Alas, no Dexter!

Dexter

Alas, Mikey and I will not be seeing Dexter at Pressure Point in December after all. Seems the band have pulled out of the PP gig, and I’m not exactly sure why. Bit of a shame, but maybe another time.

Alas, no Dexter!2018-04-20T12:48:06+00:00

PCP#184… The Welcome Mat…2018-04-20T12:48:07+00:00

PCP#183… Heedbangin’

PCP#183… Heedbangin’

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PCP#183… Heedbangin’2018-04-20T12:48:07+00:00

Do your duty….you turkey!

Duty Manager

OK so there’s been two occasions in the past when I’ve been the Duty Manager for "you know who" and it’s been a breeze. No one called me, the phone never rang and the (liitle) extra in the monthly paypacket was cool. Third time unlucky!

Considering I’ve worked for American firms for 23 out of my 25 working years, you would have thought I’d spotted I was duty manager duting Thanksgiving… you know, that time when all the Americans go on holiday and leave the rest of the world to pick up the mess?  Well, duh! I didn’t, and the phone has been hot.

And don’t you just love those middle eastern customers who call on Thursday, are unavailable on Friday and expect everyone in Europe to work on Sunday? Oh yeah…. do your duty…. enjoy your turkey… I have a nice slice of humble pie waiting for you!

Do your duty….you turkey!2018-04-20T12:48:07+00:00

TDZ#15… Scratch and Splif…

  1. Celebration Skank, by Fried Wire. [Versionist]
  2. No Driver Door Version, by Dub Dragoon. Chicago, USA. [Versionist]
  3. Pharisees Prayer, by Solace. California. [Magnatune]
  4. Dub Chord, by African Vibes. [Versionist]
  5. Scratch To Win, by Ticklah. Brooklyn, New York, USA. [Promonet]
  6. Swing Easy Dub, by Resista. [Versionist]
  7. Chomolungma, by Ital Roots Players. UK [Versionist]
  8. Leaving Dub, by Stevie Steppa vs Roots Fire System. [Versionist]

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TDZ#15… Scratch and Splif…2017-05-11T13:33:56+00:00

PCP#182… Jamming and Skanking…

PCP#182…

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PCP#182… Jamming and Skanking…2018-04-20T12:48:07+00:00

Keep banging on the walls…

Asian Dub Foundation

I have to say, both my son, Mikey, and I, were really excited in going to see Asian Dub Foundation live at Concorde2 in Brighton, yesterday.  We’d really wanted to see then in 2005 when their last album "Tank" came out, but we’d been on holiday in the US at that time. After that, I’d pretty much given up on the band playing live in the UK again, and then out of the blue they play at C2!

We got straight to the stage barrier and started surveying equipment when we arrived. Apart from the massive (and I mean MASSIVE) sub-woofer at the back of the hall (which was excercising my chest muscles without me even trying) the first thing we spotted was a right-handed bass guitar. So, it was true – the left handed Dr Das – was no longer going to be playing with the band. We thought as much, but still a shame.  Then Mikey made a bigger discovery – where was the drum kit?  So, no Rocky Singh, either. Things were looking bad, but let’s wait and see.

No support and straight into the band with excellent soundsystem provided by Sun-J, who managed remakably well without Rocky, in producing a fantastic sound. Then came guitarist, Chandrasonic and the new bass player, the two rappers, the scary, scary Ghetto Priest and one bloody amazing Dhol and Tabla player, Cyber. I’ve never seen a dhol being played live, up close and personal before, and it was truly amazing. They played all the top choons – "Rise", "Fortress", "flyover", "oil" and "warring dhol", but despite it being on the setlist, no "enemy of the enemy".

Throwing caution to the wind, we bounced and danced, sang and bounced some more. Some of it may be on tape, as, next to me, was the bands official video camera lady. Look out for the 40-something white guy with no hair, joined by a rather hairier, rather more junior version. Cogle and Cogle. United!

Keep banging on the walls of fortress Brighton!

Keep banging on the walls…2018-04-20T12:48:07+00:00

PCP#181… triple top, plus one?

