Tuesday, December 30, 2008
If you missed this Mick Boogie mixtape when it came out, here's a reminder of a dope compilation of new hip-hop artists you should keep an eye on... For real. Groups like The Cool Kids, The Knux, Izza Kizza, B.O.B., Charles Hamilton, and more. Just check it out, yo....
DWNLD> LEADERS OF THE NEW COOL - Various Artists
More info HERE
Monday, December 22, 2008
When my wife brought Adele's album "19" to my attention, I was interested, but not as much as I am now that Mick Boogie re-introduced it to me as "1988"...and knocked it out of the park! This mixtape/remix-project is superb. I'm sure my wife will understand when she hears this one too. haha Check it out...
DWNLD> ADELE - 1988 (by Mick Boogie)
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
I don't know how I didn't catch word on this kat until now, but anyhow, thanks to GetRightMusic.com (my favourite place to get Hip-Hop mixtapes), and their Top 10 of 2008 list, I found this mixtape. I'm diggin' Asher's flows and deliveries...He's dope! And since his debut album is set to be released in March 2009, he is proclaiming himself famous by April. As bold of a statement as that may be, I kinda don't doubt him. :)
Check this EPK too..
DOWNLOAD> ASHER ROTH - The Greenhouse Effect Vol.1 (Mixtape)
Monday, December 1, 2008
This is NOT a real NOFX album.
I put together this bootleg, compilation, mixtape, promotional sampler, whatever you wanna call it. haha It's a fun mix of some reggae-influenced songs by the almighty NOFX. A lil' collection compiled by yours truly. ;) I got the idea for this one watching NOFX play a Warped Tour show in Cleveland a few years ago, and Fat Mike opened the show by saying "Who wants to hear some punk rock?!" and of course the crowd goes bananas, and he says "well, Too bad! We're gonna play some bad reggae!", and they did...well sorta...I enjoyed it. haha
If you listen to this collection on iTunes, and click on the little arrow in the album artwork window, you can view each song's orginal album...Go get them all.
If you haven't seen NOFX, there is something wrong with you, and you need to do yourself a favour and do so. :)
DOWNLOAD> NOFX - reggay
Monday, November 24, 2008
Now, in my opinion, there's a lot of corny Christmas music out there, and it's pretty tough to find a full album of Christmas music that isn't cheesy and annoying. I put together this collection of songs on behalf of my family as a gift to you and yours! Feel free to share this cd with your family and friends, and hopefully we can all have happy ears this holiday season! haha
P.S. If you listen to this album in iTunes, you can view the original album cover for each song by clicking on the little arrow in the artwork window while the song is playing.
DWNLD> MERRY CHRISTMAS 2008 from THE D FAMILY! - Various Artists
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Here's a rare EP from Eddie Hazel, the amazing P-Funk guitarist extraordinaire! People seem to have been diggin the post I did on the Game, Dames, & Guitar Thangs album, and then there were a few requests for this one... so here it is!
DOWNLOAD> EDDIE HAZEL - Jams From The Heart EP
Monday, November 17, 2008
This is some HOT shit y'all. Serious business here, as most of us would expect from Sly & Robbie. I've been listening to Amp Fiddler's stuff for a few years now too, so this is a pleasant surprise collaboration! A note to the reggae heads: Because this is Sly & Robbie, it is not necessarily straight reggae/dub style. It''s more on the futuristic/soul/r+b/electronic type o'thing. ;) ..but of course there's a surprise or two towards the end!
Just listen to it...and support it if you love it!
DWNLD> AMP FIDDLER + SLY & ROBBIE - Inspiration Information
(Thanks again to Let's Go Get It! for the link! Respect!)
Thursday, November 13, 2008
These "Pulp Fusion" compilations are all SO good, and as I look at the tracklisting to this one, this new volume 9 looks like it'll continue bringin' us hot, hidden funk gems and classics!
....thanks to Let's Go Get It! for this one!
DOWNLOAD> PULP FUSION: Bustin' Loose : VOL.9. 2CD- Various Artists
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I just found this one, so I haven't heard it yet, but by the looks of the tracklisting....It looks HOT. Big up Toronto!!
DOWNLOAD> LITTLE BROTHER & DJ WRISTPECT - Bridging The Gap 3: T.O. to N.Carolina (Mixtape)
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Public Transit Recordings just released a free compilation celebrating their 10 years running....and it's GREAT! I am not just saying this because I am friends with label-mates Moonstarr and LAL, but also because this is a Canadian compilation, and a fantastically diverse one at that! This 15 track collection has a variety of hip-hop, soul, and cool electronica to satisfy any music enthusiast.
