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Posterized

Ball Don’t Lie posted some nasty photos of wicked jams in anticipation of a lost tape of Lebron getting dunked on at his skills academy being leaked to the Web. I think it’s hilarious that Nike had previously confiscated all videos of the incident. Ridiculous. To prevent what? In fact, it’s not even that filthy…

Half Pint – Greetings

Half Pint has been steadily mashin’ up di soundsystem in recent weeks. Nice up his classic release, Greetings, from 1985. Level the Vibes! Half Pint – Greetings; Power House, 1985 (password: sharedmusic.net) If I lived in the ATL, I’d surely be hittin’ up the Blazed and Confused tour on July 30th which features Slightly Stoopid,…

Wareika Hill Sounds

The mighty Calvin ‘Bubbles’ Cameron offers blazing grounation roots reggae on the Wareika Hill Sounds pressing. Inspiring heady sounds from the drums and trombone master who played with Tommy McCook, counted Don Drummond as a neighbor, was a veteran of Count Ossie’s Mystical Revelation of Rastafari and Cedric ‘Im’ Brooks’ and The Light Of Saba…

The Gypsy Aquanauts

The flyer from Esperanza’s Rooftop Jumpoff reminded me of a story that I wanted to include with an email I wrote to some friends a few months ago. I couldn’t remember where I had read it at the time, but the other nite I was diggin’ through my magazine stash and came across it. The…

Grant Phabao Soundsystem

Grant Phabao has been steadily mashing up select cuts from the realms of funk, soul, hip-hop, rock, etc. and reinventing them as supremely filthy roots and dub vibrations. He’s been dropping them every few weeks or so for a while now. Get your fix of his latest offerings below and be sure to check out…

Grant Green

Grant Green (1935-1979) was a jazz guitarist and composer who recorded prolifically, and almost exclusively, for Blue Note Records as both a leader and a sideman. Green performed hard bop, soul jazz, bebop and Latin-tinged vibes while often doing so in an organ trio setting. His sound was immediately recognizable as he avoided chord structures…

Too Much Iron in the Fire

The Too Much Iron in the Fire set from Trojan showcases a slew of lost tracks from Roderick “Blackbeard” Sinclair’s (Tappa Zukie’s older brother) studio in Kingston, JA; which, throughout the mid- to late-70s, cut supremely-heavy roots and dub vibrations. I purchased this disc back in the summer of 2004 when it dropped and vibed…

Karriem Riggins

Nice piece on Karriem Riggins, drummer extraordinaire who dabbles equally in the world of jazz as he does in the world of hip-hop, via the East Bay Express. Well written and laced with information that I never knew about the man. That Jazz Thing? It’s A Rap. by Rachel Swan, East Bay Express Vibe on…

ESL Music

Eighteenth Street Lounge (ESL) Music have recently dropped a few albums to add to their already stellar catalog. Among the treats are Federico Aubele’s newest and most personal album yet, Amatoria. Inspired by the classic and passionate sounds of bolero and Argentinian tango, Aubele infuses his distinctive Spanish guitar sound with sultry vocals and subtle…

Fela Anikulapo Kuti & Egypt 80

As per a request from Robel in the Netherlands, here’s Fela’s Underground System whose title track starts off with rhythms that are far faster and more urgent than those on most of Fela’s characteristically lengthy tracks. If that sounds like a marginal quality upon which to judge a song as a standout, well, something like…

Music Is the Weapon

Music Is the Weapon may be short, but it’s essential viewing for Fela fans. Filmed in 1982, the 53-minute documentary captures the late Nigerian musician/activist at his peak. For the uninitiated, it’s hard to explain–in mere words–how one man could so successfully mate the sexuality of James Brown with the righteous politics of Bob Marley…