“Seven times to rise, Seven times to fall”
September 9, 2013
August 30, 2013
“When Jah come from Bozrah
With his garment dipped in blood
It a go red hot, red hot, red hot
Down in Jehoshaphat”
August 3, 2013
“…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…”
June 11, 2013
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!
May 5, 2013
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…!
April 21, 2013
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!
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 “prophetic” 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, 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!
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.
December 27, 2012
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!
December 23, 2012
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.
December 7, 2012
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!
August 21, 2012
Finally processed and organized my collection of super-wide and panoramic shots, and selected some of my favorites to share over at the GoLdBricK Gallery! Enjoy a few below or click the link to view the entire album.
July 31, 2012
Updates from a recent trip to Bali, Indonesia and from here at home on Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand. Visit the GoLdBricK Gallery!
July 3, 2012
It’s been a helluva long time since I dropped a ruminations post. Eight months to be exact. Spent the latter part of last year at home in the U.S. and have been busy since my return with this, that and the other. However, the following things have crossed my path in past months. Some are more recent, some aren’t.
Antibalas are set to release their latest effort via Daptone on 7th August. If simply reading that wasn’t enough to give you goosebumps, then take a listen to edited-versions of “Sare Kon Kon” (Killer!) followed by “Dirty Money”. With an extended hiatus since Security, the crew shows they are clearly still in fine form.
This Is My Home is a short documentary on Manhattan resident Anthony Pisano. It highlights the treasures found in his apartment and his sincere warmth as a person. Just wonderful. Watched this one a while back, yet it hasn’t lost its charm in the least bit. Check it if you’ve never seen it!
Andrew Jervis, store clerk of the legendary Groove Merchant record store in San Francisco and A&R representative of Ubiquity Records, recently started up a new site titled The Sport of Selection. Head on over there for the Friday Night Session and other audio adventures. While grabbing the link, I just watched the Kutiman video below. Dope!
Did a double take when I saw the Wonderwheel Catalog Mix compiled by DJ Nu-Mark. One of my favorite DJs diggin through the crates of a label run by another one of my favorite DJs, Nickodemus. More please!
Counting the days til the new Lions records drops on Stones Throw. Check the preview track, “This Generation (Dub)”, and I’d kill to get my hands on the five-song sampler disc that dropped via Drip.fm. Someone send it if you got it! Vibe on the live sounds below. Niceness!
Came across Caprice87′s YouTube channel somehow and was left speechless at what I found. Goldmine of dance videos from the late eighties to early nineties. Need something to make your day? How ’bout this gem featuring a line dance to Adonis’ “No Way Back”…Neck-snapping dude at 1:28 had me rollin’!…or the gem below featuring Captain Rapp’s “Bad Times”. Mindblowing!
Take a look back into Yo! MTV Raps and the impact it had on culture and music around the world. Almost instantly when I see a reference to this show, “The 900 Number” by 45 King starts playing in my head. Classic moments throughout this video.
Gotta dish out some news from the hardwood. Didn’t follow the action from the Association in the least bit this year. The shortened schedule kicked off the day I left from the States to return to the Land of Smiles and I never checked any highlights online as the season progressed. Revisited the best moments as the playoffs got underway. Gerald Green’s windmill dunk and Blake Griffin’s superhuman jam were some of the nastiest I’ve seen. Insane!
NBA Slam Dunk Contest was totally lame this year. Weak participants doing weak as hell dunks. Here’s the “low”lights. Guess Jeremy Evans’ two-ball dunk was pretty dope, but that’s about it. Boo!
Congrats to Bron Bron for finally getting his ring. Certainly was rooting for the Heat to lose, but they deserved to take home the Larry O’Brien trophy. Still hate the way Miami’s ‘Big Three’ came together and the whole ‘Decision‘ thing, but King James is definitely one of the greatest hoops players ever and I’m glad he got his due. Gotta love the video below.
Check out NBA TV’s The Dream Team documentary of the 1992 USA men’s Olympic basketball team. Legendary hoops heroes who changed basketball on a global level. Fantastic memories of being a 12-year old and watching their incredible level of play, then trying to emulate it in my driveway. Great to relive the awesome moments and to hear the commentary on the squad’s experience.
Moving away from the hardwood to the blacktop, Doin’ It in the Park delivers a look into the culture that is streetball in New York City as Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau take us on a journey to courts around the city. Another one I can’t wait to see!
Well, moving on to other non-hoops related ish…
Listening to U Black’s “Jammys A Do It”, a version to The Travellers “Poor Man Cry” platter while compiling this. Studio real hot girl as I would say! Murderous style!
Following Texas Thunder Soul (still waiting to see it!) comes another music documentary that is essential viewing. The story of Charles Bradley as told in Soul of America looks completely captivating!
Paris DJs has always had you covered on the audio front. Now, in conjunction with Fred Feuillet, of Full Power Prod, and interviewer Nicolas Ragonneau, they are serving up some stellar footage of musical happenings in Paris including recent performances by Céu, The Black Seeds and Neal Sugarman (below). Keep checking back for more. Also, be sure to check out the other stellar videos (Charles Bradley, Quantic, Belleruche, TM Juke & Jack Baker Trio) from Full Power Prod here.
Never thought I’d see the day when these two things happened. 1. The Avett Brothers featuring Dirk Nowitzski on tambourine during “I Killed Sally’s Lover”. 2. Matisyahu lookin’ hella different. Say what???
Watched these films, and a few others, while on a long-distance (very long-distance) flight from the U.S. to Japan. One made me laugh, two made me pissed off. Recommended.
Clever idea for this Trojan Records elbow tat. Reggae Got Soul! Nice one!
Big Youth recently stepped foot into Bakery Studio to voice a couple of Breadwinners riddims. Check the vibes on “By the Sweat of Your Brow” and “Joy” which are presented here unmixed and direct from the mic. The last cut is Al Breadwinner serving up a live dub mix. Riddim forward!
Tim Armstrong, from Rancid, recently stepped foot into Guitar Center’s Hollywood store to serve up three special tunes on his acoustic six-string. We were treated to “East Bay Night” off Let the Dominoes Fall, a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Big River” and a folk-version of “It’s Quite Alright” off Rancid V. These have been in heavy rotation for months.
B+ gives us a look into the Ondatrópica project from Mario Galeano and Will ‘Quantic’ Holland which is due out via Soundway on 16th July. They assembled an all-star cast of Colombian musicians at the legendary Discos Fuentes studio in January of this year with a focus on reinterpreting the tropical musical heritage of Colombia with new approaches in composition, arrangement and production in a classic and mythical setting. Gives me the chills!
Jaw-dropping cinematography in Tom Lowe’s TimeScapes which came out recently and can be purchased here. It’s the first 4D film to ever be sold to the public. Completely in awe over the visuals in the two trailers below. Simply astounding!
‘Til the next ruminations session…Jah Bless! Guidance!
May 5, 2012
April 20, 2012
You should do yourself a favor and watch Caine’s Arcade. It is fantastic!
April 4, 2012
Thanks to the help of my bro’, the Goldbrick is up and running again! Yeah yeah! Everything except for the Gallery that is, but it’s comin’ along soon. If you care to do so, drop a comment to offer your appreciation. That’s him on his hog with me and my son in tow during our visit back to my ol’ stomping grounds late last year.
Keep checking back on the regular for more vibes!