• Rock,  World

    Going Global with Joe

    Dick Rude, a long time friend of Joe Strummer, is releasing an hour long movie on DVD this summer entitled ‘Let’s Rock Again!’. The one-hour film was shot over the last 18 months of Joe’s life. “It has been my…

  • World

    Jr. Gong All Night Long

    Another great tune recently heard on Sirius Disorder… this one comes from Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley’s third and latest release, ‘Welcome to Jamrock” (2005). The album is produced by Damian and brother Stephen. Jr. Damian is the youngest singing son…

  • World

    A Different Look at Brazil

    Photographer Geoffrey Hiller has an amazing collection of photographs from a recent trip to Brazil in a web project entitled Canto de Brazil. The site is made up of about 30 minutes of Flash movies highlighting different areas of Brazil,…

  • Ambient,  Latin,  World

    Laswell’s Rhythmic Stew

    Tonight it’s all about atmospherics. I only own one Bill Laswell album: ‘Imaginary Cuba’. On top of that, Nick from Jazz and Conversation posted a great sample / podcast of his work a while back. So obviously I need to…

  • World

    Chez Seychelles

    So my wife and I are sitting in the Glendale Arena a few weeks ago, waiting for Bruce Springsteen to take the stage. The pre-show music that’s piping over the PA is great stuff, most of it I don’t recognize.…

  • World

    Manu Manu

    Manu Chao was born in Paris to Spanish parents in 1961. In his earlier years, he was in a rockabilly band that went by the name of Les Hot Pants (great name!). He also fronted a popular French rock band…

  • Reggae,  World

    Standing in the Rain in Vain

    Linton Kwesi Johnson was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and raised in the Brixton section of London. Johnson invented dub poetry, a type of toasting descended from the DJ stylings of U-Roy and I-Roy. But whereas toasting tended to be hyperkinetic…

  • World

    Respect to the Lady in My Life

    Today is my second wedding anniversary, so today, my lovely wife of two years picks a tune for you all. It’s her favorite Skatalites tune, “The Vow”. Fitting for an occasion like today, as the tune expounds on the promise…

  • World

    Getting Hi on Life

    You’re in for a treat this evening / morning / afternoon. Some grooves get you from the very get go. I guarantee you that 3 seconds into this song by Ghana’s C.K. Mann, you’ll be shaking your booty faster than…

  • Reggae,  World

    Get Lucky

    Here’s another artist I discovered courtesy of my wife, who lived in Seychelles all of her life until that fateful day we met while she was visiting Arizona. So she introduced me to Lucky Dube. I said “Lucky Doo-Who?” Well,…