Miss Sharon Jones!

Been so busy, I forgot that posting here is even a thing! Sorry. Check out the trailer for this new feature-length documentary Miss Sharon Jones! directed by Barbara Kopple. The incredible singer unfortunately passed away in 2016.

RTJ3

I’m so late to the RTJ3 party, I wouldn’t be surprised if RTJ4 drops before I finish this post. The latest from El-P and Killer Mike – serious contenders for hip-hop’s woke-est rap duo, carrying the torch for the Public Enemy brand of social & political commentary in 2017, in my mind at any rate. As always, their latest release is available as a free download.

Please Come Home

Season’s greetings. Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, so on, and so forth. Here is a new Christmas song from Daptone, starring the sadly recently departed Sharon Jones (RIP) alongside the incredibly talented Dap-Kings. The song comes from the recent It’s A Holiday Soul Party LP. “What a Christmas to have the blues…”

Album of the Year (2016)

The rocksteady masterpiece Nothing More To Say from Brooklyn-based outfit The Frightnrs was, hands down, the best album of 2016 in my opinion. Easily. From the classic arrangements to the haunting singing to the top notch production by Victor Axelrod a/k/a Ticklah, I really can’t find much not to love about it. Out on Daptone Records. Tragically, the front man Dan Klein passed away from A.L.S. after the album was completed.

Best Rap Songs of 2016

Between Christmas shopping and Selector Black Friday shipping, I’ve been really struggling to get a post up here for the last few days. If you are interested in reading about and potentially streaming some of the Best Rap Songs of 2016, why then head right on over to Passion of the Weiss and check their annual recap of all things that are good in hip-hop. They know what’s up. Also, bonus points for using The Beatles here.

We Are Sale-ing

Apologies for the shameless side project self-pluggery, on a Wednesday no less, but hey, Selector is having its biggest sale of the year right now. Good time to get some obscure reggae gear on the discount! Get 45% OFF with promo code FORTYFIVE. Sale ends midnight on Monday 11/28.

selectorig_new_blackfriday

TSOTW: Champion Sound

T-Shirt of the Week this week is this beauty from Selector – both an homage to classic sporting goods, and, more importantly, sound system culture, which started in Jamaica, and has spread around the world.

championsoundgrey1

Covers

Covers: Retracing Reggae Record Sleeves in London is a really cool project on Kickstarter, by London-based photographer Alex Bartsch, whereby he shoots reggae record covers in the locations featured on the cover. They make for some very cool photos! The Kickstarter project is to produce a book around Alex’s great photos.

7b3f1bdbe295d2c178444ff16436aec9_original