2011年1月30日日曜日

EVENTS : Reggae Got Soul Presents Reggae Ravers Sound Clash ~ Tuesday 1 February 2011



Feat : Selector Fungie, DJ Charlie Brown, Nikki Don & Skelly, King Milo, Jah Seg
When : Tuesday 1 February 2011 10pm open 12 starts
Where : The Pyramid Club (101 Ave A, New York)
Admission : $10 Ladies Free B4 Midninght

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2011年1月29日土曜日

EVENTS : Afro Dub Seeion #12 ~ Saturday 29 Janurary 2011!



Feat : DJ Carter Van Pelt, K Vibes, Willow Wilson, Super Hi-Fi, DJ Linh, DJ Q-Mastah, DJ Lil Tiger
When : Saturday 29 January 2011 10pm
Where : Rose Live Music (345 Grand Ave, Brooklyn)
Admission : Free

2011年1月27日木曜日

EVENTS : Another Scorcher ~ Friday 28 January 2011!



Feat : Miss Gemini, Ursa Major
When : Friday 28 January 2011 10pm
Where : Huckleberry Bar (588 Grand St, Brooklyn)
No Cover

Soul, Reggae, Rocksteady Party!


Big Youth!!!!!



The history of Jamaica's musical entertainers often seems like a vast, complex and un-cooperative relay race where one innovator is forced to give up his baton as the next innovator sprints on ahead with a notable smirk to the one left in the dust. So it went as U Roy created a whole new sound and format leaving behind King Stitt, Sir Lord Comic and their ilk....And so it continued as the great Big Youth emerged from a cloud of S-90 smoke in the the early 70s to take the trophy as a cultural DJ of choice both on Tippatone sound and his plentiful chart topping LPs and singles.

We here at Deadly Dragon have always been huge huge fans not just of his unique vocal style but how he melded that style with a riddims that ranged from Rock Steady to early reggae to the almost rootical steppers of his Prince Tony Robinson selections.

In any case here are five of our toppa top Big Youth selections!




Big Youth - Can You keep A Secret (Mafia) 7"

Massive Dj verse to Horace Andy's classic bit of dread psychedelia -- a paranoia drenched favorite!




Big Youth - Best of Big youth (Fe-Me-Time) 7"

Sweeet, Dangerous ruffness as Jah Youth takes on the organ drenched wonder that is the Black Cindererella version!




Big Youth - S90 Skank (Mafia) 7"

Motocycles revving, Lightining crashing and Ketih Hudson stripping back the mix so that Big Youth can unleash a lyrical barrage that nonetheless sounds like he is half asleep!




Big Youth - the Big Fight (Joe Gibbs) 7"

Killer lick of the Joe Frazier riddim that allows Big Youth to innovate with some new lyrical patterns that create mad tensions!




Big Youth - Jah Jah Love Them (Wild Flower) 7"

Serious roots from Big Youth as his lyrics stay grounded as the riddims flys into the Ether!



For more on Big Youth check this article by Toby Gohn: http://www.furious.com/perfect/bigyouth.html

2011年1月26日水曜日

JAMAICA JAMAICA!!!!

Jamaica Jamaica!!!!

Now that we have had 2 major blizzards and one crazy ice storm here in NYC, I thought I would let my thoughts drift back to a month or so ago when I was in Jamaica.

First off...there is nothing like getting off the plane in Kingston when it is Winter in NYC. You leave out with your big, down jacket and scarf and by the time you land in Michael Manley airport you know the heat is waiting. And, boom, once that hatch is opened and you walk down the tarmac the waves of heat and humidity smack you around like jabs from a mediocre flyweight. Then, as you struggle to try and put your jacket and sweatshirt somewhere, you get to customs and the questions come...Why do you keep coming to Jamaica? Why do you stay in Downtown Kingston? Why don't you go to the beach? And not just questions, but actual ruminations on the state of the class struggle in Jamaica. Now, I like a bit of class struggle discussion, but not when I am operating on 2 hours of sleep and general travel day malaise.

