week.

The John Peel Centre for Creative Arts takes us on an interactive journey of John Peel’s record collection and the experience is astounding. Dumbfounded at the attention to detail put into this project and the level of content delivered. Crazy to think this is just a small insight into the full collection. Simply remarkable.

If you haven’t taken a gander, I suggest you budget hours for clicking away here and there. Reserve the first five minutes for scratching your head while trying to figure out just how long it took to compile something like this.

John Peel’s Record Collection

Crate Diggers

Crate Diggers series on Fuse! Hella dope!

Loving the commentary throughout and laughed at being able to relate to some of the obsessions they mention as well as being a fiend for vibrations. While mine has largely been in formats other than vinyl (the ol’ crates of wax haven’t seen any additions since moving to Thailand), the feeling is mutual. Incredible collections featured here and would kill to be able to spend time sorting through these gold mines let alone chat it up with these legends while doing so.

Featured thus far are Pete Rock, Cut Chemist, Rich Medina, DJ Jazzy Jay, Z-Trip, Da Beatminerz, J. Rocc, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Just Blaze, Peanut Butter Wolf, and DJ Muggs to name the best. The two most recent episodes feature fellow ATLiens, DJ Toomp and Jermaine Dupri, and, while it’s enjoyable listening to them, here’s to hoping we get a glimpse of  the collections from more notable diggers (in my eyes at least) like Madlib, Gerald Jazzman, Nobody, DJ Premier, Nardwuar, Ian Wright, DJ Shadow, Gilles Peterson, Paul Mawhinney, David Rodigan, Boss Harmony, DOOM and a bunch of others. I’ll be waiting to see what comes out next!

Crate Diggers Episodes on Fuse’s YouTube Channel