Tuesday, May 22, 2007


The word is really popular with j-reggae fans. Most of the kids I've talked to dont really know what it means but they know its a curse word. Thank kind of explains why its popular, there really are no curse words in japanese beyond "poop" and "stupid". It feels good to curse sometimes!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

big up Revolution Reggae Podcast

Thanks for playing my tune "step by steppers"

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Clancy Eccles & Michael Manley

1972 release by Clancy Eccles & Michael Manley
on Clandisc.

The A & B sides are a speech by Manley dubbed over Eccles "Power For The People" riddim. As far as I can tell, this was done and released by Eccles on his own just to show his support for Manley and the PNP in the 1972 election.

Eccles was known as a lifelong socialist and Manley's unofficial adviser on reggae music as well as being the organizer of the 1972 "super groups" tour in support of Manley's election bid.

The friend who gave me this record told me that he remembers it being played by his teacher during class in elementary school in Jamaica. Of course everyone is exposed to political propaganda in school under the guise of history or civics classes, but I cant recall any occasion where one particular candidate's propaganda was favored over another.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Nice review from Hi Fashion Records

Hi Fashion Records down in Machida (Southern Tokyo) found my 7" from Ernie B's in the US and reverse imported it (yes I am lazy about promotion). They gave it 4 out of 5 stars and compared the B side to a Lee Perry production. I'm flattered!

I went down and checked out the store, nice place, good people. The store manager Masa lived in London for a few years and is a big Shaka fan. Definitely a store to support.

"Jamaica One Love Festival" in Tokyo

They do this in may for the last few years. The irony is there is not a single Jamaican performer or business listed on the web site. 100% Japanese performance and profit.

Not like there are no Jamaicans here either...

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Downpresor 7" available in US

From Ernie B's Reggae here