Then, hopefully, you get through customs and pass muster with your bags and suddenly you are out! Sun a blazing and sea of taxis and tourists and people asking if you need a tour guide and a driver and a this and a that! But you have arrived and let the movements begin.




Michael Manley Airport


One thing that I love about Kingston is the sign painting. it is an art form that existed in every major city all over the world and has disappeared in recent decades. In New York you see ghosts murals of long, lost stores and businesses. But in Kingston, you can't have a shop without a nice, hand painted sign.




Car Parts!




Bar with Super Ass!




Natty Clap the Barber!





Outside of Rockers




Box Food




Ital is Vital tonic!



The LA Lewis Graffiti in Kingston is legendary and well documented. as a huge LA LEWIS I was pleased to spot this new one.





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I personally find the entire Gully / Gaza issue to be ridiculous -- Great! More divisions and antagonisms in Jamaica! -- but the graffiti lives on!








Most of what I do in Kingston involves checking out old records. Well, on this last trip that search led me to the deeply historical building located at 22 Beeston Street in Downtown Kingston.









While there were a few nice records there, I was more interested in the building itself which, according to the residents, housed the ORIGINAL Studio One before Brentford Ave opened up. They told me that Don Drummond used to practice around the back and that Sir Coxsone's mother had her restaurant across the street and in fact had a record shop in the building where this woman now sells cigarettes and candy.





What was amazing was that the building still pulses with music and energy as people still host a sound system out of the building and are continually building and repairing speaker boxes. Here's a few of the residents!



He Knew Don Drummond!





The Next Generation!




The Fadda!




The Engineeer!


While down there I got to link up with one of my favorite artists of the 1980s...Man called Danny Coxson. He put out a few self-produced 12"s on his own Gem Star imprint that always struck me as being way way ahead of their time. He had both a sufferer's vocals and the ability to ride the darkest and heaviest riddims to perfection. He is still a serious singer, a painter, a writer and a great father to his children.





Danny Coxson with Tiger Cat!






Danny was working out some ideas for some Dub Plates for us. As you can hear he still sounds wicked!!! He has not lost a touch! Bless up Danny Coxson!!!

Now, I cannot make a trip to Kingston without stopping in Greenwich Farm to pay my respects to some of the founders of the music.




Redemption Sounds, Church of Music, Fred Allen and Phillip Frazer




Redemption Sounds and Phillip Frazer


So big up Jamaica! See you soon!

2011年1月24日月曜日

EVENTS : Buju Banton Before The Dawn Concert Report!

Before the Dawn Concert報告

By マット a.k.a. ま〜る博士

Greetings Deadly Dragon Massive!!!

和ぐゎ〜ん皆さ〜ん?!

まずはあけましておめでとうございますアンド初めまして。Deadly Dragon Soundの友人で、毎日レゲエを聞きながらマイアミで学者活動をがんばっているものです。宜しくお願いします!

さてさて、今回ブログに書く話題はMLK週末のマイアミでのBuju Banton解放後初のパフォーマンス「ビフォー・ザー・ダーン・コンサート」です。ひと言葉で言えばやばかったス!

もうBujuのパフォーマンズをネットで見ている人が多いと思いますが、客側からの視点に興味がある人に報告します。

会場が今住んでいるサウスビーチから約8キロで、気分も天気もはればれだったからチャリで出発!





夜10時にバビロンがロックオフするという噂があったので、マイアミの人はいつも時間に非常ゆるいのに5時ちょっとすぎに会場に入ったらもう人が結構入っていました。会場ではみんなRas Michaelも登場したNiyabingiセッションでゆられながら、地元の人気ジャマイカン料理屋の屋台の食べ物を食べていました。Freddie’sジャークチキンとオクステールうまかったス!





