Tag Archive: reggae

Gettin’ Dubby at the Middle East

Hey ya’ll.  Its been a good long time since I last blogged because of finals, moving out and laziness.  So, before I begin this post, let me officially “dub” this post, (pun intended) the first post of the summer!!  Last Friday, I had the pleasure of seeing friends Dubbest (I think for the third time) open up for none other than N.Y.’s very own Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (GPGDS) at the Middle East Downstairs in Cambridge, MA.  Although I encountered some troubles finding the venue and parking to say the least, (ended up paying $30 just for parking!!!) it was well worth it.  The show started out fairly small as you would expect on a Thursday, with mostly friends, family and big fans catching Dubbest rip it up as they always do.  As the guys finished up their set, I noticed that the audience had grown considerably since they started, and everyone seemed pretty pumped for the next opener, Tubby Love, a band I had never heard before.  After hearing them play for almost an hour, I had become a fan.  The dreaded lead singer was captivating on both guitar and vocals, jamming out with the organ/keyboard player who also happens to be in GPGDS.  Tubby also incorporated a couple cool things into their set, including a sick rastafarian dude rapping, a soulful young girl named Emily Elbert who was killing it, a young kid on electric mandolin and even a dope version of Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved?”.  Once they had finished up, I now noticed that it seemed the entire room had been filled with sweaty, charged-up fans that were brimming with excitement for the highly-anticipated Giant Panda.  The energy in the room was palpable.  As the GPGDS guys took the stage, the crowd roared with enthusiasm.  They immediately brought the dub, playing fan favorites like “Seasons Change” and “Change You” as well as some brand new songs.  The guys jammed out HARD to say the least, and so did the crowd, spreading the love right back to them.  Giant Panda even brought Tubby Love, Emily and the mandolin dude onstage to play a few songs that they had recorded that day, which were all very funky.  All in all, I left at 12:30 hoping to that I could still get my car out of the garage, but I imagine the Panda guys could’ve easily jammed until 1.  Great show and definitely be sure to check out all of the artists, especially GPGDS who is touring around New England as we speak.

Below I’ve uploaded a couple of my favorite/most popular Dubbest and Giant Panda songs.  Be sure to check out archive.org for live versions of all the bands as well!!

Download: Heat And Water Live – Dubbest

Download: Andy’s Theme Live – Dubbest

Download: Change You – Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Download: Seasons Change – Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Thanks for reading and feel free to comment, download and spread the music, and Like us on Facebook! Peace everyone.

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Let’s Get Aggroooo!!

Happy hump day everybody!  If you forgot since my last post, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad released their new album “In These Times” yesterday!!  Definitely give it a listen because you can stream the ENTIRE album on their website, as well as download an awesome 17 song sampler on their website FO’ FREE right here http://giantpandadub.com/site/  On another tangent, Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger(I had no idea they were still around) just announced a tour w/ Suburban Legends, in which they will be playing HOB in Boston and Lupo’s in Providence this June!!!  Set your calendars because RBF puts on a great show, and seeing Goldfinger live would be a very, very rare opportunity.

Now that we’ve taken care of that, its Wednesday once again, which means that I have a fresh reggae band for ya’ll to chiggity check out.  Their name is The Aggrolites and they’ve been bringing their self-proclaimed “dirty reggae” sound to the Los Angeles reggae scene since the early 2000’s.  Forming from the break up of The Vessels and The Rhythm Doctors,  The Aggrolites have since put out 5 full length records, their most recent being “Rugged Road” in 2011, which was their first album with Young Cub Records, a label based out of Boston, Mass.  These cats have an impressive touring resume, which includes serving as the backing band for such music icons as Phyllis Dillon, Prince Buster, an even ex-Hellcat label-mate and Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong.  I personally think that their album with Armstrong,  “A Poet’s Life”, is an impressive and bold departure for him, since most punk fans have strictly known him as a  punk musician for the past 20 years.  Regardless, The Aggrolites are an extremely tight band-musically and personally- and they put on one hell of a live show from what I remember, as I saw them with Slightly Stoopid a few years back at Lupo’s.  Def give these guys a listen, they won’t dissapoint.  Oh yeah, do yourself a favor and download their new live album “Unleashed Live Vol. 1″ here for FREE http://aggroreggae.com/  You won’t regret it.

