Low End Theory December Podcast

December 3, 2007

We here at the Low End Theory would like to let you know that December is now officially the month of Dub. If you would like to take a moment to celebrate please do, we can wait… …boy that was fun! If you are a fan of dub music or dub influenced music you are in luck with this months podcast. If you don’t, well – better luck next time. If you are a fan keep your eye out around Christmas time for holiday treat that is sure to warm those wintery nights.

To start the month of Dub off we have Noisehaper with his track Bushmasta. Next up, and I can’t believe it has taken us this long, we have the Easy Star All-Star with a Reggae redoing of Radiohead’s Electioneering featuring Morgan Heritage. Reggae Rigby, a track I played on the Revelry Report on KTRU a couple weeks back is in the #3 spot before we slide into Terminalhead & Mr_ Spee’s Twisted System. The Butch Cassidy Sound System keeps pace with Brothers & Sisters. International Observor’s London features some nice bass lines. I swear the vocal sample in Bogus Buddy’s Western Roots says ‘Hey Battie man, leave my girl alone’ but that makes no sense. There’s been a string of Marley remixes lately, I guess that’s what happens when you don’t want to go see the doctor, huh Bob? G-Corp gives Put It On (Again) a fresh face. Wwe featured a short tease of Bill Laswell’s redubbing of Horace Andy & the Aggrovator’s a Noisy Place a few podcasts ago, this month we bring you the whole track. Ralph Myerz And The Jack Herren Band put us in a trance with their track Savannah.  Kabanjak’s Revelation Dub gets a crossing of the minds remix by Perch. Easy Star All-Stars sneak back in with Time a track off their first dub master piece ‘Dubside of the Moon’. Wicked Beat Sound System’s Be Humble makes way for General Tso by Calbert Walker to round out the month of Dub.

So now all you have to do is be like Inkoluv and play over and over again, seen?

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The Clash

If I have to explain the importance of the Clash to everyone I haven’t done my job right. Without them the whole catalog of punk music would be a couple albums of bands redoing God Save the Queen. These four guys from Liverpool took the world on, one listener at a time. Dubbed ‘The only band that matters’ the Clash were a sonic force from the get-go. Influencing a ton of musicians they got bigger and bigger with every release and Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Topper Headon and Joe Strummer rose to god status with the 1979 release of London Calling. This album is the Strawberry Fields of punk rock. An opus in every way. Mixing punk, reggae and rockabilly amongst other sounds the Clash were always ahead of the game. Their sound pops up here and there in bands like the Libertines or Rancid but there is only one original.

They weren’t perfect though, eventually bands like the Clash disintegrate like the Beatles. Strummer would try to keep the band going but eventually stopped it in 1986, 10 years after the journey began. The other band members went on to record under different names; such as Jones’ Big Audio Dynamite but it was Strummer who remained vital to so many Clash fans. He personally influenced my life and I am thankful that there was the Clash. There are important as any band out there and continue to be.

The Clash were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 but unfortunately Strummer passed away in December of 2002. This month, on the 22nd, marks the 5 year anniversary of his death of the unpunkly congenital heart defect. The man quite simply was a god. He believed in the rights of the common people and had the balls to stand in front of the world and say ‘yeah this is how I feel and if you don’t like get the fuck out of the way’

Rest in Peace, Joe. You are missed

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