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Slightly Stoopid – Sweet SoCal-Ska-Reggae-Grooves

On all places I would least suspect to be enlightened about good music would be my digital radio station on my television, but low and behold channel 1263 (Reggae) enlightened me once again to a band I had never heard before.

I usually put on my television reggae station as background music when I’m washing dishes or preparing a meal after work, most of the channels music is mundane or nothing more then the usual overplayed Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, or Toots and Maytals hits.  Every once and awhile a gem might pop up such as some Burning Spear, Dennis Wilson, or Yellowman, but it’s truly rare to hear something new.

When I heard Slightly Stoopid’s song “2 a.m.” the first thing that came to mind was that it was some obscure Sublime or Long Beach All Stars track never before heard. That all so identifiable and unique SoCal groove was so sweet, however,  I could not place the song to save my life.  Why had I not heard about these guys before? That was the thought that resonated through my head over and over;  the more I listened the more I could not get over how good these guys really sound.  I had to jump on a torrent and grab some samples to see if these guys were for real and viola, yep, they are the real-e-o deal-e-o!

The torrent had user made “best-of” compiliations from their 8 albums; so my first introduction to the band was what others considered their best music.  I was able to obtain all of their albums and decide for myself how consistent their sound truly is; to their credit these guys have released solid albums without question.   Their first two albums – Slightly $toopid (1996) and Longest Barrel Ride (1998) are long out of print and highly desirable by collectors; they provide a rough and gritty base for the band with a mix of punk, hardcore, and reggae influences that may not fit everyone’s taste.  I feel the band cleary defined themselves and refined their sound with the album Everything You Need (2003); this album offers a number of solid songs and is worth picking up without question.

The band followed up that album with a mix of live and studio albums that, again, should not be overlooked.   Closer To The Sun (2005)  and Chronicitis (2007) are solid albums that stand on their own right with brilliant arrangments and incredible beats that are just so much fun to play over and over again; this band is easy to get addicted to listening to on a regular basis.  There music is a perfect background to an outside barbeque  party, or just playing in your car on an awesome summer day.

Check these guys out if you can and you will thank us here at HiFi!  The band is currently on tour and hitting some pretty sweet venues across the U.S., so check them out and see if they are coming to your city this summer. 

Click here to see tour dates.


Bob Marley – 30 years gone today

Hard to believe, but 30 years ago today Bob Marley past away at the early age of 36! 

His passing was a tragic blow to music worldwide and his contributions are immeasurable in so many ways.  Granted there are many pioneers in the Reggae genre that are often overlooked, Marley seemed to be the most diverse, celebrated, and remembered of his generation. 

Bob Marley was introduced to me in my senior year of high school during art class; our teacher would allow us to put on our choice of music during our projects.  A classmate of mine (who now goes by the web name Ze Frank ) played Marley’s greatest hits album “Legend” over and over again, nearly every class.  An interesting thing about Marley is that no matter how much you play his music “ad nauseum ” rarely do I find myself urged to change the channel or turn it off; his music just has a consistent freshness and beat that remains truly timeless. 

My all time favorite studio albums are Catch a Fire (1973), Rastaman Vibration (1976).  As for live albums, the one and only Babylon by Bus (1978) is just ridiculous and must have in anyone’s collection. 

If you are in the mood for a day of Reggae and some reflection on how influential this man was in the world of good music, click here for Bob Marley Radio (it will require RealPlayer).

Happy 4:20 everyone in memory of Mr. Marley.


R.I.P. Gregory Issacs – Reggae Legend

 It’s a sad day in Jamaica no doubt with the recent announcement of the passing of Reggae legend Gregory Issacs on monday.

Issacs was influential to many Reggae artists from the 1970’s to present day.  Although in the 70’s and 80’s his popularity rivaled those of Dennis Brown and Bob Marley, it wasn’t until 1992 that he had his biggest hit called “Night Nurse”.  The guy had a string of hits prior to that outside the US, but this was the one hit that gave him the most noteriety.  Issac’s performed and released albums up until 2008.  Issacs had released over 500 albums (both studio and compilations) over his career.

Issacs struggled with drugs for years and ultimately succumbed after a long battle with lung cancer; he died in his home in South London.

Appearently the band Phish covered “Night Nurse” at a concert in Manchester NH the night after he died ; a fitting tribute for sure.

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