Below I have attached some songs from their album IV, as well as songs off of “A Poet’s Life” with Tim Armstrong.  Enjoy!!


Download:What A Complex

Download:Reggae Summertime

Download:Translator – Tim Armstrong feat. The Aggrolites

Download:Among The Dead – Tim Armstrong feat. The Aggrolites

Download:Hold On – Tim Armstrong feat. The Aggrolites

Also, here’s an awesome new video of the guys playing their song “Work to Do” on MoBoogie!!

Hope you enjoyed the post and the music.  Download it, spread it with your friends and family and feel free to comment!  Peace!

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Hey guys.  I hope everyone’s week is going well.  I’m still pretty pumped over how smoothly my first show went this past Friday.  Thanks again to Supreme Skai, Fire of Creation, Rack ‘Em, Let’s Go! and Dubbest for playing, and a big thanks to anyone that came by to check it out!!  Hopefully I will be able to put on more awesome shows here at UNH in the future!!

Today’s post centers around a band that is blowing up lately- Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad.  Their new album “In These Times” drops on April 10th and the boys have graciously uploaded a FREE 17-song sampler titled “Music is More Important Volume 1″, which features songs from their past albums, some live stuff, songs from the new album and even a few previously unreleased tunes!  Here’s the link http://giantpandadub.com/in_these_times/ The Panda folks are currently busy on tour throughout the Northeast and Great Lakes Region, as well as playing a Worldwide Stageit Online Acoustic show on April 10th for their new CD’s release party!  Be sure to check them out while they are still playing smaller shows for very cheap prices, because I predict these guys will blow up very soon.

Below I have uploaded a few songs from the free sampler I mentioned in the post.  Enjoy and spread the music!!

Download:Change You – In These Times

Download:Humboldt County Gold (acoustic) -

Download:Kids In The Square – Country

Download:Future – Hope Alive Live

Have a good rest of the week everybody.  See you next Wednesday.  Peace!

The Movement

Heyyy partay people!  It’s been a while since my last post but in the mean time I have since discovered an awesome new band- The Movement!  These dudes have been kicking out the sweet reggae jams since 2004, originally forming in South Carolina.  Upon formation, the  lineup merely consisted of guitarist Josh Swain and Jordan Miller on congas.  The duo utilized a drum machine to round out their sound, eventually bringing in DJ Riggles as well.  The trio released their critically acclaimed debut album On Your Feet that year, which is listed at #9 on The Pier’s Essential Reggae Rock Albums.  However, after DJ Riggles left the band, the original duo found themselves unsure of their future, until they met drummer Gary Jackson and his friend, guitarist Jay Schmidt who would wind up playing bass for the band.  With Philadelphonic Studio’s producer Chris DeBeneditto at the helm, the newly formed quartet recorded their sophomore album Set Sail in 2008, which after listening to, I can surely say cements the band as something here to stay.  To describe their sound I would say they are a laid back mix of tropical reggae, acoustic and hip hop, incorporating great use of Swain and Miller’s shared responsibility on songwriting and singing.   These guys are sure to blow up soon not only because of their great music but also because of the great relationship they have with their fans, which you can see for yourself by checking out their blog at http://blog.themovementvibe.com/ Be sure to check out their new album One More Night which drops on March 20th and check ‘em out on tour right now!!

On an unrelated note, The Expendables(from my last post) are releasing their first ever all acoustic album, appropriately titled “Gone Soft” due out sometime this May and will be playing select acoustic/electric shows on the West Coast.

Below I have attached 3 of my favorite Movement songs from Set Sail and a BRAND NEW acoustic song that was recorded in the always dope MoBoogie Loft Recording Studio.  Enjoy, spread the music around and feel free to leave feedback.  Peace!



