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American Hardcore

The history of hardcore punk – the tougher, faster, and more politically-minded stepchild of the ’70s punk movement that arose in the ’80s – is examined in exuberant detail in Paul Rachman’s documentary American Hardcore. Rachman’s cameras careen across the landscape of the U.S. to trace the movement’s beginnings in cities like Los Angeles, Washington,…

The Melodians – Swing and Dine

Hailing from Greenwich Town, Kingston, JA; The Melodians, consisting of Tony Brevett, Brent Dowe and Trevor McNaughton, cut some of the best rocksteady tunes ever made throughout the late 60s and early 70s, and solidified themselves as one of Jamaica’s most talented vocal groups with their goosebump-inducing harmonies. Timeless. Timeless. Timeless. The Melodians – Swing…

Frank Mitchell Jr. – “Booty Lock” b/w “Body and Mind”

A mysterious rogue hailing from Washington DC, Frank Mitchell Jr. has a voice like honey and the sensibilities of a man that’d make Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield blush. This debut 45 features the no-nonsense roller-skating disco jam “Booty Lock”. Rubbery bass, wah-wah guitars, and silky horns don’t even begin to describe the naughtiness within.…

JR and PH7

Killer production from the dynamic duo of JR and PH7 who hail from Cologne, Germany. Grab the latest platter, The Update, which dropped this week and pick up the previous releases if you haven’t added ’em to your crates already. JR and PH7 – The Update; Soulspazm, 2010 JR and PH7 – The EP; Soulspazm,…

Vegetarian Festival

Taken last month during the annual Vegetarian Festival held predominantly in the southern provinces of Thailand. Specifically the Eiw Geng processions of San Jao Jui Tui in Suan Luang, Phuket Town and San Jao Guan Ou in Takuapa, Phang Nga. Exhilarating! [flv image=”http://www.thegoldbrick.net/video/takuapavegetarian2010-01.jpg”]http://www.thegoldbrick.net/video/takuapavegetarian2010-01.flv[/flv] [flv image=”http://www.thegoldbrick.net/video/takuapavegetarian2010-02.jpg”]http://www.thegoldbrick.net/video/takuapavegetarian2010-02.flv[/flv] [flv image=”http://www.thegoldbrick.net/video/takuapavegetarian2010-03.jpg”]http://www.thegoldbrick.net/video/takuapavegetarian2010-03.flv[/flv]

Celso Fonseca

“Anyone who doubts that Portuguese is the language of love should hear the purring of Celso Fonseca; who has written some of the more seductive melodies to emerge from Brazil since the death of Antonio Carlos Jobim. Fonseca descends from a tradition of such feather-voiced guitarists as João Gilberto and Caetano Veloso, but he sings…

Le Jazzbeat

Jazzman features the forgotten, unknown, yet highly-invigorating library music that was made during the ’60s and ’70s in France. The first volume showcases the créme brulee of the Musique pour l’Image label while the second volume focuses on the L’Illustration Musicale label. This collection referred to as “Jerk, Jazz and Psychobeat de France” is all…

Wat Sapam Tammaram

Inside Wat Sapam Tammaram, a small temple located on the east coast of Phuket that receives very few visitors, but features a great view of Ao Sapam, Koh Yao Yai and other islands in Ao Phang Nga. The walls of the ‘bot’, the ordination hall, are decorated with some incredibly-beautiful paintings. Mesmerized every time I…