Adorable New Video from Chris Murray Combo

Posted on August 31st, 2008 by JJ Loy

Right on the heals of thier new release, Why You Bad Soh, The Chris Murray Combo drops an awesome new video.  Love Flame features the Combo as puppets from the neck down and the effect is hilarious and adorable.

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Comments (1) Aug 31 2008

New Video from Black Cat Zoot

Posted on August 21st, 2008 by JJ Loy

Not brand new- but new enough.  This is one of the nicest looking videos I’ve ever seen come out of the scene- it features a heavy dose of Dr. Ring-Ding and a lot of motion controll camera work.  Check it:

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Comments (1) Aug 21 2008

Ska Online: The World Loves JA Music

Posted on August 20th, 2008 by JJ Loy

I can’t believe how many times I’ve heard a great NPR or PRI story that covers Jamaican music recently.  That’s National Public Radio and Public Radio International, for those that aren’t hip.  This time around, The World, an afternoon world news program presented by PRI and BBC World News, sent their host down to Jamaica to file a few reports on the regions musical history.

It’s clear that someone behind the story, be it host, Marco Werman, or another producer, loves Jamaican Music.  These stories didn’t cover the recent Dancehall or Reggaeton crazes- the focus is on the old school stuff.  One piece goes back to Alpha Boys School, while another finds Werman on the streets in search of Studio One.

This stuff was nothing new to me and there were a few things said that I don’t think are true- but they were definitely worth a listen if for no other reason than to hear our favorite music being characterized as a vital part of today’s musical framework.

Here’s the links:

Report on Alpha Boys School (Featuring Errol Dunkley!!)

Rise and Fall of Jamaica’s Music Scene

DJ Dice Set List – A reconstruction of an oldies Sound System party, thrown every week in Rae Town, Kingston, JA.

Geo Quiz – Largest City in Jamaica – A total freebie, from what is usually a really hard geography quiz- but with a shout out to Ska.

Related Ska Blah Blah posts (hours of listening within these links):

Dub Online: NPR profiles Reggae Ice Cream Truck

Ska Online: NPR hearts Jamaican Music

Comments (1) Aug 20 2008

RIP Johnny Moore OD

Posted on August 18th, 2008 by JJ Loy

Sad news in my inbox last night.  Yet another original member of The Skatalites has passed away.  Read the obit in the Jamaican Gleaner, here.

TRUMPETER JOHNNY ‘Dizzy’ Moore, a founding member of the Skatalites band, died on Saturday at the age of 69.

Moore succumbed to cancer at a friend’s home, said musicologist.

Herbie Miller, who knew the musician for more than 30 years. Moore had been ailing for some time and was recently discharged from hospital.

Miller hailed Moore as the “most creative thinking musician of the ska period”.

Moore is the sixth member of the legendary band to die. Trombonist Don Drummond, keyboardist Jackie Mittoo, saxophonists Tommy McCook and Roland Alphonso and Jerome ‘Jah Jerry’ Hinds predeceased him.

Comments (0) Aug 18 2008

More News From Ska Blah Blah

Posted on August 13th, 2008 by JJ Loy

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve address you all-  I didn’t mean to stay away so long, but at every turn something new required my attention.  My weeks were filled with hospital visits, computer upgrades, and two trips across America’s West.  Forgive me, valued readers I thought about you the whole time.

I’ve also been running around with my head cut off preparing for my new gig as the host of The Ska’s the Limit.  My local community radio station, 88.1 KDHX St. Louis has picked yours truely to run STL, the world’s longest running ska radio show.

It’s truely an honor- I’ve been a fan of the show since high school, and I used to tape it when I was too broke for cds. Paul Stark, the show’s host for the past 15 years, has been more than suportive in getting Ska Blah Blah attention and in helping me land the position as his replacement.

I don’t know exactly how this will affect Ska Blah Blah- community radio comes with a hefty set of rules, and I’ll have to keep Ska Blah Blah and Ska’s The Limit very separate entities.  But I have every intention of running this blog and maintaining it’s focus, bring you the best ska and reggae links on the web.

If you have liked my interviews, on Ska Blah Blah; you can count on more to follow on the new show.  I hope to get as many bands into the studio as possible.  You hear me, bands?

In addition to jjloy@skablahblah.com I can also be reached at skasthelimit@kdhx.org

Previous posts and archives of the last two weeks are available here.

Ska’s the Limit airs this Saturday night/Sunday Morning, Aug 17 at 2 AM Central Time, in the St. Louis area.  Not in the St. Louis area?  Listen live online here.

Comments (0) Aug 13 2008