Thursday, September 28, 2006

Playlist 28/09/06 - The Ambassador's Selection II

Macka Splaff- Steel Pulse
There's Dub - King Tubby
Dubplate Mix (from Riddim CD#4)- Heartical Sound System
Assack Lawn No.1 Dub (version 2)- King Tubby
Whole Lot A Fire - Big Youth
Firehouse Rock - Wailing Souls
Warriors - Gregory Isaacs
Dread A Them Want - Johnny Clarke
Confucius (live) - The Skatalites
Ska Flames
Hard Times - Strange Tenants
Return of The Ugly - Bad Manners
Jackpot - The Beat
Love Is A Treasure / Version - Freddy McKay
Boom Shaka Lack - Hopeton Lewis
Highjack - Joe Gibbs All Stars
My Confession - Cornell Campbell
Reggae Strings
I Wish I Was An Apple - Derrick Morgan
Death A Come - Lloyd Robinson
Play Fool Fe Get Wise (Extended) - Johnny Clarke
Dubbing Is A Must - Dub Syndicate
Night Nurse (Kruder & Dorfmeister Mix) - Gregory Isaacs
Oh What A Feeling - Wailing Souls
Mr Fire Coal Man - Wailing Souls

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

One Love

Can’t make this one myself as will be outta town, but they are going to be monthly over summer. Teddy V is on 2RDJ 88.1FM Thurs 9pm-12am. Also on Saturday night there is Make it Clap – a night of hip hop and dancehall.

Over at the Oz Reggae Forum there have been some interesting discussions of late. Check the thread on Nasty Tek vs Atomic, to see some dummy spitting and acrimony on the Sydney scene around a dance that happened over 10 years ago! There is also some chatter about Chris Blackwell. I’m with the Professor, Sabotage and L. Static on this. The other one that caught my attention was about Australian musicians, Graeme Goodall and the birth of the Jamaican recording industry. Looking forward to the Professor’s book on all of this.

The other thing to check is the pictures and comments on Entertainment, Firehouse’s recent night at the Marquee. A great gig – be sure to make their next one.

Finally don’t forget the Beat are coming to Oz and play the Gaelic Club on Friday 6 Oct, and check this Legends of Ska site.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Playlist 21/09/06 - The Ambassador's Selection

African Roots (Extended mix) - Johnny Clarke
Y Mas Gan /Version - The Abysinians
Jordan River- Burning Spear
Banana Walk - Dub Specialist
Weeping - Junior Byles
Ital Correction - Niney the Observer
African People - Johnny Clarke
Rocking Time - Burning Spear
Big Dance A Keep - Jah Thomas
Its A Lovely Day - Choppa Chop
Fire Burn The Weakheart - Bushman
Black A Kill Black - Gregory Isaacs
General Penitentiary - Black Uhuru
Careless Ethiopians - Toots & the Maytals
Natty Dread A What She Want - Horace Andy
Tonight - Keith & Tex
Doors Of Your Heart - The Beat (feat. Cedric Myton)
Best Friend - The Beat
Save if For Later - The Beat
Danger - The Selector
Street Feeling - The Selector
Flip Your Lid - Nightmares on Wax
The Law - Andy Cap
Cry Tuff - Alton Ellis
Caution - The Wailers
Screaming Target - Big Youth
Swing Easy - Soul Vendors
Reburial - The Skatalites

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


From Nardo at Firehouse

"We invite you back to THE MARQUEE this Saturday night for pure entertainment. FIREHOUSE will be running the reggae dancehall DISCOMIX with nuff new and classic rhythms for the galaxy of DJ stars passing through to bless the mic.

Compere is SPIKEY TEE. Spikey Tee has DJed on the Blood and Fire Sound System alongside Dennis Alcapone, Ranking Joe and Horace Andy as well as recording with Jah Wobble, Mannasseh, Bomb The Bass ('Dark Heart'), Mr Scruff, Morcheeba and many more. Spikey Tee is currently in Australia as head of A&R for Rebel MC’s respected drum and bass label Congo Natty - launching their international imprint - while also recording a solo album for Crookneck Records.

First 100 payers at the Firehouse dance this Saturday night get exclusive CD copy with full quality audio, trackmarks and label art. Everybody else get the mp3 for nuff niceness!"

