Thursday, July 29, 2010

Friday 7/30 Music Like Dirt! Jamaican Oldies Happy Hour

Music Like Dirt is back tomorrow at Gestalt Haus! SF's only happy hour party featuring vintage Jamaican vinyl. All the best in original Ska, Rocksteady, Early Reggae & Roots selections from the 60's to the 80's and all on 45 RPM vinyl!
Ryan White aka Mr Ryha will our very special guest spinning his trademark soulful reggae selections alongside Music Like Dirt resident selectors Dukey and Bryan Martin.
Gestalt Haus has an absolutely wicked selection of German ales & pilsners, also a nice selection of microbrews along with some interesting (and strong) abbey ales. Plus they serve grilled sausages, German potato salad, and pastrami sandwiches??!! Wotcha.
The party begins at 6:30 and goes until 10:00
Gestalt Haus
3159 16 St. @ Guerrero

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Dawn Penn - "Why did you lie?"

Top Rocksteady tune produced by Duke Reid. Featuring Tommy McCook & The Supersonics Band. The shimmering vocals of the one and only Dawn Penn. Here on a rarely seen Discolite 7" from 1967.

Tommy McCook & The Supersonics band - "Moody Ska"

Here is a murderous Ska tune with a heavy Rocksteady feel to it from 1967. It's Tommy McCook & The Supersonics band - Moody Ska. Produced by Duke Reid and here on the scarce Jamaican Discolite label 7" enjoy!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Pressure Drop this Thursday (July 22)

Yes friends, it's Pressure Drop, this (and every) fourth Thursday from 10:00pm-2:00am, at the mighty Missouri Lounge - 2600 San Pablo Avenue @ Parker in Berkeley.

Selectors Bryan Martin, Dr. Scott and Dukey at the tables, expertly spinning rare ska, rocksteady and early reggae vinyl. Cozy atmosphere, drink specials and don't forget Naughty Nattos' Grill out back, serving hoagies, kabobs and what not until midnight!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

R.I.P. Sugar Minott

Sugar Minott is dead

Howard Campbell
Gleaner Writer

Roots singer Lincoln ‘Sugar’ Minott, who influenced a new generation of reggae artistes in the 1980s, died at the University Hospital of the West Indies Saturday evening at the age of 54.

Minott’s wife, Maxine Stowe, confirmed his passing yesterday but gave no cause of death. The singer had cancelled shows in Canada in May after reports that he had experienced chest pains.

Minott was best known for roots anthems like Vanity, Mr DC, No Vacancy and Herbman Hustling. But he was just as adept belting out lovers rock songs such as Lovers Race and Good Thing Going.

Good Thing Going was originally done in 1972 by the Jackson Five. Minott’s reggae version entered the British national chart in 1981 and remained his biggest commercial success.

He was also a prolific producer at his Youthman Promotions company which recorded countless upcoming acts. Tristan Palmer, Tenor Saw, Little John, Barry Brown, Yami Bolo, Garnet Silk and Junior Reid all recorded for the label which Minott started in 1979.

He co-produced Foreign Mind, Reid’s first big hit. Yesterday, Reid remembered Minott as someone who did ‘great works’.

“Him gi a lotta strength to the music but neva get a lotta love from the business,” said Reid.

Born in the Maxfield Avenue area of Kingston, Sugar Minott was strongly inspired by rocksteady singers John Holt and Alton Ellis. He started his career in the early 1970s as a member of the African Brothers vocal group but went solo later that decade at the famed Studio One with producer Clement ‘Coxson’ Dodd.

Using rocksteady beats from the 1960s, Minott, Freddie McGregor and Willie
Williams led a Studio One revival One during the late 1970s. Among his songs for Dodd were the breakthrough Mr DC and Vanity.

Minott became a regular on mainstream radio in the early 1980s with rockers such as Herbman Hustling, Lovers Race and Dancehall Stylee. He also toured Japan, promoting the emerging dancehall culture.

In a 2003 interview, Minott said he was disappointed his career never took off internationally. He blamed that on poor management and un-professional record companies.

“Independent companies don’t market the artiste, they market the albums,” he said. “If yuh don’t have a label like a Virgin or a Columbia wey promote the artiste, then forget it.”

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Tonight! Thursday 7/8 @ The Make-Out Room in SF: "Festival '68"


Tonight! Thursday night 7/8 @ The Make-Out Room:

"Festival '68"

'60s Jamaican Ska, Rocksteady & Early Reggae Dance!

Resident Selectors:

Revival Sound System (90.3 fm KUSF)


DJ Vanessa

Special guest Selectors:

Shawn Atkinson (Wake The Town)


Dr. Scott (In 'n out / Nightbeat)


Make-Out Room
3225 22nd St. (between Valencia & Mission)
SF, CA. 94110

21 & up w/ID
9:30pm - 2am

***9pm LIVE Rocksteady performance by the band The Titan Ups (Happy birthday Mike Davenport & Bob Reed!) DJs to follow @ 10pm***

***Don't forget to tune in to "Wake The Town" on 90.3 fm KUSF (or online on iTunes radio or every Thursday night from 10pm - 11pm for an hour of '60s Ska, Rocksteady and Early Reggae 45 rpm sounds brought to you by Revival Sound System + special guests***

click (or copy and paste) the link below to hear last week's radio show with special guest DJ Whitey Norton:

"Run come celebrate.... at Festival '68!"

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Tonight Special Lord B and Dr.Scott spin Jamaican and English Ska, Rocksteady and early Reggae.-Intensified! - Free -Casanova Lounge -SF

Friday, July 2, 2010

Last night's episode of "Wake The Town" on 90.3 fm KUSF


Tune in to "Wake The Town" on 90.3 fm KUSF (broadcast worldwide online on iTunes radio or each & every Thursday night 10pm - 11pm (Pacific Standard Time) for an hour of '60s Ska, Rocksteady & Reggae 45 rpm sounds brought to you by Revival Sound System & special guests!

Last night's episode with special guest selector: Whitey Norton

click (or cut and paste the link below to hear last night's episode):

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Hour @ Gestalt Friday (July 2)

Bangers, beer and brilliant ska, rocksteady and reggae @ Gestalt Haus, 3159 16th St. between Albion and Guerrero, 6:30-9:30PM. At the turntables, Dukey and Bryan Martin.
Upgraded sound system, much beer on tap, and thunderous JA sounds galore. A perfect way to start your Fourth of July weekend.

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