Inna Ruminations Stylee

Just picked up The Bamboos’ 4 and The Souljazz Orchestra’s Rising Sun. Didn’t know the Bamboos set was comin’ out, and comes as a very welcomed surprise, and I’ve been waitin’ for the Rising Sun LP for the better part of a year now. Can’t wait to digest them this evening.

The Bamboos - 4 The Souljazz Orchestra - Rising Sun

Paris DJs serves up a delightful mixtape titled Make the Mix by Digging from DJ Tommy TNT, guitarist extraordinaire for the likes of Menahan Street Band, The Budos Band, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Bronx River Parkway, and El Michels Affair.


Pass at your own peril on this set from Karl Hector & the Malcouns. Recorded live at ChoiceCuts in Dublin; May 2009.

Karl Hector and the Malcouns - Live at ChoiceCuts in Dublin on 09.05.2009

Found Silhouette Brown’s sophomore effort appropriately titled Two while grabbin’ the links for this post. Didn’t know it was scheduled and there’s little doubt that the Broken Beat and Nu-Jazz vibes will be equally as nice as the debut album sounded.

Also found Shapes 10:01 from Tru Thoughts while doin’ this. Looks like it is filled with more exclusive tracks from their exceptional roster of artists. Pick it up in three parts: Pt.1, Pt.2, Pt.3

Silhouette Brown - Two Tru Thoughts - Shapes 10:01

Johnny Cash’s American IV: Ain’t No Grave represents the Man in Black’s final recordings before his death in September 2003. This one is essential, as are all the other volumes in the series.

Johnny Cash - American VI: Ain’t No Grave

The Slackers return to Hellcat Records with The Great Rocksteady Swindle set to be released on 20.04. Boss vibes soon come.

If you missed Gilles Peterson presents Havana Cultura: New Cuba Sound, released last year, then do yourself and your ears a favor and grab it now. Magnifico!

As usual, the Stones Throw camp continues to drop gem after gem. Lovin’ these recent additions to the crates.

Black Man's Cry: The Inspiration of Fela Kuti Madlib Medicine Show No.2

Mayer Hawthore - Soul with a Hole The Whitefield Brothers - Earthology

youngjazzrebels (Custom) The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble - Mile's Away

Soundway continues to put out amazing Nigerian-music compilations. Check the latest editions to their catalog; Nigeria Special Vol. 2: Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds and Nigerian Blues 1970-76 and Nigeria Afrobeat Special: The New Explosive Sound in 1970s Nigeria.

Nigeria Special Volume 2 Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds and Nigerian Blues 1970-76 Nigeria Afrobeat Special The New Explosive Sound in 1970s Nigeria

Stopped by Wat Komniyaket, the temple and school next to my house, a few weeks ago to check out what all the activity was about. Turns out they were having a “Field Day” for five schools in the area. Brought back good memories of me doing the same thing when I was their age. However, one noticeable difference was the lack of shoes on all the kids. Classic Thai style.

Wat Komniyaket

Checked out Avatar recently. Definitely awesome in regards to the visuals…even when watching a bootleg copy on my laptop. Can’t imagine how killer it’d look on the big screen…or IMAX for that matter…or in 3D…or with psilocybin in the system! Overall, it was an entertaining film, story was a bit formulaic, visuals were stunning to say the least, running time was rather long, deserving of special effects awards, but certainly not deserving of any “Best Picture” awards. As for the complaints regarding the Papyrus-font subtitles, I couldn’t comment on it as my bootleg DVD contained Verdana typeface and the translation was in German! Still have no idea what the meaning of all of the Na’vi dialogue was. Oh well, I wasn’t overly glued to the storyline anyways.

Films that left a much more satisfying impression that I watched recently were The Men Who Stare at Goats and The Informant.

The Men Who Stare at Goats The Informant

My co-worker told me she had a dream that she found me in my office on the brink of death with blood coming out of my mouth and in a pool around me. After telling me about the dream, she asked me what my age was, so I answered. I asked why she wanted to know and she told me that it was a lucky dream and she was going to play my age in the underground lottery in her village. Thoroughly confused in regards to the link between visions of my death and the luck of the lottery.

Took another trip out to the Similans, a group of nine islands about 60 km offshore from where I live. Never fails to amaze me when I go out there. Stunning!

Mu Koh Similan, Phang Nga

Mu Koh Similan, Phang Nga

Mu Koh Similan, Phang Nga

Mu Koh Similan, Phang Nga

Flippin’ through my Thai crates just got way fuckin’ easier thanks to ThaiTunes. Here’s what the crates looked like before and here’s what they look like after. Should’ve hunted that script down years ago. Som boom baep!

Holy shit was the NBA Slam Dunk Contest a huge letdown this year. Weak! Totally fuckin’ weak! I’m gonna refrain from getting’ on my soapbox for this one otherwise this’ll run on for far too long. Here’s to hopin’ next year’s event will be totally opposite of this year’s. On a better note, the Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown, showcasing the finalists who won throughout the states in local competitions, was awesome. Super sick jams from those cats and The Air Up There’s 360 reverse two-handed flush was beyond nasty. Plenty of other sick dunks in the mix too. Message straight to David Stern’s head: Check your league before hittin’ L.A. next year, revise the rules, and let these amateurs (read “professionals” when it comes to dunking) put on a show. You be the judge. Hella easy to see the Association blew it this year for the Slam Dunk Contest.

Cheers to Esperanza for the heads up on The Morning Benders “Excuses” video. Totally out of touch with the indie rock world and this was a nice refresher. Just picked up the full length, Big Echo, to see how the whole set sounds.


Stussy will be releasing a three-part J Dilla documentary this month to honor the legendary producer who passed away four years ago this month. Check Part One below and be on the lookout for Part Two on 17.02 and Part Three on 24.02.

A small collection of pictures from last weekend. Took a ride up to Thap Tawan, Baan Nam Khem and Koh Kho Khao which are all about twenty minutes to the north of my house.

Thap Tawan and Baan Nam Khem-5

Thap Tawan and Baan Nam Khem-7

Koh Kho Khao-8

Koh Kho Khao-5

Thap Tawan and Baan Nam Khem-32

Koh Kho Khao-32

Koh Kho Khao-14

Another stunning Khao Lak sunset, fireworks on the beach, cabaret show, drinkin’ Leo brew in the yard, buffet of Thai/Chinese dishes, 10,000 Black Cat fireworks strung to a bamboo pole, Muay Thai fights on Channel 7, lucky drawing for “Ang Pow” envelopes for nineteen kids, hilarious dance shows by the kids before getting their envelope, shooting coconuts out of trees with a rifle, hiking up into the rubber trees in Natoey and a blanket of stars above with a strikingly clear view of Mars. That’s what Chinese New Year was like here in Phang Nga. Gong Xi Fa Cai! All the best to everyone in the Year of the Tiger.

Takuapa Vegetarian Festival
Jah Bless Lynn Taitt and Yabby You

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