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  The Dub Days continue…

       In addition to one of Junior Delgado’s last recordings, another of Peter Tosh’s magga pups & Ken Boothe’s classic admonition, these specific Jump Up’s wireless transmissions continue to be dedicated to the phenomena of the Dub Days (daze?), a periodical meteorological island occurrence lending itself to this psycho-acoustic riddim. This generally lasts between 10 and 17 days though in ’72 it went on for over a month. What some folks might call ‘hurricane weather’ or ‘earthquake weather’, the sky takes on a strange greenish yellow hue to match the dark sea, strange folks appear, old feuds are renewed, emotions run rampant, love affairs begin or end and the dogs do bark. Our supposed extinct volcano Mt. Marcus has rumbled twice since Tuesday. This is X-Ray music, where the shadow people play.


        Included are the Dub Syndicate, Shaggy & Jack Radics, Scratch, Dr. Pablo, Linval Thompson, Keith LeBlanc, King Tubby, Black Uhuru, Errol Brown, Prince Jammy, Bill Lazwell, The Agrovators, Deadly Headly Bennett, Israel Vibrations, The Skatalites, Niney, Adrian Sherwood, the Mad Professor, Skrillex & others.

        Making cameo appearances are Brother Theodore, the Firesign Theater, Lord Buckley, Jello Biafra, the National Lampoon players two Rastafarian elders, and the chilling conclusion to “Graveyard Mansion”. 
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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). 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. 














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