Started off the program tonight with a half-hour all-Jamaican set to celebrate JA Independence Day (8/6). The set included the 1979 Joe Higgs Unity Is Power album, freshly re-released by Pressure Sounds, and the track “Hail Mama Africa” from Michigan’s new “Trod On” album (Rashanco Music). Also maikng their debut tonight: Mickey Hart Band’s new “Superorganism” album; the excellent “Reset the Mindset” album from Scratchylus and friends; J-Path & Alpha Steppa, with the Trigram 01 EP; re-released Etherealites on Dubmission; the “Nairobian Riddim” album; and “The Cooker” from Redtenbacher’s Funkestra (Wooden Hat). Also tonight, our summer mix was a very cool DJ beatmix from The Groove Thief that can be found here on Mixcloud. Filling things out with the likes of King Tubby/Natty Locks Band, DreadlionBZH, Doctah X, Irie Sol, Laury Webb & the TigerBone Band, Thievery Corporation, Secret Panels vs. The Assessor, earlyW~Rm, Tony Allen, Ernest Ranglin, Joey Altruda, Brian Eno/David Byrne, and much more..
A very special night in the Echo Chamber as we did a “Land of the Rising Sun” special honoring Japanese reggae, dub, ska, and more… But, for the first hour of the program we covered some new non-Japanese releases – from Talisman (on Sugar Shack), Med Dred (on Dub-o-phonic), Svaha Sound System, Omegaman (on Fort Knox), Trevor “The Technician” McKenzie & Robert C., and M.L.K. & the Breadwinners (on Freedom Fighter). The rest of the program was devoted to Japan, with music from: Killa Sista, Dry & Heavy, Likkle Mai, Channel U, Mystica Tribe, Satomi Saeki & Alcvin Takegawa Ramos, Fishmans, Lecca, Keyco, Little Tempo, Audio Active, Bagdad Cafe the Trench Town, Jah Wobble & The Nippon Dub Ensemble, Tsuyoshi Kawakami & his Moodmakers, YMCK, Bluebeat Players, Mute Beat, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Nine Miles, Shiina Ringo, The Determinations, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Perfume/MasahiroXXX, Kazufumi Kodama, Masaru Satoh, The Brass Circus, the eskargot miles, Little Dragon (ft. Yukimi Nagano), Ian Simmonds ft. Yoshiko, Macdonald Duck Eclair, Soil & “Pimp” Sessions, Haruomi Hosono, Bon Voyage Co., The Dreamlets, Chimp Beams, Astro Age Steel Orchestra, and Gentle I.
Tonight we hung out at the Dub Club Tiki Bar for the annual Echo Beach end of summer special. A bit different kind of Echo Chamber — as we actually played some rock ‘n roll: that twangy, instrumental surf rock one expects to find at all great tiki bars. Then, once the martinis were well shaken, we’ll gott into some cool old school soul and R&B. We were really cookin’ now, and the Tiki Bar lounge was heavy with kali smoke…so we cooled things down with a variety of lounge sounds, world sounds, weird electronica, electro swing, and more swanky jazz. Among those on our crazy list of artists were: The Ventures, Dick Dale & Del-Tones, The Divine Sham, Freddie Fresh, Buddy Holly/Jacques Renault, The Surf Zombies, Buena Vista Social Club, Omars Attacks/TurntableTerrorist, Propellerheads (ft. Shirley Bassey), Jimpster, Caravan Palace, All India Radio, Afrokeys, Little Tempo, Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Señor Coconut, Ondatropica, Tsuyoshi Kawakami & his Moodmakers, of course Martha & the Muffins, and many more…
The first of two consecutive DJ Baby Swiss solo outings saw him “pouring dubbles” almost all night, and including coming-to-towners The Selecter, currently touring their 2013 release “String Theory” (the tour hits The Cedar Fri. Sept. 13), and Jimmy Cliff, who brings plenty of musical “Rebirth” to First Avenue on Thur. 9/19, as well as Nye’s regulars The Dropsteppers. Stylistically, the rootical dub of the Skatalites, the ’70s electronics of Jean-Michel Jarre, the jungle and dubstep of Congo Natty, the hot-club techno-gypsy-jazz of Caravan Palace, and even bossa nova a la Lionel Hampton were represented, as well as the classy big-band revisionism of Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band with the inimitable swooping, soaring singing of Cory Daye… all in a program that made liberal use of KFAI’s notorious Outboard Soundboard (a.k.a. the “Black Hole”). Truly all-over-the-map in a way that Swiss’s alter-ego DJ Weston East could appreciate.
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