If you click on the download link below, it will take you to the PTR site where you simply have to give them your email address for their mailing list, and in exchange they give you this awesome compilation for free! Check out the album, and don't forget to drop a "thanks for the free tunes" to the friendly folks at PTR... And tell 'em Mista D sent ya!
DOWNLOAD> NEXT STOP: Public Transit Recordings - V/A
visit the OFFICIAL PTR WEBSITE
Sunday, October 5, 2008
This is a new single that was just released by a group of Canadian artists who have joined together to record a song sponsored by Avaaz, titled “You Have a Choice,” to mobilize and inspire Canadians to stop a Harper majority from devastating our climate by voting strategically where we live for the candidate most likely to defeat the Conservative candidate.
The Canadian artists who rallied together for this effort, besides myself, include: K-OS, Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies, Ben Kowalewicz of Billy Talent, Adam Gontier of Three Days Grace, Sarah Harmer, Hawksley Workman, Jason Collett of Broken Social Scene, Ian Lefeuvre of The Hundreds and Thousands, and the Arts Offstage Choir under the direction of David Reed.
You can hear me singing along with Benny Talent in the first half of the bridge, and backing up K-OS on the first chorus, and then again on my own during a part of the last chorus.
Check out the song, and help us save the planet!
Go here to listen and download the song: www.avaaz.ca
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Back in August, 2006, I started a podcast called MISTA D'S GOOD MUSIC PODCAST. I did 8 episodes and posted them on podomatic.com. Then they told me that was all the space I had left to post, so I started a new page at mypodcast.com, made podcast #9, and now I can't even access the page as it's been randomly shut down. That's when I decided to start the BLOG COMPILATIONS, of which I've done one so far (see here). The 2nd one is on it's way! Stay tuned!
And in the meantime, here are some direct links to my previous podcasts, if you haven't already heard them...
And in the meantime, here are some direct links to my previous podcasts, if you haven't already heard them...
Friday, September 19, 2008
I found this dope mash-up mixtape, presented by Ill Poetic, mixing together Outkast and Nine Inch Nails. With NIN's music, it obviously gives Big Boi and Andre's voices darker sounding instrumentals to run along-side, which is cool, and well worth a few listens if you're a fan of either group! Very nicely put together. Check it out...
DOWNLOAD> OUTKAST VS NIN - Nine Inch Naliens (Mash-up/Mixtape)
This new mixtape by Travis Barker (on drums) and DJ A.M. (on the tables) is pretty dope. It's a cool mix of hip-hop classics and samples mixed together between the two guys...Very dope listening!
Check it out...
DOWNLOAD> TRV$+DJAM (aka Travis Barker & DJ A.M.) - Fix Your Face (Mixtape)
Sunday, September 7, 2008
After I saw 2 live Peeping Tom shows during the course of last year, I was super stoked to hear the new Imani Coppola recordings. I've known about her before she toured as back-up singer with Mike Patton's Peeping Tom project, but after seeing her live with them, I was really impressed by this lady!
So last week I stumbled upon "The Black & White Album", her 2007 release on Patton's label, Ipecac Records. And this album is DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPE!! I'm loving it!! I really can't say much else about it. I don't even know what type of music genre the entire album would be classified under, as it's all over the place. Just great songs!
Just check it out...
DOWNLOAD> IMANI COPPOLA - The Black & White Album
visit IMANI COPPOLA's OFFICIAL WEBSITE
Friday, August 1, 2008
My homey, DJ Fase, just did a KILLER reggae remix of this track off the new Ivana Santilli album, along with the Jamaica To Toronto band. This is new territory for Fase and I really gotta give it up to him on this one 'cuz it sounds NICE. Have a listen to it and check out his podcast for more deadly tunage!
DOWNLOAD> IVANA SANTILLI - Whateva You Want (DJ FASE Lover's Rock Remix) ft. Jamaica To Toronto
DJ FASE'S PODCAST
Friday, July 25, 2008
I just bumped into this pleasant surprise today. Big ups to Spliff for hosting it (and MANY other reggae gems!).