1. Tristan Palmer special 2. Ice Cream Love – Johnny Osbourne 3. Young Lover – Clint Eastwood and General Saint 4. School Tonight – Desi Roots 5. Screw Tonight – Fat Man Riddim Section 6. Fantan Mojah special 7. Invasion – Capleton 8. Misunderstanding – DYCR 9. Rocky Road – Beenie Man, Beekie Bailey, Admiral Bailey, Kananga, Wicker Man and Captain Barkey 10. Old Truck – Lady Saw 11. Temperature – Buju Banton 12. Rip It Up – Assassin 13. Jamming In The Street – Sugar Minott 14. Chant Rub A Dub – Al Campbell 15. Come We Just A Come – Yellowman and Fathead 16. Posse Are You Ready – Half Pint 17. Gwan Go Do It – Robert Ffrench 18. Version – Carl & Gibby 19. Hard Ears – Bascom X 20. Warning – Norrisman 21. Pull It Up – Beres Hammond and Buju Banton 22. Keep That Light – Slim Smith 23. Heavy Load – Abijah 24. Play On – Richie Spice 25. Me Chat You Rock – U Brown

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Bass Culture Radio Playlist 15/09/06

Bass Culture Radio goes out every Friday Morning from 8 to 10am on 2RRR 88.5 FM. Robojase is on holidays at the moment - so I sat in for this one.

Bloody Dub - Stiff Little Fingers
Rock The Casbah (Smith & Mighty Steppers Mix) - Tica
Afro Baby - Stephen Osita Amaechi & his Afro-Rhythm-Skies
Nite Safari - Black Star Sound
The Revolution Will Not be Televised - Gil Scott-Heron
Ball Of Confusion - The Temptations
Funky Donkey - Bernard ‘Pretty’ Purdie
Ali Shuffle - Alvin Cash
Fancy - Bobbie Gentry
Perfidia - Phyllis Dillon
Long Day, Short Night - Dawn Penn
Super Star - Hortense Ellis
African Rockas - Dennis Bovell
Brother Louie - Matumbi (and unknown deejay)
Choose Me - African Stone
Dub From Creation (alt. mix) - Creation Rebel
Rootically Dub - The Upsetters
Rockers Galore - Mickey Dread & the Clash
Funky Kingston - Toots & the Maytals
Message From A Black Man - Derrick Harriott
Hail The Comforter - Luciano
Promises - Chuck Fender
I’m Just A Man - Chuck Fender
It’s A Pity - Tanya Stephens
Melo Da Tagarela (Rapper’s Delight) - Gang Do Tagarela
Get Involved - George Soule
Stand Down Margaret - The Beat
War Crimes - The Special AKA

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Playlist 14/09/06

Yojigen Sanmyaku (aka 4 Dimensional Mountain Range) - Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (World Famous CD, Sony)
This Train - The Wailers (Wail 'n Soul 'm Singles Selecta CD, Universal)
A Distant Dub - Aston Barrett (Family Man In Dub CD, Heartbeat)
Tribute to Augustus (Big League 7")
The Champion Version - King Tubby's (Dub Gone Crazy LP, Blood & Fire)
Behold A Dub - Amanda All Stars & King Tubby (Rough Guide to Dub CD)
Yes, Yes, Yes - Errol Holt (Prince Far I - Silver & Gold, Blood & Fire)
The Ugly One (Lee Van Cleff) - King Stitt (Mod Reggae Box 3CD, Trojan)
Black Harmony Killer - Jah Stitch (If Deejay Was Your Trade, Blood & Fire)
Mad Over We - King Tide (To Our Dearly Deported CD, Vitamin)
Keep My Love From Fading - Ken Boothe (Reggae Singles Box 3CD, Trojan)
Take Me Back - Owen Gray (The Bunny Lee Rocksteady Years CD, Moll-Selekta)
Skaravan - Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (File Records 12")
Train To Ska-thedral - Tommy McCook (It's Rockin' Time CD, Trojan)
War Dance - Soul Syndicate (Keith Hudson Affair 2CD, Trojan)
I Am Lonely (aka Crying Over You) - The Heptones (Trenchtown 7")
The Russians Are Coming - Val Bennett (Rebel Music CD, Trojan)
Christine Keeler - Ska Flames (12" EP, Gaz's)
Love Your Ways - Salmonella Dub (Inside The Dub Plates CD, EMI)
Everbody's Fucked - Melatonin (Positive Feedback Loop CD, Melatonin)
The Law - Andy Cap (Skinhead Reggae Box 3CD, Trojan)
S 90 Skank - Big Youth (Rebel Music CD, Trojan)
Gunshot - Anthony Johnson (The Lion Roars CD, Roots)
Dub From Creation - Creation Rebel (Historic Moments vol.1, On U Sound)
If You Want Jah - Johnny Clarke (Addis 7")
Do Dub Up Your Fight - Dry & Heavy meet King Jammy (In The Jaws of the Tiger CD, Green Tea)
Why Dem Gwaan So - Cornell Campbell (M Records 10")
Universal Ruler - Jah Stitch (M Records 10")
This Train - Culture (The Reggae Train CD, Heartbeat)

