Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Dubroom Online - Edition September 19, 2007

Dubroom Online - Edition September 19, 2007

WWW, September 19 2007 - Musically, the concepts in Reggae are quite different than what is usual in western popular music. For example, you don't really speak about "songs", but rather about riddims.

Mick Sleeper's second episode of his magnificent Podcast series deals with another aspect of Reggae Music: Chapter and Version. When you (don't) know what that's all about, you want to get the Podcast.

Producers play a significant role in Reggae Culture, too. The name Henry 'Junjo' Lawes, for example. He is said to be the founder of early Dancehall or Rub a Dub music. Check out his material and skank heavy!

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MP3 Podcast: Chapter and Version (Sleeper's Record Shack #1)
MP3 Podcast: Henry 'Junjo' Lawes: Rub A Dub Style!
New Age Rage (A Babylon Observer Observation)

MP3 Podcast: Chapter and Version (Sleeper's Record Shack #1)


WWW, September 2007 - In the Bible we will find Chapter and Verse, in Reggae Music we'll find Chapters with Versions: vocal tunes with their Dub versions.
Mick Sleeper in a Showcase stylee!

In Reggae Music, we speak about "riddims" rather than "songs". A riddim usually is a bass-line, combined with a theme usually played by horns. Such riddims are re-done throughout the decades by various generations of Studio Bands.

Reggae is very much a Studio Music, even though in the world wide Reggae Culture there are many bands with their own repertoire, a'la Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Tracks are usually recorded in the studio's as instrumentals. Later, vocalists and Dub engineers do things with these riddims and release them under a wide variety of names. Some collectors even make it a real quest to find just about every release of a specific riddim or even a specific recording of a riddim.

Most Reggae 7" vinyl singles come with a vocal mix on the A side, and a "version" or Dub on the other side. People would speak about "chapters" with their "versions".

Later, the 12" would enter the record plants and a chapter and version would be presented in one long non-stop mix. These chapter and version mixes would be collected and released on so called "Showcase" albums.

In the second episode of his excellent podcast, Mick Sleeper shows this principal as he plays a selection of excellent 1970's Rockers Reggae in "Showcase Style".



01. DRIFTER - Dennis Walks
03. PLEASE BE TRUE - Cornell Campbell
05. HOW LONG - Pat Kelly
06. HOW LONG DUB - Pat Kelly
07. CASSAVA ROCK - Big Youth
08. CASSAVA PIECE - Augustus Pablo
09. SACRIFICE - Gregory Isaacs
10. HEALTH WARNING - Prince Far I
11. WINEY WINEY - The Kingstonians
12. TINY WINEY - Ray I
13. SO LONG - Dennis Brown
14. SO LONG RASTAFARI - Dillinger & Trinity



MP3 Podcast: Henry 'Junjo' Lawes: Rub A Dub Style!


WWW, September 2007 - Six out of the ten tracks in this great 30 minutes non-stop mix contain the vocal works of Yellowman. Still, the podcast isn't credited to this legendary Reggae Toaster who made his name during the 1980's Rub a Dub era.

what's up with that?

Reggae historians will tell you, that Henry 'Junjo' Lawes was the predominant producer of Jamaican Rub a Dub Reggae in the early 1980's. His name is on just too many albums and single releases to mention, and some even credit him with the founding of this early form of Dancehall back in 1979.

Junjo launched singers like Barrington Levy, made extensive use of top notch Dub engineer the Scientist, whose legendary series on the Greensleeves label is considered among the top of the all-time Dub releases.

In this Podcast, the focus is mainly on one of that other legend of Rub a Dub style: Yellowman. All tracks are Junjo productions, though. Showing how the producer worked with Harmony Groups (Wailing Souls), DJ's (Michigan & Smiley) and Singers (Barrington Levy).


01 Shine Eye Gal Barrington Levy
02 Juggling Little John
03 Come When I Call You Yellowman & Fathead
04 Sweetie Come Brush Me Wailing Souls
05 Diseases Michigan & Smiley
06 Lost My Sonia Cocoa Tea
07 Zungguzungguguzungguzeng Yellowman
08 Natty Sat Upon The Rock Yellowman
09 Take Me To Jamaica Yellowman
10 Crying For Love Yellowman



New Age Rage (A Babylon Observer Observation)


WWW, September 2007 - Tolerance, peace, love, unity and positivity. Titles of doctrines within the New age movement. What happens when you break the rules?

Where sects like the so-called "Jehovah Witnesses" predicted the end of the world on a number of occasions, so do the New Agers and the year is 2012. Most with the Movement work towards the establishment of their fascistic New World Order in that year, in which it is said that the "Age of Aquarius" will finally arrive...

We'll see what happens then, as the year is 2007 at the moment this is written. However, it is extremely interesting and sometimes even entertaining to see the principals of the New Age Movement at work as we approach that year.

Whitley Strieber is the host of a broadcast called "Dreamland". He is a well-known author within the New Age Movement and is in direct contact with spirits, or as some would say, "extra terrestrials". He's not your typical New Ager, though.

And this became clear during one of his recent episodes of "Dreamland", in which he interviewed what seemed to be a real New Age Fascist: a man called Daniel Pinchback. Pinchback speaks enthusiastically about the New World Order, and at a certain moment he starts to rebuke the host.

In the New Age Movement, there is what you could call a "doctrine of positivism". You must not speak what is experienced as "negative", and in the same time, you can always accuse your New Age brother of "negativity".

What happens, when you break the rules? How "positive" is "positive" in the New Age Movement? In a nutshell, you can see the fascism at work at a micro-level in Whitley's Strieber's interview with Daniel Pinchback.

Pinchback accuses Strieber of "negativity" because Strieber basically says that there's gonna be a lot of suffering before the New Age can be established according to the prophecies of the New Age movement.

No, it's not that the two New Age Brethren disagree about the upcoming return of Atlantis. It's not, that they think everything is really that positive as they try to prepare themselves and their audiences for the magical 2012.

It's just, that Pinchback is much more legalistic in his total obedience to the "doctrine of positivism". And when he is confronted with too much reality, he activates the defense mechanisms which come with the doctrine.

In his turn, Strieber shows his attachment to the beings that he is in contact with as during the interview he breaks "friendship" with Pinchback. Pinchback, namely, claims that these beings are "negative".

New Age Rage is usually very ugly, but sometimes it can be quite entertaining. This particular episode of Dreamland definitely is worth a listen and worth a smile.

Yes, it is all true that the New Agers are just another branch of Babylon Shitstem that works so hard to establish an environment of evil to dwell in. It's described in the second Psalm of the Good Book, and the response of Jah the Almighty is to laugh hard.

They will fail, as this discussion between two New Age Brethren shows.



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