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Somm

Somm takes a look into the lives of individuals who are attempting to pass the Master Sommelier Exam which is conducted by the Court of Master Sommeliers, one of the world’s most prestigious, secretive, and exclusive organizations. Since its inception almost 40 years ago, less than 200 candidates have reached the exalted Master level. The…

Rock Bar – Koh Samui

Here’s a video showcasing my friends’ bar here on Koh Samui down the street from my house in Lamai. Tucked away in a tiny cove nearby Hinta Hinyai, it’s the perfect place to chill out and relax. Definitely check it out if you visit the island sometime. If you’re lucky, they’ll have live music on…

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…

Hepcat

Hepcat remains one of my favorite bands of all time. Their vibes have been in steady rotation for well over a decade and have never grown old. Traditional Ska/Rocksteady done right in every way possible; incredible instrumentation coupled with outstanding vocal harmonies. Few can hold a candle to the sounds of Hepcat! Hepcat – Out…

Cedric ‘Im’ Brooks

Much love and respect to the great Cedric ‘Im’ Brooks who passed away earlier this month, but will live on forever through the incredible music he created.  Jah bless! Cedric ‘Im’ Brooks’ is arguably the most innovative saxophone players in all of Reggae music. His stunning fusion of Jazz, Afro-beat, Funk and Latin with Reggae…

Big Mean Sound Machine

In 2009, Big Mean Sound Machine formed in Ithaca, New York with one goal: to create music that stimulates both body and brain. The result is a fiery exhibition of artfully conceived dance music that truly is ‘Big and Mean’. Today, Big Mean Sound Machine comprises a collective of over 15 analog artists spread out over…

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 &…

Ebo Taylor – Appia Kwa Bridge

Appia Kwa Bridge is a strident return from Ebo Taylor, the Ghanaian Highlife guitar legend. Featuring six new compositions, his sound is more dense and tightly locked than ever with Berlin-based musicians Afrobeat Academy (aka The Poets of Rhythm/Whitefield Brothers/tons more aliases) , a rock solid unit since regular touring worldwide following his Love And…

Big Easy Express

3 bands, 6 cities, 1 train, and thousands of miles of track…the Big Easy Express documents a cinematic musical journey. Directed by renowned filmmaker Emmett Malloy, this incredible new film captures nothing less than history in the making. Indie folk heroes Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Tennessee’s Old Crow Medicine Show, and Britain’s acclaimed…