Download:Set Sail

Download:Another Man’s Shoes (feat. G. Love)

The Expendables

Good afternoon everyone!  I am writing today instead of my usual Tuesday post because this is loooong overdue and I will be very busy tomorrow.  If you haven’t heard of Santa Cruz’s The Expendables, let me formally introduce you to them.  This laid-back quartet is NOT your typical reggae band.  They blend the familiar elements of the reggae and dub genre with incredibly fast punk rhythms, often laced with  80’s inspired guitar dueling solos and some truly amazing finger tapping courtesy of their lead guitarist Raul.  A great example of this is found in their cover of Eek-a-Mouse’s “Ganja Smuggling”, off of their self-titled album.  These Cali brethren have been together since 1997, and released their fifth full length “Prove It” in 2010.  The album, produced by NOFX’s own El Hefe, is somewhat of a departure for the band, incorporating more acoustic elements, as well as guest appearances from label-mates Slightly Stoopid as well as G Love from G Love and Special Sauce.  Unfortunately, the boys just wrapped up their now annual Winter Blackout Tour, but you can most likely expect to see them this summer as they tour quite frequently.  Do not miss them live if you get the chance!  I can say from experience that they are sure not to disappoint you.

Below I have attached some of my favorite songs from the band’s discography, as well as an awesome acoustic video featuring only lead singer and fellow mustache enthusiast Geoff Weers.  Enjoy!

Download:Ganja Smugglin’

Download:One More Night


Download:She Doesn’t Know



In Memory of a True Revolutionary

So if y’all didn’t realize it, yesterday was the birthday of the one and only Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley.  This man was revolutionary in bringing Jamaican reggae music into the mainstream; a socially conscious man that throughout his life made a commitment to putting an end to violence and racial hatred between different cultures.  I wanted to pay my respects to a man that not only means so much to music in general, but because even after his death, his music continues to uplift and unite millions of people around the world.  Here I have compiled a list of some Bob originals, as well as some sweet covers.  Much respect and RIP Mr. Marley.

Download:Kinky Reggae – Bob Marley

Download:Concrete Jungle – Bob Marley

Download:Buffalo Soldier – Bob Marley

Download:Three Little Birds – Bob Marley

Download:Simmer Down – Mighty Mighty Bosstones

Download:Real Situation – Sublime

Download:One Cup of Coffee/Judge Not – Sublime

And here’s a dope version of “Could You Be Loved” by none other than Passafire’s Ted Bowne!!


Country Drops!

Keeping this post short today, I just wanted to remind everyone that Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad’s highly anticipated sophomore release “Country” just dropped yesterday.  After hearing a few of the free sample tracks, I’m very excited to listen to the rest of the album and seeing some of these new songs played live.  I’ve attached a few of these songs, including a newly released live song and a brand spankin’ new music video for their song “Kids in the Square”.  Enjoy!

Download:New Speedway Boogie

Download:Love You More

Download:.45 Live

Download:Healing (OG Dub Mix)

Have a good rest of the week everyone and LET’S GO PATRIOTS!

Mos Dub (Most Definitely NOT Dubstep)

Within the past week or so I stumbled onto a little musical project known simply as Mos Dub.  The brainchild of producer/DJ Max Tannone, Mos Dub creatively fuses popular reggae and dub classics by such artists as King Tubby, The Slickers, Desmond Dekker and Lee Perry, with acapella tracks from Mos Def.  In a world where mash-up artists like Girl Talk and Super Mash Bros. are wildly successful, Tannone does an excellent job in seamlessly mixing both genres together in a way that masks the fact that it even is a mash-up.  The tracks speak for themselves, so I’ve attached them below for your listening pleasure.  Tannone has also graciously provided the entire Mos Dub album for free on his website http://www.maxtannone.com/projects/mosdub/.