名前も思い出したくないぐらい訳が分かんない新ダンスホール「アーティスト」のあと、the Blender dem call Everton!!! 彼のさわやかな声で上向きなリリックは 非常にナイスでした。やっぱりBujuのサポートで出てきた大勢のジャマイカ人のお客さんが ブレンダーの名曲の「Lift up your head」、「Ghetto People’s Song」などのリリックを一緒に歌ったり「Pull Up!」叫んだりしていました。もう会場はノリノリな感じになってきました。今回のイベントは12歳以下の子供はただだったので、ヒッピーの家族も大喜び!





ブレンダーの割合と短いセットのあと、次から次へといろんなビッグアーティストが出てきたので今夜はかなり豪華なフェスになるとわくわくしてきました。全部説明するのは無理なのでハイライトだけにしておきます。

Nadine Southerlandの後はcaptain of the big ship, Mr. Freddie McGregor!!声も体も若い感じでますますアイリーなバイブズになりました。「Big Ship」ももちろん良かったけどやっぱりBujuの解放お祝いの「Freedom is a Must」が最高でした。






Wayne Wonderの次はサプライズでMr. Tu-tu-tweng! Michael Roseでした。非常に短いセットだったが最近のシャムとバウンティーとのコンビチューン「Stronger」と「Shoot Out」は彼のパートのみだったけどなかなかナイスでした。次に又サプライズゲストでGyptianが登場!!!ギャラ無しからか「Hol You」とその後のあまりいけてないシングルしか歌わなかったのが残念でした。いつもパーフォマンスが良くてほかにやばい曲がたくさんあるのに。でもその後の非常にbuffなGramps Morganの後はthe one called Tarrus Riley!!!






いつものようなしっかりしたセットでしたね。あの声とあのバーサティリティーとあの素晴らしいリリックは本当に珍しいですね。Dean Fraserのサックスとのバトルみたいなやり取りもあったし、Konshensも登場して「Good Girl Gone Bad」を一緒に歌ってくれました。やっぱりLion Paw!!!

その次は又サプライズゲストでSean Paulがステージに現れました。「Never Gonna Be the Same」もよかったですが、Spragga Benzが突然ステージに出て来た時はやっぱりバイブズが又次のレベルにアップ!その次はいつも半端ないコメディーも入ったパフォーマンスをやってくれるShaggyでした。Rayvon、Serani、他のダンスホールアーティストも出て来て、熱いバイブズが続きました。それから地元のDj Khaledのセットで遠くから見てもデブで老けてる感じのBusta Rhymesが一緒に出ました。オールドスクールの自分にとっては彼が本当のビッグチューンを歌ったら大喜びだったんだけど。。。ま、取りあえずKhaledのセットが早く終わったから良かったス。(あれ今ヒップホップと呼ぶんですか?!)

10時近くなり、レゲエのイベントだから噂通りまさかBujuの前にロックオフされるかと心配してきましたが、さすがにそれは無かったです。ネットでちゃんとした映像を見ている人はご存知だと思いますが、Bujuは会場が暗いまま新しいアルバムのチューンをしばらく歌ってから登場しました。相変わらず非常に元気な体と声で、2時間かけてたくさんの大ヒットを連発で歌ってくれました。約7時間のフェスだったから会場のお客さんは疲れたと思いましたが、先に帰る人は全然いないように見えました。個人的にはやっぱり「Destiny」が良かったでね〜。






凄いおしゃれで若い感じのMarcia Griffithsも登場してBujuと非常にナイスなコンビで「Live On」と「Closer」を歌いました。それからマイアミが愛するマーレー兄弟のStephenとJr. Gongが現れました。すると「Traffic Jam」で会場が一気に爆発!






