What’s On My iPod

August 20, 2008

I don’t really listen to Urban radio but this chune by newcomer Jazmine Sullivan has been on heavy radio rotation. It caught my ear with it’s distinct Jamaican riddim- one of my favorites: It’s from Cornell Campbell’s Queen of the Minstrels, (NOT to be confused with the The Techniques Queen Majesty/Minstrel and Queen) a classic Studio One riddim that’s been done over and over throughout the years.

Another favorites on the riddim (besides the original) is Sugar Minott’s magical Come On Home.

studio one dub – Cornell Campbell

Sugar Minott at Studio One

Holy shite! I just checked Jazmine Sullivan’s myspace page and found that she’s a Philly girl! How bout that?

Now that BLCB is getting, er, famous, we’ve been getting a bit of email from bands/producers/managers asking us to review their stuff. a lot of it is crap, but some of it ain’t.

Check out SlothBear. They ain’t crap but they’re extremely low-fi slop rock from NY:

MP3: SlothBear- The Exceptional Bastards

How about some new funk/soul? From members of Sharon Jones’ Dap Kings, The Budos Band, the El Michels Affair and Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra it’s the Menahan Street Band on Dunham Records, a subsidiary of Daptone Records. If you can find it pick up their wonderful The World (Is Going Up in Flames) on 7″ vinyl only.

MP3: Menahan Street Band- Home Again!

MP3: Menahan Street Band- Make the Road by Walking

Oh- Jay Z already sampled them on Roc Boys. Hear/download it here.

On Bluhammock Music (Jim Boggia’s label) is Sweden’s Kristoffer Ragnstam. His LP Wrong Side of the Room is out on iTunes today.

MP3: Kristoffer Ragnstam- Shake That Tambourine

I got to see (and meet) one of my top ten bands of the year so far, Port O’Brien at JBs over the weekend. I’ll try to post pics soon.

And don’t forget Adam Arcuragi and the Capitol Years TONIGHT at the Square.



  1. Also on bluhammock, the new jim boggia record .. which is sweet.

  2. Jazmine borrows from L Boogie.

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