Saturday, January 10, 2009

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, Jan 10
Horace Andy - Dont say no
Alton Ellis - African descendents
U Brown - Gal u so bad
Cedric Im Brooks - Shaft
John Holt - Fat she fat
Jackie Mittoo - Hang em high
Mophono - The edge remix
Eli Paperboy Reed and the trueloves - I'm gonna getcha back
Montefiori cocktail - Sophisticata (Nicola Conte remix)
B-Real feat Damian Marley - Fire
Jay Z at Studio One - Encore
Joe Ariwa - The train
Phokus - Inta
Kyenie - Lambsbread
Como - Trouble in my way
Bill Withers - Grandmas hands (live)
Dub colossus - Azmari dub
Bim Sherman - Bewildered
Ayah - Reminisce
Ladi6 - Dark brown
Amadou and Mariam - Djama
Boozoo bajou - Night over Manaus
Dazz band meets Whitfield bros - Let it whip (B.cause edit)
Karl Hector and the malcouns - Nyx
Dub Asylum - My sneaker collection weighs a ton
V V Brown - Crying blood (Andrew Weatherall remix dub)
Rhythm and sound feat Tikiman - Jah rule
Iggy and the stooges - 1969

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

RIP Ron Asheton (Iggy and the Stooges)
"Famed rock-and-roll guitarist and longtime Ann Arbor resident Ronald "Ron" Asheton was found dead in his home on the city's west side this morning, police said.

Asheton, 60, was an original member of The Stooges, a garage-rock band headlined by Iggy Pop and formed in Ann Arbor in 1967.

Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton was found dead early today in his Ann Arbor home.
His personal assistant contacted police late Monday night after being unable to reach Asheton for days, Detective Bill Stanford said.

Officers went to the home on Highlake Avenue at around midnight and discovered Asheton's body on a living-room couch. He appeared to have been dead for at least several days, Stanford said" Link

ADDED: Via "A statement issued by Iggy Pop, Stooges drummer (and Asheton's brother) Scott Asheton, saxophonist Steve Mackay, bassist Mike Watt and The Stooges' management and crew reads:

"We are shocked and shaken by the news of Ron's death. He was a great friend, brother, musician, trooper. Irreplaceable. He will be missed.

"For all that knew him behind the facade of Mr Cool & Quirky, he was a kind-hearted, genuine, warm person who always believed that people meant well even if they did not.

"As a musician Ron was 'The Guitar God', [an] idol to follow and inspire others. That is how he will be remembered by people who had a great pleasure to work with him, learn from him and share good and bad times with him.

Iggy Pop added a further personal statement, simply declaring: "I am in shock. He was my best friend."

PLUS 2007 interview with Ron Asheton.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Lafayette Afro Rock Band reissued
"A conglomerate of US musicians based in France between 1971 and 1979, the Lafayette Afro Rock Band was originally formed as the Bobby Boyd Congress in 1970 before escaping the crowded US funk scene to relocate to France a year later. Their limited output has endured as underground favourites for vinyl collectors and as a significant source for samples. Everyone from Jay-Z and Janet Jackson to Public Enemy, LL Cool J and Wreckx ‘N’ Effect have plundered the Lafayettes in recent times.

DARKEST LIGHT: THE BEST OF THE LAFAYETTE AFRO ROCK BAND was originally released on Strut in 1999 and tells the story of the band from their early days as Ice including the key tracks from their two landmark albums ‘Malik’ and ‘Soul Makossa / Voodounon’. The album also features tracks recorded under one-off pseudonyms for the Japanese market, Crispy & Co. and Captain Dax.
This updated edition of the compilation features two tracks previously unavailable on CD, including an epic early Ice cut, ‘There’s Time To Change’. The CD package features a 12-page booklet including the original compilation sleeve notes by James Maycock along with rare photos of the band at Parisound studios."

Check the audio over here, plus free MP3 bizniz.
Out Feb 3 on Strut.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

RIP Byron Lee
This one slid by me, but worth paying tribute to this reggae great. More at Soulsides.