April 5, 2010, at 7:00 pm

More Swing

A few weeks ago I mentioned that a copy of the Jamaican music Magazine Swing from 1968 had been put online. Well Deadly Dragon just put up a copy too (or the first part of it at least). This one dates from the summer of 1975 and is a great read once again.

March 26, 2010, at 11:05 am

Sugar's Clash

Read an interview with Sugar Minott in the latest (April) edition of Clash, a mainstream music magazine. The online edition also features the interview, this is intersting and worth a read though it seems to have been heavily, and not too subtely, edited so it would be interesting to see the proper print edition.

February 23, 2010, at 9:35 pm

Woofah styles

Woofah magazine number four has just come out after over a year in the making. This time around it’s a hefty 92 pages long with a fine variety of features in their chosen genres of reggae, grime and dubstep.

I’m hardly qualified to comment on any dupstep or grime content so I’ll leave that to those that understand such things. On the reggae front there is:

A fine feature on the dub poet Michael Smith … continue reading…

February 22, 2010, at 4:03 pm

In the Swing

Many thanks to Gorney on the Pama forum for pointing out a June 1968 copy of Swing Magazine on the web in pdf format. Swing is a bit of a legend as it was the main publication to feature Reggae at it’s birth in Jamaica.

There were dozens of other issues of course, if any kind soul can make them available then please get in touch!

April 27, 2009, at 9:24 pm

Record Collector – Round 2

The new Record Collector (May 2009) with the second and final part of the “Top 75 collectable ska & reggae albums of the 60’s” article is out now.

As in part one this has some serious LP’s that would in reality only be collected by some one with far more money that sense. So eye candy it is, and with an array of superb covers this is well worth checking out. If you wanted to … continue reading…

March 18, 2009, at 10:58 pm

Collectors Ska and Rocksteady LP's

The April issue of Record Collector magazine has an 8 page article (part one of two) about the most high value 75 UK released 60’s LP’s.

Some of the prices are a little suspect (£200 for Laurel Aitken’s High Priest Of Reggae on Pama??) but for the most part this is a run down of some stunningly great and rare albums. Blue Beat, Doctor Bird, Island, Coxsone and Studio One rightly dominate the listings and … continue reading…

December 15, 2008, at 10:30 am

Writing about sounds

A thanks to Seen blog for the heads up on the latest issue of Shook magazine which has a decent article on UK Soundsystems. This is nothing spectacular but a decent solid article about the growth of UK sounds, it also looks at the divide in the later 80’s between Roots sounds like Jah Shaka etc and Dancehall ones like Unity and Saxon. The basis for the article is the Musically Mad film but there … continue reading…

December 6, 2008, at 10:42 pm

Woofah mag

The latest issue of Woofah magazine is on the streets. As with previous issues there is a load of new fangled dubstep and grime stuff that I know very little about alongside the reggae.

The reggae content includes an article about Bellevue Mental hospital in Kingston and it’s musical links, a top 30 UK digi roots/steppers list and article, an interview with Ryan Moore (Twilight Circus/M Records) and a load of new and revive music … continue reading…

November 30, 2008, at 12:41 pm

A German Big Shot

With it feet firmly in a pair of Doctor Martens comes Big Shot magazine straight out of Germany. Skinhead reggae/ska magazines that have a fixation with second rate UK tunes and can’t see beyond 1972 are usually pretty tedious but this mag looks pretty interesting and I wish I could understand German and read the thing.

Articles include a feature about ska, rocksteady and reggae tunes about trains, an interview with old time Jamaican soundman … continue reading…

September 16, 2008, at 12:00 pm

A fine half century for Randy's

To celebrate 50 years since the start of Randy’s VP records are releasing a special 2 CD retrospective with a 40 minute DVD. The CD’s are split down the middle, the first one featuring Ska to early Reggae and the second 70’s sounds. The release has it’s fair share of fairly obvious tunes as is usual in this kind of release but there are some less well known titles thrown in too. CD 1

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