music clip of the day


Category: reggae

Friday, September 28th

keep on dancing

Abi Shanti-I (DJ), live (music starts at 9:10), London, 8/9/18


Thursday, September 27th

basement jukebox

“Can I Change My Mind” (B. Despenza, C. Wolfolk)

Alton Ellis (1938-2008), 1969



Tyrone Davis (1938-2005), 1968




reading table 

How lonesome the Wind must feel Nights –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), from 1441 (Franklin)

Wednesday, September 20th

sounds of Jamaica

Gregory Isaacs (1951-2010), “Kingston 14” (Made in Jamaica), 2006




random sights

yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Tuesday, September 19th

sounds of Jamaica

Lee “Scratch” Perry, Junior Murvin, The Heptones, The Congos, The Upsetters, “Play On Mr. Music,” live, Jamaica (Roots Rock Reggae [1977])


Monday, September 18th

sounds of Jamaica

Burning Spear, live, France (Carhaix), 1999


Saturday, September 16th

sounds of Jamaica

Sugar Minott (1956-2010)

Live, London, 1984



Talking and singing, 1988


Thursday, January 28th

sounds of Jamaica

Burning Spear, live, Paris, 1988

Friday, June 13th

sounds of Brazil & Jamaica

Slavish imitation. Contrived reinvention. Tributes usually leave me wondering why they even bothered. Not this.

Gilberto Gil (1942-), Tribute to Bob Marley, live, Brazil (Sao Paulo), 2001

Monday, February 10th


Bunny Rugs (AKA Bunny Clarke, William Clarke), singer
February 6, 1948-February 2, 2014

Live (with Sly & Robbie), “Revolution,” “Love Is Blind,” New York, 2013


Live (with Third World), “Now That We Found Love,” Los Angeles, 2013


Recording (Lee Perry, prod.), “Be Thankful,” 1975

Tuesday, April 2nd

two takes

Alton Ellis (1938-2008), “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do”





reading table

First day of spring—
I keep thinking about
the end of autumn.

—Matsuo Basho (1644-1694, translated from Japanese by Robert Hass)

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