Roots Online: Dub Echoes Documentary

Posted on June 19th, 2009 by JJ Loy

Documentaries about Jamaican music are popping up all over the place.  Here’s one that I can’t wait to check out.  Dub Echoes promises to form a direct connection from contemporary electronic music all the way back to 70′s Dub Reggae.  It’s surely not the first time these connections have been pointed out, but it looks like a pretty solid film none-the-less.

It features DJ Spooky, Theivery Corporation, Bunny Lee, Dub Pistols, King Jammy, Lee Perry, Ticklah, Mad Professor and many more.  But don’t take my word for it… check the trailer:

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Comments (1) Jun 19 2009

Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band – UPDATED

Posted on April 13th, 2009 by JJ Loy

Easy Star All-Stars are dangerously close to releasing thier new cover album, Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band.  Yup, you guess it- like Dub Side of The Moon and Radio Dread- add The Beatles to the list of seminal bands getting the roots and dub treatment on the full album tip.

You can hear three of the new tracks, With a Little Help From My Friends, She’s Leaving Home and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, by clicking here.  And here’s a little press vid they did:

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UPDATE:  The folks at Easy Star just sent me this great link where you can stream this entire new album!  Stream Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band

Comments (0) Apr 13 2009

Dub Online: A Big Day For Dub

Posted on March 4th, 2009 by JJ Loy

Well if you’re in the mood for Dub then I’ve got the links for ya:

First things first, The Drastics have released another digital 7″  This time, hairstyles are the target of our favorite dub killers- in the new cut, Vibes, Love Music + Jheri Curl feat MC Zulu.  You can check it out on their MySpace page.  But you should also take a gander at their new blog, which is very pleasing to the eyes- and ears.

Next up, I’ve got a video of Dubmatix remixing John Brown’s Body, which was created by numerous animators from around the world.  John Brown’s Body is an Easy Star Records project that is getting the full remix treatment.  You can read more here.

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Finally, a site that applies Dub and Remix techniques to the art of YouTubing. creates music videos by chopping and splicing existing musical pieces on YouTube.  I think of it as “found dub.”  You’ll think of it as “neato.”

Click here to see What It Became on

PS Sorry for any spelling mistakes this time through… my spell checker is wonky.

Comments (1) Mar 04 2009

Dub Online: Live Dub From Balanced Records

Posted on January 6th, 2009 by JJ Loy

Balanced Records has quite a long list of killer dub and electronic podcasts, full of long, live DJ sets and mix tapes.  I’m especially into the hour long Dubmatix set.  I also can’t wait to check out the episode featuring Subatomic Soundsystem.  If you are in the mood for some straight, uninterrupted live dub- the Balanced Podcast is for you.

Check it: Balanced Podcast

Dubmatix Homepage

Subatomic Soundsystem

Comments (0) Jan 06 2009

Ska Blah Blah: Small Talk Episode 01 – Victor Axelrod

Posted on April 15th, 2008 by JJ Loy

Your eyes have not deceived you- It is a new series for Ska Blah Blah. This time around, the interviews are a bit shorter and the artists are a bit newer. I’ve also broadened the focus from mere Ska Revivalism to a more encompassing umbrella of Jamaican Revivalism. This is to better fit with this millennium’s crop of bands and DJ’s.

I’m starting off strong with my interview with Victor Axelrod, but subscribe to the feed and you’ll automatically get interviews with The Impalers, Babylon Party Machine, The Aggrolites, and The Green Room Rockers as they become available.

Multi-instrumentalist, producer and Dub mixologist, Victor Axelrod isn’t quite a household name, even if you live in the hippest of households. He’s worked with Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Antibalas, Easy Star All-Stars, Lily Allen, and even Amy Winehouse- so it isn’t like he’s shying away from the spotlight. However, Axelrod’s love of pseudonyms has at times prevented audiences from connecting the dots of his work. His newest solo record seeks to reconcile this by featuring a virtual soundclash between himself and his better known alias, Ticklah.

I spoke with Victor about making retro music, working with Victor Rice, and of course his newest solo record, Ticklah Vs. Axelrod.

Ticklah Vs. Axelrod is out now on Easy Star Records where you can purchase the cd or digital download LINK

National Geographic’s Podcast Interview with Ticklah LINK

Wishtank’s bit about Ticklah’s Don’t Trip Studio with lot’s of extra info LINK

Rock Paper Scissors bit about Ticklah with a great review and press pack goodies LINK

Be friends with the man himself at MySpace LINK

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Comments (0) Apr 15 2008