This time ‘round, no sooner does the Rocket Ship clear the launch pad than we honor a request from the previous week that we didn’t have with us at the time… Desmond Dekker’sThis Woman. You’ll recall that we did a mini-Ska Women set instead, including a live Bodysnatchers cut. Anyway, Hour 1 also saw Joanne Dennis, The Soulettes, and Mamie Perry (unrelated to Lee Scratch, btw) make appearances. The expansive epic cut BabopbyeYa from the new Janelle Monáe album was one of THE soaring highlights of Hour 2, and more fun(n) was to be had as Russ Garcia musically imagined water creatures from Astra, and vintage sax honkers Tab Smith and Earl Bostic delivered 2 entirely different tunes called Mambolino. ’60s ska from outside Jamaica made up the 4(+2)@4 which incorporated a Lollipop rerun from Brazil by Wanderléa Cardoso with Renato his Blue Caps, and back-to-back Specials and Slackers cuts help us to imagine Mr. Tragedy quite possibly enjoying himself… just not first. It’s later than we think as we have to short-fade SKAndalous’Lithium cover to make room for The End. At least it’s by the same band… now where’s that pale horse? We’re off!
Farvel Norge, hej Danmark!!!!!! Echoes of Syttende Mai and a spate of Danish tunes to herald Danish Day 2010. As usual the celebration will take place the first Sunday in June. Happening at the Danish Center, E Lake St and W River Road beginning at 10AM. All are welcome.
A ton of heavy new dub…and other fun new things this week. The biggest, heaviest new dub arrived in the form of Dr. Echo’s new dub album attributed to his former group The Defendants. Also excellent new rootical vibes from The Manor, Kabir La Amlak, Winston Jarrett, Tony Dubshot, Citizen Sound (with the Rise Ashen remix of “Trouble”), and a number of artists on the new compilations “Italian Dub Community – Showcase Vol. 2” and “Revolutionary Dub Vibrations – Chap. 2”
new Peg Simone, New Black Keys, New gemma Ray… more and more new stuff and more than just one song from each. I think it’s good to celebrate a new album that is an actual ALBUM with merit by having the whole thing being played…. don’t you think?