"The Police In Dub" by Dubxanne was released this year on Echo Beach Records. It is mainly dub versions of Police classics, but also features a few wicked vocalists like Big Youth, Eased from Seeed, and Ranking Roger, to name a few. This release to me is very much in the same vein as what the Easy Star All-Stars did to Pink Floyd and Radiohead through "Dub Side Of The Moon" and "Radiodread". Deadly stuff and nicely executed!!
DOWNLOAD> DUBXANNE - The Police In Dub
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Big ups to Musical Schizophrenia for posting the 2 latest Nightmares On Wax albums: The latest, 2008's "Thought So", and 2006's "In A Space Outta Sound". I've been following N.O.W. for a while now and the albums just keep getting better!
If you don't know...Now you know! Check 'em out!
DOWNLOAD> NIGHTMARES ON WAX - Thought So
DOWNLOAD> NIGHTMARES ON WAX - In A Space Outta Sound
I just found this new Amy Winehouse "The Ska EP" on Let's Go Get It. Apparently it's a limited 7" vinyl release. Check it out...It's dope! Here's the tracklisting:
01. Monkey Man (Toots & The Maytals)
02. Hey Little Rich Girl (The Specials)
03. You're Wondering Now (Andy & Joe)
04. Cupid (Sam Cooke)
DOWNLOAD> AMY WINEHOUSE - The Ska EP
Monday, July 14, 2008
CRS (Child Rebel Soldier) consists of Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, and Pharrell. I found this dope mixtape on GetRightMusic by Team 20/20. Check it out if you haven't heard it yet!
DOWNLOAD> CRS - Rebel Music (Mixtape by Team 20/20)
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
I found this hot hot hot new Kardinal Offishall mixtape with Clinton Sparks. Can't wait for Kardi to drop this next album of his called "Not For Sale"....Sounds gooooood! Toronto represent!
ENJOY THIS ONE!
DOWNLOAD> KARDINAL OFFISHALL - Limited Time Only (Mixtape by Clinton Sparks)
Monday, May 19, 2008
I decided to post this rare album after receiving some positive comments on a few older albums I've posted with a similar sound. One comment in particular on the Purple Image post from Monica Payne-Torain said...
HELLO THERE! I REALLY DON'T KNOW A WHOLE LOT ABOUT THE PURPLE IMAGE ALBUM, BUT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME. MY FATHER, RICHARD PAYNE WAS THE DRUMMER ON THE ALBUM. MY SISTERS MOTHER, DIANE DUNLAP WAS ONE OF THE SINGERS. I MUST SAY I HAVE NEVER EVEN SEEN THE ALBUM, BUT I KNEW ABOUT IT. THANK YOU FOR HAVING IT AVAILABLE. TAKE CARE
I love that shit. Glad to get that album to you, Monica!
This one is a rare, heavy, Hendrix-inspired, psychedelic, funk-rock album from 1969 by a group called Maximillian. This is the only album of theirs I've ever heard...and that's all I really know about this one, unfortunately. If you have more info, please drop me a comment and let me know. Otherwise...
DOWNLOAD> MAXIMILLIAN - s/t (1969)
Sunday, May 11, 2008
I first heard of these guys through my friends in the Cheap Suits. Then I saw them live, and was very impressed by these talented highschool kids who could lay down some good ska....and pull it off live!
I think these 2 EPs that the band released, "Not So Fast" in 2005, and "Last Call" in 2006, are a great full-length album put together...so here you go!
Big thanks to Branks for the approval to put these up for y'all. Go check out his new band with former Makeshift singer, Ben, called Dinosaur Bones. Different sound than Makeshift, but cool stuff still.
P.S. If you are a fan of the song "Mad World" from the Donnie Darko soundtrack, be sure to check out these guys' version on the Last Call EP....Deadly!
P.P.S. Happy Mothers' Day!! :)
DOWNLOAD> THE MAKESHIFT HEROES - Not So Fast / Last Call
THE MAKESHIFT HEROES MySpace
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
It seems as though the reggae albums I'm posting are the most popular ones on this blog, so here's another reggae classic!
This album, released in 1976, features vocalist Max Romeo's finest recordings with Lee "Scratch" Perry at the controls. It also contains the classic song "I Chase The Devil" which was sampled by Kanye West on Jay-Z's track "Lucifer", and by The Prodigy for their hit "Out Of Space". It is also featured on the reggae radio station K-JAH Radio West in a popular videogame Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, released in October 2004.
"War Ina Babylon" is definitely a must-have for any reggae collectors!
