JBB’s Reggae Jam Band love affair

John Brown’s Body – “Give Yourself Over”

Rooted in classic reggae, yet crackling with contemporary sounds from top to bottom, this uplifting track by John Brown’s Body is a joyous outcry of defiance against inertia and apathy. There is little doubt where these Ithaca, NY gentlemen are coming from: they LOVE reggae, serving up their modernized version with reverence and an exuberance that can’t be denied. They can really play their instruments too – refreshing in a genre largely given to pure digital productions of late. The rhythm section is tight behind the vocals, the horn parts are dub glorious, and a jazzy guitar solo near the end tips their hand as equal part jam band. Good summertime music if I ever heard any.

John Brown’s Body
“Give Yourself Over” (mp3)
from “Amplify”
(Easy Star Records)

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Oranger goes under to take us higher

Oranger – “Going Under”

One of my first discoveries as a music blogger was this fantastic San Francisco indie pop rock band called Oranger. Their songs are so good, and they deliver them old school.  That is, they are a tight, actual (as opposed to virtual!) band, with real arrangement skills, and they play and sing their work with a joy and love for it that you can taste. This song is juicy gold.

Oranger
“Going Under” (mp3)
from “Shutdown the Sun”
(Jackpine Social Club)

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Hello world!

I’m Superfan, die hard music fan. I decided there is so much gr8 music in on the Interwebs, I just had to start a new blog to slice through it and take you directly to the cream of the cream, as I see it! I have probably heard more new music in the last year than most people hear in their entire post-college lives! But I’m not braggin’ – I just want to share the fun with fellow music lovers who want to get turned on to some legitimately great stuff. You with me? Well let’s go then!

The Uptones – “East Of A Western Bay” mp3

An early instrumental work by Berkeley’s Ska music pioneers, The Uptones, this ebullient punk ska jazz opus was penned by the Rev. Paul Jackson. Originally on trumpet duties at the time of the band’s founding, Jackson soon moved to Hammond Organ and before long became one of their key songwriters. “East Of A Western Bay” is the lone instrumental cut from “The Uptones Live!! 924 Gilman” CD, and it rocks.

The Uptones – “East Of A Western Bay” mp3