Reggae pioneer Lee "Scratch" Perry's Panic In Babylon album debuted at #13 on the charts, and after a sold out gig at CBGB's he heads West for a long-awaited tour supporting the new release. The so-called "Father of Dub" further broadened his musical arsenal this time around by collaborating with TV On The Radio and DJ Spooky for select tracks, as well as continuing to push his brand of hip-swinging psychotropic reggae into the future.
If the name doesn't immediately spring to mind, go back to the 2003 Grammy awards, where Clinic's Walking With Thee was a nominee for Best Alternative Album, and you should recall the Liverpool-based four-piece. The band is back this year with their fourth longplayer, Visitations, an album recorded entirely at home in their Liverpool-based studio, where the band claims to have found more musical freedom.
Infamy, latest film from Scratch director Doug Pray, premiered at 2005's RESfest Festival and detailed the lives of seven graffiti-obsessed individuals (including the hilarious Joe Connolly, who runs around LA erasing street art with the same vigor the artists have creating it). After a long wait, the film finally comes to DVD and should be one of the essential pieces of your documentary film library.Read more »
James Murphy, DFA label boss and the delightfully quirky mastermind behind LCD Soundsystem, always wrote music that made folks want to party on the dancefloor, but it looks to be the first instance his musical creations will have people running for the treadmill. Thank Nike for making that happen. The sporting gear company commissioned Murphy to write a 45 minute track that would make good background music for a workout.Read more »
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