DOWNLOAD> MAX ROMEO & THE UPSETTERS - War Ina Babylon
Saturday, May 3, 2008
This classic gem from legendary reggae voice, Dennis Brown, was released in 1972/1973, and is approx. his 4th album released. It has a few cover songs done in a reggae style that some may enjoy like "Dock Of The Bay" and "Black Magic Woman". And other classic tunes like "Look What You're Doing To Me" and "You're No Good". Even though this sounds like it was dubbed from the original vinyl, it is still a great listen for those who appreciate Mr.Brown's deadly vocals....and the sound of a record on a turntable!
DOWNLOAD> DENNIS BROWN - Superstar
Sunday, April 20, 2008
I realized recently that I had yet to post "The Big Remixes" album by my band, The Salads, on this blog; And what a better date to do so! ;)
This album consists of remixes, ranging in different styles, of songs from our 2006 album, "The Big Picture". We made "The Big Remixes" gradually available, song by song, as free downloads from our website (thesalads.com) throughout 2007. There were so many other friends and fans who are working on other remixes, but this album consists of the first 7 best remixes that we've received. Who knows, maybe someday we'll do a sequel....?!
DOWNLOAD> THE SALADS - The Big Remixes
*See what we're up to at www.thesalads.com
Saturday, April 12, 2008
A few days ago, on April 8th, Bob Marley's mother, Cedella Marley Booker, died of natural causes at the age of 81. My heart goes out to all the Marley families. All the best through this time.
In honor of Cedella... I didn't even realize that she ever released an album until I found this one online a few months ago. It came out in 1991, and it's a good listen!
Check it out...enjoy....and blaze one in honor of Bob's Mom!
DOWNLOAD> CEDELLA MARLEY BOOKER - Awake Zion
The Soul Jazz Records label has released 6 volumes of this "Dynamite" series of reggae, ska, soul, rocksteady, funk, and dub classics from Jamaica. Here is volume 4 (aka 400%), which is one of my favourites! If you dig this one, definitely check out the other 5, as they're very similar and wikkid collections. The guys/djs behind this collection are rad dudes too. I few years back I had the opportunity to share some Canadian homegrown with these lovely English blokes while they were on a DJ tour performing in Toronto. Good times! Can't wait for them to come back!
Diiiiiiig and enjoy...
DOWNLOAD> V/A - Soul Jazz Records: 400% Dynamite!
Monday, March 24, 2008
I've been receiving a lot of feedback lately from my previous posts with chapters 1 through 6 from Ice-T's audiobook "The Ice Opinion", read by Ice himself. Here are the last 5 chapters of the book for all of you who've been diggin' the words of Ice muthafuckin' T, and visiting this blog o' mine...
DOWNLOAD> ICE-T - Chapters 7&8 of "The Ice Opinion" (Audiobook)
DOWNLOAD> ICE-T - Chapter 9&10 of "The Ice Opinion" (Audiobook)
DOWNLOAD> ICE-T - Chapter 11 of "The Ice Opinion" (Audiobook)
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Again, I'm loving the feedback on the poll (on the right column), so here's another reggae classic I love! (Keep the votes rollin'; You only have until April 20th!) ;)
This 1984 release consists of 2 vinyl albums on 1 cd. Lee Perry's "Chapter 1: The Upsetters" and "Blackboard Jungle Dub", a couple of gems from Lee Perry's golden age in the Black Ark Studio during the early-to-mid-'70s.
Some of my personal favourite tracks are: "Come Along", "Bush Weed Corn Trash", "Blackboard Jungle Dub", "Sin Semilla Kaya Dub"...oooooooo deadly reggae y'all!
DOWNLOAD> LEE 'SCRATCH' PERRY - Scratch Attack!
"Quickness", released in 1989, is the fourth full-length studio album from hardcore punk and reggae pioneers Bad Brains. With tracks like "With The Quickness", "Soul Craft", "Don't Blow Bubbles", "The Prophet's Eye"...they make this one of my favourite Bad Brains albums.
DOWNLOAD> BAD BRAINS - Quickness
Friday, February 29, 2008
This is my first, of hopefully many, themed compilations presented by this music blog. In August, 2006, I started the first of what would be 9 podcasts under the name Mista D's Good Music Podcast. I had fun with it, but it ended up taking too much time that I wasn't able to find. Plus the podcasting site that I originally started with only allowed me to post so many for free, so I then continued my posts on a different site, which demanded that I post more often than I was able to in order to keep it active.