On a side note, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (who i mentioned in my last post) is releasing their highly anticipated sophomore album “Country” on January 31st.  Awesomely enough, the boys have released a free 5 song sampler pack, which includes a sweet cover of Grateful Dead’s “New Speedway Boogie”, which you can download here http://www.spinshop.com/store/giantpandaguerilladubsqua/3115?fan=http%3A%2F%2Fapp.topspin.net%2Fapi%2Fv1%2Ffan%2Fshow%2F36979085%3Fartist_id%3D3115%26auth%3D7dd207639a25fe398a0e6eb2fe9e15b2&has_media=true&campaign=http%3A%2F%2Fapp.topspin.net%2Fapi%2Fv1%2Fartist%2F3115%2Fcampaign%2F10187901

Download:In My Math

Download:Johnny Too Beef

Download:History Town

Download:Summertime Running

If anyone has thoughts or comments feel free to post below.  Peace!

A different kind of “Clash”

Goood afternoon people!  I hope everyone had a safe and fun-filled New Year! I apologize that this post is long overdue.. I have been pretty busy with work and class as I know most of you probably are as well.  However, I have also managed to see a few awesome shows in the recent weeks, namely The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’s annual Hometown Throwdown with H20, Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime at the Paradise Rock Club, and just a few days ago at Steve’s Backstage Pass in Bridgewater, MA I finally saw Dubbest, who put on a lively, 2 hour jam-filled set in which they even played my favorite song by request!!  If you also wish to start the new year off right with some sweet reggae shows, be sure to catch Rebelution when they swing by the Boston House of Blues this Thursday, playing some stuff off their new TRIPLE album “Peace of Mind” which came out today!!!  If you can’t make that, the very talented up-and-comers Passafire will also be touring all throughout New England in February as well!

Now, to get back in the swing of things, here is another reggae band that you definitely have to check out.  There name is Bedouin Soundclash, and this Canadian trio has been pumping out sweet, soulful jams for over 10 years now! Most recently, these politically and environmentally-minded Junos have released “Light the Horizon” in 2010, their first release on their newly formed label Pirates Blend Records.  Bedouin have proven that they are surely here to stay with their thought-provoking and socially-charged lyrics, fresh reggae and folk inspired music, and tight live shows, playing with the likes of The Skatalites, Ben Harper and Damian Marley to name a few.  They also have a strong relationship with Bad Brain’s own Darryl Jennifer, who produced their second album “Sounding a Mosaic” in 2004, and is even said to be working on a collaborative “mash-up” between both bands!  Recently, the boys have released a slick video for their single “Brutal Hearts” featuring fellow Canadian Coeur de Pirate, which you can view here —> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv5aSQ-Qg7M&ob=av3n

Here are few of my favorite older songs from these guys. Enjoy!

Download:Gyasi Went Home

Download:Shadow Of A Man

Download:Jeb Rand

Download:Money Worries Feat. Vernon Maytone

Take care everyone! Peace!

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Hey everybody!  Hope your finals went well and your holiday shopping is going just as well (let’s face it, it probably isn’t..).  Today is my first regular Tuesday post in a while, and I plan on keeping them going now that I have plenty of time over the break.

Today’s post is all about a band that I have just recently discovered, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad.  While the name may sound intimidating to new-comers, these guys are from it.  Hailing from Rochester, NY, they released their debut album “Slow Down” in 2006 and began touring relentlessly, playing around 500 shows between 2006 and 2009.  GPGDS (as they are often abbreviated) are noted for their fun and “jam-based” live shows, in which they are adamant in following an “analog only” approach with their music.  Their keyboardist Aaron Lipp provides this sound using his vintage Hammond B3 Organ, in addition to the boys’ incorporation of slide guitar, banjo, melodica, harmonica, and various percussion.  The band has an extensive collection of live recordings that are available for download on their website http://livepanda.com/, which also features a FREE 4 song download from their 2nd live album entitled “Live Up!! Volume II”.  GPGDS is playing a few shows just in time for the holidays, as they are currently in the process of mixing a new album “Country”, set for a release on January 31, 2012.

Below I have uploaded a few of my favorite songs from “Slow Down”.

Download:Sunshine Dub – Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Download:Buffalo- Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Download:On The Moon – Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Download:Ginger Juice – Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

And just to give you guys a taste of their live shows, here is a  recent performance of the boys in Denver, CO, courtesy of MoBoogievids!!

Happy Holidays everyone! Peace!


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