PCP#181…

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PCP#181… triple top, plus one?2018-04-20T12:48:08+00:00

Love The World Video…

Karoshi Bros' - Love Da World

If you’re not already addicted to Karoshi Bro’s single "Love The World" then you really need to click the picture above or here and see the video. Really….. go and do it now!

Love The World Video…2018-04-20T12:48:17+00:00

Love The World Video…

Karoshi Bros' - Love Da World

If you’re not already addicted to Karoshi Bro’s single "Love The World" then you really need to click the picture above or here and see the video. Really….. go and do it now!

Love The World Video…2018-04-20T12:48:17+00:00

PCP#180… Vitamins Included…

PCP#180… Vitamins Included…

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PCP#180… Vitamins Included…2018-04-20T12:48:17+00:00

My Little Pony…

An average Monday Night in Brighton? Nah, tonight was back to Concorde2 for the New Young Pony Club, with my daughter. The gig has been postponed after lead singer, Tahita, had throat problem earlier in the tour, so they were really apologetic. Never fear, we had a great time, with all the hits from the "Fantastic Playroom" album, like "Ice Cream" and "The Bomb", plus some covers such as Squeeze’s "Take Me I’m Yours" (weird choice) and "Pump Up the Jam" (oh yes!!!) which has the joint rocking.

The drummer, Sarah (above right) was excellent, with a deceptively understated performance, making the most complicated rolls and fills seem easy, when I know, dear reader, they were far from that easy.

Left tired, sweaty and perfectly fulfilled. Back in 6 days for Asian Dub Foundation!  Life begins at 46!

My Little Pony…2018-04-20T12:48:17+00:00

Views of Budapest

Taken me a while to get the photos together from last week, but here they are…

The view from my hotel room - Budapest Castle The view from my hotel room - Buda castle at night

Here are a few views from my business trip to Budapest, Hungary, starting with the view from my bedroom window in the Budapest Hilton across to a tower of the old Buda Castle.

Budapest Castle

More views of Buda Castle (above) and a church being restored (below), with amazing mosaic tiles. Someone said that all the churches with mosaic like this have been converted into museums. Not sure if it’s true.

Church Restoration

Budapest Castle

King and Queen in the Labyrinth

We visited the Labyrinth, which are basically caves hewn from the rock under Buda castle, and which now serve as a restaurant for tourists.  As part of the medeaval banquet we were joined by the (mock) King and Queen (above), some belly dancing girls, complete with snake and fire eater (below).

Fire Eater in the Labyrinth

The view (below) from Buda Castle (on the Buda side of the river Danube) to the Budapest Parliament Building (on the Pest side of the river Danube).

Budapest Parliament Building

Moving to another hotel, this time the New York Palace Hotel, in Pest. This is the view (below) from outside.

Budapest New York Palace Hotel

And this was the view from inside.

Budapest New York Palace Hotel

Views of Budapest2018-04-20T12:48:18+00:00

PCP#179… From Buda With Love…

PCP#179… From Buda With Love…

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PCP#179… From Buda With Love…2018-04-20T12:48:18+00:00

TDZ#14…Deep Freeze Saharah Dub Inna Summertime…

  1. One God Dub (Dubsaharah Remix), by Kaya Project. London, England.
  2. Mainstream Dub, by Dub Dragoon. Chicago, USA.
  3. Dub Struggle, by Vibronics. Leicester, England. [Myspace]
  4. Deep Freeze Dub, by Lion Of Joppa Soundsystem. Edinburgh, Scotland. [PMN]
  5. Lebanese Rebel Dub, by The Flykicks. Uppsala, Sweden. [Jamendo]
  6. Sweet Dub, by Dub Lab. Dijon, France. [Jamendo]
  7. 1337, by On Dub Ground. Tours/Bourges/Paris, France. [Versionist]
  8. Inna Suburban Summertime Dub, by Jah Billah meets Manudub. [Versionist]

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TDZ#14…Deep Freeze Saharah Dub Inna Summertime…2018-04-20T12:48:18+00:00
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