Posts Tagged ‘long beach dub all stars


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.


Long Beach Dub All Stars – Right Back (1999)

It would seem that whenever I choose to work out in the gym  (which is quite rare these days) I’m always challenged with the issue about what I will listen to; usually it is a decision between Tool, Pantera, or some metal mix that seems appropriate.  Yet last night I decided to go past the normal flavor and explore the other 400 albums on my iPod.  I had forgotten about a lost gem of an album by the now defunct Long Beach All Stars entitled Right Back released in 1999.

With the death of  Sublime’s vocalist Brad Nowell in 1996 bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh decided to pursue other musical ventures thus founding The Long Beach Dub All Stars along with free form guest artists, a horn section, and a DJ.  The debut album Right Back was a refreshing sound that resonated with a culmination of reggae, hardcore, dub, and hiphop.  If you are a Sublime fan, this album is a nice continuation of where Sublime left off, minus the vocals of Nowell, it is consistent with the tempo’s and rhythm’s of the Sublime sound.

The beginning of the album starts off with Righteous Dub, a nice dub song to ease one into the album on a mellow but upbeat note.  Songs like Rosarito , My New Life, and Like a Dog resonate pure Sublime and provide some clarity that the bands unique sound did not die with Nowell.  The lead singer of the band Bad Brains (Hr) makes a cameo on the song New Sun and does a nice job adding a hardcore/reggae type funk and tempo to the album. 

Although I’m not the biggest fan of rap I have been drawn back several times to the song Kick Me Down which features a great beat and great vocals.  Perhaps that is why I like this album so much, the variety of different angles the album provides.  Most albums today, in my opinion, songs are often to repetative and monotonous in their style and sound, yes the album might be good, but the songs are begin to sound the same and that is where I begin to lose interest. 

Right Back is a fun album that seems to be an amalgum of styles that keeps the listener wondering what the next song will be, I like that.

Several albums followed after 1999’s Right Back, they are Wonders Of The World (2001), and Sunny Hours (2002).

Sadly, The Long Beach Dub All Stars broke up officially in 2002, but members continued until 2007 under the name Long Beach Shortbus.

The Long Beach All Stars album Right Back gets 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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