Bujuの弁護士もステージに立ち、やっぱりbabylon cyaan lock wi offと思っていたが丁度自然に終わりそうになった途端、線が抜かれたように音と映像が12時ぴったりに一気にストップ。や〜でも凄い満足した気持ちでチャリに乗って帰って来ました。






Bujuの2月からの裁判は又バビロンとの大変な戦いになると思います。約一万人に人が 応援で集まったので、それが大きな力になりますように!たっぷり楽しませてくれた Bujuと他のビッアーティストに感謝感謝!!

Freedom is a must!

2011年1月23日日曜日

EVENTS : Deadly Dragon Sound Presents Downtown Top Ranking w/ Bushman Album Release Party ~ Thursday 27 January 2011!



Selectors: Scratch Famous, Queen Majesty, Selector JD and Mr.K
When: Thursday 27 January 2011 10pm - 4am
Where: Happy Ending (302 Broome St, New York)
Admission: Free
Subway: Grand St (B,D)
Special Guest : Bushman


Please join Deadly Dragon Sound System for a supra special edition of DOWN TOWN TOP RANKING as we welcome the great singer BUSHMAN for a special listening party for his new LP -- BUSHMAN SINGS THE BUSH DOCTOR: A Tribute To PETER TOSH! For this event the whole Deadly Dragon crew will be adding a special double dose of Peter Tosh and Wailers vinyl to our regular mix of Tuff Roots, Rub a Dub, Rocksteady and serious foundation sounds. Space is limited, so show up early!

EVENTS : Save The Date Dance Hall Nice Again ~ Saturday 26 March 2011!



Feat : Leroy Smart, Half Pint, Admiral Bailey, Tony Tuff, Courtney Melody, Brigadier Jerry, Michael Palmer, Sister Nancy, Anthony Malvo, Junie Ranks, Bingie General, Screechie Joe, Kilamanjaro Sound
When : Saturday 26 March 2011
Where : Amazura (91-12 144th Place, Queens)

2011年1月20日木曜日

EVENTS : Deadly Dragon Sound Presents Downtown Top Ranking ~ Thursday 20 January 2011!



Selectors: Scratch Famous, Queen Majesty, Selector JD and Mr.K
When: Thursday 20 January 2011 10pm - 4am
Where: Happy Ending (302 Broome St, New York)
Admission: Free
Subway: Grand St (B,D)

EVENTS : Brooklyn Punky Reggae 2 Day Fest ~ Friday 22 and Saturday 23 January 2011!



ALL NYC MASSIVE COME DOWN!!!

PUNKY REGGAE 2 DAY FEST AT THE LAKE!!!
MASSIVE BANDS MASSIVE SOUND SYSTEMS AND DEEJAYS!!!
STARTS AT 8PM. $8 BUCKS

FIRST DAY FRIDAY JANUARY 21:
ALL TORN UP
ROYAL CITY RIOT
KARUHATA
VIC RUGGIERO TRIO
TOP SHOTTA
BLACKOUT SHOPPERS
THE FRIGHTENERS

DJ's:
2010 Culture Sound Clash Champions - ROCK OF GIBRALTAR, CRAZY BALDHEAD, SHOCKWAVE SOUND, HAGLER

SECOND DAY SATURDAY JANUARY 22: FORTHRIGHTS RECORD RELEASE!!!
DESEKILIBRIO
OBAMANATION
THE HARD TIMES
Yo!SCUNT
THE BLUEBEATS
THE FACTS
THE FORTHRIGHTS/JEREMY PENA

DJ's:
DEADLY DRAGON SOUND, RUDIES DON'T CARE, CRAZY BALDHEAD, LIONESS ILLSPREE

@ THE LAKE
258 Johnson Ave. east of Bushwick Ave.
E. W'burg/Bushwick, Brooklyn

L to MONTROSE
Doors 7:30 $8
Sorry, NO BYOB!

For more info check : www.eastrev.com

2011年1月13日木曜日

EVENTS : Deadly Dragon Sound Presents Downtown Top Ranking ~ Thursday 13 January 2011!



