Roots Of Creation’s music is the perfect mix of jam and reggae sprinkled with a hint of electronica. Although their sound is very similar to Sublime they have moved themselves into a league of their own with their upbeat, substantial songs, 10 minute lead guitar solos and great dance jams. Hopefully I will be seeing them with DJ Morale and Beam&Deem this Saturday at Sullivan Hall in NYC. Should be a great time.
In 2002 the Spacemonkeyz remixed the Gorillaz song “Tomorrow Comes Today” and Damon Albarn, the founder of the Gorillaz, liked it so much that he asked them to remix the whole album. Their album, Laika Come Home, is a dub remixes of the Gorillaz self titled album Gorillaz. This is the only album that Gorillaz Vs Spacemonkeyz made but the dubs they made are pretty cool and are worth a listen.
Something great aways results when you have a band whose music acts as a voice for social change. “This is the essence of Thousands Of One – to build connections between people and live inspired lives, striving to bring that inspiration into the world around us.” Thousands Of One’s music covers a large spectrum of music from hip-hop to rock and reggae, jazz, Motown, West African drumming, funk and soul. Their music has moved crowds around the country as much as their activism has and their album SoulForce is definitely worth downloading on iTunes. If you’re interested in getting involved in with some of their social movements you can check them out on their website here.
Not only did I hit the road to bring you guys a live concert experience, I am also proud to announce that this will be our first Local Music Artist Spotlight! The Knowmads are a four piece band hailing from Marlboro, NJ. Although the band has only been together for a little over a month, the chemistry between the band members is incredible. They are all very talented musicians who really have a feel for music. Their jams are awesome and make you want to dance and their ability to seamlessly change genres on a dime serves as a tribute to their talent. This is the second show they have ever played together and it was a great time (I wasn’t at their first show because I was seeing Sound Tribe Sector 9). The members have gone off to college for now but come Thanksgiving Break I will hopefully have some new music from The Knowmads for everyone to enjoy. I’ve posted some live videos along with a sound board recording so that everyone can put them on their ipods and and enjoy their music on the go 🙂
P.S. If any other bands want us to post their music, feel free to email your stuff with a small description of the band to email@example.com
Download: The Knowmads Live at the Stony Pony 8/27/2010
In our first post we showed you a song from producer Max Tannone, creator of projects like Mos Dub and Jaydiohead. I just recieved an email from Max Tonnone showing Turn Up Your Speakers his new project, Dub Kweli. This is just like the reggae dub remix of Mos Def, but this time it’s Black Star’s other half, Talib Kweli. Talib is a sick rapper and the reggae dubs fit perfectly. Download it here. Dub Kweli by Max Tannone
Easy Star All-Stars are a reggae dub band that remakes entire famous rock albums and transforms them into unbelievable reggae songs. Their first release was a reggae reinterpretation of Pink Floyd’s, Dark Side of the Mood, called Dub Side of the Moon. Since then, the Easy Star All-Stars have recreated Radiohead’s, Ok Computer, and turned it into Radiodread and, most recently, redid The Beatles’, Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and called it Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band. It’s understandable that one would be skeptical of this kind of remake of classic tunes, but the Easy Star All-stars flawlessly recreate these epic album. They make theses albums their own, but also make sure not to lose sight of the original. The Easy Star All-stars also released an original album called Until That Day and have redid Umphrey’s Mcgee’s (one of our favorite bands) Turn & Run and reshaped it into Turn & Dub. Check out the songs we posted and if you are a particular fan of either Pink Floyd, Radiohead, or The Beatles or just like what we have posted, I suggest you purchase the full albums because it’s amazing to hear and compare each album in its entirety to the original.