This Weekend: Dance Hall Reggae Bounce # 19

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Playlist 07/09/06

Rude Boy Pledge - Cham (Mad House 7")
Coconut Head Version - Wareika Hill Sounds (Honest Jons 12")
Kalenda March - The Lion (Carribean Calypso 10", Parlophone)
Hill & Gully Ride /Mandeville Road - Lord Composer (Mento Madness CD, V2)
I Don't Know - Lord Fly (Take Me to Jamaica CD, Pressure CD)
Green Guava - Lord Tickler (Take Me to Jamaica CD, Pressure CD)
Medley of Jamaican Mento - Lord Fly (Mento Madness CD, V2)
Big Boy Instrumental - Chin's Calypso Sextet (Take Me to Jamaica CD, Pressure CD)
London Is The Place For Me - Lord Kitchner (2LP, Honest Jons)
No, Doctor, No - Mighty Sparrow (Calypso Awakening CD, Folkways)
Kitch's Bebop Calypso - Lord Kitchner (2LP, Honest Jons)
The Wasp - The Bubbles (Ska Boogie CD, Sequel)
Yankee Gone (Inst / vocal) - Mighty Sparrow (Calypso Awakening CD, Folkways)
Mixed Up Matrimony - Lord Beginner (2LP, Honest Jons)
On The Beach - Owen Gray (Ska Boogie CD, Westside)
Time Marches On - Owen Gray (Tribute to Peckings CD, Studio One)
Reggae Calypso - Yellowman (King Yellowman LP, CBS)
Pick A Sound - Selah Collins (Unity Sounds CD, Honest Jons)
Clutch Dem - Papa San (blank 12")
Top Class Girl - Leroy Smart (Jam Session Vol.1 LP, Jammy's)
Fade Away - Little John (Soundclash Dubplate Style LP, Taurus)
Dangerous - General Trees (Ragga Ragga Raggamuffin LP, Rohit)
Under Me Fat Thing - Anthony Red Rose (Firehouse Revolution CD, Pressure Sounds)
Man Me Love - Lady Patra (Music Works Show Case 90 LP, Greensleeves)
Gundelero - Cobra (Bad Boy Talk CD, Penthouse)
No Call Me John Boops - Michael Prophet (Dancehall Techniques CD, Maximum Pressure)
Fire Burn A Weakheart - Bushman (Mambo meets Firehouse CD, Hot)
Build Bridges Instead - Shabba Ranks (Golden Touch CD, Greensleeves)
Retreat Wicked Man - Garnet Silk (Living Room 7")
My Black Queen - Ginjah (Black Scorpio 7")
That Was The Day - Capelton (Gibbo 7")

Links for the week:
The Mighty Sparrow's official site and this great site on Mento Music
An excellent podcast of King Tubby's digital productions: Firehouse Revolution Part 2. And the welcome return of the Disciples Broadcasts. You'll find the archives for these here.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Calypso Stylee

The Mighty Sparrow plays this Saturday at the Enmore Theatre. So this week's show will have a selection of 1950s Calypso and Mento - Mighty Sparrow, Lord Beginner, Lord Kitchner, The Lion, Lord Composer, Lord Fly etc.

Two other gigs this weekend:
Reggae Roadblock - Fri 8 September, Jacksons's on George
ONE LOVE FAMILY DAY OUT on the Lion Sound System - Sun 10 September, 1pm - 7pm
Live Bands Hot Banana, Danny Ranking
DJs Teddy V, JJ Roberts, Jah Bya & more
MC Ras Curry
Addison Centre - 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville