The music heard on Dread of Night comes from a myriad of sources – a lot of vinyl (45s, LPs, dub plates, one offs, test pressings, previews, promos & specials), cassettes (still a popular medium in JA), CDs, MP3s DATs (a disappointing medium that is dissolving faster than any analog-based medium I’ve ever used) & vintage reel-to-reel analog recordings (always threatening to instantly become a pile of rust dust). There may even be a few wire recordings in a back corner of the vault, but there are shoe tree frogs back there so I seldom venture that direction. What you hear is the sum total of a half century of collecting Jamaican music. Much of this music isn’t readily available elsewhere. Some of it is quite rare & obscure. It’s my distinct pleasure to share with you. With each show I’ll endeavor to list song titles though occasionally I may well be vexed to suss out just what did come next.
In addition to a wonderful live set in Capetown, South Africa featuring the late Joseph Hill and Culture, these specific Jump Up’s wireless transmissions are dedicated to the phenomena of the Dub Days (daze?), a periodical meteorological psychic occurrence lending itself to this psycho-acoustic riddim. This generally lasts between 10 and 17 days. What some folks might call ‘hurricane weather’ or ‘earthquake weather’, the sky takes on a strange greenish hue to match the sea. Dead calm with intermittent dry thunder, dubstep ‘Muder Reggae Music Gone Jah – Hey!’ and large damaging weather. Dub Music, like humidity and violence and the warm sweet perfume scent of our lovely hair braider Ophelia, hangs heavy and dangerous in the night air.
Just as I long ago realized Blind Pew doesn’t tell me absolutely everything that goes into his wonderful concoctions behind the bar, so it is with my own Dub Days shows. Some things I just don’t share with the other side of the turntable. Bit of juggling come down here. This is not specifically for reasons of perverse secrecy but rather in the hope listeners will dig deep into the catalogs of these great artists and discovers the wonders of dub reggae on their own. Included on these individual outings are the Dub Syndicate, Shaggy & Jack Radics, Scratch, Dr. Pablo, Linval Thompson, Keith LeBlanc, King Tubby, Errol Brown, Prince Jammy, Bill Lazwell, Deadly Headly Bennett, Israel Vibrations, The Skatalites, Niney, Adrian Sherwood, the Mad Professor, Skrillex & others.
Making cameo appearances are Abbie Hoffman, Brother Theodore, Firesign Theater, Eugene McCarthy, Lord Buckley, Jello Biafra, the National Lampoon players & two Rastafarian elders, plus O.W. Jeeve’s continuing swashbuckling tale of “The Sea Cook”.
So Grab a cold one and kick back!