Last minute gig - tomorrow night DB takes over Bull McCabe’s Pub in Somerville. Rumor has it there will be a plethora of special guests rolling through. There’s not much we love more than impromptu dub sessions. Music hits at 10pm.
The supposed Polar Vortex is on the outs today, but we want to commemorate the occasion with a special White Label sale. Grab Long Live the Vortex 12” vinyl LP for only $6 now until Sunday night. These are from the small batch of records that we did not screen print- allow the stark, white blankness forever say, “you survived a really cold week.”
We’ve also added a few other things to the shop including new stickers and a book featuring art from Marc’s Album Artifact project. Take a look around and support independent art - MusicADD.com
Destroy Babylon join Sly & Robbie, David Hinds (Steel Pulse), Cultura Profética, 10 Ft. Ganja Plant and many others for Hemp! A Reggae Tribute to the Beatles, Vol. II. We do a version of “Tomorrow Never Knows” with a bonus Beatles reference in the intro. Available now oniTunes.
Thundercat played live in the Soundcheck studio today and you can listen to the set and interview right HERE.
The Babylon Bros. caught Thundercat’s set last night in Cambridge and were absolutely floored all night. After seeing him earlier this year with Thomas Pridgen on drums, I did not think it would be as jaw dropping… I was wrong. Ronald Bruner, Thundercat’s brother, on drum kit along with Dennis Hamm on Rhodes/synth redefine POWER TRIO.
"Midnight to six man / For the first time from Jamaica Dillinger and Leroy Smart / Delroy Wilson, your cool operator Ken Boothe for UK pop reggae / With backing bands sound systems And if they’ve got anything to say / There’s many black ears here to listen But it was Four Tops all night with encores from stage right / Charging from the bass knives to the treble But onstage they ain’t got no roots rock rebel…” - The Clash, “White Man In Hammersmith Palais” 1978
When Joe Strummer wrote the lyrics for the above single, he was talking about how he felt let down by the reggae show he attended; expecting to hear the socially conscious side of those artists repertoires, they apparently delivered the light-weight stuff.
Back to redeem themselves, I’ve compiled 5 tracks from each of the four artists name-dropped in the beginning of this legendary tune, featuring some of the more rootsy, socially conscious and afro-centric material from each.