Selectors: Scratch Famous, Queen Majesty, Selector JD and Mr.K
When: Thursday 13 January 2011 10pm - 4am
Where: Happy Ending (302 Broome St, New York)
Admission: Free
Subway: Grand St (B,D)

EVENTS : The Toasters 30th Anniversary Tour with Royal City Riot & The Rudie Crew ~ Sunday 16 January 2011!



Feat : The Toasters, Royal City Riot, The Rudie Crew and Dj Agent Jay
When : Sunday 16 January 2011
Where : Knitting Factory Brooklyn (361 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn)

EVENTS : Rock, Ska, Reggae, One Love, Unity, Excuse Me Tribute To No Doubt The Rudie Crew ~ Friday 14 January 2011!



Feat : No Doubt, The Rudie Crew, Jahstix, Across The Aisle, 45 Shootout, Last Shot Fired
When : Friday 14 January 2011 7pm starts
Where : Sullivan Hall (214 Sullivan St, New York)
Tickets : $10

EVENTS : Yes, We African ~ Saturday 15 January 2011!



Feat : Abdou M'Baye & Sing Sing Rhythms, Afrojapo, Dj Mihoko
When : Saturday 15 January 2011 9pm Open
Where : Studio B.P.M (237 Kent Ave, Brooklyn)
Subway : Bedford Ave (L)
Suggested Donation : $12

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EVENTS : Reggaeholics In Treatment ~ Sunday 16 January 2011!



Feat: Vaughn Allstar, DJ Styff
When : Sunday 16 January 2010 9:30pm - 4:00am
Where : Sullivan Hall (214 Sullivan St, New York)
Admission : $15
Admission on Guest List : $10 (RSVP to reggaeholics@gmail.com)

2011年1月6日木曜日

EVENTS : Deadly Dragon Sound Presents Downtown Top Ranking w/ Special Guest Top Cat From Jah Fingers ~ Thursday 7 January 2010!



Selectors: Scratch Famous, Selector JD, Queen Majesty, Mr.K
When: Thursday 7 January 2010 10pm - 4am
Where: Happy Ending (302 Broome St, New York)
Admission: Free
Subway: Grand St (B,D)
Special Guest : Top Cat from Jah Fingers

Yes, for the first DTR of the New Year, we are proud to welcome our good friend TOP CAT from Jah Fingers sound. Pure nice vibes all around as Deadly Dragon selectors Scratch Famous, Mr.K, JD and Queen Majesty join Top Cat in letting loose some of the best Foundation Music known from serious roots to rub a dub to Rock Steady inna pure VINYL style. Ya Dun Know!!!!

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2011年1月4日火曜日

Brand New Podcast : Downtown Top Ranking w/ Tom Chasteen, Courtney Melody and Tippa Lee!







On December 16th Tom Chasteen of Echodelic Sound and LA's famed DUB CLUB passed through town to promote his great film: Return of the Rub a Dub Style. Fortunately for us. he passed through DownTown Top Ranking with Tippa Lee and the great Courtney Melody. This is a recording of Tom's session!!! Killa Vibes!

EVENTS : 12/16 Downtown Top Ranking w/ Tom Chasteen, Courtney Melody and Tippa Lee!

On December 16th Tom Chasteen of Echodelic Sound and LA's famed DUB CLUB passed through town to promote his great film: Return of the Rub a Dub Style. Fortunately for us. he passed through DownTown Top Ranking with Tippa Lee and the great Courtney Melody. Whole heap of peoples were in the audience like Tony Tuff, Johnny Osbourne, Xanadu and UU Madoo. It was a great night of music as well a great celebration of our own MR. K's Birthday !!!! We recorded the session with Tom Chasteen hitting the big tunes and then being joined by Courtney Melody and Tippa Lee with UU Maddo and Xanadu hitting the mic for a tune or two!!!!





Tom Chasteen played wicked selection!




Courtney Melody on the mic!





Tippa Lee on the mic!





Mr. K with birthday cake!





King Milo & Jah Finger!