I figure this compilation idea will be easier for me to do instead of the podcasts over time, on my own time, and will also give the real music collectors (like myself) the full versions of each track! Speaking of which...Here's the tracklisting to this one:
01-Mr.Brown (Clean Remix)-STYLES OF BEYOND
02-Blood Fire (ft. Dynamite MC)-THE NEXTMEN
03-Around This Town-GRAND ANALOG
04-Scared Money-SAUL WILLIAMS
05-Embolism (ft. Giovani Mark)-BRAIN DAMAGE
07-Eazy (ft.Chali2na & Bionik)-ACEYALONE
08-See The Fire-KARDINAL OFFISHALL
09-Lucifer (Paul Nice Remix)-JAY-Z
10-Blaow (ft. Lindo P)-FRANK N DANK
11-Head Lock (ft. LMNO)-MADLIB
12-Satsified (Dub Version)-J-LIVE
13-Skip Town-AESOP ROCK
14-Burnin' & Lootin' (ft. Black Thought)-BOB MARLEY
15-Mr.Brown-STYLES OF BEYOND
16-All Along The Watchtower In Dub (Live)-ROOTS MANUVA
If you download and enjoy this one, please leave me a comment; It'll inspire me to give you #2 sooner than later. ;)
DOWNLOAD> V/A - Mista D's Music Blog Comp. #1: HIP-HOP INNA REGGGAE STYLEE
Sunday, February 24, 2008
I saw this dude from Texas first on the last season of America's Got Talent. He got second place, but totally stole the show. He is the lead singer in a group called Woodbelly, and of course got a deal after the show, and recently released this great reggae album. In this zip, I also included 7 live recordings I found, from America's Got Talent, of some popular covers he did.
Check him out....
DOWNLOAD> CAS HALEY - s/t
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Back in December of 2006, I wrote a blog about this amazing reggae album that Willie Nelson released in 2005. Along with that blog, I tagged on one of the songs from "Countryman". Well, here's the entire album for ya now! Read my original '06 blog here for more details on why I love this album....and why Willie Nelson is the man. It's true. :)
Keep givin'r, Willie!
DOWNLOAD> WILLIE NELSON - Countryman
I just read that Joe Gibbs (legendary Jamaican reggae engineer/ producer/ record label founder) just died a few days ago. Very sad loss. He died of a heart attack at the age of 65. He created many of the big roots and rocksteady riddims of the late 60's and early 70's and continued to produce hit after hit into the 80's dancehall era.
Check out this great collection, released on Soul Jazz, of some of his best works. Classics like Culture's "Two Sevens Clash" and "See Them A Come", Junior Murvin's "Cool Out Son", Dennis Brown's "I'm Coming Home" ... ooooh, deadly stuff!
Enjoy this one, and pay respects to the late, great, Joe Gibbs. R.I.P.
DOWNLOAD> V/A - Joe Gibbs Productions
P.S. Check out a few more Joe Gibbs albums recently up at You & Me On A Jamboree blog also!
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I just found out about these guys recently. Apparently they are Switzerland's most successful reggae act. I'm listening to this album for the first time now, and it sounds nice! It was originally released in 2006. Have I been living under a rock? haha If anyone has anything else by these guys, hit me up!
Check it out...
DOWNLOAD> ONE SEASON - Hot And Fire
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
This one's for the folks who've been voting on my poll, and wanna see more reggae posts. Hope you dig!
This album, "Heart Of The Congos" by The Congos, is an amazing roots reggae vocal album from 1977, one of my favourite years in music. ;) This particular re-release came out in 1996 on the Blood & Fire label, and added a 2nd cd consisting of 5 bonus b-sides and remixes.
How can you go wrong with a cast of performers like this:
Mixing Engineer & Producer : Lee Perry
Vocals : The Congos & Cedric Myton & Congo Ashanti Roy
Backing Vocals : The Meditations & Watty Burnett & Gregory Isaacs & Earl Morgan & Barry Llewellyn & Candy McKenzie
Drums : Sly Dunbar & Mikey Boo Richards & Paul Douglas
Bass : Boris Gardiner & Geoffrey Chung
Rhythm Guitar : Robert Johnson
Lead Guitar : Ernest Ranglin
Piano : Keith Sterling
Organ : Winston Wright
Percussions : Lee Perry & Skully & Sticky
Craaaaazy good reggae. One of my all-time favourites for sure. Enjoy!
DOWNLOAD> THE CONGOS - Heart Of The Congos