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Speaking of chicks doing reggae with Sly and Robbie, if you haven't heard Sinead O'Connor's reggae album, "Throw Down Your Arms", you really should. She covers Scratch Perry and Teh Spear, and brilliantly. Produced by Sly & Robbie. I was highly skeptical about the proposition at first, but it is a great album that bears up well to repeated listening. "Curly Locks" and "Vampire" are my favorites.

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Sinead doing "Curly Locks"? heh

You know, I've heard about that album, and heard it was good. I just haven't had a chance to check it out yet.

If you're a fan of Radiohead, you should check out the Easy Star All-Stars album "Radiodread". It's Radiohead's "OK Computer" album done in a reggae style. This is the same group that did "Dub Side of the Moon" a few years back.

Also on the Easy Star label is a new album called "Ticklah vs Axelrod". Same person, [sign in to see URL] "Ticklah" Axelrod. He's the arranger/keyboardist extraordinaire at Easy Star Records. Plays with their All-Star band and with Antibalas, as well as various studio projects. A major talent and it is a very good album. It sounds very "Channel One" at [sign in to see URL] like Roots Radics mixed by Scientist.
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Thanks for the heads up Kaliber---I will seek out The Easy Star label.

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kaliber,

thanks for heads up on the Radiodread.

I was a big fan of Dub Side of the Moon. Like zac and o'connor, I was skeptical at first. But I was pleasantly suprised. I'll definetly check out the Radiohead cover. cool stuff.

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Heh.

Bananaphone haunted me for an entire weekend the first time I heard the song, as it is one of the tunes that can really stick in your head. It is wonderfully !@#$ awful.

The follow up posts on Thievery Corporation, The Brazilian Girls and Amy Winehouse got me thinking of Carmel McCourt who has a great voice that really popped big over in Europe when I was in Germany in the late 80’s. I’m not sure if they got much run over here, but her group Carmel:

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Came in big with the Drum Is Everything, and then followed up with The Falling creating quite a buzz over there. I had lost track of her, but found a new website with some recent work here:

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You can get a taste of some of her work from the You Tube videos on the site if you are interested. The fifth video in the menu “Bad Day” is one of my favorites from the day, and as an added bonus, as I flipped through the videos she had posted in the menu I found this gem of Amy Winehouse doing Back To Black:

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So she is obviously a fan as well. Hard to believe Carmel will hit 50 next year . . . how time flies.

As for the Pumpkins latest album, I really didn’t get all the heat it took. I know most of us were disappointed that D’arcy and James opted out, but the album was solid for the most part. I think part of the problem was that people started comparing it to Mellon Collie and Siamese Dream and found it wanting, but my only real regret is that I was out of town in late July when the played the Fillmore for about a week. I would have loved to been able to see them and hear the new stuff live along with the old stuff.

And thanks for the Ava Leigh link kaliber77, she has a great sound and appears to be up and coming on strong. I haven’t listened to Radiodread, but I did pick up the Dub Side Of The Moon by the Easy Star All Stars on I Tunes a while back, and really enjoy the work. As for some old school ska and rocksteady, I picked up a treasure trove of goodness recently in the Derrick Morgan Moon Hop “Best Of” release of over fifty tunes:

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I’ve also been reading a Strummer bio recently and just came across some commentary about their collaboration with Mikey Dread around the time of London Calling, and have been inspired to check out some of his stuff soon, especially since I read he is fighting some health issues now. Any rec’s are always appreciated.

The Sinead OC reggae covers is something I had never heard of, but they sound interesting.

Hey Kal, are you getting any buzz on the new Lee Perry and Andrew WK album that is supposed to be impacting next year? I came across this recent interview with AWK:

 
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I needs me some Scratch Perry!

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ha, I had not heard about that! Scratch just did a tour a couple months ago with this guy I know's group (Dub Is A Weapon) as the backing band. I seem to remember hearing he was going to do some stuff with them.

Mikey Dread can be pretty good, but I find him hit-or-miss. You should check out Wayne Jarrett's "Chip In" (the Greensleeves re-issue), Barrington Levy's "Shaolin Temple" and it's companion dub album, "Barrington Levy In Dub: The Lost Mixes From King Tubby's Studio". Also check out Horace Andy's "Dance Hall Style" (but it's getting re-issued on CD soon, and I'm supposed to be doing the CD layout/design for that one), Johnny Osbourne's "Truths and Rights", and The Love Joys "Reggae Vibes".

Did you take that picture of the Strummer mural? When that thing went up, I think someone made a video of the process. It's on the wall outside a bar owned by Steve Buscemi, I think. I've walked by it countless times on my NYC trips.

That interview seems interesting, I'm gonna finish reading up on it. I am curious as to how that collaboration will turn out.
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So I have these musician friends from different Bay Area bands that all live together in a house in Richmond (some of them are the Pandora folks I was talking about). Each year (starting last year) they record a Christmas album of varying genres and print up copies and give them out to their friends. They just released this year's, and I must say, they really out-did themselves. So if anyone wants to check out some new stuff for the holidays:

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I normally don't get into Christmas music, but they make it fun. There's a link to last year's Christmas album at the top of that page.
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Thanks for the rec’s kal, and I will give them a listen.

Scratch and AWK definitely sounded like an interesting mix, and it will be cool to see what comes out of their work together.

As for the Strummer mural, I appropriated the picture from Photo Bucket after I saw it in the sig of another poster on another board. The mural in question is outside the East Village bar Niagara, and it is featured in this video:

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Which is a video for the cover of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song on Streetcore, which was the last Strummer album with the Mescaleros, which was released posthumously. You can see Steve Buscemi in the video among the crowd shots as the mural is going up, as well as Matt Dillon, Jim Jarmusch, Sara Driver, the local boys from Rancid along with Jesse Malin who owns Niagara and offered up the wall for the mural. The video still chokes me up whenever I watch it again.

And thanks for new music link from your friends. I’ll check it out as I always like to support the locals. Speaking of which, have you ever come across an artist named Martin Luther?

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He is the friend of one of the producers of an XM radio show I listen to, and they had him on a while back. I haven’t really listened too much of his work, but it was an interesting interview.

Great thread chef, and thanks to all the contributors.

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He sounds vaguely familiar. Maybe he just sounds like someone else, because I don't think I've listened to him before.

Yeah, that's the video I was talking about. I had a feeling the Rancid guys were in it. I haven't seen it since it came out, so the memory was a bit fuzzy.

No sweat on the link. They are the nicest bunch of folks and are very giving. The bands they all hail from are the Phenomenauts, The Struts, and The Soul Captives. Check out any of them if you see them playing live around.

Speaking of, the Struts are playing with Hellcat artists The Aggrolites at Slim's next week (Dec 13) and the Struts and Soul Captives are playing together at Bottom of the Hill with a Chicago band called Deal's Gone Bad next month (Jan 29).
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